Southern Italy & Sicily

Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Mt. Etna, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Giardino Maxos, Matera, Pompeii, Sorrento Peninsula, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

This journey will take you through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Begin your travels in Sicily. Uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins standing guard over the landscape. Explore Agrigento's ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Continue on to fascinating Southern Italy. Make a stop at a local winery for an agriturismo experience complete with wine tasting and a dinner featuring regional specialties. Explore the ancient town of "Sassi di Matera," known for its cave dwellings. Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as "trulli." Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park.

Our prices start from

$ 2,899 LAND ONLY

12 Days • GUIDED • 17 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used.
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 6 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

The hidden treasures of Southern Italy and Sicily are yours to explore, for it is here that you'll find breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and iconic cuisine.

Day 2 - Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins

Wine is included with every meal.

Hotel Federico II Central Palace, Palermo or Hotel Garibaldi, Palermo

Dinner Included

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. Today dinner will be included.

Day 3 - Palermo

Hotel Federico II Central Palace, Palermo or Hotel Garibaldi, Palermo

Breakfast, Lunch Included

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. Decide how you spend your afternoon 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. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 4 - Palermo - Optional Excursion

Hotel Federico II Central Palace, Palermo or Hotel Garibaldi, Palermo

Breakfast Included

The entire day is yours! Perhaps you'll peruse the open-air markets, shop in cozy boutiques, or relax in an outdoor café. Or perhaps you will join an optional excursion to medieval Cefalù (UNESCO) with a local guide before visiting a nearby farm for a ricotta cheese* demonstration and farm-to-table meal, made with family recipes. Today breakfast will be included.

*The ricotta demonstration may not be available while sheep are nurturing their young.

Day 5 - Palermo - Monreale - Agrigento - Valley of the Temples

Baia di Ulisse Hotel, Agrigento

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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 archeological sites, and get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, and Hercules. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - Agrigento - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos

Experience Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local guide.

Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos or Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7 - Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos

Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos or Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos

Breakfast Included

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. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8 - Giardini Naxos - Matera

Tour a vineyard and cellar with an expert guide.

MH Matera Hotel, Matera

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9 - Matera

MH Matera Hotel, Matera

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10 - Matera - Pompeii - Sorrento Peninsula

Experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.

Towers Hotel, Castellamare or Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento

Breakfast Included

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 along the Sorrento Peninsula, where you'll settle in for a 2-night stay. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11 - Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Sorrento Peninsula

Sample some local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory.

Towers Hotel, Castellamare or Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Discover the seaside resort town of Sorrento and learn about the local tradition of wood marquetry. Sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory before winding 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 12 - Rome - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Your tour comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on November 6, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $700. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 - April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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