From USD 17,149 /Couple

Duration

10 Days

Tour Type

Luxury Escapes

Room Type

Twin Sharing

Languages

English, Italian

Embark on an unforgettable private journey through the enchanting landscapes of Southern Italy. Unearth the ancient wonders of Sicily, from the Greek temples of Agrigento to the charming streets of Taormina. Delight in the rustic beauty of Puglia, with its whitewashed trulli houses and picturesque olive groves. Conclude your journey along the stunning Amalfi Coast, where vibrant villages cling to dramatic cliffsides and turquoise waters beckon. This private tour offers a personalized experience, allowing you to explore at your own pace and discover the hidden gems that make Southern Italy so special.

Highlights :

  • Explore the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sicily
  • Wander through the charming hilltop town of Matera, known for its Sassi cave dwellings
  • Indulge in a private mozzarella-making demonstration in Puglia
  • Cruise along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, soaking in the scenery
  • Visit the picturesque island of Capri, known for its Blue Grotto
  • Savor authentic cuisine at local trattorias and Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Enjoy the personalized attention and flexibility of a private tour

Arrive in Palermo, Sicily’s lively capital, and transfer to your hotel located in the city’s historic center. Sicily has a long history of stubborn independence from the political forces of mainland Italy, and today remains an autonomous region with its distinct history and culture.
Overnight at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa or Similar in Palermo

Today meet your English Speaking Guide at hotel and transfer to Cefalu’, a gorgeous town located on the northern coast of Sicily and one of the major tourist attractions in the region.
Built on a promontory dominated by a sheer cliff, Cefalu’, still keeping its ancient print, has grown around the Cathedral wanted by Ruggero II. The Cathedral, began in 1131, is one of the most interesting medieval monuments of the island and boasts outstanding mosaics and a wonderful cloister. Thanks to the splendid mosaic of Christ Pantocrator above the altar, it is twinned with the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and the Duomo in Monreale. Seeing all three on a trip to Sicily is strongly recommended. Also of interest is the Medieval wash house – lavatoio – which is fed by a natural spring and the Osterio Magno which, according to tradition was King
Roger’s very own residence. A large part of the town is pedestrian. Stroll through the medieval narrow street and admire the picturesque houses on the sea and the long beach of finest sand.
Then we drive to Monreale. Upon arrival see where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached its pinnacle in the Duomo (Admission fee included), launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Enlightened, tolerant and appreciative of many aspects of North African and middle-eastern culture and art, William II employed the very best Arabic and Byzantine (as well as Norman) craftsmen to work on the
cathedral. The result is a fabulous and fascinating fusion of architectural styles, artistic traditions and religious symbolism.
Later we drive back to Palermo and we make a short walking tour of the city center. We will visit Palermo Cathedral (Tips: not included) erected in 1185 on the area of an earlier Byzantine basilica. By all accounts this earlier church was founded by St. Gregory and was later turned into a mosque by the Saracens after their conquest of the city in the 9th century. We then continue onto the Four Corners which is the junction in Palermo. Effectively, it is the centre point of the
four areas of the old town centre. You will almost inevitably pass through it and it is worth stopping for five minutes to have a look at its sculptures which were commissioned by the Spanish Viceroy in 1611. The sculptures on each of the four corners depict a variety of themes, including the four seasons, four Spanish kings and the four patron saints of the old town areas.
Going south-east down Via Maqueda you will come across Piazza Pretoria which is home not  only to a splendid fountain but several other impressive buildings including, on the right, the City Hall. The large central fountain is the focal point for sixteen nude statues of nymphs, humans, mermaids and satyrs. Then we drive you back to the hotel.
Overnight at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa or Simlar in Palermo

Today we drive along the Salt Way Road to reach Marsala. You will appreciate the exceptional natural landscapes with the typical windmills of the Trapani coast, original examples of still fully functional industrial archeology. Saline della Laguna is located inside the Natural Reserve dello Stagnone. The sea salt, in the tradition of this part of Sicily, is obtained by the evaporation of the seawater, through a simple but functional method of “handmade fractional distillation”, that highlights the positive qualities and at the same time eliminates unwanted compounds such as calcium sulphate or gypsum. Upon arrival in Marsala, we visit a local winery and taste Marsala Wine. Marsala is a wine, dry or sweet. While the city’s natives sometimes drink “vintage” Marsala, the wine produced for export is universally fortified similar to Port, Madeira, and Sherry. Originally, this addition of alcohol was to ensure that it would last on long ocean voyages, but now it is made that way because of its popularity in foreign markets. We continue onto Favara and drop off at Hotel Alba Palace
Overnight at Hotel Alba Palace or Similar in Agrigento

Today we visit the world-famous Valley of the Temples (Admission fee included), one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. This is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in the UNESCO Heritage Site list in 1997. Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the
Mediterranean world. Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact under today’s fields and orchards. This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius (the God of Medicine). Apart from this latter, which is to be found on the banks of the Akragas river, all are situated in the same area on rocky crests south of modern day Agrigento (not really in a Valley at all!). Later we drive to Taormina, the famous resort town of Sicily. Upon arrival drop off at NH Collection
Overnight at NH Collection or Simlar in Taormina Rivera.

Today you are greeted at your hotel and driven to the Etna Natural Park-South Side (Rifugio Sapienza 1.910 meters) a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes and colors. Along the scenic drive we will stop at the the 2002 lava flow reachable through a winding curvy road surrounded by chestnut and oak forests. Continuing our excursion we will reach Rifugio Sapienza (1900 meters above sea level), a ski resort, theater of the great eruption of 2002. On arrival, those interested in experiencing the Etna craters will have the opportunity to explore the Silvestri Craters and also the option to ascent to the top (weather and volcanic conditions permitting) by purchasing Ascent Tickets on the spot (Ascent fees Euro 78,00 per person) to experience the lava fields and incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano. How to Ascent to the TOP? From Rifugio Sapienza (1.910 meters) up to Montagnola (2.500 meters) by Cable Car From Rifugio Sapienza you can catch on the first cable car ride up to 2.500 meters (Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2.500 meters, you can walk around or hike, or just take a cappuccino at the bar overlooking the area. From Montagnola (2.500 meters) to 2.920 meters by UNIMOG and hiking From Montagnola (located at around 2.500 meters) you can jump on board the UNIMOG (mini[1]coach WD4X4) to reach 2.800 meters and then hike with Licensed Etna Guide you will reach 2.920 meters (sommital craters). Later we drive back to Taormina. We start our visit with the Greek-Roman Theater (Admission fees included), suspended between sea and sky, with Mt Etna looming on the southern horizon. Built-in the 3rd century BC, it’s the most dramatically situated Greek theatre in the world and the second largest in Sicily (after Syracuse). In summer, it’s used to stage concerts and festival events. Then we continue to Corso Umberto a pedestrian, boutique-lined thoroughfare ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Start at the tourist office in Palazzo Corvaja, which dates back to the 10th century, before heading southwest for spectacular panoramic views from Piazza IX Aprile. Continue through the Torre dell’Orologio, the 12th-century clock tower, into Piazza del Duomo, home to an ornate baroque fountain that sports Taormina’s symbol, a two-legged centaur with the bust of an angel. After the guided walking tour, time at leisure for relaxation or shopping, given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes, and restaurants where you can spend pleasant hours while admiring the views. We walk back to the Hotel

Overnight at NH Collection or Similar in Taormina Rivera.

Rise early for the journey to Messina, where you board a ferry to cross the strait separating Sicily from the “toe” of the Italian mainland. Disembark in Villa San Giovanni in Calabria, and drive into Basilicata and to Matera, the ancient Città Sotterranea (Underground City) carved right into the Appenine Mountains. Thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world, Matera is a jumble of stone dwellings built alongside (and, in some cases, on top of) each other, linked by narrow, jagged lanes. Settle into your hotel in the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight at Palazzo Viceconte or Simlar in Matera.

The town of the trulli is truly one of a kind and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Trulli, traditional Apulian stone huts with conical roofs, are famous all over the world for their picturesque beauty. Each one has a unique shape, and they represent a remarkable example of rural architecture. Most trulli, although different in size, have a conical grey roof that ends in a round or semispherical stone; the usually one-room interiors have alcoves for the fireplace, bed, and furnishings. Trulli was built using dry stone masonry, without any mortar, but their structure is far from unstable and allows excellent natural climate control
on the inside: cool in the summer, warm and snug in the winter. Near the Aia Piccola, which offers a stunning view of the landscape, are several handicraft shops where visitors can sample delicious local products. At the top of the Rione Monti is the Church of Sant’Antonio, a stunning
and unique trullo church. A few steps away are the extraordinary “Siamese trulli”, featuring the unusual shape of two centrally-joined domes. According to popular legend, they belonged to two brothers who were in love with the same maiden. The brothers divided the original trullo because of her, with two entrances giving onto two different roads. The tour will end with the Trullo Sovrano, the only one on two levels. Built at the beginning of the 18th century, also without any mortar, it represents a rare example of the skill and artistry of the trullari masons. Matera Walking Tour
Your private guide will pick you up from the previously arranged place and will lead you to this incredible city among the oldest in the world, which houses evidence from the Paleolithic up to the present day. The original urban core of Matera developed from the natural caves carved into the rock that have formed over the centuries the unrepeatable architecture of the Sassi di Matera and which tell of the extraordinary ability of man to adapt to the natural context. During the centuries that cross the history of this incredible city, from the Paleolithic through the Neolithic, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and up to the present day, the Sassi of Matera have undergone numerous changes. Today they offer visitors a unique landscape in the world with a series of elements that have stratified over time to become an extraordinary and magical place. Walking along the main street that connects the two most important districts, you can admire the overwhelming beauty of Matera and find yourself discovering always different and surprising corners. A magical place, an unforgettable experience that will leave you breathless. In 1993 UNESCO declared I Sassi di Matera a World Heritage Site and in 2019 Matera was the European Capital of Culture

Overnight at Palazzo Viceconte or Similar in Matera.

Today after breakfast, This morning you will travel back in time on your tour of Pompeii.
Located in the foothills of Mt Vesuvius, the town was captured in time 2000 years ago. Here you will experience a typical ancient Roman town 2,000 years ago. A local Pompeii tour guide will take you through this ancient Roman archeological sight.
Later we drive back to the hotel in Amalfi or Sorrento.

Overnight at Hotel in Amalfi or Sorrento

A wonderful tour to get to know Capri together with one of our excellent authorized tourist guides. We will accompany you to discover the most beautiful and famous among the islands of the Gulf of Naples, between its alleys and its history. Capri, famous for its Faraglioni and the unique color of the sea that is tinged with a cobalt blue inside the Grotto Azzurra, will conquer you also for other beauties such as the Giardini D’augusto, the botanical garden overlooking the sea bought at the beginning of 1900 From the German industrialist Krupp, or the exclusive Piazzetta, a timeless meeting place for the island’s worldliness. Photostop at Positano. From Salerno, the route is scenic with bends that give way to expanses of blue sea and mountain-side villages. Stop for photos on the 1.5-hour journey, then take a break in the town of Positano, known for its pretty houses that are stacked into the hillside

Overnight at Hotel in Amalfi or Sorrento

Today morning at leisure and later we drive to airport for your flight onward back home !!!! 

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