Antiquity to Byzantium
Cruising from Antiquity to Byzantium
A historically themed cruise featuring an expert guest lecturer who accompanies the cruise and the comprehensive range of excursions all focussed around our chosen theme. Our cruise circumnavigates the Peloponnese, an area of Greece blessed with some of the most spectacular historical monuments from just about every period from the rich and varied history of Greece.
Our guest lecturer, Eugenia Alexiadou has a Master’s degree in Byzantine Art, is an expert in both Classical and Byzantine Greek history and admits to a passion for prehistoric Aegean culture. Her daily briefing will give comprehensive cultural and contextual background to all the sites and sights we visit, including:
- The Amphitheatre of Epidauros
- Nauplion & Mycenae
- The walled town of Monemvasia
- Byzantine Mystra
- Ancient Olympia – Birthplace of the Olympic Games
- Delphi – The Ancient Oracle
- Transit off the spectacular Corinth Canal
In particular, our theme focusses on the transition from the period of classical antiquity, recognised as the period in history that established the foundations of Western Civilisation, through the Roman conquest and transition to the Christian empire of Byzantium. Often overlooked by western historians, The Byzantine Empire lasted over 1000 years and arguably had no less a significant influence on European history and culture than the classical and Roman periods.
Our theme examines continuity and transition in architecture, language, customs, rituals and tradition routed in Greece’s ancient pagan past, many of which are very much part of Christian Greek life today. Our comprehensive excursion programme is included in the cruise fare, as are a series of talks on board on various aspects of our chosen theme by our guest lecturer who is an expert in both Classical and Byzantine history.
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