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.

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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.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ITSCA

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

Day 2

Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

Piazetta, Capri, Italy

Day 3

Sorrento – Isle Of Capri Excursion

Day 4

Sorrento – Taormina (Giardini Naxos) (3 Nights)

Day 5

Taormina Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6

Taormina Free Time

Day 7

Taormina – Enna – Agrigento

Day 8

Agrigento – Erice – Mondello – Palermo (2 Nights)

Day 9

Palermo Sightseeing and Excursion to Monreale

Day 10

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, and other sights – 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

Executive Style

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Executive Style

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 at the end of 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, local artists – including performers who’ll demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance – will take centre stage.

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

Day 2

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: €40.00

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

Day 3

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 '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

Day 5

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

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

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 included.

Adult Price: €50.00

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

Day 6

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

Jewels Of Sicily

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.

Adult Price: €48.00

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

Day 10

Available Departures

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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

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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 : UIncluded meals and tours could be improved.Hotels really not 4 star. Transfer on last day was useless to most travellers...only one transfer was available even though pkg is supposed to include transfers.Travellers are more or less pressured into buying extra excursions....would

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    Service rating : Hotels only averageProduct : Hotels too far away from the main attractions

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    Service rating : Itinerary consists of many "must sees and must do's.". The tour guide is knowlegeable , patient, and humerus.Product : Trafalgar arranges historical as well as fun activities. We visit ancient ruins and also get to visit incredible family wineries and farms.

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    From Asia, food choice were limited. Many places of interest were optional, incurred additional amt. We did enjoy the companies of all participsnts.

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    Service rating : excellent service. very informative guides, always felt taken care of.Product : a good combination of ancient and modern sites

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