Summer 2012
North Africa & Europe
Voyage Overview

North Africa & Europe

62 Days, 9 Countries, 10 Cities

Visiting Europe and North Africa, this voyage is a truly global journey that allows students to compare and contrast many differing cultures around the world.

Embark: Jun 17, Freeport, Bahamas Disembark: Aug 18, Boston, MA, United States

Itinerary: Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Portugal
Embark Jun 17 Freeport, Bahamas
Spain
Jun 27 - Jun 30
Spain
Port of Barcelona

Spain’s diverse landscape, architecture, art, and cuisine make the country rich in culture and charm. We will dock in Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports, where you can explore the spectacular architecture of the Catalan capital, including Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia church. Sports enthusiasts enjoy a visit to Camp Nou, Barcelona’s soccer stadium and home to the Barca team. On the outskirts of the city, you will find the Montserrat mountain range as well as beautiful beaches.

Italy
Jul 2 - Jul 7
Italy
Port of Civitavecchia: Jul 2 - 4, Port of Napoli: Jul 5 - 7

Italy has something for everyone, whether you are a history buff, outdoor adventurer, or an aspiring chef. If you are looking to explore ancient architecture, visit the Roman ruins or the renowned city of Pompeii, preserved by the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius. The five consecutive seaside towns of Cinque Terre offer beautiful hiking trails along the coastline and a chance to explore fishing villages. Culinary enthusiasts can learn how to cook in Naples, a city renowned for its Napoli-style pizza.

SAS field excursion in Croatia
Croatia
Jul 10 - Jul 13
Croatia
Gruz Harbor

Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy lies the strikingly beautiful landscape of Croatia. The natural beauty and clear water combine with an abundance of medieval towns making this a hallmark of the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik itself is an enchanting pedestrian city known for its intact city wall and towers; historic churches and museums. The clear waters and abundant marine life make snorkeling a popular activity. The small mountain village of Osojnik welcomes visitors with traditional folk music and food. Split’s waterfront promenade, with café’s, shops and palm trees is often called the “Riviera” of Croatia and the ruins of Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace provide ample opportunities to explore.

Greece
Greece
Jul 16 - Jul 19
Greece
Port of Piraeus

With more ancient sites than any other country in Europe, Greece is an archaeological treasure. Philosophers and theologians have long been drawn here to explore the roots of modern thought. Even so, it is the vibrant blues and rugged beauty of the Greek Islands that beckon many visitors away from the crowds of Athens and the Acropolis. Santorini’s picturesque town of Oia is a whitewashed, blue-domed beauty. The sea-side cafes, windmills and nightlife of Mykonos are also draw for many of our participants. Sandy beaches can be found on Skiathos.

Field lab in Turkey
Turkey
Jul 21 - Jul 25
Turkey
Port of Istanbul

Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks."

Location: Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia (that portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria

Casablanca, Morocco
Morocco
Aug 1 - Aug 4
Morocco
Port of Casablanca

Morocco is an immensely rich cultural center point of north-western Africa that exudes influences of all of the proximal regions, including Spain and the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Sahara Desert, and the Atlas Mountains. The port of Casablanca, established in the 20th century, is a busy metropolis and home to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca. Teaming with colorful bazaars and exotic culture, Casablanca and nearby Rabat, Fez and Marrakech will give voyagers a taste of a culture far different from any other place.

Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal
Aug 6 - Aug 9
Portugal
Port of Lisbon

Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.

Disembark Aug 18 Boston, MA, United States
Summer 2012: North Africa & Europe