Experience Greece from a fresh, exciting perspective, immersing yourself in beautiful landscapes, ancient wonders, and enchanting islands that the Greeks regard as national treasures. On this delightful summer voyage aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, sail among the Cyclades islands and call at ports on the Peloponnese. With 32 staterooms accommodating just 64 guests, Sea Cloud is the ideal ship for this splendid itinerary.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019
With her rich mahogany and gleaming brass, the legendary Sea Cloud travels under 30 billowing sails trimmed by hand. Her original owners, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and financier E. F. Hutton, desired a craft like no other. They spared no expense to create the largest private sailing ship ever built and in 1931, Sea Cloud was launched. In the ’30s and ’40s, as she sailed the world, the four-masted beauty was host to leaders including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Sweden’s King Gustavus V. Now carefully restored by a team of master craftspeople, this great lady continues to offer elegant quarters, fine dining, and impeccable service. Praised by the world’s most discerning travelers, Sea Cloud receives consistently high rankings from Condé Nast Traveler.
Optional prelude in Athens is offered from July 19–22, 2019
- day 1
Sunday, July 21 DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Athens.
- day 2
Monday, July 22 ATHENS, GREECE / SEA CLOUD
Arrive Athens and transfer to Piraeus and the awaiting Sea Cloud. In the late afternoon, be on deck as the ship sails past the Temple of Poseidon, a dazzling landmark poised atop Cape Sounion. L,D
- day 3
Tuesday, July 23 DELOS / MYKONOS
Cross the Aegean this morning to call at the pristine island of Delos. Tiny and uninhabited, Delos is the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On a walking tour, explore the extensive ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the main shrines of Apollo and Artemis, the startlingly detailed mosaics found in excavated mansions, and the iconic Terrace of the Lions. In the late afternoon, sail to nearby Mykonos where there will be time to enjoy its cafes and lively tavernas. Sea Cloud sails in the late evening. B,L,D
- day 4
Wednesday, July 24 NAXOS
Step ashore this afternoon on Naxos, whose dramatic Temple of Apollo defines the harbor. Our visit includes the Archaeological Museum, with its fine collection of early Cylcadic marble figures, as well the marble quarry of Flerio where two massive kouroi lie unfinished and abandoned. B,L,D
- day 5
Thursday, July 25 FOLEGANDROS
This morning we arrive at the island of Folegandros. Explore the village of Chora with its centuries-old walls and a unique center comprised of three town squares. View the Kastro, the 8th century Venetian fortress, and the hilltop Church of Panaghia which offers magnificent views of the west coast. B,L,D
- day 6
Friday, July 26 MONEMVASIA
After a morning at sea, arrive at Monemvasia on the Peloponnese. Known as “Greece’s Gibraltar,” this Byzantine fortified town lies within a depression on a steep rock 984 feet high, connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Explore its dense warren of citadels, churches, ramparts, and charming squares. B,L,D
- day 7
Saturday, July 27 NAUPLION / EPIDAURUS / MYCENAE
From the port of Nauplion, depart for Epidaurus, ancient shrine of Asklepios, god of medicine. This enchanting site is dominated by the fourth-century theater, one of the bestpreserved classical buildings in Greece. Continue to Mycenae, the legendary city of Agamemnon. Enter through the Lion Gate to see the remains of the palace, royal tombs, and defensive walls. Visit the Archaeological Museum then continue to the monumental Treasury of Atreus, a stone beehive tomb, built about 1300 B.C. B,L,D
- day 8
Sunday, July 28 HYDRA
This morning we tender to the delightful island of Hydra, which is closed to motor traffic. Many of Hydra’s 18th- and 19th-century stone mansions have been restored by artists and writers, and the island’s tiny harbor is ringed with cafes and art galleries. By special arrangement, we are invited to the home of a collector. Enjoy an afternoon under sail and gather this evening for the captain’s farewell dinner. B,L,D
- day 9
Monday, July 29 PIRAEUS / RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud this morning in Piraeus and transfer to Athens airport for flights home. B
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