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

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

Voyage from Rome to Malta

9 days from $4,495

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

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Jun 20 - 28, 2019 Departure
Valerie Hedquist

Valerie Hedquist

Valerie Hedquist is a professor of art history at the University of Montana.  She earned her Ph.D. with honors at the University of Kansas and has been teaching and writing for over twenty years. During her academic life, she has also continued to explore and teach the art and architecture of Italy, a country whose language and literature she studied while an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. Valerie has travelled with students to many national and international locations, including several trips to Italy.  She has written reviews and catalogue essays for museum exhibitions, broadcast radio programs, and presented papers to local, regional, and international meetings on an array of topics from the plague in art to the use of assemblage in contemporary artistic processes.  In summer 2011, her book on the art and life of Montana artist, Fra Dana was published.  Since 1975, she has explored Italy from Palermo, Sicily to Asti in the Piedmont region.

Sep 26 - Oct 4, 2019 Departure; May 24 - Jun 1, 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.