Optional Catania Prelude
October 7 to 11, 2014
Spend time ashore in Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, before boarding Sea Cloud II. Admire the Baroque buildings of the Old Town and see the private apartments of the 18th-century Palazzo Biscari on an exclusive visit. Marvel at the mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th-century Roman villa in nearby Piazza Armerina, and spend a day in the charming hillside town of Taormina, to discover the remnants of its ancient Greek theater, still in use today. Visit a winery near Mount Etna for lunch and a tasting before joining the main program. Accommodations are at the five- star, seaside Romano Palace Hotel.
PRELUDE RATE $2,150 per person. $370 single supplement. Includes three nights at the Romano Palace Hotel; breakfast daily, two lunches, and two dinners; sightseeing as noted.
Optional Malta Postlude
October 18 to 20, 2014
Disembark in the Maltese capital of Valletta to stroll the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See Caravaggio’s The Beheading of St. John the Baptist inside St. John’s Co-Cathedral—official home of the Knights of Malta—and admire ancient tapestries and armor at the Palace of the Grand Masters. View the exquisite mosaics of the 2,000-year-old Domus Romana; and explore St. Paul’s Catacombs, where Christians, Jews, and pagans are buried side-by-side. Marvel at 5,000-year-old Hagar Qim, one of the oldest religious sites on earth, and attend a private reception at the palace of the Marquis de Piro. Accommodations are at the landmark Phoenicia Hotel in the historic city center.
POSTLUDE RATE $1,395 per person. $350 single supplement. Includes two nights at the Phoenicia Hotel; breakfast daily, two lunches, and one reception; sightseeing as noted.