Ancient Cities of Iberia and North Africa: A Voyage from Lisbon to Sicily


August 9-22, 2025

From $9,980 Per Person Based on Double Occupancy.

The history of the southern and western shores of the Mediterranean can be told from many perspectives. To an ancient historian, it is the story of early Phoenician expansion westward, followed by Roman conquests, and ending with the Punic Wars and the destruction of Carthage in the 2nd century BC. For a medievalist, the story begins with the stunningly rapid spread of Islam across North Africa and onto the Iberian Peninsula in the 6th-8th centuries and ends with the Spanish reconquest of Granada in 1492. During this voyage, we will touch on chapters of each of these stories, as we call in ports along North Africa and in Spain and Portugal. In Tunisia, we visit the ruins of Carthage and marvel at the stunning Roman mosaics in the Bardo Museum. Tipasa’s ancient temples and ruins are our first call in Algeria, followed by the UNESCO-designated Roman ruins at Djémila. Further west along the North African coast, we encounter Pantelleria, Italy notable for its beautiful wild scenery that includes volcanic formations, hot springs, and a rocky coastline.

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  • Accommodations
  • Program Inclusions
    • One night at the Avenida Palace Hotel (or similar) in Lisbon.
    • Welcome dinner in Lisbon.
    • Cruise aboard the Diana, as described in the itinerary.
    • Group airport/hotel/pier transfers at designated times, and handling of luggage on arrival and departure dates.
    • Lectures and discussions with a Vanderbilt Guest Lecturer.
    • Additional lectures by members of the onboard team of experts.
    • Complete program of tours and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary including lunch on full day tours with professional English-speaking guides.
    • All meals aboard the ship, with a selection of wines, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner.
    • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions board the ship hosted by the captain.
    • Open bar with select alcoholic beverages.
    • Coffee, including espresso and cappuccino, tea and soft drinks throughout the day and night.
    • 24-hour room service.
    • Gratuities to the ship’s crew, guides, porters and drivers.
    • Basic Wi-Fi aboard the ship.
    • The services of an experienced Thalassa Journeys Trip Director.
    • All local taxes and service charges, including port and embarkation taxes.
    • Complete pre-departure material.