Most of the ancient Greek legends that have come down to us had their origins in Crete, Santorini and the Peloponnese. Here, the great heroes dwelled and performed their great deeds that gave them immortality. Herakles (Hercules) carried out his Labors in the Peloponnese, and Theseus slaughtered the monstrous Minotaur in Crete. During the Bronze Age, Crete and Santorini were home to the Minoans, who created Europe’s first developed civilization, while the Peloponnese was the base of the Myceneans, perhaps the earliest Greek speakers. What inspired the legends and the civilizations that had their roots in these two corners of Greece? These are lands of powerful landscapes, where the mountains and the narrow plains between them seem to be perfectly suited for personalities destined to become heroes. On this voyage aboard Corinthian, we will explore several of the most important centers of the ancient world. We will enter Mycenae’s ancient citadel, reputed to be the home of Agamemnon, through the monumental Lion Gate, and we will walk through the Palace of Nestor, the wise statesman of the Greeks during the Trojan War. In Crete’s Palace of Knossos, we will marvel at the ingenuity and refinement of the Minoans, and we will admire their exquisite artwork at the Heraklion Museum. And at the recently reopened excavations at Akrotiri on Santorini, we will marvel at the sophistication of this Bronze Age society. Join us on this voyage to discover the magnificent lands of legends and heroes, as well as mighty civilizations.

Program Highlights

  • Olympia – birthplace of the Olympics
  • Palace at Knossos on Crete
  • Santorini
  • Mycenae


Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural History

Lisa Reilly (Provence ’07, Sicily ’08, Turkey ’10, World by Private Jet ‘11) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural History.  Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. With Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. She is also a resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia and teaches introduction to architecture, courses on Norman art and architecture, Sicily, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She co-teaches a course entitled “Renaissance Art on Site in Florence and Rome” during U.Va.’s January term.


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Fly from the U.S. to Athens, Greece.

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Athens | Piraeus, Greece | Embark

Arrive in Athens and transfer to Piraeus to embark Corinthian.

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Katakolon | Olympia | Katakolon, Peloponnese

Visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, the ancient Sanctuary of Zeus and a vast sanctuary of well-preserved altars, temples and other ruins. Highlights of the site include the Temples of Hera and Zeus, the Council House and the Treasuries. The Archaeological Museum houses exquisite sculptures and other artifacts from the site.

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Kyparissia | Bassae | Pylos

From the pleasant port town of Kyparissia, drive through the impressive landscape of Arcadia to visit the celebrated Temple of Apollo Epikourios (“protector”), built on a rocky terrace about 3,500 feet above sea level. Constructed in the 5th century B.C., the temple is one of the best preserved in Greece (currently under a protective tent). Return to the ship and sail along the coast to attractive Pylos, built on the shore of spacious Navarino Bay, for an excursion to the Palace of Nestor, dating from the 14th century, the Mycenaean period. The palace’s archives contained tablets with Linear B inscriptions, the earlier form of Greek. Sailing late in the evening gives the opportunity to explore on your own Pylos, with its narrow arcaded streets.

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Gytheion | Mystra | Gytheion

Built between its beautiful waterfront and a steep hill, Gytheion is the port of ancient and modern Sparta, and according to legend, the place from where Helen fled with Paris to Troy. Today, the area around Gytheion is known for its excellent olive oil. Drive inland to Mystra, the best surviving Byzantine town in Greece (14th to 15th centuries), built on a rocky spur overlooking Sparta. Once a great center of learning, art, and culture, Mystra is dominated by its ramparts, palaces, and the graceful domes of its churches, many of which contain frescoes. In Sparta, visit the Archaeological Museum.

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Rethymnon | Phaestos | Knossos, Crete

Crete, Zeus’s legendary birthplace, was home to the Minoan civilization, Europe’s first. Arrive in Rethymnon, where ancient minarets, Venetian and Turkish houses, and a medieval fortress intermingle to compose one of Crete’s most delightful towns. This morning, drive to the south of the island to explore the Minoan palace of Phaestos, a site occupied since the Neolithic period, which overlooks the fertile plain of Mesara. Also stop at the village of Vori to visit the splendid Museum of Cretan Ethnology. Alternatively, enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Rethymnon, including its Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, drive to Knossos, where the brilliance and refinement of the Minoans are revealed in the excavations found here. The largest palace of the period on Crete, Knossos is a labyrinth of corridors, stairways, and chambers decorated with frescoes illustrating life as it was 4,000 years ago.

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Santorini | Knossos | Santorini

Corinthian sails into the flooded volcanic crater of Santorini, one of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular islands. From the sea enjoy a beautiful view of the whitewashed village of Phira, set
atop a 1,000-foot-high palisade. Then travel to Akrotiri, which, centuries ago, was inhabited by a sophisticated Bronze Age society. In the 2nd millennium B.C., volcanic eruptions shrouded the island in a blanket of pumice and ash, preserving many of Akrotiri’s buildings. Like Pompeii, the houses here still contain pottery and other household furnishings left as they were abandoned, and the narrow streets and broad squares remain much as they did 3,600 years ago. Return to Phira to visit its excellent museum, with the most complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization in the world.

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Nafplion | Mycenae | Epidaurus, Peloponnese

Arrive at Nafplion for an excursion to Mycenae, a center of the world of the Mycenaeans, an extraordinary civilization that flourished in the second millennium B.C. Homer described Mycenae, the home of Agamemnon, as “rich in gold.” A tour of the citadel includes the royal beehive-shaped tombs, set outside its walls, and the dramatic Lion Gate, which leads to the acropolis and grand palace. Drive to Epidaurus, the ancient shrine of Asklepios. The ruins are dominated by a 4th-century theater, one of the finest in Greece. Spend the afternoon at leisure in lovely Nafplion, one of Greece’s best preserved medieval towns.

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Piraeus | Disembark | Athens | USA

Disembark in Piraeus and transfer to the airport in Athens for return flights to the U.S.


Private-Style Cruising Aboard the All-Suite, 100-Guest Corinthian


All meals aboard ship from dinner on October 10, through breakfast on October 17. (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Program Fees

Cabin Category *Double Single
E $6,990 $8,390
D $7,690 – – –
C $8,390 $10,070
B $9,190 – – –
A $9,890 $11,870
AA $10,690 – – –
VS $11,690 – – –
PHS $12,790 – – –

* per person double occupancy

There are a limited number of singles available in Categories E, C & A.

Price includes:

  • 7-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader
  • Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • Port and embarkation taxes
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

Does not include:
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and

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Payment Schedule: A deposit of $1,500 per person is required to reserve your space on
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to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of
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Ship’s Registry: Malta CST #204 3599-40 TDI