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Voyage to Valletta

Sailing from Cagliari to Valletta aboard the Panorama II

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  • Lipari

Sicily’s cultural treasures are unsurpassed. With a history of some 3000 years, this gem of an island has witnessed wave after wave of invasions bringing new cultures and ideas. This has resulted in some lofty and noble architecture from magnificent Doric temples to great Byzantine cathedrals and bizarrely styled villas. The geography of the island lends itself beautifully to exploration by ship, as most points of interest are close to the sea. With just 49 fellow passengers, we will explore Sicily’s spectacular sights in small groups and our ship will dock in ports that are not accessible to the large cruise liners. We will avoid tiresome road journeys and be able to appreciate in comfort the rich artistic legacy of so many invading civilisations. In addition, we have planned some late departures from port, which afford the opportunity to enjoy dining ashore or an after dinner stroll in some towns which are particularly atmospheric in the evening. After eight days of exploring Sicily’s wonders, we sail for the lovely island of Gozo where we have a day to explore before our final port of call, the grand harbour of Valletta. 

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Panorama II

Panorama II

Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015,  the two-masted Panorama II is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests. If you find large resort style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers attractive then of course this isn’t the vessel for you. However, if you prefer an informal and warm atmosphere more akin to a private yacht combined with an itinerary dedicated to both discovery and relaxation then you need look no further. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Cagliari, Sardinia.

Fly by scheduled flight. Transfer to the Panorama II and embark. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner as we sail this evening.

Day 2 - Trapani, Sicily.

Spend a relaxing morning at sea as we sail towards Sicily arriving in Trapani at lunchtime, our base for an afternoon tour to the nearby town of Erice, famed in antiquity for its temple dedicated to the goddess of love, the Phoenician Astarte, Greek Aphrodite or Roman Venus. Our tour will take us to this stunning site high above the sea and to the beautifully preserved Medieval town characterised by its winding cobblestone streets and beautiful courtyards. Return to Trapani and enjoy free time this evening to wander the streets dine independently in one of the local restaurants before we sail later tonight.

Day 3 - Palermo.

This morning we arrive in the Sicilian capital of Palermo. After breakfast we will explore the city, famous for its jumbled and picturesque streets punctuated with ornate Baroque churches, domed Arab mosques and the glittering Byzantine mosaics that reveal a unique and diverse heritage. We visit the impressive 12th century cathedral which houses the royal tombs of Henri VI and King Ruggiero. Return to the Panorama II for lunch and this afternoon choose to see the remarkable Medieval mosaics in the cathedral at Monreale or take time to explore the city at your own pace.

Day 4 - Aeolian Islands.

Arrive today at the picturesque island of Lipari situated in the Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily. Here we will find an amazing collection of ruins from the prehistoric through to the Roman period. Lipari town is a thriving little place prettily located between two harbours. Our morning tour includes a visit to the upper town set within fortress walls and a drive around the volcano followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum with its impressive relics from nearby excavations. Return to the pretty harbour and choose somewhere to enjoy an independent lunch before we return to the ship in the early afternoon. After a couple of hours at sea we will arrive at the island of Stromboli, the ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’ where we enjoy dinner on board and, if weather permits, we hope to view the eruptions from island’s active volcano.

Day 5 - Taormina.

From the nearby port of Giardini Naxos we will visit Taormina, a walled town lying in the shadow of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest volcano. The town has been a popular tourist destination since the 19th century and our guided tour will include walking the characteristic alleys before visiting the 15th century Palazzo Corvaja and the impressive Greek Theatre from where there are marvellous views over the town and coast. Take the opportunity to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and some free time to explore independently before returning to the ship this afternoon. Maybe enjoy an early evening swim from the local beach before we enjoy dinner on board.

Day 6 - Syracuse.

Syracuse was founded by the Greeks in 734 BC and by the 5th century was a political and military power throughout the Mediterranean and rivalled Athens as the largest and most beautiful city in the Greek world. On leaving the vessel we visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park where we find a well preserved Greek theatre with seats carved from limestone. Paradise Quarry, now an attractive garden and orange grove, was the primary source of that limestone and is the site of the curious ‘Dionysus’ Ear’ - a vast grotto with an amplifying resonance. We will continue to explore the island of Ortigia where we find the Temple of Apollo, considered to be Sicily’s most ancient Doric temple and the Baroque Cathedral, erected over the remains of the Temple of Minerva. After lunch on board enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore independently and tonight dine independently in one of the nearby restaurants.

Day 7 - Ragusa & Noto.

Our final call in Sicily is the southern coast port of Pozzallo from where we will explore the Baroque villages of Noto and Ragusa. This morning we will visit charming Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will see the Duomo and Baroque palaces in Ibla before visiting the upper town, San Giovanni Cathedral and Church of Santa Maria delle Scale. We return to the vessel for lunch and this afternoon you can either choose to relax on board in Pozzallo or join a tour to the beautiful antique town of Noto which was built in 1703. Here we will see numerous 18th century palaces of incredible architectural value including the Duomo, the Museo Civico and the Convento dei Francescani. Return to the ship for dinner and sail this evening.

Day 8 - Gozo, Malta.

Arrive this morning at the Maltese island of Gozo, thought to be the Calypso Isles of Homer’s Odyssey and a lovely place to spend a day. On a morning drive we will visit the Ggantija Temples in Xaghra. Dating back to 3,600 BC, the temples, which are now recognised as a World Heritage Site, are one of the most significant archaeological finds in Malta. Continue to Our Lady of Victories Church, one of the most richly embellished places of worship on the island which was elevated to the rank of a minor Basilica in 1967. We return to the ship for lunch and the afternoon is free to explore at your own pace. Maybe head to the capital of Victoria where you can take your time to walk the walls or through the narrow streets of this small picturesque city or perhaps enjoy time in the local market as the island is renowned for its woollen goods and hand-made lace. Return to the ship for dinner as we anchor overnight.

Day 9 - Valletta.

Over breakfast we will sail into the grand harbour of Valletta and enjoy a city tour of this 16th century ‘Fortress City’ built by the Knights of St John. Our morning tour will include the highlights of Valletta with its stunning views across the harbour from the Barakka Gardens. We will explore Merchants Street containing the surviving auberges built by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, together with the palace where Napoleon Bonaparte is believed to have stayed in 1798. Our final stop will be at St John’s Cathedral. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is free to return to Valletta and explore independently or spend time in Mdina, originally given the name of “Citta Nobile” and now known as the “Silent City”, at the heart of the island. Mdina is Phoenician in origin and was the fortified capital of the Island, before the arrival of the Knights. Return to the ship for dinner and moor overnight.

Day 10 - Valletta to London.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
5 to 14 June 2018
Category Price
1 Lower Deck Forward Double £3095
2 Lower Deck Twin/Double £3395
3 Main Deck Twin/Double £3595
4 Upper Deck Twin/Double £4095
1 Lower Deck Forward Double for sole use £3395
3 Main Deck Twin/Double for sole use £3995

Tour Reference Code: SCP2050618

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, nine nights aboard the Panorama II, breakfast daily, lunches and dinners as stated in the itinerary, house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board, Noble Caledonia Cruise Director, shore excursions, gratuities, transfers, port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, lunch on days 4 & 5, dinner on days 2 & 6. 

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    Please note: Cabins with fixed double beds are:  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17

Panorama II

Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015,  the two-masted Panorama II is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests. If you find large resort style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers attractive then of course this isn’t the vessel for you. However, if you prefer an informal and warm atmosphere more akin to a private yacht combined with an itinerary dedicated to both discovery and relaxation then you need look no further. 

 
  • Panorama II
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Twin cabin
    Twin cabin
  • Double Cabin
    Double Cabin
  • Outdoor Dining
    Outdoor Dining
  • Sun Deck
    Sun Deck
  • Your Cabin

    All the cabins on board Panorama II are designed for comfort and have a nautical feel with light fabrics and wood trimmings. Cabins range in size from 97 to 173 square feet and those located on the Upper and Main Decks are equipped with windows, while those on the Lower Deck have portholes. Cabins either have twin beds or fixed double beds (Cabins  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17). Facilities include en suite bathrooms with showers, cabin TV (for DVD only), mini-fridge, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

  • Your Space

    The public areas include a main lounge and bar with comfortable sofas, a restaurant located on the Lower Deck and the Upper Deck al fresco dining area where meals can be enjoyed when weather permits. There is also a swimming platform enabling guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit and the Upper Deck provides a generous semi covered or sun exposed space with sun loungers and chairs, ideal for relaxation and fantastic views. 

  • Your Dining

    Located on the Lower Deck, the indoor dining room seats all passengers in a single, unassigned seating and offers generous buffet space. The aft area on the Upper Deck provides a generous semicovered area where guests can enjoy meals al fresco with wonderful views, weather permitting. Food is served at the table or displayed on the hot and cold buffets stands. The menu is Greek and international, with a focus on local specialties. On each itinerary, we have included the opportunity for you to dine ashore independently allowing you to experience the local flavours. 

  • Life Onboard

    During the day, life on board focuses around the indoor lounge area, and the indoor dining room, as well as the open and inviting deck areas. These are natural gathering places and perfect for enjoying your meals al fresco, settling into a comfortable chair with a good book or socialising with your fellow passengers and enjoying the views. The swimming platform on Panorama II’s stern enables you to swim off the yacht when weather and anchorage conditions permit. (only applicable for voyages around Greece). 

  • Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted to have chartered the two-masted Panorama II for a series of cruises through the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean in 2018. Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015, she is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests.

    The public areas include a main lounge and bar with comfortable sofas, a restaurant located on the Lower Deck, the upper deck al fresco dining area (weather permitting), and a swimming platform enabling guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. The Upper Deck provides a generous semi covered or sun exposed space with sun loungers and chairs and is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the fantastic views. The atmosphere on board is informal, warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    ADAPTORS

    Adaptors for hairdryers, mobile phones etc. can be obtained from the Reception Desk. These should be returned to Reception at the end of the cruise.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The ship is centrally air conditioned throughout.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship uses a public address system to advise guests of all important information and activities during the cruise. Announcements in English can be heard throughout the public areas of the ship and in all cabins.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    A selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water are available on the ship.

    CABIN SIZES & FACILITIES

    All cabins are designed for comfort and have a nautical feel with light fabrics and wood trimmings. Cabins either have twin beds or fixed double beds. Facilities include en-suite bathroom with shower, television (for DVD only), mini-bar, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

    Category 1 cabins range in size from 113 to 119 square feet and feature a porthole and double bed.

    Category 2 cabins range in size from 108 to 140 square feet and feature a porthole and twin bed.

    Category 3 cabins range in size from 97 to 130 square feet and feature a window and twin or double bed.

    Category 4 cabin is 173 square feet and features two windows and double bed. Please note that cabin numbers with fixed double beds are A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16 & 17.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    A Cruise Director and/or Tour Manager will accompany you on your voyage.

    CURRENCY

    It is a good idea to exchange some of your funds at a bank before leaving home. Most international airports also exchange funds, though they often charge higher exchange fees. The ship does not facilitate any currency exchange on board. The currency on board the Panorama II is Euros.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department in advance. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or Hotel Manager at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your needs.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship does not have facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers. Additionally, most shore excursions involve some walking and some are walking tours only. We also may need to use Zodiacs/ local boats to tender from ship to shore on some days.

    DRESS CODE

    On board the emphasis is on comfortable and casual clothing at all times. The dress code is very informal. You may like to wear smart casual clothing for the welcome and farewell dinners, and when dining ashore. Please note that no ties or jackets for the gentlemen, and no formal dresses for the ladies are required.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V/50Hz (European standard) and a 220V razor socket. This is only suitable for low voltage electrical appliances, e.g. mobile phone or camera charger. We recommend that you bring a two-pin European adaptor for the 220v plug. Hairdryers are provided for your convenience in the bathrooms. If you require electrical medical equipment, please notify the Reservations Department as soon as possible.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation and disembarkation times will be provided by your Cruise Director or Tour Manager.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    It is mandatory that all guests participate in the safety briefing, which is normally scheduled to take place prior to departure from the port of embarkation. In the unlikely event of an emergency you will be informed by a loudspeaker announcement. We ask you to collect your lifejacket from the cabin, proceed to the marked Muster Station on the Main Deck and to follow instructions given by the Captain or crew members.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Housekeeping is available twice per day, in the morning and afternoon.

    INTERNET ACCESS

    Onboard internet services are available with a range of pricing plans.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is a laundry service available at an additional charge (excluding dry-cleaning).

    LIBRARY

    There is a very small library located in the lounge.

    LIFE JACKETS

    The vessel is equipped with life jackets which can be located in the cabins. Additional life jackets can be obtained in the muster station from the crew.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property should be handed to reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MAIL

    Although reception staff are happy to post letters on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or at the port of call at which you make such a request. Some postal services are unreliable and many letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences.

    MEALS

    Meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables, for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Weather permitting, some meals are served al fresco on the Upper Deck. The menu is Greek and international, with a focus on local specialties. Special meal requests (e.g. vegetarian meals) are available on request, please ensure you inform us of any dietary requests before departure.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    Panorama II has crew members trained in first aid and medical services can be provided at ports of call.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Our planned schedule may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of the changes.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    All charges for services provided and products purchased on board must be settled in cash (Euros) or by credit card (Master Card, VISA, American Express) before final disembarkation from the ship.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a personal safe. Please take great care with your money, jewellery, cameras, binoculars, documents and any other articles that you retain in your personal control.

    SANITISERS

    Please use the hand sanitisers near reception and the restaurant.

    SMOKING

    On Panorama II, the comfort, enjoyment and safety of all guests is paramount. All cabins are non-smoking. Smoking is only permitted on the open decks.

    SNORKELLING

    Water sports equipment such as snorkelling gear is available on request. 

    TOILETRIES

    Shampoo, body lotion, shower gel and hand soap are provided in your bathroom.

    VISITORS

    For the safety and security of all passengers no visitors are allowed on board the ship.

    WATER

    Drinking water is available all day in the indoor common areas of the vessel. Bottled water is also available at a charge.

    ZODIAC OR LOCAL BOATS TO TENDER ASHORE

    Some destinations may require the use of the ships Zodiacs or local tender boats to go ashore. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac or local tender boat to go ashore. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew on board when boarding tenders / Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given. 

    Please Note:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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      Please note: Cabins with fixed double beds are:  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17

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