Sicily, Tuscany and Cinque Terre

13 days Tour from Palermo visiting Sicily, Tuscany and Cinque Terre. Semi Escorted Tour - Departures every Saturday. A great view of Italy and Sicily including the most important highlights.

Duration

13 Days

Category

Multi Days

Tour Type

Group

Season

MARCH-OCTOBER

BEGINS ON SATURDAYS FROM PALERMO
ENDS IN ROME

Semi Escorted Hosted Tour
12 nights / 13 days
Provided with: minimum of 2 clients
Style of Accommodation: First Class

HIGHLIGHTS:
Palermo:
 The Sicilian capital and capo market
Monreale: Dome and the golden mosaics
Agrigento: Valley of the Temples
Segesta: Doric Temple
Erice: Castle built on the remnants of Venus Temple
Piazza Armerina: Ancient mosaics in the Roman Villa
Taormina: World-renowned Mediterranean resort town
Rome: 3 hours guided walking tour
Montepulciano: famous for producing one of the oldest wines of Italy the “Nobile”
Pienza: the Renaissance town famous for its Pecorino cheese is also called the “ideal city”
San Donato in Poggio: known for its world famous wine Chianti Classico Gallo Nero DOCG
Siena: Piazza del Campo and the Municipal Palace
San Gimignano : a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries
Pisa: with his leaning tower
Portovenere (Gulf of Poets)
Cinque Terre: Vernazza, Monterosso
Carrara: the impressive Marble quarries carved deep into the mountain and it museum.
Montecarlo di Lucca: a lovely city located on the hills around Lucca

IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
This tour is operated only with a Driver-Guide or a Tour Director.
The Driver Guide/Tour Director is not a Licensed Tourist Guide –Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city — and he cannot escort you inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules.

Licensed Tourist Guide are provided on the spot as below specified (from 6 People on the tour):
Monreale: to see the Dome;
Agrigento: to see the Archaeological Park;
Piazza Armerina: to see the Roman Villa of Casale
-Rome: 3 hours guided walking tour

The tour is usually English only, but in some cases it could be multilingual.
HOSTED TOUR
This tour includes Hotel Accommodation, transportation, sightseeing and some meals. This tour will be
conducted by a driver escort or a tour escort (depending the number of people confirmed on the activity planned for the day) and can include licensed local guide (as per tour details and conditions). The person that will conduct the tour could be different day by day.
An hosted Tour is ideal for people who want some freedom but still have the comfort of a Tour leader who will take care of group and will orchestrate all services.

WHAT IS INCLUDED: 
-First class accommodation
-Daily breakfast buffet
-Five light lunch/snacks in local winery-farmhouse
-Three dinners at hotel or at local restaurant (drinks not included)
-Local flight from Catania to Rome
-Arrival transfer from Rome airport to the hotel in Rome
-Vehicle/coach with air conditioning, no toilet
-Driver Escort/Tour Director
-English speaking local guides on the tour when needed
-All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified in the itinerary
-Hotel & VAT

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
– Intercontinental Flight
– Porterage at airport
– Airport transfers
– Fee for luggage handling fee at hotel
– City Taxes
– Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program
– Gratuities to Tour Director/Driver-Escort, Local Guide and Driver
– Admission fees
– Optional Excursions
– Travel Insurance
– Tips
FEATURED PROPERTIES USED FOR THIS TOUR
Palermo (4 nights):  
Hotel Plaza Opera, Hotel Principe di Villafranca, OR similar Hotel.
Taormina area (2 nights): Hilton Giardini Naxos (seaside area), Hotel Villa Diodoro, OR similar Hotel.
Rome (3 nights): Hotel The Building OR similar Hotel.
Siena (1 night): Hotel Montaperti OR similar Hotel.
La Spezia (2 nights): Hotel NH La Spezia OR similar Hotel.

Hotel may be substituted with similar categories.
We do not guarantee all people on the tour will be lodging in the same Hotel.

ROOMS DEFINITIONS:
Single Room:
 room with a single bed for 1 person only
Double for Single use: double/twin room for 1 person only
Twin Room: room with a pair of single beds for 2 persons
Double Room: room with a large/double bed ideally for a couple
Triple Room: double with extra small single bed ideally for a couple with kid

We do accommodate solo-travelers in Single Room
Double for single use surcharge is available ON REQUEST

IMPORTANT: 
– Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage.
– Etna Jeep Ride Tour is subject to minimum 2 people. In case of insufficient number of participants it may be cancelled even after Confirmation. In this case we will refund Euro 155,00 per person.

PRE-POST NIGHTS: per person, per night, breakfast included
Using the same properties used for the tour

Pre-nights:
-Palermo: Euros 75,00 per person per night in double/twin occupancy
-Palermo: Euros 110,00 per person per night in single occupancy
Post-nights: on request

AIRPORT TRANSFERS package: per person
-Euro 120,00 per person, based on a minimum 2 people travelling together and sharing the same vehicle
The rate covers:
– transfer from Palermo airport to Palermo hotel
– transfer from Taormina hotel to Catania airport
– transfer from Roma hotel to Rome airport (FCO/CIA)

TOUR CODE: 5TERRE

Day 1
Saturday: Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: no
Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant island of Sicily! Upon arrival at Palermo airport (PMO) please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then independent transfer to your hotel.
The balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 2
Sunday: Palermo / Agrigento / Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Following breakfast, we drive through the interior of Sicily to reach the Archaeological Park of Agrigento. On arrival independent visit of the Archaeological Museum (Admission fee: not included) that offers a fine introduction to the splendors of ancient Akragas and gives an insight into the life of the Greek settlers. Then you will visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). Later we return to Palermo. (BB)
Day 3
Monday: Monreale and Palermo Market
Our Staff Disposal: half day
Information: walking tour of Palermo for around 2 hours to explore the town

Breakfast at hotel.
Today a short drive take us to Monreale, to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Duomo (Admission fee: not included), launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Then transfer to Palermo and walking tour of the city center. The walking tour will start with the lively Ballarò Market, a place overflowing with beautiful fresh fish, and local vegetables and cheeses.  Originating from the era when Sicily was occupied by the moors, this 1000 year old market has run much in the same manner for centuries.  It has strong Arab influences, resembling an eastern souk, and these influences are also evident in the merchandise itself.  Next to mounds of ricotta and caciocavallo cheeses, barrels of olives and fat slabs of swordfish sit saffron and other spices, as well as sacks of beans and gorgeous indigenous fruit and local vegetables.  Here we have the opportunity to taste a typical palermitano dish, such as the famous Panelle (a thin paste of crushed ceci/garbanzo beans rolled into sheets, fried and served in pizza-like slices). Then by walk we reach Piazza Pretoria and the famous “four corners” converge in a quartet of baroque palaces from the climax of the Spanish rule dating from 1560.  Then our short stroll will continue through Via Maqueda with the external view of Massimo Theater (The Opera House). The visit will end in Piazza Politeama. from there you will have the opportunity to join your hotel (walking distance). Afternoon and evening at leisure. (BB)
Day 4
Tuesday: Palermo / Erice / Segesta /Olive Oil and Winery / Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Information: walking tour of Erice for around 2  hours up-and-down to explore the town

Early departure to tour western Sicily where we reach Erice uptown. The Elymians settled the medieval town of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Later we proceed to have a light-lunch in a local winery-farmhouse including tasting of mixed local product such as cheese, salumi, olives, local bread combined with their production of olive oil and wine. This afternoon  we continue onto Segesta, one of the major cities of the ancient indigenous Elymian people, to visit the unfinished Doric temple (Admission fee: not included), late 5th century BC, built on a hilltop just outside of the ancient city and has a commanding view of the surrounding area. Later we return to Palermo. (BB L)
Day 5
Wednesday: Palermo / Piazza Armerina / Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure for Piazza Armerina. Upon arrival we visit the amazing Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included) in Piazza Armerina. The mosaics discovered here are celebrated among scholars of antiquity. This afternoon we then continue to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. (BB)
Day 6
Thursday: Taormina / Etna Jeep ride / Taormina
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
The day starts from Your Hotel. The pick-up will be arranged between 8:30am and 9:00am (please be ready from 8:15am in the hotel lobby). Your Driver will pick-up you with an air conditioned Land Rover (or similar 4x4 vehicle) from you Hotel or other accommodation located in Taormina area (it is also covers pick-up from Castelmola, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni, Giarre and Fiumefreddo).
A lovely drive along the Northern slopes of the Volcano (regular road) will give you the opportunity to visit different lava flows and to observe geological and botanical treasures. Lava flow of 1923 reached the town of Linguaglossa, while the near village of Catena was partially destroyed. Driving through pines, oaks and brooms we will continue the Etna ascent and after an off-road itinerary you will visit the lava front of 2002 and a natural cave created from the lava flow.
We will then proceed to an area called Piano Provenzana located at 1800 meters above sea level, where we will see the effect of the great eruption of 2002. This eruption lasted almost three months and it is considered one of the most explosive eruptions from the twentieth century. At Piano Provenzana you will find a ski resort.
In accordance with your Driver, it is possible to do a medium hiking and see some of the side craters characterized by seven small, aligned eruptive cones (or "buttonholes"). Along the way we will stop to enjoy a breathtaking view of the North-East Crater, the eruptive mouths and 2002 lava flow, and down to the sea you will admire part of the Ionian and Calabrian coast.
Then, proceed to have lunch in a local farmhouse where you will be served a 3 courses menu which includes a rich selection of starter (salami, cheese, vegetables of the season), a taste of pasta and dessert. Lunch will also include local wine, mineral water and coffee.
After lunch the tour will get back to your hotel located in Taormina area.  (BB L)
Day 7
Friday: Taormina at leisure / Rome
Our Staff Disposal: no
Breakfast at hotel.
The morning is at leisure: Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. A drink at the tables of Caffè Wunderbar (or similar) in Piazza IX Aprile may set you back a few euros, but you'll be basking where Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you. As well as the famed Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission fee: not included), there are several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina. The attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, while if you want to stretch your legs further there are attractive walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views.
In the afternoon independent transfer to Catania airport (CTA) and take the flight to Rome. Upon arrival at Rome airport (FCO) please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then transfer to your hotel.  (BB) 
Day 8
Saturday: Rome
Our Staff Disposal: half day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today enjoy a 3 hours Rome walking tour. Appointment with the Staff is at about 9am at your Hotel Lobby. Your visit will start from Largo Argentina, place of the murder of Julius Caesar. Then you will continue to the famous Navona Square, one of the best examples of Baroque art in Rome, where you will admire Bernini’s fountain of the Four Rivers. Then visit the church of San Luigi dei Francesi and the Pantheon that with its magnificence has impressed travellers for centuries. Experience the magnitude of the emperors visiting Colonna Square with the sublime column of Marco Aurelio and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Your tour will finish at the Spanish Steps, then independent transfer to your hotel.
The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB)
Day 9
Sunday: Rome / Montepulciano / Pienza / Siena
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure to the rolling hills of the Chianti Region, reaching Montepulciano, a hilltop town rich of medieval and Renaissance buildings, and world renown for producing one of the oldest wines of Italy, the “Nobile di Montepulciano”. Visit to a Winery and tasting of wines and local products like ham, cheese, and salami. Then proceed to Pienza, birthplace of Pope Pius II that had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town. It is also well known for its pecorino cheese. Then the visit continues towards Siena, the beautiful medieval city renowned for the Palio horse race. Walk along the old city centre admiring splendid palaces and focus your attention on the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Dinner at the hotel. (BB S D)
Day 10
Monday: Siena / San Gimignano / San Donato in Poggio / Chianti area / Pisa / La Spezia
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure to San Gimignano, a medieval hilltop town unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses. You will then proceed to San Donato in Poggio located within the Chianti Classico “Gallo Nero” region, where you’ll enjoy an excellent wine tasting with snack at a local farmhouse. The tour continues onto Pisa, where you will have free time. Then you will have a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre, Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to La Spezia. Dinner at the hotel. (BB S D)
Day 11
Tuesday: La Spezia / Portovenere / Gulf of Poets / Cinque Terre / La Spezia
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World. The five villages, “Cinque Terre” is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coast line by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside like in a postcard and to stop in Portovenere, Vernazza and Monterosso for visiting them at leisure (in the event of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train). Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses, while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle. The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village is surrounded by very steeply-terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest olive oil in the country. Monterosso is the largest of the five coastal villages. Its amazing beaches, its beautiful reefs and the sea’s crystal clear waters, make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera. Board the train from Monterosso and arrive in La Spezia. Dinner at the hotel. (BB D)
Day 12
Wednesday: La Spezia / Carrara / Montecarlo di Lucca / Rome
Our Staff Disposal: full day
Breakfast at hotel.
Today departure to Carrara for a visit of the impressive marble quarries carved deep into the mountain. This is where Michelangelo took the raw material to create his superb masterpieces. Continue to Montecarlo di Lucca, a lovely town located on the hills around Lucca. This territory is ideal for the production of top quality wine and extra virgin olive oil. We will stop and visit a farmhouse where the owners will have you taste delicious Tuscan food specialities, from olive oil to cheese, from bread to wine and of course pasta, which you will taste with different wines. Proceed to Rome and arrival in the evening at about 9pm. (BB L)
Day 13
Thursday: Rome
Our Staff Disposal: no
Breakfast at hotel and end of our services. (BB)

Meal Legend: BB Buffet Breakfast Snack Lunch or Light Lunch  Dinner

Full Day: around 7 hours and always in accordance with the itinerary and route
Half Day: around 3 to 4 hours
Included
  • All sightseeing, tasting and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • English speaking Tour Director/Driver-Escort (as per program)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Licensed Local Guide as per program
  • VAT
  • Vehicle/coach with air conditioning  - no toilet
Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Beverage and meal not specified
  • City taxes
  • Fee for luggage handling fee at hotel
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Porterage at airport
  • Travel Insurance
Contact us for price information

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