From the spectacular canals of Venice, embark on a weeklong voyage through the Adriatic Sea aboard the three-masted Sea Cloud II. Visit timeless towns and archaeological sites, where diverse civilizations—from ancient Greeks and Romans to Byzantines and Venetians—have left their mark. Call at Ravenna, Italy, to view stunning mosaics in its early Christian churches. Then sail to Croatia to explore Roman emperor Diocletian’s 4th-century retirement palace in Split and marvel at exquisite architecture and ancient manuscripts in Dubrovnik. Call at Reggio Calabria, Italy, to admire the famous Bronzi, and sail through the legendary Strait of Messina separating Sicily from Italy. Conclude in the Sicilian capital of Palermo.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Sep 17, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021
- day 1
Friday, September 17 DEPARTURE
Depart for Venice on an overnight flight.
- day 2
Saturday, September 18 VENICE, ITALY / EMBARK SEA CLOUD II
Arrive in Venice and gather for lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Grand Canal. This afternoon, board Sea Cloud II and enjoy a glass of champagne on deck as we sail past the Doge’s Palace and out of the Venetian Lagoon.
- day 3
Sunday, September 19 RAVENNA
Step ashore in Ravenna, capital of the Western Roman Empire from 402 to 476 A.D. Our visits include the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Theodoric the Great’s churches—San Vitale and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo—with their extraordinary mosaics. This evening, celebrate the beginning of a memorable voyage at the captain’s welcome dinner.
- day 4
Monday, September 20 SPLIT, CROATIA
Monday, September 20 SPLIT, CROATIA After a morning at sea, call at Split for a historical walking tour featuring Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s best preserved examples of Roman architecture. We also plan to visit the Meštrović Gallery, a museum that exhibits the works of renowned 20th-century sculptor Ivan Meštrović, before returning to Sea Cloud II. Alternatively, drive to the enchanting town of Trogir to see its many Romanesque and Renaissance buildings, which helped secure its UNESCO World Heritage status.
- day 5
Tuesday, September 21 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
In the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site, discover the influence of the Venetian architects in the main street, Placa. View the collections in the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, as well as the Rector’s Palace. Alternatively join an excursion to the colorful seaside town of Cavtat. Explore the waterfront Church of St. Nicholas; the home of the 19th- to 20th century Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac; and the 15th century Franciscan Monastery. Return to Dubrovnik to enjoy an exclusive concert by a folkloric a cappella choir in the courtyard of 16th-century Sponza Palace. This afternoon, cruise across beautiful southern Adriatic waters to the Italian Peninsula.
- day 6
Wednesday, September 22 MONOPOLI, ITALY
Step ashore this morning and drive to Taranto, once one of Magna-Graecia’s most significant commercial hubs and a powerful colony in southern Italy. Admire the fine collection of artifacts, statues, and luxurious jewels from that era displayed at the National Archaeological Museum and take a stroll around the old town dominated by the Aragonese castle. After lunch, stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello to see its picturesque dome shaped trulli (dwellings). Legend claims the peasants who were the homes’ owners used this prehistoric construction technique in order to quickly disassemble their houses to avoid taxes. Alternatively, visit Alberobello in the morning and enjoy lunch at a local masseria before a leisurely afternoon in the charming town of Polignano a Mare.
- day 7
Thursday, September 23 DAY AT SEA
During a relaxing day at sea, cruise the beautiful Ionian Sea, attend lectures, and watch as the ship’s crew trims the sails by hand.
- day 8
Friday, September 24 REGGIO CALABRIA, ITALY
Reggio Calabria, on the tip of the boot of mainland Italy, overlooks the Strait of Messina, with incredible views over Sicily and the Etna volcano. This morning, tour the National Museum of Magna Grecia, which boasts a superb collection of prehistoric Greco-Roman and medieval antiques. View: the stunning Head of a Philosopher, considered the only Greek portrait head in existence, and the Riace Bronzes, in the sea in 1972. Stop at the nearby and less-visited Pinacoteca Civica Di Reggio Calabria, the civic art museum, where works by Antonello da Messina, Mattia Preti, and other well-known artists are on display. Also take a stroll on the city’s scenic promenade, described the Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio as “the most beautiful kilometer in Italy.” Tonight, the captain hosts a farewell dinner and reception.
- day 9
Saturday, September 25 PALERMO / DISEMBARK / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud II in Palermo this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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