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Sicily by Sail: Round–trip Valletta Aboard Sea Cloud II

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  • Oct 11, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017

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Sicily by Sail: Round–trip Valletta Aboard Sea Cloud II

Some of the world’s most extraordinary Greek temples grace the rugged landscape of the entrancing island of Sicily. Please join me next fall to discover these pearls of antiquity as we circumnavigate the largest island in the Mediterranean for seven nights aboard the storied Sea Cloud II on a classic cruise National Geographic Traveler called one of 50 “Tours of a Lifetime.”

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Itinerary

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11: U.S. DEPARTURE

Depart on an overnight flight from the U.S. to Malta.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12: VALLETTA, MALTA / SEA CLOUD II

Arrive mid-morning in Malta and transfer to the Hotel Phoenicia for lunch. Then-Princess Elizabeth stayed in this Art Deco landmark in 1949, when Malta was still a British Crown Colony. Embark Sea Cloud II this afternoon. L,D

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13: PORTO EMPEDOCLE / AGRIGENTO, SICILY

Pindar called Agrigento “the most beautiful city built by mortal men” and the nearby ruins of the Valley of the Temples demonstrate why. The Temple of Concord, perhaps the best-preserved Greek temple in the world, inspired UNESCO’s logo. Tonight the captain hosts a welcome reception and dinner. B,L,R,D

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14: TRAPANI / SEGESTA

Explore Segesta’s splendid Doric temple, strangely unfinished, whose columns are said to produce organ-like tones on windy days. Later you may visit either Erice—a hilltop medieval town whose Norman castle sits atop the ruins of a temple of Venus—or Mazara del Vallo. The latter’s highlight is its 2,400-year-old, seven-foot bronze statue called The Dancing Satyr, rescued from the sea by fishermen in 1998. B,L,D

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15: PALERMO

Sicily’s capital was the envy of Europe under the Normans, whose enlightened rule produced the golden mosaics seen in the 12th-century Palatine Chapel. At the Regional Gallery, behold the chilling, plague-inspired fresco, The Triumph of Death; and admire the brilliant mosaics in the nearby Norman cathedral in Monreale. Enjoy a special reception at the Palazzo Gangi, where the ballroom scene in The Leopard was filmed. B,L,R,D

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16: AT SEA

Experience the thrill of sailing aboard Sea Cloud II, attending lectures, and delighting in t he grace and romance of a bygone era of travel. B,L,D

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17: TAORMINA

A morning walk through charming Taormina, with views of the dramatic, snow-capped

cone of Mount Etna in the distance, takes us past shops and art galleries on our way to

t he ancient Greek theater, still used for plays and concerts. B,L,D

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18: SYRACUSE

Splendid Syracuse, at one time the largest city in the ancient world, was a formidable

rival to Athens. Discover its well-preserved theaters (where Aeschylus’ plays were

performed), and the cathedral built on the ruins of the Temple of Athena. By special

invitation, Barone Beneventano will welcome us to his Baroque palazzo for a tour

and refreshments. This evening gather for the captain’s farewell dinner. B,L,D

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19: VALLETTA / U.S. RETURN

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

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An optional two-night prelude in Valletta, Malta is offered from October 9–12.