Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy (LM)

14 Day Tour from Rome to Palermo

2019 Tour Details

Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and ancient history—all of this awaits you on this fabulous “off the beaten path” vacation through Southern Italy and Sicily. If you’re interested in Roman history, this tour is certainly for you. You’ll stop in Matera, to enjoy a panoramic view of the Sassi houses—prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock—thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. A guided visit of Reggio Calabria’s Bronzi di Riace museum to see the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures will leave a lasting impression. Continue to Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage, and visit the Greek Theater in Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC. Also visit the amazing Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento’s Valley of Temples; and the 12th-century Norman cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights.

History buffs will also enjoy Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like some 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. And a true highlight is a guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo! This is just another out-of-the-ordinary experience included by Globus.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. You’ll visit the Sorrento coast and Capri—both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities.

History, amazing scenery, tasty cuisine, and so much more is waiting for you on this Italy tour. So pack your bag and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
CASTEL GANDOLFO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens
SORRENTO–CAPRI
By jetfoil
CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride
POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations
NAPLES
Guided visit; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite pizza tasting
BARI
Guided walking tour
LECCE
Guided walking tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste pasticciotto with almond-flavored iced coffee
ALBEROBELLO
Guided walking tour; visit a trullo
MATERA
Panoramic view of the Sassi houses
SCILLA
Picture stop
REGGIO CALABRIA
Guided visit of the Bronzi di Riace museum
STRAIT OF MESSINA
Ferry crossing
TAORMINA
Visit the ancient Greek Theater; dinner at a local restaurant
AGRIGENTO
Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
PALERMO
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, and the Norman cathedral in Monreale; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Arab-Norman cathedral of Monreale
  • Archeological area of Agrigento
  • Archeological Site of Pompeii
  • Historic Centre of Naples
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • The Sassi of Matera (See only)
  • The Trulli of Alberobello

Transportation:

Motorcoach; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; ferry crossing. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Rome, Taormina and Palermo

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

DinnerDinner

Day 2 ROME–CASTEL GANDOLFO–SORRENTO COAST

Look forward to a unique experience: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun to the Sorrento Coast.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO CAPRI

A wonderful day! Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri and ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO POMPEII

Explore fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Follow your Local Guide for a walk past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. With the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 SORRENTO COAST–NAPLES–BARI

Naples is a city steeped in volcanic history, rich archaeological treasures, and castles and churches to rival Rome! A Local Guide acquaints you with the many sights during your city tour. Stop in the famous Piazza Plebiscito and, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Drive to Bari, capital of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s “boot,” for your overnight stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 BARI–LECCE–ALBEROBELLO

Discover BARI VECCHIA, the city’s oldest district, on foot during a pleasant stroll with a Local Guide. In Lecce, your guided walking tour reveals why Lecce is called the “Florence of the South.” Admire its baroque buildings and squares, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste pasticciotto with almond-flavored iced coffee. Continue to Alberobello.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 7 ALBEROBELLO

In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, and visit one of its unique TRULLI—whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian masseria.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 ALBEROBELLO–MATERA–SCILLA–REGGIO CALABRIA

In Matera, enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque sassi houses, followed by a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto to Scilla, called the “Venice of Calabria.” Arrive in Reggio Calabria for a guided visit of the MUSEUM that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 REGGIO CALABRIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA

Cross the Strait of Messina by FERRY and start your discovery of the beautiful island of Sicily, the great melting pot of the Mediterranean world. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, French, and Spanish have left their marks and contributed to its rich heritage. Arrive in Taormina, a charming hilltop town overlooking the Ionian Sea, and visit the ancient GREEK THEATER dating back to the 3rd century BC. Time to stroll and shop along Corso Umberto I at your own pace. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian granita (a treat similar to sorbet).

Breakfast Breakfast

Days 10-11 AT LEISURE IN TAORMINA RIVIERA

Two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our exciting optional excursions to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe; or to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port whose fleet was feared throughout the Mediterranean. On Tuesday evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel. On Wednesday evening, an included dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views.

Breakfast Breakfast daily

Day 12 TAORMINA RIVIERA–AGRIGENTO–PALERMO

Head south to Agrigento and enjoy a walk with your Local Guide through the breathtaking VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Arrive at your hotel in Palermo.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 PALERMO

Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Later, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate your Italian journey.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 14 PALERMO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LINO NEFANDO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

My life is a journey... Born in Southern Italy, my passion is history and rediscovering the traditions and the most refined art of this country. I love to share with my customers on the Globus tours moments of the breathtaking coastlines, the monuments and the unbelievable recipes of Italy. Follow me, I am going to make you live the Italian experience as if you were a part of this never-ending show.

Tour Director - LINO NEFANDO

 Accommodations

Rome
Sorrento Coast
Bari
Alberobello
Reggio Calabria
Taormina Riviera
Palermo

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Sorrento
Bari
Alberobello
Taormina Riviera
Palermo

Sorrento

Neapolitan Experience

Neapolitan Experience

Enjoy a delicious dinner on the picturesque bay of Naples.

Price Range: $$

Charming Positano

Charming Positano

Enjoy a scenic drive of the Amalfi Coast and visit Positano village.

Price Range: $

Bari

Polignano A Mare: Picturesque Fishing Village On The Sea

Polignano A Mare: Picturesque Fishing Village On The Sea

The village is the birthplace of great singer Domenico Modugno....Volare oh oh cantare oooooh ooh

Price Range: $

Alberobello

Apulian Dinner with Folklore in a Traditional Masseria

Apulian Dinner with Folklore in a Traditional Masseria

Enjoy a lovely meal in a traditional masseria.

Price Range: $$

Discover the Itria Valley

Discover the Itria Valley

Trulli (traditional drystone huts) enclosed by vineyards and olive groves stretch as far as the eye can see - this is the authentic side of the Itria Valley. The panorama is filled with a timeless magic, in the heart of which lie the fascinating village of Martina Franca.

Price Range: $

Taormina Riviera

Sicilian Dinner

Sicilian Dinner

Why not enjoy a typical Sicilian gastronomic dinner in beautiful surroundings with spectacular views?

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia

Excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia

Travel to Syracuse and enter its marvellous archaeological site.

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Etna Volcano

Excursion to Etna Volcano

Enjoy a scenic drive with a Local Guide through orchards, vineyards, and forests up to the Europe's highest active volcano.

Price Range: $

Palermo

Dinner by the Sea in Sferracavallo

Dinner by the Sea in Sferracavallo

Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at a typical Sicilian restaurant.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guest in a party: $3,173*
12 guest in a party: $1,360*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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