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.
- Pricing from
When you book this Adriatic program, you can also join the following voyage, “Sicily by Sail: Palermo to Valletta,” from September 24 to October 2, 2021, and receive $2,500 per person off the combined fare for the two trips.
- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Sep 17, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021
An optional postlude in Palermo – September 25 to 27, 2021.
Disembark in the bustling Sicilian capital, and explore the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the splendid 12th-century Cappella Palatina. Drive to Monreale to discover the magnificent Norman cathedral. Admire Palermo’s rich heritage and striking architecture during a fascinating walking tour, discover marvelous collections of sculptures and painting at the Galleria Abatellis, and pass by lively markets dating back to medieval times. Conclude with an exclusive visit to an opulent private palazzo.
All participants must be in good physical and mental health. Program excursions involve walking (a minimum of one half mile) over uneven surfaces, climbing stairs without handrails, and touring sites that are not handicapped accessible. On some Programs, hiking, biking, or extensive walking is required during excursions. Please consult your Customer Service Associate for specific program requirements. In order to provide the best service we can, AA requires that any condition that may need assistance, special diets, or special medical or physical attention or treatment be reported on the personal information form sent to you in your confirmation packet. If you require special attention during the Program, you may be required to hire an assistant or private conveyance to fully participate in the Program. AA encourages participants to consult their personal physician for specific advice regarding the activities and destinations of The Program. For health information visit www.cdc.gov/travel
Through April 15, 2021, when you make a new reservation for any 2021 trip, your payments to Arrangements Abroad will be 100% refundable until 60 days prior to departure.
Friday, September 17 DEPARTURE
Depart for Venice on an overnight flight.
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.
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.
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 Ivan Meštrović Gallery, a museum that exhibits the works of the renowned 20th-century sculptor. Before returning to Sea Cloud II, take an exclusive tour of the gallery’s library and the sculptor’s private studio and workshop. Alternatively, drive to the enchanting town of Trogir to see its many Romanesque and Renaissance buildings, which helped secure its UNESCO World Heritage status. While here, attend a private concert by young musicians at the stately Ćipiko Palace, which was the residence of Trogir’s leading family in the 15th century.
Tuesday, September 21 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
In the 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. Then, delight in a curator-led tour of Bukovac House, the home of the Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac, followed by a private garden reception. Finally, visit the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery. Return to Dubrovnik to enjoy an exclusive concert in the courtyard of 16th-century Sponza Palace. This afternoon, cruise across the southern Adriatic to Italy.
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.
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.
Friday, September 24 REGGIO CALABRIA, ITALY
Arrive in Reggio Calabria, on the tip of the boot of mainland Italy. This morning, tour the National Museum of Magna Græcia, which hosts superb 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, heroic nude statues of Greek warriors found in the sea in 1972. Stop at the nearby and less-visited Pinacoteca Civica Di Reggio Calabria, the civic art museum featuring works by Antonello da Messina, Mattia Preti, and other well-known artists. Also take a stroll on the city’s scenic promenade, described as “the most beautiful kilometer in Italy.” This afternoon, sail the mythic Strait of Messina. Tonight, gather for the captain’s farewell dinner and reception.
Saturday, September 25 PALERMO / DISEMBARK / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud II in Palermo this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
Everything you need to know about the tour
Save this information for later by downloading the full tour brochure.
Be prepared with the National Trust Travel Plan
Since 1973, USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services has served travelers just like you, to help protect their travel plans