Set sail on the historic Sea Cloud — a gift from millionaire businessman E.F. Hutton to his wife, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post — from the ancient temples of Olympia to the medieval walled city of Hvar. Even our most fervent rail travelers were ecstatic with this ship, the service, the crew, the dining and excursions. Don’t miss out: We have space for 2017 for a limited time.
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of Europe’s most delightful coastal gems. Discover the remarkable sites of Albania, cut off from the modern world for decades, and explore Montenegro, Corfu, and incomparable Dubrovnik.
Built in Germany in 1931, the Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. (To download more information on the Sea Cloud, click here.)
IRT is delighted to partner with Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions, both Virtuoso members, to offer this journey.
For the westbound itinerary, please click here.
Day 1: Dubrovnik / Embark
Arrive in Dubrovnik, Croatia and embark on the Sea Cloud awaiting us in all her glory at port. We depart in the late afternoon, heading north to the islands. (L,D)
Day 2: Hvar / At Sea
In Hvar, one of the most attractive and lively of Croatia’s historic island towns, a walking tour shows us key sites. You may also hike up to the Citadel or take a swim in the gorgeous water. This evening, enjoy south-bound afternoon’s sailing. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Korčula
Sail in the morning, then explore beautiful Korčula. See the house believed to be Marco Polo’s birthplace; enjoy free time at Korčula’s cafés and waterfront; see a private performance of the traditional Moreška sword dance. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Dubrovnik
We anchor off Dubrovnik’s city walls and land in the heart of Old Town. Stroll marble‐paved streets and walk on the ramparts. There’s a private performance of traditional klapa music — a highlight of the entire trip. Opt for an after‐dinner stroll through town. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Kotor, Montenegro
Sail into the Gulf of Kotor. Visit Perast, then take a boat to the islet of Gospa od Skrpjela. See medieval Kotor, and drive up the 27 serpentine switchbacks to the top of the fjord for an unrivaled view. Alternatively, skip the tour and take a dip in the gorgeous water of the bay. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Tirana, Albania
Dock in Durrës, drive to the ancient capital of Kruje, and visit the medieval market and Ethnographic Museum. (Some of the best we’ve ever seen.) Continue to the contemporary capital, Tirana, scattered with the vestiges of one of the longest dictatorships in Eastern Europe. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Sarandë and Butrint, Albania
Visit the ancient city of Butrint, a World Heritage Site. Later, we’ll continue to Lekuris Castle for great views of Albania’s coastline. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Ithaca, Greece
Few names elicit the intrigue and sense of adventure as Odysseus’s home of Ithaca. Today, the island remains off the beaten track, with gems of small Ionian villages. We’ll drive to explore the sites that link it to the era described by Homer. In the afternoon, we sail north to Albania. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Katakolon / Olympia
Explore the ancient site of Olympia, home of the Panhellenic Festival held here beginning in 776 BC. Return to the ship and continue southward. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Sailing Aboard the Sea Cloud
Everyone’s sure to be on deck as Sea Cloud’s sails are hoisted the old‐fashioned way: by hand. Sail around the Peloponnesian Peninsula — a magical last full day. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Athens, Greece / Disembark
Disembark for flights home, or to join the optional, excellent extension. (B)
Legend for Meals: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
|Original/Deluxe Category B||$19,870|
|Original/Deluxe Category A||$21,500|
Complimentary bar tab + gratuities on this cruise.
Optional Pre-Voyage Extension: Split, Trogir and Mostar
Begin in the Old Towns of Split and Trogir, whose cobblestones, ancient buildings and narrow lanes combine the richness of the past with the vibrancy of the present. Then we visit historic Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where you’ll visit the beautiful, renowned Old Bridge, whose rebuilding has come to symbolize the rebirth of the Balkan States. IRT guests rated this pre-tour as excellent.
Optional Post-Voyage Extension: Athens
Venture straight to the heart of Ancient Greek culture. See the Acropolis on an early morning walk, visit renowned museums, see the landmarks of the city, and dine on regional specialties—all in the company of guides who weave the narrative of life of this ancient city. IRT guests rated this pre-tour as excellent.