Sicily: Through 3,000 Years of Cultural History

Overview

  • SRCSC
  • 8 Days
  • Sea Cloud

Cruise Itinerary

  • La Valletta (Malta)
  • La Valletta (Malta)
  • Italy and France

Overview

Sicily’s many facets The largest of the Mediterranean islands is a fabulously diverse microcosm in its own right – with rich cultural history dating back 3,000 years, with different monuments marking each era, with Europe’s highest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, and with towns and villages featuring a character and flair all of their own. A masterwork of mosaics: the Cappella Palatina The narrow streets of Palermo’s historic centre with their rattling Vespa scooters and vivacious market women lead to the impressive Norman palace. Inside you will find the famous Cappella Palatina. Its richness is simply overwhelming: The erstwhile royal chapel is decorated with elements of both Christian and Islamic style, artistic carvings and marble floors. It contains an inner room which is entirely covered with precious golden mosaics. Syracuse: UNESCO World Heritage Site Cicero once described Syracuse as “the greatest and most beautiful of the Greek cities”. Up to a million people – three times the population of mighty Athens – are claimed to have lived there in antiquity. This city on the small island of Ortigia was later conquered first by the Romans, then by Arabs, Byzantines and Normans. They have left behind a unique architectural heritage: The UNESCO declared Syracuse a World Heritage Site in 2005 due to its archaeological importance. A lecturer accompanies the trip Exciting topics, background information and fascinating facts – our expert offers talks on a whole range of subjects from his specialist field.

Departures


3595

Guaranteed cabins. With a guaranteed cabin, you pay the lowest rate, but you leave the choice of cabin down to us. You will receive the cabin number with your cruise documents. Only a limited number of cabins are available in this category. All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...).


4095

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). The former officers' cabins offer sailing enthusiasts just the right ambiance. The cabin door leads directly to the Promenade Deck, so one can even sleep in fresh air with the door open. Cabin size: Approx. 9,5 m² / 102 sq ft, cabin 16 is approx. 10 m². Furnishings: Porthole, small sofa, desk, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C. Bed: Upper and lower single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm). Bathroom: Approx. 2,5 m² with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor.


4695

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). From these cabins you can quickly access one of the most charming places on board, the Blue Lagoon. Cabin size: Approx. 10,5 m². Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C. Bed: Two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm). Bathroom: Approx. 2,5 m² with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for .


5195

Guaranteed cabins. With a guaranteed cabin, you pay the lowest rate, but you leave the choice of cabin down to us. You will receive the cabin number with your cruise documents. Only a limited number of cabins are available in this category. All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...).


5455

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). These cozy cabins are ideally located on the Promenade Deck, as are the restaurant and lounge. Cabin size: Approx. 12,5 m², cabins 24 & 25 are approx. 11 m². Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C Bed: Two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm). Bathroom: Approx. 3 m² with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor.


5855

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). The comfortable twin-bed cabins offer convenience, luxury and above all, a wonderful view of the open ocean. Cabin size: Approx. 13,5 m². Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C. Bed: Two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm). Bathroom: Approx. 3 m² with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor.


6155

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). As all cabins on the Captain’s and Lido Deck, these originated in the 1970s. These two cabins are bright and friendly thanks to the corner panorama window. Cabin size: Approx. 13 m². Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C. Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (each 80 cm x 200 cm). Bathroom: Approx. 2,6 m² with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor.


7095

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). Cabin size: Approx. 18,5 m² - 20 m². Furnishings: Portholes, one chair, table, two nightstands, dressing table with mirror, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C. Bed: Double bed (160 cm x 200 cm). Bathroom: Approx. 3,3 m² - 3,6 m² with tub or shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor


7595

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). Cabin size: Approx. 18 m² - 25 m². Furnishings: Portholes, chairs, table, nightstands, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C. Bed: Double bed, King size bed with two separate mattresses or Two single beds. Bathroom: Approx. 4 m² - 7 m² with tub or shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor.


8095

All the cabins on board the SEA CLOUD have their own, unique charm. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your pretty maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily programme is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches...). Cabin size: Approx. 34 m² - 38 m² Furnishings: Portholes, sitting area, nightstands, decorative marble fireplace, desk, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C Bed: Large double bed (180 cm x 200 cm). Bathroom: Approx. 9 m² with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, dressing table, hair dryer, outlet for razor, bath completely outfitted in Carrara marble

Cruise Itinerary

This strategically important location has always attracted foreign conquerors. More than 7,000 years ago, a civilisation existed here, leaving behind enormous temple complexes. Just like proud Valletta, these are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grand Master of the Order of St John, founded a modern fortified city on a rock in 1566, between the two splendid natural ports of Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Long rows of facades made from golden-yellow blocks of chalk stretch along the straight streets. Splendid Renaissance and Baroque buildings are evidence of riches and power, such as the Palace of the Grand Master and the impressive St John's Co-Cathedral.



The old town and port of Trapani lies on a picturesque crescent-shaped headland at the foot of Monte Erice. You will discover many little treasures browsing through the beautiful town centre. For the last 1,000 years, fine black and red coral jewellery has been made here. The mountain town of Erice is a real architectural gem. Not far from Tapani, this idyllic little town is tucked away in a picturesque hilltop setting overlooking the countryside and the sea. Protected defiantly by a wall, the town retains its splendid medieval atmosphere.


The character of Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital, was mainly forged by the Arabs, Swabian dynasty and Normans. Noble palaces line the magnificent streets, cheerful-looking Art Nouveau houses stand next to Baroque buildings and a little further on you are faced with pure Gothic facades. The medieval quarter towers above the huge Palazzo Reale with its "Capella Palatina", a masterpiece in the Arab-Byzantine-Norman style. The small mountain town of Monreale gives you a breathtaking view over the town and the bay, as well as the 12th century cathedral whose interior combines Romanesque, Byzantine and Arab art with rich gold mosaics.


Lipari is a tranquil little spot and the largest of the Aeolian Islands, with a cultural heritage stretching back over 6,000 years. Right from first glance you can see its volcanic heritage, with some of the rock formations resembling sculptures, and the entire group of islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Aeolian Museum is set on the castle hill and holds an impressive collection of prehistoric and ancient artefacts from this volcanic group of islands. You will find the southern Italian way of life in this little port infectious.


Taormina is perched on a rock with a majestic view over the sea. In the 19th century, this small town had already developed into a dream destination for well-heeled travellers and artists. The town's fascination lies in its elegance, the many ancient buildings, the stunningly beautiful coastline, the mild climate, and the view over the silhouette of Etna. Europe's largest volcano is over 3,000 metres (9,843 foot) high, has four summit craters and around 400 subsidiary craters, and is covered with snow almost all year round. In ancient times it was considered the seat of the gods, but nowadays large sections of it are a nature reserve.


The municipal area of Syracuse boasts relics from cultural history going back more than three millennia. In ancient times, the city was the most powerful in the known world and was famed for its splendour. The island of Ortigia, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was where Syracuse began its rise as an ancient city. The huge cathedral is at the heart of the old town, magnificent palaces line the Piazza and wide promenades invite you to take a stroll. The archaeological park brings Greek and Roman history back to life. Yet Syracuse exudes southern Italian charm, with washing drying outside the windows.


Disembarkation.


Itineraries are subject to change.


Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing) Length: 109 metres Passenger Capacity: 64 Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011 Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair. Welcome aboard a legend Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. At 360 feet she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable.  Discover the romance of tall ship sailingExperience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable. Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary slightly.

Highlights

• Sicily’s many facets • A masterwork of mosaics: the Cappella Palatina • Syracuse: UNESCO World Heritage Site • A lecturer accompanies the trip

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