About This Cruise
Valletta, Gozo Island, Syracuse, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Catania, Taormina, Vulcano Island
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening, fun BBQ (weather
permitting) and Captain’s Dinner
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
- English-Speaking Cruise Escort
While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.
- Beverages (except those mentioned above)
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
- Crew tips
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at charge)
Day 1, Valletta, Malta
Embarkation at 3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers.
Overnight in port.
Day 2, Valletta – Gozo Island, Malta
Morning sailing to Gozo Island. Morning swim stop at one of Gozo’s beautiful beaches. Arrival
in Gozo harbor after lunch. Optional excursion with visits of the Citadel and its baroque
Cathedral, our Lady of Ta Pinu Basilica, the St George Basilica and the Cathedral Museum.
Late in the afternoon, after a short wine tasting, we will return to the ship. Late night departure
for Syracuse, Sicily. Overnight at sea.
Day 3, Syracuse, Italy
Early morning arrival in the port of Syracuse. Syracuse, one of the most and prestigious cities
of the Hellenic World, was a rival of Athens. Our morning optional excursion will bring us to
the spectacular 15,000-seat Greek theatre, the elliptical Roman amphitheatre, the
Archaeological Museum, the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and the Cathedral,
which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena. After lunch you can take our
afternoon optional excursion taking you inland, into Sicily’s southeast region, known for its
baroque towns. You will visit exquisitely-preserved Noto, a jewel of a town situated on plateau.
Late in the evening we leave Syracuse for the Aeolian Islands. Overnight at sea.
Day 4, Lipari, Italy
Morning arrival in Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, sitting on the red volcanic rock
looking like a “wall of bronze”, according to the Greek poet Homer. Archaeological remains
found here have yielded clues to civilizations which date back to 1700 BC, including the
Neolithic stones that sit alongside ancient tombstones, and ruins of Greek walls and Roman
villas. The Spaniards found their way here in the 16th century, building the Castello (castle) and
the 17th century cathedral that is perched above the harbor; All these sights will be available for
seeing them on your morning optional sightseeing excursion. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Lipari.
Day 5, Vulcano Island - Panarea - Stromboli, Italy
We leave Lipari in the morning to reach Vulcano Island, famous for its majestic volcano crater
and the mud baths. In the afternoon we sail to Panarea, a quaint old style Aeolian Island. Late
in the afternoon, we reach Panarea. After time at leisure in port, we gather for our traditional
farewell dinner at anchor. In the evening we start our return trip to Catania and sail slowly past
the island of Stromboli, famous for its live volcano. The sight of live lava eruptions is not to be
missed. Overnight at sea.
Day 6, Catania, Italy
Morning optional excursion to the Etna Volcano, the highest point in Sicily and a live volcano.
A resident volcanologist will provide you with full details on its activity and volcano activity in
South Italy. In the afternoon you can take our optional walking tour of Catania and discover
the hidden treasures of this old Italian city. Overnight in port.
Day 7, Catania - Taormina, Italy
Our day starts with an optional tour at nearby Taormina, a city with endlessly winding medieval
streets and secluded gardens hidden by stone walls. Our optional full day excursion to this
city boasting such beauty and history, features a stroll along the Corso Umberto, lined with
piazza, Duomos and palazzo such as the Palazzo Santo Stefano. Later you will take a guided
tour of the ancient Greek Theatre with wonderful uninterrupted views of the seal. Our lunch
break is followed by time at leisure ex
Included. See itinerary.