Cruise
La Belle de L'Adriatique
CroisiEurope
L'Adriatique, (CAT) Best of the Med with Malta & Sicily ex Catania Return
Cruise Line: CroisiEurope
Selected Sailing Date: 22 Nov 2018
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Cruise Itinerary
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Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Catania roundtrip aboard La Belle de L'Adriatique.

DAY 1: CATANIA
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board this evening. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

DAY 2: CATANIA (SICILY)
In the morning, join us for an optional tour of Catania. Located on the banks of the Ionian Sea and dominated by Mount Etna, you’ll discover vast squares, wide streets, and lava rock buildings in this splendid city. Its historical and artistic heritage is just waiting to be discovered.
This afternoon, join us for a free excursion to “The Cyclopean Coast,” a fantastic mix of legends and history. Our first stop will be Aci Trezza, a small fishing village known for three tall, column-shaped islands right off its coast. In Homer’s Odyssey, Cyclops Polyphemus hurled these large boulders at Ulysses’ vessels. After a stroll through the seaside village, we’ll head to Aci Castello. From a panoramic observation point, you’ll be able to admire the lava rock castle perched above the sea. We’ll then continue on to Acireale, an elegant baroque town at the foot of Mount Etna. You’ll discover the historical heart of the town and its lava rock architecture.
OR join us on an optional excursion to Mount Etna and enjoy a tasting of local wines (lunch included).(2) We’ll set out to visit one of the most famous volcanos in Europe. Century after century, the eruptions have modified the slopes of the mountain, forming unique sculptures of lava and ice. Our coach will climb the mountain to the Sapienza refuge, at about 6,234 feet high (1,900 m.). From there, we’ll continue our ascent by aerial tram and then in a four-wheel drive bus to the “Tower of the Philosopher.” From the ancient and monumental “Valle de Bove” caldera, you’ll take in the superb view across the valley to the Mediterranean Sea.
Tonight’s festivities will have a Sicilian flair!

DAY 3: POZZALLO (SICILY)
We’ll spend the morning cruising.
Come with us on an optional excursion to Ragusa and Modica this afternoon. Travel back in time when visiting these lovely UNESCO World Heritage sites. In Ragusa, you’ll discover two cities in one: modern Ragusa rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake and ancient Hybla Heraia. The city’s architectural gem is the Duomo of San Giorgio. We’ll then continue on to Modica, a charming inland village snuggled on a hillside. Rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, Modica is now a lively and dynamic city with over-sized churches and steep stairs running from the bottom of the village to the top of the slope. During our tour, we’ll stop at a chocolate factory to taste a recipe coming directly from the Aztecs.
We’ll cruise through the night towards Malta.

DAY 4: VALLETTA (Malta)
In the morning, join us for an optional tour of Valletta. The splendid Maltese capital deserves a special visit. Perched on top a steep cliff, its layout and architectural structures are remarkable. The city was built stone-by-stone by and for the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. We’ll make a special stop at Saint John's Co-Cathedral.
This afternoon, we’ll set out on an optional excursion to discover some of Malta’s archaeological treasures. We’ll visit the Tarxien and Hagar Qim temple complexes dating back to the beginning of the Bronze Age. We’ll then head to the G?ar Dalam cave, containing the bone remains of animals that were stranded and subsequently became extinct in Malta at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum.
Tonight’s festivities will have a Maltese flair!

DAY 5: VALLETTA (Malta)
Join us for an included excursion to Gozo (lunch included). We’ll set out on a full-day trip to a calm, heavenly oasis. We’ll take the ferry from Cirkewwa to Gozo, admiring the gorgeous landscapes and scenery along the way, including the impressive, fortified citadel in the capital city of Rabat. You’ll discover remains of the Azure Window, a 92-foot (28 m) limestone natural arch that collapsed completely in March 2017, as well as the bay of Xlendi. In the afternoon, we'll visit the megalithic temple complex of ?gantija, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tonight’s festivities will have a Maltese flair!

DAY 6: VALLETTA (Malta)
In the morning, join us for an optional tour of Mdina and Rabat. Mdina is a veritable open-air museum. The ancient Maltese capital holds many treasures, among them several of the most beautiful homes in the country. You’ll step back in time strolling through the labyrinth of streets lined with impressive palaces. We’ll then head to Rabat, with archaeological relics testifying to the town's importance during the Roman period. We'll visit Saint Paul’s and Saint Agatha’s Catacombs, the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta.
This afternoon’s excursions will be visiting typical villages on the southern edge of the island. A world away from the bustling capital, you’ll discover the slower pace of many of the island’s typical seaside villages. Our first stop will be Marsaxlokk, a traditional fishing village. Its isolated location and deep waters has made it a strategic island location over the centuries. Then we’ll go to Siggiewi. The patron saint of the village is Saint Nicholas of Bari, and the church built in his honor is one of the most beautiful examples of baroque architecture on the island. When we stop at an olive grove, we’ll learn about the various methods of growing and harvesting olives throughout the centuries. Enjoy a tasting of the local products. Next stop: Zebbug, one of the oldest towns on the island. Mostly famous for its city gate and the parish church, the town gets its name from the large olive groves that use to stand around the current location of the town center (zebbug means olive in Maltese).

DAY 7: SYRACUSE (Sicily)
In the morning, join us for an optional tour of Syracuse and Ortigia. One of the most fascinating cities in Sicily awaits us today. The 2,700-year-old city of Syracuse played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. We’ll discover the unique site of the Necropolis of Pantalica, and visit Ortygia, the small island which is the historical center of the city. You'll come across the majestic ruins of the Greek Temple of Apollo, the Piazza Archimede, and the Piazza Duomo, an elliptical open space lined with harmonious and impressive buildings.
This afternoon, come with us on an optional excursion to Noto. Noto and its church were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Totally destroyed by the 1693 Sicilian earthquake, the current town was built on the left bank of River Asinaro, about 8 miles from the previous town. Enjoy a stroll through the historical center and admire the buildings, do a bit of souvenir shopping, or enjoy a snack at a local cafe.
Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 8: CATANIA
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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