T urning Points
of Histor y
T urning Points
of Histor y
A Grand Voyage in the
A Grand Voyage in the
Dear Yale Traveler,
In late May 2012, when the Mediterranean is sun-drenched and warm and wildflowers
are in full bloom, Professor John Hale and a group of fellow travelers, eager to immerse
themselves in the natural beauty and cultural legacy of Homer’s “wine dark sea”, will
embark Corinthian II and set sail on a voyage of exploration and discovery from Cyprus to
Istanbul. You will want to be among them.
For the fifth year in a row Professor Hale brings his expertise and enthusiasm to an
itinerary specially designed for him. From Cyprus we wend our way along the shores
of the Eastern Mediterranean, spending two days in Israel before turning north and
west along the Turkish coast, through the Aegean, and on to Istanbul. Along the way,
we’ll encounter the remains of civilizations from the dawn of history to the height of
the Roman Empire – the holy city of Jerusalem; the magnificent Greco-Roman cities
of Aspendos and Perge on the Turkish coast; Greece’s Chios, the reputed birthplace
of Homer; and legendary Troy. Our journey comes to an end in Istanbul, amid Roman,
Byzantine, and Ottoman monuments. Professor Hale has this to say about his plans:
“ It’s hard to imagine a more extraordinary and diverse itinerary than the one we will follow
through the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean Sea this coming May. From the moment
we embark at Cyprus, legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, we will be caught up
in a magical world of ancient gods and heroes, as well as such towering historical figures as
Alexander the Great (we will visit his home in Macedon, and the fabled tomb of his father
King Philip II), the poet Homer (the island of Chios claimed to be his birthplace), and King
Herod the Great of Judea, whose magnificent harbor at Caesarea in Israel was built by
Roman engineers sent across the sea by the emperor Augustus. I have had the privilege of
diving on these submerged ruins and look forward to sharing with you an archaeologist’s
view of Caesarea as well as biblical sites from Mount Carmel to Armageddon (Megiddo),
spectacular ancient Greek cities in southern Turkey, and Homer’s Troy, where recent
discoveries have been rewriting the history of the place where the hero Achilles fought
against Hector. From Israel to Istanbul, our pilgrimage will include both rarely visited
historical gems and world-famous destinations.”
The 114-guest yacht Corinthian II is the ideal ship for this itinerary. All accommodations
aboard are suites, and all are exterior. Lovingly designed and exquisitely furnished, this
small ship features a beautiful dining room, comfortable lounges and public areas, and
broad decks for sunning or watching the passing scene. The tour staff are well known for
their keen knowledge, professionalism, and attention to detail. The officers and crew are
of the highest caliber.
Those who have traveled with John Hale before know what a delightful time awaits.
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and join him for an exploration of
Turning Points of History.
Judith Cushingham, Director
Yale Educational Travel
O n b o a r d E n r i c h m e n t P r o g r a m
Famous for his passion for sharing knowledge of the ancient world and for his tireless attention to the well-being of his fellow travelers, Professor John Hale will bring to life the varied cultures we encounter on this itinerary. From Israel’s ancient sites, through Hellenistic, Greek, and Roman sites on Turkey’s Aegean coast, to the multilayered cultural legacy of Istanbul, John will have stories to tell of the flourishing of civilizations, the rise of new powers, conflict and transformation – stories he will tell with great erudition and wit, stories that will forever shape your understanding and experience of this corner of the world.
JoHN R. HAlE was born in New Albany, Indiana, in 1951. He earned his B.A. at Yale in 1973 and his Ph.D. at Cambridge in 1979, both degrees in Archaeology. His archaeological fieldwork and research projects include studies of Bronze Age Scandinavian watercraft, prehistoric sites in the Ohio River Valley, the Roman villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal, development of a dating-method for ancient mortar and concrete using AMS radiocarbon analysis, investigations of the Delphic Oracle and other Greek oracle sites in Greece, Turkey, and Albania, a search for Phoenician harbors on the Portuguese coast, and deep-submergence surveys in quest of ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. He has published reports on his research in Antiquity, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Scientific American, and other journals. In 2009-10 he served as Norton Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. An oarsman from his college days, as well as an archaeologist, Hale was a founder of the Louisville Rowing Club and the Greater Louisville Rowing Foundation. Hale has been profiled by National Public Radio and The New York Times, and his fieldwork has been featured in documentaries on the Discovery and History channels. He is currently Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville. When his first book, Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy, was published in 2009, The New York Times reviewer called Hale “an intellectually
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
FlY FRoM uSA
Thursday, May 17
lIMASSol, cyprus | EMBARK
Arrive in Limassol, an old port city on the south coast of Cyprus, and transfer to the pier to embark the
Corinthian II. Sail in the evening. (D)
Friday, May 18
HAIFA, Israel | JERuSAlEM and GAlIlEE or MEGGIDo and BEIT SHE’AN
Arrive in the morning in Haifa, Israel’s main port city, beautifully situated between the wooded Mount Carmel and the sea. From Haifa, we will offer a choice of full-day excursions that will explore several of the country’s most prominent sites. One excursion will be Jerusalem, one of the world’s most venerable cities,
sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Visit sev-eral of the city’s principal sites, including the West-ern Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, parts of the Old City, and the Israel Museum. Continue on to Galilee, including Capernaum and other Biblical sites. Alternatively, spend the day exploring two of Israel’s most important archaeological sites, Megiddo, best known as Armageddon, and Beit She’an, with its extensive Roman and Byzantine remains. Return to the ship, which will remain overnight docked in Haifa. (B, L, D)
Saturday, May 19
HAIFA | cAESAREA
In the morning, drive to Caesarea, the capital of Roman Judea for about 600 years and one of the Empire’s most prominent and prosperous ports. Founded by Herod the Great in 22 b.c. on an earlier Phoenician settlement, the
site is beautifully situated by the sea. (B, L, D)
Sunday, May 20
TASucu, Turkey | olBA-DIocAESAREA | SIlIFKE
From Tasucu on Turkey’s south coast, drive through attractive hill country of tea and coffee plantations to the ancient site of Olba-Diocaesarea, which is dominated by the imposing and well preserved 3rd -century b.c. Temple of Zeus Olbios. On the return to
the ship, stop in the picturesque town of Silifke, the ancient Seleucia ad Calycadnum. (B, L, D)
Monday, May 21
ANTAlYA | PERGE | ASPENDoS
From Antalya, visit two of Turkey’s most famous ancient sites. Perge’s Hellenistic ruins include its great stadium; colonnaded, marble main street; and theater. At
Aspendos, tour the 20,000-seat theater commissioned by Marcus Aurelius in the 2nd century a.d. (B, L, D)
Tuesday, May 22
Spread around a headland overlooking the Aegean Sea, Cnidus was founded in the first millennium b.c. by
settlers from the Peloponnese. The Cnidians looked to the sea for prosperity from the earliest days, founding colonies in Sicily and elsewhere in the Mediterranean. In 468 b.c. Cnidus was the base of the fleet of the
Athenian-dominated Delian League. Cnidus was also famous in antiquity for its Temple of Aphrodite, which housed the celebrated statue of the goddess by the Athenian sculp-tor Praxiteles. Enjoy exploring this evocative site by the sea. (B, L, D)
Wednesday, May 23
Unspoiled and known for the beauty of its landscape, the island of Chios was the reputed birthplace of Homer. In ancient times, Chios was one of the wealthiest places in the Greek world. Drive to the remarkable Nea Moni, an 11th-century monastery known for its extraordinary Byzantine mosaics and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the main town of the island to visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses, among other objects, two engraved letters from Alexander the Great to Chios. (B, L, D)
Thursday, May 24
PlATAMoNAS | DIoN | VERGINA | THESSAloNIKI
From bucolic Platamonas on the Greek mainland coast of Thessaly, take an excursion to Dion, an ancient site
set in a superb location in the foothills of Mount Olympus, dedicated to Zeus. Continue to Vergina, the site of Aigai, the capital of the ancient Macedonian kingdom. Visit the excavations, including the tombs of Alexander the Great’s family, and note the Macedonian burial mounds that dot the plain. Also see the many treasures recovered from the tombs on display in the Archaeological Museum. Reboard
Corinthian II in Thessaloniki and spend the night aboard ship docked in port. (B, L, D)
Friday, May 25
Spend the day in Thessaloniki, justly famous for its late Classical and Medieval remains as well as early Christian churches. Enjoy a tour of the city, exploring several of Thessaloniki’s monuments, including visits to Byzantine churches as well as the Archaeological Museum. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, or, as an alternative, take an excursion to Pella, Alexander the Great’s birthplace and capital of Macedonia in the 4th century b.c. Tour the site, including the Agora, the Sanctuary of Aphrodite and Cybele, and several of the houses, which boast outstanding pebble mosaics. Also tour the Museum, exhibiting finds from the site. (B, L, D)
Saturday, May 26
cANAKKAlE, Turkey | TRoY
From Canakkale, visit fabled Troy, where ongoing excavations have revealed nine different layers of cities superimposed in rings on a massive mound rising above the “windswept” Plain of Ilium. It was in one of these cities, as legend has it, that the Greeks fought the Trojans as told by Homer in his Iliad. (B, L, D)
Sunday, May 27
ISTANBul | DISEMBARK | FlY To uSA
Disembark in Istanbul and transfer to the airport for return flights to the USA. (B)
Cruise & Land Rates
PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
EDeluxe suites on Magellan Deck with portholes and sitting area.
225 sq. ft. Suites 250 - 252
DDeluxe suites on Columbus Deck with window and sitting area.
225 sq. ft. Suites 329 - 332
CDeluxe suites on Magellan Deck with portholes and sitting area.
235 sq. ft. Suites 254 - 262
BDeluxe suites on Columbus Deck with window and sitting area.
235 sq. ft. Suites 333 - 348
ADeluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with window and sitting area.
235 sq. ft. Suites 416 - 428
AADeluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with forward and side windows and sitting
area. 285 sq. ft. Suites 414 - 415
VSDeluxe Veranda Suites on Erickson Deck with private balcony and sitting
area. 300 sq. ft. Suites 505 - 512
PHSDeluxe Penthouse Suites on Explorer Deck with private balcony and sitting
area. 400 sq. ft. Suites 601 - 604
VS & PHS suites are provided with private butler service and other exclusive amenities.
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A limited number of cabins in Categories B & A have been set
aside for single occupancy at NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT. Once
these cabins are booked, cabins in the same categories may be available for single occupancy at a supplement of $1,500.
All accommodations aboard Corinthian II are suites. They face outside, affording sea views, and several have balconies with sliding doors. All include two twin-size beds that can convert to a queen-size bed, sitting area, mini-refrigerator, safe, spacious closets, climate control, telephone, TV, DVD/CD player, and bathroom with marble vanity, shower, and other amenities.
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Columbus Deck Marco Polo Deck
Magellan Deck 603 601 602 604 Sun Deck Sun Deck 427 428 426 424 422 420 418 416 414 425 423 421 419 417 415 The Club Beauty Salon Librar y 333 335 331 329 330 332 336 334 338 340 342 344 346 348 347 345 343 341 339 Reception Hospital Lounge Restaurant 261 259 257 255 262 260 258 256 254 252 250 Bridge Outdoor Café Jacuzzi 511509507 505 512 510 508 506 Exercise Area
In an era of mega cruise ships that carry thousands of passengers, Corinthian II is a delightful alternative. More like a private yacht than a cruise ship, Corinthian II accommodates only 114 guests in 57 suites. Corinthian II’s limited guest capacity, fine facilities, and distinctive style of operation attract like-minded travelers who return again and again to enjoy its custom-crafted itineraries and a style of cruising that is rarely found today. More than just a cruise, each voyage provides a comprehensive experience that reveals the singular aspects of the destinations. Aboard, a sense of community and a spirit of camaraderie prevail.
All of Corinthian II’s suites face outside, providing views of the sea and landscape. Several have a private balcony. There are expansive open deck areas and other facilities, including a gym, library, beauty salon, two lounges, a sun deck
with Jacuzzi, and an outdoor cafe. A spacious restaurant accommodates all guests in an open, unassigned seating. The cuisine is outstanding, and the overall service is efficient and friendly while unobtrusive. An elevator serves all decks. A resident physician attends a well-equipped infirmary. Served by 70 seasoned officers and crew, Corinthian II
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• Educational program of lectures and discussions by Professor John R. Hale • 10-night cruise aboard the all-suite,
114-guest Corinthian II
• 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
• 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,
NoT INcluDED: 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 gratuities to shipboard personnel.
Remains of a synagogue at Capernaum, Israel