Cities Covered: Rome, Neapolitan Riviera, Villa San Giovanni, Taormina Area, Mount Etna, Agrigento, Selinunte, Marsala, Palermo, Trapani and Erice, Naples
Duration: 09 nights / 10 days
Category: Group Tour / Fixed Departure
Day 1, Rome
Arrive in Rome, Italy’s capital, where traveller’s from around the World come to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture. You are required to reach Hotel on your own (OR you may request us to arrange the same at an extra cost). You will be at leisure for rest of the day so that you can relax after your long haul flight. In the evening, you will have an opportunity to meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Day 2, Rome – Neapolitan Riviera
Proceed to Italy’s most spectacular stretch of coastline that is blessed with forest-clad cliffs. Upon arrival, enjoy the charming bayside resort of Sorrento.
Day 3, Neapolitan Riviera – Villa San Giovanni – Ferry Crossing – Taormina Area
Today, travel through the rustic mountainous scenery of Italy’s southernmost region, Calabria, before boarding the ferry for a 45-minute crossing to Sicily. Continue to the Taormina area.
Day 4, Taormina Area
Taormina Area is a hill top town on the east coast of Italy overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Enjoy a visit to the heights of Mount Etna with the option of a jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active volcano (subject to weather conditions.
Day 5, Taormina Area – Piazza Armerina – Agrigento
Drive to Piazza Armerina, fabulous art city knitted into the heart of Sicily. At nearby Casale, visit the Roman Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics, including the whimsical “Bikini Girls.” On to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, one of Italy’s archaeological jewels visit the Doric Temple of Concord, one of the finest examples of Greek civilization existing today, and the hilltop Temple of Juno Lacinia.
Day 6, Agrigento – Selinunte – Marsala – Palermo
Leave for Selinunte, an ancient Greek city on the south-western coast of Sicily. You will have the opportunity to see the remains of the Acropolis with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, built on the ruins of the ancient Carthaginian to visit a local Salt Mill and learn how this local product is extracted and refined. Later drive to Palermo, a city at the edge of Europe and at the centre of the ancient world.
Day 7, Palermo
Start your day by visiting enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide, a city with a crescent-shaped coastline. It is the most strategic spot in the west of Sicily as it is the only major port. Continue to town of Erice, located on top of Mount Erice, reached by cable car. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately impresses with its defensive walls and castle, affording breathtaking views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island and on clear days, all the way to the African coast.
Day 8, Palermo – Naples
A full day to adore this busy and colorful city full of attention-grabbing squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style – from Moorish to baroque. Enjoy the sightseeing tour to learn more, and visit the magnificent Cappella Palatina. Later in the evening, embark for an overnight ferry crossing from Palermo to Naples.
Day 9, Naples – Rome
Enjoy a guided tour of Naples, Italy’s third-largest city and one of its oldest, most artistic and most appetizing. Learn about this multifaced city, elegant and decadent at the same time, lively, fascinating, and colorful. Later, return to Rome, the “Eternal City.”.
Day 10, Rome – International Flight
Your exploration ends with the morning breakfast. You are required to reach Airport on your own (OR you may request us to arrange the same at an extra cost).
The tour is available from January till end of December. Contact us for price, inclusions and other details such as optional excursions.