Fall 2023
European and Asian Adventure
Voyage Overview

European and Asian Adventure

105 Days, 12 Countries, 12 Cities

Fall 2023 Semester Study Abroad

Embark: Sep 9, Amsterdam, Netherlands Disembark: Dec 22, Tokyo, Japan

Itinerary: Spain, Greece, Suez Canal Transit, Jordan, Oman, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan, South Korea Apply Now
Embark Sep 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 17 - Sep 21

Spain’s diverse landscape, architecture, art, and cuisine make the country rich in culture and charm. Semester at Sea ports of call in Spain include Barcelona, Valencia and La Coruna. Field program options include explorations of the art, culture, and architecture of the two diverse regions. Highlights include overnight trips to Sevilla, Granada, and Madrid, with opportunities to explore the cathedrals, gardens, palaces, and other cultural sites that reflect Spain's Moorish and Islamic heritage.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Language(s): Spanish
  • Common Religion(s): Catholicism
  • Government: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 46.94 Million (2019)

Sep 27 - Sep 30

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.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Athens
  • Language(s): Greek
  • Common Religion(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
  • Government: Republic, Parliamentary system
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 10.72 Million (2019)

Suez Canal Transit
Oct 3 - Oct 3
Suez Canal Transit

Suez Canal, Arabic Qanāt al-Suways, sea-level waterway running north-south across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt to connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. The canal separates the African continent from Asia, and it provides the shortest maritime route between Europe and the lands lying around the Indian and western Pacific oceans. It is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes. The canal extends 193 km (120 miles) between Port Said (Būr Saʿīd) in the north and Suez in the south, with dredged approach channels north of Port Said, into the Mediterranean, and south of Suez.

Source: www.britannica.com

Oct 5 - Oct 8

Jordan, Arab country of Southwest Asia, in the rocky desert of the northern Arabian Peninsula. Jordan is a young state that occupies an ancient land, one that bears the traces of many civilizations. Separated from ancient Palestine by the Jordan River, the region played a prominent role in biblical history. Jordan is an integral part of the Arab world and thus shares a cultural tradition common to the region. The family is of central importance to Jordanian life. Although their numbers have fallen as many have settled and adopted urban culture, the rural Bedouin population still follows a more traditional way of life, preserving customs passed down for generations. Village life revolves around the extended family, agriculture, and hospitality; modernity exists only in the form of a motorized vehicle for transportation. Urban-dwelling Jordanians, on the other hand, enjoy all aspects of modern, popular culture, from theatrical productions and musical concerts to operas and ballet performances.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Amman
  • Language(s): Arabic
  • Common Religion(s): Islam
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Jordanian dinar
  • Population: 10.9 Million (2019)

Source: britannica.com/place/Jordan

Oct 16 - Oct 19

Oman, country occupying the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula at the confluence of the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. Much of the country’s interior falls within the sandy, treeless, and largely waterless region of the Arabian Peninsula known as the Rubʿ al-Khali. The region is still the domain of Bedouin nomads, although today it is also crisscrossed by oil and gas pipelines. Oman is a tribal society, although tribal influence is gradually declining. Mealtime serves as the centre of most social gatherings. The typical Omani meal consists of rice, spiced lamb or fish, dates, and coffee or tea. Incense—notably frankincense, which is native to Oman—is burned at the end of the meal.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Muscat
  • Language(s): Arabic
  • Common Religion(s): Islam
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Absolute monarchy
  • Currency: Omani rial
  • Population: 4.98 Million (2019)

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Oman

Oct 24 - Oct 29

As one of the most populous nations in the world, India is bustling with a vibrant culture influenced by a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Explore the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders, or travel to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. Get a taste of how 70% of Indians live by visiting the rural, traditional Chendamangalam village.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Language(s): Hindi, English
  • Common Religion(s): Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Federal Republic, Parliamentary republic, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Indian rupee
  • Population: 1.366 billion (2019)

Nov 6 - Nov 9
Port Klang

Malaysia is a multiracial, cultural and linguistic state. The Malays are the largest communities that play the most important role in national politics. Bahasa Melayu (Bahasa Malaysia), is the main language of the country. Minangkabau, Bugis and Javanese people can be classified as "Malay" in accordance with the constitution definition, but also can speak in their native language. English is also widespread in major urban areas.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Kuala Lumpur
  • Language(s): Malay
  • Common Religion(s): Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism
  • Government: Democracy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy, Elective monarchy
  • Currency: Malaysian ringgit
  • Population: 31.95 million (2019)

Source: https://www.malaysia.gov.my/public/cms/topic/47/

Nov 13 - Nov 17
Ho Chi Minh City

(Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam is known for its lush, emerald green mountains, outstanding cuisine, and welcoming citizens. Here you can explore the Cu Chi Tunnels where Viet Cong soldiers lived and fought, travel by boat through the Mekong Delta, sample world-class pho, or bike through small villages. Students often enjoy a three-day trip to Cambodia from Vietnam to interact with an NGO that educates and trains disadvantaged locals in rural areas for employment in the hospitality industry.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Language(s): Vietnamese
  • Common Religion(s): Atheism, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism
  • Government: Unitary state, Communist state, Socialist state
  • Currency: Vietnamese đồng
  • Population: 96.46 million (2019)

Nov 24 - Nov 29

A leading region of civilization and culture for thousands of years, China originally outpaced most developing nations in terms of growth and industrialization. The famous Great Wall of China, which dates back to 206 BC, was constructed over thousands of years by several dynasties and is a highlight of the SAS field program in China. Other sites of exploration for SAS participants include the Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City in Beijing, Tiananmen Square, the spectacular terracing of Guilin, and the fertile valleys of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Beijing
  • Language(s): Mandarin
  • Common Religion(s): Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism
  • Government: Republic, Unitary state, Communist state, Socialist state
  • Currency: Chines Yuan/People's Renminbi
  • Population: 1.4 billion (2019)

Source: CIA Factbook

Dec 4 - Dec 8

This stop on our itinerary brings us to another Pacific archipelago. With its blend of modern industry amidst preserved ancient culture, Japan presents a variety of options for experiential learning. Students often enjoy getting a glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, taking a train to Tokyo, or exploring the many options for top-notch Japanese cuisine in the Harborland district in Kobe.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Language(s): Japanese
  • Common Religion(s): Shinto, Buddhism
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Yen
  • Population: 126.3 million (2019)

South Korea
Dec 13 - Dec 16
South Korea

South Korea, country in East Asia. It occupies the southern portion of the Korean peninsula. The country is bordered by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to the north, the East Sea (Sea of Japan) to the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west; to the southeast it is separated from the Japanese island of Tsushima by the Korea Strait. South Korea makes up about 45 percent of the peninsula’s land area. The capital is Seoul (Sŏul).

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Seoul
  • Language(s): Korean
  • Common Religion(s): No religious affiliation, Christian, Buddhism
  • Government: Unitary state, presidential system, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Korean won
  • Population: 21.71 million (2019)

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/South-Korea

Disembark Dec 22 Tokyo, Japan

Diversion Ports

Over our 57 year history, we’ve learned that itineraries are subject to adjustment. More than half of our voyages have required some deviation from the planned itinerary. The need to change an itinerary prior to and/or during a voyage can arise due to a number of factors: weather, political unrest, and other health and safety considerations. Should there be a need to adjust our published plans, we have identified potential Diversion Ports in each region of our expected travel. These ports are selected based on a number of factors including safety, educational value, and accessibility. While we don’t intend to visit these locations, should the need arise, we’ve made arrangements to allow us to travel to these ports. Again, these Diversion Ports simply serve as a back-up should anything prevent us from traveling to our planned itinerary.

Fall 2023 Diversion Ports

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Cochin, India
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Palermo, Italy
  • Marseilles, France
  • Male, Maldives