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Stop at a local pizzeria in Lipari, where the passionate owners will demonstrate how to make a traditional Sicilian pizza and savor your creation alongside fellow connoisseurs. Ascend the summit of the legendary Capri where a refreshing glass of prosecco awaits, inviting you to take in the breathtaking views. From Rome, journey to medieval Tarquinia, where you and your companions can enjoy a farmhouse pasta workshop. Strolling through a lively market in Corsica alongside fellow explorers or perhaps even a Gastronomic Guest, you find fresh, local produce, honey, cheese and spices, all the makings of the perfect ingredients for a culinary adventure. In Gozo, find your way to the UNESCO-listed Ġgantija Temples, a Neolithic limestone structure dating as far back as 3600 BCE, making it even older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Traverse every corner of Valletta, famous for its role in TV history, with an overnight stay that gives you time to trek from St. John's Co-Cathedral to St. Paul's Bay.

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August 23, 2024

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Aug 23 Valletta, Malta Depart: 6:00 pm

Valletta, Malta

The capital of Malta, Valletta, is a treasure trove of architecture and art. The sight of this fortress city immediately astounds the senses. For the pop culture aficionado, Valletta’s scenery served as the backdrop for the Streets of Flea Bottom in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Along the Grand Harbor travelers can capture spectacular views of the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. As you walk along its limestone streets gazing at the colorful apartments, it is easy to get lost in wanderlust.

Aug 24 Lipari Island (Sicily), Italy Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Lipari Island (Sicily), Italy

Off the coast of Sicily you find the volcanic Aeolian Islands, the largest of which is Lipari. But not to worry, as the island’s last eruption took place over 1,000 years ago and the only signs of volcanic activity today are fumaroles and thermal springs. From a place in ancient Greek mythology to UNESCO World Heritage status, the Aeolian Islands and Lipari hold a rich and intriguing history. Seek the ultimate views with an invigorating hike through Monte Rosa. Archaeological excavations within the citadel tell a story dating as far back as the Neolithic era.

Aug 25 Capri, Italy Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Capri, Italy

The island of Capri is the gem of the Bay of Naples. In Capri you can marvel at the whitewashed homes and villas, fragrant lemon trees and flower-filled courtyards. From the water, be sure to visit the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto), which is only accessible by boat. Once inside the cave, you can marvel at the water’s sapphire color, which is caused by the light refraction from the hidden opening in the rock. Also from the water, see the Arco Naturale on the east coast of the island. Dating from the Paleolithic age, the limestone arch is the remains of a collapsed grotto.

Aug 26 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 8:00 pm

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Civitavecchia acts as the main terminal for all cruises heading into Rome or the less-crowded, nearby Tarquinia. From there a shuttle bus takes you to the Service Center of Largo della Pace where you can embark on adventures through the Eternal City. Rome maintains its position in the world as a powerful influence in religion, politics, and art, as it is well known as the site for intellectual and artistic achievements past. From the iconic Roman Coliseum aboveground to the mysterious catacombs of the Capuchin Crypt below ground, the capital of Italy beckons the adventurous to discover its many secrets and stories. The city holds a certain cosmopolitan feel as well with countless rooftop bars that are a prime location for an evening sunset. For explorations further off the beaten path, Tarquinia offers historic treasures such as the Monterozzi Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an authentic, Italian small-town feel.

Aug 27 Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 8:00 pm

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

From the grandeur of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the charming canals of La Venezia Nuova (New Venice), which date back to the Medici era, the Italian city of Florence contains much to explore. The port city of Livorno’s colorful building facades rises above the canal waters as a sight to behold. The long and storied history of Lucca call out to curious explorers seeking a mentally stimulating adventure. Cathedrals, art, culture, food, these iconic Italian cities have it all, and Livorno acts as the hub to make your way to each.

Aug 28 Nice, France Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Nice, France

Nice rises from the pebbled coast to lush hills, yet the heart of the city is located between the old port city and the Aeroport de Côte d’Azur. To take it all in, enjoy a jaunt on the Promenade des Anglais along the Mediterranean Sea. The Old Port, located in Vieux Nice (Old Nice), is a colorful and busy place, with various markets. There discover an ensemble of narrow streets, colorful architecture, and picturesque piazzas. Stretch out on Nice’s recognizable blue lounge chairs on one of its iconic beaches. Some of these private beaches, like the Blue Beach or the Castel Beach, are among the most glamorous beaches on the French Riviera.

Aug 29 Ajaccio (Corsica), France Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Ajaccio (Corsica), France

Corsica’s capital, Ajaccio, beckons with a leisurely atmosphere that invites in-depth exploration to discover hidden gems. Strolling through a lively market alongside fellow explorers or perhaps even a Gastronomic Guest, you find fresh, local produce, honey, cheese and spices, all the makings of the perfect ingredients for a culinary adventure. Wander down a side street between storefronts and you may find yourself in an open courtyard where typical Corsican cuisine awaits at a local restaurant. History comes alive the Maison Bonaparte, the birth home of the famous Napoleon Bonaparte, now turned museum. From Ajaccio, a daytrip to the Blood Islands invites you and your new companions to an exploration of natural marvels, marine life and ancient architectural heritage..

Aug 30 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Aug 31 Gozo, Malta Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 12:00 pm

Gozo, Malta

The Mediterranean Island Gozo is one of 21 that make up the archipelago nation of Malta. But it’s perhaps best known as Calypso’s Isle, as described in Homer’s The Odyssey. With scenes of fishing villages, serene bays and verdant landscapes among rolling hills with small farms, it offers a quaint backdrop for a quieter adventure. But Gozo also offers ancient ruins and historic landmarks like the ?gantija Temples, one of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a Neolithic limestone structure. Near the port of Mgarr is a popular beach for snorkeling and a secluded day of relaxation, Mgarr ix-Xini.

Aug 31 Valletta, Malta Arrive: 3:00 pm OVERNIGHT

Valletta, Malta

The capital of Malta, Valletta, is a treasure trove of architecture and art. The sight of this fortress city immediately astounds the senses. For the pop culture aficionado, Valletta’s scenery served as the backdrop for the Streets of Flea Bottom in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Along the Grand Harbor travelers can capture spectacular views of the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. As you walk along its limestone streets gazing at the colorful apartments, it is easy to get lost in wanderlust.

Sep 01 Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

The capital of Malta, Valletta, is a treasure trove of architecture and art. The sight of this fortress city immediately astounds the senses. For the pop culture aficionado, Valletta’s scenery served as the backdrop for the Streets of Flea Bottom in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Along the Grand Harbor travelers can capture spectacular views of the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. As you walk along its limestone streets gazing at the colorful apartments, it is easy to get lost in wanderlust.

Valletta Roundtrip

August 23, 2024

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