22 days in Province of Palermo, Island of Malta & Porto Itinerary

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Palermo, Italy
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Valletta, Malta
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Porto, Portugal
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Palermo, Italy — 5 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Museo dell'Acciuga (in Aspra). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas", indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palermo online holiday planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Palermo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Palermo is 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Valletta.
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Valletta, Malta — 6 nights

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Valletta: Mellieha (Mellieha Parish Church & Popeye Village Malta). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Co-Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Lower Barrakka Gardens, and explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja).

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Valletta trip tool.

You can fly from Palermo to Valletta in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Valletta are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 9 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Coimbra (University of Coimbra, Jardim Botanico, &more). Dedicate the 11th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, and make a trip to Liberdade Square.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Porto itinerary app.

Fly from Valletta to Porto in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Porto is minus 1 hour. In May, Porto is slightly colder than Valletta - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Province of Palermo travel guide

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Palermo is a city of Southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea.The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as Ziz ('flower'). Palermo then became a possession of Carthage, before becoming part of the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire and eventually part of the Byzantine Empire, for over a thousand years. The Greeks named the city Panormus meaning 'complete port'. From 831 to 1072 the city was under Arab rule during the Emirate of Sicily when the city first became a capital. The Arabs shifted the Greek name into Balarme (بَلَرْم), the root for Palermo's present-day name. Following the Norman reconquest, Palermo became the capital of a new kingdom (from 1130 to 1816), the Kingdom of Sicily and the capital of the Holy Roman Empire under Frederick II Holy Roman Emperor and Conrad IV of Germany, King of the Romans. Eventually Sicily would be united with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies until the Italian unification of 1860.

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Island of Malta travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
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.
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