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Italian Escape & Sicily

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The one that combines Naples, the Amalfi Coast and spectacular Sicily

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  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    13 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 51 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver & Local Guides

Rome, Naples, Amalfi, Catania, Taormina, Noto, Cefalu, Palermo, Syracuse, Agrigento

Italian Escape & Sicily

9 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • See Mt. Vesuvius
  • Visit dramatic Positano and wander amongst the sun-bleached terracotta houses tumbling down to the sea
  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun, sea and sand
  • Take a jaw-droppingly scenic coastal cruise along the Amalfi Coast
  • Orientation of Catania including Piazza del Duomo & Via dei Crociferi known for its 16th century churches
  • Soak up the sun and amble through Greek & Roman ruins in the seaside town of Taormina with included roundtrip cable car
  • Visit Noto, Sicily's capital of baroque architecture
  • Explore the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO listed site featuring some of the world's most treasured Greek art and architecture

12 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Pizza Tour
  • Guided tour of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Take a cruise on the glittering waters surrounding the glamorous Isle of Capri EUR 28.00
  • See lemon groves and taste homemade limoncello on the dramatic Amalfi Coast EUR 19.00
  • Tastes of Amalfi Dinner EUR 41.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Cooking Class
  • Mount Etna Bike Tour
  • Enjoy dinner on a bio farm outside Noto surrounded by citrus, almond, and olive trees (Contiki Cares)
  • Coastal Cruise
  • Walking Tour
  • Farewell dinner

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  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    13 nights in Hotel

About this trip

This one swings you from Rome to Naples, the home of pizza and gateway to Pompeii, before gliding along the dreamy Amalfi Coast. After falling for Capri and postcard pretty Positano, it's time to head to Sicily for a week of dreamy beaches, incredible food and endless ancient history. This Italian adventure has a little something for everyone.

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Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Rome

  2. 1 1 night

    Naples

  3. 2 2 nights

    Amalfi

  4. 1 1 night

    Rome

  5. 1 1 night

    Catania

  6. 2 2 nights

    Taormina

  7. via via

    Syracuse

  8. 1 1 night

    Noto

  9. via via

    Agrigento

  10. 2 2 nights

    Cefalu

  11. 1 1 night

    Palermo

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DAY 1 - Arrive Rome

Rome

Welcome to Rome! Once known as the 'capital of the world' this richly historic, passionate and elegant city will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. We'll meet and greet our Contiki crew at 4pm, before heading on an orientation tour of the city. Yep, that means the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona, the Colosseum & the Roman Forum. With our eyes wide and camera roll full, we'll head to the streets for an included Italian feast. Maybe washed down with some chianti. La perfezione!

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

DAY 2 - Rome to Naples

Rome

Today we're headed to another richly historical and cultural city, known for it's naturally beautiful sights and excellent cuisine.

Naples

Welcome to Naples, the rough and ready but oh so charming city which encapsulates everything we love about Italy. The home of pizza, a hub of culture, and a bundle of passionate Italian energy, this is also the site of Mt Vesuvius, the infamous active volcano. Today we have the option to check out the ruins of Pompeii, the fascinating Roman town that was destroyed by Vesuvius and then perfectly preserved in volcanic ash. Another option today is to take a pizza tour, learning about the city's culinary history while stuffing ourselves with Margaritas and Marinaras.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Mt. Vesuvius

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience the merging of history and flavours as you embark on a tour to find Naples’ most illustrious pizza makers

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 3 - Naples to Amalfi Coast

Naples

We're headed to the coast today to check out some of the most glamorous islands in Europe.

Amalfi

We'll visit two spectacular Amalfi jewels today. Positano will take our breath away, with its postcard pretty sun-bleached buildings tumbling down into the sparkling sea. Capri is no different, with its gorgeous cragged coastline and opulent cafes, it's easy to see why this is such a playground for the rich and famous. An optional Capri cruise will let us check out the iconic blue grotto, as well as stop for plenty of swim stops to beat the heat.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit dramatic Positano and wander amongst the sun-bleached terracotta houses tumbling down to the sea

  • Visit the famous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun sea and sand

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise on the glittering waters surrounding the glamorous Isle of Capri

    EUR 28.00

DAY 4 - Amalfi Coast

Amalfi

We've got a free day on the Amalfi coast! Lucky us. There are plenty of optionals today to keep us entertained, including a visit to a lemon farm where we learn how these huge, sunshine coloured fruits are harvested and turned into limoncello. We'll also get to have a Tastes of Amalfi dinner, washed down with the lemon liqueur itself.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic coastal cruise along the Amalfi Coast

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See lemon groves and taste homemade limoncello on the dramatic Amalfi Coast

    EUR 19.00

  • Enjoy a traditional Italian feast at an organic farm on the Amalfi Coast

    EUR 41.00

DAY 5 - Amalfi Coast to Rome

Amalfi

We're headed back to Rome today. Time for the Colosseum?

Rome

Back in Rome we recommend taking our optional Emperors & Gladiators tour, where you'll skip the queues and enter the jaw-dropping Colosseum through the exclusive Emperor's gate. This is the perfect way to learn about this fascinating, blood-stained arena, in which Romans used to flock to watch epic battles between elephants, tigers, and gladiators. Then, we have a free night to check out the nightlife and toast what has been an unforgettable Italian adventure.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

DAY 6 - Rome to Catania

Rome

Today we're hopping on a speedy flight to the incomparable isle of Sicily.

Catania

This colourful cacophony of baroque piazzas and ancient ruins is the perfect place to get acquainted with Sicily. We'll have a chance to check out Catania's UNESCO listed historic core before an included dinner in a local restaurant. Is Sicilian cuisine the best in the world? It has to be up there...

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Orientation of Catania including Piazza del Duomo & Via dei Crociferi known for its 16th century churches

DAY 7 - Catania to Taormina

Catania

We've got more spectacular Sicilian towns to explore today, as we head from Catania to Taormina.

Taormina

Uniquely perched on the side of a mountain, this elegant resort town is the perfect place to live the good life in Italy. We'll waste no time admiring the gorgeous panoramas, as we take the cable car that connects the town's historic centre with its awesome beaches. After sunning ourselves for a bit, why not opt for a cooking class with some local masterchefs, learning how to whip up local delicacies like Arancini & Cannoli? It's the perfect way to impress everyone when you get back home.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Soak up the sun and amble through Greek & Roman ruins in the seaside town of Taormina

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Discover the secrets about making the Sicilian specialties of arancino & Cannolo

DAY 8 - Taormina

Taormina

Today we've got an unmissable optional for you. Sicily’s stupendous stratovolcano Mt Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe. And what better way to experience this majestic monster than on an adrenaline filled bike ride, as you pass vineyards and orchards spread across the fertile slopes? You won’t find views quite like this anywhere in Europe. Whether or not you opt for the bike tour, you'll have a free afternoon to explore Taormina - lazing on the beach, checking out the Roman theatre or sitting and drinking a spritz as life lazily moves by. It's a hard life.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Conquer the highest active volcano of Europe, Mount Etna on an adrenaline filled bike ride

DAY 9 - Taormina to Noto via Syracuse

Taormina

See ya, Taormina - it's time to visit some historical hotspots.

Syracuse

On the way to Noto we'll stop off at Syracuse, notable for its rich Roman and Greek ancient history, with ancient amphitheatres and architecture everywhere you look. It was even mentioned in the Bible - how's that for history creds? Today it's a world UNESCO heritage site, and we'll have time to admire all that crumbling beauty before heading onto Noto.

Noto

This architectural utopia has one of the most stunning historic centres in Sicily - and that's saying something. The gorgeous Corso Vittoria Emanuele is adorned with gorgeous old churches and red-gold buildings that glimmer in the sunlight. An optional we recommend this evening is heading to an organic farm with us, where we'll meet some locals and get served a delicious farm-to-table feast that'll be some of the freshest Italian food you've ever tasted.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Noto, Sicily's capital of baroque architecture

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy dinner on a bio farm outside Noto surrounded by citrus, almond, and olive trees (Contiki Cares)

DAY 10 - Noto to Cefalu via Agrigento

Noto

Heading from Noto we'll arrive in Agrigento, the perfect base to explore another ancient wonder...

Agrigento

From Agrigento we have an included tour of the Valley of the Temples, This mystical valley is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological heritage. As you wander the valley, in the shadow of blooming almond trees, we'll discover ancient temples, sanctuaries and a necropolis. It’s a spectacular testament to Sicily’s ancient history (and natural beauty).

Cefalu

Arriving in Cefalu we'll enjoy another included dinner of Sicilian delicacies. What a day - and we're not done yet.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO listed site featuring some of the world's most treasured Greek art and architecture

DAY 11 - Cefalu

Cefalu

Cefalu is a real gem, home to Sicily's best beaches and most impressive Arabic architecture. This truly is the island that keeps on giving. Today's all about coastal vibes, soaking up that sun, sea and sand - with plenty of watersports to get involved with. If you're feeling a little more zen, why not opt for the coastal cruise and soak up some scenery instead? Later on we'll stroll the winding cobbled streets and watch fishermen taking stock of the day's bounties, before exploring the town's foodie and nightlife scene. Ah, Sicily - sigh.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a relaxing coastal cruise to admire the spectacular scenery of Cefalu

DAY 12 - Cefalu to Palermo

Cefalu

It's time to end on a high, as we make our way towards Sicily's sizzling capital.

Palermo

Palermo is a vivacious and colourful tumble of a city with a rich history and a thrilling culinary scene. But it’s also been plagued by organised crime for decades. Today we can opt for a fascinating walking tour through the picturesque historic centre, teaching us about the history of the Mafia in Palermo, as well as how the civil anti-Mafia movement formed an unlikely resistance. We'll also have free time to wonder the storied streets, grabbing some local eats and falling in love with this feisty city. Then, our adventure's final optional experience: a farewell dinner of Palermo specialities, as we swap stories, compare photos and plan future adventures together over a few glasses of local wine.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn about the Mafia and the civil anti-mafia movement whilst walking through the picturesque historic centre of Palermo (Contiki Cares)

  • Farewell dinner in Palermo supporting Addiopizzo, Mafia Free Tourism (Contiki Cares)

DAY 13 - Depart Palermo

Palermo

We're headed back to the airport after one final breakfast together. Hug it out, swap social deets - and don't be sad, we'll see each other on the road again soon.

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