9 Night package holidays, or 7 night cruises, visiting Malta, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands
What you'll see on the cruise...
- The Citadel & Baroque Cathedral on Gozo
- Jaw-droppingly fabulous Greek and Romas ruins at Syracuse
- Neolithic (stone age) relics on Lipari
- Vulcano Island with its volcanic crater and mud baths
- Lava eruptions on Stromboli
- Mount Etna – still smoking after millennia of activity
- The hidden treasures of old Catania
- The medieval streets of Taormina
What you get on land...
- 2 nights B&B 4 star hotel stay – Malta
- Mdina – the Silent City
- Valletta with a wonderful choice of restaurants and nightlife
This corner of the Mediterranean is volcano-central – most of the islands owe their existence to tectonic activity which continue to this day. It’s a place where raw nature takes centre-stage, but it’s also an area of wonderful history and culture. Many experts argue that the Greek and Roman ruins at Syracuse are the equal of any in the Eastern Med and we’re not about to disagree. This is a new itinerary for us – we’re very excited.
For even more culture, we recommend you extend your stay for a couple of nights in Malta – home to some of the most ancient relics in the world.
Ports of call: Valletta - Gozo - Syracuse - Lipari - Panarea - Stromboli - Catania - Taormina - Vulcano Island
Reliable sunshine between early May and late October. Temperatures from the low 20s early and late season, to mid 30s mid-summer. Winds moderate (Force 3-4) from the NW.
Fly to Malta and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. The waters plunge deep and blue around the island – brilliant for swimming. Don’t miss Mdina, right in the middle of the island. Once the capital, it has since been more or less abandoned – hence it’s other name, ‘The Silent City’.
Day at leisure to explore this fascinating island. Malta is also a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the presence of Neolithic temples dating back to 3,600 BCE, predating the pyramids and generally considered the oldest structures in the world. Valletta, built by the Knights of St. John, is Europe’s smallest capital city with some lovely culture and jaw-droppingly good Caravaggio in the Cathedral.
Embarkation in Valletta
Boarding at 15:00 for welcome cocktails and cruise briefing. Dinner on board but chance to explore this wonderful old port.
Valletta – Gozo Island
After a swim stop at one of Gozo’s beautiful beaches we dock after lunch. There is an optional excursion to the Citadel, the Baroque Cathedral and other sites, followed by a wine tasting. Overnight at sea.
Many people are unaware that Syracuse rivalled Athens in importance in the Hellenic world – the Greek theatre seats 15,000. The Roman ruins are equally impressive and, altogether, it’s a Culture Vulture’s delight. We promise you’ll be amazed. Overnight at sea.
Due to the volcanic rock, Homer claimed that this, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, looked like a ‘wall of bronze’. Civilisation here dates back to 1700 BCE although the most impressive buildings are of 16th century Spanish creation. Loads of time to explore as we overnight in harbour.
Vulcano Island – Panarea – Stromboli
A day of nature at it’s most powerful, starting the day on Vulcano Island with its mud baths, and ending cruising past the active volcano of Stromboli. In between there’s a chance to stroll and relax over a drink on quaint Panarea.
The chance to get really up close and personal volcano style with an optional visit to Mount Etna, highest point on Sicily and still active. Later we explore the old Italian city of Catania. Don’t miss the chance to sample a glass of Grappa as a nightcap.
Catania – Taormina
Taormina is a delight of medieval sttreets and piazzas around the famous Corso Umberto where the locals strol and pose. Today’s optional tour also includes the wonderful Greek Amphitheatre. Afternoon at leisure before farewell dinner on board en route back to Malta.
Breakfast then disembarkation between 9:00 – 10:00
Your vessel: The M/Y Harmony G
The Harmony “G” is a modern mega yacht with a sleek high-tech profile, boasting spacious and comfortable accommodation . At 53 meters long / 7.2 meters wide, she is large enough to offer superior comfort for up to 42 guests in 21 guest cabins. whilst permitting access to small harbours and islands beyond the reach of large cruise ships. There is a spacious lounge and bar plus a dining room and a spacious sun deck. The vessel was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and again in 2013/14. She complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations ,while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.
Home at Sea
- Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
- Indoor & Outdoor Restaurant
- Audiovisual in Lounge
- Mini library
- Beach Towels
- Snorkeling equipment
- Board Games
- Swimming Platform
- Windows: upper & main deck cabins
- Portholes: lower deck cabins
- Triple Occupancy cabins: Category C
- Flat-Screen TV
- Mini Safe
- Mini Fridge
- CD & DVD player
- En suite bathroom with shower
- Individually controlled A/C
- Telephone for internal use
- Central music
1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds
2 Lower Beds
2 Lower Beds
The Category A cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds
The Category P suites are located on the upper deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
Outdoor Dining Area
Cruise and Stay - La Falconeria Hotel
Valletta is known as ‘a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen’ and you couldn’t hope for a more traditional hotel than La Falconeria. There is wonderful history here as, back in the days of The Knights of St. John, the nobles bred and trained their Maltese Falcons in this street, one of which was sent to the King of Spain every year as rent! The very front of the hotel building is hundreds of years old – the rear was destroyed during WWII and rebuild in more modern style around a central courtyard. Its rooms are well-appointed and comfortable, and you’ll find all the creature comforts you would expect. The real beauty of the hotel is its location – you can easily stroll to all the ‘must see’ places, you can catch a ferry across to Sliema, the bus station
is within walking distance and the streets around the old town are full of colourful eateries and bars in which to sit, quench thirst and appetite, and watch the world go by. Finally, whilst you’re here, make sure you make the trip to M’Dina – the silent city. It’s totally mesmerising. We’re huge fans.
Malta, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands2022 CRUISE ONLY PRICES (£) PER PERSON
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Malta, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands Cruise - port charges & supplements 2022
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Malta, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands 2022 flight inclusive packagePRICES (£) PER PERSON
Cruise departures from Valletta with 2 days pre cruise hotel stay
Port charges and all local transfers included
A 10% early booking discount applies to the cruise only prices above for all bookings made by 31 January 2022
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- Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
- Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
- Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package)
Full package prices also include:
- Return flights
- 2 nights at La Falconeria hotel
- All local transfers
- Port charges
- Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
- Crew gratuities (optional – recommend Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at charge)
- Flights & transfers (unless booked as a flight inclusive package)
Flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester morning departures. Afternoon and evening return flights from Valletta .
ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511
Road transfer to and from Valletta approximately 30 minutes by car or minibus.