Grand Italy & Sicily

17 Day Guided Tour from Rome to Palermo with Insight Vacations

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Rome
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Palermo
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 - 4.5 Star
40
Max Group Size
40
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Italy
Trip Operated By:
Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations
469 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
10 Reviews
Trip Code:
E921

Itinerary

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1 Welcome To The Eternal City Of Rome.
Rome is not only the modern capital of Italy, but also a spectacular encyclopedia of living history. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30 transfers depart for your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Stay Two Nights: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome
2 Vip Vatican And Rome With A Local.
In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to guide you through the art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to visitors. More of Michelangelo's genius is on display next door in St. Peter's Basilica. With time at leisure, perhaps venture inside the Colosseum to learn about the mighty Gladiators? Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona. (B)
3 Pisa And Santa Margherita Ligure.
Enjoy a delightful drive through rolling countryside dotted with cypress trees, passing vineyards and olive groves to Pisa. With a Local Expert, view the incredible Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey continues to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure
4 The Charms Of The Cinque Terre.
Head for the famous Cinque Terre, which translates to Five Lands, located on a gorgeously wild yet hospitable part of the coastline and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two of the picturesque fishing villages before taking the train to Santa Margherita Ligure, and then journeying on to Portofino. There is plenty of time for you to admire the coloured houses, browse the boutiques and stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbour. Should weather permit, return with a cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to your hotel in the resort of Santa Margherita. (B)
5 Lake Maggiore.
Head north to the beautiful Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lakes District and the town of Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square. On arrival, settle into your hotel and take in the magical scenery. In the evening, why not join a private cruise to Isola Bella to explore the palace and admire the stunning Botanical Gardens? (B) Stay: Hotel Simplon, Baveno, Italian Lakes
6 Fair Verona And Onto Venice.
Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to romantic Verona, the setting of one of literature's most tragic and best known love stories between star-crossed lovers. See the ancient Roman Arena, still used for opera performances and stand beneath Juliet's balcony in a Renaissance courtyard of the supposed Capulet home - can you recite Shakespeare's immortal words? Your travels continue through the Soave vineyards, passing Padua, and on to the canals of Venice. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Bellini Venezia, Venice
7 The Magic Of La Serenissima.
Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Admire the art of glassblowing by master craftsmen when you visit a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch along canals lined with ornate palaces to arrive at St. Mark's Square where St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs await. Board your gondola to be serenaded through the beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. Relax amongst the romantic atmosphere as you drift along before having an afternoon to enjoy at leisure. (B)
8 A Scenic Journey To Florence.
Bid farewell to Venice and begin your journey to Renaissance Florence. Join your Local Expert to see Michelangelo's David when you visit the Accademia Gallery. Walk to the cathedral and see Giotto's bell tower and the Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria, gazing at statues such as Neptune, Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Your exploration will finish in front of the basilica where Michelangelo lies buried in Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its quality goods. Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a specialty not to be missed. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli
9 Florence, Birthplace Of The Renaissance.
Start the day with a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration, then there is plenty of time to shop with the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the hilltop town of San Gimignano? (B)
10 Ill-Fated Pompeii And On To Sorrento.
Journey south through the volcanic hills of Frascati to Pompeii, which was buried in A. D. 79 by Mount Vesuvius' catastrophic eruption. Walk with a Local Expert through the preserved cobbled streets for a glimpse into the daily life of civilisation during the Roman Empire. Follow the clifftop road to the resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B) Stay Two Nights: Hotel Regina, Sorrento
11 Capri, The Isle Of Dreams.
Meet your Local Expert and cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. The funicular railway takes you up to Capri town where you will explore the narrow alleyways and have time to browse exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by open-top taxi, just as the jet-set do and return to Sorrento where the rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
12 Sassi Di Matera And Alberobello.
After breakfast, discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First you will visit Matera for an in-depth guided exploration of the extraordinary Sassi which are troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock. Here is the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean and were inhabited by about 20,000 people up until 1950. Matera was also used as the setting for 'The Passion of the Christ'. Continue to Alberobello, the second UNESCO World Heritage Site and your home for the next two nights. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello
13 Alberobello.
Join your Local Expert to admire the Trulli of Alberobello - small, circular structures with conical roofs and clustered together like mushrooms. They are built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar. Venture into the surrounding region, a paradise for wine-lovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of Puglia's most robust and structured red wines. For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are invited to join a local and their family. See Nonna making pasta and enjoy a freshly prepared meal together, traditional of southern Italy. (B/DW)
14 Sicily And The Taormina Riviera.
The local roads will take you south, following the shores of the Gulf of Taranto to the mountainous Calabria region. Travel along the Purple Coast to the very 'toe' of Italy and board your ferry bound for Sicily. According to ancient legend, it was here at the Straits of Messina where the twin whirlpools of Scylla and Charybdis carried unwary seafarers away to their doom! After you disembark, continue to the Taormina Riviera. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Hilton Giardini Naxos, Taormina Riviera
15 Taormina And The Dawn Coast Of Europe.
Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek theatre. Set on a cliff and open to the sky, take a moment to sit in this ancient theatre and absorb the view through the crumbling arches to Mount Etna. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina's grandest building. Further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. (B)
16 Palermo, Capital Of Sicily.
Head to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. On arrival, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the capital. Pass the huge Teatro Massimo to the Baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the beauties of the Fountain of Shame. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years and a venture inside will help you to appreciate the composite architectural styles. Next, head to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. With the outside completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics, it provides an insight to what's within. Join your travelling companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine. (B/DW) Stay: Best Western Ai Cavalieri Hotel, Palermo
17 Depart Palermo.
Your journey draws to an end with departure transfers arriving at Palermo's Falcone-Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00. (B)
1 Welcome To The Eternal City Of Rome.
Rome is not only the modern capital of Italy, but also a spectacular encyclopedia of living history. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30 transfers depart for your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Stay Two Nights: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome
2 Vip Vatican And Rome With A Local.
In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to guide you through the art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to visitors. More of Michelangelo's genius is on display next door in St. Peter's Basilica. With time at leisure, perhaps venture inside the Colosseum to learn about the mighty Gladiators? Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona. (B)
3 Pisa And Santa Margherita Ligure.
Enjoy a delightful drive through rolling countryside dotted with cypress trees, passing vineyards and olive groves to Pisa. With a Local Expert, view the incredible Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey continues to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure
4 The Charms Of The Cinque Terre.
Head for the famous Cinque Terre, which translates to Five Lands, located on a gorgeously wild yet hospitable part of the coastline and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two of the picturesque fishing villages before taking the train to Santa Margherita Ligure, and then journeying on to Portofino. There is plenty of time for you to admire the coloured houses, browse the boutiques and stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbour. Should weather permit, return with a cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to your hotel in the resort of Santa Margherita. (B)
5 Lake Maggiore.
Head north to the beautiful Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lakes District and the town of Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square. On arrival, settle into your hotel and take in the magical scenery. In the evening, why not join a private cruise to Isola Bella to explore the palace and admire the stunning Botanical Gardens? (B) Stay: Hotel Simplon, Baveno, Italian Lakes
6 Fair Verona And Onto Venice.
Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to romantic Verona, the setting of one of literature's most tragic and best known love stories between star-crossed lovers. See the ancient Roman Arena, still used for opera performances and stand beneath Juliet's balcony in a Renaissance courtyard of the supposed Capulet home - can you recite Shakespeare's immortal words? Your travels continue through the Soave vineyards, passing Padua, and on to the canals of Venice. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Bellini Venezia, Venice
7 The Magic Of La Serenissima.
Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Admire the art of glassblowing by master craftsmen when you visit a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch along canals lined with ornate palaces to arrive at St. Mark's Square where St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs await. Board your gondola to be serenaded through the beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. Relax amongst the romantic atmosphere as you drift along before having an afternoon to enjoy at leisure. (B)
8 A Scenic Journey To Florence.
Bid farewell to Venice and begin your journey to Renaissance Florence. Join your Local Expert to see Michelangelo's David when you visit the Accademia Gallery. Walk to the cathedral and see Giotto's bell tower and the Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria, gazing at statues such as Neptune, Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Your exploration will finish in front of the basilica where Michelangelo lies buried in Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its quality goods. Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a specialty not to be missed. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli
9 Florence, Birthplace Of The Renaissance.
Start the day with a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration, then there is plenty of time to shop with the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the hilltop town of San Gimignano? (B)
10 Ill-Fated Pompeii And On To Sorrento.
Journey south through the volcanic hills of Frascati to Pompeii, which was buried in A.D. 79 by Mount Vesuvius' catastrophic eruption. Walk with a Local Expert through the preserved cobbled streets for a glimpse into the daily life of civilisation during the Roman Empire. Follow the clifftop road to the resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B) Stay Two Nights: Hotel Regina, Sorrento
11 Capri, The Isle Of Dreams.
Meet your Local Expert and cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. The funicular railway takes you up to Capri town where you will explore the narrow alleyways and have time to browse exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by open-top taxi, just as the jet-set do and return to Sorrento where the rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
12 Sassi Di Matera And Alberobello.
After breakfast, discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First you will visit Matera for an in-depth guided exploration of the extraordinary Sassi which are troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock. Here is the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean and were inhabited by about 20,000 people up until 1950. Matera was also used as the setting for 'The Passion of the Christ'. Continue to Alberobello, the second UNESCO World Heritage Site and your home for the next two nights. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello
13 Alberobello.
Join your Local Expert to admire the Trulli of Alberobello - small, circular structures with conical roofs and clustered together like mushrooms. They are built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar. Venture into the surrounding region, a paradise for wine-lovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of Puglia's most robust and structured red wines. For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are invited to join a local and their family. See Nonna making pasta and enjoy a freshly prepared meal together, traditional of southern Italy. (B/DW)
14 Sicily And The Taormina Riviera.
The local roads will take you south, following the shores of the Gulf of Taranto to the mountainous Calabria region. Travel along the Purple Coast to the very 'toe' of Italy and board your ferry bound for Sicily. According to ancient legend, it was here at the Straits of Messina where the twin whirlpools of Scylla and Charybdis carried unwary seafarers away to their doom! After you disembark, continue to the Taormina Riviera. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Hilton Giardini Naxos, Taormina Riviera
15 Taormina And The Dawn Coast Of Europe.
Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek theatre. Set on a cliff and open to the sky, take a moment to sit in this ancient theatre and absorb the view through the crumbling arches to Mount Etna. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina's grandest building. Further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. (B)
16 Palermo, Capital Of Sicily.
Head to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. On arrival, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the capital. Pass the huge Teatro Massimo to the Baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the beauties of the Fountain of Shame. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years and a venture inside will help you to appreciate the composite architectural styles. Next, head to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. With the outside completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics, it provides an insight to what's within. Join your travelling companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine. (B/DW) Stay: Best Western Ai Cavalieri Hotel, Palermo
17 Depart Palermo.
Your journey draws to an end with departure transfers arriving at Palermo's Falcone-Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00. (B)

Insight Vacations Inclusions

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Vatican City: Be among the select few to gain VIP access to the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
  • Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.
  • Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with a Local Expert to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, David.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Pisa: Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral and of course, the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.
  • Cinque Terre: Led by your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site with dedicated time to explore two of the five charming fishing villages.
  • Portofino: Get a taste of the 'sweet life' when you visit this elegant fishing village, before cruising to Santa Margherita.
  • Italian Lake District: Experience the social ritual of la passeggiata.
  • Verona: During your orientation, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Florence: Enjoy a walking exploration with your Local Expert to see the Florence Cathedral, with its bell tower and baptistery and wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
  • Isle of Capri: Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.
  • Isle of Capri: Ride in style back to the port by open-top taxi.
  • Matera: Visit this UNESCO World heritage Site and see famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
  • Alberobello: Led by your Travel Director, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
  • Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
  • Taormina Riviera: During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
  • Palermo: With a local historian, see the Teatro Massimo en route to Quattro Canti Square to glimpse the Fountain of Shame.
  • Palermo: Visit Palermo Cathedral and walk through the Palace of the Normans to stand in the jewel-like Palatine chapel for an up-close look at some of the finest examples of Norman art.
Trip Inclusions
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Included Meals
  • Florence: Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina dinner in the city known for its delicious cuts of steak.
  • Alberobello: Stop at a cellar for a local insight into the robust wines of the region with tasting.
  • Alberobello: After embracing the town as its natives do, enjoy Dine-at-Home experience as you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly-prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family for dinner and learn more about their life.
  • Dining Summary: 16 Breakfasts (B) and 8 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Accommodation
  • Rome: Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.
  • Alberobello: The Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Twin prices are per person.
  • Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Vatican City: Be among the select few to gain VIP access to the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
  • Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.
  • Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with a Local Expert to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, David.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Pisa: Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral and of course, the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.
  • Cinque Terre: Led by your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site with dedicated time to explore two of the five charming fishing villages.
  • Portofino: Get a taste of the 'sweet life' when you visit this elegant fishing village, before cruising to Santa Margherita.
  • Italian Lake District: Experience the social ritual of la passeggiata.
  • Verona: During your orientation, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Florence: Enjoy a walking exploration with your Local Expert to see the Florence Cathedral, with its bell tower and baptistery and wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
  • Isle of Capri: Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.
  • Isle of Capri: Ride in style back to the port by open-top taxi.
  • Matera: Visit this UNESCO World heritage Site and see famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
  • Alberobello: Led by your Travel Director, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
  • Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
  • Taormina Riviera: During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
  • Palermo: With a local historian, see the Teatro Massimo en route to Quattro Canti Square to glimpse the Fountain of Shame.
  • Palermo: Visit Palermo Cathedral and walk through the Palace of the Normans to stand in the jewel-like Palatine chapel for an up-close look at some of the finest examples of Norman art.
Trip Inclusions
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Included Meals
  • Florence: Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina dinner in the city known for its delicious cuts of steak.
  • Alberobello: Stop at a cellar for a local insight into the robust wines of the region with tasting.
  • Alberobello: After embracing the town as its natives do, enjoy Dine-at-Home experience as you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly-prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family for dinner and learn more about their life.
  • Dining Summary: 16 Breakfasts (B) and 8 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Accommodation
  • Rome: Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.
  • Alberobello: The Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are based on the 2019 season and are subject to change at full 2020 Europe brochure release.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Twin prices are per person.
  • Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions.

Reviews (10)

17 Day Grand Italy & Sicily reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Wonderful 17-day grand Italy and Sicily trip with Insight Vacations”
- Australia Sep 2017 13 Helpful Votes View Photo

Part from visiting all famous city attractions, also we went a lot of beautiful old towns where they are either at the top of the hill, or along the coast, or at the small island. Stunning views of Mt. Etna, lakes, coast line & landscapes. Attached photo is the view of Lake Maggiore from our room at Grand Hotel Dino Baveno, Italy.

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“Excellent Experience”
- New Zealand Jul 2016 5 Helpful Votes

We felt the whole experience was brilliant. As first time travelers to Europe we were somewhat apprehensive of what we had let ourselves in for, however within a few days we knew we had made the right decision. Global journeys provided excellent professional service and given the short notice for our trip (less than 2 months) they took a lot of stress out of our lives. The tour operators (Insight) were brilliant, the bus was very comfortable with legroom to burn. We always felt safe in the bus...read more

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“17 Grand Tour of Italy and Sicily”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2016

Excellent tour with beautiful scenery. Well organised. Exceptional guide , (Mick Parsons.) excellent food and plenty of it. Booking with Global Journeys was an easy experience , would use Both Insight and Global Journeys again.

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“Great trip”
- Australia Apr 2016 1 Helpful Vote

This trip provides a great overview covering from the northern lakes, to Sicily in the south. It was 40 years since my last visit, but the country was even more beautiful than I remembered. We were particularly impressed by the beauty and tranquility of Sicily. The tour group included people from Australia, Canada, US and NZ, and all got along well. We had an inspirational tour leader who clearly loved her adopted country of Italy.

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“Our tour director was absolutely wonderful”
- WA, Australia Sep 2015 3 Helpful Votes

Our tour director was absolutely wonderful. Nothing was a problem and we where able to tailor the tour to what we wanted. Beautiful sights, wonderful hotels and the most amazing scenery you could imagine. Global journeys where so great to deal with, couldn't fault them at all - thank you Michelle!

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Friday 16 Aug 2019 Sunday 01 Sep 2019 1,313per person 5,837per person Enquire
Friday 23 Aug 2019 Sunday 08 Sep 2019 1,111per person 6,039per person Enquire
Friday 30 Aug 2019 Sunday 15 Sep 2019 355per person 6,740per person Enquire
Friday 06 Sep 2019 Sunday 22 Sep 2019 361per person 6,864per person Enquire
Friday 13 Sep 2019 Sunday 29 Sep 2019 361per person 6,864per person Enquire
Friday 20 Sep 2019 Sunday 06 Oct 2019 359per person 6,816per person Enquire
Friday 27 Sep 2019 Sunday 13 Oct 2019 359per person 6,816per person Enquire
Friday 04 Oct 2019 Sunday 20 Oct 2019 359per person 6,816per person Enquire
Friday 16 Aug 2019 Sunday 01 Sep 2019 1,380solo traveller 7,460solo traveller Enquire
Friday 23 Aug 2019 Sunday 08 Sep 2019 1,179solo traveller 7,661solo traveller Enquire
Friday 30 Aug 2019 Sunday 15 Sep 2019 439solo traveller 8,346solo traveller Enquire
Friday 06 Sep 2019 Sunday 22 Sep 2019 451solo traveller 8,564solo traveller Enquire
Friday 13 Sep 2019 Sunday 29 Sep 2019 451solo traveller 8,564solo traveller Enquire
Friday 20 Sep 2019 Sunday 06 Oct 2019 448solo traveller 8,517solo traveller Enquire
Friday 27 Sep 2019 Sunday 13 Oct 2019 448solo traveller 8,517solo traveller Enquire
Friday 04 Oct 2019 Sunday 20 Oct 2019 448solo traveller 8,517solo traveller Enquire
Friday 10 Apr 2020 Sunday 26 Apr 2020 959per person 6,091per person Enquire
Friday 17 Apr 2020 Sunday 03 May 2020 965per person 6,130per person Enquire
Friday 24 Apr 2020 Sunday 10 May 2020 965per person 6,130per person Enquire
Friday 01 May 2020 Sunday 17 May 2020 965per person 6,130per person Enquire
Friday 08 May 2020 Sunday 24 May 2020 965per person 6,130per person Enquire
Friday 15 May 2020 Sunday 31 May 2020 965per person 6,130per person Enquire
Friday 22 May 2020 Sunday 07 Jun 2020 965per person 6,130per person Enquire
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Friday 19 Jun 2020 Sunday 05 Jul 2020 972per person 6,178per person Enquire
Friday 26 Jun 2020 Sunday 12 Jul 2020 979per person 6,216per person Enquire
Friday 03 Jul 2020 Sunday 19 Jul 2020 986per person 6,264per person Enquire
Friday 10 Jul 2020 Sunday 26 Jul 2020 983per person 6,242per person Enquire
Friday 17 Jul 2020 Sunday 02 Aug 2020 972per person 6,178per person Enquire
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Friday 28 Aug 2020 Sunday 13 Sep 2020 965per person 6,130per person Enquire
Friday 04 Sep 2020 Sunday 20 Sep 2020 983per person 6,242per person Enquire
Friday 11 Sep 2020 Sunday 27 Sep 2020 983per person 6,242per person Enquire
Friday 18 Sep 2020 Sunday 04 Oct 2020 976per person 6,199per person Enquire
Friday 25 Sep 2020 Sunday 11 Oct 2020 976per person 6,199per person Enquire
Friday 02 Oct 2020 Sunday 18 Oct 2020 976per person 6,199per person Enquire
Friday 10 Apr 2020 Sunday 26 Apr 2020 1,200solo traveller 7,620solo traveller Enquire
Friday 17 Apr 2020 Sunday 03 May 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 24 Apr 2020 Sunday 10 May 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 01 May 2020 Sunday 17 May 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 08 May 2020 Sunday 24 May 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 15 May 2020 Sunday 31 May 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 22 May 2020 Sunday 07 Jun 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 29 May 2020 Sunday 14 Jun 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 05 Jun 2020 Sunday 21 Jun 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 12 Jun 2020 Sunday 28 Jun 2020 1,208solo traveller 7,677solo traveller Enquire
Friday 19 Jun 2020 Sunday 05 Jul 2020 1,216solo traveller 7,724solo traveller Enquire
Friday 26 Jun 2020 Sunday 12 Jul 2020 1,222solo traveller 7,763solo traveller Enquire
Friday 03 Jul 2020 Sunday 19 Jul 2020 1,229solo traveller 7,811solo traveller Enquire
Friday 10 Jul 2020 Sunday 26 Jul 2020 1,226solo traveller 7,789solo traveller Enquire
Friday 17 Jul 2020 Sunday 02 Aug 2020 1,202solo traveller 7,638solo traveller Enquire
Friday 24 Jul 2020 Sunday 09 Aug 2020 1,202solo traveller 7,638solo traveller Enquire
Friday 31 Jul 2020 Sunday 16 Aug 2020 1,202solo traveller 7,638solo traveller Enquire
Friday 07 Aug 2020 Sunday 23 Aug 2020 1,202solo traveller 7,638solo traveller Enquire
Friday 14 Aug 2020 Sunday 30 Aug 2020 1,202solo traveller 7,638solo traveller Enquire
Friday 21 Aug 2020 Sunday 06 Sep 2020 1,202solo traveller 7,638solo traveller Enquire
Friday 28 Aug 2020 Sunday 13 Sep 2020 1,195solo traveller 7,590solo traveller Enquire
Friday 04 Sep 2020 Sunday 20 Sep 2020 1,226solo traveller 7,789solo traveller Enquire
Friday 11 Sep 2020 Sunday 27 Sep 2020 1,226solo traveller 7,789solo traveller Enquire
Friday 18 Sep 2020 Sunday 04 Oct 2020 1,219solo traveller 7,746solo traveller Enquire
Friday 25 Sep 2020 Sunday 11 Oct 2020 1,219solo traveller 7,746solo traveller Enquire
Friday 02 Oct 2020 Sunday 18 Oct 2020 1,219solo traveller 7,746solo traveller Enquire
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