In Greek mythology, the Scylla and Charybdis were two sea monsters located in the Strait of Messina between Sicily and the Italian mainland, endangering ancient mariners, and inspiring the expression “being caught between a rock and a hard place.” Will you find yourself in such a predicament on this Undiscovered Tour of Southern Italy and Sicily? On the contrary, you’ll delightfully find yourself caught between Byzantine and Roman culture, flanked by Norman and Italian influences, and in the midst of a cross-cultural wonderland. Your comparison of cobblestones, customs, and cuisine gets underway in Rome, heads down to the dramatic Sorrento Coast, and then kicks the fun from Italy’s heel to its toe and all the way into the great melting pot of Sicily. From Italy’s lower half to its largest island, ruins, resorts—a rich history awaits.
|October 1, 2023||from $5,689 CAD (Compared to $5,889)||Per Person|
|1||Sun Oct 1||ROME, ITALY|
|2||Mon Oct 2||ROME–CASTEL GANDOLFO–SORRENTO COAST|
|3||Tue Oct 3||SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO CAPRI|
|4||Wed Oct 4||SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO POMPEII AND NAPLES|
|5||Thu Oct 5||SORRENTO COAST–BARI|
|6||Fri Oct 6||BARI–LECCE–ALBEROBELLO AREA|
|7||Sat Oct 7||ALBEROBELLO AREA|
|8||Sun Oct 8||ALBEROBELLO AREA–MATERA–PIZZO CALABRO–REGGIO CALABRIA|
|9||Mon Oct 9||REGGIO CALABRIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA|
|10||Tue Oct 10||TAORMINA RIVIERA|
|11||Wed Oct 11||TAORMINA RIVIERA|
|12||Thu Oct 12||TAORMINA RIVIERA–AGRIGENTO–PALERMO|
|13||Fri Oct 13||PALERMO|
|14||Sat Oct 14||PALERMO|
ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
ROME–CASTEL GANDOLFO–SORRENTO COAST
CASTEL GANDOLFO Take a Local Favorite guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens followed by lunch at Villa Barberini en route to the Sorrento Coast.
SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO CAPRI
COVES, CLIFFS & THE CLEAR BLUE SEA
SORRENTO COAST Jetfoil ride to Capri.
CAPRI Take a funicular ride from the harbor to the village for guided sightseeing, including the Augustus Gardens. Free time for lunch.
SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO POMPEII AND NAPLES
A SLICE OF LIFE IN NAPLES
POMPEII Take a guided walking tour of the excavations. Free time for lunch.
NAPLES Guided sightseeing includes an orientation drive on the panoramic road to Posillipo, a stop in Piazza Plebiscito, and Local Favorite a slice of Neapolitan pizza.
CHILLING ON THE COAST
SORRENTO COAST Free morning before departing for Bari.
SWEET STROLLS IN APULIA
BARI Guided sightseeing includes a walking tour of Bari Vecchia, the city’s oldest district, and San Nicola’s Church.
LECCE Walking tour with a Local Guide includes the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. Local Favorite Taste traditional pasticciotto (filled pastry) with almond-infused iced coffee.
ALBEROBELLO Guided walking tour includes a visit to a Trullo (traditional conical-roof house). Free time this afternoon and evening.
ALBEROBELLO AREA–MATERA–PIZZO CALABRO–REGGIO CALABRIA
CREAMY DESSERTS & CAVE DWELLINGS
MATERA Orientation walk with panoramic view of the picturesque sassi house (cave houses). Take a scenic drive along the Gulf of Taranto.
PIZZO CALABRO Enjoy a Local Favorite traditional tartufo (ice cream dessert) tasting.
REGGIO CALABRIA Join a guided visit of the museum that houses the Bronzi di Riace (famous bronze warrior sculptures).
REGGIO CALABRIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA
GRAND GREEK DRAMA
STRAIT OF MESSINA Ferry crossing to Sicily.
TAORMINA Visit the ancient Greek theatre. Free time to explore.
THE PEARL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
TAORMINA RIVIERA Enjoy a free day in Taormina, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
TAORMINA RIVIERA Enjoy a free day.
AGRIGENTO Take a guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples en route to Palermo.
CATHEDRALS & COCKTAILS
PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata and a visit to the cathedral. Scenic drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral. Enjoy an Local Favorite Aperitivo (pre-dinner cocktail) at a noble palace followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
SAFE TRAVELS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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