12Days

Sicily, Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Pilgrimage

Spiritual Leader: Fr. Tim Harrison

October 5 - 16, 2023

*Optional Post Tour to Rome & Loreto
October 16 - 20, 2023  |  $1,329.00 (USD)

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Sicily, Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Pilgrimage

Spiritual Leader:
Fr. Tim Harrison

October 5 - 16, 2023

*Optional Post Tour to Rome & Loreto October 16 - 20, 2023  |  $1,329.00 (USD)

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Catania · Taormina · Siracusa · Agrigento · Menfi · Palermo · Erice · Monreale · Naples · Sorrento · Pompeii · Amalfi Coast · Capri

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Catania · Taormina · Siracusa · Agrigento · Menfi · Palermo · Erice · Monreale · Naples · Sorrento · Pompeii · Amalfi Coast · Capri


Fr. Tim Harrison

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located 3 star hotels (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 06 - 08: Hotel Villa Diodoro, Taormina
      ~ 1 night: Oct 08 - 09: Hotel Costazzurra Agrigento
      ~ 3 nights: Oct 09 - 12: Hotel Excelsior Palace, Palermo
      ~ 4 nights: Oct 12 - 16: Art Hotel Grand Paradiso, Sorrento
  • Optional Post Tour to Loreto & Rome:
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 16 - 18: Hotel San Francesco, Loreto
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 18 - 20: Hotel Michelangelo, Rome
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Local guides in Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Menfi, Palermo, Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Capri
  • Entrance fees to Greek Theatre in Taormina, Archeological Area in Siracusa, Valley of the Temples in Argrigento,Teatro Massimo in Palermo Ruins in Pompeii, Dome's Crypt in Amalfi, Villa Rufolo in Ravello, Gardes of Augustus and Blue Grotto in Capri
  • Entrance fees: St Peter's Basilica, Scavi Tour in Rome
  • RW ferry Sorrento/Capri
  • Whispers
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
Centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
hotel
Villa Diodoro
Taormina
hotel
Costazzurra
Agrigento
hotel
Excelsior Palace
Palermo
hotel
Grand Paradiso
Sorrento
Not included
  • Lunches and beverages not mentioned, Airline luggage fees and Tips to your guide & driver
Optional
Travel Protection

Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1, Thu, Oct 05: Depart for Sicily

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2, Fri, Oct 06: Arrival in Catania and transfer to Taormina

Upon arrival in Catania airport, you will meet your tour escort who will accompany you throughout your tour. We'll transfer to our hotel in Taormina for dinner and overnight.

Day 3, Sat, Oct 07: In Taormina

This morning we'll tour Taormina's remarkably situated ancient Greek theater, which is still used today for open-air performances. Later you'll be free to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of this beautiful cliffside old-world town. Later, we'll enjoy a dinner together. Overnight Taormina.

Day 4, Sun, Oct 08: Taormina - Siracusa - Agrigento

We'll depart Taormina and travel to Siracusa. We'll visit this place which illustrates the ancient history of the Mediterranean and Europe. Its vast archeological site, on the edge of the modern city, is a rare treasure of temples, amphitheaters, and an ancient castle. Located near the southeastern corner of Sicily on the Ionian coast, Siracusa is built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by Corinthians in 734. We'll continue on to Agrigento for dinner and overnight. (Our tour of Agrigento may occur this afternoon or tomorrow morning.)

Day 5, Mon, Oct 09: Agrigento-Menfi - Palermo

his morning we'll enjoy the ruins of Agrigento, one of the richest of the Greek colonies and a thriving democracy 2,500 years ago. We'll focus on Agrigento's "Valley of the Temples" - the largest, best preserved collection of ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. We'll depart Agrigento and travel to Palermo. One the way we'll make a stop in Menfi, located slightly back from the Sicilian coast. The landscape in this area is particularly breathtaking: large areas of grass and corn fields but also vineyards. Visit the ancient town and continue to Palermo for dinner and overnight.

Day 6, Tue, Oct 10: Palermo - Erice- Monreale - Palermo

Then we'll greet our driver and hop aboard our coach bound for the hill-topping town of Monreale, renowned for its Arab-flavored cathedral, blending Byzantine, Arab, Jewish, Gothic, and Norman traditions, heritage, and art. We'll tour the cathedral's interior of glitering, golden mosaics as well as the story-telling columns of the cloister

Day 7, Wed, Oct 11: Palermo

After breakfast, spend a day exploring the best of Palermo. We'll tour through Palermo's colorful and bustling Ballaro street market - all spiced with an evocative whiff of Africa. See the top attractions in the old town of the Sicilian capital of Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Cathedral, and Politeama Theater.

Day 8, Thu, Oct 12: Palermo / Naples / Sorrento

After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Naples. Upon arrival in Naples airport, you will meet your tour escort who will accompany you throughout your tour. You'll enjoy a short panoramic tour of Naples on the way to Sorrento (time permitting and based on time of arrival). Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 9, Fri, Oct 13: Pompeii

After breakfast, board your motor coach to Pompeii, the famous ancient city buried by the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. You will walk through one of the most important and interesting archeological museums in the world. This is a preserved site of excavated ruins of streets and homes that pilgrims can freely explore. Visit the Shrine of the Rosary of Pompei "La Madonna Del Rosario", one of the most visited Catholic Shrines. The painting of "Our Lady of the Rosary" with its bronze gilt frame is presented to the pilgrims on the high altar. The venerated painting depicts the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus presenting the Rosary to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. Inside the shrine there are also two very important relics belonging to the Passion of Christ; a thorn from the Crown of Thorns and a small piece of the Holy Cross. Enjoy some time to relax before dinner and an overnight.

Day 10, Sat, Oct 14: Amalfi Coast

Today you will tour the Amalfi Coast, widely considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world; deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape. You'll follow the 34 miles of winding roads, making a quick stop to view the breathtaking panoramic view of Positano. Continue on through Praiano where you will drive by St. Gennaro Church, to Amalfi, one of the four maritime Republics of Italy, and view the beautiful Amalfi Cathedral consecrated to its patron, Saint Andrew. Some free time for lunch before your last stop on the Amalfi coast, Ravello. View its interesting Cathedral devoted to Saint Pantaleone, and the Villa Rufolo, a venue for many festivals throughout the year and magnificent gardens. View the Gulf of Salerno and its beautiful coastline. Enjoy the landscape on your return to Sorrento, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight.

Day 11, Sun, Oct 15: Capri

Transfer to the pier in Sorrento and travel to Capri by hydrofoil. The isle of Capri is described in many ways: "The Blue Island," "The Sleeping Beauty," or better, "The Island of Love." Due to its beauty, Emperor Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire from this island for 10 years. Take a panoramic tour of the island by small minibuses and the Blue Grotto (weather permitting) by row boats with a local guide, including a visit to the wonderful Marina Piccola; the Salto di Tiberio, the "heart" of Capri; Piazza Umberto I, a small, closed off square resembling a courtyard; the gardens of Augusto, built on the ruins of ancient Roman structures. Return to Sorrento this evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 12, Mon, Oct 16: Return Home

Prepare for your departure to the airport and your return flights home with memories for a lifetime!

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2023 Dates & Prices

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Oct 5
Thursday
Oct 16, 2023
Monday
Oct 6
Friday
Oct 16, 2023
Monday
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room Upon Request

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Rome & Loreto

*All pricing is per person

Optional Post to Rome and Loreto - Double Room $1,329.00 (USD)

Optional Post to Rome and Loreto - Single Room $1,828.00 (USD)

Optional Rome & Loreto Post Tour:

October 16 - 20, 2023

$1,329.00 (USD)

  • Centrally located Hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 16 - 18: San Francesco, Loreto
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 18 - 20: Michelangelo, Rome
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees: St Peter's Basilica, Scavi Tour in Rome
  • Whispers
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities

Itinerary
Day 12, Mon, Oct 16: Sorrento - Naples - Lanciano - Manoppello - Loreto

After breakfast, we will head to Lanciano and have Mass at the Church of St. Longinus, site of the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the eighth century. While celebrating Mass, a Basilian monk who struggled with the belief in the real presence of The Lord Jesus in the Eucharist, said the "Words of Consecration" and the bread turned into living flesh, and the wine transformed into blood. From here we will travel through the Italian countryside that is known for its villas and vineyards on the way to Manoppello where you will visit the church containing the miraculous image of Christ's face on a veil, the "veronica" (true icon) in the Santuario del Volto Santo. We will have time for prayer and veneration, before walking to a nearby restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, we'll continue up the Adriatic coast to Loreto for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight near Loreto.

Day 13, Tue, Oct 17: Loreto - Rome

This morning we will have Mass and visit the great Marian shrine of Loreto. We will visit the Holy House of Nazareth and see the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived, and it was transported by angles to this hill in central Italy, in 1294. After lunch, we will travel to Rome. Dinner and overnight.

Day 14, Wed, Oct 18: Rome - Papal Audience and Free day in Rome

We begin with the Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square! The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Pope Francis and the Cardinals will pass through the crowd reaching their stage, greet and bless people in different languages, with hymns and homilies, and you will be part of this special event. Following the Audience, enjoy free day in Rome to explore this wonderful city, stroll through Piazza's and try some delicious Italian food, homemade gelato, and espresso. Should you be interested in shopping or taking a tour inside the Colloseum, feel free to do so. If you need any help or suggestions, please feel free to speak with your Guide. Gather in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 15, Thu, Oct 19: Rome - St Peter's Basilic and Scavi Tour (pending availability)

This morning, you will enjoy an early breakfast before making your way to the largest Christendom Church, St. Peter's Basilica. This Basilica was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Also, it was Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who was the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. It is here that you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This stunning marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal off the cross before being placed in the tomb. Continue to proceed with Scavi tour (Visiting the Necropolis of St. Peter's Basilica). This 90-minute guided tour takes visitors down into the lowest levels of St. Peter's Basilica. This is not the "grotto" area that lies just beneath St. Peter's where the monuments, chapels, and tombs of past Popes and Italian dignitaries lie. The Scavi Tour goes down below the grotto to an area known as the "necropolis."

Day 16, Fri, Oct 20: Return from Rome to USA

Today we fondly say "Arrivederci" to Italy, we say farewell to our fellow pilgrims and new friends! Although it's an end of this journey, graces and blessings from our pilgrimage will last a lifetime.



*206 Tours Disclaimer: The itinerary should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room Upon Request

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Rome & Loreto

*All pricing is per person

Optional Post to Rome and Loreto - Double Room $1,329.00 (USD)

Optional Post to Rome and Loreto - Single Room $1,828.00 (USD)

Optional Rome & Loreto Post Tour:

October 16 - 20, 2023

$1,329.00 (USD)

  • Centrally located Hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 16 - 18: San Francesco, Loreto
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 18 - 20: Michelangelo, Rome
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees: St Peter's Basilica, Scavi Tour in Rome
  • Whispers
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities

Iternary

Day 12, Mon, Oct 16: Sorrento - Naples - Lanciano - Manoppello - Loreto

After breakfast, we will head to Lanciano and have Mass at the Church of St. Longinus, site of the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the eighth century. While celebrating Mass, a Basilian monk who struggled with the belief in the real presence of The Lord Jesus in the Eucharist, said the "Words of Consecration" and the bread turned into living flesh, and the wine transformed into blood. From here we will travel through the Italian countryside that is known for its villas and vineyards on the way to Manoppello where you will visit the church containing the miraculous image of Christ's face on a veil, the "veronica" (true icon) in the Santuario del Volto Santo. We will have time for prayer and veneration, before walking to a nearby restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, we'll continue up the Adriatic coast to Loreto for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight near Loreto.

Day 13, Tue, Oct 17: Loreto - Rome

This morning we will have Mass and visit the great Marian shrine of Loreto. We will visit the Holy House of Nazareth and see the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived, and it was transported by angles to this hill in central Italy, in 1294. After lunch, we will travel to Rome. Dinner and overnight.

Day 14, Wed, Oct 18: Rome - Papal Audience and Free day in Rome

We begin with the Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square! The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Pope Francis and the Cardinals will pass through the crowd reaching their stage, greet and bless people in different languages, with hymns and homilies, and you will be part of this special event. Following the Audience, enjoy free day in Rome to explore this wonderful city, stroll through Piazza's and try some delicious Italian food, homemade gelato, and espresso. Should you be interested in shopping or taking a tour inside the Colloseum, feel free to do so. If you need any help or suggestions, please feel free to speak with your Guide. Gather in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 15, Thu, Oct 19: Rome - St Peter's Basilic and Scavi Tour (pending availability)

This morning, you will enjoy an early breakfast before making your way to the largest Christendom Church, St. Peter's Basilica. This Basilica was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Also, it was Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who was the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. It is here that you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This stunning marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal off the cross before being placed in the tomb. Continue to proceed with Scavi tour (Visiting the Necropolis of St. Peter's Basilica). This 90-minute guided tour takes visitors down into the lowest levels of St. Peter's Basilica. This is not the "grotto" area that lies just beneath St. Peter's where the monuments, chapels, and tombs of past Popes and Italian dignitaries lie. The Scavi Tour goes down below the grotto to an area known as the "necropolis."

Day 16, Fri, Oct 20: Return from Rome to USA

Today we fondly say "Arrivederci" to Italy, we say farewell to our fellow pilgrims and new friends! Although it's an end of this journey, graces and blessings from our pilgrimage will last a lifetime.



*206 Tours Disclaimer: The itinerary should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

About your trip

  • Catania
  • Taormina
  • Siracusa
  • Agrigento
  • Menfi
  • Palermo
  • Erice
  • Monreale
  • Naples
  • Sorrento
  • Pompeii
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Capri
About Rome:

Rome has been one of the most powerful and influential cities throughout history, along with being home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter's Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter and contained within, is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, and glory of God.

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