Set sail on the MS Serenissima, a classic small cruise ship taking only 95 passengers. From Valletta to Athens, journey across the Eastern Mediterranean along the coastlines of Italy, Albania and Greece 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 from your expert onboard lecturers, Natasha McEnroe and Simon Chaplin.
Throughout the cruise enjoy private excursions that take you beyond the everyday. Cruise from dramatic Valetta Harbour through the Aeolian Islands and the Straits of Messina and along the Corinth Canal to Athens, visiting Delphi en route. Explore ancient ruins from Butrint to Taormina; wander around medieval and Renaissance towns that have charmed for centuries and relax over delicious Italian lunches.
There is a pre-cruise extension to Malta, focusing on Malta's military and medical history. Delve into the long history of this island, which has been fought over for centuries.
There will be a post-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.
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); The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (2003); and editor of Medicine: An Imperfect Science(2019) and co-editor of The Medicine Cabinet(2019). Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities. Natasha is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Barbers.
Cabin prices start from $5663.00 per person (ground only excluding international flights and transfers)