Explore the exquisite Greek and Roman ruins of Agrigento and Syracuse—both World Heritage Sites.
Visit photogenic Dubrovnik, a beautifully-preserved medieval masterpiece.
Tour Palermo’s ornate Baroque churches, domed Arab mosques, 12th-century cathedral, and Archaeological Museum with its Punic and Greek art.
Sample Sicilian delicacies during wine tastings and gourmet luncheons, including Marsala wines and vintages from the Licata region.
Discover dramatic scenery and amazing archaeology in the lesser-visited countries of Montenegro and Albania
Crossroads of Empires October 29 – November 14, 2011
Crossroads of Empires Highlights • Daylight transit of the Suez Canal • Tour the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John • Turkey’s Roman ruins of Aspendos and Perge, and the sunken ruins of Simena. • In Egypt, travel to the Monastery of St. Catherine or snorkel/dive in the Red Sea • Visit Jordan’s National Archaeological Museum and enjoy a private tour of Petra
India & the Maldives Dec 17, 2011 – Jan 3, 2012
India & the Maldives Highlights • Chennai sightseeing includes richly embellished temples and tombs, the National Art Gallery, San Thome Cathedral, and Fort St. George Museum. • Travel overland through the lush countryside of Sri Lanka to visit an elephant orphanage, a tea plantation, and the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy. • A traditional Kalari Payattu (an ancient martial art form) demonstration in Kerala. • A boat cruise through the canals of Cochin— Venice-of-the-East. • Exploration of India’s little-visited, tropical Lakshadweep Islands. • Unparallel snorkeling and diving opportunities in the northern Maldives plus a visit to a 16th-century place.
Stroll through Réunion’s charming capital, St. Denis
Discover the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar
The volcanic Comoros Islands with Arabic and French architecture
Snorkel or dive over some of East Africa’s healthiest reefs
Zanzibar’s labyrinth of alleyways in Stone Town—a World Heritage Site—filled with the treasures of the East that established its fame: cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Mozambique Odyssey March 4 - 21, 2012
Mozambique Highlights • Explore Zanzibar’s Stone Town • Search for the endemic Pemba flying fox and Pemba white-eye in lush Ngezi Forest • Snorkel or dive with whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, and dolphins in the Mozambique Channel • Visit the oldest European building in the Southern Hemisphere on Ilha de Mozambique • Explore Inhaca, a natural habitat for more than 300 bird species and, beneath its warm waters, 160 species of staghorn and plate corals • Cruise through St. Lucia/iSimangaliso Wetland Park, home to a vast population of hippos, crocodiles, and more than 500 species of birds
South Africa & Namibia by Sea March 18 – April 4, 2012
• Visit Addo Elephant National Park for an up-close view of magnificent wildlife • Drive along the beautiful Garden Route and stroll through a reserve of “fynbos” • Sample local wines as we follow the fabled Wine Routes of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch • In Cape Town, explore the World Heritage Sites of Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island • Photograph the ghost town of Kolmanskop Namibia, where many of the old buildings are partially enveloped by the encroaching dunes • Cruise among the curious dolphins that frolic in Pelican Point, Namibia