Sailing the Greek Isles: The Fabled Aegean Sea and Peloponnese Peninsula with Nigel McGilchrist aboard Sea Cloud II

Sailing the Greek Isles: The Fabled Aegean Sea and Peloponnese Peninsula with Nigel McGilchrist aboard Sea Cloud II  featuring a stop at Nigel’s home island of Kythera 

Alongside three other esteemed lecturers, Nigel McGilchrist will give two lectures while cruising the Aegean Sea this July. The first, titled Seas, Volcanoes and their Minerals: the Material Origins of Greek Art, is a practical introduction to the origins of Greek art and architecture and its far-reaching influence through time. Nigel’s second lecture, entitled “Like Frogs around a Pond…”  - The Curious Nature of the Ancient Greek Mind, is about the physical influence of land and sea upon the thinking, politics, and philosophy of the Ancient Greeks.

Other highlights include: 

  • Catch your breath with a night at Athens’ famous Grande Bretagne Hotel with its stunning rooftop view of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. 
  • Enjoy unparalleled luxury and world-class food and service while relaxing for seven nights aboard the iconic 47-cabin Sea Cloud II, the luxurious three-masted sailing yacht. Modeled after Marjorie Merriweather Post’s legendary Sea Cloud, the Sea Cloud II combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury. In the grand tradition of the world’s finest sailing vessels, guests can experience this marvelous ship under sail as the skilled crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas, weather permitting.
  • Marvel at the ruins and stories of Delos, mythological birthplace of the Greek gods Artemis and Apollo and home to some of the Mediterranean’s most extensive archaeological excavations.  
  • Discover the striking beauty and rich histories of the less frequently visited Greek isles of Naxos, Milos, Hydra, and Kythera.  

Just ten cabins remain on this highly educational and amusing tour. Reserve space today to avoid disappointment!

TO RESERVE: Fill out the form at the end of the brochure (click on "Get the Brochure" to the right) or call (805) 884-6435.


Nigel McGilchrist new book for sale in the SBMA Museum Store!

Exclusively at SBMA, When the Dog Speaks, the Philosopher Listens by Nigel McGilchrist, a favorite study leader on SBMA travel programs, is for sale in the SBMA Museum Store. ($35).

Author and travel writer extraordinaire Pico Iyer calls it “An uncommonly beautiful and wise illumination of both beauty and wisdom. Few scholars write with the open-heartedness and humanity of Nigel McGilchrist; and few travellers can draw upon his extraordinary range and erudition. This is the rare book that opens up a figure who for most of us is just a name, teaches us volumes about the ancient world and, finally, gives us a sense of how to live, with music, in humility, exalted.”

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