For thousands of years, waves of civilizations have left their imprint on the Mediterranean. Explore a multitude of World Heritage sites during this delightful cruise featuring southern Italy, Sicily, and Malta—considered the crossroads of this complex history.

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Voyage from Malta to Rome

9 days from $5,595

For thousands of years, waves of civilizations have left their imprint on the Mediterranean. Explore a multitude of World Heritage sites during this delightful cruise featuring southern Italy, Sicily, and Malta—considered the crossroads of this complex history.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Smithsonian surpasses any organized trip we have taken in the past several decades.

- Irving R.

The Voyage from Rome to Malta is a fabulous experience, from the chance to walk around the ruins of Pompeii, to cruising on a beautiful ship along the Amalfi coast, to touring phenomenal ancient Greek sites in Sicily, and visiting the absolutely beautiful island of Malta.

- John J.

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Overview

Ply the waters of the azure Mediterranean and experience the cultural legacy of southern Italy, Sicily, and Malta, often called the crossroad of civilizations. Here, layers of history—from the Phoenicians to the Greeks, Romans, and Normans—have left a magnificent mosaic of cultures. Join us on this fascinating voyage of discovery where each day showcases impressive World Heritage sites that will astonish you.

Highlights Include

  • ​Malta: Founded in 1566, Valletta is one of the world’s earliest planned cities. This European Capital of Culture (2018) showcases impressive architecture, including splendid examples of high Baroque, neoclassical, and modern styles. During a walking tour, see the iconic and lavishly decorated St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Barrakka Gardens, and the striking Grand Master’s Palace. You’ll also enjoy a tour of a private palazzo.
  • Sicily: Taormina commands one of the most impressive settings on the island, which you’ll see from the well-preserved Greco-Roman theater, with its breathtaking views of Mt. Etna and the sea. Extolled for its beauty and grandeur, Syracuse once rivaled its sister city of Athens. Explore the historic quarter of Ortygia and admire the baroque cathedral, built on the ruins of a 5th-century temple, and view the remains of the Temple of Apollo. In the Archaeology Zone, visit the impressive Greek theater, where Aeschylus spoke to ancient Siracusans; the Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once competed; and the impressive archaeological museum. You’ll also walk through Agrigento’s exceptional Valley of the Temples, where impressive Greek temples dot the landscape, then admire ancient artifacts in its fine archaeological museum.
  • Southern Italy: Cruise along the stunning Amalfi Coast for panoramic views of cliff-side villages that seem to plunge to the sea, and enjoy time in Sorrento and on the Isle of Capri, which has drawn visitors since Roman times. Gain an intimate look into the lifestyle of the people of Pompeii, excavated 17 centuries after Mt. Vesuvius buried it in an eruption. Highlights include the impressive amphitheater, the house of the wealthy Vetti family, and the Temple of Jupiter. Then go into Naples to tour the National Archaeological Museum and its important collection of artifacts from Pompeii. 
  • Small Ship Experience: Enjoy cruising aboard an upscale small ship that features sophisticated staterooms and public spaces, superb amenities, excellent cuisine, and an informal ambiance. Each voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. See more information on the Tour Details page.

Smithsonian surpasses any organized trip we have taken in the past several decades.

- Irving R.

The Voyage from Rome to Malta is a fabulous experience, from the chance to walk around the ruins of Pompeii, to cruising on a beautiful ship along the Amalfi coast, to touring phenomenal ancient Greek sites in Sicily, and visiting the absolutely beautiful island of Malta.

- John J.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 —Valletta, Malta

Arrive in Valletta, elegant capital of Malta, extolled as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” for its remarkably well-preserved collection of palaces, cathedrals and bastions bequeathed by countless civilizations over nearly 3000 years. Embark the Five-Star Le Bougainville. (D)

Day 3 — Valletta

Founded in 1566 by the Knights of St. John, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Valletta is one of the world’s earliest planned cities. Malta has held a strong connection to Italy and Sicily since A.D.  60, when a shipwrecked St. Paul brought Christianity to the tiny archipelago. Today, this 2018 European Capital of Culture showcases incredible high Baroque, neoclassical and modern architecture.

Visit St. John’s Co‑Cathedral, exemplifying Baroque architecture with two large bell towers looming over the cathedral. Tour the 16th‑century Barrakka Gardens and enjoy vistas of Valletta’s Grand Harbor. Visit the interiors of the Grandmaster’s Palace, the former residence of the Order of the Knights of St. John and the seat of Malta’s parliament until 2015. A member of the de Piro family of Maltese nobility leads your private tour through the 430-year‑old Casa Rocca Piccola, the family’s ancestral home and a display of Maltese aristocracy.

Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the ship this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Porto Empedocle, Sicily, for Agrigento

The classical Greek world is reanimated in Agrigento’s UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples). Here, the landscape features eight Doric shrines dating from the fifth century B.C., including the Temple of Hera, with its graceful northern colonnade, and the Temple of Concordia, which remains almost entirely intact since its construction in 430 B.C.

See  temples honoring Zeus and Heracles and the Sanctuary of the Chthonic Deities—mythological lords of Earth and the underworld. Visit the Agrigento Archaeological Museum, which preserves Sicily’s finest collection of Greek, Etruscan, Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman artifacts. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Syracuse

Revered for its grandeur since classical antiquity, enchanting Syracuse reached its zenith of influence as an intellectual milieu under Dionysius the Elder 350 years after Greek colonists first settled here in 734 B.C.

Today, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an open‑air museum of well‑preserved classical monuments. Visit the storied Greek Theater, where Aeschylus once spoke to ancient Siracusans and still in use today; the Roman Amphitheater, where gladiators competed for the crowds; the Altar of Hieron II; the limestone Ear of Dionysius cave; and the Archaeological Museum.

Wander the hallowed small island of Ortygia, Syracuse’s maritime heart, where the most ancient
Doric temple in Sicily, the sixth‑century B.C. Temple of Apollo, stands in the remains of Piazza Pancali. The city’s Baroque cathedral incorporates the ruins of a fifth‑century B.C. temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, where you can admire the unique baptismal font, an ancient Greek marble krater (large vase) dating from the 13th century. The landmark Piazza Archimede showcases the dazzling, Baroque‑style Fountain of Diana, adorned with rearing horses, charging tritons and maternal sea nymphs. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Naxos for Taormina/Cruise past Stromboli, Italy

From charming Taormina, the medieval center of Sicilian culture and commerce, enjoy stunning panoramas of the Calabria coastline and snowcapped Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest volcano and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the remarkably preserved third-century B.C. Greco‑Roman theater, the most dramatically sited Greek theater in the world and still in use today.

See the 14th‑century Gothic‑Catalan‑style Corvaia Palace and the Roman Odeon, a “small theater” built in 21 B.C., and see the medieval Baroque portal of the Cathedral of St. Nicola.

Stroll along Taormina’s distinctively Mediterranean pedestrian thoroughfare, Corso Umberto.

Be on deck to view the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Aeolian Island of Stromboli, the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”—a volcano mildly active for over two millennia. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Isle of Capri/Sorrento for Amalfi Coast and Positano

Enjoy a walking tour of captivating Capri, the island where, Homer’s Odysseus resisted the alluring call of the sirens. Visit the Augustus Gardens, a series of serene, flower-filled terraces that afford breathtaking panoramas of the Faraglioni rock formations rising from translucent waters and the craggy peak of Mt. Solaro, the highest point on the island.

Admire the natural splendor of the World Heritage‑designated Amalfi Coast, and experience the allure of the Mediterranean seaside with secluded villages, opulent villas and sun‑drenched beaches. Explore the winding, delightful streets of the cliffside, coastal village of Positano on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Sorrento for Pompeii

Dock in quaint Sorrento, an outpost of the ancient Roman Republic and the scenic gateway to Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii. This seaside town of rose‑flushed buildings was built into picturesque cliffs high above the Tyrrhenian Sea and, as the world’s limoncello capital, is abundant with fragrant lemon and orange groves.

Continue to Pompeii, which was engulfed by the tephra of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, rendering the city frozen in time. Excavated 17 centuries after petrification, the incredible UNESCO World Heritage‑designated ruins intimately reveal Roman daily rituals during Emperor Titus’s reign. On the walking tour, see the wealthy Vetti family estate, the extraordinary amphitheater—the earliest surviving stone amphitheater of the Roman world—and the Temple of Jupiter.

Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Civitavecchia/Rome/U.S.

Disembark in Civitavecchia. Continue on the Eternal Rome Post‑Program Option or transfer to Rome for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

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