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The Sicilian with Malta

Trekked by more than half of humankind’s ancient world, modern day Sicily still offers off-the-beaten-path discoveries that reveal an undiscovered side of Italy. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British have left an impression on this gorgeous island, and it shows in its diverse architecture, unique culture, and multinational cuisine. As you trace the sparkling coast from the flamboyant capital city of Palermo to the ultra-chic Taormina Riviera, you can expect stunning archaeological treasures, ancient works of art, and a warm welcome at every turn, and a cool gelato on every corner. Discover the marvelous sights of Malta to explore the ancient archaeological sites and amazing seaside sights along the way.

Join us to experience these two countries' exquisite beauty that will stay with you for years to come—a guided vacation in Sicily and Malta you’ll treasure forever.

Highlights of The Sicilian with Malta

Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $2,407*
18 guests in a party: $597*

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

The Sicilian

UNESCO Sites

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: City of Noto|Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto: Ragusa|Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica|Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina)

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 6 three-course dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN PALERMO, ITALY Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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Day 2

PALERMO Sicilian Specialties PALERMO Guided sightseeing includes the Church of Immacolata and a visit to the cathedral. Scenic drive to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the Norman Cathedral. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
The story of the splendid Monreale Cathedral began as Arabs took control of Palermo. They transformed the cathedral into a mosque and banished the Bishop of Palermo from town. Not wishing to venture too far from his beloved cathedral, the Bishop settled in a small village in the hills overlooking Palermo, the site of modern-day Monreale. There, he built a modest church to keep the flame of local Christian worship alive. Today the cathedral is known for its stunning mosaics that cover an area of over 64.500sq ft.

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Day 3

PALERMO–ERICE–MARSALA–MAZARA DEL VALLO Sweet & Salty Sicily ERICE Free time to browse.
MARSALA Visit a salt mill en route to Mazara del Vallo. Enjoy a wine tasting. (B,D)
99 mi / 160 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Lagoons, salt pans and windmills can be found along the coastline near Marsala. Learn all about the production of salt when visiting one of the original salt mills.


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Day 4

MAZARA DEL VALLO–SCIACCA–AGRIGENTO Timeless Temples MAZARA DEL VALLO Guided sightseeing includes the cathedral and a walk in the Old Town.
SCIACCA Photo stop at the panoramic viewpoint.
AGRIGENTO Take a guided walking tour at the Valley of Temples. (B,D)
93 mi / 150 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ANCIENT ARCHAEOLOGY The ruins of Akragas remain Sicily's most amazing archaeological site. The impressively well-preserved Tempio della Concordia sits in a spectacular setting upon a ridge where it served as a beacon for homecoming sailors and today draws enthralled visitors to revel in the remarkable Valley of the Temples.


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Day 5

AGRIGENTO–PIAZZA ARMERINA–RAGUSA Ancient Artistry in Sicily PIAZZA ARMERINA Take a guided visit to the Villa Romana del Casale with the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. (B,D)
130 mi / 210 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE Explore the extraordinary example of Roman power in one of the most luxurious villas of its kind in the Italian countryside. Marvel at the magnificently preserved mosaics that embellish the Villa Romana del Casale, designed and installed by African mosaic workers and the strength of the Roman influence and power throughout the Mediterranean region.


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Day 6

RAGUSA Historic Streets & Sweets RAGUSA Guided walking tour includes the city’s oldest district, the Ibla, the 19th-century gardens of Giardini Iblei, and St. George Cathedral. Visit an authentic Carrettieri (Sicilian carts) workshop. Free time. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
Visit an authentic Carrettieri workshop and learn everything about this ancient art. The craftsmanship involved in creating these carts is highly esteemed, and the tradition has been passed down through generations. Sicilian cart painting is considered a unique form of folk art, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.


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Day 7

RAGUSA–NOTO–SYRACUSE World Stages NOTO Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire San Nicolò Cathedral.
SYRACUSE Guided visit to the Archaeological Park features the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheatre. (B)
56 mi / 90 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ARCHITECTURE & ARCHAEOLOGY Discover the extraordinary evidence of history found at Neapolis Archaeological Park of Siracusa. The stars of this show are the magnificent ancient ruins of the Greek Theatre and remarkable Roman Amphitheatre which are revered as one of the greatest archaeological sites in all of Italy.


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Day 8

SYRACUSE–CATANIA–TAORMINA RIVIERA Coastal Treasures CATANIA Take an orientation walk with free time to browse in Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. Take a scenic drive en route to Taormina Riviera with free time this afternoon and evening. (B)
75 mi / 120 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily's east coast. It sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, Europe’s tallest volcano. The city's wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell 'Elefante statue and richly decorated St. Agata Cathedral. Nearby, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants.


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Day 9

TAORMINA RIVIERA EXCURSION TO SAVOCA Frozen in Time SAVOCA Orientation walk followed by a [LF] Granita (semi-frozen drink), and brioche tasting at Bar Vitelli.
TAORMINA RIVIERA Orientation walk and free time for lunch. Visit the Greek Theatre, followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
43 mi / 70 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Not quite the same as sorbet, the Sicilian invention of granita is Sicily’s take on frozen concoctions that varies with the delightful tastes of lemon, mandarin orange, jasmine, almond, mint, coffee, or berries. A frozen blend of Sicilian pistachios is also a tempting way to enjoy this traditional treat.


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Day 10

CATANIA-LA VALLETTA, MALTA-ST. JULIAN Gardens and a Grand Harbor CATANIA Fly to La Valletta airport.
LA VALLETTA Orientation walk includes the Barakka Gardens (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Enjoy superb views over the whole of the Gran Harbour, with the Three Cities in the background from the Barakka Gardens. Perched atop the Grand Harbour, these colonnaded gardens were created in 1661, and were actually the private gardens and exercise grounds of the Knights of the langue of Italy, whose auberges lie very close by.


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Day 11

ST. JULIAN: EXCURSION TO RABAT-MOSTA & MDINA Catacombs and Silent Cities RABAT Stop in the city famous for its catacombs
MOSTA Take pictures of the stunning Roman Catholic church with a unique architectural history.
MDINA Walk through the “Silent City” and take in views of the ancient walls followed by a glass blowing demonstration (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM When the capital city was moved out of Mdina, the city was left uninhabited, and was considered a ghost town and the “silent city” nickname was born. This name is still fitting today as there are many signs around the city as reminders to be silent and no cars allowed in the city.


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Day 12

ST. JULIAN Home of Giants ST. JULIAN Free day to explore the city. Farewell dinner at local restaurant (B,D)

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE with a visit to the little island home’s oldest freestanding structures in the world: the 5,500-year-old complex of the Ggantija Temples. Locals claim the site was built by giants, hence the name “Ggantija.”


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Day 13

ST. JULIAN Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2025-03-28 2025-03-29 2025-04-10 $3707 $0 $3829 LPM50329 Available
2 2025-04-04 2025-04-05 2025-04-17 $3877 $0 $3999 LPM50405 Available
3 2025-04-11 2025-04-12 2025-04-24 $4477 $0 $4599 LPM50412K Available
4 2025-04-18 2025-04-19 2025-05-01 $3907 $0 $4029 LPM50419 Available
5 2025-04-25 2025-04-26 2025-05-08 $3907 $0 $4029 LPM50426 Available
6 2025-05-02 2025-05-03 2025-05-15 $3977 $0 $4099 LPM50503 Available
7 2025-05-09 2025-05-10 2025-05-22 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50510 Available
8 2025-05-16 2025-05-17 2025-05-29 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50517 Available
9 2025-05-23 2025-05-24 2025-06-05 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50524 Available
10 2025-05-30 2025-05-31 2025-06-12 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50531 Available
11 2025-06-06 2025-06-07 2025-06-19 $4497 $0 $4619 LPM50607K Available
12 2025-06-13 2025-06-14 2025-06-26 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50614 Available
13 2025-06-20 2025-06-21 2025-07-03 $4497 $0 $4619 LPM50621K Available
14 2025-08-22 2025-08-23 2025-09-04 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50823 Available
15 2025-08-29 2025-08-30 2025-09-11 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50830 Available
16 2025-09-05 2025-09-06 2025-09-18 $4497 $0 $4619 LPM50906K Available
17 2025-09-12 2025-09-13 2025-09-25 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50913 Available
18 2025-09-19 2025-09-20 2025-10-02 $3927 $0 $4049 LPM50920 Available
19 2025-09-26 2025-09-27 2025-10-09 $3907 $0 $4029 LPM50927 Available
20 2025-10-03 2025-10-04 2025-10-16 $3907 $0 $4029 LPM51004 Available
21 2025-10-10 2025-10-11 2025-10-23 $4447 $0 $4569 LPM51011K Available
22 2025-10-17 2025-10-18 2025-10-30 $3707 $0 $3829 LPM51018 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Mercure Palermo Centro The Mercure Palermo Centro has a prime location with the Politeama theatre, the Harbor, the Cathedral and the lively Vucciria Market within walking distance. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and 93 modern rooms with design furniture. Rooms have a refined atmosphere and mostly come with white, beige and black color combinations. Each one has air conditioning, coffee and tea maker facilities, flat screen TV with international channels and in-room safe. In the evening enjoy a cocktail at the bar. Many restaurants, bars and local shops are available nearby. Palermo via Mariano Stabile, 112 First-Class
2 Mahara Hotel & Wellness Ideally located on Sicily's southwest coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Mahara Hotel & Wellness is just a short walk away from the center of Mazara del Vallo. This relaxed 81-room property offers free Wi-Fi, a wellness center complete with Turkish bath, chromotherapy shower, and hot tub, as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a terrace and sun loungers. The elegant guestrooms are spacious, air conditioned, and equipped with satellite TV and minibar with either a balcony or a terrace. The in-house restaurant is recommended by Italy's most prestigious food guides and serves traditional Sicilian dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks and snacks are available in the lounge bar. Mazara del Vallo, Sicily Island Lungomare San Vito 3 First-Class
3 Della Valle Set amid a beautiful garden with olive and palm trees, Hotel Della Valle features a bar serving snacks and cocktails throughout the day, an outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants one located in the park and one overlooking the swimming pool - where to enjoy international cuisine, and traditional Sicilian dishes. All 112 guest rooms are modern and decorated in Sicilian style, offering air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe and flat screen TV with international channels. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. The famous Temples Valley is within easy reach. Agrigento Via Ugo La Malfa 3 First-Class
4 Poggio Del Sole Resort Poggio del Sole Resort is beautifully situated in the hyblean landscape. Those buldings which were once parts of an elegant "masseria" now frame a tastefully and uniquely designed hotel with restaurants, bars and Spa. The hotel, in spite of its rustic location and origins, comes with all modern comfort and is elegantly embellished by a sober mix of contemporary and traditional sicilian furniture. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. An outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a lounge bar are also available. Ragusa Area S.P. 25 Ragusa - Marina Di Ragusa - Km 5,700 First-Class
5 Mercure Siracusa Prometeo The modern, comfortable Mercure Siracusa Prometeo offers 93 rooms with all the comforts. The hotel has a bar/bistro, a fitness room and a wellness center. In Summer a roof panoramic outdoor swimming-pool with a solarium area on the 6th floor will be available. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property. Siracusa Viale Teracati 20 First-Class
6 Hellenia Yachting Hotel Hellenia Yachting Hotel is an elegant 4-star hotel in Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony of Sicily. The property is directly overlooking the waterfront and features a private beach, a spa and a pool. There is a piano bar located in the main terrace area and immediatly adjacent to the main in-house restaurants which boasts some of the finest Sicilian cuisine, presenting traditional local dishes with a fresh and original touch. Giardini Naxos Via Jannuzzo, 41 First-Class
7 Mercure St. Julian's Malta Mercure St. Julian¿s Malta is a modern hotel with stylish and contemporary interiors combined with a Mediterranean charm. Centrally located within walking distance from the St. Julian¿s promenade and casinos, with many restaurants, bars and entertainment options nearby. From the rooftop pool area on the 11th floor, breathtaking 360° views over Spinola Bay can be enjoyed. A fully equipped fitness centre is available and Free Wi-Fi internet access is included throughout the property. All 111 colorful guestrooms are elegantly furnished and feature air conditioning, flat screen TV's with international channels, coffee and tea making facilities, an in-room safe and minibar. St. Julians Qaliet street First-Class
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