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Southern Italy and Sicily

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,696 per person
APR - OCT 2023
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Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento, Erice, Mondello, Palermo, Monreale ...more Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento, Erice, Mondello, Palermo, Monreale
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Rome

    Ciao Roma, the 'Eternal City', is yours to explore on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening. Enjoy an orientation drive – 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.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Cicerone
  2. Day 2 Explore the Ruins of Pompeii and Sorrento

    From Rome, journey south to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii. Your Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour of the excavations buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted. See such sites as the Gymnasium, the Temple of Apollo and the impressive Basilica before continuing to your hotel in Sorrento.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Johanna Park
  3. Day 3 A Day on the Isle of Capri

    Take a ferry to Capri, the isle of sirens according to Greek mythology. You’ll ascend to Capri town by funicular railway and see the famous Piazzetta during your guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. Spend some free time people-watching at one of the local cafés before returning to the mainland where you can enjoy free time in Sorrento.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Johanna Park
  4. Day 4 Cross the Strait to Taormina

    Drive south via Salerno and through Calabria, crossing the straits of Messina to Sicily and the beachside resort town of Giardini Naxos below Taormina. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sant Alphio Garden Giardini Naxos
  5. Day 5 Gardens and More in Taormina

    Your Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour of Taormina on the slopes of Monte Tauro, overlooking the sea. Visit the Greek theatre and see the terraced botanical gardens. Then, stroll along the elegant Corso Umberto with a gelsi gelato and on to the Piazza for splendid panoramic views across the bay. Later, there's free time for shopping for souvenirs and handmade ceramics on the Corso.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sant Alphio Garden Giardini Naxos
  6. Day 6 Taormina Your Way Connect with Locals

    Enjoy a full day to do as you please in this beautiful resort town. Shop, relax, see the sights of your choice, or consider an Optional Experience. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Tonight, Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience hosted at a beautiful family owned Sicilian lemon farm overlooking Mount Etna.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Sant Alphio Garden Giardini Naxos
  7. Day 7 Journey to Ancient Agrigento

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

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
  8. Day 8 Explore Sicilian Towns and on to Palermo

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

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Garibaldi
  9. Day 9 Enjoy the Views in Monreale Make Travel Matter

    Discover hidden Palermo as you join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, and learn about the civil anti-mafia movement. Travel to Monreale for views of La Conca d'Oro and explore the magnificent 12th-century Norman Cathedral. Later, join your companions and celebrate your journey with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Garibaldi
  10. Day 10 Journey Home

    Say arrivederci to Sicily and your newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Acireale: Join a family-owned lemon farm and enjoy a Be My Guest dinner overlooking Mount Etna.

Iconic Experience

  • Rome: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Capri: Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.
  • Taormina: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Specialist. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to Mount Etna.
  • Agrigento: A Local Specialist 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.
  • Erice: Led by your Travel Director, explore the quiet alleys of this ancient walled town, as if you've stepped into the Middle Ages. See the medieval churches and marvel at the sea views from the gardens of the Castle of Venus.
  • Mondello: Take a moment to soak up the relaxing atmosphere of coastal Mondello.
  • Monreale: The sombre exterior of the cathedral at Monreale gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the walls glitter with 12th-century mosaics, the best of their kind in the world.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Agrigento and Palermo with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit the excavations at Pompeii, the ruins of the ancient Greek theatre at Taormina, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, Erice, Monreale Cathedral and Mondello
  • : View the fortress town of Enna and Palermo Cathedral
  • : See St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • : Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Sorrento

Available on Day 2

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: € 56

Dinner Neapolitan Style

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialties at one of our favorite family-run restaurants. Savor local dishes served up with the famous Neapolitan hospitality and zest for life.
Adult Price: € 61

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is made. Afterward, enjoy the authentic flavors of home-produced cold cuts, marinated vegetables, fresh olives and more - all washed down with the local wine. The atmosphere is informal, as the family are welcoming you into their home.
Adult Price: € 53

Available on Day 3

Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise to the most beautiful part of the island, the southern side. View the beautiful grottoes and unique coastline before ascending to Capri town. This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.
Adult Price: € 42

Taormina

Available on Day 5

Dinner in Castelmola

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, enjoy a tasty Sicilian Dinner with wine and musical entertainment in a characteristic restaurant.
Adult Price: € 77

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

Sicilian Dinner and Entertainment

Join us for a fantastic Sicilian evening where we’ll enjoy a dinner of Southern Italian specialties with musical entertainment.
Adult Price: € 64

Available on Day 6

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: € 59

Palermo

Available on Day 8

Sferracavallo With 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 feast of local Palermo specialties, accompanied by wine and soft drinks.
Adult Price: € 60

Available on Day 9

A Visit To Cefalù

Take a drive along the blue coastal highway to the quaint medieval village of Cefalù. You'll have the chance to stroll from the long golden beaches into the winding Arab streets with your Local Specialist.
Adult Price: € 36

Colors 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 colorful markets with its stalls of olives and spices. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy picturesque Sicilian everyday life.
Adult Price: € 30

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Sharon Bosiack
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Service
Very helpful once your call went through
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize that you had to wait on hold longer than expected during this busy time of year, but we are so happy to see that we were able to take good care of you and that your trip well. thank you so much for your business!
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Vacation
Everything was great - food, destinations, sights, fellow travelers.
Michael Dziekan
Friday, May 24, 2019
Service
My wife booked through you and was extremely pleased with the servic.
Vacation
Wonderful tour. Italy needs to get more railings on stairs.
Nicholas Dalba
Monday, November 12, 2018
Service
They were always available to answer questions and provide necessary information. They sent documents in a timely manner.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your complements on our service. We have a great team who goes the extra step to make sure all your questions are addressed. We appreciate your suggestion about the Optional Experiences and will share that with our trip operator.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Vacation
The tour and air travel were reasonably priced but we thought the optional experiences were somewhat overpriced and as we reflected on the trip, several should have been included in the basic trip itinerary.
Nancy Martucci
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Service
It was a very well run program, and the guide was excellent. The hotels were great, as was the services, and the food. I am planning a trip to England, and will use GET again. Keep up the good work!
Vacation
The tour program was well though out, and ran very smoothly. The guide and driver made all the difference. Hotels, food and service, excellent. Will use GET again next year for England and Ireland tour.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Service
Our tour guide was the best. Yes I would recommend this vacation to others
Vacation
It was great lots to see.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Service
very organized and well planed
Vacation
Best Vac ever Loved it
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 13, 2016
Service
The young man that booked my trip was very kind and explained everything. I told him up front that this was my first trip ever and he explained everything in detail for me. It would have been nice to have completed the travel with a taxi to the Palermo airport, but we did not have that. We were able to connect with other travelers and we booked our own taxi and shared in the cost. Other travel members had their transportation already taken care of.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Welcome home! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're sorry that the flight you chose out of Palermo left too early for the included airport transfer and that you had some trouble with the amount of walking involved in this trip. We do try to make sure that our guests are aware of the amount of walking required. Our brochure and booking information does state that guests need to be in good physical condition and able to walk 1-3 miles a day unassisted. We apologize if this was not made clear when you booked with us, but it sounds like you did enjoy the trip overall. Grand European Travel
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Vacation
The tour was just GREAT! The director was so informative and could answer all our questions. I personally didn't realize that this tour was 38 miles of walking and my knees and legs took a hit for that. I wish we could have had more time to just sit beside the pool and relax - that never happened.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Service
Booked the tour through European Travel, but the tour was actually done by Trafalgar
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry to hear about the last minute hotel change. It is rare when that happens but on occasion we will have to make a change on short notice based on the hotel occupancy or commitments we were not advised of. We're glad to see that you enjoyed the trip despite this small glitch at the end. Thank you for taking the time to write. Grand European Travel
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Vacation
I saw so many things that I had not seen before and they were wonderful. Chris Daley, the tour director was so-o-o knowledgeable and a truly good guide. Only comment that was not good was that our last hotel was changed at the last minute for one that was old, uncomfortable and extremely noisy.
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