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The Timeless Mediterranean: Ancient Towns and Islands from Spain to Dalmatia

Program Number: 21240RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/9/2013 - 6/20/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Spain/Italy/France/Malta/Albania/Montenegro/Croatia
Price starting at: $7,990.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 27; 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Embark on an uncommonly sophisticated voyage through the Mediterranean, discovering interesting, off-the-beaten-path cities and learning from preeminent experts aboard a yacht-like small ship. Onboard lecturers include Elizabeth Bartman, president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and Charlie Ingrao, professor of modern European history at Purdue University. Plus professional photographer Chris Corradino will help you to capture spectacular images of your surroundings.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain. Mobility is essential as small boats and tenders are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Barcelona (Spain), 1 night; aboard Corinthian, 9 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival Barcelona (Spain) / embark Corinthian:

Examine the Picasso Museum’s outstanding collection and enjoy some time to explore Barcelona on your own. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 4: Menorca:

Go ashore on the Spanish island of Menorca to discover the intriguing architecture of Mahon and the prehistoric temples of Torralba d’en Salord.



Day 5: Corsica (France):

On the island of Napoleon’s birth, take a walking excursion through the harbor town of Bonifacio with its winding lanes and brightly colored homes adorned with family crests.



Day 6: Sicily (Italy):

Sail to the Sicilian port of Trapani, where you disembark for a field trip to the medieval town of Erice and the ancient Greek city of Segesta.



Day 7: Valletta (Malta):

Learn about the legacy of the Knights Hospitaller as you step inside the Palace of the Grand Masters. View prehistoric artifacts at the National Museum of Archaeology.



Day 8: Argostoli (Greece):

Corinthian will leave Valletta, Malta, as scheduled, in the late afternoon of June 15 and sail directly to Argostoli, Greece, arriving early in the evening of June 16. This port town has a beautiful seafront promenade lined with cafes and shops, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stroll and perhaps have a coffee – or dinner – ashore.



Day 9: Igoumenitsa (Greece):

In northwest Greece, venture to Dodoni, the site of an ancient oracle set in a stunning valley. Continue to the lovely town of Ioannina for a lakeside lunch.



Day 10: Saranda (Albania):

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint. The ruins here span 2,500 years and include a Greek acropolis, a Roman theater and a 6th-century baptistery.



Day 11: Kotor (Montenegro) & Dubrovnik (Croatia):

Explore the striking coastal city of Kotor, boasting fortifications built while it was ruled by the Republic of Venice. Arrive in Dubrovnik in the early evening and enjoy some free time in the city.



Day 12: Dubrovnik / disembark / departure


Corinthian

Launched in early 2009 after extensive refurbishment, redecoration, and other improvements, the private yacht-like Corinthian accommodates a maximum of 100 passengers in 50 suites, all offering ocean views. Public facilities include a single-seating restaurant, two lounges, expansive library, gym, spa, Jacuzzi and spacious sundeck.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Catalonia Berna
  Barcelona, Spain 1 night
   Corinthian
  Aboard Ship, At Sea 9 nights
 Hotel Catalonia Berna
Type: Hotel
  Description: Catalonia Berna is located in the heart of Barcelona, close to Passeig de Gracia and only a few minutes away from Plaza Catalunya and the city's old quarter. The hotel is situated in one of the first residential buildings built in Barcelona's Eixample district by Catalan architect Josep Cerda. Built in 1864 in an eclectic style of classical inspiration, it has been classified as a historic monument. The hotel is furnished in a modern and elegant style.
  Contact info: Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona,  08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
web: http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/es/nuestros_hoteles/europa/espanya/catalunya/barcelona/hotel_catalonia_berna/index.jsp
  Room amenities: Air conditioning and heating Marble lined bathroom Safe-deposit box Free internet Magnifying mirror (bathroom) Pier-glass Hairdryer 24-hour room service Direct telephone Telephone in bathroom
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking Rooms, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Air Conditioning, Snack Bar
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Corinthian
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 4,077 Overall Length: 290 feet Beam: 50 feet Draft: 12 feet Flag Malta
  Contact info: 132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com/
  Room amenities: All accommodations aboard the Corinthian are suites. And include a bedroom with two twin-sized beds or one queen sized bed, sitting area, mini bar, VCR/DVD/CD player, color TV, Marble appointed bathroom with spacious shower and other amenities.
  Facility amenities: Public facilities include a restaurant that accomodates guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library with Internet access, state-of-the-art gym/spa, beauty salon, boutique, jacuzzi, hospital and ample deck areas for sunbathing and relaxing.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins late in the afternoon of Day 2 at the program hotel You will be staying at Hotel Catalonia Berna that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on the last day with flights home to the US. You will be staying at Corinthian the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Barcelona
  Transportation to site: Participants who booked air through Road Scholar have transfers included in their program price. Due to the small group size on this program, please take a taxi to the hotel. Group Leader will reimburse you upon arrival with receipt. The address of the hotel is located on the Accommodation Schedule of this packet. Taxis are readily available at the airport. The airport is approximately 20km (12.5 mi) from the hotel and will cost around 25 euro ($32) by taxi. You may also take the Metro (Lines 3 and 4) from the airport to Paseo de Gracia. The hotel is 3 blocks from the Metro stop.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard Ship
  Transportation from site: All participants who are departing on June 20 will be transfered from the port in Dubrovnik to the airport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Overnight flights from US
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Depart From: Depart US for flights to Barcelona

Day 2: Arrivals
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to Barcelona, Spain and transfer to hotel. Please take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Your Group Leader will reimburse you upon arrival. Taxi should cost no more than 35-45 Euro. Please refer to Arrival section of this packet.
 Dinner: Dinner at 7:00PM at Divinius.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Berna
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Barcelona / Embark Corinthian
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel from 7:00-8:30AM.
 Morning: Your morning at leisure to explore Barcelona on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Meet back at the hotel at 2:00PM. This afternoon enjoy a field trip to view the Picasso Museum collections, which testify to the artist's strong ties with the city where he spent his artistic formative years. Gain an understanding of the artist's development by examining some of the 3,500 works that make up the museum's permanent collection. Following this you will transfer to board the ship in Barcelona.
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: MAHON, Menorca, Balearic Islands
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy an expert-led trek through Mahon, Menorca’s main port, to see its unusual hybrid architectural style comprised of classical Georgian town houses and traditional Spanish homes. After visiting Fort Marlborough, continue to the site of Torralba d’en Salord, which contains the island’s largest and best-preserved prehistoric settlements.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: BONIFACIO, Corsica, France
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Stroll through the striking town of Bonifacio, with its winding medieval lanes and brightly colored houses adorned with imaginative family crests. Admire the fine Gothic architecture and dramatic scenery from the limestone cliffs facing the sea.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Afternoon: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: TRAPANI, Sicily, Italy
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Drive up winding roads to the medieval town of Erice. The town was known for its temple to the fertility goddess, Astarte. Look around the 12th-century Venus Castle and continue to Segesta for a glimpse of its magnificent Doric temple, built in 420 b.c. and among the bestpreserved ancient Greek sites.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: VALLETTA, Malta
(Saturday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Valletta is renowned for its architectural beauty, medieval relics, and ancient monuments. The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem established a base here in the 16th century, and Valletta owes much of its charm and character to this religious order. Explore the Palace of the Grand Masters and the National Museum of Archaeology. Then drive to the remarkable Tarxien Temples, which date back to 2800 b.c.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: CROTONE, Calabria, Italy
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Corinthian will leave Valletta, Malta, as scheduled, in the late afternoon of June 15 and sail directly to Argostoli, Greece, arriving early in the evening of June 16. This port town has a beautiful seafront promenade lined with cafes and shops, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stroll and perhaps have a coffee – or dinner – ashore.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: IGOUMENITSA, Greece
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Call at Igoumenitsa, in northwest Greece, and travel to Dodoni, the oldest oracular site in Greece, perhaps dating to 1000 b.c. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mount Tomaros, the site includes a superb theater, built in the 3rd century b.c.
 Lunch: Continue to the quaint town of Ioannina, built around a beautiful lake, to enjoy lunch.
 Afternoon: Enjoy time atleisure to discover its characteristic old architecture and atmosphere. Then return to ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: SARANDA, Albania
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the city was founded by the Trojans, or so claimed the poet Virgil. Its ruins span 2,500 years and include the remains of a Greek acropolis, Roman theater, 6th-century baptistery, and 19th-century fortress.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: KOTOR, Montenegro / DUBROVNIK, Croatia
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: One of the most striking towns along the Dalmatian coast, Kotor is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The town’s fortifications and most of its monuments, which we will visit, date from the time of Venetian rule.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Dubrovnik in the early evening. Enjoy time to explore this spectacular medieval walled city on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: DUBROVNIK / Disembark, flights home
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark ship and transfer to airport for flights home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Barcelona Casa Batllo
The Casa Batllo is a building designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, leader of the Catalan Modernism. It is located at 43 Paseo de Gracia. For additional information, visit www.casabatllo.es
  Cathedral of the Holy Cross
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is Barcelona's Gothic Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona in Spain. The cathedral was built in the thirteenth to fifteenth on the old Romanesque cathedral. For additional information, visit http://www.casabatllo.es/
  Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is the name of an emblematic boulevard in the city of Barcelona, ​​which runs between Plaza de Catalunya, the heart of the city, and the ancient port. The walk is crowded day and late into the night. It is dotted with newsagents, flowers and birds, street performers, cafes, restaurants and shops. For additional information, visit http://www.casabatllo.es/
  La Pedrera
The Casa Mila, La Pedrera popularly called, is the work of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built between 1906 and 1910, in Art Nouveau style. Located at 92 Paseo de Gracia in the Eixample district of Barcelona. For additional information, visit http://www.casabatllo.es/
  Paseo de Gracia
The Paseo de Gracia is Barcelona's main avenue and the most luxurious. One of the most famous avenues in the world, comparable to the Champs Elysees in Paris or the 5th Avenue in New York. Here you will find the best shopping and all major brands. Besides its importance for tourism and business is an architectural showcase, with prominent modernist works such as buildings of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner, declared a World Heritage Site. The avenue is located in the central part of the city, the Eixample, and connects Plaza Catalunya, in the south, with street Gran de Gràcia, north. For additional information, visit http://www.casabatllo.es/
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