Based on a concept of family-oriented educational travel that has been tested and refined for over a quarter of a century, this program brings parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, together on a voyage that combines a serious exploration of the world of the ancients with the sheer joy of cruising the Aegean Sea. Set sail from the island of Lesbos and call first at the stunning site of Ephesus. Explore the fortified town of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and wander through Crete’s Minoan Palace of Knossos, home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. On the cliffs of Santorini, examine artifacts from Akrotiri, an ancient town buried and preserved by the pumice and ash of a volcanic eruption. Discover Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games. End in Athens, the center of classical Greek culture. Along the way, we will take time to relax on white-sand beaches and swim in the crystal-clear sea. Young explorers will organize their own competition at Olympia, hike to the top of the volcano in Santorini, and engage in a treasure hunt through Athens. This is an opportunity for families to share an experience and create memories for a lifetime.


Program Highlights

  • The Library of Celsus at Ephesus
  • Akrotiri on Santorini
  • The ruins at Olympia
  • The Acropolis in Athens


Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural History

Lisa’s teaching and research often focuses on the ancient and medieval Mediterranean. She has lectured on Bronze Age, Greek, Roman and Byzantine art and architecture in the region both in the classroom and on-site for both UVA study abroad programs and Cavalier Travels. Ms. Reilly is also a leading user of digital humanities technology in her teaching and research. Students in her course Hajj with Ibn Jubayr: Reconstructing the 12th Century Mediterranean, created digital exhibitions that can be seen here.

Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002 and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In spring 2015, she will be the Fulbright Scholar in the History of Art at the University of York, England.

(Provence ’07, Sicily ’08, Turkey ’10, Around the World by Private Jet ’11)


Days 1 & 2 - Monday July 27 and Tuesday, July 28

U.S.A. to Athens, Greece

Arrive in Athens on July 28 and check in to the N.J.V. Athens Plaza hotel , located on Constitution Square, the center of the city. Explore Athens on your own.

Day 2 - Wednesday, July 29

Mytilene, Greece


Arrive in Mytilene on the island of Lesbos and embark Artemis. (B,D)

Day 3 - Thursday, July 30

Kusadasi, Turkey | Ephesus

From Kusadasi, travel to Ephesus. Renowned as the center of worship of the mother-goddess Cybele, later known as Artemis, it was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Excavations continue and archaeologists are restoring the Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse of daily Ephesian life. See the facade of the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, and Great Amphitheater. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Friday, July 31

Rhodes, Greece | Lindos


The historic island of Rhodes was known in antiquity for its schools of philosophy, rhetoric, and sculpture. Today it boasts one of Europe’s largest medieval towns. Discover Old Town’s winding streets and splendid plazas, which owe their 14th-century charm to the Crusader Knights of St. John. In the lovely village of Lindos, take a donkey ride or walk up to the acropolis, set on a cliff 400 feet above the sea, with stunning views of the village and bay below. Or, opt to explore Lindos on your own or swim in the crystal waters of its white-sand beach. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Saturday, August 1


Explore this charming town with its white-washed houses and old Venetian castle on foot.  Enjoy swimming on one of the islands beautiful beached. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Sunday, August 2



In the second millennium b.c., volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini (or Phira) in pumice and ash and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This ultimately produced Santorini’s wild, multihued beauty while sending its Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Adults will visit Akrotiri and Thera’s Prehistory Museum while Young Explorers board a sailboat to Nea Kameni, the island in the center of Santorini’s caldera, and ascend to its volcano by donkey to learn about the area’s geology. Reunite for lunch and free time in Phira Town. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Monday, August 3

Rethymnon, Crete | Knossos or Imbros Gorge


Arrive in Crete, once home of the Minoans, Europe’s earliest developed civilization. From quaint Rethymnon, travel to Knossos and its fabled Minoan Palace, a maze of frescoed corridors and chambers showing life as it was 4,000 years ago. It is also home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. Also visit the Heraklion Museum. Alternatively, walk through the scenic Imbros Gorge, ending at the coast, near the 14th-century Venetian castle of Frangokastello, for a swim. Then sail along Crete’s northwest coast to anchor near the isle of Gramvousa, an old Venetian stronghold, for another swim. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Tuesday, August 4


Explore this picturesque coastal village on the Mani peninsula, and the magnificent partially submerged Diros cave by boat. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Wednesday, August 5

Katakolon | Olympia | Cruising the Gulf of Corinth

In the morning travel to Olympia, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and located in a lovely, pastoral setting. It is one of four sites where the Pan-Hellenic Games (the original Olympics) were held. Tour the sacred area, including the temples of Hera and Zeus, the Council House, the Treasuries, and the stadium. In the afternoon relax aboard ship as we cruise the Gulf of Corinth.  This evening the ship transits the Corinth Canal. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Thursday, August 6

Piraeus | Athens | Piraeus


This morning explore the Acropolis, perhaps the most important ancient monument in the Western world and where our concept of democracy was born over 2,500 years ago. The ruins include the majestic Parthenon and the Erectheion. Afternoon at leisure to explore Athens on you own. Overnight aboard docked in Piraeus. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Friday, August 7

Piraeus | Disembark | Athens | USA

Transfer to the airport in Athens for flights home. (B)


Accommodations are aboard the 50-guest Artemis


Nine (9) breakfasts, eight (8) lunches, nine (9) dinners.

Program Fees

Price is based on cabin selection and is per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only. Please see Deck Plan below for rates.

Adults – per person, double occupancy
E $7,395
D $8,295
C $9,195
B $10,095
A $10,995
S $11,395
1 Child w 2 Adults
E $5,595
D $5,595
C $5,595
B $5,595
A $5,595
2 Child sharing an E (per child)
E $5,995
D $7,195
C $7,195
B n/a
A n/a
3 Children sharing C, B or A (per child)
E n/a
D n/a
C $6,395
B $6,395
A $6,395

* Port taxes of $600 per person (adults & children) are additional

Price includes:

  • 9-night cruise aboard the 50-guest Artemis
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Young Explorers Program, a series of educational and recreational activities for children and young adults ages 7–18, led by youth education counselors
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard ship
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
  • Professional International tour staff
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

Does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet)
  • Port taxes and charges (currently $600)
  • Gratuities to shipboard personnel

General Terms & Conditions

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $1,500 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. For your convenience, you may charge your deposit to your American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment. However, personal checks are accepted for both deposits and final payment.

Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations are subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. In addition, cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of
departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties. Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement.

Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International Ltd.

Responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International Ltd. and the tour’s sponsoring organization. The passenger is also advised to review his/her separate ticket passage contract with the vessel’s owner/operator, which will constitute the sole, legally enforceable terms of carriage for this cruise and is available on request from Travel Dynamics International Ltd. Travel Dynamics International Ltd. and the tour’s sponsoring organization act solely as agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotel and other tour arrangements. In that capacity, we exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the passenger’s safety and satisfaction, but, we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third-party, involved in carrying the passenger or in affecting these tours. We are not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the passenger, and tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover on the passenger’s behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour’s itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any tour. By forwarding their deposit(s), the passenger certifies that he/she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other passengers. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any tour should such person’s health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other passengers or impede the tour. Baggage or valuables brought on the tour shall be transported, handled or stored at the passenger’s risk entirely, and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Passenger tickets are not transferable and are not subject to alteration by the passenger. No suit shall be maintainable against the carrier, or vessel, for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passengers, unless written notice of the claim, with full particulars, is delivered to the carrier or its agents at its office at the port of sailing or at the port of termination within six months from the day when such incident occurred. In no event shall any such suit or any claim against the carrier or vessel for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger be maintainable unless such suit is commenced within one year from the day when the incident causing such losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passenger occurs, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be brought within the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, pursuant to the applicable general maritime law, and applying the applicable general maritime law and Federal maritime statutes.

Rates: Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, and currency values. While we do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.

Fuel Supplement: Travel Dynamics International Ltd. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement, without prior notice, if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $85 per barrel. This supplement may be charged even if the cruise fare has been paid in full.