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Dolce Vita (Catania) - Saturday Departure

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Explore Sicily and the Aeolian Islands aboard the Panorama on this 8 day Mediterranean tour! This tour introduces travelers to the fascinating history of the region and features spectacular scenery.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Catania
Day 2 : Catania
Day 3 : Valetta
Day 4 : Valette / Gozo Island
Day 5 : Syracuse
Day 6 : Lipari / Aeolian Islands
Day 7 : Lipari / Vulcano Island
Day 8 : Catania

Ship

Panorama (VC)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore the shores of Syracuse Explore the ruins of Taormina and Etna. Visit the ancient theatre of Syracuse Visit the ruins of Taormina on your Dolce Vita cruise A beautiful sunset from Stromboli Island

Day 1 Arrive Catania

Board the Panorama at 3 PM. Attend a welcome dinner and familiarize yourself with the ship and its crew. Overnight in port.

Day 2 Catania

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.

Day 3 Valetta

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.

Day 4 Valette / Gozo Island

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.

Day 5 Syracuse

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.

Day 6 Lipari / Aeolian Islands

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.

Day 7 Lipari / Vulcano Island

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.

Day 8 Catania

Arrive in Catania at 8:30 AM. Disembark after breakfast between 9 and 10 AM and connect with your onward flight.

Panorama (VC)

Per person starting at
Panorama's Category C Cabin
Category C
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Lower deck, 1 double bed. Portholes, A/C, TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.
Panorama's Category B Cabin.
Category B
$0
Lower deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Portholes, A/C, TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.
Panorama's Category C Cabin.
Category A
$0
Upper deck or Main deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Large windows, A/C, TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.


Please note:
Cruise fare does not include optional shore excursions (cost varies per excursion) as well as port charges. Please add $370 per person for port charges.
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