Voyage to the Lands of Gods and Heroes
11 Days, June 15 - 25, 2022 (*this trip is almost full)
From $6,990 from Athens, Greece
Few destinations capture the imagination as do Athens and the islands of the Aegean Sea. The magnificent Temple of Athena atop the Acropolis in Athens and the city’s new, dazzling Acropolis Museum are in themselves unforgettable. But along the shores of the Greek Isles lie hauntingly beautiful ruins of ancient temples, cities, and palaces. The ancient Greeks built an empire throughout the Mediterranean and, though it vanished long ago, its poetry survives in word and stone. Blind Homer sang of gods and heroes, whose deeds endure as legacies for our own epic conceptions, while Minoan, Mycenean, and Hellenic structures reflect the aspirations and, in many cases, the enduring achievements of Western Civilization.
Our program begins with three days in Athens, where, under the guidance of W&L classicist Kevin Crotty and select guides, we’ll tour the city’s many monuments and amusements. For the subsequent seven-day cruise, we’ll call at ports whose names are synonymous with the legends—both classical and modern—that have flourished throughout this historic sea. Our first call will be at the volcanic archipelago of Santorini. Widely believed to be the location of the lost city of Atlantis, Santorini is most easily recognized by its precipitous cliffs topped by white-washed villages and, at the center of the famous caldera, the still-smoldering core of its ancient volcano. We’ll then call at Crete, the largest of the Greek islands and home to the Bronze Age Minoan civilization and the fabled palace of Knossos. Our next stop will be Rhodes, the legendary way station of the crusading Knights of St. John, where we’ll survey stunning examples of Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman architecture. Our cruise itinerary includes several other islands including Delos, legendary home of Apollo, before returning to our home port at Piraeus.
For this exclusively W&L voyage, we’ve chosen the classic 34-passenger motor yacht Callisto, much beloved by our travelers on past voyages for its nimbleness and charm. Throughout the cruise, expert guides will lead our excursions while on-board lectures by Professor Crotty will enhance our understanding of how much of what we cherish and espouse grew from Classical Greek origins. If you’re looking for a small ship experience of the Greek Isles, this is a generous as well as exclusive opportunity. Ask us about special family rates.
Traveling With You
Kevin Crotty is the J. Donald Childress Professor of Foreign Languages and Chair of the Classics Department at Washington and Lee University, where he has taught since 1999. A specialist in ancient Greek literature, he has published book-length studies of the ancient Greek poets Homer and Pindar as well as a study of the philosopher Plato, and has published a book on legal theory. He has led Washington and Lee students to Greece for the spring term on several occasions and has also escorted a previous cruise in the Aegean for the W&L Traveller. Professor Crotty also serves on the managing committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.