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!
Home of cultural intrigue, fabulous towns, stark beauty and Etna in the distance! Fill up your senses while following the south coastline of Sicily, exploring its ancient past, and discovering beautiful bays and villages. 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 Syracuse. Our tender will bring you to your home for the next week, the New Horizons. It is waiting for you in front of a postcard bay with white sand and turquoise waters.
We will anchor in the Syracuse lagoon, from where you can visit the island of Ortygia. It’s difficult to get lost (it measures just 1km by 500 metres), but it is packed with over 2,500 years of history. Architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Mediaeval Norman buildings and a great deal of understated Baroque. Restaurants, trattorias and bars abound and it is especially nice to sit out on the western side in the late afternoon, warmed by the sun and while waving to the New Horizons.
Syracuse was the most important city of Magna Graecia. It defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was home to many a great Greek, including the inimitable Archimedes. At the height of its economic, political and military powers, the city had a population of 300,000 and, according to Cicero, was “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”. There is plenty to see. The archaeological site, situated in the northwest of the town, is home to a staggering number of well-preserved Greek (and Roman) remains. The main attraction is undoubtedly the Greek theatre that dates back at least until the 5th Century BC.
The southern coast and hinterland mark a welcome break from the volcanic fixation of the blacker lands to the north: here the towns are largely spacious and bright, strung across a gentler, unscarred landscape that rolls down to endless long sandy beaches and the sea.
We drop anchor near Pozzallo, in front of a postcard beach with white sand and turquoise waters. The beaches are pristine, so white, so clean and so perfect. You’ll have this last day of the cruise to relax on board, go to one of to the sandy beaches or discover the south west part of Sicily.
At the southernmost point in Sicily, Portopalo di Capo Passero is a pleasant old fishing village. There are sandy beaches and reefs punctuated by little coves to offer something for everyone – for sunbathers, kids, stronger swimmers, snorkelers and divers, and those who want to fish. The town was historically tied to Syracuse, dating back to the ancient Greek epoch. But its primary industry was tuna fishing, packing and exporting, which it has done for centuries. The remains of the old tonnara stand as testimony of this ancient trade that is still an important one today. There is also abundant farming, with melons, tomatoes, citrus and vegetables being important crops.
The town is small but pleasing, with 4000 inhabitants and spectacular seascapes. You can enjoy both sunsets and sunrises here that are breathtaking. There are restaurants, shops and seafront cafes. The fancy Castello Tufari is an ornate mansion built at the turn of the last century that looks like a storybook setting.
The Forte of Portopalo is the 16th century fortress built to house the soldiers and artillery that protected against pirate raids. This point was especially prone to attacks, as Turks and pirates put in here to replenish their water and provisions. Next to the square squat Fortress is the tall lighthouse that protects sailors
The Island of Capo Passero sits just 250 meters form the coast and covers 37 hectares. There is an old fortress and some old tuna fishing warehouses where fishermen stored their nets and equipment. Today it a refuge for birds and marine life who love the undisturbed natural landscape. The smaller island, Isola delle Correnti, is tiny and connected to the mainland by a strip of rock. There is an abandoned lighthouse and light keeper’s dwelling. This is a popular spot for windsurfing.
Portopalo is near Pachino, and within reach of the Baroque towns of Noto and Avola, along with the others that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beaches and waters here are clean and some of the best in Sicily.
This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime!
Our final destination for this cruise is Ragusa, one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. One of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily. The best activity in Ragusa is wandering; meandering along the character-filled lanes of Ragusa Ibla or clambering up the steps towards the upper town and enjoying the great, classic view over Ibla. This is an inviting town for even more leisurely pursuits – a long drink at a cafe table on the pretty sloping piazza in front of the Duomo, a wine-flavoured gelato, a splendid meal at one of the town’s small restaurants or a stroll in the park.
You’ll have the whole Friday of the cruise to relax on board or discover typical Sicilian life in Ragusa or its beaches, as we can bring you ashore with the tender.
Saturday, the final day. After more than half a year of cruising on the Mediterranean Sea, this journey comes to an end in Sicily, a magical island and one of the most central locations in the Mediterranean Sea. The New Horizons will be docked on shore and serviced for next year’s season of sailing.
You will absorb the absolute and sheer beauty of the south western coastline of Italy, exploring its settlements, and enjoying the beautiful beaches.
To Italy! Puglia in its remote undeveloped beauty, and peace, to match the lap of water along our vessel, and glide across to interesting and vibrant Sicily.
Home of cultural intrigue, fabulous towns, stark beauty and Etna in the distance! You will see some of the radically unique islands of the Mediterranean.
Switch on your up your senses while we follow the eastern coastline of Sicily. Enjoy yoga on board, and have a taste of the best cuisine in the world.
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