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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Day 2 : Marsala / Erice
Day 3 : Porto Empedocle
Day 4 : Valletta, Malta
Day 5 : Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Day 6 : Messina / Taormina
Day 7 : Lipari / Stromboli
Day 8 : Palermo / Disembark



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Soaking in the last of the sunshine Magnificent Taormina The dramatic formation of Stromboli Selinunte, the most westerly ancient Greek colony in Sicily Cruise the Aeolian archipelago

Day 1 Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Arrive in Palermo and transfer to the pier to embark Corinthian.

Day 2 Marsala / Erice

From Marsala, enjoy a morning excursion to Selinunte, the most westerly ancient Greek colony in Sicily. A highland overlooking the sea provides a tranquil setting for the expansive ruins of what was once among the island’s most progressive cities. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Marsala. Alternatively, explore Mozia,founded by Phoenicians in the 8th century b.c. as a commercial base. Its museum exhibits superb sculptures. Also drive to Erice, a mountainous town in the Trapani province.

Day 3 Porto Empedocle

From the port of Porto Empedocle, a choice of excursions is offered. Drive inland to tour Sicily’s finest Roman site, the Imperial Roman Villa. Located outside Piazza Armerina, a town situated amid wooded hills, the villa was built in palatia lproportions in the 3rd century and features superb floor mosaics. Alternatively, visit Agrigento’s series of superb Doric temples, which are among Sicily’s most captivating Greek ruins. Marvel at the 6th-century b.c. Temple of Hercules, the remarkably preserved Temple of Concord, and the Temple of Juno, noted for its graceful proportions. And admire the extraordinary collection at the Archaeological Museum.

Day 4 Valletta, Malta

In the morning explore the Palace of the Grand Masters and the National Museum of Archaeology. Then it’s a short drive to the remarkable Tarxien Temples, which date back to 2800 b.c., and onto Hagar Qim, an even older temple that stands atop a hill on the southern edge of the island overlooking the sea.

Day 5 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Syracuse sits at the head of a beautiful bay on Sicily’s southeast coast. Colonized by the Greeks in the 8th century b.c., Syracuse became one of the most powerful and prestigious cities of the ancient world, rousing the hostility of Athens. Discover the spectacular 15,000-seat Greek theater, among the most impressive to survive from antiquity, and the elliptical Roman amphitheater, one of the largest of its kind. Walk the winding lanes of Syracuse’s Old Town, situated on the island of Ortygia, and explore the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and the Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena.

Day 6 Messina / Taormina

Corinthian will anchor in Messina for your excursion to Taormina. Clinging to the edge of Mount Tauro, Taormina looks out to sea and the dramatic cone of Mount Etna. A Greek colony was founded here in 403 b.c. and prospered throughout the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Visit the magnificent Greek theater before spending time exploring on your own.

Day 7 Lipari / Stromboli

Arrive at the white pumice slopes of Lipari, one of the seven islands of the Aeolian Archipelago claimed by Greek mythology as home of Aeolus, the god of the winds. Dominating the unspoiled, twin-harbor town of Lipari is a 16th-century Norman castle-turned archaeological museum on the site of an ancient acropolis. On the dramatic island of Stromboli, see the striking black basalt rocks of Strombolicchio. At night, after dark, sail close to Stromboli to observe the eruptions from one of Europe’s few active volcanoes.

Day 8 Palermo / Disembark

Disembark in Palermo and transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S.


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Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks, windows and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view
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Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks with window and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433.
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Deluxe suites, Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq ft. Suites 246 - 252
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Deluxe suites, Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq ft. Suites 336 - 341
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Deluxe suites, Leto Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431
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Deluxe suites, Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq ft. Suites 505 - 506
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Deluxe Veranda Suites, Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq ft. Suites 507 - 518
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Deluxe Penthouse Suites, Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq ft. Suites 601 - 604


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• 7-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
• Complete program of tours and excursions
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
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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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