Set sail with Admiral Travel Co-Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton to discover the treasures of Sicily, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, on an itinerary connecting Malta and Sicily.
June 27, 2019
Arrive in Valletta, the capital of Malta, and transfer to your hotel. Welcome cocktail reception this evening. (R)
June 28, 2019
Explore the Palace of the Grand Masters and the Co-Cathedral of St. John during a walking tour. Then drive to the Tarxien Temples, dating to between 3600–2500 b.c., and the temple of Hagar Qim. Return to Valletta for embarkation on Le Bougainville in the late afternoon.
June 29, 2019
PORTO EMPEDOCLE (SICILY)
Arrive in Sicily’s Porto Empedocle for an excursion to the fabled temples of Agrigento. Set on a ridge facing the sea, Agrigento’s series of superb Doric temples are among the most captivating Greek ruins in the entire Mediterranean. Visit the Temple of Hercules, constructed in the 6th century b.c.; the remarkably well-preserved Temple of Concord; and the Temple of Juno, noted for its graceful proportions. Also visit the Archaeological Museum, whose collection is devoted to finds from the area.
June 30, 2019
Our excursion takes up winding roads to Segesta for a visit to its magnificent Doric temple, built in 420 b.c. and among the best preserved ancient Greek sites in Sicily. Continue on to the medieval town on Erice, known for its temple to the fertility goddess, Astarte, and its 12th-century Venus Castle. Return to Trapani and set sail in the early evening.
July 1, 2019
Palermo is one of the Mediterranean’s most enchanting cities. Founded by the Phoenicians in 827 b.c. and conquered by the Saracens in the 9th century, Palermo became one of Europe’s greatest cities by the 12th century, when the Normans took control. Seek out the Cappella Palatina, the royal chapel built by Roger II between 1132 and 1143. A wonder of Byzantine-Arab-Norman artistry, the chapel features mosaics, a carved wooden ceiling, and inlaid marble floors and walls. We will also visit the famed spice market and sample the wares of street vendors.
July 2, 2019
Travel to Monreale to visit its famed Norman cathedral and elegant cloister, whose interior contains a magnificent series of mosaics. On our return to Palermo, we enjoy an exclusive “farmers’ market” arranged by Mary Taylor Simeti. The market will feature cheeses, meats, breads, oils,- and wines produced on Simeti’s own ranch and on the farms of her friends and neighbors. This event, specially designed and arranged exclusively for us, promises to be a highlight of our voyage.
July 3, 2019
Taormina offers stunning views out to sea and the cone of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. An 8th-century b.c. Greek colony prospered here throughout the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Visit the Greek theater, which offers dramatic views of Etna and the Sicilian coastline, and amble among Taormina’s streets and gardens.
July 4, 2019
Colonized by the Greeks in the 8th century b.c., Syracuse became one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world. Tour the 15,000-seat Greek theater, among the most impressive to survive from antiquity, the Roman amphitheater, and the Archaeological Museum. A walking tour of Ortygia, the old town, reveals the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Arethusa, and the Cathedral, which incorporates the Temple of Athena.
July 5, 2019
Gozo is thought by some to be the legendary Calypso’s isle from Homer’s Odyssey. This morning we visit the Ġgantija Temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, dating from around 3600 to 3200 b.c. Sail to Valletta and visit the National Museum of Archaeology, where an impressive array of artifacts dating from Malta’s Neolithic Period (5000 b.c.)to the Phoenician Period (400 b.c.) are displayed. (
July 6, 2019