Highlights of Sicily and Southern Italy


  • 14 days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

Tour : LM

From

£2,213 pp

Tour only

Based on 6th Oct 2019

From

£2,443 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Luton

Overview

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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.

Highlights

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

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Rome, Italy

Day
1

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

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, and visit one of its unique TRULLI—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian masseria.

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, an included dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant with breathtaking views.  On Wednesday evening, enjoy an included dinnerat your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

Tour only

From

£2,213 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£2,443 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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