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Sicily, Malta & The Aeolian Islands

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This stunning 8-day Mediterranean cruise on Variety Voyager takes you to history-rich Malta and Sicily. The unique and different peninsulas of both countries offer a natural playground that is best experienced aboard a small ship, with your comfort and safety in mind. The Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi, and Alicudi) are a small slice of heaven, a seven-island archipelago that provides an abundance of chances for leisure and outdoor recreation. Stunning seas provide swimming, sailing, kayaking, and diving opportunities, while hikers may scale hissing volcanoes and gourmets can sip honey-sweet Malvasia wine.
An abandoned theatre in Taormina, Sicily Fresh tomatoes from a market in Sicily.An abandoned house in Morgantina, Sicily.Wander the ancient stones of Syracuse, one of the most prestigious cities of the Helenistic worldStop in beautiful Malta
Highlights
  • Swim at one of Gozo's beautiful beaches
  • Visit Syracuse, one of Greece's most distinguished cities
  • Discover Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands
  • Explore the Etna Volcano, the highest point in Sicily and a live volcano
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Valletta, Malta | Embark

Embarkation at 3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Overnight in port.

Day 2: Gozo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning sailing to Gozo Island. Morning swim stop at one of Gozo’s beautiful beaches. Arrival in Gozo harbor after lunch. Optional excursion with visits of the Citadel and its baroque Cathedral, our Lady of Ta Pinu Basilica, the St George Basilica and the Cathedral Museum. Late in the afternoon, after a short wine tasting, we will return to the ship. Late night departure for Syracuse, Sicily. Overnight at sea.

Day 3: Syracuse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early morning arrival in the port of Syracuse. Syracuse, one of the most and prestigious cities of the Hellenic World, was a rival of Athens. Our morning optional excursion will bring us to the spectacular 15,000-seat Greek theatre, the elliptical Roman amphitheater, the Archaeological Museum, the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and the Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena. After lunch you can take our afternoon optional excursion taking you inland, into Sicily’s southeast region, known for its baroque towns. You will visit exquisitely-preserved Noto, a jewel of a town situated on plateau. Late in the evening we leave Syracuse for the Aeolian Islands. Overnight at sea.

Day 4: Lipari

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning arrival in Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, sitting on the red volcanic rock looking like a “wall of bronze”, according to the Greek poet Homer. Archaeological remains found here have yielded clues to civilizations which date back to 1700 BC, including the Neolithic stones that sit alongside ancient tombstones, and ruins of Greek walls and Roman villas. The Spaniards found their way here in the 16th century, building the Castello (castle) and the 17th century cathedral that is perched above the harbor; All these sights will be available for seeing them on your morning optional sightseeing excursion. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Lipari.

Day 5: Vulcano | Panarea | Stromboli

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We leave Lipari in the morning to reach Vulcano Island, famous for its majestic volcano crater and the mud baths. In the afternoon we sail to Panarea, a quaint old style Aeolian Island. Late in the afternoon, we reach Panarea. After time at leisure in port, we gather for our traditional farewell dinner at anchor. In the evening we start our return trip to Catania and sail slowly past the island of Stromboli, famous for its live volcano. The sight of live lava eruptions is not to be missed. Overnight at sea.

Day 6: Catania

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning optional excursion to the Etna Volcano, the highest point in Sicily and a live volcano. A resident volcanologist will provide you with full details on its activity and volcano activity in South Italy. In the afternoon you can take our optional walking tour of Catania and discover the hidden treasures of this old Italian city. Overnight in port.

Day 7: Taormina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Our day starts with an optional tour at nearby Taormina, a city with endlessly winding medieval streets and secluded gardens hidden by stone walls. Our optional full day excursion to this city boasting such beauty and history, features a stroll along the Corso Umberto, lined with piazza, Duomos and palazzo such as the Palazzo Santo Stefano. Later you will take a guided tour of the ancient Greek Theatre with wonderful uninterrupted views of the seal. Our lunch break is followed by time at leisure explore the city and its shops. After our farewell dinner, we start our return sailing to Malta. Overnight at sea.

Day 8: Valletta, Malta | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrival at 08:30 am. Disembarkation after breakfast at 9 to 10 am

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Variety Voyager's sun deck bar.
Variety Voyager's dining area.
Relax in the lounge aboard the Variety Voyager.

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Honeymooner's Package

Book now and enjoy 10% off on cruise fare. Honeymooners are eligible for a cabin upgrade (subject to availability) and a candle-lit dinner onboard or at a preferred restaurant, or a free 45-minute massage for two at the Jade Spas (M/Y Variety Voyager & M/Y Pegasos)

Family Specials

SINGLE parent with 1 or 2 children in the same cabin. The parent pays the Single cruise fare and the children cruise for FREE.

* COUPLE with 1 child sharing the same cabin. Child 5-10 years old: NO charges. Child 11-17 years old: 50% reduction.
* COUPLE with 2 or 3 children. Both cabins will be charged at a Single rate (single adult rate).
* Discounts which only apply to children 5-17 years old: 25% reduction on all optional excursions.

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Enjoy a 5% combined voyage reduction + 5%-10% repeater discount on cruise fares, when you combine two or more consecutive voyages. These savings are combinable with Early Bird Offers.
 
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$3,390
Category C cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category C
Lower Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows, private bath facilities.
Category B cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category B
Lower/Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows (Lower) or windows (Main), private bath facilities.
Category A cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category A
Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Double windows and private bath facilities.
Category P cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category P
Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities and private marble bath facilities.
Variety Voyager's Owner's Suite.
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Owners Suite (Double)
Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities, sofa, private marble bath facilities.

Notes

Included:
 Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
 Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
 Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
 Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability).
 English-Speaking Cruise Escort.

Not included:
 International flights and airport taxes.
 Transfers from and to the airport.
 Beverages (except those mentioned above).
 Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
 Crew tips.
 Passenger personal expenses.
 Wi-Fi (available at a charge).
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
  • All gratuities
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical Expense Coverage and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Port Surcharges, Permits, and Landing Fees
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port Fees
  • Wifi
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Airport Departure Tax - Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Passport or Visa fees

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