Undiscovered Sicily Aboard Ponant
Sailing Valletta Roundtrip
Trip Details

Trip Dates

Jun 27, 2019 until Jul 06, 2019
Pricing available upon request
9 Days / 8 Nights

Cruise only cost is inclusive of: One night at the hotel in Valletta with reception and breakfast, Comprehensive 8-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville, Complete program of shore excursions led by expert guides, All meals aboard ship including early riser’s coffee & pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, French-inspired gourmet cuisine, with menu creation and chef training by Ducasse Conseil, Complimentary open bar aboard ship including select wines served with lunch and dinner, Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship, Gratuities to shipboard personnel, porters, guides, and drivers, Port taxes and charges; pre-departure materials

Excludes: International airfare, touring, transfers or meals not included in the itinerary, items of a personal nature, $25.00 per person non-refundable booking fee

Trip Overview

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.  

During this 9-day cruise around Sicily aboard Ponant’s new luxury expedition ship Le Bougainville, you will be able to explore mythical places at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations.  
Visit the temples of the ancient Greeks at Agrigento, Segesta, Taormina and Syracuse. Discover Sicily’s inviting medieval towns, including Monreale and Palermo. The departure begins and end in Malta, itself another crossroads of cultures, where you will encounter the prehistoric temples of Gozo as well as the great monuments of Valletta. But the real focus will be culinary—an extensive survey of foods and wines. You will sample Sicily’s eclectic cuisine, with Greek, Spanish, French, and Arabic influences, as you enjoy the arancini of Agrigento, discover the famous street food of Palermo, and experience the pasta and sardines and eggplant of the eastern region. Taking advantage of rich volcanic soil, white wines are produced virtually everywhere in Sicily, while the best reds come from the hill towns above Syracuse. Our group will taste them all!

Treasures of Sicily

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Itinerary

  1. June 27, 2019

    Arrive in Valletta, the capital of Malta, and transfer to your hotel. Welcome cocktail reception this evening. (R)

  2. June 28, 2019

    VALLETTA

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. June 30, 2019

    TRAPANI (SICILY)

    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.

  5. July 1, 2019

    PALERMO, SICILY


    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.

  6. July 2, 2019

    PALERMO, SICILY

    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.

  7. July 3, 2019

    TAORMINA, SICILY

    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.

  8. July 4, 2019

    SIRACUSA

    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.

  9. July 5, 2019

    GOZO, MALTA

    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. (

  10. July 6, 2019

    VALLETTA
    Disembarkation 

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