Spend 10 days on a Mediterranean Odyssey across Gozo and Sicily, combing Gozo's rich history, superb diving and glistening shoreline with Sicily's postcard-perfect landscapes and exquisite cuisine.
This morning you will depart for your European Odyssey. Your international flight departs London Gatwick mid-morning and takes three and a half hours, landing in Malta just in time for lunch.
Your driver will meet you in arrivals and privately transfer you to your hotel by road and ferry. Depending on where you stay, the journey will take around one-and-a-half hours.
Once you have checked in, spend the rest of the day becoming well-acquainted with your surroundings. The little sister to Malta, Gozo is a beautifully underdeveloped island which relishes in its relative anonymity, never more apparent in the traditional villages that dot the landscapes. Take a stroll into the local village for a late lunch, spending the rest of the day at leisure.
There's no time like the present to explore the watery world.
The island is surrounded by a wealth of fascinating dive sites, most of which are accessible from the shore and range from wrecks to caves and caverns, scattered with critters including hermit crabs, seahorses, parrotfish and more. Decide where to go on the day or for forward planners discover the best dive sites here.
In the afternoon explore the coastline, either by bike or foot, finding a secret beach to watch sunset before heading back to your hotel for a delicious dinner alfresco.
Spend the next few days exploring the island.
According to legend, Odysseus fell under Calypso's charm here, and since then Gozo's occupants have ranged from pirates to knights; there is a wealth of cultural history to uncover across the island, whether at the ancient Ggantija temples or up the Citadel. For something a little more energetic, there is a huge number of biking and hiking trails through picturesque villages, across rolling vineyards and along the jagged coastline and its hidden bays. Head out to sea on a kayak, paddleboard or private boat to explore the entire coastline or, of course, head back under the waves and dive the different sites that surround the island.
Today it's time to wave goodbye to Gozo as you set sail for the next leg of your adventure.
After a leisurely breakfast you will be privately transferred to the port in Malta's capital Valetta for your crossing to Sicily. We recommend arriving early and enjoying a drink in the picturesque grand harbour, a spectacular natural harbour shadowed by towering Forts at either side. Once you have boarded the ferry, the journey will take around one hour and forty five minutes, arriving in Sicily by late afternoon.
Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and privately transferred to your hotel, which should take around two hours depending on local traffic conditions.
A dazzling island with dramatic landscapes, Sicily is packed to the brim with extraordinary experiences; spend the next few days soaking up Sicily's splendour.
Adventures are easily found when you have picturesque mountain scenery, sparkling seas and the towering Mount Etna to explore - whether hiking, biking, kayaking or sailing aboard a luxury catamaran. The island has a colourful history, having been occupied by the Greeks, Romans, Moors, Normans, French and finally the Italians, so take some time to explore the numerous historical sites - the 12th century Capella Palatina in particular is well worth a visit. For a more sedate approach, opt to eat your way around the island, after all, the Sicilians were the first Italians to eat pasta so it would be rude not to. Check out our dossier for the best restaurants around the island.
Sadly, it's the end of your Odyssey as today you head home. You will be privately transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your flight to London Gatwick, which will take three hours and fifteen minutes.
If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
If you are looking for something extra special and would like to add business or first class flights, stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.