2 Arrive Rome
Welcome to vibrant Italy and the beautiful Eternal City of Rome! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a welcome drink this evening.
This morning we explore Imperial Rome. Highlights include the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum (fast-track entry), where gladiatorial contests and games were held along with mock sea battles and executions. The afternoon is at leisure before tonight's group welcome dinner. (B/D)
Discover majestic Vatican City this morning (fast-track entry). We'll visit the amazing Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica - all containing works of art and sculptures by Michelangelo. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city at your own pace. (B)
5 Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento
We travel to the stunning Bay of Naples and the town of Sorrento via the ancient city of Pompeii (fast-track entry). Buried under ash for centuries after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD/ it is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman civilisation. (B/D) Special Experience: Tonight we'll enjoy an authentic Italian pizza-making class.
6 Isle Of Capri Excursion
After breakfast, we take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri. Beguiling Capri is known for its rugged landscape, café culture and brilliant bougainvillea. We'll tour the hilltop town of Anacapri and have some time at leisure before returning to Sorrento in the late afternoon. (B)
Special Experience: We'll travel along the famous Amalfi Coast, through the stunning towns of Positano and Amalfi, enjoying free time to explore these idyllic coastal cities. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Sorrento. (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure in Sorrento. Why not stroll through the Piazza Tasso lined by impressive hotels and grand shops, or sample the famous ice-cold limoncello? (B)
9 Sorrento - Alberobello
On our way to Alberobello, we visit the 13th century UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte in Andria. When we arrive in Alberobello, famous for its unique limestone dwellings, we'll explore the town on foot. (B)
The Grotte di Castellana began to form some 90 million years ago and is more than 3 kilometres long. We'll take a guided tour of this natural wonder to admire the incredible stalactites and stalagmites, fossils and canyons. We'll also visit the seaside town of Polignano a Mare, famous for its special Polignano gelato and ‘caffe speciale'. Tonight, we meet a local and learn about everyday life. (B/D)
11 Alberobello - Lecce - Ostuni - Matera
From Alberobello, we explore the ornate town of Lecce, characterised by its abundance of baroque architecture. On our way to Matera, we discover the beautiful ‘White City' of Ostuni, spread high on a hill just 8 kilometres from Italy's Adriatic coast. (B) Special Experience: Stay in one of Matera's impressive cave residences known as ‘sassi'.
We begin the day with a walking tour of unusual Matera, famous for its unique cave dwellings, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. (B)Day 13. Matera - Giardini NaxosThis morning we travel to Villa San Giovanni, where we'll board a ferry across the Strait of Messina to Sicily. Once we arrive in Sicily, we'll make our way along the coast to the charming resort town of Giardini Naxos overlooking the Ionian Sea. (B)
14 Mt Etna & Taormina Excursion
Today we visit Mt Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. In the afternoon we'll explore the hillside town of Taormina, where we'll stroll along the narrow streets, see the 13th century Duomo and enjoy sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos. (B)
15 Giardini Naxos - Palermo
Travelling to Palermo, we stop in the charming seaside village of Cefalù, visit the town's historic centre and admire the exterior of the medieval-style Norman Basilica, which began construction in 1131 by King Roger II. (B)
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, has been invaded many times and this is evident in the many architectural styles that can be seen. We'll visit the Moorish St John of the Hermits Church, the Norman Palace, and the Cathedral, characterised by its fusion of Romanesque, baroque and gothic styles. (B)
17 Palermo - Agrigento
Today we travel to Agrigento via Segesta, where we'll visit its well-preserved 5th century Greek Doric temple. Later we'll explore Agrigento's ‘Valley of the Temples', including a visit to the Temple of Zeus. (B)
18 Agrigento - Malta
We make our way along the coast, stopping to explore in the beautiful Ragusa region. Special Experience: Try the specialty 'Cioccolato di Modica', characterised by a grainy texture and aromatic flavour. This evening we cross the Mediterranean to the island of Malta. (B/D)
Today we explore Malta's capital, Valletta. Highlights include the Upper Barrakka Gardens, St John Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master's Palace, and the Malta 5D Show. We'll then board a traditional dghajsa for a cruise around Valletta's Grand Harbour. (B) Special Experience: We'll also visit the oldest cafe in Valletta and enjoy tea or coffee with freshly prepared pastries known as pastizzi.
20 Gozo Excursion
We discover the tiny island of Gozo. Marvel at the rugged terrain, spectacular coastline. (B/L) Special Experience: We visit an organic vineyard for wine tastings and a light lunch.
A full day at leisure to enjoy the delightful island of Malta. This evening we'll explore Mdina. The city is at its most charming at dusk. Our guide will share tales as we wander the narrow streets, lit by old lanterns. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. (B/D)
22 Depart Malta
Today we begin our journey home. (B)