Rome to Rome 10 nights

Rome to Rome

11 days / 10 nights - Wind Surf Ship

Encircle the Isle of Sicily and discover sparkling resorts favored by emperors, towns frozen in time by legendary volcanoes, Maltese palaces where Grand Masters once gathered… this itinerary has them all. Discover surreal shades of blue at Grotta Azzurra on Capri, walk the shallow steps of Valletta built for armor-laden knights, and raise a glass of limoncello to another blissful day in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.

 

Rome – Rome
Ship: Wind Surf
Number of nights: 10 nights
Embark – Disembark: Rome – Rome

Day 1 – Rome / Civitavecchia, Italy
Day 2 – At sea
Day 3 – Catania, Italy
Day 4 – Valletta, Malta
Day 5 – Xlendi / Gozo, Malta
Day 6 – Porto Empedocle / Sicily, Italy
Day 7 – Trapani / Sicily, Italy
Day 8 – Lipari, Italy
Day 9 – Sorrento, Italy
Day 10 – Capri, Italy
Day 11 – Rome / Civitavecchia, Italy

Day 1 – Rome / Civitavecchia, Italy
In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.

Day 2 – At sea
This is your invitation to a day of indulgence. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience. Dine in sumptuous casual style, or wrap yourself in that comfy waffle-weave robe and enjoy your meal in the privacy of your beautiful stateroom. Your delight is our single priority for your day at sea.

Day 3 – Catania / Sicily, Italy
Like a phoenix, Catania has risen from the ashes seven times—the result of its inauspicious location at the foot of rumbling Mount Etna. At the Piazza del Duomo, notice the black lava rock elephant poised on the fountain. Stop for a gnash of traditional Sicilian pizza baked in a wood-burning oven. Or head further afield to Taormina, Syracuse or Mount Etna itself.

Day 4 – Valletta, Malta
When Valletta was built in 1566, it was the first European city built totally from scratch. With underground ditches for drainage and a grid system to channel the breeze in summer, it was a marvel of city planning, and the city hasn’t undergone any important modifications since the knights abandoned it in 1798.

Day 5 – Xlendi / Gozo, Malta
Pretty Xlendi Bay lies on the west coast of Gozo, an island long thought to be the mythical Ogygia of Homer’s Odyssey. Surprisingly for such a small island, Gozo is home to the oldest freestanding temples in the world, the Ggantija Temples, nestled among the rolling green hills. You should also visit the Citadella, a small, fortified town that houses the island’s Cathedral, the Museum of Archaeology, the Folklore Museum, and the Old Prisons.

Day 6 – Porto Empedocle / Sicily, Italy
Porto Empedocle is the gateway to the Valley of the Temples, the finest collection of Greek temples in Europe. These World Heritage Site structures are not only beautiful in their own right, but are nestled among olive trees and picturesquely perched on a ridge overlooking the sea. The ancient city of Akragas was once one of the most culturally advanced Greek cities in the Mediterranean.

Day 7 – Trapani/Sicily, Italy
As the only major port on the west coast of Sicily, Trapani has changed hands many times and has been influenced by many cultures. Don’t miss the Marsala Cathedral and 16th-century Church of St. John the Baptist. And keep an eye out for the herons, flamingos, storks, and cranes that make their home along this coast.

Day 8 – Lipari / Sicily, Italy
The Aeolian Islands are scattered across the Tyrrhenian Sea just to the north of Sicily. The volcanoes on islands Stromboli and Vulcano erupt fairly frequently, while the rest are fairly quiet. These rugged islands are fronted by steep cliffs, deep caverns, and outstanding views. Lipari is the largest of them, bustling with lively tavernas, a harbor filled with fishing boats, and fortifications meant to thwart attacks by Saracen pirates. Stop by the archaeological museum at the citadel, one of the best in Sicily.

Day 9 – Sorrento, Italy
Perched on a terrace on the spectacular Amalfi Coast, Sorrento offers exceptional views whether approaching by sea, or looking out towards the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Sorrento has plenty of history and pleasant piazzas filled with buskers and cafés, but it’s hard to come here and not visit nearby Pompeii or Herculaneum, both frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Day 10 – Capri, Italy
Glamorous Capri has been a haven for the rich and famous since the days of Roman Emperors Tiberius and Augustus. The beauty of the island is legendary, its limestone cliffs carved into magnificent caverns, grottoes, and stacks framed by cerulean blue waters. Head to Positano, the iconic pastel village clinging to the Amalfi cliffs. Or take a small boat into the mysterious Blue Grotto where the eerie blue light feels like navigating through sky.

Day 11 – Rome / Civitavecchia, Italy
In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.

Wind Surf:
On any day, our 310-guest flagship, Wind Surf, draws admiring glances as she glides majestically into port with her tall sails billowing. And her beauty is far more than skin deep.
Everything about Wind Surf speaks of welcome. Come aboard and see it for yourself.

October 2014: 29 October

May 2015: 27 May
October 2015: 03 October