ROME, SORRENTO & CAPRI with SICILY 17 DAY / 15 NIGHT ESCORTED TOUR FROM ROME TO ROME by Syndi Prokopich - Your Personal Travel Concierge
ROME, SORRENTO & CAPRI with SICILY
17 DAY / 15 NIGHT ESCORTED TOUR FROM ROME TO ROME by Syndi Prokopich - Your Personal Travel Concierge
OCTOBER 10 - 26, 2019 DISCOVER ITALY WITH ME!
Starting at $3850 CAD per person, based on Double Occupancy
Price based on double occupancy per person, land only tour and Subject to Change (due to Currency fluctuations)
Includes: Luxury Coach Tour, Rountrip Transfers, Prepaid Gratuities, 4 ferry rides, 5 Excursions, 13 breakfasts, 10 dinners. Does not include: Airfare (Group Air is now available) or insurance. Please inquire.
Journeys Club Members receive Repeat Traveller Welcome Back Credit if booked before Dec 2018 and $100/pp discount if deposit/booked 2 weeks after attending my Travel Presentation(s). Deposit $550 per person required, final payment due August 2019.
Rome, Sorrento, and Capri—three of Italy’s most popular cities are waiting for you on this grand Italy vacation. Spend four nights in Rome and two nights each in Capri and on the Neapolitan Riviera on this affordable Italy tour at a leisurely pace, featuring ancient historic sites, spectacular scenery, and authentic Mediterranean charm. Discover Sicily, a legendary island of breathtaking beauty, rich in history and culture.
History buffs will love the views of Rome’s Colosseum where gladiators fought to the death during the Roman Empire. Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life 2,000 years ago at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Sicily, visit the Valley of the Temples to see remains from ancient Greek civilization, as well as the famous mosaic depicting the “bikini girls” in the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina.
There is no shortage of spectacular scenery throughout your affordable tour of Italy. Discover the heights of Mount Etna – Europe’s most active live volcano. You’ll witness breathtakingly beautiful views on your excursion to the Amalfian Coast.
Following the natural course of the Amalfi coastline, the winding road features coastal mountains plunging into the sea, dramatic cliffs, inlets, and bays interspersed with picturesque towns—all with the deep-blue water for scenery that is nothing short of spectacular! In Sicily, you will take a scenic cable car to charming Erice, a fortified town overlooking Trapani and the Egadi archipelago.
Enjoy visits of the laid-back town of Sorrento and the charming island of Capri. Both offer breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, enjoy the marvelous Mediterranean climate, wander the maze of streets, shop at the boutiques, and sip a drink in the famous “piazzetta.”The majestic St. Peter’s square in Rome, the sapphire-blue waters of the strait of Messina, the lush orange groves on the flanks of Mount Etna, and the friendly smiles of the local people will create lasting, fond memories. You’ll cherish this unique Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.
Day by Day Itinerary:
OCTOBER 10 - LEAVE WINNIPEG VIA AIR – ARRIVE ROME, ITALY NEXT DAY
Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
Transfer from the Rome Airport and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring this great city.Tonight, meet your up with your Escort Host, Tour Director and fellow travelers. Prepare for your next 2 days in this capital city.
Day 2-3 ROME(B)
Two days to get acquainted with Rome. After breakfast, on Day 2 (Saturday) in the morning, we have a tour around the VATICAN MUSEUMS to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the SISTINE CHAPEL with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli.See the “Genesis and Michelangelo’s “Last Judgement”. In the afternoon, included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s SQUARE and BASILICA. Other highlights are the iconic COLOSSEUM, the largest amphitheater ever built and CIRCUS MAXIMUS. Day 3 (Sunday) enjoy a day all to yourself to experience more sights and sounds of Rome, cafes, restaurants, and anything else you may want to do before leaving.
Day 4 ROME–MONTECASSINO–POMPEII–NAPLES–CAPRI (B, D)
Today visit the ABBEY OF MONTECASSINO and the WWII MEMORIALS. Then, to POMPEII,
where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried the city. On the included
guided visit sees the remains of the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Embark on the
FERRY to Capri to spend two nights on this charming island.
Day 5 CAPRI (B, D)
This legendary island is surrounded by a rocky coastline—and the crashing sea has formed
remarkable caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques,
and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available.
After breakfast, enjoy at leisure, the amazing resort town of Sorrento with its cafes, shops, beaches and colourful alleys.Next, included is a visit and tour of the charming village of Positano, which a famous author once said, “It is a dream place that is not quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
Day 6 CAPRI–SORRENTO AREA. EXCURSION TO AMALFITAN COAST (B, D)
Take the FERRY to Sorrento. Few places in the world match the very special charm of Sorrento.
This picturesque resort overlooking the Bay of Naples boasts a marvelous climate, beautiful
views, trendy shops and boutiques, interesting museums, and a vibrant nightlife. Don’t miss out
on the included excursion along the breathtakingly beautiful AMALFITAN COAST.
Days 7-8 SORRENTO AREA (Day 7- B / Day 8 – B,D)
Two full days to enjoy the waters of the Bay of Naples and with truly spectacular views as far as
towering Vesuvius. Sorrento’s terraces, adorned with flowers, jut from winding streets and alleys
above a small harbor. Streets are filled with shops, cheerful bars, and cafés.
Day 7 enjoy a relaxing cruise to two of the gems of the Neapolitan Riviera: Positano and Amalfi.That evening you may choose to enjoy an Optional Excursion including a delicious dinner on the picturesque bay of Naples or talk to your Tour Director about a local delight to try.
Day 8, free day to wander and shop, relax and prepare for the next day.
Day 9 NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA–VILLA SAN GIOVANNI–FERRY CROSSING–TAORMINA AREA(B,D)
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 for a 2-night stay.
Day 10 TAORMINA AREA. EXCURSION TO MOUNT ETNA(B,D)
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). Later, visit the charming town of Taormina.Magnificently situated on a 700-foot plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount Etna. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Sicilian style dinner including folk music and entertainment.
Day 11 TAORMINA AREA–PIAZZA ARMERINA–AGRIGENTO(B,D)
Today, drive westward to Piazza Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. 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. Spend the night in Agrigento.
Day 12 AGRIGENTO–SELINUNTE–MARSALA(B, D)
Leave for Selinunte, one of the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves. Here, you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and fortifications. On the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MILL and learn how this local product is extracted and refined.
Day 13 MARSALA-TRAPANI-ERICE-PALERMO(B,D)
Two Sicilian treats are on the agenda today. First, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local Guide, set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city center
stretches along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Next is the medieval hilltop town of 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. Continue to Palermo.Here, you will enjoy an orientation coach tour of this fascinating city which takes in some of the most important sights, then dinner in a lovely restaurant on the coast.
Day 14 PALERMO (EMBARKATION)–OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO NAPLES(B)
A full day to enjoy this busy and colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches, and palazzos in every style—from Moorish to baroque. Join the included sightseeing tour to learn more and visit the magnificent CAPPELLA PALATINA. This evening embark for an overnight FERRY crossing from Palermo to Naples, in the comfort of your sleeper cabins. Purchase breakfast on the ferry before disembarking the next morning in Naples.
Day 15 NAPLES (DISEMBARKATION)–ROME(D)
Get to know Naples with a Local Guide. You'll discover a multifaced city, elegant and decadent at the same time, lively, fascinating, and colorful. Later, return to Rome, the “Eternal City.” Soak up “la dolce vita” of this romantic but pulsing capital to the sound of clinking glasses as you “saluti” your way through the evening enjoying Farewell Dinner in a typical restaurant and say goodbye to new found traveler friends. A tour of the city’s fountains and majestic squares is included.
Day 16 ROME(B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport to catch your return flight home. Say “Arrivederci” to Italy … for now. If you’d like to extend your visit, talk to me about several options to consider.
Visits to Rome (4 nights): guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Circus Maximus and more. Montecassino: Visit the Abbey and WWII Memorials;
Pompeii: guided walking tour of the excavations. Two overnights in Capri; Sorrento: with a relaxing cruise to Positano and Amalfi; Amalfitan Coast: scenic drive; Taormina, Piazza Armerina Roman Villa, Valley of the Temples, Selinunte Acropolis, Erice, Marsala.
Individual headsets throughout the tour.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Agrigento archaeological site, Trapani, Palermo Naples; professional Tour Director while touring
13 buffet breakfasts, 10 dinners, 5 Optional Excursions, Roundtrip Transfers (provided Air is purchased with Globus), Prepaid Gratuities.
Dates, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change as are costs; all fluctuate with currency exchange rate
Single Share is not included on this tour – ask for a Pairing Option or Single Supplement cost
**Group Air is available, arrangements for extensions need to be confirmed prior to confirming air. ** Roundtrip transfers are included if Group Air purchased through Globus. Otherwise, transfer costs are additional.
***Ask about Trip Insurance options and costs***
You will see the following on your experience
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, on the southern tip of Italy, is a rugged and attractive island and is one of the country's 20 regions. It has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. It is also home to the important archaeological and ancient sites, such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples, and Selinunte.
Naples is a city in Italy; it is the capital of the region of Campania and of the province of Naples. Known for its rich history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy, Naples has played an important role in the Italian peninsula and beyond for much of its existence, which began more than 2,800 years ago. Situated on the west coast of Italy by the Gulf of Naples, the city is located halfway between two volcanic areas, Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields. Naples has the fourth-largest urban economy in Italy, after Milan, Rome and Turin. It is the world's 103rd-richest city by purchasing power, with an estimated 2011 GDP of US$83.6 billion. The port of Naples is one of the most important in Europe, and has the world's second-highest level of passenger flow, after the port of Hong Kong. The city has long been a major cultural centre with a global sphere of influence, particularly during the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras. In the immediate vicinity of Naples are numerous culturally and historically significant sites, including the Palace of Caserta and the Roman ruins ofPompeii and Herculaneum. Culinarily, it is synonymous with pizza, which originated in the city.
Positano is a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), in Campania, Italy. The main part of the city sits in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. The church of Santa Maria Assunta features a dome made of majolica tiles as well as a 13th century Byzantine icon of a black Madonna. According to local legend, the icon had been stolen from Byzantium and was being transported by pirates across the Mediterranean. A terrible storm had blown up in the waters opposite Positano and the frightened sailors heard a voice on board saying "Posa, posa!" ("Put down! Put down!"). The precious icon was unloaded and carried to the fishing village and the storm abated.