Voyage to the Ancient Empires

Trip Leader(s)
Paul Iverson, Associate Professor, Classics, CWRU
May 30 – June 7, 2021
Trip Description

Rome ◆ Pompeii ◆ Amalfi Coast ◆ Isle of Capri ◆ Sicily ◆ Malta

Amalfi Coast

This outstanding itinerary cruises from Rome, Italy, to Valletta, Malta, along two of Europe’s most dramatic coastlines, through the fabled Strait of Messina and the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas. En-route, visit seven impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites, marvel at Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast and enjoy the quintessential colorful seaside towns of Positano and Sorrento. Gain intimate insight into the Roman way of life in A.D. 79 at the superbly excavated site of Pompeii and visit the legendary Isle of Capri. Discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina in the shadow of Mount Etna; the legendary city of Syracuse, once the most powerful city of the ancient Greek world and today an open-air museum of monumental antiquities; and Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples. Experience the rich history of Malta, the island nation where St. Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked and the Order of the Knights of St. John, Caravaggio, Sir Walter Scott, and Queen Elizabeth II once called home.

Cruise among historic islands aboard the exclusively chartered, state‑of-the-art, Five-Star Le Bougainville, to be launched in 2019. Le Bougainville features the deluxe and exclusive Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory underwater lounge. Featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms, this elegant small ship is able to call on ports inaccessible to larger vessels.

Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Italy, Sicily, and Malta, where an intriguing mélange of cultures flourished in the wake of powerfully influential ancient empires. On this specially designed itinerary, explore storied villages and resplendent shores—which embody the exquisite charm of the coastal Mediterranean—indelibly transformed by grand civilizations still apparent in these dynamic destinations that await your discovery.


ACTIVITY LEVEL:     2 or 3
GROUP SIZE:    Ship accommodates 150 guests
PRICE:*    Cabin prices start at $4,595 per person, based on double occupancy
    Single occupancy cabins start at $11,895

*Preliminary 2021 Pricing

Early Registration Form

LUMINARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: Those who have participated in Planned Giving with CWRU are eligible to receive discounts on CWRU Educational Travel programs. For more information about the Luminary Society, contact Charles M. Miller, JD, AEP®, Senior Director of Planned Giving at or via phone at 216.368.8640.

For more information about this trip, please contact Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141.