Rialto Bridge on Grand Canal, VeniceStatue of David at the Piazzale Michelangelo, FlorencePositano Palermo, SicilyNoto, Sicily

Rialto Bridge on Grand Canal, Venice

Statue of David at the Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Positano

Palermo, Sicily

Noto, Sicily

Description

Central Holidays has the best Europe vacation deals. With this Italy vacation package travelers discover some of the most amazing locations that Italy and Sicily have to offer. Explore Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo for 18 days. Marvel at the quantity and variety of sites. The splendid rooms of Doge's Palace in Venice, Michelangelo's statue of David in Florence, the loveliness of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, St. Francis town of Assisi, Rome's monuments, fountains, antiquities. Michelangelo's greatest achievement, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, the Great Synagogue... the Colosseum, ancient Pompeii's remarkably preserved ruins of temples, houses and public buildings. Positano, Amalfi and its celebrated coastline, the romantic isle of Capri, Travel along the slopes of Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, and visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. 31 meals are included, many of them in local restaurants to savor regional cuisine including wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino. Be a special guest at tastings of Balsamic vinegar, of wines in a castle, of honey in Zafferana and of Marsala sweet wines. Admire masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Donatello, Giotto and many others. Last but least, spend pleasant nights at well-appointed first class hotels, a Central Holidays' trademark. This will be an Italy vacation to top all others.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live the enchantment of Venice from the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace to St. Mark’s Square
  • Share in tasting experiences of Lambrusco wines and balsamic vinegar with lunch in Modena
  • Marvel at the Renaissance City of Florence and the medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano
  • Tour amazing Assisi and visit the Basilica of Saint Francis
  • Discover Rome’s treasures, visiting the Roman Forum and the iconic Colosseum and enjoying The Eternal City’s piazzas, trattorias, and modern city pulse
  • Journey south to Naples and the celebrated Amalfi coastline to Positano and on to the romantic isle of Capri
  • Delve into the mystery and mystique of Sicily in Palermo, Marsala, Agrigento, and beyond


Itinerary

Day 1 - MON I VENICE

Morning arrival into Venice’s marco Polo airport. Here you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Venice. the balance of the day is at leisure. this evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a popular restaurant. (D)

Day 2 - TUE I VENICE

Your morning tour of Venice is on foot and will highlight the Basilica of st. mark and the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of sighs and Piombi Prison. afternoon is at leisure with enough time for more sightseeing, shopping or relaxation. (B)

Day 3 - WED I VENICE I PADUA I MODENA I FLORENCE

This morning depart Venice and stop in Padua to visit the Basilica of st. anthony and its art, including the large bronze works of Donatello. continue your scenic drive to modena where you’ll be treated to a special balsamic vinegar tasting session plus lunch, featuring local specialties and Lambrusco wine. after lunch continue to florence, the home of michelangelo. (B,L)

Day 4 - THU I FLORENCE

Your morning tour takes you to Michelangelo Square for a panoramic view of the city. Then visit: the Accademia to see michelangelo’s original “David” statue, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery with its “Gates of Paradise” doors, Signoria Square and Santa Croce Church. enjoy your afternoon to explore the treasures of Florence on your own or embark on an optional tour to Pisa featuring a dinner at an authentic farmhouse and winery in the enchanting Tuscan countryside. (B)

Day 5 - FRI I FLORENCE I SIENA I SAN GIMIGNANO I FLORENCE

After breakfast today, head out for a day of discovery to Siena and San Gimignano. Medieval Siena, known for its famed Palio horse races and expansive central Il Campo plaza, awaits your exploration. Visit Siena’s Duomo, considered to be one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Italy. In San Gimignano, stroll the old world center and take in the fascinating architecture and towers that offer amazing views of the city and the surrounding valley. Tonight we will share in a delicious dinner at an acclaimed local restaurant near your Florence hotel. (B,D)

Day 6 - SAT I FLORENCE I MAGIONE I ASSISI I ROME

morning departure for Rome. Drive through the serene Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, passing by the shores of Lake Trasimeno with a stop at the Magione Castle, presently the private residence of the Prince and Grand Master of Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta. Here a wine expert will lecture on the vinification process that takes place at the castle, followed by a delicious tasting of the varieties of wines produced there and a light lunch. Continue to Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy your guided tour of St. Francis Basilica. Arrive in Rome in the late afternoon. (B,L)

Day 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 co ast 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 at one of the most prestigious chocolate-makers, 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 locations 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 19 - 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 18 nights
  • 31 included meals consisting of:
    - 18 buffet breakfasts
    - 2 gourmet lunches with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
    - 1 light lunch at Magione Castle
    - 1 lunch at a local farmhouse
    - 3 dinners at hotel
    - 6 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
  • 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
    - Walking tour of Venice, including the Doge’s Palace
    - Balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena and wine tasting at Magione Castle
    - Visit of St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua
    - Walking tour of Florence, including the Accademia
    - Excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
    - Tour of Assisi and visit of St. Francis Basilica
    - Tour of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum
    - Orientation tour of Naples, including a visit of 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, visit “Godfather” filming locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (see restrictions on page 90)
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear your guide from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

Small Groups

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ADDITIONAL INCLUDED FEATURES

  • Group size up to 16 people 
  • “Welcome Souvenir” in Venice 
  • Bottle of wine in the room in Venice 
  • Visit of Bacari wine bars to sample Venice’s famous “cicchetti” dishes 
  • Visit of Florence Market, including a gift card with a value of 25 euro to spend at one of the many stores
  • Gelato stop at Vivoli, the oldest gelateria in Florence 
  • Cappuccino break during city tour in Rome 
  • Visit of a gelato factory in Rome 
  • Pizza lunch in Pompeii 
  • Limoncello tasting in Sorrento 
  • Neapolitan pastries tasting on the Amalfi Coast 
  • Street food tour in Palermo including tasting of local delicacies 
  • Picnic in Kolymbetra – Sicily's Valley of the Temples' hidden garden 
  • Honey tasting in Taormina 
  • Cannoli and Granita tasting in Taormina 
  • Free wi-fi on bus 
  • One bottle of water on bus daily
Tour’s Start Date Tour’s End Date Price
25-Mar 12-Apr $6,457
27-May 14-Jun $6,864
22-Jul 9-Aug $6,657
12-Aug 30-Aug $6,620
30-Sep 18-Oct $6,864
14-Oct 1-Nov $6,795
11-Nov 29-Nov $6,400

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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

Departures & Rates

Single supplement: $1,444
Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: $210
Price is per person based on double occupancy
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