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  • Southern Pearls – 9 Days / 8 Nights

    Rome/Capri/Sorrento/Taormina/Amalfi

    Highlights

    • Rome: Visit the Colosseum, the Forum and Vatican City
    • Capri: view of the Faraglioni rocks and the rugged south coast of the island
    • Amalfi: One of the most spectacular Coastlines of Europe
    • Naples: Unesco site with its narrow streets, mysterious churches, catacombs and caves
    • Pompeii: A city that lay buried and preserved for almost 2000 years after a volcanic eruption
    • Mount Etna: Excursion to see the volcano and its great variety of vegetation and landscapes
    • Syracuse: Tour of the astonishing archaeological sites on the island
    • Winding roads surrounded by rocks offering breathtaking panoramic views
  • Southern Pearls Itinerary

    Guided, by Coach

    Rome – Capri – Sorrento – Taormina

    Day 1 - Friday:  Rome. 

    Your arrival into Rome.  This day is for you to relax and be spent leisurely at your own pace.  Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 2 - Saturday:  Rome. 

    American buffet breakfast.  Enjoy Rome with a 24 hour bus ticket.  Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 3 - Sunday:  Rome – Sorrento. 

    American buffet breakfast.  Departure by coach to Naples and then transfer to Sorrento where you will be dropped off at your hotel.  Welcome drink and meet your tour guide.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    Day 4 - Monday:  Capri and Anacapri. 

    Breakfast in the hotel for those customers who begin the journey on a Sunday.  Today is a highlight of the program.  By boat, you will arrive at the magical Island of the Sirens, which inspired and continues to inspire an endless number of artists.  Visit of Anacapri with the possibility of a visit to Villa San Michele.  In Capri, you can have a walk from the Plazza to the Gardens of August, which offer a unique view of the Faraglioni rocks and the rugged south coast of the island.  In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore this beautiful island on your own.  There may be a possibility to visit the much-sung Blue Grotto (weather permitting).  In the afternoon, you will return to Sorrento.

    Day 5 - Tuesday:  Amalfi and Naples.

    Breakfast at the hotel.  Free day with the possibility of an optional excursion to Amalfi or Naples.

    Excursion to Amalfi - £35pp
    The Amalfi coast is one of the most spectacular coastlines of Europe.  The winding roads, surrounded by rocks; it offers breathtaking panoramic views.  You will have fantastic and unforgettable memories of this beautiful landscape.  We stop in Positano, another jewel of this coast for a photo stop.  Then we continue onto Amalfi, the town, after which the coast is named.  Once it was a rich and powerful maritime republic, now it represents a major tourist resort.  In the cathedral are kept the tombs of the saint patron of Amalfi and also of St. Andrew of Scotland.  Continuation to Ravello with the possibility to visit Villa Rufolo

    Mia Bella Naples - £50pp
    Naples is a very charming and lively southern Italian port city on the Gulf of Naples.  It has an unique location at the foot of Vesuvius.  The mild climate, the rich history and numerous attractions have fascinated tourists from all over the world since the 18th century.  The heart of Naples is the old town, declared by the Unesco World Heritage, with its narrow streets leading to mysterious churches, catacombs and caves.  Between artisans flapping laundry and screaming fish sellers; still today the old Neapolitan folk culture is revealed to its visitors.  Naples is dominated by the hill of Vomero with the impressive Castello S. Elmo, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view over the city, the Vesuvius and the sea.  You should absolutely try the delicious pizzas in Naples; it was invented here!  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    Day 6 - Wednesday:  Pompeii – Salerno – Messina. 

    Breakfast at the hotel.  Departure from the hotel towards Pompeii.  Pompeii holds a great fascination for its visitors.  After the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for centuries under the lava.  The excavations, which begun in the 18th century still go on today.  The guide will lead you through some of the ancient streets, where you can see baths, Forums and villas which were built by wealthy Romans inn 80BC.  It is nearly unbelievable how well the frescoes that adorn the walls and floors of the villas have been preserved.  Continuation to the port.  Departure at approximately 14:00pm to Sicily.  Arrival at about 22:00pm.  Transfer to the hotel, a cold dinner and then overnight at the hotel.

    Day 7 - Thursday:  Etna – Taormina. 

    Half board in the hotel.  A morning excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe.  The territory surrounding the Vulcan constitutes the “The Park of Etna”, one of the largest protected areas of Italy.  You will be astonished by the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that you will meet along the way.  Arrival at the “Silvesti Craters” (about 1990m).  From here on, you will have the option to continue the excursion by jeep.  Stop at a local beekeeper to taste quality honey and to see how it is produced.  In the afternoon, a visit to Taormina, situated on a rocky plateau with its coast on the slopes of the steeply dropping Monte Tauro.  Possibility to visit the Greek-Roman theatre, the second largest classical theatre in Sicily.  After which we will return to the hotel and stay overnight.

    Day 8 - Friday:  Taormina Mare – Noto – Syracuse. 

    Half board in the hotel.  Full day excursion.  First stop in Noto to discover the beautiful baroque in Sicily.  Onto Syracuse, one of the most interesting archaeological sites on the island.  Guided tour of the Archaeological Park, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysus, the Cave of the Cordari, Island of Ortigia, the most ancient nucleus of the city with its stunning cathedral.  Re-entry to the hotel in the late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    Day 9 - Saturday:  Taormina Mare. 

    Breakfast at the hotel and end of the services.

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  • Southern Pearls Features

    • Return Flights
    • Accommodation in 4 star hotels as shown in the hotel section (or of a similar standard).
    • The Taormina hotel will be either of the 2 hotels shown (or of a similar standard).
    • Bed and breakfast in Rome and half board in the Taormina area hotel. 
    • Excursions to Capri and Anacapri with local guides.
    • Ferry from Salerno to Messina (seats reserved).
    • Transfer from the port of Messina to the hotel in the Taormina area.
    • Full day excursion of Etna and Taormina with tour escort.
    • Full day excursion from Syracuse to Noto with a tour escort and a local guide in Syracuse.
    • Ground transportation by an air conditioned motor coach.
    • Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

    City taxes to be paid directly in the hotels

    April to October 2012 – Friday Departures

    April: 13, 20, 27
    May: 4, 11, 18, 25
    June: 1, 8, 15, 22
    July: 6, 13
    August: 31
    September: 7, 14, 21, 28
    October: 5, 12, 19, 26

    Guaranteed departures with no minimum number of passengers required.

    About Our Southern Pearls Tour Holiday Packages

    Prices are per person based on full occupancy of rooms departing from London

    Prices may vary subject to availability, flight/room supplements and/or changes

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