WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN • JULY 20TH – 30TH, 2006
In the footsteps of the Caesars you will spend your time in the Eternal City. From the Roman Forum, it's a short walk to the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and Palatine Hill. Across the Tiber River, the Sovereign State of the Vatican holds the key to the Sistine Chapel and Bernini's awesome colonnade.
Nothing more than a tiny Principality, Monaco steals much more of the international limelight than its size decently permits. But it's the Grand Casino, of course, where you must peer into the enchanting Salon Rose to see its naked nymph-clad ceiling. It's also the palace and the cathedral, the Rock of Monaco and the harbor, packed to the gills with million-dollar motor yachts — and those are just the modest ones.
Timeless treasures are around every corner in Florence, an hour's drive from Livorno-the Duomo that represents Brunelleschi's pinnacle of achievement, Giotto's bell tower, Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio. Closer yet, in Pisa see the Tower, still standing, if crookedly, after 650 years.
Whatever your opinion about form over function, you'll have to admit that Gaudi made an impression on Barcelona with his modernist architecture. Do you love it or hate it? While you're here, stroll the Ramblas shopping avenue and visit the Gothic Quarter, or stop at a Benedictine monastery, and contemplate the bizarre works of Picasso at a museum dedicated only to him.
Floating gemlike off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera, these islands offer you pearls, pottery and perfectly sublime sandy beaches. Visit Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a romantic winter in 1838.
Stroll Tunis' spirited medina where close-packed souks offer silver, perfumes, spices, carpets and other treasures at fire sale prices. Sharpen your haggling skills here — it's anticipated! At the edge of the Sahara, the Phoenician city at Carthage now lies in windswept ruins, but once was the glorious rival of Rome.
Territory of the legendary Godfather, Sicily has hosted many film crews, and Palermo in particular is home to the Opera House where Al Pacino's character met his Waterloo in the Godfather III. Also in Palermo are a Spanish church with a Moorish cloister and a cathedral whose electic facade speaks volumes about all those who came, saw and conquered. Enjoy it all as you would the caponata — sweet and tangy and, not surprisingly, delicious
School children everywhere know the story of Pompeii and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius that destroyed it. In real life, Pompeii is even more impressive, as meticulous excavation has bared the soul of a city frozen in time since AD 79. For a breath of fresh air, sail across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri or visit the ostentatious boutiques of Sorrento
Cruise prices vary from $1,799 for an Inside Stateroom to $5,849 for a Full Suite, per person. For those attending the conference, there is a $795 fee. Taxes are $314.61 per person. All prices and fees are detailed on the HOW TO BOOK page.
The classes offered are detailed on the SEMINARS page. Classes are only offered when we're at sea. For a detailed listing of the cruise itinerary, along with the class times, please review our ITINERARY page.
• Digital Photography Workshop
• Essential Photo Optimizing — Getting it Right
• Photo Retouching and Repairing Techniques
• Inside Mac OS X “Tiger”
• What I Did on My Summer Vacation:
• Making Cruise Keepsakes with iLife
• iPod SuperSession
• Apple's Information Hub
• Inside iPhoto — and Way, Way Beyond
• Life is Good … iLife Makes it Better!
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