Naples, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands
ITALY & MALTA
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Naples, Amalfi Coast & the Aeolian Islands

Travel Period

13 May 2022

From (Port)

Naples, Italy

Duration

9 days

Price

From 2790 $ per person



General Info

History rich cruises: Capri, Amalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands, Malta. Discover Italy's world-class architecture, unique historical monuments, and magical natural scenery. Capri, a popular resort destination since the antiquity, the breathtaking Amalfi coast with its cliff-top villas, the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands, Syracuse with its rich Greek and Roman history and some of the largest and active volcanoes of Italy: Mount Etna and Stromboli.

At a Glance

Variety Cruise At a Glance
  • Day 1 | Naples, Italy
  • Day 2 | Capri, Italy
  • Day 3 | Amalfi, Italy
  • Day 4 | Stromboli - Lipari, Italy
  • Day 5 | Giardini Naxos, Taormina / Italy
  • Day 6 | Catania, Italy
  • Day 7 | Syracuse, Italy
  • Day 8 | Licata, Italy
  • Day 9 | Valletta, Malta

Day by Day

Variety Day
Day 1

Naples, Italy

Embarkation at 3:00 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 2

Capri, Italy

This morning, after a sumptuous breakfast on board, drop anchor at Capri. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea directly south of Naples, Capri has been a popular resort destination since the time of the Romans. With its impressive scenery, clear skies, and perfect climate, it has earned its reputation as the “jewel” of the Bay of Naples. Here starts our optional half day Capri excursion; we take the island’s iconic funicular from Marina Grande to the village of Capri and then we set off on a guided walk to the Gardens of Augustus, which offer sweeping views of the sea and the stacked rock formations off the coast and visit also the iconic, bustling Piazzetta which, being the centre of Capri, is the focal point of life on the island. We will have some free time to explore the area before returning via the funicular to the port. Lunch is served on board the ship; the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax before dinner. Overnight at sea to Amalfi.
Variety Day
Day 3

Amalfi, Italy

After breakfast on board, we will spend the morning on the breathtaking Amalfi coast, with its cliff-top villas, azure coastline and luxury boutiques. Optional half day Amalfi excursion. A mini-coach is waiting to whisk you to Positano, a near-vertical hamlet awash in colour the deep green of Monti Lattari, the cheerful whites, pinks, and yellows of the Mediterranean hotels and estates that cling to steep slopes, and, of course, the sparkling blue of the water. In 1953, when American writer John Steinbeck fell in love with this town, it was a mere fishing village with an eclectic side. It soon became a retreat for the European elite. The mini-coach will drive us to the centre of the town to browse boutiques selling the town’s famous export: cotton clothing, before we return to the ship for lunch. In the late evening, take in the view as we cruise past Stromboli, an active volcano off the northern coast of Sicily. Overnight at sea to the Aeolian Islands.
Variety Day
Day 4

Stromboli - Lipari, Italy

After breakfast, the ship docks in Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian islands, famed not only for its mythology but also for its stunning natural scenery. Our optional half-day Lipari tour departs from the pier, where we will travel by coach to Quattrocchi to admire panoramic views of the Aeolian archipelago before continuing to Quattropani, with its church and dazzling views of the Island of Salina. Then, we will arrive at a castle built by the Spanish on the site of an ancient necropolis to explore the fortress’ cathedral and museum which houses a collection of artifacts dating back to prehistoric and ancient Greek and Roman times. After the visit, enjoy some free time in the village before returning to the ship for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 5

Giardini Naxos, Taormina / Italy

After breakfast, the ship heads to Taormina and the charming seaside village of Giardini Naxos. The area, having been settled for even before the Greeks founded Naxos in 743 BC, is a popular destination for sun, sand, and sea. On our optional Taormina tour we will discover the village’s narrow alleyways, along with the fifteenth-century Palazzo Corvaja and the impressive Greek amphitheatre, which boasts extraordinary acoustics, before we take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, a pedestrian street which crosses Taormina’s centre. Flanked on both sides by upscale boutiques selling clothes, jewellery and souvenirs, we will understand why Taormina is called the “Sicilian Saint Tropez.” In the afternoon, enjoy the view as the ship cruises towards Catania. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 6

Catania, Italy

Following breakfast, we set off in a private coach on a full-day excursion to Mount Etna, Italy’s largest active volcano, and Catania. Pass through Nicolosi, a small Sicilian village that has existed in the shadow of the volcano for centuries. A new road offers scenic views as it winds up the mountain’s slopes. Constructed after an eruption in 1983, it passes through vineyards, woods, and valleys of black lava. At approximately 2000 metres above sea level, the Rifugio Sapienza is the highest point of the mountain accessible by vehicle. We will take a short walk to the Crateri Silvestri, two sizable craters formed during a significant eruption in 1892, to admire 360-degree views of the Gulf of Catania. Lunch is served in a local restaurant overlooking the lava stream. Afterwards, continue to Catania. This city has long been dominated by Mount Etna’s presence. We join our guide for a stroll through the city centre, including the Cathedral of Saint Agatha, the picturesque Piazza del Duomo, and the Fontana dell’Elefante, which features a Roman-era elephant statue carved from Mount Etna’s basalt. The walk continues along Via Crociferi which is lined by imposing churches emblematic of Catania’s Baroque architectural style, then stop at Piazza Stesicoro, one of the main squares in Catania, to admire the monument to Vincenzo Bellini, famed Romantic composer who was born here. The walk will continue back to the port. If you wish, you can continue exploring the town on your own. This afternoon, the ship sails towards Syracuse. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 7

Syracuse, Italy

After breakfast on the ship, we can have a half-day tour to Syracuse, with its rich Greek and Roman history. The tour begins with a short drive to the Neapolis Archaeological Park, an open-air museum of Sicilian ruins. The spectacular Teatro Greco (“Greek Theatre”) is among the most impressive amphitheaters to survive from antiquity. We will also visit the enigmatic Latomia del Paradiso, a limestone quarry which supplied stone for this ancient city. The Orecchio di Dionisio (“Ear of Dionysus”) is a 23 metre-high man-made cave known for its near-perfect acoustics, and the altar of Hieron II served as a site for animal sacrifices. After exploring the park, we drive to Ortygia, an island which is home to the remains of some of the city’s earliest constructions. Here, we will discover the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Arethusa and a Baroque cathedral built over the remains of the famed Temple of Athena. After the tour, we return to the ship or enjoy some free time in the town. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight at sea to Licata.
Variety Day
Day 8

Licata, Italy

Enjoy breakfast on the ship before heading out for the morning. Licata, an important port and industrial trading centre, is situated at the mouth of Salso River and, from here, we will start our optional full-day Agrigento tour with an approximately one-hour drive to the infamous Valley of the Temples to admire a truly impressive collection of ancient Greek monuments nestled amidst olive and almond trees. Here, a local guide will lead us to the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Jupiter) which was built in around 480 BC to commemorate the Agrigentines’ victory over the Carthaginians. Other must-see monuments include temples dedicated to Hercules, Juno, twin brothers Castor and Pollux, and the tomb of Theron. Enjoy some free time before rejoining the ship for lunch. In the afternoon we sail the mainland en route to Malta. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 9

Valletta, Malta

Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.
  • Day 1

    Naples, Italy

    Embarkation at 3:00 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 2

    Capri, Italy

    This morning, after a sumptuous breakfast on board, drop anchor at Capri. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea directly south of Naples, Capri has been a popular resort destination since the time of the Romans. With its impressive scenery, clear skies, and perfect climate, it has earned its reputation as the “jewel” of the Bay of Naples. Here starts our optional half day Capri excursion; we take the island’s iconic funicular from Marina Grande to the village of Capri and then we set off on a guided walk to the Gardens of Augustus, which offer sweeping views of the sea and the stacked rock formations off the coast and visit also the iconic, bustling Piazzetta which, being the centre of Capri, is the focal point of life on the island. We will have some free time to explore the area before returning via the funicular to the port. Lunch is served on board the ship; the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax before dinner. Overnight at sea to Amalfi.
  • Day 3

    Amalfi, Italy

    After breakfast on board, we will spend the morning on the breathtaking Amalfi coast, with its cliff-top villas, azure coastline and luxury boutiques. Optional half day Amalfi excursion. A mini-coach is waiting to whisk you to Positano, a near-vertical hamlet awash in colour the deep green of Monti Lattari, the cheerful whites, pinks, and yellows of the Mediterranean hotels and estates that cling to steep slopes, and, of course, the sparkling blue of the water. In 1953, when American writer John Steinbeck fell in love with this town, it was a mere fishing village with an eclectic side. It soon became a retreat for the European elite. The mini-coach will drive us to the centre of the town to browse boutiques selling the town’s famous export: cotton clothing, before we return to the ship for lunch. In the late evening, take in the view as we cruise past Stromboli, an active volcano off the northern coast of Sicily. Overnight at sea to the Aeolian Islands.
  • Day 4

    Stromboli - Lipari, Italy

    After breakfast, the ship docks in Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian islands, famed not only for its mythology but also for its stunning natural scenery. Our optional half-day Lipari tour departs from the pier, where we will travel by coach to Quattrocchi to admire panoramic views of the Aeolian archipelago before continuing to Quattropani, with its church and dazzling views of the Island of Salina. Then, we will arrive at a castle built by the Spanish on the site of an ancient necropolis to explore the fortress’ cathedral and museum which houses a collection of artifacts dating back to prehistoric and ancient Greek and Roman times. After the visit, enjoy some free time in the village before returning to the ship for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 5

    Giardini Naxos, Taormina / Italy

    After breakfast, the ship heads to Taormina and the charming seaside village of Giardini Naxos. The area, having been settled for even before the Greeks founded Naxos in 743 BC, is a popular destination for sun, sand, and sea. On our optional Taormina tour we will discover the village’s narrow alleyways, along with the fifteenth-century Palazzo Corvaja and the impressive Greek amphitheatre, which boasts extraordinary acoustics, before we take a stroll along the Corso Umberto, a pedestrian street which crosses Taormina’s centre. Flanked on both sides by upscale boutiques selling clothes, jewellery and souvenirs, we will understand why Taormina is called the “Sicilian Saint Tropez.” In the afternoon, enjoy the view as the ship cruises towards Catania. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 6

    Catania, Italy

    Following breakfast, we set off in a private coach on a full-day excursion to Mount Etna, Italy’s largest active volcano, and Catania. Pass through Nicolosi, a small Sicilian village that has existed in the shadow of the volcano for centuries. A new road offers scenic views as it winds up the mountain’s slopes. Constructed after an eruption in 1983, it passes through vineyards, woods, and valleys of black lava. At approximately 2000 metres above sea level, the Rifugio Sapienza is the highest point of the mountain accessible by vehicle. We will take a short walk to the Crateri Silvestri, two sizable craters formed during a significant eruption in 1892, to admire 360-degree views of the Gulf of Catania. Lunch is served in a local restaurant overlooking the lava stream. Afterwards, continue to Catania. This city has long been dominated by Mount Etna’s presence. We join our guide for a stroll through the city centre, including the Cathedral of Saint Agatha, the picturesque Piazza del Duomo, and the Fontana dell’Elefante, which features a Roman-era elephant statue carved from Mount Etna’s basalt. The walk continues along Via Crociferi which is lined by imposing churches emblematic of Catania’s Baroque architectural style, then stop at Piazza Stesicoro, one of the main squares in Catania, to admire the monument to Vincenzo Bellini, famed Romantic composer who was born here. The walk will continue back to the port. If you wish, you can continue exploring the town on your own. This afternoon, the ship sails towards Syracuse. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 7

    Syracuse, Italy

    After breakfast on the ship, we can have a half-day tour to Syracuse, with its rich Greek and Roman history. The tour begins with a short drive to the Neapolis Archaeological Park, an open-air museum of Sicilian ruins. The spectacular Teatro Greco (“Greek Theatre”) is among the most impressive amphitheaters to survive from antiquity. We will also visit the enigmatic Latomia del Paradiso, a limestone quarry which supplied stone for this ancient city. The Orecchio di Dionisio (“Ear of Dionysus”) is a 23 metre-high man-made cave known for its near-perfect acoustics, and the altar of Hieron II served as a site for animal sacrifices. After exploring the park, we drive to Ortygia, an island which is home to the remains of some of the city’s earliest constructions. Here, we will discover the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Arethusa and a Baroque cathedral built over the remains of the famed Temple of Athena. After the tour, we return to the ship or enjoy some free time in the town. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight at sea to Licata.
  • Day 8

    Licata, Italy

    Enjoy breakfast on the ship before heading out for the morning. Licata, an important port and industrial trading centre, is situated at the mouth of Salso River and, from here, we will start our optional full-day Agrigento tour with an approximately one-hour drive to the infamous Valley of the Temples to admire a truly impressive collection of ancient Greek monuments nestled amidst olive and almond trees. Here, a local guide will lead us to the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Jupiter) which was built in around 480 BC to commemorate the Agrigentines’ victory over the Carthaginians. Other must-see monuments include temples dedicated to Hercules, Juno, twin brothers Castor and Pollux, and the tomb of Theron. Enjoy some free time before rejoining the ship for lunch. In the afternoon we sail the mainland en route to Malta. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 9

    Valletta, Malta

    Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.

Dates & Prices

What is Included

Cruise fares mentioned are per person in double occupancy and exclude Port Charges.
*Offer Rate: Terms & Conditions apply for  Early Bird Offers & Special Offers. For more information please visit the Special Offers section.

Date Category C Category B Category A Category P Port Charges
13 May 2022 $ 2790 $ 3490 $ 3990 $ 4490 $ 690
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Highlights

Syracuse


Visit Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse, an open-air museum of Sicilian ruins. The spectacular Teatro Greco (“Greek Theatre”) is among the most impressive amphitheaters to survive from antiquity. The Orecchio di Dionisio (“Ear of Dionysus”) is a 23 metre-high man-made cave known for its near-perfect acoustics, and the altar of Hieron II served as a site for animal sacrifices.

Stromboli


The Aeolian Islands shaped from the eternal struggle between sea and the bowels of the earth, from the unstoppable strength of lava, which managed to win them against god Neptune from deep waters of the Tyrrhenian sea.  A millenary war still lasting as there are two active volcanoes – Stromboli and Vulcano. The volcanic activity of steaming fumaroles and thermal waters are on most of the islands.

Taormina


The most famous monument of Taormina remains its Greek theatre. It dates from the 3rd century BC and is remarkably well preserved. The ancient theatre is without question the most important feature for sight-seers in Taormina, also because for its very fortunate natural setting, with splendid view toward the Calabrian coast, the Ionian coast of Sicily and the spectacular cone of Etna.

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