Cruise along the Mediterranean Sea aboard Variety Voyager and explore the two compelling islands of Malta and Sicily. 

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 The port of Valletta, Malta  Temple of Concord, Valley of the Temples, Agrigento  Palermo's Cathedral  The Palatine Chapel, Palermo  The famous mosaics within the cathedral at Monreale  The famous Greek theater of Taormina  Greek amphitheater of Siracusa  The Baroque cathedral in Siracusa, built on the ruins of a Greek temple

A Cruise of Sicily and Malta

Round-trip from Malta Aboard the 72-guest Variety Voyager

10 days from $7,490

Cruise along the Mediterranean Sea aboard Variety Voyager and explore the two compelling islands of Malta and Sicily. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Centrally positioned in the Mediterranean Sea, the captivating islands of Sicily and Malta have been influenced by a succession of disparate cultures since ancient times. Some made significant impacts on the course of civilization while others faded into historical footnotes. But all left their mark, reflected in the many archaeological ruins, diverse architectural styles, and delightfully intermingled cultural traditions that have beckoned travelers for centuries. Enjoy our small-ship cruise as you explore these two compelling islands and delight in specially arranged cultural events.

Highlights Include

  • Variety Voyager: Cruise aboard this small, sleek state- of-the-art yacht, built in 2012.
  • Malta: Discover World Heritage sites found in Valletta, plus tour the National Archaeology Museum and a 16th- century palazzo.
  • Agrigento and Marsala: Gaze upon the Valley of the Temples, a World Heritage site. Cruising west, stop to see the Greek bronze statue of The Dancing Satyr, then enjoy lunch and a wine tasting in the countryside.
  • Palermo: Tour the Royal Palace in depth, including the lavish Capella Palatina, and see the cathedral in Monreale, then dine in a seaside palazzo with the adopted son of Giuseppe Lampedusa, author of The Leopard.
  • Taormina and Syracuse: Explore the remarkable Greek theater, enjoy lunch at a winery on the slopes of Mt. Etna, and explore the Silvestri Crater. In Syracuse, walk amid the Archaeological Park, tour Ortygia (the Old Town) and the Jewish Quarter, enjoy a cheese tasting, and view a private collection of etchings at a palazzo. 

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Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — U.S. / Valletta, Malta

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Valletta. Arrive on Saturday and check in to the hotel. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Valletta

Valletta, the capital of Malta and a World Heritage site, was built by the Knights Hospitaller Order of St. John to defend against Ottoman invasions in the 16th–century. This morning take a walking tour to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for an orientation and panoramic view over the Grand Harbour. Then stroll past the exciting new Maltese Parliament building en route to the Grandmaster’s Palace, which houses the office of the President of Malta and the formal state reception rooms. Lunch is on your own with free time to explore Valletta before visiting the Neolithic galleries at the National Archaeology Museum. Then gather for a warm welcome by the Marquis de Piro family and private visit at their Casa Rocca Piccola mansion, a family residence that provides insights into the customs and traditions of the Maltese nobility over the last 400 years. Late afternoon embarkation and welcome aboard. (B,D)

Day 4 — Licata, Sicily

After a morning of cruising, disembark in the harbor of Licata for a visit to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a World Heritage site whose classical Greek temples are well preserved. Agrigento was founded in the 6th-century B.C. and became a flourishing cultural center that gave the world Empedocles, the pre-Socratic philosopher and naturalist. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Marsala

Drive along SS188, a “secret” route for exploring Sicily’s viticultural region in the western part of the island. Extensive vistas of gently rolling hills carpeted with vineyards rival the world’s acclaimed grape-growing landscapes for sheer beauty. Enjoy an agroturismo lunch and olive oil tasting in Castelvetrano, then return to the ship via Mazara del Vallo, home of Italy’s largest fishing fleet and of the Dancing Satyr, a 3rd- or 2nd-century B.C. bronze that was discovered in 1998 off Sicily’s southwestern coast by local fishermen and is now on display in the Church of Sant'Egidio. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Palermo

The ancient capital city of Palermo features a fascinating mix of historical and cultural influences stemming from multiple waves of invaders. Marvel at its diverse architectural treasures, including the Norman-style Royal Palace and its dazzling Royal Chapel (Cappella Palatina). After lunch on your own, ascend to the Mt. Pelligrino hill town of Monreale for a visit to the stunning Monreale Cathedral, a national monument of Italy and one of the greatest surviving examples of Norman architecture in the world. This evening dine with Gioacchino Lanza, adopted son of the author of The Leopard, at his home, the Lanza Tomasi Palace. (B,D)

Day 7 — At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and the continuation of the educational program as the ship proceeds along the coastline of Sicily. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Taormina

Taormina is renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, beautiful monuments, and lush gardens. Enjoy a guided tour of the Greek Theater—believed to have been a venue for gladiators—which overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea with Mt. Etna in the background. Stroll along the lively Corso Umberto promenade before departing for lunch at a winery on the fertile slopes of Mt. Etna followed by a visit to the dormant Silvestri Crater on the flanks of the volcano. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Siracusa

Once a powerful threat to the hegemony of Athens, Siracusa was founded around 734 B.C. by Greek Corinthians. Explore the Archaeological Park’s Greek and Roman ruins before visiting the historic Jewish Quarter, home to the oldest mikveh (ritual bath) known to survive in Europe. Continue to Ortigia’s open air market for a special cheese tasting experience. Then visit the island’s 6th-century Temple of Apollo and Cathedral Square followed by an afternoon aperitivo in a private palazzo and viewing of a Sicilian noble’s collection of ancient Siracusa and Sicily etchings. This evening, enjoy the captain’s farewell reception and dinner as the ship cruises back to Malta. (B,D)

Day 10 – Valletta, Malta / Home

Disembark and transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)