Professor of Classical Studies
Date: Thu, October 4, 2018 - Fri, October 12, 2018
Trip Status: Taking Reservations
Price: from approximately $5,195 per person
Activity Level: Moderate
Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.Download the brochure
Join us for this unparalleled and comprehensive nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world. Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. Le Lyrial, launched in 2015 and featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms. Call on Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos and medieval Rhodes—islands steeped in myth and history. Visit the extraordinary wonder of Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and enjoy a port of call in Napflion for Mycenae and Epidaurus. Enjoy guided tours in these storied destinations, free time to encounter their mysteries and delights at your own pace during the best time of the year, and opportunities to visit nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meet local residents during the specially arranged Island Life Forum® for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise Option and the Peloponnese Post-Cruise Option.
To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.
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Professor of Classical Studies
New Five-Star State-of-the-Art Design
Five-Star Le Lapérouse, launching in 2018, represents newest generation of innovative small ship cruising. Designed specifically with the environment in mind, this small ship can navigate narrow channels, shallow bays and inlets and sensitive ecological environments during luxury expedition cruises, going where no large ship has gone before and remaining energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems, while its reinforced hull and custom stabilizers provide passengers a safe and comfortable voyage. Le Lapérouse is among a fleet of ships awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation due to their advanced eco-friendly features, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels.
Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 100% Ocean View with Private Balconies
Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (up to 484 square feet) has a sliding glass door that opens onto a private balcony; Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and larger private balcony. Most accommodations offer two twin beds that convert into one queen bed, all feature a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities, minibar with complimentary beverages, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table and plush robes.
Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine is served indoors or alfresco in the stylish, spacious indoor‑outdoor restaurant in single, unassigned seatings; on the casual pool deck grill; or from 24-hour room service. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. Continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Wine is served at your table with lunch and dinner.
Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities
In keeping with the low passenger density, public areas are spacious and inviting, and they can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Observation lounge and nightly entertainment in the main lounge, which both open to the outdoors; and take in lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. The three-level marina platform includes an infinity-style swimming pool and watersports facility. The ship has a Sun Deck, beauty salon, spa, fitness equipment, two elevators and an infirmary staffed with a doctor and a nurse. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship. The highly trained, English-speaking international crew provides personable and attentive service. The ship has 10 Zodiacs.
Exclusive Cultural Enrichments
Classical Athens Pre-Cruise Option
Experience the ancient city unmatched in its contributions to the foundations of the Western world—Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Explore the enduring grandeur encapsulated in the spectacular Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the gracefully proportioned Parthenon, a perfect example of Doric architecture, dedicated to the goddess Athena in 438 B.C. See the archaeological treasures of the Acropolis Museum, and tour the mystical UNESCO World Heritage site of Delphi. This Pre-Cruise Option features two nights in the deluxe Athenaeum InterContinental Athens Hotel, Athens.
The Extraordinary Peloponnese Post-Cruise Option
The distillation of all that is Greek, the Peloponnese region is home to many more of the country’s greatest classical ruins. Visit the picturesque fishing port of Nafplio, widely considered the most beautiful city in Greece. In Epidaurus, see the purest masterpiece of classical Greek architecture—the fourth-century B.C. 14,000-seat theater of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Sanctuary of Asklepios. Explore the ancient citadel of Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from which, in Homer’s epic The Iliad, King Agamemnon led the Greek army to battle the Trojans in Sparta. In ancient Corinth, admire the imposing sixth-century Temple of Apollo, and cruise the fabled Corinth Canal, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This Post-Program Option features two nights in a deluxe, centrally located hotel in Nafplio and one night in the deluxe Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel, Athens.
Pre-Cruise and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.