Odyssey at Sea: Holiday Voyage to the Acropolis, Pyramids & Petra

Delve into the ancient wonders of Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and Jordan aboard our first-ever floating campus for a special voyage that takes place over Christmas and New Year’s.
Program No. 23516RJ
21 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Make unforgettable holiday memories aboard our first-ever floating campus as you set sail for the mysteries of antiquity over Christmas and New Year’s. Beginning in Athens, you’ll journey alongside experts from the proud Acropolis to the Great Pyramids, astounding edifices that have since become the defining symbols of their respective countries. Then, continue deep in the mystic deserts of Jordan, where you’ll spend New Year’s Day exploring the incredible ancient city of Petra. What’s more, unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have both hotel and ship overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. Make history with us on this incredible final voyage of our inaugural season!
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Climb the Acropolis, one of the world’s most impressive ancient sites and the symbol of Athens
  • Marvel at some of Egypt’s most mysterious and impressive structures, including pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx.
  • Explore Petra, an awe-inspiring city of tombs, monuments and other structures that stretch over a hundred square miles — four times the size of Manhattan.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L. Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Odyssey at Sea: Greece, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt" (#23519) for even more learning on board the Aegean Odyssey.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Greece, Land of Light
by Nicholas Gage, Barry Brukoff
Brukoff's dramatic color photographs are paired with incisive commentary by award-winning author Nicholas Gage for this striking portrait of the people, land and history of Greece and the islands
Cairo, The City Victorious
by Max Rodenbeck
Rodenbeck presents his hometown in all its chaotic, marvelous glory, combining a lively history of the 5,000-year-old metropolis with description, anecdote and political commentary.
A Traveller's History of Greece
by Timothy Boatswain, Colin Nicolson
A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed.
Egypt, A Short History
by Robert L. Tignor
Princeton historian Tignor distills five decades of study and travel for this vivid account of the sweep and tumult of Egyptian history from the settlement of the Nile to the present.
It's All Greek to Me
by Charlotte Higgins
With timelines, a who's who, charts and maps, this handy little primer is a thoroughly entertaining introduction to everything Greek, from poetry and drama to philosophy, history and culture.

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