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Mediterranean Cruise: Cultural Centers and Glorious Gardens

May 22-June 2, 2009
Faculty: Lawrence O. Goedde, Professor of Art History & Chair, McIntire Department of Art
Lynden B. Miller, Renowned Garden Designer
Vittoria Poletto, Smith College Professor of Italian

From $7,395 - $14,595 depending on cabin category
. We have several single cabins available for NO Single supplement.

Book by March 20 to receive $500 off per person or no single supplement and a free night in Lisbon at the end of the program.

     Please call us at 866-765-2646.

Registration is Open

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A Voyage from Rome to Lisbon: Mediterranean vistas have inspired countless artists, architects and horticulturists since time immemorial. On a journey cruising along the brilliant coastal arc between Italy and Portugal, experience a veritable open-air museum of botanical, architectural and historic treasures. Every piazza preserves a memory, from the conquering Romans or Moors to the arts of the Renaissance. Our voyage aboard Clelia II explores some of the Mediterranean's most spectacular sites, including the riches of Florence and the masterful art collections along the French Riviera. In the vibrant city of Barcelona, we will trace the flowering of the Gothic style and the birth of modernism in Spain, while in Granada's fabled Alhambra Palace, as in Seville, we will reflect upon the flourishing of Moorish culture in Andalusia. We are privileged to have with us renowned garden designer Lynden B. Miller, who will focus our experience of enchanting gardens, including La Mortella on the island of Ischia; the French Provençal gardens of Sainte-Claire le Chateau, once owned by Edith Wharton; and the regal landscaping of the Alhambra's Generalife Gardens.

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Program Highlights

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Clelia II is a private yacht-like cruise ship that accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites. Each suite affords ocean views, measures 215 square feet or more, and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room. Public facilities include a restaurant that accommodates guests at a single unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library with Internet access, state-of-the-art gym/spa, beauty salon, boutique, Jacuzzi, hospital and ample deck areas for relaxing and sunbathing.

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Dinner on day of arrival; breakfast, lunch and dinner every day after that; breakfast on day of departure

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U.Va. Professor Lawrence Goedde has taught art history in the McIntire Department of Art since 1981, and has served the department as Chair since 1996. He received his bachelor of arts in the history of art from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. A scholar of Baroque art in Europe, Professor Goedde's areas of specialization include Northern Baroque art, especially 17th-century Dutch painting, early Netherlandish painting and Old Master prints. He has lectured and written extensively on the topics of seascape, landscape and still life, with publications including his book Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Rhetoric Convention and Interpretation, and various exhibition catalogues and essays.

Lynden B. Miller has designed gardens for Bryant Park, the Central Park Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, Wagner Park in Battery Park City, Madison Square Park and Hudson River Park, among others, and she has witnessed the subsequent revitalization of the neighborhoods near the parks. She is chairperson of the board of New Yorkers for Parks.

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Day 1 - Depart U.S.

Day 2 - Rome / Civitavecchia

Arrive in Rome and transfer to Civitavecchia, the city's deep water port, to embark Clelia II. Sail in the evening. (D)

Day 3 - Ischia

The largest island in the Bay of Naples, volcanic Ischia is known for its luxuriant vegetation and striking landscape. We'll land at the picturesque main town of the island, whose waterfront is lined with quaint shops and cafés. Our tour of this beautiful island includes La Mortella, the spectacular garden created by Sir William Walton and his wife. We will be hosted by Alessandra Vinciguerra, the knowledgeable horticulturist in charge of the garden. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Viareggio / Lucca or Florence / Viareggio

From Viareggio, a choice of excursions is offered. Explore the delightful Tuscan town of Lucca, home to one of the finest collections of Romanesque churches in Italy. Just outside of Lucca, in the small town of Collodi, explore the magnificent hillside gardens of the Castello Garzoni, designed in the 17th century. Alternatively, take a full-day excursion to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, where art, literature, science and philosophy achieved great heights. Our visit includes the splendid Duomo, crowned by Brunelleschi's distinctive dome; the Piazza della Signoria, dominated by the Palazzo Vecchio; and the statuary at Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, where Michaelangelo sculpted his David. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Nice / St.-Paul-de-Vence / Ventimiglia, Italy / Menton, France or Eze, Italy / Nice

An internationally famous resort, the French Riviera's Nice is synonymous with elegance and style. From here an excursion first visits the popular artists' haven of St.-Paul-de-Vence to see The Maeght Foundation's collection of works by Picasso, Miro, Braque, Calder and others. After lunch aboard ship, we drive along the coast to Italy's Ventimiglia, an old medieval hill town facing the sea, to visit Hanbury Gardens, a splendid botanical garden set on a wooded cape, one of Italy's most famous gardens during the 19th century. We also stop at the lovely French town of Menton to visit Serre de la Madone, an important garden set on a slope, designated as a Historic Monument of France. Alternatively, take the scenic road to the hilltop village of Eze for breathtaking views of the Riviera and visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its marvelous themed gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Marseille / Aix-en-Provence or Hyères / Marseille

From Marseille, we drive to Aix-en-Provence, the first Roman settlement in Gaul, immortalized in the works of Cezanne. We'll tour the Old City, down the leafy Cours Mirabeau amid lovely buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries, noting the perfect classical proportions of the Hotel de Ville en route to the Cathedral of St. Sauveur, with its medieval art treasures. We continue to Cezanne's old studio, which remains exactly as it was at the time of the Impressionist's death in 1906, or visit the Musée Granet, with a rich collection of art (including eight works by Cezanne) and archaeological exhibits. If you prefer, you may instead join the full-day excursion to Hyères, an old town clinging on a hill facing the sea, where we will visit the grounds of Sainte-Claire Le Château, the evocative villa and its gardens once owned by Edith Wharton, and the gardens of Villa Noailles, considered a fine example of Art Deco garden design. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Barcelona, Spain or Montserrat

We spend the day in Barcelona, a vibrant city rich in extraordinary works of art and architecture. In the morning we'll explore Montjuic, a hill overlooking the city, with its beautiful gardens and many attractions, including the National Museum of Catalonian Art, one of Spain's finest museums. In the afternoon, we visit the Templo de la Sagrada Familia, the extraordinary unfinished masterpiece of Antonio Gaudi, and Parc Güell. Another of Gaudi's incredible works, the park is laid out on a hill and houses decorative monuments that attest to the imaginative genius of Barcelona's most famed architect. For those interested, there will be an alternate full-day excursion to the mountain of Montserrat, with its famed monastery, heritage caves and fantastic scenery. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities and attend lectures as Clelia II cruises along Spain's Mediterranean coast. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Malaga / Granada / Malaga

From Malaga, we set out on a full-day excursion to Granada. We will visit Alhambra, the world's finest Moorish palace, an architectural marvel of lacy arches, filigreed ceilings, slender columns and romantic courtyards adorned with lovely fountains. Adjacent are the Generalife Gardens, once the retreat of caliphs. After lunch, we tour Granada's Gothic Cathedral and Royal Chapel, which contains the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabella. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Cadiz / Seville / Cadiz

From Cadiz, we take an excursion to Seville. One of Spain's loveliest cities, it is a delightful mix of Spanish and Moorish architecture. Orange trees lining the avenues and open countryside can be seen from the summit of the Giralda Tower. We will visit the immense Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede, the site of the grand tomb of Christopher Columbus. We continue to the Alcazar, the palace of the Spanish kings for nearly seven centuries, which retains many aspects of Andalusia's magnificent Moorish heritage. We will also visit Casa de Pilatos, one of Seville's finest mansions, built in the early 16th century and noted for its harmonious architecture and verdant garden. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - At Sea / Lisbon, Portugal

After cruising along Portugal's coast, we arrive in Lisbon in the evening. Overnight aboard ship docked in port. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Lisbon / Disembark / Fly to U.S.


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Program Fees

Category E – $7,395
Category D – $8,395
Category C – $9,395
Category B – $10,495
Category A – $11,495
Category AA – $12,495
Category VS – $13,595
Category PHS – $14,595

A limited number of single rooms are available. There is no Single supplement required. (Categories A through D only.)

Book by February 27 to receive $500 off per person and a free night in Lisbon at the end of the program.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $1000 per person is required to reserve your spot.

Deposits can be made via American Express, Visa, Discover or MasterCard. Final payment is due 90 days (February 21) before departure.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General 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 deposit to your American Express, Visa, Discover or MasterCard. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment. However, personal checks are accepted for both deposits and final payment.

Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. Additionally, passengers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines or hotels used in the itinerary. 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. Service fees may apply to deviations and are non-refundable.

Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Smith Travel will send you insurance information on receipt of your registration.

Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International.

Responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International and the tour's sponsoring organization. The passenger is also advised to review his/her separate ticket passage contract with the vessel's owner/operator, which will constitute the sole, legally enforceable terms of carriage for this tour and is available on request from Travel Dynamics International. Travel Dynamics International and the tour's sponsoring organization act solely as agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotel and other tour arrangements. In that capacity, we exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the passenger's safety and satisfaction, but we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third-party, involved in carrying the passenger or in affecting these tours. We are not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the passenger, and tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover on the passenger's behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour's itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any tour. By forwarding their deposit(s), the passenger certifies that he/she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other passengers. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any tour should such person's health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other passengers or impede the tour. Baggage or valuables brought on the tour shall be transported, handled or stored at the passenger's risk entirely, and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be affected exclusively in the state or federal courts presiding in the City of New York, pursuant to applicable New York law.

Rates: 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.

Ship's Registry: Malta CST #204 3599-40 TDI

Thumbnail photo © Turisme de Barcelona/Espai d'Imatge.

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