On this circumnavigation of Sicily, we will see the temples of the ancient Greeks at Agrigento,
Segesta, Taormina and Syracuse.
We will discover Sicily’s inviting medieval towns, including Erice, Monreale and Palermo.
And we begin and end in Malta, itself another crossroads of cultures, where we will encounter the prehistoric temples of Gozo as well as the great monuments of Valletta.
But our real focus will be culinary – an extensive survey of foods and wines. We will have many chances to sample Sicily’s eclectic cuisine, with Greek, Spanish, French, and Arabic influences, as we enjoy the arancini of Agrigento, discover the famous street food of Palermo, and experience the pasta and sardines and eggplant of the eastern region.
Taking advantage of rich volcanic soil, white wines are produced virtually everywhere on Sicily, while the best reds come from the hill towns above Syracuse. We will have the opportunity to taste many of them.
Along our way, lectures and discussions with chefs and historians will look beyond food as sustenance to explore its economic, social and cultural import, exploring how the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food is at the center of so much human activity and how the experience of dining – food, drink, and dialogue – shapes our sense of self and of community.
• Series of lectures and discussions with experts on food and wine, including Mary Taylor Simeti
• In partnership with Wine Spectator magazine, an onboard Wine School with Marco Scapagnini, Wine Spectator expert teaching about local vintages
• Included pre-cruise in Valletta to explore the Palace of the Grand Masters and the Co-Cathedral of St. John.
• An exclusive “farmers’ market” of local produce, arranged by Mary Simeti
• Optional excursions to iconic archaeological sites
• Optional excursions to agriturismo sites and wineries
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodations
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
SICILY FOOD AND WINE CRUISE
hosted by preferred vendor Ponant
In partnership with Wine Spectator magazine
9 DAYS; JUNE 28 - JULY 6, 2019
PRICES FROM 3870 EUROS PER PERSON