This 17-day tour of Spain and Italy will encompass Sicilian adventure, Andalusian history, the beauty of the coast, and the wonder of famous cities. Your custom journey will mix world-renowned icons with exquisite local experiences. Begin with seven Spanish cities, then an overland journey through the best of Southern Italy, Every day will be handcrafted to provide something unique as you experience the best of tapas, flamenco, art, alcazars, temples, vineyards, caves, villages, volcanoes, and...
Barcelona – Arrival and Relaxation
Barcelona is a city that arouses all the senses as it eases you into your vacation. Mediterranean waters shimmer while gothic buildings glow golden in the afternoon light. There’s exotic energy to the streets that’s different from home. Yet you can also feel a laid-back vibe. Nothing will be rushed and it seems like everyone is on vacation here along the Catalan coast. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to a hotel in Barrio Gothic, which will be an easy walking distance to both the coast and the heart of Barcelona. The day will be left free for you to go out exploring.
Barcelona – Exploring Catalonia
Granada – Andalusian Splendor
Ronda – A Parador in a Clifftop Moorish Village
Seville – Tapas in the Taverns
Seville – All the Sights and an Evening of Flamenco
Madrid – The Ancient Mezquita and More City Enchantment
Madrid – Art and Masterpieces
Palermo – Landing in Sicily
Palermo – Treasures of History
Taormina – Ruined Temples, Inglorious Legend, and Seaside Serenity
Taormina – An Italian Villa Beneath Mount Etna
Matera – One of the Oldest Cities of Them All
Matera – Discovering More of Puglia
Amalfi Coast – Greek Temples, True Pizza and Waterside Charm
Amalfi Coast – Free Day on the Mediterranean
Naples – Departure
- Immerse yourself in Andalusia, Spain’s enigmatic southern region
- Explore timeless cities, like Barcelona, Madrid, and Naples
- Uncover the stories, from the history of Moors in destinations like Granada and Cordoba to Costa Nostra and the Greeks in Sicily
- Discover the bounty of history, from conical-roofed houses, Moorish pueblos blancos, and old cobbled cities like Matera
- Decipher the secrets of Sicily, the glorious Mediterranean island that forms the boot of Italy
- Relax on the Amalfi Coast, where a colorful village is tucked into the cliffs and you unwind after the adventure
- Experience local lifestyles with tapas hopping, flamenco, pizza in Naples and Puglian cooking
Spain and Italy are countries of innumerable treasures and untold histories. Take the architecture as an example, from Greek temples you see in Puglia to Moorish white villages in Andalusia. Then, explore the history of tapas and pizza in the places they originate. These countries are the products of their past yet their history is extremely localized. Seville is completely different from Madrid. Matera is nothing like other places in Italy. Every day will be unique, which is the highlight of this handcrafted tour to Spain and Italy. You’ll visit famous places and gaze upon renowned sights, but most of all you’ll discover what makes each place unique.
The Spanish half of the tour will take you to seven major destinations, from Barcelona to Madrid via Andalusia. The Italian half is more off the beaten track, as you will stick to towns and villages in the country’s south. For every popular destination like Barcelona there is a forgotten gem like Ronda. While Palermo and the Amalfi Coast are well celebrated, other Italian destinations remain highly authentic. As this perfect tour continues, you will get an understanding of why these countries are so revered while you enjoy offbeat experiences that have escaped the tourist trail. While the pace of the tour is quick, the destinations will be relaxing with their wonderfully laid-back rhythm.
You will start and end in the Mediterranean. Begin in Barcelona to ease you into the vacation with Modernist architecture and Catalan culture. Fly to Granada and discover the old Moorish city. Spend the night in the pueblos blanco (white village) of Ronda, then taste sherry in Jerez before you visit Seville. There are real tapas and flamenco here, along with a grand old quarter on a remarkable scale. Make a stop in Cordoba to see the Mezquita, before you spend time in the Spanish capital. Like everywhere else on the tour, Madrid has an atmosphere that can be laid-back or lively depending on your mood.
Then, fly to Sicily for an Italian tour that’s based on small destinations and local experiences. You will relax along the water, taste the tradition, and travel through all the history of Sicily, Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina, and Piazza Armerina. End your vacation on the Italian mainland with a visit to Matera, which will give you time to discover Basilicata and Puglia. Go in search of Greek temples, proper pizza, and those secrets that inner Italy can reveal. Finish your journey where you started, on the Mediterranean. This time you’ll be facing west as you relax in a village on the Amalfi Coast.
$5,690 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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