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Although I was born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe (two land-locked countries), I am very passionate about travel on the sea. I’ve cruised extensively on luxury small ships and ocean liners around the world – I look forward to sharing my experiences with you
- from $3,417 PP
- 8 Days
- Max 72 Passengers
- Apr - Oct
- 3hrs from London / 10hrs from NYC
Sail on the Variety Voyager, enjoying a luxury experience for up to 72 passengers on this round-trip cruise from Valetta, Malta. This elegant mega-yacht offers plenty of enticing spaces indoors and out for enjoying 360-degree views of the passing scenery. Discover enchanting destinations like Gozo Island and the Aeolian Islands that rise from the dazzling aquamarine sea off the northeast coast of Sicily. It’s the perfect mix of relaxation and fun, with a wide range of water sports available, from swimming, snorkeling, and diving to kayaking and hiking. In between, indulge in mouthwatering cuisine and memorable wine like honey-sweet Malvasia.
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At a Glance
- 7-night cruise on the M/Y Variety Voyager
- Welcome cocktail
- Delicious freshly prepared meals
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Multiple opportunities to swim
- Snorkelling gear and other watersports equipment
- Dedicated cruise director
- Expert crew offering exceptional service and hospitality
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Embarkation in Valletta
Private transfer will bring you to the port of Valetta, where the Variety Voyager will be waiting. Embarkation is at 3 p.m., but you can always explore this walled capital city if you arrive early. Founded in the 16th-century, stroll the hilly streets lined with magnificent baroque architecture, including palaces and churches. You might pop into a museum to learn more about its rich history or take a walk along the promenade. It’s lined with many cafes and wine bars where you can relax with a view. Once you’ve boarded the ship, enjoy a welcome drink, introductions to the crew and your fellow passengers.
Day 2 Gozo Island
We’ll depart Valletta for Gozo Island this morning, believed to be the isle of Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey, arriving after lunch. Along the way, take advantage of the first swim stop in the stunning cobalt waters that lie off the island’s postcard-perfect beaches. An optional excursion to explore its highlights includes the Cathedral Museum, the citadel and baroque cathedral, St. George Basilica, and Our Lady of Ta Pinu Basilica. Before returning to the ship, a short wine tasting will be hosted too. You’ll overnight at sea as we sail toward your next destination, Syracuse on the island of Sicily in Italy.
- Optional Excursion Tour of Gozo Island
Day 3 Syracuse
Sailing into the port of Syracuse early this morning, you can join us for an optional tour that will bring you to many impressive sites. Explore the remarkable Greek theater, elliptical Roman amphitheater, the Temple of Apollo, Fountain of Aretusa, the Archaeological Museum, and Cathedral, which includes the ruins of the famous Temple of Athena, a hexastyle Doric temple built in the 5th-century BC. Another optional excursion this afternoon will bring you to the southeast of Sicily to visit the incredibly well-preserved baroque town of Noto. Finally, we’ll depart Syracuse late this evening, cruising toward the Aeolians, spending the night at sea.
- Optional Excursion Tour of Syracuse
Day 4 Lipari
Our first stop in the Aeolian Islands is just off the north coast of Sicily. Lipari is the largest in the archipelago, with its volcanic rock setting referred to by the great poet Homer as a “wall of bronze.” Archaeological evidence shows there have been settlements here dating back to 1700 BC. Today you’ll find a bustling port with a 17th-century cathedral perched just above. If you’re up for the optional excursion this morning, you’ll witness ancient tombstones and Neolithic stones, ruins of Roman villas and Greek walls. Then, explore at your own pace or unwind on one of the many beautiful beaches.
- Optional Excursion Tour of Lipari
Day 5 Vulcano Island
After spending the night in Lipari, you’ll continue cruising to Vulcano Island, another volcanic island in the archipelago renowned for its mud baths and extraordinary crater that’s considered a must-see. It can be reached on foot in just over an hour and is not overly physically demanding. After reboarding, sail to Panarea, the smallest and chicest of the Aeolians, arriving in the afternoon to the only developed area of the island with shops, bars, and eateries no more than a 5-minute walk away. Later cruise toward Catania, passing Stromboli Island slowly so you’ll be able to take in views of the spectacular lava eruptions.
Day 6 Catania
Upon our arrival to Catania, situated at the base of Mount Etna, you can join an optional excursion to visit the active volcano at Sicily’s highest point. Along the way, learn all about it from a resident volcanologist – you’ll be happy to know that while it continues to erupt today, it follows a route that nearly always avoids the cities and villages below. In the afternoon, explore on your own or join an optional walking tour that features the highlights of Catania like the 16th-century Monastero dei Benedettini, San Nicolo l’Arena, and Villa Bellini Park, where you can take in a fabulous panoramic view.
- Optional Excursions Tours of Mount Etna & Catania
Day 7 Taormina
This morning explore the hilltop town of Taormina on an optional tour or discover it at your own pace. Stroll the winding medieval streets for glimpses of gardens hidden behind stone walls. Some of the highlights include lovely squares, duomos, and palazzos like the 10th-century Palazzo Corvaja, the magnificently restored 17th-century Santa Caterina Church, and the town’s narrowest street, the Vicolo Stretto. A guided tour of the ancient Greek theater is included and offers an awe-inspiring view of the sea. This afternoon, browse the shops and other sights in the city before enjoying a farewell dinner onboard, overnighting at sea.
- Optional Excursion Tour of Taormina
Day 8 Disembark in Valletta
From Taormina, we’ll cruise back to Valletta early this morning. One last breakfast will be served on the ship, a good time for farewells to new friends made. Disembarkation is at 9 a.m. If you’d like to extend your stay here and enjoy more of Malta, our travel experts will be happy to help you make those arrangements. Otherwise, you’ll be met by private transfer so that you can begin your journey home.
Want to extend your trip?
If you are looking to extend your stay in Italy or Malta, or equally visit another European destination on your trip, then please speak to our travel experts as we can create you a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs.
Our Cruise Ships
MY Variety Voyager
A graceful, modern mega-yacht, the Variety Voyager offers an unforgettable, luxury sailing experience for up to 72 guests. While she provides an intimate atmosphere for a more personalized, authentic experience, her facilities are wide-ranging. You’ll find everything from a mini-spa with a massage room and workout equipment to spacious cabins. Some feature picture windows, so you’ll never have to leave those spectacular views behind. All have the latest and greatest features, like individually controlled air-conditioning, marble bathrooms, TVs, and DVD players. The wood-paneled lounge and the chic dining room boast wraparound views through picture windows that line three exterior sides.
- 7 nights of sailing on an elegant small-cruise ship
- Accommodation in private double or twin ensuite cabin with airconditioning
- Private transfers to and from the airport
- Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Complimentary filter coffee, tea, and purified water 24/7
- Welcome cocktail reception
- Captain's Dinner & BBQ feast
- Italian Theme night
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
- Dedicated English-speaking cruise escort
- Return flights
- Shore excursions (payable locally)
- WiFi (payable locally)
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