Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Aboard Sea Cloud
Board a super deluxe, tall-masted ship like something out of legend and explore the Mediterranean with National Geographic-level guiding.
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Experience culture and ancient wonders from Greece to the Dalmatian Coast aboard the legendary tall ship Sea Cloud. It is the perfect symmetry: tall ship sailing in historic waters. Discover Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic games. Wander the medieval market in Krujë, Albania's ancient capital. Drive to the top of Montenegro's fjord for staggering views. In Croatia, explore Dubrovnik's Old Town and enjoy a performance of klapa singing. Hvar is a stunning coastal town, backed by lavender fields and pine-covered hills. Learn firsthand about contemporary life along these historic shores. Experience something many people don't know exists in the 21st century-the thrill of life under sail on the Dalmatian Coast-in a region where the ancients sailed millennia ago.
- • Travel the Mediterranean coasts in the style enjoyed by E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post aboard a tall-masted sailing ship that will make you feel like you're dreaming.
• Experience the rich cultures of the ancient world and today as illuminated for you by National Geographic-level experts.
• This operator offers mostly expedition cruises yet when they board the wind-driven Sea Cloud, their voyages manage to nourish all three parts of self: body, mind and spirit.
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From $15,270 per person
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June 18-28, 2024
Sept 14-24, 2024
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June - Sept 2023
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Trip Sustainability Awards
Sources all food and seafood sustainably and locally
100% free of single-use plastics!
Offsets 100% of operations and is carbon neutral
Day 1-2: U.S./Athens, Greece/Piraeus/Embark
Depart on an overnight flight to Athens, arriving the next morning. Transfer to Piraeus and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud.
Day 3: At Sea
Round the southern coast of the Peloponnesus peninsula, enjoying a full day of sailing. Watch the crew hoist Sea Cloud's many sails by hand. Relax with a book on deck, photograph our yacht, and attend talks by our expedition team.
Day 4: Olympia
Dock in Katákolo and travel to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the legendary ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Olympic Stadium, and the superb Archaeological Museum.
Day 5: Ithaca/At Sea
Sail this morning to Ithaca (Itháki), home to Odysseus. The island remains somewhat isolated and retains the sense of adventure associated with Homer's hero. Visit gems of Ionian villages and explore sites that link to the era described in the epic poems.
Day 6: Sarandë and Butrint, Albania
Cut off from the world for 50 years by its Stalinist dictator, Albania is now feeling its way into the 21st century. Explore the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO Site, and return to Sarandë along the Ksamil peninsula, overlooking the Straits of Corfu. Set sail in the afternoon.
Day 7: Krujë
Drive to the ancient capital of Krujë, and visit the medieval market and Ethnographic Museum. Also visit the Skanderbeg Museum, dedicated to Albania's national hero. Take in a stirring folkloric performance.
Day 8: Perast and Kotor, Montenegro
Sail into Montenegro via the magnificent Gulf of Kotor. Stop at the historic town of Perast before taking a local boat to the islet of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. Steeped in lore, the tiny islet was created by fishermen dropping rocks from their rowboats. Explore medieval Kotor this afternoon, or drive up 25 serpentine.
Day 9: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Known as the "pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik is regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world. Spend the day exploring the marvelous old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a private performance of traditional Croatian klapa music.
Day 10: At Sea/Korčula
Anchor at the island port of Korčula, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Balkans. Visit the town's sites, and see the house believed by some to be Marco Polo's birthplace. Later, take some time to enjoy the waterfront.
Day 11: Hvar/Sailing
At the height of Venetian rule, Hvar was the region's most prosperous center. Take a walk along the marbled waterfront and the grand central square. Visit the arsenal and Croatia's oldest active theater, and if you choose, hike up to the dramatically located citadel.
Day 12: Dubrovnik/Disembark
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Important Flight Information: Please confirm your arrival and departure dates prior to booking flights. Some departures may travel in reverse.
Traveling aboard Sea Cloud, a historic four-masted barque, is an overall multisensory experience of the rarest kind-and this is true wherever you choose to explore. Sea Cloud in the Caribbean is idyllic because little competes with the sensual pleasure of the balmy air and the constant trade winds that invite everyone out on deck. And Sea Cloud in the Mediterranean is quintessential because it provides nonstop opportunities to set off from our anchorages or ports-where Sea Cloud is invariably the most beautiful ship-to explore the extraordinary beauty and charm of coastal towns and linger among antiquities and sites "sacred" to Western civilization.
The sheer opulence-antique furnishings, marble fireplaces, gold fixtures, exquisite accoutrements-of Sea Cloud is a testament to the efforts of the ship's original owners, businesswoman and socialite heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and finance tycoon E.F. Hutton, who spared no expense in tasteful decoration. Supposedly they never asked the price of a single item while outfitting her. And remember, another rarity is Sea Cloud elegance, enjoyed with signature informality-pack your deck shoes and shorts, please!
. Capacity: 58 guests
. Cabins: 30 cabins
. Specialists: National Geographic-level Experts, Nat Geo Photo Instructor, Video Chronicler
2019 "Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the World" by Condé Nast Traveler
2019 ”Best Small Ship Ocean Cruise Line" by Travel + Leisure
2018 "Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the World" by Condé Nast Traveler
"If you love the romance of sailing ships, stunning antique furnishings, delicious cuisine, fantastic service and a casual dress-code combined with high level experts offering fascinating information about everything you're seeing, traveling aboard the Sea Cloud truly will be the best of all possible worlds for you. This ship is as much of an experience as the places you'll be exploring!"
Life On Board
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Imagine experiencing the romance of the Mediterranean on a sailing ship! This expert operator will make this a trip of a lifetime.
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