Unique, immersive style of travel
Exploring Turkey and Greece aboard an authentic, hand-sailed tall ship is a singular experience. And the combination of the ship and our expedition-style—which sends you off exploring in the company of knowledgeable and engaging companions who can illuminate all you’ll see—creates a truly harmonic convergence. Add to that, the in-depth encounters with the renowned sites and remarkable antiquities this expedition ensures, and you have the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The 58-guest Sea Cloud is an authentic historic yacht that will enable you to:
- Sail ancient seas aboard this legendary four-masted ship
- Experience the enchantment of Istanbul
- Venture into some of the most important sites of the Greco-Roman era, including Delos, Didyma, and Ephesus
- Explore the must-see highlights of the region with the ease of private yacht travel.
Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the thrill of life under sail—in a region where sailing has been the paradigm for centuries. With prevailing winds filling Sea Cloud’s sails, you’ll have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of 16 crew members going aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set 30 sails. Plus, delve into the rich history and mythology of the Greeks and Romans, and encounter the splendid Ottoman legacy. See what it’s like.
Experience the cultures and ancient wonders of Turkey & Greece
This expedition sails to fascinating stops along the storied Aegean coast, including incomparable Ephesus, the second largest city of the Roman Empire, where we see the Grand Theater and themarble-decorated ruins of the famous library believed to have held between 12,000-15,000 scrolls. And in the harbor town of Bodrum, visit the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, housed in the former Castle of St. Peter, where exhibits transport you to a time of ancient mariners, Bronze Age shipwrecks, and the medieval days of Crusader knights. Be out on deck when Sea Cloud sails into the caldera of Santoríni, appreciating the dramatic cliffs from the sea. Picturesque drives, walks among ruins, charming cliff-side towns with panoramic views await your discovery. On naturalist-guided walks, learn firsthand about contemporary life along these historic shores. And between site visits, revel in the glory of Sea Cloud under full sail in the Aegean.
Every day is active and engaging
Each day is balanced with time to enjoy the hand-sailing of our ship, and half- or full-day explorations on land. Our historian, naturalist, and local guides ensure you gain insight and an insider’s perspective on every place we visit. Scenic drives, hikes on hilly terrain, market visits, cruises along idyllic shores, and free time to walk in charming seaside villages are the ways you’ll pass the time. And you may choose to stay aboard Sea Cloud, for some relaxation and glorious views. The point is, you can do as much, or as little as you like.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of a veteran expedition leader, a historian, and a naturalist who will also serve as your Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Their knowledge and passion for Turkey and Greece is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet the team.
|Day 1||Fly overnight to Istanbul, Turkey|
|Day 2||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Day 3||Istanbul /Izmir /Ephesus /|
|Day 4||At Sea/Didyma|
|Day 6||Sailing the Aegean|
|Day 7||Santoríni, Greece|
|Day 8||At Sea/Folégandros|
|Day 9||Delos/At Sea|
Interesting itinerary. Knowledgeable Lindblad staff. Beautiful ship with delicious food. Variety of experiences.