Stone steps lead down to the sea with cliffside stone buildings above at sunset, seen sailing the Western Mediterranean.
Seaside town of Amalfi, Italy with turquoise water below cliffside stone buildings seen on a western Mediterranean cruise.
Ancient outdoor Greek theater in Sicily, Italy, with circular rows looking out over the ocean, seen on a western Mediterranean cruise.
Circular stone castle sits perched above a clear blue bay with white ships at anchor, seen sailing the western Mediterranean.
Aerial view of a deep blue sea lining bright green cliffs & jagged peaks seen sailing the Western Mediterranean aboard Sea Cloud.
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Sailing The Western Mediterranean Aboard Sea Cloud

Board the elegant Sea Cloud for a western Mediterranean cruise along storied coasts and islands, on a selection of itineraries. Choose a 12-day itinerary to sail round-trip from Naples, focusing on the nearby islands of Corsica and Sardinia or Sicily and Malta; or go all in on a 16-day cruise from Portugal to Naples, with visits along southern Spain and its offshore islands, plus Corsica and Sardinia. Discover the historic cities and rugged, beautiful islands that dot Europe’s southern coast, knowing that every itinerary features evidence of ancient civilizations and traces of great empires from the Romans to the Moors.

On the full 16-day western Mediterranean cruise, sail from Lisbon and trace the coast of Iberia, venturing inland to explore the captivating cities of Seville and Granada. Then island-hop across the western Mediterranean from the Balearic Islands to the shores of Italy. Discover prehistoric monuments on Menorca and Corsica, and charming harbor towns in Mallorca and Sardinia. Highlights include UNESCO World Heritage sites in Seville and Granada, including the Alhambra; Gaudi’s work on display plus a cooking class in Mallorca; Velázquez’s paintings via a private tour; Roman ruins in Cartagena; and wine tasting in Sardinia.

On the 12-day Corsica and Sardinia itinerary, enjoy a wine tasting opportunity and explore one of the largest and most well-preserved Bronze Age stone fortresses, Neptune’s Grotto in Sardinia and karst limestone rock ravines along Corsica. On the 12-day Sicily and Malta itinerary, visit Roman ruins and ancient temples, go wine tasting and enjoy a private castle luncheon, and take in picturesque towns and enchanting town squares.

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing aboard the legendary 58-guest Sea Cloud, a vessel of unmatched elegance and grace and a direct descendant of the opulent 30’s. Enjoy her golden age ambiance informally—in casual clothes and in the company of expert historians and naturalists. Sea Cloud’s polished brass capstans and portholes gleam, teak decks glow and interiors shine with Italian marble and carved oak paneling.

Read on for details about this western Mediterranean cruise, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship Mediterranean cruises and Mediterranean vacations.



Itinerary

Sailing The Western Mediterranean: Spain to Corsica Aboard Sea Cloud Itinerary

The 16-day Sailing The Western Mediterranean: Spain to Corsica Aboard Sea Cloud itinerary cruises from Lisbon, Portugal to Naples, Italy with visits along the Iberian Peninsula, Spain’s southern islands, France’s Corsica and Italy’s Sardinia.

Route map of Sailing The Western Mediterranean: Spain to Corsica Aboard Sea Cloud, operating from Lisbon, Portugal to Naples, Italy, with visits along the Iberian Peninsula, Spain's southern islands, Corsica & Sardinia.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Lisbon, Portugal & Embark

Fly overnight and arrive in Lisbon, Portugal. Embark the ship in the late afternoon and settle into your cabin.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Sea Cloud: Lindblad (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); dinner (day 2)

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Days 3 - 4
At Sea

Begin the expedition with 2 full days of what Sea Cloud does best—sailing! Join the expedition leader for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of setting square sails, staysails and jibs as Sea Cloud shows her full glory. Bask in the comfort and intrigue of this legendary and historic square-rigger—enjoy delicious meals, complimentary drinks and talks by the expedition staff while sailing toward the Spanish port of Cadiz.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Cadiz, Seville, Spain

From the charming port of Cádiz, set off on a full day exploration of the renowned city of Seville. Enjoy a guided walk through Barrio de Santa Cruz, the oldest and most beautiful quarter of Sevilla, also the most colorful and attractive part of the old Jewish city. The experience will include the Cathedral, the Giralda Tower and the Alcázar (or royal fortress), with its stunning gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Choose to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to admire Maria Luisa Park, the green heart of the city, and San Telmo Palace that belonged to the Duque of Montpensier.

Tapas are Spain’s most famous and enjoyable ways of having a meal, and an authentic tapas lunch is on the menu today. By special arrangement, enjoy a private visit to the early Baroque Hospital de Los Venerables, with lovely courtyards, cloisters, and patios typical of a house in Sevilla at that timesome elements hardly touched since construction in the latter 17th century. The artistic heritage of the Hospital is made up of murals, altarpieces, sculptures, liturgical garments and much more. Return to the port of Cádiz to set sail for the Mediterranean.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea

Pass Gibraltar this morning before enjoying a full day at sea. Join the expedition staff on the Lido deck for discussions and presentations as the captain takes advantage of the prevailing winds. Enjoy fine wines and meals featuring local delicacies while sailing to Almeria.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Almeria & Granada

Nestled at the foot of Spain’s Sierra Nevada range, Granada was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors and this legacy lives on in the city’s architecture, cuisine and culture. Spend the day exploring the Alhambra and gardens of Generalife, a spectacular palace complex boasting unparalleled Islamic décor and meticulously landscaped lush gardens. Originally constructed as a small fortress in 899 on the remains of Roman fortifications, it fell to ruin until it was completely renovated in the mid-13th-century by the Nasrid dynasty—the last Muslims to rule in Spain.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
At Sea & Cartagena

A morning at sea along the Spanish coast brings the ship to Cartagena, a port prized since Carthaginian times. Thanks to its strategic position on the coast, it has been inhabited by several cultures that have left their mark on its artistic heritage. Exploration here is a journey across the centuries, through historic vestiges and emblematic places. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, Monument to the local Heroes of Cavite, the Palacio Consistorial, the Port walk and the modernist buildings of Calle Mayor.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
At Sea

Take time to relax, record thoughts, sort photos and simply enjoy the open sea as the ship plies her way to the Balearic Islands and Palma de Mallorca, on Mallorca Island.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Palma De Mallorca, Mallorca

La Ciutat, as the Mallorquines call their capital, will instantly impress: yachts, palms, the cathedral—at Palma, history and modernity melt together with the deep blue of Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy learning about Gaudí’s work as a modernist restorer and decorator at the Gothic cathedral. This is probably the most distinctive landmark of Palma. The cathedral, called la Seo by the Mallorquines, was constructed from the 14th to 19th centuries and the highly creative Antoni Gaudí designed its interior in 20th century. Bellver Castle is a fortress located on top of a hill close to the historical center and built by Peré Salvá during the Gothic epoch. It has such an elegant appearance that it almost makes one forget that it was originally constructed to defend Mallorca’s inhabitants from their enemies.

Consider meeting a local chef for a visit to the old-fashioned Santa Catalina Market for a real-life experience of the wonderful local products. Santa Catalina Market is the oldest of all the markets in Palma and it maintains the character of a traditional market offering fresh, mostly local produce on a seasonal basis. The local chef will guide everyone and help all appreciate the powerful colors and aromas. With a basket of ingredients, head back to the kitchen and start cooking. In a fun and hands-on way the chef will show all how to cook and taste the classics of every Spanish home.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
At Sea & Mahon, Menorca

The Vandals, the Moors and the British have ruled over this stunning little island, and prehistoric civilizations left intriguing rock mounds and megalithic monuments that date back some 4,000 years. Walk through the Bronze Age village of Torralba d’en Salord and see the characteristic T-shaped stone monuments left by the Talayotic peoples.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea

Leave Spain behind and sail to explore some of two fiercely independent islands—Sardinia and Corsica. These islands share many historic elements through millennia of empires and civilizations yet maintain their identities and independent attitudes from their governing nations of Italy and France, respectively. Weather permitting, stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of crew members go aloft in the web of the ship’s riggings to handset 30 sails as those on board feel the deck heel underfoot.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

Anchor this morning off the medieval city of Alghero, which reveals its historic Catalan influence and is still sometimes referred to as “Barceloneta.” The attractive old town is a joy to explore on foot, as are the protective sea walls. Local guides provide a walking orientation to the old town to start the day. Next, travel to nearby Ledà di’Ittiri estate for a wine tasting and tour. In the afternoon take a local boat out to the dramatic Capo Caccia peninsula to visit the colorful and expansive Neptune’s Grotto. Return to the ship and sail by the dramatic cliffs of Capo Caccia in the golden sunset light on the way to Bonifacio.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Bonifacio, Corsica, France

Wake up to the sunrise over the layered cliffs of Bonifacio. Enter the small and spectacular narrow harbor to dock and enjoy the day in one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful towns. Begin with a walking orientation to the citadel, established by the powerful margraves of Tuscany in the 9th century. The rest of the morning is devoted to enjoying this lovely destination. In the afternoon, drive inland to some of the menhir standing stone alignments of the Sartène region of Corsica.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
At Sea

A final day at sea provides time for pause and reflection, time to “take it all in” after such an epic adventure to so many different places. Sort photos, memories and stories to be shared with loved ones back home. There’s also still time to grab your favorite deck chair, indulge in a good book and listen to the ship part the surf while crossing the Tyrrhenian Sea to Naples.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Naples, Italy

Disembark in the port of Naples this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Sailing The Western Mediterranean: Spain to Corsica Aboard Sea Cloud cruise begins in Lisbon, Portugal (LIS), and ends in Naples, Italy (NAP). Plan flights to arrive to Lisbon ahead of the late afternoon embarkation on Day 2 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Naples no earlier than 12:30pm on the final day of the itinerary. Arrival and departure times may vary based upon group flights from New York, New York (JFK); inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include historical site visits, tastings, a cooking class, a scenic drive, hikes and guided walks.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Corsica & Sardinia Aboard Sea Cloud Itinerary

The 12-day Corsica & Sardinia Aboard Sea Cloud itinerary cruises round-trip from Naples, Italy with visits along France’s Corsica and Italy’s Sardinia.

Route map of Corsica & Sardinia Aboard Sea Cloud cruise operating round-trip from Naples, Italy with visits along Corsica's northern & western coasts plus Sardinia's western & southern coasts.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Naples, Italy & Embark

Fly overnight and arrive in Naples. Board the ship and cast off from Naples’ active harbor. Pass by the rugged coast of the island of Capri at sunset as the ship enters the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Sea Cloud: Lindblad (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
At Sea

Join the expedition leader for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of the setting of square sails, staysails and jibs as the ship shows her full glory. Bask in the comfort and intrigue of this legendary and historic square-rigger—enjoy delicious meals, complimentary drinks and talks by the expedition staff while sailing toward Sardinia.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Cagliari, Sardinia

Dock in Sardinia’s capital of Cagliari on the south end of the island, dominated by its hilltop medieval Castello. In the morning, drive inland to the archaeological centerpiece of Su Nuraxi in Barumini, which is the most well-preserved of the Bronze Age nuraghi, or stone fortresses, that characterize both Sardinia and Corsica from the enigmatic civilizations that inhabited these islands over 3,000 years ago. Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest and most well preserved of them all, and the morning will serve as an introduction to the history, culture and landscape of Sardinia. Return to the ship for lunch, and in the afternoon visit the impressive Roman Amphitheater in Cagliari, which is carved into the sloping limestone hill at the edge of the city. Continue to the outstanding National Archaeological Museum in the medieval Castello before taking a walking tour of the old town.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
At Sea & Oristano

Set sail again for the full morning, then enter the large western bay of Oristano to dock for the afternoon. Visit the Archaeological Park of Santa Cristina and Nuraghe Losa before enjoying some local food and entertainment. Dinner is served on board the ship while sailing to the next destination.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Alghero

Anchor this morning off the northwest medieval city of Alghero, which reveals its historic Catalan influence and is still sometimes referred to as “Barceloneta.” The attractive old town is a joy to explore on foot, as are the protective sea walls. Local guides provide a walking orientation to the old town to start the day. Next, travel to the nearby Ledà d’Ittiri estate for a wine tasting and tour. In the afternoon, take a local boat out to the dramatic Capo Caccia peninsula to visit the colorful and expansive cave of Neptune’s Grotto. Return to the ship and sail by the dramatic cliffs of Capo Caccia in the golden sunset light en route toward Corsica.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Bonifacio, Corsica

Wake up to the sunrise over the layered cliffs of Bonifacio. Enter the small and spectacular narrow harbor to dock and enjoy the day in one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful towns. Begin with a walking orientation to the Citadel, established by the powerful margraves of Tuscany in the 9th century. The rest of the morning is devoted to enjoying one of the most beautiful towns of the Mediterranean. In the afternoon, consider a drive inland to some of the menhir standing stone alignments of the Sartène region of Corsica, or to experience the characteristic Corsican maquis, the herbal scrubland with stunning fragrances.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Ajaccioa & Les Calanques de Piana

The rock formations of Ajaccio/Les Calanques de Piana are some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the Mediterranean. Les Calanques de Piana are karst limestone rock ravines that have been shaped by wind and water erosion, and the Calanques de Piana in Corsica are deservedly designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The morning is devoted to this landscape and the delightful town of Piana, set in the midst of this disorienting labyrinth of rock formations. The scenery and the accompanying fragrance of the maquis and the pure, clean air are unforgettable highlights.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Calvi & At Sea

The gorgeous crescent bay, with its narrow white-sand beach and the prominent Genoese citadel, has made the northwest Corsican town of Calvi a renowned summer resort destination for the last century. In the shoulder seasons it is a very pleasant town in a lovely setting to explore on foot, starting at the hilltop citadel with its ethnographic museum and medieval shops and alleys. Work your way back down to the Port de Plaisance waterfront to board the ship. This afternoon, sail north around Cap Corse.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
At Sea & Bastia

With hopes for an overnight sail, keep the morning free to continue sailing on the northeast side of Corsica toward the port of Bastia, where the ship will dock for the afternoon. Explore Bastia, made up of the upper Terra Nova citadel and the lower working district of Terra Vecchia with its lively food and fish markets. Or, opt to drive north to explore the wild nature of Cap Corse, which is the protruding mountainous peninsula of north Corsica, before returning for an evening in Bastia.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
At Sea

Spend the final full day on the ship, hopefully enjoying her under full sail, reflecting on visits to the unique and extraordinary islands of Sardinia and Corsica, and sorting photos for the evening’s guest slide show of favorite photos contributed by all shipmates.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Disembark Naples, Italy

Disembark in the port of Naples this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 to $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Corsica & Sardinia Aboard Sea Cloud cruise begins and ends in Naples, Italy (NAP). Plan flights to arrive to Naples ahead of embarkation on Day 2 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Naples no earlier than 12:30pm on the final day of the itinerary. Arrival and departure times may vary based upon group flights from New York, New York (JFK); inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include historical site visits, tastings, a cooking class, scenic drives, hikes and guided walks.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Sailing The Ancient Shores of Sicily & Malta Itinerary

The 12-day Sailing The Ancient Shores of Sicily & Malta itinerary cruises round-trip from Naples, Italy with visits along Italy’s Sicily and the island nation of Malta.

Route map of Sailing The Ancient Shores of Sicily & Malta cruise round-trip from Naples with visits along Sicily's western, southern and eastern shores plus Malta's Gozo & Valletta.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Naples, Italy & Embark

Fly overnight and arrive in Naples. Board the ship and cast off from Naples’ active harbor. Pass by the rugged coast of the island of Capri at sunset as the ship enters the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Sea Cloud: Lindblad (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
At Sea

Join the expedition leader for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of the setting of square sails, staysails and jibs as the ship shows her full glory. Bask in the comfort and intrigue of this legendary and historic square-rigger—enjoy delicious meals, complimentary drinks and talks by the expedition staff while sailing south toward Sicily.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Erice, Marsala & At Sea

After Sea Cloud docks in Trapani this morning, depart on an excursion up nearby Mount Erice to the intriguing medieval town of Erice. Perched 2,460 feet above Sicily’s western coast, the panoramic views from the walled town are spectacular. Explore Erice with local guides and take time to wander. Perhaps stop in at the renowned Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, or one of the many other local favorites, before more exploration in the town of Marsala. Famous for its fortified wines, this port city also houses an excellent museum devoted to its Punic (Carthaginian) history, as well as an excavated Punic warship and a recently opened excavated Roman merchant vessel. Finish with a visit and tasting at Marsala’s most historic winery, Casa Florio, before returning to Sea Cloud in Trapani. Sail overnight to Porto Empedocle for Agrigento.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
At Sea & Agrigento

Rise this morning in hopes of steady winds and watch the crew set sail while cruising along Sicily’s southern shore. The next call is devoted to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a collection of some of antiquity’s most magnificent Greco-Roman temples. Founded by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C., the site served as a prominent city in Magna Graecia before eventually changing hands between the Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. Explore the valley’s grand row of Doric temples devoted to the likes of Zeus and Heracles. Return to the ship in Porto Empedocle and cast off for Malta.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Valletta, Malta

At sunrise, enter one of the finest harbors of the Mediterranean: Valletta, Malta’s capital city, surrounded by daunting limestone fortifications that date back to the 16th century. Be out on deck with a camera as the ship makes her final approach beneath the city’s bastions, walls and towers. Malta’s glorious waterfront settings, its views, the historic cities and towns, and amazing buildings combine to make a visit here a wonderful experience.

Spend the morning touring the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to the Upper Barracca Gardens, located on the highest point of the 16th-century walls that the Knights of Saint John built to protect their city. Take in the remarkable views of the Grand Harbor, Fort Ricasoli and the Three Cities—Birgu, Senglea and Bormla. Continuing through Valletta’s historic streets, tour St John’s Co-Cathedral, complete with elaborate inlaid marble tombstones and monumental artwork.

Then visit Malta’s old capital, Mdina, a walled medieval city dating from the Norman and Baroque periods, that has been inhabited for thousands of years. Walk through the city’s streets and enjoy the fantastic view from the bastions. Marvel at the impressive Mdina Cathedral and then a short drive to the Rotunda of Mosta, the fourth-largest unsupported dome in the world. During World War II, a bomb pierced the dome and landed, unexploded, in the church. Return to the ship docked in Valletta where you can wander on your own after dinner.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Gozo, Malta & At Sea

This morning visit Malta’s “second island,” Gozo, with a focus on the ancient megalithic temples of Ġgantija, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Older than both the Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, the giant structures of Ġgantija were built by civilizations that thrived here more than 5,000 years ago. Also visit the artfully restored medieval windmill of Ta Kola—one of the many structures built by the Order of the Knights of Malta, who ruled the Maltese islands for centuries—before returning to the ship and an afternoon cruising back to Sicily, with hopes of sailing in the afternoon winds.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Siracusa, Italy

Wake this morning to Siracusa, a city that once rivaled Athens in cultural and economic wealth. Explore the archaeological park, which showcases one of the world’s largest theaters of antiquity, a 15,000-seat arena hewn from bedrock, which is still in use today. Also visit the nearby limestone quarry, the cave of Dionysus’ Ear, and the Roman amphitheater before returning to Sea Cloud for lunch. This afternoon, venture to the enchanting island town of Ortygia to discover its numerous little piazzas and twisting alleys. But the main feature is the Duomo, or Cathedral, which was built from the ruins of Sicily’s ancient Temple of Athena. The history of Sicily can be told in the walls of this incredible construction.

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Sea Cloud: Lindblad

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Day 9
Strait of Messina & Taormina

Anchor off the port of Giardini Naxos and drive up to the intoxicatingly beautiful town of Taormina, which spills across the slopes at the foot of Mount Etna, dominating to the south. The stunning medieval town boasts the now-fashionable walk on the pedestrian Corso Umberto, lined with exquisite buildings, and ends at the Greco-Roman Theater. This unforgettable theater was built right into the cliffside, overlooking the vast sea below, in the 3rd century B.C.

From Taormina, continue to the Castello degli Schiavi, a phenomenal 18th-century privately-owned villa, for a very special private lunch. Meet members of the family that still owns the villa and explore the extensive buildings and grounds that served as the setting for many scenes in The Godfather. Return to the ship, docked in the port of Messina. Enjoy dinner on deck as the vessel follows the wake of Odysseus through the narrow Strait of Messina, the bustling waterway that separates Sicily from the boot of Italy. It’s the mythical location of Homer’s monsters Scylla and Charybdis—the rock-and-the-hard-place whirlpools through which Odysseus had to sail.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Lipari & Stromboli

The Aeolian Islands are not only famous for the winds of the god Aeolus, but also for some of the most well-known classical volcanoes. Sail in the morning with the islands of Vulcano and Stromboli in view, anchoring for the afternoon at Lipari. Here, go ashore for a scenic drive around the perimeter of the island, with fantastic views of the other Aeolian volcanoes, before returning to the main town. Visit the small but surprising archaeological museum that has an extensive collection of Neolithic artifacts made from the local obsidian, which provided the foundation of the island’s prosperity during the Greco-Roman era. This evening, enjoy dinner on deck as the ship cruises the 25 miles to Stromboli—and with a little luck, see some of the pyrotechnics of this active volcano, a perfect way to end such an adventurous voyage.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

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Day 11
At Sea

After such an action-packed voyage, take a full day for sailing, reflection and relaxation. Join the expedition staff for talks on the Lido Deck, as the captain takes advantage of the prevailing wind for optimal sailing. On board there is time to catch up on journals, review photos, ask questions, sample a collection of Sicilian wines and to simply enjoy the thrill of an extended sail on this historic square-rigged tall ship. This evening, celebrate the voyage at the captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner at sunset.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Disembark Naples, Italy

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 to $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Sailing The Ancient Shores of Sicily & Malta cruise begins and ends in Naples, Italy (NAP). Plan flights to arrive to Naples ahead of embarkation on Day 2 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Naples no earlier than 12:30pm on the final day of the itinerary. Arrival and departure times may vary based upon group flights from New York, New York (JFK); inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include historical site visits, tastings, a cooking class, scenic drives, hikes and guided walks.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

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