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    Southern Italy & Sicily
    11 nights
    from $3,612* per person twin share
    Up to 15% off
    Encounter a crossroads of civilisations as you venture from Sicily to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Journey through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Uncover Sicily’s capital Palermo and its Moorish and Norman influences. Explore Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting and agriturismo dinner. Venture to the ancient cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera. Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the excavated Pompeii. Allow the unique culture to capture your heart and get a glimpse into an age-old heritage composed of ancient monuments and cultivated lands.
    Your package includes: Your trip highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your trip highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • 10 nights in twin share accommodation in 4 star plus hotels
      • 3 nights Palermo
      • 1 night Agrigento
      • 2 nights Giardini Naxos
      • 2 nights Matera
      • 2 nights Sorrento Peninsula
      • 1 night Rome
    • 17 meals
      • 10 Breakfasts
      • 1 Lunch
      • 6 Dinners
    • Entry to Pompeii
    • Services of a professional tour manager
    • Comfortable and reliable on-tour transportation
    Your trip highlights:

    Your trip highlights:

    • Uncover Sicily’s capital Palermo and its Moorish and Norman influences
    • Explore Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples
    • Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina
    • Visit a local winery for a wine tasting and agriturismo
    • Venture to the ancient cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera. Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento
    • Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the excavated Pompeii

    Bonus: Save 15% off all departures Jan 2022, May – Aug 2022, Nov 2022 – Jan 2023. Save 10% off all departures Feb – April 2022, Sept – Oct 2022, Feb – March 2023 – ask your personal travel manager for a quote for your preferred departure date^

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    Advertised price valid for departure 9 Mar 2022. Ask your personal travel manager for a quote for all other departures.
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    30 Nov 2021 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins

    Your Italian sojourn opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Discover the city’s vibrant culture as you take in its picturesque harbors, cobblestone piazzas, and captivating energy. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine.

    Day 2

    Palermo

    Get to know “Palermo in a Nutshell” and discover the city’s Moorish, Norman, and Spanish architecture on a walking tour. Explore the Kalsa district – home to Mafia legends and lush gardens – before tasting local snacks at a 19th-century eatery. The afternoon is yours! Perhaps you’ll peruse the open-air markets, visit one of Palermo’s art galleries, or relax in an outdoor café.

    Day 3

    Palermo - Optional Excursion

    Decide how you spend your morning because it’s your choice! Embark on a walking tour of the historic city center and visit La Martorana church, Fontana Pretoria, and more -OR- tour the Teatro Massimo Opera House, the third largest in Europe and seen in The Godfather Part III. This afternoon perhaps you will join an optional excursion to medieval Cefalù (UNESCO) with a local guide before visiting a nearby farm for a ricotta cheese* demonstration and farm-to-table meal, made with family recipes.

    Day 4

    Palermo - Monreale - Agrigento - Valley of the Temples

    Visit the nearby town of Monreale (UNESCO) and wander along the paintings, mosaics, and cloisters of its 12th-century cathedral. Travel over rolling hills and peaceful farmland to the town of Agrigento. As the sun begins to set, explore the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), one of the world’s most esteemed archeological sites, and get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, and Hercules.

    Day 5

    Agrigento - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos

    Journey east to Sicily’s Ionian Coast. En route, discover the impressive Mt. Etna (UNESCO) Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Later this afternoon, continue on to Giardini Naxos – the “garden of Sicily” – for your 2-night stay.

    Day 6

    Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos

    Set out for beautiful Taormina, home to ancient relics, rocky hills and charming gardens. With an expert local guide, you’ll see Corso Umberto, the verdant public gardens, and the city’s well-preserved Greek Theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore on your own. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening.

    Day 7

    Giardini Naxos - Matera

    Take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni, located on Italy’s mainland. Pass through the unspoiled region of Calabria to the Basilicata region. Wander through the twisting vines of a local winery before joining an expert for a tour of the cellar with a tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner in the winery’s restaurant.

    Day 8

    Matera - Alberobello - Matera

    Explore the Sassi di Matera (UNESCO), an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. A local guide shares the history and explains why film producers are seeking out this unique landscape. Visit a local shop and get a taste of regional specialties. This afternoon decide how you explore because it’s your choice! Discover more of Matera with a guided tour of an underground cistern followed by free time to browse the city’s stores and cave churches -OR- head to Alberobello (UNESCO) and marvel at the town’s whimsical trulli homes, known for their distinct, cone-shaped roofs.

    Day 9

    Matera - Pompeii - Sorrento

    After a stop in Vietri sul Mare, famous for its precious majolica pottery, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii (UNESCO). A local guide gives you an in-depth look into this 2,000-year-old Roman town, nestled in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Step into another time as you explore its preserved buildings and imagine life in the 1st century. End your day in Sorrento, and settle in for a 2-night stay. Later this afternoon discover this charming seaside resort and learn about the local tradition of wood marquetry.

    Day 10

    Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Sorrento

    This morning take in the sights and colors of the Mediterranean Sea as you wind your way along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast (UNESCO). Gaze out over the deep blue hues of the sea paired with the bright citrus fruits lining the hillsides. Sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory before returning to Sorrento for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy a delightful dinner in a local restaurant.

    Day 11

    Sorrento - Abbey of Montecassino - Rome

    Journey north to Rome. En route, visit the Benedictine monastery of Montecassino, perched on a mountaintop that played a pivotal role in World War II. Discover its history while exploring the monastery’s ornate chapel and courtyards. Later, check in to your hotel located close to Fiumicino Airport.

    Day 12

    Rome - Tour Ends

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    Advertised prices are per person twin share based on 2 adults travelling, land only (unless stated otherwise), correct at time of publication, are subject to availability and may change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. ^SAVEBIG21 must be used at time of booking for savings.  Offers can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Space is on a first come, first served basis. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings. Offers are not combinable with any other offers. Discount level and availability varies by destination and month of travel. Offer is valid on new bookings only. Please check current COVID-19 travel restrictions before departure. Other conditions may apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.

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