Cruising the Mediterranean by Luxury Yacht
Join Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Laetitia La Follette, Professor of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, aboard the luxury 50-cabin yacht, Emerald Sakara, for a seven-night Mediterranean cruise. This unique educational program highlights archaeological sites that are remnants of the grand civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome.
Begin the program with a night at a centrally located hotel in Athens and a special visit to the private Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art. At Athens’ port of Piraeus, embark the spectacular, new Emerald Sakara. Launched in 2023, this beautiful, modern vessel is designed to allow access to smaller ports not accessible to larger cruise ships. Cruise through the Corinth Canal and visit the ancient oracular site of Delphi, beautifully situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. Our final visit in Greece is the sprawling site of ancient Olympia, where the original Olympic Games began in 776 B.C.
Cruising onward to Sicily, Italy, we call at 2,700-year-old Siracusa, rich with Greek and Roman history, and visit its expansive archaeological park along with the history-laden island of Ortygia. Marvel at the 3rd-century B.C. Greco-Roman theater at Taormina and at the stunning trio of Greek temples at Paestum before visiting fascinating Pompeii for a glimpse into what Roman life was like before Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. You may also choose to participate in optional pre- and/or post-trip extensions in Athens and Rome.
Throughout this program, you will be accompanied by expert study leaders who will offer a series of illustrated lectures and informal discussions aboard ship. The team includes AIA lecturer and host Laetitia La Follette, an archaeologist and Immediate Past President of the AIA; Tom Moriarity, expert on architecture and historic preservation; and Gordon Teskey, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English at Harvard University.
This is not an exclusive AIA program. It is co-sponsored by other organizations so, with only 50 cabins available. Reserve your preferred cabin today by contacting AIA Tours at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 748-6262.