Circumnavigate the seductive island of Sicily on a perennially popular program that was named one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler. Autumn, when the heat and crowds of summer are gone, is the perfect time to discover the island's countless cultural marvels, from Greek to Arab to Byzantine to Baroque. Admire Sicily's diverse landscapes from the comfort of a three-masted barque, sail into her legendary harbors, and step ashore to admire ancient temples, theaters, and glittering mosaics. Our vessel, Sea Cloud II, has 47 outside cabins appointed with upscale amenities, and travels under billowing canvas trimmed by hand.
In Syracuse, once Athens' rival in wealth and culture, see the cathedral built on the ruins of the Temple of Athena. Explore the capital city of Palermo, dotted with Baroque churches, Arab mosques, and Byzantine mosaics. Visit Agrigento, whose Valley of the Temples contains some of the finest Greek ruins in the world.
Optional prelude in Taormina and optional postlude in Sorrento.