Grand Tour of Italy and Sicily (Preview 2018)

About Palermo, Italy


Highlights


ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rome: Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Pisa: See the Cathedral, Baptistery and ‘Leaning Tower.
  • Italian Lakes: Join us in the social ritual of ‘La Passeggiata'.
  • Verona: See the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony.
  • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark's Square by private launch. See St. Mark's Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Florence: During your guided walking tour, see the Cathedral, belltower, ‘Gates of Paradise' on the Baptistery and visit Signoria Square. Witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Sorrento: See an‘Intarsio' demonstration.
  • Taormina: Visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
  • Palermo: See Quattro Canti Square. Visit Palermo Cathedral.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Alberobello: Stop at a cellar for a local insight into the robust wines of the region with tasting.
  • Sorrento: Choose from a fine selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Palermo: Enjoy an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine, wine and music.
  • 16 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 5 three-course table d’hôte Dinners (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Rome: 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.
  • Rome: Sightsee the local way with a leisurely passeggiata through the backstreets, where a friend in Rome will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures.
  • Cinque Terre: Spend time at this picturesque UNESCO World Heritage listed Site with a Local Expert.
  • Portofino: Get a taste of the ‘sweet life' in this elegant fishing village and cruise to Santa Margherita.
  • Venice: Delight in the unique magic as you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with a Local Expert to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, David.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle to meet your Local Expert and enjoy a ride by open-top taxi.
  • Matera: Visit the famous ‘Sassi' or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
  • Taormina: Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats in the ancient Greek theatre and absorb the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
  • Palermo: Standing in the Palatine chapel, get up close to some of the finest examples of Norman art.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Rome: Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Romanico Palace Hotel offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.
  • Alberobello: The signature La Chiusa di Chietri hotel is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
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