Hotel accommodation with full buffet breakfast; Local Host service in each city; Destination Guides; headset in Rome, sightseeing with a Local Guide, and transportation as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary (except intra-vacation flights, which are additional; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE).
Day #1 Rome, Italy. Benvenuto! Time to relax or to begin exploring the “Eternal City.” Your Local Host provides you with a Destination Guide, full of useful city information, and is on hand to help you create lasting memories.
Day #2 Rome. Morning guided sightseeing and orientation, including headset, takes you to the VATICAN MUSEUMS to view some of its amazing treasures. See the SISTINE CHAPEL, with Michelangelo’s famous ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement. Visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, originally built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb. From 1506, the Basilica was reconstructed by great artists and sculptors, and it has the largest interior of all Christian churches.
Day #3 Rome. Full day at leisure to enjoy this spectacular city.
Day #4 Rome–Sicily. Travel by air on selected flights to Catania, on the island of Sicily, then transfer to your hotel in beautiful Giardini Naxos.
Day #5 Sicily. Morning guided sightseeing and orientation of picturesque Taormina, perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea. See Piazza Sant’Antonio, Badia Vecchia fortress, the 13th-century gothic cathedral, Piazza IX Aprile with the Clock Tower, and churches of San Giuseppe and Sant’Agostino. Visit the breathtaking GREEK-ROMAN THEATER, remarkable for its preservation and panoramic views.
Day #6 Sicily. Full day at leisure to enjoy this charming area at your own pace.
Day #7 Sicily. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Catania).