Malta Sicily Sample Itinerary

Malta Sicily Sample Itinerary

Day1 - Guests arrive in Malta and board their luxury Mediterranean yacht charter in the Grand Harbour, probably the island's greatest geographic asset, and a cardinal determinant of Malta's history. Take a short tender ride to visit The Most Humble City of Valletta a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen. The bastions, curtains and ravelins along with the beauty of its Baroque palaces, gardens and churches, led the ruling houses of Europe to give the city its nickname Superbissima — Most Proud.

Day2 - On the second day cruise to Gozo, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey, located to the north of Malta (20nm). Take a trip inland to visit the Ä gantija temples which, along with the Megalithic Temples of Malta, are the world's oldest free-standing structures and also among the world's oldest religious structures. Or simply enjoy a tranquil day exploring the island's many coves, pristine dive sites and dramatic coast line.

Day3 - On the third day, the luxury yacht charter will depart very early in the morning, before sunrise, to cover the longest leg of the itinerary (approx 75nm) to arrive in Sicily's Syracuse. Anchoring en route for a swim under the lighthouse of the Isola dei Correnti. Then sit out in the late afternoon on the western side of the Island of Ortigia, in Syracuse's historical centre, warmed by the sun and with a view over the lagoon.

Day4 - Cruise along Sicily's eastern coast up to Taormina (50nm), known as The Pearl of the Ionian Sea, idyllically perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea. Anchor in turquoise waters off Isola Bella, given as a gift from  King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies to Taormina in 1806, before immersing yourself in the archetypal Mediterranean atmosphere. Admire the dramatic views of Mount Etna from Taormina's main attraction, its Greek-Roman theatre.

Day5/6 - Sail northwards, entering the Tyrrhenian Sea via the Straits of Messina heading to the truly seductive Aeolian Archipelago (60nm). This archipelago has a surprising variety of identities between the seven islands, from the end-of-the-road isolation of Alicudi to the bustling maritime hub of Lipari. Spend two days exploring these islands fairly unknown out of Italy and surprisingly unspoiled. Dine onboard just off the coast of Stromboli enjoying the magical sights and sounds of its regular eruptions. It's a truly awesome sight, the power of each mini-eruption both exhilarating and terrifying.

Day7 - Depart early heading west towards Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily (65nm). Palermo is Sicily’s largest and most cosmopolitan city offering great dining as well as excellent shopping. The result of Palermo's unstable history is evident today in the vast range of architectural styles. Explore the uneven, twisting alleyways which dominate this ancient city.

Day8 - Complete the charter by dropping anchor at the Zingaro Nature reserve (30nm west of Palermo), the first natural reserve in Sicily. Stretching along about 7kms of unspoilt coastline of the Gulf of Castellammare and its mountain chain which is the setting of little bays and steep cliffs excellent for swimming and water sports. Anchor overnight at San Vito Lo Capo which is 45 mins away from Trapani International Airport and Palermo International Airport.