Jewels of the Mediterranean with Public Television at Sea – November 2011
Members of the WLIW Patron Network, in partnership with PTV at Sea, cruised the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruise’s luxurious Seven Seas Mariner. This 10-night cruise visited eight beautiful maritime ports, with public broadcasting personalities onboard including Gwen Ifill, Scott Simon and Mark Samels. The cruise departed in Venice, Italy and docked in both Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valetta, Malta; Tunis, Tunisia; Florence/Pisa/Livorno in Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and ended its voyage in Rome, Italy.
Vienna: A New Year’s Celebration – December 2010
Patrons experienced the magical winter season in Vienna, Austria’s enchanting capital on the Danube. During a delightful week at the illustrious Sacher Hotel, we visited the palatial Kunsthistoriches Museum and its fabulous collection of Old Master paintings, attended a training performance of the famed Lipizzaner stallions, and enjoyed a performance at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Then we toasted the New Year at the Imperial Ball, held in the former winter residence of the Austrian Emperor.
Dutch and Flemish Landscapes – April 2010
Following two nights in The Hague, Patrons embarked on the elegant new Amadolce for a one-week river cruise with Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip. Visits ashore included Rotterdam, with its contemporary architecture; Ghent, where the Van Eyck brothers’ Ghent Altarpiece is a highlight; and medieval Bruges, laced with canals and gardens.
Antiquities of Egypt – February 2010
In February, Patrons enjoyed a very memorable trip to Egypt, where they saw the awe-inspiring Great Pyramid complex at Giza, the vast temples in Luxor, and the riches of Cairo’s museums. The exceptional winter journey also featured a four-night Nile River cruise aboard the M.S. Sonesta Nile Goddess, a deluxe vessel offering all modern amenities, continental cuisine and a small swimming pool. Egyptologist Lanny Bell, a leader in the documentation of Egypt’s ancient monuments, further enriched our program with his lectures and insights.
In the Realm of the Winged Lion – October 2009
In October, Patrons set sail aboard the Sea Cloud II from Venice for an enchanting voyage across the Adriatic Sea. On this luxurious and majestic ship, they traveled along the picturesque coasts of Italy and Croatia to visit sites that were at the heart of the Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Renaissance worlds.
They explored the stunning landscapes and historic towns in excellent company. Olivier Bernier, the acclaimed art historian and author, was on board as a fellow traveler.
Waterways of the Tsars – June 2009
This June we departed for a very special summer voyage aboard the M.S. Volga Dream. As we navigated the gentle Russian waterways, the countryside revealed a fascinating land of peaceful villages and domed monasteries. Moscow and St. Petersburg delighted us with their splendid palaces, extraordinary museum collections and architectural treasures.
Our trip began in Moscow, where highlights included the golden cupolas of the Kremlin cathedrals and the tsarist treasures on a visit to the Armory Museum. We then embarked the M.S. Volga Dream and cruised to medieval Uglich, the Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl, the village of Goritsy, the small island of Kizhy and the town of Mandrogi. Our voyage concludee with three days in St. Petersburg, with its fabulous Hermitage Museum and St. Isaacs Cathedral.
We were delighted to have Simon Marks, Special Correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, accompany the group, offering unique insights into Russia’s history and political culture.