EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Circumnavigation of Sicily (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Ship: Serenissima
Valletta, Malta to Valletta, Malta
Dates: 22 Sep 2019 - 04 Oct 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
22 Sep 2019
Air travel

Board your independent flight to Valletta, Malta.

DAY 2
23 Sep 2019
Valletta, Malta

Arrive in Malta this afternoon and transfer to our hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, attend a welcome reception with dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 3
24 Sep 2019
Valletta, Malta

After breakfast, explore historic Valletta, Malta's enchanting capital city built by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century. Visit the National Museum of Archaeology, the Grandmaster's Palace, St. John's Co-Cathedral, and the Temple of Hagar Qim, a complex of monolithic edifices built between 3600 and 2500 BC. Embark the Serenissima this evening.

DAY 4
25 Sep 2019
Porto Empedocle, Italy
Agrigento, Italy
Porto Empedocle, Italy
Mazara Del Vallo, Italy

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Agrigento, a World Heritage Site. The exquisite architecture of the Valley of the Temples dates back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC and includes the Temple of Zeus—the largest Doric temple from Greek antiquity. Return to the ship for lunch and attend informative lectures as the ship cruises toward Mazara del Vallo. Time permitting, there may be an opportunity to go ashore for dinner on your own.

DAY 5
26 Sep 2019
Mazara Del Vallo, Italy
Marinella di Selinunte, Italy
Mazara Del Vallo, Italy
Marsala, Italy
Mazara Del Vallo, Italy

After breakfast, disembark in Mazara and drive to the sprawling 7th-century BC site of Selinunte. Local guides lead you through these Greek ruins to the Sanctuary of Demetra Malophoros and the Acropolis. Return to the ship for lunch, then drive to Marsala for a walking tour. Make a stop at Cantine Florio, one of Sicily's ancient wine estates, to enjoy local specialties accompanied by Marsala wines.

DAY 6
27 Sep 2019
Trapani, Italy
Erice, Italy
Baglio Fontanasalsa, Sicily, Italy
Trapani, Italy

Step ashore in the thriving fishing town of Trapani, then depart overland to visit Erice, a charming medieval village perched high on a mountain-top with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Alternatively, visit the ruins of Segesta, once the center of the ancient Elymian civilization, and home to a magnificent Doric temple. Both groups will enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch at an olive oil farm in Fontanasalsa, before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon of lectures.

DAY 7
28 Sep 2019
Palermo, Italy
Monreale, Italy
Palermo, Italy

Palermo is famous for its jumbled and picturesque streets punctuated with ornate Baroque churches, domed Arab mosques, and Byzantine mosaics. Visit the impressive 12th-century Cathedral and the Palatine Chapel in the Norman castle; today the building serves as the seat of the Sicilian government. Highlights of your walking tour through the town center include the famous Ballarò food market, Massimo Theater, Quattro Canti, Town Hall, and Martorana Church. Then enjoy an aperitif at the Palazzo Gangi, noted for its Sicilian Baroque ballroom decorated with Murano chandeliers, gold fittings, and glittering mirrors. This afternoon, you are free to explore Palermo on your own, or join a guided tour of Monreale's fabled Cathedral. Built in 1174 and hailed as Italy's most beautiful Norman church, the interior is covered with mosaics, gold leaf, and stone intarsia.

DAY 8
29 Sep 2019
Cefalu, Italy
Tasca Lanza Estate, Italy
Cefalu, Italy

Situated on the northern coast, Cefalù is of Greek origin. Its name, meaning "head", derives from its position below a precipitous rocky headland. A walking tour includes the splendid Norman-Arab Cathedral, begun in 1131 and famous for its glittering Byzantine mosaics; a medieval wash-house; and the Osterio Magno, the 11th-century residence of King Ruggiero II. Lunch is a highlight today as you join a local chef at Tasca Lanza Estate who will teach you how to prepare traditional Sicilian dishes. There will also be time for wine sampling and a chance to explore the lovely grounds of the estate, or to simply relax among your scenic surroundings.

DAY 9
30 Sep 2019
Lipari, Italy
Stromboli, Italy

Take a walking tour through the center of Lipari to reach the impressive fort, built in 1556 upon the ruins of an ancient Greek acropolis. Within the fort walls you will find the superb Aeolian Archaeological Museum and the lovely Norman St. Bartolomeo Church. Return to the ship for an afternoon of cruising through the lovely Aeolian Islands en route to active Stromboli Volcano for sunset photos, with the chance to watch for the Stromboli "fireworks" as darkness falls.

DAY 10
01 Oct 2019
Taormina, Italy
Etna, Italy
Taormina, Italy

This morning, disembark in Taormina and board coaches for an excursion to 9,500-foot-high Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Take a cable car up Etna's pock-marked slopes, then continue in 4x4 vehicles to reach the main crater at 9,000 feet, with the opportunity for a short hike. In the afternoon, a walking tour of charming Taormina takes you to the 3rd-century Greco-Roman Theater, renowned for acoustic effects that make it a favorite concert venue to this day. Then take a stroll along the lively pedestrian-only Corso Umberto and explore its many narrow off-shooting lanes that lead to pretty piazzas lined with shops.

DAY 11
02 Oct 2019
Catania, Italy
Villa Romana del Casale, Italy
Morgantina, Italy
Aidone, Italy
Catania, Italy

Today you have your choice of two tours. An inland drive takes you through a series of photogenic villages to Piazza Armerina, famous for its superb Roman mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale. Enjoy lunch at a Sicilian restaurant near the Greek site of Morgantina, then tour the ruins and visit the small, but excellent Aidone Museum. Or, choose a city tour that visits the famous morning fish market in Catania's town square where a colorful variety of local products are on display. After lunch aboard the ship, or on your own in town, drive to Piazza Armerina for a tour Villa Romana del Casale.

DAY 12
03 Oct 2019
Syracuse, Italy

Founded by the Corinthians in the 8th century BC, Syracuse was one of the most powerful Greek cities—defending its sovereignty against such rivals as Carthage, the Etruscans, and the Romans, who later overtook the city, followed by the Arabs. Begin at the Saint John Catacombs with their maze of underground passageways then drive to the Archaeological Park, a World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater of Augustus, the massive 15,000-seat Greek Theater, and the Ear of Dionysius, a grotto with an extraordinary echo. Return to the ship, at port in Ortygia, for lunch, before striking out for a walking tour of the old town. Highlights include the ruins of the 6th-century BC Apollo Temple—the oldest in Sicily—and the Piazza Duomo, built around the ancient Temple of Minerva (Athena). There will be time to explore the small food market, or enjoy free time on your own, before heading back to the ship.

DAY 13
04 Oct 2019
Valletta, Malta
Air travel

Disembark in Valletta this morning and transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

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Serenissima

Built in 1960 and scheduled to be refurbished in 2018, the Serenissima is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include two lounges, a dining room, and an elegant bar. All suites feature ocean views, en suite bathroom, wardrobe, vanity table, television, and personal safe.

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