Sicily, Matera & Apulia Visit in 9 days
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9 Days Tour of South Italy: Sicily, Matera & Apulia

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9 days vacation package: Sicily, Matera and Apulia

Come away to our 9 Days Tour of Sicily, Matera & Apulia as we will take you on a journey to the best of the bests of Sicily (visiting Palermo, Agrigento and more), Apulia and its ancient Trulli, and the wonderful city of Matera.

Sicily, Matera & Apulia Visit in 9 days highlights: 

  • Discover the rich history of Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island with an escorted tour
  • Visit the UNESCO sites of Palermo, Agrigento ruins, the Capella Palatina, Castel de Monte and the trullis of Alberobello
  • Admire Matera, the city built on stone, the European Capital of Culture in 2019
  • Immerse yourself into the Sicilian culture and traditions in local Sicilian food and wine tasting
  • Sit back and we will take you through the times and beauty of Sicily at your comfort and pleasure
Description: 

Are you ready for a 9-day tour to visit some of the most beautiful regions of Italy? The cities of Sicily, the colors and flavors of Apulia, the history and tradition of Matera are waiting for you to give you unique emotions!

Day 1 - Tuesday: PALERMO 

Independent arrival at the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). We will have a meet and greet with our tour leader and group; dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 2 - Wednesday: PALERMO - MONREALE - MARSALA

We will begin our 9 day tour visiting the capital of Sicily, Palermo with a view of Mt Pellegrino, the world-famed Arab-Norman Cathedral, Martorana Church, Cappella Palatina and the Pretoria Square. To enhance your experience in Sicily, we will make a stop for food tasting in Antica Focacceria San Francesco. Then we will proceed onwards to Monreale to visit the proclaimed Eighth Wonder of the World, the Norman Cathedral and its splendid Arab-Norman styled Cloister. Transfer to Marsala for dinner and a night’s accommodation.

Day 3 – Thursday: MARSALA SALT ROAD - SELINUNTE – AGRIGENTO 

Our escorted tour of Sicily will commence by driving along the well-known Salt Road, giving you an outline of the Island of Mothia. Depart to Selinunte to visit the largest World Heritage Site Archaeological Park in the whole of Mediterranean! Free time for lunch, then we will transfer to Agrigento and visit another famous archaeological park - the Valley of the Temples of the ancient Akragas ruins. Accommodation and dinner at Agrigento hotel.

Day 4 - Friday: PIAZZA ARMERINA - RAGUSA 

We will visit the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. After free time for lunch, we will depart to Ragusa Ibla and visit the historical centre, the Cathedral in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “Giardino Ibleo”. We’ll conclude the day with a tasting of local products. Slowly, we will make our way to Catania for dinner and overnight in a hotel.
Please, note that the Tour Escort will be present until the evening of Day 4. From the Day 5, the tour will be semi-independent.

Day 5 - Saturday: CATANIA - MATERA

After breakfast at the hotel, you are given the given free time to discover the beauty of Catania and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Free time for lunch. At the end of the morning, we will depart to Matera, arriving at Matera late at night. Dinner and accommodation at Matera hotel.

Day 6 - Sunday: MATERA - CASTEL DEL MONTE - TRANI 

Today, we will discover the stunning Matera  - "Sassi". After lunch (free time), the tour will proceed to Castel del Monte, to visit the imposing Medieval Castle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, we will drive to the lovely sea town of Trani, the Romanesque jewel of Apulia ancient architecture. Transfer to Bari with dinner and overnight at the hotel.  

Day 7 - Monday: BARI - POLIGNANO A MARE 

After breakfast, the tour will begin with Apulia’s capital – Bari, visiting the wonderful Basilica of St. Nicola and its XVIIIth century crypt, the impressive San Sabino Cathedral and its remarkable rose windows, the Norman  Castle and the Murat quarter. After free time for lunch, the tour carries on to Polignano a Mare, city of gelato. Transfer to Bari with dinner and overnight at the hotel. 

Day 8- Tuesday: ALBEROBELLO - OSTUNI - LECCE

Recognized as the symbol of central Apulia, we will take a stroll through the trulli of Alberobello.  Then we will move on to Ostuni and after lunch, we will depart to Lecce, the Baroque city of Apulia, exploring the Santa Croce church, the wonderful Sant'Oronzo square, the Roman amphitheatre and the impressive Duomo. We will also visit a local craftsmanship papier-mâché lab and enjoy a wine aperitif in the main square.  Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight. 

Day 9 - Wednesday: GALLIPOLI - LECCE

After breakfast and checking out, we will visit Gallipoli’s city centre and visit the majestic Sant'Agata Cathedral, the Church of Santa Maria della Purità and an ancient 1600-century hypogeum oil-mill in Palazzo Granafei. We finish our 9 day tour by returning to Lecce.

Other tours in Italy...

Discover the south of Italy with our 8-day tour of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands or the 5-day tour of Sicily from Catania to Palermo. If you are curious to discover North Italy instead, check out of vacation packages in Milan, Venice and lakes. 
 

itinerary: 
  • Palermo
  • Monreale, Marsala
  • Via del Sale di Marsala, Selinunte, Agrigento
  • Piazza Armerina, Ragusa
  • Catania
  • Matera
  • Castel del Monte, Trani
  • Bari, Polignano a Mare
  • Alberobello, Ostuni, Lecce
  • Gallipoli
Included: 
  • Multilingual Tour leader/Guide (from the 1st to the 4th evening) or audio-guides where necessary
  • Transport by bus (from the 2nd day to the 4th)
  • Half-board accommodation in elegant 4 * hotels centrally located
  • Tasting of typical products
  • Travel guide in English in the following cities: Matera, Castel del Monte, Trani, Bari, Lecce and Gallipoli
  • Wine aperitif in Lecce
  • Private transfer by car from Catania to Matera or Catania-Bari flight and transfer to Matera
excluded: 
  • Tour escort from the evening of Day 4
  • Transfers in/out
  • All Lunches
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Entrance fees to monuments/museums
  • City taxes
  • Messina/Villa San Giovanni ferry
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not specified under "Included"
Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Information: 

The price shown refers to the price per person in  double room. The price for a single room is €2684,00. The price per person in a triple room is €2377,50.
 
Please, note that the Tour Escort will be present until the evening of Day 4. From the Day 5, the tour will be semi-independent.
 
We suggest you to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
 
For organizational reasons or due to force majeure the itinerary may be modified. Hotels would be confirmed 5 days before the departure.
 
SUPPLEMENTS: 
- Pre-night in hotel in Palermo (in BB): €83,00 p.p. in double room per night - €150,00 in single room per night.
- Post-night in hotel in Lecce: ON REQUEST. 
- Transfers from Palermo airport to hotel in Palermo: 1/4 pax €60,00 each way.
- Transfers from Lecce to Brindisi or Bari Airport: ON REQUEST.

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.