Southern Pearls
Roma, Capri, Sorrento, Taormina

  • Rome the Colosseum
    Rome the Colosseum
  • Rome Piazza Del Popolo
    Rome Piazza Del Popolo
  • Rome Piazza San Pietro
    Rome Piazza San Pietro
  • Capri
    Capri
  • View of Capri from Anacapri
    View of Capri from Anacapri
  • Capri port
    Capri port
  • Sorrento Positano beach
    Sorrento Positano beach
  • Sorrento Marina Grande
    Sorrento Marina Grande
  • Taormina
    Taormina

Overview:

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Take a tour to the Southern Pearls.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodations in 4* hotels
  • Coach with aircondition as program
  • Bed & breakfast in Rome and half board in Sicily
  • Tour escort bilingual (English and German)
  • Excursions Capri and Anacapri with local guides
  • Ferry Salerno - Messina (seats reserved)
  • Transfer port of Messina to hotel in Taormina area
  • Full day excursion of Etna - Taormina with tour escort
  • Full day excursion of Syracuse - Noto with tour escort and local guide in Syracuse

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



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Itinerary

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1st Day, Friday: Rome
Arrival in Rome and transfer from the airport to the hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.
2nd Day, Saturday: Rome
American Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy Rome with a 24 hrs open bus ticket. Overnight
3rd Day, Sunday: Rome - Sorrento
American Buffet breakfast in the hotel. Departure by coach to Naples and transfer to Sorrento drop off at the hotel, welcome drink and meet your tour guide. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
4th Day, Monday: Capri and Anacapri
Breakfast in the hotel for customers who begin the journey on Sunday. Today is a highlight on the program: By boat you will arrive at magical island of the sirens, which inspired and still inspires an endless number of artists. Visit of Anacapri with the possibility of a visit at Villa San Michele. In Capri you can have a walk from the Piazza to the Gardens of August, which offer a unique view of the Faraglioli rocks and the rugged south cost of the island. In the afternoon free time to explore the beautiful island on your own. Possibility to visit the much-sung Blue Grotto (weather permitting). In the afternoon return to Sorrento.
5th Day, Tuesday: Amalfi on Naples
Breakfast at hotel. Free day with the possibility of an optional excursion to Amalfi or Naples.
6th Day, Wednesday: Pompei - Salerno - Messina
Breakfast at hotel. Departure from the hotel towards Pompeii. Pompeii is for it's visitors of the greatest fascination. After the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for centuries under the lava. The excavations, which already begun in 18th century still go on today. Our guide will lead you through some of the ancient streets, where you can see Baths, Forums and villas which were built by wealthy Romans in 80 BC. It is nearly unbelievable how good the fabulous frescoes that adorn the walls and floors of the villas have been preserved. Continuation to the port. Departure at about 14:00 o'clock to Sicily. Arrival at about 22:00 o'clock. Transfer to hotel, cold dinner and overnight.
7th Day, Thursday: Etna - Taormina
Half board in hotel. In the morning excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the vulcan constitutes the "Park of Etna", one of the largest protected areas in Italy. You will be astonished about the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the "Silvesti Craters" (about 1.900 mt). From here on you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep. Stop at a local beekeeper to taste quality honey and so see how he is produced. In the afternoon visit of Taormina, situated on a rocky plateau on the slopes of the steeply dropping Monte Tauro. Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman theatre, the 2nd largest classical theatre in Sicily. Re-entry in hotel. Overnight.
8th Day, Friday: Taormina Mare - Noto - Syracuse
Half board in Hotel. Full day excursion. First stop in Noto to discover the beautiful baroque in Sicily. On to Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the island. Guided tour at the Archaeological Park, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari, island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral. Re-entry in hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

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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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