Crossroads of Cultures: Ancient Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians and Etruscans in Central Mediterranean and North Africa

  • Note: This alumni adventure is closed.

  • September 23rd through October 2nd, 2007
  • Registration deadline: July 1st, 2007
  • Capacity: 40
  • Cost: $5995.00 (plus airfare)

Breaking news: Because Libya is not processing visa applications from Americans, our trip to Libya has a new itinerary. The new itinerary includes visits to Malta, Sicily, Corsica, Tunisia, Sardinia and Italy. Still led by Professor Nancy Wilkie, the trip is now called "Crossroads of Cultures: Ancient Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians and Etruscans in Central Mediterranean and North Africa."

Classics and anthropology professor Nancy Wilkie will take you on an adventure through a slice of the North African coast that was once home to Hannibal, St. Augustine, and the Barbary pirates, and that features some of the most dramatic and well-preserved ancient ruins in the world.


Undoubtedly, the cancellation of our visit to Libya is a great disappointment to everyone, myself included. However, I am very excited about the new itinerary that has us traveling to a wonderful variety of sites in Italy and Tunisia, many of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. In Agrigento we will have the opportunity to explore the magnificent 5th century BC Doric temples, among the best in the ancient world. On Sardinia we will visit a complex of Bronze Age tower-like structures that are unique to that island, the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi. The Etruscan tombs at Tarquina are world famous for their vibrant wall paintings. And, of course, the city of Florence whose Renaisance art and architecture are beyond compare. I am certain that you will find this to be a voyage like no other, and I look forward to traveling with you soon.


The elegant 114-guest Corinthian II offers a classic yacht-like atmosphere and fine accommodations. Originally built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, Corinthian II accommodates all guests in 57 outside suites, each with its own sea view.


Nancy Wilkie, the William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and Liberal Arts and codirector of the archaeological concentration at Carleton, has conducted archeological fieldwork in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal and currently serves on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department. She has served as the study leader for many Archaeological Institute of America tours to the Mediterranean and has received rave reviews for her previous Carleton alumni trips.


Category E: $5.995
Category D: $6,595
Category C: $7,795
Category B: $8,795
Category A: $9,595
Veranda Suite: $10,995
Penthouse Suite: $12,495

Single Supplement: None. Yes, that's right. There is no single supplement.

INCLUSIONS: For a list of what is included in the trip price, please see the trip flyer (link is in the blue box in the upper right)

EXCLUSIONS: Airfare; visas; passports; 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.

All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $200 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 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program costs per person . Cancellations 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 the program in which you choose not to participate.


September 21-24, 2007

On this optional extension, visit the Co-Cathedral of St. John, a lavish repository for Malta's finest art treasures; the Palace of the Grand Masters; and the National Museum of Archeology. Explore Hagar Qim and other megalithic sites of the island, which are among the oldest freestanding man-made monuments; and the M'dina, the "Silent City" once inhabited by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and the Romans.

Rate (Per person/double occupancy): $695
Single supplement: $195


October 2-4, 2007

This optional post-cruise extension in Naples includes a visit to the National Archaeological Musem and an excursion to two of Italy's most famous ancient sites: Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Rate (per person, double occupancy): $925
Single supplement: $230


For more information, please contact Amy Goerwitz at the Alumni Affairs Office, 507-222-5602.