You’ll experience an abundance of history and culture. And each day will deliver a new bay or village to discover and explore. We make the most of your time and curiosity, without pressure of a fixed schedule. This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime. Join us on board!
During this week, you fill up your senses while following the northern coastline of Sicily, exploring its many treasures, and having a taste of the best cuisine in the world. The combination of this and being far away from distraction and day to day life, encourages us to find total relaxation on board of the New Horizons.
We start our cruise on Saturday in Milazzo. Our tender will bring you to your home for the next week, the New Horizons. It is waiting for you in the harbor with a view on the Aeolian islands to the north and Sicily to the South. Sicily has an area of 25,426 km² and is the largest island belonging to Italy. It is separated from the Italian mainland by the Strait of Messina. In the north it is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the east by the Ionian Sea and in the east and southwest by the Strait of Sicily. Sicily has a largely mountainous landscape, and is the home of Mount Etna – the tallest, largest and most active volcano in Europe. The north and east coasts are made up of high cliffs with numerous bays and sandy beaches.
North coast of Sicily sailing cruise
The first coastal village is Tindari. First an important Ancient Greek settlement, it was under the Ancient Romans that the town flourished and several Roman monuments can still be seen here scattered around the surrounding landscape. It is said that a part of the city fell into the sea in the first century AD, bringing to an end the glory days of Tindari, but much of the ruins are still visible. Highlights among the Roman ruins are stretches of defensive walls, a theatre, sections of the original town and some good mosaics. There are also lovely views along the coast and out to sea, and numerous small beaches to enjoy.
As we sail further along the Sicilian coast line to the westt, you’ll be amazed by the pretty villages, such as Cefalu. The most readily identifiable feature in Cefalu is a natural one – a very large rock (known as La Rocca), and once home to the Greek Temple of Diana, and to the original town that stood here, parts of which can still be seen. The ‘new’ town is largely spread around the base of La Rocca. The 12th century cathedral is undoubtedly the highlight within the town. The exterior is decorated but not overly ornate and is very nicely proportioned, with Norman style towers either side of the entrance and a recurring ‘arched windows’ them. Cefalu is one of seven beautiful Sicily villages
We will anchor near Termini-Imerese. No visit to a Sicilian town is complete without some ancient ruins and Termini Imerese is no exception with both Greek and Roman ruins present. At the park called Villa Palmeri you can see various Roman ruins of buildings that were once used for important ceremonies close to the Amphitheatre and the Forum.
Sailing on to Bagheria, The town was at one time an enclave where the wealthy of Palermo built their baroque villas away from the main town in the rolling vineyards and lemon plantations of the region. The trend was started by the Prince Giuseppe Branciforte, and soon many other wealthy merchants followed the Prince’s lead and it is the resultant villas that are the highlight of a visit to Bagheria. The highlight among these is the Villa Palagonia, a very unusual design by Tommaso Maria Napoli (although still clearly baroque) that has a grand, ornate balustraded staircase curving up to the decorative main entrance. The unusual feature of the Palagonia is that the facade is curved, a theme which continues with the rooms inside the villa. The ornateness continues inside, for example in the famous gallery of mirrors. The other ‘curiosity’ at Villa Palagonia is the statues of numerous grotesque statues around the walls and gateway to the villa.
This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime!
Thursday evening, we arrive at Palermo, where we drop anchor. Palermo is the capital city of Sicily, a role it took from Syracuse when under Muslim rule around 878 AD. Founded by Phoenicians, it is a port, like all the major Sicilian cities and economic centers, and is located on the north-western part of the island. It is in a fine naturally protected setting on the slopes of Monte Pellegrino with the attractive harbour below. This location, combined with the rich architectural heritage, make palermo an absolute highlight of a visit to Sicily.
Palermo holds a unique place amid cities of the world due to its rich cultural and historical heritage, and also its gastronomy. Due to the historical political conflicts in Sicily, the architecture in Palermo is a mix of Arab, Byzantine, Roman, Norman and modern. The centre of the city is a fascinating mix of grand palaces, churches and other fine buildings interspersed with narrow streets of crumbling yet beautiful ancient houses – these are as much a highlight of a visit as the more impressive monuments, and what gives Palermo its own very personal character. You’ll have the whole Friday of the cruise to relax on board or discover typical Sicilian life in Palermo, as we can bring you ashore with the tender.
Saturday, the final day. The guests that stay on board for another week, say goodbye to old friends that will leave today and ahoy to the new friends that arrive for another week of discovery. This next journey will take the New Horizons along the west coastline of Sicily, exploring its many treasures, and having a taste of the best cuisine in the world.
During this sailing cruise, you will fill up your senses while following the south western coastline of Italy, exploring its settlements, and enjoying the beautiful beaches.
During this sailing cruise, you will fill up your senses while we are sailing through the Aeolian islands, exploring its settlements, and enjoying the majestic views.
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