OverviewCivilizations flourish when different cultures meet and trigger a dialectic of ideas and innovations. Nowhere in the world do more diverse cultures convene than in the Mediterranean, the crossroads of Western civilization. While other cruises may focus on the monuments of ancient Greece and Rome, this voyage also includes Phoenician and Etruscan sites that rarely appear on Mediterranean itineraries. Medieval Cefalu, ancient Paestum, Pompeii, and Herculaneum, as well as Tarquinia, a center of the enigmatic Etruscans, await you. And throughout this unique voyage, you can enjoy the luxurious amenities of the small ship Corinthian.
Smithsonian ExpertThroughout your cruise, travel in the company of a Study Leader. John R. Hale earned his Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge University, has conducted fieldwork at classical and prehistoric sites in Europe and the U.S., and has published reports in Scientific American, Antiquity, and the Journal of Roman Archaeology. Professor Hale is currently Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville.
Special HighlightsExplore major ancient sites such as Italy's Paestum, Pompeii, and Herculaneum.Visit sites that are "off-the-beaten-track," such as the ancient Phoenician center of Sant’Antioco off the southwest corner of Sardinia; the Greek site of Vibo Valentia in Calabria; the Etruscan center of Tarquinia; and an area in Corsica known for its history dating to the Carthaginians, Greeks, and Romans.Enjoy exploring picturesque Cefalu on Sicily.Enjoy the fun of bicycling during your journey! When circumstances allow, as an alternative to our traditional excursions, you will have the option of joining a bicycle excursion led by our resident Bicycle Master.
Don't forget to check out our photo slide show to glimpse the excitement of this special program!View photos by clicking "Next Photo" at top of page!
World Heritage SitesThis tour features the following World Heritage sites:
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- Paestum, Italy
- Pompeii & Herculaneum, Italy
- Tarquinia, Italy