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Globus The Best of Italy & Sicily(LL)

15 days from Rome to Rome 
Italy is a country with so much to offer—amazing scenery, ancient ruins, a rich history, sumptuous cuisine, architectural treasures, splendid art, designer shops, and friendly people. On this Best of Italy & Sicily tour, you’ll experience some of Italy’s and Sicily’s most popular cities and historic sights, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento coast, and Taormina. You’ll also enjoy an overnight ferry cruise from Naples to Sicily.

Tour highlights include Agrigento, where you’ll see ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years! And in Taormina, you’ll visit the 3rd-century BC Greek Theater, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights—you must visit them in person! Your time on Sorrento coast includes a visit to the Isle of Capri with a jetfoil ride across the Bay of Naples and a funicular ride to Capri village.

If art is your focus, you’ll be delighted by Michelangelo’s David in Florence and his ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which you’ll also see on this tour. Watch glassblowers in action as they create their beautiful art in Venice. Or if historical churches interest you, you’re sure to be delighted by the 12th-century Norman Cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics; St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, where St. Francis is buried; Ravenna’s 6th-century Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe, famous for its mosaics; and more.

These are just a few of the many highlights on this Best of Italy & Sicily tour. So if you want to see Italy, let Globus handle the details—including special experiences such as wine tasting in Marsala and a private water-taxi ride in Venice—and focus your energy on experiencing this marvelous country.
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Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

VENICE
Private boat rides; glassblower's demonstration; [LF] private water taxi ride by night; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs

RAVENNA
Visit St. Apollinaris in Classe

ASSISI
Visit St. Francis’ Basilica

POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations

NAPLES
[LF] Enjoy a cappuccino and sfogliatella at Gran Caffè Gambrinus

NAPLES–SICILY
Overnight cruise in two-berth cabins with private facilities

PALERMO
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale

MARSALA
Visit a salt mill; [LF] wine tasting at the Florio wine cellar

AGRIGENTO
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

TAORMINA
Visit the ancient Greek Theater

STRAIT OF MESSINA
Ferry crossing

SORRENTO COAST–CAPRI
By jetfoil

CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride; [LF] boat cruise around the island

Headsets throughout the tour

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive in Rome, Italy.
 Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)
Day 2Rome.
 Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all. (B)
Day 3Rome–Pisa–Florence.
 Enter Tuscany and arrive in Pisa to marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower. Take your pictures pushing back the tower before continuing to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” This evening, you may wish to try out Tuscan specialties. (B)
Day 4Florence–Venice Island.
 This morning, focus on Florence. A highlight is a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s David. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce, for which the city is famous. Cross the wooded Apennine Mountains and arrive in Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and arrive on the island of Murano. This evening, enjoy [LF] a ride by PRIVATE WATER-TAXI to ST. MARK'S SQUARE to discover Venice by night. Exciting optional excursions are available: dinner in one of Venice's excellent restaurants and a gondola ride through its canals. (B)
Day 5Venice Island.
 This morning, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner, before boarding your PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK'S SQUARE. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour including visits to the byzantine ST. MARK'S BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, enjoy Venice at your own pace or join an exciting optional lagoon cruise to the colorful island of Burano. (B)
Day 6Venice Island–Ravenna–Assisi.
 Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna. Here, see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century BASILICA OF ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. In the afternoon, arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit the massive 13th-century lower BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the Saint’s grave. (B,D)
Day 7Assisi–Pompeii–Naples. Overnight Cruise To Palermo.
 Arrive in POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. A guided walking tour through the excavations features patrician houses, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. In nearby Naples, [LF] a cappuccino and sfogliatella await you at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus before boarding your FERRY in Naples for the overnight cruise to Sicily. (B)
Day 8Palermo.
 After disembarkation, start your sightseeing with a Local Guide. Visit the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and the CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. (B)
Day 9Palermo–Marsala–Agrigento.
 In Marsala, visit a SALT MILL, then a true highlight: a [LF] WINE TASTING at the famous Florio wine cellar to sample and learn about Marsala wines. Next, drive along the western coast to Agrigento. Here, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. (B,D)
Day 10Agrigento–Taormina Riviera.
 This morning, enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to Taormina, where you will visit the ancient GREEK THEATER dating back to the 3rd century BC and the second-largest of its kind in Sicily. Situated above the city, it affords spectacular views of the bay and Mount Etna. (B)
Day 11At Leisure in Taormina Riviera.
 Today is your chance to join the exciting half-day optional excursion to Mount Etna. Afternoon is at leisure to relax or for individual activities. (B,D)
Day 12Taormina Riviera–Sorrento Coast.
 Board your FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land at the toe of the Italian boot in Calabria. Continue to the delightful coast of Sorrento, and spend time in the charming town of Sorrento. (B)
Day 13Sorrento Coast. Excursion to Capri.
 Speed across the Bay of Naples by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri, an ancient retreat for Roman emperors and renowned ever since that time for its beauty. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the charming piazzetta. Then, enjoy [LF] an exciting BOAT CRUISE (weather permitting) around the island. (B)
Day 14Sorrento Coast–Rome.
 Back to Rome, the “Eternal City.” A special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you at La Carovana restaurant as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma! (B,D)
Day 15Rome.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome

Globus Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$747

Triple room reduction per person:
$89

Extra nights per person in Rome:
Start tour: in single room $165-$230, in twin $104-$136, in triple $94-$121
End tour: in single room $100-$132, in twin $67-$91, in triple $64-$85

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Guaranteed Departure 09/17/2017 $3,879.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/24/2017 $3,879.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/22/2017 Special Offer/Promotion $3,699.00
04/08/2018 $3,729.00
04/22/2018 $3,729.00
05/06/2018 $3,729.00
05/20/2018 $3,729.00
06/03/2018 $3,729.00
06/17/2018 $3,729.00
07/01/2018 $3,729.00
07/15/2018 $3,729.00
07/29/2018 $3,679.00
08/12/2018 $3,679.00
08/26/2018 $3,879.00
09/02/2018 $3,879.00
09/09/2018 $3,879.00
09/16/2018 $3,879.00
09/23/2018 $3,879.00
09/30/2018 $3,729.00
10/07/2018 $3,729.00
10/14/2018 $3,729.00
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