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Epicurean Delights of Southern Italy & Sicily

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier
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This 8-day cruise explores food—its cultivation, preparation, and consumption—which has always been central to the Italian way of life. This one-of-a-kind program is an extraordinary opportunity both to study and to experience the various roles food and wine play in our lives and its relation to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Immerse yourself in the bounty of Sicily and Southern Italy’s regional cuisines as you sample the pastas of Syracuse and the wines of Mt. Etna, the artisanal meats and cheese of Calabria, mozzarella from Agropoli and pizza from Naples. Taking advantage of rich volcanic soils and a variety of splendid grapes, wonderful reds and whites and sparkling wines characteristic of each region abound. You will taste them all.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Civitavecchia (Port of Rome) | Embark
Day 2 : Gaeta
Day 3 : Naples
Day 4 : Agropoli
Day 5 : Vibo Valentia
Day 6 : Taormina, Sicily
Day 7 : Syracuse, Sicily
Day 8 : Valletta | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a series of lectures and discussions with food and wine experts
  • Sample local foods and wines with an appreciation of the importance of food and drink
  • Explore iconic ancient sites: Syracuse, Taormina, Paestum, Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Take excursions to agriturismo sites and wineries in every port of call

Ship

Le Jacques Cartier

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Civitavecchia (Port of Rome) | Embark

You will be met at the airport in Rome and transferred to the port of Civitavecchia to embark Le Jacques Cartier. The ship sets sail in the evening. Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometers from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

Day 2 Gaeta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gaeta takes its name from the legend of the nanny of Aeneas. This illustrious relationship can be seen in the nobility of this old town, built on a peninsula, at the end of a headland. In Roman times, Gaeta was already a renowned seaside destination; it fell under Byzantine domination then became an autonomous duchy and an independent republic. The fortifications that surround this ancient fort remind us of this rich history, as does the cathedral bell tower, an elegant building of both Roman and Moor influence, decorated with ceramic in the style of bell-towers of Amalfi.

Day 3 Naples

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world’s marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell’Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumor in a sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savor: don’t forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita. This evening, attend a private dinner at the Michelin-starred Palazzo Petrucci. The restaurant, which overlooks the Gulf of Naples with views of Capri, the Sorrentine Peninsula, and Vesuvius, will be open exclusively for the group. Arrive at Palazzo Petrucci in time to appreciate the sunset as you sip Italian Champagne and sample a variety of finger foods. The chef and sommeliers will talk to you about local foods and wines before you proceed to the dining rooms where you'll enjoy a five-course tasting menu of the chef’s choice, including wine pairings. Throughout dinner, the maître, sommeliers and waiters will be available to answer questions about the dishes, and there may be an opportunity to visit the kitchen. A truly magnificent introduction to Neapolitan cuisine.

Day 4 Agropoli

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Vibo Valentia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestling in the heart of Calabria, a region of white rock at the toe of Italy’s boot, Vibo Valentia harbor town offers laid-back charm in the heart of pristine nature. You can wander through its historical center, exploring its medieval past of the which the Norman castle is the most beautiful illustration. Now a museum, this castle houses a selection of precious pieces from Antiquity. The region is brimming with medieval villages as well as fine sandy beaches along the Costa degli Dei, a perfect setting to unwind.

Day 6 Taormina, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval center, suspended 300 meters above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theater. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.

Day 7 Syracuse, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Its undulating rocky coastline, the endless sandy beaches, the menacing form of Mount Etna which surveys its island like a patriarch, the flowery gardens on the hillside... Sicily lays out its varied landscapes like a shopkeeper displays his wares. Described by Cicero as “the most beautiful city in the world”, Syracuse was one of the most prestigious cities in Sicily and at her height was even a rival for Athens. A central city of Ancient Greece, it was home to a succession of civilizations, each of which has left their mark. The blend of Arabic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures makes Syracuse a town that is extraordinarily rich in fragrances, colors and flavors.

Day 8 Valletta | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John’s cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

After disembarkation in Valletta, you will be transferred to the airport for flights homeward.

Le Jacques Cartier

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$5,600
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19 m² area featuring a 4m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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Prestige Deck 4
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Prestige Deck 5
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Prestige Deck 6
19 m² area featuring a 4m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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Deluxe Suite Deck 5
27 m² area featuring, 6m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, 1 sofa, shower
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Deluxe Suite Deck 3
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Deluxe Suite Deck 4
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Deluxe Suite Deck 6
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Prestige Deck 5 Suite
38 m² area featuring an 8m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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Prestige Deck 6 Suite
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Privilege Suite Deck 6
32 m² area featuring an 8m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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Privilege Suite Deck 5
32 m² area featuring an 8m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
45 m² area featuring, 40m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Bathtub
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Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
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Owner's Suite
45 m² area featuring an 30m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Transfers and luggage handling from Rome airport to the ship in Civitavecchia and In Naples
  • Aperitif, Tasting menu and wines at Palazzo Petrucci as outlined above (includes explanations by sommeliers, maître, waiters and chef and round trip transportation from the port in Naples) 
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Transfer from the ship to airport in Valletta at the end of the cruise.
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or optional shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages or meals other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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