Mediterranean Highlights in 2018

22nd February 2018

On 23rd April 2018, having just completed an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean, the magnificent five-masted Royal Clipper will operate her first Mediterranean sailing for the year. Once again, you will be able to feel the wind fill the sails as you travel to a range of charming locations throughout the Mediterranean. With new destinations added every year, no two sailings can be considered the same, with plenty of new experiences to enjoy.

Whether you are looking to delve into the ancient history of Italy, admire the spectacle of the Monaco Grand Prix, or venture into the gems of Croatia and Montenegro; Star Clippers can offer a range of itineraries that will whet your appetite in 2018. We take a closer look at three of the best options to consider for a holiday aboard a traditional tall ship in the Mediterranean.

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix

When it comes to the Mediterranean, there are few places more glamorous than Monaco. Its position by the sea, the glistening harbour, historical architecture and dazzling casinos will transport you to a lifestyle of elegance and sophistication. However, if you happen to visit during the time of the Monaco Grand Prix, your experience will be elevated to a whole new level of exhilaration.

The Royal Clipper and Star Flyer tall ships can take you directly to the heart of the action, nestling in among the many other luxurious yachts that are docked within the beautiful marina. There are three especially themed departures available in 2018 that will enable you to admire the spectacle of the Monaco Grand Prix. The first of these departs out of Cannes on the 12th May 2018 and will take passengers to the Historic Grand Prix, where spectators can watch vehicles from years gone by. The second departure, sailing out of Barcelona on the 19th May 2018, offers a chance to watch the trials; while the third and final departure will take you out of Cannes to the Grand Prix race.

Amalfi Coast and Sicily

Amalfi Coast

When thinking of the Mediterranean, some of the initial destinations that spring to mind may include the impressive cities of Rome, Barcelona and Athens. It is easy to overlook some of the smaller and more hidden gems – many of which have been made accessible thanks to the smaller size of the Star Clippers tall ships. One of the finest examples of this is on Italy’s spectacularly colourful Amalfi Coast.

There are several departures available throughout the summer season, taking passengers out of Rome directly to this spectacular region. Sorrento, encapsulated by a wall that rises out of the sea, is one of the names you may recognise and the town is widely known for its beautiful architecture. Another highly renowned area is Amalfi, known for its historical medieval glory that is personified by the grand Duomo of St Andrew. A visit to Amalfi also offers an opportunity to visit Positano, which is widely regarded to be one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean.

Croatia and Montenegro


Travelling further eastward beyond Italy and the Amalfi Coast will take you to the Adriatic – a region that is known for its spectacular architecture. Star Clippers will be operating a series of sailings within this region throughout the course of 2018, taking passengers to a range of amazing destinations. When it comes to architecture, there really is no better place to start than in the city of Venice, which shows signs of the many different eras that have had an influence on the area throughout history. The threading canals offer the perfect way to admire everything Venice has to offer including the iconic Doge’s Palace and the Bell Tower of St Mark.

There will also be chances to venture into the historic cities of the Balkans – with particularly mention for the walled-city of Dubrovnik. A stroll along the top of the wall that encapsulates this city offers a glimpse into the many features that make up this historic settlement, as well as fantastic panoramic views out to sea. It is also worth referencing the Montenegrin city of Kotor – a stunning historic settlement situated within mountainous surroundings that are similar what you may see in the Norwegian fjords.

The beauty of embarking on a tall ship sailing with Star Clippers is the ability to visit a range of smaller destinations that are inaccessible to larger vessels. You will enjoy a true sense of adventure that is synonymous of the type of adventures that explorers embarked on while attempting to discover the modern world.

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