Cruise along famous Mediterranean rivieras from Rome to Barcelona and explore hidden gems and cosmopolitan haunts of the rich and famous. During your voyage, you'll be immersed in the area's dynamic history, inimitable art and culture, and stunning scenery.

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 The seaside town of Vernazza, one of the Cinqueterre villages  The market of Nice's Old Town  The legendary tower of Pisa  The Rock of Monte Carlo with the Prince's Palace   The village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, the centerpiece of the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  The famous Duomo or cathedral in Florence, featuring the campanile, Baptistery, and Brunelleschi's Dome  Michaelangelo's frescoes at the Sistine Chapel  Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família in Barcelona  Interior of Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia  The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona  Florence's Duomo  The quintessential medieval town of Carcassonne  View of Rome from St. Peter’s Basilica, with Bernini’s colonnade  Interior of St. Peter's Basilica with Bernini's Baldocchio  Bonifacio, Corsica  Interior of Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia

Cruising the Rivieras of Italy, France, and Spain

From Barcelona to Rome Aboard the 72-guest Variety Voyager

8-9 days from $6,995

Cruise along famous Mediterranean rivieras from Rome to Barcelona and explore hidden gems and cosmopolitan haunts of the rich and famous. During your voyage, you'll be immersed in the area's dynamic history, inimitable art and culture, and stunning scenery.

or Call 855-330-1542

Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2016 Departure
Aneta Georgievska-Shine

Aneta Georgievska-Shine

Dr. Aneta Georgievska-Shine is a scholar of the Renaissance and the baroque eras, yet as an art historian, her interests range from ancient to contemporary art.  In addition to her affiliation with the University of Maryland, she frequently presents lectures for museums and art institutions in the Washington area, including the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Smithsonian. Her publications include scholarly books and numerous articles in U.S. and international journals, as well as essays in exhibition catalogs.

A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Dr. Georgievska-Shine has led numerous journeys to France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, as well as Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to her art historical expertise, she brings a deep knowledge of the history, politics, and languages of Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Georgievska-Shine is a native speaker of Macedonian and has working knowledge of several other European languages.

Oct 2 - 9, 2017 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Professor Clancy taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Dr. Clancy is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations.

Dr. Clancy worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Dr. Clancy’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture.  Dr. Clancy has served as lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.