The Mediterranean is dotted with many lovely islands, including Malta, which is actually an archipelago that lies not far off the coast of Sicily. Foreign Independent Tours (tel. 800/248-3487; has put together a five-star experience for weekly departures now through April 27, 2010.

The package includes round-trip airfare from New York-JFK, Boston, or Washington, D.C.-Dulles, transfers, fuel surcharge, and a half-day harbor cruise, or half-day tour of Mdina, Malta's old capital. It also includes breakfast daily and five nights of accommodations at the five-star Corinthia Palace Hotel, which is in the center of the island. The property is surrounded by landscaped gardens and is within walking distance of the walled city of Mdina, and not far from the capital, Valleta. It's also just a few miles from the resort area St. Julians. The islands are replete with extremely old structures, buildings, and Renaissance cathedrals and the like; some have described Malta as an open-air museum. For more information, check out the tourism site, Visit Malta (

The lowest advertised price reflects the departure dates of December 1, 2009 and January 12, 2010; prices fluctuate up to $2,099 for late spring departures, but late fall and winter travel ranges between $1,299 and about $1,599. The prices are based on double occupancy and do not include airline taxes and fees; you can also book this trip for land only.

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