Sicily & Southern Italy

August 19, 2024 thru September 2, 2024

Our mostly-inclusive journey to Sicily and Southern Italy will immerse you in the distinctive culture, cuisine, and history of Sicily — including Palermo, Taormina, Agrigento, Syracuse, Catania, and more! On this island adventure, your SUN TOURS guide will introduce you to the steamy power of Mount Etna, Italy’s brightest pottery, boldest wines, Europe’s most amazing ancient Greek ruins, and slow sunsets from picture-perfect seaside villages. Join us for the Best of Sicily and Southern Italy!


Transportation

Roundtrip Air Transportation Included*

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach Transport in Italy

Duration

15 days, 13 nights

Activity Level Rating 4

Active

Availability

Call for Availability

Meals Included

23 meals (10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners) included

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Valley of Temples on Sicily, full of Greek and Roman ruins
  • Enjoy foods and wares in a village at the base of Mt Etna
  • Explore Aragonese Castles that dot the coastlines of Italy and Sicily
  • Witness the devastation of Pompeii caused by the ancient eruption of Mt Etna
  • Tour the glorious Amalfi Coast!
  • Private guides and a tour director to keep your trip running smooth and comfortable

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Albuquerque to Catania, return from Naples
  • Transfers and motorcoach transportation in Italy
  • 13 nights lodging at excellent hotels
  • 23 meals (10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners)
  • Baggage handling (for one piece)
  • Admissions and tours as described
  • Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more passengers)
  • All taxes and gratuities included (except housekeeping)


DAY 1 - Departure

Today, we depart Albuquerque for Italy.

DAY 2 - Arrival

We arrive in Sicily and are transported to our hotel. We will have a welcome dinner.

Meals included: (D)

DAY 3 - Taormina

This morning, we visit Taormina with a private guide who will show us the town. The highlight is the ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina.

Meals included: (B)

DAY 4 - Valley of the Temples

Today we will have private guide take us through the Valley of the Temples, where we will also enjoy a two course lunch. Tonight, dinner will be at the hotel.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

DAY 5 - Mount Etna

Today we visit a village at the base of Mt. Etna. We will have an opportunity to taste and experience local foods, like honey, olive oils, olives, and wine. We will also sample local cannolis at a bakery.

Meals included: (B, L)

DAY 6 - Transfer to Matera

We will transfer to Messina this morning. From here, we will take a ferry to Villa San Giovanni, and after arrive at our hotel in Matera.

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 7 - Guided Tour of Matera

A local guide will take us on a private tour of Matera this morning. Later, we will visit the Casa Grotto and Chiesa Grotto before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 8 - Lecce, Alberobello, and Ostuni

This morning we will transfer from Matera to Lecce. While in route, we will stop the in the towns of Alberobello and Ostuni. A guide will take us on a private tour of Alberobello where we will experience unique architecture.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

DAY 9 - Tour of Lecce

Our morning will be filled with a private tour of Lecce. We will visit a famous Cathedral in Lecce before lunch. This afternoon will be on your own in Lecce.

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 10 - Excursion to Otranto

Our adventure today takes us to the town of Otranto. We will visit an Aragonese Castle before heading to a wine tasting that features lunch.

Meals included: (B, L)

DAY 11 - Sorrento and Polignano

We will transfer to Sorrento with a stop in Polignano today and indulge a 3-course lunch.

Meals included: (B, L)

DAY 12 - Amalfi Coast

Our day features a private tour of the Amalfi Coast. We will have an opportunity to taste limoncello while here. A boat ride will take us from Amalfi to Maiori.

Meals included: (B)

DAY 13 - Pompeii and Naples

Today we visit famed Pompeii and Naples. We will have a guide take us through Pompeii to learn its history. Following this, we will have another guided tour of Naples. Dinner tonight will feature a pizza cooking class and tasting.

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 14 - Capri and Anacapri

We will take a boat excursion to the villages of Capri and Anacapri. Tonight, we will have a farewell dinner in Sorrento.

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 15 - Departure

We will transfer to the Naples airport and fly home today.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

Call for Availability per person

Double Occupancy

Deposit: $250

Call for Availability per person

Single Occupancy

Deposit: $250

Final Payment Due:

April 16, 2024

Deposit: n/a

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from Albuquerque to Catania, return from Naples
• Transfers and motorcoach transportation in Italy
• 13 nights lodging at excellent hotels
• 23 meals (10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners)
• Baggage handling (for one piece)
• Admissions and tours as described
• Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more passengers)
• All taxes and gratuities included (except housekeeping)


Booking Policy

**Passport Required!**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: April 16, 2024

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None through April 16, 2024
  • $250 – April 17 – May 14, 2024
  • $4,100 – May 15 – June 11, 2024
  • 100% after June 11, 2024

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $747


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 4: Active

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers receive one free checked luggage for the flight. Additional pieces of luggage will cost extra beyond the first piece.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The temperature and weather in Italy in August is generally pleasant. Prepare yourself by bringing clothing for a lot of sunshine and the possibility of precipitation. There are no dress codes where we dine or visit on this tour.

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