Set sail on the MS Monet, a classic small cruise ship taking only 50 guests. From Dubrovnik to Valletta, journey through the Adriatic and across the Eastern Mediterranean along the coastlines of Italy, Albania and Greece, exploring history that spans thousands of years.
Hear about ancient pharmacology; how religion and medicine co-existed in the ancient world; and about plagues and sailors, Victorians and volcanoes from your expert onboard lecturers, Natasha McEnroe and Simon Chaplin.
Throughout the cruise, enjoy private excursions that take you beyond the everyday. Cruise from Dubrovnik down the lovely Adriatic coastline to Montenegro, Albania and Corfu, across to Puglia and Calabria, through the Aeolian Islands and the Straits of Messina and into dramatic Valletta Harbour. Explore ancient ruins from Butrint to Taormina; wander around medieval and Renaissance towns that have charmed visitors for centuries, and relax over delicious Italian lunches.
There is a pre-cruise extension to Dubrovnik and a post-cruise extension to Malta, which delve into the history and culture of each fascinating destination.
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.
Dubrovnik Pre-Cruise Itinerary: 4 – 6 May 2025
Main Cruise Itinerary: 6 – 15 May 2025
*During May there are some events taking place in Crotone in honour of the patron saint; this may impact on some of the visits.
** The opening schedule for the Museum of Lipari has not been confirmed for May 2025.
*** The opening schedule for the Campailla Museum has not been confirmed for May 2025.
Malta Post-Cruise Itinerary: 15 – 18 May 2025
Cabin prices start at USD $6,574. Please see the brochure for a full range of cabin options.