Piazza Navona, RomeNaples bay Fruit stand in SorrentoSmall town of RavelloStreet cafe in the Taormina

Piazza Navona, Rome

Naples bay

Fruit stand in Sorrento

Small town of Ravello

Street cafe in the Taormina

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Travelers enjoy a 13 day Escorted tour to Rome, Sorrento and Sicily, a winning combination! During this unforgettable itinerary, guests will explore the narrow, ancient streets, monuments, piazzas, fountains of Rome, visit the vestiges of the city imperial past and Vatican City's treasures housed in the Sistine Chapels and the Vatican Museum. Relax by the splendid views of deep blue sea of the villages that dot the Amalfi Coast... Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and the pearl that sits right off the coast, the Isle of Capri. Before indulging in classic Sicilian cuisine on the famed island. This escorted itinerary fulfills the senses with stays in the ancient cities of Taormina and Agrigento, where travelers explore the majestic ruins of the Valley of the Temples and view the largest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna. Signature features of Central Holidays Escorted tour vacations are the deluxe motor-coaches, the friendly professionalism of the tour directors, the selected centrally located first class hotels and the lunches and dinners at local restaurants to enjoy savory regional cuisine. Meals winning perks with each meal are the included wines, mineral waters, coffee or cappuccino. In Sicily you will also attend a honey-tasting in Zafferana and a tasting of Marsala wine (a sweet wine). Obviously, as in all of our tours the sites will take central stage and in Italy tour packages because they are innumerable as well as memorable. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Live the old world meets modern pulse of Rome from its ancient ruins to its lively piazzas and tantalizing trattorias
  • Discover the near endless treasures of Vatican City from Michelangelo's masterful paintings in the Sistine Chapel to gems in Vatican Museums, to the grandiose St. Peter's Basilica
  • Explore the remarkably preserved ruins of Pompeii, city covered by volcanic lava 2,000 years ago
  • Journey along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, stay in Sorrento, and cross the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri
  • Travel back in time as you delve into the Sicilian cities of Taormina and Agrigento
  • Take-in the majestic views of the largest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna.
  • Enjoy tasting experiences of chocolate, olive oil, and sweet Marsala wine in Sicily, and explore the towns where "The Godfather" trilogy was filmed


Itinerary

Day 1 - SAT I ROME

Morning arrival into Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Here you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 - SUN I ROME

Rome is filled with monuments, fountains, antiquities and other sites worth exploring. Use this free day to discover, on your own, all the Eternal City has to offer. Take an optional tour or discover why Roman trattorias are famous for their fine cuisine. (B)

Day 3 - MON I ROME

This morning experience a very special privately guided tour of the priceless collection of art and treasures in the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. Then proceed to the Piazza Venezia and Roman Forum, with a stop at the Colosseum – a testament to the greatness of Rome’s past. Continue your full day tour by viewing the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, the Great Synagogue, Isola Tiberina and Castel Sant’Angelo. Tonight bid arrivederci to Rome at a special dinner with wine in a lovely Roman restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4 - TUE I ROME I NAPLES I POMPEII I SORRENTO

This morning drive south to Naples for an orientation tour of the city. Before heading to Sorrento, stop in Pompeii, the ancient city covered by volcanic lava 2,000 years ago, for a guided tour of the remarkably preserved ruins of temples, houses, gardens and public buildings. Then drive along the spectacular coast road of the Bay of Naples to Sorrento, the famous resort town of orange and lemon groves. Dinner at your hotel restaurant is included. (B,D)

Day 5 - WED I SORRENTO I POSITANO I AMALFI I RAVELLO I SORRENTO

Leave Sorrento in the morning for Positano. Brief stop at the Belvedere to enjoy a unique view of Moorish architecture blended with pastel colored houses. Weather permitting, board a motorlaunch and cruise along the coast to Amalfi for a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Ravello. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant with spectacular views of the Amalfi coast and the Bay of Salerno. Free time for a stroll around the center of town before returning to Sorrento. (B,L)

Day 6 - THU I SORRENTO I CAPRI I SORRENTO

A morning jetfoil whisks you across the blue Bay of Naples to the fabled Isle of Capri, where you will ascend to the Piazzetta, visit the Floral Gardens of Caesar Augustus, and still have free time for lunch and some shopping before returning to Sorrento. Tonight dinner is at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 - FRI I SORRENTO I NAPLES I PALERMO

Today we say goodbye to Sorrento. Transfer to Naples airport for your flight to Palermo (not included). Arrival in Palermo and transfer to your hotel. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8 - SAT I PALERMO

This morning enjoy a tour of Palermo featuring the Massimo Theater, Quattro Canti, a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans, and the Cathedral housing the shrine of Santa Rosalia. The last stop will be at the Abbey of Monreale, an Arab-Norman Cathedral built in the 12th century famous for its magnificent Byzantine mosaics and the adjacent Benedictine cloister. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or to take an optional tour of Cefalu’, a picturesque fishing village outside of Palermo. (B)

Day 9 - SUN I PALERMO I ERICE I MARSALA I AGRIGENTO

This morning we take a breathtaking scenic drive up to the medieval town of Erice. After the Elymians settled here, it became an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets, each cobbled with rectangular stones, and take some time to stop by one of the famous homemade pastry shops selling delicacies such as marzipan candies and pistachio pastries. After enjoying an olive oil tasting session and lunch accompanied by Marsala wine at a local farmhouse, we will travel along a coastline mostly made up of salt pans built back in roman times. Overnight in Agrigento. (B,L)

Day 10 - MON I AGRIGENTO I RAGUSA

This morning enjoy a guided tour of "The Valley of the Temples", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main archaeological treasures of the Mediterranean, this site is immersed in a rural landscape of rare beauty characterized by the presence of century-old olive and almond trees. Your guided walking tour will cover about one mile in a mostly downhill direction, with stops along the “Via Sacra” (holy pathway) to admire the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Herakles and ruins of the Temple of Zeus. In the afternoon we continue to Ragusa. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 11 - TUE I RAGUSA I MODICA I NOTO I ORTIGIA (SYRACUSE) I TAORMINA

Today’s first stop will be in Modica, a quaint historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting some very fine Baroque architecture, picturesque views and historic sites, Modica is also known for its chocolate. Rich, dark and crumbly, it is produced in a traditional method imported from the New World by Sicily's Spanish overlords. After a chocolate tasting session in one of the most prestigious chocolatemaker, we resume our journey to Noto. Part of the "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the enchanting island of Ortigia, the old town center of Syracuse. Highlights of Ortigia are the cathedral square with its church built over an ancient Greek temple and the beautiful promenade with its panorama over the sea and the natural bay of the town. Dinner and overnight in Taormina. (B,D)

Day 12 - WED I TAORMINA

Morning at leisure to relax, or to take an optional excursion to the slopes of Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center including the Greek/Roman amphitheater with breathtaking views looking over the bay of Naxos (B)

Day 13 - THU I TAORMINA I SAVOCA I D'AGRO' VALLEY I TAORMINA

Today enjoy a once in a lifetime experience: the “Godfather” tour. See the real Sicily while exploring Savoca and D’Agro Valley, the towns and area that served as location when filming the "The Godfather" trilogy. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, bid arrivederci to your travel companions during a festive farewell dinner with delectable cuisine and sparkling wine in a fashionable restaurant. (B,D)

Day 14 - FRI I TAORMINA I CATANIA TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Morning transfer to Catania Airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 13 nights
  • 22 included meals consisting of:
    - 13 buffet breakfasts
    - 3 dinners at hotels
    - 4 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
    - 1 gourmet lunch with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurant
    - 1 lunch at a local farmhouse
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional tour director for the entire length of the tour
  • Complete program of sightseeing tours and excursions with entrance fees
    - Tour of rome, including a visit to the Colosseum, Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel
    - Orientation tour of naples, including a visit to Pompeii
    - Amalfi Coast excursion, including cruise (weather permitting)
    - Excursion to Capri and visit of the Gardens of Caesar Augustus
    - Tour of Palermo featuring Quattro Canti, Cathedral and monreale
    - Visit of erice, noto, and Syracuse
    - Olive oil tasting in marsala and chocolate tasting in modica
    - Tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
    - Walking tour of Taormina and visit of the Amphitheater
    - Tour of the D’Agro Valley and “Godfather” filming locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (see restrictions on page 82)
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear your guide from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

Hotels

Rome

Donna Camilla Savelli| hotels in Rome Italy

Donna Camilla Savelli

3 Nights / First Class
Designed by Baroque architect Borromini, the Donna Camilla Savelli is a former monastery in Rome's popular Trastevere ar...

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Sorrento

Majestic| hotels in Sorrento Italy

Majestic

3 Nights / First Class
Situated a few minutes walk from the pebble beach, the 4-star Majestic Palace offers a stunning view over Naples Bay. Th...

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Agrigento

Jolly Della Valle| hotels in Agrigento Italy

Jolly Della Valle

1 Nights / First Class
The Agrigento Jolly Hotel is within minutes to the mythical "Valley of the Temples" and is only a few minutes drive from...

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Palermo

Plaza Opera| hotels in Palermo Italy

Plaza Opera

2 Nights / First Class
Cosmopolitan with a taste for tradition. Reserved but immersed into the buzzing city life. Lavish and simple. In love wi...

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Ragusa

Poggio del Sole| hotels in Ragusa Italy

Poggio del Sole

1 Nights / First Class
Poggio del Sole Resort is beautifully situated in the hyblean landscape. Those buldings which were once parts of an eleg...

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Taormina

Capotaormina| hotels in Taormina Italy

Capotaormina

3 Nights / First Class
Atahotel Capotaormina is perched on a rock below Taormina and is surrounded by the sea, offering an amazing view of the ...

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Excludes

    • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
    • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required 
    • Tips and Personal items 
    • Travel Insurance 
    • Optional Tours

Notes

    Single Supplement: $984
    Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: $120
    (*) Price is per person based on double occupancy.
    Rates for additional nights at first
    and last city are available.

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