Southern Italy and Sicily - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from £1436 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trafalgar thought of everything"
Norman , Jul 2014

Descending from Rome to Palermo, the south of Italy gives way to the fiery splendours of Sicily and the towering shadow of Italy's largest active volcano, Etna.

It's Insider moments like… tasting the smoky richness of the ‘Nerello Mascalese' grape, grown in Mount Etna's volcanic soil, under the tutelage of a real local sommelier, before a hearty Sicilian meal of antipasti and pasta.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    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 and other sights – a perfect introduction to this beautiful city.


    Welcome Reception


    NH Villa Carpegna

  • 2.


    From Rome, visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino. Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Johanna Park

  • 3.


    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, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during your guided walking tour.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.


    Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria and take the ferry across the straits of Messina to Sicily and and to Giardini Naxos near Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


    Sant Alphio Garden

  • 5.


    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. Tonight savour a delicious Be My Guest dinner at a beautiful Sicilian winery and restaurant overlooking Mount Etna.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 6.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.


    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.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace

  • 8.


    Explore this most famous 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.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Grand Hotel Federico II

  • 9.


    Meet your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of Palermo. See Piazza Bellini 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.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 10.


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


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Arrive at a spectacular Sicilian winery or ‘agriturismo' surrounded by a vast expanse of vineyards at the foot of Mount Etna. Enjoy regional cuisine and savour the delicious wine which you will taste with an explanation from an expert sommelier.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.
  • Local Specialists

    in Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo
  • Cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • View St Peter's Basilica, the Abbey at Monte Cassino, the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral
  • Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento, the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek Theatre at Taormina, the Temples of Concord and Juno at Agrigento, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale and the fishing village of Mondello


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
    4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cruise to the Isle of Capri.
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Traditional Neapolitan Evening

    Adult Price: €48.00 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.
  • Neapolitan Dinner And Dance

    Adult Price: €60.00 Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialities at one of our favourite family-run restaurants. While you’re wined and dined, local artists – including performers who’ll demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance – will take centre stage.
  • Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €42.00 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.
  • Experience The Isle Of Capri

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.


  • Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

    Adult Price: €63.00 A fantastic Sicilian evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner of Southern Italian specialities, with musical entertainment.
  • Sicilian Highlights, Mt Etna, Savoca And The Godfather

    Adult Price: €55.00 Discover rustic village life with your Local Specialist as we visit Savoca, the Sicilian setting for the '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, the only active volcano in the whole of Europe.
  • Syracuse - The Wonder Of Ancient Sicily

    Adult Price: €49.00 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 included.
  • Dinner in Castelmola, the Most Dramatically Located Village in Sicily

    Adult Price: €62.00 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.


  • Sferracavallo With Lunch Or Dinner

    Adult Price: €59.00 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.
  • Jewels Of Sicily

    Adult Price: €47.00 A panoramic drive through verdant forest with spectacular views over the city of Palermo brings you to the summit of Mount Pellegrino. Here you'll visit the grotto of Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint, with its traditional offerings and devotions. Then a drive along the blue coastal highway takes you to the quaint medieval village of Cefalu. You'll have the chance to stroll from the long golden beaches into the winding Arab streets. And back in Palermo, you'll visit one of the most famous and colourful markets with its stalls of olives and spices.
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