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Greece/Turkey/Israel/Egypt

Odyssey at Sea: Greece, Ephesus, Israel and Egypt

Cast off on a monumental voyage to some of the world’s most ancient wonders in Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt on this exceptional educational voyage.
Program No. 23609RJ
Length
17 days
Starts at
5,699
Special Offer
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Flights start at
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Greece/Turkey/Israel/Egypt

Odyssey at Sea: Greece, Ephesus, Israel and Egypt

Cast off on a monumental voyage to some of the world’s most ancient wonders in Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt on this exceptional educational voyage.
Length
17 days
Starts at
5,699
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23609 RJ
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A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.
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A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
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A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.
Nov 18 - Dec 4, 2021
Ship Inside 5,699
Ship Outside 6,599
Ship Balcony 8,799
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by March 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Nov 16 - Dec 2, 2022
Ship Inside 5,699
Ship Outside 6,599
Ship Balcony 8,999
Special Offer

Enroll by March 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.
Ship Out
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Ship Balc
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.
Nov 18 - Dec 4, 2021
Ship Inside 7,199
Ship Outside 8,099
Ship Balcony 10,799
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by March 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Nov 16 - Dec 2, 2022
Ship Inside 7,199
Ship Outside 8,099
Ship Balcony 10,999
Special Offer

Enroll by March 31, 2021 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

At a Glance

Cast off on a monumental voyage to some of the world’s most ancient wonders aboard Road Scholar’s premier floating campus! Beginning and ending in Greece, sail back in time as you unearth layers of history and culture alongside experts. You’ll climb the awe-inspiring Acropolis, delve into the complex past beneath Jerusalem’s magnetism, stand in wonder before the enigmatic pyramids, explore the magnificent ruins of Ephesus and so much more. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. Make history with us and come aboard for our inaugural season!

For an easy travel experience…

We offer extra hotel nights before or after this program.

Odyssey at Sea: Lodging in Athens IV

Discover the allure of Athens independently before your Odyssey at Sea voyage with a one-night stay in a centrally located hotel.
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…

  • Discover the ruins of Ephesus, the jewel of Greek-Roman cities.
  • Marvel at some of Egypt’s most mysterious and impressive structures, including pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx.
  • Learn about the staggering clash of history and culture behind Jerusalem’s sacred structures.
  • 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: The Greek Isles & Ephesus" (#23517) for even more learning on board the Aegean Odyssey.
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Christopher Witcombe
Christopher Witcombe studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in art history at Bryn Mawr College. He taught art history for 37 years and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, England, and the American Academy, Rome. He is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. He has published nine books and is working two new books on art.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Christopher Witcombe studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in art history at Bryn Mawr College. He taught art history for 37 years and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, England, and the American Academy, Rome. He is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. He has published nine books and is working two new books on art.
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Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training, undertaking research in Australia before returning to the UK to lecture at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick. In 1981, he made a career change to a pharmaceutical company and later in diagnostic, food, and environmental companies. Twenty years later, he started working as a biotechnology consultant and advisor to various UK governmental organizations. Sandy has written a number of very popular science textbooks and has a passion for gardening — particularly his half-acre garden.
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.
The Parthenon
by Mary Beard
A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Artemis Leontis (Editor)
In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
by Ari Shavit
Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing and uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today's global political landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation
by Yossi Klein Halevi
"Like Dreamers" interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the history of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day War to the present. This book gives insight into where Israel and Israelis are politically, socially, economically, and religiously.





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