Sicily, Puglia & the Amalfi Coast – A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2020)

​Emerse yourself in the glories of Southern Italy on a panoramic journey that includes Sicily's ancient ruins and exotic landscapes, the remote towns of Calabria and Puglia, and the breathtaking Isle of Capri on the sparkling Amalfi Coast.

Journey Overview

Discover the glories of Southern Italy on a panoramic journey that includes Sicily's ancient ruins and exotic landscapes, the remote towns of Calabria and Puglia, and the breathtaking Isle of Capri on the sparkling Amalfi Coast.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover the fascinating history and culture of Southern Italy, visiting the island of Sicily, remote Calabria and Puglia, and finishing in glorious sunny Campania
  • Savour the flavours of Italy with a private buffalo mozzarella tasting and a visit to a Puglian olive oil producer
  • Step back in time to explore Sicily’s incredible Greek and Roman remains, and the mountain-carved city of Matera
  • Visit Roman Herculaneum, and drive the stunning Amalfi Coast Road to Positano
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Palermo, Italy

Arrive in Palermo, Sicily’s lively capital, and transfer to your hotel located in the city’s historic centre. Sicily has a long history of stubborn independence from the political forces of mainland Italy, and today remains an autonomous region with its own distinct history and culture. Join your Resident Tour Director tonight for a welcome dinner.
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa | Meals: D

Day 2: Palermo | Treasures of Norman Architecture

Journey to the hillside town of Monreale and enter its extravagant cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating from 1170, it is perhaps the finest surviving example of Norman architecture anywhere in the world, and its mosaic-lined walls, said to incorporate nearly 2.5 tons of gold, are breathtaking to behold. Return to ancient Palermo for a guided tour, including the Cathedral and the ninth-century Norman Royal Palace with its glittering, mosaic-laden chapel. Still in use today as the headquarters of Sicily’s Parliament, the palace is the oldest royal residence in all of Europe. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure exploring more of this unique port city. In the early evening, enjoy an A&K-exclusive visit to the beautiful Palazzo Francavilla for a private tour and aperitifs with the owner.
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa | Meals: B

Day 3: Agrigento | The Dark History of Cosa Nostra

Today, travel across Sicily’s rugged mountainous countryside to the south coast. Stop in the small village of Corleone, birthplace of several Mafia bosses (including fictional characters in The Godfather). The Mafia — or as its members call it, Cosa Nostra (literally, “our thing”) — has vexed Sicily for well over a century, thriving in this land so famously resistant to official authority. Learn more about this troubled aspect of Sicilian history from a local expert. Proceeding to coastal Agrigento, discover the ancient Valley of the Temples that includes the Temple of Concord, a superb example of sacred classical architecture. Explore the ruins before checking in to your seaside resort on the nearby coast.
Scala dei Turchi Resort | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Piazza Armerina | Ancient Villa

Journey east to Piazza Armerina, a graceful countryside town, where you visit the incomparable Villa Romana del Casale. A luxurious example of an ancient Italian villa, this UNESCO World Heritage Site houses breathtaking mosaics originally laid in the fourth century. Continue to the east coast of Sicily and up to the 6,000-foot-plus heights of smouldering Mount Etna, taking in panoramic views of the landscape and coast. Later, arrive in charming Taormina, which has allured visitors since the 19th century with its sweeping beaches and rolling hillsides.
Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Taormina | Majestic Vantage Point

Today, a local expert introduces you to the town’s spectacular Greek amphitheatre, set high above the ocean. Still in use as an arts venue today, its permanent “show” is its extraordinary view of Mount Etna, rising in the far distance beyond the stage. Later, relax or catch up on shopping with time at leisure.
Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace | Meals: B

Day 6: Matera | In the Mountainous Città Sotterranea

Rise early for the journey to Messina, where you board a ferry to cross the strait separating Sicily from the “toe” of the Italian mainland. Disembark in Villa San Giovanni in Calabria, and drive into Basilicata and to Matera, the ancient Città Sotterranea (Underground City), carved right into the Appenine Mountains. Thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world, Matera is a jumble of stone dwellings built alongside (and in some cases, on top of) each other, linked by narrow, jagged lanes. Settle into your incredible hotel, set within Sassi cave dwellings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Palazzo Gattini| Meals: BD

Day 7: Alberobello | The Trulli Houses of Apulia

Journey into Puglia to nearby Locorotondo, one of Italy’s most beautiful towns, for a walking tour. Meet an olive oil producer for a private tasting and buffet lunch featuring local products. Later, visit Alberobello and its rows of fantastic trulli houses, conical limestone dwellings unique to this province of Bari.
Palazzo Gattini| Meals: BL

Day 8: Paestum | Making Mozzarella

This morning, depart for the sparkling Amalfi Coast area. Stop en route in Paestum, an ancient Greek city known for its well-preserved Greek temples; see them after a tour and lunch at a nearby mozzarella-making farm. Arrive in Naples, and check in to your hotel by the harbor.
Romeo Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 9: Positano | Costal Glories

Enjoy a morning tour of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman settlement that was destroyed by the spectacular lava flows of nearby Vesuvius in AD 79. Drive to the Amalfi Coast and the cliffside village of Positano; explore Positano and take boats to the whitewashed fishing town of Praiano for lunch at leisure. Return to Naples, where tonight you enter the Academy of Pizza Making to learn the intricacies of this Neapolitan craft and enjoy the results.
Romeo Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 10: Capri | Mediterranean Idyll

Cruise by boat across the deep blue Bay of Naples to the sun-kissed island of Capri. Visit Anacapri and charming Capri town, where cool cafés, designer boutiques and grand villas have lured everyone from emperors to celebrities. Tonight, cap off your journey with a special farewell dinner.
Romeo Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 11: Depart Naples

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Sicily, Puglia & the Amalfi Coast – A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2020)

Located in the heart of Palermo, Grand Piazza Borsa Hotel is a convenient base for your stay in the city with all the major attractions j ... Read more

Palazzo Gattini, Puglia

Sicily, Puglia & the Amalfi Coast – A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2020)

Palazzo Gattini was once the residence of Italian nobility. It retains much of its historical character to this day, with cream stone arc ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 8, 2020 - May 18, 2020
Price AU$9,850pp Single Supplement AU$2,600 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
May 15, 2020 - May 25, 2020
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May 22, 2020 - Jun 1, 2020
Price AU$10,140pp Single Supplement AU$2,745 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
May 29, 2020 - Jun 8, 2020
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Jun 5, 2020 - Jun 15, 2020
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Jul 3, 2020 - Jul 13, 2020
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Sep 4, 2020 - Sep 14, 2020
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Sep 18, 2020 - Sep 28, 2020
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Oct 2, 2020 - Oct 12, 2020
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Oct 9, 2020 - Oct 19, 2020
Price AU$9,850pp Single Supplement AU$2,600 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
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