Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 18, 2022
Trip Type
By Sea

Group Size: Up to 94 guests
Price: Starting from $9,999 per person
Co-sponsored with: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Trust for Historic Preservation, University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago 

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Aboard the sumptuous Sea Cloud II, discover timeless Mediterranean islands rich with history and spectacular beauty. From Palermo, Sicily, sail to the ancient port of Trapani and the magnificent Greek ruins of Segesta. Continue to Sardinia and its ancient capital of Cagliari, which traces its history back to the Phoenicians and Romans. Float along Sardinia’s west coast to Alghero, colonized by the Catalans in the 14th century. Be on deck when Sea Cloud II heads to Corsica and Bonifacio’s stunning natural harbor, with its breathtaking clifftop setting. From Corsica’s southern tip, travel north to the enchanting island of Elba, Napoleon’s island of exile. Journey from the capital city of Portoferraio to explore Napoleon’s residence, Villa San Martino, now a museum. Before disembarking in Genoa, stop in the port of Livorno for a choice of two full-day excursions: Wander through the medieval fortified town of Lucca, or arrive in Pisa to behold its famous leaning tower and Piazza dei Miracoli.

Schedule by Day

  • Oct 8: Departure
  • Oct 9: Palermo, Sicily, Italy / Embark Sea Cloud II
  • Oct 10: Trapani
  • Oct 11: Day at Sea
  • Oct 12: Cagliari, Sardinia
  • Oct 13: Alghero
  • Oct 14: Bonifacio, Corsica, France
  • Oct 15: Portoferraio, Elba, Italy
  • Oct 16: Viareggio
  • Oct 17: Portofino
  • Oct 18: Genoa / Disembark / Return


Pricing per person based on double occupancy:

  • Cabins 204-206: $ 9,999
  • Cabins 207-210: $11,999
  • Cabins 211-217; 224-231: $13,999
  • Cabins 218-223: $15,999
  • Cabins 301-302: $16,999
  • Cabins 303-319: $19,999
  • Cabins 401& 402: $21,999

Single occupancy:

  • Cabins 204-206: $11,999
  • Cabins 207-210: $17,999
  • Cabins 211-217; 224-231: $20,999


  • Nine nights aboard Sea Cloud II


Optional Prelude: Palermo

October 6 - 9, 2022

  • $2,199 per person double occupancy
  • $2,799 single occupancy

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

Busy pacing may include multiple hotel changes plus internal flights or long drives. May involve exposure to the outdoors, full days of touring, and walking up to two hours.

Study Leader(s)

Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Emeritus; University Librarian, Emeritus
Additional Lecture Info
A few potential lecture topics include "The Wine Dark Sea - Protecting the Mediterranean" and "The History of Drinking Water."

Mode of Travel

The sailing yacht Sea Cloud II is a three-masted barque steeped in the elegance of yesteryear and complemented with the most modern amenities.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.