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Odyssey at Sea: World Academy Semester 2 From Bangkok to Athens

Explore treasures in Southeast Asia, East Africa, Egypt and Greece during a remarkable 57-day voyage aboard our premiere floating campus.
Program No. 23736RJ
57 days
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Odyssey at Sea: World Academy Semester 2 From Bangkok to Athens

Explore treasures in Southeast Asia, East Africa, Egypt and Greece during a remarkable 57-day voyage aboard our premiere floating campus.
57 days
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Program No. 23736 RJ
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All aboard an educational odyssey of epic proportions! Your home is our first ever floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey, the perfect vessel to bring you up close to some of the most revered locales on Earth. Beginning in Bangkok, you’ll join local experts in nine countries on a monumental journey to some of the world’s greatest wonders, from Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat to Egypt’s alluring sphinx to Greece’s ancient Acropolis. During your days at sea, enjoy expert-led lectures, the ship’s well-stocked library, and dining experiences paired with the regions we’ll be exploring. During your days on land, discover both iconic landmarks and off-the-beaten-path gems as you immerse yourself in the local culture and history of each enthralling new destination. Pack a small overnight bag in preparation for four special field trips on land, complete with hotel stays, including a three-day wildlife safari in Kenya and a two-day, expert-led exploration of Cambodia’s legendary Angkor Wat complex. Through it all, you’ll be in the company of Road Scholars as dedicated to learning and adventure as you are — a true odyssey of friendship and discovery.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Fly to Siem Reap and spend two days learning about Cambodia’s Angkor Wat complex, full of magnificent remains, including a tuk-tuk ride to the legendary jungle-invaded monastery of Ta Prohm.
  • Fly to Nairobi, Kenya for a three-day wildlife safari in Maasai Mara National Park, where you’ll spot exotic animals on a series of game drives, embark on fascinating nature walks, and attend a presentation on Maasai culture and customs.
  • Set off for Luxor, where you’ll spend a day discovering the wonders of the West Bank, including the breathtaking temple complex of Karnak, and a full day exploring the east bank, from ancient Thebes to the Valley of Kings.
  • 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. Want to experience even more of the world’s wonders? Check out our full World Academy voyage (23678).
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.
Mediterranean Cruises Map
by Freytag & Berndt
A double-sided, full-color map of the Mediterranean, including the Iberian Peninsula, the Black Sea, North Africa and the Levant, at a scale of 1:2,000,000.
Introducing the Ancient Greeks, From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
by Edith Hall
Classicist Edith Hall visits 10 Greek communities at different moments during the 20 centuries of ancient Greek history, brilliantly assembling a unified vision of the Greek spirit.
Mediterranean by Cruise Ship
by Anne Vipond
A best-selling, compact guide, featuring excellent local maps, hundreds of color photographs, concise background information and recommended excursions for ports-of-call throughout the Mediterranean.
The Ancient Mediterranean
by Michael Grant
Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots.
Palermo, City of Kings, The Heart of Sicily
by Jeremy Dummett
The first history of Palermo available, this invitingly short book is a standalone history of the city, but also surveys important monuments and sites.
The Greeks, An Illustrated History
by Diane Harris Cline
This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries.
Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism
by Cathy Gere
In this marvelous, scholarly study of the myth and meaning on Minoan Crete, Gere illuminates both the original excavations of Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos and how this ancient civilization captured the Western imagination as an idealized society.
156 Meals
53 Breakfasts
51 Lunches
52 Dinners
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Feb 19, 2021 - Apr 16, 2021
  • Feb 19, 2021 - Apr 16, 2021
1 night
Conveniently located to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Novotel Bangkok offers quick access to airport terminals in addition to an abundance of amenities.
2 nights
Muang Chiangmai
De Lanna Hotel, a Boutique Hotel, is a tranquil oasis right in the heart of Chiang Mai Inner Old city near Sunday Walking Street Market and Wat Phra Sigh. Located in the heart of the city, it is close to cooking classes, antique shops, and local markets. It is an eco-friendly hotel that tries to minimize their impact on the ecology, using the least intrusive products. It is modern & decorative, convenient & luxurious with rooms that are ultra-modern, but accentuated with some of the beautiful fabrics and handicrafts for which Chiang Mai is famous. Not just a hotel, but a second home re-imagined in a beautiful exotic dream.
41 nights
With a 350-passenger limit and the capability to navigate smaller, harder-to-reach ports with ease, the Aegean Odyssey is the perfect vessel. Completely refurbished in 2010, the ship has seven decks for passengers and 15 different levels of cabin comfort, ranging from a deluxe suite with a balcony to inside cabins. Aboard ship, there is a well-stocked library, a spa, salon, small pool and a full fitness studio. There are several lounges and plenty of outdoor seating, the perfect locations for socializing with your fellow Road Scholars or taking in lectures from our expert faculty. The ship has two restaurants and a variety of menus inspired by the fresh local ingredients of the areas we visit. We have an open-seating policy and offer complimentary wine with dinner in both dining areas.
2 nights
Siem Reap
Tara Angkor Hotel is a luxury hotel built in the mystical land of Angkor, ideally and conveniently located only a few miles from the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat Temples. The hotel is equipped with modern amenities and elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness, your stay will be something not to be forgotten.
1 night
Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. The hotel is situated with convenient access to all the city's tourist attractions such as Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya, and The Giraffe Centre. In addition, there is easy access to all key Government offices, corporations, diplomatic missions and industries. It also has easy reach to the city's main attractions, eateries and entertainment venues.
3 nights
Masai Mara National Reserve
Fig Tree camp is situated on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the Talek River.The Camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during game drives.
1 night
On the banks of the Nile River, Sonesta St. George Hotel offers contemporary and comfortable style in a beautiful spot. With great views of the Nile river and easy access to many destinations, this hotel is perfect for exploring fascinating antiquity and historical discovery.
2 nights
Wyndham Grand Athens is fully renovated to a new haven of affordable luxury in the center of Athens. Conveniently located right next to Metaxourgeio metro station Wyndham Grand Athens hotel is the ideal starting point to explore every major attraction and significant landmarks within minutes. With 276 rooms and suites in 8 floors, Wyndham Grand Athens hotel offers a wide variety of brand new accommodations. In addition to its great locale, Wyndham Grand Athens hotel boasts exceptional Mediterranean and International cuisine dining options to delight your senses. Wyndham Grand Athens is the only one of Athens hotels that offers 360 degree panoramic views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus hill and the Saronic Gulf from its impressive rooftop bar restaurant. Enjoy the breathtaking view with a refreshing cocktail or a delightful meal by our magnificent outdoor waterfall swimming pool.
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