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zCrossroads of Civilizations

8 days

With an expert host + Elegant and enriching small ship cruising

Small Ship Discoveries

  • Admire the serene Greek temples at Selinunte, the dazzling mosaics in Palermo’s medieval Cappella Palatina, and the ancient town of Erice, dominated by a 12th-century Norman castle.
  • Step back in time among Sardinia’s Su Nuraxi Nuraghicsstructures dating from as early as the 17th century b.c. and in Malta, at the oldest site on the itinerary—a megalithic temple complex from 3150 b.c.
  • Enjoy contemporary local life as you stroll along the streets of Marsala, Palermo, and Salerno, savoring glimpses of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
  • Soak up the mild April weather amidst wildflowers in bloom and sites not yet overtaken by summer crowds.
  • Smith College Professor of Art John Davis will make the various sites we visit come alive as he tells the story of the cultural history of the Mediterranean world.
  • Includes 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Day
1

Rome, Italy - Civitavecchia - Embark

Upon arrival in Rome, transfer to Civitavecchia and embark Corinthian. Meals D

Day
2

Cagliari, Sardinia - Su Nuraxi - Nora or Cagliari c

Arrive in Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital, built on a hill facing the sea. Disembark and drive to the village of Barumini to visit Su Nuraxi, Sardinia’s most important and impressive nuraghic complex and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch aboard, spend time at leisure to explore Cagliari on your own, or take an excursion to Nora, whose ancient remains date from the Carthaginian and Roman periods. Meals B, L, D

Day
3

Marsala, Sicily | Selinunte and Motya - Marsala

Take a morning excursion to Selinunte, Sicily’s most westerly ancient Greek colony. A highland overlooking the sea provides a tranquil setting for the expansive ruins of what was once among the island’s most progressive cities. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Marsala or explore Motya, founded by Phoenicians in the 8th century b.c. Its museum exhibits superb sculptures. Meals B, L, D

Day
4

Valletta, Malta

Enjoy views from the deck as Corinthian sails into the dramatic harbor of Valletta. In the morning explore the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Co-Cathedral of St. John, and the National Museum of Archaeology. In the afternoon it’s a short drive to the remarkable Tarxien Temples, dating back to 2800 b.c., and onto Hagar Qim, an even older temple that stands atop a hill on the island’s southern edge overlooking the sea. Meals B, L, D

Day
5

Messina, Sicily, Italy - Taormina - Messina

Drive to the stunning small town of Taormina and visit the magnificent Greek theater, which offers dramatic views of Mount Etna (the largest active volcano in Europe) and the Sicilian coastline. Also enjoy time exploring Taormina’s quaint streets and gardens on your own. Meals B, L, D

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6

Palermo - Monreale - Palermo

Palermo became one of Europe’s greatest cities by the 12th century under the Normans and has inherited a tremendous artistic legacy. A morning tour includes La Martorana church, noted for its beautiful mosaics, and the glorious Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel), one of Italy’s finest works of art, featuring dazzling mosaics, an exquisitely carved ceiling, and inlaid marble floors and walls. In the afternoon, travel to the small medieval town of Monreale to visit its famed Norman Cathedral and elegant Cloister, with its magnificent series of mosaics. Return to Palermo in the late afternoon with time at leisure to wander its streets independently. Meals B, L, D

Day
7

Salerno - Pompeii or Paestum - Salerno c

From Salerno, choose an excursion to Pompeii, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a.d. 79. No other place so completely captures the character of life in the early Roman Empire. Alternatively, choose to visit Paestum, the ancient Poseidonia (City of Poseidon), which was founded by Greeks around 600 b.c. and later taken over by the Romans. Paestum is famed for its magnificent Doric temples, which are among the best preserved ancient monuments in the Mediterranean. Meals B, L, D

Day
8

Civitavecchia - Disembark - Rome - Fly to USA

Disembark and transfer to the airport in Rome for return flights. Meals B

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