Aboard the sumptuous Sea Cloud II, discover Mediterranean islands rich with history and spectacular beauty. From the island of Malta, sail to Sicily and visit the ancient port of Trapani and the magnificent Greek ruins of Segesta. Continue to Sardinia and its ancient capital of Cagliari, which traces its history back to the Phoenicians and Romans. Float along Sardinia’s west coast to Alghero, colonized by the Catalans in the 14th century. Be on deck when Sea Cloud II heads to Corsica and Bonifacio’s stunning natural harbor, with its breathtaking setting atop limestone cliffs. From Corsica’s southern tip, travel north to the enchanting island of Elba, Napoleon’s island of exile. Journey from the capital city of Portoferraio to explore Napoleon’s residence, Villa San Martino, now a museum. Before disembarking in Genoa, stop in the port of Livorno for a choice of two full-day excursions: Wander through the medieval fortified town of Lucca, or arrive in Pisa to behold its famous leaning tower and Piazza dei Miracoli.
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- Departure Dates
Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 18, 2022
Saturday, October 8 DEPARTURE
Depart for Valletta, Malta on an overnight flight, group flight pending.
Sunday, October 9 VALLETTA, MALTA / EMBARK SEA CLOUD II
Arrive in Valletta in the afternoon. Transfer to the awaiting Sea Cloud II, and enjoy a bon voyage toast on deck as we sail out of Valletta’s historic harbor.
Monday , October 10 DAY AT SEA
Today, discover the thrill of sailing aboard the legendary Sea Cloud II. As she carries us under a full set of billowing white sails, experience the grace and romance of a bygone era of travel. This evening, gather for the captain’s welcome reception and dinner.
Tuesday, October 11 TRAPANI, SICILY, ITALY / SEGESTA
Arrive at the port of Trapani, and depart on a morning excursion to Segesta to view its splendid Greek temple and theater. Following lunch, you may wish to visit the medieval hilltop town of Erice. Alternatively, drive to the village of Mazara del Vallo to see its spectacular seven-foot bronze statue, retrieved from the sea by local fishermen. With his flying hair and goat ears, the 2,400-year-old figure quickly became known as The Dancing Satyr.
Wednesday, October 12 DAY AT SEA
During a day at sea, attend lectures and enjoy the amenities of our fine ship.
Thursday, October 13 CAGLIARI, SARDINIA
Spend the morning exploring the Sardinian capital of Cagliari, an ancient city that has been ruled by several civilizations, including Phoenicians and Romans. On a walking tour, stroll the narrow streets around the old town, and see the terraced Piazza del Palazzo and the 14thcentury Catedrale di Santa Cecilia. Alternatively, drive along the southwestern coast to reach Nora, which was founded by the Phoenicians but also has Carthaginian and Roman ruins. After a period of Roman prosperity, there was a decline and in the 3rd century A.D., the city was engulfed by the sea. This afternoon, explore the remains of Carthaginian warehouses and various Roman buildings, including the baths, with their splendid mosaics, and the theater. Return to the ship for lunch, and spend the afternoon at sea.
Friday, October 14 ALGHERO
Colonized by the Catalans in the 14th century, the medieval city of Alghero maintains a strong Catalan identity and is often even referred to as “Barceloneta” or “Little Barcelona.” From Alghero, take a panoramic drive to behold a nuraghe, an ancient stone megalithic structure unique to Sardinia. Discover Nuraghe Palmavera, a spectacular archaeological site from the Bronze Age, whose main tower still has its original dome-shaped ceiling, reportedly dating back to as early as 1600 to 1400 B.C. Return to Alghero, and explore the town at your own pace
before we sail in the early evening.
Saturday, October 15 BONIFACIO, CORSICA, FRANCE
In the morning, stand on deck as the ship navigates the scenic, fjord-like waterway and arrives into the impossibly picturesque port of Bonifacio. Built on impressive, white limestone cliffs, stroll through this hilltop town, with its ancient citadel, winding medieval lanes, Gothic architecture, and dramatic views. On a walking tour, see two remarkable churches, l’Église Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Bonifacio and l’Église Saint-Dominique de Bonifacio, as well as la Porte de Gênes, the imposing fortress gate. Set sail in the early evening and head north to Elba.
Sunday, October 16 PORTOFERRAIO, ELBA
This afternoon, call into the enchanting island of Elba, best known as Napoleon’s island of exile from 1814 to 1815. From the island’s busy capital Portoferraio, set out for a delightful drive through the southern region, with superb views over the coastline. The first stop will be Villa San Martino, which was the summer residence of Napoleon Bonaparte and is now a museum. Later, enjoy some time at leisure in Porto Azzurro, dominated by an ancient Spanish fortress and a picturesque harbor. Browse the many local boutiques of this marvelous town. Continue along the coast to La Chiusa, a 17th-century country wine farm, beautifully nestled in a vineyard estate surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the ocean. Experience the estate’s interesting cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced. In the garden facing the sea, enjoy a delicious sampling of the local product.
Monday, October 17 LIVORNO, ITALY
This morning, arrive in Livorno for a choice of two full-day excursions. Wander through the medieval fortified town of Lucca, or venture to Pisa to behold its famous leaning tower and Piazza dei Miracoli.
Tuesday, October 18 GENOA / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud II in Genoa this morning, and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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