This one swings you from Rome to Naples, the home of pizza and gateway to Pompeii, before gliding along the dreamy Amalfi Coast. After falling for Capri and postcard pretty Positano, it's time to head to Sicily for a week of dreamy beaches, incredible food and endless ancient history. This Italian adventure has a little something for everyone.
Amalfi Coast - Scenic coastal cruise along the Amalfi Coast
Welcome dinner at Altrove Restaurant in Rome (Contiki Cares)
Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
Amalfi Coast - Take a jaw-droppingly scenic coastal cruise along the Amalfi Coast
Arrive Rome - Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
Welcome to Rome! Once known as the 'capital of the world' this richly historic, passionate and elegant city will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. We'll meet and greet our Contiki crew at 4pm, before heading on an orientation tour of the city. Yep, that means the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona, the Colosseum & the Roman Forum. With our eyes wide and camera roll full, we'll head to Altrove for an included Italian feast. This restaurant is a social enterprise that supports youth from disadvantaged backgrounds (Contiki Cares). Maybe washed down with some chianti. La perfezione!
Day 2: Rome to Naples
Location: Rome, Naples
Today we're headed to another richly historical and cultural city, known for it's naturally beautiful sights and excellent cuisine.Welcome to Naples, the rough and ready but oh so charming city which encapsulates everything we love about Italy. The home of pizza, a hub of culture, and a bundle of passionate Italian energy, this is also the site of Mt Vesuvius, the infamous active volcano. Today we have the option to check out the ruins of Pompeii, the fascinating Roman town that was destroyed by Vesuvius and then perfectly preserved in volcanic ash. Another option today is to take a pizza tour, learning about the city's culinary history while stuffing ourselves with Margaritas and Marinaras.
Day 3: Naples to Amalfi Coast
Location: Naples, Amalfi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
We're headed to the coast today to check out some of the most glamorous islands in Europe.We'll visit two spectacular Amalfi jewels today. Positano will take our breath away, with its postcard pretty sun-bleached buildings tumbling down into the sparkling sea. Capri is no different, with its gorgeous cragged coastline and opulent cafes, it's easy to see why this is such a playground for the rich and famous. An optional Capri cruise will let us check out the iconic blue grotto, as well as stop for plenty of swim stops to beat the heat.
Day 4: Amalfi Coast
We've got a free day on the Amalfi coast! Lucky us. There are plenty of optionals today to keep us entertained, including a visit to a lemon farm where we learn how these huge, sunshine coloured fruits are harvested and turned into limoncello. We'll also get to have a Tastes of Amalfi dinner, washed down with the lemon liqueur itself.
Day 5: Amalfi Coast to Rome
Location: Amalfi, Rome
Accommodation: Hotel St. Martin (or similar)
We're headed back to Rome today. Time for the Colosseum?Back in Rome we recommend taking our optional Emperors & Gladiators tour, where you'll skip the queues and enter the jaw-dropping Colosseum through the exclusive Emperor's gate. This is the perfect way to learn about this fascinating, blood-stained arena, in which Romans used to flock to watch epic battles between elephants, tigers, and gladiators. Then, we have a free night to check out the nightlife and toast what has been an unforgettable Italian adventure.
Day 6: Rome to Catania
Location: Rome, Catania
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we're hopping on a speedy flight to the incomparable isle of Sicily.This colourful cacophony of baroque piazzas and ancient ruins is the perfect place to get acquainted with Sicily. We'll have a chance to check out Catania's UNESCO listed historic core before an included dinner in a local restaurant. Is Sicilian cuisine the best in the world? It has to be up there...
Day 7: Catania to Taormina
Location: Catania, Taormina
We've got more spectacular Sicilian towns to explore today, as we head from Catania to Taormina.Uniquely perched on the side of a mountain, this elegant resort town is the perfect place to live the good life in Italy. We'll waste no time admiring the gorgeous panoramas, as we take the cable car that connects the town's historic centre with its awesome beaches. After sunning ourselves for a bit, why not opt for a cooking class with some local masterchefs, learning how to whip up local delicacies like Arancini & Cannoli? It's the perfect way to impress everyone when you get back home.
Day 8: Taormina
Today we've got an unmissable optional for you. Sicily’s stupendous stratovolcano Mt Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe. And what better way to experience this majestic monster than on an adrenaline filled bike ride, as you pass vineyards and orchards spread across the fertile slopes? You won’t find views quite like this anywhere in Europe. Whether or not you opt for the bike tour, you'll have a free afternoon to explore Taormina - lazing on the beach, checking out the Roman theatre or sitting and drinking a spritz as life lazily moves by. It's a hard life.
Day 9: Taormina to Noto via Syracuse
Location: Taormina, Noto
See ya, Taormina - it's time to visit some historical hotspots.On the way to Noto we'll stop off at Syracuse, notable for its rich Roman and Greek ancient history, with ancient amphitheatres and architecture everywhere you look. It was even mentioned in the Bible - how's that for history creds? Today it's a world UNESCO heritage site, and we'll have time to admire all that crumbling beauty before heading onto Noto.This architectural utopia has one of the most stunning historic centres in Sicily - and that's saying something. The gorgeous Corso Vittoria Emanuele is adorned with gorgeous old churches and red-gold buildings that glimmer in the sunlight. An optional we recommend this evening is heading to an organic farm with us, where we'll meet some locals and get served a delicious farm-to-table feast that'll be some of the freshest Italian food you've ever tasted.
Day 10: Noto to Cefalu via Agrigento
Location: Noto, Cefalu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Heading from Noto we'll arrive in Agrigento, the perfect base to explore another ancient wonder...From Agrigento we have an included tour of the Valley of the Temples, This mystical valley is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological heritage. As you wander the valley, in the shadow of blooming almond trees, we'll discover ancient temples, sanctuaries and a necropolis. It’s a spectacular testament to Sicily’s ancient history (and natural beauty).Arriving in Cefalu we'll enjoy another included dinner of Sicilian delicacies. What a day - and we're not done yet.
Day 11: Cefalu
Cefalu is a real gem, home to Sicily's best beaches and most impressive Arabic architecture. This truly is the island that keeps on giving. Today's all about coastal vibes, soaking up that sun, sea and sand - with plenty of watersports to get involved with. If you're feeling a little more zen, why not opt for the coastal cruise and soak up some scenery instead? Later on we'll stroll the winding cobbled streets and watch fishermen taking stock of the day's bounties, before exploring the town's foodie and nightlife scene. Ah, Sicily - sigh.
Day 12: Cefalu to Palermo
Location: Cefalu, Palermo
It's time to end on a high, as we make our way towards Sicily's sizzling capital.Palermo is a vivacious and colourful tumble of a city with a rich history and a thrilling culinary scene. But it’s also been plagued by organised crime for decades. Today we can opt for a fascinating walking tour through the picturesque historic centre, teaching us about the history of the Mafia in Palermo, as well as how the civil anti-Mafia movement formed an unlikely resistance. We'll also have free time to wonder the storied streets, grabbing some local eats and falling in love with this feisty city. Then, our adventure's final optional experience: a farewell dinner of Palermo specialities, as we swap stories, compare photos and plan future adventures together over a few glasses of local wine.
Day 13: Depart Palermo
We're headed back to the airport after one final breakfast together. Hug it out, swap social deets - and don't be sad, we'll see each other on the road again soon.
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
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