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On Wednesday, September 13, my colleague Barry Lyon and I will host a free webinar, the... 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 #230


Dear friends: It is a busy time at VENT. We have begun assembling our 2019 tour schedule, and plans are underway for our biennial company meeting, to be held here in Austin in mid-December. In addi...

Grand Australia Part II


Our Grand Australia Part II tour began as we bade farewell to two participants and engaged a new couple. After a comfortable night in Brisbane, we transferred to the O’Reilly’s Guesthou...

Grand Australia Part I


Balmy weather, cool and overcast with a light breeze, had our tour off to a good start. As a first bird, we kicked off proceedings with the bizarre Tawny Frogmouth, making for another good start. T...

Brazil's Southern Amazon: Rio Azul & Cristalino Jungle Lodges


Our inaugural “Brazil’s Southern Amazon” tour began with our rollout of a new location (Rio Azul Jungle Lodge) and ended with a “golden oldie” (Cristalino Jungle Lodge...

Washington: September Migration in the Pacific Northwest


The rush of migration in September concentrates birds along Washington and southern British Columbia’s mountain ridges, coastal shorelines, and over the ocean itself. The September Migration ...