Italy and Croatia aboard Sea Cloud II, New and Noteworthy

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Northern Italy Under Sail: Maritime Heritage and Cultural Treasures aboard Sea Cloud II

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Highlights

The Fontana dei Putti (Fountain with Angels),  Pisa Cathedral, and Leaning Tower of Pisa at sunrise, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, Europe
  • In Pisa, see the iconic Leaning Tower, part of a complex of medieval architectural masterpieces

  • Bask under the billowing sails of the square-rigger Sea Cloud II along the coast of Northern Italy

  • Discover Genoa’s cultural treasures like the Strada Nuova and the stunning Cathedral of San Lorenzo, believed to hold the relics of St. John the Baptist

  • On Elba Island explore the fortified town of Portoferraio and Napoleon’s villa

  • Spend time in Amalfi, the crown gem of the storied Amalfi Coast

Day by Day

Multiple routes available

Some departures follow a modified itinerary. Please refer to departure dates for exact routing of your departure.

Southbound


Starts at

Nice, France

Ends at

Naples, Italy

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Day 1

Nice, France / Embark Ship

Arrive in Nice and embark Sea Cloud II in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 1

Nice, France / Embark Ship

Arrive in Nice and embark Sea Cloud II in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2

At Sea / Genoa, Italy

Gather on deck 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 II shows her full glory. Relax with a book on deck, and enjoy delicious meals and complimentary drinks. After lunch, begin your exploration of La Superba (Genoa’s nickname meaning “The Proud One”). See its old city center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the old port (Porto Antico) and the Arco della Vittoria, a monument to fallen solders of WWI. You can't miss the dramatic Cathedral of San Lorenzo, built originally as a Romanesque Basilica in the 1100s, remodeled in the Gothic style in 1307, and topped with a Renaissance dome in 1557. Inside, the large 15th-century Cappella San Giovanni Battista is the earliest example of Renaissance architecture in Genoa, built to hold what are believed to be the remains of St. John the Baptist. Explore Plaza Ferrari and pay a visit to Palazzo Ducale, or “Doge’s Palace.” Doges were chief magistrates during medieval times and the Renaissance, found particularly in Venice and Genoa. Originally constructed in 1298, the palace is now the cultural center of Genoa. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting of some local delights such as gelato, Genoa’s famous pesto, extra virgin olive oil, and—of course—wine. Return to Sea Cloud II for the captain’s welcome evening and an overnight docked in Genoa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

At Sea / Genoa, Italy

Gather on deck 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 II shows her full glory. Relax with a book on deck, and enjoy delicious meals and complimentary drinks. After lunch, begin your exploration of La Superba (Genoa’s nickname meaning “The Proud One”). See its old city center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the old port (Porto Antico) and the Arco della Vittoria, a monument to fallen solders of WWI. You can't miss the dramatic Cathedral of San Lorenzo, built originally as a Romanesque Basilica in the 1100s, remodeled in the Gothic style in 1307, and topped with a Renaissance dome in 1557. Inside, the large 15th-century Cappella San Giovanni Battista is the earliest example of Renaissance architecture in Genoa, built to hold what are believed to be the remains of St. John the Baptist. Explore Plaza Ferrari and pay a visit to Palazzo Ducale, or “Doge’s Palace.” Doges were chief magistrates during medieval times and the Renaissance, found particularly in Venice and Genoa. Originally constructed in 1298, the palace is now the cultural center of Genoa. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting of some local delights such as gelato, Genoa’s famous pesto, extra virgin olive oil, and—of course—wine. Return to Sea Cloud II for the captain’s welcome evening and an overnight docked in Genoa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Camogli / At Sea

Take a drive along the stunning Italian coast to the town of Camogli—once one of the Mediterranean’s most powerful naval ports, Nicknamed “City of a Thousand White Ships” and inhabited since pre-historic times, today, Camogli is one of the Italian Riviera’s most picture-perfect villages. Take in its stunning panoramas, a charming harbor, narrow lanes lined with towering pastel-colored buildings, lovely cathedral, and ruined castle. Hear about 12th-century Castle Dragone’s fascinating history and visit the Camogli Maritime Museum to learn about the city’s maritime prowess and traditions. The basilica Santa Maria Sunta is the town’s largest church, elegantly decorated with art and gold left by many of the town’s seamen after they died. During your visit, enjoy a taste of Camogli’s specialty: focaccia al formaggio, a staple street food in the region. Return to Sea Cloud II to enjoy onboard presentations, free time to enjoy sailing, and more, as she sails south along the picturesque coast of Italy.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Camogli / At Sea

Take a drive along the stunning Italian coast to the town of Camogli—once one of the Mediterranean’s most powerful naval ports, Nicknamed “City of a Thousand White Ships” and inhabited since pre-historic times, today, Camogli is one of the Italian Riviera’s most picture-perfect villages. Take in its stunning panoramas, a charming harbor, narrow lanes lined with towering pastel-colored buildings, lovely cathedral, and ruined castle. Hear about 12th-century Castle Dragone’s fascinating history and visit the Camogli Maritime Museum to learn about the city’s maritime prowess and traditions. The basilica Santa Maria Sunta is the town’s largest church, elegantly decorated with art and gold left by many of the town’s seamen after they died. During your visit, enjoy a taste of Camogli’s specialty: focaccia al formaggio, a staple street food in the region. Return to Sea Cloud II to enjoy onboard presentations, free time to enjoy sailing, and more, as she sails south along the picturesque coast of Italy.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Viareggio / Pisa / Pietrasanta

The leaning tower—a UNESCO World Heritage site—has long been the best-known attraction in the town of Pisa due to its uncanny stature as a result of the sandy base on which it was built. However, the tower is just a single component of a city with many notable architectural and historical achievements. Nowhere else in Italy are a city’s key buildings aligned with such precision and or is there so beautiful a contrast of stonework and surrounding meadow. The Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), Duomo, Baptistery, and Camposanto complete an unrivalled quartet of medieval masterpieces. These—along with more than a dozen churches and palazzos—belong to Pisa’s “Golden Age,” from the 11th to the 13th century, when the city, then still a port, was one of the leading maritime powers of the Mediterranean.

After time in Pisa, head to Pietrasanta, which grew to importance during the 15th century, mainly due to its connection with marble. Michelangelo was the first sculptor to recognize the beauty of the local stone. Today, artists and sculptors from all over the world are drawn to the city, known as “Little Athens” due to its marble studios. These studios mingle with small, elegant shops in the long alleyways lined with ochre-washed buildings with wooden shutters that radiate from Piazza del Duomo. Pietrasanta is the foremost place in the world for marble work, and you’ll visit local artists and shops to see this time-honored artisanry in action.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Viareggio / Pisa / Pietrasanta

The leaning tower—a UNESCO World Heritage site—has long been the best-known attraction in the town of Pisa due to its uncanny stature as a result of the sandy base on which it was built. However, the tower is just a single component of a city with many notable architectural and historical achievements. Nowhere else in Italy are a city’s key buildings aligned with such precision and or is there so beautiful a contrast of stonework and surrounding meadow. The Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), Duomo, Baptistery, and Camposanto complete an unrivalled quartet of medieval masterpieces. These—along with more than a dozen churches and palazzos—belong to Pisa’s “Golden Age,” from the 11th to the 13th century, when the city, then still a port, was one of the leading maritime powers of the Mediterranean.

After time in Pisa, head to Pietrasanta, which grew to importance during the 15th century, mainly due to its connection with marble. Michelangelo was the first sculptor to recognize the beauty of the local stone. Today, artists and sculptors from all over the world are drawn to the city, known as “Little Athens” due to its marble studios. These studios mingle with small, elegant shops in the long alleyways lined with ochre-washed buildings with wooden shutters that radiate from Piazza del Duomo. Pietrasanta is the foremost place in the world for marble work, and you’ll visit local artists and shops to see this time-honored artisanry in action.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

At Sea / Portoferraio

Portoferraio is the main town on Elba Island, and its complex history is matched only by the labyrinth of small alleys and monuments to the passing ages found in its city center. The town was founded by the Romans (with the name of Fabricia) on a pre-existing Tuscan settlement. After the fall of Rome, it was destroyed by buccaneers and rebuilt in the 7th century under the name of Ferraia. In 1442 the Saracens destroyed it, and in the 16th century, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I of the Medici family, ordered the construction of imposing fortifications. The town was named Cosmopoli after him. Napoleon, after his forced abdication following the Treaty of Fontainebleau, was exiled to Elba Island, a time during which he enacted several reforms to improve the quality of life for its residents. Finally, under the reign of the Lorena family, the name Ferraia was reestablished and then changed into the present name of Portoferraio. Pay a visit to Villa dei Mulini (literally "Villa of the Mills"), Napoleon’s primary residence on the island. After visiting the town, you will stop in a wine bar along the promenade to taste typical Elban dishes paired with local wines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

At Sea / Portoferraio

Portoferraio is the main town on Elba Island, and its complex history is matched only by the labyrinth of small alleys and monuments to the passing ages found in its city center. The town was founded by the Romans (with the name of Fabricia) on a pre-existing Tuscan settlement. After the fall of Rome, it was destroyed by buccaneers and rebuilt in the 7th century under the name of Ferraia. In 1442 the Saracens destroyed it, and in the 16th century, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I of the Medici family, ordered the construction of imposing fortifications. The town was named Cosmopoli after him. Napoleon, after his forced abdication following the Treaty of Fontainebleau, was exiled to Elba Island, a time during which he enacted several reforms to improve the quality of life for its residents. Finally, under the reign of the Lorena family, the name Ferraia was reestablished and then changed into the present name of Portoferraio. Pay a visit to Villa dei Mulini (literally "Villa of the Mills"), Napoleon’s primary residence on the island. After visiting the town, you will stop in a wine bar along the promenade to taste typical Elban dishes paired with local wines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

At Sea

A day at sea presents another opportunity to witness Sea Cloud II’s sails aloft. Enjoy the ship plying the surf and sip on complimentary drinks as you catch up on reading, sort your photos, and learn from expedition staff presentations.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

At Sea

A day at sea presents another opportunity to witness Sea Cloud II’s sails aloft. Enjoy the ship plying the surf and sip on complimentary drinks as you catch up on reading, sort your photos, and learn from expedition staff presentations.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Amalfi / At Sea

Sea Cloud II anchors off Amalfi this morning. This storied town, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that comprises the entire Amalfi Coast, is known for pastel-hued houses that cling to steepsided mountains. Stroll the waterfront, with its marina and shops; visit the ornate cathedral, with bronze doors dating from 1066; and wander the winding streets and alleyways to make your own discoveries. After exploring Amalfi, enjoy the captain’s farewell evening as Sea Cloud II makes her way to Naples.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Amalfi / At Sea

Sea Cloud II anchors off Amalfi this morning. This storied town, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that comprises the entire Amalfi Coast, is known for pastel-hued houses that cling to steepsided mountains. Stroll the waterfront, with its marina and shops; visit the ornate cathedral, with bronze doors dating from 1066; and wander the winding streets and alleyways to make your own discoveries. After exploring Amalfi, enjoy the captain’s farewell evening as Sea Cloud II makes her way to Naples.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Naples / Disembark Ship

Arrive in Naples this morning. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8

Naples / Disembark Ship

Arrive in Naples this morning. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Shipbuilders, explorers, merchants, and fishermen—the people of the northern Italian coast have been intricately linked to the sea for many generations. Ligurian cities like Genoa, an important port and birthplace of Christopher Columbus; and Camogli, known as The City of a Thousand Sails for its impressive shipbuilding history, proudly display their maritime heritage. We will visit maritime museums, stroll along beautiful harbor fronts, and explore well-preserved waterfront old towns as we travel between Nice and Naples. Pisa and Elba have many offerings beyond the famous leaning tower and sites related to Napoleon, and Amalfi does not disappoint with its legendary villa-covered hills overlooking the azure Tyrrhenian Sea.

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