Depart the Eternal City on a two-week journey of wonderment. Italy merges into Malta, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia on a tour of stunning scenery, fabulous food and exhilarating experience. Enjoy a night in remarkable Valletta, recently voted one of the best travel destinations of the year. Disembark in indescribably beautiful Venice.
Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites that include butler service, and most include private verandas. Our intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor offshore.
Ship overnights in Valletta, Kotor and Venice for extensive time to immerse yourself in the destinations.
Visit Gozo, the "Isle of Calypso" famous for its mythical legends and folklore.
Explore Corfu by Jeep as you drive through olive groves, traditional villages and picturesque countryside.
DAY 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Rome the Eternal is 25 centuries old and constantly reinventing itself. The glories of Ancient Rome, the pomp of the Renaissance Papacy, and the futuristic architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries all blend miraculously into a harmonious whole. You can get Wi-Fi in the shadow of 2,000-year-old ruins. It’s this fusion of old and new and the casual way that Romans live with their weighty history that make this city unique.
DAY 2: Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento may have become a jumping-off point for visitors to Pompeii, Capri and Amalfi, but you can find countless reasons to love it for itself. The Sorrentine people are fair-minded and hardworking, bubbling with life and warmth. The tuff cliff on which the town rests is like a great golden pedestal spread over the bay, absorbing the sunlight in deepening shades through the mild days with the scent of orange and lemon trees wafting a luscious perfume in spring. In the evening, people fill cafés to nibble, sip and talk nonstop; then, arms linked, they stroll and browse through the maze of shop-lined lanes.
DAY 3: Trapani, Sicily, Italy
Trapani, the most important town on Sicily’s west coast, lies below the headland of Mount Erice and offers stunning views of the Egadi Islands on a clear day. Trapani’s Old District occupies a scimitar-shaped promontory between the open sea on the north and the salt marshes to the south. The ancient industry of extracting salt from the marshes has recently been revived, and it is documented in the Museo delle Saline. In addition to the salt marshes, Trapani’s other interesting environs include the beautiful little hill town of Erice, the promontory of Capo San Vito stretching north beyond the splendid headland of Monte Cofano, the lovely island of Motya and the town of Marsala.
DAY 4: Valletta, Malta (overnight in port)
Malta's capital, the minicity of Valletta, has ornate palaces and museums protected by massive fortifications of honey-color limestone. Houses along the narrow streets have overhanging wooden balconies for people-watching from indoors. Generations ago they gave housebound women a window on the world of the street. The main entrance to town is through the City Gate (where all bus routes end) which leads onto Triq Repubblika (Republic Street), the spine of the grid-pattern city and the main shopping street. Triq Mercante (Merchant Street) parallels Repubblika to the east and is also good for strolling. From these two streets, cross streets descend toward the water; some are stepped.
DAY 5: Valletta, Malta
DAY 6: Gozo, Malta
Malta is situated approximately 58 miles (about 93 kilometres) south of Sicily, and approximately 179 miles (about 288 kilometres) north of Africa. The Maltese Archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean. Gozo, the “Isle of Calypso,” is a unique island that forms a part of the Maltese Archipelago, and it is famous for its mythical legends, folklore and crafts. Some parts of Gozo are still undiscovered and unspoiled. The southern part of the island facing Malta is low-lying, but it rises near the coast and forms the vertical cliffs of Ta’ Cenc that jut out like a bastion into the sea. Several narrow valleys cut through and dissect the plateau, the best-known being Xlendi.
DAY 7: Taormina, Italy
The medieval cliff-hanging town of Taormina is overrun with tourists, yet its natural beauty is still hard to dispute. The view of the sea and Mt. Etna from its jagged cactus-covered cliffs is as close to perfection as a panorama can get — especially on clear days, when the snow-capped volcano's white puffs of smoke rise against the blue sky. Writers have extolled Taormina's beauty almost since it was founded in the 6th century BC by Greeks from nearby Naxos; Goethe and D. H. Lawrence were among its well-known enthusiasts. The town's boutique-lined main streets get old pretty quickly, but the many hiking paths that wind through the beautiful hills surrounding Taormina promise a timeless alternative.
DAY 8: Corfu, Greece
Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures — a sophisticated weave where charm, history and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island's east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of Corfu and has a remarkable historic center that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007. All ships and planes dock or land near Corfu town, which occupies a small peninsula jutting into the Ionian Sea. Whether arriving by ferry from the mainland of Greece or Italy, from another island, or directly by plane, catch your breath by first relaxing with a coffee or a gelato in Corfu town's shaded Liston arcade, then stroll the narrow lanes of its pedestrians-only quarter.
DAY 9: Kotor, Montenegro (overnight in port)
Backed by imposing mountains, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into the deepest channel of the Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay) which is Europe's most southerly fjord. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor's medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries, and it is presided over by a proud hilltop fortress. Within the walls, a labyrinth of winding, cobbled streets leads through a series of splendid paved piazzas that are rimmed by centuries-old stone buildings, many of which now house trendy cafés and chic boutiques at ground level.
DAY 10: Kotor, Montenegro
DAY 11: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful fortified cities. Its massive stone ramparts and splendid fortress towers curve around a tiny harbor, enclosing graduated ridges of sun-bleached orange-tiled roofs, copper domes and elegant bell towers. In the 7th century AD, residents of the Roman city Epidaurum (now Cavtat) fled the Avars and Slavs of the north and founded a new settlement on a small rocky island which they named Laus, and later Ragusa. On the mainland hillside opposite the island, the Slav settlement called Dubrovnik grew up. In the 12th century the narrow channel separating the two settlements was filled in, and Ragusa and Dubrovnik became one.
DAY 12: Šibenik, Croatia
Šibenik's main monument, its Gothic-Renaissance cathedral, built of pale gray Dalmatian stone and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands on a raised piazza close to the seafront promenade. From here a network of narrow, cobbled streets lead through the medieval quarter of tightly packed, terra-cotta–roofed houses, and up to the ruins of a 16th-century hilltop fortress. The city has never been a real tourist destination. Before the Croatian war for independence, it was a relatively prosperous industrial center, but when the factories closed, Šibenik sank into an economic depression.
DAY 13: Koper, Slovenia
Today a port town surrounded by industrial suburbs, Koper nevertheless warrants a visit. The Republic of Venice made Koper the regional capital during the 15th and 16th centuries, and the stately architecture of the Old Town bears witness to the spirit of those times. The most important buildings are clustered around Titov trg, the central town square. Here stands the Cathedral, which can be visited daily from 7 to noon and 3 to 7, with its Gothic facade. Be sure to step inside to see the gorgeous Sacra Conversazione painted by Vittore Carpaccio in 1516. Across the square the splendid Praetor's Palace, formerly the seat of the Venetian Grand Council, combines Gothic and Renaissance styles.
DAY 14: Venice, Italy (overnight in port)
Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.
DAY 15: Venice, Italy
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All meals – served in a variety of restaurants and including 24-hour dining service
Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
On-board entertainment and lecturers
Transportation into town in most ports
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