Date
Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 18, 2023
Trip Type
By Sea

Group Size: Up to 80 guests
Price: Starting from $8,999 per person double occupancy
Co-sponsored with: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association

Activity Level
3

Trip Overview

  • Spend seven nights aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud II, circumnavigating beautiful Sicily on turquoise waters, slipping into rugged green harbors and disembarking at ancient towns that were once centers of the Greco-Roman, Carthaginian, and Byzantine worlds
  • Explore the capital city of Palermo, dotted with Baroque churches, Arab mosques, and Byzantine mosaics, including the breathtaking golden mosaics of the 12th-century Palatine Chapel
  • Roam ancient Agrigento, one of Sicily’s oldest cities and a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., and marvel at its seven well-preserved Doric structures in the Valley of the Temples, some of the finest Greek ruins in the world
  • Call at Reggio Calabria to view the magnificent Riace Bronzes, a pair of 2,500-year-old life-sized bronze statues of nude, bearded Greek warriors discovered less than 50 years ago, striking in their detail of idealized masculine forms
  • Take a private tour of a Baroque palazzo in Syracuse with its owner, a Sicilian baron, and enjoy light refreshments as you gaze upon this repurposed medieval building’s frescoes, sculptures, and massive crystal chandeliers

Schedule by Day

  • Oct 10: Depart U.S.
  • Oct 11: Arrive in Valletta, Malta / Embark Sea Cloud II
  • Oct 12: Porto Empedocle, Italy / Agrigento
  • Oct 13: Trapani
  • Oct 14: Palermo
  • Oct 15: At Sea
  • Oct 16: Reggio Calabria
  • Oct 17: Syracuse, Sicily
  • Oct 18: Valletta, Malta / Disembark / Return

Pricing

Per person double occupancy:

  • Cabins 204-206: $ 8,999
  • Cabins 207-210: $11,999
  • Cabins 211-217; 224-231: $13,999
  • Cabins 218-223: $15,999
  • Cabins 301-302: $16,499
  • Cabins 303-319: $17,999
  • Cabins 401 & 402: $21,999

Single occupancy:

  • Cabins 204-206: $13,499
  • Cabins 207-210: $17,999
  • Cabins 211-217; 224-231: $20,999

Accommodations

  • Seven nights aboard Sea Cloud II 

Extensions

Optional Prelude: Valletta

Information coming soon

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

This is an active program that involves extensive walking and standing during visits to museums and historic sites. Please note that Sea Cloud II does not have an elevator. At certain ports of call, Sea Cloud II may not be able to dock at a pier for disembarkation. In these cases, a tender service, and/or Zodiac inflatable boat, will be employed as a transfer from Sea Cloud II to shore. Sea Cloud II staff will be there to assist you getting in and out of the tenders/Zodiacs. The temperatures during your stay in Sicily should range from the mid-50s to low 70s °F. As rain showers are not uncommon in October, we suggest that you bring a lined raincoat and a folding umbrella. We also recommend you pack a hat, sunblock, and insect repellant. Casual dress is appropriate most of the time, and the emphasis is on layered clothing. Comfortable walking shoes are essential! For welcome and farewell dinners, jacket and tie is customary for gentlemen, with comparable evening attire for ladies. Smart casual clothing is suggested for other dinners aboard Sea Cloud II.

Study Leader(s)

Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English

For More Information

Please email haatravels@harvard.edu or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.