Discover the true essence of the Mediterranean as you delve into the fascinating mosaic of Sicily and the island paradise of Malta.
Get acquainted with Palermo’s colourful markets and the city’s famous "street food." Meet a countess in her medieval palace and visit a family-owned farm where you’ll hear Sicilian folk music and learn how they make ricotta cheese. Stand in awe at Agrigento’s spectacular Valley of the Temples (UNESCO). Spend 4 nights in Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greek influence during an included excursion to historical sites in Siracusa (UNESCO), whose archaeological treasures rival those in Athens. Discover the medieval streets of Mdina and enjoy a day at leisure in Malta. On a journey along the Ionian coast, discover the everlasting influences left by ancient Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Normans.
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Day 1: Palermo, Italy - Tour Begins
You are on your way to Sicily. Allow yourself to take in the immersive culture, the layers of ancient history, and the incomparable beauty of this sparkling Mediterranean island. Welcome to Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily’s vibrant and welcoming capital. Bursting with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces, this island’s history is waiting to be discovered. This evening, come to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Palermo
Make the most of Palermo this morning because it’s your choice! Choose to set out on a panoramic coach tour of Palermo, including views of the Politeama Concert Hall, the Massimo Opera House, the ruins of Palermo's medieval seaside fortifications and Spanish-era City Walls and the imposing exterior of the Palace of the Normans. Your tour includes a visit to the dazzling Monreale Cathedral -OR- stroll the streets of Palermo with a local guide, feeling as if you’ve stepped back in time as you pass by medieval remnants, picturesque piazzas, and ornate fountains. Make your way inside St. Catherine of Alexandria, a Baroque church where you can sample local pastries baked with the nuns’ secret recipe. After your tour, wander through an open-air market displaying traditional Sicilian "street food" before getting a taste of these classics at a local restaurant. Later, visit a medieval palace where a countess welcomes you on a tour of her family’s home, joining you for an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres in one of the palace's stunning chambers.
Day 3: Palermo - Cefalù - Sicilian Countryside - Palermo
Journey to the countryside with a local guide and stroll the medieval streets of Cefalù (UNESCO), a seaside town that’s home to one of Sicily’s most magnificent cathedrals. Embrace Italian country life as you set off to experience a day on a family farm where Sicilian folk music greets you upon arrival. Get a glimpse of the delectable products they make on the farm and observe how they create a Sicilian favourite – ricotta cheese!* Watch a chef prepare local specialities before getting a taste of the farm’s own products with a hearty lunch made from family recipes. Return to Palermo for an evening at leisure.
Day 4: Palermo - Erice - Agrigento
Today’s journey brings you to Agrigento, a coastal hub of preserved Greek temples. Along the way, meander through the town of Erice and roam the streets. Admire the town from an awe-inspiring lookout point at Venus Castle, built upon an ancient Roman temple. Continue on to Agrigento, where you’ll have some free time to explore the resort’s amenities.
Day 5: Agrigento - Taormina
Epic history and stunning scenery lie ahead in the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO), a place filled with ancient Greek ruins. Join an expert on a guided tour as you explore this once-prominent Greek colony and the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. Your journey continues past the Erei Mountains to Sicily’s stunning Ionian Coast. The gorgeous coastal city of Taormina is your home for the next four nights.
Day 6: Taormina
Today, discover Taormina, “the jewel of Sicily.” A local guide leads you on a tour of this picturesque city where you’ll see the well-preserved Greek theatre, the Duomo and the public gardens. Spend the afternoon on your own in this city perched high above the sea. Perhaps dine at a sidewalk café or shop in the town’s boutiques.
Day 7: Taormina
The entire day is yours to explore! With free time, you can choose to relax on the coast, dig in to Taormina’s mouthwatering cuisine, or even take an optional tour to Europe’s largest active volcano – Mt. Etna.
Day 8: Taormina - Siracusa - Taormina
Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greece whilst uncovering its archaeological treasures in historic Siracusa (UNESCO). An expert shares stories of Siracusa’s creation whilst leading you through the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. This evening, toast Sicilian culture as you’re serenaded by local musicians during dinner.
Day 9: Taormina - Pozzallo - Tas-Sliema, Malta
Say goodbye to Italy and venture to the island paradise of Malta. Cross the Mediterranean by high-speed ferry to one of the smallest countries in the world. Enter the town of Tas-Sliema, home to breathtaking coasts and deep blue waters. In this fishing village that was transformed into a resort town, you’ll find quaint cafés and seaside promenades. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 10: Tas-Sliema - Mdina - Valletta - Tas-Sliema
Get an intimate look at Mdina – the “Silent City.” As there are no vehicles allowed in town, you will join a local guide for a walking tour featuring the medieval architecture and cobblestone streets. Head to a local winery where you’ll get a chance to taste the wines of the region. Your adventure continues in Valletta, the capital of Malta. Discover this fortified city on a panoramic coach tour. You’ll take in the picturesque Barrakka Gardens overlooking the harbour, featuring a charming blend of natural beauty and terraced arches. The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 11: Tas-Sliema
The day is completely yours to experience the island of Malta however you please. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to a temple complex older than Stonehenge, stopping at a vibrant fishing village and natural blue grotto along the way. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers as you recount your favourite memories of the Mediterranean islands.
Day 12: Tas-Sliema - Tour Ends
Say goodbye to Malta and the Mediterranean as your tour comes to a close today.
Tour Activity Level:
The activity level for this tour is 4. To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
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