Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Trip Type
By Sea

Group Size: Up to 260 guests
Price: Starting from $5,440 per person double occupancy
Co-sponsored with: Minnesota, National Trust, Northwestern, Tufts, University of Southern California, World Affairs Council, William and Mary

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Join us for this unparalleled and comprehensive nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world. Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, newest Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Call on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini, and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit the extraordinary wonder of Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through legendary sites of antiquity—including the ancient citadel of Mycenae and historic Epidaurus. Enjoy guided tours in these storied destinations, free time to encounter their mysteries and delights at your own pace during the best time of the year, and opportunities to visit nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged Island Life® Forum for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture.

Schedule by Day

  • Oct 8: Depart the U.S. or Canada
  • Oct 9: Arrive Athens, Greece / Embark Le Bougainville
  • Oct 10: Volos / Meteora
  • Oct 11: Delos / Mykonos
  • Oct 12: Pátmos
  • Oct 13: Rhodes / Lindos
  • Oct 14: Santorini
  • Oct 15: Nafplion for Mycenae and Epidaurus
  • Oct 16: Athens / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S. or Canada


Per person double occupancy:

  • Category 8: $5,440
  • Category 7: $5,940
  • Category 6: $6,540
  • Category 5: $6,940
  • Category 4: $7,540
  • Category 3: $7,940
  • Category 2: $8,540
  • Category 1: $9,440
  • Deluxe Suite: $10,940
  • Prestige Suite: $12,240
  • Privilege Suite: $12,545
  • Grand Deluxe Suite: $13,540
  • Owner’s Suite: $14,040

Single occupancy:

  • Category 8: $8,704
  • Category 7: $9,504
  • Category 6: $10,464
  • Category 5: $11,104
  • Category 4: $12,064
  • Category 3: $12,704 


Seven nights aboard Le Bougainville


October 6–9, 2022
$995 per person double occupancy / $1,295 single occupancy

October 16–18, 2022
$745 per person double occupancy / $895 single occupancy

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

Many of the cities and towns being visited were founded centuries ago, and the terrain is rugged. Therefore, a fair amount of along narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain and many archaeological sites; climbing several flights of stairs (some without railings) is to be expected. Walking excursions often cover distances of at least one mile/1.6 km and are approximately three hours in length. Please be advised that the ship may either dock in port or tender ashore by small boat.

Study Leader(s)

Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English

Mode of Travel

The exclusively chartered, five-star Le Bougainville, is one of four ships in the recent Ponant Explorers expedition yacht series and represents an extraordinary fleet of the most innovative cruise ships in the world.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.