Cruise from Athens through the Corinth Canal and along the stunning Dalmatian coast to the picture-perfect canals of Venice. Enjoy a custom-designed, seven-night itinerary aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship M.Y. LE LYRIAL, launched in 2015 and featuring balconies in most of its ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Visit five countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, exploring the influence of the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations on this comprehensive program featuring ports inaccessible to larger vessels, including Korcula and the Bay of Kotor. Tour the ancient Greek site of Delphi; Corfu's Old Town, rooted in the eighth century B.C.; the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint, Albania; Kotor's medieval fortifications and architecture in Montenegro; Dubrovnik's beautifully restored, 15th-century walled city; and Split's Roman Diocletian's Palace. To further enhance your cruise, enjoy an exclusive COASTAL LIFE FORUM(r) with local residents and a folk music performance.
Athens Pre-Cruise Option and Venice Post-Cruise Option are offered.
Day 1: Depart the U.S. or Canada
Day 2: Athens, Greece / Embark M.S. LE LYRIAL
Day 3: Cruise Corinth Canal / Itea for Delphi
Day 4: Corfu / Sarande, Albania, for Butrint
Day 5: Kotor, Montenegro
Day 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 7: Korcula / Split
Day 8: Split
Day 9: Venice, Italy / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S. or Canada
Optional two night pre-cruise: Athens, Greece
Optional two night post-cruise: Venice Simplon-Orient Express
Optional two night post-cruise: Venice, Italy
Susan Ackerman '80, the Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion, joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1990 after completing her graduate work at Harvard and after brief stints teaching at Winthrop College, in South Carolina, and the University of Arizona. Although she is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's eastern Mediterranean and ancient Near Eastern neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan), she is also very interested in Europe's religious heritage and has given lectures related to aspects of this heritage on several previous Dartmouth Alumni Continuing Education trips (e.g., Alumni Campus Abroad in Scotland in June 2002 and "From Lisbon to London" in May 2004). Professor Ackerman received the Faculty Award for Service to Alumni Continuing Education in 2006 in recognition for her work on these trips and in other alumni events.
Professor Ackerman's publications include several articles and three books, "Under Every Green Tree: Popular Religion in Sixth-Century Judah", about ancient Israelite ritual behaviors; "Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen: Women in Judges and Biblical Israel", which examines the social roles described for women in the book of Judges and the analogs of these roles found elsewhere in biblical tradition and in eastern Mediterranean literature; and "When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David".