Begin in Valletta, Malta, where we embark the awaiting Sea Cloud II. In Syracuse, explore a cathedral built on the ruins of the Temple of Athena and visit a Baroque palazzo whose owner will welcome us for a tour. Marvel at the seven temples of Agrigento, and from Trapani, view the Greek temple of Segesta before choosing an excursion to medieval Erice or to Mazara del Vallo, home to an ancient bronze statue known as The Dancing Satyr. Explore Sicily’s capital city of Palermo, where highlights include a special reception at Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy. The cruise concludes in Catania.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Oct 3, 2019 - Oct 11, 2019
- day 1
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3: DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Malta.
- day 2
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.
- day 3
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.
- day 4
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6: POZZALLO / NOTO (SICILY)
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 as we sail to Porto Empedocle.
- day 5
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7: PORTO EMPEDOCLE (SICILY)
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.
- day 6
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8: TRAPANI / SEGESTA (SICILY)
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.
- day 7
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9: PALERMO (SICILY)
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 Teatro Massimo. This evening gather for the captain’s farewell reception and dinner.
- day 8
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10: AT SEA
Today enjoy the thrill of sailing aboard the legendary Sea Cloud II. As she carries us through the Strait of Messina under a full set of billowing white sails, experience the grace and romance of a bygone era of travel.
- day 9
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11: CATANIA (SICILY) / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud II in Catania this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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