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In Greek mythology, the Scylla and Charybdis were two sea monsters located in the Strait of Messina between Sicily and the Italian mainland, endangering ancient mariners and inspiring the expression “being caught between a rock and a hard place.” Will you find yourself in such a predicament on this Undiscovered Tour of Southern Italy and Sicily? On the contrary, you’ll delightfully find yourself caught between Byzantine and Roman culture, flanked by Norman and Italian influences, and in the midst of a cross-cultural wonderland. Your comparison of cobblestones, customs, and cuisine gets underway in Rome, heads down to the dramatic Sorrento Coast, and then kicks the fun from Italy’s heel to its toe and all the way into the great melting pot of Sicily. From Italy’s lower half to its largest island, ruins, resorts—a rich history awaits.

Countries Visited

Italy

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
    Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.(D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    ROME–CASTEL GANDOLFO–SORRENTO COAST
    CASTEL GANDOLFO [LF] Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens followed by lunch at Villa Barberini en route to the Sorrento Coast. (B,L)
    193 mi / 310 km
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO CAPRI
    Return jetfoil ride to Capri.
    CAPRI Funicular ride from the harbor to the village for guided sightseeing that includes the Augustus Gardens. Free time for lunch.
    SORRENTO Free time. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    SORRENTO COAST. EXCURSION TO POMPEII AND NAPLES
    POMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavations. Free time for lunch.
    NAPLES Guided sightseeing includes an orientation drive on the panoramic road to Posillipo, a stop in Piazza Plebiscito, and [LF] a slice of Neapolitan pizza. (B,D)
    68 mi / 110 km
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    SORRENTO COAST–BARI
    Free morning before departing for Bari. (B)
    186 mi / 300 km
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    BARI–LECCE–ALBEROBELLO AREA
    BARI Guided sightseeing includes a walking tour of Bari Vecchia, the city’s oldest district, and San Nicola’s Church.
    LECCE Walking tour with a local guide includes the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica.
    [LF] Taste traditional pasticciotto (filled pastry) with almond-flavored iced coffee. (B,D)
    186 mi / 300 km
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    ALBEROBELLO AREA
    ALBEROBELLO Guided walking tour includes a visit to a Trullo (traditional conical-roof house). Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    ALBEROBELLO AREA–MATERA–PIZZO CALABRO–REGGIO CALABRIA
    MATERA Orientation walk with panoramic view of the picturesque sassi (cave houses).
    Scenic drive along the Gulf of Taranto.
    PIZZO CALABRO [LF] Traditional tartufo (ice cream dessert) tasting.
    REGGIO CALABRIA Guided visit of the museum that houses the Bronzi di Riace (famous bronze warrior sculptures). (B,D)
    280 mi / 450 km
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    REGGIO CALABRIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA
    STRAIT OF MESSINA Ferry crossing to Sicily.
    TAORMINA RIVIERA Visit the ancient Greek Theater. Free time to explore. (B)
    81 mi / 130 km
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    TAORMINA RIVIERA
    TAORMINA RIVIERA Free days. On day 10, included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

    ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Taormina Riviera with an excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    TAORMINA RIVIERA
    TAORMINA RIVIERA Free days. On day 10, included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

    ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Taormina Riviera with an excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    TAORMINA RIVIERA–AGRIGENTO–PALERMO
    AGRIGENTO Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples en route to Palermo. (B)
    211 mi / 340 km
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    PALERMO
    PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata and a visit to the cathedral. Scenic drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral. [LF] Aperitif (pre-dinner cocktail) at Princess Alliata’s palace followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    PALERMO
    . Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 7 three-course dinners

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Rome: Mediterraneo
Classic Italian Art Deco hotel located downtown with soundproofed rooms. Modern amenities blend with original period furnishings and character.
Address:
Via Cavour 15
Rome , Italy
Sorrento Coast: Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast
Built on the grounds of a former cement factory which takes its name from the two replica factory towers, this upscale 150-room hotel is located in a tranquil spot on the beautiful Sorrento peninsula with views of Mt. Vesuvius, a gleaming private stretch of beach and a sparkling (seasonal) outdoor swimming pool. Mediterranean cuisine is served in the restaurant overlooking the Bay of Naples and drinks can be enjoyed at the terrace bar. A large spa area includes a sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.
Address:
S.S.145 Sorrentina Km.11
Castellammare di Stabia , Italy
Bari: iH Hotels Bari Oriente
This elegant liberty-style hotel is set in a beautiful palace from 1928, right in the heart of the town. The well- known Petruzzelli Theater is located next to the property, while the main monuments as well as the seafront promenade are just a few steps away. There are 75 finely furnished guestrooms, which come with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, and minibar. A lovely rooftop garden with bar service can be found on the 6th floor, where guests can enjoy nice views of Bari while sipping a fresh cocktail or an aperitif. The property is also equipped with an American bar, serving rich international breakfasts, as well as coffee and drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
Address:
Corso Cavour, 32
Bari , Italy
Alberobello Area: Grand Hotel D'Aragona
Located in a very peaceful position close to some of Apulia's most important attractions like Alberobello, Polignano a Mare and Ostuni, this hotel is a great choice for those who want to explore the region. All its air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen/satellite TV and minibar. Most of the rooms also have balconies. Other amenities include an elegant restaurant serving local dishes and two swimming pools. Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas.
Address:
Via San Donato, 5
Conversano , Italy
Reggio Calabria: Grand Hotel Excelsior
Refined and elegant, equipped with a large Convention Centre and a rooftop garden that hosts the exclusive restaurant Gala, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is the ideal solution both for a business trip or a romantic weekend in the beautiful city of Calabria.
Address:
Via Vittorio Veneto 66
Reggio Calabria , Italy
Taormina Riviera: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Hellenia Yachting Hotel is an elegant 4-star hotel in Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony of Sicily. The property is directly overlooking the waterfront and features a private beach, a spa and a pool. There is a piano bar located in the main terrace area and immediatly adjacent to the main in-house restaurants which boasts some of the finest Sicilian cuisine, presenting traditional local dishes with a fresh and original touch.
Address:
Via Jannuzzo, 41
Giardini Naxos , Italy
Palermo: Central Palace Hotel Federico II
A fusion of classic and innovative design, Hotel Federico II is a family- run 65 room establishment located near the city's most important streets of culture, tourism and shopping, halfway between the Teatro Massimo and the Teatro Politeama. Breakfast is served with a rich buffet while the in-house restaurant offers traditional Mediterranean dishes revisited along with a great wine selection. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.
Address:
Via Principe Granatelli, 60
Palermo , Italy

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Questions & Answers

Question: Does this tour include a visit to the Amalfi coast?

This tour does, indeed, include a visit to the Amalfi Coast. The trip spends several days in the Sorrento area. Days 2, 3, 4 and 5 say "Sorrento Coast" but more correctly it should say "Amalfi Coast." The two terms are synonymous.

Question: What is the best time of year to go to Sicily?

When to Go in Sicily: April to early June and late September to October are the best times to visit, as the temperatures are not as sweltering as they are in the summer. However, April to June are the months when school buses packed with children visit the most important sites. Easter is considered high season.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.3
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 100 reviews - currently showing 29 reviews with comments only

Wonderful tour, totally organized. Some days a bit too much time on the road/bus & some hotels too isolated. Didn't like Naples but loved all other stops on itinerary. Tour needs to make more time in Positano- that was a disappointment. Overall would definitely recommend this tour.

Great customer service given by Trena. The price compared with the Globus price was a money saver for us. We will book with Affordable Tours again.

Our tour director, Daniela, was awesome. She was very organized and made our road trip smooth and enjoyable. She was very knowledgeable of the places we visited. The pace and number of days we stayed in certain cities were just right. It gave us time to enjoy the place and to explore on pur own. The schedule was not tight.

The wine, coffee, and breakfasts provided were well below our expectations. The optional dinner food was excellent. Day one hotel room was awful. The rest of the hotels were nice.

Globus did not allow enough time for our flight from Palermo to Frankfurt. We barely made the connection on time and another Globus group doing the same tour missed their flight out of Frankfurt altogether. Globus needs to pay more attention to their scheduling, especially out of Fankfurt, Amsterdam and Rome. Our Tour Director, Nicholas was fabulous and we met him on our first trip to Italy in 2012. He's the best Tour Guide we have ever had.

The trip was wonderful, loved the entire trip itinerary.

We had a great time. Made new friends and really enjoy the trip. Capri and Sicily are beautiful!!

I paid extra fees for single occupancy of a room, I supposed to have same room as couples or at least is not stuffed me into tiny rooms or rooms without proper accessories that is for several trips.

Loved the entire tour itinerary and accommodations! Superb hotels and locations chosen by Globus. Very affable tour director and driver. Luca was the best, added humor along with vital information to keep the tour on schedule. Fun farm dinners, the food portion of the trip was a highlight. Nice location in Rome, within close walking distance to Vatican City, Castel St Angelo, the Pantheon and other historic and important sites. The Hard Rock Cafe store was also on the chart to go visit. Great food and coffee and gelato in Roma. Were there in 1985 and it has only improved. Loved The Towers Hotel on the Sorrento Coast, modern and fun, great scenic location across the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Trip to Bari but only one night in the beautiful and artistic Grand Hotel delle Nozioi in Bari. 1960s minimalist revival done in superb taste as the Italians do with a sweeping view of the harbor and Adriatic coast and town from the roof dining room. Visiting Alberobello with Truli houses and other chosen stops were refreshing and fun. Only one night in Reggio, Calabria, but directly across the street from the Archeology Museum and a fun tour of the fabulous Greek Warrior Statues found on the sea floor off of Reggio. Loved the Magna Grecia part of the tour which we chose because of this! Beautiful stay at the Hilton Giardini Naxos and nice choice at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa in Palermo, lovely historic repurposed bank building with Lots of Space and accommodating staff. Great food and drink throughout the tour; wonderful sites that one MUST see on tour of southern Italy and Roma! Kudos to the whole Globus Team! Would liked to have time to see Archeology Museum in Naples for objects removed from digs at Pompeii but understand the difficulty there. Naples is much cleaner and safer than when I was there in the 1980s. Loved the clean and fun city of Bari and Hotel delle Nozioni. Would like to spend some time there in the future. Thanks to the Globus Team an to our fun and experienced travel group also. Thanks Lucca and Salvatore!!!! We always felt in good hands with our safe and efficient driver and tour guide.

Very disappointed in Globus Southern Italy and Sicily tour.

My chief complaints: 1. Two of the hotels were distant from local restaurants and shopping, thus requiring participants to book optional dinners or eat at the hotel. 2. Our return flights were changed without notification, thus excluding us from making adjustments without penalty. The one hour twenty minute layover in Chicago did not provide enough time to clear customs and make our way to the (missed) connection. Globus representatives assured us we would be met at the gate in order to catch the next plane. No one was present to "meet and assist" us. 3. Our tour director was efficient and competent but did not interact on a personal level with members of this very large (41) group. I felt like another head to be counted.

My trip to southern Italy was much more then I expected. I meet fabulous people and our tour guide Leno and driver Salvador where professional and so much fun to be with. They made us feel special and provided great information about all of our travels. Never thought I would like a your but can't wait till the next time!

It seems as though Globus is cutting back. The hotels were not up to our expectations. The two Hiltons were good but some of the others were way under what we expected. Our flight coming home was awful. Who books these? If Globus, they need to revise their methods. If Affordbale Tours does it, they need to talk with their clients about connections, etc. We spent over 18 hours in transit coming back. People on the west coast got back hours before us.

We had such an incredible guide -- passionate and knowledgeable about the area -- and southern Italy and Sicily are spectacular places to visit. We came away feeling that we had a true appreciation and understanding of the area, its people and history.

Have been on multiple Globus tours. This was one of the best. Fabulous hotels and meals. Only issue there was considerably more difficulty walking than I was expecting but we managed.

The G7 Conference prevented us from going into Taromina, Scicily. We were informed that this was going to happen about three days before our departure date. We feel like Globus should have known that this could happen and should have given us the opportunity to reschedule the departure date of our trip. There were two parties of ten and eight people in each party that were traveling together. Our dining experiences were scheduled so that these parties could sit together, which gave them priority seating in almost all of the situations. This left the other available seating arrangements for the rest of us. I do not think that Globus should schedule more than one party wanting to travel and sit together on a trip. We have traveled with Affordable Tours and Globus to Europe on six trips and this is the first time that this has happened to us.

This was our 3rd tour with Globus. Their staff is thorough and courteous. Hotels, in general, were good. We would use Globus again. There was an issue with the hotel in Alberobello, Italy because the hotel advised our tour guide of a problem with the water; it was not to be consummed. However, neither the hotel nor Globus provided bottled drinking water to the tour group. Since many of us on the tour needed to take medication, this situation was unacceptable.

The room in Alberobello at the Hotel Astoria was a real "dump" and the staff was not friendly at all. After we were there and had checked in and finished dinner, which was at least 4 or more hours, they told us that we could NOT DRINK THE WATER. This was too late as some people on the tour had already drank the water. Then Globus provided bottled water, and NOT the Hotel. Also, the farewell dinner was a 1 hour drive each way and made it way too late returning to the hotel in Palermo for early morning departures.

Since I travel as a single I pay the single supplement. Most of the single rooms are very uncomfortable. When I travel a single room costs substantially less than a double room. So here I pay more for a single room and get very much less. After several tours this continues to be an issue and this will probably be my last tour because of this. .

Great trip. Good guide and driver. Local tour guides were also good.

I do wish to express my disappointment with Globus. I have traveled with Globus before but I found the choice of all the hotels (except 1) inferior. Although I do realize that European hotels are not to be compared with our hotels I do know that the hotels we were put in were definitely not what I would classify as 4 - 5 star. There were not located centrally, some were actually dirty with mold in the bathrooms. Clearly unacceptable. I would definitely have to consider another Escorted Tour company before I considered booking with Globus again. Also, letting you know that most of the travelers on our tour felt the same way. Globus may have cut costs for themselves but they have probably lost some clients. My husband and I love to travel and we expect to pay for what we want and get what we pay for.

The tour guide/director was excellent....and made the trip most enjoyable and memorable

Everything about my trip went beyond my expectations. 

One of the best trips we have ever taken.

Four years ago we took a Globus tour of northern Italy, and had a wonderful time. That is why we decided to take the Globus tour of Southern Italy and Sicily this year.

Four days before the trip we were told that the two night stay in Sorrento was changed to single nights in Sorrento and Capri. We are not in the best of health, and would never have signed up for a trip involving three one night stays. To make matters worse, we were required to bring an additional carry on suitcase everywhere we traveled, and Globus made it clear that they would not help in any way with the carry on luggage. They changed the itinerary again upon our arrival in Rome, telling us that we would overnight in Capri on Sept..18th rather than on the 19th as stated in the e-mail. We had to depart Rome on day 3 at 0730 and after a long day of touring, we had to carry our bags for several blocks through the port of Naples and on to the ferry. We arrived at the port of Capri at 5:30pm, and had to carry our bags to the funicular and through the streets of Capri to our hotel. Other tour companies had porters taking luggage to hotels, but not Globus. By the time we arrived at our hotel we were too tired to enjoy being on the island. The next day we had to carry our bags through the town, down the funicular, and onto the ferry to Sorrento. This change in itinerary turned the trip into a nightmare. We do not feel that we got the trip that we paid for. The hotel in Matera was substandard with an indifferent staff and awful food. The hotel in Reggio was okay, but the dinner at the hotel was terrible. On a positive note, the hotel and meals in Taurmina were excellent. The optional dinner in Sorrento(Flavors of Sorrento) was a rip off. For $48 per person we expected a better main course than pizza. Everyone we spoke with on the tour agreed that Globus has really gone downhill in its customer service. We scheduled a noon departure from Palermo so that we could sleep in and have a relaxing breakfast. Instead Globus made us depart the hotel at 0800. They refused to arrange a later departure for the two couples with noon flights. As a result we had to begin a long journey home with a 3.5 hour wait at the Palermo airport. We are still planning a river cruise within the next 18 months, but it will not be with Globus or any of its affiliates.

The hotel Cicerone in Rome was a disappointment.We were very hopeful that would be the worst of the hotels and it did prove to be. Other than that, all accomadations were fine.

We had a wonderful time - great guides, wonderful accomodations ( except for our stay in Palermo - the NH Jolly simply didn't live up to your high standards) and great food! We were kept very busy each day. The only suggestion I would make is alllowing for a bit more free time. Also, the dinner on the final evening should have been included in the tour rather than offered as an option.

the Highlights of Southern Italy tour was fantastic, wonderful and adventurous. We love the various cities and the excursions and the great varieties of foods. The tour guide was friendly, cheerful, helpful, concerned, knowledgeable and very professtional -

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