IT6 SOUTHERN ITALY TOURSEARCH TOUR
Sicily & Southern Italy
Guided walking tours of Palermo, Erice, Rome; Ancient Greek Temples at Agrigento; The Doric Greek temples of Paestum; Compelling Pompeii; Rome - The Vatican & the Sistine Chapel
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 24 Apr 2019||Tue 07 May 2019||$3620 USD|
|Wed 26 Jun 2019||Tue 09 Jul 2019||$3620 USD|
|Wed 28 Aug 2019||Tue 10 Sep 2019||$3620 USD|
|Wed 22 Apr 2020||Tue 05 May 2020||$3620 USD|
|Wed 24 Jun 2020||Tue 07 Jul 2020||$3620 USD|
|Wed 26 Aug 2020||Tue 08 Sep 2020||$3620 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $833 USD (number of singles limited).
Few countries ooze as much of a romantic appeal as Italy does. From the language to the architecture, Italy is often dreamed of as the postcard perfect place to take sunset strolls in historic towns or seaside villages. Our Southern Italy tours are the chance to explore an island of great beauty, where shorelines give way to tranquil blue waters and rolling hills are awash with fragrant orange and lemon groves.
On our Southern Italy tours you’ll discover a region with a timeless history and a busy modern capital, but still retains every bit of its awe inspiring charms.
Every introduction to our Southern Italy tours, whether it is the first visit to the country or one of many, starts off with a deep dive into ancient history and its connection with modern culture.
Cities like Palermo date back 2,700 years and with a wander through the market, one can appreciate how life has been lived over the centuries. Fishmongers go about their day selling octopus and squid in markets located by 16th century plazas, complete with sculpted fountains, 15th century town halls and 12th century churches encrusted with Byzantine mosaics.
Being so close to ancient Greece, it is not uncommon to find Greek temples such as those in Agrigento or Siracusa at home in the landscape. A fusion of other empires have also impacted the architectural makeup of the area, from Normans to Arabs, and even to the Catalan elements best discovered in Sicily’s Taormina.
Cities like Taormina offer the chance to explore the natural wonders of Italy, with Mt Etna looming in its shadow as one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Of course Pompeii is naturally a better known volcano in Italy’s history, and none of our Southern Italy tours are complete without a visit to the city covered in volcanic ash and pumice stone by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Moving on to the mainland of Italy, our journey continues to the Amalfi coast, one of the world’s most stunning coastlines. A winding road, carved out of the rock in the mid-19th century, leads to a resort town on the Italian coast that truly exemplifies the meaning of la dolce vita.
Delicious wines and perfect pastas beckon travellers to pause on their walking tours of the city with its 13th century cathedral. On our Southern Italy tours we dine each night in a local establishment to ensure the quality of food is nothing less than a well fed local would indulge in.
Indeed the cultural riches found across the country will be as impressive as the culinary adventures in each region.
From the laid back lifestyles found on the island of Sicily or the postcard perfect Amalfi sunsets we reach the finale of our Southern Italy tour in Rome, realizing as we go this is a country as grand as it is memorable.
We know nearly everyone will throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, as it is said that this action confirms you will return to Rome again safely in the future. From our years of experience in touring Italy, we know this is one destination that is hard to get enough of.
Carol H. (Burnaby, BC, CA)
Excellent transportation...lots of room to spread out on bus and wonderful, helpful driver (Salvatore). Excellent meals. Our tour leader Yvette went out of her way to meet my dietary requirements. Yvette was Superb knowledge, caring, excellent leadership skills, information very well presented. The best! Excellent tour.
Suzanna D. (Campbell, CA, US)
The best excursions were to Pompeii, and driving up the Amalfi coast these were two of the highlights of the trip and were the most interesting and the most beautiful part of the trip.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
This centrally-located hotel features 94 rooms, with bathroom and shower, air conditioning, phone, mini-bar and colour TV and access to ... web.
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Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace
Augusta Lucilla Palace Hotel is a newly refurbished 4 star Hotel situated in the historic centre of Rome, only 5 ... walk from the central train station, Termini.
The hotel is newly refurbished, characterized by Roman architecture of the 19th Century. The interiors have been entirely renovated, embracing the benefits of modern technology with a touch of elegance and style.
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Breakfast and dinner (mostly local restaurants) daily. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), air taxes (if applicable), and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall, the most popular being spring and fall when temperatures are mild, crowds thinner, and air fares lower. Spring is popular with visitors who enjoy green landscapes and wildflowers. The region has a mild Mediterranean climate with early springs, long hot and dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into late October. Showers are possible in spring, rare in summer, and possible in fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest and beautiful scenery along the way. Roads are in good condition, though a little winding on some stretches. Short daytime ferry crossing.
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels and inns (3 star) used throughout. Some hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver (s), local step-on guides in various locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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