Best of Italy and Sicily

15 Days Starting in Palermo and ending in Venice

Visiting: Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Taormina, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Rome, Assisi, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Venice, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

ITISZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-0

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English
From: $4995 $4112 Operator discount: -$749 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$134 -18%

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Italy and Sicily, where history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. The "Best of Italy and Sicily" tour offers an exclusive opportunity to explore iconic destinations with VIP admission to the Vatican Museums, ensuring an intimate glimpse into the heart of the Catholic world. Discover the rich tapestry of Italy's past and present with visits to Palermo, Agrigento, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Assisi, Cinque Terre, and Florence, guided by local specialists who bring each location to life. Marvel at architectural wonders like the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the ancient ruins of Rome, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Enjoy scenic cruises to the Isle of Capri and Venice's St. Mark's Square, adding a touch of romance to your adventure. With luxury air-conditioned coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and a blend of included meals and must-see sightseeing, this tour promises a journey filled with discovery, comfort, and surprise extras that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums

  • Explore Palermo, Agrigento, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Assisi, Cinque Terre and Florence with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Taormina, Sorrento and Venice

  • Visit the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Isle of Capri, the excavations at Pompeii, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and a glassblowing factory in Venice

  • View Palermo Cathedral, the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

  • Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Palermo

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mercure Palermo Centro

Meals Included: Dinner

The multicultural capital of Palermo is the launchpad for your journey across Sicily and Italy. You’ll have some free time before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city’s attractions, so why not head straight out to explore its fascinating streets on your own?

Day 2 : Enjoy The Views In Monreale

Location: Monreale

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mercure Palermo Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, which includes the Teatro Massimo and old 'La Cala' harbour. Later, travel to Monreale on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking the almond, olive and orange groves of La Conca d'Oro. Here you’ll visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Day 3 : Journey To Ancient Agrigento

Location: Agrigento

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace Agrigento

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we visit the pretty seaside resort of Mondello. Later, journey onwards to Agrigento to tour the impressive Greek Valley of the Temples, dating back to the 6th century BC, with a Local Specialist. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.

Day 4 : Onwards To Scenic Taormina

Location: Taormina

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel through the vineyards of the southern hills towards the seaside resort of Taormina, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy spectacular vistas and a taste of la dolce vita in this hillside town, with some free time on arrival.

Day 5 : Taormina Your Way

Location: Taormina

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Caesar Palace Giardini Naxos

Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend the day relaxing at your chic Sicilian resort. Dive into the warm Mediterranean waters, shop for exquisite hand-painted ceramics on Corso Umberto or indulge in a mulberry granita. Consider joining an Optional Experience to Savoca, the village made famous by ��The Godfather', and Europe's most active volcano - Mount Etna. This evening, Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience hosted at a beautiful family owned Sicilian lemon farm overlooking Mount Etna.

Day 6 : Travel To Sorrento

Location: Sorrento

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we cross the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy by ferry, driving north through rustic Calabria and past Salerno to our hotel in Sorrento where we’ll spend the next two nights. Tonight perhaps consider an Optional Experience to explore the famous culinary culture of Southern Italy.

Day 7 : A Day On The Isle Of Capri

Location: Capri

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto

Meals Included: Breakfast

We cruise to the Isle of Capri where we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Capri town with a Local Specialist. Window-shop along Via Camerelle and watch the beautiful people in the Piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. This afternoon perhaps consider a drive along the famed Amalfi Coast to Positano, a true Mediterranean gem. You will have the evening at leisure to indulge in a little limoncello in one of Sorrento's many cafés.

Day 8 : Explore Pompeii’S Ruins And Rome

Location: Pompeii

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins of Pompeii where a Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour. For centuries this city was lost to the world, but its rediscovery in the 18th century revealed a time capsule of well-preserved ruins, providing insights into the day-to-day life of a Roman city centuries ago. Later, admire the dramatic coastline as we drive north from Pompeii to the 'Eternal City' of Rome. This evening, Roman flavours and ancient ruins take centre stage as you dine at Ristorante Pancrazio, built over the ruins of the first-century-BC Theatre of Pompey. Indulge in a selection of signature Roman dishes handed down over four generations since 1922.


Day 9 : Explore Ancient Rome And The Vatican City

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

Rome was once the capital of the world and is a city with an irrepressible spirit. Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to admire the city's iconic and unexpected highlights. Head to the Vatican and see Michelangelo’s magnificent Pietà inside St. Peter’s Basilica, then continue on to Ancient Rome, where you’ll see the Circus Maximus and visit the Colosseum where gladiators and slaves once fought to their deaths. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way.

Day 10 : Off To Historic Assisi

Location: Assisi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Assisi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we drive north to the mystical medieval hilltop town of Assisi, most famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis. Join a Local Specialist  for a tour of the Basilica of St. Francis to view its magnificent frescoes and carvings. Tonight, we'll stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.

Day 11 : Admire Pisa And On To La Spezia

Location: Pisa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia/B&B HOTELS Park Hotel Suisse

Meals Included: Breakfast

We venture to Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles and view the Leaning Tower that bears this city's name. A short drive north takes us to La Spezia, known as the 'Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea'. Tonight is free to explore as you wish.

Day 12 : Enjoy Colourful Cinque Terre And Florence

Location: Cinque Terre

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist to visit Cinque Terre, a series of centuries-old seaside villages clinging impossibly to rugged cliffs that plunge into the Ligurian Sea. Continue later to Florence, once a vibrant republic under the rule of the dynamic Medici family, whose love for art and antiquities created one of the world's most cultural cities. Tonight perhaps consider dinner in the famed Tuscan Hills.

Day 13 : Journey To Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Le Boulevard Lido

Meals Included: Breakfast

The magnificent marble Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria feature on your walking tour with a Local Specialist through Florence's historic streets. Later, journey north to Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'.

Day 14 : Cruise The Canals Of Venice Make Travel Matter

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Le Boulevard Lido

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on an orientation cruise by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square, which Napoleon once called the 'drawing room of Europe'. See the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners would have one last look at their beloved city before facing imprisonment. Next, witness the centuries-old craft of glassblowing. Your unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps keep alive this delicate tradition for which Venice is justifiably famous, and you’ll watch in awe as master craftsmen shape molten glass into the exquisite pieces that adorn homes all over the world.The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore more of the sights or consider an Optional Experience, navigating the city's elegant canals aboard a traditional gondola. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner and toast to shared memories that will linger long after the evening ends.

Day 15 : Farewell Venice

Location: Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

For now, it's a fond ciao Venezia as you say goodbye to new friends and prepare to depart for your journey home.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

What's Not Included

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy, Return cruise to the Isle of Capri

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any exclusions I should be aware of?

    Yes, international travel is excluded.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums, exploring Palermo, Agrigento, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Assisi, Cinque Terre, and Florence with a Local Specialist, discovering Taormina, Sorrento, and Venice, visiting the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Isle of Capri, the excavations at Pompeii, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and a glassblowing factory in Venice, viewing Palermo Cathedral, the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, and a scenic cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals are included.

  • What is the ending location of the tour?

    The tour ends in Venice.

  • What type of transportation will be used?

    Transportation includes a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), ferry across the Straits of Messina to mainland Italy, and a return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    Inclusions are an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, all hotel tips, charges and local taxes, breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, and audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The tour starts in Palermo.

  • What are the pick-up and drop-off times?

    Pick-up times in Palermo are at 12:00 and 15:00. Drop-off times in Venice are at 08:00 and 09:30.

  • What countries will we visit on the 'Best of Italy and Sicily' tour?

    You will visit Italy on the 'Best of Italy and Sicily' tour.

  • What type of accommodation can we expect?

    You can expect cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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