Even though the ancient world was dominated by men, there were powerful women who shaped the events of their time and influenced the course of history. Join us on our exciting voyage as we learn about these women and the places where they lived or ruled, places of incredible beauty and singular importance.Back to the top »
Aboard the All-Suite, 114-Guest Corinthian II
October 16, 2009
USA – Athens, Greece
Depart the U.S. to Athens, Greece
October 17, 2009
Arrive Athens and transfer to the Hotel king George. Cocktail reception this evening at the hotel.
October 18, 2009
Athens – Piraeus – Embark
While visiting the monuments of the Acropolis in the morning, commissioned by the great Athenian Golden Age leader Pericles, reflect upon the influence of Aspasia, his mistress. One of the true “women behind great men”, Aspasia is indicated in ancient sources as having directly contributed to the sublime rhetoric of Pericles’ Funeral Oration, the Socratic method and the intellectual methodology of Plato. In the afternoon visit the Archaeological Museum, with its treasures. Alternatively, there will be an excursion to Brauron to visit the Sanctuary of Artemis, and to the Kerameikos, Athens’s ancient cemetery. Board Corinthian II in the late afternoon.
October 19, 2009
After a morning at sea cruising in the Aegean, arrive in Dodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, the birthplace of “the father of history”, Herodotus, and Queen Artemisia, a military advisor to Xerxes and the only female commander of a naval vessel during the famous Battle of Salamis. The city was also the site of the famous Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the 15th century, the Knights of St. John built the massive castle of St. Peter here. Visit the citadel, which houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology and the Carian Princess Hall, displaying finds from the sarcophagus of Ada, sister of Artemisia.
October 20, 2009
Rhodes – Lindos – Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes was the home of Kallipateria, who flouted the male-centered culture of Greece to become the only women ever to attend the ancient Olympics. The daughter, sister and mother of Olympic victors, she disguised herself as a trainer to watch her son. Her disguise fell as she embraced her son, though in honor of her champion family, she was freed from punishment. Ascend Monte Smith, the site of the ancient acropolis, and see the restored 2nd century B.C. stadium, the theater and the ruins of temples dedicated to Zeus, Athena and Pythian Apollo. In Lindos, enjoy lunch and ascend to the acropolis by foot or by donkey.
October 21, 2009
Fethiye – Letoon – Xanthos - Fethiye, Turkey
Corinthian II will navigate the scenic Bay of Fethiye to dock at the port city of the same name. Drive to Letoon, the shrine dedicated to Leto and her children, Apollo and Artemis. Legend has it that Leto, pregnant by Zeus, gave birth on the island of Delso and brought her children here to wash them in the nearby river. Excavations indicate that the site was linked to the worship of the Mother Goddess since early times. Visit the remains of temples and other buildings, and continue to Xanthos, the most imposing of all ancient Lycian cities, built below a great cliff.
October 22, 2009
Picturesque Silifke was the ancient Seleucia and Calycadnum, founded in the late 3rd centure B.B. Achieving a period of prosperity during the Roman period, Silifke was an early center of Christianity, and here we meet an important person of that pivotal period, St. Tecla. A friend and follower of St. Paul,she was tortured and imprisioned for her faith in her native Iconium (modern Kenya). Upon fleeing Silifke, she built a frotto on a mountain near the town where she lived out her life. Many cures were attributed to her, which quickly spread her fame throughout the region and contributed to the growth of Christianity. We follow the ancient pilgrims’ road to St. Tecla’s grotto. Nearby are the remains of a large basilica, built by Emperor Zeno in 476. We also explore Silifke and visit the 2nd century A.D. temple of Zeus and the Archaeological Museum.
October 23, 24, 2009
Tartus – Palmyra – Tartus, Syria
From Syria’s port of Tartus we take an overnight excursion to Palmyra. An extraordinary archeological site, Palmyra was ruled for part of the 3rd centur A.D. by one of antiquity’s most powerful personalities, Queen Zenobia. She took over after her husband’s death, but Rome refused to recognize her and sent an army to expel her. She met the Roman force in battle, defeated it and led her army against the rest of Syria, Palestine and Egypt, bringing the entire territory under her control. During our two day sojourn at this unforgettable place, which was a vital link on the historic Silk route from China to Europe, we will have time to leisurely explore the city’s prodigious remains, including its colonnaded streets, temples and tower, and to contemplate the grandeur of Palmyra under Queen Zenobia. Overnight at the Hotel Cham.
Day at sea
Alexandria – Cairo, Egypt – Disembark
Founded by Alexander the Great in 332-331 B.C., Alexandria became the paramount city of the Hellenistic period and a great center of learning, culture and science. On the death of Alexander in 332 B.C., Egypt was entrusted to Ptolemy, one of his generals, who founded a dynasty that lasted until 30 B.C. The last Ptolemaic monarch was Cleopatra, whose life, beauty, prowess and relationship with Mark Antony have fascinated writers and the public from ancient times to the present. Disembark in the morning and explore the remains of this once resplendent city, including the finds from ongoing excavations ion its harbor. In the afternoon, drive to Cairo and spend the night at the Hotel Le Meridien Heliopolis, located near the airport.
CAIRO | USA
Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S.
Known as Memphis in ancient times, Cairo has been Egypt's most important city since
3100 b.c. Today the city is meeting the challenges of providing for its enormous population
and preserving its magnificent array of historical and cultural sites. Visit the renowned
Egyptian Museum in Cairo, a repository of the finest antiquities, including finds from
the tomb of Tutankhamun. In Giza, see the famed Sphinx and Pyramids, still among the
wonders of the world. Drive to the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, a vast burial ground
dominated by Egypt's first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Zoser, built by Imhotep for the
pharaoh Zoser around 2660 b.c. Visit Memphis, capital of Egypt's Old Kingdom, to see
the colossal portrait sculpture of Ramses II. Also spend time exploring Old Cairo and the
Khan el Khalili market.
INCLUDED: Two nights at the Hotel Semiramis InterContinental Cairo; guided sightseeing and excursions; two lunches; group transfers
RATES: $695 per person, double occupancy; $265 single supplement
Rates from . . . . $7,595* see PDF Brochure for full details.
*SPECIAL: 2nd PERSON PAYS ONLY 50% of the double occupancy rates
Cruise and Land Only
No additional charge for Single Supplement
AIRFARE: Airfare from and to the U.S. is not included in the Cruise and Land Rates. Should you require assistance, the Air Travel Desk at Travel Dynamics will be more than happy to assist you in your flight reservations to/from Athens and Rome.
Maria Natalie, Travel Dynamics
Accompanying our trip is Pamela Webb. Dr. Webb is an alumna of Bryn Mawr College (M.A. '83; Ph.D. '89) and a past Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology (2004-2008) at the College. Dr. Webb specializes in Greek architecture and sculpture, with an emphasis on the Hellenistic period. She is the author of Hellenistic Architectural Sculpture (Volume I), which covers numerous sites in Turkey and the Aegean islands. Her current research for Volume II (supported by fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Philosophical Association) focuses on Hellenistic remains from sites in mainland Greece, Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East.Back to the top »
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
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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.