Savor the highlights of Sicily then travel to the “boot heel” of Apulia and continue to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast—and explore the unique history, architecture, and cuisine of each region.

Starting at: $5,787 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
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Southern Italy and Sicily

15 days from $5,787 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Savor the highlights of Sicily then travel to the “boot heel” of Apulia and continue to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast—and explore the unique history, architecture, and cuisine of each region.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

We loved it!! We saw things we would never have been able to see on our own. Thank you for providing us with one of our most delightful and memorable journeys.

- Katherine M.

There were so many moments to treasure. The people in our tour were all smart, friendly, great to get to know, and we all shared the joy of new experiences. We learned so much! 

- Suzanne Z.

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Overview

Optional Post-Extension to Rome  4 Days, 3 Nights

Explore the “Eternal City” at your leisure. Your tour price includes:

  • Air transportation Naples/Rome inclusive of airline taxes and departure fees
  • Three nights’ accommodations at Empire Palace Hotel (Superior First Class)
  • Three meals: Three (3) breakfasts
  • Transfer to/from airport

Empire Palace Hotel
A well-located hotel just a two-minute walk from the Via Veneto, the 110-room Empire Palace is an actual palace, built in 1870 and completely refurbished and converted to a hotel that offers a restaurant and bar, fitness center, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Please note that because of the unique nature of this hotel, room sizes vary.

We loved it!! We saw things we would never have been able to see on our own. Thank you for providing us with one of our most delightful and memorable journeys.

- Katherine M.

There were so many moments to treasure. The people in our tour were all smart, friendly, great to get to know, and we all shared the joy of new experiences. We learned so much! 

- Suzanne Z.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart U.S. for Taormina, Italy

Day 2 — Taormina

Arrive in Catania on Italy’s autonomous island of Sicily then transfer by motorcoach to Taormina and the boutique hotel overlooking the Ionian Sea. Tonight gather for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 — Taormina

Take a walking tour of this delightful medieval town, including the spectacular ancient Greek theater dating to the 3rd century B.C., the popular 13th-century cathedral, and grand Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. This afternoon is at leisure, perhaps to relax by the hotel pool, visit a lovely Taormina beach, or stroll along Corso Umberto, lined with shops and restaurants. Lunch and dinner are on your own today to enjoy the varied Mediterranean cuisine. (B)

Day 4 — Taormina and Agrigento

On today’s excursion visit the “Valley of the Temples,” the architectural zone of Agrigento, whose Doric temples and sanctuaries date to Greek rule in the 5th century B.C. Known in its heyday as the “most beautiful city of mortals,” Agrigento’s highlight is the stunning, well-preserved Temple of Concordia (c. 430 B.C.). A visit to the museum here lends context to our explorations. Late this afternoon return to the hotel, and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Taormina and Mount Etna

This morning’s tour ventures to the world’s largest active volcano. The ancients believed Mt. Etna to be the forge of Vulcan, god of fire; today, modern-day Sicilians have a very personal relationship with the volcano, which frequently erupts but is seldom destructive. Centuries of lava flows have resulted in a rich, fertile landscape where citrus groves and vineyards thrive. Enjoy a small group highlight: lunch at a family-run working farm amidst acres of lemon and kiwi. After returning to the hotel mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6 — Taormina and Matera

Depart Sicily today for the mainland region of Basilicata, a day-long transfer that includes a ferry ride from Sicily to Calabria. Late this afternoon you arrive in Matera, whose historic troglodyte churches and dwellings (Sassi) have been designated a World Heritage site and where the hotel is a renovated cave dwelling in the city’s historic district. (B,D)

Day 7 — Matera

Today explore this city of art and folklore, with its unique ancient urban structure still intact. Home to more than 100 rock churches, Matera resembles ancient Jerusalem and has been used by international film directors as a stand-in for the holy city. Following a guided walking tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently before dinner tonight at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8 — Matera, Alberobello, Lecce

Depart Matera and stop in Alberobello, whose 400 or so trulli—whitewashed conical houses with grey-stone roofs—rank as a World Heritage site. Take a walking tour along the pristine cobblestone alleys, stepping inside an artisan’s workshop or trulli tipici, a recreation of an inhabited home. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Ostuni, the “white town” known as an architectural gem for its tightly packed whitewashed homes high on a hill above the Mediterranean. Arrive in Lecce, capital of Apulia’s southern Lecci province, in time for dinner together at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Lecce

Discover the “Florence of the South,” so named for the unique decorative style for which Lecce is known: barocco leccese, the ornate and intricate sandstone carvings of cherubs and monsters, fruits and flowers that adorn local buildings from top to bottom. See Palazzo Vescovile (c. 1632), the exuberantly decorated church of Santa Croce, and the duomo with its lovely piazza. This afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s dinner together. (B,D)

Day 10 — Lecce and Otranto


Today’s excursion takes you to the beautiful walled town of Otranto, overlooking the Adriatic. On a walking tour here see the imposing 15th-century Aragonese castle with its traditional moat, and the Romanesque cathedral whose impressive wall-to-wall mosaic floor was created in 1166. Continue to a local winery for a tasting and lunch, then return to Lecce mid-afternoon. Dinner tonight is on your own. (B,L)

Day 11 — Lecce, Polignano, Sorrento

This morning, depart by coach for Polignano a Mare, a historic coastal town set on limestone cliffs above the Adriatic. After lunch at a trattoria, travel on to Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B,L)

Day 12 — Sorrento and Pompeii

At the evocative World Heritage site of Pompeii, take a special guided tour of the city that faced the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Walk along ancient streets, view the remains of homes and shops, and learn about the ongoing archaeological work. Late this afternoon gather for a hands-on Neopolitan cuisine cooking lesson, followed by dinner to savor the fruits of your labors. (B,D)

Day 13 — Sorrento and Capri

Board a hydrofoil to the storied Isle of Capri, a popular resort since Roman times. Explore cozy Capri town, and visit the terraced Gardens of Augustus with stunning views of the azure sea, then enjoy free time for lunch and to explore on your own before returning to Sorrento early afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 14 — Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding, cliff-top Amalfi Coast between Sorrento and Amalfi above the glistening Tyrrhenian Sea – with stops for photos along the way. This afternoon is at leisure. Tonight bid “arrivederci” to Italy and your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 15 — Depart for the U.S.

This morning, transfer to the Naples airport and connect with your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)