Odyssey of Ancient Civilizations (Venice to Athens) | September 15 – 23, 2019

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 15 - 23, 2019 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 Venice—known for centuries as La Serenissima, “the most serenely beautiful city”—where you will board the specially chartered, Five‑­Star LE LYRIAL, an exceptional small ship with 110 all ocean­-view Suites and Staterooms. Cruise along the Adriatic coast of the stunning region of Dalmatia. Continue across the Isthmus of Corinth, passing through the narrow canal between soaring, 300‑foot limestone walls to the Aegean Sea, concluding in Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization.

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.