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Sicily & Malta Aboard the Sea Cloud
May 2-11, 2017 

We are thrilled to announce that VENT’s next Mediterranean voyage aboard the Sea Cloud will be a charter cruise to Sicily and Malta, May 2-11, 2017. This departure, arranged exclusively for VENT travelers, emphasizes the history, culture, and nature of this historically complex region.

Sea Cloud

Sea Cloud — Photo: Courtesy Sea Cloud Cruises

Our exciting itinerary includes a day on Malta and a partial circumnavigation of Sicily. From beautiful Valletta, the capital of Malta, we’ll cruise to the western edge of Sicily before tracing a route along the south coast en route to Syracuse on the eastern side of the island. We’ll call at several important ports including Trapani, Marsala, Porto Empedocle, and Syracuse. Land excursions to some of the finest Greco-Roman archaeological sites surviving from antiquity include Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento, and Syracuse.

Early May is a lovely time of the year to travel in Sicily and Malta, with mild temperatures, wildflowers in bloom, and birds on the move. Visits to two important nature preserves—Reserva Delle Saline and Oasi di Vendicari—promise an excellent array of waterbirds and landbirds such as Levantine Shearwater, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-tailed Godwit, Audouin’s Gull, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Woodchat Shrike, and Italian Sparrow.

Unique in her all-wood construction and elegant under sail, Sea Cloud is the standard by which all other ships are measured. All cabins are immaculately appointed and contain private facilities.  High quality cuisine is served in an elegant dining room.

Joining Victor Emanuel on this voyage is VENT leader, Barry Lyon; Larry Wolff, the Silver Professor of European History at New York University and Director of the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies; and Peter Zika, a superb field biologist and botanist at the herbarium of the University of Washington.

Temple of Segesta, Sicily

Temple of Segesta, Sicily — Photo: luigi nifosi/shutterstock

For those who want to experience more of Malta and Sicily, land-based Birds & History tours will be offered as optional pre- and post-cruise extensions. Our Malta Pre-trip combines birding and sightseeing in a variety of island-wide locations including the Grand Harbor and the medieval fortress of Mdina. Our Sicily Extension will spend time in the island capital of Palermo, the beautiful cliff-side town of Taormina, and at Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest volcano.

Sicily & Malta: History, Culture & Nature Aboard the Sea Cloud, May 2-11, 2017 with Victor Emanuel, Barry Lyon, Larry Wolff, and Peter Zika; cabins start at $8,995 in double occupancy from Valletta, Malta.

Malta Pre-trip, April 29-May 3, 2017 with Victor Emanuel, Barry Lyon, and Peter Zika; $2,295 in double occupancy from Valletta, Malta.

Sicily Extension, May 11-18, 2017 with Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon; $4,995 in double occupancy from Catania, Sicily.


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