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Aegean Odyssey enters the waters of the Baltic for the first time ever on this magnificent inaugural cruise for 2019, featuring visits to the Scandinavian capitals of Stockholm and Helsinki, as well as the historic ports of Tallinn in Estonia, Gdansk in Poland and Warnemünde in Germany. You will also experience an incredible two-night stay in the magnificent Russian port of Saint Petersburg.

Founded by Peter the Great and considered the cultural capital of the nation, the city once known as Petrograd is home to the second largest art gallery in the world, the Hermitage, which is spectacularly located inside the breathtaking Winter Palace. There’s also the elaborately domed fin de siècle Cathedral of the Saviour on Spilled Blood to see, that was built in the style of a 16th or 17th-century Russian church.

Following your cruise across the Baltic to the Gulf of Finland, you will disembark in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

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Port
Depart
Arrive
Jul 02
Tue
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Jul 03
    Wed
    Copenhagen
    • Arts & culture
    • Explore Independently
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Arrive into Copenhagen and transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
    overnight
    Jul 04
    Thu
    Copenhagen
    • Arts & culture
    • Explore Independently
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    In the morning see the many highlights of Copenhagen, from the famous Little Mermaid Statue to the brightly coloured waterfront of Nyhavnand, then tour either Christiansborg Palace or Rosenborg Castle. The afternoon is then at leisure, or an optional tour to the Roskilde Viking Museum is also available.
    6.00pm
    Jul 05
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    A day at sea to enjoy Aegean Odyssey’s facilities. Visit the Athena Spa perhaps, or sit back for a lazy morning on the Lido Deck, with a good book from our well-stocked library.
    Jul 06
    Sat
    Stockholm
    • Arts & culture
    • Explore Independently
    • Flora and Fauna
    Stockholm, Sweden
    A morning tour of Stockholm’s highlights, including the Vasa warship museum, or a more leisurely panoramic drive around the city. An optional visit to Drottningholm Palace and Gardens is then available in the afternoon.
    6.00pm
    9.00am
    Jul 07
    Sun
    Helsinki
    • Arts & culture
    • Flora and Fauna
    Helsinki, Finland
    A choice of excursions is available in the Finnish capital today: the main sights of Helsinki, known as the “Daughter of the Baltic Sea”, or a short panoramic tour of the city and a guided tour in the old part of Porvoo, the second oldest city of Finland.
    7.00pm
    2.00pm
    Jul 08
    Mon
    St. Petersburg
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Architecture
    • Explore Independently
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    On your first afternoon in magnificent St Petersburg, choose between a walking tour of its many highlights, or a more panoramic drive around the city, before experiencing a magical evening of ballet at the St Petersburg Concert Hall.
    overnight
    11.00am
    Jul 09
    Tue
    St. Petersburg
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Architecture
    • Explore Independently
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    Visit the Hermitage Museum inside the breathtaking Winter Palace on an exclusive pre-opening time tour, then see the fabulous façade of St Nicholas Cathedral and enjoy some souvenir shopping. An authentic Russian Folkloric show is also included this evening.
    overnight
    Jul 10
    Wed
    St. Petersburg
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Architecture
    • Explore Independently
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    Take an included canal cruise through St Petersburg in the morning. A choice of optional tours is then available for the afternoon: either Catherine Palace in Pushkin, or the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Alternatively you may explore the city at leisure.
    6.00pm
    Jul 11
    Thu
    Tallinn
    • Arts & culture
    • Religious
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Explore the historic sights of Tallinn on an included walking – or a more panoramic – tour featuring highlights such as Toompea Castle and Maarjamäe Palace. The afternoon is then at leisure in the city.
    6.00pm
    10.00am
    Jul 12
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    The Daily Journal on board Aegean Odyssey details a comprehensive list of activities, should you be undecided how to spend this laid-back day at sea.
    Jul 13
    Sat
    Gdansk
    • Arts & culture
    Gdansk, Poland
    Tour the city of Gdansk on an included morning tour featuring the old town and the world’s largest brick temple. Alternatively, a full-day optional excursion to the WWII Museum and city highlights is also available.
    7.00pm
    8.00am
    Jul 14
    Sun
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    As Aegean Odyssey cruises the Baltic Sea, activities continue across the ship, including topical discussions in the Ambassador Lounge.
    Jul 15
    Mon
    Warnemunde
    • Arts & culture
    • Architecture
    Warnemunde, Germany
    Warnemunde is your gateway to Berlin for a choice of full-day city tours, each featuring the key highlights of the city, then with either the Pergamon Museum and the Berliner Cathedral, or more time at leisure also included. Alternatively, an included morning visit to the picturesque medieval town of Wismar is also available.
    10.00pm
    6.00am
    Jul 16
    Tue
    Copenhagen
    • Arts & culture
    • Explore Independently
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to Copenhagen airport for your flight home.
    8.00am
    Copenhagen Highlights and Christiansborg Palace

    Copenhagen Highlights and Christiansborg Palace

    4 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
    Half Day
    Few places have as much friendliness and joie de vivre as Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that in recent years the city has become one of the most desirable places to live in Europe. This panoramic tour of the Danish capital begins with a stop at the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, who sits upon her rock on the waterside in Langelinie, gazing forlornly out to sea as though musing on her unrequited love.

    Few places have as much friendliness and joie de vivre as Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that in recent years the city has become one of the most desirable places to live in Europe. This panoramic tour of the Danish capital begins with a stop at the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, who sits upon her rock on the waterside in Langelinie, gazing forlornly out to sea as though musing on her unrequited love.

    A short drive then takes you to the islet of Slotsholmen for the magnificent neo-baroque Christiansborg Palace, where the Danish Parliament and the Supreme Court convene. Among the various Royal Reception Rooms on display here is the magnificent Great Hall, frequently used for state visits and evening events, such as the Queen’s gala dinners. The hall is lavishly decorated with seventeen colourful tapestries by Bjørn Nørgaard, depicting 1,100 years of Danish history, from the Viking Age to the year 2000. A gift to the Danish Queen to mark her 50th birthday, the work of art was inaugurated on her 60th birthday in April 2000.

    Also on the tiny island of Slotsholmen is the former stock exchange of Børsen – an excellent example of Dutch Renaissance architecture boasting an unusual and distinctive twisted spire, made up of entwining dragon tails.

    Just across the canal is the imposing City Hall, dating from 1905 and modelled on the Tuscan Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. The brightly coloured waterfront of Nyhavn is where Hans Christian Andersen lived from 1845 to 1864. Then finally, enjoy a stroll around the four identical 18th century palaces of Amalienborg, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Copenhagen Highlights and Rosenborg Castle

    Copenhagen Highlights and Rosenborg Castle

    4 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
    Half Day
    The Danish capital is a city of canals spanned by bridges, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks, not to mention the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world, making it a great place to discover on this leisurely panoramic tour.

    The Danish capital is a city of canals spanned by bridges, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks, not to mention the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world, making it a great place to discover on this leisurely panoramic tour.

    Among the highlights are the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, the old Citadel, the Renaissance flourishes of Holmens Church, the magnificent Gefion fountain and the royal residence of Amalienborg Palace. King’s Square is home to the Royal Theatre and fashionable Nyhavn is the centre of Copenhagen’s pavement café culture.

    Denmark’s crown jewels are kept inside the Dutch Renaissance-style Rosenborg Castle, built in 1607 for Christian IV and uninhabited since 1710; it was first opened to the public in 1838. Among the treasures you will see during your guided tour of the castle’s well preserved interior are the crown of Christian IV and a gem-studded sword that belonged to Christian III.

    Passing the elegant Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, the imposing City Hall dates from 1905 and is modelled on the Tuscan Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. By contrast, directly across the road is the world’s second oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens, which first opened its doors in 1843 and is home to one of the oldest rollercoasters still operating today, the Rutschebanen, built from wood in 1914.

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    Roskilde Viking Experience

    Roskilde Viking Experience

    4 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
    Half Day
    The former capital of Denmark, Roskilde has played a crucial part in Danish history and features some wonderful historic attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage cathedral. Almost forty Danish monarchs are buried inside this landmark building, including the Viking king Harold Bluetooth and his son Sweyn Forkbeard.

    The former capital of Denmark, Roskilde has played a crucial part in Danish history and features some wonderful historic attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage cathedral. Almost forty Danish monarchs are buried inside this landmark building, including the Viking king Harold Bluetooth and his son Sweyn Forkbeard.

    The cathedral can be traced back to around 960AD, when Roskilde was named the new capital; a small wooden church dedicated to the Holy Trinity was built in the city. After Roskilde became the seat of the bishop in 1991AD, the wooden church was replaced with a stone one, then in 1200AD the transformation continued with an even more ambitious expansion. At that time the use of clay bricks was relatively new in masonry work, but more than 3,000,000 of them were used during the construction of Roskilde, making it the first Gothic cathedral to be made of the material anywhere in the world.

    Continuing to the Viking Ship Museum, among the many fascinating artefacts you will see during your guided tour are five longboats known as the Skuldelev ships, which sank over a thousand years ago but survived in an impressive state of preservation until they were recovered in 1962. The museum also has a long tradition of constructing authentic replicas of Viking ships as well as collecting historic boats from across Scandinavia. Today it contains over 40 vessels, most of them kept on the water in the museum’s shipyard.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Panoramic Stockholm

    Panoramic Stockholm

    6 Jul Stockholm, Sweden
    Half Day
    This leisurely morning tour begins with a scenic drive along Söder Mälarstrand, on the north shore of Stockholm’s fashionable Södermalm district. Crossing the Western Bridge, you will enjoy some fabulous views of the skyline on your way to the imposing City Hall, one of the finest examples of National Romantic architecture in Sweden.

    This leisurely morning tour begins with a scenic drive along Söder Mälarstrand, on the north shore of Stockholm’s fashionable Södermalm district. Crossing the Western Bridge, you will enjoy some fabulous views of the skyline on your way to the imposing City Hall, one of the finest examples of National Romantic architecture in Sweden.

    The famous redbrick exterior also has a hint of the Romanesque, as does the main function room, known as Blue Hall, where the prestigious Nobel Banquet takes place each December. Originally Blå hallen was to have been rendered in blue plaster, until the architect Ragnar Östberg changed his mind and the rusticated brickwork was left “unfinished”. By then, of course, the epithet had stuck.

    After the famous Nobel Banquet, guests traditionally move to the Golden Hall for a ball. The room is covered in neo-Byzantine mosaics, depicting people and scenes from Swedish history. It has also been carefully lit with hanging lamps, to create the most dazzlingly shimmering luminescent effect which seems to bounce across the walls. Admiring these magical decorations, you will feel like waltzing to the rhythm of your own music.

    Just across the river from the City Hall is the old quarter of Stockholm, known as Gamla stan. Here you will see the 18th-century Baroque Royal Palace, as well as the colourful houses of Stortorget, or Great Square, which is considered the spiritual heart of the city.

    Returning to the island of Södermalm, the shoreline of Fjällgatan has some amazing views across Gamla Stan and the islands of Skreppsholmen and Djurgården, making it the perfect place to stop and admire the city one last time, on your way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Stockholm Highlights and Vasa Museum

    Stockholm Highlights and Vasa Museum

    6 Jul Stockholm, Sweden
    Half Day
    The Swedish capital is spread across fourteen islands that are linked by more than fifty bridges. At its centre is one of the oldest and best preserved medieval districts in Europe, Gamla stan, where the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets join the spectacular 18th-century Royal Palace with the colourful square known as Stortorget, at the spiritual heart of the city.

    The Swedish capital is spread across fourteen islands that are linked by more than fifty bridges. At its centre is one of the oldest and best preserved medieval districts in Europe, Gamla stan, where the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets join the spectacular 18th century Royal Palace with the colourful square known as Stortorget, at the spiritual heart of the city.

    South of Gamla stan is the bohemian and cultural district of Södermalm. During this panoramic guided tour you will also pass through Norrmalm and Östermalm to arrive at the popular island of Djurgården, home of the open-air Skansen museum and the extraordinary 17th century warship Vasa, a mighty vessel that met a farcical and tragic demise.

    On the morning of 10th August 1628 the Vasa was being waved off on her maiden voyage by hundreds of excited spectators who had flocked to the eastern waterfront to celebrate. She was still only 1,300 metres from shore when a gust of wind caused her to heel hard to port, allowing water to gush in through her open gun ports. Within minutes the Vasa had disappeared beneath the water, with the loss of thirty souls.

    A pioneering salvage project in 1961 saw the Vasa raised from the seabed, where she had survived for over 300 hundred years in an astonishing state of preservation. Since then the warship has been lovingly restored using replacement parts that are much lighter in colour, allowing this breathtaking piece of maritime archaeology to take pride of place within a state-of-the-art interactive museum.

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    Drottningholm Palace and Gardens

    Drottningholm Palace and Gardens

    6 Jul Stockholm, Sweden
    Half Day
    Just west of Stockholm on the island of Lovön is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family. In the summer months the King and Queen occupy the southern wing, but the rest of the house is always open to the public.

    Just west of Stockholm on the island of Lovön is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family. In the summer months the King and Queen occupy the southern wing, but the rest of the house is always open to the public.

    Drottningholm was commissioned by Dowager Queen Regent Hedvig Eleonora, following the death of her husband, Karl X, in 1660. The exterior is reminiscent of Versailles but owes much to the Italianate tradition of Andrea Palladio. Later royals, notably Louisa Ulrika and Gustav III, used the palace for elaborate theatrical events, grand balls and lavish masquerades, until the early 19th-century, when revolutionary fervour swept across Europe and Drottningholm fell out fashion.

    In the 20th-century it was restored and is today considered the finest classical-baroque palace in northern Europe, with highlights including the bedchamber of Queen Eleonora and the central staircase, which features trompe l’oeil frescos of mythological Norse kings and statuary in the classical style.

    Elsewhere in the grounds are a number of outhouses, including the famous 18th-century theatre, added by Queen Louisa, where original hand-operated stage machinery is still in use and authentic costumes are on display. There’s also the Kina Slott, or Chinese Pavilion, perhaps the oddest example of rococo-chinoiserie ever created.

    After your guided tour, you will be able to enjoy a stroll through the immaculately kept Baroque and English Gardens, before settling back for more delightful scenery on the return to Aegean Odyssey, as your coach makes a leisurely detour around the island of Lovön.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Panoramic Helsinki and Porvoo

    Panoramic Helsinki and Porvoo

    7 Jul Helsinki, Finland
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic Sea’, Helsinki is the world’s most northerly metropolitan city and is filled with unique architectural gems, as you will discover during a short panoramic tour of its main sights.

    Known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic Sea’, Helsinki is the world’s most northerly metropolitan city and is filled with unique architectural gems, as you will discover during a short panoramic tour of its main sights.

    Passing Market Square, the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, see the Olympic Stadium which hosted the games in 1952, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum, Parliament Building, the Contemporary Art Museum and the New Opera House.

    Your tour then continues to Porvoo, the second oldest city in Finland, which was established by the Swedish King Magnus Ericksson in the 14th century and has many well-preserved 18th and 19th century buildings, as well as a 15th century cathedral. A guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets takes you past picturesque weathered wooden houses to the Town Hall, the Main Square and the cathedral, which suffered a fire in 2006 but has now been fully restored.

    After stopping at the Old Bridge, some free time will be available to explore the old town, before your return to Helsinki for a stop at the neoclassical Senate Square, where landmarks include the Lutheran Cathedral, built between 1830 and 1852; the Government Palace, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office; and the 18th century Sederholm House Hotel, the oldest building in central Helsinki, that was formerly the private residence of a wealthy merchant.

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    Helsinki City Tour

    Helsinki City Tour

    7 Jul Helsinki, Finland
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    At the heart of the Helsinki is the neoclassical Senate Square, where landmarks include the Lutheran Cathedral, built between 1830 and 1852; the Government Palace, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office; and the 18th century Sederholm House Hotel, the oldest building in central Helsinki and formerly the private residence of a wealthy merchant.

    At the heart of the Helsinki is the neoclassical Senate Square, where landmarks include the Lutheran Cathedral, built between 1830 and 1852; the Government Palace, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office; and the 18th century Sederholm House Hotel, the oldest building in central Helsinki and formerly the private residence of a wealthy merchant.

    After some time to explore, your panoramic tour continues past the attractive Esplanadi park, which is surrounded by many foreign embassies, to the shipyards. Ship construction is one of the main industries in Finland and many cruise liners and icebreakers have been built here.

    Continuing to Mannerheimintie, the city’s main street, see Parliament House, the National Museum, the new Opera House, and the concert and convention centre of Finlandia Hall, on your way to the Olympic Stadium.

    Designed in the functionalist style by Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti, construction on the stadium began in 1934, with the intention of it hosting the 1940 Summer Olympics, until they were cancelled due to the Second World War. The stadium finally fulfilled its purpose by hosting the 1952 Summer Olympics instead.

    From here visit Sibelius Park, where a monument made up of 527 steel pipes is dedicated to the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Finally, a stop will be made at the Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church, built directly into solid rock and opened in 1969. The hall is covered with a dome and lined in copper while rugged interior walls of rock and rubble give it excellent acoustics.

    Please note: Helsinki Olympic Stadium has been closed for renovation but is due to be reopened in 2019.

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    Evening at the Ballet

    Evening at the Ballet

    8 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Evening
    Dance is a part of Russia’s fabric and St Petersburg has long been regarded as one of the world’s most famous ballet centres. This special evening takes place at the largest musical theatre in the city, St Petersburg Concert Hall, a modern building with comfortable seats, located near the protected Russian cruiser Aurora, close to the St Petersburg hotel.

    Dance is a part of Russia’s fabric and St Petersburg has long been regarded as one of the world’s most famous ballet centres. This special evening takes place at the largest musical theatre in the city, St Petersburg Concert Hall, a modern building with comfortable seats, located near the protected Russian cruiser Aurora, close to the St Petersburg hotel.

    After an early dinner on board Aegean Odyssey you will be transported to the theatre in good time to take your seats for a classic ballet such as Giselle or Swan Lake. The performance finishes well before midnight, when you will be whisked back to the ship, still floating on air after the wonderful magic of this majestic work of art.

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    Panoramic St Petersburg

    Panoramic St Petersburg

    8 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Half Day
    Passing along the Neva River embankment to the Spit of Basil Island, the Peter and Paul Fortress was the first citadel to be built in what became known as “Peter’s city” and has remained its most enduring symbol for over 300 years. Originally constructed as a military defence but never fired upon, it was later converted into a political prison.

    Passing along the Neva River embankment to the Spit of Basil Island, the Peter and Paul Fortress was the first citadel to be built in what became known as “Peter’s city” and has remained its most enduring symbol for over 300 years. Originally constructed as a military defence but never fired upon, it was later converted into a political prison.

    At its centre stands the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where every Russian ruler from Peter the Great to Alexander III is buried. Inspired by the Flemish tradition, this beautiful cathedral boasts the tallest orthodox bell tower in the world, featuring a needle-like spire topped by a gold angel and cruciform.

    Continuing along the embankment, pass the protected Russian cruiser Aurora, whose guns announced the October Revolution of 1917. Then arrive in St Isaac’s Square for a look at the outside of the Cathedral designed by French architect Auguste de Montferrand between 1818 and 1858, which has one of the largest domes in the world. The socle is faced with granite and the five-metre thick walls have been covered with gray marble. Approximately 100kg of pure gold was used to gild the dome and forty-three types of stone and marble were used in its ornamentation.

    Finally, in nearby Decembrists’ Square, see the famous ‘Bronze Horseman’ monument to Peter the Great, before returning to Aegean Odyssey via a souvenir shop, time permitting.

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    Highlights of St Petersburg

    Highlights of St Petersburg

    8 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Half Day
    The imperial capital of St Petersburg is a world apart from the rest of Russia, with a relaxed and welcoming Scandinavian feel. Located on the Gulf of Finland, this friendly city has been able to develop its own unique status as a federal subject, making it one of the most charming and accessible destinations to be found anywhere in the Baltic.

    The imperial capital of St Petersburg is a world apart from the rest of Russia, with a relaxed and welcoming Scandinavian feel. Located on the Gulf of Finland, this friendly city has been able to develop its own unique status as a federal subject, making it one of the most charming and accessible destinations to be found anywhere in the Baltic.

    St Petersburg was essentially created from scratch in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, who had recently captured the region from Sweden during the Great Northern War. Throughout the 17th-century Russia had no practicable way to enter into European waters and Peter was keen to put an end to his ships sailing around Norway’s North Cape, using waters that frequently froze during the long winter months.

    The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first citadel to be built in what became known as “Peter’s city” and has remained its most enduring symbol for over 300 years. At its centre stands the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where every Russian ruler from Peter the Great to Alexander III is buried. Inspired by the Flemish tradition, this beautiful cathedral boasts the tallest orthodox bell tower in the world, featuring a needle-like spire topped by a gold angel and cruciform.

    After the fortress you will be taken on a panoramic tour of the city’s other unmissable highlights, including the gilded cupola of St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great in Decembrists’ Square.

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    Evening Folkloric Show

    Evening Folkloric Show

    9 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Evening
    Get acquainted with the fascinating songs and breathtaking dances of Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union during a very special folkloric show performed by musical graduates from Moscow and St Petersburg.

    Get acquainted with the fascinating songs and breathtaking dances of Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union during a very special folkloric show performed by musical graduates from Moscow and St Petersburg.

    This fascinating spiritual journey features Don Cossacks’ dances, Russian and Ukrainian choir-singing including world-famous pieces like Kalinka and Barynja, and flamboyant gypsy dancing accompanied by live Balalaika music.

    During the intermission you will be invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of Russian Champagne before settling back in your seats for the rest of the performance.

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    St Nicholas Cathedral and Souvenir Shopping

    St Nicholas Cathedral and Souvenir Shopping

    9 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Half Day PM
    Built between 1753 and 1756 in the shape of a Greek cross, the Nicholas Naval Cathedral is an outstanding example of Russian baroque architecture designed by one of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s most talented students, Savva Chevakiinsky.

    Built between 1753 and 1756 in the shape of a Greek cross, the Nicholas Naval Cathedral is an outstanding example of Russian baroque architecture designed by one of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s most talented students, Savva Chevakiinsky.

    Comprising two floors with five cupolas, the exteriors are exceptionally rich, with clutches of columns and garlands of flowers surrounding the windows in striking blue and white colours. The richly carved iconostasis is one of the best of its period and unlike palaces designed by Rastrelli, the ornate white and gilt interiors have survived the centuries almost completely intact.

    From across the canals encircling the cathedral on three sides you will be able to enjoy a wonderful view of the four-tired bell tower, before returning to Aegean Odyssey via a souvenir shop.

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    Early Visit to the Hermitage

    Early Visit to the Hermitage

    9 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Half Day AM
    In cooperation with the museum’s authorities, this morning we have arranged a very special early opening of the magnificent Hermitage museum, approximately one and a half hours prior to regular hours, giving you a chance to visit the living quarters of the royal family as well as some other collections that are not included in regular tours, such as the Antique or Oriental departments.

    In cooperation with the museum’s authorities, this morning we have arranged a very special early opening of the magnificent Hermitage museum, approximately one and a half hours prior to regular hours, giving you a chance to visit the living quarters of the royal family as well as some other collections that are not included in regular tours, such as the Antique or Oriental departments.

    Located inside the breathtaking Winter Palace, the Hermitage of St Petersburg is one of the largest and most famous museums in the world, with a collection of over three million works of art, including masterpieces by Da Vinci, Titian, El Greco, Goya, Rubens and Rembrandt.

    The origins of the Hermitage date back to 1764, when Russia’s most popular Empress, Catherine the Great, began collecting contemporary paintings and objets d’art for her own amusement. By the time of her death she had extended the Winter Palace a number of times to house this private gallery, which became known as the “Hermitage” due to its exclusivity.

    In 1852 Russia’s first ever purpose built museum was opened behind the “Old Hermitage” to share some of Catherine’s treasures with the public. Following the revolution of 1917, the New Hermitage was merged with the rest of the Winter Palace to create the second largest art gallery in the world, surpassed only by the Louvre in Paris.

    It is said that to view everything in the vaults would take more than a decade, but on this carefully planned guided tour you will get to see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, Western European works including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and the collection of Dutch and Flemish art that includes paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck – and still have time to admire the awe-inspiring façade of the Winter Palace.

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    Canal Cruise

    Canal Cruise

    10 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Half Day AM
    A relaxing guided boat-ride through the canals of St. Petersburg to gain a different perspective on the city.

    A relaxing guided boat-ride through the canals of St. Petersburg to gain a different perspective on the city.

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    Grand Palace of Peterhof

    Grand Palace of Peterhof

    10 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Half Day PM
    Located on the Gulf of Finland, Peterhof is the most brilliant of all summer residences built by the Russian Tsars. Commissioned by Peter the Great in 1709, a visit to the French royal court of Versailles in 1717 inspired him to begin expanding what was originally a modest country house. Over the next 200 years the palace and gardens evolved to become a treasure-house of European aristocratic style.

    Located on the Gulf of Finland, Peterhof is the most brilliant of all summer residences built by the Russian Tsars. Commissioned by Peter the Great in 1709, a visit to the French royal court of Versailles in 1717 inspired him to begin expanding what was originally a modest country house. Over the next 200 years the palace and gardens evolved to become a treasure-house of European aristocratic style.

    This magnificent estate held the name of Peterhof, or ‘Peter’s Court’ in German, until 1944, when it was renamed Petrodvorets, before reverting back to its original epithet in 1997. During World War II, invading German forces destroyed much of the buildings and fountains, but these have since been lovingly restored to their original splendour.

    The interior of the Grand Palace is a lavish combination of design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who had just finished the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, and later renovations made during the reign of Catherine the Great. The ornate Ceremonial Staircase  is lined with frescoes and gilded statues, while other highlights include the white-and-turquoise Throne Room, the Western Chinese Study, the Imperial Suite, Peter the Great’s study, the gilded Ballroom and the Crown Room, which was actually the Imperial bedchamber.

    Your guided tour also includes a walk through the Lower Garden to the Great Cascade – an impressive water-feature modelled on Louis XIV’s Château de Marly. Consisting of three waterfalls, thirty-seven statues and sixty-four fountains, the largest of which was constructed between 1734 and 1735 and depicts Samson’s fight with the lion, representing Russia’s victory over the Swedes in 1709 during the Great Northern War.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Catherine Palace in Pushkin

    Catherine Palace in Pushkin

    10 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
    Half Day PM
    This delightful tour will take you just south of St Petersburg to the breathtaking Catherine Palace, the former summer residence of tsars and tsarinas that today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    This delightful tour will take you just south of St Petersburg to the breathtaking Catherine Palace, the former summer residence of tsars and tsarinas that today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Commissioned by Peter the Great for his second wife, Catherine, the palace started life as modest affair by royal standards, until the couple passed away and their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, began to dramatically expand it throughout the middle of the 18th-century.

    During your tour, your guide will show you around all of the palace’s most remarkable highlights, while explaining more about its tumultuous history. Among the many works of art you will see is a replica of the legendary Amber Room.

    Completed in 1770, the dazzling Amber Room was once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, until it was stolen by Nazis in 1941 and disappeared in 1945, possibly destroyed during the bombing of Königsberg Castle in Germany, although no remains have ever been found and its ultimate fate remains unknown.

    The whereabouts of the Amber Room is one of history’s most intriguing mysteries, but in 2003 a twenty-year long reconstruction process was finally completed at a cost of more than £80 million. The new Amber Room is lined with identical panels and gilded mirrors embellished with exquisite gemstones, all crafted as closely as possible to the same specifications as the original.

    Following your tour of the palace, free time will be available for a relaxing walk through the park to the pavilion-lined lake, before your return to Aegean Odyssey in St Petersburg.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Panoramic Tallinn

    Panoramic Tallinn

    11 Jul Tallinn, Estonia
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    This more leisurely alternative to the walking tour of Tallinn begins with a drive along the main streets of the Estonian capital towards the 18th century Kadriorg Park, which contains a number of outstanding palatial buildings constructed by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great.

    This more leisurely alternative to the walking tour of Tallinn begins with a drive along the main streets of the Estonian capital towards the 18th century Kadriorg Park, which contains a number of outstanding palatial buildings constructed by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great.

    Continuing along the seafront, the Song Festival Ground is where the Estonian Song Festival takes place. Then drive through the recreational area of Pirita to the eerily beautiful ruins of the medieval St Bridget Convent, one of the largest in Northern Europe until it was destroyed by Russian troops in 1577 during the Livonian War.

    Back in the city centre, pass the newly restored Maarjamäe, or Orlov’s Palace, containing a branch of the Estonian History Museum. The Russalka Memorial by Amandus Adamson was erected in 1902 to mark the ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Russian warship Russalka, and is the first monument in Estonia to be made by an Estonian sculptor,

    Approaching the Old Town, pass Freedom Square and the Cross of Liberty Monument, followed by the Tall Hermann Tower and the medieval Toompea Castle, before stopping at Nun’s Gate for a stroll past the merchant houses of the Lower Town and the Holy Ghost Church, to reach Town Hall Square, where the oldest Town Hall in the Baltics and Scandinavia is situated. Free time will then be available for you to explore at leisure, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

    Please note: This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties as the Old Town streets are cobbled.

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    Historic Tallinn

    Historic Tallinn

    11 Jul Tallinn, Estonia
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    At the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage area of Tallinn’s old quarter is the Upper Town, built atop the limestone “Toompea”, meaning Cathedral Hill. In Estonian mythology this is the place where King Kalev is said to have been buried by his wife, Linda, who built the hill entirely by hand.

    At the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage area of Tallinn’s old quarter is the Upper Town, built atop the limestone “Toompea”, meaning Cathedral Hill. In Estonian mythology this is the place where King Kalev is said to have been buried by his wife, Linda, who built the hill entirely by hand.

    Passing Liberty Square, where military parades take place, see the 19th century Lutheran Charles’s Church before arriving at the foot of the Tall Hermann Tower, which dates from the 14th century and stands at ninety-five metres above sea level.

    Walking up the hill, the 9th century Toompea Castle is where the Estonian Parliament convenes. This is followed by the elaborately decorated 19th century Eastern Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built in the Russian Rival style. Stepping inside the Dome Church, you will find an impressive display of nobless coats of arms and gravestones dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries. The Upper Town also has a series of platforms that provide fairytale views of the red roof tops and turreted towers of the Lower Town, with the skyline of the modern city in the background.

    Descending to the lower part of the city, Short Leg Street leads to St Nicholas Church on your way to Town Hall Square and the imposing 15th century Gothic Town Hall, the oldest in the Baltics and Scandinavia. See the oldest continuously functioning Apothecary Shop in Europe as you stroll along cobbled lanes to the Great Guild, Blackheads’ Brotherhood House and several merchant’s houses. Free time will then be available for you to explore at leisure, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

    Please note: This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties as the Old Town streets are cobbled.

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    Gdansk City Tour

    Gdansk City Tour

    13 Jul Gdansk, Poland
    Half Day AM
    The tour provides a fascinating insight into the layout and majestic architecture of Gdansk, where one thousand years of history have left a rich collection of buildings and monuments designed in a splendid mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

    The tour provides a fascinating insight into the layout and majestic architecture of Gdansk, where one thousand years of history have left a rich collection of buildings and monuments designed in a splendid mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Although the Old Town of Gdansk is not as old as it might seem, with over eighty percent of the buildings having been rebuilt due to the devastation of World War II, it has been completely and lovingly restored to its previous glory.

    This panoramic tour follows the royal route from the Green Gate on the banks of Motlawa to Long Street and the historic town houses of Long Market, including the Main Town Hall, Arthur’s court and the iconic Neptune Fountain.

    Known as the “Crown of Gdansk”, St Mary’s Church was begun in the 15th century and is the world’s largest brick temple, with mighty walls and towers rising high above the skyline, including an eighty-two metre tower that affords some breathtaking views of the city. The church took over 150 years to complete and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. Its deceivingly plain exterior belies a bright, spacious interior featuring thirty decorated chapels, a polyptych, ancient tombs and a 15th century astronomical clock.

    Time will also be available for some local handicraft and souvenir shopping, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Gdansk and Second World War Museum

    Gdansk and Second World War Museum

    13 Jul Gdansk, Poland
    Full Day
    The 1st of September 1939 is forever etched in history as the day when World War II began, after German forces invaded the Free City of Danzig on their way to capturing Poland. The Museum of the Second World War, in the city now known as Gdansk, was established in 2008 as a memorial to those who fought and died during this devastating global conflict.

    The 1st of September 1939 is forever etched in history as the day when World War II began, after German forces invaded the Free City of Danzig on their way to capturing Poland. The Museum of the Second World War, in the city now known as Gdansk, was established in 2008 as a memorial to those who fought and died during this devastating global conflict. It consists of three major spheres, symbolically representing the connections between the past, present and future.

    The main exhibition gives a comprehensive overview of the lives and fates of civilians and soldiers, not just in Poland but in other European countries. Here you will be given a chance to experience eye witness stories of endurance, extraordinary bravery and survival in battle.

    Your tour then continues to the Old Quarter of Gdansk for more of its history. Following the royal route from Green Gate on the banks of Motlawa to Long Street, see the historic town houses of Long Market, including Arthur’s Court and the Main Town Hall, which has one of the most beautiful rooms in Poland, the Red Chamber. Long Market is also home to the representative symbol of Gdansk, the iconic Neptune Fountain.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Unesco Wismar
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Unesco Wismar

    15 Jul Warnemunde, Germany
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Founded in 1229 near the legendary East/West trading route of the Via Regia, the location of Wismar brought merchants, traders and builders from across Europe during its formative years. Entering into a pact with the cities of Lübeck and Rostock to create the Hanseatic League, by the 14th century the port had become one of the most thriving on the Baltic coast.

    Founded in 1229 near the legendary East/West trading route of the Via Regia, the location of Wismar brought merchants, traders and builders from across Europe during its formative years. Entering into a pact with the cities of Lübeck and Rostock to create the Hanseatic League, by the 14th century the port had become one of the most thriving on the Baltic coast.

    It takes about an hour and a half to reach this UNESCO World Heritage city from Warnemuende, on a route that passes through some picturesque countryside and villages. A walking tour of the old quarter then takes you along cobblestone streets to Gothic houses, Baroque buildings and Renaissance facades, including the Old Rathaus, or Town Hall, the Water Tower, the historic drainage system, and private homes dating back to the Middle Ages.

    During the Hanseatic period the citizens of Wismar drank a strong dark beer called “Mumme”, made using hops cultivated in 148 different gardens. By the 15th century there were 182 brewers of Mumme, twelve of whom were city counsellors. At its height, over 400,000 hectolitres of beer were produced annually, for consumption throughout Europe.

    Relax inside the nostalgic atmosphere of the “Brauhaus am Lohberg”, a brewery and pub dating back to the 15th century, where you will enjoy a tasting of Mumme accompanied by a traditional German snack of pretzel or schmalzbrot – a lard bread made with onion. Although not quite as strong as it would have been during the Middle Ages, modern Mumme is still brewed to a traditional recipe and remains just as tasty.

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    Panoramic Berlin

    Panoramic Berlin

    15 Jul Warnemunde, Germany
    Full Day Long Drive
    No other city in the world has a story quite as powerful as Berlin. The journey from Warnemuende takes about three hours along the autobahn, but once arrived there is plenty to see on this guided panoramic tour of the German capital.

    No other city in the world has a story quite as powerful as Berlin. The journey from Warnemuende takes about three hours along the autobahn, but once arrived there is plenty to see on this guided panoramic tour of the German capital.

    Highlights include the history-laden Reichstag Parliament, the moving Holocaust Memorial designed by Peter Eisenman, the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, and one of the former border crossings between East and West Belin, which has become the most enduring symbol of the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie.

    The 18th century neoclassical Brandenburg Gate also symbolizes German and European reunification. It was here that Helmut Kohl, the West German chancellor, walked through the gate to be greeted by Hans Modrow, the East German prime minister after the revolution of 1989, marking the end of the German Democratic Republic and the beginning of a single Federal Republic.

    Following your tour, free time will then be available to enjoy the shops, boutiques and cafés of the Kurfürstendamm, often considered Berlin’s Champs-Élysées. Alternatively, the Gendarmenmarkt is the perfect stepping off point for exploring some of the city’s main highlights in more detail, including Checkpoint Charlie, the remains of the Berlin Wall, the Topography of Terror Museum, built on the site of the Reich Main Security Office, the Bebelplatz featuring the Sunken Library memorial commemorating the Nazi book burnings of 1933, and Berlin Cathedral.

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    Berlin Highlights: Pergamon Museum and Cathedral

    Berlin Highlights: Pergamon Museum and Cathedral

    15 Jul Warnemunde, Germany
    Full Day Long Drive
    On the 10th May 1933 some 20,000 books were burned by students at the behest of the Nazi Party in the Bebelplatz, a public square in the Mitte district of Berlin. In 1995 a memorial designed by the Israeli artist Micha Ullman was unveiled in the square to commemorate this infamous event.

    On the 10th May 1933 some 20,000 books were burned by students at the behest of the Nazi Party in the Bebelplatz, a public square in the Mitte district of Berlin. In 1995 a memorial designed by the Israeli artist Micha Ullman was unveiled in the square to commemorate this infamous event. Visible through a glass plate in the middle of the cobblestones, the Sunken Library is filled with enough empty bookshelves to hold all 20,000 destroyed books.

    Other highlights you will see during your day in the German capital include the remnants of the Berlin Wall; the Brandenburg Gate, which more than any other monument symbolizes German and European unification; the Reichstag, seat of the German federal parliament since 1999; and Checkpoint Charlie, the legendary border-crossing where spies were swapped during the Cold War.

    Driving through Kurfuerstendamm, Berlin’s Champs Elysees, pass the impressive Schloss Charlottenburg, built in 1695 as a summer residence for Friedrich I, followed by the Gendarmenmarkt, featuring the neoclassical ensemble of the Concert Hall and the French and German churches, erroneously known as doms, or cathedrals.

    After a typical German lunch of Bratwurst or Currywurst at a traditional Imbiss takeaway stand, continue to the Protestant Berlin Cathedral, built between 1894 and 1905 in the Neo-Renaissance style. Finally, the Pergamon Museum has one of the most breathtaking collections of monumental antiquities in Europe, including the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, constructed in about 575 BCE by King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city.

    Please note: the Pergamon Museum is currently undergoing staggered renovation work, therefore the hall containing the Pergamon Altar will be closed to the public until 2023. The North wing and the gallery of Hellenistic Art are also affected by the closure. The South Wing, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way, Babylon, as well as the Museum of Islamic Art, is unaffected.

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    Dr Tom Birkett

    Dr Tom Birkett

    Dr Tom Birkett, University College Cork
    Dr Tom Birkett is a lecturer in Old English and Old Norse, and an expert on the mythology and literary culture of medieval Scandinavia. He gained his PhD at Oxford, where he taught for several years before moving to Ireland and taking up a lectureship at University College Cork.

    Dr Tom Birkett is a lecturer in Old English and Old Norse, and an expert on the mythology and literary culture of medieval Scandinavia. He gained his PhD at Oxford, where he taught for several years before moving to Ireland and taking up a lectureship at University College Cork.

    Tom developed his interest in the Viking Age whilst living and studying in Norway, and spent part of his doctorate researching in Iceland, where he returns at every opportunity. He has published widely on medieval literature and culture, on subjects ranging from the runic tradition in England to Norse mythology and its influence on writers such as J.R.R Tolkien, and he has contributed features on the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in the national press, including for the Irish Times and the TLS. His latest book is a retelling of the Norse Myths and the Viking voyages to the east for Quercus.

    In addition to his primary research, Tom has also led high-profile community-engagement projects investigating the impact of Norse culture in his local area and internationally, as well as collaborating with poets on the translation of medieval poetry, and he is a firm believer in taking the subject outside the University. He has produced a travelling exhibition on the Vikings in Orkney, edited a booklet on the Vikings in Munster for free distribution, and spent the last year running a funded project collecting materials from across Europe to create a major new educational resource on the Vikings. He regularly works with local schools, heritage organisations and museums, and he always encourages approaches to the Vikings that engage the public in interpreting the Viking past, even joining the Danish crew of a reconstructed longship to sail in the Baltic.

    Tom started lecturing on cruises in 2014, and has taken groups to Viking sites in Norway, the Scottish Isles and Iceland. 

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    Nick Morrison

    Nick Morrison BA LRAM MITG

    Nick Morrison, Musician and Conductor
    Music graduate and London Blue Badge Guide, Nick Morrison, enjoyed a successful career in Classical Music management before becoming a professional London tourist guide and a trainer of tourist guides.

    Music graduate and London Blue Badge Guide, Nick Morrison, enjoyed a successful career in Classical Music management before becoming a professional London tourist guide and a trainer of tourist guides. He has lectured on music and architecture and specialises in tours with a musical theme.

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    Dr Natalia Murray

    Dr Natalia Murray

    Dr Natalia Murray, Courtauld Institute of Art
    Natalia Murray was born in St Petersburg where she gained BA and MA in Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum. In 2015 she has been awarded PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Natalia Murray was born in St Petersburg where she gained BA and MA in Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum. In 2015 she has been awarded PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Her most recent book Art for the Workers. Proletarian Art and Festive Decorations of Petrograd. 1917-1920 was published by ‘Brill’ in May 2018.

    In Autumn 2018 the Russian translation of her 2012 book The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde. The Life and Times of Nikolay Punin was published by ‘Slovo’ in Moscow.

    At present she is a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and a senior curator. In 2017 she curated a major exhibition Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and is currently working on exhibition of Malevich and Kandinsky in Paris.

    Her books and articles extend across the wide field of 19-20 century Russian art, and she has featured in films dedicated to the Hermitage museum and the Russian revolution and in programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. 

    Natalia is also trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project - a UK-based charity which shares one of her aspirations to reduce the number of fakes on the Russian art market.

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    Owner's SuitesA
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    BALCONY
    Owner's Suites, BALCONY
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    550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    $11,550*pp
    Lido
    Lido
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    Junior Suites
    BALCONY
    Junior Suites, BALCONY
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    310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    $10,695*pp
    Lido
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    275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    $9,650*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
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    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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    275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    $9,250*pp
    Belvedere
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    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
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    215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

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    $8,450*pp
    Belvedere
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    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
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    170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
    Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

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    $8,095*pp
    Belvedere
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    Premium Outside
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    130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

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    $7,650*pp
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    Premium OutsideH
    Premium Outside
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    Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $7,295*pp
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    Premium Outside
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge Deck. Private shower. Fixed twin beds or fixed double bed.
    Views in some cabins partially obstructed by Life Boats.

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    $6,895*pp
    Bridge
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    Standard OutsideJ
    Standard Outside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.
    * Please note the photo shows a Category H premium outside cabin. Category J standard outside cabins feature portholes instead of windows.

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    $6,495*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideK
    Premium Inside
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $6,150*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
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    Premium Inside
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $5,850*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideM
    Standard Inside
    PREMIUM
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $5,495*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Deluxe BalconyCC
    Deluxe Balcony
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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    135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

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    $11,395*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe OutsideEE
    Deluxe Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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    $9,895*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium OutsideGG*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

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    $8,950*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideHH*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    Premium outside single occupancy staterooms located on Bridge & Belvedere decks, featuring a European full-size bed and a private shower.
     * Please note the cabin plan and photo shows the Category H double occupancy stateroom. Category HH single staterooms are smaller and feature one European full-size bed. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats in the cabins on Bridge deck.

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    $8,395*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    130 sq ft Premuim Outside staterooms located on Bridge Deck, featuring a double window and a European full-size bed with private shower. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats.
    *Please note the photo & cabin plan show a double occupancy I cabin. Cabins 710 and 712 (Category II, single occupancy) are smaller in size and feature a single European size bed.

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    $7,995*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

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    $7,495*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    $6,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    $6,650*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideMM
    Standard Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

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    $6,250*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Third/fourth person
    $0
    $4,395
    Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
    $0
    $650
    Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
    $0
    $1,200
    Cruise Only Credit (no air or land included)
    $0
    $1,200

    MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

    There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to the ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with the onboard experts.

    Yet on the other hand, she is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed, and 39 cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travellers at low supplement.  

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    Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time. Unless otherwise specified, optional shore excursions are priced in US dollars and can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship. Optional shore excursions that are shown in local currency (or where specified for US passengers) must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.