June 13 to 23, 2012
The story of Ulysses is one of the world’s great adventure sagas. As epic as it is, it’s also intensely personal – the tale of a great hero who yearns to travel home to his family.
Our summer voyage calls at ancient sites that are the settings for some of the Odyssey’s most memorable moments. Travel aboard the intimate Callisto with legendary storyteller, Professor Marsh McCall, who has a talent for bringing these places vividly to life with his eloquent on-site readings and lectures. Explore the majestic remains of Mycenae and the ruins of Nestor’s Palace at Pylos. At Dodoni view the seat of the oracle, where Ulysses traveled for advice, and visit the birthplace of Asclepius in Epidaurus. Ponder the mysterious ruins of Ephyra, said to be the gateway to Hades.
A true classicist, Marsh brings to life ancient literary works such as The Iliad and The Aeneid, sharing excerpts enthusiastically with us at on-site talks and animated lectures.
- Marsh McCall, Classics
Marsh McCallClassics professor Marsh McCall decided he would become a teacher when he was in the third grade and went on to fulfill that desire introducing legions of university students to the study of classics during a decades-long professorship at Stanford. Long one of Travel/Study's most popular faculty leaders, Professor McCall has enchanted several thousands of participants on over 40 Travel/Study programs with his lectures and on-site readings of classical authors. As Professor McCall says, "What makes the trips so intensely rewarding is being able to stand on-site and read in translation some of the passages from the great works on antiquity that are connected to that location."
"I will always remember Professor McCall reading the last lines of The Iliad on the wind-swept island of Limnos. For a moment in time we were back in ancient Greece."
- Stanford professor of classics since 1976
- Former chair, classics department
- Associate dean, undergraduate studies
- Chair, Western culture program committee
- Dean, continuing studies
- PhD, classics, Harvard
- Recipient of the Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education
- Recipient of the Lyman Award for faculty volunteer service
- Phi Beta Kappa Teacher of the Year award
Wednesday & Thursday, June 13 & 14
DEPART U.S. / ATHENS, GREECE
Depart the U.S. on overnight flights, arriving on Thursday in Athens. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception this evening. HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE
Friday, June 15
ATHENS / PIRAEUS / EMBARK CALLISTO
Explore the Acropolis of Athens, the rocky promontory whose monuments represent the ultimate expression of classical Greek civilization, then visit the new Acropolis Museum that houses the artifacts discovered on its slopes. This afternoon transfer to Piraeus to embark our ship. CALLISTO (B, D)
Saturday, June 16
CORINTH CANAL / ITHACA
Navigate the dramatic, four-mile- long Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from mainland Greece. Arrive in Ithaca, a beautiful island of pristine beaches and verdant forest as well as the legendary home of Odysseus. Visit the bay of Dexia, which may have been the hidden harbor where the Phaeacians delivered a soundly sleeping Odysseus. Admire the Cyclopean Walls known locally as Odysseus’ Palace and stand atop the Plateau of Marathia, where Eumaeus the swineherd, Odysseus’ loyal servant and the first mortal he meets upon his return to Ithaca, kept his animals. CALLISTO (B,L,D)
Sunday, June 17
PARGA / DODONI
Arrive in the small town of Parga, built in the shadow of a 14th-century Venetian castle. Travel overland to Dodoni, location of the shrine of Dodona, the oldest oracular site in Greece, which was second in prestige only to the oracle of Delphi. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mt. Tomaros, the site includes a superb 3rd-century-B.C.E. theater. With 65-foot-high walls and a seating capacity of 20,000, this theater was the second-largest in ancient Greece. This afternoon we return to Parga whose lower quarter is still home to traditionally dressed village women. CALLISTO (B,L,D)
Monday, June 18
ASSOS / FISKARDO
Picturesque Assos, which is almost its own separate island, being joined only by a very narrow isthmus to the large island of Kefalonia, is our first stop this morning. View its ancient ruins including a 16th-century Venetian fortress, and take time to swim in the azure waters of the Ionian Sea. In the afternoon, travel to the charming village of Fiskardo, Kefalonia’s northernmost port whose lovely Venetian houses bear the distinction of being the only structures in Kefalonia not to have been devastated by an earthquake in 1953. CALLISTO (B,L,D)
Tuesday, June 19
PYLOS / METHONI
Call at the attractive Peloponnese village of Pylos this morning. Pylos, supposed birthplace of King Nestor, was mentioned by Homer in both The Iliad and The Odyssey, and its bay was the site of a major naval battle during the Peloponnesian War. Visit the 13th-century-B.C.E. palace of Nestor, the best preserved Mycenaean Greek palace ever discovered. Clay tablets excavated from the site confirm that the palace served as the political and financial center of Mycenaean Messenia. This afternoon, drive to Methoni to tour its imposing fortress. With its strategic position overlooking westbound shipping routes, Methoni, known as “the eye of Venice,” derived great wealth from both its commercial activities and as a port of call for pilgrims journeying to and from the Holy Land during the 12th century. CALLISTO (B,L,D)
Wednesday, June 20
KALAMATA / MESSENE
Arrive in the second-largest city of the Peloponnese, Kalamata, renowned for its dark, juicy olives and succulent, honey-flavored figs. One of the few Greek cities that does not date back to classical times, Kalamata is located just five miles from Messene, a remarkable ancient city founded in 369 B.C.E. after the first Theban invasion of the Peloponnese. Explore the impressive remains including the odeon (a building used for musical shows and poetry competitions) and the stadium. Approximately five miles of the city’s great wall still exist, as does the excellently preserved northern gate, affording the finest remaining example of Greek fortification. CALLISTO (B,L,D)
Thursday, June 21
NAFPLIO / TIRYNS / ARGOS / EPIDAURUS
Begin our day in Nafplio, where we remain in port for two days. Drive to the World Heritage site of Tiryns, a 3,400-year-old fortress reputed to be the birthplace of Heracles (Hercules) and a major stronghold of the Mycenaean world. Tiryns is mentioned by Homer who wrote of its mighty walls, called “cyclopean” because in classical Greece it was believed that only this legendary race of giants was strong enough to construct them. Continue to the ancient city of Argos and visit many of the site’s monuments including the famous Heraion of Argos, the temple dedicated to Hera who, in The Iliad, proclaims herself to be its protector. End the day with an exploration of Epidaurus, birthplace of Asclepius the healer, whose asclepeion (healing temple) at Epidaurus was the most acclaimed in the classical world. The income it generated allowed the city to construct numerous civic monuments including a theater with exquisite acoustics that is still in use today. CALLISTO (B,L,D)
Friday, June 22
MYCENAE / NAFPLIO
Travel to Mycenae from which the entire Mycenaean historical era takes its name. Homer described Mycenae as being “rich in gold” and indeed many of the treasures excavated from the city’s royal tombs, including the famed funeral mask of Agamemnon, were cast in this precious metal. A tour of the site includes the tomb of Clytemnestra and the impressive Lion Gate, the citadel’s main entrance whose relief sculpture is the only surviving piece of monumental Mycenaean sculpture. Return to Nafplio in the afternoon for free time to enjoy views of the 15th century castle of Bourtzi located in the middle of Nafplio’s harbor and to explore this lovely town that served as the first capital of modern Greece until 1834. CALLISTO (B,L,D)
Saturday, June 23
PIRAEUS / DISEMBARK CALLISTO / ATHENS / U.S.
Disembark our ship in Zea Marina in Piraeus this morning and transfer to the airport in Athens for return flights to the U.S. (B)
WHAT TO EXPECT
We consider this program to be moderately strenuous and at times, physically demanding and busy. Most of our touring is done by motorcoach and boat. Daily excursions involve one to three miles of walking, often on uneven terrain. Much of the walking takes place at ancient sites, where paths can be rocky and uneven. Participants must be physically fit, active and in good health. We welcome travelers 15 years of age and older on this program.
Limited to 30 participants
|D||Two twin beds, porthole. 130 sq. ft.||$8,995|
|Two twin beds, porthole. 130 sq. ft.||
|B||Two twin beds or one double bed, window. 125 sq. ft.||
|A||Two twin beds or one queen bed, window. 140 sq. ft.||$11,995|
*Association nonmembers add $200 per person.
**Single accommodations are limited.
- 8-night cruise aboard the Callisto
- 1 night of deluxe accommodations at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
- 8 dinners, 7 lunches and 9 breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions
- House wine, beer and soft drinks with shipboard lunches and dinners
- Bottled water on excursions
- Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and ship crew for all group activities
- All tours and shore excursions as described in the itinerary
- Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days
- Port fees and embarkation taxes
- Minimal medical, accident and evacuation insurance
- Educational program with lecture series and pre-departure materials, including recommended reading list, a selected book, map and travel information
- Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program
- International and U.S. domestic airfare
- Passport and visa fees
- Immunization costs
- Meals and beverages other than those specified as included
- Independent and private transfers
- Trip-cancellation/ interruption and baggage insurance
- Excess-baggage charges
- Personal items such as email, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services
In the uncertain, often volatile oil market of late, it is difficult to predict fuel costs over the long term and, more specifically, at the time of operation of this voyage. Our prices are based upon the prevailing fuel rates at the time of brochure printing. While we will do everything possible to maintain our prices, if the fuel rates increase significantly, it may be necessary to institute a fuel surcharge.
ABOUT THE CALLISTO
The Callisto combines the comfort of a larger vessel with the intimacy of a small sailing yacht. All 17 air-conditioned cabins are exterior with large windows or portholes that look out to sea and feature generous storage space, telephone, TV/VCR/DVD, refrigerator and marble bathroom with shower. The yacht’s public areas include a spacious lounge, a dining room that accommodates all guests at a single seating, two broad decks for sunbathing and dining alfresco, and a library. The Callisto is served by a crew of 18 and is equipped with the latest navigational instruments, including satellite communication systems.
Flag: Greece / Length: 170 ft. / Beam: 27.8 ft. / Draft: 10.8 ft.
Terms and Conditions
We encourage membership in the Alumni Association as the program cost for nonmembers is $200 more than the members' price. Parents and their children under 21 may travel on one membership. For more information or to purchase a membership, visit www.stanfordalumni.org/membership or call (650) 725-0692.
Deposits, Payments and Cancellations
A $1,000 deposit is required to hold space. Deposits and any payments are fully refundable, less a $500-per-person cancellation fee, until the final payment due date, 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) can be resold, in which case a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply.
Stanford Travel/Study provides all travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage under our group-travel insurance policy. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to optional baggage and trip-cancellation insurance. A brochure offering such insurance will be mailed with your confirmation about one week after we receive your deposit. The product offered in this brochure includes special benefits if you postmark your insurance payment within a specified window: 15 days of the date listed on the confirmation letter for the Waiver of Pre-Existing Conditions and coverage for Financial Insolvency; 21 days for the Cancel for Any Reason benefit.
The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that the ship's ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is printed and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign a Release of Liability.
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