Lands of Myths and Legends

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SIGMA XI EXPEDITIONS 17050 Montebello Road, Cupertino, CA 95014-5435

Lands of Myths and Legends A Springtime Voyage to the Glorious Greek Islands and Turkey Aboard the All-Suite, 114-Guest Corinthian II April 25 - May 3, 2007

STUDY LEADERS Martha Sharp Joukowsky is Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University; Director of Brown’s Center for Old World Archaeology and Art; and a past President of the Archaeological Institute of America. Trained as a Near Eastern archaeologist and involved in excavations for 35 years, she has researched the domestication of plants and animals, the advent of Middle East urbanism, and the varied cultural developments in Anatolia (ancient Turkey), Syro-Palestine, Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq), and ancient Iran from the earliest times to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Professor Joukowsky has done fieldwork in Turkey and published the results of the prehistoric excavations in Aphrodisias. She has also excavated in Lebanon, Hong Kong, Italy, and Greece, and she has been the Director of Brown’s Petra Great Temple Excavations in Jordan since 1992. Professor Joukowsky has been a Trustee for the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, since 1987, and serves as Trustee Emerita of Brown University. Professor Joukowsky has been the invited speaker at seminars and lectures around the world, and has published six books and more than 50 scholarly articles. In spring 2006 she hosted a group of travelers during their five days at and around Petra, and she looks forward to accompanying our group on this 2007 Mediterranean voyage in pursuit of ancient wonders. Roger Ulrich is Professor of Classics at Dartmouth. He received his B.A. in Classics from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. from Yale University in Classical Archaeology. At Dartmouth, Prof. Ulrich teaches Greek and Roman Archaeology and Latin. He has also directed the Classics Department’s Foreign Study Program in Italy since 1991. Prof. Ulrich has published a book (The Roman Orator and the Sacred Stage) and several articles on aspects of ancient Roman architecture and the topography of ancient Rome and Pompeii. A second book entitled Roman Woodworking is in press.

Knossos, Crete, Greece



17050 Montebello Road, Cupertino, CA 95014-5435

Dear AAAS and Sigma Xi Members and Friends, Among the azure waters of the Aegean Sea lie enchanting shores touched by the legends of Zeus and Athena, Apollo and Artemis, Ariadne and Odysseus. The ancient mysteries of the gods of legend and myth still echo among the hills of oleander and pine, and spectacular monuments stand as a testament to the ingenuity and spirit of the ancients, the people who established the foundation of our Western civilization. This spring, when a profusion of wildflowers blankets the craggy hillsides, join us on a journey that encompasses several of the fabled Greek isles, as well as some spectacular ancient sites of the Peloponnese and Turkey. We invite you to explore with us these fabled shores aboard the elegant 114-guest, all-suite Corinthian II. Like spectacular gems scattered across the blue sea, the islands of the Aegean beckon with their breathtaking natural scenery and ancient wonders. Our exploration of these legendary islands includes Rhodes, which, according to legend, rose from the sea as a gift of the sun god Helios, and Crete, the island that gave birth to the Minoan civilization, Europe’s first. Two of Turkey’s greatest sites are awe-inspiring Ephesus and pictureperfect Bodrum, and both are also included in our cruise. We are especially pleased to have on this voyage as lecturers two distinguished scholars, Professors Martha Sharp Joukowsky and Roger Ulrich. Their lectures and informal discussions will add insight and greater meaning to the sites we will explore. The Corinthian II, our “home” for this voyage, is one of the finest small cruise ships in the world. Accommodating only 114 guests in 57 suites, several of which feature a balcony, and manned by 70 officers and crew, Corinthian II offers graciously appointed public spaces, fine dining, and exceptionally genial service. This spring, we invite you to join us aboard Corinthian II to discover the beauty and history of the Lands of Myths and Legends. Phone Carol Larsen, (800) 252-4910 for reservations and information. Sincerely,

Margaret M. Betchart President, Betchart Expeditions Inc. For AAAS Travels and Sigma Xi Expeditions P.S. The unique itinerary, the quality arrangements, the sheer joy of cruising the Aegean Sea in the spring, the expert team of lecturers, and the attractive rates combine to make this program a most inviting offer. As space is limited, I urge you to book today.

Itinerary Wednesday, April 25, 2007

USA Fly from the U.S. Thursday, April 26

RHODES, GREECE Arrive in Rhodes, unquestionably one of the most attractive of the Greek islands. Transfer to the elegant Hotel Park, overlooking the walled medieval town of Rhodes.

Greece Ephesus ATHENS Kusadasi Olympia Katakolon

Friday, April 27

RHODES | LINDOS | RHODES | EMBARK Famed in antiquity for its Colossus, Rhodes reached its pinnacle during the Hellenistic period when it was a major center of commerce, learning, and the arts. From the 14th - 16th centuries, the island was held by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem who fortified the town, making it today one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. Spend the day exploring the island’s attractions, including the remains of the ancient acropolis, the medieval Old Town, with its narrow streets and grand monuments, and the village of Lindos, one of Greece’s archaeological and architectural gems. Board the Corinthian II early in the evening and sail. (B, L, D)

Ae Aegean sea Heraklion


Turkey Bodrum Rhodes Lindos

crete Knossos

Saturday, April 28

BODRUM, TURKEY | KOS, GREECE In the morning, arrive in Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus and the birthplace of Herodotus (“the father of history”), where 4th-century B.C. King Mausolus lay in state within his Mausoleum, a tomb of exquisite beauty, adorned with sculptures by the finest Greek artists. In the 15th century, the Knights of St. John built the massive castle of St. Peter here, using stones from the Mausoleum. Visit the ancient site, the castle, and tour the Citadel, which houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Over lunch aboard, sail across the short channel to Kos, the island where, in the 5th century B.C., Hippocrates established the standards of medical ethics. Explore the ancient remains of Kos, including the Asklepeion, dedicated to Asklepios, god of healing. (B, L, D) Sunday, April 29

KUSADASI | EPHESUS | KUSADASI, TURKEY From the seaside town of Kusadasi, visit the great ancient city of Ephesus. First renowned in the second millennium B.C. as the center of worship for the great mother-goddess, Cybele (later known as Artemis or Diana), Ephesus contains extensive ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Visit the large theater; the Library of Celsus, with its imposing facade; the Temple of Serapis; and the remains of the Temple of Artemis. There will be free time to explore on your own Kusadasi, with its colorful bazaar. (B, L, D) Olympia, Greece

Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

Monday, April 30

HERAKLION | KNOSSOS | HERAKLION, CRETE, GREECE Arrive on the island of Crete, where the incredible Minoan civilization flourished in the 2nd millennium B.C. From the port of Heraklion, an excursion leads to one of the finest achievements of Minoan civilization—the partially reconstructed Palace at Knossos. The palace contains an underground labyrinth, legendary domain of the half-man, half-bull Minotaur. Knossos’ corridors, stairways, and chambers are decorated with frescoes illustrating life as it was 4,000 years ago. Continue to Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s finest repositories of Minoan artifacts. (B, L, D) Tuesday, May 1 KATAKOLON | OLYMPIA | KATAKOLON, GREECE From Katakolon, on the west coast of the legendary Peloponnese, drive to nearby Olympia, the great Panhellenic Sanctuary of the Greeks and the site of the Olympic games for over a thousand years. Set in a tranquil valley, Olympia is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. The Sacred Precinct preserves spectacular ruins, particularly striking being the temples of Hera and Zeus, the Council House and the Treasuries. The Museum, which we will also visit, houses exquisite sculptures and other artifacts. (B, L, D) Wednesday, May 2

PIRAEUS | ATHENS | DISEMBARK Disembark in Piraeus, Athens’s ancient and modern port, and drive to the Acropolis, whose Parthenon and other monuments represent the apex of classical art and architecture. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own. This evening, enjoy luxurious accommodations at the Hotel Athens Plaza, ideally located in Syntagma Square—next to the Greek Parliament and National Gardens and just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s shopping districts. (B) Thursday, May 3

ATHENS | USA Transfer to the airport for return flights home. (B)

Program Inclusions • Cruise aboard the all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Rhodes and Athens • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship • All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner • Complete program of tours and excursions as described in the itinerary • Educational program of lectures by accompanying study leaders • Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff • Complete pre-departure materials, including destination information, travel portfolio, document wallet, and name tag • Transfers and baggage handling abroad on the designated program departure and arrival dates • Port dues and embarkation taxes • Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers NOT INCLUDED: Airfare; visa and passport fees; baggage, cancellation, and accident 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

Corinthian II

The ideal combination of cruise ship grandeur and small-ship intimacy

Spacious Suites The deluxe Corinthian II is an all-

suite mega-yacht accommodating no more than 114 guests. Originally built in Italy in 1992, Corinthian II was refurbished and redecorated in 2005 specifically to create an atmosphere of effortless elegance and easy conviviality. All 57 outsidefacing suites are a minimum of 225 square feet, appointed in rich wood tones, and feature beds that can be configured as two twin-size beds or one queen-size bed, sitting area, satellite TV/DVD, mini-refrigerator, safe, and a marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries. Several suites include private balconies accessible via sliding-glass doors. Fine Dining Superb Continental cuisine is created by Corinthian II’s European chefs and served either in the stately restaurant or al fresco on the wide sun deck, which is specially equipped for outdoor dining service. Select regional wines are complimentary with lunch and dinner. Fresh ingredients are chosen locally at many ports of call. All meals are served at one unassigned seating; varied seating arrangements assure comfort for all. Corinthian II’s widely praised service equals that of the finest restaurants. Effortless Elegance Each Day and Night Returning from excursions, enjoy compli-

mentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Club, a space for relaxation with panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, savor a cocktail while the ship’s pianist plays arrangements ranging from jazz to classical to contemporary. Corinthian II also features a library, Internet center, beauty salon, gym, elevator serving all decks and a wraparound sun deck with jacuzzi. The 70 European officers and crew ensure an atmosphere akin to a private club for the length of your voyage.

Deck Plan

Cruise & Land Rates per person, double occupancy





Sun Deck Beauty Salon

Category Jacuzzi



Explorer Deck 511 509 507 505



Sun Deck Outdoor Café

512 510 508 506

Erickson Deck 427 425 423 421


419 417 415


The Club

428 426 424 422 420 418 416 414


Marco Polo Deck 347 345 343 341 339 Lounge

335 333 331 329



348 346 344 342 340 338 336 334 332 330

Columbus Deck 261 259 257 255





262 260 258 256 254 252 250

Magellan Deck

AIRFARE: Airfare is not included in the cost of the program. For reservations or questions, please contact Carol Larsen, Betchart Expeditions Inc., phone (800) 252-4910 or email [email protected]



Deluxe suites on Magellan Deck with portholes and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites 250 - 252

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VS & PHS suites are provided with private butler service and other exclusive deluxe amenities. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories D - A at a supplement of $795 to the per person, double occupancy rates. Singles in Categories AA PHS are available at double the per person, double occupancy rates. #967 / BTEX 7411B

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