MT. ETNA, CAPRI, TAORMINA, SYRACUSE, PALERMO and AMALFI COAST
Sorrento, and Capri—three of Italy’s most popular cities are waiting
for you on this grand Italy vacation. Spend four nights in Rome and two
nights each in Capri and Sorrento on this Italy tour at leisurely pace,
featuring ancient historical sites, spectacular scenery and some
authentic Mediterranean charm. Plus, discover Sicily, a legendary
island of breathtaking beauty, rich in history and culture.
History buffs will be thrilled with the included visits to Rome’s
Colosseum, where the deadly gladiator fights took place during the
Roman Empire, and the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century.
Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii, which was completely buried during the
eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an
amazingly detailed look into ordinary life 2,000 years ago at the peak
of the Roman Empire. In Sicily, visit the Valley of the Temples to see
remains from ancient Greek civilization, as well as the famous mosaic
depicting the “bikini girls” in the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina.
For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight.
Drive up Mount Vesuvius and take a walk to the top to view its crater.
You’ll also visit the heights of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active live
volcano. You’ll witness breathtakingly beautiful views on your
excursion to the Amalfitan Coast. Following the natural course of the
coastline, the winding road features coastal mountains plunging into
the sea, dramatic cliffs, inlets, and bays interspersed with
picturesque towns—all with the deep-blue water as the background. It is
nothing short of spectacular! In Sicily, you will take a scenic cable
car to Erice, a charming fortified town overlooking Trapani and the
Enjoy the laid-back town of Sorrento and the charming island of Capri.
Both offer breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend
time gazing at the mesmerizing water, enjoy the marvelous Mediterranean
climate, wander the maze of streets, shop at the boutiques, and sip a
drink in the famous “piazzetta” The majestic St Peter’s square in Rome,
the sapphire-blue waters of the strait of Messina, the green orange
groves on the flanks of Mount Etna, the friendly smiles of the local
people, and much more, will become part of your fond memories of this
unique Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.
Visits to Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius, Capri, Amalfi.
Bay of Naples, Amalfitan Coast
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
NOTES: Some tours may
operate with overnights in Sorrento on Days 4 and 5, followed by 2
nights in Capri on Days 6 and 7
April 14 Departure – Easter
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F)
CAPRI San Michele (ST) at
Anacapri or La Residenza (F)
SORRENTO Ascot (F) or Central
Park (ST) at Massalubrense
TAORMINA AREA Albatros (ST)
at Letojanni or Kennedy (ST) at Sant'Alessio
AGRIGENTO Kore (F)
PALERMO Politeama (F) or
Cristal Palace (ST)
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily except Day 15; 6 dinners
TRANSPORTATION Touring by private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach; boat transfer to Capri
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii archaeological site;
professional Tour Director while touring
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. Plenty of time on your own to discover Rome, or book one of
our optional excursions for a deeper insight into the “Eternal City.”
Day4Rome–Vesuvius–Pompeii–CapriDrive up one of Europe’s greatest active
volcanoes—Vesuvius! Take a walk to the top to view its crater. Then, to
POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally
buried the city. On the included guided visit, see the remains of
luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Embark on the FERRY to
Capri to spend two nights on this charming island.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 5 CapriThis legendary island is surrounded by a
rocky coastline—and the crashing sea has formed remarkable caves. The
town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable
boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An
optional island tour is available.
Breakfast | Dinner
Excursion to Amalfitan CoastTake the FERRY to Sorrento. 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.
Breakfast | Dinner
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 | Dinner
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
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
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 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. 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. Then, head
to Palermo, capital of Sicily.
Day 13 Palermo. Excursion to Trapani &
EriceTwo Sicilian treats are on the agenda
today. First, 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. Next 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. Return to
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.
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
Sorrento and Capri with Sicily
16 Day Tour
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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
the details. Once you've
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable
folks who show you around and help you maximize your free time. We go
to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and
Local Guides. They deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual
so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will
provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
The Right Balance
No one enjoys a vacation where every second is spent on a schedule. We
build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and
explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer
suggestions for things to see and do-or you can join one of our many
intriguing optional excursions.
Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that
reveal the best of Europe, North America, and South America. Enjoy
inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who
will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features
are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. See individual
itinerary pages to learn what is included in your vacation.
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Cosmos lets you enhance your tour with optional excursions that are
meaningful to you. Whether you enjoy art, music, food, wine, history,
or whatever, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip.
Best of all, you can make your selections-and even pre-pay-in advance
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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
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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
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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.
Offer Flexibility Joining late and
Many Cosmos land arrangements start and end in London. If you have
already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or
more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight
hotel on the Continent. Call your Travel Agent for any reductions that
apply to your vacation for joining late or leaving early. Vacations
with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis.
professional team takes care of you in London
For any help or information you might require during your London stay,
please contact the Cosmos hospitality desk at your hotel. Our
knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile; give you guidance on
what to do and where to go; and arrange excursions, evening
entertainment, and theater outings for you.
If you'd like more hotel nights than we've provided at the start or end
of your tour, we can make reservations for you at the rates quoted
below, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation.
Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath,
breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your
tour. Extra pre-tour nights in London are not available if you join
your tour later than Day 2.
Every effort is made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your
tour stays. If space at the tour hotel is not available, alternative
accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When
this is the case, the transfer to and from the tour hotel is at our
As hotel space is limited, we cannot reserve more than two extra nights
before and/or after a tour, unless they are needed to bridge the gap
between two Cosmos vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel
space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to
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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
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