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

Starting at: $6,374 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Amalfi Coast, Positano  The Greek Theater of Sicily's Taormina  Temple of Concord, Agrigento, Sicily  <i>Trulli</i> houses of Alberobello  The <i>trulli</i> of Alberobello  <i>Trulli</i> rooftops, Alberobello  The "White Town" of Ostuni  Detail of the ornate sandstone carving of Lecce's <i>barocco leccese</i> style  Village of Positano, along the Amalfi Coast  Mediterranean garden along the Amalfi Coast  Remarkable Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius in the background  Detail of a painted wall in a house in Pompeii  Typical street in Pompeii  Artifacts found in Pompeii  "Beware of Dog" floor mosaic at a house in Pompeii  Painted wall found in Pompeii  The essence of Capri  Port on the island of Capri  Yachts in a harbor on Capri

Southern Italy and Sicily

15 days from $6,374 | 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, exploring the unique history, architecture, and cuisine of each region.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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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.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Eurostars Monte Tauro Hotel

Taormina, Italy

Built on the side of a bluff overlooking the Ionian Sea and the Gulf of Naxos, Eurostars Monte Tauro Hotel provides a place to relax after a full day of touring while enjoying remarkable panoramas. Its convenient location near Taormina’s historic center enables you to discover the allure of classic antiquities that the town embraces. Take advantage of the seasonal outdoor pool for a refreshing swim. The bar and restaurant offer a delightful atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink as well as freshly prepared Mediterranean specialties and Sicilian wines. The hotel is designed so that all guest rooms are welcoming with a full array of modern amenities including complimentary WiFi. Each room has a terrace or balcony with splendid sea views. 

Number of nights: 4

Locanda di San Martino

Matera, Italy

This 32-room hostelry offers guests the opportunity to stay in cave dwellings created thousands of years ago – but updated with contemporary comforts and modern amenities. Passageways cut into the rock, external staircases, and elevators connect all four levels of the hotel. The focus of our stay will be the unique experience the hotel can offer in an area famous for this type of dwelling. While your room is clean and comfortable, it will not be as luxurious as hotels on other parts of your tour. Fresh local food is brought to the hotel for each meal because the hotel does not have a kitchen. Locanda di San Martino is in the heart of Materas “Sassi” Historical District, very close to the city center. The hotel has a bar and breakfast room; air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, Internet access, and TV. Please note that because of the historical nature of the hotel, room sizes and views vary.

Number of nights: 2

Patria Palace Hotel Lecce

Lecce, Italy

A former palazzo, the Patria Palace Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Lecce's historical center, opposite Santa Croce Basilica. The 63-room hotel boasts many of its original flourishes, though it has been artfully refurbished in an Art Deco style with Lecce stone and original frescoes. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar; rooftop garden; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; wellness center with Jacuzzi, sauna, and Turkish bath; and solarium. Individually styled guest rooms with decorative paintings have private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Antiche Mura

Sorrento, Italy

This historic hotel sits in the heart of Sorrento on Piazza Tasso, the main square, close to shops and restaurants. Amenities of the intimate 46-room hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, solarium, lovely gardens with a citrus grove (which supplies all of the oranges and lemons used by the hotel), lobby bar, outdoor snack bar, breakfast room, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Art Nouveau-style guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Air conditioning is available from May through October; heat from November through April.

Number of nights: 4

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: One of our Classic Land Journeys, this tour features visits to many cities, iconic sites, hidden gems, and various regions. Although comprehensive, it's not rushed, but well paced and finely tuned. Expectations include longer touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions and four different hotels. Mostly full-day excursions from four to six hours, with seven afternoons at leisure. Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and outdoor activities. Daily walks of up to three miles; walking over sometimes difficult terrain that includes cobblestones and city hills (especially in hilltowns), uneven pavement (especially at archaeological sites), stairs without handrails and absence of elevators (including hotels); longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. There are two longer coach rides of approximately four and six hours duration. This tour also features one boat trip to the Isle of Capri, as well as a drive along the winding roads above the Amalfi Coast.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Tour Extension

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.

Testimonials

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.
Reading List

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DK Eyewitness Sicily (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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