Europe Mediterranean Cruise

Mediterranean Gems: Southern Italy & Sicily Aboard Sea Cloud

Explore notable archaeological sites, tiny towns and seaside villages on this Mediterranean cruise. Beginning in the enchanting Croatian city of Dubrovnik, cruise to Naples on the alluring 58-guest Sea Cloud and wind your way down the southern part of Italy’s boot, calling on vibrant and welcoming places steeped in ancient history along the way. Marvel at ornate cathedrals and remarkable baroque buildings, explore great sites of antiquity—from renowned Pompeii to the less-visited Greek temples of Paestum—and meander through unspoiled clifftop towns, soaking up breathtaking views. Plus, with a little luck witness the orange glow of eruptions from the Stromboli volcano.

Explore hidden gems of the Adriatic, Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas, with insights from National Geographic historians and expert Mediterranean guides. Follow part of Odysseus’s mythical route by sailing 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. Other highlights of this trip include taking in the vibrant life and culture of Greco-Roman sites, the baroque city of Lecce and the mountain village of Gerace. Basking in the pastel-colored buildings and stunning vistas of the famous Amalfi Coast. Visiting Pompeii, abruptly destroyed by Vesuvius in the year 79, to witness its extraordinarily well-preserved homes. And enjoying a private dinner at Castello degli Schiavi, an 18th-century castle used as a locale for the Godfather films.

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, a vessel of unmatched elegance and grace and a direct descendant of the opulent 30’s. Enjoy her golden age ambiance informally—in casual clothes and in the company of expert historians and naturalists. Sea Cloud’s polished brass capstans and portholes gleam, teak decks glow and interiors shine with Italian marble and carved oak paneling.

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