Exquisite Greek and Roman cities once created a mosaic of flourishing cultural centres around the Mediterranean
Arrive in Rome and transfer to our hotel with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner. Accommodation:
After breakfast, join a walking tour highlighting the many ancient monuments scattered around Rome’s city center. After lunch at a local restaurant, embark /Le Champlain/. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
Join a walking tour of Porto Vecchio, also known as “salt city” due to its salt marshes that have been in use since antiquity. Take in fantastic views of the natural, lagoon-like harbor from the 16th-century citadel, then wind your way through a maze of narrow alleyways dotted with pretty piazzas, stone stairways, and arched passages to discover cute restaurants, lively bars, and stylish boutiques. Or choose to visit the Natural Reserve of Bouches de Bonifacio where you will find a variety of seabirds including European shags, Audouin gulls, storm petrels, and Cory’s shearwaters. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
Spend today at sea and enjoy a series of lectures on the history, culture, art, and current affairs of Tunisia and Algeria. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
From the port city of Sousse, choose from two options today: a visit to Kairouan, “the city of fifty mosques” and the spiritual center of Tunisia, or a drive inland to the World Heritage Site of El-Jem. In Kairouan, explore the walled and turreted medina enclosing a delightful old Arab quarter with a fascinating casbah, the Great Mosque, and a fortified Islamic monastery. Those visiting El-Jem venture through the countryside to this amazing ancient Roman city boasting an enormous, well-preserved 35,000-seat coliseum, almost as large as Rome’s. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
This morning, explore ancient Carthage, a World Heritage Site. From the heights of Mount Byrsa, scan the horizon as Hannibal did millennia ago, before visiting the ruins of Hadrian’s theater, the vast thermal baths, and the amphitheater. The Romans built many elegant villas here with mosaic-covered floors. After lunch, visit the delightful Bardo Museum located in a centuries-old Ottoman-style palace. Housing the largest collection from Roman Africa, this museum showcases the extravagant mosaics that once covered the floors and walls of villas. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
This ancient port close to the Tunisian border was the home of Augustine of Hippo and a center of early Christianity known as Hippo Regius. This morning, visit the Basilica of St. Augustine, an imposing structure built in Roman, Byzantine, and Arabian styles (and resembling Sacré Coeur in Paris), which overlooks the city and sea from a superb hilltop position. Nearby is the site of Hippo Regius whose network of large, flat stone roads, constructed with the help of elephants, connects the large forum, Christian quarter, and basilica. After a late lunch on the ship, explore the heart of Annaba. Highlights include Revolution Court Park, the casbah with the Great Mosque, and a Koranic school. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
The seaside town of Bejaia is a jumble of narrow, winding streets nestled between beach and mountains. Its strong Berber roots are evident throughout the city in landmarks such as Fort Abdelgader, the Sarazzin Gate, and the casbah, along with nearby Park De Gourya and the remarkable view of Cap Carbon and its lighthouse. Choose to explore the highlights of Bejaia today, or choose a full-day tour of Djémila, a World Heritage Site encompassing some of the finest Roman ruins in North Africa. Founded in the first century to capitalize on the region’s rich agricultural potential, Djémila’s citizens once enjoyed two forums, public baths, a 3,000-seat theater, temples, and a basilica and baptistry. A museum on the site is bursting with an incredible collection of mosaics. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
njoy a full day in Algiers and its environs with a morning excursion west to the scenic Roman ruins of Tipasa, a World Heritage Site. Explore the villas, theater, fountains, baths, and museum of this Roman seaside town which once boasted 20,000 inhabitants. Nearby, situated on a hillside overlooking the valley and sea, is the enormous Mausoleum of Mauritania, an imposing circular structure over 550 feet in circumference. After lunch on board, explore the city itself and another World Heritage Site—the alleys, passageways, and markets of the labyrinthine Casbah of Algiers. You’ll also visit the museum of National Antiquities and Islamic Art, and the Notre Dame d’Afrique Basilica. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
Lecturers offer insights about your time in Algeria and present interesting facts on our last North African country: Morocco. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
Disembark in Tangier this morning and enjoy an in-depth exploration of Tangier, or depart overland into the Rif Mountains to visit the town of Chefchaouen, famous for its beautiful blue buildings that tumble photogenically down the hillside. Browse the medina for a variety of handicrafts, including hand-woven textiles, gleaming brass work, clay pots, intricate silver jewelry, and traditional spices. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
Lecturers recap your journey during a relaxing day at sea. *Accommodation*: Le Champlain
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm
Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups
may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrham Expeditions, and other clients. This trip
is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer
service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core
principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.
For most activities, a relatively low level of exertion is required. You must
be able to walk one to three miles over roads paved with cobblestones and
occasional rough terrain. Some staircases may be uneven and without
handrails. Temperatures will range from the high 60s to mid 80s°F throughout
/Le Champlain/ was built in 2018, and features innovative and
environment-friendly equipment, elegantly designed suites, and lounge areas
that open onto the outside. All suites feature ocean views and private
balconies, while public spaces include an underwater lounge, as well as a
pool, outside bar and dining area, theater, single-seating dining room,
panoramic lounge, sun deck, salon, and a spa and fitness room. /Le
Champlain/ carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
• Six decks of guest facilities.
- Deck 0 (not pictured in deck plan) – Blue Eye Underwater Lounge.
- Deck 3 – guest suites, reception, main lounge, pool, outdoor bar and
dining area, boutique, theater, and doctor’s office.
- Deck 4 – guest suites and restaurant.
- Deck 5 – guest suites and bridge.
- Deck 6 – guest suites, panoramic lounge, and outdoor seating.
- Deck 7 – guest suites, sun deck, salon, spa and fitness room.
• Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
• The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day,
contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
• Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.
• All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, with two twin beds
that can be reconfigured into one king, a well-appointed en suite bathroom,
closets, desk, Ipod players, small refrigerator, flat-screen TV, personal
safe, hair dryer, bath robes, French toiletries, individually controlled
air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at
• Category 1, 2, 3, and 4 suites are 204 square feet and have a sliding
glass door leading to a 43 square foot private balcony.
• Category 5 suites are 290 square feet and have a sliding glass door
leading to a 64 square foot private balcony.
• Category 6 suites are 344 square feet and have a sliding glass door
leading to a 86 square foot private balcony.
• Suites are 484 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 322
square foot private balcony. The owner’s suite is the same size as the
suites and features a hot tub on the private balcony.
• The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
• Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must
be made in advance.
• Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style.
• Dinner is served in the main restaurant with four, a la carte courses.
When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.
• Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24
hours a day.
• Le Champlain carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
• Laundry services (no dry cleaning) and a small doctor’s office are
available on board. Rates are posted.
• The Euro is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa,
MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard
• Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the ship
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.
/Cofounder & Expedition Leader/
Mike is one of the original cofounders of Zegrahm Expeditions. He was raised
in Switzerland and began working in expedition travel during a summer break
from college. He received a degree from Skidmore College in bio/psychology
where he graduated in 1985. That same year Mike embarked on a full-time
career in adventure travel. With nearly 35 year’s experience, Mike is
considered the most experienced expedition leader in the industry. Mike has
conducted research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in its onshore
laboratory and aboard one if its research vessels, he is a member of The
Explorers Club, holds a US Coast Guard captain’s license, and received his
scuba instructor certificate from NAUI. When not leading expeditions, Mike
lives in Salt Lake City and spends his free time traveling around the globe.
/Expedition Leader / Cruise Director/
After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Art
History, Kelsey spent time traveling through Europe and living in various
parts of California and Oregon before the lure of the Pacific Northwest
brought her back to the Seattle area. Kelsey’s wanderlust then turned her
to a career in adventure travel with Zegrahm Expeditions. In her time at
Zegrahm, Kelsey has traveled to all seven continents onboard a variety of
expedition vessels in the capacity of both Cruise Director and Expedition
Leader. Most recently, Kelsey took on the role as Director of Expedition
Staff and Field Operations. Two of her favorite destinations are places she
visits often—the Arctic and Antarctic. However, don’t be fooled! She
enjoys warm-weather destinations as well with her favorites being Indonesia,
Melanesia, and Polynesia. Kelsey has traveled to the countries surrounding
the Black, Adriatic, and Mediterranean Seas in addition to Australia and the
South Pacific, Central and South America, parts of Southeast Asia, Europe,
and northern Africa. When Kelsey isn’t traveling to the far-flung corners
of the world, you can find her remodeling her own home on Whidbey Island in
Lynne was born and raised in South Africa and after finishing her education
spent several years teaching there. Her love for travel led her around the
globe, and eventually turned into a career in the adventure travel industry
as cruise director. Since 1995 she has traveled from Antarctica to the
Arctic, through Africa and the Indian Ocean, Russia, the South Pacific, and
Australia. Voyages have taken Lynne to every continent and across every ocean
aboard expedition vessels ranging from Russian icebreakers to Australian
catamarans. She has tried to settle down on numerous occasions; however, the
lure of the sea is too strong, and she keeps going back out in the field,
where her cheery personality, abundant energy, and industry knowledge serve
her well in her positions as expedition leader and cruise director.
Dr. Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist and Research Fellow at the
Australian National University, with a special interest in the indigenous
peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. More than three decades of
academic research and university teaching have led to a sound knowledge and
understanding of many cultures around the world and the theoretical
foundations that human societies share. Growing up in California and
exploring her suburban neighborhood, Shirley’s passion for understanding
different cultures was sparked by discovering ancient artifacts from Native
Americans long dispossessed of their lands. Now widely traveled, she has had
firsthand experience of the ways in which communities form and develop
distinct, yet interrelated cultures. Related to this has been research into
the origins and dispersal of Austronesian-speaking peoples from Taiwan and
their eventual colonization of the South Pacific, Madagascar in the Indian
Ocean, and their only colonization of the southeast Asian mainland in
Living in England, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the United States,
Shirley developed fluency in Italian and the Vakutan language. She has led
groups of Italian tourists around England, as well as American tourists
throughout Western Europe; sailed in ocean-going outrigger canoes while
living for almost two years with the indigenous people in the Trobriand
Islands, a tiny coral atoll in Papua New Guinea; and lectured at prestigious
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and the Australian National University in
Canberra. Shirley has specialized in studying the anthropology of art,
convinced that understanding the way people represent their ideas through art
and architecture provides valuable insights into our perceptions and
relationships with the world around us. Her studies have led to degrees from
Stephens College Missouri and the Australian National University. She has
contributed several academic papers to peer-reviewed journals and books, and
has written a book recounting her research and experiences in the Trobriand
Islands titled ‘The Art of Kula’.
Shirley is passionate about mental and physical wellness, and is a senior
instructor in the Australian fitness industry and a master yoga teacher. For
relaxation and pleasure she enjoys studying the origins of yoga and its place
within Indian society, music, quilting, and scuba diving the Great Barrier
Stephen is an historian and archaeologist from the south of England and,
although British, has spent much of his life overseas. Born in Singapore, he
spent most of his early childhood in Germany before moving to England. After
university, he spent nearly four years teaching in Japan; his travels across
Europe and Asia have created a deep interest in history that ultimately
turned into his profession.
Since returning to the United Kingdom in 2007, Stephen has taken part in
ground breaking archaeological excavations at Stonehenge, and spent several
years conducting surveys of the New Forest National Park. For seven years he
researched shipwrecks along the south coast of England, with a particular
focus on the 1,000 wrecks dating back to World War I. He has studied and
recorded numerous elements of the history, particularly the military history,
of Europe, including D-Day infrastructure in Britain and the battles of World
War II. At present, he is writing a series of publications on Motor Torpedo
Boats and Motor Gun Boats, the Royal Navy’s equivalent of American PT
Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the
tide pools and forests of his native New York. Since then, he has embarked on
a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and
environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast
and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by Zodiac to reach remote wetlands
where he monitored loon nests. After such field biology projects as surveys
for mammalian carnivores in the mountains of California, bird migration
monitoring in Canada, and a study of army-ant-following birds in the Peruvian
Amazon, Rich was drawn back to the sea where he taught marine science and
island ecology on Catalina Island in California for several years. He has
also conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well
tagging studies of sea turtles and pelagic sharks.
Madalena grew up surrounded by Portugal’s maritime history in Belém, where
she dreamed about exploring the oceans. Her love for the sea led her to study
marine biology and receive a master’s degree in Natural Resources
Management, specializing in Ecotourism. After graduating, Madalena moved to
Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa, and worked with local
communities on the implementation of a responsible tourism project.
Madalena’s biggest passion is traveling the world and connecting with
different cultures, exploring the wilderness, and embracing local
experiences. Since graduating, she has traveled to Central & South America,
Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Arctic. When she is not on an expedition
exploring the world, she is a naturalist at the aquarium, Oceanário de
Lisboa, raising awareness on ocean conservation and biodiversity.
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Tom is a graduate of the universities of
Glasgow and Leicester and has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in
the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the
Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well
as a member of a dozen other geological and polar societies. Tom has over
three decades of experience of interpreting geology for a wide range of
audiences, through talks, lectures, field trips, exhibitions, and
publications. He has curated a number of highly regarded geological and
Antarctic exhibitions, and was involved in the planning of events to mark the
centenary of Captain Scott’s South Pole Expedition.
He has also taught lifelong learning geology classes for over 25 years at
Cardiff University and led field trips around Britain and throughout the
western United States, the North Atlantic, and in the Mediterranean region.
Fieldwork and teaching have taken him to many parts of the world, and he was
closely involved in the setting up of new geological museums in Newfoundland
and in the United Arab Emirates. He lectures frequently to, and leads field
trips for, various groups around the UK and on expedition cruises to the
Arctic and Antarctic and other parts of the world.
He has interests in dinosaur trackways, as well as in the growth of geology
in the early 19th century, in particular the discovery of Jurassic marine
reptile fossils, the development of the first geological map, and in the
foundation of the British Geological Survey and the life and work of its
first director. He also has a particular interest in the development of the
understanding of Antarctica’s geology and in the work of the geologists on
Heroic Age expeditions.
The co-author of a successful geology field guide to South Wales, Tom is
currently writing a biography of the 19th-century geologist Sir Henry De la
Beche, a study of the geological maps of William Smith, and several new field
Brent was born in New Zealand and has been a birder since childhood. In 2005
he completed a goal he had from a young age, with the conclusion of his
Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand.
This further heightened his interest in seabirds, and in 2003, along with Sav
Saville, he rediscovered the “extinct” New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird
known previously from only three museum specimens collected during the 1800s.
With support from National Geographic, he led a team conducting further
research on this enigmatic seabird. His passion for travel, birds, and the
ocean has led him to many corners of the world working on small Expedition
ships. It’s a great way of seeing remote and inaccessible places and their
wildlife. Brent has traveled to many parts of the world, from the Arctic to
the Antarctic, including Australia, Solomons, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia,
French Polynesia, China, Americas, and Africa, and worked on ships in many of
these places. His passion and knack for wildlife photography has led to
increasing publication of photos and articles in books and magazines, both
within New Zealand and overseas. When not working on ships and traveling,
Brent lives between Napier and Buffalo, and spends much of the southern
summer in New Zealand, where he co-owns and runs Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ.
In 2013, with co-author Paul Scofield, he completed Birds of New Zealand: A
Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. He is a highly
respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 40 years of birding
experience in Ireland, Europe, USA, Africa, the Antarctic, and the Arctic.
Before setting out as a full-time freelance wildlife author, tour guide, and
broadcaster, Jim had a career in medical laboratory science and pathology IT
administration. He has written a number of books including, The Birds of
Ireland – A Field Guide (2013), Freshwater Birds of Ireland (2011),
Shorebirds of Ireland (2009), Irish Garden Birds (2008) and An Identification
Guide to Irish Whales and Dolphins (2006). He has produced two educational
DVDs, Bats of Ireland (2009) and Whales and Dolphins of Ireland (2004). He
also co-produced an iPhone app called Antarctic Wildlife Guide (2015), the
first photo-ID guide app to the birds, whales, dolphins, and seals of the
Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Beagle Channel, and
Ushuaia. As well as being involved in many national and international
conservation projects, he set up the long-running national Irish Garden Bird
Survey. He was national chairman of Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland’s equivalent
of the Audubon Society and is a former director of the Irish Whale and
Hailing from the seaside town of Cork, Ireland, Matthew is a qualified Art
Historian, earning his undergraduate degree in Art History & Philosophy in
2014 from University College Cork. He then went on to receive his Master’s
degree in High Renaissance Art, with a special focus on Michelangelo. He is
currently based at University College Cork, where he lectures and researches
in the History of Art department. His research, and his passion for Italian
art and culture, regularly takes him to cities such as Rome and Florence,
where he has led educational tours for undergraduate students. Matthew is
friendly and laidback by nature, with a love of travel and a keen dedication
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