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Southern Italy and Sicily

10 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

Experience the captivating culture and history of Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento on this Country Explorer trip.

"The experience of a lifetime"

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10 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

Southern Italy and Sicily

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      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      Slow down to the languid pace of the south - hot winds, and even hotter locals both signs that you've arrived in a part of Italy that marches to its own tune. See the fiery splendours of Sicily revealed beneath the shadow of Italy's largest volcano, Mount Etna, where you will enjoy local wine tasting under the warm Sicilian sun.


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      Trip code: ITSCA

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      13 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo

        • Cruise to the Isle of Capri

        • View St Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral

        • Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina, the Temples of Concord and Juno at Agrigento, the medieval town of Erice, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale and the fishing village of Mondello


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cruise to the Isle of Capri

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Southern Italy and Sicily

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rome

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      Day 2

      Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

      Piazetta, Capri, Italy

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      Sorrento – Isle Of Capri Excursion

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      Sorrento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (3 Nights)

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      Taormina Sightseeing and Free Time

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      Taormina Free Time

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      Taormina – Enna – Agrigento

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      Agrigento – Erice – Mondello – Palermo (2 Nights)

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      Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale

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      Depart Palermo

      Day 1

      Arrive Rome Day 1 - Arrive Rome

      Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or explore on your own. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive through the city to see St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, an independent state with some of the world's most extraordinary art and antiquities – 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.

      Hotel

      Occidental Aurelia

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Occidental Aurelia

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights) Day 2 - Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

      From Rome, visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery to commemorate those who died in the huge battle here during WWII, and view the Benedictine Abbey at Cassino, which was originally founded by Saint Benedict in the 6th century, making it one of Europe's oldest monasteries and a recognised centre of arts and culture. Next stop at the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of the excavations buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. See such sites as the Ampthitheatre, dating back to 80BC, and the Gymnasium which used to have a pool in the middle. You'll also see the Temple of Apollo and the impressive Basilica. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento.

      Hotel

      Johanna Park

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Johanna Park

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

      Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialities at one of our favourite family-run restaurants. While you’re wined and dined, enjoy a cultural experience performed by local artists who'll take centre stage and demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance.

      Adult Price: €61.00

      Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

      A scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You’ll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.

      Adult Price: €49.00

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      Day 3

      Sorrento – Isle Of Capri Excursion Day 3 - Sorrento – Isle Of Capri Excursion

      Gain a Cultural Insight during a demonstration of the art of inlaid wood at a workshop in Sorrento. Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, the isle of Sirens according to Greek mythology, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta during your guided walking tour with a Local Specialist and spend some time people watching at one of the local cafés.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Experience The Isle Of Capri

      Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by boat. In Capri town, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. Or if the weather doesn't allow, we'll take you on a tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit to Villa San Michele.

      Adult Price: €41.00

      Amalfi Coast and Positano

      Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

      Adult Price: €43.00

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      Day 4

      Sorrento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (3 Nights) Day 4 - Sorrento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (3 Nights)

      Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria. Take the ferry across the straits of Messina to the rugged and historic island of Sicily and to the beachside resort town of Giardini Naxos near Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Sant Alphio Garden

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Sant Alphio Garden

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Taormina Sightseeing and Free Time Day 5 - Taormina Sightseeing and Free Time

      Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Monte Tauro overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theatre and the sub-tropical terraced gardens. Stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs and handmade lace on the Corso.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Mt Etna, Savoca And The Godfather

      Discover rustic village life with your Local Specialist as we visit Savoca, the Sicilian setting for 'The Godfather'. Enjoy the stunning views before a visit to Vitelli's bar, featured in the film and famous for 'granita di limone'. Later, you’ll journey up Mt Etna, one of the most intriguing volcanoes in the world.

      Adult Price: €56.00

      Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

      A fantastic Sicilian evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner of Southern Italian specialities, with musical entertainment.

      Adult Price: €64.00

      Dinner in Castelmola, the Most Dramatically Located Village in Sicily

      Climb by minibus to the heights of Castelmola, above Taormina, to enjoy the best views of this magical part of Sicily. You'll enjoy wandering the cobbled streets with interesting shops and cafes. Then, dine in a restaurant that has the best view in Sicily, with wine included.

      Adult Price: €68.00

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      Day 6

      Taormina Free Time Day 6 - Taormina Free Time

      Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax or see the sights of your choice. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight savour a delicious Be My Guest dinner at a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Syracuse - The Wonder Of Ancient Sicily

      With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the most fascinating town in Sicily, once the capital of Magna Graecia, including the beautiful island of Ortygia. Entrance to the archaeological site of Syracuse is included.

      Adult Price: €50.00

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      Day 7

      Taormina – Enna – Agrigento Day 7 - Taormina – Enna – Agrigento

      Enjoy views of Enna on the way to Agrigento, where your Local Specialist takes you to visit 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.

      Hotel

      Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Agrigento – Erice – Mondello – Palermo (2 Nights) Day 8 - Agrigento – Erice – Mondello – Palermo (2 Nights)

      Travel to Erice and explore this famous hilltop medieval town in western Sicily with its cobbled streets, and stunning views of the sea, salt pans and wooded hillsides. Perhaps take a walk to the ruins of the famed Venus Castle with its Balio Gardens. Before arriving in Palermo, the Sicilian capital, visit the chic seaside resort of Mondello, popular with the elite Palermitans.

      Hotel

      Grand Hotel Federico II

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Grand Hotel Federico II

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Sferracavallo With Lunch Or Dinner

      Join us for a drive to the coast of Sicily, where we’ll arrive at the quaint fishing village of Sferracavallo. You’ll have the chance to sample a delicious fishermen’s feast, accompanied by wine and soft drinks.

      Adult Price: €60.00

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale Day 9 - Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale

      Meet your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See The Opera House of Palermo and the Cathedral. Travel to the town of Monreale for views of La Conca d'Oro and explore the magnificent 12th century Norman Cathedral. Later join your companions and celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Colours and Traditions of Palermo

      A panoramic drive through verdant forest with spectacular views over the city of Palermo brings us to the summit of Mt. Pellegrino. Here we visit the grotto of Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint. Later, with a Local Specialist, we explore and sample Palermitano street food at one of the most famous and colourful markets with its stalls of olives and spices. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy picturesque Sicilian everyday life.

      Adult Price: €30.00

      A Visit to Cefalu

      Take a drive along the blue coastal highway to the quaint medieval village of Cefalu. You'll have the chance to stroll from the long golden beaches into the winding Arab streets with your Local Specialist.

      Adult Price: €36.00

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Palermo Day 10 - Depart Palermo

      Say ‘arrivederci' to Sicily and your newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/can/tours/southern-italy-and-sicily for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Visit Maria Marano's wine farm at the foot of Mount Etna for a walking tour through the estate and enjoy home-made appetisers accompanied by local wine

      • Cultural Insights
        Witness the exquisite craft of inlaid wood at a workshop in Sorrento

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo

        • Cruise to the Isle of Capri

        • View St Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral

        • Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina, the Temples of Concord and Juno at Agrigento, the medieval town of Erice, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale and the fishing village of Mondello


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      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • Cruise to the Isle of Capri

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : Well organised tour. Friendly tour director and skillful bus driver.Product : There were a few things that didn't really add to the Wow factor for the trip and it felt like we were just filling in time before we got toteh next place etc.

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        Service rating : I have done other trafalgar tours before and have been happy with the results. I already filled out my experience while on tour. Due to the extreme heat, I found some tours not as exciting as others.Product : Not my first tour and bought what was necessary for me. Not pushed

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        Trafalgar made our southern Italy and Sicily trip a wonderful experience. Our Tour Director, Danilo, had the sense of the group as a whole and the needs of the individuals every step of the way. Our drivers were highly skilled and patient particularly, Mario. We would absolutely travel using

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        Service rating : Awesome on all aspects.Product : Gianluca DiCarlo and driver were very good.

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        Service rating : PURCHASED FEW ITEMS, PURCHASING PROCESS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THE IN USA . MERCHANTS COURTEOUS , NO ISSUES , PRICING AS EXPECTED , HIGHER THAN USA .Product : SCENERY IN SICILY SPECTACULAR , SORRENTO NICE , ROME OK.

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