Some of the world’s most extraordinary Greek temples grace the rugged landscape of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. Discover these pearls of antiquity as you circumnavigate the island aboard the elegant Sea Cloud II. Embark this three-masted sailing yacht in Palermo, where a highlight will be the mesmerizing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Norman Kings. One after the other, marvels follow, from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento to the well-preserved vestiges of one of the world’s most important cities of antiquity, Syracuse. Throughout our week together, Sicily will reveal her rich and unique culture as we walk in storied cities that were once centers of the Greco-Roman, Carthaginian, and Byzantine worlds, and are received in the dazzling private palazzi of local nobility. Disembark in Valletta, Malta, where an optional postlude is offered.
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Before arriving in Sicily, you’re invited to experience the splendors of the Adriatic aboard Sea Cloud II. When you book this Sicily program, you can also join the preceding voyage, “Adriatic Odyssey: Venice to Palermo,” from September 17 – 25, 2021, and receive $2,500 per person off the combined fare for the two trips.
- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Sep 24, 2021 - Oct 2, 2021
An optional prelude in Palermo is offered from September 22–25, 2021.
All participants must be in good physical and mental health. Program excursions involve walking (a minimum of one half mile) over uneven surfaces, climbing stairs without handrails, and touring sites that are not handicapped accessible. On some Programs, hiking, biking, or extensive walking is required during excursions. Please consult your Customer Service Associate for specific program requirements. In order to provide the best service we can, AA requires that any condition that may need assistance, special diets, or special medical or physical attention or treatment be reported on the personal information form sent to you in your confirmation packet. If you require special attention during the Program, you may be required to hire an assistant or private conveyance to fully participate in the Program. AA encourages participants to consult their personal physician for specific advice regarding the activities and destinations of The Program. For health information visit www.cdc.gov/travel
If you book this program by April 15, 2021, your reservation deposit will be fully refundable until 60 days before departure.
day FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Depart on an overnight flight to Palermo, Sicily.
day SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
PALERMO, SICILY / EMBARK SEA CLOUD II
Arrive this morning in Palermo and gather for lunch. This afternoon, board the elegant Sea Cloud II.
day SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
PALERMO / TRAPANI
Step ashore this morning for a visit to the dazzling, 12th-century Cappella Palatina, known for its extraordinary golden mosaics, in the Palazzo dei Normanni. Afterwards, stop at Palazzo Abatellis to admire Antonello da Messina’s outstanding Virgin Annunciate. Enjoy a reception at a private palazzo before continuing to Segesta. Explore its splendid Doric temple, beautifully preserved yet strangely unfinished, whose columns are said to produce organ-like tones on windy days. Rejoin Sea Cloud II this evening in Trapani, and attend the captain’s welcome dinner.
day MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Anchor in Porto Empedocle for a drive to Agrigento, which Pindar called “the most beautiful city built by mortal men.” Tour the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) and marvel at the Tempio della Concordia (Temple of Concordia), perhaps the best-preserved Greek temple in the world.
day TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
POZZALLO / NOTO
This morning, arrive in Pozzallo 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 façade is embellished with sculptures of gods, mythical beasts, saints, and angels. Spend the afternoon at sea sailing to Syracuse.
day WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Today we explore Syracuse, one of the most important cities in antiquity, touted by Cicero as “the greatest Greek city.” Discover the well-preserved Greek and Roman theaters of the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis. On beautiful Ortygia Island, see the cathedral built on the ruins of the Tempio di Atena (Temple of Athena), and see Caravaggio’s Burial of
Saint Lucy in the Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, an exquisite Baroque church. By special invitation, we will visit the Baroque palazzo of a Sicilian baron, who will welcome us for a tour followed by cocktails.
day THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
CATANIA / PIAZZA ARMERINA
This morning take a walking tour of Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful Baroque monuments. Stop in the historic center to see the cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, the nearby market, Castello Ursino, and the impressive Benedictine monastery. This afternoon, drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, for a tour of the legendary Benanti winery, followed by a wine tasting. Alternatively, travel in the morning to Piazza Armerina for a full-day excursion. Discover the imperial Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose captivating collection of mosaics is considered the most beautiful and well-preserved of its kind.
day FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
DAY AT SEA
Experience the thrill of sailing aboard our elegant ship, enjoying lectures and delighting in the grace and romance of a bygone era of travel. Tonight the captain hosts a farewell reception and dinner.
day SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
VALLETTA, MALTA / DISEMBARK
Disembark in Valletta and transfer to the airport for flights home
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