Summary

Destinations: Europe
  • 12 Days
  • Trip code: ANS
  • Activity: Cultural Wonders, New Cultural Holidays
  • Min age: 17
  • Group size: 45 - 95
Leisurely / Moderate

Valletta, the fortress city “built by gentlemen for gentlemen” is the enchanting capital city of Malta. It was built by the valliant Knights of St. John in the 16th century.

Sense the presence of the Knights in their military engineering and architectural feats they left behind such as Forts, bastons, watchtowers, acquaducts, churches, cathedrals, art, furniture, silverware, and sculpture. Bequeathed by the Knights of St. John to the country and the world is the Maltese cross which has over time become one of the best-known faces of Malta.

Discover, Experience, and understand one of Italy’s Southern pearls as we cruise the Strait of Messina, the Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and the Mediterranean seas round  Sicily, Italy’s largest island.

Sicily is endowed with outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the Mountains, Hills, incredible colours, crystal-clear water, little islands, volcanoes, archeological sites, and the exuberance and warmth of the island evident in it’s food.

Key information
  • 13 Days
  • Small-Ship Cruise
  • 95 Guests
  • All accommodation included
  • All meals included
Activities
  • 13 Days
  • Small-Ship Cruise
  • 95 Guests
  • All accommodation included
  • All meals included
Highlights
  • Attend cooking demonstrations on how to prepare traditional Sicilian dishes, plus enjoy wine tastings of vintages from the Marsala and Licata regions.
  • Enjoy ample free time to stroll through picturesque coastal towns with many opportunities to dine ashore on your own.
  • Tour Monreale’s impressive 12th-century Cathedral; hailed as Italy’s most beautiful Norman church, the interior is covered with intricate mosaics, gold leaf, and stone intarsia.
  • Explore the exquisite Greek and Roman ruins of Agrigento and Syracuse—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Cruise among the scenic Aeolian Islands and enjoy up-close views of still-active Stromboli Volcano.
What's included
  • Food

Highlights

  • Attend cooking demonstrations on how to prepare traditional Sicilian dishes, plus enjoy wine tastings of vintages from the Marsala and Licata regions.
  • Enjoy ample free time to stroll through picturesque coastal towns with many opportunities to dine ashore on your own.
  • Tour Monreale’s impressive 12th-century Cathedral; hailed as Italy’s most beautiful Norman church, the interior is covered with intricate mosaics, gold leaf, and stone intarsia.
  • Explore the exquisite Greek and Roman ruins of Agrigento and Syracuse—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Cruise among the scenic Aeolian Islands and enjoy up-close views of still-active Stromboli Volcano.

Dates & Pricing

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Accommodation

Sicily Cruise - The Serenissima

Built in 1960 and refurbished in 2018, the /Serenissima/ is a comfortable expedition vessel. Public spaces include two lounges (one with a library and games), a single-seating dining room, and elegant bar. Outside decks feature a small gym, Jacuzzi, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, en suite bathroom, wardrobe, vanity table, television, and personal safe.

*GENERAL* • Five decks of guest facilities. - Deck 3 – guest suites and doctor’s office. - Deck 4 – guest suites. - Deck 5 – Andrea Lounge, Harald Lounge, dining room, reception, bar, small gym (treadmills only), and Jacuzzi. - Deck 6 – guest suites and outdoor seating. - Deck 7 – guest suites and bridge. • Stairs service all decks. The elevator serves decks 3 to 6. • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions. • Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.

*SUITES* • All suites feature ocean views and have either two fixed twin beds or one double-bed, (single suites have a single, fixed twin) a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closets, vanity table, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, and European style outlets (two round prongs) at 220 volts. There is a 110/220 volt outlet for electric shavers in the bathroom. • Category 1 single suites (304, 312, 317, and 402) range from 109 - 136 square feet and have one or two portholes. Suite 501 is 76 square feet and has a window. • Deck 3 suites range from 109 - 211 square feet and have one or two portholes. • Deck 4 category 3 suites range from 124 - 198 square feet with portholes or windows. Suite 407 is 274 square feet with two windows. • Deck 5 category 4 suites average 172 square feet and have two windows. • Deck 6 category 5 suites average 230 square feet with three windows. Category 6 suites are suites are 244 square feet and feature seven windows. Suite 604 is 162 square feet, with two windows. • Deck 7 suites range from 273 - 284 square feet and have a window and patio doors leading to private balconies.

*DINING* • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating. • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance. • Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. • Dinner is served in the main restaurant with four, a la carte courses. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck. • Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available between 7:00 - 11:00 pm.

*SERVICES* • Serenissima carries a fleet of Zodiacs. • Laundry services (no dry cleaning) and a small doctor’s office are available on board. Rates are posted. • The Euro is the currency used on board. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts. • Wi-fi access is available in public areas.

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Eating and Drinking

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zagrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of group travel.

For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. Many excursions include walking tours through archaeological sites or medieval villages, with uneven paths and cobblestone streets. You must be able to walk, unaided, for one to three miles, navigate stairs that may be uneven and without hand rails, and stand during excursions or for long periods of time. Temperatures will range from the mid-80s°F to the low 70s°F.

Based on the expeditionary nature of this trip, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

The expediton team is especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.