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07 Days Cruise - The Treasures of South Italy & Malta

 

Price Starting: 2.250 euro

Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the Treasures of South Italy, Sicily and Malta. We will navigate around Sicily and explore Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento and Cephalu. We will stop in the islands of Capri, Malta and Lipari all so different but equally amazing. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you!

(Salerno,Capri, Lipari, Taormina, Syracuse, Malta, Licata, Cefalu)

 

Day 1 (Saturday): Salerno - Capri

Embarkation at 4 pm. Sailing to Capri where we will arrive at 5.30 pm. Walking tour around the city to the Gardens of Augustus. Late in the evening we leave Capri for an overnight at sea to Sicily.

Day 2 (Sunday): Lipari - Taormina
Early in the morning we reach Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. Lipari sits on red volcanic rock and looks like ''a wall of bronze'' according to the Greek poet Homer. Archaeological remains found here have yielded clues to civilizations which date to 1700 BC, including the Neolithic stones that sit alongside ancient tombstones, and ruins of Greek walls and Roman villas. The Spaniards found their way here in the 16th century, building the Castello (castle) and the 17 century cathedral that is perched above the harbour; All these sights will be available to see them on your morning optional sightseeing excursion. After lunch we leave Lipari for Taormina. This afternoon the Variety Voyager reaches Taormina. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3 (Monday): Taormina
This morning we go ashore for a memorable visit to Taormina, clinging to the cliffs over the sea. With endlessly winding medieval streets and secluded gardens hidden by stone walls, Taormina enchants visitors with its history and beauty. Our optional excursion features a stroll along the Corso Umberto through the Old Town, lined with piazza, duomos and palazzi such as the Palazzo Santo Stefano. Later you will take a guided tour of the ancient Greek Theatre, hewn out of a rocky mountain slope during the Hellenistic period, remodelled by the Romans. The amphitheatre offers magnificent views of the sea and is one of Sicily's largest. The afternoon is at leisure to see more of the city or even visit the Etna Volcano. Late in the evening we sail to Syracuse. Overnight at sea.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Syracuse
Today we arrive in Syracuse, one of the most and prestigious cities of the Hellenistic World, and a rival of Athens. Our morning optional excursion will bring us to the spectacular 15000-seat Greek theatre, among the most impressive to survive from antiquity, and the elliptical Roman amphitheatre, one of the largest of its kind. After a visit to the Archaeological Museum, 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. After lunch you can take our afternoon excursion taking you inland, into Sicily's southeast region, known for its Baroque towns. You will visit exquisitely-preserved Noto, a jewel of a town situated on a plateau surrounded by olive and almond groves. In the evening, we leave Syracuse for an overnight sailing to Malta.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Malta
Malta was home to a rich prehistoric culture that created megalithic structures that are among the world's most impressive. The structures at the Tarxien and elsewhere on the island were built before Egypt’s Great Pyramids. The island was later occupied by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, followed by the Romans. Our morning and afternoon optional tours will allow you to these prehistoric sites as well the historic sites of Valletta, the island's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage city. The walking tour in the afternoon will include a visit inside St. John's Cathedral to see its stunning interior and art treasures such as the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, a masterpiece in oil by the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio, Flemish tapestries and silver artifacts. In the evening we leave Malta behind to cross back to Sicily to reach Licata / Agrigento.

Day 6 (Thursday): Licata/Agrigento
Today, we leave Licata to drive North and discover one of the most breathtaking sites in the Mediterranean, the majestic Valle dei Templi (Valley of Temples). This is a collection of sacred buildings, including two virtually intact the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Hera of the mid 5th century BC.

Day 7 (Friday): Cefalu
This morning we anchor in Cefalu, a quaint Sicilian city which still retains its medieval character. Your morning walking excursion will show you the famous Norman cathedral, in the apse of which is the great 12th century mosaic of Christ in all Christian art. Later in the afternoon we leave for Salerno and cruise by the Stromboli Volcano, home to one of the world's few constantly active volcanoes-it has continuously erupted for 2000 years. The view is unforgettable.

Day 8 (Saturday): Salerno
Arrival in Salerno at 9 am. Disembarkation between 9 and 10 am.

SAILING DATES 2014
5, 12, 19 October

CABINE CATEGORIES EURO RATES
Cat. C / Lower Deck 2.250 euro
Cat. B / Lower Deck 2.750 euro
Cat. A / Main Deck 3.250 euro
Cat. P / Upper Deck 3.700 euro
Owner's Suite/ Upper Deck 4.500 euro
Reduction for 3rd person in Cat. B 30%
Single Supplement 50%
Port Charges 290 euro

The Mega Yacht Variety Voyager - Cabins & Life on Board
The 68 meter/36 cabin Voyager was launched in 2012. This sleek high -tech looking yacht complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations.

Main Lounge: Located on the Main deck, right off the reception area, the Main Lounge is gracefully designed and finished with wood panels. There is ample seating space for moments of pleasure or relaxation and modern AV equipment for presentations. The mini library/ Internet suite, just off the Main Lounge, offers a variety of books and magazines as well as free Internet.
Dining Room: The glass enclosed dining room seats 75 passengers and allows for spectacular views around you, while dining in an elegant environment. It extends to the adjacent open deck, also seating 50 passengers and allowing for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be taken “al fresco”. Food is served at the table or displayed on the state of the art hot & cold buffet which also includes an “a la minute cooking” section
The Horizons Bar & Lounge”: The open Upper Deck Bar Lounge offers stylish shaded seating and is the ideal spot for reading, relaxing or dancing under the stars until the late hours at the sound of our resident DJ/entertainer.
The Spa & Fitness Suite: Located at the Marina Deck, it offers Massage, Sauna and some fitness equipment. Our Balinese Spa Supervisor provides also hair, face and nails treatments.
The Sun Deck: Balinese beds and sun loungers are available to sunbathe in total comfort while enjoying drinks served from the Sun Deck Horizons bar.

The 68m Variety Voyager accomodates up to 72 guests in 36 cabins. 28 cabins are located at the Marina and Main Decks and 8 staterooms at the Horizons Deck. Cabins and staterooms sizes range from 16 to 20 m2  /170 to 216 sq.ft. Cabins at the Marina deck feature two oversized portholes and cabins at the Main and Horizons deck feauture large windows. All cabins have individually controlled A/C and ventilation, minibars, flat screen TV’s, DVD players and all the amenities of a luxury ship. Bathrooms are finished with warm marble and Corian materials.

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