Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Rome - one of the most charming cities and capital of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel.
The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.
Day 2: Highlights of Rome
Today you have the morning at leisure. In the afternoon you meet your group and guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.
You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others.
After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.
Day 3: Discovering Ancient Rome
In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City on a walking tour. Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. Dating back to the 3rd century A.D., the landmark served as the key political and ritual center of ancient Rome.
Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, arches, and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements.
The next place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheater, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators.
After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.
Day 4: Vatican Sightseeing
In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and walk to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.
Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.
After a coffee break, your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.
The ending point of your tour is in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.
After the tour of the Vatican, you enjoy a leisurely walk to the hotel with your guide and have a photo stop at the legendary Castel Sant'Angelo, built originally as a mausoleum, and then used by the popes as a fortress, refuge and a prison.
Upon your return to the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.
*Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks. Due to religious services St. Peters Basilica may be spontaneously closed, thus entrance to St. Peters Basilica may not be guaranteed.
Day 5: Departure
Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel in Rome and your driver takes you to the rail station to board the train to Naples.
Day 5: Arrival in Sorrento
After the tour of Pompeii you arrive in Sorrento and have a check-in to the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 6: Amalfi Coast Tour
Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide and driver at the hotel lobby for a scenic 6-hour trip around the scenic Amalfi Coast. During this tour, you stop at the Belvedere of Madonnina to take in the breathtaking views of Positano from above.
Then you proceed to the old picturesque Positano center where you enjoy a walking tour and marvel at splendid panoramas of the Amalfi Coast.
One more highlight of the tour is a visit to the medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew and adjacent to it Cloister of Paradise in the city of Amalfi.
After the tour, you are transferred to the hotel in Sorrento.
Day 7: Departure from Naples
After breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the Naples Airport for your short 1-hour flight to Palermo.
Day 7: Arrival in Palermo
Welcome to Palermo - the stunning capital of Sicily. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 8: Palermo City Tour & Optional Tour to Monreale
After breakfast, you meet with your private guide to enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Palermo.
The capital of Sicily - Palermo - has been a crossroads for cultures and civilizations for 8 millennia. Together with your private guide, you visit the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel.
Then you walk along Villa Bonanno to the Cathedral in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, just to admire the exterior; continue along Vittorio Emanuele to the imposing Four Corners. Then on to the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and just behind it see two splendid Arabo-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.
After the tour, you return to the hotel. You have the rest of the day free to enjoy Palermo on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour to Monreale.
Day 9: Departure to Province of Agrigento
The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Palermo on your own. Alternatively, you can enjoy our carefully planned optional tours like a Trip to Monreale or join a Street Food Tour in Palermo.
In the afternoon you meet with the driver to have a transfer to the hotel in the Province of Agrigento.
Day 9: Arrival and Cooking Class
Upon arrival in the hotel, you have a check-in, and in the late afternoon, we invite you to a private cooking class.
Together with the chef, you start a 2.5-hour workshop where you get acquainted with some typical Sicilian dishes. Today you are fully involved in the process and, in the end, you have a perfect setting for your dinner. Enjoy your freshly cooked meal paired with Sicilian wine!
After dinner, you have the evening at leisure.
Day 10: Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs
Today after a delicious breakfast at the hotel you spend the day with your guide exploring famous Agrigento sights and its surroundings.
Your tour begins with one of the two highlights of the city - the splendid Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You then continue to the near-intact Temple of Concord, the best-preserved temple in the world and one of the symbols of Sicily.
In the second part of the tour, you enjoy a trip to the seaside to see the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rises 50 meters above sea level. This natural phenomenon so-called "Stairs of the Turks" allows for easy walking. Its gleaming color is eye-catching enough, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it looks like a staircase carved by man even though its shape is entirely natural.
After the tour you are taken back to the hotel or you may take carefully planned optional tours like the City Tour of Agrigento, or a Coastal Tour with a private guide who introduces you to the history, myths, legends, and local traditions.
In the evening you enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 11: Departure to Taormina
In the morning after breakfast, you check-out and your driver meets you at the hotel lobby for the trip to Taormina.
Day 11: Arrival in Taormina
Upon arrival you check-in at your hotel and have rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own.
Day 12: Sightseeing of Taormina
In the morning meet your private local guide. Together you take off to see the highlights of Taormina. During the tour you stroll along the main street, Corso Umberto I, and visit the Greco-Roman Theater that has Etna as its backdrop.
After the tour you return to the hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own, spend time on the beach or dine in one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.
Day 13: Departure
This is the final day of your amazing tour to Italy! Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the departure transfer.
*Note: Departure transfer is included to Catania airport. Should you require a departure transfer to Palermo airport, this service could be provided for an additional fee.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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