MT. ETNA, CAPRI, TAORMINA, SYRACUSE, PALERMO and AMALFI COAST
vacation begins with three overnights in Rome, the “Eternal City,” and
guided sightseeing that includes the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Then,
view the Gulf of Naples from the top of Mount Vesuvius and learn about
Pompeii, the town that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD.
Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri and spend two nights enjoying its
special flair. Cross the waters to the charming seaside resort of
Sorrento, admire the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, then set off toward
Sicily, Italy’s biggest island. Visit world-famous Taormina, admire the
“bikini girls” Roman mosaics in Piazza Armerina, marvel at Agrigento’s
Valley of the Temples with the well-preserved ancient Greek temples and
Selinunte’s acropolis. Stay in colorful Palermo, a city bearing
evidence of the many invasions during its 3,000-year history. Enjoy a
day trip to Erice, an ancient village set on a hill with breathtaking
views of the Egadi Islands, and get to know Trapani and Marsala, where
you will visit a local salt mine. Jump aboard an overnight ferry to
Naples, then motor back to Rome for the finale of your vacation.
Visits to Sorrento, Capri, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento,
Selinunte, Palermo, Erice and Marsala
Amalfitan Coast, Bay of Naples, Mount Etna
NOTES: Some tours may operate
with overnights in Sorrento on Days 4 and 5, followed by 2 nights in
Capri on Days 7 and 8
visits and special features: Shown in
UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
ROME Parco Tirreno (ST)
CAPRI San Michele (ST) at
Anacapri or La Residenza (F)
SORRENTO Ascot (F) or Central
Park (ST) at Massalubrense
TAORMINA AREA Albatros (ST)
SYRACUSE Jolly Hotel Aretusa
AGRIGENTO Kore (F)
PALERMO Politeama (F)
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily except Day 15; 7 dinners
TRANSPORTATION Touring by private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach; boat transfer to Capri; ferry Villa San
Giovanni-Messina; overnight ferry Palermo-Naples in 2-berth cabins
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius,
Agrigento archaeological site. Services of a professional Tour Director
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy Check into your hotel. The rest of the
day is free for you to start exploring this great city.
Day2-3RomeTwo days to get well acquainted with
Rome. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's
Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty
COLOSSEUM. Optional excursions are available to discover more of the
“Eternal City.” (Breakfast daily)
Day4Rome–Vesuvius–Pompeii–CapriSouth all the way today. First, a stop
to enjoy the awe-inspiring sights of one of Europe’s greatest live
volcanoes—VESUVIUS! Leave the coach and walk to the top to view its
crater. Then, to POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the
Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit you can
see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Embark on the
FERRY to Capri to enjoy two overnights on this charmed island.
Day 5 CapriThis legendary island is surrounded by a
rocky coastline—the crashing sea has formed remarkable caves. The town,
with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and
smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set, and optional excursions
take you to see more of the island. Join Tiberius, Emma Hamilton, and
Axel Munthe, historical figures who all fell in love with this
exquisite spot. A full day to do exactly what you please. Maybe explore
some of the island’s lovely walks or join an optional excursion to see
Mount Solaro and the house of Axel Munthe (San Michele). (Breakfast,
Excursion to Amalfitan CoastTake the FERRY to Sorrento this morning.
Few places in the world match the very special charm of Sorrento. This
picturesque resort overlooking the Bay of Naples boasts a marvelous
climate, beautiful views, trendy shops and boutiques, interesting
museums, and a vibrant nightlife. Don’t miss out on the included
excursion along the breathtakingly beautiful AMALFITAN COAST
Day 7-8 SorrentoTwo full days to enjoy this town set on
a plateau high above the waters of the Bay of Naples and with truly
spectacular views as far as towering Vesuvius. Sorrento’s terraces,
adorned with flowers, jut from winding streets and alleys above a small
harbor. Streets are filled with shops, cheerful bars, and cafés.
Day 7, Day 8 (Breakfast,
Day 9 Sorrento–Villa San
Giovanni–Ferry Crossing–Taormina AreaToday, by way of the autostrada, travel
through the wild and mountainous scenery of Italy’s most southern
regions before boarding the FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Sicily.
Only a few more miles to the Taormina area, where you stay for two
nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day10Taormina Area. Excursion to Mount EtnaMagnificently situated on a 700-foot
plateau overlooking the Ionian Sea, the heart of Taormina is Piazza
Nove Aprile, a paved square with unrivaled views of the sea and Mount
Etna. Enjoy a visit to the heights of MOUNT ETNA and the option of a
jeep or cable-car ride for a better view of Europe’s largest active
volcano. Return to the Taormina area in time for dinner. (Breakfast,
Area–Piazza Armerina–AgrigentoToday, drive westwards to Piazza
Armerina, a maze of steep streets positively overflowing with the
colorful atmosphere of Sicilian life. At nearby Casale, visit the ROMAN
VILLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its mosaics
including the whimsical “Bikini Girls.” Next on the agenda is
Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, one of Italy’s archaeological
jewels. Visit the DORIC TEMPLE OF CONCORD, one of the finest examples
of Greek civilization existing today, and the hilltop TEMPLE OF JUNO
LACINIA. Spend the night in Agrigento. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day12Agrigento–Selinunte–PalermoLeave Agrigento for Selinunte, one of
the most striking and interesting sites in Sicily. At the apex of its
power before 409 BC, the city exceeded 30,000 people, excluding slaves.
Here you will see the remains of the ACROPOLIS with its temples and
fortifications. Then, head northeast to Palermo, capital of Sicily, for
an overnight. (Breakfast)
Day 13 Palermo. Excursion to Erice, Trapani
& MarsalaThree Sicilian towns are on the agenda
today. First is the medieval hilltop town of Erice reached by cable
car. Situated about 2,500 feet above sea level, it immediately
impresses with its defensive walls and castle affording breathtaking
views over the Trapani Gulf and Egadi Island and on clear days, all the
way to the African coast. Next, visit enchanting Trapani with a Local
Guide, set on a harbor that was once at the heart of a powerful trading
network stretching from Carthage to Venice. The city center stretches
along the port and was built in primarily baroque style. Finally, on
the western coast of Sicily, stop in Marsala, known for its celebrated
Marsala wine. Here, you will visit a local SALT MINE and learn how this
local product is extracted and refined. Return to Palermo. (Breakfast)
Day14Palermo (Embarkation)–Overnight Ferry
Crossing to NaplesA full day to enjoy this busy and
colorful city full of interesting squares and marketplaces, churches,
and palazzos in every style—from Moorish to baroque. On the included
guided tour, learn more about this city, and visit the magnificent
CAPPELLA PALATINA. Evening embarkation for the overnight ferry from
Palermo to Naples. (Breakfast)
Day 15 Naples
(Disembarkation)–RomeNorth this morning back to the “Eternal
City” with plenty of time to enjoy one of the optional excursions, to
do last-minute shopping, or maybe to sip a drink in Piazza Navona and
watch the world go by.
Day16RomeYour vacation ends with breakfast this
Italy and Sicily
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More than 75
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
than three decades ago Cosmos
pioneered the idea of quality value
to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
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you stay makes all the difference After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
vacations at bargain prices With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
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the case of your death, your estate) will be reimbursed up to $10,000:
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the point of destination to the point of origin shown on your original
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strike that affects public transportation, you will be reimbursed up to
$1,000 for the cost of the extra fare paid to join your Cosmos travel
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tour departure must be four hours or longer.
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a covered injury, sickness, death or for Other Covered Events, you will
be reimbursed up to $1,000 for Cosmos charges to change your hotel
for twin to single occupancy (or from triple to twin).
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by you or a Traveling Companion, you will be reimbursed up to $1,000
accommodations and meals. Coverage begins 12 hours after the tour
the location where you are detained. There is a maximum limit of $100
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up to $15,000
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or her place of residence.
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the option to purchase our Travel Protection Plus Plan, at an
cost of only $20.00* per person. Once this coverage has been selected,
Globus and Cosmos will allow you to cancel your vacation up to 24 hours
(or the prior business day, whichever is farther out) before the
departure for any reason.
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for the cancellation is covered under the normal Travel Protection Plan
provisions, the passenger should file a claim with the plan's
Travel Guard 1-866-729-5220, for the penalty retained. In the event the
reason for the cancellation is not covered, the cancellation penalty as
retained by Globus or Cosmos will be reimbursed in the form of Travel
(less the Travel Protection Plan premium and the Plus supplement). The
certificates are non-refundable, non-transferable and will be valid for
one year from the date of the originally confirmed departure date.
Travel Protection Plan premium and the $20.00* supplement for the Plus
Plan are non-refundable. This supplement must be added and confirmed on
the booking within the original deposit period of the booking. The
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through Globus and Cosmos or cancellation made within 24 hours (or the
prior business day, whichever is farther out).
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