Journey through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Uncover Sicily's capital Palermo and its Moorish and Norman influences. Explore Agrigento's ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting and agriturismo dinner. Venture to the ancient cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera. Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the excavated Pompeii. Allow the unique culture to capture your heart and get a glimpse into an age-old heritage composed of ancient monuments and cultivated lands.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2021
Duration
11 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1PalermoOvernight Flight: The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it's here you'll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages, and iconic cuisine.
Day 2PalermoPalermo, Sicily - Tour Begins: Your Italian sojourn opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Discover the city's vibrant culture as you take in its picturesque harbors, cobblestone piazzas, and captivating energy. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine.
Day 3PalermoPalermo: Get to know 'Palermo in a Nutshell' and discover the city's Moorish, Norman, and Spanish architecture on a walking tour. Explore the Kalsa district - home to Mafia legends and lush gardens - before tasting local snacks at a 19th-century eatery. The afternoon is yours! Perhaps you'll peruse the open-air markets, visit one of Palermo's art galleries, or relax in an outdoor cafe.
Day 4PalermoPalermo: Decide how you spend your morning because it's your choice! Embark on a walking tour of the historic city center and visit La Martorana church, Fontana Pretoria, and more -OR- tour the Teatro Massimo Opera House, the third largest in Europe and seen in The Godfather Part III. This afternoon, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to medieval Cefalu (UNESCO) with a local guide before visiting a nearby farm for a ricotta cheese demonstration* and farm-to-table meal, made with family recipes.
Day 5PalermoPalermo - Monreale - Agrigento - Valley of the Temples: Visit the nearby town of Monreale (UNESCO) and wander along the paintings, mosaics, and cloisters of its 12th-century cathedral. Travel over rolling hills and peaceful farmland to the town of Agrigento. As the sun begins to set, explore the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), one of the world's most esteemed archaeological sites, and get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, and Hercules.
Day 6AgrigentoAgrigento - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos: Journey east to Sicily's Ionian Coast. En route, discover the impressive Mt. Etna (UNESCO) Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park's spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Later this afternoon, continue on to Giardini Naxos - the 'Garden of Sicily' - for your 2-night stay.
Day 7Giardini NaxosGiardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos: Set out for beautiful Taormina, home to ancient relics, rocky hills, and charming gardens. With an expert local guide, you'll see Corso Umberto, the verdant public gardens, and the city's well-preserved Greek theatre. Enjoy free time to relax or independently explore on your own. Return to Giardini Naxos for the evening.
Day 8Giardini NaxosGiardini Naxos - Matera: Take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni, located on Italy's mainland. Pass through the unspoiled region of Calabria to the Basilicata region. Wander through the twisting vines of a local winery before joining an expert for a tour of the cellar with a tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner in the winery's restaurant.
Day 9MateraMatera: Explore the Sassi di Matera (UNESCO), an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. A local guide shares the history and explains why film producers are seeking out this unique landscape. Visit a local shop and get a taste of regional specialties. This afternoon decide how you explore because it's your choice! Discover more of Matera with a guided tour of an underground cistern followed by free time to browse the city's stores and cave churches -OR- head to Alberobello (UNESCO) and marvel at the town's whimsical trulli homes, known for their distinct, cone-shaped roofs.
Day 10MateraMatera - Pompeii - Sorrento: After a stop in Vietri sul Mare, famous for its precious majolica pottery, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii (UNESCO). A local guide gives you an in-depth look into this 2,000-year-old Roman town, nestled in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Step into another time as you explore its preserved buildings and imagine life in the 1st century. End your day in Sorrento, and settle in for a 2-night stay. Discover this charming seaside resort town and learn about the local tradition of wood marquetry.
Day 11SorrentoSorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Sorrento: This morning take in the sights and colors of the Mediterranean Sea as you wind your way along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast (UNESCO). Gaze out over the deep blue hues of the sea paired with the bright citrus fruits lining the hillsides. Pause to sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory, before returning to Sorrento for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, celebrate the end of your journey with a delightful farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 12SorrentoSorrento - Tour Ends: Say arriverderci to Italy as your tour comes to a close today.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
06/04/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/11/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/16/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/06/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/20/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/01/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/10/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/17/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/24/2022$3,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Hellenia Yachting Hotel Giardini Naxos, Italy
Una Hotel Naxos Beach Sicilia Giardini Naxos - ME, Italy
NH Palermo Palermo, Italy
MH Matera Hotel Matera, Italy
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento, Italy
Hotel Federico II Central Palace Palermo, Italy
Hotel Garibaldi Palermo, Italy
Baia di Ulisse Agrigento, Italy
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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    Journey through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Uncover Sicily's capital Palermo and its Moorish and Norman influences. Explore Agrigento's ancient Valley of the Temples.

 
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