You’ll experience an abundance of history and culture. And each day will deliver a new island, 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 west 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 Palermo. Our tender will bring you to your home for the next week, the New Horizons. It is waiting for you in the harbour of the capital of Sicily.
We set sails for San Vito Lo Capo. It is a picturesque village of white houses, once the haunt of fishermen working on the prolific tuna fishing industry, and a spectacular beach framed by mountains, whose crystal waters call for a dip in the sea. It is an area that, within few miles, can offer solitude and wilderness, with the rocky coast of Baia Santa Margherita, interspersed with gorgeous coves. It has clear, azure waters, white sand and palms that reminds of a tropical beach but also a wild landscape with gorgeous rocky little coves. The best of both worlds indeed, Sicily style.
Sicily gives you the chance to live a wonderful holiday thanks to its history, sea, culture and food; surely one of the most popular tourist destinations is the Northwestern area of the island, where you will find Trapani. The region of Trapani has a fascinating history as the city was once the port serving Erice, and became an important centre for the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs and the Normans thanks to its strategic position. Today, Trapani is an elegant destination. The ancient historic centre is perfect for a pleasant walk among narrow streets and antique shops, and to enjoy the sight from the seaside promenade.
Just a few minutes from the city centre lies the Nature Reserve of the Salt Pans of Trapani and Paceco: this place really deserves a visit as its beauty is really unique, and its peculiar environment makes it suitable for plenty of migratory bird species – pink flamingos and cranes above all. Salt pans are still in use nowadays, and have been used for at least 1000 years; together with the production of salt, they are famous for their dreamy and romantic atmosphere, thanks to the ancient windmills whose silhouette stands out against the million shades of sunset, and to the water reflecting those colors, creating an absolutely magnificent scenario that can be enjoyed every day. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
After Trapani we set sails for the three Egadi Islands, lying like so many partially submerged giant whales just a few miles off the coast of Trapani. They offer a great deal of charm and diversity.With a permanent population of around 5,000 spread over the three islands, the Egadis boast a long history and yet have somehow remained largely unchanged over the years. It is still possible to find isolated bays and coves, deserted mountain paths and a pace of life which is extremely relaxing.
The historical highpoint of the islands, at least on an “international” level was 241BC when the First Punic War was brought to an end here. Catulus defeated the Carthaginian fleet there and a treaty was signed whereby Sicily was handed over to the Roman Empire. However, the history goes back much further.
On both Favignana (the largest and most populated of the islands) and Levanzo (the smallest) there are some Paleolithic and Neolithic cave paintings. The most famous of these is the “Grotta del Genovese” on Levanzo. Discovered only in 1949 these incisions and charcoal and animal fat graffiti show scenes from daily life including fishing for tuna, animal husbandry and even dancing. Today, the archipelago is a flourishing, but as yet unspoilt holiday destination. Each island has its own distinct characteristics but all share a one important feature: the irresistible, crystalline waters of the Egadi Islands Marine Reserve, one of the largest and most various in Europe.
Marettimo is the most isolated of the Egadi Islands, lying a full 15 miles off the coast of Trapani. It is wonderfully unspoilt both in terms of its marine life and its rugged mountainous hinterland. Dramatic limestone cliffs plummet towards the cobalt-blue sea, endless panoramas abound, and mountain paths offer wonderful walking.
After we lift the anchor we head back to Sicily. Marsala is internationally famous for one thing: wine. Its inhabitants, however, while being extremely proud of their amber nectar, are equally enthusiastic about their town’s long, illustrious history. Today, Marsala is a pleasant, relaxed place to visit and the lovely, recently restored, mainly Baroque old town centre is pedestrian friendly and easy to walk round.
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 Mazara del Vallo. The most striking example of the interlacing of civilizations that took place in Sicily between the European populations and those of Islamic and the North African region. Situated in the western part of the island, Mazara has maintained its maritime vocation derived from ancient times through the centuries, becoming one of the most important fishing ports of the Mediterranean Sea. Mazara’s historic quarter resembles a North African kasbah and is a labyrinth of narrow streets, sprinkled with magnificent baroque and Norman-period buildings. It’s small enough that you won’t ever really get lost, and the dilapidated old buildings give it a rugged charm. Walking through the streets and squares of Mazara, you can re-live the harmony experienced among the people of different origins that have always distinguished this city. You’ll have the whole Friday of the cruise to relax on board or discover typical Sicilian life in Mazara del Vallo or its beaches, 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 south coast of Sicily to Ragusa, one of the most fascinating towns in Sicily with plenty to see and explore along the way.
During this sailing cruise, you fill up your senses while cruising through blue water, watching the beautiful coastline, gazing at millions of stars and meeting dolphins.
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