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Southern Italy & Sicily 2016-2017

12-day escorted tour with Collette

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Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Join us in exploring the hidden treasures of southern Italy and Sicily. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, historic cities, centuries-old hilltop villages and wonderful cuisine.
 
Day 2 Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring traditional Sicilian cuisine. (Dinner)
 
Day 3 Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
A cultural tour of Palermo features the lovely squares of Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini. Note the exotic mixture of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles that make this city special. View the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral which houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale, visit the 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or perhaps visit the city’s museums and shops. (Breakfast)
 
Day 4 Palermo - Agrigento - Giardini Naxos
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager offers up a few key phrases of the native language before traveling through the beautiful countryside with rolling hills and working farms towards the town of Agrigento. Upon arrival, visit the stunning Valley of the Temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. From ancient times to the present day, the Valley of the Temples’ ruins, landscape and colors have inspired poets, writers and painters. Here you get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Continue on to Giardini Naxos, the “garden of Sicily,” for your three-night stay. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 5 Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos
This morning, travel to beautiful Taormina, known for its charming atmosphere, significant monuments and flowering gardens. Join a local guide for a tour introducing you to the city. You will see Corso Umberto and the bountiful public gardens and visit the Greek Amphitheater. Enjoy some free time to explore this delightful town. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 6 Giardini Naxos - Catania - Mt. Etna - Giardini Naxos
Journey to vibrant Catania where a local guide will share its history. Visit the cathedral and view the main sites of this historic and Baroque city (UNESCO). Witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce when you visit the local market. Or visit the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum). This fascinating museum is dedicated to the Allied landing on the southern coast of Sicily in 1943. Later, discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local expert and take in the spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Return to Giardini Naxos. (Breakfast)
 
Day 7 Giardini Naxos - Matera
Travel to Messina where you will take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Travel through the beautiful and unspoiled region of Calabria and into the Basilicata region. This afternoon you’ll visit one of the area’s local wineries for a wine tasting and informative walk through the cellars and vineyards. Linger over a delicious regional dinner in the winery’s own “agriturismo” restaurant. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 8 Matera - Alberobello - Matera
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 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. Enjoy some free time in Matera to browse the shops or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystical town of Alberobello. See some of the most unusually built homes (UNESCO), known as “trulli,” that have cone-shaped roofs. Surprisingly, no mortar is used to hold the stones together. Return to your hotel for dinner. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 9 Matera - Salerno - Sorrento Peninsula
Today, travel towards Campania and the Bay of Naples, one of the most breathtaking areas of Italy. Make a stop in Salerno to explore the historical city center at leisure. Take a moment to gaze at its impressive cathedral, considered to be the most beautiful medieval church in Italy. Arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula in the late afternoon. Sit back and take in the views of this magical place. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 10 Sorrento - Amalfi Coast Drive - Minori - Sorrento Peninsula
Take time to explore the lovely seaside resort town of Sorrento on your own. Then, begin your adventure exploring the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Make a special stop in the charming town of Amalfi where you will have time to explore. Then it’s off to Minori where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. You’ll also enjoy a typical Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Your evening is at leisure. (Breakfast)
 
Day 11 Sorrento Peninsula - Pompeii - Rome
Drive along the Bay of Naples and experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Soak in the history of the preserved original buildings of a typical Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local guide will provide an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeological site. Later, travel to Rome where you will spend your last evening. Celebrate the end of your journey with a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 12 Rome - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Ancient Greek culture comes to life during a guided tour of Agrigento's Valley of the Temples.
  • Spend a day exploring the jewel of Sicily, the historic hilltop town of Taormina.
  • Enjoy regional wine with every included dinner.
  • Visit the “Sassi di Matera” and experience how people lived in their cave dwellings.
  • View the amazing “trulli” in Alberobello.
  • History comes alive during a guided visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
  • Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.
All This Included
This journey will take you through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Begin in Sicily. Uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins standing guard over the landscape. Tour Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Then on to fascinating Southern Italy. Make a stop at a local winery and agriturismo for a wine tasting and 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.” Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. In evocative Pompeii, walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans who perished in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Accommodations for 10 nights.
  • 17 meals. (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip. 
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway). 
Accommodations on this Tour
Palermo: Hotel Palazzo Sitano, Grand Hotel Federico Ii
Giardini Naxos: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Matera: Hilton Garden Inn Matera
Sorrento Peninsula: Crowne Plaza Stabiae Sorrento Coast
Rome: Donna Laura Palace Hotel
Notes
  • Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.
  • Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please note that most shops and businesses in Italy are closed on Sundays and on national/religious holidays.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.


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