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Italy & Malta gay cruise

Italy & Malta
Strait of Sicily Luxury Gay Cruise

Naples, Stromboli, Lipari, Giardini Naxos, Syracuse, Gozo, Valleta, and more!

9 Days from Naples, Italy to Valletta, Malta

June 25 – July 03, 2022


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Malta luxury gay cruiseEase into the Mediterranean way of life aboard this luxurious gay cruise. Beginning in Naples and ending in Valletta, this intimate Mediterranean gay cruise only has room for 38 fellows. By keeping things small, we can slip into unspoiled coves and sleepy Italian ports. Between daily swim stops we’ll swig limoncello and order double scoops of gelato. Private walking tours will transport us back centuries where we’ll learn about the region’s Greek and Roman mythology.

For the latter part of the cruise we’ll live it up on the sumptuous coast of miniscule Malta. The island nation has recently been making waves as one of the world’s newest gay hotspots. Specifically, we’ll have the option to ride Jeeps on Gozo Island, belly flop into Mellieha Bay and shop the lively streets of the country’s dapper capital, Valletta. Now THAT’S la dolce vita!

If you want to explore more of La Bel Paesa—the Beautiful Country—this cruise can be easily paired with our all-gay Italy: Tuscan Decadence & Roman Resplendence gay tour.

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Italy & Malta Luxury Gay Cruise Highlights

• Soak up the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas alongside a group of like-minded gay men while enjoying daily swim stops

• Explore Malta’s dapper capital, Valletta, a city built “by gentlemen for gentlemen”.

• Sip limoncello in ravishing Capri while keeping an eye out for celebrity sightings

• Enjoy gelato in the sleepy villages of Stromboli Island

• Savour one of the best culinary cultures in the world during exquisite included meals

• Learn about the history and mythology of Southern Italy’s Greek and Roman ancestry

• Choose between an (optional) afternoon 4x4ing up Mt Etna on Giardini Naxos or taking in the city’s sweeping ancient history on a guided walking tour

• Photograph the oldest freestanding structure in the world, the Ggantija Temples


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Italy & Malta Luxury Gay Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 - Naples, Italy
Ciao! Welcome to Naples, the birthplace of pizza and the launching point of our Italy & Malta gay cruise.

The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm where we’ll get acquainted before transferring to Pozzuoli port to board our home for the next 8 days, the Harmony G. After everyone finds their respective cabins, we’ll reconvene on the top deck for welcome drinks and a safety briefing before setting sail towards Italy’s coastal masterpiece, Capri.

If weather permits we’ll savour a delicious BBQ welcome dinner on the yacht’s deck before venturing into Capri for celebrity sightings and limoncello. We set sail at midnight, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy this gem of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Please note: An optional excursion to the ancient ruins of Pompeii is available this morning. The activity includes a short hike to the notorious volcano’s peak. In order to participate, you must arrive in Naples the night before.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Harmony G Mega Yacht


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Day 2 - Stromboli
This morning we sail south, arriving at Stromboli just after lunch. With approximately 500 inhabitants, Stromboli is best known for its incredibly active volcano of the same name. With luck we may see it puff and smoke.

Our yacht will anchor at Marina Beach, where you’ll have the afternoon to swim or sunbath on the black volcanic sand. Alternatively, wander the sleepy villages of this sparsely populated island.

We return to our floating home before dinner and weather permitting we’ll relish in an alfresco dinner and gorgeous volcano views.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Harmony G Mega Yacht


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Day 3 - Lipari
Buon giorno! After a leisurely breakfast we enjoy a swim stop at charming Isla Salina and take in views of its craggy volcanic shore.

After lunch we arrive in Lipari, famous for both its mythology and beautiful natural environment. We’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic village visiting the castle, built by the Spanish on the site of an ancient necropolis. Inside its walls you’ll visit both the cathedral and museum where there are important collections of Greek and Roman materials.

After the tour enjoy a little free time for souvenir shopping or an afternoon espresso in the village. Those looking to stretch their legs can hike up to the Belvedere Quattrocchi viewpoint where rewarding views of the postcard-perfect coastline and neighbouring Isla Salina await (about 2.5 hours return hike). Tonight’s dinner will be served on our yacht.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Harmony G Mega Yacht


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Day 4 - Giardini Naxos, Sicily
This morning we make a post-breakfast swim stop in the stunning aqua blue waters of Mazzoro before heading to Giardini Naxos where we are truly spoilt for choice.

For the adventurous at heart, straddle a 4×4 and prepare to off-road to the peak of Mt Etna volcano, Europe’s tallest active volcano. On this tour you’ll learn about the geological history of the volcano, admire panoramic views and spelunk a lava cave. The tour involves a 45-minute trek at approximately 2,000m/6,560ft above sea level—a reasonable level of fitness is required.
NOTE: This is an optional activity and the price will vary depending on participation.

OR for our history buffs, a laid-back guided tour of Taormina awaits. This delightfully medieval town is perched on a terrace overlooking the sea. Stroll through her narrow alleys and admire the XV century Palazzo Corvaja and the impressive Greek Theatre. Before returning to the bus you’ll have some free time to stroll the cobblestone streets. After an afternoon of exploring we head back to our floating palace for dinner.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Harmony G Mega Yacht


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Day 5 - Syracuse, Sicily
This morning we cruise into the beautiful Brucoli Bay where you can enjoy your morning swim with a view of the medieval castle.

After lunch we disembark in Syracuse, formerly a Greek colony dating back to 734 B.C. A short drive from the port brings us to Neapolis’ Archaeological Park to visit the Latomia Del Paradiso (stone quarries), the altar of Hieron, the famous Orecchio di Dionysso (the ear of Dionysus) the Cave of the Cordari (an artificial cave with a particular echo), the spectacular 15,000-seat Greek Theatre (among the most impressive to survive from antiquity), and the elliptical Roman amphitheatre (one of the largest of its kind).

After we head to the island of Ortigia for a walking tour of an ancient district of the city. Explore the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Arethusa, and the baroque Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena. At the end of the guided tour spend some free time in the town before heading back to the yacht for dinner.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Harmony G Mega Yacht


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Day 6 - Gozo, Malta
Welcome to Malta! Why not cannonball into the sea surrounding this teensy island nation after our captain anchors in a pristine bay on Gozo Island?

After lunch we’ll dock in Mgarr and hop onto Jeeps which will allow us to explore some of the more untouched corners of this fascinating island. First we’ll visit the oldest freestanding structure in the world, the Ggantija Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is 1000 years older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza.

Other highlights of our day are the Xwejni Salt Pans and fishing village, the capital city of Victoria and it’s impressive Bronze Age Citadel. After enjoying some free time in Victoria we journey back to the Harmony G for dinner.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Harmony G Mega Yacht


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Day 7 - Valletta, Malta
Soak up your last full day aboard our luxurious gay cruise ship. After a swim stop in Mellieha Bay we set sail for our final destination, the majestic port city of Valletta.

Built by the Knights of St. John after the Great Siege of Malta by the Ottomans in 1565, this fortified city was said to be “Built by gentlemen for gentlemen.” It boasts over 320 monuments in a .2 square mile radius, is a Baroque capital and has been recognized as the 2018 European Capital of Culture. Today Valletta offers a mix of historic and modern culture.

After lunch we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the Upper Barrakka Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grand Master’s Palace. Then we’ll have free time to indulge in the city’s Mediterranean ambience before our final dinner and evening on our yacht.

Accommodation: Variety Cruises Harmony G Mega Yacht


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Day 8 - Valletta, Malta
This morning after breakfast we bid addio to the Harmony G and her crew as we disembark and take a quick transfer to our hotel located in Sliema, the resort town just across the bay from Valletta.

After checking in, you have plenty of free time to stroll the waterfront promenade, peruse the local shops or enjoy a casual negroni and lunch (not included) on a scenic terrace. Be sure to leave time to freshen up before our final dinner together.

We’ll hop on the Siliema ferry for romantic views of Valletta where we will have our Farewell Dinner. After indulging one last time in Malta’s Mediterranean culinary delights we’ll transfer back to our hotel.

Hotel: AX The Palace Hotel, Sliema, Malta


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Day 9 - Valletta, Malta Departure
As the last day of our tour no activities are planned. Please confirm departure transfers with your trip leader, and safe travels home.

Grazie mille for joining our Italy & Malta gay cruise.


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What's Included

• Local Guide and gay Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour

• Private air-conditioned transportation

• Breakfast daily, 6 Lunches, 8 Dinners

• Water supplement—1 litre per day, per person

• Drink included with one meal on board each day

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel

• Guided tours of Lipari, Giardini Naxos, Ortigia and Valletta

• All activities mentioned except the optional Pompeii and Mt Etna excursions

• Gratuities for all included activities and meals


Not Included

• International airfare

Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.

• Gratuities for ship crew and local guide (approximately 120 EUR)

• Meals, Activities, & Gratuities not mentioned in the itinerary


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Trip Notes

Visas are typically not required for Americans, Australians, Canadians, and residents of the United Kingdom visiting Italy and Malta for up to 90 days. However, some exceptions do exists.

Culture Shock
Both Italy and Malta are highly-developed Western European countries. Serious crime rates are very low and the two nations are generally safe. Theft and tourist scams are common, however, and we recommended you leave valuables at home or in your hotel room.

Local LGBT Scene in Italy
Italy presents quite the conundrum for LGBT travellers. On the one hand there’s plenty of reason to think Italy is on track to becoming a largely gay-welcoming country as young Italians seem in favour of our rights. At the same time, Italy is the epicenter of the Roman-Catholic church and much of the country remains steadfastly Christian, often maintaining outdated Christian ‘values’. Consequently, LGBT PDA—especially in rural regions—can and does ruffle feathers.

Local LGBT Scene in Malta
Although steadfastly Roman Catholic and PDA-adverse (gay or straight!), Malta is often described as “gay-friendly”. The small country legalized homosexuality in 1973, began accepting civil unions in 2014 and finally recognized same-sex marriage in 2017. Annual Pride parades have celebrated diversity and inclusion in the country’s major cities since the early aughts. Overall, gay and lesbian travellers will likely feel comfortable and safe visiting this Mediterranean destination.


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July tends to be very hot throughout the Mediterranean. Expect mostly sunny skies and 30C+/86F+ temperatures.

Required Vaccinations
Based on the entry requirements, there are no immunizations needed for entry to either country. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

In Malta the power plugs and sockets are of type G. Meanwhile in Italy, the sockets are type F and L. The standard voltage in both countries is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

We should have (somewhat) reliable Wi-Fi throughout this cruise. Feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family at home.

Travel Insurance
For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.


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Breakfast daily, 6 lunch and 8 dinners are included on this trip.

The currency in both Italy and Malta is the Euro (EUR). Debit and credit cards should be accepted and work throughout the country. We recommend bringing about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Most gratuities are included on this tour except for your Local Guide. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day.

What to bring
Please keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb to avoid costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller to carry a water bottle, your camera and souvenirs on day trips.


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Finishing Point Hotel
AX The Palace Hotel, Sliema, Malta
Just 500 m from Sliema's bus terminus and Valletta Ferry, The Palace is a 5-star hotel with a rooftop spa with infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Most rooms have a balcony with views of Valletta and the harbour.

The Palace has spacious, air-conditioned rooms with a smart TV with over 70 HD international channels, a minibar, and a tea-and-coffee maker. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas and in all rooms.

There is a choice of 2 restaurants at The Palace, the top-floor restaurant specialising in Asian cuisine, and the second one in Mediterranean classics.

The hotel is 8 km from Malta Airport, while the capital Valletta is only a 20-minute drive away.


Harmony G Mega Yacht


Your Home at Sea - Harmony G Maga Yacht

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 177 feet of comfort, beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, contemporary state of the art Mega Yacht that sails the seas under the name Harmony G, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 10 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Harmony G loves to seduce her select 44 guests with her sleek lines and ample deck space redefining what yachting was meant to be.


Harmony G Mega Yacht deck


A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, large windows offering pristine views of all destinations, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360º views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Mingle with likeminded travelers in` our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to your upper or main deck cabin-sanctuary all offering windows or portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Harmony G’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.


Karmony G Mega Yacht Lounge


Lounge Area
Life on board centers around the Indoor/Outdoor lounge and its American Bar (inside/outdoor). The interior lounge has relaxing couches and comfortable lounge chairs where you can have a drink and gaze out of the large windows into the breathtaking sceneries you are cruising to, relax and read a book, watch television on the satellite TV or one of our documentaries on the next place you are visiting.


Harmony G Mega Yacht sun deck


The spacious sun deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun and just completely unwind, or you can just sit under the shaded area and let your senses drift while looking at the view.


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Dining Room
The classy dining room is located on the Main Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views of the ports of call while it accommodates all guests at one single seating.


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Outdoor Dining Area
Located on the Upper Deck, the outdoor dining area provides beautiful views of the ports of call visited, and meals are served “al fresco” depending on the weather and the ship location. It accommodates all guests in one single seating and provides a high standard of cuisine, always with some local flavour.


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Italy & Malta Luxury Gay Cruise Prices

Cabin Description
Per person
$ (USD)

Harmony G Cetegory P cabin

The Category P suites are located on the upper deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

$ 6,895

Harmony G Category A cabin

The Category A cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

$ 5,995

Harmony G Category B Cabin

The Category B cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

$ 5,695

Harmony G Category C Cabin

The Category C cabins are located on the lower deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

$ 4,595

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Single Supplement: Category B Main Deck: $2,845
Category C Lower Deck: $2,295
Category A Main Deck: $2,995

25% Deposit required at time of booking. Balance Due 90 Days prior to trip


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