The charms of southern Italy are featured in this 9-day itinerary with multiple nights in the spectacular seaside town of Sorrento and the Eternal City of Rome. In addition to 3 fantastic performance opportunities, highlights of your trip include an excursion and cable car ride up to Mt. Etna, a Sicilian puppet show, a folk dance lesson, and of course, the best of Rome including the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain and more!
Departure from the United States.
Arrive in Catania airport, where you will meet your Encore Tour Manager and drive to Taormina. After checking into the hotel, have lunch and then visit the Greek Theater. Enjoy your first dinner of the tour, with folk entertainment provided!
After breakfast, provided each day of the tour, depart for an excursion up to Mt. Etna. You will enjoy a cable car ride to 8500 ft above sea level for a view of the volcano. Enjoy lunch together, then continue to Acireale. Perform your debut concert this evening at a beautiful venue! Between the rehearsal and the concert, you will have the chance to see a traditional Sicilian puppet show. After the concert, enjoy dinner together and then transfer back to Taormina for the overnight.
After breakfast, participate in Mass at a local cathedral (choirs only)! Then depart to Monreale where you will have lunch at your leisure. Then transfer to Palermo. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a group dinner.
Depart to Cefalu, where you will visit the Duomo and enjoy lunch on your own. Afterwards, transfer back to Palermo, where you will visit the Ballaro market. Then take part in an interactive folk dance lesson. Tonight, perform your next concert! Enjoy dinner together before going back to the hotel for a good night's sleep!
Board the motor coach to transfer to Palermo airport, where you'll fly to Rome. Upon arrival, transfer to the Colosseum, where a local guide will show you the importance of this incredible structure. You'll also see the Roman Forum! Enjoy lunch at your leisure and then transfer to Santa Maria Maggiore to visit this beautiful Basilica. Afterwards transfer to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Check into your hotel in Rome and then enjoy a festive dinner together including live music! After dinner, walk to the Piazza Navona with your Tour Manager to see how beautiful Rome is in the evening. Then transfer back to the hotel for the night.
This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. The afternoon is free to explore Rome's fabled seven hills and sample some gelato! This evening, return to St. Peter's for participation in Mass services (choir only).
You will have the entire morning to explore Rome at your leisure. In the afternoon, reconvene for your final performance! Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, depart for Assisi. Upon arrival, go to Porziuncola and Santa Maria degli Angeli. Afterwards, have time to visit St. Francis Basilica. Participate in a Mass here (choirs only). Enjoy lunch on your own in Assisi, then board the buses and depart for Cannara for a gelato tasting! Continue on to Stroncone, where you will enjoy entertainment and a celebratory farewell dinner!
Return to the U.S.
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