Discover the intriguing melange of cultures that flourished in the wake of ancient empires on this exclusively chartered cruise to the resplendent shores of Italy, Sicily and Malta. Cruise for seven nights from Rome to Valletta aboard the newest Five-Star expedition ship, LE LAPEROUSE, launching in 2018 with only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. This outstanding, custom-designed itinerary features the very best of this historic region at the most ideal time of year, affords you the unique opportunity to travel with a small, intimate group and showcases seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at Italy's stunning Amalfi Coast and the colorful seaside town of Sorrento. Gain insight into Roman life of A.D. 79 in the superbly excavated town of Pompeii. Discover Sicily's storied town of Taormina, the legendary city of Syracuse and Agrigento's majestic Valley of the Temples. Experience the rich history of Malta, the island nation where Saint Paul was shipwrecked.
Day 1: Depart US for Rome, Italy
Day 2: Rome / Civitavecchia / Embark Le Laperouse
Day 3: Sorrento for Pompeii
Day 4: Sorrento for Amalfi Coast and Positano / Island of Capri
Day 5: Cruise past Stromboli / Naxos, Sicily, for Taormina
Day 6: Syracuse
Day 7: Porto Empedocle for Agrigento
Day 8: Valletta, Malta
Day 9: Valletta / Disembark / Return to US
Optional three night pre-cruise: Rome, Italy
Optional two night post-cruise: Valletta, Malta
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Kevin Reinhart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, specializing in Islamic religious studies. He was trained in the study of religion at Harvard (M.A. 1978; Ph.D. 1986) and in Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies at the University of Texas, Austin (1974); he joined the faculty of Dartmouth in 1986. His first book, Before Revelation: The Boundaries of Muslim Moral Knowledge, which is a study of Islamic theories of moral knowledge, was published by SUNY press in 1995. He has just finished a book on the variety of Islamic practices in different locales called "Lived Islam: Colloquial Religion in a Cosmopolitan Tradition." His next book is on Islamic ritual. He has been visiting or living in the Middle East for 40 years. He has lived in Turkey, Cairo, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and he regularly leads Dartmouth's Foreign Study Program in Fez, Morocco.