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Rome ◆ Corsica ◆ Florence ◆ Cinque Terre ◆ Portofino ◆ Nice Monte Carlo ◆ Aix-en-Provence ◆ Marseille ◆ Carcassonne ◆ Barcelona
September 26 to October 4, 2018
Aboard the Exclusively Chartered Small Ship
Five-Star Le Lyrial
Dear Alumni and Fans:
From Homer to Princess Grace, the splendid coastlines of the French and Italian Rivieras have served as haven and home, inspiring some of our best‑loved tales and romanticized histories. We invite you on this exclusive small ship voyage along their resplendent landscapes, ancient villages and idyllic islands—favored retreats for artists, writers, nobility and gourmands. Traverse the timeless cradle of the Renaissance and learn more about the dynamic biographies of contending civilizations and their profound artistic and architectural legacies.
The exclusively chartered, Five‑Star Le Lyrial exemplifies deluxe, small‑ship cruising: elegant accommodations, an exclusive itinerary carefully crafted with specially arranged excursions, the ability to dock in small ports of call inaccessible to larger vessels, and no long lines for tenders and touring. The state‑of‑the‑art Le Lyrial features only 110 Suites and Staterooms with distinctive French sophistication.
Cruise from Rome to Barcelona with one port of call each day and opportunities to visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites. This itinerary features intimate, off‑the‑beaten‑path destinations along with incredible legendary ports. Visit Carcassonne’s French medieval fortifications and the vibrant, unforgettable Italian cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre. Experience culturally colorful Nice, explore the principality of chic Monaco, enjoy Corsica’s ancient port of Bonifacio and choose to admire the Renaissance treasures of Florence or the historic Tuscan monuments of Lucca and Pisa.
This program offers a comprehensive itinerary and is a great travel value. Book now while space and Early Booking Savings are still available!
Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson ’66, ’76 PhD President, ASU Alumni Association
Crossroads of Civilizations
Rome, Italy This UNESCO World Heritage site was once the epicenter of a vast empire; from the iconic Colosseum and the Vatican to the Spanish Steps and the Catacombs, the remains of ancient Rome continue to astonish visitors.
Bonifacio, Corsica, France Southern Corsica’s ancient Bonifacio, perched atop sheer white limestone cliffs, is often cited by historians as one setting in Homer’s Odyssey. Its fundamentally French character bears a strong Italian imprint, manifested in the islanders’ French‑Italian dialect.
Transfer by small train to the medieval citadel and Old Town. Stroll the Rue des Deux‑Empereurs, where Charles V and Napoleon once lodged, and see the Gothic Church of St‑Dominique and the distinct Grain de Sable limestone formation.
Florence, Italy En route to Florence, Firenze to locals, birthplace of the Renaissance, enjoy Tuscany’s cypress‑tree‑lined landscape and vineyards. This iconic UNESCO World Heritage site is a treasure trove of unparalleled art, architecture and literature. Admire Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s iconic dome on the Duomo and
Ghiberti’s bronze‑cast “Doors of Paradise,” created for the Baptistery of San Giovanni, depicting scenes from the Old Testament.
Photo this page: The medieval town of Carcassonne is protected by double walls nine to 15 feet thick.
Cover photo: Each of Cinque Terre’s five terraced villages offers breathtaking views.
The turquoise waters and olive coasts of the French and Italian Rivieras have long enticed the Greek, Etruscan, Phoenician, Roman and German beau monde. The elite flocked to these seaside towns as de rigueur of the 19th‑century “Grand Tour” to rejuvenate in their restorative climates. The rise of Italian nobility—particularly the Savoys, Italy’s ruling family from 1861 to 1946, and the Grimaldis, the lineage of the current Prince of Monaco—influenced the popularity of these now flourishing coastal gems nestled between the Alps and the sea; the Côte d’Azur’s radiant light captivated Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, distinctly influencing each artist’s use of brilliant colors; and the glamour of the region attracted eminent writers like Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Experience firsthand the astonishing allure of the Rivieras!
◆◆ Unique, exclusive itinerary. ◆◆ Opportunities to visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
◆◆ One port call each day. ◆◆ All shore excursions included. ◆◆ Exclusive educational lectures.
Five-Star Small Ship ◆◆ Exclusively chartered Five‑Star ship. ◆◆ Only 110 Suites and Staterooms. ◆◆ Exceptional, personalized service.
With Our Compliments ◆◆ Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise.
◆◆ Wi‑Fi throughout the ship. ◆◆ Bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on excursions.
Always Included ◆◆ Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
◆◆ Experienced and accredited local guides.
Pisa/Lucca A scenic drive takes you to the quintessentially Tuscan medieval university city of Pisa and town of Lucca. Pisa’s famous Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases the legendary leaning tower, where Galileo is said to have conducted some of his first gravity experiments; the 11th‑century Duomo; and the largest baptistery in Italy, which originated the unique Pisan Romanesque style. Lucca’s intact Renaissance city walls are now a pedestrian promenade, and its 11th‑century Cattedrale di San Martino is a symbol of the city.
Cinque Terre Board a private boat and cruise to two villages of picturesque Cinque Terre. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a series of five charming, colorful fishing villages that cling to remote cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea—discover the vivid nuances of Riomaggiore and Vernazza, linked by footpaths with marvelous views of the secluded coves and terraced vineyards renowned for producing the dessert wine Sciacchetrà.
Portofino Portofino is the perfect village for a leisurely evening on the Italian Riviera. You may choose to visit the 17th‑century San Giorgio Church, home to the relics of this legendary dragon‑slaying saint; stroll the pedestrian‑only lanes; or sip a cappuccino on a café terrace.
Nice, France One of the oldest human settlements in the world with archaeological sites dating to the Lower Paleolithic period, Nice remains rich in its traditions and culture. This capital of the Côte d’Azur is bursting with colors that inspired Chagall and Matisse.
Brightly painted houses and fishing boats line picturesque Portofino’s waterfront.
Porto Venere Cinque Terre
Cruise Itinerary Air Routing
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Itinerary Day Rome Pre-Cruise Option
1 Depart the U.S. 2 Rome, Italy/Civitavecchia/
Embark Le Lyrial 3 Bonifacio, Corsica, France 4 Livorno, Italy, for Florence or
Pisa and Lucca 5 Porto Venere for
Cinque Terre /Portofino 6 Nice, France/
Monte Carlo, Monaco 7 Marseille, France
for Aix-en-Provence 8 Sète for Carcassonne 9 Barcelona, Spain/
Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. Barcelona Post-Cruise Option
Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, panoramic views from the hill of Cimiez and a visit to the Musée National Marc Chagall.
Monte Carlo, Monaco The principality of Monaco’s historic district, Monte Carlo is an intoxicating mixture of princely sights and intrigue and is famous for its Grand Casino. Admire the celebrated belle‑époque architecture and the historic Rock of Monaco. Visit the neo‑Romanesque St. Nicholas Cathedral, where Princess Grace is interred.
Aix-en-Provence, France The romantic medieval city of Aix‑en‑Provence captures the élan of France’s sun‑drenched Provence. Visit the Cathedral St. Sauveur, a French national monument, where Romanesque, Gothic and neo‑Gothic architectural styles ranging from the fifth to 17th centuries stand adjacent on the site of the first‑century Roman Forum of Aix. Stroll through the Mazarin district and Old Aix and the famous Cours Mirabeau, a grand boulevard lined with canopying plane trees and elegant 17th‑ and 18th‑century townhouses.
Marseille Nearly three millennia of maritime heritage thrive in Marseille, the 2013 European Capital of Culture and a natural port where ships have docked since Greek settlers first arrived in 600 B.C. The panoramic tour features the city’s Old Town, the majestic 19th‑century Cathédrale de la Major, the neo‑Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde with extraordinary
city views from its grounds and the Vieux Port (Old Port), which some consider the birthplace of Marseille. Drive along the Corniche Kennedy, a boulevard dedicated to the late U.S. president, an