Historic cities and rugged, beautiful islands dot Europe’s southern coast, harboring evidence of ancient civilizations and the traces of great empires from the Romans to the Moors. Set sail from Lisbon aboard the historic square-riggerSea Cloud, and trace the coast of Iberia, venturing inland to explore the captivating cities of Seville and Granada. Then island-hop across the western Mediterranean from the Balearic Islands to the shores of Italy. Discover prehistoric monuments on Menorca and Corsica, and charming harbor towns in Mallorca and Sardinia. As we sail through the Strait of Gibraltar and across much of the Mediterranean, enjoy the elegance and exhilaration of traveling aboard a legendary tall ship.

Highlights


• Delve into UNESCO World Heritage sites in Seville and Granada, including Giralda Tower, the Alcazár, and the splendid Alhambra

• Admire the work of Gaudí in Palma de Mallorca, and the paintings of Velázquez on a private tour of Seville’s stunning Hospital de Los Venerables

• Explore Roman ruins in Cartagena, see mysterious megaliths on Menorca, and wander among standing stones in the Corsican countryside

• Take part in a lively cooking class with a local chef in Palma de Mallorca, and sample local vintages at a wine estate in Sardinia

• Experience the glamour and sophistication of the historic Sea Cloud under sail—from the sight of the crew scrambling high in the riggings to the incomparable hospitality aboard this legendary vessel

Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal. Embark Sea Cloud in the late afternoon and settle into your cabin. (D)
Begin your expedition with two full days of what Sea Cloud does best—sailing! Join the Expedition Leader for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of the setting of square sails, staysails, and jibs as Sea Cloud shows her full glory. Bask in the comfort and intrigue of this legendary and historic square-rigger—enjoy delicious meals, complimentary drinks, and talks by the expedition staff as we sail toward the Spanish port of Cadiz. (B,L,D)
From the charming port of Cádiz, set off on a full day exploration of the renowned city of Seville. Enjoy a guided walk through Barrio de Santa Cruz, the oldest and most beautiful quarter of Sevilla, also the most colorful and attractive part of the old Jewish city. Your experience will include the Cathedral, the Giralda Tower, and the Alcázar (or royal fortress), with its stunning gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Choose to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to admire Maria Luisa Park, the green heart of the city, and San Telmo Palace that belonged to the Duque of Montpensier. Tapas are Spain’s most famous and enjoyable ways of having a meal, and an authentic tapas lunch in on your menu today. By special arrangement you’ll have a private visit to the earlyBaroque Hospital de Los Venerables, with lovely courtyards, cloisters, and patios typical of a house in Sevilla at that time, some elements hardly touched since construction in the latter 17th - century. The artistic heritage of the Hospital is made up of murals, altarpieces, sculptures, liturgical garments, and much more. Return to the port of Cádiz to set sail for the Mediterranean. (B,L,D)
Pass Gibraltar this morning before enjoying a full day at sea. Join our expedition staff on the Lido deck for discussions and presentations as the captain takes advantage of the prevailing winds. Enjoy fine wines and meals featuring local delicacies as you sail to Almeria. (B,L,D)
Nestled at the foot of Spain’s Sierra Nevada range, Granada was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors and this legacy lives on in the city’s architecture, cuisine, and culture. Spend the day exploring the Alhambra and gardens of Generalife, a spectacular palace complex boasting unparalleled Islamic décor and meticulously landscaped lush gardens. Originally constructed as a small fortress in 899 on the remains of Roman fortifications, it fell to ruin until it was completely renovated in the mid-13th-century by the Nasrid dynasty—the last Muslims to rule in Spain. (B,L,D)
A morning at sea along the Spanish coast brings us to Cartagena, a port prized since Carthaginian times. Thanks to its strategic position on the coast, it has been inhabited by several cultures that have left their mark on its artistic heritage. Your exploration is a journey across the centuries, through its historic vestiges and its most emblematic places. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, Monument to the local Heroes of Cavite, the Palacio Consistorial, the Port walk and the modernist buildings of Calle Mayor. (B,L,D)
Take time to relax, record your thoughts, sort your photos, and simply enjoy the open sea as Sea Cloud plies her way to the Balearic Islands and Palma de Mallorca, on Mallorca Island. (B,L,D)
La Ciutat, as the Mallorquines call their capital, will impress you from the moment you arrive to its port: yachts, palms, the cathedral—at Palma, history and modernity melt together with the deep blue of Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy learning about Gaudí’s work as a modernist restorer and decorator at the Gothic cathedral. This is, probably, the most distinctive landmark of Palma. The cathedral, called la Seo by the Mallorquines, was constructed from the 14th- to 19th-centuries, and the highly creative Antoni Gaudí designed its interior in 20th century. Bellver Castle is a fortress located on top of a hill close to the historical center and built by Peré Salvá during the Gothic epoch. It has such an elegant appearance that it almost makes one forget that it was originally constructed to defend Mallorca's inhabitants from their enemies. You may opt to meet a local chef for a visit to the old-fashioned Santa Catalina Market for a real-life experience of our wonderful local products. Santa Catalina Market is the oldest of all the markets in Palma and it maintains the character of a traditional market offering fresh, mostly local produce on seasonal basis. Your local chef will guide you through and help you appreciate the powerful colors and aromas. Once you have your basket of ingredients, head back to the kitchen and start cooking. In a fun and handson way your chef will show you how to cook and taste the “classics” of every Spanish home. (B,L,D)
The Vandals, the Moors, and the British have ruled over this stunning little island, and prehistoric civilizations left intriguing rock mounds and megalithic monuments that date back some 4,000 years. Walk through the Bronze Age village of Torralba d’en Salord and see the characteristic Tshaped stone monuments left by the Talayotic peoples. (B,L,D)
Leave Spain behind as you sail to explore some of two fiercely independent islands—Sardinia and Corsica. These islands share many historic elements through millennia of empires and civilizations yet maintain their identities and independent attitudes from their governing nations of Italy and France, respectively. Weather permitting, stand on deck and watch the orchestrated frenzy of crew members go aloft in the web of Sea Cloud’s riggings to handset 30 sails as you feel the deck heel underfoot. (B,L,D)
Anchor this morning off the medieval city of Alghero, which reveals its historic Catalan influence and is still sometimes referred to as “Barceloneta.” The attractive old town is a joy to explore on foot, as are the protective sea walls. Local guides will give us a walking orientation to the old town to start the day. Next, travel to nearby Ledà di’Ittiri estate for a wine tasting and tour. In the afternoon we’ll take a local boat out to the dramatic Capo Caccia peninsula to visit the colorful and expansive Neptune’s Grotto. Return to Sea Cloud and sail by the dramatic cliffs of Capo Caccia in the golden sunset light on the way to Bonifacio. (B,L,D)
Wake up to the sunrise over the layered cliffs of Bonifacio. Enter the small and spectacular narrow harbor to dock and enjoy the day in one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful towns. Begin with a walking orientation to the citadel, established by the powerful margraves of Tuscany in the 9th century. The rest of the morning is devoted to enjoying this lovely destination. In the afternoon, we’ll drive inland to some of the menhir standing stone alignments of the Sartène region of Corsica. (B,L,D)
A final day at sea gives you time for pause and reflection, time to “take it all in” after such an epic adventure to so many different places. Sort your photos, memories, and stories to be shared with loved ones back home. There’s also still time to grab your favorite deck chair, indulge in a good book and listen to Sea Cloud part the surf as you cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to Naples and your voyage home. (B,L,D)
Disembark in the port of Naples this morning and transfer to the airport for your flights home. (B)
Itineraries are subject to change.

Category 01

$31,470 AUD pp

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$35,440 AUD pp

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$42,470 AUD pp

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$44,720 AUD pp

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$49,130 AUD pp

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$53,130 AUD pp

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Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. At 360 feet she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary slightly.

Cabin layout for Sea Cloud

Special Offers

• FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED. Travel aboard any Sea Cloud departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

• TRAVELING AS A GROUP. Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.

• COMBINING OFFERS. Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.

• BACK-TO-BACK SAVINGS. Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• Non alcoholic beverages
• Experienced expedition team and leader
• All excursions
• Zodiac and kayak exploration
• Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
• Lectures and presentations on board

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs if applicable
• Alcoholic beverages on board unless otherwise stated
• Gratuities unless otherwise stated
• Wifi on board
• Any items of a personal nature including laundry
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