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. Enhance your tour with the Malta Pre-Program Option.
- Uniquely designed 9-day, 7-night cruise aboard the 5-star small ship Le Bougainville round-trip Valletta, Malta, featuring Tunisia, Sicily.
- Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Sicily’s ancient Greco-Roman sites in Taormina, Siracusa and Agrigento, and Carthage in Tunisia.
- Cruise to centuries-old cities, medieval ports and scenic landscapes—once coveted by the world’s most powerful empires.
- Enjoy views of Sicily’s imposing Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest volcano.
- Cruise past the island of Stromboli, the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.”
- Malta Pre-Program Option.
Day 1 - Depart Home City
Day 2 - Valletta, Malta / Embark Le Bougainville
Day 3 - Reggio Calabria, Italy / Naxos for Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Day 4 - Palermo
Day 5 - Trapani
Day 6 - Tunis, Tunisia for Carthage
Day 7 - Porto Empedocle for Agrigento, Sicily
Day 8 - Syracuse
Day 9 - Valletta, Malta / Disembark ship / Return to home city
Exclusively Chartered, 5-Star Luxury Small Ship
Join us aboard the exclusively chartered, 5-star Le Bougainville, where distinctive French sophistication meets innovative nautical design. All accommodations feature private balconies. The ship’s efficient electrical propulsion system and custom stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. The small size of the ship allows for navigation into more remote locations than larger vessels.
Malta Pre-Program Option
Enhance your Mediterranean cruise experience with a 2-night immersion on the island of Malta, considered one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Walk the medieval streets of the beautifully preserved, UNESCO-inscribed town of Valletta, 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. This private visit will be led by one of the family members. Accommodations are in the 5-star Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta.
The Pre-Program Option is available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
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