Explore hidden gems and cosmopolitan haunts of the rich and famous when you cruise along the famous Mediterranean rivieras between Rome and Barcelona. You'll be immersed in the dynamic history, art, and culture of the region.

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 The village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera  Bonifacio, Corsica  The famous Duomo or cathedral in Florence, featuring the campanile, Baptistery, and Brunelleschi's Dome  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, the centerpiece of the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  The legendary tower of Pisa  The seaside town of Vernazza, one of the Cinqueterre villages  The village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera  The Rock of Monte Carlo with the Prince's Palace   The quintessential medieval town of Carcassonne  The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona

Cruising the Rivieras of Italy, France, and Spain

From Rome to Barcelona Aboard the 220-guest Le Lyrial

9 days from $5,595

Explore hidden gems and cosmopolitan haunts of the rich and famous when you cruise along the famous Mediterranean rivieras between Rome and Barcelona. You'll be immersed in the dynamic history, art, and culture of the region.

or Call 855-330-1542

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- Anna P.

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Oct 2 - 10, 2017 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Stephen taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Stephen is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations.

Stephen worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Stephen’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture. He has served as lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.

Sep 26 - Oct 4, 2018 Departure
Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell is an architectural historian, whose research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and North Africa numerous times. A graduate of Harvard University's graduate School of Design, Gail has led many tours to Europe for Smithsonian Journeys over the past 20 years. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and a lecturer on architecture, design and art at NYC's Museum of Modern Art.  As a resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City's historic City Hall.