Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Rome

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Explore the ancient history, mythology, and natural beauty of Southern Italy cruising aboard Le Ponant, a sleek motor-sailing yacht that accommodates just 60 passengers. The tour includes additional days to see historic sights in Rome and Malta. Your ports-of-call include Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, and remote Aeolian Isles. In Sicily, see the Greek Theater in Siracusa, the charming pedestrian market in Taormina, the medieval town of Erice, and the impressive Doric temple in Segesta. Take in castles, cathedrals, and fortresses in Valletta, Lipari, and Naples. Drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, and visit the Vatican and Roman Forum in Rome. Enjoy Palermo’s nightlife and Naples’ pizza on this Italy cruise tour.

2008 Itinerary

Northbound
* Southbound itinerary is the reverse of Northbound

• Indicates day of cruising

Day 1: Arrive in Medieval Malta
A transfer is included from Malta International Airport to Le Méridien Phoenicia in Valletta, Malta. Valletta is rich in historic treasures as it was founded by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century. Tour begins at 6:00 p.m. at Le Méridien Phoenicia. Meet fellow travelers at tonight's welcome dinner.
Meals: Dinner
Lodging: Le Méridien Phoenicia, Valletta, Malta

• Day 2: Let the Southern Italy cruise begin
A guided tour of Malta includes the medieval walled city of Mdina, and a drive around St. Julian’s Bay. A highlight of your Valletta walking tour is the treasure trove of art found in the Co-Cathedral of St. John, one of the world’s finest examples of Baroque architecture. Begin your Italy cruise aboard Tauck's sporty yacht, Le Ponant, in Grand Harbour and set sail for Sicily.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 3: Antiquities in Siracusa, Sicily
Your Italy cruise docks at Siracusa, an ancient Greek stronghold. Visit the Neapolis Parco Archeologico highlighted by a 15,000-seat, rock-hewn Greek theater. Discover Latomia del Paradiso to see what you hear through the Ear of Dionysius. Meander around Ortigia on your own, and don’t miss the Doric Temple of Apollo. Enjoy the Captain’s reception this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 4: Taormina on Sicily
Admire the view as you sail into Taormina, a terraced town clinging to high cliffs on the east coast of Sicily with Mt. Etna towering in the distance. Survey the Teatro Greco and stroll the Corso Umberto, Old Town’s main pedestrian street lined with cafés and pasticceries.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 5: Palermo
Dock in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. See the Cathedral, with its mix of architectural styles, and Porto Nuovo. Experience a "Taste of Palermo" during lunch today as you sample an array of regional specialties and enjoy local entertainment on board your luxury yacht tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 6: Antiquities of Sicily
Drive to northwest Sicily to ancient Segesta. Take in the unfinished temple encircled by 36 massive Doric columns, which was started in 426 BC and is remarkably preserved. Continue on to the medieval town of Erice, the mythological seat of the Roman goddess Venus; have lunch and see the Castello di Venere, a Norman castle, with free time to explore on your own. Join Le Ponant in Trapani.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 7: Sailing the Aeolian Isles
The next port-of-call is Lipari, the largest of the seven Aeolian Islands, noted for its colorful houses, 17th-century cathedral and 16th-century castle. Sail by the island of Stromboli tonight, where its active volcano will provide an unforgettable show.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 8: The Amalfi Coast to Ravello

Visit the town of Amalfi. Then set out on the mountainous route along the Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Arrive in stunning Ravello, perched on cliffs overlooking the sea. Visit Villa Rufolo, the former residence of several popes, offering outstanding coastal views and savor a wonderful lunch. Enjoy the Captain’s farewell dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

Day 9: Castles and pizza in Naples
Your Italy cruise ends in Naples, but your Italy tour continues on land. Disembark the ship, then take a guided tour including Castel dell’Ovo, a military fortress in the Santa Lucia district, and Castel Nuovo. Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale showcasing one of the world’s best collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. Savor authentic Neapolitan pizza before traveling to Rome.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi, Rome, Italy

Day 10: All roads lead to Rome
See Rome’s landmark sights with a local guide, including Vatican City, and pursue your own interests in the "Eternal City" in the afternoon. Share tour highlights with companions at tonight's farewell reception and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi, Rome, Italy

Day 11: Arrivederci Italy
Tour ends in Rome, Italy. A transfer to the airport from Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi is included.
Meals: Breakfast

Tauck's Italy cruise explores Greek, Roman,
and medieval historic sights by yacht –
book now for the best dates!


Dates & Prices

Northbound
Apr 27
Sep 21
Oct 5

Southbound
May 3
Sep 27
Oct 11

11 Day Land / Cruise from $6,390


Double Single Triple
2008 Price per Person $6390 $10,220 $5690

28 meals included.

International Airfare is additional. Call Tauck for special rates on international air for travel originating in the U.S. (subject to availability).

Land / Cruise Price includes private Tauck shore excursions, cruise fare, port charges, wine with dinner aboard Le Ponant, and gratuities to ship staff.

Travel North or South – Cruise operates North from Malta and Southbound from Rome. Sightseeing is identical.

Please ask at time of booking about additional hotel nights before your tour begins and about our comprehensive Cruise Protection Plan.

All prices are per person in U.S. dollars.

 
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Explore the ancient history, mythology, and natural beauty of Southern Italy cruising aboard Le Ponant, a sleek motor-sailing yacht that accommodates just 60 passengers. The tour includes additional days to see historic sights in Rome and Malta. Your ports-of-call include Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, and remote Aeolian Isles. In Sicily, see the Greek Theater in Siracusa, the charming pedestrian market in Taormina, the medieval town of Erice, and the impressive Doric temple in Segesta. Take in castles, cathedrals, and fortresses in Valletta, Lipari, and Naples. Drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, and visit the Vatican and Roman Forum in Rome. Enjoy Palermo’s nightlife and Naples’ pizza on this Italy cruise tour.

2008 Itinerary

Northbound
* Southbound itinerary is the reverse of Northbound

• Indicates day of cruising

Day 1: Arrive in Medieval Malta
A transfer is included from Malta International Airport to Le Méridien Phoenicia in Valletta, Malta. Valletta is rich in historic treasures as it was founded by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century. Tour begins at 6:00 p.m. at Le Méridien Phoenicia. Meet fellow travelers at tonight's welcome dinner.
Meals: Dinner
Lodging: Le Méridien Phoenicia, Valletta, Malta

• Day 2: Let the Southern Italy cruise begin
A guided tour of Malta includes the medieval walled city of Mdina, and a drive around St. Julian’s Bay. A highlight of your Valletta walking tour is the treasure trove of art found in the Co-Cathedral of St. John, one of the world’s finest examples of Baroque architecture. Begin your Italy cruise aboard Tauck's sporty yacht, Le Ponant, in Grand Harbour and set sail for Sicily.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 3: Antiquities in Siracusa, Sicily
Your Italy cruise docks at Siracusa, an ancient Greek stronghold. Visit the Neapolis Parco Archeologico highlighted by a 15,000-seat, rock-hewn Greek theater. Discover Latomia del Paradiso to see what you hear through the Ear of Dionysius. Meander around Ortigia on your own, and don’t miss the Doric Temple of Apollo. Enjoy the Captain’s reception this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 4: Taormina on Sicily
Admire the view as you sail into Taormina, a terraced town clinging to high cliffs on the east coast of Sicily with Mt. Etna towering in the distance. Survey the Teatro Greco and stroll the Corso Umberto, Old Town’s main pedestrian street lined with cafés and pasticceries.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 5: Palermo
Dock in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. See the Cathedral, with its mix of architectural styles, and Porto Nuovo. Experience a "Taste of Palermo" during lunch today as you sample an array of regional specialties and enjoy local entertainment on board your luxury yacht tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 6: Antiquities of Sicily
Drive to northwest Sicily to ancient Segesta. Take in the unfinished temple encircled by 36 massive Doric columns, which was started in 426 BC and is remarkably preserved. Continue on to the medieval town of Erice, the mythological seat of the Roman goddess Venus; have lunch and see the Castello di Venere, a Norman castle, with free time to explore on your own. Join Le Ponant in Trapani.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 7: Sailing the Aeolian Isles
The next port-of-call is Lipari, the largest of the seven Aeolian Islands, noted for its colorful houses, 17th-century cathedral and 16th-century castle. Sail by the island of Stromboli tonight, where its active volcano will provide an unforgettable show.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

• Day 8: The Amalfi Coast to Ravello

Visit the town of Amalfi. Then set out on the mountainous route along the Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Arrive in stunning Ravello, perched on cliffs overlooking the sea. Visit Villa Rufolo, the former residence of several popes, offering outstanding coastal views and savor a wonderful lunch. Enjoy the Captain’s farewell dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Cruising aboard Le Ponant

Day 9: Castles and pizza in Naples
Your Italy cruise ends in Naples, but your Italy tour continues on land. Disembark the ship, then take a guided tour including Castel dell’Ovo, a military fortress in the Santa Lucia district, and Castel Nuovo. Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale showcasing one of the world’s best collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. Savor authentic Neapolitan pizza before traveling to Rome.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi, Rome, Italy

Day 10: All roads lead to Rome
See Rome’s landmark sights with a local guide, including Vatican City, and pursue your own interests in the "Eternal City" in the afternoon. Share tour highlights with companions at tonight's farewell reception and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi, Rome, Italy

Day 11: Arrivederci Italy
Tour ends in Rome, Italy. A transfer to the airport from Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi is included.
Meals: Breakfast

Tauck's Italy cruise explores Greek, Roman,
and medieval historic sights by yacht –
book now for the best dates!


Dates & Prices

Northbound
Apr 27
Sep 21
Oct 5

Southbound
May 3
Sep 27
Oct 11

11 Day Land / Cruise from $6,390


Double Single Triple
2008 Price per Person $6390 $10,220 $5690

28 meals included.

International Airfare is additional. Call Tauck for special rates on international air for travel originating in the U.S. (subject to availability).

Land / Cruise Price includes private Tauck shore excursions, cruise fare, port charges, wine with dinner aboard Le Ponant, and gratuities to ship staff.

Travel North or South – Cruise operates North from Malta and Southbound from Rome. Sightseeing is identical.

Please ask at time of booking about additional hotel nights before your tour begins and about our comprehensive Cruise Protection Plan.

All prices are per person in U.S. dollars.

 

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