Southern Italy and Sicily

Southern Italy and Sicily

10 Days Starting in Rome and ending in Palermo

Visiting: Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento, Palermo, Monreale

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Trafalgar

Tour code:

ITSCZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Southern Italy and Sicily, where history and beauty intertwine in an unforgettable experience. This tour invites you to explore the ancient ruins and vibrant cultures of Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento, and Palermo with the expertise of a Local Specialist. From the haunting excavations at Pompeii to the majestic Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, each step is a walk through history. Enjoy a scenic cruise to the enchanting Isle of Capri, and marvel at the panoramic views from the Greek theater in Taormina. With luxury air-conditioned coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and a host of included meals and gratuities, this tour promises comfort and convenience. Highlights include a visit to the Monreale Cathedral and a Farewell Dinner in Palermo, ensuring your journey ends on a high note. Discover the heart and soul of Southern Italy and Sicily on this unforgettable adventure.

Highlights

  • Explore Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo with a Local Specialist

  • Visit the excavations at Pompeii, the ruins of the ancient Greek theater at Taormina, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, Erice, Monreale Cathedral

  • View the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral

  • Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation Name: iH Hotels Roma Cicerone Rome

Meals Included: Dinner

Ciao Roma, the 'Eternal City', is yours to explore on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening. Enjoy an orientation drive – a perfect introduction to this beautiful city, the centre of which has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its ruins, imposing monuments, statues and fountains.

Day 2: Explore The Ruins Of Pompeii And Sorrento

Location: Pompeii

Accommodation: Johanna Park

Accommodation Name: Johanna Park Hotel Sorrento

Meals Included: Breakfast

From Rome, journey south to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii. Your Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour of the excavations buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted. See such sites as the Gymnasium, the Temple of Apollo and the impressive Basilica before continuing to your hotel in Sorrento.

Day 3: A Day On The Isle Of Capri

Location: Capri

Accommodation: Johanna Park

Accommodation Name: Johanna Park Hotel Sorrento

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a ferry to Capri, the isle of sirens according to Greek mythology. You’ll ascend to Capri town by funicular railway and see the famous Piazzetta during your guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. Spend some free time people-watching at one of the local cafés before returning to the mainland where you can enjoy free time in Sorrento or perhaps choose to visit the famed town of Positano. Let the day's delightful discoveries sink in as you relax at dinner this evening.

Day 4: Cross The Strait To Taormina

Location: Taormina

Accommodation: Sant Alphio Garden Giardini Naxos

Accommodation Name: Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa Giardini Naxos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria, crossing the straits of Messina to Sicily and the beachside resort town of Giardini Naxos below Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 5: Gardens And More In Taormina

Location: Taormina

Accommodation: Sant Alphio Garden Giardini Naxos

Accommodation Name: Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa Giardini Naxos

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Monte Tauro, overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theatre and see the terraced botanical gardens. Then, stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto with a gelsi gelato and on to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Later, there's free time for shopping for souvenirs and handmade ceramics on the Corso.

Day 6 : Taormina Your Way

Location: Taormina

Accommodation: Sant Alphio Garden Giardini Naxos

Accommodation Name: Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa Giardini Naxos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax, see the sights of your choice, or consider an Optional Experience. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight, Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience hosted at a beautiful family owned Sicilian lemon farm overlooking Mount Etna.

Day 7: Journey To Ancient Agrigento

Location: Agrigento

Accommodation: Dioscuri Bay Palace

Accommodation Name: Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace Agrigento

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy views of Enna on the way to Agrigento, where your Local Specialist will take you to the Valley of the Temples - the finest Greek sanctuary in Sicily. See the splendid Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea.

Day 8: Explore Sicilian Towns And On To Palermo

Location: Palermo

Accommodation: Garibaldi

Accommodation Name: Hotel Garibaldi Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Discover hidden Palermo as you join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, and learn about the civil anti-mafia movement. Travel to Erice and discover this famous hilltop medieval town in western Sicily with its cobbled streets, Norman castles and stunning views of the sea, salt pans and wooded hillsides. Perhaps take a walk to the ruins of Venus Castle with its Balio Gardens.

Day 9 : Enjoy The Views In Monreale

Location: Monreale

Accommodation: Garibaldi

Accommodation Name: Hotel Garibaldi Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Monreale for views of La Conca d'Oro and explore the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Later, join your companions and celebrate your journey with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Journey Home

Location: Palermo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Say arrivederci to Sicily and your newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday.

What's Included

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri

  • Optional Experiences and free time

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    International airfare to and from the start and end of your tour is not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Some optional experiences and excursions are available at an additional cost.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and souvenirs are not included.

  • Meals Not Specified

    Any meals not specified in the itinerary are not included and will be at your own expense.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included and are the responsibility of the traveler.

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Return cruise to the Isle of Capri

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals are included in the tour.

  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts in Rome and ends in Palermo.

  • What type of transportation is provided on the tour?

    The tour provides luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), and a return cruise to the Isle of Capri.

  • What type of accommodation is included in the tour?

    The tour includes cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

  • What are the highlights of the Southern Italy and Sicily tour?

    The highlights of the Southern Italy and Sicily tour include exploring Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento, and Palermo with a Local Specialist, visiting the excavations at Pompeii, the ruins of the ancient Greek theater at Taormina, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, Erice, Monreale Cathedral, viewing the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral, and a scenic cruise to the Isle of Capri.

  • What are the exclusions of the tour?

    The exclusions of the tour are international airfare to and from the start and end of your tour, travel insurance, some optional experiences and excursions at an additional cost, personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and souvenirs, any meals not specified in the itinerary, and any applicable visa fees.

  • What are the pick-up and drop-off times?

    The pick-up times at Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) are 09:30, 12:30, 15:30, and the drop-off time in Palermo is 08:00.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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