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Southern Italy and Sicily

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Italy  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: February - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2399 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2399 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Join us in exploring the hidden treasures of southern Italy and Sicily. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine.

Day 2: Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring traditional Sicilian cuisine.

Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

A Palermo cultural tour features the lovely squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini. Note the exotic mixture of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles that make this city special. Also see the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana Church, and the Cathedral, which houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit the 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to visit some of the city’s great museums and shops.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Palermo - Agrigento

Ease your way into the local culture as your tour manager teaches you a few key phrases of the native language before traveling through the beautiful countryside with rolling hills and working farms towards the town of Agrigento. Upon arrival, visit the stunning Valley of the Temples, one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. From ancient times to the present day, the Valley of the Temples’ ruins, landscape and colors have inspired poets, writers and painters. Here you get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Agrigento - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos

Depart Agrigento and travel across Sicily, with its spectacular landscapes and picturesque towns. Arrive in vibrant Catania where a local guide will share its history. Visit the cathedral and view the main sites of this historic and Baroque city. Witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce when you visit the local market. Later, visit Mt. Etna Volcano National Park to see the spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Arrive in Giardini Naxos, the “garden of Sicily,” for your two-night stay.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos

This morning you visit beautiful Taormina, known for its charming atmosphere, significant monuments and flowering gardens. Enjoy viewing the Greek Amphitheater, Corso Umberto and the bountiful Public Gardens. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to further explore this delightful town.
Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Giardini Naxos - Matera

Travel to Messina where you will take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Travel through the beautiful and unspoiled region of Calabria and into the Basilicata region. This afternoon you’ll visit one of the area’s local wineries for a wine tasting and informative visit through the cellars and vineyards. Linger over a delicious regional dinner in the winery’s own “agriturismo” restaurant.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Matera - Altamura - Matera

Today, explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient town known for its cave dwellings, both modern and ancient. A local guide will help you learn the history of this site and why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. After some leisure time in Matera, venture to the nearby town of Altamura to visit a local cheese producer and learn the secrets of making mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. Marvel at this town’s medieval architecture and small town charm. Return to Matera for a special Italian evening! Tonight’s dinner will include a pasta-making demonstration, an extensive dinner with all the local favorites and an entertaining performance of traditional music.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Matera - Alberobello - Sorrento Peninsula

Travel to the mystical town of Alberobello where you will see some of the most unusually built homes, known as “trulli,” with cone-shaped roofs and no mortar to hold the stones together. Next, travel towards Campania and the Bay of Naples, one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy. This evening, arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon and take in the views of this magical place.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Sorrento Peninsula

Begin your day exploring the popular seaside resort town of Sorrento. Visit local artisans and watch them demonstrate the art of inlaid wood making. This afternoon take time to explore this lovely town on your own. Then, begin your adventure exploring the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Make a special stop in the charming town of Amalfi where you will have time to explore. Then it’s off to Minori where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. You’ll also enjoy a typical Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy Sorrento’s chic restaurants or outdoor cafes.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11: Sorrento Peninsula - Pompeii - Rome

Travel along the Bay of Naples and experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Soak in the history of the preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local guide will provide an in-depth view of this remarkable archeological site. Later, travel to Rome where you will spend your last evening. Celebrate the end of your journey with a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature:

Day 12: Rome - Tour Ends

Your tour ends today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation.
Today breakfast will be included.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only, prices vary on departure dates.

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