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Seville to London

13 days

from $3,950 pp

05 Jun, 2019

Board Aegean Odyssey for a cruise to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where you will visit the immense statue of Christ the King. Enjoy a port wine tasting in Oporto and from Vigo, on the Spanish coast, explore the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, reputed to be the burial-place of Saint James. Cruise inland though the beautiful Gironde countryside to Bordeaux and visit the historic coastal city of La Rochelle, before disembarking in London. This departure also includes Honfleur on the coast of Normandy and the picturesque Channel Island of Guernsey, where the capital, St Peter Port, is a place of cobblestone streets that are filled with Regency buildings, as well as a fascinating history.

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Details of our Shore Excursions Programme are being finalised. Therefore, not all shore excursions may yet have a description in the excursions sections and are subject to change. Please contact us for more details.

SailAway fares are per person, apply to new bookings only and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Single pricing is based on a limited number of cabins. SailAway fares are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Fares cannot be combined with any other offers or group rates excluding Odyssey Club 5% discount. Terms & Conditions apply.

Fares include free return flights from selected gateways*, port charges, transfer to/from ship guided shore excursions, all meals onboard, wine/beer or soft drinks with dinner, gratuities onboard & renowned guest speaker programme.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jun 05
Wed
Departure
    Departure
    Fly overnight to Lisbon.
    overnight
    Jun 06
    Thu
    Seville
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Seville, Spain
    Embark Aegean Odyssey.
    10.00pm
    Jun 07
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Cruise the Guadalquivir River.
    Jun 08
    Sat
    Lisbon
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Take an included city tour of Lisbon in the morning, featuring the Alfama, the old quarter, the Church of Jeronimos and the Maritime Museum. In the afternoon enjoy an optional drive to Sintra and Queluz, or explore the city at leisure.
    8.00pm
    7.00am
    Jun 09
    Sun
    Oporto
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Oporto, Portugal
    A tour of Oporto where highlights include the Romanesque-style Cathedral and the Stock Exchange Palace. Then after discovering the city cross the Dom Luis Bridge to visit a well-known wine cellar for a tasting of the port wine.
    8.00pm
    1.00pm
    Jun 10
    Mon
    Vigo
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Vigo, Spain
    A full-day tour to magnificent Santiago de Compostela, its medieval town, Cathedral and museum. Or discover Vigo by boat with mussel tasting along the way, on a half-day alternative.
    8.00pm
    6.00am
    Jun 11
    Tue
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Take in some lectures and other on-board enrichment activities during a day at sea.
    Jun 12
    Wed
    Bordeaux
    • Wine
    • Unesco
    Bordeaux, France
    Cruise the Gironde River to the heart of Bordeaux.
    overnight
    5.00pm
    Jun 13
    Thu
    Bordeaux
    • Wine
    • Unesco
    Bordeaux, France
    Visit the highlights of this UNESCO city, including the Palais Rohan, or venture out of town to one of two prestigious wine estates for a tour of the cellars and a tasting.
    4.00pm
    Jun 14
    Fri
    La Rochelle
    • Arts & culture
    La Rochelle, France
    Visit the attractive town of La Rochelle for a choice of tours both including the highlights of the town, before either Ré Island or a Cognac Chateau for a tasting. In the afternoon an optional tour of the Chateau de la Roche Courbon is also available.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 15
    Sat
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Another day at sea to relax and enjoy Aegean Odyssey's facilities.
    Jun 16
    Sun
    Guernsey, Channel Islands
    • Arts & culture
    • Island Life
    Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
    Explore the capital of Guernsey at leisure. A half-day optional panoramic tour of the island is also available.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 17
    Mon
    Honfleur
    • Arts & culture
    Honfleur, France
    Enjoy a morning walking tour of Honfleur.
    3.00pm
    7.00am
    Jun 18
    Tue
    London (Tilbury), England
    • Arts & culture
    London (Tilbury), England, United Kingdom
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury near London for flight home.
    8.00am
    Lisbon City Highlights
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Lisbon City Highlights

    8 Jun Lisbon, Portugal
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
    Heading towards the west side of Lisbon, you will arrive at the historical Belem Quarter, a pleasant riverside area that has historic links with the 15th-century Portuguese Age of Discovery as it was from here that the Caravels set sail on their voyages to the New World. Belem is also where the most famous Lisbon’s landmarks are located including the Belem Tower, the Discoveries Monument and the Monastery of Jeronimos.

    Heading towards the west side of Lisbon, you will arrive at the historical Belem Quarter, a pleasant riverside area that has historic links with the 15th-century Portuguese Age of Discovery as it was from here that the Caravels set sail on their voyages to the New World. Belem is also where the most famous Lisbon’s landmarks are located including the Belem Tower, the Discoveries Monument and the Monastery of Jeronimos. Belem’s undisputed heart-stealer is this UNESCO-listed monastery. The mosteiro was commissioned by Manuel I to trumpet Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India in 1498 and the great explorer is interred in the church here.

    Then take a scenic drive from Belem to the city centre passing by the Alfama Quarter, Baixa (Downtown), Restauradores, and the fancy Avenida da Liberdade with its highend shops. Stop at Alto do Parque to admire Lisbon from the north and from here you have an astonishing view to the banks of the River Tagus.

    Afterwards stop at Rossio Square where you can enjoy some free time. Praca do Rossio, or the Rossio Square, is one of the most beautiful places to see in Lisbon. The square, which is located in downtown Lisbon, has been a witness to various historical events in the city, from popular celebrations and revolutions to executions and bullfights. Today, Praca do Rossio is a popular destination both for locals and tourists. Every day, people from different places flock to the square to relax, hang out, and just take in the atmosphere.

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    Sintra and Queluz

    Sintra and Queluz

    8 Jun Lisbon, Portugal
    Half Day
    This panoramic tour begins in the city of Queluz, with the magnificent 18th-century Queluz National Palace, one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe and the former seat of the Portuguese royal family. Frequently compared with Versailles, Queluz is actually earlier in date than the French masterpiece.

    This panoramic tour begins in the city of Queluz, with the magnificent 18th-century Queluz National Palace, one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe and the former seat of the Portuguese royal family. Frequently compared with Versailles, Queluz is actually earlier in date than the French masterpiece.

    From here, we will proceed to Sintra, one of the most famous places in Portugal, built against the northern slope of the "Serra de Sintra" mountains. This small village is well known for its charming narrow roads and lush greenery, where climbing flowers and semi-tropical vine-like plants trail from mossy walls and balconies. Noble houses and palaces with walled gardens and stately courtyards are scattered throughout the forested hills, revelling in the soft, cool microclimate that the mountain position brings to the town.

    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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    Optional $ 45
    Oporto City Highlights & Port Tasting
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Oporto City Highlights & Port Tasting

    9 Jun Oporto, Portugal
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Historically, Oporto is no doubt one of the most important cities in Portugal. The town centre dates mainly from the 18th century, when trade was booming and merchants embellished the city with large squares and avenues that made a big contrast with the narrow little streets of the old medieval quarters, and all around you can see the façades of elegant homes and palaces that show how prosperous they were in days gone by.

    Historically, Oporto is no doubt one of the most important cities in Portugal. The town centre dates mainly from the 18th century, when trade was booming and merchants embellished the city with large squares and avenues that made a big contrast with the narrow little streets of the old medieval quarters, and all around you can see the façades of elegant homes and palaces that show how prosperous they were in days gone by.

    Our first stop is the Romanesque-style Cathedral, built in the 12th century and extensively rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. You’ll be able to admire the interior and see the altar dating from the baroque period.

    Next you’ll visit the Stock Exchange Palace, built in the 19th century to impress European investors. The surprising Moorish decorated rooms are nowadays used by the Chamber of Commerce, the President and members of the government for official receptions. You’ll cross the Douro River by way of the unique double-decker Dom Luis Bridge to Gaia to visit a well-known wine cellar for a tasting of port wine.

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    Vigo Boat Experience

    Vigo Boat Experience

    10 Jun Vigo, Spain
    Half Day
    Enjoy a panoramic tour by boat along the beautiful bay of Vigo. First stop is at the “Bateas” or wooden floating docks located in the estuary, used to grow mussels.

    Enjoy a panoramic tour by boat along the beautiful bay of Vigo. First stop is at the “Bateas” or wooden floating docks located in the estuary, used to grow mussels. Galician mussels are world known for its quality. There are around 3,400 rafts producing mussels throughout Galicia. Your guide will point out the main aspects and impacts of mussel farming in the region. Continue passing by the  “Rande bridge”  where the “Battle of Rande” took place during the opening years of the War of the Spanish Succession. Next stop is at the San Simon island, a place full of old stories of pirates, naval battles and also, in recent years, it was a prison during the Franco´s regime. During the cruise you will be enjoy a tasting of some mussels accompanied with Galician white wine.

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    Santiago de Compostela
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Santiago de Compostela

    10 Jun Vigo, Spain
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch Included
    Vigo, the Gateway to the Atlantic, is a great combination of ancient history, beautiful beaches and a modern cosmopolitan outlook. This Galician city also has a proud heritage. Vigo was where the Roman Empire met the ocean and, in the 19th century, it became the main transatlantic departure point for a nation.

    Vigo, the Gateway to the Atlantic, is a great combination of ancient history, beautiful beaches and a modern cosmopolitan outlook. This Galician city also has a proud heritage. Vigo was where the Roman Empire met the ocean and, in the 19th century, it became the main transatlantic departure point for a nation.

    Leave Vigo by road for Santiago de Compostela one of the most important places in Catholicism, because it is reputed to be the place where St James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried.

    On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Obradoiro Square. Named after the workmen who built the Cathedral, this square sits in front of the main entrance of the Cathedral on its northern façade.

    Facing the Cathedral is the Palacio de Rajoy that was built in the eighteenth century to house the choirboys and a seminary for priests. It was later used as a prison and is now the Town Hall. Facing the Cathedral is the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos that was built as a hospital for pilgrims during the reign of the Catholic kings in the XV century and today is one of the most beautiful buildings combining different styles such as Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque.

    The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the reputed burial-place of Saint James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ, and it has been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St James since the early Middle Ages. What we see today is actually the fourth church to stand on this spot. The lavish baroque façade facing Praza do Obradoiro was erected in the 18th century, replacing the weather-damaged Romanesque one. This is the cathedral's main entrance, but owing to repair work on the towers and interior, it's likely to be closed until about 2021. In the meantime, most people enter through the south door on Praza das Praterias.

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    Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateaux Road

    Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateaux Road

    13 Jun Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
    Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, your tour of the Medoc starts just north of the city. The Medoc wine road, located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes forest, provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see.

    Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, your tour of the Medoc starts just north of the city. The Medoc wine road, located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes forest, provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see. You will have the opportunity to take photos of some of the most famous Chateaux of the area i.e. Margaux, Pichon Longueville.

    Medoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region's world famous chateaux produce wine that are nothing short of divine... Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estephe, Pauillac, Medoc, Haut Medoc and Margaux (with the celebrated chateau of the same name).

    You will visit the cellars of one of the following famous estates: Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron, Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Lagrange or Chateau Kirwan. After your guided visit of the estate, you will be introduced to the secret wine-making techniques of the estate before following your guide to the tasting room to indulge yourself with their wines.

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    Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting

    13 Jun Bordeaux, France
    Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
    For many years Bordeaux was known as “La Belle au Bois Dormant” (Sleeping Beauty) due to its magnificent buildings being shrouded in centuries of black soot. Then in 2000, the mayor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, roused Bordeaux, restoring its neoclassical architecture and implementing a high-tech public transport system.

    For many years Bordeaux was known as “La Belle au Bois Dormant” (Sleeping Beauty) due to its magnificent buildings being shrouded in centuries of black soot. Then in 2000, the mayor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, roused Bordeaux, restoring its neoclassical architecture and implementing a high-tech public transport system. His efforts paid off: in mid-2007 half of the entire city (18 sq km, from the outer boulevards to the banks of the Garonne) was UNESCOlisted, making it the largest urban World Heritage Site.

    After a panoramic tour of the main sites including the 13th-century cathedral, the Palais Rohan and the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, you will leave the city for the nearby world-famous vineyards that surround Bordeaux.

    The history of Bordeaux wine spans almost 2,000 years to Roman times when the first vineyards were planted. In the Middle Ages, the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine opened the Bordeaux region to the English market and eventually to the world's stage. Today, Bordeaux wine remains the world’s most popular and sought-after wine. You will stop at one of the prestigious wine estates such as Chateau La Louvière, Chateau Haut Bailly, Chateau Carbonnieux or Chateau Latour-Martillac to visit their cellars, be introduced to the art of wine making and, of course, to enjoy a wine tasting.

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    UNESCO Bordeaux
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    UNESCO Bordeaux

    13 Jun Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Depart by coach from the ship for a panoramic walking tour of Bordeaux. Drive along the river front where the wine trade has flourished for centuries and then view the Second World War German submarine base. In the summer of 1941, Admiral Dönitz decided to build highly fortified U-Boat pens in Bordeaux and construction began in September 1941. They were constructed with reinforced concrete and the roof above the pens was 5.6 m (18ft 4 in) thick.

    Depart by coach from the ship for a panoramic walking tour of Bordeaux. Drive along the river front where the wine trade has flourished for centuries and then view the Second World War German submarine base. In the summer of 1941, Admiral Dönitz decided to build highly fortified U-Boat pens in Bordeaux and construction began in September 1941. They were constructed with reinforced concrete and the roof above the pens was 5.6 m (18ft 4 in) thick.

    Then on to L’Esplanade des Quinconces. This is one of Europe’s largest squares (12 hectares) and its principal monument was erected between 1894 and 1902 in memory of the Girondists who fell victim of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Stop at the Palais Rohan, the 18th-century former home of the Archbishop that is now the City Hall and walk to the 13th-century Cathedral of St Andrew, where Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII, for an inside visit. Continue to the nearby the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux which was built by the architect Victor Louis and inaugurated in 1780. This is one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe and a pure work of art from the 18th century.

    Strolling through the Old Bordeaux area, you will come across beautiful squares such as La Place du Parlement, the former royal marketplace (1760) with its harmonious façades and fountain, and Place de la Bourse, the former royal square dedicated to Louis XV (1729). 

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    La Rochelle Highlights and Cognac

    La Rochelle Highlights and Cognac

    14 Jun La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Arriving in La Rochelle, start your panoramic city tour and see the Old Harbour with the Two Towers at its entrance. These were built to protect the harbour in times of war when an enormous chain was raised between the two 14th-century stone towers at the harbour entrance. Begin the walking tour at Saint-Sauveur Church close to the old harbour.

    Arriving in La Rochelle, start your panoramic city tour and see the Old Harbour with the Two Towers at its entrance. These were built to protect the harbour in times of war when an enormous chain was raised between the two 14th-century stone towers at the harbour entrance. Begin the walking tour at Saint-Sauveur Church close to the old harbour.

    The tour will explore La Rochelle’s mercantile and military past. This history is reflected in the city’s narrow streets paved with ancient stone slabs, vaulted passages, arcades and porches. During the tour there will also be time to browse La Rochelle’s morning market before heading out of the city by coach to the Chateau de La Peraudière. Owned by the Normandin Mercier family, the Chateau was established in 1872 by Jules Normandin, a Cognac brandy broker and landowner.

    The site Jules chose for his Cognac business was perfect as it is not only close to La Rochelle, which was the major export harbour for Cognac, but also has the ideal climatic conditions for producing the spirit. You will visit the cellars and have a tasting of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine made from lightly fermented grape must and Cognac.

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    La Rochelle Highlights and Ré Island

    La Rochelle Highlights and Ré Island

    14 Jun La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    It is a short drive from the ship to Ré Island. One of the jewels of the Atlantic coast, the island has been connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long since the beginning of 1988.

    It is a short drive from the ship to Ré Island. One of the jewels of the Atlantic coast, the island has been connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long since the beginning of 1988.

    As soon as you reach the Island, you will be won over by the atmosphere and brightness of the light, something that has brought to the island and inspired many painters over many years. A panoramic tour of the island shows you a succession of fishing ports, from Rivedoux to La Flotte, and Saint Martin (the island capital) with its port and its ramparts.
    After a guided tour of Saint Martin, you’ll enjoy free time to explore further the typical port with its narrow streets, or simply enjoy refreshment at one of the numerous café terraces.

    From here, you’ll head for La Rochelle for a guided walking tour of the old town and harbour, followed by some free time, before heading back to the ship.

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    Chateau de la Roche Courbon

    Chateau de la Roche Courbon

    14 Jun La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesSignificant Steps
    Inhabited as far back as prehistoric times, since 1475 a castle has also existed on the site of the Chateau de la Roche Courbonin. Originally built by Jehan de Latour, in the 17th century, the Courbon family, which had occupied the castle for two centuries, transformed it into a more comfortable residence.

    Inhabited as far back as prehistoric times, since 1475 a castle has also existed on the site of the Chateau de la Roche Courbonin. Originally built by Jehan de Latour, in the 17th century, the Courbon family, which had occupied the castle for two centuries, transformed it into a more comfortable residence. More alterations were made in the 18th century, but it was eventually sold in 1817 and then abandoned. It was purchased in 1920 by Paul Chenereau, who restored the chateau and its gardens. The chateau is still owned and inhabited by his descendants.

    Built in the 15th century, upon a rocky outcrop in the midst of marshland, the original castle was transformed into an elegant residence by Jean-Louis de Courbon, during the 17th century. As the marquis would not flee during the French Revolution, the chateau was not sold. His daughter Charlotte married an aide-de-camp of Napoleon. Because upkeep was so expensive, however, the chateau became abandoned during the following hundred years.

    The chateau has a Garden à la française, redone in 1936-1939, featuring a terrace with an Italian gallery, a monumental stairway, a parterre with four compartments and statues. The gardens include an orchard, flower garden, geometrical flower beds and lawns surrounding a small lake ('mirror pool'). The River Bruant flows through the gardens, feeding the water features. Beyond that, an ornamental staircase leads to higher ground, on the far side of the river. In the grounds are some Stone Age cave dwellings in woodland close by the River Bruant. Prehistoric finds from the site are housed in the 'keep' museum.

    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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    Scenic Guernsey

    Scenic Guernsey

    16 Jun Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
    Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
    This panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey showcases its beautiful coastline of rocky cliffs and wild sandy bays. Before that, however, we will travel inland along some winding country lanes to visit the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world, where we will make a short photo stop to admire this fascinating building, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china.

    This panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey showcases its beautiful coastline of rocky cliffs and wild sandy bays. Before that, however, we will travel inland along some winding country lanes to visit the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world, where we will make a short photo stop to admire this fascinating building, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china. Built in 1914 by two brothers to replicate the grotto at Lourdes, the chapel is a true labour of love that took three attempts to get right.

    We will then continue to the wild cliffs at Pleinmont Point, on the south coast of the island, then west towards the broad sandy bays of Rocquaine Bay, with the Martello Tower of Fort Grey, Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay other highlights, before we return to St Peter Port.

     

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    Honfleur Walking Tour

    Honfleur Walking Tour

    17 Jun Honfleur, France
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    The history of Honfleur, long sung about by poets and painted by famous artists, has always been tightly bound to the sea. Today, Honfleur offers visitors a unique heritage which can best be glimpsed by a leisurely stroll along its picturesque narrow streets lined by timber-framed houses.

    The history of Honfleur, long sung about by poets and painted by famous artists, has always been tightly bound to the sea. Today, Honfleur offers visitors a unique heritage which can best be glimpsed by a leisurely stroll along its picturesque narrow streets lined by timber-framed houses.

    One of Honfleur’s major sites is St Catherine’s Church, which dates from the 15th century and also has the distinction of being France’s largest timber-built church. The separate bell tower, located opposite above the bell-ringer’s house, is likewise made of oak. Other sites of interest you will see on this tour are the Salt Warehouses, originally run by the Gabelle (tax on salt) collectors, the Lieutenancy, once the residence of the city governor, and the Old Port, which has some beautifully picturesque quaysides.

    After your visit, you will then have some time on your own to enjoy the quaint atmosphere of this charming little town before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Clare Coventry

    Clare Coventry

    Clare Coventry, Craft Tutor
    Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

    Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

    Her mother was a classically-trained pianist, and her father a fine tenor. Clare and her siblings were all musically inclined from a young age, and Clare formed herself and her three younger siblings (two sisters and a brother) into a harmony ensemble, with their ages ranging from sixteen to just eleven.

    In 1967, they won a grand concours held in Cork City Opera House, and were brought over to the UK on a tour, from which they never returned to Ireland.

    They settled in the United Kingdom, married and had families. Clare and her sisters resurrected their musical career in the 1980’s, culminating in national TV appearances and selection for the Golden Rose of Montreux international awards festival, in Switzerland.

    Clare went on to become a very successful BBC radio presenter, working for BBC Radio Lancashire, and BBC Radio Merseyside, two of Britain’s largest local radio networks. She had her own magazine-type show, interviewing right across the board, from authors to explorers, and from politicians to pop stars.

    As well as musical ability, Clare also inherited from her mother a lifelong love of crafting.

    “With six children to look after, my mother saw it as a necessity rather than a hobby,” reflects Clare. “I’ve just taken what I learnt and absorbed from her, and turned it to another use...teaching”.

    Clare has spent a lifetime singing and crafting. In 2008, she gained her ‘Fascinator of Excellence’ qualification, and since then has appeared on ‘Crafty Beggars’, a TV show sponsored by Hobbycraft.’

    Clare has been singing and teaching her crafts aboard cruise ships for the past seventeen years. Her craft workshops are informative, effective, and great fun. With a unique blend of skill, patience, and humour, she brings to life the adage, “People learn best when they’re enjoying themselves”.

    Please note Clare will not be lecturing but will be performing songs in the Ambassdor Lounge with her sister Marianne, as “Sister Sister!”

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    John Coventry

    John Coventry

    John Coventry, Travel and Special Interests lecturer
    John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

    John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

    John then embarked upon a working lifetime spent in some of the strangest corners of the travel industry.

    At a time when the world was just starting to open up to leisure travel, he was in the vanguard of this revolution as a worldwide tour coordinator, accompanying groups of travellers on trips to a variety of exotic destinations and with a variety of diverse purposes.

    From wildlife photo safaris to transatlantic flights aboard Concorde, from the slopes of Macchu Picchu to the outback of Australia, from the gates of Graceland to the Iron Gates of the Danube, John’s life was a kaleidoscope of people, places, and experiences, some exciting, some disquieting, but all memorable.

    Smuggling a body across the Iron Curtain, being caught up in a revolution in South America, pinned down by sniper fire in San Francisco...these were just some of John’s experiences as he plied his trade around the globe. He went on to become general manager of one of the UK’s most prestigious independent tour operators.

    John’s first experience of ocean cruising was in 1982, around the islands of Indonesia. Since that long-ago cruise baptism, he has sailed the seven seas, as cruise manager, charterer, port lecturer, destinations presenter, and special interests speaker.

    A long time Mensa member and four time Brain of Mensa finalist, John’s range of knowledge and interests is as intriguing as it is eclectic.

    As a cruise lecturer, John brings to bear all his experience and expertise in a series of scintillating presentations on a- as you might expect - diverse range of fascinating subject matters.

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    John Ducker

    John Ducker

    John Ducker, The Wine Education Service
    Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9.

    Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the  actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9. Hardly less important has been his professional wine-teaching career, one which has additionally covered many sea and river miles as wine tutor for a number of top smaller-ship cruise lines. As a reputable (and published) family cook his quick-reference guide to food/wine matching, ‘Marriages Made in Heaven’, will be freely available on board.

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    Stella Grace Lyons

    Stella Grace Lyons

    Stella Grace Lyons, Art Historian
    Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice.

    Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, a private atelier that follows a curriculum based on the leading ateliers of nineteenth century Paris.

    In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch of 'Drawing Room Discussions' in association with ROSL ARTS, hosted by Guardian arts correspondent Maev Kennedy. Stella lectures regularly throughout the UK, Europe and for cruise ships. Her particular interests include 19th Century British art, the Italian and Northern Renaissance, American figurative artists from the 20th century and the representation of the nude in art. 

    Stella grew up in a family who all work in the arts; her mother is a choreographer, her father runs an animation company, her brother is an illustrator and her grandmother was an antiques dealer. As a child she was taken to galleries and historical houses throughout the UK and Europe and this is when her interest in Art History began. In addition to art, Stella enjoys travelling, good food, theatre, classical music and discovering new Scottish whiskies. You can read more about Stella on her website: www.stellagracelyons.com
     

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    Ernest Rea

    Ernest Rea

    Ernest Rea, Broadcaster
    Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles.

    Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. 

    In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.

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    Voyages to Antiquity is pleased to offer free Economy Class airfare*, available from a variety of US gateways for select cruise itineraries!

    Free roundtrip airfare from select gateways

    Voyages to Antiquity’s 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 gateways for our free roundtrip economy airfare are listed below.

    Free economy airfare gateways*

    BostonFREEWashington DCFREE
    New YorkFREELos AngelesFREE
    ChicagoFREEPhiladelphiaFREE
    SeattleFREE

    *Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only, applies to select departures and gateways 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 or 2 days prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 or 2 days later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure if applicable.

    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. A US$50 per person non-refundable administration fee will be charged for each request, plus any possible fare differential. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted. Deposit must be provided before custom requests can be made.

    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 once air has been ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing.

    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 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, 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 as outlined on the website and our brochure. The included transfers are for guests purchasing Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements.

    Owner's SuitesA
    Owner's Suites
    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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    $7,395*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Junior SuitesB
    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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    $6,875*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyC
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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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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    $6,275*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyD
    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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    $5,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideE
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    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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    $5,650*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideF
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    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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    $5,495*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideG
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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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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    $5,195*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideH
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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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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    $4,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium OutsideI*
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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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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    $4,750*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    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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    $4,550*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideK
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $4,325*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideL
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $4,150*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideM
    Standard Inside
    PREMIUM
    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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    $3,950*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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    $6,695*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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    $5,995*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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    $5,495*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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    $5,295*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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    $5,025*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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    $4,795*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    $4,550*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
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    $4,350*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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    $4,150*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Third/fourth person
    $0
    $3,295
    Air Credit (no air included)
    $0
    $0
    Cruise Only Credit (no air or land included)
    $0
    $0

    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.