Sicily and Malta: Your Way
Sicily is home to the some of the best ruins anywhere, most dramatically sited overlooking the Mediterranean. We’ll visit them all: The fifth century Temple of Segesta, one of the world’s most perfectly preserved monuments from Antiquity; Selinunte’s “immense heap of fallen columns”; the stunning Valley of the Temples in Agrigento (we’ll also see them floodlight at night); the grand Ancient Roman Villa del Casale carpeted with the most magnificent mosaics in Western Europe (including the young women dressed in strapless bikinis that wouldn’t be out of place on today’s beaches); the Temple of Apollo on Ortygia Island; and the great Greek Theatres in Syracuse and Taormina.
All of this magnificent architecture is placed in the most stunning landscapes. You’ll walk in the fields of ancient columns, on the black lava rocks of Mt. Etna and in olive groves and vineyards. You’ll taste salt harvested from the sea, marsala from ancient barrels, fresh ricotta from the shepherds and arancini that we make ourselves.
And to conclude your island exploration, you’ll spend three days in Malta, exploring the prehistoric ruins and the rich tradition of the Knights.
Sample Itinerary at a Glance
Day 2: An introduction to Sicilian cuisine
Day 3: See the haunting Doric temple in Segesta, taste almond sweets and nougat in Erice
Day 4: Learn about the different styles of Marsala wine
Day 5: Impressive ruins of Selinunte
Day 6: Explore village life in Sant'Angelo Muxaro, continue on to Agrigento for a city tour
Day 7: Extraordinary floor mosaics
Day 8: Climb Mt. Etna, the most active volcano in Europe
Day 9: Travel along the coast to Siracusa, settle in Modica
Day 10: Modica's age-old charm and flamboyant architecture
Day 11: Ferry to Valetta, where you'll delve into the spoils of the Knights
Day 12: Visit the prehistoric free-standing human structures in Malta
Day 13: Excursion to the sister island of Gozo
Day 14: Depart Malta
"Explore 7000 years of history, yet live passionately in the present."