Northern Italy Under Sail: Genoa, Pisa, and the Amalfi Coast aboard Sea Cloud II
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.
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
Join National Geographic Photography and Cultural Expert Massimo Bassano on the May 15, 2024, departure
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Sea Cloud II
Sail in style aboard a unique vessel that’s a perfect combination of nostalgic elegance and modern comfort
Sea Cloud II is an alluring sailing vessel perfectly suited to travel the scenic shores of Italy and Croatia, exploring little-seen archipelagos and anchoring in small coves. A romantic tall ship with every modern comfort, Sea Cloud II combines the spaciousness and welcome amenities of a contemporary vessel with the grace and elegance of a square rigger. Inspired by the legendary 1930s yacht Sea Cloud, Sea Cloud II embodies the Golden Age of Sail; yet, it is modernly built, reflecting today’s standards of luxury. From marble bathrooms and elegant furnishings to televisions and climate controls, comfortable cabins have expected amenities.
Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.
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