This tiny island has a great deal to offer. Famous throughout history as one of the most fought over pieces of land in the Mediterranean, Malta's turbulent past has seen it colonized by, among others, the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Knights of St John and the British (Malta finally gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964). All of this has left the island with much to tempt the modern day invader: from the grand palaces and majestic harbour of the capital Valletta to the tranquil beauty of the old town of Medina.
See the Minoan settlements of Knossos in Crete and Akrotiri in Santorini. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s Greek and Roman ruins, explore the Palatine Chapel and Cathedral in Palermo, Catania and the Maltese capital of Valletta, before disembarking in the Greek capital of Athens for a two-night hotel stay.