As you sail Sea Cloud II around Sicily, discover the pearls of centuries past, including Baroque churches, ornate palazzos, and some of the world's most extraordinary ancient Greek temples. Embark your luxurious, three-masted barque in Valletta, and, one after the other, marvels will follow. Stand in awe before the gorgeous Greek ruins in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; the well-preserved vestiges of one of the most important ancient cities, Syracuse; and Palermo's glamorous and mesmerizing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Norman Kings. On this incredible journey, call at Reggio Calabria, on the Italian mainland, to admire the Riace Bronzes, rare surviving ancient Greek bronze sculptures of male warriors. On this week-long cruise, Sicily will reveal her rich and unique culture as you walk in storied cities that were once centers of the Greco-Roman, Carthaginian, and Byzantine worlds, and enjoy warm welcomes to the dazzling private palazzos of local nobility. An optional Valletta, Malta prelude is offered.