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Explore the shores of Syracuse

Sicily and Amalfi coast

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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This 8-day cruise explores the Sicily and Amalfi Coast  where you will be able to see monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as an ancient Greek theatre (where the quality of the acoustics is exceptional).  Make sure you have your camera ready to take pictures of one of the largest theaters in Europe, the Teatro Massimo.  Enjoy the Aeolian volcanic archipelago known for its many natural and architectural gems. Not far from there, you will discover the amazing sight of the Stromboli volcano, an active volcano whose crater regularly erupts with lava flows. Perched between sky and sea, Amalfi and the little villages hidden nearby are true treasures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valleta | Embark
Day 2 : Syracuse Sicily
Day 3 : Taormina, Sicily | Sailing in front of Stromboli
Day 4 : Palermo, Sicily
Day 5 : Lipari, Aeolian Islands | Sailing in front of Stromboli
Day 6 : Amalfi
Day 7 : Gaeta
Day 8 : Civitavecchia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the wonder of the Tyrrhenian Sea, from Malta’s capital to the Italian capital
  • Visit seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Explore Sicily's most beautiful historic cities and ancient sites
  • Sail by the spectacular Stromboli volcano

Ship

Le Bougainville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

View of Valletta Explore the shores of Syracuse An abandoned theatre in Taormina, Sicily Beautiful Amalfi Coast Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Day 1 Valleta | Embark

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.

Day 2 Syracuse Sicily

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  • 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 3 Taormina, Sicily | Sailing in front of Stromboli

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  • 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 theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.
 

Day 4 Palermo, Sicily

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Palermo is the guardian of the Sicilian soul. Many have been attracted to this city, the largest capital of the Italian islands. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans... Palermo is a rich culmination of so many cultural influences as seen in the Moorish designs on the cathedral, and the Byzantine mosaics of the Palatine chapel, which is itself housed within the precincts of the Norman palace. You will fall under the spell of the palaces, baroque splendors that grace the town with their obsolete beauty. It is thrilling to stumble upon one of those fabulous markets, high in color, and headily picturesque.

 

    Day 5 Lipari, Aeolian Islands | Sailing in front of Stromboli

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    • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
    Of the seven Aeolian islands, this is the largest and the most populated. Lying off the north coast of Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian sea, Lipari is one of UNESCO’s marvelous World Heritage sites. Its lava stone quarries and obsidian flow of Rocce Rosse are indications of its volcanic nature. The town, the largest urban area in the whole archipelago, proudly houses its citadel and its castle, both rooted in Antiquity. If you head further into the center, you’ll be surprised to come across a Norman cathedral, complete with a magnificent baroque façade.
     

    Day 6 Amalfi

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    • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
    The little town of Campania gives its name to the region containing the magnificent, UNESCO World Heritage-listed, Amalfi coast. And for good reason. Located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, against a rock face of a gorge that opens onto the sea, Amalfi’s absolutely splendid natural scenery alone is enough to feast your eyes on before making for the medieval streets to explore some of its histories. The mix of cultural influences from the Mediterranean Rim is omnipresent here. Don’t miss the dome of Saint André the Apostle and its beautiful cloister, before sipping a delicious lemon juice made from locally grown lemons at a terrace bar.

     

    Day 7 Gaeta

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    • 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 8 Civitavecchia | Disembark

    • 1 Breakfast
    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.

    Le Bougainville

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    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.

    Included features:
    • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
    • Transfers and luggage handling from the Athens airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
    • Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
    • Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
    • Transfer from the ship to airport in Rome at the end of the cruise.
    • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
       
    Not included:
    • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
    • Optional excursions
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)
    Notes:
    This voyage is offered on a space-available basis. 
    The program is subject to change without notice.
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