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Athens, Peninsula and Complete Sicily

From $3,478 AUD
  • 10 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Tripoli, Olympia, Patras, Igoumenitsa, Brindisi, Alberobello, Matera, Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Salerno, Paola, Messina, Taormina, Noto, Syracuse, Agrigento, Marsala, Erice, Palermo, Monreale, Pompeii, Cassino, Rome

    Group Size:
    1-55+
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English*
    Type: Flexible Touring, Guided Group Tours, Multi Country Trips, Packages & Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

This tour is part of our Touropa flexible range of touring

  • Tailor the itinerary by selecting when and where you start and end the tour
  • Choose to take the entire tour or a small portion of the itinerary (even just one night)
  • Guaranteed escorted coach tour with a minimum of 2 people, guided in English only*
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Upon arriving at the airport, we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Check the information boards in the hotel reception area for details of the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travelers.

We will enjoy the city tour with a local guide which includes the Presidential Palace, the Panathinaikos stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held, the national library, the bustling squares of the center; the new neighborhoods that emerged after the 2004 Olympic games. The tour will finish at the Acropolis site (entry not included). In the evening we include a transfer to the Plaka area, which is full of small Greek bars and where you will be able to enjoy the rich folklore of this country.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We travel to the Peloponnese region. We make a brief stop next to the Corinth Channel, an impressive work of art from the end of the nineteenth century. We continue through the mountains towards Tripoli, capital of the Arcadia region. Stop in this active city and time for a stroll around the area of the Plaza Areos with its cafes and restaurants. We continue our route to Olympia where we will visit the archaeological site (entrance and visit with a local guide included). The first Olympic Games were held here in 776 B.C., where athletes from all over Greece and its colonies participated. Highlights include the Temple of Zeus, the stadium, the gymnasium, and the arena. We continue to PATRAS, the third most populous city in Greece, a lively port city with a remarkable medieval fortress. Its cathedral is the largest church in Greece and next to it, the small church of St. Andrew is a place of pilgrimage. Dinner included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we will cross over the Rio-Antirrio bridge, an impressive cable-stayed bridge which connects the Peloponnese with the Greek continent. We travel across the Central Greece regions and the Epyrus. Igoumenitsa, arrival at this coastal city; free time for a walk before taking the modern ferry (expected departure time at 14:00h) on which we will cross the Ionian Sea towards Italy. Arrival at Brindisi by the end of the day (arrival time expected at 21:00h).

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today we will visit two spectacular and authentic towns. Alberobello, charming town famous for its unique conical-shaped houses known as “trulli”. These unique structures, with their stacked stone roofs, are a World Heritage Site and are considered an outstanding example of Italian rural architecture. After that we continue to Matera, located in the Basilicata region, known for its ancient historic center with its “Sassi di Matera”, a complex of ancient houses and buildings carved into the rock that date back thousands of years. It is a World Heritage Site and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited human settlements in the world. Time for a walk and lunch. In the afternoon we continue through Basilicata and Campania, admiring their beautiful mountain landscapes. Naples, arrival in the evening. Free time afterwards.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Free time to have a walk in Naples before boarding. Boat trip to the Island of Capri included. You may take a boat to the Blue Grotto or the cable car to Capri city. We will get on board again and continue to Sorrento, a charming, touristic town at the base of a cliff. Free time to stroll around. We will continue to the Gulf of Salerno. Sojourn in Salerno.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We travel to the south of ¨the boot¨. Attractive southern Italian scenery as we cross the Cilento National Park. We arrive in Paola, on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea, we visit the sanctuary of St Francis of Paola and we have free time for lunch in its pretty historic centre. We go on our way to Villa San Giovanni where we take a short ferry crossing to the island of Sicily. Arrival in Messina where we will have time for a stroll and to visit the cathedral before continuing to Taormina. Dinner included.

Note: Accommodation in the “region of Taormina”, the accommodation may sometimes be in Messina.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

At the foot of the Etna volcano, the very beautiful city of Taormina was defined by Churchill as the prettiest place on earth. Time to stroll around the ancient city centre full of life, its Greek theatre overlooking unforgettable scenery. You can also enjoy the beach. Dinner included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

We travel to Syracuse, a city which for a time rivalled Athens and Rome for its power and splendor. Time to visit its magnificent historic center. After lunch we go on to Noto, a small city that seems to have stopped in time, the Baroque jewel of Sicily. We carry on towards Agrigento. In the coach we see the magnificent temple complex. Dinner included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

With a local guide we visit the Valley of the Temples, an impressive archaeological site considered the most complete complex of Greek temples (ticket not included). We travel to Marsala, a historic city with a lot of atmosphere and a famous wine, and time for lunch. We go on around the Marsala salt marshes to Erice, a very picturesque Phoenician town overlooking the sea. Time to stroll. We carry on to Palermo. Dinner included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast visit of Palermo including a transfer to the beautiful village (today outskirts of the city) of Monreale, with its beautiful Arab-Norman cathedral (entrance included), a World Heritage Site, for its impressive golden mosaics that cover the interior. The Sicilian capital is a city full of contrasts with stories of Arabs, Normans and Baroque splendor. Highlights include the Cathedral (entrance included) and the Palace of the Normans with its Palatine Chapel. Free time at the end of the visit. In the late afternoon we board a modern night ferry. Accommodation in double cabins with en-suite bathrooms.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Arrival in Naples early in the morning (breakfast not included) and continue to Pompeii where you can admire the remains of this Roman city that was covered by the ashes of Mount Vesuvius with a local guide (entrance and visit with a local guide included). After that, we visit Naples, one of the most fascinating cities in Italy and one of the oldest and most continuously inhabited in Europe. The old town of Naples is one of the largest in Europe and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time for a walk and lunch. Continuing to Cassino, we will see the immense abbey where one of the toughest battles of the Second World War took place. Arrival in Rome at the end of the day.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, end of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 3-4* hotels

English speaking tours in Athens, Agrigento, Palermo and Pompeii

Touring as per itinerary

12 Buffet Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Arrival transfer

Ticket admission: Archaeological site of Olympia with guided tour, Entrance and visit to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Palermo Cathedral, Monreale Cathedral and Pompey

Basic travel insurance

Ferry: Igumenitsa (GR) – Brindisi (IT), Naples – Capri – Sorrento, San Giovanni – Messina in Sicily, Palermo – Naples

Passport or visa fees

Other meals, snacks and drinks

Departure transfer

Pre and post tour accommodation

Any other items of personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending
 

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Novotel Athenes
4, Michail Voda Str, Athina 104 39, Greece
Tel: +30 21 0820 0700
Rating
4
Novotel Athenes
My Way Hotel Patras
Othonos kai Amalias 16, Patra 262 21, Greece
Tel: +30 2610 623 131
Rating
5
My Way Hotel Patras
Grand Serai Congress and Spa Hotel
Dodonis 33, Ioannina 452 21, Greece
Tel: +302651090550
Rating
4.5
Grand Serai Congress and Spa Hotel
Hotel Palazzo Virgilio
Corso Umberto I, 149, 72100 Brindisi BR, Italy
Tel: +390831597941
Rating
4
Hotel Palazzo Virgilio
Hotel Palazzo Esedra
Piazzale Vincenzo Tecchio, 50, 80125 Napoli NA, Italy
Tel: +390812421111
Rating
4
Hotel Palazzo Esedra
Holiday Inn Salerno - Cava de' Tirreni
Viale Riccardo Romano, 17, 84013 Cava de' Tirreni SA, Italy
Tel: 390892132401
Rating
4.5
Holiday Inn Salerno - Cava de' Tirreni

Important things to note

*If English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

Hotels are confirmed 48 hours prior to departure.

Optional activities can be booked locally with guide or via your Mytrip link.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. Upon quoting/booking, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Single sharing supplement is available. Single passengers are only able to share a room with the same sex.

Additional discounts available: children under 3- 80%, children from 3-8 years- 40%, children from 9-15 years- 10%, travellers over 65 years- 5%.

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Athens, Peninsula and Complete Sicily

From $3,478 AUD
  • 10 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Tripoli, Olympia, Patras, Igoumenitsa, Brindisi, Alberobello, Matera, Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Salerno, Paola, Messina, Taormina, Noto, Syracuse, Agrigento, Marsala, Erice, Palermo, Monreale, Pompeii, Cassino, Rome

    Group Size:
    1-55+
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English*
    Travel Style: Flexible Touring, Guided Group Tours, Multi Country Trips, Packages & Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

Touropa
Speak to our Touropa Expert - Daniela

This tour is operated by Touropa – our Flexible Coach Touring Range. Dani leads the Touropa division.

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