Exploration by sea pairs perfectly with a Luxury Tailor Made Journey. Just chose your preferred departure dates and routings, and your Tailor Made Travel Consultant can round out your journey with the perfect pre- and post-tour extensions.
Arrive Valletta, Malta
Arrive at the historic Maltese port of Valletta where you board ‘Sea Cloud,’ an iconic tall ship that once hosted royalty, heads of state and business moguls. Embark on the first leg of your voyage, setting sail through the azure waters of the Mediterranean en route to Sicily.
Syracuse, Sicily | Among the Ancient Ruins
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Syracuse, a fascinating city on the Ionian coast of Sicily. Built by the Greeks and inhabited by the Romans, Arabs, Byzantines and Normans, its ancient ruins include the Archaeological Park Neapolis with its Roman Amphitheater, the Teatro Greco and the “Ear of Dionysius” — a limestone cave shaped like a human ear.
Taormina, Naxos | Majestic Mount Etna
Explore the hilltop town of Taormina, which affords majestic views over the sea. See its ancient buildings, stunningly beautiful coastline and views of Europe's largest volcano — Mount Etna, the “seat of the gods” at 9,843 feet high. Featuring four summit craters and around 400 subsidiary craters, it’s capped with snow nearly year-round.
At Sea | Across the Strait of Messina
On a day at sea, cross the Strait of Messina, enjoying the historic setting of your vessel, which was pressed into service as a weather ship for the United States Coast Guard and Navy during World War II.
Lipari | Alluring Archipelago
Arrive today at tranquil, volcanic Lipari, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest of Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the northern coast of Sicily. With a cultural heritage spanning over 6,000 years, it brims with sculptural rock formations. Visit the Aeolian Museum, which houses an impressive collection of prehistoric and ancient artifacts from the group of islands.
Palermo | Timeless Architecture & Art
Spend today exploring Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital, forged largely by the Arabs, the Swabian Dynasty and the Normans. Admire the noble palaces lining the magnificent streets, while cheerful Art Nouveau houses stand in contrast to Baroque and Gothic architecture. See how the medieval quarter towers above the huge Palazzo Reale with its “Capella Palatina,” a masterpiece erected in the Arab-Byzantine-Norman style. Continue to the small mountain town of Monreale, taking in breathtaking vistas of the bay. See its 12th-century cathedral, which features an ornate interior that melds Romanesque, Byzantine and Arab art with rich gold mosaics.
Trapani | Historic Harbor Town
Arrive at the port city of Trapani, situated along a crescent-shaped coastline at the foot of Monte Erice. Wander through the beautiful town center, known for its 1,000-year history of crafting fine black-and-red-coral jewelry. See the idyllic mountain town of Erice, perched on a picturesque hilltop overlooking the countryside and the sea. Protected defiantly by a wall, the town maintains a medieval feel.
Cagliari, Sardinia | Picturesque Towns & Beaches
Discover the port and university town of Cagliari, featuring one of the most modern opera houses in the Mediterranean. Behind the Via Roma — a boulevard lined with shady arcades and classical architecture — lies the dock area, its narrow lanes bustling with life. See the Old Town of Castello, which extends picturesquely up the hill, and the imposing Bastione di Saint Remy, which towers over the town. Nearby, marvel at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Then, venture inland to unearth cultural treasures, like the ancient town of Nora, dating from the ninth century BC.
At Sea | En Route to Palma de Mallorca
Enjoy today relaxing at sea, en route to Palma de Mallorca.
Palma de Mallorca | A Rich Cultural Immersion
Explore Majorca’s beautiful capital, the resort town of Palma de Mallorca, an elegant city with a postcard-worthy Old Town filled with Arab, Catalan and Art Nouveau architecture. Stroll through shops and unwind at cafés and bars set on beautiful squares. Nearby the sophisticated marina, find the Gothic cathedral (“La Seu”), its interior fashioned by Antonio Gaudí at the start of the 20th century.
Depart Palma de Mallorca
Disembark 'Sea Cloud' in Palma de Mallorca and transfer to the airport and board your departing flight.