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April 26 - May 04, 2024

Spanish and French Rivieras: Barcelona to Nice aboard Sea Cloud II

About our Study Leader

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University will be the Study Leader on this journey.

A graduate of Yale University, from which he received both a B.A. and an M.A., Kaufmann earned an M. Phil. from the Warburg Institute, and a doctorate from Harvard University. He has held fellowships at the American Academy in Rome, the American Academy in Berlin and at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Netherlands. A member of the Royal Flemish, Latvian, Polish, and Swedish Academies of Science, and of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Kaufmann has received numerous awards including honorary doctorates from Technische Universität, Dresden, and Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia. Formerly vice president of the National Committee of the History of Art, Kaufmann is the current editor-in-chief of the Oxford Bibliography of the History of Art.

At Princeton, Kaufmann is a board member of the programs in Latin American Studies and in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and a faculty associate of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. He teaches and publishes on European art and architecture 1500–1800 in its global context, the theory and practice of world art history, and the geography and historiography of art.

His extensive bibliography includes 14 books, 5 edited volumes, and over 250 articles. A sought-after lecturer, Kaufmann has given keynote addresses on five continents. His ongoing projects include numerous studies of world art history: with Elizabeth Pilliod, his Global Visions: A History of World Art is forthcoming.

About the Journey

Explore the treasures of the Spanish and French Rivieras, from the romantic Roman ruins at Arles to the art nouveau architecture of Gaudí’s Barcelona and the landscapes that inspired Picasso and Cézanne. Begin with three nights at Barcelona’s five-star El Palace Hotel, then enjoy the unparalleled experience of cruising aboard one of the world’s finest sailing vessels, the Sea Cloud II, with an itinerary carefully designed to maximize your time under sail. Call at Figueres, Arles, and Marseille before disembarking in Nice.

New: Single travelers enjoy a reduced price single supplement of $1,000 applicable across ANY cabin category!

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from Yale, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.


Hotel El Palace Barcelona, Spain
Since opening its doors in 1919 as the former Ritz of Barcelona, El Palace has played host to monarchs, aristocrats, artists, musicians, and more. Located in a historic building in the center of Barcelona, this five-star hotel offers five restaurants and bars, a spa, and one of the largest and most exclusive rooftop gardens in the city.

Sea Cloud II
The iconic Sea Cloud II is perhaps the most luxurious three-masted sailing yacht on the seas today. Like Marjorie Merriweather Post’s legendary Sea Cloud, she combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury. In the grand tradition of the world’s finest sailing vessels, guests can experience this marvelous ship under sail as the skilled crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas. The Sea Cloud II offers an intimate setting of just 47 beautifully appointed cabins, gracious common areas, world-class service, and five-star dining.


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Trip Details

  • Dates
    April 26 - May 04, 2024
  • Activity Level
  • Cost
    from $5,990 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit
    $1,000 per person
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