Adriatic & Aegean Odyssey | September 10 - 18, 2020
The unspoiled coastlines and islands of the azure Adriatic and Aegean Seas are dynamic crossroads of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Slavic civilizations and their distinctive cultures that flourished here for more than 3,000 years. Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from September 10 – 18, 2020, on this comprehensive itinerary traveling along the pathway of these great civilizations into five countries— Greece, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, and Italy—and through the Corinth Canal, a momentous passage possible only by small ship.
Begin your journey in Athens—the birthplace of Western civilization—where you will board the Five‑Star small ship Le Bougainville. Cross the Isthmus of Corinth, passing through the narrow canal between soaring, 300‑foot‑tall limestone walls; cruise along the Adriatic coast of the stunning region of Dalmatia; and conclude in Venice, originally known as La Serenissima, “the most serenely beautiful city.”
Call at ancient walled cities, medieval villages, sublime archaeological sites, picture‑perfect islands, and delightful landscapes, and cruise into smaller, seldom‑visited ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, which include historical Delphi—the center of the classical Greek world—the elegant island capital of Corfu Town, the exquisite Greco‑Roman site of Butrint, the seventh‑century walled city of Dubrovnik, the dramatic, fjord-like Bay of Kotor, and historic Split with the fourth‑century Palace of Diocletian.
Discover the many hidden gems along the Dalmatian coast as a panorama of daily life unfolds before you and merges with the legacies of ancient cultures. Enjoy our private, specially-arranged lectures, exclusive Cultural Enrichments, and the insightful Coastal Life®Forum featuring personal perspectives from local Montenegrin residents in Kotor.
Join alumni, friends, and participants from cosponsoring association on this exceptional cruise. Please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program at 866-325-8664 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to book now while choice accommodations are available.