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Western Mediterranean: Valetta to Valencia

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Delight yourself with a taste of Sicily, the most famous of the Balearic islands and a Spanish metropole, on this exclusive 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean. Visit Syracuse, once described as “the greatest and most beautiful of the Greek cities” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique Roman, Arab, Byzantine and Norman architectural heritage and archaeological importance. Explore the small volcanic island of Lipari and absorb the infectious southern Italian lifestyle. Discover the glamorous Cappella Palatina, with its stained glass and gold mosaics on the walls, wooden ceiling richly adorned with Arab ornaments, and artistic marble floor, giving it a dream-like fairytale atmosphere.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valletta, Malta | Embark
Day 2 : Syracuse, Italy
Day 3 : Lipari, Aeolian Islands
Day 4 : Palermo, Italy
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Cagliari, Italy
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Day 9 : Valencia, Spain
Day 10 : Valencia, Spain | Disembark

Highlights

  • Join an intriguing walking tour of Ortigia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience the infectious southern Italian lifestyle at Lipari
  • Take a tour to Palma de Mallorca's countryside and enjoy some wine tasting
  • Indulge yourself with incredible melodies on board provided by an expert

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful villages line the shores of the Italian riviera The sunny coast of Sardinia Visit the Cathedral of Palmero on your small ship cruise around Sicily Harbor Porto Cervo, Sardinia The towering cathedral of Palma de Mallorca

Day 1 Valletta, Malta | Embark

Arrive in La Valetta, Malta. Board the Sea Cloud ll and attend dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2 Syracuse, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The municipal area of Syracuse boasts relics from cultural history going back more than three millennia. In ancient times, the city was the most powerful in the known world and was famed for its splendor. The island of Ortigia, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was where Syracuse began its rise as an ancient city. The huge cathedral is at the heart of the old town, magnificent palaces line the Piazza, and wide promenades invite you to take a stroll. The archaeological park brings Greek and Roman history back to life. Yet Syracuse exudes southern Italian charm, with washing drying outside the windows.

Day 3 Lipari, Aeolian Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lipari is a tranquil little spot and the largest of the Aeolian Islands, with a cultural heritage stretching back over 6,000 years. Right from first glance you can see its volcanic heritage, with some of the rock formations resembling sculptures. The entire group of islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Aeolian Museum is set on the castle hill and holds an impressive collection of prehistoric and ancient artifacts from this volcanic group of islands. The southern Italian way of life in this little port is infectious.

Day 4 Palermo, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The character of Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital, was mainly forged by the Arabs, Swabian dynasty, and Normans. Noble palaces line the magnificent streets, cheerful-looking Art Nouveau houses stand next to Baroque buildings and a little further on you are faced with pure Gothic facades. The medieval quarter towers above the huge Palazzo Reale with its "Capella Palatina", a masterpiece in the Arab-Byzantine-Norman style. The small mountain town of Monreale gives you a breathtaking view over the town and the bay, as well as the 12th-century cathedral whose interior combines Romanesque, Byzantine, and Arab art with rich gold mosaics.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 6 Cagliari, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cagliari is a port and university town and, with one of the most modern opera houses in the Mediterranean, is also a renowned cultural city. Behind the Via Roma, a boulevard with shady arcades and classical facades, lies the dock area whose narrow lanes bustle with life. The old town is called Castello and extends picturesquely up the hill. The immense Bastione San Remy towers over the town. Not far from the center is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean and inland you can find glittering cultural treasures, like the ancient town of Nora dating from the 9th century BC.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the ship's luxurious amenities as it sails to Spain.

Day 8 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Majorca's beautiful capital is an elegant city and its picturesque old town and architectural mix of Arab, Catalan and Art Nouveau elements are part of its success story. In the center be lured by shops behind splendid facades, and cafés and bars set on beautiful squares invite you to stay a while. Not far from the sophisticated marina find the dignified cathedral, affectionately known as "La Seu" for short. With pure Gothic beginnings, none other than Antonio Gaudi created part of its interior at the start of the 20th century.

Day 9 Valencia, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On one corner it is centuries old and around the next totally modern - Valencia is everything all at once. Today the beautiful old town and the old silk market "La Lonja de la Seda", which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still bear witness to the city's wealth in the Middle Ages. A brand new part of the city is situated in a drained river bed and has avant-garde buildings including a futuristic opera house, the largest aquarium in Europe, a botanical garden and a public park. Valencia is one of the few cities that has a heritage of over 2,000 years and is also so intriguingly combined with the future. No other city in Europe can proudly make the claim that the America Cup has already taken place twice right on its front door.

Day 10 Valencia, Spain | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.

Sea Cloud II

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$5,225
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • The use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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