Eastern Mediterranean Cruise 2024

September 2-15, 2024
On board the gorgeous Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas
8 stops with archaeological tours, and 6 lectures on board the ship

Come join us for a higher education experience of a lifetime! Learning all about ​Paul’s Roman World in eight enriching lectures from renowned scholar James D. Tabor, professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte—all while cruising the enchanting Mediterranean Sea to exciting ports o’ call.

Imagine the warm September breezes while at sea, relaxing on deck and taking in the spectacular scenery from Royal Caribbean’s world-class Odyssey of the Seas luxury cruise ship.

You’ll fly to Rome, then sail from Civitavecchia with three days at sea filled with lectures and free time among day stops to visit archaeological ruins at Naples/Pompeii, Athens & Corinth, the Greek Isles, then to Ephesus, Turkey; Mykonos, and Chania to see ancient sites first-hand with your expert host before returning home from ​Rome.

With this unique BAS Travel/Study offering/opportunity, you will be completely amazed and fulfilled! Next September bring your curious, like-minded friends and loved ones for a life-long learning & cruising adventure.



Educational Opportunities Tours

SEPTEMBER 2 - Fly out of New York City airport (TBD by EO Tours)

SEPTEMBER 3 - Arrive in Rome, transfer to the Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas and depart Civitavecchia

SEPTEMBER 4 - Naples and Pompeii- tour the ruins

SEPTEMBER 5 - At sea- two lectures (morning and afternoon)

SEPTEMBER 6 - Athens and Corinth- bus provided – the Acropolis and Corinth archaeological site tour

Educational Opportunities Tours

SEPTEMBER 7 - Santorini- Akrotiri and large archaeology museum tour

SEPTEMBER 8 - Rhodes- explore archaeological sites

SEPTEMBER 9 - Limassol, Cyprus- tour Palipaphos/Paphos, Kourion Arch. Museum, and Paphos Arch. Park

SEPTEMBER 10 - At sea- two lectures

SEPTEMBER 11 - Ephesus, Turkey- tour ancient ruins and early Christian sites

Educational Opportunities Tours

SEPTEMBER 12 - Mykonos, Greece- tour

SEPTEMBER 13 - Chania, Crete- Erethymon, Falasand/Phalassarnd, Kissamos, and archaeological sites

SEPTEMBER 14 - At sea- 2 lectures

SEPTEMBER 15 - Arrive at port at Civitavecchia and fly out of Rome.

James Tabor

Dr. James Tabor is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is professor of Christian origins and ancient Judaism and served as Chair for a decade. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and the College of William and Mary. Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive fieldwork in archaeology in Israel and Jordan. Since 2008 he has been co-director, with Shimon Gibson, of the acclaimed Mt. Zion excavation in Jerusalem. [More Bio]




Odyssey of the Seas

Join us aboard Odyssey of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean’s newest luxury ships for a 13-night enlightening educational cruise through the shimmering Mediterranean, including the Holy Land. Dig in to your studies, as well as into international cuisine. Or after both, enjoy numerous amenities to relax and rejuvenate.


  • Cost (includes airfare from NYC to Rome):
  • Two person/double cabin (price per person)
  • Interior cabin: $6,899
  • Ocean view cabin: $7,199
  • Balcony cabin: $7,499
  • Single supplementary cost (for a solo traveler)
  • Interior cabin: $9,898
  • Ocean view cabin: $10,398
  • Balcony cabin: $10,798
  • All-Access Members: Sign up with your All-Access member number to attend the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise 2024 at a discounted rate. If you aren't yet an All-Access member, you can join (or upgrade) by clicking here or the link in the registration form. Don't know your BAS member number? Find out here.


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If you are unable to fill out the electronic registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext. 424.


For more information, contact:

Peter Megginson
Biblical Archaeology Society
Email: [email protected]
800-221-4644, ext. 424 (Toll-free)
202-364-3300, ext. 424
5614 Connecticut Ave. NW #343
Washington, DC 20015-2604