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meeting Place of empires:

an exploration of the balkans

through the Centuries

september 1 – 13, 2012

Meeting PlAce of eMPires

september 1 – 13, 2012 triP overview

For thousands of years southeastern

europe has been a crossroads of

empires. greeks, Persians, romans,

byzantines, bulgars, and ottomans—all

left their mark on the culture, art, and

architecture. and in recent times some

of the countries that occupy this

strategic part of europe have been at

the center of strategic conflict as world

powers continue to contend for control.

Join us this fall from venice to istanbul

to explore this corner of the world that

remains a meeting Place of empires.

early september, when days are still

warm but summer crowds have gone, is

an ideal time to experience the charm of

the wonderfully preserved medieval

towns of mostar and Kotor; nessebur,

on the shores of the black sea;

diocletian’s Palace at split; and the

awesome monuments of athens. the

rich legacy of multiple civilizations is

evident everywhere along our itinerary:

in dubrovnik, home to gothic,

renaissance, and baroque architecture;

or in sardis, where the ruins of an

ancient greek temple are found

for detAiled itinerAries visit

Kotor, Montenegro’s Venetian architecture is set

against the stunning backdrop of its fjord-like bay

alongside a 4 th -century synagogue.

nowhere, perhaps, is this layering of

cultures better exhibited than at butrint,

whose ruins span 2,500 years and

include greek, roman, byzantine, and

ottoman monuments.

the lecturers accompanying the voyage

will focus on the ancient and the

contemporary. among them will be a

Harvard study leader (yet to be named),

as well as John mclaughlin, former

deputy director of the Central

intelligence agency, who will talk about

the balkans in the context of global

issues and about its place in u.s.

national security interests.

all accommodations aboard the lovely

114-guest yacht Corinthian ii are

exterior suites. the comfortable public

areas and broad decks invite relaxation

and the staff and crew anticipate every

want and need.

Please join us for an unforgettable and

enriching voyage to a meeting Place of


onBoArd enrichMent ProgrAM

this voyage from venice to istanbul combines exploration of prehistoric, ancient,

and medieval sites with opportunities to witness communities recovering and

rebuilding in the aftermath of the collapse of the soviet union and civil war. lectures

and discussions with expert and experienced scholars and teachers will deepen

understanding of the cultures that once thrived along these shores and of the

current challenges facing the region as it seeks its place in the contemporary world.

hArvArd study leAder

as this brochure goes to print, we have not yet confirmed the faculty study leader for

this program. We intend, however, that you will be joined by a Harvard lecturer who will

enhance your travel experience. You will discover that our lecturers are not only

first-rate scholars and teachers but also friendly traveling companions, eager to share

their insight through conversation as well as in scheduled presentations.

guest lecturer

john Mclaughlin is the distinguished Practitioner in residence at the Johns

Hopkins school of advanced international studies in Washington, dC, where he

teaches courses on the american intelligence system and foreign policy. He came to

the academic world following three decades at the Cia, including service as deputy

director and acting director. during that career, he worked on nearly every part of

the world and today, in addition to teaching, advises u.s. national security officials

and comments frequently on intelligence and foreign policy on tv, radio, and in

major print media. His lectures during our cruise will focus on challenges facing

american intelligence and foreign policy, including those emanating in recent years

from the areas we will visit. mr. mclaughlin is also interested in the history of WW ii

in the mediterranean and will bring that into the discussion.

Cover: Mostar, with its historic rebuilt Stari Most (Old Bridge)

Below: Bulgaria’s quaint town of Nessebur, known as Mesembria in ancient times

for detAiled itinerAries visit or cAll 800-422-1636

schedule By dAy

saturdaY, sePtember 1, 2012

fly froM usA

sundaY, sePtember 2

venice, italy | eMBArk

Arrive in Venice and transfer to

Corinthian II. (D)

mondaY, sePtember 3

sPlit, croatia

Originally a Greco-Illyrian settlement

called Aspalathos, Split is an ancient

city centered around the formidable

Palace of Diocletian, built in a.d. 295. An

extensive structure, much of which is

well preserved, the palace contains

within its walls Split’s medieval town,

making it the only palace that has been

continuously inhabited since Roman

times. Also visit the Archaeological

Museum. (B, L, D)

tuesdaY, sePtember 4

Ploce, croatia | MostAr, Bosnia

and herzegovina | Ploce, croatia

Sail to Ploce for an excursion to Mostar,

which became a thriving center in the

15 th century under the Ottoman Turks.

Admire the ethereally graceful Stari

Most (“Old Bridge”), originally built in

1566, and the nearby Tabacica Mosque.

(B, L, D)

WednesdaY, sePtember 5

duBrovnik, croatia |

kotor, Montenegro

For hundreds of years, Dubrovnik (the

“Pearl of the Adriatic”) was an

independent city-state set in

competition with Venice for

Constantinople’s trade routes. Visit the

Franciscan Monastery, Dominican

Monastery, and the Baroque Cathedral,

containing works by Titian and Andrea

del Sarto. Also view the wonderful

courtyard of the Rector’s Palace.

Depart on a scenic drive through the

mountains to Kotor, located at the head

Dubrovnik’s walls enclose remarkable palaces

The 4 th -century synagogue in Sardis

of its namesake bay. One of the most

quaint and best-preserved medieval

towns along the Dalmatian coast, Kotor

is a designated UNESCO World

Heritage site. The town’s fortifications

and most of its monuments, which we

will visit on a walking tour, date from

the time of Venetian rule. (B, L, D)

tHursdaY, sePtember 6

sArAndA | Butrint |

sArAndA, Albania

From Saranda, drive to the UNESCO

World Heritage site of Butrint.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, the

city was founded by the Trojans, or so

claimed the poet Virgil. A gem of an

archaeological site, its ruins span

2,500 years and include the remains of

a Greek acropolis, Roman theater,

6 th -century baptistery, and

19 th -century fortress. (B, L, D)

FridaY, sePtember 7

nAfPAktos (lePAnto), greece

It was at Nafpaktos (the medieval

Lepanto) that the celebrated Battle of

Lepanto was fought in 1571 between

the Turkish fleet and an allied fleet of

Venice, Genoa, the Papal States, Spain,

Sicily, and Naples. The overwhelming

defeat of Muslim sea power was one

from which they never recovered.

for detAiled itinerAries visit

Nafpaktos’s medieval appearance is

well-preserved. Enclosing walls come

down to the sea, while an imposing

castle sits above the town in a beautiful

forest of pine. (B, L, D)

saturdaY, sePtember 8

PirAeus | Athens or BrAuron &

sounion | PirAeus

The birthplace of Western culture and

one of the world’s most venerable cities,

Athens boasts a plethora of historic

monuments. In the morning, tour the

Acropolis, including the Erechtheion

and the majestic Parthenon, one of the

world’s most perfect structures. After

lunch at a taverna, continue to the

stunning new Acropolis Museum.

Alternatively, in the morning travel

northeast of Athens to visit Brauron’s

Archaeological Museum, with finds

from the Sanctuary of Artemis, and see

Sounion’s majestic temple on the sea in

the afternoon. (B, L, D)

sundaY, sePtember 9

izMir | sArdis | izMir, turkey

Arrive in Izmir and take an excursion to

the ruins of the ancient city of Sardis.

Sardis was one of the world’s

wealthiest cities from the 7 th to the

mid-6 th centuries b.c. and was most

likely inhabited as far back as 1200 b.c.

First settled by the Lydians, natives of

Anatolia, the city was also home to

Persians, Macedonians, and Romans.

During the first major excavations here

in the 1950s, archaeologists unearthed

an ancient synagogue. Later

excavations revealed remnants of a

flourishing Jewish settlement, which

coexisted peacefully with Christian

ones. Explore the massive 4 th -century

a.d. synagogue, whose walls are

covered by impressive mosaics; the bath

complex; the Temple of Artemis, built by

the Lydian king Croesus and later rebuilt

by Alexander the Great; and other ruins.

(B, L, D)

mondaY, sePtember 10

thessAloniki, greece

Arrive in Thessaloniki, justly famous for

its late Classical and Medieval remains

as well as early Christian churches. On a

tour of the city, explore several of these

monuments, including a visit to a

Byzantine church as well as the

Byzantine Museum (or the

Archaeological Museum). (B, L, D)

tuesdaY, sePtember 11

At seA (B, L, D)

WednesdaY, sePtember 12

nesseBur, Bulgaria

Arrive in charming Nessebur, known in

ancient times as Messembria, or “town

amid the sea,” according to Herodotus.

Enjoy a walking tour of the town and its

old timbered houses. Visit the Byzantine

church of St. Stephen and the

Archaeological Museum, then enjoy a

folkloric performance. (B, L, D)

tHursdaY, sePtember 13

istAnBul, turkey | diseMBArk | fly

to usA (B)

oPtionAl cruise extensions

Tour the principal landmarks of Venice

(pre-cruise) and/or Istanbul (postcruise).

Included: Two nights at the

deluxe Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati

(Venice) and/or Pera Palace Hotel

(Istanbul) with breakfast and one lunch;

guided sightseeing; and ship/hotel/

airport transfers.

RATES: Venice: $1,295 per person,

double occupancy; $545 single

supplement; Istanbul: $1,095 per

person, double occupancy; $395 single


Greece’s Nafpaktos, the medieval Lepanto





Mostar M







Saranda da




shiP size: 57 cabins

whAt is included:






Per person, double occupancy




Thessalonik saloniki



cAt. e $5,995 $9,995

cAt. d $6,995 $10,995

cAt. c $7,995 $11,995

cAt. B $9,295 $12,995

cAt. A $10,295 $13,995

cAt. AA $10,995 $14,995

cAt. vs $11,995 $15,995

cAt. Phs $12,595 $16,995






no single suPPleMent:

A limited number of cabins in categories B & A have been

set aside for single occupancy at no suPPleMent.

• educational program of lectures and discussions by a

Harvard professor and additional experts

• 11-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 114-guest

Corinthian ii

• Complete program of tours and excursions

• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship

• all meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft

drinks with lunch and dinner

• open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise

• Professional tour staff

• Complete pre-departure materials

• baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated

program arrival and departure dates

• Port and embarkation taxes

• gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

• $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance



whAt is not included:

airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage and

trip cancellation insurance; meals and beverages other than

those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry,

telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and gratuities to

shipboard personnel.

CorintHian ii

cAtegory Phs

Deluxe penthouse suites on

Explorer Deck with private balcony and

sitting area. 400 sq. ft.

cAtegory vs

Deluxe veranda suites on Erickson Deck

with private balcony and

sitting area. 300 sq. ft.

cAtegory AA

Deluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with

forward and side windows and sitting

area. 285 sq. ft.

cAtegory A

Deluxe suites on Marco Polo Deck with

window and sitting area.

235 sq. ft.

cAtegory B

Deluxe suites on Columbus Deck

with window and sitting area.

235 sq. ft.

cAtegory c

Deluxe suites on Magellan Deck with

portholes and sitting area.

235 sq. ft.

cAtegory d

Deluxe suites on Columbus Deck with

window and sitting area.

225 sq. ft.

cAtegory e

Deluxe suites on Magellan Deck with

portholes and sitting area.

225 sq. ft.


yeAr of construction: 1992

overAll length: 297 feet

MAxiMuM PAssengers: 114

flAg: marshall islands

generAl inforMAtion

PAyMent schedule: a deposit of $1,500 per person is required to reserve your space on the

tour. For your convenience, you may charge your deposit to your american express, visa, discover,

or masterCard. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for

final payment. However, personal checks are accepted for both deposits and final payment.

cAncellAtions & refunds: all cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a

$300 per person administrative fee. additionally, passengers are subject to any cancellation

fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines or hotels used in the itinerary.

Cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of

the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject

to 100% cancellation penalties. requests for cancellations must be made in writing. no refunds

will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. service fees may

apply to deviations and are non-refundable.

insurAnce: We highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. an application

for trip cancellation insurance will be provided by the Haa upon confirmation. the pre-existing

medical conditions exclusion is waived if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of initial

deposit. neither the Haa nor the tour operator will take responsibility for any costs, losses

incurred or suffered by the guest, or guests’ dependents or traveling companions, with regards

to, but not limited to, cancellation or curtailment of the tour, emergency evacuation expenses,

medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money, and

goods. as a service to our travelers we automatically provide emergency medical evacuation

insurance. You will receive detailed coverage approximately 30 days prior to your departure.

resPonsiBility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the

sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and travel dynamics international

and the tour’s sponsoring organization. the passenger is also advised to review his/her separate

ticket passage contract with the vessel’s owner/operator, which will constitute the sole, legally

enforceable terms of carriage for this tour and is available on request from travel dynamics

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agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotel and other tour arrangements.

in that capacity, we exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the passenger’s safety

and satisfaction, but, we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury,

death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of

any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions

of any third-party, involved in carrying the passenger or in affecting these tours. We are not

responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or

other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or

threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other

carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of god or other causes beyond our control. all such losses

must be borne by the passenger, and tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time

stated. in the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid


other fAcilities: library with internet access, spacious lounge and club, sun

deck, restaurant, outdoor dining area, Jacuzzi, and elevator.

to Book A triP cAll 800-422-1636 or visit

exterior suites, including one

queen-size or two twin-size beds,

sitting area, tv, mini-refrigerator,

safe, and marble bathroom.

vs & Phs suites are provided with private butler service

and other exclusive amenities.

causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the

original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or

else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover

on the passenger’s behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have

any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make

alterations to the tour’s itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or lecturers if this is required.

We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long

as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be

entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. no refund shall

be made for any unused portion of any tour. by forwarding their deposit(s), the passenger

certifies that he/she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have

any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or

other passengers. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person

as a member of any tour should such person’s health, condition or actions adversely affect or

threaten the welfare or safety of other passengers or impede the tour. baggage or valuables

brought on the tour shall be transported, handled or stored at the passenger’s risk entirely,

and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Passenger

tickets are not transferable and are not subject to alteration by the passenger. no suit shall

be maintainable against the carrier, or vessel, for any losses, accidents, damages to person,

property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the passengers,

unless written notice of the claim, with full particulars, is delivered to the carrier or its agents at

its office at the port of sailing or at the port of termination within six months from the day when

such incident occurred. in no event shall any such suit or any claim against the carrier or vessel

for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or

other types of bodily injury) of the passenger be maintainable unless such suit is commenced

within one year from the day when the incident causing such losses, accidents, damages

to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the

passenger occurs, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary.

resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be brought within the united states district

Court for the southern district of new York, pursuant to the applicable general maritime law,

and applying the applicable general maritime law and Federal maritime statutes.

rAtes: tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, and currency values. While we do

everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.

fuel suPPleMent: our tour operator reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement,

without prior notice, if the nYmeX oil price exceeds $85 per barrel. this supplement may be

charged even if the cruise fare has been paid in full.

shiP’s registry: marshall islands Cst #204 3599-40 tdi

Questions: Please call Haa travels at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806,


2012 hAA trips


old world

PolAnd & czech


may 3-13, 2012

Carol saIVetZ


AfricA: nAMiBiA,


zAMBiA &

victoriA fAlls

may 16-29, 2012

FarIsh JenkIns

literAry irelAnd

Jun 27-Jul 9, 2012

CatherIne mCkenna

the golden

eAgle trAnssiBeriAn

exPress with

nAAdAM festivAl

Jun 29-Jul 13, 2012

tImothy Colton

south AfricA’s

PrivAte gAMe

reserves, cAPe

town & the


sep 19-oCt 1, 2012

tImothy mCCarthy

villAge life

itAliAn lAke


sep 29-oCt 7, 2012

the Best of


Buenos Aires

And sAntiAgo

noV 2-16, 2012

MysticAl indiA

Jan 3-20, 2013



may 11-24, 2013


Jun 8-18, 2013


roMe to nAPles

on seA cloud ii

may 15-23, 2012

rIChard thomas

in seArch of

ulysses on


Jun 6-15, 2012

gregory nagy

the BAltic's

AMBer coAst:

coPenhAgen to

st. PetersBurg

on cliPPer


Jul 17-27, 2012

kelly o’neIll

Meeting PlAce

of eMPires

(BAlkAns) on

corinthiAn ii

sep 1-13, 2012

Borneo &


Across the

wAllAce line on

orion ii

sep 15-oCt 2, 2012

ZarIn maChanda

venice to

duBrovnik on

seA cloud ii

oCt 2-9, 2012

sIdney & CynthIa


sAiling the



herAklion to

AlexAndriA on

cliPPer odyssey

oCt 6-18, 2012

history of the


seA on

corinthiAn ii

oCt 13-29, 2012

sicily By seA:

Art treAsures &

Ancient teMPles

on seA cloud ii

oCt 22-31, 2012

CatherIne mCkenna

the Ancient

coAst of turkey

And the eAstern

greek islAnds

on cAllisto

oCt 25-noV 3, 2012

Carol saIVetZ

sPlendors of

indiA with sri


on cliPPer


noV 18-deC 5, 2012


exPedition to An

ethereAl world

on corinthiAn ii

deC 29, 2012-

Jan 12, 2013

corAl reefs,

rAin forests &

Ancient sites:

exPloring the

nAturAl And



of Belize And

guAteMAlA on


Jan 5-13, 2013

history &

gArdens of

the cAriBBeAn:


AntiguA on seA

cloud ii

Jan 13-20, 2013

Brunei to BAli

on cliPPer


Feb 11-27, 2013

north AfricA’s


coAst through

the centuries

on cAllisto

apr 4-15, 2013

echoes of

the PAst:


the civil wAr, A

voyAge Between

sAvAnnAh And

richMond on


apr 27-may 7, 2013


dukes, PoPes &

PAinters: lyon

to Arles (soÂne

& rhÔne rivers)

on AMAdAgio

may 1-10, 2012

robert kIley

the greAt


through euroPe

June 13-25, 2012

mIChael shInagel

coluMBiA &

snAke rivers:

soPkAne to

PortlAnd on

Queen of

the west

June 15-23, 2012

dAnuBe river:

froM PAssAu

to BudAPest on

royAl crown

sept 4 -15, 2012

treAsures of

the MississiPPi

on yorktown

mar 26-apr 13, 2013


voyAge to the

lAnds of gods

And heroes on

corinthiAn ii

Jul 9-20, 2012

VassIlIkI raptI

fAMily tAnzAniA

deC 26, 2012–

Jan 7, 2013

registrAtion forM

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