Exquisite Greek and Roman cities once created a mosaic of flourishing cultural centers around the Mediterranean Sea. Today they stand in silent testimony to that epoch as magnificent ruins far better preserved, far more impressive, and far less crowed than most of the archaeological sites of mainland Europe.
Hailing from the seaside town of Cork, Ireland, Matthew is a qualified Art Historian, earning his undergraduate degree in Art History & Philosophy in 2014 from University College Cork. He then went on to receive his Master’s degree in High Renaissance Art, with a special focus on Michelangelo. He is currently based at University College Cork, where he lectures and researches in the History of Art department. His research, and his passion for Italian art and culture, regularly takes him to cities such as Rome and Florence, where he has led educational tours for undergraduate students. Matthew is friendly and laidback by nature, with a love of travel and a keen dedication to learning.
Matthew's Upcoming Expeditions
Mediterranean Mosaic: Italy, Corsica, Tunisia, Algeria & MoroccoApril 19 — May 3, 2021
Wild Ireland & Scotland COMBO VoyageMay 29 — June 12, 2021
Discover ancient wonders, sublime landscapes, unique geology, prolific birdlife, and charming villages as you journey to Ireland and Scotland. Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more, with visits to Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.
Wild IrelandMay 29 — June 7, 2021
Discover Ireland’s ancient wonders, sublime landscapes, unique geology, prolific birdlife, and charming villages as you journey along the island’s scenic west coast. This voyage may be combined with Wild Scotland for a comprehensive view of the region.
Wild ScotlandJune 4 — June 12, 2021
History comes to life as you view important Neolithic monuments—the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae—and other architectural wonders, from Mousa’s Iron Age broch and 12th-century Iona Abbey to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. This voyage may be combined with Wild Ireland for a comprehensive view of the region.
Circumnavigation of the Black SeaJuly 18 — July 31, 2021
Centuries of history and splendid architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. Join our experts to explore busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.