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    Rural Calabria
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Secrets of Southern Italy and Sicily

Italy and Sicily

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The secrets of unspoilt Italy are unveiled

As this enchanting tour unfolds, you'll discover the rustic charm and unique culture of the country’s ‘heel’. You'll then journey south through remote Calabria, pausing in a European Capital of Culture for 2019 – Matera, before enjoying the classic beauty of Sicily.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed10 nights in hotels

Dinner plate20 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) and 10 dinners (D)

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Plus all this...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapExcursions and visits

  • Visit the medieval seaport of Trani
  • Guided tour of Alberobello, Martina Franca and Ostuni
  • Visit to the cave dwellings at Matera
  • Altomonte orientation tour
  • Visit to Archaeology Museum in Reggio Calabria to Riace warriors
  • Visit to Lecce

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

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Day 1 UK to Naples to Mercogliano

Mercogliano, Italy

Fly to Naples and transfer to Mercogliano (31 miles, 40 minutes), staying overnight at the 4-star Green Park Hotel Titino (3Q). This comfortable hotel is situated in a park boasting an excellent view of Avellino, and is a 20-minute walk from the bustling centre of Mercogliano in the Monte Paternio valley.  D

Day 2 Mercogliano-Alberobello

See the intriguing truli dwellings of Alberobello

Travel to Alberobello (171 miles, four hours), visiting the medieval town of Trani, with its castle, cathedral and old town en route.

Stay three nights at the 4-star Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri (4Q). B, D

Day 3 Alberobello, Martina Franca and Ostuni

White washed houses of Ostuni

Included tour to see the unique 'trulli' houses in Alberobello; Martina Franca with its baroque old town; and Ostuni, a traditional Apulian town. B, D

Day 4 Lecce

Piazza del Duomo square, Lecce, Italy

Join a full day included excursion to Lecce, the stunning baroque city known as the ‘Florence of the south’, which includes a visit to Cathedral, which is renowned for being masterpiece of Baroque art. B, D

Day 6 Altomonte

Panoramic view of Matera

Travel to Altomonte in Calabria (147 miles, three hours and 30 minutes), via Matera – a European capital of Culture for 2019 – to see the intriguing houses and churches carved out of rock: ‘i sassi’.

Stay at the 4-star Hotel Barbieri (4Q) for three nights. B, D

Day 6 Altomonte

Typical Calabrian village

Spend the day at your leisure, perhaps exploring independently, relaxing at your hotel, or joining an optional excursion to Rossano. B, D

Day 7 Altomonte


Enjoy a walking tour of Altomonte to explore its historical treasures. B, D

Day 8 Altomonte-Giardini Naxos, Sicily


Drive south to Reggio Calabria (150 miles, three hours), and pause at the National Archaeological Museum to see its famous Riace warriors. Board the ferry across the straits of Messina (25 minutes).

On arrival in Sicily - after a day of travelling totalling approximately six hours - enjoy a scenic drive to Giardini Naxos, a seaside resort at the foot of Taormina (34 miles, one hour), where you'll stay three nights at the 4-star Hotel Caesar Palace (3Q+). B, D

Day 9 Giardini Naxos, Sicily

The neoclassical cathdral in Acireale

You may like to join an optional excursion to picturesque Taormina and Mount Etna. B, D

Day 10 Giardini Naxos, Sicily

Stunning coastal scenery

Either relax in the sun or join an optional trip to Syracuse, a city founded nearly 3,000 years ago. B, D

Day 11 Catania to UK


Transfer to the airport (37 miles, 45 minutes) for your return flight home. B

Secrets of Southern Italy and Sicily

Italy and Sicily

2 passengers


Secrets of Southern Italy and Sicily

Italy and Sicily

2 passengers