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Ancient Empires: Amalfi Coast, Sicily & Malta

Tour Dates: May 24 - June 1, 2020 (9 days)

Tour Leader(s): James Higginbotham ,

This tour has been cancelled for 2020. If you are interested in traveling to this region and would like to be contacted when this tour becomes available, please call 800-748-6262 or email

Join Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host James Higginbotham and immerse yourself in the cultural mélange of formidable nations that stood at the crossroads of the Mediterranean. Cruise from Rome to Malta aboard the state-of-the-art, Five-Star Le Bougainville, launched in 2019. Featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms, this elegant small ship is able to call on ports inaccessible to larger vessels.

From the classical perfection of Agrigento’s unforgettable Valley of the Temples to the elegant hillside retreat of Positano, this specially-designed itinerary explores some of Europe’s most storied villages, resplendent shores, and prized remnants of bygone civilizations.

       Cruise along two of Europe’s most dramatic coastlines, through the fabled Strait of Messina and the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas. See seven impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. Gain intimate insight into the Roman way of life in A.D. 79 at the superbly preserved and excavated site of Pompeii, and visit the legendary Isle of Capri. Discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina, in the shadow of Mount Etna; the legendary city of Syracuse, once the most powerful city of the ancient Greek world and today an open-air museum of monumental antiquities; and the rich medieval history of Malta. Pre- and post-cruise options in Rome and Malta, respectively, are available.

Explore the Ancient Empires, Amalfi Coast, Sicily & Malta with AIA Tours, May 2020

Rome - AIA Tours, Travel with the Archaeological Institute of America

The five-star small-ship Le Bougainville.

See the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri on the Ancient Empires cruise May 2020

Agrigento, Sicily - AIA Tours - travel with the Archaeological Institute of America

Pompeii, Italy

Tour the remarkably well preserved third-century B.C. Greco-Roman theater in Taormina.

Valletta, Malta - Cruise to the picturesque capital city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


*Pre-cruise option: Eternal Rome

Sunday, May 24, 2020 – Depart home
Monday, May 25 – Rome, Italy/Civitavecchia
Tuesday, May 26 – Sorrento for Pompeii
Wednesday, May 27 – Sorrento for Amalfi Coast / Isle of Capri
Thursday, May 28 – Naxos for Taormina, Sicily
Friday, May 29 – Syracuse
Saturday, May 30 – Porto Empedocle for Agrigento
Sunday, May 31 – Valletta, Malta
Monday, June 1 – Valletta / Fly home

*Post-cruise option: Timeless Malta

The pre- and post- cruise options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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