Destination Area: Mediterranean Sea
Length: 17 NIGHTS
Vessel: Sea Cloud


Departs:

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece on July 22, 2017

Returns:

Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Italy on August 8, 2017


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SKIRTING AROUND THE "BOOT" FROM GREECE TO ITALY WITH MANY PORT VISITS ALONG THE WAY: 17 Night Voyage From Piraeus, Greece to Civitavecchia, Italy

Sea Cloud is a unique and romantic sailing vessel, with a fascinating history. She is a four-masted barque, spreading some 32,000 square feet ...

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  • Spend time before your departure to visit the "birthplace of Europe"
  • View a dense labyrinth of pastel colored houses clinging to the Amalfi coast
  • Visit the Blue Grotto in Capri
  • Rome? You'll know what to see and do
  • Stroll around the elegant Porto Cervo that the Aga Khan helped to preserve
  • As you enter the fjord like inlet in Bonifacio gander at the white cliffs before you and walk the promenade skirting the harbor
  • Walk around the beautiful town of Portoferraio with its narrow streets and medieval fortress.

Skirting around the "boot" from Greece to Italy with many island stops along the way.

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece
Piraeus is Greece's third largest city in population and its biggest port, serving the city of Athens. First settled in the time of Themistocles, when the Long Walls were built (478 BC), the city was laid out to the plans of the architect Hippodamus. When Athens became a naval power, Piraeus gained considerably in importance. The ancient harbors of Piraeus were Zea and Munichia.

Zea, now Pasalimani, is one of the largest yacht marinas in the Mediterranean. Munichia is now a pretty harbor filled with yachts and fishing-boats and rung about with tavernas.

The commercial harbor of Piraeus is one of the most important in the Mediterranean. The city is in an industrial zone of particular importance for the Greek economy, but nevertheless its center has broad streets, spacious squares, tree-lined avenues, and parks.


Vathy/Ithaki, Greece
Vathy Village is the capital and main harbor of Ithaca since the 16th century. Current population is approximately 2000. Some interesting sites are the beautiful houses of G. Karavias and G. Drakoulis- one of the wealthiest families of Vathy, the restored (after a 1953 earthquake) cathedral dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin, the Archaeological museum that houses a collection of various findings from the Geometric period (Mycenaean and Corinthian period) and more.

Sarande, Albania
Situated on a gulf of the Ionian Sea, two miles from the island of Corfu, Sarandë is a key tourist attraction on the Albanian Riviera. Nearby are the ruins of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The city's name comes from the name of the Byzantine monastery of Forty Saints, from the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste memorialized by the Orthodox Church. Included under the new Albanian state in 1913, it was occupied twice by Greece, and then by Italy between 1916 and 1920. Sarande was controlled in 1939 by Italian forces as a strategic port for the fascist regime, when Albania was annexed to Italy, and temporarily called "Porto Edda" in honor of Mussolini's eldest daughter. During the Greco-Italian War the city came under Greek rule, until the German invasion of Greece and the withdrawal of the Greek army in 1941.


Kerkyra/Corfu, Greece (overnight)
Corfu town (Kerkyre) is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek' - Countess Flamburiari.

The town is a maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Around every corner you can find a chapel, old mansion or secret garden square. The café at the Liston: built by the French in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli, Paris; is probably the place to 'people watch' while enjoying a Ginger beer.

The narrow streets radiating off from the Liston, house small shops of every commercial nature. Dominated by the 'gold shops'. Corfiot craftsmen excel at designing and making Greek jewelry in gold - this coupled with competitive prices may tempt you.

Among the bustle, look out for those shops and stalls selling local items like wild honey, fig cakes and handmade lace.

Facing the Liston Esplanade is the Old Fort which was built between the 6th & 19th centuries. It was built on a man made island and has some stunning architecture.

During the summer there are nightly musical performances of Sound & Light. (The second world war British hospital at the center of the fort has now been turned into a music school.) The fort is worth a visit during the day but only for those that enjoy a historical hot day out.


Kerkyra/Corfu
Corfu town (Kerkyre) is Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek' - Countess Flamburiari.

The town is a maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Around every corner you can find a chapel, old mansion or secret garden square. The café at the Liston: built by the French in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli, Paris; is probably the place to 'people watch' while enjoying a Ginger beer.

The narrow streets radiating off from the Liston, house small shops of every commercial nature. Dominated by the 'gold shops'. Corfiot craftsmen excel at designing and making Greek jewelry in gold - this coupled with competitive prices may tempt you.

Among the bustle, look out for those shops and stalls selling local items like wild honey, fig cakes and handmade lace.

Facing the Liston Esplanade is the Old Fort which was built between the 6th & 19th centuries. It was built on a man made island and has some stunning architecture.

During the summer there are nightly musical performances of Sound & Light. (The second world war British hospital at the center of the fort has now been turned into a music school.) The fort is worth a visit during the day but only for those that enjoy a historical hot day out.


Giardini Naxos (Taormina) Sicily, Italy
This hilltop Sicilian town is a mesmerizing juxtaposition of medieval towers, luxury shopping alleys, a walkable island, crystal blue beaches and an ancient, ruinous theater in excess of 2000 years old.

Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Italy
Italy's seven volcanic Aeolian Islands are obviously a place favored by the Gods. Just off the north coast of Sicily, they are a favorite destination for adventurers and visiting yachts, which anchor in the numerous little harbors indenting the coastline.

Around 580 B.C. Greek colonization began on the Aeolian Islands. Lipari was besieged, in vain, by the Athenians during their expedition to Sicily in 427 B.C., but in 304 B.C. it was plundered by Agatocle from Syracuse who pillaged the wealth of the temples. It was conquered by the Romans in 252 B.C. In the following centuries it fell into decline before flourishing once again under the Normans. In 1544 a tremendous tragedy befell the islands. Lipari was savagely plundered and destroyed by the Turkish fleet and the 9,000 inhabitants became slaves of the occupying force after 10 days of desperate resistance and before help could arrive. The town was repopulated as a result of the privileges and exemptions given to immigrants from Sicily and Southern Italy.

Lipari is a world lost in time where one has a close contact with nature, with its endless beaches, bays, grottoes and the incomparable richness of its seabed. Together with the natural beauty, it is possible to discover many geological and volcanic aspects of the seven thousand years of history when you visit the prehistoric villages and the archeological museum of Lipari, rated among the most important of Europe.


Amalfi, Italy
What is it about the Amalfi Coast that inspires such rapture? From the time of the Romans, who had grand villas here, Amalfi has been a preferred destination for the wealthy and the artistic. During the Middle Ages, Amalfi was a powerful republic of 70,000 people, a bustling maritime state (the ship compass was invented here) rivaling nearby Ravello.

For a sense of Amalfi's medieval glory, wander through the grand Duomo, which contains the remains of St. Andrew. Or visit Ravello, where the annual music festival is held, or nearby Positano, said to be the most beautiful town in the Mediterranean. Today, it draws crowds and raves for the beauty of its setting, perched on a deep gorge, along the most romantic drive in all Italy; and Positano's Duomo, which mixes Moorish and early-Gothic influences.


Capri, Italy
Geologically Capri is limestone; its dolomite cliffs, which at many points tower perpendicularly out of the sea, have been chiseled and tunneled by time into fantastic shapes and marvelous grottoes. There are two main massifs: on the east Monte Tiberio (1095 feet) and on the west Monte Solaro (452 feet). The town of Capri (from which the island takes its name) at 452ft is located between them, in a position, which has Marina Grande to its north and Marina Piccola on its southern side. The island's second residential center, Anacapri, lies in a sweep of lush countryside to the west of Monte Solaro. For the etymology of the name Capri, one must look back to the Hellenic colonists who first inhabited it in historic times.

Capri, where the Emperor Tiberius held notorious bacchanals at his Imperial villa, has gradually become one of the most popular resorts in southern Italy. Famous for its scenery and climate, Capri is a garden of Eden teeming with vegetation despite the rocky landscape.


Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Italy
2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the remarkable Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages. Or as you wander side streets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, the ancient Forum, St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory, the Trevi Fountain…the Spanish Steps, where all Rome passes by.

Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world. Life is not lived if you haven't been to Rome!


Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Italy
2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the remarkable Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages. Or as you wander side streets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, the ancient Forum, St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory, the Trevi Fountain…the Spanish Steps, where all Rome passes by.

Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world. Life is not lived if you haven't been to Rome!


Golfo Aranci, Sardinia, Italy
Golfo Aranci is the marvelous gulf that is located on the north eastern coast of Sardinia. The town has excellent sea connections with the rest of Italy thanks to its important port. The name Golfo Aranci has two different explanations; the first concerns the distant shipwreck of a ship full of oranges, the second and more credible is linked to the Sardinian term "granci" in other words crabs that can be easily found in this area. In addition to the stunning beaches in the gulf , one mustn't forget the other equally beautiful beaches in the immediate vicinity. The marine reserve of the island of Tavolara is very near, alongside the beautiful Capo Coda Cavallo. The sea, famous for its transparency and beauty offers wonderful water sports opportunities, in particular scuba diving.

Bonifacio, Corsica
Bonifacio's almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic totally protected harbors, a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants, and a modern marina. The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable granite cliff.

Alghero, Sardinia
Alghero is a charming old town, walled and fortified by the Catalans and the Spanish who occupied this corner of Sardinia for 400 years and left a strong impression, not only on the architecture but also the language, traces of which survive. The bastion walls that protected the town from attack by sea have been rebuilt and restored, and are supported by a handful of impressive defensive towers. Within the walls, narrow paved and cobbled streets lead beneath clothes lines and shuttered windows to attractive little squares that are filled with life in the mornings and early evenings. The harbor immediately outside the walls is busy with fishing and pleasure boats. The paved, landscaped esplanade and area along the Lido make for pleasant strolls.

St. Florent / L'ile Rousse, Corsica
Crowded with yachts flying burgees hailing from the world's most prestigious yacht clubs, the harbour of St. Florent is a regatta of colors. The attraction, of course, is the crystal clear water that surrounds this section of the Corsican coast, making it a magnet for boaters. Take an excursion to the peninsula of Cap Corse, where medieval watchtowers dot the cliff tops every few miles. Or bike across the dunes of Désert des Agriates to the beautiful and isolated Saleccia beach

Portofino, Italy
On the hills above, palatial villas in ice-cream colors look down on the tiny harbor and exclusive boutiques and harbor-side cafés. This is Portofino, a name that has come to symbolize the sophisticated, sybaritic lifestyle of the Italian Riviera.

Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Italy
2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the remarkable Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages. Or as you wander side streets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, the ancient Forum, St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory, the Trevi Fountain…the Spanish Steps, where all Rome passes by.

Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world. Life is not lived if you haven't been to Rome!


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