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Secrets of Southern Italy and Sicily

Italy and Sicily

from £1,299 per person
2 passengers 10 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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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.

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10 nights in hotels

20 meals: 10 breakfasts and 10 dinners

Excursions 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

Use 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, staying overnight at the locally rated 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 - a journey of approximately four hours - visiting the medieval town of Trani, with its castle, cathedral and old town en route.

Stay three nights at the locally rated 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, 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 locally rated 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

Altomonte

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


Day 8 Altomonte-Giardini Naxos, Sicily

Messina

Drive south to Reggio Calabria, and pause at the National Archaeological Museum to see its famous Riace warriors. Board the ferry across the straits of Messina, a sea crossing of about 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, where you'll stay three nights at the locally rated 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

Catania

Return flight home. B


Secrets of Southern Italy and Sicily

Italy and Sicily

from £1,299 per person
2 passengers
10 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Secrets of Southern Italy and Sicily

Italy and Sicily

from £1,299 per person
2 passengers
10 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required