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 Bougainville. Call on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini, and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit the extraordinary wonder of Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through legendary sites of antiquity—including the ancient citadel of Mycenae and historic Epidaurus. 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 nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged Island Life® Forum for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise Option and the Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Option.
- Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater observation lounge.
- Uniquely created seven-night cruise itinerary following Gohagan & Company’s tradition of innovative, small ship programming.
- Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the new Five-Star expedition ship Le Bougainville, launching in 2019.
- Only 92 Suites and Staterooms—each with a private balcony!
- Visit up to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Call on islands steeped in myth and history—Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Santorini and medieval Rhodes.
- Visit towering Meteora, where 24 Orthodox monasteries stand high atop natural sandstone pinnacles.
- Walk through the fabled Lion Gate of the legendary city of Mycenae.
- Explore the monumental ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in historic Epidaurus.
- Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship.
- Athens Pre-Cruise and Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Options.
- Depart the U.S. or Canada
- Athens, Greece/Embark Le Bougainville
- Volos for Meteora
- Nafplion for Mycenae and Epidaurus
- Athens/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada
Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music, teaches courses in art music from 1700 to the present day, opera, American musical theater, Russian music, and American music and directs the College's Montgomery Fellows Program. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written two books How Sondheim Found His Sound and Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life (winner of the 2012 ASCAP Deems Taylor Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography) - and is at work on two more: one, on the life and music of musical theater composer William Finn; and another, on the intersections of music, neuroscience, and ethics. He is an accomplished concert pianist, with four nationally distributed recordings currently in release and a performance with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas to his credit. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at UC Berkeley, and he is the president-elect of the American Musicological Society, the largest English-speaking organization of music scholars in the world.