Cruise across the Eastern Mediterranean and into the Red Sea, where cultures and empires have converged for centuries.
The fabled Eastern Mediterranean region provides a striking array of cultures and centuries of fascinating history. Join your fellow Princetonians on this comprehensive Journey, October 29 – November 14, 2011, which introduces travelers to six countries and the waters that have transported merchants, corsairs, missionaries, and conquerors for centuries.
The voyage aboard the 110-passenger Clipper Odyssey begins in Crete before tracing the Turquoise Coast of Turkey to the far eastern Mediterranean, where ruins of ancient castles, tombs, and villages stand as archaeological treasures. In lieu of a previously scheduled stop in Syria, explore Cyprus before spending two days in Lebanon for visiting Beirut, beautiful Byblos and Roman Baalbek. A special highlight of this program is a daylight transit of the impressive Suez Canal en route to the Red Sea. Take an overland excursion to St. Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula before disembarking in Aqaba, Jordan. The adventure ends in Amman after a special visit to Petra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where even seasoned travelers stand in awe of this jaw-dropping expanse of rose-red temples, tombs, and civic buildings carved into the sheer rock face of the Sharah Mountains.
Please note: Princetonians will be joined on this Journey by members of the Archaeological Institute of America and other like-minded travelers.