Rivieras & Islands | October 10 - 18, 2020

Idealized for centuries in the literary and popular imagination, the sparkling coastlines of the French and Italian Rivieras have served as haven and home, inspiring some of our best-loved tales and romanticized histories, from those of Homer to Princess Grace Kelly. Enjoy exquisite landscapes, visit enchanting villages and cruise idyllic islands—favored retreats for artists, writers, nobility, and gourmands. Traverse the timeless cradle of the Renaissance and discover the dynamic biographies of the contending empires that shaped these sun-kissed regions’ profound artistic and architectural legacies.

Travel from Barcelona to Rome, with one port of call each day and opportunities to visit five treasured UNESCO World Heritage sites. This travel program features intimate off-the-beaten-path destinations and incredible legendary ports. Visit Carcassonne’s French medieval fortifications and the vibrant, unforgettable Italian cliffside villages of Cinque Terre. Experience the renowned art and light of Aix‑en-Provence and culturally chic Nice, explore the legendary Rock of Monaco, enjoy Corsica’s ancient port of Bonifacio, and choose to admire the Renaissance treasures of Florence or the historic Tuscan monuments of Lucca and Pisa.

Cruise aboard the specially-chartered, Five-Star Le Jacques Cartier launching in 2020. This sophisticated small ship offers only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. Enjoy the advantages of Five-Star small ship cruising—elegant ocean-view accommodations, an exclusive itinerary, and attentive, personal care.

This program, offers a comprehensive itinerary and a great travel value. 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.