Cruise the Mediterranean and explore ancient empires from southern Italy to Sicily and Malta.

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 The essence of Capri  The port of Valletta, Malta  The port of Valletta, Malta  Panoramic view of Valletta, Malta  St. Angelo Fort in Valletta, Malta  Temple of Concord, Valley of the Temples, Agrigento  Mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale, Piazza Armerina  Mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale, Piazza Armerina  The baroque cathedral of Ortygia, Siracusa  The Greek theater of Siracusa  Coastal view near Taormina  The famous Greek theater of Taormina  The World Heritage site of Stromboli, among the Aeolian Islands  The light display of the erupting volcano of Stromboli  Port on the island of Capri  Village of Positano, along the Amalfi Coast  Town situated along Italy's renowned Amalfi Coast  Wall painting found in Pompeii  Shop with counter and display area along a street in Pompeii  Remarkable Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius in the background

Voyage from Rome to Malta

Aboard the 180-guest Le Laperouse

9 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Cruise the Mediterranean and explore ancient empires from southern Italy to Sicily and Malta.

or Call 855-330-1542

Sep 20 - 28, 2018 Departure
Albert  Leonard

Albert Leonard

Albert Leonard, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Professor Emeritus in both the Departments of Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, 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 Tucson 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.