Antiquities of the Southern Mediterranean

Antiquities of the Southern Mediterranean



Sicily and Malta have possessed an almost mythical appeal since Homer and Virgil first extolled their virtues. From the classical perfection of Agrigento’s Roman relics to the ancient cliffside village of Taormina, this carefully curated, 7-night itinerary explores resplendent shores and prized remnants of bygone civilizations. Bask in sun-dappled islands at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and explore coastal cities that date back more than 7,000 years. Cruise along two of Europe’s most dramatic coastlines through the fabled Strait of Messina to the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean seas. Journey from the island of Malta to the ancient Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and to the souk (marketplace) of Tunis, Tunisia. Enjoy calls at Taormina, Trapani, and Palermo on the island of Sicily before cruising to Syracuse.

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
May 7, 2024 - May 15, 2024


Malta Pre-Program Option
Enhance your Mediterranean cruise experience with a 2-night immersion on the island of Malta. Walk the medieval streets of the beautifully preserved, UNESCO‑inscribed town of Valetta, built by the Knights of the Order of St. John in the late 16th-century. Visit the Lower Barrakka Gardens for a breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbor and the Grandmaster’s Palace. Explore the stunning 16th century Casa Rocca Piccola, home of the Marquis De Piro family, led by one of the family members. Visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral and at UNESCO-inscribed Hagar Qim, explore the Palace of the Inquisitor and the Tarxien Temples. Accommodations are in an ideally located 5‑star hotel.
The Pre -Program Option is available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.


A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply




  • day 1 & 2

    Depart the U.S. for Valletta, Malta/Embark Le Bougainville

    Depart home city and arrive the next day in Valleta, Malta.

  • day 3

    Reggio Calabria, Italy/Naxos for Taormina, Sicily, Italy

  • day 4


  • day 5

    Trapani, Sicily

    Drive to Segesta and see the ancient Doric Temple. Visit the medieval town of Erice, set atop a hill and accessible via cable car. Enjoy panoramic views and marvel at the Norman Venus Castle.

  • day 6

    Tunis, Tunisia for Carthage

  • day 7

    Porto Empedocle for Agrigento, Sicily

  • day 8


    In Syracuse, visit the Altar of Hieron II, a monument dedicated to Zeus; Dyonisios’ Ear; the Roman Amphitheater; and the Greek Theater. Transfer to the island of Ortygia, Syracuse’s maritime heart, where the Temple of Apollo stands in the remains of Piazza Pancali. See the city’s Baroque cathedral incorporating the ruins of a fifth‑century B.C. temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. At the Piazza Archimede, view the Baroque-style Fountain of Diana. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, see an authentic folklore show on deck and attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner.

  • day 9

    Valletta, Malta/ Disembark ship/ Return to home city

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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