Step aboard the square-rigged yacht Sea
Cloud, and sail along the magnificent isles
and rocky coastlines of Turkey and Greece.
Encounter the glittering marble cities of the
ancient world from Ephesus to Delos, and
stroll through the timeless whitewashed
villages of the Cyclades. Delve deep into the
rich history and mythology of the Romans
and the Greeks and encounter the legacy of
the Ottomans in vibrant Istanbul.
Sail to ancient harbors and gem-like Greek isles under the billowing sails of the legendary Sea Cloud, a magnificent four-masted tall ship with a colorful history.
Experience the enchantment of Istanbul, the fabled capital of the Ottoman Empire, and examine artifacts from world-renowned Bronze Age shipwrecks in Bodrum.
Cruise into the volcanic caldera of Santoríni, and wander the medieval streets of the kastro on the cliff-tops of Folégandros.
Venture into some of the most important archaeological sites of the Greco-Roman era, including Delos, Didyma, and Ephesus.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Istanbul, Turkey
Depart on an overnight flight to Istanbul and check into our stunning hotel, housed within a century-old neoclassical prison. Gather tonight for a festive welcome dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (D)
Day 3 — Izmir/Ephesus
Fly to Izmir and drive to Ephesus, where the Temple of Artemis—one of the seven wonders of the ancient world—once stood. Follow the Marble Way past merchant houses to the Great Theater and the iconic facade of the Library of Celsus. The spectacular Sea Cloud awaits us at the port of Kusadasi. Settle into your cabin and gaze at the receding harbor as we cast off into the Aegean. Then enjoy the first of our superb dining experiences on board. Sea Cloud (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Didyma/At Sea
Wander among the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma, home to the oracle of Apollo and one of the most sacred sites of the ancient Greeks. This afternoon, watch sailors climb the lines to raise the sails by hand as we head for Bodrum. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Bodrum
Spend the day in the lively seaside town of Bodrum. Venture into the Castle of St. Peter, built by the Crusaders and now home to Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Examine artifacts from Bronze Age shipwrecks and subsequent eras, and then enjoy time to stroll along the harbor to see yachts of all shapes and sizes pull in. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — At Sea
During a full day of sailing on our way to the Cyclades, attend talks by our experts and enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch al fresco. Go for a swim or a float right off the side of the ship, and relax after dinner as the ship’s pianist plays on deck. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Santoríni, Greece
Take in a spectacular panorama as we glide into Santoríni’s volcanic caldera and approach soaring cliffs topped with whitewashed villages. Ashore, explore the domed churches and windmills of Oía and continue to Thíra for stunning views of the caldera. Descend from the cliffs to the harbor by funicular or by donkey. (B,L,D)
Day 8 — At Sea/Folégandros
After a morning at sea, anchor at Folégandros and head up to the cliff-top town of Hora. Stop for a pastry in a shady square, and meander through the cobbled streets of the medieval kastro, enjoying magnificent views of the sea far below. (B,L,D)
Day 9 — Delos/At Sea
Tiny Delos is known as the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis and Apollo and was a flourishing Roman port. Discover the many layers of civilization at this extraordinary archaeological site, and see the Terrace of the Lions the marble Sanctuary of Apollo. Spend a final afternoon enjoying our beautiful ship as we set our course for Piraeus. (B,L,D)
Day 10 — Piraeus/Athens/U.S.
After breakfast, disembark in Pireaus and transfer
to Athens for your return flight. (B)
Travel in the Mediterranean on the Sea Cloud in 2014 and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Katy Croff Bell
Marine explorer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Katy Croff Bell uses technology to investigate the depths of the ocean. Over the past ten years, she has participated in or led more than 20 oceanographic and archaeological projects. Katy’s current work involves the utilization of telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. She is Vice President of the Ocean Exploration Trust and Chief Scientist of Bob Ballard's flagship exploration vessel, Nautilus, working with a large team to implement state-of-the-art technology on expeditions to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean.