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Old World Sicily and Malta Escorted Coach Tour

Join us for an exciting escorted coach tour to the beautiful Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Malta. Explore the rich history and culture of these exquisite locations while enjoying their stunning beauty and charm. Discover ancient ruins, vibrant cities, and delicious cuisine, all while experiencing the warm hospitality of the locals. Hear tales of the past and marvel at the wonders of the present. This journey promises to be delightful and inspiring, providing an unforgettable experience.

Old World Sicily and Malta Escorted Coach Tour

DEPARTURE DATE: September 16, 2024
Countries Visited: Italy, Malta

OVERVIEW

Explore Sicily and Malta – two island paradises nestled amongst the deep blue waves of the Mediterranean. Engage with Malta’s dynamic past on a leisurely 4-night stay. Taste Sicilian wine and learn about the Slow Food movement at a local winery. Explore Siracusa’s archeological heritage (UNESCO) with a guide. Spend three nights in Taormina, perched above the Ionian Sea. See Mount Etna from a different perspective on an off-road excursion. Discover how ancient traditions blend into modern society as you travel along timeless Italian and Maltese towns.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
September 16, 2024from $4,999 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 10 night escorted coach tour from Sliema Malta to Taormina Sicily
  • 10 night accommodations
  • 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Must see inclusions including it’s your choice excursions
  • Cultural experiences
  • Taxes

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Explore Valletta (UNESCO), the capital of the Knights of Malta, a city “built by gentlemen for gentlemen.”
  • Pass by Baroque architecture and wrought iron balconies on a winding walking tour of Ragusa (UNESCO).
  • Spend three nights in Taormina (UNESCO) and explore its iconic Greek theatre.

Cultural Experiences:

  • Soak up the island ambiance of Malta with a 4-night stay in Sliema.
  • Delve into Maltese culture during a tour of a traditional limestone village.
  • Ascend the sides of Mount Etna (UNESCO) in off-road vehicles.

Culinary Inclusions:

  • Explore the flavours of Maltese cuisine during a family-style dinner at a local band club.
  • Pause for a Sicilian cappuccino and pastry breakfast at a local “bar.”
  • Taste natural wines produced without filtering and learn about the Slow Food movement at a local farm.

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Mon Sep 16Sliema, Malta
2Tue Sep 17Sliema, Malta
3Wed Sep 18Sliema, Malta
4Thu Sep 19Sliema, Malta
5Fri Sep 20Sicily
6Sat Sep 21Sicily
7Sun Sep 22Sicily
8Mon Sep 23Sicily
9Tue Sep 24Taormina
10Wed Sep 25Taormina
11Thu Sep 26Taormina

Day 1 – Sliema, Malta

Start your journey with a 4-night stay in Sliema, a welcoming Maltese resort town with a lively waterfront promenade. Stretch your legs and take in views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. Uncover Malta’s deeply rooted heritage, teeming with mysterious prehistoric temples and Renaissance architectural masterpieces. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Sliema, Malta

Begin your adventure with a panoramic sailing of Valletta’s (UNESCO) Grand Harbour aboard traditional Dghajsa boats* before exploring the Maltese capital during a walking tour led by a local expert. View the skyline of the Three Cities from the Upper Barrakka Gardens and take in the elegant profile of the Grand Master’s Palace. Then, enjoy some free time to explore on your own. This afternoon, visit the private home of a modern-day Knight of Malta before hopping on the local ferry* back to Sliema for an evening at leisure.

Day 3 – Sliema, Malta

The entire day is yours. With free time, you might choose to relax in Sliema or venture back to Valletta for a visit to Caravaggio’s masterpiece housed in Saint John’s Co-Cathedral. Or join an optional full day exploration of the Isle of Gozo,* the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago and home to the Ggantija temple complex (UNESCO), which is older than Stonehenge.

Day 4 – Sliema, Malta

Enjoy a morning at leisure. Perhaps you’ll join a half-day optional tour to Mdina – the “Silent City” and Malta’s ancient capital. This afternoon, immerse yourself in Maltese traditions as you board a retro bus for a village where daily life and customs remain unchanged. Experience an impact moment as you are hosted for dinner at a local band club. Band clubs have a special place in the community. A source of intense pride and with a solid place in Maltese social culture, the band club’s premises are an ideal meeting point for locals to exchange gossip, play a game of pool or engage in village festa activities.

Day 5 – Sicily

Sicily is a simple but tasty affair, traditionally consisting of a pastry and a cappuccino coffee. Continue with your culinary exploration of the Sicilian countryside as you pause at a family-owned winery to learn about their natural wine production and their support of the Slow Food movement conserving traditional food production methods. Then sample some of their wines during lunch. This afternoon, settle into your hotel for a leisurely 3-night stay in the Ragusa countryside.

Day 6 – Sicily

Make your way to Ragusa-Ibla (UNESCO), a time-worn city perched upon a hill. Meander through its late-Baroque neighbourhood 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 or linger in town for a dinner on own.

Day 7 – Sicily

The day is yours to do as you please. With free time, you might choose to relax in the countryside and enjoy the resort’s amenities. Or, perhaps you will join an optional tour to the picture-perfect towns of Scicli and Modica (UNESCO), where you’ll enjoy a savoury brunch at a ricotta farm before continuing to an Aztec chocolate shop for some sweet samples.

Day 8 – Sicily

Take in the rugged landscape of South-Eastern Sicily en route to Siracusa (UNESCO). Then, it’s your choice! Discover the expansive Neapolis, the ancient Greek colony established 27 centuries ago -OR- take in the ancient city’s most precious treasures during a visit of the archeological museum in company of a local expert. This afternoon, relax during a bus transfer to Taormina, a charming resort town perched high above the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 9 – Taormina

Discover Taormina with a local guide, leading you to the city’s Duomo, public gardens, and the well-preserved Greek theatre. 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 10 – Taormina

See Sicily’s wilder side on an off-road adventure to Mount Etna (UNESCO). 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. Back in Taormina, gather with your fellow travellers as you recount memories of the Mediterranean islands accompanied by Sicilian food at dinner, surrounded by local musicians.

Day 11 – Taormina

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

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