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Talk & Book-signing at New York City Audubon

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Free Webinar! September 13, 2017: Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll in 2018

On Wednesday, September 13, my colleague Barry Lyon and I will host a free webinar, the... read more

Free Webinar! August 16, 2017: Circumnavigation of Hokkaido, Japan’s Wild Island

My colleague Barry Lyon and I will host a free webinar Wednesday, August 16, the next i... read more

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A History & Nature Cruise aboard the M/Y Harmony V

This multi-themed voyage explores the history of ancient Greece while presenting exposure to the marvelous landscapes, birds, and natural history of modern Greece. Starting in Athens, we will travel west to the Peloponnesian Peninsula (or “the Peloponnese” for short) where we will perform a full circumnavigation of this historic region of Greece.

Ruins of Delphi

Ruins of Delphi— Photo: Variety Cruises


Among the highlights are visits to the ancient archaeological sites of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi; an evening stop at the island of Monemvasia, an ancient Byzantine outpost; a day on the island of Kythira; and a transit of the remarkable Canal of Corinth. For those with an interest in birds and natural history, spring is a wonderful time to be in Greece. Temperatures will be cool to moderate, wildflowers will be in bloom, and birds will be breeding and in full song. Among the many avian possibilities are Levantine Shearwater, Short-toed Eagle, Eleonora’s Falcon, Rueppell’s Warbler, Black-headed and Cretzschmar’s buntings, and other special regional birds.

VENT leaders Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon will be joined by Dr. Paul Woodruff, lecturer and interpretive expert, who teaches philosophy and classics at the University of Texas, Austin and is an authority on ancient Greece. Paul has co-led all of our past cruises to Greece. Our transportation is the Harmony V, a lovely 50-passenger motor yacht offering spacious cabins with large windows and en suite bathrooms.

Rueppell's Warbler

Rueppell’s Warbler— Photo: Johannes Dag Myer/shutterstock


Greece: A Circumnavigation of the Peloponnese—A History & Nature Cruise aboard the Harmony V, May 16-25, 2018; cabin prices begin at $7,195 per person in double occupancy from Athens. Limit: 46.

Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon will co-lead our optional Athens Pre-trip, which provides an excellent complement to our ship-based exploration of the Peloponnese. Our itinerary combines visits to the Acropolis, ancient Agora, Marathon, and other archaeological sites, with birding field trips to destinations outside the city. Athens Pre-trip, May 12-17, 2018; $2,995 per person in double occupancy from Athens. Limit 30.


News & Field Reports

VENTflash #231


Dear friends: It has been a while since you last heard from me. December was something of a whirlwind at VENT, as the month was dominated by the planning and execution of our bi-annual Company Meet...

Santiago-Humboldt Extension


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Wild Patagonia & Central Chile


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Fall Hawaii


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