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zIn Search of Ancient Lost Cities

11 days

With an expert host + Private classical music concerts

Small Ship Discoveries

  • Discover North Africa’s Mediterranean coast, including the Roman site of Djemila.
  • Explore intriguing Roman and Phoenician ruins on the islands of Corsica and Sant’Antioco.
  • Visit the landmark Rock of Gibraltar and the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Two distinguished scholars, John Hale and Rod McIntosh, will introduce us to the archaeology and history of our varied destinations.
  • A quartet of musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - led by renowned cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han - will perform four exclusive recitals.
  • Includes 3 c UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Day
1

Rome, Italy - Civitavecchia - Embark

Arrive in Rome, transfer to Civitavecchia and embark Corinthian. Meals D

Day
2

Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France - Bonifacio or Aleria - Porto Vecchio

Arrive at small Porto Vecchio, located on a fantastic bay. Visit Bonifacio, built on high cliffs on Corsica’s south coast. Stroll through the town, admiring the fine Gothic architecture and dramatic scenery from the limestone cliffs facing the sea. Alternatively, drive to Aleria, the ancient Roman capital of Corsica. Explore the remains of the ancient city, built on a gentle slope by a river, and visit the museum, which houses objects from the site. Meals B, L, D

Day
3

Sant’Antioco Island, Sardinia, Italy - Sulcis

Located off the southwest corner of Sardinia, Sant’Antioco was a flourishing Phoenician center, dating back to the 9th century b.c. Explore Sulcis, the Phoenician town, later taken over by the Romans. Also visit the old church of Sant’Antioco, with its catacombs dating from the 2nd to the 7th centuries, which are linked to the Punic underground chambers. Concert aboard ship Meals B, L, D

Day
4

Bejaia, Algeria - Djemila - Bejaia c

From Bejaia, take an excursion through impressive countryside to the well-preserved Roman ruins of Djemila. The site includes the Triumphal Arch to Emperor Caracalla, built in a.d. 216; Grand Baths; market; and Old Forum, featuring stunning friezes and a third-century altar. Also visit the museum, with its collection of superb mosaics and other artifacts. Meals B, L, D

Day
5

At Sea

Meals B, L, D

Day
6

Ghazaouet - Tlemcen - Ghazaouet

Drive to Tlemcen, one of Algeria’s finest cities, noted for its cultural and architectural heritage. Experience the 11th-century Great Mosque and the deconsecrated Sidi Bel Hassan Mosque, now housing a museum with mosaics, carvings, and pottery. Meals B, L, D

Day
7

Gibraltar, U.K.

Gibraltar is one of the world’s great sea landmarks that has guided mariners for centuries and is known as the “Gateway to the Mediterranean.” Take the cable car up to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve to explore St. Michael’s Cave, a natural grotto once home to Neolithic inhabitants, and the Apes’ Den to see Gibraltar’s famed tailless monkeys. Also enjoy leisure time before returning to the ship. Concert aboard ship. Meals B, L, D

Day
8

Huelva, Spain - Seville - Italica - Huelva c

From Huelva, travel to Seville, one of Europe’s most important and affluent maritime cities. Visit the Alcazar, with its charming Murillo Gardens, and the Gothic Cathedral. Also, you may explore the remains of ancient Italica, once the third largest city in the Roman world, or spend time at leisure 1in Seville. Concert in a historical venue. Meals B, L, D

Day
9

Portimao, Portugal - Sagres - Portimao

From the small fishing village of Portimao, travel to Cape Saint Vincent, called Promontorium Sacrum by the Romans, and visit the nearby village of Sagres, where Prince Henry the Navigator founded his famed School of Navigation. Have the afternoon at leisure back in Portimao to stroll down its old cobblestone lanes, and see the town’s lovely riverfront garden and attractive fishing harbor. Meals B, L, D

Day
10

Figueira da Foz - Conimbriga - Coimbra - Figueira da Foz c

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Conimbriga and Coimbra. The ruins of Roman Conimbriga boast nearly intact city walls, an amphitheater, baths, and a number of insulae (ancient apartment buildings). Afterwards stop in Coimbra, Portugal’s first royal capital and seat of its university. Visit the Romanesque Cathedral and the University Library. Concert in
a historical venue. Meals B, L, D

Day
11

Lisbon - Disembark - Fly to USA

Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights. Meals B

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