Odyssey of Ancient Civilizations | September 10 - 18, 2020
The coastlines and islands of the Adriatic and Aegean Seas are dynamic crossroads of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations and their distinctive, deep-rooted cultures that flourished for more than three thousand years. Travel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from September 10 - 18, 2020 on a comprehensive journey along the pathway of these great civilizations. Visit five countries—Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, and sail through the extraordinary Corinth Canal, an unrivaled experience possible only by a small ship.
Begin in Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization—where you will board the specially chartered, Five‑Star Le Bougainville, an exceptional small ship with 92 all ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Continue across the Isthmus of Corinth, passing through the narrow canal between soaring, 300‑foot limestone walls to the Aegean Sea. Cruise along the Adriatic coast of the stunning region of Dalmatia. Conclude in Venice—known for centuries as La Serenissima, “the most serenely beautiful city”
Call on splendid walled cities, medieval villages, picture‑perfect islands and the dramatic fjord-like Bay of Kotor, and cruise into smaller, seldom-visited ports inaccessible to larger ships. Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including historic Split and the fourth‑century Diocletian’s Palace, now home to a thriving 21st‑century community; the seventh-century walled city of Dubrovnik, "the city made of stone and light"; picturesque Kotor, Montenegro; the remarkable Greco-Roman site of Butrint, Albania; the Old Town of Corfu, Greece, settled in the eighth century B.C.; and the ancient Greek site of Delphi.