Get a sense of life under sail
Embark on a new, singular expedition, so multifaceted, so rich in experience, and extraordinary, that we know it will be remembered as one of the most remarkable journeys you’ve ever taken. Sailing the Greek Isles aboard Sea Cloud, the most beautiful sailing vessel in the world, we’ll begin in Malta and focus on the island of Sicily, taking in its many aspects. There's a treasure trove of some of the world’s greatest ancient places. We’ll visit no fewer than five UNESCO World Heritage sites: the city of Valletta, Malta’s megalithic temples, Agrigento, Siracusa, and the Aeolian Islands; and we’ll have views of a sixth, Mt. Etna. We’ll conclude in the Greek capital of Athens, with opportunities for still further exploration.
As rich as their history is, these places aren't just monuments to the past. Their vibrant cultures, including music and cuisine, have been exported all over the world, and their people have settled widely in other places. So in addition to an exploration, this voyage is in a sense a homecoming. This expedition will enable you to:
Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
The Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian, and Ionian Seas are perfect places to sail, and we’ll take full advantage of Sea Cloud’s capabilities. You’ll experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the thrill of life under sail—in a region that’s been sailed for millennia. With the winds filling Sea Cloud’s square sails, you’ll have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of 16 crew members going high aloft in the riggings to hand-set 30 sails. See what it’s like.
Every day is active and engaging
Each day is balanced with time to relish our ship under sail, and half- or full-day explorations on land. Our historian, naturalist, and local guides ensure you gain insight and an insider’s perspective about the places 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 always opt to stay aboard Sea Cloud, for more reading, 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 an expedition leader, handpicked naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for exploring is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet the team.