Discover the gems of the Greek islands on this exceptional Aegean odyssey. You’ll explore the cradle of Western civilization and the Classical world and see important World Heritage sites when the weather is mild and sites are less crowded.

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 Village atop the cliffs of Santorini  The Acropolis of Athens  The Parthenon, on the Acropolis   The caryatids on the Temple of Erechtheion on the Acropolis   Meteora amid the limestone pillars  Monastery in the mist at Meteora  Ancient lion statue on Delos  The lions of Delos  The port area on Mykonos  Traditional houses on Mykonos  The historic port in Rhodes  The Acropolis at Lindos  Santorini, Greece.  Credit: Zachary Duffy  The view from the cliff-top on Santorini  View from the village of Fira on Santorini.  Credit: KJ DiLuigi  The Lion's Gate at Mycenae  The dramatic theater at Epidaurus

A Cruise to Ancient Greece

9 days from $4,895

Discover the gems of the Greek islands on this exceptional Aegean odyssey. You’ll explore the cradle of Western civilization and the Classical world and see important World Heritage sites when the weather is mild and sites are less crowded.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Definitely a wonderful "trip of a lifetime". We enjoyed so many historical sites and great accommodations throughout. Trips abroad [can be] expensive, but this one was really a great value.

- Clara Z.


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Oct 8 - 16, 2020 Departure
Ismini  Miliaresis

Ismini Miliaresis

Dr. Ismini Miliaresis is a classical archaeologist with a PhD from the University of Virginia and a BE from the Cooper Union in New York City. Her research focuses on heating systems and fuel consumption in ancient Roman baths. Using her background as a civil engineer, Dr. Miliaresis applies modern engineering principles to understand how bathing facilities operated daily and to explore how baths impacted the environment. Her work primarily centers on the site of Ostia, where she has also explored the role of heating systems in Late Antique elite houses. Dr. Miliaresis is an active field archaeologist, and she is currently the Assistant Director of the Palazzo Imperiale Project at Ostia. She has also excavated at various other sites in Italy, Greece, and California. She has taught a range of classes on art (ancient and modern), archaeology, and architecture, as well as on ancient technology, daily life, and gender. She worked as a docent while she was conducting research in Rome, leading small groups of interested travelers through the Colosseum, the Roman fora, and some of the earliest churches in the city. Miliaresis has taught at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, the University of Missouri, and the American University of Rome. She grew up in Naples, Italy and spent many of her summers on the island of Kefalonia in Greece, where her family is from.

Oct 15 - 23, 2020 Departure
Albert  Leonard

Albert Leonard

Albert Leonard Jr. is Professor Emeritus in both the Departments of Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. Al is an archaeologist who specializes in the social impact of interregional trade among the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world. For more than four decades, he has directed excavations at a number of sites in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Jordan. Throughout his career, Al has been active in educational outreach and, in 2006, the Archaeological Institute of America awarded him its Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award by which it “acknowledged and applauded the invaluable service that [he] has given to the archaeological community as an educator.”

As his alter ego, the Time Traveling Gourmet, Al combines his command of archaeological, historical, and literary material with culinary skills acquired at Le Cordon Bleu as well as the Culinary Institute of America (partially supported by a Robert A. Parker Wine Advocate Scholarship) in order to reconstruct (in the classroom or the kitchen) dishes described by such ancient authors as Archestratus of Syracuse, a 4th-century B.C. Sicilian cook who has often been called the “Father of Gastronomy.” Al presently divides his time between Boston, where he is a Research Associate at the Harvard Semitic Museum, and California’s Russian River Valley, where he is a member of The Society of Wine Educators and the Northern Sonoma County convivium of Slow Foods International. 

Oct 22 - 30, 2020 Departure; Oct 15 - 23, 2021 Departure
Diane Harris Cline

Diane Harris Cline

Diane Cline is an Associate Professor of History at George Washington University, where she teaches courses on the archaeology, history, and culture of the ancient Greek civilization. Her current research investigates the social networks through which innovative ideas could flow in ancient Greece. She has studied the social networks of Alexander the Great, Pericles, Socrates, and the vase painters of ancient Athens. Diane holds a B.A. from Stanford in Classics, and a Ph.D. from Princeton in the Program in Classical Archaeology and lived in Athens for three years as a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens while studying Greek inscriptions for her dissertation. She has won two Fulbright awards for Greece, thirty years apart, most recently in 2019 on the island of Crete at the University of Rethymno. Diane has published two books, The Treasures of the Parthenon (Oxford 1995) and The Greeks: An Illustrated History (Washington DC 2016).  She has served as an expert for Smithsonian Journeys in the Mediterranean since 2001, including the Aegean, Adriatic, and the Black Seas.

Oct 1 - 9, 2021 Departure
Bella Vivante

Bella Vivante

Bella Vivante, Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Arizona, has eagerly led college age and adult learners on many study tours through Turkey and Greece. She delights in repeatedly seeing the fantastic ancient to modern sites and artifacts herself and in sharing her enthusiasm with other interested learners. Her research focuses on ancient Greek poetry, especially Homer, ancient women’s' ritual and cultural roles, and on the figure of Helen as icon of femininity and poetic creation in ancient Greek and modern poetry. Her publications include: “"Helen in 20th c. Films,"” Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, and a translation of Euripides’' Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides. Bella looks forward to sharing her love for the ancient world with its cultural artifacts and for the modern peoples and cultures encountered during her travels.

Oct 8 - 16, 2021 Departure
John Dobbins

John Dobbins

John Dobbins is a field archaeologist who has excavated in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Syria. He specializes in ancient Roman art, archaeology, architecture, and urbanism, and he regularly teaches the History of Art I course at the University of Virginia. John holds the posts of the Richard A. & Sara Page Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. He is also director of the Pompeii Forum Project, a project that is rewriting the history of the forum in Pompeii. His 2007 co-edited book, The World of Pompeii, treats all aspects of Pompeian life. Professor Dobbins has over thirty years of experience in teaching on site, and his interests extend far beyond his Roman specialty. Professor Dobbins received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. (English Literature) from Boston University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan.