1ST DAY/TUESDAY: PALERMO (HOTEL IN PALERMO).
Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel.
2ND DAY/WEDNESDAY: MONREALE, PALERMO AND MASRALA (HOTEL IN MARSALA).
After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later we will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, XVIIth century squares, including an elegant opera house. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, mirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. Along the visiting day we will have a stop for a food surprise in the famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. In the afternoon we will continue to Marsala in whose port Garibaldi landed in 1860. Visit of a prestigious wine cellar and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
3RD DAY/THURSDAY: MARSALA SALT ROAD , SELINUNTE Y AGRIGENTO (HOTEL IN AGRIGENTO).
This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Between Trapani and Marsala they are now protected, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaeology. Departure to Selinunte to visit the largest Archaeological Park in whole Mediterranean and World Heritage Site. Surrounded by a splendid landscape near the African Sea, we will walk among the rests of the ancient Greek city. Free time for lunch. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
4TH DAY/FRIDAY: PIAZZA ARMERINA AND RAGUSA (HOTEL IN CATANIA).
Today we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known. This majestic villa, belonged to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments! After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
5TH DAY/SATURDAY: CATANIA AND ROME (HOTEL IN ROME).
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy free time to discover the beauties of Catania. According to the flights scheduled for the day, departure to Rome. Transfer to the hotel, free dinner and overnight.
6TH DAY/SUNDAY: ROME (HOTEL IN ROME).
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will be involved in a three hours walking day tour, passing by the most famous places of Rome. The tour will start from Largo Argentina, in the Campo Marzio area which includes ancient buildings and old temples. It will continues on to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, famous for appearing in the Fellini’s movie “La Dolce Vita”. The tour ends at the Spanish steps. You will have time to stroll and visit the capital. Free dinner and overnight in hotel.
7TH DAY/MONDAY: ROME, NAPLES AND POMPEI (HOTEL IN SORRENTO).
After breakfast, departure to Naples. With its thousand colors, the “City of Pulcinella” has lived several lives, featuring ancient traditions, customs and folklore. It was one of the main cities of Magna Grecia, an important strategic port for the Romans, capital of Angevins’ Kingdom, reaching the highest splendor during the Bourbon Age. City center is a mix of overlapping architectural styles, enclosed in about 2800 years of history stated Unesco World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, we will take a walk in the historical centre to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Municipio, the Gallery of Umberto I and the San Carlo Opera House. After the lunch in a typical restaurant with Neapolitan specialities, visit of the Pompeii excavations, UNESCO listed ruins. This ancient Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which buried and preserved it under a sea of volcanic ash for almost 1700 years. Details of everyday life are preserved: inscriptions, old tools and the ruins in general give us the opportunity to better understand how Romans used to live at that time. At the end of the tour, we may be given the opportunity to visit a coral and cameo factory, to admire items manufactured with a technique dating back to Ancient Greek times. Proceed to Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi coast, with its colorful historical center and pretty waterfront, lined with fishing boats and the new Marina Grande cruise pier. Back to Sorrento for dinner and overnight.
8TH DAY/WEDNESDAY: ACAPRI (HOTEL IN SORRENTO).
Breakfast at the hotel, the tour today brings us to the island of Capri, home of the “Dolce Vita” and international VIP, as known as the “World living room”. Since the 50’s, this town has been the summer holidays location of international jet-set and inspiration for designers and poets, thanks to the beauties this island can offer. You will board the ferry and arrive in Marina Grande. Once on the island you will visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting) and stop at the famous Piazzetta. A minibus will take you up to Anacapri, the second town of the island. It is known for its quiet squares and streets, colorful and scented of geraniums and bouganville. Here we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we will go back to Marina Grande to board the ferry to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
9TH DAY/WEDNESDAY: AMALFI AND POSITANO (HOTEL IN AMALFI).
After the breakfast at the hotel, departure in direction of Amalfi to discover the stunning Amalfi Coast. The exceptional cultural and natural value, with a stunning Mediterranean landscape, have been included the Amalfi Coast among the UNESCO Patrimony of Humanity. Free time in the picturesque village of Positano, also known as the “Pearl of the Amalfi Coast” for its beauty! The town, nestled in the mountains, features a mild climate and beautiful views – including the famous Belvedere; for this reason Positano has been considered a summer holidays location since Roman empire. Time to stroll in the narrow streets of downtown and go shopping in the many typical shops, offering local crafts, or stop in a small bar to enjoy the unforgettable babà with a breathtaking view. Alternatively, you can laze on the beach or visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Leaving Positano, we will reach Amalfi, check in at the Hotel and free time at your disposal. Free dinner and overnight at the hotel.
10TH DAY/THURSDAY: AMALFI (HOTEL IN AMALFI).
Breakfast at the hotel and day at disposal for visiting Amalfi. Founded by the Romans, it gives its name to the famous Coast and it is popular for being one of the four Italian Maritime Republics. Its historical center is justly considered an outdoor museum, and preserves, almost intact, architectural and urban digs from its rich past. You can also visit the picturesque city of Ravello, with the beautiful Villa Ruffolo and the magnificent gardens of Villa Cimbrone, or you can decide to spend the day on the beach. Free dinner and overnight.
11TH DAY/FRIDAY: SORRENTO AND ROME (HOTEL IN ROME).
Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning. Transfer to Pompeii where you will join the bus to return to Rome. Arrival in Rome. Free dinner and overnight in hotel.
12TH DAY/SATURDAY: ROME.
Breakfast at the hotel and end of our services.
RATES AND INFORMATION
RATES PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY
April / October
Single room supplement:
3rd bed reduction:
May / June / July / August / September
Single room supplement:
3rd bed reduction:
April 02 09 16 23 30
May 07 14 21 28
June 04 11 18 25
July 02 09 16 23 30
August 06 13 20 27
September 03 10 17 24
October 01 08 15 22
For organizational reason, the itinerary may be reserved or modified without notice. In any case BSS Travel & Events ensures the visits and excursion mentioned on the journey.
From 90 to 45 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 10% penality, from 44 to 21 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 30% penalty, from 20 to 7 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 70% penalty, from 6 to days before to the beginning of the Tour : 100% penalty.
Single room supplement:
Single room supplement: