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Self-Guided Rome, Amalfi Coast & Sicily

Italy in 10 Days, 8 Nights in Destination

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An independent tour for an overview of Italy's diverse cities, landscapes and cultures at your own pace. Experience the eternal city of Rome, discover the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii in Naples and savor a laid-back stay on Sicily!

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    Amalfi Coast
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    Naples
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    Pompeii
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    Rome
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    Sicily

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  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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Itinerary

Experience Italy! Land in Rome and admire one of the most romantic cities in the world, filled with cultural delights including the legendary Colosseum. Head to Naples to discover the spectacular scenery of the Amalfi Coast and the legendary ruins of Pompeii before winding down in historic Catania famed for its charming old town and situated on the coast of Sicily, in the shadow of Mount Etna.

1st Day: US - Night on board
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Pack your bags and head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to the eternal city of Rome.* Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Rome
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Arrive in Rome, the Italian capital, and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic, historic city. The evening is the most magical time of day in Rome when the streets take on an even more charming character. Overnight stay in Rome.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Marcella Royal Hotel or similar
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3544 Reviews

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3rd Day: Rome
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today head to the meeting point and enjoy a guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill*, three of the main archaeological sites of the Eternal City. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the Forum and the Palatine Hill. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the historic streets of Rome and dine on delicious Italian cuisine!** Overnight stay in Rome.

*Time and days in Rome can be changed according to the availability of the Colosseum tickets. It will be confirmed 15 days before arrival. However, all included excursions are already guaranteed. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities.

**Optional Authentic Italian Dinner at a restaurant in Campo Di Fiori: Enjoy an authentic Italian dinner in beautiful Campo Di Fiori Square, nestled in the heart of historic Rome. Soak up the atmosphere as you indulge in Italian dishes at a local restaurant.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Marcella Royal Hotel or similar
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3544 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Moderate

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Optional
Authentic Italian Dinner at a Restaurant in Campo Di Fiori in Rome

Light

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4th Day: Rome
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After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day at your leisure in Rome. Perhaps visit the Vatican, trace the footsteps of the greats in the ancient streets of the old city or simply indulge in some delicious Italian ice cream. However you choose to spend your day, Rome is sure to delight you with its old-world charm and unbeatable sights. We suggest taking the optional Guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel* or optional Piazzas and Fountains of Rome excursion.** Overnight stay in Rome.

*Optional Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel: Explore the priceless treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit the Pio Clementino Hall, Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, discover the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the atmospheric St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola!

Please note: Optional tour available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays afternoon, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

**Optional Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion: Take a pleasant walk through the artistic heart of Rome to visit its most symbolic piazzas and fountains! Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Rome squares and home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. See the Church of San Luigi, the incredible Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain, an icon of the city. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the most photogenic spot in the city!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Marcella Royal Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

3544 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Moderate

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Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Moderate

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5th Day: Rome - Naples
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Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, meet your transfer and head to the train station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Naples. Arrive in Naples and transfer to your hotel. Known as the birthplace of pizza and famed for its immense history, Naples sits on the sun-kissed Bay of Naples in southern Italy. Home to centuries worth of important architecture and art, Naples is bursting with opportunities to experience authentic Italian culture! In the afternoon, set off on a 2-hour walking tour of the city to see its most emblematic sights and landmarks. Visit the Cathedral of San Gennaro, stroll in front of the Royal Palace of Naples, where the great Bourbon kings once resided, and admire the spectacular opera house, Real Teatro di San Carlo! Continue to the main square, Piazza del Plebiscito, to see the Church of San Francesco di Paola before strolling through the beautiful Galleria Umberto I, a historic shopping arcade. See a handful of Naples' ancient castles, many of which date back to medieval times, and end the tour in the historic center, home to the iconic Spacca Napoli street. The remainder of the day is free to discover the cultural gems and mouth-watering cuisine of Naples at your leisure. Overnight stay in Naples.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Palazzo Salgar or similar
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1427 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of Naples

Moderate

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6th Day: Naples - Amalfi Coast - Pompeii - Naples
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Breakfast at the hotel. Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites today on a full-day excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. Depart Naples, head on your own for the spectacular coastal region of Amalfi. Take in the incredible views of the sea on one side and the Lattari mountains on the other as you listen to the insights of your guide along the scenic 50-mile route. These dramatic landscapes of pastel-colored hillside towns, rugged mountainsides and plunging sea cliffs are among the most impressive in Italy! Next, arrive at the legendary ruins of Pompeii. The devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD blanketed this Roman city in layers of ash which preserved the city as if it was frozen in time! Walk around the site, accompanied by an archaeological guide, and learn more about the people that lived here and their daily lives. Highlights include the thermal baths, the Roman amphitheatre, the Macellum and the House of the Faun. After an unforgettable day of discovery, return to Naples and spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Naples.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Palazzo Salgar or similar
tripadvisor rating

1427 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full day tour to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Ruins from Naples

Moderate

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7th Day: Naples - Catania
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head to the airport to catch a short flight to Catania, on the Italian island of Sicily. Located just off the 'toe' of the 'boot' of mainland Italy, Sicily is bursting with heritage sites and is famously the home of Mount Etna! Arrive in Catania, an ancient port city known for its beautiful cathedral and long stretches of golden sand beaches! Founded in the 8th-century, it's the second-largest city in Sicily and is home to a dizzying array of historic sights which date as far back as the Roman era! Transfer to the hotel and get settled before enjoying the remainder of the day at your leisure. Get out and sample authentic Sicilian cuisine in the city's restaurants or talk a peaceful stroll along the waterfront. Overnight stay in Catania. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NH Catania Parco Degli Ar... or similar
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1666 Reviews

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8th Day: Catania
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Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a fascinating walking city tour of Catania today to explore its most emblematic sights and get to know the history of this ancient port city. Stroll through the historic center and soak up the atmosphere of one of Sicily's most charming cities as you see Piazza Stesicoro and the old Roman amphitheatre. Continue along Via Etnea to Piazza Universita and climb the Alessi Staircase to Via dei Crociferi, a street known for its sixteenth-century churches. Admire the architecture of Piazza San Francesco and end the tour at Piazza Duomo, where you can visit the cathedral and town hall at your leisure if you wish. The remainder of the day is free to explore Catania at your own pace and soak up its immense history and Meditteranean atmosphere! The city is within easy reach of a variety of hiking trails around Mount Etna, so be sure to pack your walking boots if this appeals to you!* Overnight stay in Catania.

*Optional Mount Etna at Sunset Tour: Discover the South side of Mount Etna on this stunning tour. Begin by visiting the villages at the base of Mount Etna, stop at a farm to taste typical Sicilian honey and other products. Then, accompanied by your guide, visit a lava cave, equipped with helmets and torches. Continue towards the Rifugio Sapienza (1910 mt) where you’ll enjoy a short guided hike to witness some of the latest lava flows and the Silvestri Craters, active in 1892.To culminate the excursion witness the incredible sunset on Mount Etna!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NH Catania Parco Degli Ar... or similar
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1666 Reviews

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Activities

included
Catania City Walking Tour

Moderate

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Optional
Etna Tour

Moderate

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9th Day: Catania
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Catania. Why not discover the archaeological treasures held inside the 13th-century Castello Ursino or visit some of the city's incredible Roman ruins, such as the ancient amphitheater or Roman Baths? We recommend getting the most out of your free time by enjoying one of the optional activities described below. Overnight stay in Catania.

*Optional Half-Day Charter - Sailing Along the Cyclops Riviera: Admire volcanic rock as you sail along the Cyclops Riviera on this mini cruise. Stop at the Cave of Ulysses for a swim and snorkel and enjoy Sicilian appetizers when back on board. Next, head towards Aci Castello castle, checking out the ancient Arab lookouts along the way, with Mt. Etna in the backdrop. To end this peaceful journey, enjoy a glass of wine or an appetizer after a refreshing swim in the Natural Reserve.

From 15th of October until 31st of March this tour isn't available. In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate,  the excursion there may be changed or cancelled.

**Optional Catania Street Food Tour: Delight your senses on this foodie’s walking tour of the center of Catania. Start at UNESCO Heritage Site Piazza Duomo and visit the Cathedral. Next, head to the quaint fish market, better known as "la pescheria", where you will taste local cheeses, olives and the best fried fish in the city. Continue to discover the churches on Crociferi, next arrive at Roman amphitheater Piazza Stesicoro to find the well-known Bar Savia that serves the best arancini in Catania, and the much loved Cipollina at the Pacini Bakery. Enjoy a Selz syrup drink before enjoying Cipollata and ending the tour enjoying sweet local delicacies.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NH Catania Parco Degli Ar... or similar
tripadvisor rating

1666 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Half-Day Charter: Sailing Along the Cyclops Riviera

Light

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Gastronomic Street Food of Catania

Light

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10th Day: Catania - US
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Breakfast* at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bring your Italian experience to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the US the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 11 days.

Included activities

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It is forbidden to enter the Colosseum with suitcases, backpacks and bulky bags and there is no luggage storage inside the Colosseum. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities

Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Included activity for day 3 in Rome

Take a guided walking tour of three of the main archaeological sites in Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiator fights of the Colosseum and appreciate the relics of ancient Rome at the Forum and Palatine Hill.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities

Walking Tour of Naples

Included activity for day 5 in Naples

Set off on a 2-hour walking tour of Naples to see its most emblematic sights such as the Cathedral of San Gennaro, the Royal Palace of Naples, Piazza del Plebiscito, the Church of San Francesco, Spacca Napoli Street and the beautiful Galleria Umberto.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The professional guide inside the Pompeii excavations will be replaced by an audio guide if there are less than 6 participants. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities

Full day tour to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Ruins from Naples

Included activity for day 6 in Naples

Take in the incredible views of the sea on one side and the Lattari mountains on the other as you journey along the scenic 50-mile Amalfi Coast. Afterwards, explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii, accompanied by an archaeological guide.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Meeting point: Piazza Duomo, at the corner with Via Merletta. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities

Catania City Walking Tour

Included activity for day 8 in Catania

Embark on a fascinating walking city tour of Catania to see its beautiful piazzas, old Roman amphitheatre and amazing Piazza Duomo, in the heart of the historic center!

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Meeting Point: Campo de' Fiori, 12, 00186 Roma. In case of being vegetarians, notify in advance to adapt the menu.

Authentic Italian Dinner at a Restaurant in Campo Di Fiori in Rome

Suggested activity for day 3 in Rome

Enjoy an authentic Italian dinner in beautiful Campo Di Fiori Square, nestled in the heart of historic Rome.

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional
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This tour only operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satudays. Meeting Point: In front of the theatre Argentina. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time

Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Suggested activity for day 4 in Rome

Discover the most symbolic piazzas and fountains in Rome! Visit Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and see the Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional
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This tour will be at 9.45am or 13h45pm.Time and date will be reconfirmed on voucher.Tour NOT available on Sundays. Meeting point: via santamaura 28

Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Suggested activity for day 4 in Rome

Explore the treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit Pio Clementino Hall, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel, among other sights. Also discover St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter's Square.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional
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From October to March this tour will take place in the morning. Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities.

Etna Tour

Suggested activity for day 8 in Sicily

Experience Mt. Etna’s lunar landscapes at the best hour, sunset. Discover nearby villages, stop at a farm to savor the famous Sicilian honey, visit a lava cave with your expert guide and hike to the Silvestri Craters.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Rome, Catania - US.
  • Flight: Naples - Catania.*
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  • Domestic high-speed train in standard class: Rome - Naples.
  • 8 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.
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  • 8 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.**
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.***
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Guided walking tours in Naples & Catania.
  • Guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill in Rome.
  • Guided excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

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Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per person per night).

Meeting points: the included tours will depart from designated meeting points. The location of the meeting points will be included in your trip details. Transfers to the meeting points are not included.

*Documentation of the internal flights will be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

 The shuttle service from the airport to the hotel will wait for you up to one hour after the arrival of your flight. If your flight is delayed or you experience issues collecting your luggage please get in touch with the local provider.

Please note: this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group. As an independent tour, the dates of the excursions may differ based on the availability of the tours. The final date will be available on the voucher uploaded on your Exoticca account prior to departure.

Meeting points: the included tours will depart from designated meeting points. The location of the meeting points will be included in your trip details. Transfers to the meeting points are not included.

**Time and days in Rome can be changed according to the availability of the Colosseum tickets. It will be confirmed 15 days before arrival. However, all included excursions are already guaranteed.

**If you visit during a religious or an official event or during a national holiday, certain attractions may be closed.

Important: The availability of some activities cannot be guaranteed during major holidays, including Christmas & Holy Week.

Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.

Important: Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities.

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity required.

  • Visa

    No visa is required to enter the country.

  • Currency

    Euro.

  • Language

    Italian.

  • Electricity

    220 V. Adapter required.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.

  • Time zone

    GMT + 01:00.

  • Other useful information

    Italian cuisine is one of the most prominent in the world. The national dish is pasta.

  • Tourist Office website

    http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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