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Grand Aegean & Egyptian Experience

Athens to Athens

22 days

2-night hotel stay in Athens

1-night hotel stay in Delphi

2-night hotel stay in Cairo

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09 Oct, 2018

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Our second dedicated Greek grand voyage, beginning with two nights in the nation’s capital to explore the great sites of antiquity, of which the Acropolis, site of the Parthenon is a must. Then enjoy a sightseeing drive to the monastery of Osios Loukas followed by Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, and Corinth, one of the largest cities of the ancient world.

On the island of Tinos, the shrine to Our Lady of Tinos is a major landmark, as are the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries at Meteora, one of the most remarkable sights in the Mediterranean. Enjoy a choice of tours in Thessalonica with the Byzantine heritage of the city or the Odeon in Dion - two of the options available. Then cruise past Mount Athos to Philippi, where the apostle St Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe.

Experience Greek cruising at its finest, from historic Samothraki to picturesque Chios and Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean”, where Saint John is said to have written the Book of Revelation. See the Minoan site of Akrotiri and the Minotaur’s Labyrinth of Knossos, visit the Shuqafa Catacombs and Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria and in Rhodes, visit the Acropolis of Lindos.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Oct 09
Tue
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Oct 10
    Wed
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Arrive into Athens and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 11
    Thu
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Choice of tours - Visit Athens and the Acropolis or Byzantine Athens. Optional tour to the National Archaeological museum.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 12
    Fri
    Delphi
    • Unesco
    Delphi , Greece
    Morning drive for sightseeing at Osios Loukas en route to Delphi for afternoon sightseeing and overnight.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 13
    Sat
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Sightseeing in Corinth en route to embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus.
    8.00pm
    Oct 14
    Sun
    Tinos
    • Arts & culture
    Tinos , Greece
    Visit the sleepy island of Tinos.
    2.00pm
    8.00am
    Oct 15
    Mon
    Volos
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Volos , Greece
    See the famous Byzantine monasteries at Meteora.
    7.00pm
    7.00am
    Oct 16
    Tue
    Thessalonica
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Thessalonica , Greece
    A choice of two city tours: City tour or The Byzantine heritage of Thessalonica, including 5th-century basilica Agios Dimítrios & the Rotónda or explore the Roman baths complex and the Odeon in Dion. Optional tour available.
    overnight
    7.00am
    Oct 17
    Wed
    Thessalonica
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Thessalonica , Greece
    Depart Thessalonica.
    5.00am
    Oct 17
    Wed
    Mount Athos
    • Arts & culture
    • Religious
    Mount Athos , Greece
    Cruising past Mt Athos.
    cruising
    Oct 18
    Thu
    Kavala
    • Unesco
    Kavala , Greece
    Morning tour to the famous site of Philippi. Afternoon at leisure.
    8.00pm
    6.00am
    Oct 19
    Fri
    Samothraki
    • Arts & culture
    Samothraki , Greece
    Included tour od Samothraki's highlights.
    2.00pm
    8.00am
    Oct 20
    Sat
    Chios
    • Island Life
    Chios , Greece
    Choice of tours: Chios Highlights, or Nea Moni and Anavatos
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Oct 21
    Sun
    Patmos
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Patmos , Greece
    Visit the Medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    2.00pm
    8.00am
    Oct 22
    Mon
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Time at leisure for exploring Athens.
    8.00pm
    6.00am
    Oct 23
    Tue
    Heraklion, Crete
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Heraklion, Crete , Greece
    Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos.
    10.00pm
    8.00am
    Oct 24
    Wed
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Oct 25
    Thu
    Alexandria
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Alexandria , Egypt
    Morning city tour including visits to Shuqafa Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar and National Museum. After lunch on board transfer to Cairo hotel for overnight stay.
    overnight hotel
    5.00am
    Oct 26
    Fri
    Cairo
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Cairo , Egypt
    Morning sightseeing tour visiting Memphis and Sakkara sites. In the afternoon visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, followed by dinner on the Nile with folkloric show and belly dancing.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 27
    Sat
    Cairo
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Cairo , Egypt
    Discover the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, followed by lunch at a leading hotel before returning to Alexandria.
    10.00pm
    Oct 28
    Sun
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Oct 29
    Mon
    Rhodes
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Rhodes , Greece
    World Heritage sites: choice of tours to Rhodes town or the Acropolis at Lindos.
    noon
    6.00am
    Oct 30
    Tue
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Disembark and transfer to airport for flight home.
    6.00am
    Byzantine Athens

    Byzantine Athens

    11 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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    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

    11 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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    National Archaeological Museum

    National Archaeological Museum

    11 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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    Delphi and its Museum

    Delphi and its Museum

    12 Oct Delphi, Greece
    Overnight Lunch Included
    Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth.  The shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2,000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, exerts today a potent grip on the visitor. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity.

    After breakfast, board your coach and drive to Delphi, on the way visit Osios Loukas Monastery. 

    Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth.  The shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2,000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, exerts today a potent grip on the visitor. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity.  Even the most intelligent individuals who lived during the brilliant civilization of Athens believed implicitly in the responses of the god. These were given by the inspired priestess Pythia and were interpreted, usually with an ambiguous touch, by the priests. 

    Delphi grew fabulously rich with offerings and though the ruins have almost disappeared now, you can admire them and try to picture the sanctuary as it was during its 1,000 years.  Zealous Christians initiated the destruction of this holy place and earthquakes added to its destruction. Your tour begins with a drive northwest via Thebes and Levadia, and you will be able to buy refreshments during a brief stop before reaching Delphi. 

    The site is breathtaking and the view from the top, down to the blue waters of the  Gulf of Corinth, is spectacular.  The drive will take you by the sacred Castalian spring and close to the ancient site of Apollo's sanctuary.  You will then walk the sacred way, visiting the treasuries, the place of offerings, the Grand Temple of Apollo and the theater, with its splendid acoustics.

    The tour continues with a visit to the Museum housing many treasures.  Omphalos, which marked the center of the world and the Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the fifth century B.C.are among the many wonders housed in the museum.

    Afterwards a short drive will take you to your hotel for overnight in this beautiful village, where dinner will be included.

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    Ancient Corinth & Corinth Canal

    Ancient Corinth & Corinth Canal

    13 Oct Piraeus, Greece
    Full Day Lunch IncludedArchaeological Site
    The Rio-Antirrio Bridge is one of the longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges in the world. While crossing it this morning, you will enjoy a brief photo stop here before continuing your tour to the once rich and powerful ancient city of Corinth.

    The Rio-Antirrio Bridge is one of the longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges in the world and while crossing it this morning you will enjoy a brief photo stop before continuing your tour to the once rich and powerful ancient city of Corinth.

    Blessed with a superb location, fertile plains and a virtually impregnable refuge, excavations reveal that Corinth was huge and wealthy; a survivor of numerous invasions but devastated by earthquakes. St Paul lived and worked here for eighteen months, making converts where he could. The Bema (platform), where the Roman governor tried him is still visible.

    Visit one of Corinth’s most striking ancient buildings – the Temple of Apollo, seven of whose original columns still stand. Walk through the remains of the Market Place, a colonnaded square once surrounded by many small shops. See the celebrated Fountain of Priene, which has produced water from earliest times, and the Lechaion Road, formerly the main thoroughfare to the port of Lechaion.

    Your day will also include a traditional Greek lunch, before the tour continues to Piraeus via a photo stop at the impressive Corinth Canal. The concept of cutting a canal through the Isthmus of Corinth to link the Ionian and Aegean Seas was first proposed in the 6th century BC by the tyrant Periander, founder of Ancient Corinth. The magnitude of the task defeated him so he opted instead to build a paved slipway across which sailors dragged small ships on rollers – a method used until the 13th century. Nero, one of Rome’s most infamous emperors, inaugurated one attempt in 67 AD with his golden spade, but this attempt took a while to finish as it wasn’t finally completed until 1893.

     

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    Tinos Highlights

    Tinos Highlights

    14 Oct Tinos, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsRespectful Dress
    Located in the Cyclades archipelago between Andros and Mykonos, Tinos is an island of huge Christian importance, but in ancient mythology it was also the place where Hercules killed the sons of Boreas. In revenge, The God of the North Wind cast an eternal breath across Tinos, which you may feel during your scenic drive through its picturesque villages.

    Located in the Cyclades archipelago between Andros and Mykonos, Tinos is an island of huge Christian importance, but in ancient mythology it was also the place where Hercules killed the sons of Boreas. In revenge, The God of the North Wind cast an eternal breath across Tinos, which you may feel during your scenic drive through its picturesque villages.

    The mediaeval convent of Kechrovouni is where the nun Pelagia is said to have received her vision from the Virgin Mary in 1822, shortly after the formation of modern Greece. This holy communion led to the discovery of a miraculous icon buried near the town of Tinos where you will later visit. Today the convent is inhabited by about forty nuns, but you will be able to see the cell where Pelagia spent her time in quiet contemplation.

    From here the tour continues to the mountain of Xomburgo and the ruins of a Venetian castle, before arriving at the unusual village of Volax, which is surrounded by huge red boulders of volcanic rock that are a stark contrast to the charming white houses.

    Returning to the main town of Tinos, the world famous Panagía Evangelístria Church was built directly above the site were Pelegia’s icon was discovered. This miraculous event is celebrated by pilgrims throughout the year, but especially on the feast day of the Virgin, when thousands travel from all over the world to visit the most important Marian shrine in Greece.

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    Remarkable Monasteries of Meteora
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Remarkable Monasteries of Meteora

    15 Oct Volos, Greece
    Full Day Lunch IncludedSignificant StepsRespectful Dress
    Perhaps the highlight of any trip to Greece is the sight of the Byzantine monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora. The very word means "suspended in air" and their effect is unforgettable. These sandstone "columns in the sky" soar up over a thousand feet above sea level and are crowned with monasteries built by anchorite monks from the 11th century onward.

    Perhaps the highlight of any trip to Greece is the sight of the Byzantine monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora. The very word means "suspended in air" and their effect is unforgettable. These sandstone "columns in the sky" soar up over a thousand feet above sea level and are crowned with monasteries built by anchorite monks from the 11th century onward. In all, there are twenty-four monasteries in Meteora, and while many have fallen into ruin, some of those that remain are adorned with beautiful frescoes which mark a key stage in postByzantine art. Originally visitors were winched up to the monasteries by a windlass, but stairs were cut in the 1930s to ease access a bit.

    From the ship, it’s a 2-hour drive across the fertile plain of Thessaly, the country of the mythical centaurs and the site of a battle between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. The monks who built the monasteries were looking for an escape from later battles, and nature provided the perfect place in Meteora. The rock formations unfold along a winding road, and whether they were formed, as some hold, by an ancient lake 30 million years ago or by the flow of the Peneus River, they are stupendous. Six of the monasteries are still inhabited and two are nunneries. Visit the oldest and most accessible monastery, Agios Stephanos, now a convent. The Byzantine Emperor Paleologos stayed here in 1333 while en route to a battle on the plains below. The nuns here are involved in artistic pursuits that include icon painting, and the monasteries 15th-century church has an icon museum.

    Next, visit the Varlaam Monastery, which requires climbing about 150 steps, but it is well worth the effort both for the commanding views of the Pindus Range and also the fabled frescoes that include an apocalyptic vision of hell. Following the visit, we'll continue driving through this unearthly landscape, viewing new sights as we descend slowly to the plain. Few sights are more iconic than this.

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    Byzantine Thessalonica
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Byzantine Thessalonica

    16 Oct Thessalonica, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    Byzantine emperors held Thessalonica second only in importance to Constantinople, and today the city is an open-air museum with Christian monuments dating from the 4th to the 21st-century.

    Byzantine emperors held Thessalonica (also known as Salonica) second only in importance to Constantinople, and today the city is an open-air museum with Christian monuments dating from the 4th to the 21st century. Thessalonica became part of the Byzantine Empire in 395AD and was one of the first bases for the spread of Christianity.

    Drive from the ship to the Byzantine Museum, stopping en route at the 15th-century White Tower and the International Trade Fair grounds, built on the site of an old Jewish cemetery razed by the Germans in World War II (the headstones were used to surface roads). At the museum, enjoy an absorbing look at Byzantine and post-Byzantine culture. Learn how art and theology intertwined with politics and social structure, permeating all aspects of everyday life. Drive next to the 5thcentury basilica, Agios Dimitrios, devastated in a 1917 fire that destroyed half the city.

    The church was rebuilt and inside are some of the finest mosaics in Greece, including depictions of St Dimitrios, Thessalonica's patron saint. From here, your walking tour continues to the palace of the Emperor Galerius and the 4th-century Rotunda, his mausoleum. The climax is a visit to the 8th-century Agia Sofia, patterned on Justinian's Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, its giant dome a symbol of technical mastery and the mosaics inside a work of Byzantine art. Following the visit you may drive back to the ship or, if time permits, explore more of the town at leisure.

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    Ancient Dion

    Ancient Dion

    16 Oct Thessalonica, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological Site
    Dion was founded in the 5th century BC at the foot of Mount Olympus, home to the gods of classical Greece, where festivals and games took place that lasted nine days, dedicated to the divinities of art and culture, known as the nine muses.

    Dion was founded in the 5th century BC at the foot of Mount Olympus, home to the gods of classical Greece, where festivals and games took place that lasted nine days, dedicated to the divinities of art and culture, known as the nine muses.

    Alexander the Great is said to have offered a sacrifice to the gods here before heading to Asia Minor with his fleet. Dion grew and flourished until the 5th century AD, when an earthquake resulted in the city being abandoned.

    You will start your visit exploring the Archaeological Park outside the ancient fortification walls, taking you past the sanctuaries of the Olympic gods, a Roman theatre and Hellenistic theatre that is still in use today during the summer festival.

    Your tour will then continue inside the walls, where you will follow your guide through the streets of the ancient city to see the Roman baths complex and the Odeon, where music and poetry was performed. Farther along are the Sanctuary of Asclepius, whose worship was connected with the healing of the body, and the Villa of Dionysos which has a unique mosaic floor.

    Finally you will be given a tour of the museum complementing everything you have seen in the park. Exhibits here include remains from the first cult of Zeus and its sanctuary near the site of Mount Olympus, as well as some vases, jewellery and statues from the Villa of Dionysos. Construction materials, building tools and coins unearthed during the excavation also provide a look at everyday life in this ancient city.

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    Traces of Alexander the Great

    Traces of Alexander the Great

    16 Oct Thessalonica, Greece
    Full day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedArchaeological Site
    During this tour to the archaeological museum near Pella, the ancient city of Macedon, we will see many residences of the ancient aristocrats, alongside findings from various excavations, including exceptional floor mosaics from the 4th century BC.

    During this tour to the archaeological museum near Pella, the ancient city of Macedon, we will see many residences of the ancient aristocrats, alongside findings from various excavations, including exceptional floor mosaics from the 4th century BC.

    The daily life of Pella has been wonderfully brought to life in this museum, where the restoration of period furniture, models and clothes has been carefully designed to provide an insight into every facet of the ancient city, from administration and production to commerce.

    After finishing at Pella, we will have some free time before we move to the town of Veria, where Apostle Paul famously preached, for a traditional Macedonian lunch. We will then visit the burial site of Macedonia’s kings, including the father of Alexander the Great.

    The Royal Tombs of Vergina are among antiquity’s greatest treasures, although for centuries they lay hidden beneath a mound known as the “tumulus” where local children played football. The small village of Vergina, once known as Aegea, is renowned for its remarkable temple complex, which has only been open to the public since 1993. Here we will visit the unique museum and descend underground to see the tombs, including a newly constructed exhibit of ancient artefacts, all of which are masterpieces of ancient Greek art, including golden laurel wreaths, silver vessels, miniature sculpture and paintings. Of special note are the crown, armour, shield and magnificent gold casket of Philip II.

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    Ancient Philippi

    Ancient Philippi

    18 Oct Kavala, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological Site
    Visit the city founded by (and named after) Philip of Macedonia in 356BC, confront antiquity at every turn of its extraordinary archaeological site, and, in addition, visit the stream where St Paul's first European convert to Christianity was baptized.

    Visit the city founded by (and named after) Philip of Macedonia in 356BC, confront antiquity at every turn of its extraordinary archaeological site, and, in addition, visit the stream where St Paul's first European convert to Christianity was baptised. Today's adventure starts from Kavala, once the ancient port of Philippi, where a castle overlooks the bustling harbour. The drive to Philippi is only a short distance, but it takes you a long way back in time. The site is at the foot of Mount Pangeon on the border of a marsh that once covered the entire plain. History whispers at every turn. Thucydides was exiled here. When the city was a Roman colony, Julius Caesar's assassins, Brutus and Cassius, met their deaths at the Battle of Philippi. Saint Paul visited several times and wrote a letter thanking the citizens for their support while he was in jail.

    Tour the main archaeological site to see the extensive ruins, which include a large Roman forum, sacred gates, baths, wrestling rings and even a public latrine with marble seats. Other sights include the reputed "jail" of St Paul, a theatre from the classical period and two Byzantine basilicas. These testify to the town's transition to a Christian headquarters. On your return to the ship, stop at the stream where St Paul's first European convert, a merchant-woman named Lydia, was christened along with the rest of her household. The site is marked by a Greek Orthodox basilica. From here it's a short drive back to the ship. Time permitting you may chose to remain in town and return to the ship at leisure.

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    Samothraki Highlights

    Samothraki Highlights

    19 Oct Samothraki, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
    In the time of Antiquity, initiation into Samothraki’s mystery cult of the Great Gods brought with it the promise of protection at sea and the opportunity to “become a better and more pious person in all ways”. The nature of these rites was held in silent trust by its members, but today the Samothrace Temple Complex still maintains the aura of a place where momentous events occurred.

    In the time of Antiquity, initiation into Samothraki’s mystery cult of the Great Gods brought with it the promise of protection at sea and the opportunity to “become a better and more pious person in all ways”. The nature of these rites was held in silent trust by its members, but today the Samothrace Temple Complex still maintains the aura of a place where momentous events occurred. Your guided tour of this remarkable archaeological site includes all the major ruins, from the Propylon gatehouse of Ptolemy II, to the temple of Hieron, where initiation into the cult took place. Another highlight are the remains of the largest covered round space in the ancient Greek world, the Arsinoé Rotunda, which is believed to have been used for animal sacrifices during festivals.

    From here the tour moves to the Folklore Museum in the town of Samothraki. This multi-storey building recreates two versions of traditional life on the island. The ground floor is filled with agricultural tools and paraphernalia relating to Kechagias, or cattle farmers, while the upper floor represents a more urbane Samothraki household. On display are authentic costumes and decorative plates, alongside an ornately carved wooden iconostasis and a 20th-century ‘mesandra’. This large wardrobe was an essential piece of furniture for any wealthy Samothrace family and would have taken pride of place in the living room. The walls are adorned with silk and cotton woven towels known as ‘marchamades’, as well as early photographs that provide a fascinating insight into the stories of the people who lived on the island.

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    Nea Moni and Anavatos

    Nea Moni and Anavatos

    20 Oct Chios, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsRespectful Dress
    Chios has long been famous for its production of mastic and its claim to be the birthplace of Homer. Invaders and occupiers may have tried to force the island into submission on more than one occasion, but the artistic and spiritual strength of its people has endured and today it thrives.

    Chios has long been famous for its production of mastic and its claim to be the birthplace of Homer. Invaders and occupiers may have tried to force the island into submission on more than one occasion, but the artistic and spiritual strength of its people has endured and today it thrives.

    One location that has long been bound to the fate of the island is the 11th-century monastery of Nea Moni, which stands at the site where a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary is said to have been discovered. During the Greek War of Independence the monastery was sacked by Ottoman invaders and in 1881 it was badly damaged by an earthquake, but it has since been restored and contains some wonderful mosaics and frescoes.

    Not far from Nea Moni is the Byzantine village of Anavatos, which was built atop a steep hill that is inaccessible from most directions. This remote outpost was first inhabited in the Middle Ages, by woodcutters hired to build the New Monastery. For many centuries it was considered unassailable, but tragically this was not to be the case.

    During the infamous massacre of 1822 the entire village was wiped out at the hands of the Ottomans. With the menfolk defeated, hundreds of women threw themselves and their children over the cliff to avoid being captured. Since then only a handful of people have tried to move back to the settlement, which is now a ghost town, but it has been well preserved as a memorial to the dead and an important reminder of an appalling event.

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    Chios Highlights

    Chios Highlights

    20 Oct Chios, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsRespectful Dress
    During the Middle Ages some of the richest and most powerful families of Chios built huge walled estates across the vast plains to the south of the capital. At the time the island was under the rule of Genoa, so many of these 14th-century houses are surprisingly Italianate in style, with water wheels and wooden bridges creating a scene of rural peace that is quite unlike anywhere else on the Greek islands.

    During the Middle Ages some of the richest and most powerful families of Chios built huge walled estates across the vast plains to the south of the capital. At the time the island was under the rule of Genoa, so many of these 14th-century houses are surprisingly Italianate in style, with water wheels and wooden bridges creating a scene of rural peace that is quite unlike anywhere else on the Greek islands.

    The village of Pyrgi is famous for its geometrically patterned black and white houses, which have been decorated using a similar technique to foil engraving in fine art. Its main church is dedicated to the Ayioi Apostoloi (the Holy Apostles) and features a highly decorated interior of medieval frescoes showing scenes from the twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, the Four Evangelists and six-winged angels.

    The village of Mesta is a fine example of a fortified medieval settlement with a large central tower that was used to protect the peasantry from Saracen pirates. It has two churches dedicated to the Taxiarchis (the Archangels Michael and Gabriel) who are patron saints of the Aegean and Dodecanese islands. The larger and more recent of the churches dominates the main square and has an atmospheric interior featuring a finely carved altar-screen.

    Chios is famous worldwide for its production of mastic, so a visit will be made to a Mastichochoria (literally “mastic villages”) in Armolia to learn more about how this aromatic natural sap, often referred to as the “tears of Chios”, has been harvested since antiquity.

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    St John's Patmos
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    St John's Patmos

    21 Oct Patmos, Greece
    Half Day Tender Cobbled StreetsUphill SectionsRespectful Dress
    Visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site that constitutes an exceptional example of a Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre.

    Patmos may be one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese, but it compensates for size with beauty and history. Called the "Jerusalem of the Aegean," the island has long been a site of pilgrimage. When St John came to Patmos in 95AD the Emperor Domition's persecution of Christians were at their height and the "beloved disciple" lived for two years in a small cave on the island. Here he wrote his Gospel and dictated the Book of the Apocalypse.

    This afternoon, a short drive takes you from port to the grotto where St John once lived. The cave is now converted into a beautiful chapel with a stone orifice the saint is said to have used as a pillow. From the cave, continue to the 12th-century village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian which dominates the town.

    The walking tour starts with a climb to the castle-like monastery, founded in the 10th century. Enter the courtyard with its intricately pebbled floor, decorated arches and old well fed by a reservoir beneath. Visit the ornate chapel of Christodoulos with its frescoed entrance and religious relics that include the skull of St Thomas. Tour the old treasury, where the breathtaking collection includes jewelled chalices, crowns, crucifixes and an El Greco icon. Later, there will be free time to explore Chora with its whitewashed houses and Byzantine churches before the return to the tavernas of Skala and the ship.

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    The Palace of Knossos

    The Palace of Knossos

    23 Oct Heraklion, Crete, Greece
    Half Day Archaeological Site
    Even without the tales of a bloodthirsty Minotaur, this magnificent palace complex with its flamboyant decoration, courts, audience chambers and residential areas is an impressive and inspiring site.

    Even without the tales of a bloodthirsty Minotaur, this magnificent palace complex with its flamboyant decoration, courts, audience chambers and residential areas is an impressive and inspiring site. Constructed around 1900BC, it was the administrative and religious centre of the Minoan kingdom. Here King Minos held court and – so mythology holds – his wife gave birth to a half-man, half-bull creature that lurked in the palace’s labyrinth. This fearsome beast was appeased only by human sacrifices.

    An earthquake destroyed the original complex; it was then rebuilt on an even grander scale, only to be destroyed again by the massive volcanic eruption on Santorini around 1500BC. Though periodically excavated by Greek archaeologists in the late 19th century, credit for the full excavation and restoration is given to amateur Victorian archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. Roundly criticised for occasional missteps in restoration, Sir Arthur poured his fortune into the effort and did a remarkable job for the time period. Knossos today, at least, allows the visitor to visualise the palace as it once was and understand its intricacies.

    The guided tour will take you through this legend-rich, entrancing complex that sprawled across five acres, where everything from the throne room to royal living quarters is reconstructed with meticulous care.

    On our return to Heraklion, we will visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilisation of Crete.

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    Alexandria Highlights

    Alexandria Highlights

    25 Oct Alexandria, Egypt
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsSignificant Steps
    Northwest of the Nile Delta on the coast of the Mediterranean, Alexandria is the largest port in Egypt and is filled with colourful streets, beautiful architecture and a charming nostalgic aura.

    Northwest of the Nile Delta on the coast of the Mediterranean, Alexandria is the largest port in Egypt and is filled with colourful streets, beautiful architecture and a charming nostalgic aura.

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Mansheya Square, where a large bronze statue of Mohamed Ali, modern Egypt’s founding father, sits astride his horse, dominating the park. At the other end of the square, near the waterside, is an elegant marble edifice dedicated to the Unknown Soldier, with guards of honour at attention on either side.

    A short drive away is one of Alexandria’s most important Islamic landmarks, the beautiful minarets and domes of the Abu El Abbas Mosque, which contains the tomb of the 13th century Spanish Sufi, Abu al-Abbas, one of Egypt’s most revered saints.

    Continuing along the harbour, the 15th century Qait Bey Fortress was built on the exact site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Estimated to have been 100 metres tall, an earthquake in the 14th century led to the lighthouse’s total destruction, making it one of the greatest architectural losses in antiquity.

    You will then visit the eerie and intriguing Catacombs of Shawqafa, an extensive three level funerary complex dating from the 2nd century AD; followed by the National Museum of Alexandria, which is filled with exhibits detailing the history of the city and Egypt. Of particular note are the underwater photographs and statues recovered from an ongoing operation to salvage the Palace of Cleopatra, which was submerged beneath the harbour of Alexandria during the same tsunami that destroyed the Lighthouse.

    Your return to Aegean Odyssey will then follow the corniche, for more panoramic views from the water’s edge, including a short photo stop at the new Library of Alexandria.

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    Cairo Museum & the Treasures of Egypt

    Cairo Museum & the Treasures of Egypt

    26 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Half Day PM Lunch IncludedSignificant Steps
    Imagine the feelings of British archaeologist Howard Carter on November 5 1922, the date he descended the hidden steps of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and first set eyes on its fabulous golden treasures. On this visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Egypt you will come as close as possible to recreating this magical moment.

    Imagine the feelings of British archaeologist Howard Carter on November 5 1922, the date he descended the hidden steps of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and first set eyes on its fabulous golden treasures. On this visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Egypt you will come as close as possible to recreating this magical moment as you discover the magnificent artefacts unearthed by the archaeologist, as well as many other pharaonic artworks spanning a period of over 50 centuries, which constitute the largest and richest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world.

    Stepping from modern urban streets into a timeless world of golden burial masks, papyrus scrolls and artefacts representing every period of Egyptian history, the museum's crowning glory is of course its priceless collection from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Born during Egypt's Golden Age in 1347BC and only a teenager when he died, Tutankhamun was buried in the Valley of the Kings and lay undisturbed for over 3,000 years, until Howard Carter,  derided by his colleagues and on the brink of losing his funding, unearthed his tomb and its fabulous treasures, including a royal diadem, weapons used by the young king, a viscera coffin for Tutankhamun’s mummified liver, and a mask of solid gold weighing over 24 pounds, shaped in the image of the pharaoh's face.

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    Evening Nile cruise

    Evening Nile cruise

    26 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Evening sail Lunch IncludedBoat Ride
    From your hotel, drive to the banks of the River Nile where a luxurious cruise boat awaits to sail you on the same timeless waterway traversed by pharaohs, queens and nobles thousands of years ago.

    From your hotel, drive to the banks of the River Nile where a luxurious cruise boat awaits to sail you on the same timeless waterway traversed by pharaohs, queens and nobles thousands of years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy a sumptuous dinner in elaborate interiors as you glide past Cairo’s waterfront landmarks. For your entertainment, a folkloric presentation and belly dancing will take place during meal.

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    Memphis and Sakkara
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Memphis and Sakkara

    26 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    At its peak, Memphis must have staggered the out-of-town visitor. Egypt's first capital is situated at the apex of the Nile delta. For thousands of years this huge, cosmopolitan city was the capital of the Old Kingdom (2650-2134BC).

    At its peak, Memphis must have staggered the out-of-town visitor. Egypt's first capital is situated at the apex of the Nile delta. For thousands of years this huge, cosmopolitan city was the capital of the Old Kingdom (2650-2134BC).

    Arriving at Memphis, visit the remains of the temple of Ptah, the god of Memphis and mythical creator of the universe. See such breathtaking sights as the huge fallen statue of King Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx of King Amenhopis II. Continue a short drive from Memphis to Sakkara, a favorite necropolis of Old Kingdom pharaohs. View one of mankind's first monumental stone buildings, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, built in 2750BC by the engineer Imhotep, a polymath who could arguably lay claim to being the world's first architect, first doctor, first priest, first poet, first dentist and first astrologer.

    After visiting the complex, continue to one of the nearby mastabas (funerary chambers) such as Ptah-Hotep or Mereruca. These give important insights into the architectural origins of the pyramid and contain beautiful reliefs with depictions of daily life in ancient Egypt.

     

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    Pyramids of Giza
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Pyramids of Giza

    27 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedCobbled Streets
    Stand in awe before the Pyramids at Giza, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Drive to the Giza Plateau and the pyramids built for the pharaohs of the fourth dynasty: Cheops, Chefren and Mycerinos. From the Western Plateau, take in majestic views of all three pyramids with Cairo sprawling at their feet.

    Stand in awe before the Pyramids at Giza, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Drive to the Giza Plateau and the pyramids built for the pharaohs of the fourth dynasty: Cheops, Chefren and Mycerinos. From the Western Plateau, take in majestic views of all three pyramids with Cairo sprawling at their feet. The pyramid of Cheops alone required tens of thousands of workers over two decades. While it was once held that the workers who created this site were slaves, it is now thought they toiled for wages or to pay off taxes. Continue down the valley to contemplate the Sphinx, watching the passage of time and man in silence.

    This colossal limestone monument with the haunches of a lion and the face of a king is held to represent the guardian deity of these royal burial grounds. So great were the Sphinx's mythical powers that 15th-century Egyptians thought it controlled the flood cycles of the Nile.

    Note: This visit is to the exterior of the pyramids only. If you wish to go inside, there is an additional charge, but this is not recommended for those with claustrophobia or with breathing, knee or back problems. Photography is not allowed inside the pyramids.

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    The Acropolis at Lindos

    The Acropolis at Lindos

    29 Oct Rhodes, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled StreetsSignificant StepsUphill Sections
    Gain inspiration from the exquisite natural setting of the Acropolis at Lindos, a destination of both historic and scenic interest, just an hour’s drive from Rhodes.

    Gain inspiration from the exquisite natural setting of the Acropolis at Lindos, a destination of both historic and scenic interest, just an hour’s drive from Rhodes. This Doric town rose in power hundreds of years before Christ and continued to thrive into the middle ages.

    We’ll walk to the Acropolis, surrounded by the contrasting 12th-century crusader fortifications, clinging to the rocks above the village. At the summit is the Doric Temple of Lindian Athena, an archaeological jewel dating from the 4th century BC, with a double-winged portico and elaborate propylaea. The site offers sweeping views over St Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm.

    Following the Acropolis, we’ll descend to the village with its whitewashed houses and tempting shops. A favourite resort since the time of Julius Caesar, Lindos is home to writers, artists and craftsmen.

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    Old Town & Grand Masters Palace
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Old Town & Grand Masters Palace

    29 Oct Rhodes, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled Streets
    Leave behind the port where the Colossus once stood and discover a stunning ensemble of Gothic architecture just a short drive from the port. These UNESCO World Heritage monuments testify to the role of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese group, as a strategic crossroads. Many structures date to the era of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who lived on the island from 1309 until 1522 when the Ottoman Empire finally dislodged the Knights.

    Leave behind the port where the Colossus once stood and discover a stunning ensemble of Gothic architecture just a short drive from the port. These UNESCO World Heritage monuments testify to the role of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese group, as a strategic crossroads. Many structures date to the era of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who lived on the island from 1309 until 1522 when the Ottoman Empire finally dislodged the Knights.

    En route, you’ll visit the lookout Mount Smith, named after the British admiral Sir Sydney Smith who used this vantage point to scan the seas for French ships in the Napoleonic era. Then you enter the citadel of the Knight’s through the d’Amboise Gate and head for the restored Grand Master’s Palace.

    The first building of the 14th-century Crusaders, the Palace was modelled on the great Papal Palace of Avignon. It served as a fortress in times of war, a residence for the Grand Master of the Knights, a meeting place for senior knights, and, in later times, a summer residence of both Mussolini and Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. Stroll the cobblestone Street of the Knights and admire the honey-coloured stone buildings with their giant doorways and arched windows.

    Step into the 15th-century Knights Hospital, now an archaeological museum that counts the Aphrodite of Rhodes in flawless Parian marble among its treasures. At the conclusion of this tour, you can return to the ship or stay to wander this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Prof Roderick Beaton

    Prof Roderick Beaton

    Prof Roderick Beaton, King’s College London
    Roderick Beaton is a leading authority on Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean world from the Middle ages to today. He holds the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King’s College London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

    He has lived for several years in Greece and has travelled widely throughout the region – on land, often on foot, as well as by sea! A fluent Greek speaker, he has often appeared on Greek TV and radio talking about his work.

    Roderick Beaton is a leading authority on Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean world from the Middle ages to today. He holds the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King’s College London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

    He has lived for several years in Greece and has travelled widely throughout the region – on land, often on foot, as well as by sea! A fluent Greek speaker, he has often appeared on Greek TV and radio talking about his work.

    Nearer home, Roderick has a lifelong commitment to sharing his enthusiasm for the post-classical Greek world with audiences up and down the UK. He has also given talks about his work in many European countries, the USA and Australia.

    Roderick is the author of several award-winning books on Greek literature, culture, and history from the twelfth century to the present. He has translated Modern Greek poetry and fiction and is himself a published novelist. His most recent book, Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (2013), won the Runciman Award and the Elma Dangerfield Prize in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2013. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).

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    Prof Robin Cormack

    Prof Robin Cormack

    Prof Robin Cormack, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, has given lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

    Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, and is giving lectures in 2014 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Robin has published books on Byzantine Art, and co-curated the Royal Academy exhibition, Byzantium 330-1453. 

    He has a special side-interest in British architects who worked in Khartoum and New Delhi, and since he has always made it an aim never to write or lecture about monuments and sites unless he has visited them and studied them at first hand, travel is one of the things he does most often. Fortunately his wife, Professor Mary Beard, agrees with this aim, and travels too (and not just on twitter). So do his children who are both students working in Africa, and who spend time in Cairo and South Sudan. He is currently trying to learn to play the harpsichord, but that does not travel with him.

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    Dr David Price-Williams

    Dr David Price-Williams

    Dr David Price-Williams , University of London
    David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

    David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

    David has spent many years working in the countries of Africa south of the Zambesi. From 1976 to 1989 he was the director of a multi-disciplinary team of up to twenty scientists from several universities researching the effects of climatic change on human evolution in Africa. He was based in Swaziland, during which time he also oversaw the building of the Swaziland National Museum and where he eventually became Director of Antiquities. 

    David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology. 

    David has just retired after thirty seven years lecturing on the Archaeology of Western Asia (Eastern Mediterranean) at the Institute of Archaeology for the University of London Extra Mural Department. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers on the area. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Greece, Turkey and the Near East and is very familiar with the archaeological sites in the area. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a life member of the Southern African Quaternary Research Association. He speaks Turkish and reads Classical Greek

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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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    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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    Amalia Hotel

    Amalia Hotel

    Delphi, Greece
    1-night hotel stay in Delphi
    Renowned kings, warriors and philosophers visited Delphi and the famous Pythia, the prophetess, anticipating an oracle about their future. At Amalia Hotel Delphi, you do not have to wonder about the future as you are assured of an unforgettable stay!

    Renowned kings, warriors and philosophers visited Delphi and the famous Pythia, the prophetess, anticipating an oracle about their future. At Amalia Hotel Delphi, you do not have to wonder about the future as you are assured of an unforgettable stay! This hotel has an exquisite location at the foot of Mount Parnassus offering panoramic views of the valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and the beautiful town of Galaxidi.

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    Cairo Marriott Hotel

    Cairo Marriott Hotel

    Cairo, Egypt
    2-night hotel stay in Cairo
    The Cairo Marriott Hotel is situated in the vibrant Zamalek district, set amidst six acres of verdant palace gardens. It is also near some of the city’s top attractions, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Cairo Opera House. The hotel has 1,060 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, which feature high-speed Internet access, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and plush pillowtop mattresses. 

    The Cairo Marriott Hotel is situated in the vibrant Zamalek district, set amidst six acres of verdant palace gardens. It is also near some of the city’s top attractions, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Cairo Opera House.
    The hotel has 1,060 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, which feature high-speed Internet access, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and plush pillowtop mattresses. 

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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 US 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, relevant to select itineraries only, are shown below.

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    *Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only, varies by gateway and departure, 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

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    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.

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    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 using Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements. 

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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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    $13,950*pp
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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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    $12,850*pp
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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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    $11,950*pp
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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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    $11,050*pp
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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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    $10,195*pp
    $10,795*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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    $9,750*pp
    $10,350*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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    $9,295*pp
    $9,795*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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    $8,795*pp
    $9,295*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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    $8,250*pp
    $8,750*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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    $7,695*pp
    $8,195*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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    $7,395*pp
    $7,795*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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    $6,950*pp
    $7,350*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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    $6,595*pp
    $6,995*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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    $14,890*pp
    $15,595*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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    $13,095*pp
    $13,695*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium OutsideGG*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    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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    $11,890*pp
    $12,395*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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    $11,395*pp
    $11,895*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    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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    $10,795*pp
    $11,295*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    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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    $10,195*pp
    $10,695*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $9,695*pp
    $10,095*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $9,250*pp
    $9,650*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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    $8,750*pp
    $9,150*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
    $1,300
    Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
    $1,000
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
    $1,600

    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.