Magazine article History Today

Introducing the Travel Brochure That Broadens the Mind

Magazine article History Today

Introducing the Travel Brochure That Broadens the Mind

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ON THE right is a cruise brochure unlike any other.

Its 56 pages contain not one photograph of a ship silhouetted against a setting sun or a deck lined with sun loungers.

Instead, the visual appeal is provided by evocative historical prints of some of the most remarkable sights of the Mediterranean. These striking images are accompanied by detailed and elegantly written descriptions of our five cruise itineraries.

The reason for this unusual approach is simple. Martin Randall Travel Cruises are designed for people with an interest in history, archaeology and the arts. Indeed, they hark back to a century-old tradition of intellectual cruising.

You'll see that each itinerary has a meticulously planned theme. On pages 18-25, for example, you can read all about In Pursuit Of Caravaggio, a popular cruise that visits southern Italy, Sicily and Malta, tracing the career of this tempestuous painter. Mindful of the fact that Caravaggio was a man prone to spectacular eruptions, there are also opportunities to visit and view (from a safe distance!) the volcanoes of Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli.

Pages 41-47 are and this may be a first for a holiday brochure--devoted to Ancient Greek Philosophy. This cruise offers a delightful introduction to the foundations of Western thought and takes in numerous sites on the Greek mainland and islands, many of them unfrequented. (Note that, true to the spirit of Plato's Symposium, there are also two experts on Greek wine among the lecturers. …

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