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THE FA BL ED
M ALTA SICILY ALBANIA CROAT I A V ENICE
Aboard Island Sky | April 13 – 24, 2010
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© Jenny Kemp
De ar Advent urer
Our springtime odyssey through the Ionian and Adriatic Seas sails to ancient ports and fabled shores, tracing millennia-old trade routes and celebrating the legacies of powerful empires. No fewer than nine magnificent World Heritage Sites highlight our voyage aboard the deluxe and intimate expedition vessel, Island Sky. From the historic crossroads island of Malta and its lovely 16th-century capital, Valletta, we cruise to Sicily’s Greek and Roman treasure-trove, Syracuse. We then traverse the Ionian Sea, the ancient Greek and Roman route of trade and conquest, and enter the Adriatic, sailing toward southern Albania. Our first stop here showcases the impressive archaeological site of Butrint where ancient ruins rise among flowering forest glades. The centerpiece of our voyage, the enchanting Dalmatian Coast, is a revelation of medieval jewels, and we begin our exploration in Kotor, Montenegro’s 14th-century walled fortress town fronted by a sublime bay and surrounded by limestone cliffs. Croatia’s enchanted shores are punctuated by inviting sandy coves and dramatic limestone mountains. More than one thousand islets dot these waters, some home to tiny photogenic villages, others uninhabited and cloaked in fir. History spans the millennia here—from Paleolithic times to Roman conquest, from Byzantine rule to Venetian dominance. In beautiful medieval Dubrovnik…at Korçula Island, once the home of Marco Polo… in the harbor city of Split… and in Sibenik, the ancient Croatian fortress town, our voyage showcases the architectural legacies of these powerful civilizations with visits to superb Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque palaces, monasteries, and churches. A fitting finale, sensuous, elegant Venice awaits, a timeless masterpiece of art and architecture, and once omnipotent “queen of the Adriatic.” During our journey enjoy time to follow the winding lanes in ancient town centers, pause in fountain-splashed plazas, and savor the local scene in a bustling marketplace. Photographers will appreciate the glow of afternoon sun on red-tiled rooftops, along with sweeping views of quaint harbors and dramatic promontories. And as we walk in the cool shade of Krka National Park, serenaded by its many waterfalls, we have the chance to experience the natural beauty that once beguiled princes, emperors, and kings around the Mediterranean. I invite you to join me and our renowned lecture team, including historians and archaeologists, as we sail these fabled waters in the full bloom of spring. Warmest regards,
Mike Messick Expedition Leader and Zegrahm Cofounder
An unforgettable experience delivered with comfort and quality at every opportunity. – A. & D. Parry
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MAP NOT TO SCALE
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M ALTA SICILY ALBANIA MON T ENEGRO CROAT IA VENICE
A b o ard I s l a n d Sk y • 12 D ay s A p r i l 13 – 2 4 , 2010
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Sibenik & Krka National Park Split
Korcula Island , Dubrovnik
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Day by Day Itinerary
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 USA Depart the USA on your independent flights to Malta. Wednesday, April 14 Valletta, Malta Arrive in Malta today and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel. Thursday, April 15 Valletta / Embark Island Sky Today we explore historic Valletta. Malta’s enchanting capital city illustrates the country’s long and turbulent history at the crossroads of invaders, conquerors, and settlers of many nationalities. The Knights of St. John built Valletta in the 16 th century, constructing an impregnable fortress-like town in a strategic harbor-ringed setting. Their auberges— large inns where they lived—remain intact. Today we explore the fortress, bastions, ramparts, churches, and the national museum. We continue on to the Tarxien Temples, a series of monolithic edifices built between 2400 and 1800 B.C., before embarking our ship, the Island Sky, in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight on board. Friday, April 16 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy Dating from the 5 th century B.C., Syracuse was one of the most powerful Greek cities— defending its sovereignty against rivals such as Carthage, the Etruscans, and the Romans, who later overcame the city in 212 B.C., followed by the Arabs. We drive to the Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which encompasses the spectacularly preserved 15,000-seat Greek Theater and the elliptical amphitheater where Roman gladiators fought wild animals. The museum houses stunning collections from all of Sicily. We re-board the ship for lunch and set sail for Albania. Saturday, April 17 Saranda, Albania / Butrint We begin our fascinating discovery of Albania today, a land of splendid terrain and historical
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monuments. This afternoon we visit the World Heritage Site of Butrint—a veritable chronological repository of its various inhabitants: Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians. Among its archaeological highlights are the baptistery with its colorful floor mosaics, superb amphitheater, and medieval fortress. From the ruins we take in the splendid views of the surrounding mile-high mountains. Sunday, April 18 Durres / Tirana An inland drive brings us to Tirana, Albania’s capital city, to visit the museum and the city’s bustling quarters—an intriguing mix of Ottoman buildings, Christian cathedrals, and marketplaces. After lunch we visit Kruja Fortress, a fortified citadel with nine observation towers built during the 5 th and 6 th centuries. Perched high on a mountain spur, the fortress is famed for the resistance of the Albanians, led by national hero Skanderbeg, against the Ottomans in the mid-15th century. Time permitting, explore Albania’s largest Roman amphitheater near Durres’ seaport.
Monday, April 19 Kotor, Montenegro / Dubrovnik, Croatia As we sail northward into the Adriatic, we stop in Kotor where we witness the same beautiful scenery that captivated kings for centuries. At this World Heritage Site we explore its luxurious palaces, towers, and Romanesque and Gothic churches. Enjoy time at leisure before re-boarding Island Sky. The magnificent Dalmatian Coast unfolds in scenic splendor as we arrive in Croatia late this afternoon. Historically, Dalmatia lay at the crossroads of empires—invaded by waves of conquerors from Illyrians to Austrians. Dubrovnik has been a strategic seaport since the 13 th century. Its Old Town—a medieval masterpiece surrounded by fortified walls—is a World Heritage Site. Arriving in the evening we have the chance to see the lights of Old Town reflecting off stones smoothed over by centuries of footsteps. Enjoy independent time for dining, strolling the labyrinthine streets, and participating in Dubrovnik’s lively evening scene.
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Tuesday, April 20 Dubrovnik Today we return to explore Dubrovnik with a choice of two morning excursions. Our first option includes the main square; the lovely 14 th-century Dominican Monastery; the Franciscan Monastery and its Romanesque cloister; and the Cathedral, completed in 1713. The second option includes visits to the two monasteries and Cathedral, the Maritime Museum, and a walk along the city’s southern walls with beautiful views of the fortress and old Dubrovnik’s terra cotta rooftops. After lunch you may choose a drive through the surrounding countryside, highlighted by spectacular vistas of the city and the harbor dotted with yachts and sailboats from around the Mediterranean. Or spend the afternoon on your own, a perfect chance to get better acquainted with the city’s lovely medieval center. Wander the warren of streets that spill into fountain-splashed plazas lined with colorful cafés, lending a relaxed ambiance to the city that George Bernard Shaw called the “jewel of the Adriatic.”
Wednesday, April 21 Korçula Island / Split Korçula, an exquisite Dalmatian island, boasts an intact medieval stone village that will dazzle photographers. Marco Polo was born here and it was from this town that he was captured in a battle and taken to Genoa where he was sentenced to prison. On a walking tour, we view some of Korçula’s monasteries and enjoy a performance by an a cappella choir at the Church of the Madonna. During lunch on board we sail on to the port of Split, once an important center of the Roman province of Dalmatia. This afternoon choose from two excursion options. The first is a tour to ancient Solin, the archaeological site of the ancient Roman settlement of Salona whose excavations have revealed temples, an amphitheater, early Christian churches, and Roman baths, illustrating centuries of both war and peace and great prosperity. Or, choose to remain in Split for a walking tour of the city built by the Emperor Diocletian and one of the Adriatic’s finest monuments
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St. JamES CatHEDRal, SIBENIK
from the Roman period—the 4th-century Palace of Diocletian, a World Heritage Site. This astounding complex was constructed of locally quarried white limestone, tufa from nearby river beds, and hand-shaped bricks. Marble from Italy and Egyptian granite were imported for columns and sphinxes, flooring and details. We tour the palace, its cellars, the cathedral, and sprawling courtyards from which flow the streets and buildings of medieval Split that remain the soul of its bustling daily life today. Thursday, April 22 Sibenik / Krka National Park This morning we dock at Sibenik, Croatia’s oldest settled town. We drive to Skradin and board National Park boats for a short journey upriver into Krka National Park. On a delightful nature hike we follow boardwalks amid travertine waterfalls, a water-sculpted gorge, and picturesque stone watermills. We return to Sibenik for a walking tour to visit the town’s crowning glory and World Heritage Site, St. James Cathedral.
A 15th-century masterpiece, it is adorned with a remarkable frieze of 71 finely sculpted faces of men, women, and children that highlight the superb blending of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. We return to the ship for lunch and begin our Adriatic crossing to Venice. Friday, April 23 Venice, Italy In the morning we sail into the shimmering lagoon of Venice. A World Heritage Site, the historic center is situated on 118 islands of the Venetian Lagoon and criss-crossed with more than 150 canals and 400 bridges. We explore the city’s exquisite landmarks, including the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Academia Gallery, and enjoy a private water taxi ride on the Grand Canal. Return to the ship for dinner or enjoy time at leisure in this marvelous city. Saturday, April 24 Venice / Disembark Island Sky / USA Disembark Island Sky and transfer to the airport for your independent flight homeward.
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© Bill Mercadante
Built in 1992 and recently renovated, the Island Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. The ship carries 100 passengers in well-appointed outside cabins with ocean views. Each cabin features two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, vanity table, and excellent storage. A small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating are provided in every cabin. Public spaces include a large lounge, bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and an elegant single-sitting dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, spa pool, and an aft sun deck where meals are served in clement weather. For excursions ashore, Island Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs; an open-bridge policy allows for the chance to watch her expert officers and crew at work. Ship’s Registry: Nassau
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What to Expect
For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You must be able to walk distances of one to three miles, sometimes over uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones, and climb stone steps that may not have handrails. Opportunities will also be available for optional hikes requiring more exertion. Our expedition staff and renowned lecture team will be at your side, enlightening you both ashore and afloat. We’ve carefully selected the month of our voyage to offer you the optimum comfortable temperatures of the early spring. Average daily temperatures in the Adriatic region will range from the mid 50sºF to the low 70sºF. We will mail a complete list of recommended clothing and a suggested reading list to you approximately five months prior to departure. Participants will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities this expedition offers if they are in active good health and travel with a spirit of adventure.
Terms & Conditions
1. Reservations: 25% of the expedition fare, along with a completed and signed Reservation Form, will reserve a place for you on this Zegrahm Holdings LLC, d/b/a Zegrahm Expeditions (ZE), program. The balance of the expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Air fare is also due at this time. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Credit cards accepted for deposit only. 2. Cancellation and Refund Policy: Notification of cancellation must be received in writing by ZE. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following penalties will apply:
• 120 days or more prior to departure: $500 per person • 60 through 119 days prior to departure: 50% of expedition fare • 1 through 59 days prior to departure: 100% of expedition fare
necessary for us to initiate a rate surcharge at any time before departure if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control. 8. Itinerary Changes & Trip Delay: Itineraries are based on information available at the time of printing and are subject to change. ZE reserves the right to change a program’s dates, staff, itineraries, or accommodations as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which ZE or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays or changes is not included. 9. Itinerary Cancellation: ZE reserves the right to cancel an itinerary before departure for any reason whatsoever, including too few participants or logistical problems such as strikes, wars, acts of God, or any other circumstances that may make operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of ZE’s liability. ZE is not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip, including nonrefundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other trip-related expenses. 10. Participation: ZE reserves the right to decline to accept any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever. 11. Limitations of Liability: This section defines ZE’s responsibility with respect to all of our trips, including extensions and independent arrangements. Please read it carefully. ZE, its Owners, Agents, and Employees give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors, and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or all other related travel services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss, or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers. As described in item 7 above, all prices are subject to change. As described in item 9 above, in the event that an expedition must be cancelled, ZE is not responsible for any personal expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the program. Certain ship owners require use of preprinted ticket forms that limit the ship owner’s and operator’s liability. When such tickets are used, you are generally bound by the terms of these tickets with respect to your legal relationship to the owner and operators of the ship, their agent (ZE), and the ship’s crew. On advancement of deposit to ZE, the depositor acknowledges that he/she has read and understands the above recited terms and conditions, and agrees to be bound by them.
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Some air fare may be nonrefundable. Once an expedition has departed, there will be no refunds from ZE for any unused portions of the trip. The above policy also applies to all extensions and independent travel arrangements made in conjunction with this program. 3. Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance: We strongly advise that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against an emergency that may force you to cancel or leave an expedition while it is in progress. A brochure describing coverage will be sent to you upon receipt of your reservation. 4. Share Policy: Accommodations on all ZE programs are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you whenever possible. When pairing roommates, we will always pair participants of the same sex. All shared accommodations are nonsmoking. If it is not possible to pair you with a roommate, you may be asked to pay a single supplement for the land portion of the program. 5. Medical Information: Participation in a ZE program requires that you be in generally good health. It is essential that persons with any medical problems and related dietary restrictions make them known to us well before departure. We can counsel you on whether the expedition you have selected is appropriate for you. The tour leader has the right to disqualify any participant at any time during the tour if he or she feels the participant is physically incapable and/or if a participant’s continued participation will jeopardize either the individual involved or the group. There will be no refund given under these circumstances. 6. Luggage Restrictions: Luggage size and weight limitations for both checked and carryon luggage, imposed by the airlines or as an operational requirement due to type of aircraft, will apply for flights to/from/within this program. Specifications will be provided with pre-departure materials. 7. Fuel Cost Increases and Currency Fluctuation: In order to keep rates as low as possible, we do not build into the trip fare an allowance to cover possible increases from fuel costs or currency fluctuations. Therefore, as fuel-cost increases may occur and currencies do fluctuate around the world, it may be
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Expedition Le aders
Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.
Mike Messick (Expedition Leader) – One of the best expedition leaders in the business,
Mike embarked on a full-time career in adventure travel shortly after graduation and has since visited more than 170 countries around the world. Mike has conducted research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in its onshore laboratory and aboard one of its research vessels. He is a member of The Explorers Club, holds a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license, and has his scuba instructor certificate from NAUI. In 1990 Mike and six others founded Zegrahm Expeditions. Oklahoma. Tim has taught European history for more than 30 years, and has been leading travelers through Europe for 25 years. He is the author of six books, lectures widely on European and polar history, and teaches courses in 20th-century European history. His tales of the history of Europe and the whole Eastern European region will bring to life the vibrant history of this part of the globe. Tim combines a scholar’s rigor with a storyteller’s images to describe and explain the European past.
T. H. Baughman – Dr. T.H. Baughman is a professor of history at the University of Central
Susan B.M. Langley – Susan is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Calgary. Her long-standing interest is updating international and national heritage protection legislation, to which end she often consults and advises UNESCO. She has published numerous academic articles in journals and books as well as educational materials for government agencies, including the National Parks Service. Susan teaches classes and seminars on marine archaeology and works as a consulting archaeologist for various projects as well as developing public education programming for use in interpretive centers, schools, and outreach programs. Ian R. Stone – Ian attended the Universities of Manchester, London, and Cambridge and
has degrees in geology, history, and mathematics. He traveled the world, teaching in various regions such as the Indian Ocean and Africa and later at the University of Kent at Canterbury where he researched the history of the polar regions and the Crimean War. He has been a guest lecturer on a large number of expedition cruises, having traveled very widely in both the Arctic and the Antarctic, and in the Black and Baltic Seas, as well as in waters nearer his home in the Isle of Man. He has published some 60 academic papers, is a frequent book reviewer, and is the editor of Polar Record. tion throughout her education in Simferopol in Crimea, Ukraine, which is her home town. She graduated with distinction in piano from the Crimean Musical College and from Odessa Conservatoire. She has performed in London and Manchester and several times in the Isle of Man, as well as on board a large number of cruise ships, especially in the Black Sea and in the Baltic. She has also traveled widely in both polar regions.
Olga Stone – Olga first decided to become a pianist at the age of five and followed this ambi-
Julie Christensen (Cruise Director) – During Julie’s tenure leading travelers around the world
she has visited all seven continents. Aboard a variety of expedition vessels such as Le Levant, Le Ponant, and the Clipper Odyssey she has traveled to the Russian Far East and Alaska; the numerous countries rimming the Mediterranean, Black, and Baltic Seas; Central America; Micronesia and Melanesia; the Middle East; and India. During several of our past voyages to the Mediterranean, Julie has been integral to the success of the expedition team due to her calm, decisive, and affable nature. Julie received her B.A. in Spanish from Western Washington University and lives in Washington state.
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R e s e rvat ion For m
The Fabled A driatic
Name #1 (as it appears on passport)
April 13 – 24, 2010
MALTA, SICILY, ALBANIA, MONTENEGRO, CROATIA, VENICE
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(25% per person of the program fare) o MasterCard o American Express Expires Date
o Charge 25% deposit per person to: o VISA Card Number Authorized Cardholder Signature
Note: Credit cards accepted for deposit only.
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Please complete and return this Reservation Form with your deposit of 25% per person of the program fare to:
192 Nickerson Street #200 Seattle, WA 98109 USA • tel: (206) 285-4000 or (800) 628-8747 fax: (206) 285-5037 • e-mail: email@example.com • web site: www.zeco.com Reservation requests can also be made online at www.zeco.com
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Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 $8,980 $9,380 $10,180 $10,580 Category 5 Category 6 Single/Cat 2 Single/Cat 3 $11,380 $12,280 $14,980 $16,280
Limited singles available at the quoted single rate above. Additional singles may be available at 1.7 times the share rate. Included: Accommodations in our hotels and on board Island Sky as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; group transfers; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; all gratuities. Not Included: All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and / or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail / fax / Internet / telephone charges. Air Fare: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Zegrahm Expeditions will contact you approximately 180 days prior to the departure of this program to finalize your flight plans. As of February 2009, the approximate economy air fare as listed in the itinerary is $1,175 for New York / Malta – Venice / New York. Additional fares from other cities will be quoted as needed. All rates are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to change.
M A LTA S I C I LY A L BA N I A M O N T E N E G RO C ROAT I A V E N I C E Aboard Island Sky | April 13 – 24, 2010
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THE FA BL ED
The Da lm atian Coast
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Sapphire waters bathe the legendary Dalmatian coast for 1,100 miles, often back-dropped by dramatic mountains. Stunning islands of varying shapes and sizes—1,185 of them— compete for exploration with their own distinct personalities, and picturesque towns appear suddenly around imposing promontories, interspersed with inviting half-moon coves and busy, colorful harbors.
Outstanding archaeological sites, grand palaces, exquisite monasteries, and fortified towns are the rich legacies of a long and fascinating history. From charming Kotor in Montenegro to Korcula, Split, and Sibenik in Croatia, and crowned by the medieval architectural jewel, Dubrovnik, this region is justifiably hailed as “the Mediterranean as it once was.”
Cover photos: © Casey Marker (Dubrovnik); © Lia Oprea (St. Jacob’s Cathedral & Statue); © Nada Wiley (Malta)
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