21 days in Island of Malta, Sicily & Sardinia Itinerary

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Valletta, Malta
— 7 nights
Syracuse, Italy
— 2 nights
Taormina, Italy
— 1 night
Agrigento, Italy
— 1 night
Palermo, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly to Cagliari Elmas Airport, Drive to Laconi
Laconi, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive to Cagliari Elmas Airport, Fly to Gran Canaria Airport, Drive to Maspalomas


Valletta, Malta — 7 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mellieha (Popeye Village Malta & Mellieha Parish Church) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in St. Paul's Bay). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Co-Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens, explore the ancient world of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, and make a trip to Mnajdra.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valletta online vacation planner.

Maspalomas, Spain to Valletta is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maspalomas to Valletta due to the time zone difference. September in Valletta sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can fly to Syracuse.
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Syracuse, Italy — 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
On the 9th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Teatro Greco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vermexio, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ortigia. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, explore the world behind art at Monastero del San salvatore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Corso Vittorio Emanuele III.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Syracuse online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Valletta to Syracuse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Taormina.
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Taormina, Italy — 1 night

With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get outside with Sicily Legend, take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, make a trip to Corso Umberto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo, then stroll around Villa Comunale, and finally don't miss a visit to Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

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Traveling by car from Syracuse to Taormina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Taormina can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Agrigento.
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Agrigento, Italy — 1 night

Valley of the Temples

Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
On the 12th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Collezione La Gaipa, delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Seta Spa and Wellness.

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Traveling by car from Taormina to Agrigento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Agrigento sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Palermo.
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Palermo, Italy — 5 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo), Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and contemplate the long history of Norman Palace.

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Drive from Agrigento to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Laconi.
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Laconi, Italy — 4 nights

Explore Laconi's surroundings by going to Giara di Gesturi - Escursioni a Cavallo (in Gesturi), Su Nuraxi (in Barumini) and Parco della Giara Tuili (in Tuili).

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Palermo to Laconi. In September, daytime highs in Laconi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Island of Malta travel guide

As the largest island in the country, Island of Malta is a center for Mediterranean discovery, luxurious relaxation, historical exploration, and buzzing European nightlife. Surrounded by ancient temples and old cities, the island almost feels like an archaeological site that's been converted into a prime vacation spot. Tourists flock here for the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but you don't have to spend all your time on the beach. With a plethora of activities for any type of traveler, you may find yourself exploring a national museum, admiring the collections of boats and yachts in the bays, or people-watching in one of the many bustling squares.

Sicily travel guide

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.

Sardinia travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.