Mediterranean Journey of Italy
Embark on a magical journey through Italy and immerse yourself in the timeless charm of its captivating cities. Begin in Rome, where you’ll witness the city’s enchanting transformation at sunset, marvel at iconic landmarks like the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, and indulge in a delectable gelato. Next, explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and savor an authentic Neapolitan pizza. Journey to the captivating island of Capri, where you’ll witness the mesmerizing Blue Grotto (subject to the prevailing weather and sea conditions) and savor local delicacies. Travel to Palermo, and discover its rich history and exquisite architecture, including the Cathedral of Monreale. Explore Erice, Marsala, and the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, before venturing to Piazza Armerina and Ragusa to admire their Baroque splendor. Visit Noto, Syracuse, and the Mount Etna in Taormina. This extraordinary journey through Italy will leave you enchanted, with memories to last a lifetime. Discover the allure of this timeless destination and immerse yourself in the rich history, stunning landscapes, and delectable cuisine.
Welcome to Megical Italy! Benvenuti a Roma! Upon your arrival at the airport, make your own way to your hotel and take some time to unwind and explore the city at your leisure. At 07:45 pm, we will pick you up from your hotel and head towards Via del Teatro Marcello. Accompanied by our knowledgeable local guide, you will embark on a captivating journey to uncover the marvels of the Eternal City, which is charming during the day and truly romantic at sunset.
Rome is famous for its exquisite fountains, and among them, the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei stands out as one of the most beautiful. You will traverse the Jewish Ghetto, renowned for its historical significance and authentic Roman ambiance. Additionally, the Jewish Ghetto of Rome, the second oldest after the one in Venice, is considered the heart and soul of Roman cuisine.
Next, you will venture into Piazza Della Rotonda and marvel at the illuminated Pantheon, the ancient temple of Marcus Agrippa that has remained unaltered throughout the centuries and exudes a mesmerizing charm at night, away from the crowds. Prepare for a special moment as you close your eyes, make a wish, and toss a coin over your right shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that those who perform this ritual are destined to return to Rome someday.
Continuing your stroll, you will reach Piazza di Spagna, a lively square renowned for its picturesque location at the foot of the Spanish Steps. Ascend these iconic steps to relish a delightful view from the summit. After this enriching and fulfilling walk, there’s only one thing left to complete this extraordinary experience: indulge in a creamy and delectable Gelato, our treat!
The tour concludes in the vicinity of the Spanish Steps, allowing you to relish the remainder of the evening at your own pace. You can make your way back to the hotel independently for an overnight stay, cherishing the memories of this remarkable day in Rome.
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your hotel before being picked up at approximately 7:00 am. Our journey commences as we embark on a coach heading south, traversing through the captivating regions of Lazio and Campania. Upon reaching Naples, we will indulge in a brief panoramic tour, ascending Vomero hill to relish breathtaking vistas of the Gulf of Naples, encompassing iconic landmarks such as Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia, and Procida. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to capture some memorable photographs. Subsequently, we will descend towards the port of Mergellina, bidding farewell to the city as we continue our southbound expedition towards Mount Vesuvius. Our next destination is the town of Pompeii, where we will satiate our appetites with an authentic Neapolitan pizza for lunch.
Following this delectable meal, we will venture into one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites: Pompeii, an esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site. With our Skip the Line access and the guidance of an expert, we will immerse ourselves in the haunting ruins of Pompeii, transporting us back to the tragic days of 79 AD. It was during this time that Mount Vesuvius erupted with devastating force, blanketing the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and toxic gases, forever preserving it until the present day. Explore the remnants of this once-thriving city, visiting ancient houses, “bars,” and marveling at the preserved frescoes and mosaics, offering glimpses into the opulence and prosperity of Pompeii in its prime.
After the captivating visit, we will embark on a scenic drive along the enchanting Sorrentine Coast, eventually arriving in Sorrento. Here, we will relish a delectable dinner (men are kindly requested to adhere to a jacket dress code) and settle into our new hotel for an overnight stay.
Indulge in a delightful morning meal at the hotel and prepare yourself for a thrilling adventure to the captivating island of Capri: an incredibly sought-after summer retreat in the Mediterranean! Subject to the prevailing weather and sea conditions, you will have the opportunity to witness the enchanting Blue Grotto from a charming rowboat. Following this, savor a delectable lunch at a nearby eatery and subsequently explore the island at your leisure. Upon returning to the mainland, make your way back to the hotel for a delectable dinner, marking the conclusion of your stay in Sorrento. This will be your final night at the hotel.
Begin your day with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a relaxed morning to discover the charms of Sorrento. As the afternoon arrives, make your way to the Naples port, where you will embark on the Tirrenia/Snav ferry bound for Palermo. Allow the gentle motion of the waves to lull you into a peaceful slumber. Please note that dinner and breakfast will not be provided during the ferry journey.
Upon reaching the delightful city of Palermo, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a pleasant dinner at the hotel and take some time to recharge for the exciting journey that awaits you.
Begin your day with a breakfast at the hotel, preparing yourself for an exciting morning expedition to Monreale. This ancient royal town has recently been acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its almonds, olive oil, citrus fruits, and exquisite Norman architecture. Explore the remarkable Cathedral of Monreale and afterward, take some time to browse and shop for local delicacies and souvenirs.
Return to Palermo and embark on a captivating walking tour of the city. Stroll through the charming streets of the Old Town, immersing yourself in the fascinating stories of Palermo’s 3,000-year history. Along the way, you’ll encounter notable landmarks such as Palermo Cathedral. Step inside this magnificent place of worship and be awe-inspired by its arches, cupolas, and mosaics, reflecting a captivating fusion of influences from various periods of domination on the island.
In the late afternoon, savor some free time to relax and explore at your leisure. As the day draws to a close, make your way back to the hotel for a delightful dinner. Rest comfortably overnight, anticipating the adventures that lie ahead.
Commence your day with an early breakfast before embarking on a journey to Erice, an enchanting medieval village nestled on the slopes of Monte San Giuliano. Renowned for its well-preserved charm, Erice is said to have remained unchanged since the sixth century. Explore its winding labyrinth of streets, which provide a delightful setting for a refreshing morning stroll. Next, proceed to the Saline, an exceptional lagoon that harmoniously combines history, nature, and archaeology, offering visitors a plethora of unique and captivating experiences.
Following this, we will venture to Marsala, renowned for its production of the famous Marsala wine. Prepare yourself for a sensory feast as you visit a traditional tavern, indulging in a light yet unforgettable lunch while savoring regional wines and delicacies. Rejoin the coach and continue your journey to Agrigento, where you will conclude your day’s adventures. Discover the awe-inspiring Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples, a revered UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at archaeological treasures such as the Classical Temple of Concord, the Temple of Hercules, and the colossal Temple of Jupiter, an imposing example of Doric-style architecture.
In the evening, arrive at your hotel and complete the check-in process. Enjoy a delectable dinner before settling in for an overnight stay, rejuvenating for the adventures that await you on the morrow.
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey to Piazza Armerina, a charming and historic town nestled in the heart of Sicily. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the remarkable Villa Romana del Casale, home to the world’s largest, richest, and most intricate collection of Roman mosaics. These extraordinary mosaics, spanning an impressive 3,500 square meters, depict mythological scenes and everyday life. Since 1997, Villa Romana del Casale has been recognized as one of Italy’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Next, continue your adventure to Ragusa, where you will be captivated by the enchanting historical center known as “Ibla.” This area boasts breathtaking baroque palaces and churches that contribute to its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, alongside seven other cities in the Val di Noto. Begin your exploration by visiting the ancient gate of San Giorgio and strolling through the picturesque Giardini Iblei. Continue to Piazza Pola, where you will discover the charming church of San Giuseppe, a true hidden gem. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Church of the Souls in Purgatory, and the magnificent Cosentini palace, considered one of Sicily’s most captivating Late Baroque palaces.
Conclude your day by returning to the hotel, where you will enjoy a delightful dinner and spend the night.
Begin your day with a breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey to Noto, a charming fishing town renowned for its elegant Baroque architecture. Explore the recently restored San Nicolò Cathedral, which has been revived following an earthquake. Take a leisurely stroll through the town’s central area, soaking in its picturesque atmosphere. Continuing along the southern coast, you’ll reach Siracusa, located on the southeastern tip of Sicily. Discover the renowned “Parco Archeologico della Neapolis,” an archaeological site in Syracuse that boasts an extensive collection of Greek and Roman ruins from across Sicily. Head inside and marvel at impressive landmarks like the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Ear of Dionysius, an artificial limestone cave. After the visit, cross one of the city’s bridges to explore Ortygia, the oldest part of Syracuse, known for its abundance of Baroque churches and medieval palaces. As the afternoon draws to a close, make your way to Taormina, where you’ll check in to your hotel and indulge in a delightful dinner.
Commence your day with a breakfast at your hotel before embarking on an unforgettable adventure to Mount Etna, which stands as Europe’s largest active volcano and Italy’s highest mountain. Delve into the fascinating world of volcanic activity as you encounter the captivating landscapes adorned with ancient lava fields and the dark, formidable magma rock that shapes Etna’s terrain. If weather conditions permit, you will even have the opportunity to ascend to the summit, reaching an elevation of 1800 meters. Later, make your way back to Taormina, an enchanting and romantic town nestled on the slopes of Mount Tauro. Return to Taormina during the afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner and settle in for a comfortable overnight stay.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel as we conclude our services. Should you wish to extend your stay, we offer the option to book additional nights. We bid you farewell and look forward to welcoming you back on your future visit. Until we meet again, Arrivederci!
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
4* Hotel: St. Martin Or Similar
4* Hotel: Michelangelo / Vesuvio Or Similar
4* Hotel: Mercure Or Similar
4* Hotel: Della Valle Or Similar
4* Hotel: Poggio Del Sole Or Similar
4* Hotel: Olimpo Le Terrazze Or Similar
10 Nights accommodation in 4 Star hotels
- Discover the Eternal City of Rome at sunset, wandering through its charming streets and enjoying the mesmerizing Pantheon and Trevi Fountain
- Ascend the iconic Spanish Steps in Rome, relishing the picturesque view from the top and treating yourself to a creamy and delectable Gelato
- Explore the picturesque island of Capri at your leisure, strolling through its charming streets and soaking in the breathtaking views
- Explore the magnificent Cathedral of Monreale, marveling at its intricate details and ornate beauty
- Admire the grandeur of Palermo Cathedral, with its remarkable arches, cupolas, and mosaics reflecting a captivating blend of cultural influences
- Explore the medieval village of Erice, with its unchanged sixth-century charm and labyrinthine lanes perfect for a morning stroll
- Discover the ancient Greek wonders at the Valley of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including the Classical Temple of Concord and the majestic Temple of Jupiter
- Marvel at the largest, richest, and most complex Roman mosaics in the world at the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Experience the enchantment of the historic center of Ragusa “Ibla,” adorned with stunning baroque palaces and churches, including the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio
- Witness the awe-inspiring grandeur of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, and learn about its volcanic activity and remarkable landscape
- Enjoy free time to relax and explore at your leisure, discovering the local culture and delicacies
- Cherish the memories of each remarkable day, as you embark on an extraordinary journey through the magical cities of Italy
9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 8 Dinners
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Optional Experiences
- City Tax to be paid locally
- Drinks on meals
- Airport Transfers
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Personal Expenses
- Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included