Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Mediterranean

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

An evocative journey through the south of Italy that explores its spectacular ruins, natural wonders and gastronomic specialties. Visit prehistoric cave dwellings, ancient Greek ruins, and a Norman cathedral filled with precious Byzantine mosaics on an unforgettable journey through Sorrento, Naples, Sicily and Palermo.

At a glance


  • Sorrento Visit to the Barberini Gardens and jetfoil boat trip
  • Capri Free time to explore the piazza and shops
  • Pompeii A local guide will show you this incredible and poignant archaeological site.
  • Naples Explore the city’s highlights with a local guide.
  • Sicily Ferry crossing to Sicily and visit to the hilltop town of Taormina and its ancient Greek theatre.
  • Palermo Expert-led sightseeing of the city’s key sights; visit to a Sicilian farm to meet a cheesemaker and enjoy a farewell dinner.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Overview

An evocative journey through the south of Italy that explores its spectacular ruins, natural wonders and gastronomic specialties. Visit prehistoric cave dwellings, ancient Greek ruins, and a Norman cathedral filled with precious Byzantine mosaics on an unforgettable journey through Sorrento, Naples, Sicily and Palermo.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and enjoy a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - Castel Gandolfo - Sorrento Coast

Day
2

Look forward to a unique experience; enjoy a guided visit to the impressive Papal Palace in Castel Gandolfo, a former summer residences of the Popes, and since October 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificient Barberini Gardens, where the ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. After, continue south on the highway of the sun, to your hotel. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento Coast - Capri - Sorrento Coast

Day
3

Speed across the bay by Jetfoil to the isle of Capri. ride the funicular to Capri village for a guided visit to this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to the hotel. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento coast - Pompeii - Sorrento coast

Day
4

Today take a trip to Pompeii, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mount Veruvius in 79 CE. Your local guide will walk you past patrician homes, public baths, and commerical districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life, when Rome was at the apex of its power. Afternoon at leisure; you may wish to join an optional excursion of the Amalfi Coast. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Naples - Bari

Day
5

First stop is Naples, a city steeped in volcanic drama, rich archaeological treasures, and castles and churches that rival Rome! A local guide will get you acquainted with the many sights during your city tour. Stop in the famous Piazza Plebiscito and then, savour a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Drive to Bari for an overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bari - Lecce - Alberobello

Day
6

Follow your local guide for a pleasant walk through Bari Vecchia, the city’s oldest district. Next is Lecce, where your guided walking tour reveals why Lecce is called the 'Florence of the South.' Admire its baroque buildings and squares, and taste pasticciotto with almond-flavoured iced coffee. Continue to Alberobello.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Alberobello

Day
7

In the morning, enjoy an orientation of the town, famous for its unique trulli - whitewashed, circular houses with conical roofs. The rest of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian agriturismo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Alberobello - Matera - Reggio Calabria

Day
8

In Matera, a guided walking tour features a visit to one of the picturesque Sassi Houses. Afterwards, enjoy a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto before heading inland to Reggio Calabria with a local guide. Visit the museum that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Reggio Calabria - Taormina Riviera

Day
9

Two days to just relax in this beautiful resort, or choose from our exciting optional excursions to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe; or to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port whose fleet was feared throughout the Mediterranean. On your first evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. On your second evening, an included dinner has been organised at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taormina Riviera

Days
10 - 11

Two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our exciting optional excursions: to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, and to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port whose fleet was feared throughout the Mediterranean. On Tuesday evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. On Wednesday evening, an included dinner with wine has been organized at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taormina Riviera - Agrigento - Palermo

Day
12

Head south to Agrigento and enjoy a walk with your local guide through the breathtaking Valley of the Temples. Even travellers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Arrive at your hotel in Palermo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo

Day
13

Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and the Cathedral. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro and a visit to the 12th-century Norman Cathedral, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Later, visit an original Sicilian farm, Antica Masseria Barone di Salvo in Tumminia. Meet the casaro (cheese-maker), see how he prepares a fresh ricotta and enjoy your exclusive farewell dinner with local specialities and wine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palermo

Day
14

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or similar

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Rome: Della Conciliazione 
  • Sorrento: Coast Towers Hotel Stabiae 
  • Bari Grand: Albergo delle Nazioni
  • Alberobello: Victor Country
  • Reggio Calabria: Grand Hotel Excelsior
  • Taormina Riviera: Hilton Giardini Naxos and Giardini Naxos
  • Palermo: Grand hotel Piazza Borsa

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