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TREASURES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

The Mediterranean Islands invite you ashore with promises of wine, seaside treasures and daily pleasures.

Travel Style

Marine

Start

Valletta

Finish

Nice

Trip Code

TOTM111

Countries

4

Number of countries visited

Days

11

Duration of the trip

Pace

2

Pace level 2: Light
$

Price

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Itinerary

TREASURES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
Trip Code: TOTM111

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Tauck
    • Countries: Malta, Italy, Monaco, France
    • Min/Max: 1-60 passengers
    • Style: Marine (Small Ship Cruising)
    • Duration: 11 days
    • Pace: 2 (Light)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Ship(s): Le Ponant
    • Arrive Malta
    • Embark Valletta
    • Taormina, Sicily
    • Lipari
    • Amalfi
    • Ponza
    • Bonifacio
    • Elba
    • Disembark Nice
    • Monte Carlo
    • Depart Nice
  • Arrive Malta

    Day 1

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel Phoenicia Malta. A transfer is included from Malta International Airport to the grand Hotel Phoenicia Malta in the thriving port of Valletta. join us for tonight's private welcome cocktail reception and dinner at an 18th-century palace reminiscent of Versailles.

     Dinner

  • Discover Malta / Embark Ship

    Day 2

    Learn about Malta's 7,000-year-old history at "the Malta Experience," before exploring the island's landmark sites. Take a walking tour of the walled city of Mdina and a coastal drive around Julian's Bay. In the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valletta, a guided tour includes a visit inside St. John's Co-Cathedral to see its silver and gold-leafed interior and rare art treasures - including the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Italian painter Caravaggio. Embark Le Ponant this afternoon.

      Breakfast and Dinner

  • Taormina Town or Mt. Etna

    Day 3

    Board a zoziac boat for a ride into Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, where you'll have a choice of shore excursions. Visit the clifftop city of Taormina, perched high above the sea, for a walking tour that takes you up to the 2nd-century Greek theater and on a stroll along the Corso Umberto through Old Town, lined with piazzas, palazzi, duomos, and sidewalk cafes. Or, explore Mount Etna, passing through picturesque villages and navigating volcanic landscapes en route; the views from on high are spectacular! Enjoy the captain's welcome reception this evening.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Historic Sites or Wine on Lipari

    Day 4

    Off the radar to most visitors, Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, covers 13 square miles, producing capers, sleek black obsidian jewelry, pumice and sweet Malvasia wine as economic mainstays. Take a Zodiac ashore for guided exploration of the island. You may choose to join a local guide for a walking tour of the town's archaeological sites, followed by a self-guided visit to the Archaeological Museum. Or, embark on a tour of the island, stopping in the village of Quattropani for a visit to an organice winery where art, wine and nature merge; see the wind tower and vineyards before a tasting on the rooftop terrace. Spend the afternoon at sea as your ship charts a course for the volcanic island of Stromboli. Weather permitting, a nighttime sail by its always active volcano during dinner on the deck is nothing short of magical.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Amalfi & Visit Ravello or Positano

    Day 5

    There's a good reason why the Amalfi Coast has been revered for its natural beauty since before the Middle Ages. Discover it your way after taking a tender to shore for your choice or sightseeing excursions. Both explore the town of Amalfi with a guided visit to its stunning 9th-century cathedral, sitting atop a grand staircase in the center of the town. Then it's off for a drive to clifftop Ravello and historic Villa Rufolo, built in the late 13th century and enchanting with seaside views; or a roadtrip to picturesque Positano and a chartered boat ride along the coast. Le Ponant departs for the island of Ponza this evening.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Ponza & Cruising the Mediterranean

    Day 6

    Pretty Ponza is fringed with dramatic coves and cliffs lined with brightly colored houses. Fishing boats dot the 18th-century harbor, and vineyards cover the hillsides for a quintessential snapshot of daily life here. Go ashore for time at leisure this morning, reboarding your ship for lunch and an afternoon at sea en route to Corsica.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Small Ship Delights at Corsica

    Day 7

    Home to coastal towns, lovely beaches and park-like landscapes, Corsica welcomes small ships only to her fjord-like harbor in Bonifacio; your entrance aboard Le Ponant is truly a special moment so be sure to have your camera handy! Depending on your interests, you can join us for a ride aboard Le Petit Train to the town's walled fortress area, followed by a walking tour of Old Town's maze of medieval lanes. Or, cruise aboard a local boat to see the bird-rich marine caves in the island's; uninhabited by man, these granite islands, oft covered with yellow poppies and daffodils, offer sanctuary to abundant marine life and boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Enjoy time at the beach or in Bonifacio before returning to your yacht. Sail for the island of Elba later today.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • A Taste of Napoleon's Elba

    Day 8

    Disembark ship on Elba for a day of exploration, your way. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled on this island, summering at beautiful Villa San Martino; a guided visit here is followed by time at leisure in Porto Azzuro and a wine tasting at a family-owned Elba winery bordering the sea. As an alternative, take a walking tour of harborside Portoferraio with a visit to Napoleon's winter residence and a musical performance at the theater he built for his sister, followed by a wine tasting overlooking the gulf.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Disembark Nice / Saint-Paul-De-Venice

    Day 9

    Your cruise ends in Nice this morning and is followed by two nights in nearby Monte-Carlo. En route to your hotel, enjoy a guided walking tour in Nice and drive up into the hills to the medieval walled with of Saint-Paul-de-Venice. An artist Marc Chagall's grave, set amidst panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy time on your own before continuing to your waterfront hotel in the heart of glamorous Monte-Carlo, close to the famous Grand Casino. Spend the evening as you like.

      Breakfast

  • Exploring Monaco-Ville

    Day 10

    A world away from Monaco's super yachts and designer boutiques, Monaco-Ville reigns atop a rocky peninsula (Le Rocher); discover its old town charms on a sightseeing excursion today, including a visit to the royal palace and gardens. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Join us this evening for our farewell cocktail reception and dinner overlooking the treasures of the Mediterranean Sea.

      Breakfast and Dinner

  • Journey Home

    Day 11

    Tour ends: Nice. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from fairmont Monte Carlo to the Cote d'Azur Airport in Nice, and the Nice-Ville, Nice-Riquier, and Monaco-Monte-Carlo train stations. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.

      Breakfast

  • What's Included

    Important Information

    • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at CAD $2,870
    • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff and local guides
    • Only 60 guests aboard in 32 staterooms for an intimate cruise experience
    • Visit six islands best accessed by small ship, with guided exploration
    • A choice of included shore excursions to Ravello or Positano; medieval Bonifacio or coastal boat ride to island beaches; Taormina or volcanic Mt. Etna; archaeological sites on Lipari or a wine tasting at Quattropani Winery; and more
    • Aboard ship alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day, including house wines and spirits; premium spirits are available at extra cost
    • Airport transfer upon arrival; airport or train station transfer upon departure as noted
    • 25 meals on land and sea, service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes and porterage

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