Academy Travel is proud to offer a tour that explores the islands of the Mediterranean in style, featuring a seven-day cruise on the luxury 50-cabin sailing yacht Sea Cloud II. As well as the ancient sites, travellers will encounter masterpieces of medieval Arab, Norman and Byzantine society and the exuberant baroque art and architecture of later periods. All this takes place in a setting of remarkable beauty – the spare, rocky shores of Malta, the dramatic mountains and volcanoes of Sicily and the countless bays and cliffs of the coastline.
A luxurious way to sample over 4,000 years of history, art and architecture on these islands, crossroads of the Mediterranean.
The Sea Cloud II is a luxurious 3-masted barque, traditionally crafted in teak, but with modern features. White cloth sails and understated elegance create a unique environment that is at once nostalgic and luxurious. Although most of the journey takes place under motor, on some days the crew climb the rigging to set the square sails and jibs and you experience the thrill of ocean yachting.
Days 1–5: Arrive Valletta, tour Malta’s main sites, including the Neolithic complex of Hagar Qim and the medieval walled town of Mdina.
Days 5–11: Six-night cruise on Sea Cloud II, disembarking in Siracusa. Ports-of-call include Trapani, Palermo, Lipari and Taormina, plus a full day at sea.
Days 11–12: Explore Siracusa’s archaeological sites and baroque architecture.
Days 13–14: Travel to Agrigento’s Greek temples via the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina.
Days 15–17: Explore Palermo, including Monreale and the Palatine Chapel. Depart with a group flight to Rome.