Voyage to the Lands of Gods and Heroes: A Family Learning Adventure in the Ancient Mediterranean
July 13 - 24, 2014
Faculty: John Dobbins, classical archaeologist and Professor of Art History
Price: Starting at $7,490 per person, double occupancy. Price based on cabin selection.
Special rates for children starting at $4,990
Registration is Open
As any schoolchild can tell you, ancient Greece is the birthplace of Western civilization. Our art, our architecture, our literature, our ideas about philosophy and government are all inspired by the ideals of this great civilization. And Venice helped keep this knowledge alive as her empire straddled the ancient spheres of Greek and Roman influence. This voyage, designed especially for families, with special excursions for children and teens, combines an eye-opening exploration of some of the most influential sites in this region that are linked to episodes in Greek mythology and the splendor of Venice. We will learn about Venice's traditional crafts, and call at Rhodes, the home of the Crusader Knights of St. John. We'll also explore the wonders of Crete and the mysteries of Santorini.
- Discover the Mediterranean as a family on this intergenerational cruise for children, parents, and grandparents
- Sail the ageless Aegean and Adriatic Seas aboard the private ship Corinthian
- Explore ancient ruins, idyllic islands, and legendary cities, including Ephesus, Santorini, Venice, Dubrovnik, and Athens
- Swim in clear, inviting waters off the coast and near tiny islands
- Children can compete in the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games; journey by donkey to a volcano on Santorini; and participate in a treasure hunt in Athens
- Visit fabled sites that make history and myth come alive, such as Dodoni, Greece’s oldest oracular site, and Knossos, home to the labyrinth of the the legendary Minotaur
All-Suite, 100-Guest Luxury Expedition Ship Corinthian
In an era of mega cruise ships that carry thousands of passengers, Corinthian is a delightful alternative. More like a private yacht, Corinthian accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites. Her limited guest capacity, fine facilities, and distinctive style of operation attract like-minded travelers who enjoy its custom-crafted itineraries and a style of cruising rarely found today.^ back to top
All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, as well as 2 cocktail receptions and early riser’s coffee & pastry.^ back to top
John Dobbins, classical archaeologist and Professor of Art History
John Dobbins is a classical archaeologist who specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology. Mr. Dobbins is the President of the Charlottesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and Secretary/Treasurer of the North American Branch of AIEMA. Previous professional awards and service include Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at U.Va., a three-year NEH grant, co-director of the Summer Program in archaeology at the American Academy in Rome, member and chair of the Advisory Board of the Etruscan Foundation, traveling lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America, a Mead Honored Faculty Member at U.Va., and an All-University Teaching Award. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, his M.A. from Boston University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Popular among alumni, John led a sold out Cavalier Travels trip to Turkey in 2011 and a cruise on the Aegean Sea last year.
Day 1 -- Sunday, July 13
Fly from the United States to Athens, Greece.
Day 2 -- Monday, July 14
Athens, Greece | Piraeus | Embark
Arrive in Athens transfer to Piraeus to board Corinthian. Spend the night aboard ship in Piraeus.
Day 3 -- Tuesday, July 15
Piraeus | Athens | Piraeus
Young Explorers will participate in a fun and challenging Treasure Hunt in Athens while adults visit the National Archaeological Museum, containing the most extensive collection of Greek antiquities in the world, including the Mask of Agamemnon and the famous bronze sculpture of Zeus hurling a thunderbolt. Families reunite at a tavern for lunch, followed by a drive to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4 -- Wednesday, July 16
From Kusadasi, travel to Ephesus. Renowned as the center of worship of the mother-goddess Cybele, later known as Artemis, it was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Excavations continue and archaeologists are restoring the Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse of daily Ephesian life. See the facade of the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, and Great Amphitheater.
Day 5 -- Thursday, July 17
Rhodes, Greece | Lindos
The historic island of Rhodes was known in antiquity for its schools of philosophy, rhetoric, and sculpture. Today it boasts one of Europe's largest medieval towns. Discover Old Town's winding streets and splendid plazas, which owe their 14thcentury charm to the Crusader Knights of St. John. In the lovely village of Lindos, take a donkey ride or walk up to the acropolis, set on a cliff 400 feet above the sea, with stunning views of the village and bay below. Or, opt to explore Lindos on your own or swim in the crystal waters of its white-sand beach.
Day 6 -- Friday, July 18
In the second millennium b.c. volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini (or Phira) in pumice and ash and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This ultimately produced Santorini's wild, multihued beauty while sending its Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Adults will visit Phira's Archaeological Museum while Young Explorers board a sailboat to Nea Kameni, the island in the center of Santorini's caldera, and ascend to its volcano by donkey to learn about the area's geology. Reunite for lunch and free time in Phira Town.
Day 7 -- Saturday, July 19
Arrive in Crete, once home of the Minoans, Europe's earliest developed civilization. From quaint Rethymnon, travel to Knossos and its fabled Minoan Palace, a maze of frescoed corridors and chambers showing life as it was 4,000 years ago. It is also home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. Then spend free time to explore Rethymnon and swim at a nearby beach. Alternatively, walk part of the rugged, scenic Imbros Gorge, ending at the coast, near the 14thcentury Venetian castle of Frangokastello, for a swim. Then sail along Crete's northwest coast to anchor near the isle of Gramvousa, an old Venetian stronghold, for another swim.
Day 8 -- Sunday, July 20
Travel to Olympia, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and one of four sites where the Pan-Hellenic games were held. Young Explorers will enjoy Olympic games staged for them at the site of the ancient games. Enjoy the afternoon at sea with special Young Explorer activities.
Day 9 -- Monday, July 21
Igoumenitsa | Dodoni | Igoumenitsa
Call at Igoumenitsa and travel to Dodoni, the oldest oracular site in Greece, perhaps dating to 1000 b.c. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mt. Tomaros, the site includes a superb theater, built during the reign of King Pyrrhus (3rd century b.c.). With walls 65 feet high and a seating capacity of 20,000, it was the second largest theater in Greece, and was later used by the Romans for gladiatorial events. Enjoy a feta cheese and olive tasting en route back to the ship.
Day 10 -- Tuesday, July 22
Dubrovnik, Croatia | At Sea
Spend the morning sightseeing, including an early morning hike for Young Explorers around the medieval walls of Dubrovnik. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, view works by Titian and Andrea del Sarto in the Baroque Cathedral, and see the courtyard of the Rector's Palace. The afternoon is at sea with special activities planned for Young Explorers.
Day 11 -- Wednesday, July 23
At Sea | Venice, Italy
This afternoon explore some of Venice's main landmarks, including St. Mark's Basilica, and the Doge's Palace, the seat of Venetian power. Young Explorers will have a choice of learning about one of Venice's traditional crafts—glass-blowing, mask-making, and gondola construction.
Day 12 -- Thursday, July 24
Venice | Disembark
Transfer to the Venice airport for return flights.
Price is based on cabin selection and is per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only. Please see Deck Plan below for rates.
|Special Family & Young Adult Rates||Category||Per child & young adult ages 7-18|
|1 or 2 children/young adults sharing with 2 adults||Any category||$4,990|
|2 children/young adults sharing cabin||Categories E-A||$6,390|
|3 children/young adults sharing cabin||Categories E-A||$5,490|
|4 children/young adults sharing cabin||Categories E-A||$4,690|
|1 child/young adult sharing with 1 adult||Any category||20% off Adult Rate|
|2 children/young adult sharing with adult||Any category||40% off Adult Rate|
- 10-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
- Complete program of tours and excursions
- Young Explorers Program, a series of educational and recreational activities for children and young adults ages 7–18, led by youth education counselors
- Wine with lunch and dinner
- Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
- Professional tour staff
- Complete pre-departure materials
- Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
- Port and embarkation taxes
- Gratuities to guides and drivers
Does not include:
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
- Meals and beverages other than those specified above
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)
- Gratuities to shipboard personnel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and the best time to reach you.
A deposit of $1,500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure and must be paid by check.
Deposits can be made via American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard.
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.^ back to top
General Terms & Conditions
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $1,500 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 are subject to a $300 per person 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.
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.
ITINERARY: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International Ltd.
RESPONSIBILITY: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International Ltd. 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 cruise and is available on request from Travel Dynamics International Ltd. Travel Dynamics International Ltd. 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. Passenger tickets are not transferable and are not subject to alteration by the passenger. No suit shall be maintainable against the carrier, or vessel, for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passengers, unless written notice of the claim, with full particulars, is delivered to the carrier or its agents at its office at the port of sailing or at the port of termination within six months from the day when such incident occurred. In no event shall any such suit or any claim against the carrier or vessel for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger be maintainable unless such suit is commenced within one year from the day when the incident causing such losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger occurs, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be brought within the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, pursuant to the applicable general maritime law, and applying the applicable general maritime law and Federal maritime statutes.
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.
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Travel Dynamics International Ltd. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement, without prior notice, if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $85 per barrel. This supplement may be charged even if the cruise fare has been paid in full.
SHIP’S REGISTRY: Malta CST #204 3599-40 TDI^ back to top