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.

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 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 $5,874 | 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

Tour Details

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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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Overview

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).

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.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive in Sicily, Italy

Depart the U.S. and arrive in Catania, located on Italy’s autonomous island of Sicily. 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,” situated in 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 your explorations. Late this afternoon return to the hotel and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Taormina and Mount Etna

Venture to the world’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. The ancients believed Mt. Etna to be the forge of Vulcan, god of fire, while 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 amid 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

Spend the day exploring Matera, a 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

Depart this morning for Polignano a Mare, a historic coastal town set on limestone cliffs above the Adriatic. After lunch at a trattoria, continue to Sorrento, your home for your final nights and 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 A.D. 79. 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 for the nearby Isle of Capri, a popular resort since Roman times. Explore cozy Capri town and visit the terraced Gardens of Augustus featuring stunning views of the azure sea. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own before meeting a local family for lunch in their home. Return to Sorrento early afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L) 

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, making stops along the way for photos. This afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, bid “arrivederci” to Italy 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)