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From $3,995
History Awaits You

The ancient coasts featured on this extraordinary program are among the most alluring shorelines in the world, where centuries-old ruins beckon you into mythical pasts and sparkling turquoise waters ensconce pastel-hued towns and villages. Each destination in Italy, Sicily and Malta reveals an intriguing history and distinct character--luring explorers, artists, architects and powerful rulers for generations. The world's greatest empires are etched into every incomparable landscape and architectural triumph. It is a rare opportunity to see the diverse cultural legacies of the Italians, Greeks, Goths, Moors, Normans, Castilian, Turks, Jesuits, Spanish and French come to life among timelessly spectacular scenery. Fall under the echantment of these story-laden lands--from Pompeii to Capri to Syracuse--as they capitvate you with their unforgettable tales. 

Program Highlights: 

  • Visit Pompeii, the town engulfed by the tephra of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, rendering the city frozen in time
  • View the extraordinary amphitheater--the earliest surviving stone amphitheater of the Roman world--and the Temple of Jupiter
  • Enjoy a walking tour of captivating Capri, the island where, legend has it, Homer's Odysseus resisted the alluring call of the sirens
  • In taormina, the medieval center of Sicilian culture and commerce, tour the preserved third-century BC Greco-Roman theater, the most dramatically sited Greek theater in the world and still in use today
  • See the temples honoring Hera, Zeus and Heracles and the Sanctuary of the Chthonic Deities--mythological lords of Earth and the underworld
  • Cruise to the picturesque capital city of Valletta, founded in 1566 by the Knights of St. John and one of the world's earliest planned cities
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Optional Pre-Tour: Eternal Rome

Day 1: Depart US
Day 2: Rome, Italy / Civitavecchia
Day 3: Sorrento for Pompeii
Day 4: Sorrento for Amalfi Coast and Positano / Isle of Capri
Day 5: Cruise past Stromboli / Naxos for Taormina, Sicily
Day 6: Syracuse
Day 7: Porto Empedocle for Agrigento
Day 8: Valletta, Malta
Day 9: Depart

Optional Post-Tour: Timeless Malta

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Susan Ackerman

Susan Ackerman is the Preston H. Kelsey Professor in Religion, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. She joined the Religion Department in 1990 after teaching at the University of Arizona and at Winthrop College in South Carolina. In 2006, Professor Ackerman won the Dartmouth College Faculty Award for Service to Alumni Continuing Education, and in 2018, she was awarded the Dartmouth College Alumni Council's Professor John Rassias Award for Faculty Commitment to Lifelong Learning. She is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan), an interest she first developed as an undergraduate religion major at Dartmouth (A.B., 1980) and continued to explore in graduate school at Harvard (M.T.S., 1982; Ph.D., 1987).

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Gohagan & Company