Naval history comes alive from the decks of the Island Sky, April 27 - May 10, 2015

Given its strategic importance in empire building, international trade, and global defense, the Mediterranean has been theatre to great battles at sea for millennia. On an 11-night voyage from Athens to Nice aboard the Island Sky, join Princeton Journeys study leader favorite, Col. Kevin J. Weddle *03 (USA, Retired), Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the United States Army War College, to explore the political, strategic, and cultural history of the Mediterranean region.

Begin in Athens with a night on land before embarking on the cruise portion of the program. Discussions of naval history and visits to maritime battle sites from Ancient Greece to World War II will punctuate the journey, while calls at classical archaeological sites and museums rich in ancient treasures will round out the explorations of Mediterranean culture through the ages.

Whether most intrigued by the adventures of Ulysses, the ancient commercial exploits of the Phoenician navigators or the military strategy of leaders from Napoleon to Patton, those who have an interest in history and the sea are sure to find this Journey an exciting one. Please note that Princeton participants will joined on this program by travelers from the Archaeological Institute of America, Cornell, Yale and Harvard.

About the Study Leader

Colonel Kevin Weddle *03 (Ret.), Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the United States Army War College, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this program.

A veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, Col. Weddle has led groups of students — including previous Princeton Journeyers — to the battlefields and beaches near Normandy and has also led groups to World War I battlefield sites, as well as the battlefields of Waterloo, Agincourt and Dunkirk. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in history in 2003 and is the author of Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont. His commentary on military history and strategy will be supplemented by other experts' talks on early European archaeology, 17th century legal history and European political thought, and 20th century European history.


Trip Details

  • Dates: April 27 - May 10, 2015
  • Cost: From $9,990 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Criterion Travel

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