Discover Southern Italy & Sicily

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    12 days, 11 nights
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    12 days
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    11 nights
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    June 2024 - June 2025
  • Behold the glittering mosaics of Monreale's Cathedral
  • Journey to Positano village, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast
  • Savour freshly made mozzarella cheese during a visit to a buffalo dairy farm

Journey through a crossroads of civilizations in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Uncover Sicily’s capital Palermo and its Moorish and Norman influences. Explore seaside Cefalù and Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting and agriturismo dinner. Venture to the ancient cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera. Explore Sorrento and stunning Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the excavated Pompeii. Allow the unique culture to capture your heart and get a glimpse into an age-old heritage composed of ancient monuments and cultivated lands.


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  • 11 nights handpicked accommodation
  • 20 meals - 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 7 dinners
  • An expert Tour Manager
  • Inclusions/Entrance fees as per itinerary
Your fare excludes:
  • I​nternational Airfares
  • T​ravel Insurance



Day 1: Palermo, Sicily - Tour Begins
Your Italian sojourn opens in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Discover the city’s vibrant culture as you take in its gritty, unshakable spirit and captivating energy. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine.

Day 2: Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
Begin the day with a walking tour of Palermo’s old town. Uncover cobblestoned piazzas and ornate buildings, many worn by time and conflict. Visit hilltop Monreale (UNESCO), ascending on foot to its 12th-century cathedral for a guided tour of its majestic Byzantine mosaics. Explore the cathedral’s cloisters, taking in their serene atmosphere of the monastic complex before returning to Palermo for an evening at leisure.

Day 3: Palermo - Cefalù - Agrigento
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. Relax aboard your bus as you travel over rolling hills and peaceful farmland to Sicily’s southern coast for a relaxing 2-night stay.

Day 4: Agrigento - Valley of the Temples
Step back 25 centuries and delve into ancient Greek history for a visit of the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), one of the world’s most esteemed archeological site. Get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, and Hercules during an extensive walking tour of this vast archeological site. 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.

Day 5: Agrigento - Piazza Armerina - Giardini Naxos
Venture deep into Sicily’s countryside to Piazza Armerina, home of the ancient Villa Romana del Casale (UNESCO) and explore the site with an expert insider for a locally guided tour of its impressive mosaics. In the afternoon, journey east to Sicily’s Ionian Coast and to Giardini Naxos – the “garden of Sicily” – for your 2-night stay.

Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos
This morning, explore beautiful Taormina, home to ancient relics, rocky hills, and charming gardens. With an expert local guide, you’ll stroll the lively pedestrianized main street, see the imposing Corvaja Palace and climb to the city’s well-preserved Greek theatre. The afternoon is yours to explore more of this hillside resort or opt to see Sicily’s wilder side on an off-road adventure to Mount Etna. During this optional tour, stare up at the iconic peak as your vehicle climbs along the sides of Europe’s largest active volcano. Spend the day exploring this legendary giant, passing by lava formations and basalt rocks. This evening let traditional Sicilian melodies fill the air during an optional Sicilian dinner with musical accompaniment.

Day 7: Giardini Naxos - Matera
Take a short ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni, located on Italy’s mainland. During your full day bus transfer, pass through the unspoiled region of Calabria to the Basilicata region. Wander through the twisting vines of a local winery before touring the cellar for a tasting. Linger over regional cuisine at dinner in the winery’s agriturismo restaurant.

Day 8: Matera
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 specialities. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll join an optional tour to Alberobello (UNESCO) in the nearby region of Puglia. Here, marvel at the town’s whimsical trulli homes, known for their distinct, cone-shaped roofs.

Day 9: Matera - Sorrento
After a stop at a sustainable buffalo dairy farm* for a taste of freshly made mozzarella and a peek into the history of this iconic cheese, arrive in Sorrento where you’ll settle in for a 2-night stay.** Later this afternoon, discover this charming seaside town during a walking tour and learn about the local tradition of wood marquetry.

Day 10: Sorrento - Positano - Sorrento
This morning, take in the sights and colours of the Mediterranean Sea as you sail*** along the initial stretch of the breathtaking Amalfi Coast (UNESCO). 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.

Day 11: Sorrento - Pompeii - Rome
Journey north to Rome. En route, 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. 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.

Day 12: Rome - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.

P​lease note: Itinerary might change without prior notice.

Dates and Prices


M​ultiple departures available in between from June 2024 to May 2025

P​ricing based on travelling 25 January 2025

  • from $4,549 twin share per person
  • from $5,499 single traveller

Call today and one of our experienced Travel Advisors can also happily help with flights, pre/post-tour accommodation and travel insurance.

Call 1300 414 198 to learn more and request a quote.

Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.


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  • N​H Palermo
  • B​aia Di Ulisse
  • U​NA Hotel Naxos Beach Sicilia
  • U​NA Hotel MH Matera
  • H​otel Michelangelo
  • R​adisson Blu GHR

Hotel might be different at the time of booking.



Tour Fitness Level Recommendation - Level 3: You’re an on-the-go traveller. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transport (tuk-tuk, cable car, zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure.

Masks - Guests are required to bring their own personal protective equipment they are comfortable with using, as wearing a mask may be required during some parts of your tour experience.

Motor Coach - All surfaces will be sanitised often, including regular cleaning of high-touch areas with disinfecting wipes. Hand sanitiser will be available at all times and drivers will wear protective gear.

Will I need a passport? Passports are needed when travelling outside of your home country. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Will I need a visa? You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your guided holiday. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your trip. Please note that obtaining visas can take up to six weeks prior to your departure. It is strongly advised that you consult your Travel Agent and the local Consulate or Embassy of the country you are visiting well in advance to determine which visas they require and how to obtain them.


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