MALTA & SICILY
JUNE 28 - JULY 5, 2017

June 27:  Depart for Catania, Italy (CTA)

June 28:  Arrive in Siracusa, Sicily

Arrive in the early afternoon and transfer to hotel in Siracusa. In the evening, enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

June 29:  Sicily (Siracusa)

After breakfast, we explore and photograph the  UNESCO World Heritage site with its impressive ancient Greek Theater before heading to the nearby island of Ortigia. This tiny town is packed with 2,500 years of history and arguably houses one of the most beautiful piazzas in all of Italy. Awash in white limestone, the Cathedral was built on the site of an ancient Temple of Athena, and has been described as “all of Sicily in a single building.”(B,D)

June 30:  Sicily (Ragusa)

Photograph sunrise, followed by breakfast at the hotel.

Later, visit Ragusa Ibla historical center, renowned for incredible baroque architecture. Break for group lunch, followed by visit to Modica historical center. Enjoy a chocolate tasting in Modica where we will sample traditional and natural chocolates from the area. 

Return to Siracusa for dinner followed by a sunset shoot. (B,L).

July 1:  Sicily - Catania-Aci Trezza - Malta

Photograph the sunrise, followed by breakfast at the hotel.

After hotel checkout, visit Catania historical center to enjoy the Piazza Duomo, Castello Ursino, and Piazza Stesicoro.

Free time for lunch to explore the famous Catania food market in the Piazza Carlo Alberto and photograph the famous fisherman's town called Acitrezza. In the evening depart for the airport  by 7:00pm.  Arrive in Malta by 22:00 and be transferred to your host hotel Le Meridien (5 Star) in St. Julians or similar. Dinner on own at hotel or at a nearby restaurant  (B)

July 2: Malta (Valletta)

Photograph the sunrise, followed by breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Marsaxlokk to photograph the Sunday Fish Market.  Photograph the capital of Malta, Valletta for a guided tour of numerous notable sites:  the upper and lower Barrakka Gardens, Valletta Gates, Republic Street, Fort St. Elmo, Straight Street and Theatre Street. 

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In the afternoon, explore the Three Cities of Malta to photograph the back streets of Vittoriosa, then enjoy a Maltese Boat tour of the Grand Harbor. This evening photograph the Village Patron Saint Festa and its festival - food, fireworks, praying, statue, bands, confetti, and and traditional celebrations. (B,L)

July 3:  Malta (Valletta)

Wake early to enjoy the sunrise, followed by group breakfast at the hotel. Opportunity to return to Mdina in the morning for daylight photography. Photo tour of the Hagar Qim Temple Site. Photo opportunities include the Dingli Cliffs and the Fawwara countryside. Group dinner and sunset at Ghajn Tuffieh, followed by sunset and nighttime tour of Mdina (B,L,D)
 
July 4:  Valletta to Gozo Island

This morning, catch a ferry to Gozo Island. Photograph craftsmen and women in their daily life in an eco village. We will photograph and explore the backstreets of Victoria to capture great street scenes.  This evening, catch a ferry back . Enjoy a final farewell dinner, in a very remote location, not known by many. (B,L,D)

July 5:  Depart back home.

Transfer to the airport and depart for home.