Admire Sicily’s diverse landscapes from the comfort of the elegant three‐masted Sea Cloud II. Sail into legendary harbors, and step ashore to admire ancient temples and theaters, and glittering mosaics. Autumn, when the heat and crowds of summer have disappeared, is the perfect time to discover the countless cultural marvels of this stepping stone between Europe and Africa.
Thursday, October 3 DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Malta.
Friday, October 4 VALLETTA, MALTA / SEA CLOUD II
Arrive in Valletta and gather for lunch. Transfer to the awaiting Sea Cloud II and enjoy a bon voyage toast on deck as we sail out of Valletta’s historic harbor. L,D
Saturday, October 5 SYRACUSE (SICILY), ITALY
Today we explore Syracuse, one of the most important cities in antiquity. On beautiful Ortygia Island, see the cathedral built on the ruins of the Temple of Athena. By special invitation we will visit the Baroque palazzo of Barone Beneventano where he will welcome us for a tour and light refreshments. This afternoon discover the well-preserved Greek and Roman theaters of the Archeological Zone. Gather in the evening for the captain’s welcome reception and dinner. B,L,R,D
Sunday, October 6 POZALLO / NOTO (SICILY), ITALY
This morning arrive in Pozallo and drive to the exquisitely preserved town of Noto. This Baroque jewel is situated on a plateau surrounded by olive and almond groves. In the beautiful historic center see Corso Vittorio Emanuele, an elegantly manicured walkway flanked by buildings of golden sandstone, where every facade is embellished with sculptures of gods, mythical beasts, saints, and angels. Spend the afternoon at sea as we sail to Porto Empedocle. B,L,D
Monday, October 7 PORTO EMPEDOCLE (SICILY), ITALY
Step ashore at Porto Empedocle for a drive to Agrigento, which Pindar called “the most beautiful city built by mortal men.” Tour the Valley of the Temples, with some of the finest Greek ruins in the world. Return to the ship for lunch and the afternoon at sea. B,L,D
Tuesday, October 8 TRAPANI / SEGESTA (SICILY), ITALY
Arrive at the port of Trapani and depart on a morning excursion to Segesta to view its splendid Greek temple and theater. Following lunch, you may wish to visit the medieval hilltop town of Erice. Alternatively, drive to the village of Mazara del Vallo to see its spectacular seven-foot bronze statue, retrieved from the sea by local fishermen. With his flying hair and goat ears, the 2,400-year-old figure was quickly dubbed the “Dancing Satyr”. B,L,D
Wednesday, October 9 PALERMO (SICILY), ITALY
Dock in the Sicilian capital of Palermo for a morning visit to the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Norman Kings. Described by Guy de Maupassant as “the most surprising religious jewel ever dreamt of,” the chapel is known for its extraordinary golden mosaics. This afternoon drive to Monreale to discover the magnificent Norman cathedral, whose brilliantly colored mosaics depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Return to Palermo for a special reception at Palazzo Gangi. This evening gather for the captain’s farewell reception and dinner. B,L,R,D
Thursday, October 10 AT SEA
Today enjoy the thrill of sailing aboard the legendary Sea Cloud II. As she carries us through the gentle waters under a full set of billowing white sails, experience the grace and romance of a bygone era of travel. B,L,D
Friday, October 11 CATANIA (SICILY), ITALY / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud II in Catania this morning and transfer to the airport for the flights home. B
Please note: All prices are estimated based on preliminary quotes provided by hotel and service providers, prevailing fuel prices, airfares and currency exchange rates in effect as of the date of this proposal and are subject to change.
Optional prelude in Valletta is offered from October 1–4, 2018