SICILIAN SPLENDORS

From $ 3,999 pp
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Sicilian Splendors

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Catania, Italy



6 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

unesco

sightseeing
Catania, Ancient Syracuse
The name of Siracusa suggests a warm climate, blue skies, a beautiful bay, and the ancient ruins of a Greek city which was the rival of Athens.   You will board your bus for the 75-minute ride to Neapolis Archaeological Park which was created between 1952 and 1955 and contains many classical monuments. For security reasons you will only have access to the Greek Theatre and part of the Latomia del Paradiso, one of the ancient stone quarries; the other monuments can be viewed from a distance. This doesn’t detract in any way from the powerful fascination of this unique place. The Greek Theatre, dated back to 5th century B.C,. is one of the largest and best preserved theaters of the ancient world.  The Roman Amphitheater which is hewn out of the rocks, dates from 2nd century A.D., and the entrance and gangways for animals and gladiators can still be seen. You’ll proceed to Ortigia and walk about a half a mile to Old Town Ortigia.   You will visit Arethusa Fountain the legendary cradle of the city. From the nearby platform there is a view of the beautiful Bay of Siracusa, you will proceed to the Cathedral built in the 7th century on the foundation of the former Temple of Minerva, using the nine columns which can be seen on the north side and the 19 columns of the nave.. 

Please note: This tour has a substantial amount of walking and is not recommended for people with limited mobility or walking difficulties. The bus is not wheelchair accessible.. 


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Catania, Classic Taormina
See the legendary beauty of Sicily as your excursion begins with a pleasant 60-miinute drive to Taormina. Built in the 3rd century B.C., the city was later almost completely renovated by the Romans. It is perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, with a medieval character that will delight you. You will stop near the center of Taormina, where your tour will begin on foot as your guide leads you along cobblestone streets to Palazzo Corvaja, a 15th century building adorned with classic double windows. Next, you will stroll to the spectacularly situated Greco-Roman Theatre built in the 3rd century B.C. Renowned for its unique acoustical qualities, it is still used for open-air concerts and boasts a beautiful view of Mount Etna and Naxos Bay below. You will also have free time to stroll or shop along the famous Corso Umberto before your bus departs to return to your ship.

Please note:  As buses are not allowed in Taormina this tour involves a considerable amount of walking. During the summer the Greek Theatre is still used for performances, so Taormina could be very crowded. 


price $119
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Catania, Full Day Private CAR with Guide
  
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 84 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 

price $1099
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Catania, Full Day Private VAN with Guide
  
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Catania, Half Day Private CAR with Guide
 
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $749
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Catania, Half Day Private VAN with Guide
 
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $849
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8 HRS

Strenuous

dining

culture

walking

unesco

sightseeing
Catania, Mt Etna by 4x4
Your journey will begin as your driver-guide collects you from the quayside for your 4x4 adventure. En route to the summit of Mount Etna you’ll stop to see the vast lava flows and the more recent paths corroded by the 2002 eruptions. You’ll see how the lava flow has carved its way through hillside forests and bush land leaving a scar, seen from miles around. In 1980 Etna’s flank suffered a collapse, which caused part of the volcanic edifice to slide towards the east. The huge depression which remains is known as Valle de Bove (Valley of the Ox). You’ll visit the Lava Cave, with a length of around 2,854 feet and a diameter ranging between 16 and 26 feet. Next, you’ll have a truly up-close and personal view of magnificent Mount Etna as you are guided on a walk over the new lava flows. You’ll see the steam created from the activity of Piano Provenzana and the wonderful views from atop one of Europe’s most active volcanoes. After your exciting morning you’ll enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch.

Please note: This tour will ascent to an altitude of 6,200 feet, involves a substantial amount of walking over rough and uneven surfaces during  stops. It is strongly recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring along a jacket and sunscreen. This tour is not recommended for passengers with back or neck problems, heart or respiratory conditions as the ride may be bumpy and the altitude is high

price $229
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
Catania, Mt. Etna by Helicopter
Your adventure will begin with a private van transfer to the helicopter terminal. On arrival, board your aircraft and soar over the dramatic Mount Etna. Sicily’s most famous and dramatic landmark, this violent yet majestic volcano is bound to leave a lasting impression. Mount  Etna has erupted more than 130 times and it is the largest and highest volcano in Europe.  You will have an overhead view along the slopes of the mountain. Once at the top you will see the many craters, often smoking, besides the famous "Valle del Bove," which extends along the eastern slope of the volcano. You will fly over Taormina and come back to the helipad. All passengers will be equipped with a headset to talk to each other or with the pilot, and hear a description of the tour .

Please note:  The helicopter has 4 seats+ one guide + the pilot and does not land on Mount Etna. As this excursion requires guests to negotiate steps and gaps to embark and disembark the aircraft, it is not recommended for guests with physical limitations. This excursion is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for guests with back or neck problems, who are uncomfortable in small spaces, prone to vertigo or have fear of heights. Due to weather conditions and helicopter availability, the duration sights and time of departure may vary. In the event of this excursion being cancelled by the operator due to weather or other factors, there will be a full refund for all those who have booked.  If the operator elects to operate the excursion despite adverse weather conditions, please be aware that refunds cannot be made if you elect not to participate.

price $999
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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

walking

sightseeing
Catania, Taormina & Baron Di Villagrande
See the legendary beauty of Sicily as your excursion begins with a pleasant 60-minute drive to Taormina, perched on a terrace overlooking the sea. Your walking tour will begin near the center of Taormina, where your guide will lead you along cobblestone streets to Palazzo Corvaja, a 15th century building adorned with classic double windows. Next, you will stroll to the spectacularly situated Greco-Roman Theatre built in the 3rd century B.C. Renowned for its unique acoustical qualities, it is still used for open-air concerts and boasts a beautiful view of Mount Etna and Naxos Bay below. You will have time to stroll or shop along the famous Corso Umberto before you depart to the Barone di Villagrande Estate, on the slopes of Mount Etna and has belonged to the Nicolosi family since ancient times. Their skill in the production of fine wines is legendary. The red wines are stylish and firm, while the whites are long and structured with a delicate, penetrating aroma. The ancient wine cellars have maintained their historic aspect, with stainless and oak barrels aging side by side. When you arrive at Barone di Villagrande Estate, the owners will show you the old cellar and will introduce you to the range of the wines produced in the winery with a tasting, accompanied by a delicious typical Sicilian lunch. On the way back to your yacht you’ll have the opportunity to see the lava flows of 1992.

Please note:  As buses are not allowed in Taormina this tour involves a considerable amount of walking. During the summer the Greek Theatre is still used for performances, so Taormina could be very crowded. European law does not allow children under the age of 18 to consume alcoholic beverages.


price $199
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8 HRS

Strenuous

dining

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Catania, Taormina & Mt. Etna
See the legendary beauty of Sicily as your excursion begins with a pleasant 60-minute drive to Taormina. Built in the 3rd century B.C., the city is perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, with a medieval character that will delight you. Your tour will begin on foot as your guide leads you along cobblestone streets to Palazzo Corvaja, a 15th century building adorned with classic double windows. Next, you will stroll to the spectacularly situated Greco-Roman Theatre built in the 3rd century B.C. Renowned for its unique acoustical qualities, it is still used for open-air concerts and boasts a beautiful view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Etna and Naxos Bay below. You will also have time to stroll or shop along the famous Corso Umberto before your bus departs for Mount Etna. This very active volcano is the largest in Europe at 10,723 feet, and has erupted 130 times. Your drive to Mount Etna is along a coastal highway and through a fertile paradise of green vineyards and golden citrus groves, passing through villages such as Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea. You will see the city of Catania, overwhelmed by an eruption 300 years ago, and walk around Crateri Silvestri inspecting the lava flow from the eruption of 1983. Lunch is included on this tour.

Please note: Strenuous uphill walking is involved so this tour is not recommended for guests with heart or respiratory conditions or those with limited mobility.  As participants will ascend to an altitude of 6,200 feet, it is recommended guests wear comfortable clothes, flat shoes and bring a jacket. 


price $159
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Valletta, Malta



4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

unesco

sightseeing

boating
Valletta & Three Cities Boat Ride
Your coach will depart quayside for a short drive round the impressive bastions of Valletta and past Fort St Elmo. Upon arrival in Valletta, you will walk to the Upper Barracca Gardens for a panoramic view of Malta’s natural harbors and historic cities. Then proceed to St John’s Co-Cathedral, the conventual church of the Knights of Malta, where you will also have the opportunity to see Caravaggio’s famous masterpiece: The Beheading of St John.  Continue with a drive through the Three Cities – Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa. Left largely unvisited, the Three Cities will show you a slice of authentic life, and a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes. The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history. Embark traditional Maltese ‘Dghajsas’ for a 20 - minute boat trip around the harbor, crossing over to the Waterfront Laguna

Please note:  To enter the Cathedral, guests must have their knees covered, no stiletto heels and no bare shoulders. 
  
price $69
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Valletta, Cooking Challenge at a Farmhouse
You will depart via motor coach and drive to Hal-Qormi, to Razzett l-Antik [Old Farmhouse].  There you will participate in a cooking challenge where you will be assigned to one of six kitchenettes, provided with setup, ingredients, aprons, and supervised by their Chef. Everyone will be encouraged to participate in the cooking.  A table with ingredients will be provided in the center of your workstation, and you and your team will be asked to prepare a particular dish, according to the ingredients provided. Points will be given on ingredients, teamwork and presentation of food.  You will also be able to take part in a food tasting including local Maltese Mediterranean Antipasti platters.  Your panoramic drive back to your yacht will go through Siggiewi and Zebbug with photo stops and short walking tours before you will arrive back at the quay for re-embarkation.

Please note: This cooking event is not wheelchair accessible. Roads in Malta can be bumpy. 


price $179
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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

culture

walking

sightseeing
Valletta, Maltas Noble Heritage
Depart the quay and drive to The Silent City – Mdina, Malta’s old Capital. Mdina is a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the center of the island.   You will walk through the narrow streets of the town, visit St Paul’s Cathedral, the Ramparts for a panoramic view, and Palazzo Falson, the best preserved palazzo of its period. You will then drive to the village of Naxxar where you will visit Palazzo Parisio and Gardens. Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored. On your visit you will discover the intricate nuances of Malta’s historic nobility and their enchanting way of life.  Refreshments will be served in the Gardens [weather permitting] or indoors in the Palace. Refreshments consist of your choice of a glass of Palazzo Parisio red or white wine, Cisk lager beer, Kinne on-the-rocks or mineral water and a selection of Maltese delicacies- Gbejniet cheese, traditional Hobz Biz-Zejt, pastry-size Pastizzi. 

Please note:  To enter the Cathedral, guests must have their knees covered, no stiletto heels and no bare shoulders. Walking involves cobblestone streets and climbing steps so this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

price $99
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

wine

culture

walking

sightseeing
Valletta, Mdina by Night
You will depart quayside in coaches for Mdina by way of Mosta where there will be time for a photo stop. This excursion will take you on a night walk through the narrow streets and alleyways of the "Silent City," rich in palaces, churches, and stately homes. You’ll see St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Ramparts. You'll also have the possibility of magnificent views from the flood-lit bastions all over the island while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. On termination of your walking tour, you will be driven back to quay for re-embarkation.

Please note: Most of this tour involves walking, some on cobblestone streets so it is not recommended for guests with mobility difficulties.  

                                                   

price $49
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Gozo, Malta



5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing

beach
Gozo, 4x4 Safari
The jeeps and crew will be awaiting you at Mgarr Harbour to begin a memorable tour on the island of Gozo.  You will discover the most beautiful hidden corners of Gozo and have the opportunity to take dramatic photographs of the breathtaking scenery plus all the highlights of Gozo, accompanied by a professional guide. Highlights of this tour include: Xewkija Dome, which is so massive it can be seen from all over the island, Ggantija Temples that are older than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Inland Sea, the Salt Pans, Marsalforn Bay, Ta Savina where you will have time for shopping for such delicacies as Gozo honey. You will also have time for a stop to go swimming. 

Please note:  Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring along a towel, swimsuit and sunscreen. 

 

price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

concierge
Gozo, Concierge Collection: Foraging and Farmhouse Cooking
You will depart the harbor in minivans and drive to Qala where you will see breathtaking views from the Qala Belvedere and from the small courtyard in front of the church known as "St. Mary of the Rocks." This church faces Comino and legend has it that it was built so that people of that island could follow Holy Mass from across the straits when rough weather prohibited a priest from crossing there. Your next stop is Qala Pjazza (Village Square) for a photo stop of the Baroque-style church dedicated to St Joseph. Then you will continue through narrow, winding village roads to Il-Wileg Farmhouse where you will be greeted by the owner and given a brief explanation on herb and vegetable foraging. You will then drive to the countryside to collect edible herbs and leaf vegetables in season that will be used during your cooking lesson at the farmhouse. Lunch consisting of the food you have prepared will be served in the courtyard before you are driven back to quay for re-embarkation. 

Please note:  There will be some walking over rough terrain when foraging and guests are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes.




price $149
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Gozo, Highlights of Gozo
Depart the quay and you will drive to Xaghra to visit Ggantija Temples – “the Giant’s Tower,” erected about 3500 B.C. It has survived amazingly well, its walls in places still standing to a height of 23 feet.  Drive to Victoria – Gozo’s capital. Victoria is not just the geographic heart of Gozo, it is also the center of everyday activity. You will have time to browse around Victoria's market and wander the narrow winding streets where you'll find everything from delicious fresh produce, cheeses and wines, to antiques, craft goods, fishing nets and knitwear.  Next you will visit The Citadel in Gozo, which for centuries has served as a sanctuary from attack by Barbary corsairs and Saracens. Continue your drive to the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu for a short visit before driving down to Dwejra, where you will have a wonderful photo opportunity at the Inland Sea and Fungus Rock

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes. 

 

price $49
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