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9-Night Valletta to Barcelona 8.27.23

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9-NIGHT

VALLETTA TO BARCELONA

STRIVE FOR DEEPER IMMERSIONS

A late night in Lipari allows you time to explore one of the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Islands, rich in history dating as far back as the Neolithic era and with roots in Greek mythology. Late departures from Syracuse, Trapani and Mahón, and an overnight in Barcelona offer opportunities for deep-dive immersions in the past and modern-day cultures of these destinations.

9-Night Valletta to Barcelona

Aug 27, 2023 / 9 nights

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Aug 27    Valletta, Malta    Depart: 6:00PM
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 28    Syracuse (Noto), Sicily, Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 11:00PM
Syracuse (Noto), Sicily, Italy

Syracuse holds many wonders for the venturesome traveler seeking something far from the ordinary. From archaeological parks to World War II battlefield remnants to the Plemmirio Nature Reserve, the vast and diverse environment contains any level of challenge for the explorer at heart. It holds 2,700 years of history with influence from other cultures like Spanish, Greek, Norman, and Arabic that have made a mark on their cuisine. It is also a gateway to various small villages that are perfect for a leisurely stroll through local history. Among the most notable is Noto, the “Baroque Capital” of the world. This UNESCO-protected city holds all the charms of small-town living on the island.

Aug 29    Giardini Naxos (Taormina/Etna), Sicily, Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 8:00PM
Giardini Naxos (Taormina/Etna), Sicily, Italy

The journey from Giardini Naxos on through Taormina holds a diverse landscape that includes white, sandy beaches that call out to you to come and play. Taormina holds a treasure trove, whether it’s the Palazzo Corvaja or Duomo di San Nicola, of ancient atmospheres that entice you to venture deep. As you wander the grounds of the Ancient Greek Theater built directly into the mountains, standing amid such ruins transports you back to ancient live theater. The surrounding peaks of Mount Etna provide an exhilarating environment. Its various foothills and pathways make it the perfect site for hiking.

Aug 30    Lipari, Aoelean Islands, Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 11:00PM
Lipari, Aoelean Islands, 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 31    Palermo, Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Palermo, Italy

From the lively capital in Palermo to the fertile valley of Monreale to Cefalu on the Tyrrhenian Coast, Sicily offers incredible history, architecture and gastronomy. Palermo is the gateway to the past, with its royal tombs and fascinating Regional Archeological Museum that contains sculptures and artifacts from Sicily’s past. Not far from Palermo, further expand your architectural language by witnessing the Cathedral of Monreale, a stunning example of the Norman style. And in Cefalu, see the site of ancient Roman baths, where a Baroque-style cathedral now stands. Wherever your journey takes you in Sicily, save room for the best cannoli in all of Italy.

Sep 01    Trapani (Erice/Marsala), Sicily, Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 11:59PM
Trapani (Erice/Marsala), Sicily, Italy

In a crescent-shaped coastline on the west end of Sicily you will find the Italian city of Trapani. From many of its landmarks and historic sites, you can discover views of the surrounding Aegean Islands and Tyrrhenian Sea. Ligny Tower, located on the west coast overlooking the Sicilian Channel, stands as a proud symbol of the city. When it’s time for a lunch break, stop at a local restaurant and order the red prawns of Mazara del Vallo, known as ammaru russu in Sicilian. Trapani also lies beneath Mount Erice, the gateway to the archaeological site of Selinunte.

Sep 02    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

Sep 03    Mahon,Menorca,(Balearics), Spain   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 11:59PM
Mahon,Menorca,(Balearics), Spain

The capital of the Spanish island of Menorca, Mahón (or Maó), is well-known for its British-style Georgian houses and its sheltered natural harbor. The best way to appreciate the land’s beauty is by navigating it on a small vessel. When visiting Mahón, considered the birthplace of salsa mahonesa (better known as mayonnaise), you must sample the local fare. From fresh seafood to refreshing gin to delectable cheeses, it’s a foodie’s paradise. Support local artisans by shopping for the island’s famous Menorquinas or Avarcas, a specialty shoe once favored among the peasants for keeping their feet cool now turned into a fashion statement.

Sep 04    Barcelona, Spain   Arrive: 12:00PM OVERNIGHT
Barcelona, Spain

The capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona, lives up to its reputation as a center of grand architecture and inspiring art. Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell displays architecture as art, making for a whimsical and colorful stroll through Barcelona. Stretching from La Rambla to Via Laietana you will find the Gothic Quarter, the city’s historic center with intricate medieval buildings and streets turned into modern bars, clubs, and restaurants. A short way up La Rambla you’ll come across La Boqueria, one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets, filled with fruits, pastries, and many tasty samples of local fare.

Sep 05    Barcelona, Spain   
Barcelona, Spain

The capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona, lives up to its reputation as a center of grand architecture and inspiring art. Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell displays architecture as art, making for a whimsical and colorful stroll through Barcelona. Stretching from La Rambla to Via Laietana you will find the Gothic Quarter, the city’s historic center with intricate medieval buildings and streets turned into modern bars, clubs, and restaurants. A short way up La Rambla you’ll come across La Boqueria, one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets, filled with fruits, pastries, and many tasty samples of local fare.

9-Night Valletta to Barcelona

Aug 27, 2023

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On an intimate, yacht-style cruise aboard Atlas Ocean Voyages, expect impeccable service in an elegant, yet relaxed ambiance.
Even the smallest details are carefully considered and included so that you can savor every moment.

Complimentary cultural immersion on every voyage

Elegant main restaurant with ever-changing menus inspired by global cuisines, a specialty chophouse, a cozy café, afternoon tea with light snacks, and room service

Unlimited wines, premium craft cocktails and brews

Chilled craft cocktail or sparkling wine welcome

Luxurious L’OCCITANE bath amenities

In-room mini-fridge stocked daily with your preferences

Gratuities for exceptional service

Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance

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A parka to take home as a memento of your Antarctica or Arctic expedition

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