Jewels of the South
Sorrento, Rende, Taormina, Agrigento

  • Sorrento Positano beach
    Sorrento Positano beach
  • Sorrento Marina Grande
    Sorrento Marina Grande
  • Taormina
    Taormina
  • Agrigento Temple of Concordia
    Agrigento Temple of Concordia

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Travel to Sorrento, Rende, Taormina and Agrigento.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Sorrento (4 stars)
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Rende (4 stars)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Taormina (4 stars)
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Agrigento (4 stars)
  • Air ticket from Palermo
  • Visit of the Blue Grotto weather permitting
  • Deluxe Coach
  • 3 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • Baggage handling - 1 piece of luggage per passenger
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Daily breakfast
  • All taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities



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Itinerary

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Day 1 Sunday ROME - NAPLES - POMPEII - SORRENTO
Early morning departure from Rome for NAPLES, where a short visit of the town is featured. Then on to POMPEII, the famous Roman city destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 a.D. Lunch in a local restaurant, and afterwards, visit of the excavations. Proceed on to SORRENTO. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Monday SORRENTO - CAPRI - SORRENTO
Buffet breakfast. Departure to Capri by steamer. Weather conditions permitting, visit of the Blue Grotto. Return to Marina Grande and then transfer to Anacapri. Lunch in a typical restaurant followed by a visit of Augustus' Gardens, with a view of the Faraglioni. Return to Sorrento. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 Tuesday SORRENTO - RENDE (COSENZA)
Buffet breakfast. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, depart to Rende (Calabria region) with its magnificent Aragonese Castles. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Wednesday RENDE (COSENZA) - TAORMINA
After breakfast, depart to the beautiful town of Taormina, a favorite with tourists worldwide. Free time for personal discoveries, for shopping or for a leisurely stroll along the panoramic terrace. Overnight and dinner in Giardini Naxos or Acireale.
Day 5 Thursday ETNA - SYRACUSE - TAORMINA
After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, up to the "Rifugio Sapienza", 1900 meters above sea level and time to enjoy the suggestive view. Continue to Syracuse, for a guided visit of the Neapolis Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Ear of Dionysus, an ear-shaped grotto. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Friday PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
After breakfast, guided visit of the Roman Villas of Piazza Armerina with their beautiful mosaics, a site that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Then, depart to Agrigento, to admire the Valley of Temples. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Saturday: AGRIGENTO - MONREALE - PALERMO
After breakfast, leave to Palermo. First stop in Monreale for a guided visit of the outstanding moorish-norman-style Duomo, extensively decorated with mosaics and fine gold. Today a Farewell Lunch consisting of typical local products will be served. Continue to Palermo and after a panoramic visit of the city transfer to the airport. End of our services.

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Optional Tours

Vatican Museums Walking Tour
 
Your knowledgeable guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums to explore the world's most extensive collection of art. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the museums are brimming with treasures and history. Your guide will lead you through the 2000 rooms that stretch over almost nine miles, and share the stories and secrets contained within the Vatican's walls.
Highlights of the museums are Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will encounter another of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pieta, in St Peter's Basilica. For a fascinating finish to your small group guided walking tour, stop to admire magnificent St Peter's Square, as your guide points out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusion.

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour
 
Perfect for first-time visitors, this guided morning tour is the ideal introduction to Ancient Rome, leaving you with the afternoon free to explore Rome at your leisure. Several major sites are covered in just three hours, and you'll receive enlightening insights into Rome's millennia of history as you stroll, without wasting time waiting in line.
Your tour begins atop the Colle Oppio with a panoramic view of the Colosseum, Rome's most recognizable landmark. Next, you will skip the long lines and gain special access to the Colosseum. Once inside, your expert official guide will take you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome.

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