Experience the diverse cultural legacy of Malta, Sicily and Italy that began over 7000 years ago and was shaped by their strategic location between Europe and Africa and the seemingly endless roll call of empires who vied for control of their ancient coasts.
Barbara Horlbeck is an adjunct instructor of art history, an independent researcher, lecturer, and writer. She developed and teaches innovative virtual and face-to-face college-level art history courses, including Arts of the Medieval World, Renaissance and Baroque Arts, Ancient Arts, and Arts of Asia. Founder of Arts and Influences, she gives lectures and seminars on a wide range of art historical and cultural topics including. She has been a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for fifteen years, where she leads tours for educators and specialists as well as the general public. She has traveled in more than thirty countries, including five continents and the North Pole, throughout Europe, and from Iran to India and Russia to Pakistan and China.
T IMELESS MALTA PRE-CRUISE OPTION
1 Depart the U.S.
2 VALLETTA , MALTA/Embark M.Y. VARIETY VOYAGER (R,D)
3 VALLETTA (B,L,D)
4 PORTO EMPEDOCLE, SICILY, ITALY, for AGRIGENTO (B,L,D)
5 SYRACUSE (B,L,D)
6 NAXOS for TAORMINA/Cruise past STROMBOLI (B,L,D)
7 ISLAND OF CAPRI/SORRENTO for AMALFI COAST and POSITANO (B,L,D)
8 SORRENTO for POMPEII (B,L,R,D)
9 CIVITAVECCHIA/Disembark ship/ROME /Return to the U.S. (B)
◆ ETERNAL ROME POST-CRUISE OPTION
Timeless Malta Pre-Cruise Option
The extraordinary island of Malta is referred to as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.” Walk the medieval streets of the beautifully-preserved walled town of Mdina, where settlement predates 4000 B.C., and explore its extraordinary Baroque-style architecture. Experience the fabled Blue Grotto, a sea cave illuminated by the brilliant blue reflection of glistening underwater sunlight. Visit the underground Lascaris War Rooms, where General Eisenhower directed the invasion of Sicily during World War II’s American-led “Operation Husky.” Tour the opulent interiors and magnificent gardens of the family-owned, 18th-century Palazzo Parisio, known as a “miniature Versailles.” Accommodations for two nights are in the Five-Star PHOENICIA HOTEL.
Eternal Rome Post-Cruise Option
Capital of the Roman Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “Eternal City” of Rome showcases its spectacular ancient landmarks from centuries as a nucleus of power, culture and religion. Visit the iconic Colosseum, the historic Roman Forum and the Church of St. Peter in Chains, which houses Michelangelo’s famed sculpture of Moses. Enjoy a tour of incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and walk through the opulent Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo’s famous, awe-inspiring ceiling frescoes. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe WESTIN EXCELSIOR ROME, ideally located within walking distance of the grand Via Veneto, one of the most elegant streets in all of Rome.
The Pre- and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost.
Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.