Hassle-free escorted tours in Italy

Discover the best of Italy on an escorted tour with leading Italian specialist, Citalia

Escorted tours are a hassle-free way for holidaymakers to explore Italy, and perfect for those who prefer not to drive or don’t feel confident navigating public transport. Leading Italian specialist, Citalia, has curated a small portfolio of escorted tours that showcase many of Italy’s highlights as well as hidden gems, all of which wrap-in transport and an expert English-speaking guide.

Citalia’s escorted tours are small in size, with a maximum of 18 passengers per departure and a range of departure dates still available for 2018 as well as for those looking ahead to 2019. Options include tours taking in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Sicily and the newest addition, Puglia.

Citalia has been tailor-making holidays to Italy since 1929 and its collection of escorted tours is part of its extensive portfolio of Italian holidays that also includes a wide range of self-guided tours, fly-drive itineraries and multi-centre holidays. Whether travellers are looking to stay in two Italian destinations or 10, Citalia’s passionate Italy Experts are on-hand to curate the perfect bespoke trip for them.

For more information on all of Citalia’s tours visit www.citalia.com/collections/italy-tours or call 01293 831 970 to speak to an Italy Expert.

SICILY ESCORTED TOUR: From £1,595pp

This eight-day escorted tour takes in some of Sicily’s best-known sites, including the Greek temples of Agrigento, Monreale’s UNESCO-listed cathedral, and the seaside towns of Cefalu and Taormina. It offers travellers a chance to truly discover the island as part of a small group and take trips to famous sites from uncovering the gems of Sicily’s heritage to the natural marvel of Mount Etna.

An eight day Sicily Escorted Tour, from £1,595 per person. The tour is on a Half Board basis (breakfast and dinner), with two additional lunches included, as well as a welcome cocktail and Sicilian food and wine tasting in Ragusa. It also includes an English-speaking escort, local guides where necessary, all transport in-resort, return flights from London Gatwick and all four star accommodation as follows: one night at the Il Principe in Catania, one night at the Hotel Poggio Del Sole Ragusa in Ragusa, one night at the Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace in Agrigento, two nights at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa in Palermo, then two nights at the Hotel Villa Diodoro in Taormina. Based on selected 2018 and 2019 departures. Call 01293 831 970 to book. www.citalia.com/holidays/sicily-and-the-aeolian-islands/syracuse/ragusa/agrigento/palermo/cefalu/taormina/italy/tours/sicily-escorted-tour

PUGLIA ESCORTED TOUR: From £1,295pp

This relatively unexplored corner of Italy is awash with culture, history and authentic cuisine. On this eight-day small group tour, travellers will get to explore some of the best parts of Puglia. From a base in the White City of Ostuni they can experience guided tours of Alberbello, Lecce and Bari amongst others, and even learn how to make Puglia’s typical pasta, orecchiette, and enjoy an olive oil tasting. The tour also includes a day trip to the unique Matera, home of the Sassi cave dwellings, in neighbouring Basilicata.

An eight day Puglia Escorted Tour, from £1,295 per person. The tour is on a Half Board basis (breakfast and dinner), with two additional lunches included, as well as a Focaccia and bread tasting, an Orecchiette cooking class and an olive oil tasting. It also includes seven nights at the four star Hotel Monte Sarago in Ostuni, an English-speaking escort, local guides where necessary, all transport in-resort and return flights from London Gatwick. Based on selected 2019 departures. Call 01293 831 970 to book. www.citalia.com/holidays/puglia/italy/tours/puglia-small-group-escorted-tour

SORRENTO & THE AMALFI COAST ESCORTED TOUR: From £1,399pp

On this eight-day tour, travellers will stay in a popular and excellently-located hotel in Sorrento– the hub of the Riviera – and fill their days with limoncello tastings, drives along the Amalfi Coast and trips to Pompeii. This tour offers the chance to see the best of the Neapolitan Riviera, from the volcanic slopes of Vesuvius to the pastel clifftop towns of the Amalfi Coast.

An eight day Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Escorted Tour, from £1,399 per person. The tour is on a Half Board basis (breakfast and dinner), with a welcome drink and a walking tour of Sorrento with various food tastings included. It also includes seven nights at the four star Imperial Hotel Tramontano in Sorrento, an English-speaking escort, local guides where necessary, all transport in-resort and return flights from London Gatwick. Based on selected 2018 and 2019 departures. Call 01293 831 970 to book. www.citalia.com/holidays/sorrento/amalfi-coast/italy/tours/sorrento-&-the-amalfi-coast-escorted-tour

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