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Valletta Round-trip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud Spirit
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Explore the many faces of Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands and a gloriously diverse microcosm with a rich cultural past spanning back 3,000 years, on this 8-day cruise departing from Valletta, Malta aboard Sea Cloud Spirit. Explore Sicily's top attractions: Trapani, located at the base of Monte Erice, is renowned for its coral jewelry and art pieces; Palermo, with its eclectic blend of historic and architectural influences; and Taormina, a beautiful, old city in the shadow of Mount Etna. Before returning to Valletta, admire the spectacular volcanic rock formations on Lipari and the Aeolian Islands and uncover ancient history in Syracuse.
Explore ruins in Taormina within view of volcanic Mount EtnaExplore Malta's capitalExplore ruins in SicilyHiking in beautiful SicilyRelax in beautiful SicilySunset over PalermoVisit charming coastal towns of Sicily
Highlights
  • Wander the maze-like streets of historic Valletta
  • Learn about the diverse cultures of Palermo
  • Explore beautiful Taormina, under the shadow of Mt. Etna
  • Marvel at volcanic rock formations of the Aeolian Islands
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Day 1: Valletta, Malta | Embark

This strategically important location has always attracted foreign conquerors. Inhabited for more than 7,000 years, Malta is now home to multiple 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 Harbor. 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. Explore the city before boarding your ship.

Day 2: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today relax aboard your ship as you cruise to the next destination. 

Day 3: Trapani, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The old town and port of Trapani lies on a picturesque crescent-shaped headland at the foot of Monte Erice. Discover countless treasures browsing through the beautiful town center, such as the fine black and red coral jewelry that has been made here for the past 1,000 years. The mountain town of Erice is a real architectural gem: close to Trapani, this idyllic little town is tucked away in a picturesque hilltop setting overlooking the countryside and the sea. Protected by a wall, the town retains its splendid medieval atmosphere.

Day 4: Palermo, Sicily

  • 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 are striking 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 provides 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: Lipari, Aeolian Islands | Cruising Stromboli

  • 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. From first glance its volcanic heritage is apparent in its sculptural rock formations, and the entire group of islands is a designated 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. Relax and soak in the laid-back local culture.

Day 6: Taormina, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Taormina is perched on a rock with a majestic view over the sea. In the 19th century, this small town had already developed into a dream destination for well-heeled travelers and artists. The town's fascination lies in its elegance, the many ancient buildings, the stunningly beautiful coastline, the mild climate, and the view over the silhouette of Etna. Europe's largest volcano is over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) high, has four summit craters and around 400 subsidiary craters, and is covered with snow almost all year round. In ancient times it was considered the seat of the gods, but today large sections of it are a nature reserve.

Day 7: Syracuse, Sicily

  • 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 ancient Greek and Roman history back to life. 

Day 8: Valletta, Malta | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Valletta. After breakfast, disembark your ship to explore Valletta before returning home or continuing on your independent travels. 

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Sea Cloud Spirit Superior Single Cabin
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Superior Single
Superior Single Cabins (approx. 13 and 14.5 m²/139 and 156 sq ft) are equipped with a single bed, a small sitting corner with a table and a chair, a dressing table and a wardrobe. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Superior
Superior Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 19 m²/177 to 204 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, wardrobe and bureau. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Deluxe
Deluxe Cabins (approx. 20 m²/215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
Sea Cloud Spirit Deluxe Lido Cabin
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Deluxe Lido
Deluxe Lido Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 20 m²/177 to 215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Junior Suite
Junior Suites (approx. 26 to 30 m² /280 to 323 sq ft including balcony) are located on the Panorama Deck and offer a private balcony and panoramic windows. The cabins include a sitting corner with a couch and a table, two single beds (of 90 cm x 200 cm each), which can be placed separately or as a double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, WC and bathtub.
owner suite
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Owner's Suite
Owner's Suites are located on the Panorama Deck, and have a sitting area and panoramic windows as well as a private balcony. Each of the suites (approx. 36 to 39 m²/388 to 420 sq ft including balcony) is equipped with two single beds (of 95 cm x 200 cm each) that can be placed separately or as a large double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom features sink and bathtub; the WC is separate.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Port Fees
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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