12 Day South & Sicily 2020 Start From $3495
Lemon trees and vineyards cascade down the terraced cliffs to the sea. Soft sea breezes mix with the scent of fresh basil, tomatoes and olive oil. Capri sparkles in the distance. Welcome to Amalfi! This is a no-holds-barred invitation to live life to the fullest.
DAY 1 – DEPART USA – ROME
Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on the adventure of a lifetime!
DAY 2 – ROME – AFTERNOON AT LEISURE – DINNER IN HOTEL
Benvenuti a Roma, the eternal city! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
There will be time to relax this afternoon before dinner with fine local vino at our hotel.
DAY 3 – ROME CITY SIGHTSEEING – COLOSSEUM – DINNER OUT TONIGHT
This morning, you’ll get to experience a delicious Italian breakfast, complete with cappuccinos, fresh juices, croissants, fresh breads along with salami, cheeses and of course bacon and eggs!
Next, we board our chariot for a relaxing, panoramic driving tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, downtown ancient Rome, the Circus Maximus, and the Great Synagogue, built in the heart of the Jewish quarter. Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.
Tonight, we enjoy a fun dinner out.
DAY 4 – ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO – DINNER IN HOTEL
This morning, after a delicious breakfast, we’re off on the beautiful drive south to Pompeii. We’ll travel back in time to the fateful year of 79 AD. A city perfectly preserved by the ash that rained-down from Mt. Vesuvius, you’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape with their children and dogs. You’ll be amazed to see the streets, homes and stores still perfectly intact.
Next, we continue our journey to Sorrento, where we check in to our beautiful hotel.
Tonight we enjoy an authentic Neapolitan dinner in our hotel.
DAY 5 – SORRENTO – CAPRI – SORRENTO
This morning, we board our speedy jetfoil to the world’s most enchanting island – Capri. We’ll enjoy a private boat tour around the island (weather permitting). We’ll cruise by the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri’s iconic rock formations which tower above the Mediterranean Sea.
Next, we visit one of the lesser-known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Then we’ll have free time to explore the island on our own, or take advantage of a special optional excursion with our tour leader.
This afternoon we return to Sorrento where you can relax before you head out for dinner on your own. Ask your tour guide for some recommendations.
DAY 6 – SORRENTO – MORNING AT LEISURE – DINNER OUT – PIZZA MAKING & TARANTELLA SHOW
This morning you are free to explore this beautiful city on your own…or you can relax at the hotel pool!
This evening, we head out to visit a local farmhouse where we will enjoy an olive oil tasting followed by a pizza making class! You will learn to make pizza while enjoying local wines. All this hard work will make us hungry!We’ll get to enjoy the pizzas we made, along with some other delicious specialties!
We’ll also have a chance to burn off some of these calories by dancing the tarantella with some talented dancers! Some of you will be familiar with this quick, spirited Italian folk dance that involves spinning and often the playing of tambourines.
DAY 7 – SORRENTO – TAORMINA – DINNER IN HOTEL
This morning we drive South to Calabria to board our ferry across the Straits of Messina to Sicily!
Our home in Taormina will be the great Villa Diodoro, which boasts stunning views of Mt. Etna and the bay of Naxos. Tonight, we enjoy a delicious Sicilian dinner in our hotel.
*This will be a long day so remember to wear comfortable clothes!
DAY 8 – TAORMINA CITY TOUR – DINNER OUT TONIGHT
After this morning’s leisurely tour, you’ll know why Taormina is known as the “Jewel of Italy“. Its winding streets and secluded gardens are truly enchanting. The snow covered volcano, Mt Etna, serves as a dramatic backdrop to the well-preserved Greek and Roman outdoor theaters we’ll be visiting.
This afternoon is all yours! Why not stroll the medieval streets lined with interesting little shops, take a dip in the hotel pool, or treat yourself to one of Sicily’s greatest inventions – the cannoli! It’s like heaven in your mouth!
Tonight, we enjoy dinner and great “vino Siciliano” at a fine local restaurant.
DAY 9 – TAORMINA – MT. ETNA WINERY VISIT & TASTING – LIGHT LUNCH
This morning, you’ll meet one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Mt. Etna is in an almost constant state of eruption. But don’t worry – we’ll keep a safe distance!
The fertile volcanic soil supports extensive agriculture, orchards and vineyards. So let’s visit a local winery for a tour, a wine tasting and a light lunch!
Tonight, you can enjoy dinner on your own. Have you tried pesce spada yet? Swordfish is Sicily’s favorite seafood.
DAY 10 – TAORMINA – CEFALÙ – PALERMO
We’re off to Palermo, stopping along the way for a fascinating visit of Cefalù, a coastal town in Northern Sicily. We enjoy a guided visit of the famous Norman cathedral, a 12th century fortress-like structure with elaborate Byzantine mosaics and soaring twin towers.
The Cathedral has a founding legend: Norman King Roger II made a vow to God during a dangerous sailing trip from Southern Italy. His life was in great danger and he promised to build a wonderful church in the place where he would have landed, if he survived. Roger did in fact survive, disembarked in Cefalù and kept his promise and built a cathedral there.
We’ll have some free time to walk around this charming town, shop and have lunch on our own before heading to Palermo.
Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. Be sure to end your dinner with a delicious dessert that originated in Palermo: the Cassata Siciliana.
DAY 11 – PALERMO – CITY TOUR – DINNER IN HOTEL
This morning we explore Palermo, the fascinating capital city. We’ll visit the Royal Palace which General George Patton turned into his headquarters in 1943. We’ll also take in the Palace of the Normans, the Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral of Palermo as well as a few other highlights.
This afternoon you will be free to enjoy on your own and perhaps buy some last minute gifts to take home with you.
Tonight, we enjoy our final dinner together in our hotel.
DAY 12 – FLIGHT HOME – PALERMO – USA
This morning we head to the Palermo airport for our flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. While we say “arrivederci” to Italy, we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us….and maybe some wine too!
Arrivederci Bella Sicilia!