12 Day South & Sicily (Apr thru Oct 2013)
Palermo (2 nights) Taormina (3) Sorrento (3) Rome (2)
Piazza Armerina, Monreale, Messina, Mt. Etna, Capri, Pompeii
From $3490 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.
- Smaller Groups. 20-to-40 guests per tour.
- More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motorcoaches with EXTRA legroom.
- Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy.
- 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 Tote Bag 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 (Thursday) - Depart USA
- Day 2 (Friday) - Arrive in Palermo, Afternoon Free, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 3 (Saturday) - Palermo & Monreale Sightseeing, Afternoon Free, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 4 (Sunday) - Palermo, Piazza Armerina, Taormina, Dinner In Hotel
- Day 5 (Monday) - Taormina, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 6 (Tuesday) - Taormina, Mt. Etna Visit, Lunch/Wine Tasting, Taormina
- Day 7 (Wendesday) - Taormina, Sorrento, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 8 (Thursday) - Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento
- Day 9 (Friday) - Sorrento, Pompeii, Sorrento, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 10 (Saturday) - Sorrento, Rome, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 11 (Sunday) - Rome Sightseeing, Dinner out in Trastevere Tonight
- Day 12 (Monday) - Rome, USA
Day 1 (Thursday) - Depart USA
Boarding our overnight flight, we’re off on our Sicilian adventure. Buon viaggio!
Day 2 (Friday) - Arrive in Palermo, Afternoon Free, Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti a Palermo! 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 (Saturday) - Palermo & Monreale Sightseeing, Afternoon Free, Dinner Out Tonight
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. Tonight we’ll enjoy the local Sicilian food at a characteristic local restaurant with fine local wines. BB, D
Day 4 (Sunday) - Palermo, Piazza Armerina, Taormina, Dinner Out
We bid farewell to Palermo this morning, with stunning Taormina in our sights. On the way, we’ll stop off 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 5 (Monday) - Taormina, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner Out Tonight
After this morning’s leisurely tour, 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 water, or just relax.
Tonight, we enjoy dinner and great Sicilian wines at a charming local restaurant.
Day 6 (Tuesday) - Taormina, Mt. Etna Visit, 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 7 (Wednesday) - Taormina, Sorrento, Dinner in Hotel
It’s a short drive to Messina where we board our steamer across the Straits of Messina.
Reggio ahead - the golden sun above - the blue water below - it’s great to be alive! 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 motor north, up the rugged Calabrian spine across the Apennines to Sorrento. Dinner tonight is with our friends and fine wines, at the hotel. BB, D
Day 8 (Thursday) - Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento
Naples at our stern, Capri at our bow, this morning we cross the Bay of Naples to the world’s most enchanting island. A free day on Capri can include the famed Blue Grotto, a chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro or just peaceful relaxation.
Later this afternoon, we sail to Sorrento for dinner on your own. BB
Day 9 (Friday) - Sorrento, Pompeii, Sorrento, Dinner Out Tonight
Pompeii! A city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day 2,000 years ago, when ash and lava literally stopped it in its tracks. You’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape, along with their children and dogs.
This afternoon is all yours to relax and enjoy. Enjoy the pool and the extensive gardens of our deluxe, Parco dei Principi hotel. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner out at a local Sorrento eatery. BB, D
Day 10 (Saturday) - Sorrento, Rome, Dinner in Hotel
This morning, via the Highway of the Sun, we’re soon in Rome. Ten days in Italy? How’s your Italian? “Chi viaggia con Perillo, viaggia tranquillo!” Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at our hotel. BB, D
Day 11 (Sunday) - Rome Sightseeing, Dinner out in Trastevere 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 we’ll eat at one of my favorite Roman restaurants in the Trastevere section of Rome. Two thumbs up! BB, D
Day 12 (Monday) - 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. BB
Note: Please be advised that circumstances may change the day and/or sequence of scheduled activities, as well as the substitution of hotels, events, shows, sightseeing, itinerary, restaurants, hosts, etc.
Prices below are land-only and do not include airfare.
For more information on airfares check out the "Air Information" section of this page.
|DEPARTURE DATES & LAND RATES
April - October 2013
|Per Person Double Room||Triple Room||Single Room||Kids (Under 12yr w/ 2 Adults|
TO PALERMO, RETURN FROM ROME
Depart USA Thursday - Return Monday
NOTE: Rates are per person and include roundtrip airport transfers in Italy at scheduled times. Airfare available from your hometown. The days of dining out and city tours may change for operational reasons.
- For a seamless travel experience from start to finish.
- Big savings in both Coach and Business Class.
- Reserve your flights now but pay later with your final payment.
- No fees for air ticket change or cancellation until final payment.
- Earn Frequent Flyer mileage.
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Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $450 to $1400 depending on your departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are running approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.
Your exact airfare will be advised within 2 business days of booking your tour. You are under no obligation to accept Perillo’s air schedule and quote. However, payment for tickets issued by Perillo Tours is due with "final payment."
Airfares DO include your roundtrip airport transfer in Italy at scheduled times, provided you arrive and depart on scheduled tour dates. If you wish to arrive earlier or extend your stay, airport transfers are not included.
We strongly recommend you BOOK EARLY as lowest airfares are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plus, more availability on the most convenient flights and best seats.
Air upgrade at affordable prices
When you purchase your coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to Business/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $2699 per person. Live it up a little!
Airline Security Measure
The transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to provide the exact name as it appears on the government-issued passport, passport number, expiration date, date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. This information will be requested at time of booking for all flight arrangements made through Perillo Tours
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT: Name corrections are subject to change fees, so please have your passport in-hand when calling us for flight reservations.
Want to start your vacation early or extend your stay in Italy? A Perillo Tour’s representative will be happy to help with the arrangements. Along with extra night hotel accommodations, your air tickets may be booked to arrive before your tour begins or remain after your tour ends.
Many customers prefer to arrive early to unwind and relax prior to the tour’s start date. Others like to extend their stay to visit with friends or relatives or explore on their own.
Whatever you desire Perillo’s team will help you plan and coordinate your entire journey.
Below are the hotels you will experience on this Perillo Tour.
NOTE: If a change in hotels becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be equivalent of those shown.
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.
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.
Parco dei Principi
The exclusive Parco dei Principi luxury hotel stands on one of the most charming and unspoiled stretches of the Sorrentine Peninsula, set on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Gulf of Naples, in the heart of Sorrento.
Superior First Class traditional six-story hotel, built in 1903 with a columned, curved facade. Located on the fashionable Via Veneto, opposite the US Embassy and near Villa Borghese park and museum, the Ambasciatori has a Hard Rock Cafe downstairs!
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!