8 March 2015
The not-for-profit Aurora Trust Foundation has partnered with SubSea Explorers, a marine archeology expedition company and U-Boat Worx, a Dutch manufacturer of submersibles. They are offering a first-of-its-kind program for adventurous individuals to take part in an undersea archeological expedition off the coast of Sicily, not as a tourist, but as an exploration crew member working from inside a private submersible.
The program features eight 1-week missions, beginning June 20 and running through August 21. During each mission, the adventurers will be part of a 3-person crew using a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned submersible to view, document and photograph ancient Roman shipwrecks that sank 2,000 years ago.
This deep-sea adventure will take you in a three-person, state-of-the-art air-conditioned mini sub to explore recently discovered ancient shipwrecks in the company of a noted archeologist and a professional sub pilot. You will live aboard a luxury yacht or villa, depending on your program choice; you will enjoy gourmet Mediterranean foods and learn about the culture and history of these exotic ancient places – not as a tourist, but as a participating crew member.
Not for the average tourist, this luxury $20,000 per person adventure includes accommodations in an island villa leased to accommodate the participants. It will be located on the island where the sub is based. Guests will be met at the airport by a designated driver and driven to the ferry boat that will transport them to their destination island where they will be met by their host. Transportation is not included. All food and beverages, including wine and beer, will be included. Most meals will be served in local gourmet restaurants. Lunches will be served on board the support vessel. Breakfast will be served at the villa or hotel.