Grand Tour Of Italy & Sicily (Small Group Tours Available)

06/01/2020 through 10/26/2020
06/01/2020 through 11/20/2020
Central Holidays

Grand Tour Of Italy & Sicily (Small Group Tours Available)

Central Holidays has the best escorted trips to Italy. On this trip to Italy, travelers discover some of the most amazing locations that Italy and Sicily have to offer. Explore Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo for 18 days. Marvel at the quantity and variety of sites. The splendid rooms of Doge’s Palace in Venice, Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence, the loveliness of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, St. Francis town of Assisi, Rome’s monuments, fountains, and antiquities…Michelangelo’s greatest achievement, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Great Synagogue…the Colosseum, ancient Pompeii’s remarkably preserved ruins of temples, houses and public buildings…Positano, Amalfi and its celebrated coastline, the romantic isle of Capri…Travel along the slopes of Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, and visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. 31 meals are included, many of them in local restaurants to savor regional cuisine including wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino. Be a special guest at tastings of Balsamic vinegar, of wines in a castle, of honey in Zafferana and of Marsala sweet wines. During your Italy vacation tour, come admire masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Donatello, Giotto and many others. Last but least, spend pleasant nights at well-appointed first class hotels, a Central Holidays trademark. This will be an Italy travel package to top all others.

Highlights:

  • Live the enchantment of Venice from the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace to St. Mark’s Square
  • Share in tasting experiences of Lambrusco wines and balsamic vinegar with lunch in Modena
  • Marvel at the Renaissance City of Florence and the medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano
  • Tour amazing Assisi and visit the Basilica of Saint Francis
  • Discover Rome’s treasures, visiting the Roman Forum and the iconic Colosseum and enjoying The Eternal City’s piazzas, trattorias, and modern city pulse
  • Journey south to Naples and the celebrated Amalfi coastline to Positano and on to the romantic isle of Capri
  • Delve into the mystery and mystique of Sicily in Palermo, Marsala, Agrigento, and beyond

Includes:

  • First class hotel accommodation for 18 nights
  • 31 included meals consisting of:
    – 18 buffet breakfasts
    – 2 gourmet lunches with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
    – 1 light lunch at Magione Castle
    – 1 lunch at a local farmhouse
    – 3 dinners at hotel
    – 5 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
    – 1 festive dinner with music at a villa outside of Florence (NEW)
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional tour director for the entire length of the tour
  • Complete program of sightseeing tours and excursions with entrance fees:
    – Walking tour of Venice, including a visit of the Doge’s Palace
    – Balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena and wine tasting at Magione Castle
    – Visit of St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua
    – Walking tour of Florence, including a visit of the Accademia to see the “David” by Michelangelo
    – Excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
    – Tour of Assisi and visit of St. Francis Basilica
    – Tour of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum
    – Guided tour of Pompeii
    – Amalfi coast excursion, including cruise (weather permitting)
    – Excursion to Capri and visit of the gardens of Caesar Augustus
    – Tour of Palermo featuring Quattro Canti, Cathedral and Monreale
    – Visit of Erice
    – Olive oil tasting in Marsala
    – Tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
    – Chocolate tasting in Modica
    – Visit of Syracuse
    – Tour of the D’Agro Valley, visit “Godfather” filming locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear your guide from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

Itinerary

Day 1 Venice
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Day 2 Venice
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Day 3 Venice Padua Modena Florence
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Day 4 Florence
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Day 5 Florence Siena San Gimignano Florence
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Day 6 Florence Magione AssisRome
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Day 7 Rome
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Day 8 Rome
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Day 9 Rome Naples PompeiSorrento
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Day 10 Sorrento Positano AmalfRavello Sorrento
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Day 11 Sorrento CaprSorrento
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Day 12 Sorrento Naples Palermo
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Day 13 Palermo
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Day 14 Palermo Erice Marsala Agrigento
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Day 15 Agrigento Ragusa
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Day 16 Ragusa Modica Noto Ortigia (Syracuse) Taormina
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Day 17 Taormina
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Day 18 Taormina Savoca D’agro Valley Taormina
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Day 19 Taormina Catania To Usa (Or Extend Your Stay)
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