Small Ship Cruising

Sicily, the Amalfi Coast & Rome

$12,580 CAD
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Cities & Landmarks
Rome, Naples, Amalfi, Palermo, Taormina, Sicily
Sicily Amalfi Coast Rome Italy Cruise
Ravello, Italy


Uniquely Tauck



TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Exclusive after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel – without crowds – during two nights in Rome at the Hotel Majestic Roma, located on the Via Veneto




All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff and local guides


Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at CAD $4,557


Special Tauck Experiences include traditional Sicilian entertainment and a visit to the amazingly well-preserved ruins of Herculaneum


Night sail by the volcanic island of Stromboli





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Cultural journeys and expeditions

At the crossroads of the Mediterranean... Explore Siracusa's Greek Theater... Segesta's unfinished temple... Valletta and Lipari... and one of the world's most breathtaking locales, the Amalfi Coast.

Our Mediterranean cruise aboard the newly refurbished Le Ponant includes one night on Malta and two nights in the heart of Rome on the fabulous Via Veneto – featuring a Tauck Exclusive, an after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums. Your Italy cruise calls on Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, and remote Aeolian Isles. Enjoy traditional Sicilian entertainment, a spectacular sail past Stromboli, a visit to Herculaneum's ruins and so much more! Read Less

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Tauck Exclusive – Vatican Museums after hours

Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after-hours... without the crowds

Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 1500s, the Vatican Museums display classical and religious works of art collected by the Popes throughout the centuries. Combined with the Sistine Chapel, they’re visited by around six million people a year, ranking among the most-visited art museums in the world. On your exclusive, after-hours, guided visit, you can explore the Candelabra Gallery, the Map Gallery, the Tapestries, and the Sistine Chapel… all without the usual crowds. So you’ll be able to take your time to contemplate the inspirational treasures before you – including the spectacular Biblical frescoes on the ceiling, which took Michelangelo four years to paint, standing on a scaffold... and changed the course of western art.

Phoenicia Hotel Malta

An Art-Deco treasure revitalized for the 21st century

Considered a Maltese national treasure, the five-star Phoenicia Hotel Malta, built in the Art-Deco style in the 1930s, was nearly complete when World War II intervened, delaying its opening until 1947, when it began a long reign as one of the most distinctive hotels in the Mediterranean; its guest list has included royals, celebrities and heads-of-state. This iconic hotel recently emerged from an extensive restoration to take its place among the leading properties of the 21st century.

If you are searching for a trip that combines the pleasure of camaraderie and the joy of a cultural experience, look no further.

Paige Turner


Deck Plans

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Antigua Deck

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Owner's Suite

Saint Barth Deck

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Balcony Suite

Marie Galante Deck

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Junior Suite

Deluxe Stateroom

Prestige Suite


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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

Protect Your Travel Investment

Cruise Protection Product

Your cruise is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Cruise Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!

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Reviews (9)

Beautiful weather, well planned itinerary, We had wonderful tour directors and the ship and crew were the best. The ability to select activities each day that suited our interests was great. After being turned off by a river cruise, we were a bit leery of a small ship cruise, but has us rethinking our next Tauck trip to another cruise.

Most Memorable Moment:

So many--The Sistine Chapel at night would probably come out at the top of the list.

The small size of the tour group and ship was cozy. The ship's crew seemed to learn everyone's names in just two days and the service from everyone involved - the tour leaders, local guides, ship's crew - was great. I like the information and context the local guides provide on the sites visited in terms of history and culture.

Most Memorable Moment:

Watching the Stromboli volcano erupt from the deck of the Le Ponant after dinner was pretty impressive. Of course, seeing the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica was also impressive. Actually, there were several impressive churches/chapels - it's hard to choose which was the most memorable.

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Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.

Book Today... And Travel Dreams Begin

Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.