The islands of the Mediterranean bring the history of Western Europe and North Africa alive while accentuated with gorgeous beaches and bustling daily life during your 10-day Sicily and Malta tour. Embrace the past while you engage with contemporary culture from Ancient Greek temples to Roman villas, grand Basilicas to hilltop strongholds. Enchanting cafes overlook grand palaces and the golden Mediterranean light washes over outdoor markets during your fabulous getaway.
Palermo – Arrive at the Vibrant city of Palermo, Sicily’s Capital
The city of Palermo bustles with life across the golden cobblestones and the dynamic historical architecture. In the morning, the aromas of pomegranates and persimmons drift through the stalls of the Ballaro Market as fishmongers highlight their daily catch with displays of squid, ruby prawns, and giant marlin. Date palms rustle in the breeze and the exterior of the Norman cathedral glints along the crenulated walls and arabesque windows. Before taking your first wander of the streets, your flight will land at Falcone-Borsellino Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival.
Travel into the heart of the captivating city that embodies the soul of the Mediterranean Sea with its comfortable climate, soaring palm trees, and preserved architecture that express the various cultures and kingdoms that have passed through the island over three millennia. Your hotel will provide a mix of enchanting antique 16th-century architecture with modern luxury as the old cloister at the heart of the hotel features an opulent trickling fountain. In the summer, a breeze drifts through the courtyard and carries refreshing mist beneath the encircling arcade in the tradition brought by Arab kingdoms.
Palermo – Relish a Private Full Day Tour of Antique Palermo and Monreale
Agrigento – Visit Medieval Erice and Sweet Marsala en route to Agrigento
Agrigento – Discover Ancient Greek Ruins on a Guided Tour of Agrigento
Syracuse – Find Roman Art and Greek Remnants around Syracuse
Valletta – Enjoy the Scenic and Relaxing Ferry from Sicily to Valletta, Malta
Valletta – Explore the Artistic and Architectural Charms of Valletta
Valletta – Delight in a Half-Day Expedition to Mosta and Mdina
Valletta – Treasure the Island Landscape as you Tour Victoria, Capital of Gozo
Valletta – Depart for Home
- Discover the preserved ancient temples and artifacts of Greek life in Sicily in the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento
- Immerse yourself in the gilded nave and halls of Monreale Basilica and see the remarkable mosaics that decorate the more than 68,000 square feet
- Take in the spectacular colors and opulent features of the Villa Casale, a home to lavish, unspoiled Roman mosaics
- Wander along the medieval lanes of Erice, located on a triangular plateau, to find confectionaries, marvelous vistas, and remnants of the Temple of Venus
- Travel to Mosta with a guide to learn about the Miracle at Mosta inside the magnificent domed church during World War II
- Stroll the nearly silent streets of Mdina, the ancient capital of Malta, where the marvelous architecture and serene setting will captivate you
- Explore the incredible coastal landscape of Gozo Island where a 200-foot tall cliff features a naturally carved window that looks into the Mediterranean Sea
- Relish the culture of Sicily on an in-depth tour of Palermo as you visit the antique architecture, engage with the celebrated art, and wander the vibrant markets
Historical splendor, delicious cuisine, and a well-preserved culture will bring the marvels of Sicily and Malta to you during your 10-day tour of Italy on the coast of the Mediterranean. You will immediately find grace and beauty abounding upon your arrival in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Your private transfer will greet you at the airport and escort you to your gorgeous hotel at the heart of the historical city center. You will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to enjoy the luxuries of your accommodation and stroll through the vibrant streets of the old city.
Wake the next morning, and your guide will greet you in the hotel lobby and take you on an engaging tour of Palermo’s cultural history that spans thousands of years. Enjoy the elegance of Norman architecture and the prestige of Spanish kings, along with the preserved Arab traditions of the market before you continue to Monreale to discover the gold-leaf mosaics in the magnificent Basilica. Venture the next day to Agrigento, with a stop in the cities of Erice and Marsala along the way. The former contains medieval walls and lanes that lead to ancient temples while the latter is known for growing grapes for dessert wine and producing delectable treats. Settle into the comforts of your countryside villa for the remainder of the evening, and then move the next day to dive into the Valley of the Temples to walk among the oldest and best-preserved Greek temples in Sicily.
Journey next to Syracuse with a stop en route at the captivating site of Villa Casale and view the incredibly maintained Roman mosaics before touring the ancient sites of Syracuse, including the amphitheaters and temple remains. You will then take the fast ferry from Pozzalo to Valletta, Malta the following and enjoy the scenic view of the treasured antique harbor. Your private transfer will collect you after you disembark and lead you to your opulent hotel near the center of the capital city. The next day, your guide will take you on a fabulous half-day tour through the streets of Valletta to visit the lavish churches and impressive palaces and gardens that overlook the water.
Travel inland the following day to visit the Church of St. Mary and learn about the legend of World War II before strolling the peaceful, whitewashed streets of Mdina, the ancient capital of Malta. Travel on the fast ferry to the island of Gozo the next day to enjoy the treasured citadel of Victoria. Visit historical temples and view the marvels of the coastline before returning to Malta, and then conclude as your private transfer will greet you at your hotel and escort you to Malta International Airport for your flight home. You could also work with an Italy tour operator to extend your stay and enjoy another region of the country before flying home.
$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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