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Catania - Dubrovnik - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Embark on an 11-day cruise aboard the Sea Cloud II, exploring Sicily's fiery landscapes and the Adriatic Sea's charming beauty. Begin in Catania, where Goethe found inspiration amidst vibrant orange and lemon trees. Discover Taormina's elegance with a view of Mount Etna. Sailing becomes a captivating experience as the crew handles rigging and sets sails by hand. Explore historic ports like Otranto, Lecce, Bari, Komiza, Rovinj, and Sibenik, each offering a unique blend of rich history and picturesque landscapes. Conclude in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," with ancient walls guarding a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean's beauty, where every moment is a chapter in an unforgettable journey.
Explore ruins in Taormina within view of volcanic Mount EtnaMount Etna looms over an ancient townVisit charming small towns in coastal ItalyCity of DubrovnikScenic view of DubrovnikThe idyllic city of Rovinj, CroatiaMediterranean blue Dubrovnik from aboveVisit charming Sicily
Highlights
  • Marvel at volcanic soil around Catania where orange and lemon trees compete
  • Explore the land that inspired Goethe's poetic masterpiece in Sicily
  • Learn about Europe's largest volcano, Mount Etna, a natural wonder
  • Step into Bari's historic old town, a medieval film set
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Catania, Sicily | Embark

Goethe wrote, "Do you know the land where the lemon trees bloom and oranges glow from the leaves' dark gloom." Sicily and the picture-perfect Baroque town of Catania, set right at the foot of Mount Etna, were genuine inspirations for him on his travels around Italy. On the fertile volcanic soil around Catania, orange and lemon trees try to out-glow each other, and you will be tempted to enjoy the coastline with its wonderful sandy beaches and impressive rock formations. The town was destroyed by a volcanic eruption and earthquake in the 17th century and, in the 18th century, a masterpiece of Roman Baroque emerged which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Taormina (Naxos), Sicily

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Taormina is perched on a rock with a majestic view over the sea. In the 19th century, this small town had already developed into a dream destination for well-heeled travelers and artists. The town's fascination lies in its elegance, the many ancient buildings, the stunningly beautiful coastline, the mild climate, and the view over the silhouette of Etna. Europe's largest volcano is over 9,843 feet high, has four summit craters and around 400 subsidiary craters, and is covered with snow almost all year round. In ancient times it was considered the seat of the gods, but nowadays large sections of it are a nature reserve.

Day 3: Day Under Full Sails

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Climbing the rigging, untying ropes, setting sails – today is all about sailing. Time to lean back and relax in the deck chair and watch the passionate crew hoisting the sails by hand.

Day 4: Otranto, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Otranto is the most easterly port in Italy and, due to its geographic location in the Adriatic, has had an extremely eventful history over the centuries. Not far away is Lecce, one of the most beautiful and affluent cities in southern Italy whose heyday was immortalized in stone over 200 years. The Baroque cityscape, in the idiosyncratic "Barocco leccese" style, is characterized by a marble-like stone known as Lecce stone. The numerous palaces and the Basilica di Santa Croce have profusely decorated facades and art feels right at home here. There is a good reason why people are proud of its evocative nickname, the Florence of the South.

Day 5: Bari, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When fresh, colorful laundry flutters above narrow cobblestone streets and grandmothers shape pasta dough into little orecchiette outside their front doors, you are likely to find yourself in a medieval film set – or in Bari. As modern as the important port and university city may be today, its heart truly beats in the historic old town – as it did centuries ago – to the leisurely pace of the Apulian joie de vivre. The picturesque quarter directly on the Adriatic Sea and its sights can be easily explored on foot, visiting, for instance, the massive Castello Normanno-Svevo or the equally fortress-like pilgrimage church of San Nicola, which boasts an interior splendidly decorated with gold.

Day 6: Vis, Croatia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Komiza captivates with its charming fishing village allure. The picturesque alleys narrate a rich history, while the crystal-clear water glimmers invitingly. Here, tradition intertwines with natural beauty, creating an enchanting backdrop.

Day 7: Rovinj, Croatia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rovinj lies on the western coast of Istria. The 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 8: Day Under Full Sails

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Climbing the rigging, untying ropes, setting sails – today is all about sailing. Time to lean back and relax in the deck chair and watch the passionate crew hoisting the sails by hand.

Day 9: Sibenik, Croatia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The port of Sibenik is set in a sheltered bay on the Dalmatian coast in the estuary of the Krka, one of the most impressive waterways in Croatia. In the National Park, just a few kilometers (miles) away from Sibenik, the countryside seems both enchanted and savage. Rushing waters cascade picturesquely down from a limestone plateau into the depths below. The charming old town of Sibenik is impressive, mainly due to the massive Cathedral of St James, one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the eastern Adriatic and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10: Dubrovnik, Croatia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 11: Dubrovnik, Croatia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

Disembark after breakfast.

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Sea Cloud II

Lounge area on the Sea Cloud II

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Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests (connectivity permitting)
  • Gratuities
  • Port Fees
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Welcome champagne in the suite/stateroom
  • Daily fresh fruit basket in suite/stateroom
  • All coffee, tea specialties and soft drinks
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fine wines from renowned winemakers
  • Open bar (except premium brands)
  • Beach barbecues in select destinations
  • Marina platform with use of water sports equipment such as snorkel gear, stand-up paddleboards, and towable tube (weather permitting)
  • Laundry service in suites
  • Curated moments
  • All meals including nightly 4-course menu and a 5-course gala dinner
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Wifi

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