Set sail on the MS Serenissima, a classic small cruise ship taking only 95 passengers. From Athens to Valletta, journey across the Eastern Mediterranean along the coastlines of Albania, Montenegro and Italy and explore medical and military history that spans thousands of years. Hear about ancient pharmacology, how religion and medicine co-existed in the ancient world, plagues and sailors, and WWII battles from your expert lecturers on board; Natasha McEnroe, Simon Chaplin, Briony Hudson and Michael Crumplin.
Throughout the cruise enjoy private excursions that delve beyond the ordinary. Cruise the Corinth Canal from Athens, visiting Delphi en route; explore ancient ruins from Butrint to Taormina; walk around medieval and Renaissance towns that effortlessly exude charm, and relax over delicious Italian lunches.
There will be a pre tour extension to Athens and the Peloponnese, led by Briony Hudson, that will explore the history of the area. Visits include the Acropolis, Nemea, Mycenae and Epidaurus. Explore the seaside town of Tolo - where you will spend two nights - as well as Nafplio, one of the prettiest Greek towns.
After the cruise there is the option to continue your journey in Malta, where Pete Starling will lead an extension focusing on Malta's military and medical history. Delve into the long history of this island, which has been fought over for centuries.
Natasha McEnroe is the Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Her previous post was Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, and prior to this was Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and Curator of the Galton Collection at University College London. From 1997 – 2007, she was Curator of Dr Johnson’s House in London’s Fleet Street, and has also worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Natasha was co-editor of The Hospital in the Oatfield – The Art of Nursing in the First World War (2014) and The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (2003). Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities.