Highlights Of Sicily & Southern Italy 2020

Overview

Countries and places

Italy

Tour Code

GL-LM2020

Operator

Duration

14 days

Brochure

View Brochure
Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and archaeological sites-all of this awaits you on this fabulous "off the beaten path" holiday through Southern Italy and Sicily. If you′re interested in ancient history, this tour is certainly for you. Stop in Matera, to enjoy a panoramic view of the sassi houses-prehistoric cave dwellings built into the rock-thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. A guided visit of Reggio Calabria′s Bronzi di Riace museum to see the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures will leave a lasting impression. Once in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its blue skies and rich heritage, visit the Greek Theater at Taormina, built in the 3rd century BC. Also, visit the amazing Greek structures that have survived for 2,400 years in Agrigento′s Valley of Temples; and the 12th-century Norman cathedral in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious byzantine mosaics. Photos and words cannot adequately capture these sights.

History buffs will also enjoy Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Imagine what life was like some 2,000 years ago! This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. A unique highlight is the guided visit to the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo where lunch has been arranged for you. In Naples, enjoy a guided tour and savor a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Other special treats include a taste of the traditional tartufo desert in Pizzo Calabro, and local pastries (pasticciotto) with almond iced coffee in Lecce.

For those desiring amazing scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight. Visit the Sorrento coast and Capri-both offering breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea. Spend time gazing at the mesmerizing water, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the fabulous restaurants visited by celebrities.

History, amazing scenery, tasty cuisine, and so much more is waiting for you on this Italy tour. So pack your bag and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

Features

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.

Features

    Motorcoach; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; ferry crossing.

Features

    Throughout the tour.

Features

    available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Features

    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

About Globus Tours

Globus is one of the oldest and most reputable tour operators in the world today. With a Globus tour you wont spend hours online trying to figure out where to go, where to stay, what to see and how to get around. All the logistics are taken care of for you. Your Globus tour isn't just planned. Its expertly planned by travel experts with decades of industry experience. With more than 85 years of experience in the travel business, Globus is constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new ways to explore the them. It is an ongoing evolutionary process designed to deliver to you the very best of touring. Globus helps you get out there and really experience the destination. Showing you the obvious "must see" sights but also taking you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes your desination unique; and you wont have to stand on long lines to see them. With globus you go to the front of the que. Staying at superior, centrally located hotels. Travelling aboard safe, luxuriously appointed modern motor coaches with plenty of leg room. Escorted throughout the tour by a friendly and knowledgable Tour Director. Just kick back and enjoy.  

Airport Transfers

Available for purchase on most tours

Terms & Conditions

View all the fine print here - it's really not that bad!

View Globus Tours's terms and conditions

Tour Type

Coach Tours

FAQs

  • How many people will be on the coach with me?
  • The average number of people on a Globus tour is 38, and we limit the number of tour members on our tours to a maximum of 44. This ensures smaller groups giving you more space, comfort and legroom.

  • What is the benefit of travelling on the Eurostar high speed train?
  • Globus uses the Eurostar for all channel crossing from London to Europe. The Eurostar takes you from the heart of London to the centre of Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes or Brussels in around 2 hours, while other operators will travel all day using coach, ferry and coach. With Globus you effectively get an extra half day to explore in each direction.

  • Whom will I be travelling with on my escorted tour?
  • International clientele of many ages all sharing the one passion - travel.

  • How much time will I spend on the coach?
  • Depending on the itinerary and your destinations this will vary. Longer trips may have breaks in between for passenger comfort and to view attractions in between Time on the coach gives you the opportunity to meet new friends

  • It is occasionally said that coach tours have too much routine, how can I add to my overall holiday experience?
  • Optional excursions can be purchased Independent free time to explore

  • How much time will I spend at each destination?
  • Depending on your tour, this will vary. At times you'll have the opportunity for a picture stop and talk by your tour director other times you'll have a number of hours to visit inside key attractions On some of our tours we'll have multiple night's stays in the one destination giving you ample time to explore in your own time

  • What is a guaranteed departure?
  • The tour departures marked Guaranteed Departures are guaranteed to operate. Furthermore, Globus guarantees most European tours & UK tours that are still in operation 45 days prior to the published departure date, USA & Canada tours 30 days prior, and Asia & South/Central America tours 30 days prior. Throughout our European peak periods, from 1 May to 15 October, Globus guarantees most European tours & UK tours that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure. Throughout our American peak periods, from 15 May to 15 October, Globus guarantees most USA & Canada tours that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: This guarantee does not apply in any situation where the safety of clients is at potential risk (any act of terrorism or war, political unrest, global health warnings or Force Majeure*, etc); or when the operation of a vacation is not possible for reasons beyond our control (such as industrial action/strikes and operational restrictions); to multiple coach departures (i.e. "A" coach) or late cancellation of group parties. *Force Majeure: French for "act of God; an inevitable, unpredictable act of nature, not dependent on act of man. Used in insurance contracts to refer to acts of nature such as earthquakes or lightning."

  • Does Globus offer more tours that are not printed within each brochure?
  • Yes, Globus offers over 200 tours worldwide and it is not possible to include these all in our brochures. All tours are featured on this site and it has been designed to make it easy for you to find the right tour by simply search via the destination to which you want to travel.

  • I'm finding it difficult to match two tours together?
  • Have you considered pre or post tour accommodation? We offer fantastic rates hard to find elsewhere and this may enable you to select sequential tours with minimal disruption to your intended travel plans.

  • What is the difference between a tour director and a local guide? What are they like?
  • Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you. If you chose to book either a "pre" or "post" - vacation extension, please note that your Tour Director may not escort you during this part of your vacation. However, in such cases, a Local Host will be available should you require any assistance.

  • Will the tour director speak English?
  • Yes, we operate only English speaking tours.

  • Do you accept travellers who need special assistance?
  • Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Globus by you or your travel agent at the time the reservation is made. Globus will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled tour participants, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, dining, and getting on and off motorcoaches and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified companion must accompany travellers who need such assistance.

  • Are prices based on double occupancy?
  • Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single room supplements and triple room reductions are listed where available.

  • Do I get discounts if I book multiple tours?
  • Save $150 per couple ($75 per person) for every second or subsequent tour booked in the same calendar year. The more tours you book the more you save!

  • How old does a child have to be to travel with Globus?
  • An adult must accompany travellers who are less than 18 years old on the tour departure date; the child receives a 10% discount on the land tour price. We do not accept children under the age of 8 on escorted tours, because we have found they are too young to enjoy these vacations. On our independent vacations, there is no minimum age requirement. Land arrangements for infants under two are free of charge, providing parents pay directly to the hotels for food, crib, etc. Infants sometimes fly free of charge if they do not occupy a seat, while some airlines charge 10%. An airline ticket is always required for the child. Please arrange for this ticket directly with the airline.

  • How can I learn more about Globus?
  • Film nights, expos, consumer advertising specials.

  • Why should I choose Globus?
  • Globus vacations are designed to offer you flexibility, choice, and a pace that best fits the way you want to travel. Globus offers MORE included features, MORE quality hotels, and MORE experience with over 80 years of taking travellers on unforgettable journeys. In addition, Globus offers MORE value with an average price less per day than our nearest competitor. The safety of our travellers and the richness of our vacations is a priority and it is what has made Globus the worldwide leader in travel and name you can trust.

  • How is my airfare price determined if I purchase air through Globus?
  • Air prices are quoted at the best price available at the time you make the reservation. An additional $200 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e., air-inclusive holiday). However, once you airfare is confirmed, for departures in Jan 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014, and Globus has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive holiday price is guaranteed. Departure is based on the land start date as listed in the holiday itinerary. Air is only available to passengers travelling from Australia and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Any revisions or changes to airfare at your request after receipt of full land and air deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline imposed change or cancellation fees. Please ask if any such charges apply before making changes as all changes at your request are payable by you.

  • Safety Net Protection Policy
  • Globus is dedicated to ensuring your trip is worry and hassle free, even when booking. Should you be uncertain what your commitments will be leading up to your departure, Globus offer a SafetyNet Protection policy*, for $75 per person. The SafetyNet Transfer Protection* enables Globus passengers to amend their tour up to 24 hours prior to the tour departure date to another tour departing in the same calendar year, (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties. The SafetyNet Cancellation Protection* enables Globus passengers to cancel their tour in full - up to 30 days prior to the tour departure date, without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties. *Conditions apply, please see below.

  • Conditions of the SafetyNet Protection policy
  • The $75 SafetyNet Protection must be paid at the time of the tour deposit and is payable per person per booking (not per tour) and is non-refundable. The SafetyNet Transfer Protection and SafetyNet Cancellation Protection applies to the tour, associated pre/post accommodation and transfers booked directly with Globus Family of travel brands. The SafetyNet Protection does not apply to any airfares booked and ticketed via the Globus Family of travel brands, or any products purchased via another wholesale or retail supplier. Passengers can only use "one" of the two SafetyNet Protection Policies; choose either the SafetyNet Transfer Protection, or the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection, not both. For example: if a passenger uses the SafetyNet Transfer Protection to amend their 2014 tour (say 48 hours prior to the original tours departure date) to a later 2014 Globus Family of travel brands tour departure date, they then cannot use the SafetyNet Cancellation Protection to cancel their Globus Family of travel brands tour in full without incurring the applicable cancellation charges or penalties - as per the 2014 Globus Family of travel brands brochure terms and conditions. If the SafetyNet Transfer Protection is applied, and the booking is subsequently cancelled by the passenger the original booking and transfer date will be reviewed, the transfer date of the original booking will then be taken as the tour cancellation date. Cancellation penalties that apply to the original booking will be compared with the cancellation penalties to that of the tour transferred booking, the higher penalties will be applied.

    Please Note: The SafetyNet Protection must be purchased for each individual passenger and the purchase covers an individual passenger's Globus Family of travel brands tours booked at the same time the SafetyNet Protection is purchased.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive In Rome, Italy.

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Rome′s lively restaurants. (D)

Day 2 - Rome-castel Gandolfo-sorrento Coast.

Look forward to a unique experience: enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since 2016, a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible, followed by lunch at Villa Barberini. Then, continue south on the Highway of the Sun to the Sorrento Coast. (B,L) Today′s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km

Day 3 - Sorrento Coast. Excursion To Capri.

Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri and ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit. Walk through the splendid AUGUSTUS GARDENS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view. Time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to your hotel. (B)

Day 4 - Sorrento Coast. Excursion To Pompeii And Naples.

Explore fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Follow your Local Guide for a walk past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts strikingly recalling day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Next is Naples, a city steeped in volcanic history, rich archaeological treasures, and castles and churches to rival Rome! A Local Guide will show you the many sights during your city tour. Stop in the famous PIAZZA PLEBISCITO and savour a slice of Neapolitan pizza. (B,D) Today′s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km

Day 5 - Sorrento Coast-bari.

A morning at leisure allows you to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast and Positano. Later, drive to Bari, capital of Apulia, the heel of Italy′s "boot," for your overnight stay. (B) Today′s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km

Day 6 - Bari-lecce-alberobello Area.

Discover BARI VECCHIA, the city′s oldest district, during a pleasant stroll with a Local Guide and visit stunning SAN NICOLA′S CHURCH. In Lecce, your guided walking tour reveals why Lecce is called the "Florence of the South." Visit the DUOMO, a masterpiece of baroque art, SANTA CROCE BASILICA, and taste the local pasticciotto with almond-flavoured iced coffee. (B,D) Today′s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km

Day 7 - Alberobello Area.

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Alberobello and visit one of its unique trulli-whitewashed, stone, circular houses with pinnacled, conical roofs. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional dinner at a traditional Apulian masseria. (B)

Day 8 - Alberobello Area-matera-pizzo Calabro- Reggio Calabria.

In Matera, enjoy a panoramic view of the picturesque sassi houses, followed by a spectacular drive south along the Gulf of Taranto to Pizzo Calabro, where you can taste the traditional tartufo ice cream. Arrive in Reggio Calabria for a guided visit of the MUSEUM that houses the world-famous bronze warrior sculptures, Bronzi di Riace. (B,D) Today′s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

Day 9 - Reggio Calabria-taormina Riviera.

Cross the Strait of Messina by FERRY and start your discovery of the beautiful island of Sicily, the great melting pot of the Mediterranean world. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Normans, French, and Spanish have left their marks and contributed to its rich heritage. Arrive in Taormina, a charming hilltop town overlooking the Ionian Sea, and visit the ancient GREEK THEATER dating back to the 3rd century BC. Time to stroll and shop along Corso Umberto I at your own pace. Don′t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties, like the Sicilian granita (a treat similar to sorbet). (B) Today′s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km

Day 10 - At Leisure In Taormina Riviera.

Enjoy two days to just relax in this beautiful resort or choose from our optional excursions to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe; or to the fascinating archaeological site of Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes and once a powerful Greek port with a fleet feared throughout the Mediterranean. On day 10, dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant with breathtaking sea views. On Day 11, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 11 - At Leisure In Taormina Riviera.

Enjoy day at leisure (B,D)

Day 12 - Taormina Riviera-agrigento-palermo.

Head south to Agrigento and enjoy a walk with your Local Guide through the breathtaking VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travellers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. Arrive at your hotel in Palermo. (B) Today′s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

Day 13 - Palermo.

Guided sightseeing features the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and a visit to the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d′Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Later, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate your Italian journey. (B,D)

Day 14 - Palermo.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Prices/Dates

All Prices are in Australian Dollars

Start
Date
End
Date
Definite
Departure
Tour
Availability
Brochure Price Our
Price
Single Price Twin Price
05 Apr 2020 18 Apr 2020 AUD $5993 AUD $4999 AUD $4249
12 Apr 2020 25 Apr 2020   AUD $6113 AUD $5119 AUD $4351
19 Apr 2020 02 May 2020   AUD $6113 AUD $5119 AUD $4351
03 May 2020 16 May 2020 AUD $6163 AUD $5169 AUD $4393
10 May 2020 23 May 2020   AUD $6163 AUD $5169 AUD $4393
17 May 2020 30 May 2020 0 AUD $5169 AUD $4393
24 May 2020 06 Jun 2020 AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
31 May 2020 13 Jun 2020   AUD $6163 AUD $5169 AUD $4393
03 Jun 2020 16 Jun 2020   AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
07 Jun 2020 20 Jun 2020 AUD $6163 AUD $5169 AUD $4393
10 Jun 2020 23 Jun 2020   AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
14 Jun 2020 27 Jun 2020 AUD $6163 AUD $5169 AUD $4393
17 Jun 2020 30 Jun 2020   AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
24 Jun 2020 07 Jul 2020   AUD $6293 AUD $5299 AUD $4504
28 Jun 2020 11 Jul 2020 AUD $6283 AUD $5289 AUD $4495
05 Jul 2020 18 Jul 2020   AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
12 Jul 2020 25 Jul 2020   AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
26 Jul 2020 08 Aug 2020   AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
09 Aug 2020 22 Aug 2020     AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
23 Aug 2020 05 Sep 2020   AUD $6183 AUD $5189 AUD $4410
30 Aug 2020 12 Sep 2020   AUD $6223 AUD $5229 AUD $4444
02 Sep 2020 15 Sep 2020 AUD $6263 AUD $5269 AUD $4478
06 Sep 2020 19 Sep 2020 AUD $6243 AUD $5249 AUD $4461
09 Sep 2020 22 Sep 2020   AUD $6243 AUD $5249 AUD $4461
13 Sep 2020 26 Sep 2020 AUD $6183 AUD $5189 AUD $4410
16 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020   AUD $6243 AUD $5249 AUD $4461
20 Sep 2020 03 Oct 2020   AUD $6183 AUD $5189 AUD $4410
23 Sep 2020 06 Oct 2020 AUD $6243 AUD $5249 AUD $4461
27 Sep 2020 10 Oct 2020 AUD $6183 AUD $5189 AUD $4410
30 Sep 2020 13 Oct 2020   AUD $6183 AUD $5189 AUD $4410
04 Oct 2020 17 Oct 2020   AUD $6153 AUD $5159 AUD $4385
07 Oct 2020 20 Oct 2020 AUD $6163 AUD $5169 AUD $4393
11 Oct 2020 24 Oct 2020   AUD $6153 AUD $5159 AUD $4385
14 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020   AUD $6153 AUD $5159 AUD $4385
18 Oct 2020 31 Oct 2020   AUD $6153 AUD $5159 AUD $4385
21 Oct 2020 03 Nov 2020 AUD $6153 AUD $5159 AUD $4385
25 Oct 2020 07 Nov 2020   AUD $6093 AUD $5099 AUD $4334
01 Nov 2020 14 Nov 2020   AUD $5703 AUD $4709 AUD $4002
08 Nov 2020 21 Nov 2020   AUD $5703 AUD $4709 AUD $4002
15 Nov 2020 28 Nov 2020   AUD $5463 AUD $4469 AUD $3798

Map

Dynamic Map

Zoom in and take a closer look at each city you will visit.

Static Map

Below you will find the basic route in which you will travel on this tour.