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Venice & Venetian Outposts:

A Magnificent Mediterranean Sea Voyage With Music Performed at Historic Sites

May 5-17, 2012

Throughout the middle ages the art, architecture, music and science of Venice were influenced and enriched by the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations that flourished in the Aegean, Asia Minor and the Middle East. Beginning in Venice, we’ll explore the rich cultures.

Interplay of cultures that is the hallmark of the old Venetian colonies in the Eastern Mediterranean: the Roman and Romanesque monuments of Zadar in Croatia; the Byzantine churches and Venetian-style loggias and palaces of Corfu; the magnificent Crusader caster, Krak des Chevaliers, in Syria; and the beautiful Venetian fortress of Frangokastello on the island of Crete. Finally, we will offer you the option of exploring the Roam city of Caesarea and the Crusader sites of Akko, or joining a full-day excursion to the holy places in Jerusalem.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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DAY 1 Saturday, May 5 - FLY FROM USA

Depart from the USA and arrive in Venice, Italy

DAY 2 Sunday, May 6 - VENICE, Italy | EMBARK

Upon arrival in Venice, transfer to Corinthian II. In the evening, sail through the Giudecca and San Marco canals to the Adriatic Sea for Slovenia. (D)

DAY 3 Monday, May 7 - PIRAN, Slovenia

Possessed by Venice in 1283, Piran is rich in Venetian-inspired architecture, its arched alleyways lined with exquisite homes, palaces, and churches. Visit the marble-surfaced Tartini Square, flanked by historic buildings; temple-like Church of St. George; and Sergej Masera Maritime Museum, housed in the elegant Gabrielli Palace. Also enjoy time at leisure to explore Piran. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Tuesday, May 8 - ZADAR, Croatia

Controlled by Illyrian tribes, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Hungarians, Zadar came under the Venetians in 1409, which held it until 1797, becoming an important naval center of the Venetian Republic. Explore the old city, including the Roman Forum, church of St. Donatus, Cathedral of Anastasia, and Archaeological Museum. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Wednesday, May 9 - DUBROVNIK

Explore Dubrovnik, the medieval stronghold of Ragusa, which rivaled Venice for control of the sea. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, view works by Titian and Andrea del Sarto in the Baroque Cathedral, and see the courtyard of the Rector's Palace. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Thursday, May 10 - KOTOR, Montenegro

Arrive in Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kotor's commercial activities during the 13th and 14th centuries provoked the jealousy of Venice. Faced with the Turkish threat, Kotor was forced to seek protection from Venice in 1402. After a walking tour of the old town, reboard Corinthian II and sail, navigating the scenic fjord-like Bay of Kotor. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 Friday, May 11 CORFU, Ionian Islands, Greece

Arrive in Corfu after a morning at sea. Corfu was a valuable possession of Venice from 1386 to 1797, guarding the approach to the Adriatic and the maritime lanes to the Eastern Mediterranean. The city's architecture dates from the Venetian period, with its forts, loggias, palaces, narrow streets, and churches. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 Saturday, May 12 - PYLOS | METHONI | PYLOS, | Peloponnese

Quaint Pylos is our gateway to Methoni, a strategic port the Venetians fortified in the 12th century. Overlooking the east-west shipping routes, and deriving great wealth from its commercial activities and as a port of call for pilgrims to and from the Holy Land, Methoni was known as the "eye of Venice." Tour the imposing fortress and then reboard the ship, sailing to Crete. (B,L,D)


After touring the picturesque town of Rethymnon, drive to Chania to see its historic walled medieval town and postcard-perfect harbor. Alternatively, explore Knossos, the most imposing Minoan palace of the island, and the Heraklion Museum's superb collection. For nature enthusiasts, there will be an alternate excursion exploring the southern coast of Crete, including the beautiful Imbros Gorge. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 Monday, May 14 - AT SEA



From Anamur Limani, an excursion leads to Anamurium. Visit the ruins, including the necropolis tombs, many with murals of mythological scenes. Continue to Mamure Kalesi, a coastal castle with crenellated walls and watch towers. Tour the castle complex, once occupied by the Ottomans. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 Wednesday, May 16 - PAPHOS, Cyprus

After a morning at sea, arrive in Paphos. Tour the city's ancient remains, including the Roman houses with their spectacular mosaics. Notable is the House of Dionysos, which is decorated with a series of superb mosaics. Also visit the Tombs of the Kings, carved out of the rock, and the church of Aghia Kyriaki. (B,L,D)


Transfer to the airport for return flights. (B)

Music Program Dates:

May 7 - Tartini Theatre, Piran, Slovenia
May 8 - St. Donat Church, Zadar, Croatia
May 10 - St. Tryphon Church, Kotor, Montenegro
May 13 - Historical venue, Rethymnon, Greece
May 14 - Concert aboard the ship
May 16 - Historical Venue, Paphos, Cyprus

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Cost and Program Inclusions

from $7,495 per person*

*per person, double occupancy

Per Person, Double Occupancy Cruise and Land Rates
Category Description Rate Starting with 57th traveler Reduced Rate for First 56 travelers

Deluxe suites on Magellan Deck with portholes and sitting area.
225 sq. ft. Suites 250 – 252

  $7,495 $6.496

Deluxe suites on Columbus Deck with window and sitting area.
225 sq. ft. Suites 329 – 332

  $8,495 $7,495

Deluxe suites on Magellan Deck with portholes and sitting area.
235 sq. ft. Suites 254 – 262

  $9,795 $8,795

Deluxe suites on Columbus Deck with window and sitting area.
235 sq. ft. Suites 333 – 348

 $10,995 $9,995

Deluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with window and sitting area.
235 sq. ft. Suites 416 – 428

 $11,995 $10,995

Deluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with forward and side windows and sitting area.
285 sq. ft. Suites 414 – 415

 $12,895 $11,895

Deluxe Veranda Suites on Erickson Deck with private balcony and sitting area.
300 sq. ft. Suites 505 – 512

 $13,995 $12,995

Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Explorer Deck with private balcony and sitting area.
400 sq. ft. Suites 601 - 604

 $15,295 $14,295
VS & PHS suites are provided with private butler service and other exclusive amenities.
Single Rates: A limited number of cabins are available for solo travelers in Categories B - A have been set aside with NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Once these cabins are filled, cabins fro single occupancy may be available at a supplement of $1,995


Program Inclusions
  • 11-night cruise aboard the all suite, 114-guest Corinthian II
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship, including house, wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturers
  • Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • Port and embarkation taxes
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
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Musical Program

As we sail to the places that inspired Antonio Vivaldi, Claudio Monteverdi, the brothers Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, and many other masters, enjoy exquisite music performed in some of the most glorious and evocative settings as well as aboard ship. Each concert is closed to the public, completely exclusive, and performed only for you by a group of six remarkably gifted and accomplished musicians, whose bios appear below.

May 7 - Tartini Theatre, Piran, Slovenia
May 8 - St. Donat Church, Zadar, Croatia
May 11 - St. Tryphon Church, Kotor, Montenegro
May 12, 14, & 16 - Concerts aboard ship

Performing Artists

Violinist Johannes Dickbauer is renowned for his incredible versatility, equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, jazzer, folk musician, composer, and arranger. He has made appearances with several European orchestras, was a violinist of the radio.string.quartet.vienna, and has played at many of the world's major jazz festivals.

Lily Francis is quickly establishing herself as one of today's leading violinist/violists. This season sees her as a concertmaster of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, teaching students at Mit Musik Miteinander in Germany, and performing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Aronowitz Ensemble. Pianist William Hobbs works at many of the world's major opera houses as repetiteur and conductor, and he has appeared in the U.S., France, Germany, Poland, and Korea. He made his New York conducting debut in 2009 leading a production of Dido and Aeneas at the Time Warner Center.

Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and recorded composers. He has written two operas, his compositions have been released by more than forty labels, and his Piano Concerto No.2, Op.36 received a Grammy nomination. Violinist Cathy Meng Robinson is a founding member of the award-winning Miami String Quartet. The quartet performs throughout the U.S. and Europe, serves as Quartet in Residence at Kent State University, and was recently appointed to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two program.

Cellist Keith Robinson is also a founding member of the Miami String Quartet and an active chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist. He has appeared with a number of symphonies and orchestras.

Faculty Study Leader

Dale Kinney, PhD
Professor Emerita, History of Art

Dale Kinney is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History of Art. Her research specialty is medieval art and architecture from the fourth through 12th centuries, with a focus on Rome. Some of her most recent articles can be found in Word & Image (2002), Reading Medieval Images (2002), and Making Medieval Art (2003). She has won numerous fellowships in support of her research, including fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has served as editor of the journal GESTA (1997-2000), and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (2002-2007).

Kinney taught medieval art from ca. 300 through ca. 1300 at all levels of the curriculum, including HArt 103, "Icons and Idols"; HArt 212, "Medieval Architecture"; HArt 310, "Medieval Art in American Collections"; and graduate seminars on topics close to her research. Her teaching has been recognized by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Bryn Mawr (1984) and the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award (2002). She has also co-directed two NEH Summer Seminars for College Teachers (1993 and 1999).

During her term as dean, Kinney taught one course a year at the graduate or undergraduate level. Over the course of her career she has supervised 16 M.A. theses and 17 Ph.D. dissertations, including 3 in progress.

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The Corinthian II

The Corinthian II is the ideal combination of cruise-ship grandeur and small-ship intimacy. The five-star deluxe Corinthian II brightens the sea for its 114 guests with an uncommon ambience of sophistication. This all-suite mega-yacht, originally built in 1992, was refurbished and redecorated in 2004 and 2005 specifically to create an atmosphere of heightened comfort, eschewing burdensome ostentation for a sense of dignified, easy elegance—all while fostering a sense of convivial intimacy impossible for larger ships plying the Mediterranean. To view the deck plan click here. (note: the deck plan may take a few seconds to load)

Fine Dining

Superb Continental and internationally accented cuisine is created by the Corinthian II's fine European chefs and served either in the stately restaurant, or al fresco on the wide sun deck, which has been specially outfitted with a second galley for efficient outdoor dining service. Fine regional wines are complimentary with lunch and dinner. Throughout the voyage, fresh ingredients are chosen from local suppliers at many ports of call, guaranteeing cuisine of excellent quality. All meals are served at one, unassigned seating, and seating arrangements are flexible, allowing for both large groups and intimate couples seating. Corinthian II is widely praised for the efficiency of its service, which is as swift and unobtrusive as that of the finest restaurants.

Effortless Elegance each Day and Night

Complimentary refreshments will welcome you the ship from shore excursions, and prepare afternoon tea. Coffee is served throughout the Club, a civilized and comfortable space for relaxation and lectures, with panoramic windows; both before and after dinner, the Club's cocktail are filled with the sounds of conversation drifting the pianist's witty arrangements of jazz classics. The ship's exceptionally spacious public areas also include a beautiful library stocked with books related itinerary and other volumes, a beauty salon, an room, an elevator serving all decks, and a with jacuzzi that encircles the ship. Corinthian II's 70 European officers and crew (more than one crew member for every two guests), and the friendly, confident, and supremely efficient cruise director and tour manager ensure an atmosphere akin to a convivial club for the length of your voyage.





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