Magic of Southern Italy: Rome, Sicily, Calabria & Sorrento

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Experience the ultimate journey through the charming southern regions of Italy during this 9-night escorted getaway. Begin your adventure in Rome, also known as the "Eternal City." Discover a few of Rome's greatest treasures including Palatine Hill, the Imperial Palace Complex, and the Colosseum. Explore the sacred Vatican City and its highlights before movin...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

What's this trip about?

    Experience the ultimate journey through the charming southern regions of Italy during this 9-night escorted getaway. Begin your adventure in Rome, also known as the "Eternal City." Discover a few of Rome's greatest treasures including Palatine Hill, the Imperial Palace Complex, and the Colosseum. Explore the sacred Vatican City and its highlights before moving on to your next destination – Sicily.  Enjoy a city tour of Palermo which includes a stop at the iconic Palatine Chapel. You'll then spend some time at the ancient fishing village of Cefalu` before reconvening at your hotel in the Taormina area. On the final day of your journey through Sicily, you'll have a chance to explore Mount Etna and the spectacular views of Taormina – a quaint town known for its amazing natural backdrop and the Greco-Roman Theatre landmark.  Next, you'll be transported to your accommodation in Calabria, stopping for a gelato-tasting in Scilla while en route. After a stop in Cilento for a buffalo mozzarella tasting, you will then head to your next destination – the Sorrentine Peninsula. Here, you'll be close to various attractions including the Piazza Tasso and the famed Amalfi Coast. Sample the region's iconic limoncello and fresh flavors while soaking up the sun.  The final leg of your journey brings you back to the Eternal City. While en route, you'll have the opportunity to discover the beauty of Pompeii and Naples. With an included tour of the area's ruins, you'll spot the Forum, the temples of Zeus and Apollo, and even Mount Vesuvius. End your adventure with dinner back at your accommodation in the Rome area before departing Italy the following morning. 

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityRome
End CityItaly

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Italy

Activities

  • Culture

Trip includes

    • Roundtrip, economy-class airfare to Rome (FCO) 9 nights accommodation in Italy, in the following hotels or similar: 2 nights in Rome at Hotel Marc'Aurelio
    • Overnight ferry from Civitavacchia or Naples to Palermo (Sicily)*
    • 2 nights in the Taormina area (Giardini Naxos) at Nike Hotel
    • 1 night in the Tropea area at Villaggio Cala di Volpe
    • 2 nights in the Sorrento area at Grand Hotel Due Golfi
    • 1 night near Rome Airport at Best Western Hotel Rome Airport Tours & Tastings Full-day Ancient Imperial Rome & Vatican tour with local guide
    • Half-day Classic Rome tour with local guide
    • Full-day Palermo and Cefalù tour (en-route from ferry to Taormina hotel)
    • Full-day Etna and Taormina tour
    • Gelato tasting in Scilla(en-route from Sicily to Calabria)
    • Visit to a buffalo farm in Cilento with mozzarella tasting (en-route from Calabria to Campania)
    • Full-day Sorrento & Amalfi Coast tour
    • Full-day Pompeii and Naples tour, including entrance to Pompeii excavation site (en-route from Campania to Rome area) Transportation, Meals & More Transfers to/from Rome Airport (FCO) on arrival and departure
    • Breakfast daily,2 dinners
    • Coach transportation throughout the trip**
    • Local English-speaking tour manager at the group's disposal throughout the trip
    • Headsets throughout the trip to hear the tour guides clearly
    • 24-hour emergency telephone support via the local office in Italy Not Included: Local city taxes (apx. €2-6 per person, per night and must be paid directly to hotels in destination)
    • Porterage at hotels
    • Entrance fees/meals other than those mentioned above
    • Gratuity (Suggestions below but note exceptional circumstances may warrant a higher tip) €3 per person for local guides on half-day tours, €5 on full-day tours
    • €5 per person per day for drivers
    • €5 per person per day for Tour Director *Due to logistical reasons and pending ferry schedules, on Day 3 the group may travel to Palermo from Civitavecchia (apx. 15 hour ferry + 1 hour transfer) or from Naples (apx. 12 hour ferry + 2 hour transfer). This does not affect the itinerary or price in any way. Ferry embarkation will be at apx. 8pm or 9pm. **Passengers are asked to limit themselves to one full-size piece of luggage and one personal item (i.e handbag, small tote bag, camera bag) per person. Please Note: This is a fully escorted group tour with a maximum of 44 passengers. Departures are guaranteed.

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Rome!

Touch down in Rome, Italy! Gather your belongings and board your transfer to your hotel. Once you have settled into your guest room, consider heading out to explore more of Rome. In the evening, treat yourself to an authentic meal at any of the restaurants nearby.

Day 2 Rome

Spend your very first day exploring the iconic sights of Rome with your included Ancient Imperial Rome & Vatican Tour. 
This tour will lead you back to the glory days of the Roman Empire. Begin your journey through antiquity’ on Capitoline 
Hill. After an i...

Day 3 Rome and overnight ferry to Sicily

After a hearty breakfast, make your way out towards the city center for a 3-hour walking tour of the Dolce Vita spots: the Spanish Steps, Trevi
 Fountain, and Pantheon. Following the tour, enjoy a quick and light lunch at your leisure before continuing the afte...

Day 4 Sicily

Arrive at Palermo in the morning via ferry, the largest city and capital of Sicily, and kickstart your urban exploration. This city, which has been influenced by Latin, Byzantine, and Islamic cultures, boasts the awe-inspiring Palatine Chapel. Inside this remar...

Day 5 Sicily

Today you'll explore Taormina and Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano. Bask in the beauty of the natural wonder as you walk alongside the Silvestri craters and the lava streams of the 1983 and 2001 eruptions, at a height of 1900 meters.  

In the a...

Day 6 Sicily - Calabria

Following a hearty breakfast at the hotel, embark on your journey to the mainland aboard a private coach. As you make your way to Calabria, your driver will arrange a lunch stop along the route. Be sure to leave some space for dessert, as the next destination is Scill...

Day 7 Calabria - Sorrento

During your trip to the next region, Campania, take a break to visit a buffalo farm. Here, you'll enjoy a guided tour and have the opportunity to taste their renowned mozzarella.

Day 8 Sorrento

Start your day with an early breakfast before embarking on your Sorrento tour, a cherished gem in the region. Sorrento is famed for its array of antique shops and its picturesque main square, Piazza Tasso. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of this quintessential...

Day 9 Sorrento - Rome

After enjoying your breakfast, check out and board your coach for the day's exploration of Campania, featuring two must-visit destinations: Pompeii and Naples.

The ancient city of Pompeii met its tragic fate in AD 79 during the catastrophic eruption of M...

Day 10 Depart Italy

Check-out of your accommodation and board your transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Until next time, Italy!

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