Capture the essence of history, culture, and cuisine during your customizable, highlights tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Indulge in the alluring splendor of Italian heritage that is featured in colorful towns around the Amalfi Coast and within the elegantly-preserved architecture of Palermo. The majesty of ancient Greek temples at Agrigento reveals the remarkable depths of heritage, which are emphasized by artifacts that are displayed in galleries like the National Archeological Museum of...
Rome – Arrive in the Rome with a Tour of Ancient Tarquinia
The city of Rome remains a powerhouse of history, rising along the banks of the Tiber River. The spectacle of the past lines the medieval cobblestone alleyways and adorns the city skyline with marvelous domes, peaked rooftops, elaborate columns, and the glamorous palaces that are eager to lead visitors into the past. Your flight will land at Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival and escort you into the bustling heart of the city center. The trickling water of the Trevi Fountain will embody the grandeur of the Baroque era and marvels of the greater city with images of an opulent Oceanus that is framed by the detailed life of the sea.
After settling into the comforts of your luxurious hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby and lead you to the magnificent acropolis of Tarquinia, which acted as the capital of the Etruscan settlement over two millennia ago. Authentic and unforgettable history will come to life as your guide immerses you into a private world during a private tour around the 3,000-year-old City of the Dead. The Monterozzi necropolis contains 6,000 graves with the oldest dating back to the 7th century BC. The landscape resembles rolling hills but is actually mounds, beneath which stand Etruscan tombs that are decorated with elegant frescoes and signs of luxurious life. The Tomb of the Lionesses was constructed in the 4th century BC and consists of a small room beneath a sloped roof with images of flying birds and jumping dolphins as they surround the lively images of the Etruscan aristocracy.
Sorrento – Visit Caserta Palace and Naples Archeological Museum
Sorrento – Discover Remarkable Pompeii and Herculaneum
Sorrento – Traverse the Charm and History of the Amalfi Coast
Sorrento – Indulge in the Grandeur and History of Capri
Ostuni – Explore Matera and Alberobello en route to Ostuni
Ostuni – Delight in the Unique Ambiance of Lecce and Otranto
Maratea – Enjoy the Distinctive Seaside Luster of Maratea
Taormina – Travel Across the Strait of Messina to Taormina
Taormina – Embrace the Powerful Allure and Beauty of Mt. Etna
Taormina – Revel in the Ancient History in and around Siracusa
Palermo – Wander Ancient Temples in Agrigento en route to Palermo
Palermo – Tour the Fabulous History and Culture of Palermo
Palermo – Depart for Home
- Revel in the thrills of a private helicopter ride over the Amalfi Coast to reach the inspiring atmospheric scenery of the island of Capri
- Discover the authentic flavors of Sicily during a luxurious wine tour, visiting a mixture of family-owned estates along the foothills of Mt. Etna
- Witness the magnificent collection of ancient artifacts from Roman colonies such as Pompeii in the National Archeological Museum in Naples
- Wander through millennia of history along the Italian Peninsula during a private tour of the cave-dwellings of Matera
- Embrace the historic charm and enchanting ambiance of the collective seaside towns of Maratea
- Delight in the immersive, fairytale atmosphere of Alberobello, which derives from the unique Trulli homes that shape the diverse neighborhoods
- Bask in views one of the largest ancient Greek theaters in the world during your private walking tour of Syracuse
- Sample the delectable cuisine of Sicily when indulging in a memorable dinner at a celebrated Michelin-starred restaurant in Palermo
- Discover gilded embellishments and displays of regal opulence in Caserta Palace that can be found both in the royal apartments and across the luscious gardens
- Marvel at the gorgeous scenery and chic Baroque architecture of Taormina on a cliff that overlooks the sapphire waters of the Ionian Sea
Whether discovering the rich history of Rome or the impressive architecture of Syracuse, indulging in the flavors of vineyards that are spread across the foothills of Mt. Etna or wandering along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea in Otranto, your 14-day, highlights tour of Italy and Sicily will reveal the beauty of local heritage and the magnificence of the natural landscape. This exploration through Italy will provide you with an unrivaled journey that takes you from the regal Etruscan tombs of Tarquinia to the ancient Greek Theater of Syracuse. You will take your time to enjoy the majesty of Italy with private tours, luxurious excursions, and unique activities that will shape your memorable journey, spanning coastline, gorges, and an epic and ancient history.
Your highlights tour of Southern Italy and Sicily will begin with your arrival in Rome, where you will stay for one night and discover the marvels of the underground tombs of Tarquinia, finding elaborate artwork and unique burial traditions of the pre-Roman civilization. You will have four nights in a captivating hotel in Sorrento for plenty of opportunities to explore the wondrous scenery and culture around the Bay of Naples from the extravagance of the Caserta Palace to a private driver that transfers you to the various towns of the Amalfi Coast.
You will have a scenic helicopter transfer to Capri island and enjoy a tremendous private tour through the impressive history of Pompeii and Herculaneum, featuring remarkable mosaics and the preservation of daily Roman life. Two nights in the charming Pugliese town of Ostuni will take you across the peninsula toward the Adriatic Sea, delving into the rugged cave-dwellings of Matera, the Baroque architecture of Lecce, the seaside heritage of Otranto, and the fabulous fairytale images of Trulli homes in Alberobello.
Your tour will return you to the Western shores of Italy with a night in Maratea, which is a collection of resort towns that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and is known for its stunning views and 44 churches. Three nights in Taormina will introduce you to the pleasures of Sicily with private tours that will take you deep into traditions that date back to the Phoenicians and Magna Grecia. You will taste a range of fabulous wines that have been produced on family-owned estates at Mt. Etna in addition to finding the remains of ancient Greek architecture that accentuate the Baroque designs of Syracuse. The end of your Southern Italy and Sicily vacation will culminate in vivacious Palermo where you can indulge in the sensational flavors of a Michelin-starred restaurant and the exquisite culture of markets, Norman and Arab architecture, and elegant squares.
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$3,845 per person (excluding international flights)
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