Sicily, Malta & the Aeolian Islands
Seductively beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been luring travellers since the time of legends. Whatever your personal predilections, Sicily's varied landscape makes a dramatic first impression and its dozen-plus offshore islands offer enough activities to build an entire vacation around. Malta's astounding prehistoric sites were constructed by sophisticated temple builders, who also left miniature figurines and mammoth sculptures of 'fat ladies' scattered throughout the archipelago!
These monuments have survived a millennia and are housed in Malta's fascinating museums. Out in the open, gigantic temples and towers from many different eras stand proud, continuing their endless watch over the sea. Rising out of the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily's northeastern coast, the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi) are a little piece of paradise, a seven-island archipelago offering a wealth of opportunities for relaxation and outdoor fun.
Your Ship: The 21 cabins of the M/Y Harmony G are located on Upper Deck (4 cabins), on Main Deck (11 cabins) and on Lower Deck (6 cabins). They are upscale and intimate, decorated with soft color furnishing. The cabins are equipped with twin or queen size beds, with two of the cabins being triples, and have large windows (two portholes on the Lower Deck). All cabins offer en suite bathrooms with shower, flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, music channels, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.
During the day, life on board centres around the Bar Lounge and Dining Room at the Main Deck and meals are also served "al fresco" style depending on the weather. The Captain will drop anchor at secluded bays and beautiful uninhabited islands where, weather permitting, guests enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kayaking. The Mega Yacht accommodates all guests at one single seating and provides a high standard of cuisine, always with some local flavor.
Day 1: Valetta, Malta Embarkation at 3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Overnight in port.
Day 2: Valetta > Gozo Island Morning sailing to Gozo Island. Morning swim stop at one of Gozo's beautiful beaches. Arrival in Gozo harbor after lunch. Optional excursion with visits of the Citadel and its baroque Cathedral, our Lady of Ta Pinu Basilica, the St George Basilica and the Cathedral Museum. Late in the afternoon, after a short wine tasting, we will return to the ship. Late night departure for Syracuse, Sicily. Overnight at sea.
Day 3: Syracuse, Italy Early morning arrival in the port of Syracuse. Syracuse, one of the most and prestigious cities of the Hellenic World, was a rival of Athens. Our morning optional excursion will bring us to the spectacular 15,000-seat Greek theatre, the elliptical Roman amphitheater, the Archaeological Museum, 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 our afternoon optional 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 plateau. Late in the evening we leave Syracuse for the Aeolian Islands. Overnight at sea.
Day 4: Lipari, Italy Morning arrival in Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, sitting on the red volcanic rock looking like a "wall of bronze", according to the Greek poet Homer. Archaeological remains found here have yielded clues to civilizations which date back 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 17th century cathedral that is perched above the harbor; All these sights will be available for seeing them on your morning optional sightseeing excursion. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Lipari.
Day 5: Vulcano Island > Panarea > Stromboli We leave Lipari in the morning to reach Vulcano Island, famous for its majestic volcano crater and the mud baths. In the afternoon we sail to Panarea, a quaint old style Aeolian Island. Late in the afternoon, we reach Panarea. Time at leisure in port and, in the evening, we start our trip to Catania and sail slowly past the island of Stromboli, famous for its live volcano. The sight of live lava eruptions is not to be missed. Overnight at sea.
Morning optional walking tour along the slopes of the volcano towards the crater, while enjoying gorgeous views over the sea and the archipelago.
Day 6: Catania, Italy Morning optional excursion to the Etna Volcano, the highest point in Sicily and a live volcano. A resident volcanologist will provide you with full details on its activity and volcano activity in South Italy. In the afternoon you can take our optional walking tour of Catania and discover the hidden treasures of this old Italian city. Overnight in port.
Day 7: Catania > Taormina Our day starts with an optional tour at nearby Taormina, a city with endlessly winding medieval streets and secluded gardens hidden by stone walls. Our optional full day excursion to this city boasting such beauty and history, features a stroll along the Corso Umberto, lined with piazza, Duomos and palazzo such as the Palazzo Santo Stefano. Later you will take a guided tour of the ancient Greek Theatre with wonderful uninterrupted views of the sea. Our lunch break is followed by time at leisure explore the city and its shops. After our farewell dinner, we start our return sailing to Malta. Overnight at sea.
Day 8: Valletta, Malta Disembarkation at 9 am after breakfast.
NOTE: Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights
• Small ship cruise with accommodation in double or twin cabins • Buffet breakfast and two meals daily • Filter coffee, tea and drinking water • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability) • English-speaking cruise escort
Pricing (per person) $AUD
14, 21, 28 May
4, 18 Jun
2, 9 Jul
14, 21, 28 May
Booking conditions Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the vessel's Captain incase of adverse weather.
Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the vessel's Captain incase of adverse weather.
Book by 31 Jan 2022 to save 10% on 2022 sailings.
Book and deposit by 31 January 2022 to save 10% on 2022 sailings. Offer is subject to availability. Savings do not apply to Port Charges. Enquire as to further terms and conditions.