Staring up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is one of the many experiences that are expected along this tour, but we will be involving ourselves in many other excursions that are less renowned yet just as profound. While in Malta, examining all the multi-coloured flowers of the Barracca Gardens in the capital city of Valletta might be comparable to the inspiration found in gazing upon the patchwork of assorted, colourful boats that slowly cruise the harbour of Marsaxlokk.
Realizing the historical significance of Tunisia involves visiting the holy city of Kairouan, where the first mosque in Africa stands, or meet someone from one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world while in Djerba. Malta is not the only island experience in the Mediterranean; Sicily offers a whole new paradise to soak in.
The endearing qualities of narrow, market streets that wind through the city of Vucceria and the magnificence of the slopes of Royal Mountain make it easy for anyone to fall in love with this island. The antiquity of Northern Italy seems endless as we step into Florence's Accademia and stand in front of Michelangelo's David.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour combination is offered only in spring when temperatures are mild, crowds thinner, and airfares lower. The region has a mild Mediterranean climate with early springs with green landscapes and wildflowers. Showers are possible.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest. Roads are in good condition, though a little winding on some stretches. Short ferry crossings; scheduled flight Tunis-Malta. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels and inns (3 star) used throughout. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is usually available in Tunisia, less so Italy (see 'inclusions'); you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guide throughout (Tunisia), driver (s), local step-on guides in various locales.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)