Classic Tours

Grand Tour of Italy and Sicily

Tour Overview

16-Day Fully Escorted Tour from £3,345

The world-famous sights and sounds of Italy come alive on this comprehensive 16-day journey, taking in the classical cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, the pretty islands of Sicily and Capri, Tuscan vineyards, the Lakes region and spectacular coastlines. Artists, poets, dreamers and lovers of Italian culture have plotted a similar path since the 1800s, so you are in good company.

At a Glance

  • 2 nights in Rome
  • 1 night in Santa Margherita
  • 1 night in the Italian Lakes region
  • 2 nights in Venice
  • 2 nights in Florence
  • 2 nights in Sorrento
  • 2 nights in Taormina
  • 1 night in Palermo
  • 1 night on the overnight ferry
  • 1 night in Rome

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing in Rome and Florence
  • Sightseeing in Venice including a gondola ride.
  • Visit to the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Cassino
  • Excursion to the Isle of Capri and funicular train ride to Capri town
  • Drive through Chianti wine region with tasting and talk
  • See the Cathedral, Baptistery and ‘Leaning Tower’ in Pisa
  • Cruise the Ligurian coast to the port of Portofino
  • See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony in Verona
  • Visit the Greek Theatre in Taormina and tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

Tour Itinerary

  1. UK to RomeYour door-to door driver takes you to your choice of local airport. Arrive at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci airport and transfer to the 4* Hotel Mediterraneo. This evening meet your fellow travellers for a welcome reception with drink and light meal.
  2. RomeStart today with a visit to spiritual St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City followed by a tour including the Colosseum. The rest of the day is at leisure. B
  3. Rome to Pisa to Santa MargheritaDrive through the Tuscan countryside and enjoy wine tasting and an informative talk about Chianti wines. Then continue to Pisa, celebrated for its ‘Leaning Tower’ before journey’s end at the charming seaside resort of Santa Margherita where the 3* Plus Best Western Hotel Regina Elena welcomes you for the night. B D
  4. Santa Margherita to Portofino to Italian LakesEnjoy a short cruise (weather permitting) along the Ligurian coast to the elegant village of Portofino. There is time to browse the shops and admire the yachts in the harbour before continuing to beautiful Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lake district. Tonight you stay at the 4* Simplon Hotel. B D
  5. Italian Lakes to Verona to VeniceFollow the Southern Alps to Verona where you will see Juliet’s balcony before enjoying a typical lunch of the region. Then it’s off to Romantic Venice where on arrival you will check in to the 4* Molino Stucky Hilton Hotel for a two night stay. BL
  6. VeniceTravel by private launch to St Mark’s Square. Take in the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica and after a glass blowing demonstration enjoy a gondola ride. The afternoon is at leisure. B
  7. Venice to FlorenceHead to the Tuscan capital to see the Statue of David, Giotto’s bell Tower and the Basilica of Santa Croce before a leather work demonstration and some time at leisure. Check in to the 4* NH Firenze Hotel for two nights. B D
  8. FlorenceAn entire free day to explore this beautiful city. B
  9. Florence to SorrentoHead through the rich volcanic hills of Frascati to Cassino where you will visit the Commonwealth Cemetery. Then continue along the cliff top road to Sorrento and the 4* Grand Hotel La Pace for two nights. B
  10. Sorrento and CapriCruise to the island of Capri this morning taking a funicular train to Capri town on arrival. Spend time at leisure before returning to Sorrento. This evening choose from a selection of restaurants for dinner. B D
  11. Sorrento to TaorminaHead along the edge of the mountainous Calabria region to the very toe of Italy to Reggio Calabria. After the short ferry crossing to Sicily head for the 4* Hotel Villa Diodoro for an overnight stay. B D
  12. TaorminaTour the hillside town of Taormina including the Greek Theatre that offers superb views of Mt. Etna. Then check in at the 4* Hotel Caparena located by the beach. B
  13. Taormina to PalermoJourney to Agrigento and enjoy a walking tour along the fortified ridge to witness the Valley of the Temples, before heading to Palermo for an overnight stay. B D
  14. Palermo and overnight ferryEnjoy a tour of Palermo and some free time before you depart on your overnight ferry. B
  15. Overnight ferry to Pompeii to RomeArrive in Naples in time for breakfast and an orientation tour of the city. Continue to Pompeii, buried in 79 AD by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Enjoy a tour before returning to Rome and the 4* Sheraton Hotel, well positioned for the airport for your final night. Enjoy a farewell Celebration dinner complete with pasta and music. B D
  16. Rome to UKYour flight leaves this morning and your door-to-door driver will meet you and take you home. B

Tour Extras

Travel Notes

This tour is operated by our travel partner, Insight Vacations, a specialist escorted tour operator in Europe.

One of the more lively paced tours with some longer touring days. These are moderated with frequent stops, often with great photo opportunities such as in Pisa. The itinerary is balanced by the free day in Florence, careful planning of the overnight ferry and free time in several idyllic resorts.

Please note that some of the cities visited have levied taxes to be paid locally. Further details will be given before travel.

Tailor Your Tour

Optional excursions
Get more from your tour with the optional excursions available from your Tour Manager.

Unescorted extensions
You may like to spend a little longer in Rome at the start of your tour. Extra nights at the 4* Hotel Mediterraneo cost from £142 per person, based on two people sharing (from £58 single supplement).

There is a supplement of £25 per person for all extensions and transfers are not included in the price.

Tour Price

Departure dates and prices:

Month Departure Date Price
April 2013 Friday 19th £3,345
April 2013 Friday 26th £3,395
May 2013 Friday 3rd £3,395
May 2013 Friday 10th £3,395
May 2013 Friday 17th £3,395
May 2013 Friday 24th £3,395
May 2013 Friday 31st £3,435
June 2013 Friday 7th £3,435
June 2013 Friday 14th £3,435
June 2013 Friday 21st £3,435
June 2013 Friday 28th £3,355
July 2013 Friday 5th £3,395
July 2013 Friday 12th £3,395
July 2013 Friday 19th £3,345
July 2013 Friday 26th £3,345
August 2013 Friday 2nd £3,345
August 2013 Friday 9th £3,345
August 2013 Friday 16th £3,345
Augurt 2013 Friday 23rd £3,355
August 2013 Friday 30th £3,395
September 2013 Friday 6th £3,455
September 2013 Friday 13th £3,425
September 2013 Friday 20th £3,425
September 2013 Friday 27th £3,425
October 2013 Friday 4th £3,395
October 2013 Friday 11th £3,395
April 2014 Friday 25th £3,445
May 2014 Friday 9th £3,445
May 2014 Friday 23rd £3,445
June 2014 Friday 6th £3,485
June 2014 Friday 20th £3,485
July 2014 Friday 4th £3,445
July 2014 Friday 11th £3,445
August 2014 Friday 1st £3,395
August 2014 Friday 15th £3,395
September 2014 Friday 12th £3,475
September 2014 Friday 26th £3,475
October 2014 Friday 3rd £3,445
October 2014 Friday 10th £3,445

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