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24 Sep, 2018

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Take an unforgettable journey between the two gems of art history - Venice and Athens. On the way, see Renaissance masterpieces at Urbino, visit Diocletian’s massive mausoleum in Split, and admire the natural wonder of Kotor Bay.

This voyage also takes you to ancient Olympia and Pylos with its huge natural harbor, its castle and surrounding pine-covered hills. Before reaching Athens there is time to call at Hydra, one of Greece’s most charming and picturesque islands.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Sep 24
Mon
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Sep 25
    Tue
    Venice
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    Venice , Italy
    Arrival in Venice and transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
    overnight
    Sep 26
    Wed
    Venice
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    Venice , Italy
    Morning walking tour of Venice. Afternoon optional tour to visit two islands of the Venetian Lagoon.
    7.00pm
    Sep 27
    Thu
    Urbino (Ancona)
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Urbino (Ancona) , Italy
    Visit the birthplace of Rafael, Palazzo Ducale and the magnificent Duomo.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Sep 28
    Fri
    Split
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Split , Croatia
    City tour: Diocletian's Palace including Temple of Jupiter. Optional tour of Salona and Trogir.
    10.00pm
    8.00am
    Sep 29
    Sat
    Korcula
    • Arts & culture
    Korcula , Croatia
    Walking tour of Korcula. Cruising past Hvar and Brac.
    1.00pm
    7.00am
    Sep 29
    Sat
    Dubrovnik
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Dubrovnik , Croatia
    Evening arrival into Dubrovnik for time at leisure.
    overnight
    6.00pm
    Sep 30
    Sun
    Dubrovnik
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Dubrovnik , Croatia
    Morning city tour featuring city walls, Baroque church of St Blaise, Cathedral and Rector's Palace. Afternoon cruising Kotor Bay.
    noon
    Oct 01
    Mon
    Corfu
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Corfu , Greece
    Choice of tours: Visit the Achilleion Palace or the highlights of Corfu Town. Free afternoon to explore.
    7.30pm
    7.00am
    Oct 02
    Tue
    Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Unesco
    Katakolon (Olympia) , Greece
    Morning tour to Ancient Olympia.
    1.00pm
    7.30am
    Oct 02
    Tue
    Pylos
    • Arts & culture
    Pylos , Greece
    Spend a relaxing evening ashore in Pylos.
    overnight
    6.30pm
    Oct 03
    Wed
    Pylos
    • Arts & culture
    Pylos , Greece
    Visit some of Pylos historical sites: Ancient Messini or the castle of Paleokastritsa.
    8.00pm
    Oct 04
    Thu
    Monemvasia
    • Arts & culture
    Monemvasia , Greece
    Walking tour of the beautiful lower town.
    noon
    7.00am
    Oct 04
    Thu
    Hydra
    • Island Life
    • Less Visited
    Hydra , Greece
    Evening at leisure to visit one of the most charming Greek islands, Hydra.
    midnight
    5.00pm
    Oct 05
    Fri
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey for a full morning tour of the Acropolis and its Museum or Byzantine Athens, then transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    7.00am
    Oct 06
    Sat
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Day at leisure to explore sites such as the ancient Agora and National Archaeological Museum.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 07
    Sun
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Transfer to airport for flight home.
    Murano & Burano

    Murano & Burano

    26 Sep Venice, Italy
    Half Day Boat Ride
    Travel by boat to two islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano of glass-making fame, and Burano with its gaily painted fishermen's houses. En route, your guide will provide information, then enjoy independent exploration at each destination.

    Travel by boat to two islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano of glass-making fame, and Burano with its gaily painted fishermen's houses. En route, your guide will provide information, then enjoy independent exploration at each destination.

    Start with a visit to Murano, "the island of glass." In the 13th century the glass factories moved here from the city to prevent fires and by the 15th century this was the leading glassproducing center in Europe, noted especially for its chandeliers. To this day glass-making is the heart of the local economy. You'll have the opportunity to watch a master at work and see why these artisans once enjoyed privileges reserved for the ruling elite, including immunity from prosecution and the right to bear arms. The island's 11th-century Camaldolese Benedictine Monastery of St Michael fostered map making, critical to the era of navigation.

    Your next stop, Burano, is actually an archipelago of islands connected by bridges. Stroll along canals lined with brightly painted boats and just-as-colorful houses. While the men fished, the women specialized in delicate lace, and the island was an important trading hub in the 16th century. Today, lace made by the time-consuming traditional methods is highly prized and can be seen in the Lace making Museum. 

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    Walking Tour of Venice
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Walking Tour of Venice

    26 Sep Venice, Italy
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursBoat Ride
    Whether it is your first time or fifteenth in Venice, it is easy to get lost amid the labyrinth of bridges, footpaths and waterways, but save that pleasure for later.

    Whether it is your first or fifteenth time in Venice, it is easy to get lost amid the labyrinth of bridges, footpaths and waterways, but save that pleasure for later. On this walking tour, a knowledgeable guide will navigate the city for you, uncovering its treasures as he or she shares its tales. Travel by boat down the beautiful Guidecca Canal to the heart of Venice, St Mark’s Square, and disembark at the bustling Riva degli Schiavoni. Stand in the regally proportioned square so famous for its pigeons and pealing bell towers. Sights here include the Campanile and the 15thcentury clock tower where two huge bronze statues strike the hour.

    Walk to St Mark's Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, and admire its façade mosaics and golden dome, both superbly restored to their original grandeur. Next, take in the beauty of the Doge's Palace, a 14th-century Gothic masterpiece with pink marble exterior and lacy stone arches. For nearly a thousand years, this was the seat of the Venetian government and the residence of the Republic's elected leader, the Doge. After viewing this sight from outside, you'll have free time to explore the shops and cafes around St Mark's Square, where necklaces of Venetian glass make a treasured souvenir.

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    Renaissance Urbino
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Renaissance Urbino

    27 Sep Urbino (Ancona), Italy
    Full Day Significant StepsUphill Sections
    Situated on a hilltop, Urbino is a small town with a big history. This place had a huge influence on Renaissance culture and Urbino’s Ducal Palace is one of the finest buildings of the period. In the fifteenth century, Urbino was ruled by the Montefeltro family, and reached its peak during the reign of the Duke Federico da Montefeltro.

    Situated on a hilltop, Urbino is a small town with a big history. This place had a huge influence on Renaissance culture and Urbino’s Ducal Palace is one of the finest buildings of the period. In the fifteenth century, Urbino was ruled by the Montefeltro family, and reached its peak during the reign of the Duke Federico da Montefeltro.

    Urbino was also the birthplace of the artist Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio 1483-1520) and your tour includes a visit to the house where he lived up to age of 14. This modest dwelling contains memoirs and artistic furniture of that period. Raphael was born here in 1483 and trained at home at least until the age of 11, when his father died. There is a small mural attributed to the boy painter in one room, but the house is chiefly interesting as an atmospheric 15th-century home/workshop.

    Your visit continues to Palazzo Ducale, Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance palace built for Duke Federico da Montefeltro, who ruled Urbino between 1444 and 1482. Today the palace is enriched with a comprehensive library, famous paintings including works by Piero della Francesca, Raphael and Titian and refined architecture.

    Another of Urbino’s magnificent buildings is the Duomo built in 1789 on top of a sixthcentury sacred site. Completed in 1604, it was destroyed by an earthquake and then rebuilt. The duomo now has a neo-classical appearance and houses several important artworks, including a painting of the Last Supper by Federico Barocci. The Museo Diocesano has a collection of glass, ceramics, and religious items. After visiting the cathedral there is some free time for lunch on your own in one of Urbino’s many restaurants (you may wish to try Antica Osteria della Stella, an ancient inn that claims to have hosted Raphael and Piero della Francesca) and souvenir shopping.

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    Palace of Diocletian
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Palace of Diocletian

    28 Sep Split, Croatia
    Half Day Significant Steps
    When Emperor Diocletian shook up the Roman Empire by abdicating in 305AD, he had his retirement residence ready: a lavish palace he had just built in Salona, now Split, in his native Dalmatia.

    When Emperor Diocletian shook up the Roman Empire by abdicating in 305AD, he had his retirement residence ready: a lavish palace he had just built in Salona, now Split, in his native Dalmatia.

    Visit this amazing palace complex that, when completed, held three temples, a massive mausoleum, and could accommodate 9,000 people. For an intimate perspective on how life was organised, this tour includes a walk through the palace cellars. The city of Split grew inside and around this palace, with the population retreating behind its walls when under attack, and then spilling out beyond them in times of peace.

    Today the Palace of Diocletian is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but don’t expect a deserted ruin. Discover instead a vibrant warren of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants mingled with medieval fortifications, preRomanesque churches and Gothic chapels. Renaissance palaces testify to a time when Split was a key port of the Venetian Republic. The tour visits Diocletian’s massive octagonal mausoleum, converted into a cathedral in the 7th century and named after a Christian martyred during that emperor’s persecutions.

    You’ll also tour the city museum where 15th-century furnishings recapture aristocratic life in that period. Other sights include the palace’s monumental Golden and Silver Gates and the columned Peristyle Square.

    Following the tour, there will be free time to visit the colorful local market or explore Split on your own.

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    Salona & Trogir
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Salona & Trogir

    28 Sep Split, Croatia
    Half Day Archaeological SiteCobbled Streets
    Drive along the Riviera of the Seven Castles to two gems of the Dalmatian coast: the town of Salona, home to the most important Roman excavations in Croatia, and the tiny island of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Drive along the Riviera of the Seven Castles to two gems of the Dalmatian coast: the town of Salona, home to the most important Roman excavations in Croatia, and the tiny island of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Leave behind busy Split for Solin, as ancient Salona is now called, and enter a world where time stands still. Long before Split even existed this affluent Roman colony buzzed with over 40,000 inhabitants. Here archaeologists have excavated temples, a necropolis and baths dating from the 1st century AD. There is an amphitheatre where it is thought mock naval battles where held. In this arena early Christians were martyred and their relics rest in Salona's excavated churches. Following your tour through Roman antiquity, your drive continues past the castles built by Venetians to defend against the Turks.

    Cross a bridge from the mainland and enter the Middle Ages on the island of Trogir. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a remarkable example of urban continuity starting with the Greeks in 300BC, followed by a litany of other conquerors. In the 13th century Trogir was an artistic centre under the kings of Hungary. The 13th century Cathedral of St Lawrence dominates the town, a magnificent example of sacral architecture with three naves, three apses and a grand main portal carved by a local artist known as Master Radovan.

    Enjoy an unforgettable walk along narrow stone streets whose plan dates to the Hellenistic era. Confront the past at every turn from the bright blue face of the massive Clock Tower to the mullioned windows of Cipiko Palace and Town Hall. Later you will have free time to shop for Trogir embroidery or perhaps try some palacinke (jam-filled pancakes) in a cafe.

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    Walking Tour of Korcula

    Walking Tour of Korcula

    29 Sep Korcula, Croatia
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
    From pirates to princes, Korcula has had many masters, all seeking to use this island to ease their passage along the Adriatic.

    From pirates to princes, Korcula has had many masters, all seeking to use this island to ease their passage along the Adriatic. The Greeks who first colonized the island in the 6th-century called it “Black Corfu” because of the thick forests. Mythology provides an earlier 12th-century BC founder, the Trojan hero, Antenor. Much of Korcula's architecture dates from the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was part of the Republic of Venice.

    This morning's walk takes us from the ship to Old Town with its Venetian towers, 14th-century walls and fishbone layout, designed to take advantage of refreshing winds. Visit the impressive Cathedral of St Mark, which took over a century to erect, perched overlooking the town. Local stone masters left examples of their art in such details as the 15th-century lion portal, the island's boat wrights gave the main aisle the feel of a ship's interior and a splendid Tintoretto presides behind the altar. The tour also visits the 14th-century Bishop's Palace, where the art collection includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Tiepolo.

    Next, at the 16th-century Gabrielli Palace, view the City Museum's array of Greek and Roman artifacts, as well as objects detailing the island's shipping history. Korcula lays claim to being the birthplace of Marco Polo in 1254, and our walk takes us by his family home. Some 22 centuries ago, when the island was a favorite resort for the Greeks, the writer Athenaios praised the local wine, so before sailing, why not try a sip of the island's crisp white wine at a nearby cafe?

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    Dubrovnik Walking Tour
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Dubrovnik Walking Tour

    30 Sep Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Half Day Tender
    Lord Byron called this majestic walled city “the pearl of the Adriatic,” and it is easy to see why. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is held to be the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean.

    Lord Byron called this majestic walled city “the Pearl of the Adriatic,” and it is easy to see why. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is held to be the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean with a seafront setting and dramatic mountain backdrop. The city skyline is a medley of bell towers, copper domes and massive 10th-century walls.

    Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century AD and was a powerful independent republic from 1358 to 1808, when Napoleon conquered the city. Today the city is an inspiration in self-resurrection. Despite a destructive earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik has managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. This morning’s walking tour of the Old Town takes you along the city’s main street, the Stradun or Placa, once a sea channel connecting two ancient settlements. Visit the Dominican Monastery, home to a beautiful 15th-century Gothic cloister and the city’s finest collection of Renaissance paintings. Next, the Franciscan Monastery is home to Europe’s oldest pharmacy, founded in 1318 and still in existence.

    Your walk continues past such landmarks as the Sponza Palace with its elaborate stone exterior, the Baroque Church of St Blaise and Onofriou’s Fountain. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, originally built in the 12th century, destroyed in the 1667 earthquake and triumphantly rebuilt. View Titian’s Assumption over the main altar and, in the Treasury, one of Europe’s finest collections of gold and silver, including the bejeweled skull of St Blaise. Following the tour there will be free time to explore the nooks and crannies of the Old Town.

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    Achilleion Palace

    Achilleion Palace

    1 Oct Corfu, Greece
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Drive 10 km’s south west of the town of Corfu to the Village of Gastouri to visit the Achilleion Palace - the former residence of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and later of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Enjoy the splendour of its landscaped gardens with statues, including the famous statue of the dying Achilles - the palace was inspired by Greek mythology and designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme.

    Drive 10 km’s south west of the town of Corfu to the Village of Gastouri to visit the Achilleion Palace - the former residence of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and later of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Enjoy the splendour of its landscaped gardens with statues, including the famous statue of the dying Achilles - the palace was inspired by Greek mythology and designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme.

    The stunning appearance of the stately palace will take you back to the time it was built and inhabited by two great figures from European history whose only common bond was their adoration for Greece and its culture. To escape the tragedies of her life, Elizabeth built the Palace, a monument to platonic romanticism. The place abounds with paintings and statues of Achilles, both in the main hall and in the lavish gardens depicting the heroic and tragic scenes of the Trojan war. Kaiser Wilhelm II used the Palace as a summer residence before the WWI broke out.

    Enjoy a guided walk and discover the interesting history and uses of the Palace throughout the 20th century, up to the full restoration to its former beauty. The gardens on top of the hill provide a majestic view of the surrounding green hill crests and valleys as the Ionian sea gleams in the background.

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    Corfu Town Highlights
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Corfu Town Highlights

    1 Oct Corfu, Greece
    Half Day
    Journey to Corfu Town, where a 15th-century church holds a surprise for all who venture inside: one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art.

    Journey to Corfu Town, where a 15th century church holds a surprise for all who venture inside: one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art. Northernmost of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is renowned for its natural beauty and as a crossroads of civilisation. The island figured in The Odyssey of Homer and The Tempest of Shakespeare.

    Today's adventure starts with a scenic drive to Corfu Town's historic Campielo quarter, where the Byzantine Museum is located in the Panaghia Antivouniotissa (Our Lady Opposite the Mountain), a church that was restored by the Greek government and re-opened in 1984 as a museum. The collection exhibits a wide selection of Byzantine icons, a form of sacred art still used in the Eastern Orthodox religion and held to be an influence on Italian Renaissance artists. Highlights include an altar-cloth from Russia, the Noli Me Tangere icon (Touch Me Not) by Emmanuel Tzanes and the icon of Saints Sergius, Bacchus and Justina by Michael Damaskenos.

    After your visit a short walk takes you to the heart of Corfu Town. Visit the 16th century rococo church dedicated to St Spiridon, Corfu's patron saint, whose bones are preserved in a gleaming casket. Explore the maze of narrow, stepped streets where little has changed for centuries. Discover an array of past rulers reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel and Greek temple.

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    Ancient Olympia
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Ancient Olympia

    2 Oct Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological Site
    The small fishing village of Katakolon is approximately an hour from the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th-century BC.

    The small fishing village of Katakolon is approximately an hour from the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th century BC. Olympia is most familiar as the site where the first Olympic Games were held in 776BC in honour of Olympian Zeus. The origin of the word Olympic comes from the ancient Greek Olympiad – meaning every four years.

    The setting could not be more idyllic: prominently located in the middle of a fertile valley with the rivers of Alfeios and Kladhios flowing past. The site was a religious sanctuary even before the Stadium was built and the games took place in the sacred area called Altis. The most imposing monument in the area was the outstanding Temple of Zeus housing the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    The Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion, and the Philippeion were also monuments standing in the sacred grove. The famous Stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, was entered through a long, tunnel-like passage, constructed in Roman times. The stadium was restored in 2004 for the historic return of the modern Olympics to Athens.

    After your exploration of the famous grounds, visit the archaeological museum which is a short 5-minute walk from the site. Among the great finds of the area that are displayed are the Head of Hera and ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, the famous statue of Hermes created by Praxiteles and the helmet of Miltiades, the Athenian general during Athens' 'Golden Age'.

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    Castles of Southern Greece

    Castles of Southern Greece

    3 Oct Pylos, Greece
    Half day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteUphill Sections
    This tour combines ancient history with a taste of everyday local life. Proceed to the castle of Niokastro, situated at the southern part of the port of Pylos.

    This tour combines ancient history with a taste of everyday local life. Proceed to the castle of Niokastro, situated at the southern part of the port of Pylos. The castle was built by the Turks in 1573 and, due to its strategic importance, it quickly became one of the major castles in the Peloponnese during the Turkish occupation. It was captured by the Venetians in 1686 but was recaptured by the Turks some years later. Niokastro is one of the most well preserved castles in Greece, and is today the home of the Centre for Underwater Archaeological Studies.

    Then on by road to the city of Methoni where you will find beaches of golden sand, winding alleyways, cobbled houses, and where you will visit the Venetian castle of Methoni. 

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    Ancient Messini

    Ancient Messini

    3 Oct Pylos, Greece
    Half day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological Site
    Take a short drive to the Arcadian Gate, an impressive structure that once acted as an entrance to the ancient city of Messini. From here, you’ll head for the archaeological site of Messini.

    Messini is regarded by many as one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Greece. Take a short drive to the Arcadian Gate, an impressive structure that once acted as an entrance to the ancient city of Messini. From here, you’ll head for the archaeological site of Messini, which dates back to 146 BC. This is a marvellous site that includes an almost-intact theatre, the ruins of a 3rdcentury temple, a time-worn sanctuary and a Byzantine monastery.

    Then on to Mavromati village, about five minutes away, for a coffee break and the chance to enjoy the great panoramic view of the ancient site of Messini before making your way back to the ship.

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    Monemvasia Walking Tour

    Monemvasia Walking Tour

    4 Oct Monemvasia, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled Streets
    Pass through a gap in a rocky cliff and emerge into a Medieval scene on this morning tour of Monemvasía, a castle town that has been called the Gibraltar of Greece.

    Pass through a gap in a rocky cliff and emerge into a Medieval scene on this morning tour of Monemvasía, a castle town that has been called the Gibraltar of Greece.

    Indeed, the name means “single entrance.” For us, it provides an illuminating transition from the classical world to the Byzantine era. Monemvasía dates back to the 6th-century, when inhabitants of Laconia settled on the site, which developed into a major city- state. In the 15th-century the city suffered a hundred-year blockade by the Turks. Walk along the narrow streets, sometimes only wide enough for two, and visit the 13th-century Church of Christos Elkomenos (Christ Chained to the Cross), home to several Byzantine icons.

    Those who wish can climb on their own to see another 13th-century treasure: the ethereal Agia Sofia, a rare example of a domed octagonal church with original wall paintings. The views out over the sea and lower town are a spectacular reward. Those who prefer not to climb may want to seek out a quiet cafe and a sip of Malmsey, the sweet dessert wine that originated in this atmospheric spot.

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    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

    5 Oct Athens, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteCobbled StreetsUphill Sections
    Visit the sublime expression of Classical Greece, the Acropolis with its sweeping views of Athens. Commissioned by Pericles in the 5th-century BC, the site is dominated by the majestic Parthenon.

    Visit the sublime expression of Classical Greece, the Acropolis with its sweeping views of Athens. Commissioned by Pericles in the 5th century BC, the site is dominated by the majestic Parthenon: a building that embodies the stunning achievements of the Athenian “Golden Age”.

    Surrounding the great temple are the other architectural masterpieces of the citadel: the Propylaia (monumental gateway), the Erechtheion with its beautiful Karayatid Porch and the Temple of Athena Nike (Winged Victory).

    Below the temple complex is the theatre of Dionysos where the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were first performed. Then explore another marvel: the longanticipated $200-million, 226,000-square-foot Acropolis Museum.

    In the dramatic Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, ascending floors of glass literally “float” you above the excavations for an extraordinary perspective of the layers of Greek history that lie below.

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    Byzantine Athens

    Byzantine Athens

    5 Oct Athens, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsUphill Sections
    Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work. Byzantine theologians insisted that painters and mosaicists reflect the image of God. This morning's sightseeing reveals the splendour of Byzantine art in a tour that combines visits to both the Byzantine Museum, home to the world's largest collection of icons, and also the Monastery of Kaisariani with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens.

    Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work. Byzantine theologians insisted that painters and mosaicists reflect the image of God. This morning's sightseeing reveals the splendour of Byzantine art in a tour that combines visits to both the Byzantine Museum, home to the world's largest collection of icons, and also the Monastery of Kaisariani with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens.

    Drive from the pier to Illissia Mansion, winter residence of the Duchess of Piacenza, and home to the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Founded in 1914, this renowned museum focuses exclusively on Byzantine art from the 4th to 19th centuries. In addition to its impressive icons, frescoes and tapestries, there are paintings, sculptures and illuminated manuscripts. Displays recreate Byzantine churches from the 5th to 11th centuries.

    Continue next to the slopes of Mt. Hymettos, for a visit to the Monastery of Kaisariani, a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture. Inside its high walls discover the 11th-century catholicon, or main church, built in a Greek cross shape. The dome is supported by four columns from an earlier Roman temple and colourful frescoes from the 14th to 18th centuries enliven the interior walls. There is also an 11th-century bathhouse. Later additions include a refectory, the monks’ cells and a 19th-century bell tower. Savour the views of Athens and the serenity of this delightful spot before returning to your hotel.

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    National Archaeological Museum

    National Archaeological Museum

    6 Oct Athens, Greece
    Half Day
    Founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.

    Founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.

    During your visit you will be able to see Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean and Classical Greek art, and you'll also view sculptures from the Archaic and Hellenistic periods, along with pottery from the Geometric period. A few of the museum's most important exhibits include the bronze statue of Poseidon, the head of Hygeia (Goddess of Health), the bronze statue of the "Jockey-Boy" of Artemision, the golden mask of Agamemnon and the brilliant Minoan frescoes from the site on Thira (Santorini).

    Within the museum's walls more than 11,000 exhibits provide a panorama of Greek art from prehistory to late antiquity. Wander amid the royal tombs of Mycenae, dating from 1500BC. Marvel at sculpture from the 7th to 5th centuries BC, including the kouroi, nude male athletes, carved in Naxian marble. Admire a delicate bronze by Praxiteles and frescoes from Akrotiri, buried over 3,500 years ago in a volcanic eruption. Trace the evolution of Greek pottery from earliest times in collections including rare white clayware. This astonishing museum even includes Egyptian and Cypriot antiquities, as well as treasures from the sea. A shipwreck at Antikythera produced a scientific instrument used for astronomical calculations in the 1st century BC.

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    Professor Duncan Macmillan

    Professor Duncan Macmillan

    Professor Duncan Macmillan, University of Edinburgh
    Duncan Macmillan is an art historian and art critic. He is Professor Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh where, formerly, he both taught and ran the University's art gallery. He is also Art Critic of The Scotsman. He has written a number of books and a great many exhibition catalogues and has won several prizes for his writing. His major work, Scottish Art 1460-1990, was, for instance, Scottish Book of the Year in 1991. It is now the standard text on the subject. 

    Duncan Macmillan is an art historian and art critic. He is Professor Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh where, formerly, he both taught and ran the University's art gallery. He is also Art Critic of The Scotsman. He has written a number of books and a great many exhibition catalogues and has won several prizes for his writing. His major work, Scottish Art 1460-1990, was, for instance, Scottish Book of the Year in 1991. It is now the standard text on the subject. 

    His experience as gallery director and art critic has also meant that alongside his writing and teaching as an art historian, he has had an extensive engagement with contemporary art and with living artists. Elizabeth Blackadder is the subject of one of a number of monographs he has written on contemporary artists. Interviewing the great Surrealist, Joan Miró, was, he feels, one of the most inspiring moments in his career, but he has also worked with and written about many other leading figures of our time in Britain, Europe and America, including the Abstract Expressionists Robert Motherwell and Sam Francis and their great champion, the American critic Clement Greenberg.

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    Dr Thomas Mannack

    Dr Thomas Mannack

    Dr Thomas Mannack, The Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford
    Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.

    Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.

    He has been invited to present papers by many universities and academies including New York, Berlin, Tours, Brussels, Munich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Basel and Zurich. 

    In his spare time, Dr. Mannack is passionate about flat German tin figures, which his wife Sigrid hates, and on which he has published two scholarly article, just to irk her. His daughters, Lilith and Fidelis, have rejected the refined and beautiful field of Classical Archaeology in favour of “Science”, but are occasionally willing to accompany him on cruises (and paint toy figures better than him).

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    King George

    King George

    Athens, Greece
    2-night hotel stay in Athens
    Premium Class
    As one of Athens’ finest hotels, the King George is situated right in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, its 102 rooms have hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most prestigious events.

    As one of Athens’ finest hotels, the King George is situated right in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, its 102 rooms have hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most prestigious events. With panoramic views over the illuminated city and the Acropolis, the hotel transcends all expectations. The refined accommodation and the picturesque dining at the Tudor Hall Restaurant set the scene for a most memorable experience.

    This pre- and post-cruise city hotel includes breakfast only. 

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    Included
    Hotel Grande Bretagne

    Hotel Grande Bretagne

    Athens, Greece
    2-night hotel stay in Athens
    Balcony Class
    Hotel Grande Bretagne has 321 elegant guest rooms with courtyard or city views and lavish public rooms decked with crystal, damask and tapestries, which make this a grand hotel in the finest tradition.

    Hotel Grande Bretagne has 321 elegant guest rooms with courtyard or city views and lavish public rooms decked with crystal, damask and tapestries, which make this a grand hotel in the finest tradition. Retreats and restaurants include the Winter Garden, Alexander's Bar, the Pool Bar (on the seventh floor!) and floodlit views of the Acropolis from the hotel's roof garden.

    This pre- and post-cruise city hotels includes breakfast only. 

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    Included

    Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a complete vacation package and take advantage of Voyages to Antiquity's low-cost Economy Class airfare add-ons, available from a variety of North American gateways.

    Low-cost roundtrip airfare add-ons from over 30 N. American gateways

    Voyages to Antiquity’s low-cost Economy Class airfare program uses the world's leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings. Upgrade costs for Business Class may be available on request - please call for details.

    Sample economy roundtrip airfare add-ons from several North American cities are listed below. Please contact your travel professional or call our representatives today for information about additional gateways that may be available.

    Sample economy airfare add-ons*

    Atlanta$595New York$595
    Boston$595Philadelphia$595
    Charlotte$695Portland, OR$795
    Chicago$695San Antonio$695
    Dallas$695San Francisco$795
    Denver$795Seattle$795
    Detroit$695St Louis$695
    Houston$695Tampa$695
    Los Angeles$795Miami$595
    Minneapolis$695Washington DC$595

    *Roundtrip airfare is economy class only and includes all government taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges, which may change at any time. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.

    Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing. Some gateways may require departures 1 day prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 day later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure.

    Customized air travel

    You may wish to make changes to the flight itinerary provided by Voyages to Antiquity.

    Your travel agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted.

    Seat Assignments

    Voyages to Antiquity will request aisle and next seating when making your flight arrangements. Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. You or your travel agent may contact the carrier directly to request any special arrangements.

    Frequent Flyer Mileage

    You will be able to accrue miles on most carriers we use, but will not be able to use miles for upgrades or any other amenities. Special requests and services should be arranged directly with the airline.

    Included transfers

    Transfers between airports, hotels and Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You'll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise holiday, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

    Note: Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours (including optional pre- and post hotel stays) as outlined on the website and our brochure. The included transfers are only available for guests purchasing Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements.

    Owner's SuitesA
    Owner's Suites
    BALCONY
    Owner's Suites, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $8,395*pp
    $8,995*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Junior SuitesB
    Junior Suites
    BALCONY
    Junior Suites, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $7,795*pp
    $8,395*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyC
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $6,995*pp
    $7,545*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyD
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $6,695*pp
    $7,195*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideE
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $6,245*pp
    $6,695*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideF
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $5,945*pp
    $6,395*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideG
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $5,595*pp
    $5,995*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideH
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $5,350*pp
    $5,750*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium OutsideI*
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $5,050*pp
    $5,450*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJ
    Standard Outside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $4,775*pp
    $5,125*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideK
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $4,500*pp
    $4,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideL
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $4,250*pp
    $4,550*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideM
    Standard Inside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $3,995*pp
    $4,295*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Deluxe BalconyCC
    Deluxe Balcony
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $8,445*pp
    $8,995*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe OutsideEE
    Deluxe Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $7,495*pp
    $7,945*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium OutsideGG*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

    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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    $6,795*pp
    $7,195*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideHH*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    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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    $6,450*pp
    $6,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

    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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    $6,050*pp
    $6,450*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

    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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    $5,745*pp
    $6,095*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $5,400*pp
    $5,750*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $5,150*pp
    $5,450*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideMM
    Standard Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

    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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    $4,850*pp
    $5,150*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Third/fourth person sharing
    $3,395
    $3,145
    Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
    $550
    Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
    $1,000
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
    $1,400

    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.