Group Size: Sea Cloud II can accommodate up to 100 guests
Price: Starting from $9,999 per person double occupancy / $11,999 single supplement
Co-sponsored with: National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the alumni associations of University of Notre Dame and Yale
On this Mediterranean Sea adventure touching two continents, cruise to the temples and cities left behind by waves of civilizations, including prehistoric peoples and the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. Sail aboard Sea Cloud II as it travels from Malta to rugged yet beautiful Sicily, Tunisia, and Spain’s Balearic Islands. In Sicily, visit the magnificent Greek ruins of Agrigento and Segesta. In the North African country of Tunisia, experience Tunis and the ancient city of Carthage. In Sardinia, wander through Su Nuraxi di Barumini to see nuraghi, imposing Bronze Age structures only found on this island, and tour Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital. Sail to the island of Menorca and its picturesque capital Mahón. After a memorable day at sea, disembark in Barcelona.
Depart for Valletta, Malta on an overnight flight.
Arrive this morning in Valletta and gather for lunch. After lunch, board the elegant Sea Cloud II and set sail for Sicily. L, D
Morning arrival into Porto Empedocle for a drive to Agrigento, which Pindar called “the most beautiful city built by mortal men.” Delve into the lavish legacy of Magna Graecia, the ancient Greek colony in what would become southern Italy. Discover the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples), and marvel at the nearly intact Tempio della Concordia (Temple of Concordia), perhaps the best-preserved Greek temple in the world. Tonight, gather for the captain’s welcome reception and dinner. B, L, R, D
Arrive at the port of Trapani and depart on a morning excursion to Segesta to view its splendid Greek temple and theater. Alternatively, drive to the village of Mazara del Vallo to see its spectacular seven-foot bronze statue, retrieved from the sea by local fishermen. With his flying hair and goat ears, the 2,400-year-old figure was quickly dubbed The Dancing Satyr. B,L,D
From the Tunis port of La Goulette, discover the ancient ruins of storied Carthage, founded by Phoenicians in the ninth century B.C. and once Rome’s greatest rival. Continue to the National Bardo Museum, renowned as having the world’s greatest collection of Roman polychrome mosaics. Along with its spectacular collection of mosaics, the museum holds many splendid artifacts ranging from the Carthaginian through the Arab-Islamic periods. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour through Tunis’ historic medina, a maze of narrow streets where vendors sell a variety of handicrafts. B,L,D
After a morning at sea, Sea Cloud II sails to Sardinia’s southern coast and the island’s capital, Cagliari. Spend the afternoon exploring this ancient city that has been ruled by several civilizations, including the Phoenicians and Romans. On a walking tour, stroll the narrow streets around Cagliari’s old town, and see the terraced Piazza del Palazzo and the 13th-century Cattedrale di Santa Cecilia, also known as Cagliari Cathedral. Alternatively, drive along the southwestern coast to reach Nora, beautifully situated on a promontory overlooking the sea. Settled initially by Phoenicians in the ninth century B.C., Nora came under the control of Carthage in the sixth century and developed into Doric Temple, Segesta, Sicily Carthage, Tunisia, photo by Audrey Golden Agrigento, Sicily, photo by Francesca Gallina the island’s largest urban and commercial center. In 238 B.C., the city fell to the Romans, who made it Sardinia’s capital. Remains from the Roman city include a theater, an aqueduct, a temple of Juno, a nymphaeum, baths, and private villas. B,L,D
Today, discover the thrill of sailing aboard the legendary Sea Cloud II. As she carries us under a full set of billowing white sails, experience the grace and romance of a bygone era of travel, and sit down for fascinating talks from our lecturers. B,L,D
A visual delight with its lush flora and fauna, the island of Menorca is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Arrive in Mahón and drive through the scenery to a lovely country estate, whose owners will lead us on a walk through the extensive gardens and host us for a private reception. There will be time to view the Museo de Menorca’s collection of antiquities and artifacts dating from Roman times, all housed in a 15th-century monastery. Sea Cloud II remains in Mahón until the early evening. B,L,D
Today, enjoy the continuation of the educational program with talks from the lecturers. Gather for the captain’s farewell reception and dinner. B,L,D
Disembark Sea Cloud II this morning, and transfer to the airport for flights home. B
Upper/lower berths, shower… $9,999 per person double occupancy / $11,499 single occupancy
Superior Cabins 207-210
Twin beds, shower… $12,999 per person double occupancy / $19,499 single occupancy
Deluxe Cabins 211-217; 224-231
Twin beds, shower… $14,999 per person double occupancy / $22,499 single occupancy
Deluxe Cabins 218-223
Twin beds, shower… $15,999 per person double occupancy
Deluxe Cabins 301-302
Twin beds, shower… $16,999 per person double occupancy
Junior Suites 303-319
Twin beds, bathtub with shower… $17,999 per person double occupancy
Owner’s Suites 401 & 402
Queen-size bed, bathtub, and separate shower… $20,999 per person double occupancy
Eight nights’ accommodations aboard Sea Cloud II; meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, R=Reception, D=Dinner); bottled water, soft drinks, juices, and coffee/tea with all meals; thoughtfully selected wines and beer at onboard lunches and dinners; complimentary open bar available during the cruise; airport / hotel / pier / airport group transfers for all participants on suggested flights; escorted sightseeing, transportation, and entrance fees for all included visits; enrichment program of lectures and talks; gratuities to local guides and drivers; customary shipboard gratuities; taxes, service and porterage charges.
Not Included in Rates
International airfare, airport and airline taxes, and any airline fuel surcharges; passport and visa fees; airport porterage; meals not included in the itinerary; any personal items not listed as included such as telephone calls, personal services and travel extensions, room service, items such as wines (other than listed above), liquors, mineral water, à la carte orders and laundry charges; COVID tests before, during, or after program; trip cancellation and interruption insurance.
All registrations are subject to a $500 per person administrative fee at time of deposit. No deposit refunds will be given for cancellations received after June 15, 2024. Subsequent payments are subject to the cancellation fees as follows: 120 to 91 days prior to departure: 20% of the Program cost is non-refundable. 90 to 61 days before departure: 50% of the Program cost is non-refundable. 60 days or less before departure: 100% of the Program cost is non-refundable. No refunds will be given for cancellations on or after the day of departure, or for unused portions of the tour, for any reason.
Eight nights aboard Sea Cloud II
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