Please join us in October on a cruise from Venice to Valletta aboard the four-masted sailing yacht Sea Cloud. This will be an unforgettable journey through the Adriatic, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, navigating the Dalmatian Coast and the “boot” of Italy. Explore historic towns and impressive archaeological sites, where Greek, Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, and Norman civilizations have all left their mark.
We are delighted to be accompanied by Peter Jonathan Bell, Assistant Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A specialist in Southern European Renaissance and Baroque sculpture, he has curated exhibitions of Italian sculpture from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
An optional two-night prelude in Venice is offered from October 13-16
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15: U.S. DEPARTURE
Depart the U.S on an overnight flight to Venice.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16: VENICE, ITALY / EMBARK SEA CLOUD
Arrive in Venice and continue for lunch at the Hotel Europa & Regina, overlooking the Grand Canal. A canal cruise brings us to Sea Cloud. Enjoy a glass of champagne on deck as we sail past the Doge’s Palace and out of the Venetian Lagoon. L, D
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17: RAVENNA, ITALY
Ravenna, once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, is home to stunning mosaics, which we will see in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Theodoric’s two great churches, San Vitale and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. This evening attend the captain’s welcome reception and dinner. B, L, R, D
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18: AT SEA
Experience the thrill of sailing and enjoy the amenities of Sea Cloud as she carries us through the gentle waters of the Adriatic. B, L, D
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19: SPLIT, CROATIA
The colorful town of Split dates from the 3rd century. Visit the gallery of sculptor Ivan Mestrovic to see his works in marble, bronze, and wood; and Kastelet, the chapel he purchased to house a set of wooden reliefs. Marvel at Diocletian’s Palace, a vast complex featuring luminous stone from Brac, Italian marble, and Egyptian sphinxes. B, L, D
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Discover why George Bernard Shaw called this UNESCO World Heritage Site “paradise on earth.” Admire the Venetian buildings of Dubrovnik’s main artery, La Placa; view ancient manuscripts at the Franciscan Library and paintings in the Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries and the Rector’s Palace. Enjoy an exclusive reception and concert in the courtyard of the 16th-century Palazzo Sponza, one of the few buildings that survived the 1667 earthquake. B, L, R, D
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21: BRINDISI / LECCE, ITALY
From Brindisi drive to Lecce, an unspoiled Baroque city of exuberant churches, palaces, and houses carved from the honey-colored local stone. Visit the restored cathedral and adjoining Archbishop’s Palace, seminary, and Church of Santa Croce. B, L, D
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22: AT SEA
During a relaxing day at sea attend lectures, watch as the ship’s crew trims the sails by hand, or perhaps settle into a comfortable deck chair with a favorite book. B, L, D
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23: SYRACUSE, ITALY
Explore Syracuse, one of the most important cities in antiquity. Discover the ancient Greek and Roman theaters in the Archaeological Zone, and see the cathedral in the Old Town, built upon the ruins of the Temple of Athena. Enjoy a private visit to the Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco. Tonight toast a memorable voyage at the captain’s farewell dinner. B, L, D
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24: VALLETTA, MALTA / U.S. RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud and transfer to the airport for flights home or continue to the optional postlude B
An optional two-night postlude in Valletta is offered from October 24-26
An optional prelude in Venice and an optional postlude in Malta are offered.