Lemons on the tree by whitewashed & tan stone buildings sitting on a hill overlooking the water in the sunshine of Salerno.
Tan stone tower sits on corner of building overlooking seaside town with terracotta roofs & rolling green hills across the water.
6 white sails from mast of tall ship billow in the wind on a sunny, blue-sky day of an Italian Riviera cruise on Sea Cloud II.
Leaning tower of Pisa stands beside green gardens, stone building & stone statue at sunrise on an Italian Riviera cruise.
Stone cathedral with bell tower sits in town square among multi-story stone buildings with green shutters as the sun rises.
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Northern Italy Under Sail: Genoa, Pisa & the Amalfi Coast Aboard Sea Cloud II

On this 8-day Italian Riviera cruise, travel between Nice and Naples for maritime museums, beautiful harbor fronts and well-preserved waterfront towns. Pisa and Elba have many offerings beyond the famous leaning tower and sites related to Napoleon, and an Amalfi Coast cruise does not disappoint with vistas of legendary villa-covered hills overlooking the azure Tyrrhenian Sea.

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.

Along this Amalfi Coast cruise, take in various high points. In Pisa, see the iconic Leaning Tower, part of a complex of medieval architectural masterpieces. In Genoa, discover 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. And spend time in Amalfi, the crown gem of the storied Amalfi Coast.

Sail aboard the spectacular Sea Cloud II: Lindblad, a modern take on an historic sailing ship, carrying up to 94 guests. Her three-masted barque design blends classic tall ship charm with modern comforts for a 5-star Italian Riviera cruise. Enjoy cruising under sail whenever weather allows, with plenty of social spaces for meeting new friends or enjoying a quiet moment.

Read on for details about this northern Italy cruise, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship Mediterranean cruises and Mediterranean trips.



Itinerary

Northern Italy Under Sail: Genoa, Pisa & the Amalfi Coast Aboard Sea Cloud II Itinerary

This northern Italy cruise operates southbound from Nice, France to Naples, Italy.

Route map of Northern Italy Under Sail cruise from Nice, France to Naples, Italy with visits to Genoa, Camogli, Pisa, Portoferraio & Amalfi.
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Day 1
Embark Nice, France

Arrive in Nice and embark the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

dinner

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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 the ship 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 the ship for the captain’s welcome evening and an overnight docked in Genoa.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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 the ship to enjoy onboard presentations and relaxation time as she sails south along the picturesque coast of Italy.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea

A day at sea presents another opportunity to witness the ship’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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Amalfi & At Sea

The ship 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 steep-sided 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 the ship makes her way to Naples.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Naples, Italy

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

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes; basic WiFi (enhanced and premium packages available for purchase). Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Northern Italy Under Sail cruise begins in Nice, France (NCE) and ends in Naples, Italy (NAP). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Nice before 4:00pm  on Day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 8 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Naples after 12:00pm Noon on Day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include tastings, Zodiac and small craft cruises, yoga and stretching, historical site visits, city tours and guided walks.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

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