Known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” Athens, the Peloponnese, and the small islands of the Aegean deliver an enticing blend of history, diverse cultural influences, stunning natural beauty, and archaeological gems. Spend a night in Athens at the venerable Hotel Grande Bretagne on Syntagma Square before embarking the Sea Cloud II in Piraeus for a seven-night private charter. We will visit Delos, mythological birthplace of Apollo and a major religious center. The isles of Naxos, Milos, Kythera, and Hydra offer long sunny days, brilliant cerulean waters, and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Epidaurus, legendary Mycenae, the rock of Monemvasia, and the beautiful historic town of Nafplio on the Peloponnese Peninsula round out the program. Expert lecturers will be joining us throughout, including historian John Meffert of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and local art historian Nigel McGilchrist with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
There is no better way to visit this part of the world than aboard the Sea Cloud II, with an itinerary designed to allow ample time for sailing and a robust lecture program. Savor fine dining in the luxurious salon or on the open teak deck, enjoy engaging presentations and casual conversation in the piano lounge, and depending on your interests, discover the library, fitness studio, spa services, or swim platform. You’ll also feel comfortable retiring to your cabin or suite—a spacious, stylish, and delightful retreat.
- Explore Delos, mythical birthplace of the Greek gods Artemis and Apollo and home to some of the Mediterranean’s most extensive archaeological excavations
- Discover the striking beauty and rich histories of the less frequently visited Greek isles of Naxos, Milos, Kythera, and car-free Hydra
- Marvel at the impressive site of Mycenae, known for the story of Agamemnon, and Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its impressive 4th-century theater and important asclepeion temple
- Visit Monemvasia—the “Gibraltar of Greece”—where the ruins of an ancient and highly fortified loom over this small island connected to the mainland by a causeway
- Experience Sea Cloud II, one of the most elegant and luxurious vessels afloat, with an opportunity to travel under sail, watching in awe from the deck as the crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas
Optional Pre-Tour: Extension in Athens
Day 1 & 2: Depart US / Arrive Athens, Greece
Day 3: Athens
Day 4: Delos
Day 5: Naxos
Day 6: Milos
Day 7: Kythera / Monemvasia
Day 8: Nafplio (Mycenae)
Day 9: Hydra
Day 10: Athens / Depart
William Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government and has been a member of the Government Department’s faculty since 2000. Professor Wohlforth teaches and conducts research on international relations, with an emphasis on international security, strategy, and Russian foreign policy. Before coming to Dartmouth, he taught at Princeton and Georgetown. Professor Wohlforth graduated with a degree in international relations from Beloit College, worked as a legislative aid in the U.S. House of Representatives and conducted graduate work at Yale University, earning an MA in international relations and PhD in Political Science. Beyond Dartmouth, he has held fellowships at the Institute of Strategic Studies at Yale, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, and the Hoover Institution. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and has served as a consultant for the National Intelligence Council and the National Bureau of Asian Research.