With Columbia Professor Richard Billows. Garden. of the Gods. A Springtime Voyage to the Classic Greek Islands and Turkey

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1 With Columbia Professor Richard Billows Garden of the Gods A Springtime Voyage to the Classic Greek Islands and Turkey Aboard the All-Suite, 100-Guest Clelia II May 1-11, 2009

2 Dear Columbian, A springtime exploration of the shores of the Aegean is a truly unforgettable experience. An abundance and variety of wildflowers blanket craggy hillsides and spectacular ancient sites, perfuming the air and replenishing the senses. We invite you to join Columbia University History Professor Richard Billows, a specialist in Ancient Greek and Roman History, fellow alumni, family and friends aboard the intimate all-suite Clelia II May 1-11 as she wends her way through sparkling blue waters, cruising to lands that truly become the Garden of the Gods. Our handcrafted itinerary is notable for the variety of places to be discovered, sites located in exceptionally striking settings that bring to life the spirit of the civilizations that created them. We will explore seldom-visited Kythira, the reported birthplace of Aphrodite, encounter Knossos, where a restored palace reveals the brilliance of the Minoan civilization, and experience Rhodes, one of Europe s most impressive medieval towns. On Santorini, there will be time to reexamine the legend of Atlantis, and on Patmos to reacquaint ourselves with the Book of Revelation. Ancient Ephesus, perhaps the most fully intact of ancient sites, and Delos, a rarely visited veritable open-air museum of the gods, will simply amaze us. Professor Billows and other well-known scholars add insight to our voyage and enhance our understanding of the sites through formal lectures and personal exchanges. Spring is indeed a miraculous time to cruise the Aegean Sea and its islands and shores. We share our voyage with like-minded travelers from the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Harvard University. It is time to discover or, perhaps, re-discover the idyllic Aegean shores, home to some of the ancient world s most notable landmark sites. Please join us on this enticing voyage. Sincerely, LUXURY Executive Vice President University Development and Alumni Relations Telephone: Website: Cover: Ephesus, Turkey This page: Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

3 Columbia Faculty Richard Billows is a Professor of History at Columbia University, where he has taught since He specializes in Ancient Greek and Roman History and Greek epigraphy. Professor Billows looks forward to discussing the intersection of religion, society, and culture in the classical world; he has a longstanding interest in the origins of Christianity and its relationship to earlier religions. He is the author of numerous publications including Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenistic State and Kings and Colonists: Aspects of Macedonian Imperialism. A book on Julius Caesar and the end of the Roman republican governing system will appear at the end of Educated at Balliol College, Oxford University; King s College, London; and UC Berkeley, Professor Billows has been a lifelong scholar of the classical world and is eager to return to the Mediterranean with alumni to share his knowledge and insights. A minimum number of participants is required for Faculty participation. Guest Lecturers Achilles Avraamides, Associate professor in History at Iowa State University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in ancient history. He is thoroughly familiar with Greek of all periods and has studied many of the Mesopotamian languages and Biblical Hebrew. He specializes in the history of thought and religion in the ancient world with emphasis on the influence of Platonic philosophy on the development of Christian theology. Dr. Avraamides has taught courses on the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium, and has served as study leader on several Smithsonian study tours in the Mediterranean. Dimitri Liakos, Professor of Greek Classical Art and Early Christian and Byzantine Art at Northern Illinois University, has been teaching, lecturing, and promoting the inimitable contributions of the ancient Greeks to the modern world for more than 40 years. For 25 years, he served as Chair and Director of the Art History Department of NIU s School of Art, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the university s prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Liakos serves as President of the Art Institute s Classical Art Society and of ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity, a society he founded in He is a frequent lecturer and familiar face at the Art Institute as well as at other museums and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Francesca Shironi is assistant professor in the Department of the Classics at Harvard. Born and raised in Italy, she received her first degree in Classics at the University of Pavia in 1997 and her Ph.D. in 2002 from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She was a junior research fellow at Somerville College in Oxford, as well as a lecturer at Exeter College, Oxford and at Reading University. Francesca s research interests include ancient scholarship and literary criticism, as well as papyrology. In addition, she is pursuing studies on the reception of Greek drama in opera and Renaissance Italian Theater. xxxxxxxxxxx Sounion Unique Highlights Attend a private Cretan folkloric dance performance onboard ship while in Rethymnon Enjoy a scenic drive across the island of Santorini and visit one of the wineries in this region, known for its cultivation of grapes since the Bronze Age Sample local specialties during lunch in Lindos at Mavrikos, one of Greece s top restaurants Tour the recently excavated and restored 1 st -century b.c. Terrace Houses at Ephesus, containing their original frescoes and mosaics PHOTOS: Left: xxxxxxxxxxx Cover: xxxxxxxxxx

4 itinerary Friday, May 1, 2009 USA Fly from the U.S. to Athens, Greece. Saturday, May 2 ATHENS, greece Arrive in Athens and transfer to the King George Palace Hotel, with welcome cocktail reception this evening. Santorini Sunday, May 3 ATHENS or BRAURON sounion PIRAEUS EMBARK The birthplace of western civilization, Athens retains numerous monuments that illustrate its brilliant heritage. Enjoy a tour of the Acropolis, crowned by the majestic ruins of the Parthenon, perhaps the most architecturally perfect structure in the West. In the afternoon, visit the National Archaeological Museum. Alternatively, take an excursion to Brauron to visit the Sanctuary of Artemis and Sounion, where its famed Temple of Poseidon stands on a headland overlooking the sea. Transfer to Piraeus to board the Clelia II, and sail in the evening. (B, L, D) Greece Kythira Aegean ATHENS Sea Syros Rethymnon Crete Monday, May 4 KYTHIRA Wild and undeveloped, Kythira was the reported birthplace of Aphrodite, with scrub-filled moorlands and deep ravines covering much of the island. Once a possession of Venice, which called it Cerigo, Kythira still bears evidence of its Venetian influence. A Venetian castle towers over Kapsali, the island s main town. Visit the castle ruins and enjoy time in the town. From here, take a drive to the Byzantine village of Paleochora, its former medieval capital, whose splendid remains are set spectacularly at the head of a gorge, and to Livahdi to tour the Byzantine Museum. (B, L, D) Delos Santorini Knossos Patmos Turkey Ephesus Kusadasi Rhodes Lindos Tuesday, May 5 rethymnon KNOSSOS rethymnon, CRETE Crete, Zeus s legendary birthplace, was home to the Bronze Age Minoan Civilization, Europe s first. Crete is also noted for its incredibly rich flora, with a variety of wildflowers covering the island in the spring. Land at lovely Rethymnon, with its strong architecture dating from the time the island was under Venice ( ), for a choice of excursions. Explore Rethymnon and drive to Knossos, where the brilliance and refinement of the Minoans are revealed in the restored palace, a labyrinth of corridors, stairways, and chambers decorated with frescos illustrating life as it was some 4,000 years ago. Also visit the Heraklion Museum, with its exhibits of exquisite Minoan artifacts. Alternatively, spend the day exploring Crete s singularly beautiful southern region, including the Imbros Gorge and Frangokástello, a 14 th -century Venetian fort built by a bay. (B, L, D) Wednesday, May 6 SANTORINI Today we sail into the dramatic caldera above which rises Santorini. In the second millennium b.c., volcanic eruptions shrouded the island of Santorini in a blanket of pumice and ash and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This

5 ultimately produced the wild, otherworldly, multi-hued beauty of the island, while sending the Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Take a cable car ride up to the whitewashed homes, shops, cafes, and churches of Phira. Then visit the Nomikos Foundation, where excellent reproductions of Akrotiri s Minoan frescoes are on display, and continue to the Prehistoric History Museum of Thera. (B, L, D) Thursday, May 7 RHODES LINDOS RHODES Rhodes reached its pinnacle during the Hellenistic period when it was a major center of commerce, learning, and the arts. Arrive this morning and ascend Monte Smith, the site of the ancient acropolis of Hellenistic Rhodes. See the restored 2 nd -century b.c. stadium, the theater, and the remains of temples dedicated to Zeus, Athena, and Pythian Apollo. Also explore the Old Town, one of Europe s best-preserved and most impressive medieval towns. In lovely Lindos, enjoy lunch at Mavrikos, one of Greece s top restaurants, after which you may take a donkey ride up to the acropolis or spend time relaxing at Lindos s fine-sand beach. (B, L, D) Friday, May 8 PATMOS Patmos, where St. John received his revelations, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Aegean. Our tour includes the 11 th -century Monastery of the Revelation with enormous towers, domed roofs, belfries, and battlements. The monastery also contains priceless icons and Knossos, Crete manuscripts, as well as fine embroideries and other objects. (B, L, D) Saturday, May 9 KUSADASI EPHESUS PRIENE KUSADASI, turkey From the seaside town of Kusadasi, visit the great ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most important cities in the ancient world, with extensive ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Visit the large theater in which the Ephesians rioted against St. Paul, the Library of Celsus with its imposing facade, the Temple of Serapis, and other remains. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Kusadasi or drive to Priene, founded by Greek colonists in 350 b.c., commanding a beautiful location on a promontory. The well-preserved ruins include the Temple of Athena, a theater, and others. (B, L, D) Sunday, May 10 DELOS SYROS, greece Situated in the heart of the Aegean, the pristine island of Delos is the legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. A walking tour leads to the excavation of the main shrines of Apollo and Artemis, as well as to the Terrace of the Lions, which guards over the Sacred Lake. Continue to the little island of Syros, whose main town, Ermoupolis, is noted for its neoclassical architecture. Enjoy time at leisure. (B, L, D) Monday, May 11 PIRAEUS DISEMBARK ATHENS USA Disembark in Piraeus and transfer to the Athens airport for return flights to the U.S. (B) Syros Delos

6 program inclusions Cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Clelia II 1 night in Athens at the King George Palace Hotel, with breakfast 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 Complete program of tours and excursions Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturers Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff Complete pre-departure materials Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program departure and arrival dates Port and embarkation taxes Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers NOT INCLUDED: Airfare; visa and passport fees; 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 service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel Cleli a II The Ideal Combination of Cruise-Ship Grandeur and Small-Ship Intimacy A RETURN TO ELEGANCE To be launched in early 2009, after extensive refurbishment, redecoration, and other improvements, the all-suite Clelia II will offer the finest in small-ship cruise travel. Taken together with her limited guest capacity, excellence of design, craftmanship, and material, Clelia II s spaciousness and intimate ambience combine to make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages. This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites, each of which affords ocean views, measures 215 square feet or more, and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, two twin-size beds or one queen-size bed, spacious closets, air conditioning, mini-refrigerator, safe, telephone, TV, DVD/CD player, and bathroom with marble vanity and teak floor. INVITING FACILITIES AND ATTRACTIVE AMENITIES Public facilities include a restaurant that accommodates guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library with Internet access, state-ofthe-art gym/spa, beauty salon, boutique, Jacuzzi, infirmary, and ample deck areas for relaxing and sunbathing. An elevator serves all decks. Clelia II complies with the latest international and U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology, as well as with retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing. Clelia II is staffed by 60 European officers and crew. Nautilus Club

7 Dining Room Deck Plan Sun D eck O utdoor Café Library Lounge Nautilus Club Boutique Beauty Salon 603 Phoebe Deck Cleo Deck Leto Deck Ariadne Deck Athena Deck Main Specifications Gross Tonnage: 4,077 Overall Length: 290 feet Beam: 50 feet Draft: 12 feet Flag: Malta Reception Restaurant Jacuzzi Spa /Gym Hosp ital Bridge Penthouse Suite Cruise and Land Rates category description rates E D C B A AA VS PHS (per person, double occupancy) All accommodations aboard Clelia II are suites. They face outside, affording sea views, and include a bedroom with two twin-size beds or one queen-size bed, sitting area, mini-bar, TV, DVD/CD player, and marble appointed bathroom with spacious shower and other amenities. Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites *342 - *345,*428,*429 *Partially obstructed view Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with window and sitting area. 215 sq. ft. Suites , 433 Deluxe suites on Athena Deck with three portholes and sitting area. 275 sq. ft. Suites Deluxe suites on Ariadne Deck with window and sitting area. 225 sq. ft. Suites Deluxe suites on Leto Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq. ft. Suites , Deluxe suites on Cleo Deck with forward and side windows and sitting area. 285 sq. ft. Suites Deluxe Veranda Suites on Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq. ft. Suites Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Phoebe Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 260 sq. ft. Suites $6,995 $7,895 $8,695 $9,495 $10,295 $10,995 $11,995 $12,795 VS & PHS suites are provided with private butler service and other exclusive amenities. Single Supplement: A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories D - A at a supplement of $2,995 to the per person, double occupancy rates indicated above. Singles in Categories AA - PHS are available at double the per person, double occupancy rates. AIRFARE: Airfare is not included in the Cruise and Land Rates. Please contact the Air Travel Desk for airfare information and to reserve round-trip flights to Athens. Consultants are available Monday Friday from 9am 5pm (EST) at toll-free or (212) If it is after-hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned the next business day, or us at Please have your tour code (9200) handy for reference. Typical Suite

8 Alumni Travel Study Program 245 Mill St., 2 nd Floor Greenwich, CT PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Travel Dynamics Int l For further information about this travel program, please contact the Columbia University Alumni Travel Study Program. You may reach us toll-free at fax: website: COLU 9200 Santorini in the springtime Experience the splendor of a springtime voyage in the aegean sea Cruising in the Garden of the gods

9 General Information Payment Schedule: A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. For your convenience, you may charge your deposit to your American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment. However, personal checks are accepted for both deposits and final payment. Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $400 per person administrative fee. Additionally, passengers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines or hotels used in the itinerary. Cancellations received days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. Service fees may apply to deviations and are non-refundable. Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance through a company of your choice. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Further information will be sent upon registration. Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International. Responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Columbia University, its agent, TSS LLC, and operator, Travel Dynamics International. 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In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover on the passenger s behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour s itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any tour. 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