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THE CRUISE

From Valletta to Naples

Embark on a captivating journey starting from the charming capital of Malta, Valletta, and let it lead you on an enthralling exploration of Sicily and Southern Italy. Begin with a visit to Agrigento, home to the UNESCO-listed Temple Valley. Explore the medieval city of Erice, nestled near Trapani, where narrow cobblestone streets and timeless charm await. In Palermo, uncover the intriguing origins of the Mafia and savor the flavors of Sicilian cuisine. Continue to the Aeolian Island of Lipari, where azure waters meet rugged cliffs, before reaching Sorrento. Here, amidst fragrant lemon groves adorning the hillsides, taste the renowned limoncello, capturing the essence of Sorrento's citrus bounty.

Highlights include: Valetta – Agrigento - Trapani – Palermo – Lipari – Sorrento – Napoli
History rich Malta and Sicily welcome you for your next small ship cruise adventure. The unique and varied peninsulas of both countries offer a natural playground to be best experienced by a small ship, and so we have designed the ultimate itinerary for you to experience the destinations we visit in depth, always keeping in mind your comfort and safety.
MALTA & ITALY
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A view of the Grand Harbor in Valletta, the capital city of Malta
Day 1
VALLETTA, MALTA
Embarkation at Valletta's charming port begins at 14:00. Our dedicated Variety Cruises crew conducts an essential safety drill before we set sail. Join us for a delightful welcome cocktail and dinner as we prepare to depart for our next destination, Port Empedocle, around 9 pm. This enchanting start to your cruise adventure promises unforgettable moments against the backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean sea!
Day 2
PORT EMPEDOCLE
Awake in the serene embrace of Port Empedocle, a coastal gem on Sicily's southern shore, where tranquility meets storied maritime legacy. Opt for our exclusive tour to Agrigento, home to the UNESCO-listed Temple Valley, where ancient Greek ruins whisper tales of antiquity. Traverse this archaeological wonderland before visiting the famed "Turkish Stairway," a spectacle of white cliffs by the sea. With the afternoon yours to explore or unwind, join our Cocktail Demonstration before tonight's onboard dinner. Led by our skilled Bar Manager, uncover the secrets behind crafting signature cocktails to impress loved ones back home. Bid farewell to Port Empedocle as dusk descends, setting course for our next stop: the charming town of Trapani. Departure is around 10 pm, promising another night of adventure on the shimmering Mediterranean waters!
Day 3
TRAPANI
At 7 am, our vessel docks at Trapani, an idyllic coastal enclave steeped in maritime history. Explore the charming old town and lively harbor, filled with the legacy of its seafaring past. Navigate cobblestone streets adorned with pastel facades, discovering hidden gems like quaint piazzas and ornate churches. Alternatively, join our optional tour to the medieval town of Erice, offering panoramic views and iconic landmarks like the Castle of Venus. Enjoy leisurely moments at the port, relishing lunch at your own pace. As evening approaches, savor a sumptuous dinner onboard!
Day 4
TRAPANI - PALERMO
The morning in Trapani is yours to enjoy at leisure. At approximately 1:30 pm, our boat departs for our next destination, the vibrant capital of Sicily, Palermo. Spend the afternoon as you please before joining our Wine Tasting Experience, featuring a selection of Italian and Greek wines, to prepare your palate for our 4-course dinner on board. We'll arrive in Palermo around 8 pm, giving you the chance to continue your evening with an aperitivo at a trendy bar, sipping on a refreshing Aperol spritz or sampling local wines paired with savory snacks!
A beautiful view of Taormina, a hilltop town in Sicily
Day 5
PALERMO
Palermo blends ancient legacies and modern vitality, inviting exploration with its rich cultural heritage and dynamic atmosphere. From Phoenician to Norman, the city's streets resonate with centuries-old influences, creating a vibrant urban mosaic. Explore the historic center, where narrow alleys reveal Baroque wonders and lively markets. Deepen your Palermo experience with our optional tours: uncover the city's underworld lore tracing The Godfather's origins, or indulge in a Sicilian food tour sampling local delicacies like cannoli and arancini. After dinner onboard, we set sail for our next destination: the enchanting island of Lipari!
Day 6
LIPARI
Today, we awaken to the tranquil shores of Lipari, the crown jewel of the Aeolian Islands, steeped in myth and natural beauty. Explore the island's charm with our optional half-day tour, starting with panoramic vistas at Quattrocchi and a visit to Quattropani for captivating views of Salina. Discover a Spanish-built castle-turned-cathedral and museum showcasing artifacts from prehistoric to ancient Greek & Roman times. After the tour, enjoy leisure time in the village for a personalized lunch experience. Tonight, savor a culinary journey inspired by Sicilian and Italian flavors, accompanied by captivating music. We bid farewell to Lipari at 6:30 pm as we sail towards the enchanting shores of Sorrento, promising another unforgettable chapter in our maritime adventure.
Day 7
SORRENTO
As morning arrives, we enter the enchanting embrace of Sorrento, a gem along the Amalfi Coast celebrated for its Mediterranean charm. Perched atop cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento offers breathtaking vistas and timeless allure. Explore its winding streets, adorned with vibrant bougainvillea-draped buildings, inviting exploration at every turn. Join our morning optional tour to Pompeii, a poignant journey into the Roman Empire's past frozen in time by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 AD. Afterwards, the port awaits for leisurely exploration. Indulge in Sorrento's delights, from sipping limoncello to savoring fresh seafood by the marina. As night falls, enjoy a delightful onboard dinner. For those seeking evening enchantment, wander Sorrento's streets for a cocktail or sumptuous gelato, a perfect finale to your day in this captivating coastal haven.
Day 8
NAPLES
Upon arrival in Naples at dawn, enjoy a leisurely breakfast with fellow travelers. Our Cruise Manager will assist with your pre-arranged transfers, ensuring a seamless transition to your next adventure. We look forward to welcoming you aboard another unforgettable journey with VARIETY CRUISES, wherever your next destination may be!

In case of severe weather conditions our expertly designed routes are adjusted ensuring your safety & comfort by applying our rich marine knowledge, garnered since 1949. Stay flexible – Adventure on.

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    HIGHLIGHTS
    Town of Erice - Sicily
    Standing tall at 751 meters above sea level and often shrouded in its own distinct cloud, Erice dominates the western landscape of Sicily. This impeccably preserved Medieval town offers unparalleled views and a profound sense of history.
    Initially established as an Elymian city, predating even the arrival of the Greeks in Sicily, Erice, also known as Eryx, held significant importance and renown. Legends suggest it drew illustrious figures like Hercules and Aeneas to its ancient streets.
    Palermo
    Palermo is renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and, of course, its delectable southern Italian cuisine. Sicily's culinary traditions have been shaped by influences from across the Mediterranean.
    Sink your teeth into a crisp, golden pastry shell and discover the indulgent pleasure of creamy, sweetened ricotta filling. The iconic Sicilian dessert, the cannoli, has captivated the taste buds of food lovers worldwide, but there's also an intriguing story behind its distinctive shape.
    It's no wonder this city has become one of the Mediterranean's most beloved destinations!
    Sorrento
    Sorrento, nestled on the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast, is a paradise of citrus groves and breathtaking water vistas. Its cliffside pastel buildings add to its charm, making it a must-visit destination. Unsurprisingly, the main attractions center around coastal living: diving, fishing, boat cruises, and the bustling Marina Grande, home to luxurious yachts and delightful seafood eateries!
    Wherever we sail, we do so with purpose. Our mission is to create life-enriching experiences at sea for our guests, and a better world for us all. We’re transparent about carbon emissions, always aiming to improve our footprint. Our journeys are designed to get you closer to the things that matter: whether that’s an island reachable only by boat, or by ensuring your adventure honours and gives back to local communities. We always have fun at sea, but we do it responsibly.
    Variety Cruises ship anchored with a traditinal port and town in the background
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