(Southern Italy Cruise)
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the Treasures of South Italy, Sicily and Malta. You'll navigate around Sicily and explore Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento and Cefalu. Stop in the islands of Capri, Malta and Lipari- all so different, but equally amazing. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2013: Sep 22,29, Oct 6,13,20
2014: Sep 28, Oct 5,12,19
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and explore the length of your mega yacht.You'll set sail shortly, toward Capri.
You'll arrive in Capri around 5:30PM, where you have the opportunity to join an optional walking tour around the city to the Gardens of Augustus.Late in the evening, you'll set sail and overnight at sea en route to Sicily.
Port charges are included in your itinerary.
The 68m Mega Yacht Variety Voyager will seduce her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, very much what one expects from a millionaire’s super yacht. Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft tones wood panelling. Everywhere, unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited. And above all, the professional service of a crew of 28, always with a smile and a true desire to satisfy. This state-of-the-art vessel will accommdate just 72 passengers in 36 cabins, guaranteeing guests safety with incomparable comfort and elegance.
Early in the morning you reach Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. Lipari sits on red volcanic rock and looks like ''a wall of bronze'' according to the Greek poet Homer. Archaeological remains found here have yielded cluesto civilizations which date to 1700 BC, including the Neolithic stones that sit alongside ancient tombstones, and ruins of Greek walls and Roman villas. The Spaniards found their way here in the 16th century, building the Castello (castle) and the 17 century cathedral that is perched above the harbour; All of these sights will be available to see on this morning's optional sightseeingexcursion.
This afternoon your mega yacht reaches Taormina, where you'll have the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at anchor.
This morning you go ashore for a memorable visit to Taormina, clinging to the cliffs over the sea.
With endlessly winding medieval streets and secluded gardens hidden by stone walls, Taormina enchants visitors with its history and beauty. Today's optional excursion features a stroll along the Corso Umberto through the Old Town, lined with piazza, duomos and palazzi such as the Palazzo Santo Stefano. Later the tour will take you to the ancient Greek Theatre, hewn out of a rocky mountain slope during the Hellenistic period, remodelled by the Romans. The amphitheatre offers magnificent views of the sea and is one of Sicily's largest. Afterward, the afternoon is at leisure to see more of the city or even visit the Etna Volcano. Late in the evening you sail to Syracuse. Overnight at sea.
Today you arrive in Syracuse, one of the most and prestigious cities of the Hellenistic World, and a rival of Athens. This morning's optional excursion will take you to the spectacular 15,000-seat Greek theatre, among the most impressive to survive from antiquity, and the elliptical Roman amphitheatre, one of the largest of its kind. After a visit to the Archaeological Museum, walk the winding lanes of Syracuse's Old Town, situated on the island of Ortygia, and explore the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and the Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena.
After lunch you can take an optional afternoon excursion taking you inland, into Sicily's southeast region, known for its Baroque towns. You will visit exquisitely-preserved Noto, a jewel of a town situated on a plateau surrounded by olive and almond groves.In the evening, you'll leave Syracuse for an overnight sailing to Malta.
Malta was home to a rich prehistoric culture that created megalithic structures that are among the world's most impressive. The structures at the Tarxien and elsewhere on the island were built before Egypt’s Great Pyramids. The island was later occupied by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, followed by the Romans. The optional morning and afternoon tours will allow you to see these prehistoric sites as well the historic sites of Valletta, the island's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage city. The walking tour in the afternoon will include a visit inside St. John's Cathedral to see its stunning interior and art treasures such as the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, a masterpiece in oil by the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio, Flemish tapestries and silver artifacts.
In the evening you leave Malta behind to cross back to Sicily to reach Licata / Agrigento.
Today's optional excursion will find you driving north from Licata to discover one of the most breathatking sites in the Mediterranean, the majestic Valle dei Templi (Valley of Temples). This is a collection of sacred buildings, including two virtually intact the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Hera of the mid 5th century BC.
This morning you'll anchor in Cefalu, a quaint Siciliancity which still retains its medieval character. Your morning walking excursion will show you the famous Norman cathedral, in the apse of which is the great 12th century mosaic of Christ in all Christian art. Later in the afternoon you leave for Salerno and cruise by the Stromboli Volcano, home to one of the world's few constantly active volcanoes- it has continuously erupted for 2000 years. The view is unforgettable.
This morning you'll arrive back to Salerno where you'll disembark from your vessel, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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