Destination Area: Mediterranean Sea
Length: 10 NIGHTS
Vessel: Wind Surf


Departs:

Rome, Italy on October 3, 2017

Returns:

Rome, Italy on October 13, 2017


Discounted fares start at $3,899. per passenger, double occupancy. Advance booking discounts and free shore excursions may be available.

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AMALFI COAST - ENCIRCLE THE ISLE OF SICILY, DISCOVER TOWNS FROZEN IN TIME AND MALTESE PALACES WHERE KNIGHTS AND GRAND MASTERS ONCE GATHERED. 9 Night, Round Trip Voyage From Rome

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  • In Catania you can't miss the looming volcano Mt. Etna
  • Also visit Duomo Sq./ Ursino Castle/ the Roman Theater and Cavour Square
  • Walk the narrow meandering streets in Valletta and note that towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces
  • Stroll though the narrow network of streets in Trapani's historic center which takes most of its character from the fabulous 18th-century baroque of the Spanish period
  • The Isle of Capri is a resort town parading fancy shops and exquisite views and rock-strewn beaches as its prime attractions
  • Go to the beaches and take in the views
  • Spend time after you disembark in Rome to see (at least) the Coliseum/ Pantheon/ St. Peters & Vatican/ Squares & Fountains/ Roman Forum and Vatican museums.

Southeasterly voyage along the Italian coast directly to Sicily where you will spend the bulk of your time. Returning to Rome you will have two stops before disembarking.

Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Italy
2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the remarkable Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages. Or as you wander side streets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, the ancient Forum, St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory, the Trevi Fountain…the Spanish Steps, where all Rome passes by.

Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world. Life is not lived if you haven't been to Rome!


Catania, Italy
One of the most serious eruptions of Mount Etna happened in 121 BC, when great part of Catania was overwhelmed by streams of lava, and the hot ashes fell in such quantities in the city itself, as to break in the roofs of the houses.

The port of Catania also, which was in great part filled up by the eruption of 1669 AD, appears to have been in ancient times much frequented, and was the chief place of export for the corn of the rich neighboring plains.

Catania was the birth-place of the philosopher and legislator Charondas; it was also the place of residence of the poet Stesichorus, who died there, and was buried in a magnificent sepulchre outside one of the gates, which derived from thence the name of Porta Stesichoreia.

The first introduction of dancing to accompany the flute, was also ascribed to Andron, a citizen of Catania; and the first sundial that was set up in the Roman forum was carried thither by Valerius Messala from Catania, 263 BC.

There are many classical sites to be visited, including the Greco-Roman Theater, the amphitheater, Roman aqueducts and ruins, and much more.

There are a plethera of churches, both modern and from Baroque time periods.


Valetta, Malta
Valletta, Jean de la Valette, French Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, built the capital after the epic siege of 1565. It dominates, in one wide sweep, the Island's historic Grand Harbour - one of the finest natural ports in Europe. Within its limited boundaries, the city reflects some of Malta's rich heritage of archaeology, history, architecture, art and culture.

The more important collections covering Maltese archaeology are housed in the Auberge de Provence, Valletta, one of the Inns of the Knights of St John. Collections of prehistoric pottery, sculpture, statuettes, stone implements and personal ornaments recovered from the Maltese megalithic temples and other pre-historic sites are exhibited. Typical examples of tomb furniture of the Punic and Roman periods are also displayed. After two years of refurbishment, the Museum now boasts new prehistoric galleries.

The National Museum of Fine Arts, located in an 18th century palace, houses paintings, sculptures, furniture and other exhibits connected with the Order of St John. Works by Domenico di Michelino, Carpaccio, Perugino, Tintoretto, Reni, Valentin, Mathias Stomer, Preti, Tiepolo, Favray and Vernet are permanently displayed.

St. John's Co-Cathedral and Museum, formerly the Conventual Church of the Order, is historically and artistically one of the most important monuments on the island. It was built between 1573 and 1577 to the design of Gerolamo Cassar (1520-1586), chief engineer of the Order. The "Beheading of St John", Caravaggio's masterpiece, hangs in the Oratory. The museum houses a unique collection of Flemish tapestries, silver objects and church vestments.

Malta has beaches for everyone, from windsurfers to sun loungers. Choose from golden sand, red sand, rocks, blue lagoons and even inland seas. There are family beaches, rocky inlets ideal for snorkellers, and beach sunsets for twilight swimmers. On larger beaches, you’ll find cafes, fruit stalls or snack bars open during the season. With Malta’s climate, beach life lasts well into October. Enjoy water sports and activities like windsurfing, jet and water skiing, and para-kiting. You can hire equipment from beach cafes or shops nearby.


Xlendi, Gozo, Malta
Xlendi is a village in Malta situated in the south west of the island of Gozo.

Xlendi Bay is 2 miles away from Victoria on the southwest side of Gozo. This beautiful inlet with a sandy beach is ideal as a swimming spot for both young and old. For many years this bay used to be a fishing village but recently it has been transformed into a tourist attraction. As a tourist resort it is equipped with several tourist-oriented amenities, such as, bars, restaurants, holiday flats and hotels. Xlendi Bay is one of the prettiest places on the island. Its inky blue sea, the cloudless turquoise sky and majestic cliffs makes this place a must for tourists to visit.


Porto Empedocle - Sicily, Italy
Porto Empedocle is a town and commune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento.

Porto Empedocle, whose name was in origin Marina di Girgenti, was the arrival point of all the cereal production of the area of Agrigento. It was a famous and charming seaside, located between Punta Piccola and Capo Leone. The actual name was chosen in honour of the famous philosopher from Agrigento, Empedocle.

In 2003, the town changed its official denomination to Porto Empedocle Vigata, after the name of the fictional town where the popular novels by Andrea Camilleri, famous Italian writer and native of Porto Empedocle, about detective Inspector Montalbano are placed.

The most outstanding monuments are the Quadrangular Tower of Carlo V, the Chiesa Madre dedicated to SS. Salvatore dated 1904, and the eighteenth century Chiesa del Buon Consiglio.


Trapani, Sicily
Famed for its exquisite Marsala wine and picturesque windmills, this Sicilian port dates back to the ancient Greeks and Carthaginians, although there are no existing remains of the ancient city. Much of old town Trapani dates from the later medieval or early modern periods. Many of the city's historic buildings are designed in the Baroque style. Don't miss the Church of Sant'Agostino (14th century), with the splendid rose-window, or the "Madonna di Trapani", the magnificent Basilica Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata, originally built in 1315-1332. The marble statue of the Madonna of Trapani is believed to be the work of Nino Pisano.

Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Italy
Italy's seven volcanic Aeolian Islands are obviously a place favored by the Gods. Just off the north coast of Sicily, they are a favorite destination for adventurers and visiting yachts, which anchor in the numerous little harbors indenting the coastline.

Around 580 B.C. Greek colonization began on the Aeolian Islands. Lipari was besieged, in vain, by the Athenians during their expedition to Sicily in 427 B.C., but in 304 B.C. it was plundered by Agatocle from Syracuse who pillaged the wealth of the temples. It was conquered by the Romans in 252 B.C. In the following centuries it fell into decline before flourishing once again under the Normans. In 1544 a tremendous tragedy befell the islands. Lipari was savagely plundered and destroyed by the Turkish fleet and the 9,000 inhabitants became slaves of the occupying force after 10 days of desperate resistance and before help could arrive. The town was repopulated as a result of the privileges and exemptions given to immigrants from Sicily and Southern Italy.

Lipari is a world lost in time where one has a close contact with nature, with its endless beaches, bays, grottoes and the incomparable richness of its seabed. Together with the natural beauty, it is possible to discover many geological and volcanic aspects of the seven thousand years of history when you visit the prehistoric villages and the archeological museum of Lipari, rated among the most important of Europe.


Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento's city walls rise straight out of the sea, and they hold many charms within. Sorrento has been depicted described and immortalised in song by artists, poets and travellers from every period of history. Along the coast, rugged and inaccessible cliffs soar upwards between beautiful beaches, hidden caves, enchanting bays and sheltered coves. Whereas inland, the high plains, rolling hills and lofty mountains are seared by deep valleys to create a truly unique landscape in which man has also left a clear sign of his remarkable work: the more impervious areas have been modelled into the now-famous terraces, those huge steps descending into the sea on which man has planted vinyards and groves of orange, lemon and olive trees. There are the gardens of delight which excude an inebriating perfume of blossom in spring. The mild climate and predominantly fine weather year-round make the Sorrentine Peninsula an ideal destination in any season.

The first town on the peninsula is Vico Equense with its Giusso Castle on the coast and the austere Mont Faito (4,500 feet high). You can pass from the sea to the mountain in just a few minutes. Next we find Meta di Sorrento, a town hidden in a maze of alleyways whose small hamlets and sun-drenched beaches are a must for visitors. Piano di Sorrento is a bustling town which harmoniously blends its sea-faring vocation with its rural identity and its role as a major market center. The hill rising up behind the town is traversed by narrow roads flanked by high walls that enclose centuries-old orange and lemon groves. Optional excursions here might include a trip back in history in Pompeii, where the ashen remains of ancient Romans lie frozen in time.


Civitavecchia (Rome Return)
2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the remarkable Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages. Or as you wander side streets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, the ancient Forum, St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory, the Trevi Fountain (don't forget to throw a coin for luck), the Spanish Steps, where all Rome passes by.

Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world. Life is not lived if you haven't been to Rome!


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