Grand tour of Italy

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Daily tour program

- Monday - Day 1 - Arrival in Palermo (Sicily)

Arrival in Palermo
As you come off the arrival gate,  you will see the driver holding a banner.
After meeting with the driver,  drive to your hotel.
After check into your centrally located hotel
Enjoy rest of the resting and exploring the town.
Overnight in Palermo.

- Tuesday - Day 2 - Palermo - (Sicily) - (B)

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the guide and enjoy an introductory walking tour of Palermo

10:00 am at the hotel

During the tour you will visit Palermo Cathedral: The world's most eclectic church features Norman, Arab, Byzantine, Swabian, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles.
Massimo Opera Theater: The murder of Michael Corleone's daughter in The Godfather III was filmed on the steps of this colossal opera house.
Free time: After a stop for fresh cannoli, you can wander the piazza, do some shopping, or recharge with an espresso at a sidewalk cafe.
Enjoy rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Palermo.

- Wednesday - Day 3 - Palermo - (Siclly) - (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the tour and enjoy a full day tour to visit Erice and Segesta with Sicilian Food and Wine Tasting experience

Enjoy seeing spectacular views of Tyrrhenian Sea from Sicily's north-western coast,

See the remains of ancient Elymian and Phoenician walls indicating different stages of settlement and occupation in antiquity.

Visit Pepoli Castle, which dates from Saracen times, and the Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period, built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus, where Venus Ericina was worshipped. According to legend, the temple was founded by Aeneas. It was well known throughout the Mediterranean area in the ancient age, and an important cult was celebrated in it.

Enjoy lunch wine tasting at local restaurant.
Enjoy free time at the Segesta before we head back to Palermo.
Overnight in Palermo.

- Thursday - Day 4 - Palermo to Naples then to Sorrento -

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet up with the driver at the lobby at 06:30 am  and transfer to Palermo Airport

8:00am PMO to 9:05am NAP 1h 5m, Nonstop
Arrival in Naples, 
After meeting with the driver,  drive to Sorrento.

Overnight stay in Sorrento

 

- Friday - Day 5 – Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Sorrento - (B)

Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 am Meet up with the driver guide enjoy half day introductory tour of Amalfi Cost
During this easy driving tour you will visit Praiano, Conca Dei Marini, Amalfi and Ravello

(What time does the tour end and do we get out and visit these places during the tour?)

it ends at 14:00 pm and yes you get off the vehicle and explore these sites.

you will then return to your hotel and enjoy rest of the relaxing or exploring the town.
Overnight stay in Sorrento

 

- Saturday - Day 6 - Sorrento - (B)

Breakfast at the hotel
Free day at leisure -
Optional tour to Capri Available ( contact us if interested)
Overnight stay in Sorrento

 - Sunday - Day 7 - Sorrento - Pompeii - Naples - Rome - (B)
Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the driver, drive to Pompeii Ancient Sites, upon arrival enjoy visiting Pompeii
Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant then we will spend the afternoon visiting the Ancient site of Pompeii.

The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city located close to Naples

Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular attractions of Italy.
Drive to Naples Train Station
>>>>>>TRAIN TO ROME >>>>>>

Upon arrival,  meet up with the driver, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Rome.

 

- Monday - Day 8 - Rome - (B)

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for your comprehensive tour to visit the Vatican and its museums, as well as the Sistine Chapel the home of Michelangelo's the Last Judgment.
After that, we will continue on to visit St. Peters Square and Basilica, and will also visit the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.
Overnight in Rome

 

- Tuesday - Day 9 – Rome – (B)

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy the day at leisure.

Overnight in Rome

 

- Wednesday - Day 10 - Rome to Florence - (B)

In the morning, we will meet you at your hotel and provide a transfer to Train station and depart from Rome on a 1 hour 30 minute train ride to Florence.

Upon arrival you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy rest of the day at leisure.

NOTE: optional Afternoon tour to Pisa and Leaning tower is available - contact us if interested.

Overnight in Florence.

 

- Thursday - Day 11 - Florence - (B)

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet up with your guide and enjoy rest of the touring Florence

Start with the Panoramic tour and get a good knowledge and view of Florence

Then walking tour of the Historic center Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria,
Palazzo Vecchio

Visit Uffizi Gallery ( Skip the line tickets )

Florence is famous for its history. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Age.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.

Enjoy rest of the day at leisure.  Overnight in Florence.

 

- Friday - Day 12 - Florence to Venice- (B)

In the morning, we will meet you at your hotel and provide a transfer to train station and depart from Florence on a 2 hour 30 minute train ride to Venice.

Upon arrival you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

After check in enjoy rest of the day at leisure. 
Overnight in Venice.

- Saturday - Day 13 – Exploring Venice – (B)

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a full day tour of Venice.

See the best of Venice in a day on a combo tour that caps a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal.

Hear the history of St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a local guide, and visit St Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreet and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal. Highlights Three-hour combination walking and boat tour of Venice Enjoy a two-hour walking tour including the famous monuments of St Mark’s square, such as Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) Gain skip-the-line entry to St Mark's Basilica See Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the home of Marco Polo and the Rialto Bridge Explore small back streets, narrow passageways and piazzas as you learn about historical Venice from your guide Relax while cruising along the Grand Canal as well as minor canals.

After the tour enjoy rest of the day at leisure.  Overnight in Venice.

 

- Sunday - Day 14 - Final Departure - (B)

Breakfast at the hotel, met up at the hotel and transfer to Venice Airport

Program ends


Total cost:  $____________________
Contact us for price information

 

Price includes

* All hotels (Superior class centrally located hotels)

* All land transfers in comfortable vehicles
* Train tickets from Rome to Florence
* Train tickets from Florence to Venice

* All meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)

* English-speaking tour guides

* Skip the line Admissions to sites during the tours
* 24/7 Customer service (to be able to reach us at anytime during the tour)

* All taxes and service charges

 

Excludes

* Optional tours listed on the program, ( Assistance available if requested)

* International flight tickets to Naples and from Venice onto your next destination

* Travel insurance (Optional) - contact us if you like to get a price quote.

Wonderful program, covering Sicily, Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi,
Pompeii sites, Rome, Florence and Venice in 14 days..

Tour highlights;

  • Visit the highlights of Palermo and Mountain villages of Sicily
  • Tour Amalfi cost, Sorrento, Naples and Pompeii Sites
  • Visit the Vatican and its museums, as well as the Sistine Chapel the home of Michelangelo's the Last Judgment. 
    Visit St. Peters Square and Basilica, and will also visit the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.
  • Panoramic tour of Florence, including Historic center Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria,  Palazzo Vecchio Visit Uffizi Gallery.
  • Explore Venice with guided walking tour then a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal.
  • Centrally located hotels, friendly people, comfortable transportation skip the line admissions............
  • Available Every Monday ( Between April and Late October)
 
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