Journey to the cradle of Western civilization and the classical world on our comprehensive nine-day Aegean Odyssey. Explore the exquisitely preserved treasures and mythical landscapes of ancient Greece, uncovering layers of architectural history. Cruise to fabled halcyon islands from antiquity aboard the exclusively chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star Le Jacques Cartier. Our epic voyage calls on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, Santorini and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit the spectacular ancient city of Ephesus, arguably the finest extant example of a Greco-Roman classical city. Walk through the fabled Lion Gate of legendary Mycenae and explore the monumental ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios of Epidaurus. Enjoy guided tours in these storied destinations, visit up to eight magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites and experience the time-honored traditions and delights of authentic Greek villages. Meet and engage with local residents who will discuss contemporary life on the islands of the Aegean Sea during the specially arranged forum.
Pre-Program Extension: Classical Athens and Mythical Cape Sounion
Day 1: Depart the U.S.
Day 2: Athens, Greece/Embark Le Bougainville
Day 3: Volos for Meteora
Day 4: Delos/Mykonos
Day 5: Pátmos
Day 6: Rhodes/Lindos
Day 7: Santorini for Akrotiri and Fira
Day 8: Nafplion for Mycenae and Epidaurus
Day 9: Athens/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.
Post-Program Extension: Oracle of Delphi and Antiquities of Thebes
Steve Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music and the director of the Montgomery Fellows Program at Dartmouth. He teaches courses in art music from 1700 to the present day, opera, American musical theater, Russian music, and American music. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His articles have appeared in The Sondheim Review, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, American Music, Studies in Musical Theatre, the Indiana Theory Review, and The Musical Quarterly. He was an inaugural recipient in 2017 of the Professor John Rassias Faculty Award, given to faculty for their exceptional educational outreach to alumni. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the University of California, Berkeley; and Quest University, and he is the president of the American Musicological Society, the premier organization for musicologists in the English-speaking world. He is also an accomplished concert pianist.