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Athens to Venice

Sailing the Adriatic Aboard the Sea Cloud

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6425  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Athens, Greece
Depart: Venice, Italy
Lodging: 9 nights aboard a deluxe 93-passenger sailing shipl
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Archaeology, Walking
Trip Level: 10-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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In ancient times, the Adriatic was the main sailing channel of the Venetians and the former territory of the proud Venetian Republic. On this voyage from the port of Piraeus to magical Venice,  we retrace their route as the sails of our tall ship Sea Cloud catch the breeze and carry us both back in time and to small ports where we can sample a slice of modern life. Shore excursions find us strolling through narrow streets, exploring artisan shops, and soaking up the ambiance of picturesque towns and villages, while back on board, we enjoy pure relaxation as we sail past stunning coastlines and idyllic islands where history has made its mark.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 (9-day itinerary)
Athens, Greece / Piraeus / At Sea

Arrive in Athens, Greece. The city is considered the birthplace of Europe, of philosophy and of democracy, and is the embodiment of the Olympic ideal. World-famous and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, its landmark is the magnificent Parthenon temple, lying high up on the Acropolis in all its glory. At the foot of the Acropolis hill is the Plaka, the oldest quarter of Athens, and the world's most modern archaeological museum, the new Acropolis Museum, has been here since 2009. Transfer to the port of Piraeus, embark on the Sea Cloud, and begin our journey. Day 2 is at sea as we head to Pylos

Day 3
Pylos

Pylos, an attractive fishing village with a beautiful marina and nearby beaches, is set in a picturesque location in the Bay of Navarino. There has been a settlement here since ancient times and it has always been of great strategic importance. The Neo Kastro fortress was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and this former lookout point for enemy fleets is now the best place to catch a fantastic view. In 1952, the ruins of a Mycenaean palace were discovered near Pylos. Though it is debatable whether the imposing Nestor's Palace really belonged to the legendary King from Homer's Iliad, the former multi-story building is certainly impressive.

Day 4
Kefalonia

Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands, has been renowned for its beauty and enchantment since ancient times. It is said to have belonged to the legendary hero Odysseus, but was fiercely fought over due to its strategically favorable position. Salty sea water flows through to an underground lake via a subterranean river. Depending on the position of the sun, light falls magically through a hole in the rocks above and makes the whole lake shimmer in shades of blue and turquoise. In ancient times, the underground lake in the Melissani grotto was a place of worship for Pan, the god of shepherds.

Day 5
Saranda / Butrint, Albania

Close to the small seaport of Saranda, set in a national park, lies Butrint, one of Albania's greatest attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city became a spa and festival town in the ancient world as early as 2,500 years ago, and every era in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine history has left behind evidence of their civilization in stone. At the spectacular Lion Gate from the 4th century BC, four-fifths of this archaeological site remain to be uncovered.

Days 6-7
Dubrovnik, Croatia / At Sea

We arrive in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. When Venice still ruled the Adriatic, Dubrovnik was an important maritime republic and the floating city's chief rival. Dubrovnik proudly calls itself the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and its fortress is one of the best preserved in Europe. As you walk around the imposing walls of the old town, you can look out across two seas—the deep blue Adriatic and a sea of red roof shingles. The old town, with its beautiful squares, magnificent boulevards, and narrow winding alleyways, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Day 8 is at sea as we sail toward Rovinj, Croatia.

Day 8
Rovinj

Set on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula, Rovinj’s old town was built on a hill and was part of the Republic of Venice for over 500 years. St Euphemia's Basilica sits above the terracotta roofs in solitary splendor, and its tower has become the town's landmark. A stroll through the winding lanes transports you straight into the Mediterranean lifestyle and the region's culinary delights. Istrian wines seem to embody the sun's rich heat, the oak forests conceal precious white truffles, and the region's olive oil is among the finest in the world.

Day 9
Venice, Italy

The floating city of Venice sits on millions of wooden piles and more than 400 bridges cross 150 canals. No other city possesses such an abundance of stunningly beautiful churches, monasteries, palaces, and artistic treasures, and nowhere else has plaster that crumbles so elegantly. Venice is a unique work of art and, with its lagoon, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gateway to the city is probably the most magical of any in the world. Slowly and majestically you glide past the proud palaces along the Grand Canal and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, giving you a long look at the fairytale setting of St. Mark’s Square with the Doge’s Palace and Campanile. Disembark and depart on homeward-bound flights, or extend your stay in this delightful city.

10-Day Itinerary for
July 26-August 4, 2015, Departure

Day 1, Athens, Greece / Piraeus
Days 2-3, Hydra / At Sea
Day 4, Vathy, Ithaca
Days 5-6, Otranto, Italy
Day 7-8, Dubrovnik, Croatia / At Sea
Day 9, Rovinj
Day 10, Venice, Italy

Note: This cruise is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel departure. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Tenders are used to ferry passengers ashore for walks to local towns and villages. There are also ample opportunities for swimming. Setting of the sails is always interesting, and it’s exciting to watch the crew balance in the rigging and unfurl yards of sailcloth to get the Sea Cloud underway by sail.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2014
Oct 1- 9, 2014
2015
Jul 26-Aug 4, 2015
Sep 27-Oct 5, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

July 26-Aug 4, 2015

CategoriesCruise Price
Upper/Lower Bed Cabin (Category 5) $6,425
Twin Bed Cabin (Category 4) $7,065
Twin Bed Cabin (Category 3) $8,215
Twin Bed Cabin (Category 2) $8,835
Double Bed Cabin (Category 1) $8,995
Deluxe Outside Cabin (Category C) $10,645
Deluxe Original Cabin (Category B) $11,775
Luxury Owner's Cabin (Category A) $12,845

Sep 27-Oct 5, 2015

CategoriesCruise Price
Upper/Lower Bed Cabin (Category 5) $5,695
Twin Bed Cabin (Category 4) $6,275
Twin Bed Cabin (Category 3) $7,295
Twin Bed Cabin (Category 2) $7,845
Double Bed Cabin (Category 1) $7,995
Deluxe Outside Cabin (Category C) $9,445
Deluxe Original Cabin (Category B) $10,445
Luxury Owner's Cabin (Category A) $11,425

Deck Plan

Cabin Desciptions

Luxury owner’s cabin No. 1 (Cat. A)
In this suite, once exquisitely decorated and occupied by Marjorie, one can still feel her determination to create a luxurious home at sea.

Cabin size: Approx. 38 m² / 410 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, generous sitting area, Louis XIV-style bed and nightstands, table, decorative marble fireplace, desk, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 9 m² / 97 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden swan fixtures, dressing table, hair dryer, outlet for razor, bath completely outfitted in white Carrara marble, 2 additional portholes

Luxury owner's cabin No. 2 (Cat. A)
The former, wood-paneled sleeping quarters of Edward Hutton also reflects Marjorie’s love of detail and extraordinary taste.

Approx. 34 m² / 366 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, two armchairs, two antique nightstands, antique secretary, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 9 m² / 97 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor, bath completely outfitted with pink Carrara marble

De luxe original cabin No. 3 (Cat. B)
Famous noble, corporate and showbusiness personalities have stayed in the generous original cabins. The “colonial” style exudes a very special coziness.

Cabin size: Approx. 24 m² / 258 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, two chairs, antique nightstand, antique secretary, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, antique desk, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Two single beds (90 cm x 200 cm) which cannot be placed together
Bathroom: Approx. 4 m² / 43 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

De luxe original cabin No. 4 (Cat. B)
A passionate collector, Marjorie brought on board treasures from all over the world. There are several very special pieces in this cabin as well.

Cabin size: Approx. 22 m² / 237 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, two chairs, antique nightstand, antique secretary, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, antique desk, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 5 m² / 54 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

De luxe original cabin No. 5 (Cat. B)
The spaciousness, elegance and comfort of this original cabin make one feel at home from the first moment.

Cabin size: Approx. 20 m² / 215 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, two chairs, two nightstands, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, antique desk, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Two single beds placed together (cannot be separated, each 90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 5,4 m² / 58 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

De luxe original cabin No. 6 (Cat. B)
As in the other original cabins, you will feel transported back to the era of 1930s' elegant travel.

Cabin size: Approx. 18 m² / 194 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, two chairs, two nightstands, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, antique secretary, dresser, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Two single beds placed together (cannot be separated, each 90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 4 m² / 43 sq ft with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

De luxe original cabin No. 7 (Cat. B)
This is the cabin where Dina Merrill, the daughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post and Ed Hutton, spent much of her childhood.

Cabin size: Approx. 24 m² / 258 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, one chair, nightstand, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Two single beds (each 90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 7 m² / 75 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

De luxe original cabin No. 8 (Cat. B)
As all of the original cabins, cabin no. 8 is on the ship’s Main Deck, which is connected to the Promenade Deck by an interior staircase leading to the restaurant/lounge.

Cabin size: Approx. 25 m² / 268 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, two chairs, table, two antique nightstands, decorative marble fireplace, dresser with mirror, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (each 90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 6 m² / 65 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

De luxe outside cabin No. 9 (Cat. C)
The former single crew cabins were converted to one large original cabin in 2002. Warm-colored fabrics and wood tones decorate the cabin.

Cabin size: Approx. 20 m² / 215 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, one chair, table, two nightstands, dressing table with mirror, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (each 90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 3,6 m² / 35 sq ft with tub, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

De luxe outside cabin No. 10 (Cat. C)
The contemporary, elegant cabins 9 and 10 are located at the end of the hall and have their own staircase to the Promenade Deck.

Cabin size: Approx. 18,5 m² / 198 sq ft
Furnishings: Portholes, one chair, table, two nightstands, dressing table with mirror, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (each 90 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 3,3 m² / 39 sq ft with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

Double-bed cabins No. 30 and 31 (Cat. 1)
As all cabins on the Captain’s and Lido Deck, these originated in the 1970s. These two cabins are bright and friendly thanks to the corner panorama window.

Cabin size: Approx. 13 m² / 140 sq ft
Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: King size bed with two separate mattresses (each 80 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 2,6 m² / 28 sq ft with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

Twin-bed cabins No. 32-37 (Cat. 2)
The comfortable twin-bed cabins offer convenience, luxury and above all, a wonderful view of the open ocean.

Cabin size: Approx. 13,5 m² / 145 sq ft
Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 3 m² / 32 sq ft with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

Twin-bed cabins No. 18-25 (Cat. 3)
These cozy cabins are ideally located on the Promenade Deck, as are the restaurant and lounge.

Cabin size: Approx. 12,5 m² / 135 sq ft, cabins 24 & 25 are approx. 11 m² / 118 sq ft
Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 3 m² / 32 sq ft with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

Twin-bed cabins No. 28 and 29 (Cat. 4)
From these cabins you can quickly access one of the most charming places on board, the Blue Lagoon.

Cabin size: Approx. 10,5 m² / 113 sq ft
Furnishings: Panorama window, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Two single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 2,5 m² / 27 sq ft with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

Upper-/lower-bed cabins No. 14-17 (Cat. 5)
The former officers' cabins offer sailing enthusiasts just the right ambiance. The cabin door leads directly to the Promenade Deck, so one can even sleep in fresh air with the door open.

Cabin size: Approx. 9,5 m² / 102 sq ft, cabin 16 is approx. 10 m² / 108 sq ft
Furnishings: Porthole, small sofa, desk, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C
Bed: Upper and lower single beds (each 80 cm x 200 cm)
Bathroom: Approx. 2,5 m² / 27 sq ft with shower, WC, marble sink, gold-plated fixtures, hair dryer, outlet for razor

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Sailing cruise in booked cabin category
  • Special complimentary welcome bottle of champagne
  • Daily fresh fruit basket 
  • All meals on board
  • All soft drinks and tea and coffee
  • Wine and beer included at lunch and dinner
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Harbor and docking fees
  • All sightseeing tours mentioned in program

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  • Tips
  • Beverages not mentioned as included
  • Optional excursions
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Other items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 10%
55 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

140-50 days prior to departure: 25% of cruise cost
49-22 days prior to departure: 35% of cruise cost
21-15 days prior to departure: 55% of cruise cost
14 or less days prior to departure: 80% of cruise cost
On day of departure: 90% of cruise cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Sea Cloud

The majestic windjammer Sea Cloud has a fascinating history and an authentic air of nostalgia. This four-masted barque, today an elegant 64-guest yacht, was built in 1931 at the Krupp family shipyard in Kiel, Germany. The largest private sailing yacht of her day, she was commissioned by one of Wall Street's wealthiest businessmen, E. F. Hutton. His wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to a huge fortune, designed the luxury yacht, dedicating at least two years to the task. After the ship was sold in 1955, there were less glamorous days for this vessel and she became a weather ship for the US Coast Guard and later served in the US Navy during World War II. In 1978, she was bought by a group of Hamburg-based shipowners and businessmen and given a new life. In 2011, the Sea Cloud underwent extensive renovations again. Today the ship’s timeless elegance has been faithfully restored, from the bridge to the promenade deck, with marble fireplaces, teakwood benches, and selected antiques. Fully air conditioned, she has some 32,000 square feet of canvas across 30 sails and cruises the Mediterranean in summer and the Caribbean in winter, much of it under sail.