Grand Tour

Grand Tour – Sicily, Malta, Palermo & Puglia | Cultural Italy

Tour Introduction

23 NIGHT TRIP
Great journey from Malta to Southern Italy, including Sicily, Puglia and Rome.

Highlights:

  • The island of Malta, Mediterranean paradise
  • Monreale Abbey, the world’s most beautiful temple
  • Pompeii excavations and the spectacular Amalfi Drive
  • The ancient Sassi of Matera and cave dwellings

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MALTA
Arriva; private transfer from the airport to hotel. Check in at hotel Victoria, in the city center of Sliema. Enjoy a nice dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.

DAY 2: MEDIEVAL MODINA AND ST ANTON BOTANICAL GARDENS
Breafast at the hotel. This morning join a tour that will take you on a journey to discover this charming medieval town, known as the 'silent city'. Discover the secretive narrow winding streets and  dwarfed doorways, till you reach the city's bastions from where you’ll enjoy a stunning almost 360 degrees panoramic view of the island. The tour continues with a visit to the Dingli cliffs, known as the highest cliffs on the island. The tour will end with a visit to the botanic gardens of San Anton, originally build for a palace which once served as a leisure residence for the Grand Master. Dinner at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 3: GOZO, ISLE OF CALYPSO
Breafast at the hotel. Day at leisure to either discover more of Malta visit the island of Gozo, considered one of Mediterranean’s top diving destination. Greeer, smaller and more rural than the sister’s Island of Malta, is thought to be the legendary Calypso's isle of Homer's Odyssey - a peaceful, mystical backwater. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 4: SICILY - TAORMINA
Breafast at the hotel. Departure transfer to Malta’s airport to board your flight to Catania. Upom arrival private transfer to Taormina. After check in, meet your guide for an afternoon guided walking tour with included visit to the Greek Theater. Evening at leisure.

DAY 5: BAROQUE NOTO & ORTIGIA ISLAND
Breafast at the hotel. Departure transfer to Noto, considered to be the most beautiful baroque town in Sicily. Stop for visit and continue to Siracusa. Upon arrival, walking tour, an extraordinary example of Magna Grecia art and culture and also the birthplace of Archimedes. Continue the tour with a visit to the island of Ortigia, the baroque historical center of Siracusa. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

DAY 6: FROM BAROQUE TO GREEK RUINS
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to Agrigento. Check in and afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 7: AGRIGENTO VALLEY OF TEMPLES
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet you guide for a walking tour of the Valley of the Temples. Excavated and partially restored, this area contains some of the best preserved ancient Greek buildings outside Greece itself and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 8: PALERMO SICILY CAPITAL
Transfer to Palermo. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

DAY 9: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE: MONREALE ABBEY
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide for a tour of Palermo and Monreale. Discover this incredible city with its many influences. Founded by the Phoenicians, named it by the ancient Greeks and ruled by the Arabs and Normans, Palermo is a city full of flavor and mixed cultures.
After lunch, visit Monreale, famous for its incredible beautiful cathedral which contains the largest cycle of Byzantine mosaics in Italy. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 10: FROM THE BOOT TO THE HEEL - PUGLIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to Palermo’s airport to board your flight to Bari. Upon arrival transfer to a historical residence in the town of Conversano. Dinner at a typical restaurant. Overnight.

DAY 11: PRIMITIVO WINE TASTING AND MATERA CAVE HOUSES
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit Gioia del Colle, Puglia’s hidden jewels as the name, gioia, literally means jewel. The small town, located strategically in the heart of Puglia, is also the birthplace of the popular Primitivo wine. Upon arrival you will stop a wine cellar and enjoy a wine tasting in the vineyards. Continue your tour with a stop for lunch at a “slow food” restaurant. Afternoon visit of UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera, the ancient Città Sotterranea (Underground City), carved right into the Appenine Mountains. Evening at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.. Return to Conversano. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 12: ALBEROBELLO THE CITY OF TRULLI
Breakfast at the hotel.Walking tour of Conversano and the large and famous complex of caves with amazing rock formations in Castellana Grotte. After the grotte visit Polignano a Mare and stop for lunch in a slow food restaurant. Afternoon guided tour of Alberobello, with visit of the Trullo Sovrano and its museum. Return to Conversano. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 13: CASTEL DEL MONTE: THE OCTAGONAL SHAPED CASTLE
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning departure to the historical fishing port of Trani and visit of the waterfront, the cathedral and the historical center. Lunch in a typical restaurant in the countryside selected by “Michelin’s guide”. After lunch visit the UNESCO heritage site of Castel del Monte, the most important testimony in the region of the Hohenstaufen Monarchy and site full of unrevealed mysteries. Return to Conversano. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 14: ENCHANTING AMALFI COAST
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure private transfer from your hotel to Bari’s train station. High-speed train to Naples. Upon arrival, private transfer from Naples train station to Sorrento with a panoramic tour of Naples. Enjoy the spectacular panorama that will present to you. Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is renowned for its natural beauty as well as its characteristic towns. The crystal clear ocean waters and breathtaking landscapes are offset by the famous towns of Sorrento, Praiano, Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi, whose charming architecture elegantly blends into the mountainous landscape. Check in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 15: POMPEII EXCAVATIONS
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning tour to the world famous Pompeii Excavations,  ancient Roman town buried under 65 ft  of vulcanic ashes during the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 16: CAPRI - THE PEARL OF THE AMALFI COAST
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full day excursion to the jewel of the Amalfi coast: the island of Capri. Stop first at the famous Villa St Michele, built by Axel Munthe followed by the visit of the Church of San Michele.  Continue to the center of Capri, discover the famous Piazzetta and explore the narrow streets and its glamorous boutiques. Lunch on your own and free time for individual discovery. Return transfer by hydrofoil to Amalfi. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 17: DAY AT LEISURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure to relax by the pool or take a dip in the crystal clear waters or to do some shopping in the many characteristic shops. Overnight.

DAY 18: ESSENCE OF ROME
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel in Sorrento to the train station in Naples. High-speed train to Rome. Transfer on your own to your hotel in the city center. Afternoon orientation tour of central Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 19: ANCIENT ROME
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour to Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome. Visit its main streets and houses, and the well preserved amphitheater. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight enjoy a panoramic tour of Rome by night which highlights some of Rome's most famous sights including Roman Forum, Colosseum, the Circus Maximum, Lungotevere, St. Angelo's Castle and St. Peter's Basilica. Dinner in a restaurant in the lively neighborhood in Transfevere. Overnight.

DAY 20: CHRISTIAN ROME
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide for a tour to the Cryps and Catacombs of Rome. First visit t the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 21: ROME AND THE ILLUMINATI
Breakfast at the hotel. Today be fascinated by the Angels & Demons tour, inspired by and around the sights in Dan Brown’s sensational, international bestseller. Explore Rome’s most picturesque churches, charming piazzas, and timeless cobblestone alleyways while getting a feel for their underlying air of mystery that so inspired the author. You will be guided through the secret Illuminati symbolism throughout the city’s streets and architecture. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 22: ITALIAN MASTERPIECES – BORGHESE GALLERY
Breakfast in hotel. Morning guided tour of Galleria Borghese, to see works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Raphael and Titian. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 23: ROME
Breakfast in hotel. Full day at leisure to enjoy the Eternal City

DAY 24:  DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!

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