Featured Trip — Sicily by Sea: Art Treasures & Ancient Temples, September 21 to 29, 2013

Nat Geo Traveler coverWe’re thrilled that our “Sicily by Sea: Art Treasures & Ancient Temples” tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”  and is featured in the magazine’s May 2013 issue.

Here are just a few of the highlights of the trip:

Discover Sicily’s antiquities

Explore Sicily’s treasures during a cruise from Valletta, the capital of Malta, to Catania aboard the three-masted sailing yacht Sea Cloud II. Walk through the Greek ruins of Agrigento and Segesta, and on Syracuse’s beautiful Ortygia Island see the cathedral built on the ruins of the Temple of Athena.

50ToursLogoTraveler‘s Margaret Loftus writes, “Adding context are onboard lectures from Temple University art history professor Frank Dabell and National Trust for Historic Preservation horticulturalist Patrick Bowe.”

Experience the thrill of cruising aboard Sea Cloud II as she travels through gentle waters under a full set of billowing sails.

Sea Cloud IILife aboard Sea Cloud II has no comparison. The ship’s friendly staff, luxurious accommodations and fine dining create an onboard ambiance of relaxed elegance. Sailing romantics will love watching the 32,150 square feet of sails being set by hand.

Enjoy a reception at a baroque palazzo by special invitation.

After discovering Syracuse, one of the most important cities in antiquity, visit one of the loveliest of Sicily’s baroque townhouses, the palazzo Beneventano. Baron Beneventano will welcome us for a tour and refreshments.

Palatine Chapel MosaicAdmire the golden mosaics in the Palace of the Norman Kings.

Dock in the Sicilian capital of Palermo for a visit to the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Norman Kings. Described by Guy de Maupassant as “the most surprising religious jewel ever dreamt of,” the chapel is known for its extraordinary mosaics.

Other highlights of the program include viewing Caravaggio’s The Burial of St. Lucy in Syracuse and visiting the magnificent Norman cathedral in Monreale. Optional extensions in Malta and Taormina are offered.

Can’t join us for the 2013 cruise? Academic Arrangements Abroad is offering “Sicily by Sea” again in 2014.

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