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Experience the beauty of Taormina on a Variety Cruises tour
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3 May 2025 -
2 Aug 2025
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8 days
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THE CRUISE

Cruise in East Sicily & Malta

The distinctive and diverse peninsulas of these countries provide a natural playground best explored by a small ship. We've crafted the ultimate itinerary to ensure you experience our destinations thoroughly, prioritizing your comfort and safety. Situated amidst the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily's northeastern coast, the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands (including Gozo Island, sailing around Stromboli, and Lipari Island) are a true paradise—a seven-island archipelago brimming with opportunities for relaxation and outdoor adventure.

Highlights include:
Valetta - Gozo island - Syracuse – Lipari – Catania
An extraordinary journey awaits! Explore the Ggantija temples on Gozo Island and Lipari in Sicily—both designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ascend the active volcano of Etna and wander through the iconic filming locations of "The Godfather."
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A view of Valletta, Malta visited on a Variety Cruises excursion
Day 1
VALLETTA, MALTA
Valletta, Malta (2pm):
Enjoy a welcome drink on board, and a chance to settle in as well as meet your crew and fellow passengers. Overnight in port before we set sail on our adventure the following morning.
Turcquoise waters and rocks in the background
Day 2
VALLETTA - GOZO ISLAND, MALTA - SYRACUSE, ITALY
In the morning, the boat departs from Valetta port, heading to Malta’s cherished Gozo Island, famous for the Ggantija temples. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are among the oldest free-standing megalithic monuments in the world, dating back 5,500 years. Enjoy a refreshing morning swim in the tranquil Maltese waters before having lunch on board. Early in the afternoon, we arrive at Gozo Island, where you’ll have the afternoon free for exploration and dinner ashore. After dinner, the ship will depart Gozo for the glorious Sicily.
A beautiful view of the coastline of Syracuse with traditional buildings
Day 3
SYRACUSE - LIPARI, ITALY
Early in the morning, we arrive in Syracuse. After breakfast, join our optional tour to explore the “White City.” Enjoy lunch and a free afternoon at your leisure. At 7 PM, join our popular "Cocktail Demonstration," where our Bar Manager will create two signature cocktails and share the recipes. After the demonstration, enjoy a four-course dinner on board. We depart Syracuse around 9 PM, heading to the charming Lipari Island for an overnight voyage.
A view of Lipari Island's coastline and blue sea
Day 4
LIPARI, ITALY
After a leisurely breakfast, spend your day on deck enjoying the sun and sea breeze. We will sail around Stromboli, one of the Aeolian Archipelago’s volcanic islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its continuous volcanic activity over the past 2,500 years. We anchor at Lipari Island around noon. Before our included BBQ lunch on board, our chef will share the Pesto a la Trapanese recipe. The afternoon is free for you to explore Lipari and enjoy dinner ashore at your leisure. The boat will overnight at Lipari.
View from the sea of the Stromboli island in Italy
Day 5
LIPARI - CATANIA, ITALY
After breakfast, join our optional tour to Quattrochi Belvedere, Quattropani, and the Lipari Castle. Enjoy lunch on your own at your leisure. At 7:30 PM, participate in our included Wine Tasting Experience, featuring a delightful selection of Italian and Greek wines, preparing your palate for our four-course dinner on board. We will spend the night at sea!
A view of the historic Via dei Crociferi and San Benedetto arch in Catania, Italy
Day 6
CATANIA, ITALY
Our boat reaches Catania early in the morning. Enjoy the view from the deck before breakfast. Join an optional tour of Mt. Etna’s southern slopes, ascending to 2000 meters, with wine tasting and lunch included. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy our Captain’s Italian Night Dinner with Italian dishes and music. The boat overnights in Catania!
A beautiful view of Taormina, a hilltop town in Sicily
Day 7
CATANIA, ITALY
Start the day with a leisurely breakfast. For assistance with airport or hotel transfers, speak with your Cruise Manager in the morning, ideally providing your preferred transfer time 24 hours in advance. Join our optional tour to explore Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, founded by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C. at the foot of Europe's highest volcano. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore or have lunch on your own. Our boat departs Catania around 6 PM.
A view of the Grand Harbor in Valletta, the capital city of Malta
Day 8
VALLETTA, MALTA
We arrive in Valetta at 7:30 am. Have a leisurely breakfast with your fellow travelers. Your Cruise Manager will be on hand to help with your pre-booked transfers. We can't wait to welcome you back on another VARIETY CRUISES journey around the globe!

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
    The Ggantija Temples on Gozo Island!
    Discover the Ggantija Temples, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site on Gozo Island! These megalithic structures, older than the Egyptian pyramids, are among the world's oldest free-standing buildings. As one of Malta's most treasured archaeological sites, they offer a glimpse into prehistoric Malta and the lives of our ancient ancestors. Explore these awe-inspiring wonders and step back in time.
    The Belvedere Quattrocchi - Lipari
    Belvedere Quattrocchi, is one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Aeolian archipelago!
    The name implies that you need "four eyes" to fully appreciate the breathtaking views. Overlooking Valle Muria beach, it provides a panoramic vista of Lipari, the Pietra Lunga and Pietra Menalda volcanoes, and Vulcano Island. On clear days, you can even see Mount Etna.
    Catania, the "Black City"
    Nestled against the sea on its eastern flank and overlooked by Mount Etna, we greet the captivating city of Catania. Recognized as "the black city" due to its distinctive building hue, it boasts a UNESCO World Heritage city center adorned with magnificent baroque palaces and churches erected following the catastrophic eruption of 1669. With a rich and storied past, Catania exudes an ancient allure!
    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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