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Treasures of Italian Islands

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 16 Reviews
Private tour to Italy

Enjoy a detailed exploration of Italy's Naples, the beautiful Aeolian island of Lipari, and the island of Sicily. Have an amazing time exploring historical locations such as Pompeii and the Valley of the Temples. Delight your taste buds during tastings of wine in Lipari and on the Mount Etna volcano slopes, as well as the Naples street food. Fun ferry rides, amazing tours, and best hotels included.

Treasures of Italian Islands

12 days5 cities
Italy1 country
Private tour to Italy
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$3,998
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 16 Reviews

Enjoy a detailed exploration of Italy's Naples, the beautiful Aeolian island of Lipari, and the island of Sicily. Have an amazing time exploring historical locations such as Pompeii and the Valley of the Temples. Delight your taste buds during tastings of wine in Lipari and on the Mount Etna volcano slopes, as well as the Naples street food. Fun ferry rides, amazing tours, and best hotels included.

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Naples, Italy

Naples

first destination

The third largest city in Italy, Naples is a truly epic tourist destination. Having been a sight of fierce battles and historic events, Napoli, Italy has gained a plethora of unique sights that attract people from all over the world.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Naples
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the Italian city of Naples! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver who transfers you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Naples City Tour
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast, your private guide takes you on a touring program around the best sights of charming Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its towering palaces, narrow streets, ancient churches and underground passages dating to different time periods are making Naples city center probably the most unchanged one in Europe.

Start your tour in the Monumental Area of the city and see Plebiscito Square, Galleria Umberto I, San Carlo Opera House and the Royal Palace of Naples (from outside). Proceed to the UNESCO-listed historic center of Naples. Walk along Via San Gregorio Armeno, the crib-alley with the shops exclusively dedicated to the famous Neapolitan Crib, and see the churches of Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Sansevero Chapel Museum to admire the masterpieces of the world artistic heritage.

Why not to get acquainted with the culture of Neapolitan street food in the city that boasts to be the motherland of pizza? You can choose to try a fried pizza or Neopolitan cuoppo with fried fish. Sfogliatella pastry - the most famous Neapolitan pastry - is naturally in the tasting too!

You then continue to the Dante Metro Station which features modern installations by internationally renowned artists. You ride one stop and arrive at the Toledo Metro Art Station, designed around the themes of light and water. Built at 50 m (164 ft) deep, the station extends below the groundwater. After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and street food tasting included.

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Day 3
Exploring Pompeii
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and driver and start an exciting 4-hour sightseeing trip devoted to exploring the ancient city of Pompeii. Set near the foot of a picturesque mountain are the archeological sites of Pompeii, one of the greatest and richest cities of the Roman age which was tragically completely destroyed in 79 AD as a result of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Today you see the excavated finds of the remnants of this ancient city, buried alive under 4 to 6 m (13-20 ft) of volcanic ash almost 2000 years ago.

During the tour of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site you see artifacts, city walls, the Pompeii amphitheater and other almost perfectly preserved objects that give a detailed insight into the life of the city.

After the tour you are transferred back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

ferry
Naples
Lipari
6 h 30 min
Prepare for a memorable experience, cruising past the Italian isles on a ferry. The route from Naples to Lipari is noted for its beauty as along the way, you pass charming islands, big and small.
Lipari, Italy

Lipari

second destination

Being the biggest and the most accessible of the volcanic group of the Aeolian Islands, Lipari is a nice example of an off-the-beaten-path destination, perfectly demonstrating the relaxed lifestyle of remote Italian corners.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Ferry to Lipari Island
Boat ride
Boat ride

Following breakfast you check out from the Naples hotel and have a transfer to the port where you board a ferry, taking you to the fabulous Italian Lipari Island.

Set in the Tyrrhenian Sea, this beautiful volcanic island is the biggest of the Aeolians, noted for its exceptional natural beauty.

Upon arrival in about 6 and a half hours, you are met by your driver at the port and taken to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the island.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Lipari Wine Tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast in your hotel, you have a taxi transfer as today you are going to visit one of the most scenic wineries of the island Lipari. The Aeolian Islands have long been reputable for producing high-quality DOC wines made from exceptional harvests, grown on the vineyards set on minerally-rich volcanic soil. Here you have a tasting with a short introduction to each wine and a tour around the property. You also get to enjoy fabulous views from the observation point, overlooking the sea and the volcanic island. What is more, today we have planned a delicious lunch for you including a pasta dish and a platter of choice of local products.

After the tour you have a taxi transfer back to the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch, and wine-tasting included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

ferry
Lipari
Taormina
3 hrs

Enjoy your time on a fast ferry which takes you from Lipari to the beautiful Sicilian city of Taormina. Your driver takes you to the port in Lipari, meets you in the Milazzo port upon arrival and takes you to your Taormina hotel.

Taormina, Italy

Taormina

third destination

Placed in the north-eastern part of the Italian island high up on hills close to the Mount Etna volcano, Taormina is one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities in Sicily.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Transfer to Taormina & Sightseeing Tour
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

After breakfast in your Lipari hotel you check-out, your driver takes you to the port where you board a ferry taking you to marvelous Sicily. Upon arrival, you are met by your driver and taken to the Taormina hotel for check-in and have some time for lunch (not included) before meeting your private guide.

In the afternoon, meet the private local guide, together you take off to see the highlights of Taormina. During the tour, you stroll along the main street, Corso Umberto I, and visit the Greco-Roman Theater that has Etna as its backdrop.

After the tour, you return to the hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own, spend time on the beach or dine in one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Day Trip to Mount Etna & Wine Tasting
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast at the hotel meet your private local driver and set off on a half-day trip to one of the most famous Sicily attractions - Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe. Your driver takes you to an access point - the Rifugio Sapienza on the southern slope located 2,000 meters (6562 feet) above sea level. Here you take a walk to visit the "Silvestri" craters and the latest new lava flows and craters from 2001-2003 and enjoy the desert moon atmosphere!

On the way down you also visit a local winery and taste local Etna wine.

After the winery visit you have a transfer back to the Taormina hotel.

Breakfast and wine tasting included.

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Villa Diodoro Hotel, Taormina
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Set within a walking distance from the historical center of beautiful Taormina, the Villa Diodoro boasts comfortable guestrooms, equipped with minibars, satellite TVs, and private bathrooms and features an impressive number of facilities.

car
Taormina
Agrigento
2 hrs 30 min

A car ride with an experienced driver is one of the best ways to enjoy the views of Sicily. On your way to Agrigento, you pass dozens of Italian villages and numerous beautiful dales.

Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento

fourth destination

Beautifully placed in southern Sicily, hilly Agrigento is among the most popular destinations in this part of Italy.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Villa Romana del Casale & Arrival in Agrigento
Day tour
Day tour

In the morning after breakfast, you check-out from the Taormina hotel, and your driver meets you at the hotel lobby for the trip to Agrigento. Along the way, we have arranged a stop to see the hidden gems of Sicily - Piazza Armerina and visit the Villa Romana del Casale. This is a must-see site included in the UNESCO World Heritage list for the richness and artistic quality of its mosaics.

Upon arrival you check-in at your Agrigento hotel and have rest of the day free to enjoy the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 9
Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs
City tour
City tour

Today after breakfast at the hotel you spend the day with your guide exploring famous Agrigento sights and its surroundings in 4 hours. Your tour begins with a 2-hour guided tour of one of the two highlights of the city, the splendid Valley of the Temples. It's noted UNESCO World Heritage site wher you visit the near-intact Temple of Concord, the best-preserved temple in the world and one of the symbols of Sicily.

In the second part of the day enjoy a trip to the seaside to see the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rises 50 meters above sea level. This natural phenomenon so-called "Stairs of the Turks" allows for easy walking. Its gleaming color is eye-catching enough, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it looks like a staircase carved by man even though its shape is entirely natural.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Alba Palace Hotel, Agrigento
4

The Alba Hotel is among the best places to stay during your visit to picturesque Agrigento. The hotel boasts a wonderful location near one of the Sicilian treasures, the magnificent Valley of the Temples. Guests are offered to stay in spacious air-conditioned rooms.

car
Agrigento
Palermo
2 hrs

Our trusted driver takes you on a journey through the Sicilian countryside to arrive in Palermo.

Palermo, Italy

Palermo

fifth destination

Palermo is a small province that stretches out in northern Sicily and can easily become the highlight of your trip to Italy.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Trip to Palermo
Transfer
Transfer
Free day
Free day

Following breakfast, you check out from the Agrigento hotel. Your private driver takes you to the stunning Sicilian capital of Palermo. Upon arrival, you are taken to the Palermo hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Palermo City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you meet with your private guide to enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Palermo. The capital of Sicily, Palermo, has been a crossroads for cultures and civilizations for 8 millennia. Together with your private guide, you start the tour at the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel.

Then you walk along Villa Bonanno to the Cathedral in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, just to admire the exterior; continue along Vittorio Emanuele to the imposing Four Corners. Then on to the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and just behind it see two splendid Arabo-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.

After the tour, you return to the hotel. You have rest of the day free to enjoy Palermo on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Monreale Sightseeing Tour, Palermo
    Enhance your trip with a guided day trip to Monreale and visit the famous landmark of the city - the gorgeous Monreale Cathedral with its Cloister.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 12
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Southern Italy and the islands! After breakfast, your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo
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The Hotel Plaza Opera is a great place to stay during your Sicily adventure. Its location is perfect to explore all major sights of the scenic city of Palermo. Tastefully decorated, guestrooms offer everything you need for a comfortable stay.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Naples, Lipari Island, Taormina, Palermo, and Agrigento region;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Other meals and tastings according to the itinerary;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with drivers;
  • Standard class ferry tickets for Naples - Lipari and Lipari - Milazzo (Taormina);
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Guided tour to the famous Pompeii - a town destroyed and preserved at the same time by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius;
  • Wine tasting on the Aeolian Island of Lipari;
  • Exciting ferry trips along Italian islands;
  • Touching history on the guided tour in the second-largest Greek theater in Sicily with a splendid view of the Calabrian coast and the smoking volcano Etna;
  • Unveiling the history of the priceless Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - the most fascinating Greek archaeological site in Sicily;
  • Marveling at the grandeur of natural beauty of the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs.

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy's midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Most restaurants won't open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called "coperto". A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom
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