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Northern Italy Under Sail: Genoa, Pisa, and the Amalfi Coast aboard Sea Cloud II

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Shipbuilders, explorers, merchants, and fishermen—the people of the northern Italian coast have been intricately linked to the sea for many generations.

Northern Italy Under Sail: Genoa, Pisa, and the Amalfi Coast aboard Sea Cloud II

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

Shipbuilders, explorers, merchants, and fishermen—the people of the northern Italian coast have been intricately linked to the sea for many generations. Ligurian cities like Genoa, an important port and birthplace of Christopher Columbus; and Camogli, known as The City of a Thousand Sails for its impressive shipbuilding history, proudly display their maritime heritage. We will visit maritime museums, stroll along beautiful harbor fronts, and explore well-preserved waterfront old towns as we travel between Nice and Naples. Pisa and Elba have many offerings beyond the famous leaning tower and sites related to Napoleon, and Amalfi does not disappoint with its legendary villa-covered hills overlooking the azure Tyrrhenian Sea.

highlights

  • NEW PERSPECTIVES: $500 CREDIT : Book by March 13, 2024. Receive a credit of $500 per person, deducted from cabin fare prior to any additional applicable savings with the purchase of cabin fare. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • NEW PERSPECTIVES: 25% SOLO SAVINGS : Book by March 13, 2024. Save 25% on solo cabins on select departures. Not applicable on airfare or extensions and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • NEW PERSPECTIVES: ADDITIONAL 10% SAVINGS WHEN YOU PAY IN FULL : Book by March 13, 2024. Save an additional 10% on the cabin fare when you pay in full at time of booking. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. To qualify for the discount, nonrefundable payment in full is due at the time of booking. Call for details.
  • BAR TAB & CREW TIPS INCLUDED : Your bar tab and tips to the ship’s crew on all departures aboard National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Explorer, Sea Cloud, and Sea Cloud II are included in your fare. Bar tab excludes certain super premium brands, which are available for sale. Call for details.
  • CELEBRATE LIFE'S MILESTONES : Celebrate a milestone with a group of eight or more and enjoy a special amenity package including: 5% savings on voyage fares, custom group photo, US$150 shipboard credit for the group, and other special gifts. Milestone celebration to be communicated at time of booking. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies. Call for details.
  • SAVE 5% TRAVELING AS A GROUP : Save 5% when traveling as a group of eight or more people. Valid on voyage fares only and not applicable on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • 10% OFF BACK-TO-BACK VOYAGES : Save 10% on consecutive departures, applicable on voyage fares only and not valid on extensions or airfare. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • COMBINING OFFERS : Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.

Highlights

  • NEW PERSPECTIVES: $500 CREDIT : Book by March 13, 2024. Receive a credit of $500 per person, deducted from cabin fare prior to any additional applicable savings with the purchase of cabin fare. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • NEW PERSPECTIVES: 25% SOLO SAVINGS : Book by March 13, 2024. Save 25% on solo cabins on select departures. Not applicable on airfare or extensions and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • NEW PERSPECTIVES: ADDITIONAL 10% SAVINGS WHEN YOU PAY IN FULL : Book by March 13, 2024. Save an additional 10% on the cabin fare when you pay in full at time of booking. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. To qualify for the discount, nonrefundable payment in full is due at the time of booking. Call for details.
  • BAR TAB & CREW TIPS INCLUDED : Your bar tab and tips to the ship’s crew on all departures aboard National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Explorer, Sea Cloud, and Sea Cloud II are included in your fare. Bar tab excludes certain super premium brands, which are available for sale. Call for details.
  • CELEBRATE LIFE'S MILESTONES : Celebrate a milestone with a group of eight or more and enjoy a special amenity package including: 5% savings on voyage fares, custom group photo, US$150 shipboard credit for the group, and other special gifts. Milestone celebration to be communicated at time of booking. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies. Call for details.
  • SAVE 5% TRAVELING AS A GROUP : Save 5% when traveling as a group of eight or more people. Valid on voyage fares only and not applicable on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • 10% OFF BACK-TO-BACK VOYAGES : Save 10% on consecutive departures, applicable on voyage fares only and not valid on extensions or airfare. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
  • COMBINING OFFERS : Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.
Shipbuilders, explorers, merchants, and fishermen—the people of the northern Italian coast have been intricately linked to the sea for many generations. Ligurian cities like Genoa, an important port and birthplace of Christopher Columbus; and Camogli, known as The City of a Thousand Sails for its impressive shipbuilding history, proudly display their maritime heritage. We will visit maritime museums, stroll along beautiful harbor fronts, and explore well-preserved waterfront old towns as we travel between Nice and Naples. Pisa and Elba have many offerings beyond the famous leaning tower and sites related to Napoleon, and Amalfi does not disappoint with its legendary villa-covered hills overlooking the azure Tyrrhenian Sea.

Trip details

Trip Type: Small Group

Comfort: Luxury

Travel Styles: Marine

Starts: Nice, France, Embark Ship

Finishes: Naples, Disembark Ship

Duration: 8 days

Includes

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), tips (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included: Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry. Gratuities to Egyptologists and ship’s crew at your discretion.

Airfare: For all programs, airfare is an additional cost unless otherwise indicated. Sample airfares are based on 2007 fares and are subject to change. We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements.

Note: Complete pre-journey information, including suggestions on what to bring and recommended reading, will be sent after your reservation is confirmed 4-6 months prior to departure.

ITINERARY

1Day 1 : Nice, France / Embark Ship

Arrive in Nice and embark Sea Cloud II in the late afternoon.

Arrival Time: Arrive before 4:00 p.m. local time.

Arrival City: Nice, France

2Day 2 : At Sea / Genoa, Italy

Gather on deck for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of setting square sails, staysails, and jibs as Sea Cloud II shows her full glory. Relax with a book on deck, and enjoy delicious meals and complimentary drinks. After lunch, begin your exploration of La Superba (Genoa’s nickname meaning “The Proud One”). See its old city center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the old port (Porto Antico) and the Arco della Vittoria, a monument to fallen solders of WWI. You can't miss the dramatic Cathedral of San Lorenzo, built originally as a Romanesque Basilica in the 1100s, remodeled in the Gothic style in 1307, and topped with a Renaissance dome in 1557. Inside, the large 15th-century Cappella San Giovanni Battista is the earliest example of Renaissance architecture in Genoa, built to hold what are believed to be the remains of St. John the Baptist. Explore Plaza Ferrari and pay a visit to Palazzo Ducale, or “Doge’s Palace.” Doges were chief magistrates during medieval times and the Renaissance, found particularly in Venice and Genoa. Originally constructed in 1298, the palace is now the cultural center of Genoa. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting of some local delights such as gelato, Genoa’s famous pesto, extra virgin olive oil, and—of course—wine. Return to Sea Cloud II for the captain’s welcome evening and an overnight docked in Genoa.

3Day 3 : Camogli / At Sea

Take a drive along the stunning Italian coast to the town of Camogli—once one of the Mediterranean’s most powerful naval ports, Nicknamed “City of a Thousand White Ships” and inhabited since pre-historic times, today, Camogli is one of the Italian Riviera’s most picture-perfect villages. Take in its stunning panoramas, a charming harbor, narrow lanes lined with towering pastel-colored buildings, lovely cathedral, and ruined castle. Hear about 12th-century Castle Dragone’s fascinating history and visit the Camogli Maritime Museum to learn about the city’s maritime prowess and traditions. The basilica Santa Maria Sunta is the town’s largest church, elegantly decorated with art and gold left by many of the town’s seamen after they died. During your visit, enjoy a taste of Camogli’s specialty: focaccia al formaggio, a staple street food in the region. Return to Sea Cloud II to enjoy onboard presentations, free time to enjoy sailing, and more, as she sails south along the picturesque coast of Italy.

4Day 4 : Viareggio / Pisa / Pietrasanta

The leaning tower—a UNESCO World Heritage site—has long been the best-known attraction in the town of Pisa due to its uncanny stature as a result of the sandy base on which it was built. However, the tower is just a single component of a city with many notable architectural and historical achievements. Nowhere else in Italy are a city’s key buildings aligned with such precision and or is there so beautiful a contrast of stonework and surrounding meadow. The Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), Duomo, Baptistery, and Camposanto complete an unrivalled quartet of medieval masterpieces. These—along with more than a dozen churches and palazzos—belong to Pisa’s “Golden Age,” from the 11th to the 13th century, when the city, then still a port, was one of the leading maritime powers of the Mediterranean.

After time in Pisa, head to Pietrasanta, which grew to importance during the 15th century, mainly due to its connection with marble. Michelangelo was the first sculptor to recognize the beauty of the local stone. Today, artists and sculptors from all over the world are drawn to the city, known as “Little Athens” due to its marble studios. These studios mingle with small, elegant shops in the long alleyways lined with ochre-washed buildings with wooden shutters that radiate from Piazza del Duomo. Pietrasanta is the foremost place in the world for marble work, and you’ll visit local artists and shops to see this time-honored artisanry in action.

5Day 5 : At Sea / Portoferraio

Portoferraio is the main town on Elba Island, and its complex history is matched only by the labyrinth of small alleys and monuments to the passing ages found in its city center. The town was founded by the Romans (with the name of Fabricia) on a pre-existing Tuscan settlement. After the fall of Rome, it was destroyed by buccaneers and rebuilt in the 7th century under the name of Ferraia. In 1442 the Saracens destroyed it, and in the 16th century, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I of the Medici family, ordered the construction of imposing fortifications. The town was named Cosmopoli after him. Napoleon, after his forced abdication following the Treaty of Fontainebleau, was exiled to Elba Island, a time during which he enacted several reforms to improve the quality of life for its residents. Finally, under the reign of the Lorena family, the name Ferraia was reestablished and then changed into the present name of Portoferraio. Pay a visit to Villa dei Mulini (literally "Villa of the Mills"), Napoleon’s primary residence on the island. After visiting the town, you will stop in a wine bar along the promenade to taste typical Elban dishes paired with local wines.

6Day 6 : At Sea

A day at sea presents another opportunity to witness Sea Cloud II’s sails aloft. Enjoy the ship plying the surf and sip on complimentary drinks as you catch up on reading, sort your photos, and learn from expedition staff presentations.

7Day 7 : Amalfi / At Sea

Sea Cloud II anchors off Amalfi this morning. This storied town, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that comprises the entire Amalfi Coast, is known for pastel-hued houses that cling to steepsided mountains. Stroll the waterfront, with its marina and shops; visit the ornate cathedral, with bronze doors dating from 1066; and wander the winding streets and alleyways to make your own discoveries. After exploring Amalfi, enjoy the captain’s farewell evening as Sea Cloud II makes her way to Naples.

8Day 8 : Naples / Disembark Ship

Arrive in Naples this morning. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Departure Time: Depart after 12:00 p.m. local time.

Departure City: Naples, Italy

Day 1 : Nice, France / Embark Ship

Arrive in Nice and embark Sea Cloud II in the late afternoon.

Arrival Time: Arrive before 4:00 p.m. local time.

Arrival City: Nice, France

Day 2 : At Sea / Genoa, Italy

Gather on deck for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of setting square sails, staysails, and jibs as Sea Cloud II shows her full glory. Relax with a book on deck, and enjoy delicious meals and complimentary drinks. After lunch, begin your exploration of La Superba (Genoa’s nickname meaning “The Proud One”). See its old city center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the old port (Porto Antico) and the Arco della Vittoria, a monument to fallen solders of WWI. You can't miss the dramatic Cathedral of San Lorenzo, built originally as a Romanesque Basilica in the 1100s, remodeled in the Gothic style in 1307, and topped with a Renaissance dome in 1557. Inside, the large 15th-century Cappella San Giovanni Battista is the earliest example of Renaissance architecture in Genoa, built to hold what are believed to be the remains of St. John the Baptist. Explore Plaza Ferrari and pay a visit to Palazzo Ducale, or “Doge’s Palace.” Doges were chief magistrates during medieval times and the Renaissance, found particularly in Venice and Genoa. Originally constructed in 1298, the palace is now the cultural center of Genoa. Here you’ll enjoy a tasting of some local delights such as gelato, Genoa’s famous pesto, extra virgin olive oil, and—of course—wine. Return to Sea Cloud II for the captain’s welcome evening and an overnight docked in Genoa.

Day 3 : Camogli / At Sea

Take a drive along the stunning Italian coast to the town of Camogli—once one of the Mediterranean’s most powerful naval ports, Nicknamed “City of a Thousand White Ships” and inhabited since pre-historic times, today, Camogli is one of the Italian Riviera’s most picture-perfect villages. Take in its stunning panoramas, a charming harbor, narrow lanes lined with towering pastel-colored buildings, lovely cathedral, and ruined castle. Hear about 12th-century Castle Dragone’s fascinating history and visit the Camogli Maritime Museum to learn about the city’s maritime prowess and traditions. The basilica Santa Maria Sunta is the town’s largest church, elegantly decorated with art and gold left by many of the town’s seamen after they died. During your visit, enjoy a taste of Camogli’s specialty: focaccia al formaggio, a staple street food in the region. Return to Sea Cloud II to enjoy onboard presentations, free time to enjoy sailing, and more, as she sails south along the picturesque coast of Italy.

Day 4 : Viareggio / Pisa / Pietrasanta

The leaning tower—a UNESCO World Heritage site—has long been the best-known attraction in the town of Pisa due to its uncanny stature as a result of the sandy base on which it was built. However, the tower is just a single component of a city with many notable architectural and historical achievements. Nowhere else in Italy are a city’s key buildings aligned with such precision and or is there so beautiful a contrast of stonework and surrounding meadow. The Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles), Duomo, Baptistery, and Camposanto complete an unrivalled quartet of medieval masterpieces. These—along with more than a dozen churches and palazzos—belong to Pisa’s “Golden Age,” from the 11th to the 13th century, when the city, then still a port, was one of the leading maritime powers of the Mediterranean.

After time in Pisa, head to Pietrasanta, which grew to importance during the 15th century, mainly due to its connection with marble. Michelangelo was the first sculptor to recognize the beauty of the local stone. Today, artists and sculptors from all over the world are drawn to the city, known as “Little Athens” due to its marble studios. These studios mingle with small, elegant shops in the long alleyways lined with ochre-washed buildings with wooden shutters that radiate from Piazza del Duomo. Pietrasanta is the foremost place in the world for marble work, and you’ll visit local artists and shops to see this time-honored artisanry in action.

Day 5 : At Sea / Portoferraio

Portoferraio is the main town on Elba Island, and its complex history is matched only by the labyrinth of small alleys and monuments to the passing ages found in its city center. The town was founded by the Romans (with the name of Fabricia) on a pre-existing Tuscan settlement. After the fall of Rome, it was destroyed by buccaneers and rebuilt in the 7th century under the name of Ferraia. In 1442 the Saracens destroyed it, and in the 16th century, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I of the Medici family, ordered the construction of imposing fortifications. The town was named Cosmopoli after him. Napoleon, after his forced abdication following the Treaty of Fontainebleau, was exiled to Elba Island, a time during which he enacted several reforms to improve the quality of life for its residents. Finally, under the reign of the Lorena family, the name Ferraia was reestablished and then changed into the present name of Portoferraio. Pay a visit to Villa dei Mulini (literally "Villa of the Mills"), Napoleon’s primary residence on the island. After visiting the town, you will stop in a wine bar along the promenade to taste typical Elban dishes paired with local wines.

Day 6 : At Sea

A day at sea presents another opportunity to witness Sea Cloud II’s sails aloft. Enjoy the ship plying the surf and sip on complimentary drinks as you catch up on reading, sort your photos, and learn from expedition staff presentations.

Day 7 : Amalfi / At Sea

Sea Cloud II anchors off Amalfi this morning. This storied town, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that comprises the entire Amalfi Coast, is known for pastel-hued houses that cling to steepsided mountains. Stroll the waterfront, with its marina and shops; visit the ornate cathedral, with bronze doors dating from 1066; and wander the winding streets and alleyways to make your own discoveries. After exploring Amalfi, enjoy the captain’s farewell evening as Sea Cloud II makes her way to Naples.

Day 8 : Naples / Disembark Ship

Arrive in Naples this morning. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Departure Time: Depart after 12:00 p.m. local time.

Departure City: Naples, Italy

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), tips (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included: Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry. Gratuities to Egyptologists and ship’s crew at your discretion.

Airfare: For all programs, airfare is an additional cost unless otherwise indicated. Sample airfares are based on 2007 fares and are subject to change. We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements.

Note: Complete pre-journey information, including suggestions on what to bring and recommended reading, will be sent after your reservation is confirmed 4-6 months prior to departure.

PAYMENT TERMS

Effective October 1, 2007, all Lindblad voyages departing from and returning to ports outside the United States will be operated by Lindblad Maritime Enterprises, Ltd., a subsidiary of Lindblad Expeditions, Inc.

Reservations: To reserve your place, an advance payment for the program as outlined is required at the time of reservation and is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check. The per person amount due is noted on each dates and rates screen.

Final Payment: For expeditions of eight nights or less, final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. For expeditions of nine nights or more, final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Travel Protection Plan: Travel protection and medical insurance are available at extra cost. Ask about our comprehensive guest travel protection plan for a worry-free expedition. Learn more about Lindblad Expeditions Travel Protection "Plus" Plan.

Smoking: Smoking is allowed only in designated outdoor areas.

Responsibility and Other Terms & Conditions: Certain other provisions concerning, among other things, limitations of Lindblad Expeditions’ and the National Geographic Society’s liability for loss of property, injury, illness or death during the voyage will be provided to all guests on the ship’s ticket sent prior to departure, and are also available where within this site or upon request. By registering for a trip, the guest agrees to all such terms and conditions.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

For Expeditions 8 Nights or Less:
Number of Days to Expedition Start / Prior Per Person Cancellation Fee
90 or more days / $150*
89–60 days / Advance payment cost
59–30 days / 50% of trip cost
29–0 days / No refund

For Expeditions 9 Nights or More:
Number of Days to Expedition Start / Prior Per Person Cancellation Fee
120 or more days / $150*
119–90 days / Advance payment cost
89–60 days / 25% of trip cost
59–30 days / 50% of trip cost
29–0 days / No refund

Partner Details

Lindblad Expeditions Feed

In Business Since 1966

For over 50 years Lindblad Expeditions has been introducing travelers to a unique and exhilarating way of seeing the world. In 1966, Lars-Eric Lindblad successfully led a group of 56 intrepid guests to Antarctica, where only explorers and scientists had ever gone. In 1967 he did it again in Galápagos; effectively inventing expedition travel. Since then, his son Sven Lindblad has created an unmatched expedition style, taking curious people to the world’s wild, remote places for up-close encounters with beauty, wildness, and the seldom seen. Guests get to share their experience with like-minded others and veteran expedition teams and return home with a priceless stock of memories, some of the best photos of their life, and a deeper appreciation of the most remote, pristine places on the planet. Lindblad Expeditions travels to over 40 geographies on all 7 continents. Their fleet is comprised of 15 nimble and intimately scaled expedition ships with passenger capacities from just 28 to 148. Small ships allow captains to safely venture where larger cruise ships cannot, providing guests with authentic, up-close encounters in the world’s most remote, wild, and pristine places. The quality and experience of Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff is a driving factor behind their reputation as a global leader in overseas adventure. Guests traveling on their voyages are guided by skilled and passionate captains and Expedition Leaders, as well as an expert team of naturalists, marine biologists, geologists, historians, undersea specialists, experts and photographers. Lindblad Expeditions’ staff-to-guest ratio (no more than 1-to-16) fosters a genuine exchange of knowledge/information on natural surroundings, history, and culture of the places they explore. Lindblad is committed to sustainability and considered the travel industry’s leader in responsible travel, which includes protecting nature, preserving culture, supporting local communities, and operating green business practices. In October, Lindblad Expeditions was awarded the #1 small-ship cruise line by the 2021 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

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