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Tour code: STES 05B
Airline: EK / QR
Meal: 10 Breakfast / 9 Dinner
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Assemble at Singapore Changi International Airport for your flight to Rome. – The eternal City
Floating in the Mediterranean Sea just south of Sicily are the stunning islands of Malta with a history of shipwrecks, conquests, emperors and knights. Maltese Islands also boast three UNESCO World Heritage sites, mythical theories and 7,000 years of history to explore. Upon arrival, Venture south to Valletta, Malta’s striking capital. Once here you’ll visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and see the impressive St John’s Cathedral, designed in a baroque fashion. Find yourself captivated by the abundance of history as you walk through the elegant streets to see why it is named The Fortress City with its restored golden-stone buildings that mould the cityscape.
Drive to the north of Malta for a twenty minute ferry crossing to Gozo. Smaller, greener and more rural, Malta’s sister island is a haven of tranquility. Visit all the popular natural landmarks, such as the Inland Sea and Azure Window at Dwejra. Explore the imposing Citadel in Victoria and the world’s oldest stone temples, predating Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids by hundreds of years. Today, you will also have the chance to board a traditional Maltese boat to the famous Blue Grotto, where you’ll see these beautiful sea caverns off the southern coast at your own expense. Thereafter, return to Valletta for our overnight stay.
After breakfast, we shall be transfer to the airport for flight to Catania where we begin our Sicily adventures. Upon arrival to Catania, travel along the coast to Agrigento. Agrigento is a hilltop city on Sicily’s southwest shore. It’s known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples. Today with your guide enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Temples, learning about the region’s Greek civilisation. Starting from the top of the complex, work your way down through the valley, stopping at each of the different temples in turn and learn about their unique histories.
Today, continue our journey to Palermo. Pass through the Baroque Quattro Canti and admire the beauties of the Fountain of Shame. Visit Palermo Cathedral which has been altered may times over the years and observe its unique blend of architectural styles. In Monreale, visit the finely-decorated cathedral and see its magnificent gold mosaics, a masterpiece of Arab-Norman art.
After breakfast, we shall bid farewell to Palermo as we continue to drive to Messina. The highlight of Messina is its 12th-century Duomo, clock tower and the piazza where they are both found. The cathedral was partially destroyed in World War II but has been restored and is lovely and the piazza is sometimes compared to Piazza San Marco in Venice. The rebuilt clock tower houses a unique mechanical clock installed in 1933 which has pictures and figures of animals and other storytelling devices that mark the hours of the day. There is movement every quarter hour but noon is when the astronomical clock really performs with all kinds of figures and symbols moving and the bells chiming at the same time—a true showstopper! Thereafter, transfer to Cosenza.
Today, transfer to Alberobello. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site – its narrow streets crowded with conical, white-washed trulli, clustered together like mushrooms, constructed entirely without mortar. This region is a paradise for wine-lovers so join an expert vintner with a tasting of Puglia’s most robust and structured reds wines – as rich and complex as anything you’ll find in Tuscany!
After breakfast, we shall leave Cosenza and continue our journey to Sorrento via Salerno. Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square.
This morning, we depart Sorrento as we continue to embark on an excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri where we will enjoy a walking tour of Capri Town and Gardens, leaving us some time on our own to explore this lovely island. Thereafter, we transfer to Naples for our overnight stay.
Today, transfer back to Rome. Free at own leisure upon arrival. This afternoon, you might consider joining an Optional guided tour of the Pompeii Archaeological site at your own expenses. The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.Thereafter, move back to Rome for our overnight stay
After breakfast, we shall start our full day guided tour in Rome with a visit to the St Peter’s Basilica. From here, we cross the Tiber into ancient Rome as you travel along the Roman Forum where you see the mighty Colosseum which was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. The Colosseum was where ancient gladiators fought to entertain. Finally, our sightseeing ends with a visit to the Palatine Hill to see the Circus Maximus, the stadium that in Roman times was used for ‘Ben Hur’ style chariot racing.
Free at leisure till we transfer to the Airport. You may want to spend some of your time for last minute shopping in Rome.
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