Private luxury tours in Italy

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Luxury Italy Tours

Highlights of Italy
(10 Days)
Venice, Florence & Tuscany, Rome

Classic Italy
(12 Days)
Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome

Italy in a Week
(7 Days)
Venice, Florence & Tuscany, Rome

Essence of Italy
(13 Days)
Venice, Florence & Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi Coast & Capri

Romantic Italy
(12 Days)
Amalfi Coast & Capri, Florence, Tuscany, Rome

Italy in Style
(14 Days)
Lake Como & Milan, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi Coast & Capri

Exclusive Italy
(15 Days)
Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Venice, Lake Como

Best of the Amalfi Coast & Capri
(9 Days)
Positano, Capri, Ravello

Family Tour of Italy
(13 Days)
Rome, Florence & Tuscany, Venice, Lake Como

Luxuries of Northern Italy
(12 Days)
Piedmont, Portofino & Cinque Terre, Bologna & Emilia Romagna, Lake Garda, Milan

Rome in Depth
(6 Days)

Venice & Beyond
(9 Days)
Venice, Milan, Lake Como

Luxuries of Southern Italy
(8 Days)
Rome, Amalfi Coast with Pompeii, Naples & Capri

Lake Como & Portofino
(7 Days)
Lake Como & Bellagio, Portofino & Cinque Terre

Food & Wine Tour of Italy
(11 Days)
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence

Highlights of Puglia
(6 Days)
Savelletri di Fasano, Alberobello, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Lecce, Ostuni, Polignano a Mare

Best of Puglia & Amalfi Coast
(9 Days)
Savelletri di Fasano, Alberobello, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Lecce, Ostuni, Matera, Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Capri

Puglia in Depth
(9 Days)
Otranto, Lecce, Savelletri di Fasano, Alberobello, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Polignano a Mare

Jewish Heritage: Italy
(12 Days)
Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome

Garden Tour of Italy
(10 Days)
Lake Como, Florence & Tuscany, Rome & Tivoli

Italy for Art Lovers
(13 Days)
Rome, Florence & Assisi, Bologna & Ravenna, Venice & Padua, Milan

Best of Southern Italy & Sicily
(17 Days)
Rome, Capri, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii & Naples, Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Syracuse, Taormina & Mount Etna

Journey Through Italy
(20 Days)
Lake Como, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Puglia

Luxury Sicily & Malta Tours

A Week in Sicily
(7 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca & Agrigento, Noto & Syracuse, Taormina

Highlights of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Segesta, Erice, Sciacca, Agrigento, Taormina, Syracuse, Mt. Etna

Luxuries of Sicily
(7 Days)
Sciacca, Agrigento, Syracuse, Taormina & Mt. Etna

Journey Through Sicily
(11 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Segesta, Erice, Sciacca, Agrigento, Ragusa, Noto, Modica, Syracuse, Taormina & Mount Etna

Garden Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo, Taormina & environs

Culinary Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Trapani, Marsala, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna

Jewish Tour of Sicily
(10 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Syracuse, Taormina

Active Family Tour of Sicily
(10 Days)
Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Syracuse, Taormina, Mount Etna

Introduction to Malta
(4 days)
Valletta & Mdina

Highlights of Malta
(6 days) 
Valletta with Mdina, Rabat & Gozo

Essence of Malta & Gozo
(8 days) 
Valletta with Mdina & Rabat, Gozo

Malta in Depth
(9 days)
Valletta, Mdina & Rabat, Gozo

Highlights of Sicily & Malta
(12 days)
Palermo & Monreale, Segesta, Erice, Sciacca, Agrigento, Taormina, Syracuse, Mount Etna, Valletta with Mdina, Rabat & Gozo

Multi-Country Tours

Family Tour of London, Paris & Rome
(10 Days)
London, Paris, Rome

Luxuries of Switzerland & Italy
(11 Days)
Lausanne, Interlaken & Berner Oberland, Lucerne, Lake Como

France & Italy: Best of the Riviera
(9 Days)
Cote d'Azur, Portofino & Cinque Terre

Introduction to Switzerland & Italy
(9 Days)
Lausanne, Zermatt, Lake Como

Highlights of Sicily & Malta

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Palermo & Monreale, Segesta, Erice, Sciacca, Agrigento, Taormina, Syracuse, Mount Etna, Valletta with Mdina, Rabat & Gozo

Experience the best of Sicily and Malta on this luxury tour featuring two of the Mediterranean’s most interesting cultural destinations. Stay at the best luxury hotels, enjoy exclusive private touring of the cultural and scenic highlights, and sample outstanding local cuisine and wine.

Begin in Palermo. The vibrant capital of Sicily, Palermo is home to some of Italy's most fascinating cultural gems including impressive private museums, the country's largest opera house and a robust food culture. During private touring, explore lively local markets, the old Arab quarter and unique UNESCO-listed Arab-Norman architecture. Also, take a private excursion to Monreale for a private tour of the stunning cathedral, a masterpiece of Arab, Norman and Byzantine art.

Continue to Segesta to see the amphitheater and well-preserved Doric temple in a bucolic hillside setting. Also tour Erice, a medieval hilltop village that's filled with cobblestone streets, flowering vines and the aroma of almond pastries, a local specialty.

Spend two nights in Sciacca, a luxurious resort destination on the Mediterranean. Visit the local village, known for its ceramics and coral studios, and enjoy the resort's extensive leisure facilities and excellent restaurants. One day, take a private excursion to a renowned winery to sample some of Sicily's best wines and unique varietals.

Next, tour ancient Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, an outstanding collection of well-preserved Hellenistic ruins and early Christian sites that's one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

Continue to Taormina, a historic clifftop town overlooking the sea. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Syracuse, a powerful city in antiquity. Tour the city with an expert private guide and explore highlights such as the Greek theater, Roman amphitheater, the ancient cathedral, the cave known as the Ear of Dionysius, the historic center of the island of Ortygia, charming seaside neighborhoods and elegant architecture. Another day, enjoy a private excursion to Mount Etna, an active volcano synonymous with Sicily whose fertile soil supports vineyards, orchards and farms. Tour some of the most interesting volcanic sites on the mountain, and enjoy a lunch that incorporates the best of Sicily's fresh, regional ingredients and locally produced wine. In Taormina, also enjoy free time to explore the Greek theater, beautiful gardens, bougainvillea-lined backstreets and local boutiques. There will also be time to enjoy the extensive facilities at your luxury resort overlooking the Bay of Naxos.

Next, visit Malta, a fascinating Mediterranean country with a rich multicultural history. The capital city ofValletta is the perfect base for exploring the highlights of Malta. Positioned between two harbors, Valletta has been at the center of Maltese cultural life for centuries. Its unusually diverse architecture provides a visual palimpsest of Maltese history, with overlapping layers of Arabic, Renaissance, Baroque, neoclassical, modern and contemporary design. With your private guide, explore the city’s alleys, overhung with traditional Maltese enclosed balconies, and learn about Valletta’s many notable buildings, such as historic palaces, the Palace Armoury, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the National Library of Malta, the Grand Master’s Palace and more. Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to St. John’s Co-Cathedral to see its intricate frescoes and renowned Caravaggio paintings in private, and learn about the history of a local noble family during a private tour of their palazzo with the owner. Also stroll through the city’s historic gardens, visit notable museums, and sample traditional Maltese cuisine.

One day, take a full-day excursion around southern Malta. Along the coast, take in the dramatic scenery of the Dingli Cliffs and St. Peter’s Pool, explore the UNESCO-listed megalithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, visit the charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk, and enjoy a private cruise in the beautiful Blue Grotto.

Another day, tour the highlights of northern and central Malta, including Mdina, an ancient fortified hill town and former capital of Malta. Explore winding medieval alleyways, see the Baroque interiors of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and admire open views over the rolling countryside from high atop the impressive walls. Also tour Roman catacombs and browse for upscale glassware in the town of Rabat, take in views over the pretty bay of Ghajn Tuffieha (with the option to hike to hidden beaches), and explore other notable cultural and scenic sights.

Venture to idyllic Gozo, Malta’s second-largest island. Explore highlights such as the imposing Cittadella fortress in the town of Victoria, ancient Roman salt pans along the coast, and the rugged cliffs and inlets of dramatic Dwejra Bay. If desired, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a private tasting at a local boutique winery. 

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities such as meetings with local artisans, private food touring, decorative arts tours, hiking and biking, WWII touring, private yacht excursions, behind-the-scenes tours, a private helicopter transfer between Sicily and Malta, and more.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Palermo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private city tour including Monreale

Day 2

Palermo – Sciacca

Private transfer to resort for 2 nights with tour of Segesta and/or Erice en route

Day 3

Sciacca

Private half-day winery tour, gourmet lunch and wine tasting. Afternoon at leisure

Day 4

Sciacca – Agrigento – Taormina

Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights with tour of Valley of the Temples en route

Day 5

Taormina & Syracuse

Private excursion to Syracuse

Day 6

Taormina  Mount Etna

Private half-day excursion to Mount Etna with lunch at local winery

Day 7

Catania – Valletta

Private transfer to airport for flight to Valletta. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 5 nights

Day 8

Valletta

Full-day private city tour including after-hours access to St. John’s Co-Cathedral and private tour of a local palazzo

Day 9

Valletta & environs

Full-day private excursion to southern Malta

Day 10

Valletta, Mdina & environs

Full-day private excursion to northern and central Malta

Day 11

Valletta & Gozo

Full-day private excursion to Gozo

Day 12

Depart Valletta

Private airport transfer


Hotels
Palermo:

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Sciacca: Verdura Resort & Spa
Taormina: Grand Hotel Timeo
Valletta: The Phoenicia Malta

Cost
$17,615 Per person (double occupancy)