Board the Panorama at 3 PM. Attend a welcome dinner and familiarize yourself with the ship and its crew. Overnight in port.
In the morning, take one of two guided day excursions. Choose to travel to Taormina, Sicily's crown jewel, or to Old Catania and the Etna Volcano.
In the evening, sail for Valetta, Malta, and overnight at sea.
Arrive in Valetta, home to a rich prehistoric culture that created megalithic structures. View the impressive structures at the Tarxien, which were built before the Great Pyramids of Egypt! Take an optional morning and afternoon tour to view the historic city center of Valetta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the St. John's Cathedral and view its stunning interior and historical treasures. Overnight in port.
In the morning, sail from Valetta to Gozo Island. Arrive in Gozo Harbor after lunch and join an optional excursion to the Citadel and its Baroque Cathedral, Our Lady of Ta Pinu Basilica, the St. George Basilica, and the Cathedral Museum. In the afternoon, attend a short wine tasting before returning to the ship. Depart for Syracuse in the late evening and overnight at sea.
In the morning, arrive at the port of Syracuse. The city, one of the most prestigious of the Hellenistic world, rivaled Athens in power. Join an optional morning excursion to the spectacular 15,000-seat Greek theater, the Roman amphitheater, the archeological museum, the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and the Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena.
After lunch, take an inland tour to Sicily's southeast region, known for its Baroque towns. Visit well-preserved Noto, a small town situated on a plateau. In the evening, sail for the Aeolian Islands and overnight at sea.
Arrive at Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. Sitting high on a red volcanic rock, the Greek poet Homer described the island as a 'wall of bronze.' Archeological remains found on the island yield clues to civilizations which date to 1700 BC. Highlights include several Neolithic stones that sit alongside ancient tombstones, and the ruins of Greek walls and Roman Villas. The Spaniards landed on the island in the 16th century and built the Castello and the 17th century cathedral which is perched above the harbor. Spend the afternoon at your leisure and overnight in port.
In the morning, sail from Lipari to Vulcano Island, made famous for its mud baths and majestic volcano crater.
In the afternoon, sail for Panarea, a quaint old-style Aeolian island. Explore the island and gather in the evening for a traditional farewell dinner at anchor. Begin the return trip to Catania and sail past the island of Stromboli, famous for its ever-active volcano. View the volcano as it erupts in the twilight. Overnight at sea.
Arrive in Catania at 8:30 AM. Disembark after breakfast between 9 and 10 AM and connect with your onward flight.