Start Point
Rome
End Point
Rome
Ages
10 - 75+
Transport
Private coach
& ferry
Accommodation
2, 3 & 4* hotels, overnight ferry

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Summary

Enticing culture, awe-inspiring landscapes and some of Europe's most fascinating historical destinations - this Southern Italy tour has it all! Discover Rome by night on a walking tour. Marvel at Mt Vesuvius and explore the ruins of ancient Pompeii; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free days to explore Sorrento, Taormina and Palermo at your own pace. See the iconic Trulli houses in Alberobello and the ancient cave city of Matera. Eat, drink and be merry with a group of new friends on our Italy vacations. Discover Southern Italy & Sicily, and return home forever changed!

You can combine this itinerary with a tour of northern Italy - click here for more information

Highlights of Southern Italy & Sicily
Accommodation
  • 8 nights' accommodation in twin share hotel room with private en-suite facilities, 1 night's accommodation in twin share ferry cabin with private en-suite facilities
  • Single travelers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room/cabin
Meals
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request
Transport
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour days (excludes free days)
Modern air conditioned coach transport
Extras
  • Services of your Expat Explore tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip
  • All taxes and fees included
  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip
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Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.

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BV Oly Hotel BV Oly Hotel
BV Oly Hotel BV Oly Hotel
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Hotel Delle Palme Hotel Delle Palme
Hotel Delle Palme Hotel Delle Palme
La Ripetta La Ripetta
La Ripetta La Ripetta
Sisters Hotel Sisters Hotel
Sisters Hotel Sisters Hotel
Hotel Aequa Hotel Aequa
Hotel Aequa Hotel Aequa
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Hotel Kennedy Hotel Kennedy
Hotel Kennedy Hotel Kennedy
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Hotel Dioscuri Hotel Dioscuri
Hotel Dioscuri Hotel Dioscuri
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Hotel Athenaeum Hotel Athenaeum
Hotel Athenaeum Hotel Athenaeum
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Hotel Colle del Sole Hotel Colle del Sole
Hotel Colle del Sole Hotel Colle del Sole
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Start Point
BV Oly HotelVia del Santuario Regina degli Apostoli, 36, 00145 Roma RM, Italy
10:00 hrs
End Point
PalermoHotel in Palermo
10:00 hrs
NaplesNaples port
10:00 hrs (traffic dependent)
RomeBV Oly Hotel Via del Santuario Regina degli Apostoli, 36, 00145 Roma RM, Italy
13:00 hrs (traffic dependent)
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Optionals

On Tour Excursions
All optional excursions are booked on tour and paid in cash to your tour leader, unless stated otherwise. Please note, certain optional excursions are subject to availability and could change as a result.
Transfers

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Accommodation

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Why this tour

Italy is a dream travel destination. This diverse country is the complete package - stunning scenery, ancient history, world-famous art and culture scene, and, of course, the mouthwatering cuisine! If all of the above sounds ideal then Expat Explore’s Italian holiday packages are just the thing for you! This Italy Sicily tour features the highlights of Southern Italy including an incredible Sicily tour. The days are filled with excellent sightseeing, fun local activities and ample free time. 

Start your Italian adventure in Rome and travel south. There are different options for tour endpoints: Palermo, Naples and Rome. You can select the destination that works best for you at no extra cost.

The tour features several highlights that showcase the variety of experiences on offer when touring Southern Italy:

  • See Mount Vesuvius (the only active volcano on mainland Europe!) and explore the ruins of Pompeii with a local guide who will share insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy an “evening in Roma” and tour Rome by night. Your tour leader will take you to iconic Rome attractions including the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon - top sights on Italy vacations. 
  • See the Trulli Houses in Alberobello and admire these 14th-century traditional huts.
  • Visit Matera which is famous for its extensive ancient cave-dwelling districts!
  • Explore Sicily, Italy - the largest Mediterranean island located just off the tip of Italy’s “boot”. See Taormina, Cefalu, Syracuse and Palermo - all must-see destinations on Sicily vacations.
  • Visit the Valley of the Temples. This archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and illustrates Sicily’s ancient culture! It’s definitely a top site on Sicily tours.
  • Three full free days in Sorrento, Taormina and Palermo are included on this Southern Italy and Sicily itinerary giving you ample time to discover Italy at your own pace.  

Add a few more travel experiences to your Italy holiday with a variety of optional activities. From a tour of the Isle of Capri to a Mount Etna day trip! 

Is this the right tour for me?

What will the accommodation be like?
Twin-share rooms in quality hotels will be used on these Southern Italy tours. Travellers will share with someone of the same gender. If you would prefer a private room, a single supplement is available to purchase. 

How fit do I have to be to join this tour?
There are orientation tours and guided walking tours included on these Southern Italy escorted tours that travellers need to be able to comfortably complete. While the tours are not physically intense, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Travellers also need to be able to transfer their luggage from the coach to the hotel.   

Will I feel safe in Southern Italy?
While Southern Italy & Sicily may have ties to mafia notoriety, the region is safe to visit. Normal traveller safety rules apply as they would in any major travel destination - keep valuables safe and keep an eye out for petty crimes like pickpocketing. 

Get ready to experience the highlights of Southern Italy & Sicily over 10 days with Expat Explore! Look forward to an Italy holiday package that is fun, convenient and affordable!

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