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    • Dates: May 14 - 26, 2019
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    Less than two miles away across a wisp of sea from mainland Italy, Sicily remains a world apart — one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. This sun-drenched island of dramatic volcanoes and fabulous coastlines boasts an awesome historical legacy (including some of the world’s finest sites of antiquity) and a vibrant traditional culture. Home to some of Italy’s friendliest small villages, Sicily in many ways offers intrepid explorers an unmatched experience of “old Italy.” Add to this the alluring island of Malta — the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Long a crossroads between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, Malta is diminutive in size yet at the core of many of history’s major events and home to a beguiling mix of cultures that have stewed together over centuries.

    • Palermo — The feisty Sicilian capital, with its quasi-grittiness on the surface overlaying remarkable historical beauty, its treasures including opulent Arab-Norman mosaics, Baroque palaces, and vibrant street markets
    • Monreale Cathedral — The finest example of Norman architecture in Sicily along with its dazzling interior of Byzantine-influenced mosaics
    • Segesta — Standing in proud isolation amid rugged hills, an unforgettable 5th-century-BC Greek temple
    • Valley of the Temples — A collection of incomparable ancient Greek ruins, with its Temple of Concordia the model for UNESCO’s logo and one the best-preserved Greek temples anywhere
    • Villa del Casale — A 3rd-century-AD Roman aristocrat’s villa with sumptuous mosaics decorating each room that had been buried under mud for centuries
    • Taormina — A chi-chi resort town spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain with stunning views of smoking Mt. Etna 
    • Siracusa — On the sparkling blue sea, perhaps the greatest city of Magna Graecia but also a Baroque delight and a casually chic city center today 
    • Malta — Just a two-hour ferry ride from Sicily and another culture entirely with its legendary history, glittering sea, and 21st-century sophistication 
    • Day 1  Arrive in Palermo
    • Day 2  Palermo and Monreale
    • Day 3  Segesta and Scopello
    • Day 4  Travel day to Agrigento and Winery Visit
    • Day 5  Agrigento
    • Day 6  Villa Romana del Casale and Winery on Mount Etna
    • Day 7  Taormina
    • Day 8  Siracusa
    • Day 9  Siracusa
    • Day 10  Travel day to Malta
    • Day 11  Malta
    • Day 12  Malta
    • Day 13  Departure