New York, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2012
Imagine a voyage of discovery to the extraordinary ancient sites of the southern Mediterranean, set to a soundtrack by Mozart, Beethoven, and Shostakovich—that’s what Travel Dynamics International has planned for Autumn 2012. From Istanbul to Casablanca: A Grand Mediterranean Journey to Shores Less Traveled, is the latest in Travel Dynamics' always-popular series of cruises that combines exciting destinations with exclusive musical performances.
The itinerary is a unique combination of the Mediterranean's classic sites such as Ephesus, Knossos, on the island of Crete, Valletta, Malta’s most magnificent port city, as well as exceptional destinations that few Americans have seen, including Dougga, the largest Roman site in Tunis, and the fabled ancient Roman cities of Hippo Regius and Djemila in Algeria—a country that until recently has been virtually closed to travelers from the United States.
“This east-to-west voyage lets travelers discover the many great civilizations that were born and flourished in the Mediterranean—Minoan, Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic.” says Vasos Papagapitos, Co-President of Travel Dynamics International. “But this voyage is also timely: This is a dramatic moment in the history of the Arab nations that border the Mediterranean.”
To explain the “Arab Spring” and put these unexpected uprisings in perspective, Travel Dynamics has invited journalist and author Robin Wright to join the cruise. As a reporter Wright has covered this part of the world for decades. Her years of expertise are reflected in her recent book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World. During the cruise Wright will explain the origins of the Arab Spring and discuss its impact throughout the Muslim world and beyond.
To illuminate the ancient sites on the itinerary, Travel Dynamics has invited an expert in antiquities and archaeology – particularly biblical archaeology: Shelly Wachsmann of the Archaeological Institute of America and Texas A&M University. He specializes in underwater archaeology: for thirteen years Professor Wachsmann served as inspector of underwater antiquities for Israel.
An ensemble of five professional musicians under the direction of Lowell Liebermann will join the travelers. Travel Dynamics has arranged for a series of concerts and recitals aboard Corinthian II, as well as in unforgettable locations ashore, including the Palazzo Parisio, the spectacular ancestral palace of the marquis of Scicluna located outside Valletta, and the Acropolium in Carthage, the former cathedral erected by the French during the colonial period.
The ship for this voyage is the Corinthian II, serviced by 70 experienced officers and crew. This gracious, comfortable vessel accommodates 114 guests in 57 staterooms—all of them exterior. During this cruise, the spacious lounge will serve as the travelers’ concert hall. The ship’s features include a spacious restaurant as well as an outdoor café, two lounges, sun deck with jacuzzi, and a gym, library, and beauty salon. An elevator serves all decks.
As part of a special promotion, Travel Dynamics has eliminated the single supplement for solo travelers and reduced rates so that couples can save as much as $8,000.
To make a reservation, or for more information, travelers are asked to call Travel Dynamics International at 212-517-7555 or 800-257-5767 or visit out website at http://www.TravelDynamics.com
About Travel Dynamics International
Travel Dynamics International is the leading operator of high-caliber educational and cultural cruises aboard small ships. Offering customized voyages guided by distinguished scholars and experts, Travel Dynamics International caters to the traveler with a keen intellectual interest in history, culture, and nature.
Founded on the belief that traveling and learning about the world and its many cultures enriches individuals and society as a whole, Travel Dynamics excels at voyages that engage travelers with the destination and with one another.