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A n i n t i m at e e x p l o rat i o n o f t h e Fa bl e d G re e k i s l a n d s
Aboard the 34-Guest Private Yacht Callisto

October 13 - 22, 2009

With Yale Professor MurraY Biggs

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Murray Biggs, Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale, is known throughout the campus for his dynamic teaching style. Professor Biggs inspires great enthusiasm and active participation from all alumni. He has led week-long theatre seminars in various locations: most often in London, at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake; but also in Ireland and at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. He has also offered theatre weekends in major cities in the U.S., most regularly in New York. Because each theatre program offers a different group of plays, many participants return again and again. Professor Biggs was born in England, brought up in South Africa, and returned to England as a Rhodes Scholar to take his second degree (in English) at Oxford, where he afterwards taught for two years. He later studied acting and for a while performed professionally in Boston. He worked at MIT for ten years, mainly as founder and first Director of the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble. He has taught at Wellesley, Berkeley, and the University of Connecticut before joining the Yale faculty in 1986. Professor Biggs is an experienced teacher of Greek drama and mythology. He has published many articles and reviews, especially about Shakespeare and his contemporaries in performance, and edited a collection of essays, The Arts of Performance in Elizabethan and Early Stuart Drama. He has directed some 40 plays, a third of them from the English Renaissance.

Cover: The 11th-century Monastery of Nea Moni, Chios Above: The medieval walled town of Monembasia

The Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete

The Association of Yale Alumni is proud to present this Yale Educational Travel program exploring the Greek Isles.

The Program
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Lectures and discussions with Yale Professor Murray Biggs. Professor Biggs will be available for informal discussion throughout the voyage. Full program of excursions, as described in the itinerary.

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Fax the registration form to the AYA at (203) 432-8144 to request your space. Or make an online request at the page for this program at In either case, we will hold your space for one week pending receipt of your payment. Make your deposit check payable to Travel Dynamics International and send it with your registration form to Yale Educational Travel, Box 209010, New Haven, CT 06520-9010. Or, you may charge your deposit. Include your AmEx, Discover, Visa, or MasterCard information with your registration form. Reservation contact: (203) 432-1952 or

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Chios Syros Delos Santorini



Rethymnon Crete Samaria Gorge
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 usA Fly from the U.S. to Athens, Greece. Wednesday, October 14 Athens, greece Arrive in Athens and transfer to the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception. Thursday, October 15 Athens | PirAeus | eMBArK The birthplace of Western culture, Athens is one of the world’s most venerable cities. Amassed in its museums and ancient monuments is an unrivaled collection of artwork and artifacts spanning 40 centuries. In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of Roman and Byzantine Athens, including the Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Tower of the Winds, and several Byzantine churches and monasteries. Alternatively, tour the Acropolis and visit the new Acropolis Museum. In the early afternoon, transfer to Piraeus to board Callisto and sail. (B, L, D) Friday, October 16 MOneMBAsiA, peloponnese Spend the morning at sea cruising along the mountainous east coast of the Peloponnese, passing by the scenic bays of Leonidion, Kyparissi, and Gerakas. Early in the afternoon, dock in Monembasia, one of Greece’s gems, a walled medieval town built below a high rock overlooking the sea. Set out to leisurely explore both the lower and upper towns, with their bastions, towers, churches, chapels, and labyrinthine alleyways. (B, L, D)

Saturday, October 17 rethYMnOn | KnOssOs Or sAMAriA GOrGe | rethYMnOn, crete Arrive in Crete, the home of the Minoans, who gave birth to Europe’s earliest civilization. From Rethymnon, one of the island’s most attractive towns, travel to the Palace of Knossos, which reveals the brilliance of the Minoans. In nearby Heraklion, visit the Archaeoogical Museum, which houses treasures dating from the Minoan and later periods. Alternatively, walk the Samaria Gorge, one of Europe’s most famed treks. (B, L, D) Sunday, October 18 sAntOrini, cyclades Arrive in Santorini, one of the most spectacular islands in the Aegean Sea. In the second millennium b.c., volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini in a blanket of pumice and ash, and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This ultimately produced the island’s wild, multihued beauty while sending the Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Take a cable-car ride up to the whitewashed homes, shops, cafés, and churches of Phira town. Then visit the Nomikos Exhibition, where excellent reproductions of Minoan frescoes are on display, and continue to the Prehistoric History Museum of Thera. Also visit the traditionally preserved town of Oia. There will also be an opportunity to walk along ancient paths and winding lanes through the stepped villages of Firostephani and Imerovigli. (B, L, D)
Sacred Delos, a veritable outdoor museum

Monday, October 19 delOs | sYrOs Call at pristine Delos, the legendary birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Situated in the heart of the Aegean, uninhabited Delos was once a populous island and the region’s political and religious center. A tour leads to the excavation of the main shrines of Apollo and Artemis, and to the Terrace of the Lions as well as other monuments. Later, the ship calls at the picturesque island of Syros, whose main town is built against two hills and where graceful neoclassical buildings line the waterfront. (B, L, D) Tuesday, October 20 ChiOs, eastern sporades One of the most prosperous Greek islands throughout its long history, Chios is the reputed birthplace of Homer. From Chios Town, where Callisto will dock, travel to the monastery of Nea Moni, founded by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Monomahos in 1042. Situated in a superb location on a wooded vale, the monastery, which once housed more than 600 monks, is adorned with luminous mosaics. From the village of Avgonyma, enjoy a walk to Anavatos, an abandoned hilltop village of imposing houses. (B, L, D) Wednesday, October 21 MethYMnA, lesvos, eastern sporades The third largest of the Greek islands, Lesvos has been a center of culture since antiquity. Land at Methymna, the island’s most beautiful village, its red-tiled stone houses set between the picturesque harbor and a hill, which is crowded by an imposing castle that was built by the Byzantines and later enlarged by the Genoese. Explore the village and the castle, and enjoy the panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. (B, L, D) Thursday, October 22 PirAeus | Athens | diseMBArK | FlY tO usA Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. (B)

Rethymnon, one of Crete’s most quaint towns

PrOGrAM inClusiOns

Educational program of lectures and discussions with Yale Professor Murray Biggs 1-night stay in Athens at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, with welcome cocktail reception and breakfast Cruise aboard the 34-guest private yacht Callisto 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 Complete program of tours and excursions Professional Travel Dynamics International 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












NOT INCLUDED: Airfare; visa and passport fees; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel


works of art—inviting places to meet for conversation and a drink. Callisto also includes a Jacuzzi, two broad decks for sunbathing, and a swimming platform.

Privileged Yachting for Just 34 Guests
Accommodating just 34 guests, the private yacht Callisto is ideal for our unique approach to cultural cruising. Her small size allows visits to unspoiled ports, pristine beaches, and intimate coves inaccessible to larger cruise liners. The limited guest list assures a group large enough to bring together an interesting mix of travelers, but small enough to foster a genuine spirit of camaraderie. All 17 exterior cabins are beautifully furnished, comfortably arranged, and complete with amenities including: generous storage space, large windows (portholes on Daphne Deck), air conditioning, mini-refrigerator, safe, telephone, TV, CD/DVD player, and marble bathroom with shower.

Callisto’s hotel staff requisitions fresh provisions from many ports of call. Enjoy just-baked bread, caught-that-day fish, and the ripest produce from the local markets, resulting in menus of classic regional specialties as well as creative Continental fare prepared by expert European chefs, served at a single unassigned seating in the restaurant, or al fresco on the sun deck. Select fine wines are complimentary with lunch and dinner.

The yacht’s public areas, which include an elegant restaurant surrounded by large picture windows, a spacious lounge and bar, and a library (with Internet access), are furnished with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques, and fine
Enjoy the peace and comforts of your cabin.

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per person, double occupancy
Phoebe Deck

Cruise and Land rates
DesCription rate

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Outside cabins on Daphne Deck with portholes Outside cabins on Daphne Deck with portholes Outside cabins on Leto Deck with picture window Outside cabins on Leto Deck with two picture windows

$6,995 $7,895 $8,895 $9,695



Cleo Deck
11 10 9 8 7 6


3* 4*

1* 2*


Leto Deck
19 16 17 14 15 12

Single Supplement: A limited number of singles are available in Categories B & C for an additional charge of $2,795.
Daphne Deck

* Cabin with full or queen-size bed

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS: Length: 170 feet | Beam: 27.8 feet | Draft: 10.8 feet Gross Tonnage: 499 | Flag: Greece | Cabins: 17

AiRFARe: Airfare is not included in the Cruise and Land Rates. Please contact your preferred airline, travel agent, or the Travel Dynamics International air desk operated by Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. (VWTI), the recommended agent handling the air arrangements for this program, for airfare information and to reserve round-trip flights to Athens, Greece. Consultants are available Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (EST) at toll-free 1-877-711-9896. Please have your tour code (09838) handy for reference.

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Payment schedule: A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. We accept personal checks or AmEx, Discover, Visa, or MasterCard for deposit. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment.

Cancellations & refunds: All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Association of Yale Alumni. Written cancellations up to 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus a $300 per person administrative fee. Written cancellations received within 90 days of departure could result in forfeiture of the full program price, contingent upon the degree of recoverable costs from the individual purveyors of services. We strongly urge applicants to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. There are no refunds for cancellations on day of departure or after the tour departs. Tours cancelled by the Association of Yale Alumni or our tour operator are subject to a full refund. Service fees may apply to deviations and are non-refundable. insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. We will send you a brochure from Travel Insurance Services, or you may obtain coverage through a company of your choice. itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the sponsoring organization and its agents. responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International, Yale University and the Association of Yale Alumni. 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 International. Travel Dynamics International, Yale University and the Association of Yale Alumni act solely as 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 thirdparty 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 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. Reservations are not transferable without the explicit approval of the Association of Yale Alumni and our tour operators. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour’s itinerary and to substitute hotels or ships 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 of 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. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be affected exclusively in the state or federal courts presiding in the City of New York, pursuant to applicable New York law. 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. ship’s registry: Greece CST#204 3599-40 TDI


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