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Southern Italy, Sicily & Malta

3 countries18 cities
11 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Trullo, AlberobelloCave hotel (sassi), Matera
From the grand city of Rome to Malta, the 'Jewel of the Mediterranean', experience stunning landscapes, picture-perfect towns and incredible cuisine on a Mediterranean adventure. Along the way, we'll explore the ancient city of Pompeii, discover the secrets of Sicily and soak up the sun on the Isle of Capri and the beautiful Amalfi Coast.When in Rome...We explore the Eternal City of Rome, visiting the Piazza Venezia, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Leaving Rome, we stop at the ancient city of Pompeii, destroyed and completely buried when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. The excavation of the partially buried city has given great insight into early Roman life.Stunning SicilyOn our way to Palermo we stop at the charming seaside village of Cefalu and experience traditional Sicilian life. In Palermo, the capital of Sicily, we tour St John of the Hermits Church, the Norman Cathedral, and the Royal Palace. Our tour of Sicily includes a visit to Segesta with its well-preserved Greek Doric Temple located on top of a hill. We also visit the Valley of the Temples with its magnificent ancient structures dating back to the 5th century BC. These are the most sublime evidence of the Greek civilization in Sicily.Relax on the Mediterranean in MaltaOur final leg of the journey sees us exploring the fascinating country of Malta, with tours of Valletta and Gozo. We visit quaint shops and cafes, and some of Europe's finest churches and palaces, and also witness some splendid scenery.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Ferry from Reggio Calabria to Sicily
  • Ferry from Pozzallo to Malta
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $235pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in Trulli, Alberobello
  • 2 nights in a cave hotel, Matera
  • 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

La Dolce Vita

  • Explore Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum.
  • Discover the opulent Vatican City and visit the amazing museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica.
  • Visit the famous ruins of Pompeii which lay buried for hundreds of years after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in the year 79AD - it's one of the most significant examples of Roman civilisation.
  • Pizza originated in the Naples region so it's only fitting that you take a pizza-making class in Sorrento.
  • Explore the beautiful Isle of Capri and visit the cheerful village of Anacapri.
  • Enjoy a half day excursion along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the views at a stop over Positano, and wander the streets of Amalfi.
  • Stop to visit the UNESCO Heritage-listed fortress of Castel del Monte on the way to Apulia.
  • Take a walking tour of the picturesque town of Alberobello, which is famous for its unique trulli - whitewashed dry stone circular houses with conical roofs.
  • Spend 2 nights in a heritage-listed Trulli.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Grotto di Castellana with its stalactites, stalagmites, fossils and cavities that stretch 3 kilometres in distance and 72 metres below ground.
  • Enjoy some time in the pretty seaside town of Polignano a Mare.
  • Discover the remarkable baroque town of Lecce, located in the heel of 'Italy's boot'.
  • Visit Ostuni, a charming, fortified hill town known as La Citt Bianca (The White City).
  • Spend 2 nights in the amazing 'Sassi' cave residences in Matera.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Matera to learn more about this subterranean city.
  • Visit Mt Etna - Europe's largest active volcano, approximately 3,350 metres high.
  • Explore the hillside town of Taormina, walking the narrow streets and seeing the picturesque Duomo that dates back to the 13th century.
  • Spend some time in Cefal and visit its beautiful Basilica.
  • Tour the city of Palermo, including the red-domed church of St John the Hermit, the Norman Cathedral (Palermo Cathedral), the Royal Palace, once the seat of power for Italy's Kings during the Norman domination.
  • Visit the well-preserved Greek Doric temple in Segesta.
  • Discover the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, one of Sicily's most historical attractions. The archaeological park is made up of 8 temples - Hera, Concordia, Heracles, Olympian Zeus, Castor and Pollux, Hephaestos, Demeter and Asclepius.
  • Enjoy some time to explore this fascinating town of Ragusa.
  • Taste the specialty of the Ragusa region "Cioccolato di Modica" characterised by a grainy texture and aromatic flavour.

The Jewel of the Mediterranean

  • Tour the city of Valletta including the Upper Barracca Gardens, St John Co-Cathedral and Grand Masters's Palace.
  • Enjoy a cruise of the Grand Harbour on a traditional dghajsa.
  • On the island of Gozo see the prehistoric Temples of Ggantija in Xaghra, the capital - Victoria, and see the Citadel and the lovely Bay of Xlendi.
  • Visit Ta'Mena Estate and taste some local Gozitan wine and produce over a light lunch.
  • Tour the medieval city of Mdina, which reveals its charm especially at night when the narrow streets are empty and lit by old lanterns. An evening tour will familiarise you with the secrets of the city and its nocturnal residents.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $10,745
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
29 Apr 201921 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,190
06 May 201928 May 2019AvailableAUD $10,190
13 May 201904 Jun 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,190
20 May 201911 Jun 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,190
03 Jun 201925 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $10,190
10 Jun 201902 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,190
17 Jun 201909 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,490
01 Jul 201923 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $10,490
19 Aug 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,490
26 Aug 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,490
02 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,490
09 Sep 201901 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,490
16 Sep 201908 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,490
30 Sep 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,490
ItineraryExpand
Southern Italy, Sicily & Malta

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 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.

Day 3. Rome

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]

Day 4. Rome

Discover the 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]

Day 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.

Day 6. Isle of Capri Excursion

After breakfast, we take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri. Beguiling Capri is known for its rugged landscape, caf 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]

Day 7. Sorrento

Special Experience: We'll travel along the famous Amalfi Coast, through the stunning towns of Positano and Amalfi, making several photo stops along the way!

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Sorrento. [B]

Day 8. 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]

Special Experience: For the next two nights we'll stay in a heritage-listed 'Trullo'.

Day 9. Alberobello

The Grotte di Castellana began to form some 90 million years ago and is more than 3km 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]

Day 10. 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 8km from the coast. [B]

Special Experience: For the next two nights we'll be staying in one of Matera's impressive cave residences known as 'sassi'.

Day 11. Matera

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 12. Matera - Giardini Naxos

This 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]

Day 13. 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]

Day 14. Giardini Naxos - Palermo

Travelling to Palermo, we stop in the charming seaside village of Cefal and visit the Norman Basilica. [B]

Day 15. Palermo

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]

Day 16. 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]

Day 17. 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]

Day 18. Malta

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]

Day 19. Gozo

We discover the tiny island of Gozo. Marvel at the rugged terrain and spectacular coastline. [B,L]

Special Experience: We visit an organic vineyard for wine tastings and a light lunch.

Day 20. Malta

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]

Day 21. Depart Malta

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. In Transit
Day 23. Arrive Australia