Sicily is one of earth’s most spectacular and interesting islands. Settled by Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Carthaginians and many others, with rugged mountains dominated by Mount Etna, Europe’s most active large volcano, some ancient towns and a fantastic tradition of cuisine influenced by the many invaders there is more than enough to spoil your senses.
This is a relatively active cruise with a great variety of experiences available to you. Walking on volcanoes, exploring the street food of Palermo, watching the sunset across the salt pans of Trapani, ascending to the Norman fortress of Cefalu for a picnic of local produce, and exploring Palermo, the amazing capital.
Towering nearly 11000 feet above sea level, Etna dominates the landscape of Eastern Sicily and clad with some fine vineyards.
The beautiful ancient town on the south east coast of Sicily
A hidden gem on the north coast, an old traditional fishing town dominated by a huge rock topped with a Norman fortress.
Trapani & Erice
Trapani is a small fishing port and Erice sits atop 2500 foot high hill with views across to Africa on a clear day. The nearby salt flats are a nature reserve and a great spot to watch the sunset as the different salt content reflects different colours.
Stromboli is an active volcano that rises nearly 1000 metres from the sea and is usually in a state of constant but mild activity.
Set high up on a ridge with views down the coast and across to Etna, Taormina’s is famous for its ancient and well preserved theatre.
Apart from the cathedral, Palermo’s markets display a vast array of local produce – We will explore the markets and then learn what to do with the produce.
Unusually you have the choice of eating on board, enjoying the meals and food provided during your excursions, or trying some of the restaurants ashore (at your own expense). The ship will provide full board if required (breakfast, lunch (3 courses), dinner (3 courses), glass of wine (house red or white) or beer, or soft drink during lunch and dinner, water, afternoon coffee or tea with a snack.
+ Daily cabin service, mid-week change of linen
+ Tasting at the Cafè in Noto day 2
+ Lunch in a castle in Syracusa day 2
+ Lunch in a winery on Etna day 3
+ Visit Don Corleone Palace on day 3
+ Visit to honey farm and honey tasting on day 3
+ ‘Invisible city tour’of Cefalù day 4
+ Picnic on the Rocca in Cefalù day 4
+ Olive oil lunch day 6
+ Winery visit and wine tasting day 6
+ Marzipan and almond pastry tasting day 6
+ Apero dinner at salt pans day 6
+ Cooking class and street food tasting day 7
+ Local guide in Palermo and Siracusa
+ Tour escort for all the entire week
+ Transportation by bus from each port to the places of the excursions and back for the entire duration of the tours