Dates: September 17 - September 25, 2018
Total Duration: 9 days
Cost: From $7,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Sea Cloud II
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
Embark the elegant three-masted barque Sea Cloud II for a luxurious seven-night autumn cruise from Rome to Valletta, Malta, including the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sicily. Accompanied by Linda Lorimer, former Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives at Yale, and Paul Kennedy, distinguished Yale Professor of History internationally known for his expert writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic subjects, delve into historic and contemporary issues of this region.
Gather in Rome to admire the newly restored Trevi Fountain and enjoy a private visit to the Palazzo Colonna, including time to view the Colonna family's acclaimed art collection and the Apartment of Princess Isabella. After embarking the Sea Cloud II in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, cruise south to Corsica, birthplace of Napoleon, to explore the picturesque cliff town of Bonifacio and enjoy a private polyphonic concert followed by a sunset reception at the Bastion de l'Etendard overlooking the Mediterranean. Experience the thrill of cruising under sail (weather permitting) along the coastline of Sicily, where the island's many treasures await, including Taormina's spectacularly sited Greco-Roman theater, the dormant Silvestri crater atop snow-capped Mt. Etna, the elegant gold mosaics at the Monreale cathedral, Palermo's Norman castle with its radiant Capella Palatina, and a private wine tasting in the cellars of a palazzo in Siracusa. Continue to the island nation of Malta and disembark at Valletta for flights home, or, optionally, extend your stay for two days to explore this intriguing cultural and strategic crossroads of the Mediterranean with Professor Kennedy.
Post-trip optional extension: Malta