Historic Reflections

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OCT. 1-12, 2014 From $3,799
Athens, Rome, Florence, Monte Carlo , Provence, Barcelona,
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Historic Reflections

OCT. 1-12, 2014
Athens, Rome, Florence, Monte Carlo , Provence, Barcelona,
Aboard Riviera

In the company of UCLA professor Teofilo Ruiz, a scholar of late medieval and early modern Castile, uncover the cultural and historical riches of the Mediterranean while cruising on Oceania’s elegant Riviera. Experience cultural and historical treasures as you sail the shores of Greece, Turkey, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain. Depart Athens for the Greek isle of Santorini, and reward yourself with an exploration of ancient Ephesus. Continue to Sicily and the dramatic seaside slopes along Italy’s legendary Amalfi coast. Experience the celebrated city of Florence, glittering Monte Carlo, and vibrant Marseille before concluding your cruise in Barcelona.

Cost: From $3,799
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Activity Level: Mild Activity

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Teofilo Ruiz
UCLA Professor of History
Teofilo Ruiz received his doctorate from Princeton University and has taught at many universities, including the University of Michigan and Princeton. He served as UCLA History Department chair (2002-2005), and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (2008-09). He has taught courses on Medieval and early modern Europe. He was selected by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the four Outstanding Teachers of the Year in 1994. The author of 14 books, Ruiz was honored by the American Historical Association with the Premio del Rey prize for Crisis and Continuity: Land and Town in Late Medieval Castile. In 2007-08, Ruiz received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the Distinguished Teacher Award at UCLA. Two other books, The Terror of History and A King Travels were published by Princeton University press in 2011-12. In 2012, he was selected as the Senior Research lecturer at UCLA and received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama.



DAY 1 | Oct. 1. Depart for Greece

DAY 2 | Oct. 2. Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Riviera in legendary Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities and the cradle of Western Civilization.

DAY 3 | Oct. 3. Santorini, Greece
Famed for its spectacular sunsets, the island’s distinctive crescent shape is the result of an enormous volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Behold a panorama of indigo-domed churches and chalk-colored homes clinging to stony cliffs along the caldera, black sand beaches dotted with pebbles beside deep, azure waters, and breathtaking rock formations climbing from the volcanic floor—here is the epitome of Grecian beauty.

DAY 4 | Oct. 4. Ephesus / Kusadasi, Turkey
The port of Kusadasi, until recently a fishing and farming village, is today a resort town offering lovely beaches and plenty of shops. Nearby is the legendary ruined city of Ephesus, a veritable museum of Greek and Roman history with impeccably preserved relics from its ancient past. Here you’ll find the Library of Celsus, the incredible Terraced Houses, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

DAY 5 | Oct. 5. Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

DAY 6 | Oct. 6.Taormina (Sicily), Italy
On the picturesque Italian island of Sicily, the town of Taormina has been adored for centuries. Built on a cliff overlooking the sea, Taormina offers unrivaled panoramas of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano. In town, medieval structures fascinate and quaint cafes tempt visitors. Outside of town, Sicily—the largest island in the Mediterranean—abounds with natural and architectural beauty.

DAY 7 | Oct. 7. Amalfi / Positano, Italy
Situated on the lovely Amalfi coast is the enchanting town of Amalfi, filled with ancient wonders like the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and the beautiful 11th-century cathedral and cloister. Nearby, clinging to steep slopes above a sparkling bay, Positano charms all who visit with its Moorish-style houses and colorful fishing boats.

DAY 8 | Oct. 8. Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Once the center of the world’s greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy, Rome offers remnants of its glorious past wherever you look. From the ancient Roman Forum and Colosseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, it is a legendary city rich in antiquity and culture.

DAY 9 | Oct. 9.  Florence / Pisa / Tuscany (Livorno), Italy
The architectural and artistic masterpieces of the Renaissance—Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery, Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery—await you in Florence, a masterpiece in itself. Pisa’s superb Field of Miracles and iconic Leaning Tower also beckon, as does the captivating Tuscan countryside, renowned for its gently rolling hills, medieval hilltop villages and superb wine.

DAY 10 | Oct. 10.  Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nestled between the South of France and Italy, sparkling Monte Carlo features the famous Grand Corniche and the 12th-century Grimaldi Palace. With an area of less than one square mile, this city-state packs plenty of excitement and attractions into its small space, including the glamorous Monte Carlo Casino and the Circuit de Monaco, site of the famed Grand Prix.

DAY 11 | Oct. 11. Provence (Marseille), France
Entrancing Provence has inspired and enchanted for centuries. From the historic port city of Marseille to the scenic countryside dotted with medieval towns and quaint villages perched on rocky hilltops, Provençal France fulfills even the grandest expectations.

DAY 12 | Oct. 12.  Barcelona, Spain
Disembark and bid farewell to Riviera.


Cruise to celebrated ports aboard the elegant and inviting Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ newest ship. Luxurious, yet refreshingly casual; spacious, yet comfortably intimate, the ideal mid-sized Riviera boasts some of the finest amenities at sea. With unparalleled service and cuisine that reigns supreme, this is cruising at its finest.

The Ambiance

  • Luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere
  • Elegant mid-size ship catering to just 1,250 guests, providing access to more exotic ports
  • Exceptional decor with museum-quality art
  • Teak decks and verandas
  • Resort casual attire—no formal nights
  • Heated pool and three whirlpool spas

The Distinction

  • Exceptional staff-to-guest ratio: 1 to 1.57
  • Bon Appétit Culinary Center—the only hands-on cooking school at sea
  • Award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center
  • Enrichment programs, including guest lectures and the Artist Loft, featuring hands-on instruction from artists-in-residence

The Flavor

  • The finest cuisine at sea
  • Multiple dining venues, including six gourmet open seating restaurants at no additional charge
  • La Reserve by Wine Spectator, offering enlightening wine and food pairings
  • Unlimited complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, tea and juice



Pricing: $3,799-$7,499
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Special Programs Available

  • Pre-Cruise Program Athens: Sept. 29-Oct 2, $749
  • Post-Cruise Program Barcelona: Oct. 12-13, $549

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How to Book

Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Go Next. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Refund policies vary, but generally are as follows: Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.