Treasures of the Mediterranean Isles

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Explore Malta and enjoy visiting Corsican citadel of Bonifacio, perched on soaring sea-cliffs, with its medieval fortress, maze of streets, churches, mausoleums, and unique history and many more exciting attarctions.
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Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Explore the Corsican citadel of Bonifacio, perched on soaring sea-cliffs, with its medieval fortress, maze of streets, churches, mausoleums, and unique history
    • Visit the prehistoric temple complex at Hagar Qim on Malta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site older than Stonehenge
    • Discover Ortigia, a small island-city within the city of Siracusa – a romantic enclave of ancient temples and baroque architecture
    • Explore the summit of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano, with an experienced mountaineer-guide, and savor some of the most dramatic panoramic views of Sicily and the Mediterranean

What's this trip about?

    Explore Malta and enjoy visiting Corsican citadel of Bonifacio, perched on soaring sea-cliffs, with its medieval fortress, maze of streets, churches, mausoleums, and unique history and many more exciting attarctions.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityMarseille
End CityValletta

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • France
  • Italy
  • Malta


  • Elba
  • Mount Etna
  • Palermo
  • Stonehenge
  • Valletta

Trip includes

    • Visit the waterfront Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille, chronicling centuries of Mediterranean cultural influences in Europe
    • Private Tauck Shore Excursions – $2,912 value!
    • Enjoy exclusive visits to private villas and art collections in Palermo, drinks and canapes included
    • Enjoy a gala Sardinian lunch at the Convent di San Giuseppe in Cagliari
    • Enjoy a private wine-tasting and family-style lunch at a historic family winery on the foothills of Mount Etna
    • Take a ride on a historic lift to the summit of Mount Capanne in Elba for the fabulous views
    • Spend two nights at luxury hotels in Marseille or on the island of Malta
    • Aboard ship – alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day aboard ship including house wines and spirits; premium spirits and wines are available at extra cost
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
    • 26 meals on land and sea, applicable fuel surcharges, service charges, porterage and taxes

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Day 1: Arrive Marseille

Meals: Dinner

Tour begins: 6:00 PM. A transfer is included from Marseille's international airport to the InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu, near the historic Panier district, or the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, overlooking the old harbor. Join us this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel.

Day 2: Mediterranean Marseilles

Meals: Breakfast

Settled by Greeks in 600 BC, Marseille has well over 2,000 years of history as a crossroads of cultural influences from Italy, Spain, Asia-Minor, the Middle East, and North Africa tucked in the colorful tangle of narrow streets and  eclectic ar...

Day 3: Aix En Provence & Nice / Embark your Small Ship

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Arrive in charming Aix-en-Provence, set against the backdrop of Mount Sainte-Victoire; the mountain was the muse of Paul Cezanne, who painted it many times.  A university town of tree-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafes, baroque mansion...

Day 4: Elba, an Island Paradise

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Legend says that the Tuscan archipelago was formed when the goddess Venus dropped her necklace into the sea, and Elba is the largest of the island jewels, set in turquoise waters, with white beaches, rocky cliffs and coves, green hil...

Day 5: Corsica & The City of Cliffs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Corsica is thought to be the mythical island of giants in Homer's Odyssey, where Laestrygonians hurled boulders down at Odysseus and his ship from the towering sea cliffs. The inhabitants today are much friendlier, and the isl...

Day 6: Sardina, from the Bronze Age to the present day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Arrive in Cagliari, Sardinia's capital city. Although the island enjoys a certain degree of autonomy from Italy, and its native language and costume are uniquely its own, Cagliari is thoroughly Italian in its laidback vibe and...

Day 7: Palermo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Steeped in Renaissance art and sumptuous Baroque architecture, Palermo is a glorious cultural melting pot with a North African flavor, full of hidden treasures. A walking tour of must-see landmarks takes you through Porta Nuov...

Day 8: Etna & Taormina

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Catania nestles near the foot of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, so huge that it dwarfs every other mountain on Sicily. Locals affectionately call it "Mama Etna", a majestic, living presence in everyday life....

Day 9: Siracusa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Siracusa was once a city-state, and the center of everything in the Ancient World: learning, trade, art, geopolitics, architecture, and culture. At one time or another it was the premier city of Greece, the Moorish capital of ...

Day 10: Malta

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In 1530, Charles V of Spain leased the island of Malta to the Knights of the Order of St. John. In lieu of rent every year, the knights gave the king a Maltese falcon – not a jewel-encrusted objet d'art like the one Humphrey Bogart wa...

Day 11: Megalithic Hagar Qim

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Prehistoric stone enclaves and temples are scattered over the islands of Malta's archipelago. The earliest signs of civilization in the Mediterranean, some are older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids. Like Stonehenge, the temples are "...

Day 12: Journey Home

Tour ends: Valletta. Transfers are included from your hotel to Malta's Luqa International Airport. Transfers are approximately 20 minutes depending on time of day and traffic. Please allow three hours for check-in at the airport.

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Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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Le Bougainville offers a refined small ship cruising experience, with a maximum capacity of just 184 passengers. The ship sports six passenger decks that include a main lounge offering a bar with evening entertainment, and a 188-seat theatre hosting informative lectures and entertainment and featuring the latest sound and lighting technology, both on Deck 3; the elegant, panoramic main dining room serving French and international cuisine on Deck 4; the casual restaurant serving grilled specialties, salads and desserts on Deck 3; a panoramic lounge forward on Deck 6; a spa and fitness center on the top deck (Deck 7); and multiple observation areas. Elevators serve all passenger decks. Staterooms (ranging in size from 204 to 296 sq. ft.) and suites (ranging in size from 296 to 484 sq. ft.) have ocean views; 95% have private balconies. Staterooms are decorated by French designers, offering individually controlled air conditioning, twin beds converting to a queen-size bed (or one queen-size bed), DVD / CD player, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, electronic safe and minibar. Aboard Le Bougainville, the Tauck group may share the ship with non-Tauck guests. On all departures, the Tauck group will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests. Your cruise will be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions, while your time on board Le Bougainville will provide opportunities for you to interact with the ship's other non-Tauck guests.
Specifications:  Elevator  Yes  Length  430 ft. / 131 m.  Guests  184  Draft  15 ft. / 4.5 m.  Crew members  110  Beam  59 ft. / 18 m.  Ship registry  Tonnage  France  9,900 gross tons
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