Cruise the Mediterranean aboard the elegant, 32-cabin sailing yacht Le Ponant, discovering beautiful coastal towns and history while listening to sublime chamber music performed exclusively for the journey by Grant Moss, pianist and Smith senior lecturer in music. Embark on your musical and educational journey in Nice, France, and then set sail for the shores of Italy, discovering ancient ruins and architecturally distinctive villages—from little-known Etruscan sites to legendary Pompeii. Stroll the seaports and narrow streets, savor fine wines and cuisine, and visit landmark churches, museums and palaces.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit delightful St.-Paul-de-Vence, a medieval village that became an artists’ retreat in the 1920s
  • Discover the Etruscan civilization and explore the historic port of Piombino
  • Tour the National Archaeological Museum of Naples’s fascinating collection of mosaics
  • Explore the ruins of Ostia Antica, the once bustling seaport of ancient Rome
  • Learn about the life and music of the famous opera composer Puccini


Grant Moss, Smith senior lecturer in music and college organist; Aron Rodrigue, Charles Taylor Professor of Jewish History and Culture at Stanford University.

Trip Details

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active; All participants should be in good health, physically fit and capable of walking over rough terrain without assistance. Daily programs involve walking one to three miles, such as through archaeological sites, from coach drop-off points, in museums, and on city tours—sometimes on uneven terrain, including dirt and cobblestoned paths. Stairs may not have handrails, and buildings may not have elevators.
  • Cost: From $9,695 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: From $3,859 per person
  • Deposit: $1,500 per person, payable to Ponant Cultural Cruises & Expeditions
  • Co-Sponsors: Stanford Alumni Travel

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