European Islands Tour

Corsica, Sardinia, Malta, Sicily, Crete, Cyprus
(option to add Mainland Greece)

The European Islands tour visits the important historic and archaeological sites of these beautiful islands of the Mediterranean sea.

Many of the sites are UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy traditional old world charm in villages and sample regional cuisine and wines. The days will be full and fascinating.

Begin with a flight arriving into Corsica, France. Take a short ferry ride to Sardinia, Italy. After the Sardinia tour, it’s a short flight to Malta.

From Malta, you will board another ferry for the short ride to Sicily. The Sicily tour ends in Catania from where you will fly to Athens and onward to Heraklion, Crete.

After the tour of Crete, a short flight back to Athens to connect to the flight to Larnaca, Cyprus.

In Cyprus visit both the Republic of Cyprus in the south two-thirds of the island as well as The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Explore the amazing sites and learn about fascinating history of each of the countries on our European Islands tour.

Our April tour includes the festival of San Efisio, patron saint of Cagliari, Sardinia. It has been taking place annually since 1656.


  • The Scandola Nature Reserve and The Calanche de Piana.
  • Leisurely guided walk to see the wild horses in Sardinia’s Giara Natural Park.
  • The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth.
  • Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world.
  • The ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of Temples.
  • Selinunte, the largest archaeological site in Europe.
  • Fantastic ruins of the palace complex in the ancient capital city of Knossos.
  • The Acropolis, Ancient Agora, The Parthenon, archaeological sites of ancient Greek civilization.
  • Villages and ruins of The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
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La Balagna, Calvi, France

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    Corsica, France
    Day 1: Arrival Bastia, Corsica

    Upon arrival, your driver will meet you and transfer to your hotel. Rest of day is independent.

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    Day 2: Tour to Cap Corse

    The regions beauty takes ones’ breath away with abundant jagged coastlines, mountains crashing into the sea, hidden coves, and spectacular beaches. We enjoy stops at the charming Miomo, Lavasina, and Erbalunga villages, and the Genoese Tower of Losse and quaint villages of PIno and Nonza.

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    Day 3: Bastia- La Balagna – L'île Rousse - Calvi

    The Balagna region is known for its olive groves and its countless churches.
    Next is L'Île-Rousse, a pretty 18th-century town founded by the Corsican statesman and military leader Pasquale Paoli who fought against Genoese and French control of the island.

    Continue to Calvi for a visit to its citadel and voyage back to medieval Corsica.

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    Day 4: Gulf of Porto and the Scandola Nature Reserve – Ajaccio

    Discover the Scandola Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Porto, a natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site.

    The Calanche de Piana evokes Norwegian fjords if they were found in warmer Mediterranean waters. It offers an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries.

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    Day 5: Tour of Ajaccio

    Surrounded by a fantastic mountain range, Ajaccio is an elegant city. From the top of its citadel, it has preserved its bay which is one of the most beautiful in the world.

    We wander the narrow streets around the citadel; visit the Bonaparte House, the birthplace of Napoleon and now a national museum. Appreciate Italian Baroque art in the Fesch Museum. The musée Fesch is the central museum of fine arts in Ajaccio on Corsica.

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    Day 6: Full Day Tour en-route to Bonifacio

    Bonifacio is medieval city of more than a thousand years of history, a World Heritage UNESCO town, installed on a natural promontory overlooking the Bouches de Bonifacio.

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    Sardinia, Italy
    Day: 7 Bonifacio- Santa Theresa- Alghero

    Santa Theresa di Gallura is a small seaside village on the north coast of Sardinia, one of the most colorful and authentic. It is a historic town with medieval churches and Nuragic ruins scattered around the village.

    Alghero is one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities, encircled by ancient walls. It is known for its cobblestoned old center. Its’ Catalan Gothic buildings include the Cattedrale di Santa Maria, with an imposing bell tower, Palazzo Guillot and Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church.

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    Day 8: Alghero - Nuraghe Palmavera - Tharros-Oristano

    Depart at 8:30 am this morning to visit the beautiful Nuraghe Palmavera, dating the Nuraghic civilization, 1500 BC that built more than 10,000 of these monuments in Sardinia.

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    Day 9: Oristano - Su Nuraxi di Barumini - Giara Natural Park - Cagliari

    We also visit the nearby Casa Zapata, a noble Spanish mansion of the XVI century, built on the top of a nuraghe, is impressive for the excavation and the small Ethnographic Museum with a section dedicated to the "launeddas," the wind instrument typical of Sardinia.

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    Day 10: Cagliari: Explore Nora and visit the capital Cagliari

    Founded in the VIII century B. C: by the Phoenicians in a beautiful bay, Nora became an important town under the Romans.

    The capital Cagliari, the "City of Sun" takes its nickname from its mild and sunny climate. After a panoramic drive, with some photo stops at Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria and Monte Urpinu, enjoy a walking tour of the historical district of Castello.

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    Day 11: Fly to Malta

    Arrive Valletta, capital of Malta (UNESCO Heritage Site). Transfer to hotel.

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    Day 12: Full Day Tour: Valletta

    Visit St. John’s Cathedral, a historical gem which houses famous tapestries by the artist Caravaggio.
    Then the Grand Master’s Palace & Armory, National Museum of Archaeology followed by a visit to the Upper Barracca Gardens.

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    Day 13: Full Day Tour Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa

    The Three Cities offer an intriguing insight into Malta and its history. Left largely unvisited, these cities are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta's maritime fortunes. The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history, as Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicuahave provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.
    Visit the Inquisitor’s Palace.

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    Day 14: Blue Grotto Caves, Marsaxlokk, Tarxien, The Hypogeum

    Visit Mnajdra (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a megalithic temple complex found in an isolated location on the southern coast. Visit the Ħaġar Qim megalithic complex.
    The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces."

    Afterwards, continue to one of Malta’s natural wonders: the Blue Grotto, the largest cave and the Arch.

    Visit the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum of Paola, a subterranean structure dating to the Saflieni phase (3000-2500 BC) in Maltese prehistory,

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    Day 15: Gozo Island

    The island has been associated with Ogygia, home of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey.
    Visit the temples of Ggantija (Palace of the Giants), which consist of two megalithic temples surrounded by a massive common boundary wall, that date to 3600-3200 BC.

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    Day 16: Central Malta: Mosta, Mdina, Rabat & the Domus Romana, Dingli

    A full day tour of the central part of the island visiting Mdina the old capital city of the island, Rabat its suburb town and surrounding areas.

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    Sicily, Italy
    Day 17: Ferry to Pozzallo-Drive Ragusa- Siracusa

    Those continuing to Sicily, transfer to the port for the 1 hr 45 min ride to Pozzallo on the southern tip of Sicily. On arrival, we are met by our driver and drive approx. 40 minutes Ragusa, a hilltop city.

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    Day 18: Siracusa (Syracuse)

    Full day tour of the central Archaeological Park Neapolis comprises the Roman Amphitheater, the Teatro Greco and the Orecchio di Dionisio, a limestone cave shaped like a human ear. The Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi exhibits terracotta artifacts, Roman portraits and Old Testament scenes carved into white marble.

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    Day 19: Piazza Armerina-Agrigento (Porto Empedocle)

    Piazza Armerina, splendid art city woven into the heart of Sicily, boasts a slew of monuments that tell of its glorious past. The Villa Romana del Casale, UNESCO World Heritage originally the property of a powerful Roman family, it dates back to the 4th Century A.D.

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    Day 20: Agrigento Full Day Tour

    Agrigento is a hilltop city on Sicily's southwest shore. Founded in 581 B.C. by Greek, Rhodium-Cretan colonists, it become Akragas the following century, and was one of the most resplendent centers in the Mediterranean.

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    Day 21: Selinunte-Mazara del Vallo

    Selinunte is the largest archaeological site in Europe. On a par with pretty much anything found in Greece itself, Selinunte has lain abandoned for nearly 2,500 years, its numerous temples, its acropolis and its agora in dignified ruins.

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    Day 22: Mazara del Vallo

    We start with a walking tour of Piazza della Repubblica the city’s central piazza. Among the highlights is Cattedrale del Santissimo Salvatore (aka Basil Cathedral), an imposing sight with its glistening cluster of emerald-green, ceramic-tiled domes.

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    Day 23: Mazara del Vallo – Segesta-Palermo

    The Tempio di Segesta (Temple of Segesta) is perhaps the best-preserved Doric temple in the world, and the only freestanding limestone temple in Sicily.

    This afternoon, a walking tour starting from the heart of Palermo, the Politeama Square with its magnificent theater built in 1874. We’ll walk down via Ruggiero Settimo, an elegant street with shops that runs through the city to the Central Station.

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    Day 24: Palermo

    Full day tour of Palermo, capital of Sicily. We start with a visit to the Regional Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas.
    We will then walk down, the oldest street in Palermo, dating to the Phoenicians, passing thru the historic Vucciria market (La Vucciria).

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    Day 25: Palermo – Cefalù – Messina

    Drive to Cefalù, a coastal city in northern Sicily. We visit its’ Norman cathedral, a 12th-century fortress-like structure with elaborate Byzantine mosaics and soaring twin towers.

    Messina is a harbor city in northeast Sicily, separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina.

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    Day 26: Messina – Taormina – Catania

    We stop in Taormina, a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. Catania is located on the east coast of Sicily on the Ionian Sea and is the second largest city in Sicily.

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    Day 27: Catania: Excursion to Mount Etna

    We enjoy a half day visit of Mt. Etna and lunch at a local farmhouse.

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    Crete, Greece
    Day 28: Arrival Athens

    Those continuing to Greece, transfer to the airport for flight.
    Transfer to your hotel.

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    Day 29: Fly to Heraklion

    Visit El Greco museum in Fodele village, the archaeological museum in Heraklion and Knossos, the ancient capital of the great king Minos.

    Visit Skalani and Karteros traditional villages.

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    Day 30: Gortys – Festos – Rethymno

    Drive to Gortys, an ancient Greek/Roman town where archaeologists found judicial laws pertaining to marriage, inheritance, adoption, divorce, etc. dating to 500 B.C. written in the Cretan Doric language.

    We drive westward to the beautiful town of Rethymno, one of the most historical and picturesque towns on Crete.

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    Day 31: Rethymno – Arkadi – Chania

    City tour of Rethymno and visit Rethymno fortress. Visit the historical Monastery of Arkadi. The Monastery is set in a spectacular scenic at the edge of a gorge and represents a symbol of freedom for the Cretans. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

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    Day 32: Chania – Seven villages excursion

    You will visit traditional villages, taste original Cretan delicacies, view the beautiful nature of Crete and be introduced to the traditions of the island.

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    Larnaca Cyprus- North & South
    Day 33: Fly to Larnaca Cyprus, Drive to Limassol

    Fly Heraklion-Athens-Larnaca. Arrival approx 5 pm. This evening, a special dinner at Karatello Restaurant. Karatello is located just behind the Medieval Castle of Limassol

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    Day 34: Limassol Full Day Tour

    Visit the ancient Kingdom of Kourion with extensive archaeological ruins including well-preserved mosaics; the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates; walking tour of Limossol city through the ld Port and culminating at Limassol Castle.

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    Limassol, Cyprus
    Day 35: In the footsteps of Aphrodite – Exploring Paphos

    Paphos is a leading cultural center of the Mediterranean and the whole town is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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    Rural Cyprus
    Day 36: Omodos – Kalopanayiotis Villages

    Today we travel to rural Cyprus, where hospitality is legendary. Overnight in hotel in the lovely Kalopanayiotis village.

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    Troodos Mountains
    Day 37: Kykkos – Troodos – Kalopanagiotis – Pedoulas

    Full day touring the sites in a central area of the Troodos mountain range, in the valley of Marathasa; visits to picturesque villages and UNESCO sites.

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    Day 38: Byzantine Churches in Troodos Mountains – Nicosia

    Visits to several byzantine churches in the area of the valley of Solea; and several villages en-route to Nicosia.

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    The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
    Day 39: Nicosia & The Bedestan

    Nicosia lies roughly at the centre of the island, with a rich history that can be traced back to the Bronze Age. It is the last divided capital in the world. It is split into the Republic of Cyprus in the South and The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Morning visit of Nicosia town and afternoon we walk across the border to the north part of Cyprus and visit The Bedestan.

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    Day 40: Northern Cyprus: Bellapais & Kerynia

    Crossing the border to the North at the Agios Dometios check point, we drive to Bellapais village, famous for its 12th century monastery and Lawrence Durrell (a famous British author who lived here in 1950's and wrote a book about Cyprus: ‘’Bitter lemons’’). 

    Visit Bellapais Abbey which is a fine example of Gothic architecture of the Lusignan period. 

    The tour continues to Kyrenia town centre. We will visit the scenic harbor and the Kyrenia Castle.

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    Larnaca, Cyprus
    Day 41: Larnaca

    Visit Choirokitia, the oldest Neolithic settlement in Cyprus. The site is one of the best preserved prehistoric sites of the eastern Mediterranean. And city tour of Larnaca.

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    Northern Cyprus
    Day 42: Discovering Ammochostos

    Drive to Ammochostos (latin: Famagusta), once one of the most fortified ports of the Mediterranean enjoys a history spanning thousands of years. 

    We then cross the border in Strovilia and proceed to Salamis, the great city founded in the 11th century BC. We visit the old city of Famagusta.

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    Day 43: Depart

    Transfer to the airport.

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    Greece: Mainland Tour- instead of Cyprus
    Day 33: Fly to Athens & Tour

    Transfer to airport for flight to Athens. At 12 noon we embark on The "Welcome to Athens" Orientation tour, a two hour walking tour of Plaka including Ancient Agora with a licensed guide.

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    Day 34: Athens Full day tour

    Visit the Acropolis and Panoramic vehicle tour to admire other important landmarks, such as the Panathenaic Stadium (view from outside), the Temple of Zeus, Zappeion, the Athens Classical trilogy, the Parliament and Changing of the Guards, Syntagma Square, Licabettus Hill.

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    Day 35: Delphi

    Once believed to be the centre of the world and the site at which Apollo spoke through his oracle, Delphi is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. Visit Hosios Loukas an impressive historic walled monastery. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Day 36: Delphi - Meteora

    Visit to Agios Stefanos or Roussanou Monastery followed by a visit to the oldest standing monument of the area, the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary.

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    Day 37: Delphi - Monasteries of Meteora

    The Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries and is second only to Mount Athos.

    Visit Trikala city, the Prefecture's capital is a beautiful city built on the location of ancient Trikki (according to mythology the nymph Trikki was the daughter of Pinios). Also, visit Asklipios, the most important doctor of antiquity, originated from here.

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    38: Meteora – Dion and Vergina – Thessaloniki

    Dion, in the northern foothills of Mount Olympus, was the most important sacred city of the Macedonians. Visit Thessaloniki, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum and the royal tomb of King Phillip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great.

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    Day 39: Thessaloniki Full Day Tour

    Founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon, Thessaloniki's history spans some 2,300 years. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. Today the city is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures.

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    Day 40: Depart

    Transfer to airport for flight to Athens and remain at the airport for your flight home.

  • Trip Length

    40-Days begins in Bastia, Corsica and ends in Thessaloniki, Greece
    43-Days begins in Bastia, Corsica and ends in Larnaca, Cyprus

  • Dates

    Corsica-Sardinia-Malta-Sicily: September 1-28, 2022
    Corsica thru Mainland Greece: September 1-October 2, 2022
    Corsica thru Cyprus: September 1-October 5, 2022

    Corsica-Sardinia-Malta-Sicily: April 21-May 19 & September 17-October 14, 2023
    Corsica thru Mainland Greece: April 21-June 2 & September 17-October 6, 2023
    Corsica thru Cyprus: April 21-June 2 & September 17-October 28, 2023

  • Land Cost

    Corsica thru Mainland Greece: $16,530 based on 6 min people, $17,985 based on min 4 people. Single Room Supplement $3080

    Corsica thru Cyprus: May/June: $17,950 based on min 4 people; $15,950 based on min 6. Single room supplement: $3555
    Sep/Oct: $18,021 based on min 4 people; $16,020 based on min 6. Single room supplement: $3560
    See PDFs for prices of shorter modules

  • Accommodations

    3-5* Hotels

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts included

  • Reading List

    Corsica Reading List
    Sardinia Reading List
    Malta Reading List
    Sicily Reading List
    Crete Reading List
    Mainland Greece Reading List

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