Beginning in Venice—the city that gave birth to an empire—and ending in Athens—the cradle of Western civilization—this comprehensive Journey touches upon a host of other cities that played crucial roles throughout history. Join your fellow Princetonians September 22 - October 3, 2012, for an eleven-night cruise aboard the Corinthian II through four countries in the heart of the classical world.
After beginning the voyage in captivating Venice, ply the Adriatic waters and then wander through Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia and the ancient Greek city of Apollonia in modern-day Albania. Return to Italy to visit Taranto, one of the most powerful cities in Magna Graecia and Syracuse, which rivaled Athens in the ancient world. In Greece, explore the medieval town of Mystras with its impressive examples of Byzantine art and architecture, as well as the labyrinthine Palace of Knossos, which typifies the brilliance and refinement of Europe’s first civilization, the Minoan. Then, continue on to Turkey for visits to Xanthos, the most imposing of all Lycian cities; Aphrodisias, the home of the temple of Aphrodite, which dates to 100 B.C.; and Bodrum, birthplace of Herodotus and site of the famous Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this Journey by other engaged travelers.