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Highlights of Sicily and Southern Italy

Price per person
from £2,105

Price based on
London Gatwick
3rd Nov 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and ancient history—all of this awaits you on this fabulous holiday with guided tours of Sicily and Southern Italy. If you’re interested in Roman history, this tour is certainly for you. You’ll stop in Matera, where you’ll see one of the Sassi Houses—prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock—thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy.

You’ll also visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage. Visit the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC; the ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento; and the 12th-century Norman Cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights.

History buffs will also enjoy Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like some 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. A true highlight is a guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo. This is just another out-of-the-ordinary experience included by Globus.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. You’ll visit Sorrento and Capri—both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities. History, amazing scenery, fabulous cuisine, and so much more are waiting for you on this incredible guided Italy tour.

At a glance

Rome Welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Castel Gandolfo Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento By jetfoil

Capri Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride

Pompeii Guided walking tour of the excavations

Naples Guided visit; pizza tasting BARI Guided walking tour

Lecce Guided walking tour; taste pasticciotto with almond-flavoured iced coffee

Alberobello Guided walking tour; visit a trullo

Matera Panoramic view of the Sassi houses

Scilla Picture stop

Reggio Calabria Guided visit of the Bronzi di Riace museum

Strait of Messina Ferry crossing

Taormina Visit the ancient Greek Theater; dinner at a local restaurant

Agrigento Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

Palermo Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, and the Norman cathedral in Monreale; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Make your own way

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Overview

Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and ancient history—all of this awaits you on this fabulous holiday with guided tours of Sicily and Southern Italy. If you’re interested in Roman history, this tour is certainly for you. You’ll stop in Matera, where you’ll see one of the Sassi Houses—prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock—thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy.

You’ll also visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage. Visit the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC; the ancient Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento; and the 12th-century Norman Cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights.

History buffs will also enjoy Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like some 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. A true highlight is a guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo. This is just another out-of-the-ordinary experience included by Globus.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. You’ll visit Sorrento and Capri—both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities. History, amazing scenery, fabulous cuisine, and so much more are waiting for you on this incredible guided Italy tour.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Rome, Italy

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Rome - Castel Gandolfo - Sorrento Cost

Day
2

Look forward to a unique experience: enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and since October 2016 a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun, to your hotel at the Sorrento Coast.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento Coast. Excursion to Capri

Day
3

A wonderful day! Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri and ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento Coast. Excursion to Pompeii

Day
4

In fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, follow your Local Guide for a walk past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Afternoon at leisure; you may wish to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento Coast - Naples - Bari

Day
5

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, savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Drive to Bari, capital of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s “boot” for your overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bari - Lecce - Alberobello

Day
6

Discover BARI VECCHIA, the city’s oldest district, on foot during a pleasant walk with a Local Guide. In Lecce, “Florence of the South,” 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
  • Dinner

Alberobello

Day
7

Visit one of its unique trullis—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs.In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, and visit one of its unique TRULLI—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. Balance of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian agriturismo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Alberobello - Matera - Scilla - Reggio Calabria

Day
8

In Matera, enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque sassi houses, followed by a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto to Scilla, called the “Venice of Calabria.” Leaving the coast, arrive in Reggio Calabria for a guided visit of the MUSEUM that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Reggio Calabria - Taormina Riviera

Day
9

Cross the Strait of Messina by FERRY and start your discovery of the beautiful island of Sicily, the great melting pot of the Mediterranean world. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, French, and Spanish have left their marks and contributed to its rich heritage. Arrive in Taormina, a charming hilltop town overlooking the Ionian Sea, and visit the ancient GREEK THEATRE dating back to the 3rd century BC. Time to stroll and shop along Corso Umberto I at your own pace and don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian Granita (a treat similar to sorbet).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

At Leisure in 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; 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 Tuesday evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. On Wednesday evening, an included dinner has been organized at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Taormina Riviera - Agrigento - Palermo

Day
12

Head south to Agrigento and enjoy a walk with your Local Guide through the breathtaking VALLEY OF 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

Palermo

Day
13

Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent 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, dinner at a local restaurant, the perfect way to celebrate the success of your Italian holiday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Palermo - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
Print itinerary

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Rome - Ludovisi Palace

Located in the heart of Rome in the fashionable Via Veneto district, this elegant 57-room hotel is set in a historical building dating back to the early 1900's offering a slice of Old World Italian glamour in a warm atmosphere. Drinks & delicious appetizers are served in the lounge bar and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

  • Location

    Via Ludovisi 43 Roma, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Sorrento Coast - Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast

Built on the grounds of a former cement factory which takes its name from the two replica factory towers, this upscale 150-room hotel is located in a tranquil spot on the beautiful Sorrento peninsula with views of Mt. Vesuvius, a gleaming private stretch of beach and a sparkling (seasonal) outdoor swimming pool. Mediterranean cuisine is served in the restaurant overlooking the Bay of Naples and drinks can be enjoyed at the terrace bar. A large spa area includes a sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

  • Location

    S.S.145 Sorrentina Km.11 Castellammare di Stabia, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Bari - Grande Albergo Delle Nazioni

Located in one of the most elegant areas of Bari seafront, the Grande Albergo Delle Nazioni blends tradition and modernity. This stylish resort is an established luxury landmark in the Levantine city and combines history and spirituality building a bridge between East and West. It offers a spectacular rooftop swimming pool with hydro-massage tub and a panoramic view over the sea, and two restaurants which stand out for their refined cuisine that combines the traditional Mediterranean diet with the most innovative trends of contemporary international cuisine. Overlooking the Adriatic sea, this property has its own access to a private beach and it is the ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable stay in Bari.

  • Location

    Lungomare Nazario Sauro, 7/9 Bari, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Alberobello - Victor Country

Set within a beautifully converted 16th century farmhouse, this small country 38 room hotel is immersed in over 42-hectares of natural countryside surrounded by unspoilt scenery, ranging from oak and olive groves to verdant grasslands. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and the hotel has a restaurant, bar and seasonal outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace.

  • Location

    C.Da Albero Della Croce S.P. 78 Alberobello-Mottola Km.2,7 Alberobello, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Reggio Calabria - Grand Hotel Excelsior

Refined and elegant, equipped with a large Convention Centre and a rooftop garden that hosts the exclusive restaurant Gala, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is the ideal solution both for a business trip or a romantic weekend in the beautiful city of Calabria.

  • Location

    Via Vittorio Veneto 66 Reggio Calabria, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Taormina Riviera - Hilton Giardini Naxos

This luxurious 296 room hotel is set in a fantastic location with superb facilities. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and access in the guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). The hotel has two beautiful private sandy beaches with a seasonal beach bar, an inviting seafront outdoor pool as well as a spa, wellness and 24 hour fitness centre. Homemade Sicilian pastries and evening cocktails can be enjoyed in the lobby bar, dinner in the hotel's elegant speciality restaurant and classic Mediterranean style lunch in the main restaurant with outdoor terrace dining options at both venues.

  • Location

    Via Jannuzzo 47 Taormina Riviera, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Palermo - Plaza Opera

A cosmopolitan 47-room hotel immersed in the heart of Palermo's buzzing city boasting a unique atmosphere, where Sicilian spirit meets trendy. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property, there is a relaxing lounge bar and summer terrace.

  • Location

    Via Nicolò Gallo, 2 Palermo, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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