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sell12 Day South & Sicily Tour 2024

12 Days / 10 Nights   Starting at $3695 PP (Land Rate)

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.

Itinerary

Depart USA - Rome

FRIDAY: Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on the adventure of a lifetime!

Rome - Afternoon at Leisure - Dinner in Hotel

SATURDAY: Benvenuti a Roma, the eternal city! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.

There will be time to relax this afternoon before dinner with fine local vino at our hotel.

Rome City Sightseeing - Colosseum - Dinner Out Tonight

SUNDAY: This morning, you’ll get to experience a delicious Italian breakfast, complete with cappuccino, fresh juices, croissants, fresh breads along with salami, cheeses and of course bacon and eggs!

Next, we board our chariot for a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, and the Great Synagogue build in the heart of the Jewish quarter. Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.

Tonight, we enjoy a fun dinner out.

*Colosseum entrance subject to ticket availability*

Rome - Pompeii - Amalfi - Dinner in Hotel

MONDAY: This morning, after a delicious breakfast, we’re off on the beautiful drive south to Pompeii. We’ll travel back in time to the fateful year of 79 AD. A city perfectly preserved by the ash that rained-down from Mount Vesuvius, you’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape with their children and dogs. You’ll be amazed to see the streets, homes, and stores still perfectly intact.

Next, we continue our journey to Amalfi, where we check in to our beautiful hotel.

Tonight, we enjoy an authentic Neapolitan dinner in our hotel.

Amalfi - Capri - Amalfi

TUESDAY: This morning, we board our hydrofoil to the world’s most enchanting island – Capri. We’ll enjoy a private boat tour around the island (weather permitting). We’ll cruise by the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri’s iconic rock formations which tower above the Mediterranean Sea.

Next, we visit one of the lesser known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Then we’ll have free time to explore the island on our own or take advantage of a special optional excursion with our tour leader.

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.

Amalfi - Day at Leisure

WEDNESDAY: We thought you would enjoy a full day of leisure so today you are free to explore this beautiful city on your own…or you can relax at the hotel pool!

Amalfi - Taormina - Dinner in Hotel

THURSDAY: This morning we drive South to Calabria to board our ferry across the Straits of Messina to Sicily!

Our home in Taormina will be the great Villa Diodoro, which boasts stunning views of Mt. Etna and the bay of Naxos. Tonight, we enjoy a delicious Sicilian dinner in our hotel.

*This will be a long day so remember to wear comfortable clothes & shoes!

Taormina City Tour - Dinner Out Tonight

FRIDAY: 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 theaters we’ll be visiting.

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! It’s like heaven in your mouth!

Tonight, we enjoy dinner and great “Vino Siciliano” at a fine local restaurant.

Taormina - Mt. Etna Winery Visit & Tasting - Light Lunch

SATURDAY: This morning, you’ll meet one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Mt. Etna is in an almost constant state of eruption. But don’t worry – we’ll keep a safe distance!

The fertile volcanic soil supports extensive agriculture, orchards, and vineyards. So, let’s visit a local winery for a tour, a wine 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.

Taormina - Cefalu - Palermo

SUNDAY: We’re off to Palermo, stopping along the way for a fascinating visit of Cefalù, a coastal town in Northern Sicily. We enjoy a guided visit of the famous Norman cathedral, a 12th century fortress-like structure with elaborate Byzantine mosaics and soaring twin towers. The Cathedral has a founding legend: Normal King Roger II made a vow to God during a dangerous sailing trip from Southern Italy. His life was in great danger and he promised to build a wonderful church in the place where he would have landed, if he survived. Roger did in fact survive, disembarked in Cefalù and kept his promise and built a cathedral there.

We’ll have some free time to walk around this charming town, shop and have lunch on our own before heading to Palermo.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. Be sure to end your dinner with a delicious dessert that originated in Palermo: The Cassata Siciliana.

Palermo - City Tour - Dinner in Hotel

MONDAY: Today we will start our day by visiting the Cathedral, built on the ruins of the largest mosque, which houses the relics of Rosalia, patron saint of Palermo. Then we will walk through Ballarò, one of the oldest street markets in Sicily, taking in an explosion of colors and scents of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. Vendors shout very loud—in Sicilian dialect—to attract people and to promote their specialties. This will be the best way to experience the unique atmosphere of daily life in Sicily. After visiting the market, we will admire the grandiose Fontana Pretoria, and we will end our walk at the Theater of the Sun, also known as “The Quattro Canti”, the heart of the old city.

This afternoon you will be free to enjoy it as you please… perhaps to buy some last-minute gifts to take home with you.

Tonight, we enjoy our final dinner together in our hotel.

Flight Home - Palermo - USA

TUESDAY: This morning we head to the Palermo airport for 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….and maybe some wine too! Arrivederci Bella Sicilia!

Inclusions

  • Centrally Located 4 & 5 star Hotels
  • Smaller Tour Groups
  • More Motorcoach Legroom
  • Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • 6 Dinners & 1 Lunch
  • Wine Tasting
  • Wireless Headsets to Hear Your Tour Guide Clearly
  • Travel Wallet, Baggage Tags and Travel Documents Included
  • Baggage Handling Throughout (Except at Airports)
  • Hotel Taxes, City Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and all Tips for Hotel and Restaurant Personnel
  • Professional Tour Directors and Licensed Local Guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on our Buses
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Dates & Rates

Depart - Return Per Person
in a Double
Solo
Traveler
Aug 30 - Sep 10 Sold Out!
Sep 6 - Sep 17 $4,795 Last Seats!
Sep 13 - Sep 24 Sold Out!
Sep 20 - Oct 1 Sold Out!
Sep 27 - Oct 8 Sold Out!
Oct 4 - Oct 15 Sold Out!
Oct 11 - Oct 22 Sold Out!
Oct 18 - Oct 29 Sold Out!
Oct 25 - Nov 5 Sold Out!
Nov 1 - Nov 12 Sold Out!

Triple room deduct $300 per person from the Double rate.
Kids under 12 sharing with 2 adults deduct $2000 from the Double Rate.

Hotel Info

Overnight Stays: Rome (2 nights), Amalfi (3), Taormina (3), Palermo (2)
Also Visiting: Capri, Pompeii, Mt. Etna, Cefalù
Hotel NH Vittorio Veneto ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto hotel is located in the heart of Rome. Near the city’s most popular street, Via Veneto, stylish street edged with high-end boutiques, elegant restaurants and pavement cafés, it is within walking distance of Rome’s most famous sights, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese Park and  Piazza del Popolo. The building was once a Vatican-owned convent, but a 2009 refurbishment has given it plenty of contemporary style.

Rome

Hotel Luna Convento ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Hotel Luna Convento Amalfi is an outstanding, top-quality 4 star hotel that provides its guests with a service that can only be described as impeccable. A magnificent location hanging right over the sea, luxurious rooms, delectable cuisine in stylish restaurants, an inviting swimming pool, an atmospheric and historic building and a group of highly trained and professional staff all combine to make the Hotel Luna Convento Amalfi a lavish 4 star experience.

Amalfi

Hotel Villa Diodoro ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

4 star luxury hotel with a Mediterranean style and atmosphere, the Hotel Villa Diodoro, is a place for those that enjoy the best in life. Open all-year round, and located just a just a few steps from the idyllic town of Taormina, the hotel boasts a pool area which looks out over Mount Etna and the bay of Naxos.

The Diodoro, monument among monuments, with over one-hundred years of history, has been dedicated to the Greek historian Diodoro Siculo, a renowned figure who lived in the old town, telling the story of how distinguished travelers all over the world, discovered Taormina in their search of beauty and sun, art and culture.

The hotel Villa Diodoro retains, to this day, its historic roots as a place of elegance and exclusivity, where the simple pleasures are transformed into unforgettable experiences.

Taormina

Grand Hotel Wagner ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Grand Hotel Wagner is a 5 star hotel situated in the heart of the city, not far from the historical Massimo Theatre, the Politeama Theatre and also the most important streets in the city, such as Via Libertà, Viale Ruggero Settimo and the pedestrian area of Via P.pe di Belmonte, where the best boutiques, bars, restaurants and cinemas can be found. 

Palermo

Air Info

Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $1,000 to $1,900 depending on your departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.

Your exact airfare will be advised within 3 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.

Book Early

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.

Affordable Upgrades

When you purchase your Coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to "Premium Economy" on select flights starting at $550 each way. For ultimate comfort enjoy Business Class/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $4,000 per person.

Security Measures

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.

Arranging your own air?

Roundtrip airport transfers are provided at scheduled times if you arrive and depart the same day as the tour begins and ends. Click here for the schedule.

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Optional Tour Add-Ons

Add-On
Price (in EUR)

Duration: 6 hrs
City: Capri

Experience the enchanting Isle of Capri in the company of a knowledgeable local guide on a full-day journey via open taxis. Delve into the island's authentic charm as your guide unveils its hidden gems, offering insights that only a resident could provide. Immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking natural wonders of Capri, from its storied past to its captivating landscapes. Indulge in a delightful lunch, included as part of your memorable excursion. Discover the essence of Capri through the eyes of a true insider, ensuring an unforgettable adventure filled with exploration and discovery. Lunch is included.

Duration: 1.5 hrs
City: Rome

Step into the captivating world of Renaissance Rome on our immersive walking tour, where we'll discover iconic landmarks like Bernini's Fountains, the majestic Spanish Steps, and the legendary Trevi Fountain—be sure to toss a coin and make a wish! (Note: On Monday mornings, the Trevi Fountain may be without water, as maintenance personnel collect coins.) Marvel at the grandeur of the Piazza of the Pantheon and immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of the renowned Piazza Navona. Join us as we embark on this fascinating journey through history and art, uncovering the splendors of Rome's Renaissance treasures.

You can find out more about our Italy tours and talk with other passengers on our Perillo Tours Travelers Facebook page.

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I have to thank Perillo Tours for an absolutely terrific vacation!  The accommodations were wonderful; the side trips were both enjoyable as well as informative but most importantly, Our tour guide, Cousin Burt, was great! 

Mrs. I.F.

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you just how pleased I am with the service and great attitude from one of your travel agents - Terry

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