The Mediterranean World and the Classical Tradition: Italy, Sicily, and the Greek Islands
September 17-27, 2006
With U.Va. Professors Peter Onuf (History) and Jenny Clay (Classics)
Registration is Closed
Western civilization was born upon the blue shores of Greece and its islands. Many of the values and experiences we take for granted today—democracy, political discourse, philosophy, and theater among them—had their source here. Join us this September as we voyage across the Mediterranean aboard the five-star, all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II from Naples to Athens. It is the most perfect season of the year to experience the ancient monuments and landscapes of Southern Italy, Sicily, Greece, and the Aegean Isles.
Three remarkable lecturers will be on board. In addition to the U.Va. faculty will be Charles Duell, a former Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is adept at exploring the influence of Classical aesthetics upon American architecture and garden design. Together, the faculty will elucidate the connections between ancient Greece and the United States with energy and creativity as we sail through the Mediterranean.
- Enjoy a private visit and reception at one of Syracuse’s splendid palazzo.
- Explore the early Christian catacombs of San Giovanni (3rd – 6th centuries A.D.) in Syracuse, considered to be among the most important in Italy.
- Participate in a glendi, a traditional Greek feast, featuring food, music, and dance.
- In Santorini, privately visit the Nomikos Foundation, a beautiful neoclassical mansion overlooking the island’s caldera.
- Be a guest at a reception hosted by the municipal officials in Kusadasi.
- Visit a library in Chios which preserves the correspondence between Adamantios Koraes, one of the founders of modern Greece, and Thomas Jefferson, as well as the 16th-century estate and former palazzo of Argentikon.
- Nine-nights aboard the five-star deluxe Corinthian II, an all-suite mega-yacht accommodating no more than 114 guests. Originally built in Italy in 1992, Corinthian II was refurbished and redecorated in 2005 specifically to create an atmosphere of effortless elegance and easy conviviality. All 57 outside-facing suites are a minimum of 225 square feet, appointed in rich wood tones with two twin-size beds or one queen-size bed, sitting area, TV, mini-refrigerator, safe, and a marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries. Several suites include private balconies accessible via sliding-glass doors. Fresh flowers and a bowl of fruit provide a bright and comforting touch in each guest’s suite.
- Corinthian II also features a library, Internet center, beauty salon, gym, elevator serving all decks, and a wraparound sun deck with jacuzzi. The 70 European officers and crew ensure an atmosphere akin to a private club for the length of your voyage.
- All meals aboard ship are included. Superb Continental cuisine is created by Corinthian II’s European chefs and served either in the stately restaurant or al fresco on the wide sun deck, which is specially equipped for outdoor dining service. Select regional wines are complimentary with lunch and dinner. Fresh ingredients are chosen locally at many ports of call. All meals are served at one unassigned seating; varied seating arrangements assure comfort for all. Corinthian II’s widely praised service equals that of the finest restaurants.
- Festive welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship.
- Returning from excursions, enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea, and all-day coffee in The Club.
- Before or after dinner, savor a cocktail while the ship’s pianist plays arrangements ranging from jazz to classical to contemporary.
Peter S. Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia. An extremely popular professor and Faculty Director of the U.Va. Jefferson Symposium, Peter is author of Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood, and is co-editor of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture and The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic and editor of Jeffersonian Legacies. With his brother Nicholas G. Onuf, he has just published Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War.
Jenny Strauss Clay, Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia, is the author of several books on Early Greek poetry. She has traveled extensively in Greece, Sicily, and Italy, and was Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a Resident Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. She has done extended traipsing throughout the Mediterranean landscape. Jenny is the author of many works including: Hesiod’s Cosmos (Cambridge University Press, 2003); The Wrath of Athena: Gods and Men in the Odyssey (Princeton University Press, 1983; Reprint, Rowman and Littlefield, 1996); The Politics of Olympus: Form and Meaning in the Major Homeric Hymns (Princeton University Press, 1989; Reprint, Duckworth, 2006); and Locke’s Questions Concerning the Law of Nature, with Robert Horwitz and Diskin Clay (Cornell University Press, 1990).^ back to top
Fly from the U.S. to Naples, Italy.
Arrive in Naples and transfer to the pier to embark Corinthian II. Set sail in the late afternoon.
This morning, arrive in Agropoli, an old town built on a promontory facing the sea. Journey to nearby Paestum, founded by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C. as Poseidonia, dedicated to Poseidon, god of the sea. Set amidst groves of cypress and oleander that overlook the sea, Paestum is one of Italy’s most important archaeological sites. See the Temple of Hera; the majestic 5th-century B.C. Temple of Neptune; and the Temple of Ceres, dedicated to Athena. Also visit the museum, housing many artifacts culled from the site.
Call at Syracuse, on Sicily’s east coast, which rivaled Athens as the most important city of the ancient world. Tour the city’s ancient monuments, including the Latomia del Paradiso, the deep quarries excavated in antiquity; the spectacular Greek Theater; and the Amphitheater, dating from the Roman period. Also, visit the Archaeological Museum, with its superb exhibits, and explore the narrow lanes of the old town in Ortygia, an island now connected to the mainland by two bridges. Notable here is the Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the 5th-cenury B.C. temple of Athena.
Relax aboard as Corinthian II cruises in the Ionian Sea. Late in the afternoon, the ship will arrive in Katakolon, on Greece’s Peloponnese. In the evening, enjoy a glendi, a traditional Greek feast of food, music, and dance. Overnight aboard docked in Katakolon.
In the morning, drive to Olympia, one of the most important sanctuaries in antiquity, dedicated to Zeus, father of the gods. Here, the Panhellenic games were held, and the site is renowned as the birthplace of the Olympics. Tour the sacred area, seeing the temples of Hera and Zeus; the Council House; the Treasuries; the great Stadium; and the Museum, housing a superb collection of sculptures. Return to Katakolon and cruise throughout the afternoon.
Corinthian II cruises into the flooded volcanic crater that forms the great circular bay of Santorini. In the second millennium B.C., volcanic eruptions shrouded the island in a blanket of pumice and ash, preserving many of the buildings in the town of Akrotiri, which centuries ago was inhabited by a sophisticated Bronze Age society. Explore Fira, the island’s main town, built on a palisade 1,000 feet above the sea, and visit the Prehistoric Museum. Also, take a drive to the unspoiled village of Oia.
Arrive in Rhodes this morning, noting the deer and fawn columns straddling the harbor to mark the location of the Colossus’ footprints, and drive to Monte Smith, the site of the ancient acropolis of Hellenistic Rhodes. See the 2nd-century B.C. stadium, the theater, and the remains of temples dedicated to Zeus, Athena, and the Pythian Apollo. Continue to the ancient Doric city of Kameiros, whose extensive ruins include well-preserved Hellenistic houses, and to Lindos, one of the Aegean’s archaeological jewels, with its acropolis set above the whitewashed village overlooking the blue sea.
From the seaside town of Kusadasi, visit the great ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most important sites in the history of Asia Minor, with extensive ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Visit the large theater in which the Ephesians rioted against St. Paul; the Library of Celsus with its imposing facade; and the Temple of Serapis. In the afternoon, visit Priene, an impressive Hellenistic city unadulterated by Roman additions. Dramatically set before steep Mount Mykale, Priene’s superb Ionian temples are set off by the River Menderes, whose twisting path across its flood plain gives us the word “meander”. Alternatively, spend the entire day at the ancient city of Aphrodisias, whose steamy reputation as an 8th-century B.C. city of love was quashed by the Byzantines. Admire the dazzling white marble theater and the fantastic stadium, a 30,000-seat complex virtually intact even today.
The birthplace of Homer in the 8th century B.C., Chios has long been celebrated for its wild beauty, with deep, green valleys concealed among dramatic rocky crags. Olive, fig, and citrus trees grow here, as do mastic trees, the source of the island’s main product, mastic gum. In the morning, visit the Koraes Library, founded in 1792 by Adamantios Koraes, a Greek statesman and regular correspondent with Thomas Jefferson. Then drive to the southern part of the island to visit the 13th-century church of Panagia tis Krinis (Our Lady of the Fountain), with its beautiful frescoes and the famed mastic fortress-villages of Pirgi, Olymboi, and Mesta, with their unique architecture, Byzantine churches, and labyrinthine lanes. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the 16th-century estate and former palazzo of Argentikon, where we will have coffee or tea along with some specialties of the island.
Disembark in Piraeus and transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S.
NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are not closely accessible by motorcoach.^ back to top
Rates begin at $6,995 per person in a double-occupancy, deluxe suite on the Magellan deck. Please call to discuss other categories and prices. A limited number of cabins have been designated in specific categories for single travelers for a supplement of $2,695 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
- Nine-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II.
- Welcome and farewell receptions aboard ship, hosted by the captain.
- All meals aboard ship, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
- Complimentary house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard ship.
- Complete program of tours and shore excursions as described in the itinerary.
- Educational program of lectures by accompanying faculty.
- Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff.
- Complete pre-departure materials, including destination information, travel portfolio, document wallet, and name badge.
- Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the program’s designated departure and arrival dates.
- Port and embarkation taxes.
- Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers.
- Airfare; visas; passports; baggage, cancellation, and accident insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, taxes, and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel
How To Register
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A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot, plus an additional deposit of $100 per person if you wish to take the extension. Final invoicing will be done approximately four months prior to departure. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.
Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check. Checks will need to be made payable directly to the travel provider. We will provide you with this information, along with a mailing address. Checks only can be accepted for final payment.
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Terms & Conditions
Payment Schedule:A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. For your convenience, you may charge your tour deposit to a major credit card. We also accept personal checks. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment.
Cancellations & Refunds:All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. Cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. Additionally, passengers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines or hotels used in the itinerary. Service fees may apply to deviations and are non-refundable.
Itinerary Changes:The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International.
It is strongly recommended that all tour participants purchase Trip Cancellation, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Baggage, Accident and Medical insurance for their tour. Upon our receipt of your initial tour deposit, a comprehensive travel insurance plan, underwritten by the Monumental General Casualty Company, will be made available to all tour participants. This insurance offers an important, time sensitive feature regarding pre-existing medical conditions: Trip Cancellation and Medical insurance gives you coverage for pre-existing medical conditions (even for immediate family and travel companions) provided (1) you purchase the insurance within 15 days of the date of your confirmation letter from receiving your initial deposit; (2) you insure all prepaid trip costs that are subject to cancellation penalties or restrictions; and (3) you are not disabled from travel at the time you pay your premium. Please call Travel Insurance Services at 800-937-1387 if you have questions regarding the offering.
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Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, and currency values. While we do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.
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An Honest Discussion About Fuel Costs
In the uncertain, often volatile oil market of late, it is difficult— if not impossible—to predict fuel costs over the long term, and, more specifically, at the time of operation of this voyage. Our prices are based upon the prevailing fuel rates at the time of brochure printing (usually nine months before departure). While we will do everything possible to maintain our prices, if the fuel rates increase significantly, it may be necessary to institute a fuel surcharge. If one is necessary, the total surcharge for your voyage will not exceed $180 per person. Thank you for your understanding.^ back to top