Cruising Malta, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands (Harmony G)

Trip Code: ZSDM

Why we love it

Beginning in Malta, your Adventure Cruise takes you over shimmering turquoise waters to the island of Gozo, where you’ll meet a local guide for a walking tour and visit a fantastic winery., Cruise across to Sicily – Italy’s largest island is famed for its cherished cuisine and arresting volcanic landscapes. Spend a day discovering the ancient riches of Syracuse and Noto., Hopping between the diverse Aeolian Islands, you’ll unearth Lipari’s history with a local guide, discover geothermal wonders in Vulcano, unwind in Panarea and look out for eruptions on Stromboli., Discover Europe’s most active volcano, Mt Etna, and see the impact on the surrounding landscapes during a guided tour, including a visit to a local winery benefiting from the region’s volcanic soil., Gorgeous and glamourous, Taormina is one of Sicily’s most beloved destinations. Join a local guide to uncover Greek-inspired architecture and plenty of scenes worth snapping a picture of!

Is this trip right for me?

This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 44 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stablisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Important information

COMPLIMENTARY ARRIVAL AIRPORT TRANSFER
A complimentary arrival transfer is provided from Valetta Airport to the port where this trip starts. Alternatively if you have booked pre tour accommodation with us, a transfer is provided from Valetta Airport to the hotel. Please advise your flight details at least 14 days prior to departure.

SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS
Please note this trip has special booking conditions that deviate from our standard booking conditions. You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD600, USD600, EUR400, NZD600, GBP300, CAD600, CHF450 or ZAR6,000 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

What to bring/pack

Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases.
The dress code on board ship is casual. You may want to bring something slightly dressier for the Captain's dinner or a theme night but as a rule, neat casual will suffice.
Swimming will be offered on most days so swimwear is essential.
Below is a suggested general packing list.

Daypack (a smaller back pack that you can take with you on shore excursions)
Comfortable clothing for warmer temperatures [shorts, t-shirts, light long sleeved tops and pants]
A sweater or jacket for the cooler evenings or early mornings
A light rain coat or poncho
Comfortable walking shoes for shore excursions
Sandals or thongs/flip flops/jandals
Sunscreen [bio degradable and waterproof if available] and lip balm [to combat the effects of wind burn]
Sunglasses
Sunhat [that can be secured as it can get windy out on the water]
Swimming costume
Water bottle [filtered water is available on board the boat]
Bio-degradable shampoo, conditioner and soap
Pegs [so you can hang your swimming costume or towel out to dry]
Insect repellent
European adaptor/electrical plug
Camera

*** Beach towels and snorkelling equipment are provided on board ***

Physical rating

 
2

No particular level of physical fitness is required for our adventure cruises, although you should have a good level of mobility and enjoy good health. We do ask that you read through the trip notes to ensure that this trip is right for you.
Please keep in mind that there are a number of shore excursions offered on your voyage. Some are walking tours and may involve a reasonable amount of walking over varied terrain. We recommend you bring a good pair of walking shoes or boots, carry a water bottle and don’t forget the sunscreen and hat. Depending on the excursion, disembarking the ship may be by zodiac, tender or onto a dock. Very occasionally, it will be a beach landing where you may need to wade through shallow water a short distance to reach the shore. This will be highlighted in the trip notes.
Snorkelling and fishing equipment is provided on board all of our vessels. To snorkel, we request that you consider your fitness level and your confidence in the water before taking part.

Joining your group

Valletta, , Valletta, MALTA

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Valletta, , Valletta, MALTA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 3

Dinners included: 5

We are able to cater for most special dietary requirements. Please advise any special dietary needs at least 4 weeks in advance of travel.

Climate & seasonal information

In case of emergency

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below:

PEAK DMC Europe: +49 (0) 8677 918 66 57

Accommodations

Cruise:
Wifi is available on all ships at EUR15 for 200MB or EUR20 for 250MB. The coverage can be very intermittent and unreliable. On shore in most countries, you should find fast, free wifi available in cafes or restaurants. Internet connections in Cuba are very unreliable.

Transportation


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