Your cruise in the Mediterranean or Southeast Asia includes shore excursions in all ports of call visited, except on the odd occasion such as Cannes, Mykonos and Skiathos where no organized sightseeing is available
Some ports offer multiple opportunities for sightseeing, and in these instances, Voyages to Antiquity offers carefully selected optional excursions at an additional cost.
These sightseeing programs are outstanding but can be challenging. Visits to archaeological and religious sites may require walking over uneven surfaces, up and down multiple steps, and therefore a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. Some passengers may decide to take a break on certain days and explore the environs around the port. Look for the symbols above each tour description to get a good idea of the level of walking that may be involved. Tour durations are approximate and, to be sure you get the most out of the excursion and to avoid overcrowding, the sequence of site visits and operating times may vary.
The on-board staff will brief you nightly on the expected plans for the following day. All departure times and meeting points will be advised in the Daily Journal on board.
Some countries require you to carry certain documents ashore and this will be advised on board at the appropriate time. Please note that we reserve the right to change, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time.
It is one thing to see the Taj Mahal in India or Aphrodisias in Turkey and quite another to see it in the company of a good guide who speaks your language and can share his/her knowledge and passion for history. All of our shore excursions feature qualified English-speaking guides who seek to enlighten your visit with their expertise.
It is customary to reward their service with a small gratuity per person, generally $2-$3 for the guide and $1-$2 for the driver, depending on the duration of the excursion.
From the fabrics and craftwork in the bustling markets of Southeast Asia to the greek gold in Minoan designs, there is much to tempt the shopper. While the shore excursions focus on the history, culture and archaeology of the areas we visit, some offer the chance to visit local markets and shops.
Voyages to Antiquity has no connection with any shopping establishments and does not assume responsibility for purchases made ashore. We also recommend insurance on anything you choose to ship home.
Various modes of transportation are used, depending on the excursion. Most motorcoaches are deluxe, air-conditioned vehicles unless unavailable in that port.