Taormina, Italy
Sep 26, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024
Trip Type
By Sea

Group Size: Emerald Sakara can accommodate up to 90 passengers for this voyage
Price: From $7,990 per person double occupancy / $12,790 single occupancy
Co-sponsored with: Harvard passengers will be joined by guests from the co-sponsoring institutions Archaeological Institute of America, National Trust Tours, and potential additional groups

Activity Level

Trip Overview

This program highlights archaeological sites that are remnants of the grand civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Begin in Athens with its incomparable Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum, then cruise aboard your luxury yacht through the Corinth Canal to see where the Oracle spoke to Greek citizens at Delphi. If you wish, go for a run on the original track at Olympia. Stop at 2,700-year-old Siracusa, rich with Greek and Roman history, where you’ll stay for a late departure that allows an evening stroll or sightseeing excursion. Marvel at the 3rd c. BC Greco-Roman amphitheater at Taormina and the stunning Greek Temple of Neptune at Paestum before visiting fascinating Pompeii for a look at what Roman life was like before Mt. Vesuvius erupted.

Schedule by Day

  • Sep 26: Depart the U.S.
  • Sep 27: Athens, Greece
  • Sep 28: Embark Emerald Sakara
  • Sep 29: Corinth Canal / Delphi
  • Sep 30: Katakolon / Olympia
  • Oct 1: Siracusa, Italy
  • Oct 2: Giardini, Naxos / Taormina
  • Oct 3: Salerno / Amalfi Coast
  • Oct 4: Sorrento / Pompeii
  • Oct 5: Civitavecchia for Rome, / Disembark / Return to the U.S. or join Rome extension


Per person double occupancy:

  • Category D, Oceanview Stateroom: $7,990
  • Category B, Balcony Suite: $9,990
  • Category A, Balcony Suite: $10,490
  • Category S, Deluxe Balcony Suite: $11,990
  • Category T, Terrace Suite: $13,990
  • Category Y, Yacht Suite: $14,490
  • Category SA, Owner's Suite: $19,990

Single Occupancy:

  • Category D, Ocean Stateroom: $12,790
  • Category B, Balcony Suite: $15,99


  • One night at the Athens Capital Hotel-MGallery Collection
  • Seven nights on Emerald Sakara


Optional post-trip extension to Rome. More information to come

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

This is a moderately active program with considerable walking most days, often on cobblestoned and uneven terrain, and extended periods of standing. Participants must be in good health and able to keep up with the group with limited assistance from tour staff. Many historic buildings and archaeological sites do not have elevators, and you’ll occasionally encounter steps without handrails. These adventure-filled days are offset by relaxing time spent cruising at sea, with the opportunity to enjoy the ship’s amenities and the full lecture program.

The Emerald Sakara has elevator service to all decks. Participants should be capable of navigating hallways and stairs on rolling seas.

Anyone with a serious medical problem, whose medical situation might be adversely affected by active travel, or who might have difficulty walking, should not consider this program.

This promises to be a memorable journey, but as with all travel, a flexible attitude, a spirit of adventure, and a willingness to explore new areas will enhance your enjoyment of this program. You do not have to participate in all of the scheduled activities, except when traveling to the next destination. We are sure you will be pleased with the exciting educational program provided, but we want you to be aware of the pace and activity level.

Study Leader(s)

Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English

For More Information

Please email haatravels@harvard.edu or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.