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, newest Five-Star small ship LE LAPEROUSE, launching in 2018. Call on Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Patmos 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 walk through one of the most legendary sites in all of antiquity--the Palace of Minos at Knossos. 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 seven magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meet local residents during the specially arranged ISLAND LIFE(r) FORUM for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea's maritime culture.
Day 1: Depart the US for Athens, Greece
Day 2: Athens / Embark Le Laperouse
Day 3: Volos for Meteora
Day 4: Delos / Mykonos
Day 5: Patmos
Day 6: Rhodes / Lindos Optional Excursion
Day 7: Santorini for Akotiri
Day 8: Nafplion for Mycenae and Epidaurus
Day 9: Athens / Disembark ship / Return to US
Optional two night pre-cruise: Athens
Optional two night post-cruise: Peloponeese
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Brett Gamboa joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. at Harvard. His teaching and research focus mainly on Shakespeare and other dramatic literature, though he has taught courses exploring a range of artistic media, from epic poems to classical painting to contemporary television. His essays and reviews on Shakespeare and other dramatists appear in several journals and books, and he recently published performance-oriented introductions and commentaries for the 40 plays collected in The Norton Shakespeare. His first book, Shakespeare's Double Plays is expected early in 2018 from Cambridge University Press. Brett is also a theater director and dramaturge, having mounted productions professionally and on campus. On this departure, Brett will share ideas about the theatrical and religious culture of ancient Greece, and how the literature and culture of Greece and the Mediterranean inspired and influenced English drama.