"Stephen Kinzer is fascinating, has an amazing breadth of knowledge, tells stories in animated and funny ways, and is so interested in others. I didn’t want the trip to end, but had to return to my job!"
The Eastern Mediterranean to the Adriatic
Throughout the Middle Ages the art, architecture, music, and science of Venice were influenced and enriched by the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations that flourished in the Aegean, Asia Minor, and the Middle East.
Setting forth from Cyprus, we sail to Israel, where we offer you the option of exploring the Roman city of Caesarea and the Crusader sites of Akko, or joining a full-day excursion to the holy places in Jerusalem. We'll continue to explore the rich interplay of cultures that is the hallmark of the old Venetian colonies in the Eastern Mediterranean: the magnificent Crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers, in Syria; the Byzantine monuments embellished with Venetian flourishes on the island of Crete; the immense ruins of Methoni, a formidable Venetian fortress that guarded the trade routes from Asia Minor to Venice; and the Roman and Romanesque monuments of Zadar in Croatia. Our ship for this idyllic spring voyage is the incomparable all-suite Corinthian II, a ship that is modeled on the comforts and elegance of a private yacht.