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    2022 Departure | 14-Days | Italy | Offer expires August 31, 2021

    Save Up to 15% - Bring Back the Magic Sale with Insight Vacations

    Price: $5,037CAD Per Person

    (Trip prices are per person based on double room occupancy based on July 9, 2022 Departure)

    Savings: Up to 15% off

    Departure Date: July 9, 2022

    Tour: Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily

    Photo: Group eating local delicacies while sitting around a fountain

    Top Rated Highlights:

    • Scenic Drives - Admire the beauty of southern Italy as you travel along the Bay of Naples, past the Apennines and Calabria mountains, along Sorrento cliff top road and Capri cornich
    • Rome - Sightsee the local way, with a leisurely passeggiata through the backstreets, where a friend in Rome will explain how modern life takes place, around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona
    • Vatican City - Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome
    • Sorrento - Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples
    • Isle of Capri - Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi
    • Pompeii - Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century
    • Alberobello - Led by a Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar
    • Matera - With your Local Expert, visit the famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to approximately 20,000 people until 1950 and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Straits of Messina - Cross to Sicily by ferry
    • Taormina Riviera - During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile
    • Agrigento - A Local Expert will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno
    • Palermo - Discover the Sicilian capital with your Local Expert. See Pretoria Square and the 16th century fountain. View the composite architectural styles of the Palermo Cathedral and visit the Cathedral of Monreale

    Photo: Traditional meal in southern Sicily

    Featured Authentic Dining Experiences:

    • Rome - Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant
    • Alberobello - Meet your host Alessandro, who will share his philosophy of using only organic, seasonal produce that he grows himself. See nonna making orecchiette pasta, before savouring the fresh flavours of your Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner
    • Taormina Riviera - Choose from our handpicked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening, each with its own ambience and distinctive cuisine
    • Palermo - At a local restaurant, enjoy fresh, rustic dishes served with local wine at your Celebration Dinner
    • VIP Experience - Vatican City - Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica

    Trip Highlights:

    • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
    • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
    • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
    • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
    • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
    • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
    • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
    • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
    • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

    Photo: Map of Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily Itinerary

    Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily Itinerary: 

    Day 1: Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

    Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 17:30, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

    Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Welcome Piram Hotel, Rome

    Day 2: Rome With The Locals

    Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizza, and our included walking exploration with a Local Expert has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time to do as the Romans do.Perhaps join a tour to discover an unknown quarter of Rome, Trastevere?

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Welcome Piram Hotel, Rome

    Photo: Trevi Fountain on a sunny day in Rome

    Day 3: VIP Vatican, St. Peters Basilica and on to Sorrento

    Meet your Local Expert for a guided visit through the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. Continue with your Local Expert to visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Later depart for the picturesque resort of Sorrento, perched upon the southern cliffs of the Bay of Naples and looking over to Mount Vesuvius.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel Isabella, Sorrento

    Day 4: Capri, The Isle of Dreams

    Insight Choice: Cruise by hydrofoil through the impossibly blue sea to the sun-drenched island of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to Capri Town and meet your Local Expert for an orientation walk through narrow alleyways. Explore Capri with Insight Choice. Choose between walking with your Local Expert through Augustus Cesare Gardens and admire the views over Faraglioni Rocks or alternatively, enjoy a tasting of limoncello, Capri's traditional liquor. Descend to the port by funicular, before returning to Sorrento where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel Isabella, Sorrento

    Day 5: Pompeii and Alberobello

    Start your day in Pompeii, buried in A.D. 79 by the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets to see a city frozen in time. Venture on to Alberobello.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello

    Day 6: Relaxed Start - The Trulli of Alberobello

    Admire another of Italy's record number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a Local Expert. The Trulli of Alberobello are circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within. They are built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar. In the evening, meet Alessandro, the founder of Trattoria Terra Madre, who will share his philosophy of using only organic, seasonal produce that he grows himself. See nonna making orecchiette pasta, before savouring the fresh flavours of your Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello

    Day 7: Relaxed Start - Alberobello at Leisure 

    The day is free for you to enjoy this fascinating town. Perhaps visit Ostuni - reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina - with its stark, whitewashed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways? Later, relax and indulge in the facilities of your remarkable hotel.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello

    Day 8: Relaxed Start - Journey South to Matera

    Journey along the country roads to the ancient town of Matera, specially selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Meet with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the extraordinary Sassi, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside, the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mel Gibson chose Matera as the setting for his film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. 

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: MH Matera Hotel

    Day 9: To Sicily and The Taormina Riviera

    In the morning, travel along the Purple Coast to the very toe of Italy and board your ferry bound for Sicily, across the Strait of Messina. According to Grecian legend, this was home to the mythical sea monsters Scylla, a six-headed rock monster, and Charybdis, a whirlpool, based on either side of the strait. Together, they posed an inescapable threat to passing seafarers as avoiding one meant passing too close to the other. You will soon arrive at your hotel where you will spend three glorious nights on the Taormina Riviera. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek Theatre of Taormina, graced with the most spectacular of backdrops. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina's grandest building. Further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. Take your pick of specially selected restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina

    Day 10: Relaxed Start - Free time on The Taormina Riviera

    The day is at leisure to relax at your resort's private beach, or perhaps explore the medieval quarter? Don't miss the chance of an optional drive through the vineyards to Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina

    Day 11: Relaxed Start - A New Dawn in Sicily

    Early risers may experience what D.H. Lawrence christened the ‘dawn coast of Europe.' The day is free to explore Taormina at your leisure, or to embark on an Optional Experience to Syracuse.In the evening, venture to a local restaurant for a tasty meal accompanied by wine.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina

    Photo: Terra Madre Authentic Dining experience Farm to Table picking veggies for lunch

    Day 12: Agrigento - The Valley of the Temples and on to Palermo

    Drive to Agrigento, and with a Local Expert, walk along the fortified ridge of the Valley of the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno, overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: NH Palermo

    Day 13: Palermo and The Golden Age of the Normans

    Join a historian to see the highlights of part of the old city. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years and a venture inside will help you to appreciate the blend of architectural styles. Continue to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. Outside, there are few clues to its astonishing interior, completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics. In the afternoon, there is free time to explore or shop in Palermo or continue sightseeing. In the evening, join your fellow guests and Travel Director at a local restaurant for a Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: NH Palermo

    Day 14: Depart Palermo

    Your journey draws to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Don't miss the treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily. Offer expires August 31, 2021!

    Terms And Conditions

    Prices are per person, double occupancy, land only. Single supplements apply. Offer applies to new bookings made from July 15 to August 31, 2021 only, is subject to availability and can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. Full payment is required by August 31, 2021. This offer is not transferable and is tour and date specific. If guests change to another tour or date not listed in the promotional allocation, they are responsible to pay the difference and adhere to different payment conditions. This promotion is not combinable with the Early Payment Discount or with Future Travel Credit (FTC) carry forward discounts or any other promotional offers. All year-round brochure discounts are subject to conditions, and some may be combinable with this promotion (including Past Guest Discount). Further restrictions apply, For full details, please check with your travel advisor.

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