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On a Course of Longing through Bella Italia

Civitavecchia to Valletta - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Explore the historical wonders of the Mediterranean on this 8-day small ship cruise sailing from Rome. Enjoy the picturesque Corsica Coast with its houses perched upon cliffs like swallows’ nests, and perron stairs with views out over the turquoise sea. Discover Taormina, a stunning town in the northeast of Sicily, well known for its unique charm and volcanic views. Delight yourself with exclusive, quiet, and romantic settings in Syracuse. Take it all in as you sit back and relax in the comfort of the Sea Cloud ll!
Boats on the Mediterranean Idyllic islands line the coastTrevi Fountain in RomeThe impressive city of Valletta, MaltaExplore ruins in Sicily
Highlights
  • Explore the historic center of Rome and the Vatican State
  • Admire the beautiful entrance into the natural harbor of Bonifacio
  • Discover the majestic "Staircase of the King of Aragon"
  • Visit "Capella Palatina", a masterpiece in the Arab-Byzantine-Norman style
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Civitavecchia, Italy | Embark

All roads lead to Rome. The stunningly beautiful city on the Tiber is around 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the port of Civitavecchia. The highlights of the "Eternal City" are not limited to the seven hills of antiquity. The historic center and the Vatican State in Rome are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the city of Vespas and "la dolce vita", painters, sculptors and architects have left behind innumerable works of art over three millennia. Ancient sites, Renaissance palaces, Baroque squares, and fountains create a splendid backdrop for enjoying life in between the daily routine and eternity.

Day 2: Bonifacio, Corsica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The chalk cliffs are visible even from a long way away and fall away steeply into the sea like a wall - around 70 meters (230 feet) high. Hidden behind them is a fjord-like inlet, which provides the beautiful entrance into the natural harbor of Bonifacio. The elegant modern lower town is set around the harbor with a promenade that runs the length of the deep harbor bay and leads to the elegant marina. More than 187 stone steps, majestically named the "Staircase of the King of Aragon", lead you up to the medieval upper town which sits lofty and impregnable high up on the top of a steep chalk cliff.

Day 3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the onboard amenities and facilities

Day 4: Capri/ Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Italian island of Capri in the Bay of Naples is renowned for its untamed scenery, opulent lodgings, and shopping, which includes designer clothing, limoncello, and handcrafted leather shoes. The Blue Grotto, a subterranean cavern where the sea shines electric blue as a result of sunlight entering through an underwater cave, is one of its most well-known natural attractions. Yachts flock to Capri's picturesque, cove-dotted shoreline throughout the summer.

Day 5: Agropoli/Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Agropoli is a comune and town in the Cilento region of the Salerno province in Campania, Italy. On the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is located at the beginning of the Cilentan Coast.

Day 6: Lipari/Aeolian Islands

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The largest Aeolian Island is Lipari, which is also the name of the island's principal town and comune and is administratively a part of the Metropolitan City of Messina. It is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily in southern Italy.

Day 7: Taormina (Naxos)/Sicily

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Sicily's east coast is the hilltop town of Taormina. It is situated close to Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails to its top. The historic Greco-Roman theater still in operation in the town is called the Teatro Antico di Taormina. Cliffs that descend towards the water near the theater create coves with sandy beaches. Isola Bella, a little island and natural reserve, is reached by a short section of sand.

Day 8: Syracuse, Sicily

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  • 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 9: Valletta (Malta) | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This strategically important location has always attracted foreign conquerors. More than 7,000 years ago, a civilization existed here, leaving behind enormous temple complexes. Just like proud Valletta, these are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grand Master of the Order of St John, founded a modern fortified city on a rock in 1566, between the two splendid natural ports of Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Long rows of facades made from golden-yellow blocks of chalk stretch along the straight streets. Splendid Renaissance and Baroque buildings are evidence of riches and power, such as the Palace of the Grand Master and the impressive St John's Co-Cathedral. Disembark and return home individually.

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Sea Cloud II

Lounge area on the Sea Cloud II

Dates & Prices

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$7,115
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Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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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
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • 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
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Welcome bottle of champagne in cabins, welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne, selected wines and beers with lunch and dinner, bottled water on excursions and all soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea throughout the cruise. 
  • Use of water sports facilities such as snorkeling equipment (weather permitting).
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Excess luggage. Allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger.

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