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Country Roads of Southern Italy and Sicily

Operated by: Insight Vacations

14 Days from $3,692 per person
Roman Forum in sunshine, Rome, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Alberobello, Castellaneta, Matera, Agrigento, Palermo ...more Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Alberobello, Castellaneta, Matera, Agrigento, Palermo
  1. Day 1 Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

    Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30.Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 17:30, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Welcome Piram Hotel, Rome.
  2. Day 2 Rome with the Locals

    Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizza, and our included walking exploration with a Local Expert has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time to do as the Romans do.Perhaps join a tour to discover an unknown quarter of Rome, Trastevere?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Welcome Piram Hotel, Rome.
  3. Day 3 VIP Vatican, St. Peters Basilica and on to Sorrento

    Meet your Local Expert for a guided visit through the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. Continue with your Local Expert to visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Later depart for the picturesque resort of Sorrento, perched upon the southern cliffs of the Bay of Naples and looking over to Mount Vesuvius.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.
  4. Day 4 Capri, The Isle of Dreams

    Cruise by hydrofoil through the impossibly blue sea to the sun-drenched island of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to Capri Town and meet your Local Expert for an orientation walk through narrow alleyways. Explore Capri with Insight Choice. Choose between walking with your Local Expert through Augustus Cesare Gardens and admire the views over Faraglioni Rocks or alternatively, enjoy a tasting of limoncello, Capri's traditional liquor. Descend to the port by funicular, before returning to Sorrento where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.
  5. Day 5 Pompeii and Alberobello

    Start your day in Pompeii, buried in A.D. 79 by the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets to see a city frozen in time. Venture on to Alberobello.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
  6. Day 6 The Trulli of Alberobello

    Admire another of Italy's record number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a Local Expert. The Trulli of Alberobello are circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within. They are built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar. In the evening, meet Alessandro, the founder of Trattoria Terra Madre, who will share his philosophy of using only organic, seasonal produce that he grows himself. See nonna making orecchiette pasta, before savouring the fresh flavours of your Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
  7. Day 7 Alberobello at Leisure

    The day is free for you to enjoy this fascinating town. Perhaps visit Ostuni - reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina - with its stark, whitewashed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways? Later, relax and indulge in the facilities of your remarkable hotel.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
  8. Day 8 Journey South to Matera

    Journey along the country roads to the ancient town of Matera, specially selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Meet with a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the extraordinary Sassi, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside, the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mel Gibson chose Matera as the setting for his film ‘The Passion of the Christ’.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel MH Matera Hotel.
  9. Day 9 To Sicily and the Taormina Riviera

    In the morning, travel along the Purple Coast to the very toe of Italy and board your ferry bound for Sicily, across the Strait of Messina. According to Grecian legend, this was home to the mythical sea monsters Scylla, a six-headed rock monster, and Charybdis, a whirlpool, based on either side of the strait. Together, they posed an inescapable threat to passing seafarers as avoiding one meant passing too close to the other. You will soon arrive at your hotel where you will spend three glorious nights on the Taormina Riviera. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek Theatre of Taormina, graced with the most spectacular of backdrops. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina's grandest building. Further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. Take your pick of specially selected restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina.
  10. Day 10 Free time on the Taormina Riviera

    The day is at leisure to relax at your resort's private beach, or perhaps explore the medieval quarter? Don't miss the chance of an optional drive through the vineyards to Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina.
  11. Day 11 A new dawn in Sicily

    Early risers may experience what D.H. Lawrence christened the ‘dawn coast of Europe.' The day is free to explore Taormina at your leisure, or to embark on an Optional Experience to Syracuse.In the evening, venture to a local restaurant for a tasty meal accompanied by wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina.
  12. Day 12 Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples and on to Palermo

    Drive to Agrigento, and with a Local Expert, walk along the fortified ridge of the Valley of the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno, overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, continue to the Sicilian capital of Palermo.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Palermo.
  13. Day 13 Palermo and the Golden Age of the Normans

    Join a historian to see the highlights of part of the old city. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years and a venture inside will help you to appreciate the blend of architectural styles. Continue to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. Outside, there are few clues to its astonishing interior, completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics. In the afternoon, there is free time to explore or shop in Palermo or continue sightseeing. In the evening, join your fellow guests and Travel Director at a local restaurant for a Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel NH Palermo.
  14. Day 14 Depart Palermo

    Your journey draws to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: Admire the beauty of southern Italy as you travel along the Bay of Naples, past the Apennines and Calabria mountains, along Sorrento cliff top road and Capri cornich.
  • Rome: Sightsee the local way, with a leisurely passeggiata through the backstreets, where a friend in Rome will explain how modern life takes place, around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
  • Vatican City: Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
  • Isle of Capri: Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Alberobello: Led by a Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
  • Matera: With your Local Expert, visit the famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to approximately 20,000 people until 1950 and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Straits of Messina: Cross to Sicily by ferry.
  • Taormina Riviera: During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
  • Agrigento: A Local Expert will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.
  • Palermo: Discover the Sicilian capital with your Local Expert. See Pretoria Square and the 16th century fountain. View the composite architectural styles of the Palermo Cathedral and visit the Cathedral of Monreale.

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
Quick and easy
Vacation
If this was premium I would hate to see first class. The hotel in Rome was shabby, with black mold on the bathroom ceiling, and in desperate need of renovation. Many complained about it and we were told there had been complaints from other groups but, since there were few choices that could accommodate large tours, you continued to use this hotel. We stayed in another hotel prior to the tour, about 300 meters away, that was awesome and about the same price. The Maratea hotel in was locked in the 70's and badly in need of a renovation. The other hotels were fine. The breakfast was uniformly good. The dinners were uniformly bad. I found you could eat at the same restaurant and get good food, so I assume it was the tour's food budget that was the issue. You would be better served to eliminate dinners totally, allowing participants to have dinner on their own. We started to do just that. No point being in Italy with mediocre wine and food! It seems a large tour is the cause of both issues and I will never take one again. Very disappointed, particularly with the food and wine. I excepted more of GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and we will bring this to the attention of Insight Vacations, who operates this tour. Their Quality Control team looks at every review for hotels and meals so we thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. We hope that there were some happy memories made on your trip.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Wendy Brouwer
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Service
No problem booking, but I did not know I was traveling with another company.
Vacation
Nice coach with 28 people. A number of my hotel rooms were subpar. Too many optional tours and not many included meals, which greatly increased the cost of the trip. Will not use this company again.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Service
]Travel Director, Sara, was knowledgeable, caring, funny; Alessandro our excellent driver was a complete gentleman always there to lend a hand to shaky travelers exiting the bus and always with a smile. Local tour guides supplemented what Sara had told us and efficiently guided us around the various sites. Our accommodations were wonderful and the included dinners allowed us to make friends with out fellow passengers. Such a great group of people.
Vacation
Marvelous tour director, Sara; excellent driver, Alessandro, knowledgeable local tour guides; wonderful accommodations selected to make it convenient to tourist sites and a great group of fellow travelers.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear. Thank you for sharing!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Linda Jackson
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Service
Well planned tour as always. I would definitely recommend GET.
Vacation
We saw some hidden gems in southern Italy.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 17, 2019
Service
She was very helpful in every stage.
Vacation
This was another great Insight tour. Our tour guide Sara Brocki was exceptional! She was knowledgeable, helpful, patient, organized, and creative. Her ability to relate history and music to everything we saw and everywhere we went was refreshing and entertaining. Her good humor and flexibility were unflappable. Alessandro was an extraordinary driver who made the trip smooth and comfortable despite road conditions. He was polite, patient, and entertaining with a good sense of humor. They made an excellent team and made the trip memorable. We would love to travel with them again.
Michael Green
Friday, October 12, 2018
Service
Rep was OK and answered questions, but was most unhelpful with the air arrangements. This is the second time I have had this issue with GET and will not use you to make my air arrangements again - if I travel with you again. You could learn a lot from how OAT handles air.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Palermo is a difficult city to get in and out of and we have limited options when it comes to flights. We're sorry that you felt the arrangements were not helpful. We will use this as an opportunity to improve for the future. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Vacation
The overall trip was very good, but not excellent. The itinerary could use a little work. Too many days (3) in/around Alberobello, where we had lots of "free time" but were too far from anything to actually do much exploring on our own. Better to add a day in Sorrento or Sicily and subtract one in Alberobello where we had plenty of time to do the whole itinerary there anyway.
Le Roy Campbell
Friday, August 10, 2018
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GET does everything almost perfect. What they do not do is properly communicate the need for a Double bed when booked with Insight. They use the term TWIN and this means to Insight Vacations that we want a Twin bed when we want a double bed. This can be fixed by having a choice of Single, Twin and Double instead of just Single and Twin. Other than that they are good to work with. One other plus would be to add a "Nickname" to the information. My Passport Name is LeRoy but I preferred to be called Roy. I was able to let my Insight tour director this information and the bed information prior to our trip so my badge and our room were correct. Both of these could have been handled by GET with just simple tweaks to their booking system.
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Just an amazing trip with an amazing Tour Director Ernesta, Great Travelers with us using Insight Vacations
Hassan Tondravi
Friday, June 22, 2018
Service
The quality of the included meals was disappointing. Also, the number of optional tours were many and not enough tour included.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that the meals were not to your liking. We will certainly pass this on tour Quality Control team for immediate review. Thank you.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Vacation
We always go trough GET and have had pretty good experience with them.
Eneida Cardec
Friday, May 11, 2018
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Our tour guide (Insight Vacations) Caroline Pugsley was outstanding. She was extremely well organized, kept the tour group moving smoothly. She genuinely showed that she cared about every person. The driver Matteo, I will give him an A+. He did an excellent job of maneuvering the narrow roads and streets of Italy and Sicily. Food and lodging was wonderful! I would highly recommend this tour.
Vacation
Considering food, hotels, tour guide, driver and cities, places price was very good!
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 6, 2017
Service
Planning was so easy. Agent was fantastic and helpful
Vacation
Excellent tour. Have traveled with Insight several times and obviously returned because they were top notch. This trip didn't disappoint. Our driver Claudio was fantastic and out tour guide, Beatrice Richichi was the best ever. She is a doll. Warm, friendly,efficient, patient, and never seemed to get tired of having to repeat herself to those who didn't listen.
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