Southern Italy & Greece


  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

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From

£2,124 pp

Tour only

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£2,383 pp

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Based on London Luton

Overview

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A tapestry takes different threads and colors, and weaves them together into a beautiful design. That’s what this Italy tour—Italian Tapestry—does. It weaves together Italy’s most famous cities, its must-see attractions, and its marvelous scenery to create a wonderful vacation. Overnight on Venice Island, and in Florence, Siena, Rome, and Sorrento. Visit each city’s well-known landmarks and attractions, such as St. Mark’s Square in Venice; the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s David in Florence; the Piazza del Campo in Siena, where the Palio medieval-style horse race is held; and St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome, where you can imagine what it was like to partake in the deadly gladiatorial fights. Plus, Globus has worked hard behind the scenes to get you front and center at many of these sights with special VIP access.

Other highlights of this Italy tour include a jetfoil ride from Sorrento to the world-famous Isle of Capri, where you’ll ride the funicular to the village for a guided tour and a visit to Augustus Gardens. . In Pompeii, a guided walking tour introduces you to the excavations of the city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD—an amazingly detailed look into life around 2,000 years ago at the peak of the Roman Empire.

All of this—plus a gondola serenade in Venice, a balsamic vinegar tasting near Modena, and a farewell dinner with a taste of Limoncello at a Sorrento restaurant—come together perfectly to create an Italy vacation like no other.

Highlights

PALERMO Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale

AGRIGENTO Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

CATANIA Orientation

SYRACUSA Guided visit of the archaeological site

ORTIGIA Visit the island

TAORMINA Orientation

STRAIT OF MESSINA Ferry crossing

COSENZA Guided sightseeing

MATERA Guided walking tour, visit Casa Grotta; dinner with typical specialties

ALBEROBELLO Guided walking tour, visit a trullo

LOCOROTONDO Orientation

MARTINA FRANCA Orientation

LECCE Guided walking tour, visit the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica

BRINDISI Enjoy lunch; guided sightseeing

BRINDISI-PATRAS Overnight ferry crossing

NAFPAKTOS Orientation

GALAXIDI Olive oil tasting with local specialties; orientation

DELPHI Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum

ATHENS Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

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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, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY

Day
1

Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

PALERMO

Day
2

Sightseeing with a Local Guide 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PALERMO–AGRIGENTO–CATANIA

Day
3

Arrive in Agrigento and meet your Local Guide for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES with its gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Continue to Catania and enjoy an orientation walk in the center. In Piazza del Duomo see the lava stone statue of an elephant, the city’s symbol.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CATANIA. EXCURSION TO SYRACUSE AND ORTIGIA

Day
4

Head to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century-BC sparkling-white Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Another highlight is LF a visit to the pretty island of Ortigia.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CATANIA–TAORMINA–COSENZA

Day
5

Stop in the stunning hilltop town of Taormina, time to explore its streets and visit some sites. Cross the Straits of Messina by FERRY to reach mainland Italy for an interesting drive to the city of Cosenza. With your Local Guide discover the OLD TOWN. See the open-air museum and the contrastingly modern bridge by the architect Calatrava.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

COSENZA–MATERA

Day
6

Drive to Matera famous for the sassi houses carved out of the rock. A special visit to CASA GROTTA has been arranged during your guided sightseeing. To top off the visit to this incredible town, LF dinner with local specialties has been arranged at a local restaurant
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MATERA–ALBEROBELLO–LOCOROTONDO–MARTINA FRANCA–LECCE

Day
7

Today focus on the Itria Valley, one of Italy’s most fertile and beautiful valleys. Start with Alberobello where a Local Guide will take you for a walking tour of the town, and for a visit one of its unique TRULLI—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. Next, stop in the quiet hilltop town of Locorotondo, classified as one of the most beautiful borghi in Italy, then in lively, elegant Martina Franca. Continue to the “heel of Italy” and arrive in Lecce, where you will stay for two nights.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LECCE

Day
8

Admire the baroque buildings and squares during your walking tour with a Local Guide and understand why Lecce has been called the “Florence of the South.” Visit the impressive DUOMO and SANTA CROCE BASILICA. Later, an interesting optional excursion to Otranto is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LECCE–BRINDISI–OVERNIGHT FERRY TO PATRAS, GREECE

Day
9

Time to discover more of Lecce this morning before heading to the coastal city of Brindisi, endpoint of the Roman Appian way and the town from where Philleas Fogg left the continent in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Lunch awaits in a local restaurant followed by a sightseeing tour of Brindisi. Later board your overnight FERRY and cross the Ionian sea to Greece.
Today’s Distance: 37 mi / 60 km (excluding overnight ferry)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

PATRAS–ITEA

Day
10

Enjoy the scenery as you approach busy Patras where you will disembark early afternoon. Take pictures of the Rion-Antirion Bridge, one of the world’s longest multi-span cable stayed bridges, crossing the Gulf of Corinth. Stop in Nafpaktos, a popular holiday destination and site of the Battle of Lepanto, beautifully located on a bay, before arriving at your hotel in Itea.
Today’s Distance: 73 mi / 118 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ITEA. EXCURSION TO GALAXIDI

Day
11

Learn about one of Greece’s most famous products—olive oil. The area around Itea is famous for its Amfissa olive trees which are protected by UNESCO. LF An OLIVE OIL TASTING with local specialties has been arranged for you. Later, stroll around the charming streets of the seaside town of Galaxidi, or sit in a seafront tavern and watch the world go by.
Today’s Distance: 20 mi / 33 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ITEA–DELPHI–ATHENS

Day
12

The morning is devoted to mystic Delphi. Meet your Local Guide and enjoy a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and visit the EXCAVATIONS. Explore the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. Continue to Athens, Greece's proud capital.
Today’s Distance: 125 mi / 200 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS

Day
13

Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, an orientation features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ATHENS

Day
14

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

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What's included

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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
  • Headset
  • All port taxes

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£2,383 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
  • Headset
  • All airport and port taxes

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