Isles of Antiquity: Malta, Sardinia, and the Balearic Sea aboard Sea Cloud on Sea Cloud
Discover seven vibrant Mediterranean islands the way they were meant to be seen—aboard a spectacular tall-masted sailing ship. As we ply the turquoise waters, taking time to enjoy life at full sail, wake up in a new picturesque port every day, stroll through lively harbors and charming old towns, and climb the bastions of hilltop castles for sweeping Mediterranean views. This region is rich in ancient history—from Sicily’s Valley of the Temples to Gozo’s ancient temples of Ġgantija—and our experts will contextualize the prehistoric structures which provide insight into the ways of life of the Romans, Carthaginians, Byzantines, and other populations that have seen their civilizations rise and fall here.
- Sail aboard the historic Sea Cloud and discover the romance of tall ship sailing as you effortlessly visit major islands of the Mediterranean like Sicily, Malta, and Corsica
- Encounter multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites—including Sardinia’s Su Nuraxi di Barumini and the city of Valletta—brought to life by expert historians and archaeologists
- Explore Menorca’s Bronze Age village of Torralba d’en Salord and see the characteristic T-shaped stone monuments left by the Talayotic peoples
- Savor celebrated culinary specialties on visits to markets and vineyards
Traveling aboard Sea Cloud, a historic four-masted barque, is an overall multisensory experience of the rarest kind—and this is true wherever you choose to explore. Sea Cloud in the Caribbean is idyllic because little competes with the sensual pleasure of the balmy air and the constant trade winds that invite everyone out on deck. And Sea Cloud in the Mediterranean is quintessential because it provides nonstop opportunities to set off from our anchorages or ports—where Sea Cloud is invariably the most beautiful ship—to explore the extraordinary beauty and charm of coastal towns and linger among antiquities and sites "sacred" to Western civilization.
The sheer opulence—antique furnishings, marble fireplaces, gold fixtures, exquisite accoutrements—of Sea Cloud is a testament to the efforts of the ship’s original owners, businesswoman and socialite heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and finance tycoon E.F. Hutton, who spared no expense in tasteful decoration. Supposedly they never asked the price of a single item while outfitting her.
Whether you’re passively watching the athletic young crew scrambling high in the rigging, lolling in what Marjorie Merriweather Post called the “Blue Lagoon,” or learning to capture the sun on the sails with your Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, life aboard Sea Cloud is either the point or the perfect interlude between explorations. And remember, another rarity we offer is Sea Cloud elegance, enjoyed with Lindblad Expeditions’ signature informality—pack your deck shoes and shorts, please!
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it takes
Lindblad’s teams will do whatever it takes to ensure you unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s manning the spotting scopes all night to ensure a polar bear sighting, orchestrating a landing at an extraordinary wildlife site to coincide with a magnificent sunrise, or sending waitstaff out with gourmet ice cream bars to refresh you as you explore a Polynesia atoll, their commitment creates thrilling moments for you.
A core value of Lindablad Expeditions is to positively impact the geographies where the fleet sails. Leaders in the travel industry for over 50 years, Lindblad has built ground-breaking programs in education, empowered local artisans, protected wild areas, and so much more. By bringing travelers into wilderness and inspiring them to care, Lindblad creates planetary stewards every day.
|1||Valencia, Spain / Embark Ship|
|4||At Sea / Mahón, Menorca|
|6||Bonifacio, Corsica, France|
|7||Alghero, Sardinia, Italy|
|11||Erice and Marsala, Sicily|
|12||At Sea / Agrigento|
|13||Gozo, Malta / At Sea|
|15||Valletta / Disembark Ship|