Breathtaking scenery, the grandeur of Rome, the stunning cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, the magic of Capri, the awe of Pompeii, Sicily's ancient Greek temples, colorful markets, wonderful wines and foods, spectacular scenery, warm-hearted people, beautiful Taormina. Simply the best Amalfi Coast and Sicily tours.
Tour Dates:October 2 - 15, 2020 2018 Tour Price:$8,280
Tour price includes:
Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York (airfare price can be deducted)
12 nights deluxe accommodations, with private baths, in Rome (2); Sorrento (3); overnight ferry with outside cabin (1); Sicily: Agrigento (1); Siracusa (2); Taormina (3)
All (12) breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners, many gastronomic experiences
Wine-tastings at Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. Etna
Full time tour leader
Transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned mini-van or mini-coach
Private guided visits to: Rome (Colosseum, Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica), Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mt. Etna, Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Siracusa, Valley of the Temples
All tour guides, all museum and monument entrance fees, tips and taxes
*Cost of airfare can be deducted if you wish to make your own arrangements
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements are available for those traveling alone who would like their own room.
Rome, Amalfi Coast and Sicily Tours Itinerary
Depart the United States, flying overnight to Rome.
We start our journey in Rome. Our small, elegant hotel is located in a central neighborhood, where we can easily walk to many of Rome’s architectural and historical treasures. The Roman Forum and the Coliseum are brought to life for us by our local expert guide. Dinner tonight is at a neighborhood ristorante with wonderful Roman specialties.
This morning we have a private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, with their rich trove of priceless art treasures; the Sistine Chapel; and St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world, containing the exquisite masterpieces of Botticelli and Michelangelo. In the afternoon we have free time to explore Rome on our own.
Today we head for the charming seaside town of Sorrento, where we stay for the next three nights in a fabulous luxury hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples. After some free time to explore the town and enjoy our gorgeous hotel, we take a light-hearted Neapolitan pizza-making class. After dinner we have the option of seeing a folklore musical show.
Meals: B, D
Today we enjoy a boat excursion across the Bay of Naples to the enchanting Isle of Capri. We explore the island’s three villages— Marina Piccola, Capri, and Anacapri. During our walking tour, we visit the Villa San Michele, with spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Amalfi Coast. We stroll through the Gardens of Augustus, a beautiful terraced park of trees and flowers. We look down onto the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius and shudder at the thought of the Roman Emperor Tiberius throwing his enemies over the cliff. We return by boat to Sorrento, where tonight is free to choose from one of the town’s many wonderful restaurants.
Today we take a full-day tour along Italy’s magnificent Amalfi Coast. Our first stop is Positano, where we see what is considered to be the "jewel" of the area. We then visit the villages of Amalfi and Ravello, where we visit the 13th century Villa Rufolo, with its elegant gardens and a magnificent panoramic view of the Gulf of Salerno. Tonight is a gastronomic experience at Sorrento’s finest Michelin-starred restaurant.
Meals: B, D
After breakfast and checkout, we say arrivederci to Sorrento and to the Amalfi Coast and head to the most remarkable archaeological discovery ever unearthed: Pompeii. The incredibly preserved houses, streets, shops, even brothels, present a fascinating chronicle of daily life in 79 A.D., when one fateful day the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius “froze” life in an instant. Afterward, we stop at a local vineyard for lunch and a generous sampling of several types of their wine. Next on our agenda is Pompeii’s sister city, Herculaneum. This is a Roman town where the volcanic mud from Mt. Vesuvius preserved the houses and streets exactly as they looked 2,000 years ago. At the end of a memorable day, we board the overnight ferry to cross the Bay of Naples to Palermo, Sicily.
Overnight: Overnight Ferry
Meals: B, L
We disembark the ferry bright and early this morning and have breakfast in a local pastry shop in Palermo. After a tour of Palermo, our local guide takes us to the small hill town of Monreale, where we see a spectacular tribute to Arab-Norman architecture: the Cathedral of Monreale. It boasts a remarkable interior with magnificent gold mosaics. Our journey then takes us south to Agrigento, where we check into our lovely hotel. After sampling the local wines, we enjoy a gourmet Sicilian dinner.
Meals: B, D
This morning we take a private guided tour of the incredible archaelogical site, the Valley of the Temples. Founded in 582 BC by Greek settlers, the town was described by the Greek poet Pindar as “the most beautiful of those inhabited by mortals.” Here, in the midst of a natural setting of olive groves and almond orchards, we explore the remains of the principal temples built in the 5th century BC, including the massive and majestic Tempio della Concordia, which has remained intact for more than 2,000 years. Across the valley is the Tempio di Giove (Temple of Jupiter), whose ruined columns stood 20 meters high and used to “house” colossal statues. Our expert guide takes us through the site’s museum, where many of the treasures from the Valley can be seen.
In Piazza Armerina we visit another of Sicily’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale. Unearthed in the late 1800s after being buried by a landslide in the 12th century, it contains the richest and largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Driving across Sicily’s central hills, we continue to the east coast where we check into our beautiful hotel in the famous historic city of Syracuse (Siracusa). Tonight dinner is another Sicilian feast.
Meals: B, D
Today a local guide shows us the most interesting sights of this ancient pre-Roman city. Before the Romans conquered Sicily, the Greeks built a theater here in the 5th century B.C. We also visit a fascinating archeological park where we see ancient stone quarries, such as “Dionysus’ Ear”, said to have been used by the Emperor Dionysus to listen in on conversations of prisoners he kept in the cave. Ortigia, the island where our hotel is located, is the historical heart of Siracusa. We enjoy wandering its picturesque medieval streets and alleys at the edge of the Ionian Sea.
Meals: B, D
Leaving Siracusa, we head north to our final destination, the stunningly beautiful village of Taormina. We check into our 5-star hotel on the waterfront and explore the village before enjoying a gourmet dinner.
Meals: B, D
After today you can say that you have walked on an active volcano! We take a short drive to the still-active Mt. Etna for a guided tour and explanation of this geological marvel. Then, at the foot of the volcano, we enjoy a very special wine-tasting lunch at a beautiful vineyard. We then return to Taormina to explore this gorgeous hill-top town. Tonight is a free evening to stroll Taormina’s quaint streets.
Meals: B, D (served mid-day)
Upon popular demand, we have left today free to enjoy Taormina and our lovely resort. We reconvene in the evening for a gourmet farewell dinner.
Meals: B, D
After breakfast, we head to the Catania Airport for our return flight home.
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The ruins of the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
Saint Peter’s Basilica Inside Ceiling, Michelangelo’s Dome, Rome
Famous Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican and aerial view of Rome
Inside the Vatican Museum Galleries, Rome, Italy
Saint Peter Basilica at sunset
Roman ruins of Pompeii after the eruption of Vesuvius, Italy
Multi-colored wall mosaics of Venus and Neptune at the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum
Excavations of Pompeii
Statue of the god Apollo in Pompeii
View over Naples, Italy with Mount Vesuvius in the background
View towards the coastal town of Positano on the Amalfi coast of Italy
View of the village of Atrani on the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Italy
Positano on the Amalfi Coast at Twilight
Krup Street in the isle of Capri, Campania, Italy
Valley of the Temples, Eros Blindfolded, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
The majestic Etna dominates the rolling hills of Sicily
Vineyard with Mount Etna in the distance
Siracusa Cathedral, Sicily, Italy
Isola Bella near beautiful Taormina, Sicily
View overlooking Taormina on the coast from way up high!