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Fabled Sea, Ancient Cities

October 8 – 19, 2014

This outstanding voyage visits cultural sites few travelers ever see. In northern Italy, we'll explore the Roman remains and Romanesque churches of Aquileia and see Urbino's exquisite Palazzo Ducale. In Albania we'll explore Butrint, and archaeological site that spans 2500 years, and we'll discover grand Byzantine and Norman monuments in the small town of Santa Severina. We've also included destinations all travelers long to see—the spectacular mosaics of Ravenna, the art treasures of Venice, and the Palace of the Grand Masters on the island of Malta

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Preliminary Itinerary
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Day 1 USA

Fly from the United States to Venice, Italy.

Day 2 VENICE, Italy | EMBARK

Arrive in Venice and transfer to Corinthian.

Day 3 VENICE, Italy

From Venice, take a full-day excursion to Aquileia, which was founded by the Romans in 181 b.c. and grew to become the fourth largest city in Italy by the end of the Roman Empire. Aquileia contains superb remains of its glorious past. Alternatively, explore some of Venice's main landmarks, including St. Mark's Basilica, consecrated in 1094 and adorned with splendid marble and mosaics, and the Doge's Palace, the seat of Venetian power. As an alternative, take an excursion to Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa de Frari, with Titan's magnificent paintings and other masters, and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, housing paintings by Tintoretto. The afternoon will be at leisure.

Day 4 RAVENNA , Italy

Ravenna is an ancient city that came to prominence in the early 5th century a.d., when it became the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Visit Ravenna's famed Byzantine churches dating from the 5th and 6th centuries, including the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, and the Basilica of San Apollinare in Classe, all decorated with luminous mosaics and other pieces of art.

Day 5 ANCONA, Italy | Urbino | ANCONA

Ancona is Italy's principal port on the central Adriatic. Pass Trajan's Arch, erected in a.d. 115 in honor of the emperor who built the port, on the way to the walled, hill-top city of Urbino— “The Ideal City of the Renaissance” and birthplace of Rafaello. Visit the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche which is housed in the renowned Palazzo Ducale. Highlights are the famed courtyard, as well as works by Rafaello and Piero della Francesca.


The fishing town of Monopoli is dominated by its 1552 castle. Explore the region's unique trulli villages, with their curious whitewashed conical dwellings built without mortar. Focus on two of the main villages, Alberobello, where trulli line the streets, and hilltop Locorotondo. Also stop at Ostuni, an ancient town enclosed within ramparts.


From Saranda, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the city was founded by the Trojans, or so claimed the poet Virgil. A gem of an archaeological site, its ruins span 2,500 years and include the remains of a Greek acropolis, Roman theater, 6th-century baptistery, and 19th-century fortress.


Call at Igoumenitsa and travel to Dodoni, Dodoni, Greece Trulli houses the oldest oracular site in Greece, perhaps dating to 1000 b.c. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mt. Tomaros, the site includes a superb theater, built during the reign of King Pyrrhus (3rd century b.c.). With walls 65 feet high and a seating capacity of 20,000, it was the second largest theater in Greece, and was later used by the Romans for gladiatorial events.

Day 9 CROTONE | Santa Severina, Italy

Arrive in Crotone, in Italy's rugged Calabria region. Pasta is a religion of its own on this “toe” of Italy's “boot”; the cuisine also features tomatoes of spectacular ripeness, spicy sausages, and polenta dishes complemented by eggplant. Ancient Crotone was one of the most prominent cities of Magna Graecia and home of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras. Visit the impressive Archaeological Museum, then drive to the small town of Santa Severina, dramatically situated on an isolated outcrop of sheer rock, to see the Byzantine church of San Filomeno and the Norman cathedral with its 9th-century baptistery.

Day 10 VALLE TTA, Malta

In the morning explore the Palace of the Grand Masters and the National Museum of Archaeology. Then it's a short drive to the remarkable Tarxien Temples, which date back to 2800 b.c., and onto Hagar Qim, an even older temple that stands atop a hill on the southern edge of the island overlooking the sea.


Disembark and transfer to airport for return flights.

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Cost and program Inclusions *

Cabin rate * . . . . . . . . TBD
*Per person, based on double occupancy

  • 9-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship including: early riser's coffee & pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon Tea, and dinner
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
  • Organized bicycle excursions in select ports of call
  • 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 guides and drivers

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Faculty Study Leader

Professor Patruno

Professor Patruno retired in May 2008 after almost 40 years of service. His main academic interests focus on 19th and 20th century Italian literature, translation, and on the pedagogical aspect of language teaching (with the aid of computers). He has published works on Giovanni Verga, Elio Vittorini, Eugenio Montale and on Primo Levi. His most recent work deals with Primo Levi and Italian women voices of the Holocaust. Hisbook, Understanding Primo Levi(University of South Carolina Press, 1995) originated with a call from the press. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show to comment on Primo Levi's life. Professor Patruno's teaching has been recognized by a prize awarded by the American Institute for Italian Culture for "outstanding teaching at the college level" and by the American Association of Teachers of Italian of the Delaware Valley and vicinity. His research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society. He has directed the Bryn Mawr-University of Pennsylvania Summer Institute in Florence, Italy, for several years and was the Co-Director of the Summer Study in Pisa Program.

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In an era of mega cruise ships that carry thousands of passengers, Corinthian is a delightful alternative. More like a private yacht than a cruise ship, Corinthian accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites. Corinthian's limited guest capacity, fine facilities, and distinctive operation optimize private-style cruising.

All of Corinthian's suites face outside, providing views of the sea and landscape. Several have a private balcony. There are expansive open deck areas and attractive facilities, including a gym, spa, library (with Internet access), beauty salon, boutique, two lounges, a sun deck with Jacuzzi, and an outdoor cafe. An elegant restaurant accommodates all guests in an open, unassigned seating. An elevator serves all decks. A resident physician attends a well-equipped infirmary. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship. Launched in 2009, after extensive refurbishment, redecoration and other improvements, the all-suite Corinthian offers the finest in small-ship cruise travel. This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites, each of which affords ocean views, measures 215 square feet or more and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, twin or queen-size beds, spacious closets, air conditioning.

  • Satellite TV, DVD/CD player
  • Telephone
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries and teak floor
  • Plush terry robes and slippers
  • Fresh flowers and fruit basket
  • 24-hour room service


Decorated with rich fabrics, handsome wood, polished brass, rare antiquities and fine works of art, the yacht's public spaces are warm and inviting. These include:

  • Library with Internet access
  • 2 Lounges with audiovisual facilities
  • State-of-the-art gym/spa
  • Beauty salon
  • Boutique
  • Hospital
  • Elevator serving all passenger decks
  • Dining room
  • Two sun decks
  • Jacuzzi
  • Swimming platform

Corinthian complies with the latest international and U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing, an ice-strengthened hull and a fleet of Zodiacs. Corinthian is staffed by 60 European officers and crew. Taken together with her limited guest capacity, excellence of design, craftsmanship and material, Corinthian spaciousness and intimate ambience combine to make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages.

Cabin Category Descriptions

Category E - Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view

Category D - Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with window and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433

Category C - Deluxe suites on Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq. ft. Suites 246 - 252

Category B - Deluxe suites on Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites 336 - 341

Category A - Deluxe suites on Leto Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431

Category AA - Deluxe suites on Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq. ft. Suites 505 - 506

Category VS - Deluxe Veranda Suites on Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq. ft. Suites 507 - 518

Category PHS - Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq. ft. Suites 601 - 604

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