Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Greek Island Cruise Update – Possible Palace of Odysseus found on Ithaca

Vase depicting Odysseus and a Siren

Vase depicting Odysseus and a Siren.

We are thrilled to announce that our Journey of Odysseus tour, which visits islands and cultural sites throughout Greece and Italy, will now include a new archaeological site on the island of Ithaca.  Smithsonian travelers will be among the very first travelers to visit this exciting new excavation!

The three-story structure, unearthed by Greek archaeologists last October, is believed by the excavators to be the palace of Odysseus and Penelope.

We have specially arranged for the leader of the team that made this remarkable discovery, Professor Thanasis Papadopoulos, to lecture aboard ship and lead us on an excursion of the palace. Being among the first to visit this site in Ithaca, Odysseus’s home, will be a fitting and exciting end to our own odyssey.

Like being first? Click to see details about our Journey of Odysseus cruise around Greece and Italy aboard Corinthian II, June 2011, and make your reservation today.

What do you think? Was Homer's Odyssey a work of fiction or history? Is the palace Odysseus' home, or did it belong to someone else?