A balance of sailing, savoring & exploring idyllic islands and coastlines

Each cruise of the Mediterranean aboard Sea Cloud is crafted to offer the authentic experience of sailing a true square-rigger among must-see and seldom-seen locales. Flexibility is the hallmark of a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition, and our daily itineraries will often adjust to take advantage of wind or exploration opportunities.


Embark: Athens

Disembark: Dubrovnik

Select departures travel from Dubrovnik to Athens.


  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Athens, Greece/Piraeus/Embark

    Depart on an overnight flight to Athens, arriving the next morning. Explore the new Acropolis Museum, transfer to Piraeus and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. (L,D)

  • DAY 3: At Sea

    Round the southern coast of the Peloponnesus peninsula, enjoying a full day of sailing. Watch the crew hoist Sea Cloud’s many sails by hand. Relax with a book on deck, photograph our yacht, and attend talks by our expedition team. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Olympia

    Dock in Katákolo and travel to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the legendary ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Olympic Stadium, and the superb Archaeological Museum. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Ithaca/At Sea

    Sail this morning to Ithaca (Itháki), home to Odysseus. The island remains somewhat isolated and retains the sense of adventure associated with Homer’s hero. Visit gems of Ionian villages and explore sites that link to the era described in the epic poems. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Sarandë and Butrint, Albania

    Cut off from the world for 50 years by its Stalinist dictator, Albania is now feeling its way into the 21st century. Explore the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO Site, and return to Sarandë along the Ksamil peninsula, overlooking the Straits of Corfu. Set sail in the afternoon. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Krujë

    Drive to the ancient capital of Krujë, and visit the medieval market and Ethnographic Museum. Also visit the Skanderbeg Museum, dedicated to Albania’s national hero. Take in a stirring folkloric performance. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Perast and Kotor, Montenegro

    Sail into Montenegro via the magnificent Gulf of Kotor. Stop at the historic town of Perast before taking a local boat to the islet of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. Steeped in lore, the tiny islet was created by fishermen dropping rocks from their rowboats. Explore medieval Kotor this afternoon, or drive up 25 serpentine switchbacks to the top of the fjord. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Known as the “pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world. Spend the day exploring the marvelous old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a private performance of traditional Croatian klapa music. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: At Sea/Korčula

    Anchor at the island port of Korčula, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Balkans. Visit the town’s sites, and see the house believed by some to be Marco Polo’s birthplace. Later, take some time to enjoy the waterfront. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11: Hvar/Sailing

    At the height of Venetian rule, Hvar was the region’s most prosperous center. Take a walk along the marbled waterfront and the grand central square. Visit the arsenal and Croatia’s oldest active theater, and if you choose, hike up to the dramatically located citadel. (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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