Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast
At a glance
Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights
Coverage: Athens Greece to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Season: May - September
Activities: Culture, History, Photography, Zodiacs
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From the ancient temples of Olympia to the medieval walled city of Hvar, immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of Europe’s most spectacular places—aboard a legendary tall ship. The 58-guest Sea Cloud is an extraordinary, historic yacht that will enable you to:
- Ply the waters of the Aegean, Ionian and Adriatic seas under sail like the ancients
- Step back in history at four UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the evocative ruins of Olympia, Greece and Albania’s historic city of Butrint
- Skim across Montenegro’s Gulf of Kotor to our Lady of The Rocks, a tiny islet formed of sunken fishing boats
- Spend a day among the marble-paved lanes and ramparts of Dubrovnik’s Old Town
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the thrill of life under sail on a Dalmatian Coast cruise—in a region where the ancients sailed millennia ago. With the winds filling Sea Cloud’s sails, you’ll have ample opportunities to stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of 16 crew members going aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set 30 sails.
This is an encompassing expedition in the Aegean, Ionian, and Adriatic seas; and our beautiful sailing ship is one of the most exhilarating ways to explore the region. Discover Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic games and an important sanctuary of ancient Greece. Wander the medieval market in Kruje, Albania’s ancient capital. Drive to the top of Montenegro’s fjord for staggering views. In Croatia, explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town and enjoy a private performance of klapa music, a traditional form of a cappella singing. At Korčula we stroll the waterfront cafes and see a traditional sword performance. Hvar is a stunning coastal town, backed by lavender fields and pine-covered hills. A walking tour with our guides leisurely reveals key sites; or you can choose a more vigorous hike up to Hvar’s Citadel. Learn first-hand about contemporary life along these historic shores. Active daily outings are balanced with restorative time on the Lido deck or in the Blue Lagoon of our magnificent tall ship.
Each day offers half- or full-day explorations on land, as well as time aboard ship. Our historian, naturalist and local guides ensure you gain an insider’s perspective and insight into the fascinating places we visit. Scenic drives, hikes on hilly terrain, market visits, cruises along idyllic shores, and free time to walk in charming seaside villages are the ways you’ll pass the time. And you may choose to stay aboard Sea Cloud, for some relaxation and glorious views. The point is, you can do as much, or as little as you like.
Explore under the sure guidance of a veteran expedition leader, a historian, and a naturalist who will also serve as your Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor. Their knowledge and passion for the unique marvels of Greece and the Dalmatian Coast is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Day 1 - Fly Overnight To Athens, Greece
Depart on an overnight flight to Athens.
- Day 2 - Athens / Piraeus / Embark
Make your way to the Electra Palace Hotel for a buffet lunch. We’ll then explore the new Acropolis Museum, which displays some of the finest sculptures and other art of Ancient Greece, including many items brought in from the Acropolis to protect them from the elements. We then transfer to Piraeus and embark the majestic Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and take in our first Greek sunset at sea. (L, D)
- Day 3 - Sailing Aboard Sea Cloud
Today the sails are set and will be up all day long as we sail along the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Sails are raised the old‐fashioned way, by hand, and the excitement is palpable. Hear presentations from our historian and naturalist, catch‐up on reading and experience the 5‐star service for which the Sea Cloud is famous. (B,L,D)
- Day 4 - Katákolo / Olympia
Dock at Katákolo and depart for the ancient site of Olympia, home of the Panhellenic Festival that was held here every four years beginning in 776 BC. See the excavations of Olympia, the Temple of Hora, the famous temple of Zeus in which the statue of Zeus (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) stood, the Olympic Stadium and the superb Archaeological Museum, along with other sites. (B,L,D)
- Day 5 - Ithaca
Sail to Odysseus’s home of Ithaca (Itháki). Today, the island remains off the beaten track, with gems of small Ionian villages. Drive around the island to explore the sites that link it to the era described by Homer. This afternoon we sail southward. (B,L,D)
- Day 6 - Sarandë and Butrint, Albania
Today we visit the ancient city of Butrint, one of the great sites of antiquity and now a UNESCO World Heritage site where monuments date from the 4th century BC to the 5th century AD. Its Hellenic theater, Byzantine basilica and Venetian towers lie in a lakeside setting. Continue to Sarandë, with its blend of religions, cultures and landscapes. Drive up to Lekursi Castle for a view of the harbor below. Set sail in the afternoon. (B,L,D)
- Day 7 - Krujë
Dock in Durrës, 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. Have lunch, and take in a display of traditional Albanian music and dance. (B,L,D)
- Day 8 - Kotor, Montenegro
At Kotor we visit the historic town of Perast, and take a local boat to the islet of Gospa od Skrpjela, home to the Church of Our Lady of the Rock. This tiny islet was created by fishermen dropping rocks from their rowboats. See medieval Kotor or join us for a drive up the 27 serpentine switchbacks to the top of the fjord for an unrivaled view. (B,L,D)
- Day 9 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is regarded as the best‐preserved medieval town in the world. Stroll marble paved streets to the 15th‐century Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery, then walk the ramparts that circle the town. This afternoon see a private performance of traditional Croatian klapa music in a monastery courtyard. (B,L,D)
- Day 10 - Korčula
The walled medieval town on Korčula Island, also called Korčula, is exceptional even by the standards of the Dalmatian coast. It retains a strong Venetian influence, and strolling the town is a real pleasure. Visit the house said to be Marco Polo’s birthplace, among other sites. Enjoy free time to take in cafés and the waterfront; with time for a drink in a local café if you wish. (B,L,D)
- Day 11 - Hvar/At Sea
This morning we arrive at Hvar, one of the most attractive of Croatia’s historic Venetian towns. A walking tour takes us through the Franciscan monastery, the stunning main street arsenal and the oldest active theater in Croatia. Those who want some exercise can hike up to the Citadel. Today is a day to hoist the Sea Cloud’s sails, an experience that is sure to have everyone on deck. (B,L,D)
- Day 12 - Dubrovnik/Disembark
Disembark for flights home, or join the optional extension to Mostar and Split. (B)
Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
Dates & Rates
|May 24, 2017||Sea Cloud||$12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
|Jun 3, 2017||Sea Cloud||12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
|Aug 30, 2017||Sea Cloud||12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
|Sep 9, 2017||Sea Cloud||12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
|May 28, 2018||Sea Cloud||12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
|Jun 7, 2018||Sea Cloud||12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
|Aug 21, 2018||Sea Cloud||12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
|Sep 14, 2018||Sea Cloud||12,690||$14,350||$17,350||$18,260||$19,870||$21,500||$24,230||$18,990|
† Photo Cruise
Sea Cloud was built in 1931 by Wall Street businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. There is no ship afloat that can compare for grace, fine service and the sheer joy of sailing. Sails are raised by hand by a spirited crew. She carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. Although the ship is enormously elegant, she is also friendly and informal, making for a relaxed time. Dress aboard ship is also relaxed and casual. View ship details...