Day-By-Day

Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity


Expeditions aboard Sea Cloud are crafted to offer you a panoramic experience of the archipelago. Within hours of arriving in the Mediterranean, you’ll experience an abundance of history and culture. And each day will deliver a new island to discover and explore. Flexibility is a hallmark of our expedition style.

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  • DAY 1: Depart

    Depart on overnight flights to Valetta, Malta.

  • DAY 2: Valletta, Malta

    Arrive in Valletta, the capital of the Republic of Malta, a nation of Mediterranean islands that has had extraordinary importance throughout recorded history because of its strategic location, with myriad rulers and influences. It is today part of the European Union. We’ll have a short orientation in Valletta and its grand fortification of Fort St. Elmo, including an outstanding multimedia introduction at “The Malta Experience.” We embark Sea Cloud in the late afternoon. The ship will remain docked through the night, and there will be an evening shuttle the short distance to town, if you'd like to explore Valletta further during the evening. (D)

  • DAY 3: Sailing/Gozo

    Sea Cloud casts off at sunrise to pass under the limestone bastions of Fort St. Elmo in the first light. Sea Cloud’s sailors then go aloft to set the sails, as we enjoy the magnificence of true square-rig sailing. This afternoon we visit Malta’s second island, Gozo, with our focus on the ancient megalithic temples of Ġgantija, a World Heritage site. Older than both the pyramids and Stonehenge, the giant structures of Ġgantija were built by civilizations that thrived here more than 5,000 years ago. This evening we meet the Captain and the ship’s officers for Sea Cloud’s welcome cocktail party and dinner, under a full moon. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Sailing

    We have the full day for sailing, with our Expedition Leader giving a “play-by-play” description of the sail activity and maneuvers on the decks of Sea Cloud. Take time to get familiar with Sea Cloud’s four masts and 29 sails, and find your favorite spots on her comfortable teak decks. Join our expedition staff for talks on the Lido Deck, as the captain takes best advantage of the winds. We’ll have the first of our Sicilian wine tastings of the voyage this afternoon. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Agrigento/Sailing

    Our first call in Sicily is devoted to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is a collection of some of the most magnificent Greco-Roman temples of antiquity. Founded in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, the area was subsequently ruled by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. Its temples are monumental and extraordinarily beautiful. We return to Sea Cloud in Porto Empedocle, and cast off for a relaxing afternoon under sail. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Selinunte and Marsala

    Anchoring at the fishing town of Mazara del Vallo, we make a morning visit to the archaeological park of Selinunte. The giant columns, temples, stairways and city walls are a delight for photographers and explorers of all interests, and the natural setting is spectacular. The site has some of the finest architecture of the ancient world. In the afternoon, we explore 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. After seeing these places, we’ll have a visit and tasting at one of Marsala’s wineries. We continue to Trapani, where we rejoin Sea Cloud. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Erice/Sailing

    After Sea Cloud docks at the regional hub of Trapani, we depart this morning up nearby Mount Erice to the intriguing medieval town of Erice. Perched 750 meters above Trapani and Sicily’s western coast, both the walled town and the views are unforgettable. It’s a place full of ancient history and also a vital, living town. We’ll explore Erice with local guides and also have time to wander on our own, before we reunite at the renowned pasticceria of Maria Grammatico for coffee and pastries.

    The deck crew heads back aloft to set sails for the afternoon, with hopes for steady winds and an overnight sail along Sicily’s north coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea. This evening we’ll feature a talk on the history of the legendary Sea Cloud, followed by an “open house” viewing of some of the original staterooms. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Sailing/Cefalù

    Adding sails in the morning, we continue with our on-board presentations and photography workshops. This afternoon we anchor off the stunning coastline promontory of Cefalù, whose name derives from the Greek word kefalo, or “head.” This is one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns, dominated by the 12th-century Norman cathedral with the headland rock La Rocca as its backdrop. We’ll explore the town on foot, and the more adventurous can hike to the top of 278-meter-high La Rocca for astonishing views over the town and the sea. Sea Cloud remains anchored at Cefalù through the evening, so you can return to this beautiful town at night, or even dine ashore if you wish. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Sailing/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. We’ll set sails in the morning with the islands of Vulcano and Stromboli in view, anchoring for the afternoon at Lipari. Here we’ll go ashore for a drive around the perimeter of the entire island, with spectacular views of the other Aeolian volcanoes, before returning to the main town. We visit the small but surprising archeological museum that has an extensive collection of Neolithic artifacts made from the local obsidian, which was also the foundation of the island’s prosperity during the Greco-Roman era. This evening, we’ll have dinner on deck as Sea Cloud cruises the 25 miles to Stromboli, and with a little luck we’ll see some of the pyrotechnics of this active volcano. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Strait Of Messina/Taormina

    In the early hours of the morning, we pass through the narrow Strait of Messina, which separates Sicily from the “boot” of Italy. It’s the purported location of Homer’s monsters Scylla and Charybdis, the rock and the hard place through which Odysseus had to sail. We drive up to the intoxicatingly beautiful town of Taormina, perched 250 meters above. With Mount Etna dominating to the south, this 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 BC.

    This evening, a special treat: a private dinner at a privately owned castle, the Castello degli Schiavi. This phenomenal 18th-century home was the setting for many scenes in the Godfather films, and we’ll meet members of the family that owns it and explore the extensive buildings and grounds. We return after dinner to Sea Cloud, which has been at anchor under the watchful gaze of Mount Etna. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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