Situated strategically between Europe, Asia and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been from deep antiquity to the modern era the place where great civilizations originated and flourished, and empires, cultures, religions and political systems crossed paths and sometimes clashed. This is a sea where history is felt deeply. The Mediterranean is also a place with some of the world’s loveliest and most gentle shorelines, idyllic islands, towns and villages.
We are honored to have Admiral James Stavridis as our Distinguished Guest Lecturer on this voyage from Rome to Athens. A retired 4-star United States Navy admiral, Admiral Stavridis served as the commander of U.S. Southern Command and commander U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, the first Navy officer to hold these positions.
We will sail out of Rome’s port of Civitavecchia, cruise along the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy to the fabled Amalfi peninsula, continuing to Sicily and on to Malta. We will cross the Ionian Sea to reach the west shore of Greece and its island of Cephalonia. We will enter the Gulf of Corinth, explore Delphi, the ancient sanctuary of Apollo, navigate the Corinth Canal, and reach the Aegean Sea where we will call at two magnificent islands, Milos and Santorini, before arriving in Athens’ port city of Piraeus.
Our ship for the voyage is the Star Pride, one of the finest cruise ships in the Mediterranean, featuring all-suite accommodations. Our small group through the voyage will be comprised of Admiral and Mrs. Stavridis and approximately 30 travelers who will enjoy his private lectures and our private shore excursions during the trip.
Please join us for this rare travel happening.