Sail the Med and discover Italy and Croatia on Golden Horizon
There's no better way to sail the sparkling Mediterranean than on Tradewind's Golden Horizon. Newly built, this classical ship is the world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, combining traditional style with exceptional levels of service and comfort.
This magical nine-day itinerary begins on Mallorca, largest of the Balearic Islands, where you can also choose to join five different pre-voyage tours, four to excellent wineries on the island including Biniagual one of the most exclusive, or a guided tour of the capital Palma de Mallorca.
Golden Horizon will then set sail from here towards Sardinia's bright turquoise waters and the stunning Costa Smeralda with its long sandy beaches. Your port here is Olbia where there's an excellent modern archaeological museum illustrating the long history of this pretty Italian island, first settled by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC.
You itinerary continues as you sail across the Tyrrhenian Sea to Naples, perfectly sited on its great bay under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. With ancient alleyways, palm fringed boulevards and baroque churches Naples is truly unforgettable and from here you can also join excursions along the Amalfi coast to Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi, itself. Plus the ancient city of Pompeii, destroyed in AD 79 by a massive eruption and buried under a layer of ash, is also nearby.
Lipari, in the Aeolian Islands, is your next port of call and it sits on the east-west trade route first used by the Greeks and later by pirates such as Barbarossa. Another ancient route, through the Straits of Messina is next, where you can relax on the beach in peaceful Santa Maria di Leuca where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic.
Finally you'll leave Italy behind and sail across the Adriatic to the Dalmatian coast. Here, you'll stop at the jewel like walled-city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, and Split, Croatia's cultural capital.
Powered by the prevailing winds for at least 70 per cent of the time, Golden Horizon has sustainability at her heart as well as 140 all sea-view cabins and an elegant two-tier dining room. It's the ideal ship on which to discover this beautiful part of Italy and the Med.
Reasons to book
See Naples and Pompeii
Discover the Dalmatian Coast
Pre- and post-cruise tours
Sail on Golden Horizon
- Nine nights' luxury accommodation on Golden Horizon, the world's biggest square-rigged sailing ship in a choice of cabins (all with outside views)
- All onboard meals, plus selected wine and beer with lunch and dinner when served in the main restaurant
- Seven amazing port visits with wide range of optional excursions (fee applies)
- Free Wi-Fi, entertainment and activities on board
- Gratuities and service charges
- Choice of five bars/cafes
- Fitness classes and gym access
- Use of the water sports & marina
- Room service (included with certian cabin grades)
- Pre- and post-cruise extensions options available in Palma de Mallorca and Dubrovnik
Day1Board Golden Horizon in Palma de MallorcaPalma de Mallorca, Spain
Often described as the best place to live in the world, Palma de Mallorca is a perfect mix of historical heritage and vibrant modernity. You'll fly to this beautiful sun-soaked city in the western Mediterranean and set sail on the Golden Horizon from this, the largest of the Balearic Islands.
Historical sights in Palma de Mallorca are influenced by the island's former landlords - 13th-century Christians, Moors and Romans among them - while an enchanting, honey-coloured old town spills out in crooked medieval streets from the Gothic cathedral and neighbouring palace. You're never far from a quiet square and local restaurant, or a tempting market and craft studio. Spanish art fans should head for two galleries in particular: Es Baluard, cleverly built into the original sea walls, is strong on Miró, while Can Gallard del Canya, an elegant 17th-century mansion typical of the city, hangs works by Picasso and Dalí.
Day2At SeaAt Sea - Olbio, Spain
Enjoy your first full day relaxing onboard the Golden Horizon.
Today you'll anchor at the lively port of Olbia on the north-west of Sardinia known for the medieval San Simplicio basilica, and for its many cafes dotting central squares such as Piazza Matteotti.
This small city is the gateway to northeastern Sardinia's famous Costa Smeralda. Like most Costas, the chief lure here is the dreamy beaches - many are in reach during your day here via excursion or water taxis. Some back onto facility-packed resorts, while others are wilder places of tufty sand dunes and pine forest or, in the case of the Maddalena Archipelago, decidedly ritzy.
One constant is the warm, cobalt Mediterranean Sea lapping the idyllic shores. Olbia itself has a charming centro storico (historic centre) complete with wine bars, shops and pizza-serving piazzas. Just south, the remains of a Roman farm can be visited at S'Imbalconadu, and you can also stop at the ruined hilltop castle of Castello di Pedres.
Day4At SeaAt Sea - Naples, Italy
As you set sail for the Italian mainline find a quiet corner in the stylish on-board library, book in for a treatment in the Golden Horizon's spa or swim in one of the three pools on board.
Sail into one of the world's most beautiful bays and discover the delights of Naples. Pass the great Neo-Classical opera House of San Carlo and ascend the steep streets with their crumbling Baroque facades and churches. You can choose to spend time in the local galleries hanging Caravaggio masterpieces, exploring locations from Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend novels and stellar shopping with an emphasis on all things artisan. Then of course there's that crinkly, cheesy Neapolitan pizza to tuck into - widely considered Europe's finest.
Optional Excursions: A day in Naples also allows plenty of time to visit one of the world's great archaeological sites. Sprawling and spookily empty, Pompeii is the remains of a city hastily abandoned in AD 79 as lava poured down Mount Vesuvius and covered it in lapilli (pumice stone). Audio guides bring to life its villas and bathhouses, both here and in the smaller fishing town of nearby Herculaneum, which suffered the same fate. Alternatively travel along the Amalfi Coast to the picture perfect towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi.
Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands and a centre of trade routes in antiquity, is in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the northern coast of Sicily.
Lipari features an array of white, pumice-rock bays and smaller coves that are great for snorkelling. Beach-hopping tours depart from its harbour, while a reliable network of ferries serve the archipelago's other islands - including the ever-spluttering volcano Stromboli, foodie Salina and dinky Vulcano, an isle of black-sand beaches and warm mud baths with skin-restoring qualities.
A full day's stop gives you the chance to go island-hopping, as well as time to potter about Lipari's namesake town - a lively port of pastel-coloured buildings, rooftop bars serving Malvasia wine and longstanding fish restaurants. Its hilltop citadel rewards sweaty climbs with rows of Greek and Roman tombs, plus superb Mediterranean views.
Another ancient trade route runs through the Straits of Messina and takes us into the realms of Greek mythology. Messina itself is known for its Fountain of Neptune and the great Norman Cathedral with its Gothic portal, 15th-century windows and the the largest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. In the 16th century Carravagio, fleeing from Rome, came to Messina and some of his works still hang in the National Museum.
Swordfish dishes are famously good here, too, as are refreshing bowls of granita. Ninety minutes away by train, Taormina is a glamorous hilltown whose lemon-tree lanes and pavement restaurants vie for visitors' attention with a well-preserved Greco-Roman theatre and a botanical garden. Mount Etna smoulders in the distance, and there are good beaches nearby.
Day8At SeaAt Sea - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Spend another day enjoying the classic sailing experience and life on-board the Golden Horizon as you pass the beautiful terracotta-roofed villages, lush pine forests and pretty ports of Croatia's Dalmatian coast.
This fascinating UNESCO-listed city, known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', is a labyrinth of limestone paved streets and picturesque piazzas. Founded under the Byzantine emperors, by the 13th Century it was under Venetian control before becoming an independent city state with links to the Ottoman Empire.
Cable cars climb grizzly Mount Srđ, with a glorious panorama offered at the top; the forested islet of Lokrum, a short taxi-boat ride away, has rocky beaches and a botanical garden. A circuit of the original city walls, as well preserved as any in Europe, is a must-do.
Optional Excursions: Get a bird's eye view from the top of Mount Srđ before enjoying a walking tour with a local guide through the old city or take in the city's ancient streets in a vintage electric car. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruise to the Elaphite Islands, stopping at Tolocep and Lopud on Dubrovnik's archipelago.
Day10Disembark Golden Horizon in SplitSplit, Croatia
Known as Croatia's cultural centre due to its numerous museums, churches and archaeological sites, Split is the country's second biggest city, with the ancient part of town classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally settled by Greeks from Syracuse, it was here that in the 4th century AD the Emperor Diocletian built a vast palace and administrative centre from which he organised his empire. You'll disembark the Golden Horizon this morning and have plenty of time to explore or join a post-cruise excursion.
The world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship.
Discover iconic and remote locations of the world, on board a ship which perfectly marries rich sailing heritage and modern luxury, with a sustainable twist.
All 140 cabins are outside facing, so guests can enjoy the breath-taking views. Cabins evoke the luxury and facilities expected of a boutique cruise ship, whilst retaining the charm, adventure and romance of a truly historic sailing vessel.
Style & Character
Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.
The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.
With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.
Facilities & Services
Guests can unwind in our on-board spa which boasts a Sauna, Hamman, Snow Room and Jacuzzi. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials, wraps and scrubs. There is also beauty salon, which offers an assortment of treatments including manicures, pedicures and blow-dries and there is a well-stocked library and complimentary wifi.
There are three pools to choose from, plus a Marina from which you can enjoy a variety of watersports and diving.
Our destination speakers will provide guests with engaging insights, specifically related to the voyage and ports of call.The on-board cruise team offers a full programme of activities including wine tasting and cooking demonstrations.
All 140 cabins and suites enjoy a sea view, as well as twice daily housekeeping and luxury amenities. Cabin interiors offer contemporary luxury, with traditional features and furnishings - a tribute to the nautical heritage of a tall ship.
Owner's Suite: Double or twin beds, living
& dining area, balcony, en suite (shower & bath), sofa bed
& guest bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, complimentary mini bar and
Deluxe Balcony Room: Balcony, double or twin beds, sofa bed, en suite with shower over bath, complimentary mini bar.
Cabin: Double bed or twin beds, two portholes, deluxe bathroom with a shower, complimentary water.
Food & Drink
Breakfast, lunch and daytime offerings can be traditional or light and fresh and include dishes with a local flavour.
Our full-service dinner is served over two levels in our spectacular main dining room. A selection of wines and beers are complimentary in the main dining room.
There are five bars including two outside bars and a piano bar which is perfect for enjoying a drink with new friends. Elsewhere, our premium beverage bar, Debeljak's, is stocked with some of the world's finest spirits.
Our resident pianist and musical duo will entertain guests and, as we travel the world, local shows, dancers and singers will help to immerse our guests in the local culture.
Our philosophy is simple but unique - we will follow the sun, using the winds and the currents, to take us to magical beaches and port destinations.
Our aim is to be powered by nature whenever possible and we intend to sail, without using propulsion, for around 70% of each season.