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Old World Sicily and Malta – 13-Night Escorted Coach Tour

Explore the beautiful Islands of Sicily and Malta on the glorious Mediterranean Sea on this 13-night escorted tour. Start your journey in Palermo where you will taste amazing traditional Sicilian street food as you walk through the fascinating capital of Sicily.Trip highlights include Trapani, Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, Mount Etna, Sliema and Valletta, the lively capital of Malta.

Old World Sicily and Malta – 13-Night Escorted Coach Tour

DEPARTURE DATE: September 27, 2023
Countries Visited: Italy, Malta


Explore Sicily and Malta – two island paradises nestled amongst the deep blue waves of the Mediterranean. Sample specialties in Palermo’s colourful food market. Meet a countess in her medieval palace. Taste award-winning olive oil and learn about the Slow Food movement at a local farm. Explore Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples (UNESCO) with a guide at twilight. Spend three nights in Taormina, perched above the Ionian Sea. See Mount Etna from a different perspective on an off-road excursion. Engage with Malta’s dynamic past on a leisurely 4-night stay. Discover how ancient traditions blend into modern society as you travel along timeless Italian and Maltese towns.

Travel Dates & Pricing

September 27, 2023from $5,999 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 13 night escorted coach tour from Palermo Italy to Sliema Malta
  • 13 night accommodations
  • 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Must see inclusions including it’s your choice excursions
  • Cultural experiences
  • Taxes


1Wed Sep 27Palermo, Italy
2Thu Sep 28Palermo
3Fri Sep 29Palermo – Impact Moment – Trapani
4Sat Sep 30Trapani – Isle of Mozia – Marsala
5Sun Oct 1Trapani – Agrigento – Valley of the Temples – Agrigento
6Mon Oct 2Agrigento – Piazza Armerina – Taormina
7Tue Oct 3Taormina
8Wed Oct 4Taormina – Mount Etna – Taormina
9Thu Oct 5Taormina – Ragusa
10Fri Oct 6Ragusa – Modica – Pozzallo – Ferry to Malta – Sliema
11Sat Oct 7Sliema – Three Cities – Sliema
12Sun Oct 8Sliema
13Mon Oct 9Sliema – Valletta – Sliema
14Tue Oct 10Sliema – Tour Ends

Day 1 – Palermo, Italy – Tour Begins

Start your journey in Palermo (UNESCO), Sicily’s welcoming capital city. Uncover the island’s deeply rooted heritage, teeming with Arab-Norman architectural masterpieces and delicate Classical designs. Come to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Palermo

Begin your adventure tasting your way through Palermo’s lively markets on a walking tour unveiling the city’s historical center and introducing you to traditional Sicilian street food, which layers Oriental and Norman influences with local produce such as wild fennel, olives and spices. This afternoon, head to Monreale Cathedral, ascending on foot to see its majestic Byzantine mosaics. Then, it’s your choice! Explore the cathedral’s cloisters, taking in their serene atmosphere of the monastic complex -OR- ascend the southern tower to the panoramic terraces for a bird’s-eye view over Palermo. End your day at a medieval palace, where a countess guides you through her family’s home, and enjoy an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres.

Day 3 – Palermo – Impact Moment – Trapani

Experience an impact moment with Addiopizzo, an anti-Mafia nonprofit that supports locals who refuse to pay the Mafia’s protection fees. Visit Capaci, the site of a terrorist act led by the Mafia, and pay tribute to fallen activists. Chat with locals for a personal perspective and learn how they overcame the Mafia’s reign. As the day draws to a close, settle into Trapani for two nights and watch the sunset fade against the crashing waves and whirling windmills.

Day 4 – Trapani – Isle of Mozia – Marsala – Optional Excursion

Venture to the isle of Mozia, once a great trading port for the Phoenician, Greek and Roman civilizations. On the way, sail next to a submerged Roman road, once traversed on foot. Explore Mozia with a guide, visiting the ruins of its ancient port, and a museum featuring impressive Greek statuary. Then continue to Marsala, heading down into a cellar for a taste of its renowned wine. The remainder of the day is yours. Perhaps you will join an optional tour to Erice to visit Maria Grammatico’s famous bakery for a hands-on pastry-making class.

Day 5 – Trapani – Agrigento – Valley of the Temples – Agrigento

Begin in Mazara del Vallo, a humble fishermen city with ties to Tunisia. Head to an award-winning olive grove and learn about the Slow Food movement, which supports local cultures and preserves traditions. Try their unique olive oil at lunch before departing for Agrigento, where ancient roots and medieval buildings blend into modernity. Wander through the Valley of the Temples (UNESCO) with a guide at dusk.

Day 6 – Agrigento – Piazza Armerina – Taormina

Venture deep into Sicily’s countryside to Piazza Armerina, home of the ancient Villa Romana del Casale (UNESCO), and explore the site with an expert insider for a locally guided tour of its impressive mosaics. In the afternoon, journey along the Ionian Coast to Taormina, a seaside hub of ancient Greek theaters and hilly walkways. Settle into your new home for the next three nights before enjoying Sicilian food at dinner, surrounded by local musicians.

Day 7 – Taormina

Discover Taormina with a local guide, leading you to the city’s Duomo, public gardens, and the well-preserved Greek theater. Walk in the footsteps of ancient attendees and take in an unparalleled viewpoint of the adjacent ocean. Spend the afternoon on your own. Perhaps you’ll grab a bite to eat at a sidewalk café, or peruse the local boutiques for handcrafted souvenirs.

Day 8 – Taormina – Mount Etna – Taormina

See Sicily’s wilder side on an off-road adventure to Mount Etna. Stare up at the iconic peak as your vehicle climbs along the sides of Europe’s largest active volcano. Spend the day exploring this legendary giant, passing by lava formations and basalt rocks.

Day 9 – Taormina – Ragusa

Make your way to Ragusa (UNESCO), an ancient city perched upon a hill. Meander through its Baroque neighborhood with an expert guide, passing by winding lanes, cobblestone streets, and wrought iron balconies. Make the most of a free afternoon to explore on your own. As the sun sets, retreat to your countryside resort just outside the city.

Day 10 – Ragusa – Modica – Pozzallo – Ferry to Malta – Sliema

Today explore Sicily’s Val di Noto (UNESCO) on a tour of the picture-perfect towns of Scicli and Modica, where you’ll enjoy a savory brunch at a ricotta farm before continuing to an Aztec chocolate shop for some sweet samples. Later in the evening, grab your bags* and hop on a ferry** for your 2-hour crossing. Say goodbye to Italy and venture to the island paradise of Malta, one of the smallest countries in the world. Your day ends in Sliema, your home for the next four nights.

Day 11 – Sliema – Three Cities – Sliema

Start your exploration of Malta with a panoramic cruise of Valletta’s Grand Harbour aboard traditional Dghajsa boats. Then, it’s on to the Three Cities, a conglomeration of three fortified towns of medieval heritage. Once the setting of battles by the Knights of Malta, this area preserves endless layers of the past. Connect with the heart of the neighborhood at a Band Club, where locals gather to learn music and marching for the local festivals.

Day 12 – Sliema – Optional Excursion

The day is yours to experience the island of Malta however you please. Soak up the sunshine, relax on the beach, or even explore the colorful harbor on foot. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to a temple complex older than Stonehenge, followed by an intimate look at Mdina – the “Silent City.”

Day 13 – Sliema – Valletta – Sliema

Your adventure continues in Valletta, the capital of Malta. Discover this fortified city on a guided walking tour. You’ll take in the picturesque Barrakka Gardens overlooking the harbor, featuring a charming blend of natural beauty and terraced arches. Then it’s your choice! Visit the private home of a modern-day Knight of Malta -OR- tour the masterpieces of Valletta’s Cathedral featuring Mattia Preti and Caravaggio. As the day draws to a close, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers as you recount memories of the Mediterranean islands.

Day 14 – Sliema – Tour Ends

Say goodbye to Malta and the Mediterranean as your tour comes to a close today.

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