12 Day Sicily & the Amalfi Coast (May-Nov 2014)
Palermo (2 nights) Agrigento (1) Taormina (3) Amalfi (2) Rome (2)
Piazza Armerina, Monreale, Messina, Mt. Etna, Capri, Pompeii
From $3690 per person
There’s no place on earth like Sicily. A true melting pot of cultures, you’ll see Greek and Asian influences in the exotic architecture, unique cuisine and faces of her people. If you happen to be of Sicilian heritage, you’ll be surprised by how the “old country” has very much joined the 21st century while retaining its special charm.
- Great Hotels. Centrally located, First-Class hotels and deluxe hotels, exclusively.
- Smaller Groups. 20 to 30 guests per tour.
- More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motorcoaches with EXTRA legroom.
- Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy. (see conditions)
- Buffet Breakfast Daily. A very hearty start to each day!
- 8 Dinners & 1 Lunch. Including pasta or soup, choice of entrees, vegetable, salad, dessert, coffee, wine, mineral water, beer or soft drink.
- Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tour.
- Wireless Headsets to hear your guide clearly and distinctly in public places.
- 1 Deluxe Backpack Per Person, baggage tags and travel documents included.
- Baggage Handling. Never touch your bag! (except at airports)
- Hotel Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and All Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel.
- Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides.
At a Glance:
- Day 1 (Sunday) - Depart USA
- Day 2 (Monday) - Arrive in Palermo, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 3 (Tuesday) - Palermo & Monreale Sightseeing, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner Out
- Day 4 (Wednesday) - Palermo, Selinunte, Agrigento, Dinner at Hotel
- Day 5 (Thursday) - Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Taormina
- Day 6 (Friday) - Taormina, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 7 (Saturday) - Taormina, Mt. Etna, Lunch/Wine Tasting, Taormina
- Day 8 (Sunday) - Taormina, Messina, Amalfi
- Day 9 (Monday) - Amalfi, Capri, Amalfi
- Day 10 (Tuesday) - Amalfi, Pompeii, Rome
- Day 11 (Wednesday) - Rome Sightseeing, Dinner out Tonight
- Day 12 (Thursday) - Rome, USA
Day 1 - Sunday - Depart USA
Boarding our overnight flight, we’re off on our Sicilian adventure. Buon viaggio!
Day 2 - Monday - Arrive in Palermo, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti in Italia! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Palermo airport to your hotel at scheduled times. A Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you. Relax this afternoon, or take a stroll around the neighborhood.
This evening we enjoy dinner and the first of many local wines to be sampled in the days ahead. D
Day 3 - Tuesday - Palermo & Monreale Sightseeing, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner Out
This morning we explore Palermo, the fascinating capital city. We’ll visit the Royal Palace which General George Patton turned into his headquarters in 1943. We’ll also take in the Palace of the Normans, the Palatine Chapel, the Palermo Cathedral, the great Norman Cathedral of Monreale and other highlights.
This afternoon and evening are on your own for free time, shopping or explorations. Be sure to try the “Panelle”, a local specialty made from chickpea flour. Tonight we’ll enjoy the local Sicilian food at a characteristic local restaurant with fine local wines. BB, D
Day 4 - Wednesday - Palermo, Selinunte, Agrigento, Dinner at Hotel
We bid farewell to Palermo this morning. On the way to Agrigento, we’ll stop to visit one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean: Selinunte, renowned for the majestic remnants of its temples and acropolis. This huge city was built in 628 BC and for over two centuries it was one of the richest and most powerful in the world. It was destroyed by the Carthaginians in 409 BC and finally fell to the Romans in about 350 BC.
Next, you’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy a lunch on your own in Agrigento. This afternoon we visit the famous long reaches of the Valley of the Temples, a Unesco world heritage site which holds some of the greatest Greek ruins in the world.
Tonight, we can discuss all the history we learned about today over a relaxing dinner in our hotel. BB, D
Day 5 - Thursday - Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Taormina
This morning we depart for Taormina, stopping along the way for a fascinating visit to the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. The elaborate villa, owned by a Roman aristocrat from the 4th Century, is famous for its intricate mosaics. And who said the Bikini was invented in St. Tropez in the 1950s? You’ll see proof that the Romans invented it centuries ago!
Many have proclaimed Taormina to be the most beautiful place on earth. Now you can decide for yourself. After an exciting and educational day, a delicious, relaxing dinner is served in our hotel with fine local wines.BB, D
Day 6 - Friday - Taormina, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner Out Tonight
After this morning’s leisurely tour, including the Greek and Roman outdoor theater, you’ll know why Taormina is known as the “Jewel of Italy.” Its winding streets and secluded gardens are truly enchanting. The snow covered volcano, Mt. Etna, serves as a dramatic backdrop to the well-preserved Greek and Roman outdoor theater.
This afternoon is all yours! Why not stroll the medieval streets lined with interesting little shops, take a dip in the hotel pool, or treat yourself to one of Sicily’s greatest inventions – the cannoli!
Tonight, we enjoy dinner and great Sicilian vino at a fine local “ristorante.” BB, D
Day 7 - Saturday- Taormina, Mt. Etna, Lunch/Wine Tasting, Taormina
This morning we meet one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Mt. Etna is in an almost constant state of eruption. Don’t worry, we’ll keep a safe distance !
The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, orchards and vineyards. So let’s visit a local winery for a tour, a tasting and a light lunch!
Tonight you can enjoy dinner on your own. Have you tried “pesce spada” yet? Swordfish is Sicily’s favorite seafood. BB, L
Day 8 - Sunday - Taormina, Messina, Amalfi
It’s a short drive to Messina where we board our ferry across the Straits of Messina.
Reggio ahead - the golden sun above - the blue water below - it’s great to be in Italy! Nestled at the tip of Calabria is Reggio - with her homes climbing up the serene slopes, hugging the hills, their faces to the sun and sea - expressing in a gaze the warmth of her people.
Now we drive North, up the rugged Calabrian spine across the Apennines to the world famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have some free time to enjoy lunch on your own.
Tonight we enjoy our first dinner in our lovely hotel in Amalfi. BB,D
DAY 9 - Monday Amalfi, Capri, Amalfi
This morning after breakfast, we board the hydrofoil to Capri to visit this beautiful island. The entire day is yours to enjoy as you wish! Take a boat to see the Blue Grotto, one of the most beautiful and unique sights in Italy, or take a chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro. Enjoy lunch on your own and be sure to try the local specialty of this area: Limoncello, a liquor made from the local lemons.
This afternoon we return to Amalfi where you can relax before you head out for dinner on your own. Ask your tour guide for some recommendations on where to eat. Try a Pizza Margherita made with tomatoes grown on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius! BB
DAY 10 - Tuesday - Amalfi, Pompeii, Rome
This morning, we leave and we’ll soon be in Rome…but we can’t end our trip in Italy without first visiting Pompeii! We’ll travel back in time to 79 A.D. to this famous town. A city perfectly preserved by the ash that rained down from Mt. Vesuvius, you’ll see the tragic fossils of the people attempting to escape with their children and dogs. And the streets, homes and stores that are intact.
Next, we continue to Rome via the Highway of the Sun. Tonight we’ll enjoy one of our last dinners at our hotel. BB, D
DAY 11 - Wednesday - Rome Sightseeing, Dinner Out Tonight
Today we’ll visit the birthplace of the Roman Empire. With our expert local guide, we’ll board our coach for a panoramic tour of Castel St. Angelo, the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina (where Caesar was stabbed by Brutus), the Jewish Ghetto and the Circus Maximus.
Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself. What do “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” really mean? It’s not what you think.
Tonight for our final dinner, we’ll eat at one of my favorite Roman restaurants. Be sure to exchange emails with your new friends! BB, D
DAY 12 - Thursday - Rome, USA
This morning we board our flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. While we say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us. As the famous song says…. Arriverderci Roma! BB
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Grand Hotel Wagner
Relax in opulent luxury reminiscent of an earlier century in the beautifully decorated Grand Hotel Wagner, a prestigious hotel set in the heart of Perlmo's medieval historic Quarter. A recently-restored early 20th century building, the Wagner's exceptional interiors were featured in the famous Italian movie 'The Leopard'. Visit the 4th floor terrace for an aperitif where you will also enjoy lovely views out over the city.
Colleverde Park Hotel
Set in a lush park overlooking the Valley of the Temples and the sea, the Colleverde Park Hotel is a 4 star hotel which welcomes guests with a calm and elegant atmosphere. This hotel has a great location just a few minutes from the historic center, 2 km from the entrance to the archaeological area, and only 6 km from the beach
Hotel Villa Diodoro
The Villa Diodoro, a four star hotel, just a few steps from downtown Taormina, is the home for people who enjoy the best of life, who wish to relax admiring the unique Etna view and the charm of the Naxos Bay.
The Hotel Luna Convento was transformed into a hotel in 1822. This beautiful hotel occupies Amalfi's watchtower which dates back to 1564, a part of the ancient Franciscan monastery founded by Saint Francis in 1222. The hotel is complete with its original cloister and church. Just minutes within walking distance from the town's center.
NH Vittorio Veneto
This lovely four star hotel is nestled on the edge of the Villa Borghese Park at the top of Via Veneto, the "Fifth Avenue" of Rome.
NOTE: If a change in hotels becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be equivalent of those shown.
Make the most of your time in Italy with these great optional tours:
|Tour||Price in EUR||Price in USD*|
|Capri Tour||€ 96||$128|
|Moses & the Trevi Fountain||€ 45||$60|
*USD prices are based on currency exchange rate of 1.33 and are subject to change. The final price will be confirmed upon booking based on the exchange rate at that time.
Duration: 12 hrs
Take a full-day, guided walking tour of Capri and Ana Capri. This tour includes a visit to the Blue Grotto and lunch.
Moses & the Trevi Fountain
Duration: 2-3 hrs
Our first stop is the Church of St Peter in Chains to see the preserved chains and Michaelangelo’s statue of Moses. Then we continue to the Trevi Fountain (throw a coin in and make a wish!), the impressive Pantheon and the famous Piazza Navona. Before we head back, there’s a chance for you to enjoy our two favorite indulgences - pizza and gelato!