Ancient Empires – Amalfi Coast – Sicily & Malta

Ancient Empires – Amalfi Coast – Sicily & Malta



Discover the intriguing mélange of cultures that flourished in the wake of Ancient Empires. Cruise for seven
nights from Valletta to Rome aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Jacques Cartier, with only 92
Suites and Staterooms. This custom-designed itinerary features the monumental antiquities and spectacular
scenery of this historic region and affords the opportunity to travel with a small group that visits seven UNESCO
World Heritage sites. Experience the rich history of Malta, visit Agrigento’s unforgettable Valley of the Temples,
discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina, marvel at Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast and Pompeii.

Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
May 30, 2021 - Jun 7, 2021


Timeless Malta Pre-Program Option
Eternal Rome Post-Program Option


  • Grace Gary

    Grace Gary

    > Grace Gary’s relationship with the National Trust began when, while in graduate school, she was chosen as a National Trust Maritime Intern.  She’s hard to pin down on how many years ago that was, but she admits to having served as a lecturer on more-than fifty Trust tours over a span of more-than thirty years.  She is also the author of two titles in the Trust’s “Information” series and served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office.  She also served as executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Program, and Nemours Mansion and Gardens.  While at Nemours she oversaw an $80 million restoration program, which received the highest award from the AIA ever bestowed on a restoration project.  She and fellow National Trust Tours lecturer Dwight Young also co-authored “Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s Home,” which was published by Rizzoli.  She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and has a Master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia, where she had the privilege of living on the Range in one of the original, Thomas Jefferson-designed rooms.



Cancellations for all or any part of the program including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 119 through 95 days prior to departure, $800 per person; cancellations 94 days or less prior to departure, a no‑show or early return from the program will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.



Anceint Empires map


  • day May 30

    Depart the U.S. for Rome

  • day May 31

    Valletta, Malta/Embark Le Jacques Cartier

    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 Jacques Cartier

  • day June 1


    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.

  • day June 2

    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 grigento Archaeological Museum, which preserves Sicily’s finest collection of Greek, Etruscan, Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman artifacts.

  • day June 3


    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.

  • day June 4

    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.

  • day June 5

    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.

  • day June 6

    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.

  • day June 7

    Civitavecchia/Disembark ship/Rome/ R eturn to the U.S. or Canada

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

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