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12-Day Sicily and Southern Italy Tour Package

This Southern Italy tour package travels from Sicily to Rome. Explore Sicily and Southern Italy on this all-inclusive escorted trip through Southern Italy.

This Southern Italy vacation explores all the southern Italy and Sicily sightseeing highlights. While exploring Southern Italy you’ll find an alluring mixture of architecture, culinary traditions, and culture.

After enjoying guided tours of Sicily’s highlights the trip continues across the strait of Messina to travel through the Southern Italian Peninsula. Known as the Caribbean of Europe, you’ll travel far off the beaten path through the unspoiled Southern Italian regions of Calabria, Basilicata, and Puglia. Then enjoy the breathtaking views and stunning scenery along the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento in the region of Campania.

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Sicily and Southern Italy Tour Highlights

  • 16 Meals: Breakfast included daily. 5 dinners in Italy are also included.
  • In Sicily discover Ancient Greek culture with a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
  • In Sicily enjoy a leisurely day enjoying the Sicilian resort town Taormina.
  • In Basilicata visit the “Sassi of Matera” and experience how people lived in their cave dwellings.
  • In Basilicata visit a local winery and agriturismo for a tasting and regional dinner.
  • In Campania tour Pompeii, where 2000 years ago Mt Vesuvius captured ancient Roman life in time.
  • 4-star accommodations in all destinations – click here for more Southern Italy tour hotel information.

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Sicily and Southern Italy Tour Package Accommodations:

Where more than one accommodation it varies by departure date.

Optional Tours

Optional tours are scheduled during what is otherwsie free time. There is additional cost to join. The price is confirmed when booking.

The Flavors of Sicily

Giardini-Naxos Duration: 2.5 Hours
Linger over an exquisite four-course meal while traditional Sicilian melodies fill the air. Join us on your free evening for an unforgettable dinner at a popular local restaurant. Your evening begins with a typical Italian antipasto and continues with a variety of local specialties and fine Sicilian wines. Delight in the lively music performed by talented local musicians who are sure to have you clapping and singing along. Sit back and savor the flavors of Sicily during a fun-filled evening with true Italian ambiance and local cuisine. Gratuities are included.

Mt Etna Offroad Adventure

See Sicily’s wilder side on an off-road adventure to Mount Etna. Stare up at the iconic peak as your vehicle climbs along the sides of Europe’s largest active volcano. Spend the afternoon exploring this legendary giant, passing by lava formations and basalt rocks before returning to your hotel in Giardini Naxos in the early evening.

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Sicily to Sorrento Southern Italy Tour Package Daily Itinerary

This Southern Italy vacation package from Sicily to Rome tours Southern Italy’s sightseeing highlights. Sicily tour destinations include Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Mt. Etna, and Taormina. In Sicily you’ll experience a mix of Arab and Moorish influences set among ancient Greek and Roman ruins. You’ll also have time to enjoy Sicily’s beaches in Giardini Naxos.

Afterward, cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to the “Boot of Italy.” In Southern Italy you’ll visit Alberobello, the Amalfi Coast, Matera, Sassi de Matera, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Veltri sul Mar.

On this journey through Sicily and Southern Italy experience authentic southern Italian culture, cuisine, and hospitality. Southern Italy’s and Sicily’s unspoiled natural beauty, fabulous food, culinary traditions and culture are all unique.

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Day 1: Depart USA for your Sicily to Rome Southern Italy tour

Fly overnight from the United States to Palermo

Day 2: Arrive in Palermo, Sicily

Arrive in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, to begin your Southern Italy vacation. After arrival you may have some time to rest or stroll around Palermo.  Then freshen up for this evenings welcome dinner. This evening’s dinner you’ll enjoy an authentic Sicilian dinner with local Sicilian wines.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Guided Tours of Palermo

An inclusive tour of Palermo’s sightseeing highlights begins the day.  The tour includes a guided walking tour through Palermo’s piazzas including the Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini, and Quattro Canti. Palermo is located at the crossroads of the Arab and European civilizations. This is evident in the city’s architecture. The mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles makes Palermo unique among all cities.

You’ll also visit Monreale. There explore the Cathedral, built in the 12th Century. The cathedral is known for its mosaics.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Cefalu

This morning, set off for the stunning seaside town of Cefalù on Sicily’s northern coast. Stroll the charming medieval streets with a local guide and visit the city’s impressive cathedral showcasing Norman architecture.

Next, journey to a family-owned farmhouse, picturesquely set in the surrounding hills. Meet the owners and discover what a typical day on a Sicilian farm is like. Sit back and tuck into a hearty farm-to-table lunch, made with family recipes.

Afterward, rlax aboard your bus as you travel over rolling hills and peaceful farmland to Sicily’s southern coast for a relaxing 2-night stay near Agrigento ancient Greek temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Agrigento Valley of Temples

Step back 25 centuries and delve into ancient Greek history for a visit of the stunning Valley of the Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the world’s best archeological site.

On your visit you will enjoy an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, and Hercules during an extensive walking tour of this vast archeological site.

Afterward, the afternoon is yours to relax. Perhaps you’ll venture into Agrigento’s old town or stroll along the beach close to your hotel, taking in the glittering Mediterranean Sea.

This evening, pause for dinner at a local restaurant and an evening view of the illuminated Valley of the Temples.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Piazza Armerina and Giardini Naxos

Venture deep into Sicily’s countryside to Piazza Armerina, home of the ancient Villa Romana del Casale. The UNESCO World Heritage site is known for the world’s finest anient mosaics. You’ll get a glimpse with a locally guided tour.

Then, in the afternoon, journey east to Sicily’s Ionian Coast and to Giardini Naxos – the “garden of Sicily” – for your 2-night stay. This area is located below the town of Taormina.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Taormina

Today discover why emperors, nobles, aristocrats, and royalty visited Taormina. This charming town is built on the hills above Giardini Naxos. The ancient Greeks built the famous amphitheater here. Since then for 2500 years this Sicilian resort town has hosted those coming to relax, rejuvenate, and be inspired. 

This afternoon is totally at leisure so you too may enjoy an espresso or gelato while strolling, shopping and people watching in Taormina.

You may also enjoy an optional off road adventure to Mt Etna.

This evening there is an optional Sicilian dinner.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: From Sicily tour the Southern Italian “Boot of Italy”

This morning you’ll leave Sicily to begin touring Southern Italy. You’ll cross the strait of Messina between Sicily and Calabria by ferry.  You’ll then travel by luxury motor coach through Calabria to Basilicata. The organic natural beauty of Southern Italy will be on full display.

This afternoon you will arrive in Matera along Basilicata’s coast.

Freshen up before a late afternoon agriturismo tasting and dinner. You’ll visit a local vineyard to taste the Southern Italian wines. You’ll also visit the agriturismo’s wine cellars.

Before dinner walk among the vineyards. Then a local authentic Southern Italian dinner will be served.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Basilicata visit Sassi di Matera and opional Alberobello in Southern Italy’s Puglia region

Today, explore the “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient town known for its cave dwellings, both modern and ancient. A local guide will help you learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. Afterwards, stop at a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce.

This afternoon is at leisure. There is also an optional acitivty available to visit Alberobello.

Alberobello is another UNESCO World Heritage site. There you’ll see the trulli homes, known for their distinct, cone­-shaped roofs. Surprisingly, no mortar is used to hold the stones together.

This evening dinner is included.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10: Matera to Sorrento

Today you will travel from Basilicata to the Amalfi Coast, where you will enjoy 2 nights in Sorrento.

Stop at a sustainable buffalo farm for a taste of freshly made mozzarella and a peek into the history of this iconic cheese.

Afterward, end your day in Sorrento, and settle in for a 2-night stay. Discover this charming seaside resort town and learn about the local tradition of wood marquetry.

This evening you are on your own to stroll around town. Drop in to a local trattoria to enjoy the local Campanian flavors.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11: Sorrento & Positano

This morning, take in the sights and colors of the Mediterranean Sea as you sail (weather permitting) along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Gaze out over the deep blue hues of the sea paired with the bright citrus fruits lining the hillsides.

Pause in Positano with its pastel-colored houses and pebbly beaches. Spend time in this legendary locale browsing the posh boutiques or resting along the beach, before returning to Sorrento for an afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Pompeii and travel to Rome

Journey north to Rome. En route, experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii.

Pompeii is yet another Southern Italy UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival 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.

Afterward, an afternoon-long transfer leads to Rome where you arrive in the early evening. Celebrate the end of your journey with a delightful farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13 Travel Home from Rome

The tour ends this morning in Rome. The closest airport is Rome Fiumicino airport.

Alternatively, extend your tour or check out the Northern Italy tours and Tuscany vacation packages.

Rome Post Tour Extensions

Post Tour: 2-Night Rome Extension

Begin your trip with a 3-night sojourn in the Eternal City of Rome. This Hosted Extension includes a welcome dinner and a locally guided city tour with admission to the Colosseum. Enjoy ample free time to explore Rome’s dynamic mix of history and modernity or join an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Your other option is to book a pre stay at the NH Palermo Hotel.

Day 1 – Rome Colosseum and Free Time

Start your morning with a guided tour of Classical Rome with a local expert. Discover the city’s famous sights such as the legendary Aventine and Palatine Hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. Step into history during an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, where your guide brings the past alive.

The remainder of the day is yours. Perhaps you will join an optional dinner in a popular restaurant, where you’ll indulge in a hearty meal accompanied by wine and local entertainment.

Day 2 – Vatican Tour

Early this morning join an expert local guide for a visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. This tour includes visiting the world-famous Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo’s Last Judgement fresco is situated.

The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you’ll explore Rome’s bohemian Trastevere district and wander through its maze-like, ivy-clung streets.

Day 3 – Rome Extension Ends

Your Roman sojourn comes to a close today. Say “Arrivederci Roma” as you transfer to the airport.

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