Ancient Empires (Amalfi Coast, Sicily & Malta) | May 24 - June 1, 2020

The ancient empires of Italy, Sicily and Malta have possessed an almost mythical appeal ever since Homer and Virgil extolled their virtues. From the classical perfection of Agrigento’s Roman relics to the remarkably preserved Baroque monuments of Valletta and the elegant hillside retreat of Positano, travel with alumni and friends from May 24 – June 1, 2020, on this specially designed itinerary aboard the Five‑Star Le Bougainville.  

This outstanding itinerary cruises from Italy to Malta along two of Europe’s most dramatic coastlines, through the fabled Strait of Messina and the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas. En route, see seven impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites, marvel at Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast and enjoy the quintessential colorful seaside village of Positano and the charming town of Sorrento. Gain intimate insight into the Roman way of life in A.D. 79 at the superbly excavated site of Pompeii and visit the legendary Isle of Capri.

Discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina in the shadow of Mount Etna; the legendary city of Syracuse, once the most powerful city of the ancient Greek world and today an open-air museum of monumental antiquities; and Agrigento’s unforgettable Valley of the Temples. Experience the rich history of Malta, the island nation where St. Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked and the Order of the Knights of St. John, Caravaggio, Sir Walter Scott and Queen Elizabeth II once called home.Immerse yourself in the timeless allure and cultural mélange of formidable nations that stood at the crossroads of the Mediterranean. Onboard lecturers will further illuminate these ancient ports and scenic landscapes—once coveted territories of the world’s most powerful empires. Please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program at 866-325-8664 or travelstudy@columbia.edu for more details and to book now while choice accommodations are available.