- 7-night cruise from Salerno, visiting southern Italy, Sicily and Malta
- Travel in luxury aboard the stylish Mega Yacht Variety Voyager
- Spend five nights at sea and two nights docked at Sicily
- Explore the island of Capri and Valletta in Malta by day
- Enjoy optional excursions such as walking tours and trips to volcanoes like Mount Etna
- Savor three delicious meals on board each day
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
One of the great things about this cruise is that the cabins are really comfortable, making you feel like you’re traveling in the lap of luxury around the Med! The crew is really friendly and there’s a family-like atmosphere on board. Meals are delicious too – don’t miss the captain’s dinner!
What You Can Expect
After leaving Salerno on Italy’s southwestern coast, cruise north to explore the chic island of Capri. Continue cruising through the UNESCO-listed Aeolian archipelago – a smattering of sun-kissed islands scattered around the Tyrrhenian Sea – and then spend time exploring Sicily’s towns and coastlines. After a day in Malta, return to Sicily before cruising back to Salerno at the end of your tour.
Your yacht cruise is totally independent, so all activities and excursions (where mentioned in the Itinerary) are payable at your own expense. These activities are pre-planned with your cruise agenda; if you're up for an extra activity, all you need to do is decide on the day. Excluding Day 1 and 8, three meals each day are included on board your boat – a full American-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fun meals such as a captain's dinner are part of the package.
Board your ship in the afternoon at Salerno Port for a short cruise north to the island of Capri. The little island affords stunning scenery, luring well-heeled Europeans with both natural beauty and premier shopping. Admire the sights on a guided walk from the port to visit the island’s botanical park known as the Gardens of Augustus (Krupp Gardens). Once inside, you can browse the floral terraces at leisure before returning to your boat. Spend the night at sea, cruising south from Capri toward Sicily.
Overnight: At sea between Capri and Sicily
Day 2: Lipari, Aeolian Islands – Taormina, Sicily (B, L, D)
Wake up to the sight of the Aeolian archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just north of Sicily. After breakfast on board, dock at Lipari, the largest island, and then choose to either explore on your own, or see the sights on a morning sightseeing tour. If you choose the latter, set out on a leisurely walk to discover archeological remains, Neolithic stones, a 16th-century castle and a stunning 17th-century cathedral. Return to your boat for lunch, and then cruise south to Taormina in Sicily.
Dock at Taormina’s Porta Catania in the late afternoon. Enjoy dinner on board, and then perhaps head into the town to check out its lively nightlife.
Overnight: Porta Catania in Taormina
Day 3: Taormina (B, L, D)
After breakfast, spend your day exploring and sightseeing on your own. Alternatively, you can set off to see the town’s delights on a morning walking tour (own expense). Known for its seemingly endless winding streets and pretty gardens framed by stone walls, Taormina is enchanting from every angle. Stroll along the main street of Corso Umberto to Borgo Medievale. In this medieval village, gape at piazzas and palazzi (palaces) such as Palazzo Santo Stefano. Visit Taormina’s ancient Greek theater and hear how it was built during the Hellenistic period and remodeled later by the Romans.
Return to your boat for lunch, and then spend your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to Mount Etna, the island’s formidable volcano. Return to your boat in the evening for dinner, and then cruise south toward the Sicilian town of Syracuse.
Overnight: At sea between Taormina and Syracuse, Sicily
Day 4: Syracuse (B, L, D)
Cruise into the Port of Syracuse while enjoying your onboard breakfast. How you spend your day is up to you; relax and see the sights on your own, or enjoy a morning city tour to learn about Syracuse’s history. The tour includes visits to the city’s spectacular 1,500-seat Greek theater as well as the elliptical Roman amphitheater – one of the largest of its kind. Head inside Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum to browse exhibitions of ancient Syracuse, and then stroll through the city’s impressive Old Town in the island neighborhood of Ortygia. Highlights include the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and Syracuse Duomo, a cathedral famed for its majestic colonnades.
Return to your boat for lunch, and then head out on an optional afternoon excursion to southeast Sicily, an area popular for its quaint Baroque settlements. Visit Noto, arguably the most handsome town, and spend time at leisure there, soaking up the views of its olive and almond groves set against the dazzling Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy dinner back on board your ship before cruising from Sicily toward Malta.
Overnight: At sea between Syracuse and Malta
Day 5: Malta – Licata or Agrigento, Sicily (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast and dock at the Port of Valletta in Malta. Then, either spend your day at leisure or enjoy optional morning or afternoon excursions. The morning excursion introduces several of Malta’s prehistoric sites including the structures at the Tarxien and the a UNESCO World Heritage site of Valletta Old Town. The afternoon excursion is a walking tour that includes a visit to St John’s Cathedral, home to several striking artistic treasures. See Caravaggio oil paintings, Flemish tapestries and a collection of silver artifacts.
Head back to your boat for dinner and then cruise back from Malta to Sicily. Dock on the western side of the island at Licata or Agrigento.
Overnight: Licata or Agrigento port
Day 6: Licata or Agrigento (B, L, D)
After breakfast, head out on a morning tour (own expense) to visit the Valley of Temples (Valle dei Templi) – a collection of sacred buildings including the well-preserved Temple of Concordia and Temple of Hera; both monuments date back to 5th century BC.
Return to your boat for lunch and then spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner in the evening, and then cruise west around the island toward Cefalù, a small town near Palermo.
Overnight: At sea between Licata or Agrigento and Cefalù
Day 7: Cefalù (B, L, D)
Anchor at Cefalù Port as you savor breakfast, and then enjoy a morning tour (own expense) to see the best of the picturesque Sicilian town. Admire Cefalù Cathedral, a beautiful Norman structure, and marvel at its collection of 12th-century mosaics – the oldest and most impressive in Sicily.
After lunch, cruise away from Sicily toward Salerno, passing Stromboli Volcano – one of the world’s rare continuously erupting volcanoes. Spend the remainder of your day and night at sea, and enjoy your final dinner on board.
Overnight: At sea between Cefalù and Salerno
Day 8: Salerno (B)
Arrive into Port Salerno around breakfast time, finishing your 7-night cruise.