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Singapore to Cape Town

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22 Jan, 2019

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Explore Malacca and Penang in south-west Malaysia, followed by Phuket and the islands of Thailand. Enjoy a spectacular sail up the Yangon River to the port of Yangon (Rangoon), the former capital of Burma. Then sail to the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka for the capital of Colombo and Trincomalee.

Cruise the Indian Ocean to the perfect beaches of the Maldives and the Seychelles. Spend the evening ashore in Mauritius and visit Reunion Island, a tiny piece of France in the Indian Ocean.

Your safari adventure in South Africa then begins, taking you to two of the nation’s best game parks for the chance to see some iconic wildlife. Call at Durban to learn more about the rich culture and history of the Zulu nation, then finally, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain, spend two nights exploring the cultural and historic highlights of Cape Town, a perfect finale to this incredible grand voyage.

Depending on your departure city, your flight may depart on January 23rd, to arrive in Singapore on January 24th. Please call for details.

Please note: all activities, guest lecture topics and other day-by-day events listed as taking place on-board Aegean Odyssey are subject to change and may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jan 22
Tue
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Jan 23
    Wed
    Departure
      Departure
      In flight to Singapore.
      Jan 24
      Thu
      Singapore
      • Wildlife
      • Arts & culture
      • Unesco
      Singapore , Singapore
      Arrive in Singapore and transfer to your hotel.
      overnight hotel
      Jan 25
      Fri
      Singapore
      • Wildlife
      • Arts & culture
      • Unesco
      Singapore , Singapore
      Delve into the spirit of Singapore with a morning sightseeing tour. An optional Singapore Night Safari evening tour is also available.
      overnight hotel
      Jan 26
      Sat
      Singapore
      • Wildlife
      • Arts & culture
      • Unesco
      Singapore , Singapore
      Take an optional morning tour of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, a true horticultural wonderland covering over 100 hectares, or embark Aegean Odyssey.
      7.00pm
      Jan 27
      Sun
      Malacca
      • Arts & culture
      • Unesco
      • River
      Malacca , Malaysia
      Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is alive with atmosphere, from its garishly decorated trishaws to bustling food market.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 28
      Mon
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      A day at sea to familiarise yourself with the amenities of Aegean Odyssey, as we cruise the Strait of Malacca. The enrichment programme starts today, and you may wish to join us for the daily quiz in the Charleston Lounge.
      Jan 29
      Tue
      Penang
      • Arts & culture
      • Religious
      Penang , Malaysia
      Visit the colourful capital of the Malaysian island of Penang, George Town, known for its mix of British Colonial buildings, mosques and Chinese shophouses.
      2.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 30
      Wed
      Phuket
      • Natural Wonders
      • Beach
      Phuket , Thailand
      Take a fabulous full-day boat trip to the soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters of the Phi Phi Islands, or Phang Nga, aka James Bond island.
      6.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 31
      Thu
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Cruising the Andaman Sea. Over these two days quizzes continue in the Charleston Lounge; poetry readings can be enjoyed in the evening; a book club will take place and our instrumental trio will be putting on a special concert.
      Feb 01
      Fri
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      For those who wish to be pampered, the Athena Spa offers a range of treatments and special offers are listed in your Daily Journal.
      Feb 02
      Sat
      Yangon
      • Arts & culture
      • Less Visited
      • Religious
      • River Port
      Yangon , Burma
      Today you will sail up the Yangon River to berth in the port of Yangon (Rangoon), the former capital of Burma – a suitably spectacular way to arrive in one of the most mysterious, beautiful and deeply spiritual countries in the world. Then enjoy a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
      overnight
      2.00pm
      Feb 03
      Sun
      Yangon
      • Arts & culture
      • Less Visited
      • Religious
      • River Port
      Yangon , Burma
      Take an included guided tour of the National Museum of Myanmar, then explore Bogyoke Market, formerly named Scott’s Market. Alternatively, enjoy one of two extremely special optional excursions unlike anything else you will experience during your cruise: an air tour to either Bagan or Mandalay.
      overnight
      Feb 04
      Mon
      Yangon
      • Arts & culture
      • Less Visited
      • Religious
      • River Port
      Yangon , Burma
      With the morning free, enjoy a stroll around the city at leisure, before an afternoon departure and another stunning river cruise down the Yangon river.
      2.00pm
      Feb 05
      Tue
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Cruising the Andaman Sea. In honour of the Chinese New Year, Olivia Cox gives a personal reflection on the charms and challenges of expatriate-living in Beijing, the fast-developing capital of China.
      Feb 06
      Wed
      Port Blair
      • Arts & culture
      Port Blair , Andaman Islands
      Take a morning city tour of Port Blair that includes the Andaman's most historic monuments and museums. An optional afternoon tour to colonial Ross Island is also available.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Feb 07
      Thu
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean. Book club and film discussions take place, daily quizzes continue, our resident musicians entertain you and cocktail parties can be enjoyed.
      Feb 08
      Fri
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Ahead of our arrival into spiritual Sri Lanka, more fascinating talks will be on offer as part our enrichment programme.
      Feb 09
      Sat
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Sandy Primrose talks on botany, Bob Taylor on literature and Nigel Cox on Southeast Asian colonial history. There’s also plenty of amenities to enjoy aboard Aegean Odyssey.
      Feb 10
      Sun
      Kandy
      • Unesco
      • Flora and Fauna
      Kandy , Sri Lanka
      Watch Asian elephants bathe and play at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then after lunch overlooking the river, visit a spice garden followed by sacred Kandy, location of the temple containing a tooth of the Buddha, before being taken to your hotel for the night.
      overnight hotel
      7.00am
      Feb 11
      Mon
      Negombo
      • Arts & culture
      • Beach
      Negombo , Sri Lanka
      Enjoy a leisurely drive past Lake Kandy to a bazaar offering an array of locally made handicrafts. Then continue to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya, which are renowned for their exquisite orchids. Dinner will be served at your second hotel, on the waterfront.
      overnight hotel
      Feb 12
      Tue
      Colombo
      • Wildlife
      • Arts & culture
      Colombo , Sri Lanka
      The final morning in Sri Lanka is free for you to relax or explore as you wish. Lunch will be at the hotel before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Colombo.
      10.00pm
      Feb 13
      Wed
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean. New guest Speakers will give you an overview of their topics, the book club will be detailed, and Jessie Linden will tell you all about the craft classes available.
      Feb 14
      Thu
      Maldives
      • Beach
      • Island Life
      Maldives , Maldives
      Head ashore on the stunning tropical island of Uligamu, where you will have plenty of time to relax on the white sands or swim in the quiet, tranquil waters which are surrounded by coral reefs and tropical fish, before returning to the ship for a barbeque party on deck.
      8.00pm
      noon
      Feb 15
      Fri
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Join your fellow passengers beside the pool for a very special “Crossing the Line Ceremony” to celebrate crossing the equator, including the chance to kiss the raw fish!
      Feb 16
      Sat
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Various events will be on offer during these days at sea. For example, John Ducker leads two wine-tasting events including handy guidance on wine and food matching.
      Feb 17
      Sun
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Jessie Linden’s craft classes will start during these days at sea, with the chance to learn how to make a silk necklace, or how to decorate a bag with handmade fabric flowers.
      Feb 18
      Mon
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      During these days at sea the book club will focus on comparisons between “Atonement” by Ian McEwan’s and the 2017 film adaptation, which will also be shown.
      Feb 19
      Tue
      Mahe
      • Arts & culture
      • Natural Wonders
      • Flora and Fauna
      Mahe , Seychelles
      Enjoy an included tour of Mahé’s Wild South, an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation. You will also see the bustling market and magical botanical garden of the island’s capital, Victoria.
      overnight
      7.00am
      Feb 20
      Wed
      Mahe
      • Arts & culture
      • Natural Wonders
      • Flora and Fauna
      Mahe , Seychelles
      Discover the reef barrier on an optional tour, beginning with views of the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat as it drifts over the corals. Then enjoy some hand fish feeding and snorkelling within the marine park.
      6.00pm
      Feb 21
      Thu
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean, our resident musicians will perform for you, evening ensembles take place in the Ambassador Lounge, and mental stimulation continues in the form of daily quizzes.
      Feb 22
      Fri
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      During these days at sea, our on-board lecture programme includes topics ranging from the 19th century Travellers Club of London to the story of the dodo and the species that exist on Mauritius today but are close to extinction.
      Feb 23
      Sat
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Craft classes continue with Jessie – including a two-part programme of painting on silk. The second book club with Olivia will also be launched before your arrival in Mauritius.
      Feb 24
      Sun
      Port Louis
        Port Louis , Mauritius
        A choice of included tours are available today: Port Louis and Pamplemousses will take you to one of the oldest and most prestigious botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere, or alternatively, visit the magnificent Eureka Colonial House.
        overnight
        8.00am
        Feb 25
        Mon
        Port Louis
          Port Louis , Mauritius
          Take a stroll along the cosmopolitan Caudan Waterfront or choose from two optional excursions: Casela Nature Park, or the long dormant volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs, followed by a tasting of some traditional island Rhum at an historic distillery.
          8.00pm
          Feb 26
          Tue
          St. Denis
          • Arts & culture
          • Architecture
          St. Denis , Reunion
          Discover the breathtaking scenery of rugged Reunion, including a visit to a traditional geranium oil distillery. Or enjoy a panoramic tour of the capital, St Denis, on a choice of included excursions.
          2.00pm
          8.00am
          Feb 27
          Wed
          At sea
          • Sea Days
          At sea
          During these days at sea Chris Stringer will give his first talk, introducing seven million years of evolution, beginning with our divergence from the African apes to the emergence of the human race.
          Feb 28
          Thu
          At sea
          • Sea Days
          At sea
          Relax as Aegean Odyssey cruises the Indian Ocean towards South Africa. Your Daily Journal will always outline a range of activities available, from craft activities including decorating travel bags to the techniques of folk-art painting.
          Mar 01
          Fri
          At sea
          • Sea Days
          At sea
          During one of your sea days wine-lovers will be able to compete for a bottle of bubbly as John Ducker hosts our on-board wine quiz, and Judy Ducker entertains with anecdotes concerning her life and career in the film and TV set department.
          Mar 02
          Sat
          At sea
          • Sea Days
          At sea
          Between Reunion and South Africa, Chris Walton begins a series of acclaimed lectures, while Steve Ragnall looks into the life and times of a true British eccentric and delivers a thought-provoking discussion on ‘The Birkenhead Drill’.
          Mar 03
          Sun
          Richards Bay
          • Wildlife
          Richards Bay , South Africa
          Visit the Hluhluwe Game Reserve for an included full day of incredible wildlife spotting and the chance to see a rare white rhino. An optional overnight safari to Leopard Mountain or Phinda Private Game Reserve is also available.
          overnight
          7.00am
          Mar 04
          Mon
          Richards Bay
          • Wildlife
          Richards Bay , South Africa
          Admire the remarkable landscapes of the KwaZulu-Natal province on your way to the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, where you are guaranteed a close-up encounter with some of its famous concentration of hippos.
          10.00pm
          Mar 05
          Tue
          Durban
          • Wildlife
          • Arts & culture
          • Flora and Fauna
          • Scenic Area
          Durban , South Africa
          Visit the beautiful city of Pietermaritzburg, encompassing old world charm, country living and stunning Victorian architecture. Or take an optional half day trip to the unique Sharks Board, featuring a large variety of lifelike marine replicas, including a magnificent 892kg great white shark.
          8.00pm
          8.00am
          Mar 06
          Wed
          At sea
          • Sea Days
          At sea
          A day at sea to relax and appreciate Aegean Odyssey’s amenities. Lectures will be delivered in the Ambassador Lounge and the book club will reconvene for another discussion, followed by a movie screening of a big screen adaptation.
          Mar 07
          Thu
          Port Elizabeth
          • Wildlife
          • Arts & culture
          • Flora and Fauna
          Port Elizabeth , South Africa
          Enjoy a full-day safari experience across some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves, with the pre-book option of extending your stay overnight for some twilight game spotting and incredible night-sky views from your luxurious lodgings.
          overnight
          8.00am
          Mar 08
          Fri
          Port Elizabeth
          • Wildlife
          • Arts & culture
          • Flora and Fauna
          Port Elizabeth , South Africa
          Port Elizabeth shimmers on the Sunshine Coast as a popular beach-going destination and has plenty of historic sites to explore during an included half-day tour.
          7.00pm
          Mar 09
          Sat
          At sea
          • Sea Days
          At sea
          More quizzes, films and a moving classical concert on this last day at sea, when ‘crafters’ will also be able to show off their newly acquired skills.
          Mar 10
          Sun
          Cape Town
          • Wine
          • Natural Wonders
          • Flora and Fauna
          Cape Town , South Africa
          Arrive in the most cosmopolitan city in Southern Africa, a place filled with cultural wonders and outstanding natural beauty. No visit to Cape Town is complete without an included half-day excursion to Table Mountain and a ride to the summit in its famous cable car.
          overnight
          8.00am
          Mar 11
          Mon
          Cape Town
          • Wine
          • Natural Wonders
          • Flora and Fauna
          Cape Town , South Africa
          Experience the history, architecture and wines of Stellenbosch on an included half-day tour to two world-class estates and the Stellenbosch Museum, comprising four houses reflecting different eras of the town’s history.
          overnight
          Mar 12
          Tue
          Cape Town
          • Wine
          • Natural Wonders
          • Flora and Fauna
          Cape Town , South Africa
          Explore the city at leisure or take an optional tour to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, on your way to the most south-westerly tip of Africa, where a funicular railway will take you to the summit for breathtaking views.
          overnight
          Mar 13
          Wed
          Cape Town
          • Wine
          • Natural Wonders
          • Flora and Fauna
          Cape Town , South Africa
          Disembark and transfer to Cape Town Airport for flight home.
          Spirit of Singapore
          UNESCO World Heritage Site

          Spirit of Singapore

          25 Jan Singapore, Singapore
          Half day
          Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Delve into Singapore's past in Chinatown where soothsayers consult cards to predict the future and the scent of exotic soups blends with the sight of arcane medicinal treatments. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, where sacred cow figurines crouch on the roof and an annual fire-walking contest is held.

          Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Delve into Singapore's past in Chinatown where soothsayers consult cards to predict the future and the scent of exotic soups blends with the sight of arcane medicinal treatments. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, where sacred cow figurines crouch on the roof and an annual fire-walking contest is held.

          Stroll in the city's National Orchid Gardens, just inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, where terraces showcase the largest orchid display in the world: 60,000 plants, over 700 species and 2,100 hybrids including the National Flower of Singapore, Vanda Miss Joaquim. See the city's Colonial heritage in all its splendor as you drive past Parliament House, the Supreme Court, Raffles Hotel and City Hall. Wind up over 300 ft. to the top of Mt Faber for sweeping panoramas of the city, port and islands where offshore refineries make this an important petroleum center. Whether you view Singapore as a dining, shopping or cultural mecca, this overview reveals there's much to explore in the Lion City.

          *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule.

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          Included
          Singapore Night Safari

          Singapore Night Safari

          25 Jan Singapore, Singapore
          Evening Visit
          Founded in 1973, Singapore Zoo is known as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world. Here the animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. Spread over 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo is nestled in the lush Mandai Rainforest and contains over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

          Founded in 1973, Singapore Zoo is known as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world. Here the animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. Spread over 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo is nestled in the lush Mandai Rainforest and contains over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

          This optional tour offers a unique opportunity to join a Night Safari at Singapore Zoo, where you’ll guided around the world’s first nocturnal zoological park.  More than a thousand animals appear to roam freely in a seemingly vast habitat, from the massive Burmese Gaur (the largest of wild cattle) and the beautiful African Bongo, to the majestic Malayan Tiger and diminutive, boldly striped Banded Civet.

          Discover beautiful and unusual fauna on board a silent electric tram, then explore further on foot through the jungle trails for a close encounter with wildlife. The canopy of jungle trees, some towering over 40m above the park, complements exotic ferns and palms, while other plants exude superb fragrances, all providing a dramatic backdrop for the animal residents of the Night Safari.

          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 $ 75
          Gardens by the Bay

          Gardens by the Bay

          26 Jan Singapore, Singapore
          Half Day
          Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland. One of the iconic buildings at the Gardens is the Flower Dome, a 1.2-hectare (3.0 acres) glasshouse that creates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

          Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland. One of the iconic buildings at the Gardens is the Flower Dome, a 1.2-hectare (3.0 acres) glasshouse that creates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa). It is also home to a collection of plants from the world’s areas and showcases how plants have evolved to thrive in arid environments.

          Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist and see a 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

          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 $ 55
          Malacca Heritage Tour
          UNESCO World Heritage Site

          Malacca Heritage Tour

          27 Jan Malacca, Malaysia
          Half day Tender Archaeological Site
          Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name.

          Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name. Malay history is said to have begun with the founding of Malacca in 1403. This once-sleepy fishing village became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Centuries of colonization influenced the architecture and cultures.

          Start your sightseeing with a drive to Dutch Square and a visit to either the 17th-century Stadthuys, once the former governor's residence that is now a History Museum, or the Istana Melaka Museum. Ascend the 120 steps up St Paul's Hill for spectacular views over the waters once plied by schooners laden with silks and spices.

          Visit St Paul's Church, built to honour St Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Malacca. At Porto de Santiago, view the remains of a Portuguese fortress whose 9-foot-thick walls once encircled the entire hill. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, there'll be time to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores and colorful restaurants.

          *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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          Included
          George Town Highlights
          UNESCO World Heritage Site

          George Town Highlights

          29 Jan Penang, Malaysia
          Half Day Respectful Dress
          This panoramic tour of Penang’s state capital begins with a drive along the ‘road of harmony’, which is lined with places of worship, including the Anglican St George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

          This panoramic tour of Penang’s state capital begins with a drive along the ‘road of harmony’, which is lined with places of worship, including the Anglican St George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

          The next stop will be the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, home to a 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha. Just across the road from here is the Burmese Temple, before you are transported to one of the most popular destinations in Penang, Gurney Drive. Known as ‘The New Esplanade’, and also the Persiaran Gurney, this lively waterfront takes its name from Sir Henry Gurney, who served as Malayan High Commissioner from 1948 to 1951.

          Heading out of town, your tour concludes with the tranquil surroundings of the Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as ‘Waterfall Gardens’, which are more than a century old and cover 72 hectares, featuring a spice garden, kitchen garden and orchidarium. Bound by tropical trees and cascading streams, nestled within a deep valley at the foot of jungle covered hills, the gardens are the perfect place to see wild monkeys roaming freely in their natural habitat. You will then be returned to Aegean Odyssey via the colonial grandeur of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel for a glimpse into the style and glamour of Old World Penang.

          *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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          Included
          Phang Nga by Longtail Boat

          Phang Nga by Longtail Boat

          30 Jan Phuket, Thailand
          Full day Lunch Included
          Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park, where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. After a briefing about this beautiful bay during the hour-and-a half drive from Phuket, step aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat and let the scenery speak for itself as you skim over some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Circle the island of Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island since it appeared in The Man with The Golden Gun.

          Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park, where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. After a briefing about this beautiful bay during the hour-and-a half drive from Phuket, step aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat and let the scenery speak for itself as you skim over some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Circle the island of Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island since it appeared in The Man with The Golden Gun.

          Wind through mangroves and silent caves to Pan Yi Island, then stop at the Muslim Sea Gypsy Village, built entirely on stilts, where you can visit a school, wander the byways, shop for pearls and glimpse a fascinating way of life. During your time at Pan Yi Island you will enjoy a typical Asian buffet lunch at a local restaurant.

          After lunch, cruise back to the mainland for a visit to the Suwan Khuha Temple, a cave temple filled with standing, reclining, and seated Buddha statues, before your return to Phuket Island.

          Please note that the operation of this excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions. You will spend about 2.5 hours travelling by longtail boat and lifejackets will be provided on board.

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          Included
          Choice of Tours
          Cultural Activity
          Phi Phi Islands

          Phi Phi Islands

          30 Jan Phuket, Thailand
          Full day Lunch Included
          With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Don your swimsuit, hop aboard a local speedboat and head for these tropical treasures of the Andaman Sea. Your adventure starts early with a transfer from the ship to Phuket Marina.

          With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Don your swimsuit, hop aboard a local speedboat and head for these tropical treasures of the Andaman Sea. Your adventure starts early with a transfer from the ship to Phuket Marina.

          From here, it's about an hour by water to Phi Phi Le, where a stop will be made at the beautiful Blue Lagoon. Swim or snorkel with colourful fish; explore fjord-like Pileh Cove, with its steep limestone walls; and see the Viking Cave, a source of birds’ nests for the famous Asian soup. Rock carvings inside date from 3,000 to 4,000 years ago and are thought to resemble Scandinavian longboats.

          For lunch, your boat pulls up to a beachside restaurant. Splash ashore where a buffet lunch is waiting. Then surrender to an afternoon of pleasure on enchanting Bamboo Island, with free time to snorkel amid the coral beds and wonder if those Viking captains ever did drop anchor in these blissful waters.

          *Please note that it is no longer possible to visit Maya Bay as part of this excursion, as Maya Bay is now closed to the public indefinitely.

          This excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions.

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          Included
          Choice of Tours
          Cultural Activity
          Sunset Visit to Schwedagon Pagoda

          Sunset Visit to Schwedagon Pagoda

          2 Feb Yangon, Burma
          When Rudyard Kipling first saw the 99-metre high golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda in 1889, he wrote: ‘Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.’

          When Rudyard Kipling first saw the 99-metre high golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda in 1889, he wrote: ‘Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.’

          The Pagoda is situated on a hill overlooking the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) in Myanmar (Burma) where it dominates the skyline. According to legend, it was created by two brothers, Trapusa and Bahalika, who encountered Gautama Buddha shortly after his enlightenment. As a gift to them, Siddhārtha Gautama pulled eight hairs from his head, which the brothers brought back to Singuttara Hill to preserve in a magnificent reliquary.

          As well as Siddhārtha, Buddhism recognises four other Enlightened Ones from the current aeon, or kalpa as it is known, including the predicted future Buddha, Maitreya. Alongside hairs from the current Buddha, Shwedagon is also said to contain the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana and a piece of the robe of Kassapa.

          The practise of covering the stupa in gold leaf began in the 15th-century when Queen Shin Sawbu gifted Shwedagon with her weight in the precious metal. The people of Myanmar have continued this tradition to this day, with plates of gold now riveted to the brickwork of the bell-shaped structure.

          The spectacular effect created by these panels of gold is best experience at sunset, when their glow casts a spell over the entire city, so the tour will depart at around 4pm, giving you time to learn more about its incredible history as well as experiencing a truly unforgettable sunset.

          Note: Voyages to Antiquity regrets to inform that since the time of launching our programme, we have been informed that renovation works are being carried out on the Shwedagon Pagoda and are expected to continue until March 2019. As such, the main stupa will be covered in scaffolding, giving visitors an obstructive view of its stupa and spire from all angles. According to a statement from pagoda officials, the official completion date of this gold plate offering ceremony of the Shwedagon Pagoda is said to be announced early in 2019. We are keeping close contact with the authorities for further information and will update on the status with your final documentation.

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          Scott's Market and National Museum

          Scott's Market and National Museum

          3 Feb Yangon, Burma
          Half day
           The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

           The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

          Artefacts are spread across fourteen galleries representing different areas of history, from royal regalia to musical instruments, various eras of art to epigraphy and calligraphy, traditional folk art, Buddhist iconography, natural history and prehistory. A highlight is the spectacular 26-feet high, jewel-encrusted Royal Lion Throne of King Thibaw, the last ruler of Myanmar, but there are plenty of other priceless and illuminating exhibits to see as well, ensuring you will leave with a greater knowledge and understanding of Myanmar and its people.

          Not far from the museum is the indoor Bogyoke Market, formerly named Scott’s Market, after the Municipal Commissioner Gavin Scott who led the city under British rule during the early 20th-century. Following Burmese independence in 1948 the market was renamed in honour of the national leader Bogyoke (General) Aung San who had been assassinated the year before.

          Housed inside this beautiful colonial building are 1,641 shops selling luxury items, handicrafts, food, clothing, jewellery, fashion and consumer goods. The market is square in shape and divided into four wings, but the stalls and shops are not categorized, making finding items more fun.

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          Mandalay by Air

          Mandalay by Air

          3 Feb Yangon, Burma
          Full Day Lunch IncludedRespectful Dress
          An hour’s flight north of Yangon, Mandalay is a cultural center, Burma’s second largest city and her last royal capital. It’s worth making the early start to enable a visit to the Mahagandayon Monastery at Amarapura, one of the largest in Burma and home to over 1,400 monks.

          An hour’s flight north of Yangon, Mandalay is a cultural center, Burma’s second largest city and her last royal capital. It’s worth making the early start to enable a visit to the Mahagandayon Monastery at Amarapura, one of the largest in Burma and home to over 1,400 monks. Watch the monks line up to receive their last meal of the day, eaten in silence in the middle of the morning.

          The nearby U Bein bridge spans the Taungthaman Lake and was built in the mid-19th century. Mandalay has been famed for centuries for silk production and a visit to a weaving workshop provides a fascinating glimpse into the art. Nimble-fingered young women use old-fashioned looms to produce intricate patterns for festive “longyi” or sarongs.

          Time to enjoy a typical Burmese lunch, then make a stop at the gate of Mandalay’s city wall within its moat to photograph Mandalay Hill. In the afternoon, a visit will be made to the Shwenandaw “Golden Palace” former monastery to view its fabulous 19th-century woodcarvings of Buddhist myths.

          If time permits, a short stop at the Mahamuni pagoda, one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar will complete today’s tour of Mandalay before a late-afternoon return flight to Yangon, reboarding Aegean Odyssey for dinner.

          Please Note: This excursion involves a visit to a pagoda and you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule.

          This optional excursion must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.

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          Bagan by Air

          Bagan by Air

          3 Feb Yangon, Burma
          Full Day Lunch IncludedRespectful Dress
          Fly to one of the world's wonders, the vast archaeological site at Bagan, a magnificent ensemble of 11th and 12th-century temples. Your day begins with an early start and a hour's flight to the former capital of an ancient kingdom, the landscape still studded with over 2,200 temples.

          Fly to one of the world's wonders, the vast archaeological site at Bagan, a magnificent ensemble of 11th and 12th-century temples. Your day begins with an early start and a hour's flight to the former capital of an ancient kingdom, the landscape still studded with over 2,200 temples.

          We will visit the local market where seemingly little has changed over the centuries and vendors sit cross-legged selling the ingredients for euphoria-inducing betel quids.

          Highlights of the day for those interested in Buddhism will be the visits to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda and the Ananda Temple with its four colossal standing Buddhas. The massive brick structure of the Dhammayangyi Temple is a source of fascination for today's architects, and the 13th-century Gu Byauk Gyi Temple contains remarkable frescoes showing scenes from Buddha's life.

          After a Burmese lunch at a local restaurant. As Bagan is the center of the Burmese lacquerware industry and a visit will be made to one of the many familyrun workshops to observe the centuries-old art of lacquerware making. Board a late-afternoon flight to return to Yangon in time for dinner aboard Aegean Odyssey.

          Please note: This excursion involves a visit to many pagodas and you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks each time. Slip-on shoes are highly recommended! Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule.

          This optional excursion must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.

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          Port Blair City Tour

          Port Blair City Tour

          6 Feb Port Blair, Andaman Islands
          Half Day
          Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Surrounded by lush forest and rugged coastline, Port Blair has a vibrant mix of inhabitants including Bengalis, Tamils and Burmese.

          Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Surrounded by lush forest and rugged coastline, Port Blair has a vibrant mix of inhabitants including Bengalis, Tamils and Burmese.

          You will explore the small town, visiting the Naval Marine Museum, with its displays of tribal art, marine life and archaeology. The museum also has a sizable collection of shells and corals. Next, visit the Anthropological Museum, which illustrates the lives of local aboriginal tribes with miniature models of traditional tools, dresses and photographs of their lifestyle.

          Your final stop is the Cellular Jail. The construction of this prison started in 1896 and was completed in 1906. The building had seven wings, at the centre of which a tower served as the fulcrum and was used by guards to keep watch on the inmates. The wings forked out of the tower in straight lines, much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel, and a large bell was kept in the tower to raise an alarm in the eventuality of an escape or disturbance. All the prisoners were kept in isolation and subjected to a brutal work regime, making the Cellular Jail one of the murkiest chapters in the history of colonial rule in India.

          Before you return to the ship, there will be a brief stop at the local market Aberdeen Bazaar, where there is a good selection of local wood carvings and jewellery.

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          Ross Island

          Ross Island

          6 Feb Port Blair, Andaman Islands
          Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
          Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering, and is home to a large and noisy population of peacocks.

          Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering, and is home to a large and noisy population of peacocks.

          This small island was the capital of Port Blair during the British regime and presently houses the ruins of old colonial buildings like the ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Government House, the main church, the hospital, and troop barracks. Despite being in a rather dilapidated condition, these buildings still evoke the old British regime. You will also visit a small museum housing old photographs of Ross during the colonial era.

          Note: Guests who sign up for this tour will have their included ‘Highlights of Port Blair’ in the afternoon.

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          Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

          Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

          10 Feb Kandy, Sri Lanka
          Full day Lunch Included
          A two and a half hour drive through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside brings us to Pinnawala and this famous site, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect unweaned baby elephants found wandering in the forests. From a nucleus of five baby elephants in 1975, the sanctuary is now home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants, many of which have been bred here and will stay for life.

          A two and a half hour drive through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside brings us to Pinnawala and this famous site, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect unweaned baby elephants found wandering in the forests. From a nucleus of five baby elephants in 1975, the sanctuary is now home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants, many of which have been bred here and will stay for life. Your first stop will be at the Oya River to watch the elephants bathing and socializing, so be sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty and the antics of these majestic animals. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Pinnalanda Restaurant in a picturesque location overlooking the river, then in the afternoon see the elephants from closer-up and maybe watch some of the older or smaller elephants being fed, for some memories which – like an elephant – you will never forget.

          Please note that the terrain is uneven and dusty and the feeding of the young and sick elephants can get very busy.

          Despite some negative press concerning the orphanage in recent years, VTA’s local ground partners are happy with the latest inspections of the organisation and their treatment of the animals. A detailed presentation will be given on board to provide more details on what to expect and the reasons behind the work being carried out in the orphanage.

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          Royal Botanical Gardens & Negombo

          Royal Botanical Gardens & Negombo

          11 Feb Negombo, Sri Lanka
          Half Day Respectful DressLong DriveRemoval of Shoes
          Begin with a leisurely drive past Lake Kandy to a bazaar that offers an array of locally made handicrafts. Your journey then continues to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya, which date back to 1371 and are renowned for exquisite orchids, the avenue of royal palms and the gigantic Javan fig tree.

          Begin with a leisurely drive past Lake Kandy to a bazaar that offers an array of locally made handicrafts. Your journey then continues to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya, which date back to 1371 and are renowned for exquisite orchids, the avenue of royal palms and the gigantic Javan fig tree. A stop will be made at the Ambepussa Rest House for lunch, en route to the tropical beach resort of Negombo where dinner will be served at your second hotel, the Jetwing Sea, which is situated right on the waterfront.

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          The Wild South

          The Wild South

          19 Feb Mahe, Seychelles
          Half Day
          Mahé, measuring 28km long by 8km wide, is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Seychelles. It is home to the international airport and the nation’s capital, Victoria. The island is home to almost 90 per cent of the total population (or approximately 72,200 people) and reflects Seychelles' diverse ethnicity from African, Indian, Chinese and European populations.

          Mahé, measuring 28km long by 8km wide, is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Seychelles. It is home to the international airport and the nation’s capital, Victoria. The island is home to almost 90 per cent of the total population (or approximately 72,200 people) and reflects Seychelles' diverse ethnicity from African, Indian, Chinese and European populations.

          With a backdrop of towering 1000m granite peaks, Mahé is an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation. Rare endemic plants found nowhere else in the world adorn Mahé’s mist forests in mountain strongholds, such as the Jellyfish Tree, the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher Plant and the Seychelles Vanilla Orchid.

          First visited by the British in 1609, Mahé was subsequently forgotten about until Lazare Picault's expedition of 1742, when the gradual process of settling the island began, first by the French, whose direct influence continued until 1814, and then as a British colony until Seychelles gained independence in 1976.

          After transferring from the ship to Victoria you will start your guided tour of the capital, including the bustling market and a walk through the magical Botanical Garden. Drive to San Soucis Mountain and see the Mission Lodge, once the site of a school for liberated slave children that was built by the London Missionary Society in 1876. Today there are just ruins to be seen at the beginning of the path to the viewing lodge, but the views out over mountain slopes, the ocean and the west coast of Mahé are fantastic.

          Note: This excursion will have AM and PM departures due to capacity limitations.

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          Coral Cruise

          Coral Cruise

          20 Feb Mahe, Seychelles
          Half Day Boat RideSwimming costume
          Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals. As well as learning about the history of the Ste Anne Marine Park, you can enjoy some hand fish feeding and snorkelling within the marine park.

          Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals. As well as learning about the history of the Ste Anne Marine Park, you can enjoy feeding some fish by hand and snorkelling within the marine park. Disembark on Moyenne Island for a short exploration and encounter with the grand old inhabitants of the island, the 105 land tortoises, whom you will meet roaming freely.

          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).

          This excursion will have AM and PM departures due to capacity limitations.

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          Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House

          Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House

          24 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
          Half day Significant StepsInsect Repellent
          The historic colonial house of Eureka was built in 1830 and is one of the oldest and largest Creole private residences on the island, boasting 109 doors and windows. In 1986 it was opened as a museum with rooms dedicated to music, art, antique maps, Chinese and Indian housewares and quirky contraptions like a colonial-era shower.

          The historic colonial house of Eureka was built in 1830 and is one of the oldest and largest Creole private residences on the island, boasting 109 doors and windows. In 1986 it was opened as a museum with rooms dedicated to music, art, antique maps, Chinese and Indian housewares and quirky contraptions like a colonial-era shower. An array of photographs provide an intriguing glimpse into the lives of British and French aristocrats during the 19th century, while the gardens are equally as delightful, featuring four small waterfalls and rare plants that are endemic to the island.

          After your guided tour you will be invited to relax in the shade of the veranda, for some light snacks and refreshments, before you are transported to the open hilltop church of Marie Reine de La Paix, where Pope John Paul II officiated his first Mass on the island during an historic visit in 1989. Returning to Port Louis, you will see the buildings of the historic Place d’Armes, Saint Louis Cathedral, the Supreme Court, the Municipal Theatre and Government House, then experience a colourful slice of authentic Mauritian life at the local market.

          Returning to Aegean Odyssey, a stop will be made at Fort Adelaide, or La Citadelle, built by the British between 1834 and 1840 under the direction of King William IV. The fort is named in honour of his queen consort, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, who also inspired the moniker of Australia’s southern capital.

          Note: This excursion will have AM and PM departures due to capacity limitations.

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          Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens

          Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens

          24 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
          Half day Significant StepsInsect Repellent
          In 1735 the French Governor François Mahé de Labourdonna broke ground in the district of Pamplemousses near Port-Louis to create a garden for his family. In 1988 the world-class botanical that evolved from his creation was renamed in honour of the island’s first prime minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, and remains one of the oldest, most prestigious gardens in the southern hemisphere.

          In 1735 the French Governor François Mahé de Labourdonna broke ground in the district of Pamplemousses near Port-Louis to create a garden for his family. In 1988 the world-class botanical that evolved from his creation was renamed in honour of the island’s first prime minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, and remains one of the oldest, most prestigious gardens in the southern hemisphere.

          More than 500 species of plants are on display, including some giant Victoria amazonica water lilies, which form the centrepiece of the garden’s splendid pond. At least eighty varieties of palms are scattered around the grounds, including Latanias, Verschaffeltia splendida and Talipots, which live for forty years and only flower once shortly before dying. Other unusual curios to keep an eye out for include the marmalade box tree, fish poison tree and sausage tree.

          As an additional option, L’Aventure du Sucre (Sugar World) inside the former Beau Plan sugar factory offers a fascinating insight into this valuable commodity. The original factory was founded in 1797 but only ceased working in 1999. For this reason many of the guides are former workers who are able to provide a first-hand account of life on the production line and the historical impact of sugar upon Mauritius. After touring this fascinating museum there will then be a chance for some sugar and rhum tasting.

          Free time will be available to take a walk along the cosmopolitan Caudan Waterfront, in the capital of Port Louis, which has a beautiful craft market selling traditional handmade goods such as sarongs, embroidered linen, stained glass objects, wooden sculptures and basketwork.

          Note: This excursion will have staggered departures due to capacity limitations.

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          Casela Nature Park

          Casela Nature Park

          25 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
          Half day
          The most visited attraction in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean, Casela World of Adventures has been welcoming guests of all ages since 1979. Originally a bird sanctuary, the site was expanded to save the local forestation from being redeveloped. In 2015 it was redesigned to feature even more world-class facilities and 21st-century attractions.

          The most visited attraction in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean, Casela World of Adventures has been welcoming guests of all ages since 1979. Originally a bird sanctuary, the site was expanded to save the local forestation from being redeveloped. In 2015 it was redesigned to feature even more world-class facilities and 21st-century attractions.

          Spread over 250 hectares, the park is divided into four “Kingdoms” known as “Safari”, “Nature”, “Mountain” and “Discovery”. The Discovery Centre is a state of the art building adorned with pillars replicating giant baobab trees and imitation creepers stretching across the ceiling. It has an array of animal statues and boasts the island’s first 4D cinema, a scale 3D replica of Mauritius and interactive displays to help visitors discover more about the island.

          The three animal kingdoms are home to a wide variety of birds, alongside giant tortoises, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, white lions, lynxes, servals, hyenas, dromedary camels, pygmy hippos, white rhinos and more. A range of optional activities are available to choose from at your own leisure, include a petting farm, “Segway Safari Trip”, horse and camel riding, as well as the chance to feed the park’s nine giraffes.

          During a Big Cat Drive Thru, the park’s guides share information and interesting personal anecdotes about their time working with these amazing animals. Then for the more adventurous there’s also the chance to walk with lions, cross a high-wire “Nepalese Bridge”, try your hand at some dry tobogganing or take an exhilarating ride on a zip line above the forest.

          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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          Exploring Mauritius

          Exploring Mauritius

          25 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
          Full day Lunch IncludedSignificant StepsUphill SectionsInsect Repellent
          Directly south of Port Louis lies the long dormant volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs. This well-defined cone and crater has not been active for over 100,000 years and is covered with lush plants and flowers, offering spectacular views across the island in all directions as well as to the town of Curepipe below.

          Directly south of Port Louis lies the long dormant volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs. This well-defined cone and crater has not been active for over 100,000 years and is covered with lush plants and flowers, offering spectacular views across the island in all directions, as well as to the town of Curepipe below.

          After spending some time at Trou-aux-Cerfs, the next stop on this panoramic tour will be to a factory specialising in the making of beautiful scale model ships and other nautical vessels. These intricately hand-crafted replicas are constructed from various kinds of wood and sold across the world.

          The spiritual centre of the island is lake Ganga Talao, or Grand Bassin as it is more commonly known. The peaceful waters here are surrounded by Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesh and Ganga, reflecting the site’s deep connection with the River Ganges.

          Lunch will be at the idyllic Varangue sur Morne restaurant, located inside Black River Gorges. This picturesque national park is the largest protected forest on Mauritus and is home to some rare species of birds. Then for a sweet digestif, the Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery and museum offers a fascinating insight into how traditional island rhum is produced, followed by a tasting.

          Chamarel is also home to a ninety-five metre waterfall and a unique geological formation known as the “Seven Coloured Earths”, a surreal landscape made up of multi-coloured layers of sand which seem to settle into stripes spontaneously.

          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 Reunion

          Scenic Reunion

          26 Feb St. Denis, Reunion
          Half day Winding road
          This panoramic drive takes you close to what is still the highest point in the Indian Ocean, stopping at an escarpment some 7,000 feet up to enjoy some marvellous views across the caldera, where a scattering of isolated islanders still live an almost entirely self-sufficient rustic life.

          Reunion is a rugged volcanic island with a mountainous centre that was formed over 20,000 years ago during a series of eruptions from the long extinct Piton des Neiges. The eruptions also led to the creation of the Cirque de Mafate caldera, a stunning natural amphitheatre that is entirely enclosed by steep mountains and cliffs known as ‘remparts’, making it impossible to reach without hiking in or being flown by helicopter.

          This panoramic drive takes you close to what is still the highest point in the Indian Ocean, stopping at an escarpment some 7,000 feet up to enjoy some marvellous views across the caldera, where a scattering of isolated islanders still live an almost entirely self-sufficient rustic life.

          Reunion is one of the world’s largest producers of geranium oil, which is used as a fixative for perfumes. At a small Geranium Oil Distillery in the quaint village of La Petite France, the delicate extraction process will be explained, after which you will have the opportunity to purchase some exquisitely scented essential oils and perfumes, produced by this traditional cottage industry.

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          St Denis

          St Denis

          26 Feb St. Denis, Reunion
          Half day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
          The stretch of coastline between the Le Port and St Denis is a beautiful place to begin this tour of Réunion’s picturesque capital, which is surrounded by idyllic mountains on three sides and the Indian Ocean to the north.

          The stretch of coastline between Le Port and St Denis is a beautiful place to begin this tour of Réunion’s picturesque capital, which is surrounded by idyllic mountains on three sides and the Indian Ocean to the north.

          A warm and extremely welcoming town, Réunion is the largest of any in the French Colonies. Founded by Étienne Regnault in 1669, it started life around the small pier of Barachois and expanded gradually to become the capital in 1738, taking its name from a boat that ran aground in the nearby bay.

          Passing the former East India Company building, the Rue de Paris has some splendid Creole-style houses with traditional colonial-white verandas. A short stop will be made at the Jardin de l'Etat, or State Garden, to see some impressive trees and other rare species of fauna, including the African baobab, fishtail palm tree and coconut tree. The tour will then reach the former palace of the General Consul, which is now the Natural History Museum.

          The Hindu Temple and Christian Cathedral are symbolic reminders of how this remote island has managed to integrate differing religions, races and cultures so well. This is a city where everyone is united by the musical Creole language.

          Returning to Le Port, there will be a brief stop at a handicraft market for the chance to browse some traditional Creole goods as well as local and Madagascan scents and spices, so don’t forget to haggle with the stall-owners for these excellent souvenirs.

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          Hluhluwe Game Reserve

          Hluhluwe Game Reserve

          3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
          Full day Bumpy roadsOpen Safari vehicles
          Formerly known as Hluhluwe–Umfolozi, the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi wildlife park extends across 96,000 hectares of African bushland and is particularly well known for its small population of rare white rhino.

          Formerly known as Hluhluwe–Umfolozi, the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi wildlife park extends across 96,000 hectares of African bushland and is particularly well known for its small population of rare white rhino. Proclaimed a game reserve in 1895, over the last century Hluhluwe has remained home to a spectacular variety of bird and animal life, including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, mountain reedbuck, kudu and warthog.

          Located about a one and a half hour drive from Richards Bay in one of the most fascinating parts of Africa, Hluhluwe preserves not only the wildlife of Zululand, but also some of the indefinable charm and traditions of its natural surroundings. As part of your day exploring this amazing landscape, you will get to enjoy a buffet lunch at the Hilltop Restaurant to the backdrop of some stunning scenery, before departing on another exciting game drive in the afternoon.

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          Leopard Mountain Overland

          Leopard Mountain Overland

          3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
          overnight Insect RepellentBumpy roadsOpen Safari vehicles
          This multiple award-winning lodge is nestled in the clifftops within a low-risk malaria Endangered Species Protected Area, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable double drive safari in one of South Africa’s most biodiverse regions.

          This multiple award-winning lodge is nestled in the clifftops within a low-risk malaria Endangered Species Protected Area, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable double drive safari in one of South Africa’s most biodiverse regions.

          On arrival a light-lunch will be served, followed by a chance to unpack in one of nine well-appointed stone and thatch chalets overlooking the river. All accommodation has a private plunge pool on its own balcony with spectacular views across Zululand to the distant Lebombo Mountains, while inside you will find a mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, mosquito nets and an en-suite bathroom.

          After settling in, you will be transported into the bush by an expert ranger and tracker in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive. No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest and blesbok, along with the shy Nyala, which are particularly endemic to the region.

          After dusk falls, return to the lodge and enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as Maputaland comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

          Please note: this optional excursion must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.

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          Phinda Private Game Reserve

          Phinda Private Game Reserve

          3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
          2 days/1 overnight Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursInsect RepellentBumpy roadsOpen Safari vehicles
          Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region of northern KwaZulu-Natal and boasts 17,500 hectares of prime conservation land sheltering an abundance of wildlife, including, of course, Africa’s Big Five, as well as over 380 species of birds. The marine diversity in the nearby coastal waters of Sodwana is also said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

          Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region of northern KwaZulu-Natal and boasts 17,500 hectares of prime conservation land sheltering an abundance of wildlife, including, of course, Africa’s Big Five, as well as over 380 species of birds. The marine diversity in the nearby coastal waters of Sodwana is also said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Phinda Forest Lodge, where you will spend the night, is set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, fusing architectural design with conservation.

          Not a single tree was felled during the construction of this award-winning “Zulu Zen” style safari lodge. These stilted suites all use a combination of glass, wood, attractive fabrics and Zulu artefacts, with standard features including luxurious en-suite bathrooms and private viewing decks.

          You can also unwind in the lodge's sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, or relax on the expansive viewing decks which afford panoramic views of the game-filled plains.

          Please note: this optional excursion must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.

          There is still very limited availability for this overnight experience. If interested, please contact your local booking office for prices and availability.

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          Optional $ 950pp (twin, pre-booked)
          St Lucia Wetland Park
          UNESCO World Heritage Site

          St Lucia Wetland Park

          4 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
          Extended Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursBoat Ride
          The beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site runs along the shore of the Indian Ocean for over 130 miles encompassing five distinct ecosystems that are filled with some of the most spectacular flora and fauna on the African continent.

          The beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site runs along the shore of the Indian Ocean for over 130 miles encompassing five distinct ecosystems that are filled with some of the most spectacular flora and fauna on the African continent.

          Enjoy a relaxing trail-walk with the chance to see some antelope and birdlife, before boarding a covered boat for a leisurely two-hour cruise along the estuary shoreline to Lake St Lucia, where you are guaranteed a close-up encounter with some of its famous concentration of hippos. The lake has some eight hundred in total, the largest amount in South Africa, and is also home to over five hundred species of birds, including the popular African Fish Eagle and Mangrove Kingfisher, as well as approximately two thousand Nile crocodiles, the largest freshwater predator in Africa.

          Throughout your trip the experienced captain will ensure you have plenty of opportunity to capture some stunning wildlife photographs, and explain more about the mangrove swamps and the various ecosystems that your route will take.

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          Pietermaritzburg & Museum

          Pietermaritzburg & Museum

          5 Mar Durban, South Africa
          Half Day
          A provincial capital nestled in the hills of KwaZulu-Natal, filled with old world charm and beautiful Victorian architecture, Pietermaritzburg is also a modern South African town that is home to over 600,000 people.

          A provincial capital nestled in the hills of KwaZulu-Natal, filled with old world charm and beautiful Victorian architecture, Pietermaritzburg is also a modern South African town that is home to over 600,000 people.

          Your guided tour begins at the Natal Museum, one of five national museums in South Africa, housing artefacts relating to indigenous wildlife, geology, palaeontology and ethnology, such as a replica of a bushman cave, alongside weaponry salvaged from a Portuguese shipwreck on the Wild Coast.

          The historic city centre is Church Street, where Pietermaritzburg City Hall is believed to be the largest red brick building in the southern hemisphere. In 1893 Mahatma Ghandi was travelling to Pretoria when he was removed from a train in Pietermaritzburg following a complaint by a white man, despite having a first class ticket. The incident inspired the Mahatma to stay in South Africa for over twenty years in order to fight racial discrimination, during which he developed his technique of nonviolent resistance that became known as Satyagraha. Ghandi’s momentous achievements are celebrated today by a bronze statue of the “Great Soul”, located near the Assembly Building and Supreme Court.

          Ghandi spent the night in the waiting room of Pietermaritzburg railway station and after visiting this historic building your panoramic tour continues past the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds and some quaint Victorian country shops. Then leave the city for the some magnificent views of the mountainous surrounds, which first captured the hearts of Voortrekkers and early settlers in the 19th century.

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          Sharks Board

          Sharks Board

          5 Mar Durban, South Africa
          Half Day
          The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board was founded in 1962 to maintain coastal shark nets and drum lines on thirty-eight beaches along 320 km of coastline. Its central mandate is to protect bathers and surfers from shark attacks, but the Sharks Board is also a global leader in minimizing the environmental impact on the sharks themselves and their habitat, offering the perfect opportunity to learn more about these often misunderstood predators.

          The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board was founded in 1962 to maintain coastal shark nets and drum lines on thirty-eight beaches along 320 km of coastline. Its central mandate is to protect bathers and surfers from shark attacks, but the Sharks Board is also a global leader in minimizing the environmental impact on the sharks themselves and their habitat, offering the perfect opportunity to learn more about these often misunderstood predators.

          A panoramic drive along Durban’s beachfront promenade brings you to this unique maritime centre, where you will enjoy a specialist presentation and shark dissection, followed by a guided tour of the display hall which features a large variety of lifelike replicas of fish, rays and sharks, including a magnificent 892kg Great White. Some free time will then be available to browse the shop for sharkskin leather goods and other curios, before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Durban.

          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 $ 48
          Private Safari

          Private Safari

          7 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
          Full Day
          Affectionately known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is rich in ethnic culture and diversity. Its closeness to some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape also offers the chance for a unique wildlife safari experience at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves.

          Affectionately known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is rich in ethnic culture and diversity. Its closeness to some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape also offers the chance for a unique wildlife safari experience at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves.

          Both Lalibela and Pumba span five ecosystems and offer the same huge range of flora and fauna to spot across thousands of acres of beautiful terrain. Upon arrival you will be greeted by an expert ranger and tracker, before being driven out into the bush in an open 4X4 for a thrilling big game drive.

          No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest and numerous antelope such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. There’s also the tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax to keep an eye out for, alongside a wide variety of birdlife.

          Following the drive, a buffet lunch will be served before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Port Elizabeth.

          Note: Due to capacity reasons and to avoid over-crowding, groups will be split between the two parks at the discretion of the on-board shore excursion team.

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          Pumba Private Game Reserve

          Pumba Private Game Reserve

          7 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
          1 night overland Insect RepellentBumpy roadsOpen Safari vehicles
          Pumba is an eco-friendly destination in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides an intimate safari experience within its 6,500 hectares of private property. The lodge has a range of 5-star air-conditioned chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, all of which have amazing views across the veld and water, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in African luxury and style.

          Pumba is an eco-friendly destination in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides an intimate safari experience within its 6,500 hectares of private property. The lodge has a range of 5-star air-conditioned chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, all of which have amazing views across the veld and water, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in African luxury and style.

          On arrival, a welcome drink will be served, followed by a light-lunch and the chance to settle into your accommodation. “High tea” will also be available, before you are transported into the bush by expert rangers and trackers in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive.

          No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelope endemic to the region.

          After dusk falls, return to the lodge to enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as the veld comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

          Please note: this optional excursion must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.

          There is still very limited availability for this overnight experience. If interested, please contact your local booking office for prices and availability.

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          Optional $ 650pp (twin, pre-booked)
          Choice of Tours
          Cultural Activity
          Lalibela Private Game Reserve

          Lalibela Private Game Reserve

          7 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
          Overnight Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursInsect RepellentBumpy roadsOpen Safari vehicles
          Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans five ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

          Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans five ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

          Lentaba, the “Lodge on the Hillside”, has eight beautifully secluded thatched chalets overlooking magnificent indigenous gardens that seamlessly merge with the bush. Every en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views over the valley. The main lodge is decorated in a traditional African safari style and boasts a large lounge, observation deck and swimming pool.

          On arrival a welcome drink will be served, followed by a light-lunch and the chance to settle into your accommodation. “High tea” will also be available, before you are transported into the 18,500 acres of bush by expert rangers and trackers in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive.

          No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelope.

          After dusk falls, return to the lodge to enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as the bushveld comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

          Please note: this optional excursion must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.

          There is still very limited availability for this overnight experience. If interested, please contact your local booking office for prices and availability.

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          Optional $ 769pp (twin, pre-booked)
          Choice of Tours
          Cultural Activity
          Port Elizabeth City

          Port Elizabeth City

          8 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
          Half Day
          Port Elizabeth is the third largest port and fifth largest city in South Africa. Even before disembarking Aegean Odyssey you will be able to see the fifty-two metre high Campanile at the entrance to the harbour, which was erected in 1923 to commemorate the first British settlers who landed here in 1820.

          Port Elizabeth is the third largest port and fifth largest city in South Africa. Even before disembarking Aegean Odyssey you will be able to see the fifty-two metre high Campanile at the entrance to the harbour, which was erected in 1923 to commemorate the first British settlers who landed here in 1820.

          Arriving at Shark Rock Pier, a stop will be made to admire the waterfront from a different perspective, before the tour continues through the popular beachfront area of Summerstrand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Campus, to the unique Bayworld Museum, which combines cultural history with a herpetological section and an Oceanarium filled with African penguins, Cape fur seals and other marine life.

          The pyramidal Donkin Memorial was erected in memory of the city’s founder, Elizabeth. Then see the British built Fort Frederick, commissioned by the Duke of York in 1799 to protect the city during the Napoleonic Wars. Other notable buildings include Nelson Mandela Stadium, the Horse Memorial, St George’s Cricket Ground, the Feather Market, the Library, the Post Office and the City Hall, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1977 resulting in a major restoration.

          Market Square is built on the site of the original landing beach and contains an exact replica of the last Diaz Cross planted by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz in 1488, during his first rounding of the Cape of Good Hope by a European. The replica was donated to the city by the Portuguese government and is made from sandstone sourced in the same region as the original three crosses, the last of which was planted not far from Port Elizabeth.

           

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          Top of Table Mountain

          Top of Table Mountain

          10 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
          Half Day Cable Car
          No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark, and a ride in the famous cable car. You will ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) up to the Mountain Station (1,060 m) in under four minutes and enjoy spectacular views of the Cape, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent.

          No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark, and a ride in the famous cable car. You will ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) up to the Mountain Station (1,060 m) in under four minutes and enjoy spectacular views of the Cape, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent. Table Mountain gets its name from the flat-topped central massif of the mountain, which viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground. They form a sort of amphitheatre that encloses the city centre and some of the older suburbs.

          From the summit, the natural protected area stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point has been managed under the custodianship of the South African National Parks Board. This area has one of the highest concentrations of endemic plant and animal species in any area of its size, containing a staggering 2,285 plant species – more than the entire UK.

          On your way back to the ship you’ll enjoy a short orientation tour of the city of Cape Town, including the colourful and historic houses of the Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter), the Convention Centre, Adderley Street with statues of Jan van Riebeeck and Bartholomeu Diaz, the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall in Darling Street, the Dutch Reformed Church, Slave Lodge, St George’s Cathedral and the Cape Provincial government buildings in Wale Street.

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          Stellenbosch & Wine Tasting

          Stellenbosch & Wine Tasting

          11 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
          Half Day Significant Steps
          This tour offers the perfect opportunity to experience the history, architecture and, of course, world-famous wines of Stellenbosch. Leave Cape Town by road for the scenic drive to Stellenbosch. This broad, fertile valley on the Eerste River was named after Simon van der Stel who became the region’s first governor in 1680.

          This tour offers the perfect opportunity to experience the history, architecture and, of course, world-famous wines of Stellenbosch. Leave Cape Town by road for the scenic drive to Stellenbosch. This broad, fertile valley on the Eerste River was named after Simon van der Stel who became the region’s first governor in 1680.

          Today, Stellenbosch is a major university town characterised by Cape Dutch-style architecture and streets lined by aged oak trees, some of which have been declared national monuments. After an orientation drive through the town, you will visit the Stellenbosch Museum, which is comprised of four different houses each from a different era of the town’s history. After this you are free to continue to explore this quaint and charming town. Then it is onwards to one of the great wine estates, where you will enjoy a tasting session and learn about the wine making process, before returning to Cape Town and Aegean Odyssey.

          Note: Moderate walking through wine estate, not suitable for pax with walking difficulties or wheelchairs.

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          Cape Peninsula

          Cape Peninsula

          12 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
          Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedWinding road
          This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

          This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

          From Hout Bay, continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive (provided the road is open) passing through the seaside suburb of Scarborough en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and their differing ecosystems meet. The reserve occupies 7,750 hectacres of indigenous flora and fauna, and Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs - among the highest in South Africa - is the main attraction in the reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point, from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views. From here, continue to a scenically situated restaurant for a seafood lunch.

          In the afternoon, pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before travelling through the naval base of Simon’s Town to Fish Hoek. From here, continue to the colourful fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, and along Boyes Drive, which affords magnificent views of Muizenberg and False Bay. On the way back to the ship you’ll pass the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert's Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital.

          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 $ 125
          Professor Stefan Buczacki

          Professor Stefan Buczacki

          Professor Stefan Buczacki , Biologist and biographer
          Stefan is currently celebrating thirty years as a cruise ship lecturer to all parts of the world but says that of his many achievements the one of which he is proudest is to have been voted among the one hundred people of Polish descent who have contributed most to the life and culture of Britain -  a list on which he appears, alphabetically, between Bonnie Prince Charlie and King Cnut!

          Stefan is currently celebrating thirty years as a cruise ship lecturer to all parts of the world but says that of his many achievements the one of which he is proudest is to have been voted among the one hundred people of Polish descent who have contributed most to the life and culture of Britain -  a list on which he appears, alphabetically, between Bonnie Prince Charlie and King Cnut!

          Stefan was educated at the Universities of Southampton and Oxford and is a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Chartered Horticulturist, a founder Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. He holds an honorary chair in Biological Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, honorary doctorates from the Universities of Southampton and Derby and is an honorary fellow of CABI Biosciences International and of Warwickshire College. He is double past-president of the British Mycological Society and holds the Veitch Memorial Medal in gold of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Benefactors' Medal of the British Mycological Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Media Guild.

          Stefan is probably Britain's most experienced media gardening expert and has published over sixty books on natural history and gardening, many of them standard reference works and most translated into several languages. He is believed to be Britain's second biggest selling gardening author and has also written for most national newspapers and leading magazines. Stefan has used his special expertise in fungi to write the most comprehensive field guide to British fungi ever published. His major natural history book, the encyclopaedic Fauna Britannica described the entire wild animal life of the British Isles and its role in British culture.  HRH The Prince of Wales wrote the Foreword and the book was short listed for British Illustrated Book of the Year.

          Among his numerous broadcasting achievements, Stefan appeared most famously on BBC Radio's 'Gardeners' Question Time' as panellist and chairman for a unique unbroken run of over 600 broadcasts in twelve years, just part of a portfolio of well over 1,000 radio programmes.  For three years he presented 'Classic Gardening Forum' on Classic FM and devised, wrote and presented six series of the hugely successful programme 'The Gardening Quiz' on Radio 4.  He has also appeared on or presented around 1,000 television programmes, many featuring his own garden, on every British terrestrial television channel and has presented several series on satellite stations.  He is Patron or Trustee of numerous gardening and science-related bodies including the North of England Zoological Society, owners of award winning Chester Zoo and also has over thirty years experience as an expert witness in matters of litigation involving plants.

          Stefan has a long-standing interest in modern British political history and is recognised internationally as an authority on Winston Churchill and his social circle. His book 'Churchill and Chartwell' was described by the International Churchill Center in Washington DC as '…a thoroughly indispensable standard work, as important for the library of any serious Churchill student as the memoirs of close associates'.  His latest work, a biography of the Hon Venetia Stanley, confidante of prime minister H H Asquith, has already been hailed as 'a masterpiece'.

          Website:  www.stefanbuczacki.co.uk

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          Nigel Cox

          Nigel Cox

          Nigel Cox, British Diplomat
          Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong.

          Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong. 

          He spent a total of 8 years in three tours at the British Embassy in Peking/Beijing, including from 2000 to 2002 as deputy to the Ambassador, in the rank of Minister and Consul-General.  He was then appointed Director Asia-Pacific, responsible for UK relations with the whole region from Myanmar to Japan and from Mongolia to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands – and for line-managing most of the British Ambassadors there. He had previously served as Head of the South East Asian Department. Earlier, he had spent six years in Paris, the first at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and then as First Secretary in the British Embassy.  
           
          After a year’s secondment to business (with the P&O Group, now part of DP World, focussed on their worldwide container ports, and with AstraZeneca on their Chinese pharmaceuticals business), Nigel left the Diplomatic Service and worked as a consultant to International Power plc (now part of Gaz de France) exploring investment openings in Vietnam.  He was also appointed as Asia specialist on the Advisory Panel of PriceWaterhouse Cooper LLP. 
           
          From 2009 to 2013 he was Clerk (Chief Executive) to one of the City of London’s ancient guilds, the Fishmongers’ Company.  He currently works part-time as a Sensitivity Reviewer of the Foreign & Commonwealth Archives, making recommendations on whether redactions are required before files are transferred to the National Archives at Kew or released earlier in response to Freedom of Information enquiries.  He also undertakes voluntary work with the Royal Parks Foundation on the Hyde Park Tree Survey and with English Heritage as a guide at Apsley House (The Wellington Museum) and Wellington Arch in London.

          He has published articles and reviews, including in the quarterly “Asian Affairs”, and recently contributed five chapters to “Brave Lives”, an account of the members of the Travellers Club in London who were killed in the First World War.

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          Olivia Cox

          Olivia Cox

          Olivia Cox, British Diplomat Retired
          Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

          Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

          Since leaving the Diplomatic Service in 2012, Olivia has attended various courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Courtauld Institute but also inspired by her late father, Lt Col Sir Julian Paget, a distinguished military historian, has helped to organise a 2014 Battlefield Tour to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, a 2015 Waterloo Bicentenary celebration in Brussels, and several events to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

          Olivia also enjoys voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled (the Royal Mews group, who arrange weekly riding in the Hyde Park Barracks for children with special needs), the Knightsbridge Association and English Heritage (as a guide at Apsley House and Wellington Arch in London). She makes jewellery to sell for charity and is a keen consumer of the cultural opportunities of London.

          Olivia and Nigel live in central London but (having no children, dogs or cats) travel frequently, both within Europe and further afield: trips since 2015 have included Peru, Ecuador (notably the Galapagos islands), South Africa, Qatar, Nepal, Southern India and the Azores.  

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          Judy Ducker

          Judy Ducker

          Judy Ducker,
          Chandeliers or live Cockroaches it’s all in a day’s work for Judy. At the top of her profession as a freelance Production Buyer in the Set Decorating Department of top television and major feature film productions, her credits include ‘Inspector Morse’ ‘Poirot’, ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘Wilde’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Golden Compass’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Christopher Robin’ the feature film of ‘Downton Abbey’ and many more.

          Chandeliers or live Cockroaches it’s all in a day’s work for Judy.  At the top of her profession as a freelance Production Buyer in the Set Decorating Department of top television and major feature film productions, her credits include ‘Inspector Morse’  ‘Poirot’,  ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘Wilde’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Golden Compass’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Christopher Robin’ the feature film of ‘Downton Abbey’ and many more. Her stories both from ‘on set’ and backstage reveal the pleasures and pitfalls involved in bringing film and TV sets alive with ‘props’ of all kinds, ensuring accurate period detail to enhance the look, the style and the visual integrity of the productions she has worked on over the years.

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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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          U Ye Htut

          U Ye Htut

          U Ye Htut, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies & Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore
          U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016. He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).

          In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016). In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation.

          U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016.  He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).  In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016).  In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation. 

          Prior to transferring to the Ministry of Information, following his father, a Sandhurst graduate, he served 24 years in the Myanmar army.  After Myanmar’s most recent elections in 2015, he served as a member of the President’s Transition Team assisting the incoming government of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).  He took his B.Sc. from Myanmar’s Defence Service Academy in 1981. 

          Married, with three daughters, U Ye Htut has written four books in Burmese, including Politics and the Media, Bush and His Decisions, and The Press Council and Journalists’ Ethics.  He frequently appears on Singapore’s Channel News Asia and writes occasionally for the Singapore Straits Times.

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          Jessie Lindon

          Jessie Lindon

          Jessie Lindon, Craft Tutor
          Jessie is a highly experienced Craft Tutor having run creative workshops on board for the past 10 years. She is a qualified teacher, a Member of the Silk Painter’s and Embroiderer’s Guilds and a National Trust tutor and demonstrator, responsible for introducing traditional craft activities to their properties in Warwickshire, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

          Jessie is a highly experienced Craft Tutor having run creative workshops on board for the past 10 years. She is a qualified teacher, a Member of the Silk Painter’s and Embroiderer’s Guilds and a National Trust tutor and demonstrator, responsible for introducing traditional craft activities to their properties in Warwickshire, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

          Home is the small market town of Henley in Arden and she is the Creatives Organiser for their annual Arts4all Festival. When she is not preparing for the next cruise she is a regular theatre goer at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre a few miles away in Stratford upon Avon.

          Her wide crafting knowledge and enthusiasm for what she does takes her to all corners of the world and when in port you will find her scouring the shops and markets in search of new ideas and local materials.

          Jessie brings on board an amazing array of crafting materials which enable passengers to sample a wide range of crafts gaining skills in silk painting, sewing, patchworking, papercrafts, folk art decoration and embroidery to name but a few!

          She particularly loves using traditional techniques in a contemporary way and keeping these crafts fresh and alive with simple effective projects.
          Her relaxed teaching style makes creativity achievable for every ability with many ideas and techniques to experience in a friendly and enjoyable environment.

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          Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

          Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

          Prof Sandy Primrose MBE, Biotechnologist
          Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

          Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

          In 1981 he made a career change by moving to industry where he held senior management positions, first in a pharmaceutical company and later in diagnostic, food and environmental companies. After 20 years in industry he made another career change and started working as a biotechnology consultant as well as being an adviser to various UK governmental organisations (Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency, and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to the Food Standards Agency.

          Sandy still consults widely as well as being Chairman of a number of small, high technology companies. He has written a number of very popular scientific textbooks but is particularly proud of his recent publication entitled Plants, Poisons and Personalities which is aimed at lay audiences. Sandy’s passion is gardening and the half-acre garden of his house between London and Oxford is filled with unusual trees and shrubs.

          Over the years he has shown many groups round his garden and when he does so he tells them the stories behind the plants that he grows. These stories, and his experiences in industry, form the basis of his entertaining cruise lectures that cover topics in gardening, uses of plants, plant history and plant conservation. 

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          Steve Ragnall

          Steve Ragnall

          Steve Ragnall, Maritime historian and author
          Steve has first class presentation and outstanding graphics skills coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to entertain and inform.  He has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history, is RYA Yachtmaster qualified, and has extensive sailing experience, including passages on tall ships, most notably the Bark Endeavour, replica of Captain Cook’s ship. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Merchant Navy Association.

          Steve has first class presentation and outstanding graphics skills coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to entertain and inform.  He has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history, is RYA Yachtmaster qualified, and has extensive sailing experience, including passages on tall ships, most notably the Bark Endeavour, replica of Captain Cook’s ship. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Merchant Navy Association.

          Steve has lectured around the world and has been in demand as a cruise ship speaker for over 10 years, with a growing portfolio of over 60 talks. He also speaks regularly to U3A, NADFAS, Probus, National Trust Associations and many other organisations.

          He has worked extensively in local and regional radio as musician, writer and presenter.

          A member of the Society for Nautical Research, Navy Records Society and the Captain Cook Society and a regular contributor to its quarterly journal, Steve is continuing research, with members of the society and various museums, into Cook’s world and the characters associated with Britain’s greatest navigator. He has worked in Hawaii on the site of Cook’s 1779 shore base and created models of the site for museum display.

          His recent book “Better Conceiv’d than Describ’d: The Life and Times of Captain James King, Captain Cook’s Friend and Colleague”, is a culmination of that work and has been very well received.

          With a belief that everyone has a story within them, he worked with the BBC on their “Telling Lives” project in 2004/5, introducing short film making skills to the general public. In addition, he has supported his cruise-based colleagues in improving their own graphics presentation skills.

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          Prof Chris Stringer

          Prof Chris Stringer

          Prof Chris Stringer, Paleoanthropologist & Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum London
          Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.

          Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.


          He has published over 300 scientific papers and his recent books include The Complete World of Human Evolution (2011, with Peter Andrews)The Origin of our Species (UK 2011), published in the USA as Lone Survivors: how we came to be the only Humans on Earth (2012), and Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story (2014, with Rob Dinnis). He regularly lectures to University and public audiences, including cruises and tours for Fred Olsen, Scientific American and National Geographic.


          Chris Stringer is a regular contributor to news items on human evolution for UK TV and Radio channels, national and international newspapers and websites, and he has made many appearances on documentaries for UK and international TV channels.

          Click here to read more about Chris's work at The Natural History Museum >> http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/chris-stringer.html

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          Professor Robert H. Taylor

          Professor Robert H. Taylor

          Professor Robert H. Taylor, Author and Editor
          Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

          Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

          Professor Taylor is the author and editor of several volumes on South East Asia.He most recent books were The State in Myanmar (2009) and General Ne Win: A Political Biography (2015), both of which have been translated into Burmese. Since leaving academia, he has worked as a lay immigration judge and a consultant to the oil and gas industry in the UK and USA.

          In recent years he has been a frequent Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Yushok Ishak Institute ISEAS in Singapore. Professor Taylor is one of the very few Western social scientists to live in Myanmar, then Burma, in the 1970s and 1980s and has visited the country almost every year since 1975.

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          Christopher Walton

          Christopher Walton

          Christopher Walton, Author and Journalist
          Chris has lived and worked in Cape Town and London, with stints in New York, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia. He worked as a journalist in Cape Town during the apartheid era before a moving to one of the world’s largest publishing companies in 1981, becoming South African Editor-in-Chief three years later. In 1997 he transferred with the company to London as International Editor General Books, responsible for editorial content worldwide.

          Chris has lived and worked in Cape Town and London, with stints in New York, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia. He worked as a journalist in Cape Town during the apartheid era before a moving to one of the world’s largest publishing companies in 1981, becoming South African Editor-in-Chief three years later. In 1997 he transferred with the company to London as International Editor General Books, responsible for editorial content worldwide.

          He has travelled to more than 140 countries, edited and published books on subjects as diverse as travel, law, medicine, history and cookery. He helped open new markets for books in Eastern Europe, and spearheaded the drive into teaching English as a foreign language.

          Since his retirement, he has been a lecturer on board cruise ships, specialising in Italian and South African history, food and culture. To date he has given over 160 lectures on 80 different subjects and destinations - from South America and the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, Middle and Far East.

          Chris’s very close knowledge of the Mediterranean area stems from his marriage in 1986 to his Italian-born wife, Daniela, and is fluent in Italian. He spends part of every year in Italy.

          When not working, Chris is passionate about photography and music - and collects hand-made acoustic guitars. 

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          Regent Four Seasons

          Regent Four Seasons

          Singapore, Singapore
          2-night hotel stay in Singapore
          Located within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road, the five-star Regent Four Seasons in Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering guests supreme comfort.

          Located within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road, the five-star Regent Four Seasons in Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering guests supreme comfort. With contemporary decor and museum-quality Asian art pieces, the hotel is a private and exclusive haven for business and leisure travellers.

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

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          Mahavel Reach

          Mahavel Reach

          Kandy, Sri Lanka
          1-night hotel stay in Kandy
          Surrounded by the mysterious ancient kingdom of Kandy, Sri Lanka's longest river & the wondrous mountain ranges, stands the palatial Mahaweli Reach Hotel.

          Surrounded by the mysterious ancient kingdom of Kandy, Sri Lanka's longest river & the wondrous mountain ranges, stands the palatial Mahaweli Reach Hotel. Mysteriously hidden behind the lush green tropical gardens on the plush banks of the Mahaweli river, this hotel offers guests a truly unforgettable experience. 

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          Included
          Jetwings Sea hotel

          Jetwings Sea hotel

          Colombo, Sri Lanka
          1-night hotel stay in Negombo
          Situated on the coastline of Negombo, Jetwing Sea is a chic seaside resort that reflects a mixture of modern elegance and cozy ambience. Its excellent location makes it a popular destination.

          Situated on the coastline of Negombo, Jetwing Sea is a chic seaside resort that reflects a mixture of modern elegance and cozy ambience. Its excellent location makes it a popular destination. 

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          Included

          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 add-ons 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.

          Sample free economy airfare gateways*

          AtlantaFREEBostonFREE
          ChicagoFREEDallasFREE
          DetroitFREEHoustonFREE
          Los AngelesFREEMiamiFREE
          New YorkFREEOrlandoFREE
          PhiladelphiaFREEPhoenixFREE
          Portland ORFREESan FranciscoFREE
          SeattleFREEWashington DCFREE

          *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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          $26,950*pp
          $32,450*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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          $24,590*pp
          $29,595*pp
          Lido
          Lido
          Deluxe BalconyC
          Deluxe Balcony
          BALCONY
          Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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          virtual

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

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

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          $21,795*pp
          $26,195*pp
          Bridge
          Bridge
          Lido
          Lido
          Deluxe BalconyD
          Deluxe Balcony
          BALCONY
          Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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          virtual

          275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

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

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          $20,550*pp
          $24,750*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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          $18,895*pp
          $22,795*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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          $17,850*pp
          $21,650*pp
          Belvedere
          Belvedere
          Bridge
          Bridge
          Lido
          Lido
          Premium OutsideG
          Premium Outside
          PREMIUM
          Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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          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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          $16,750*pp
          $20,150*pp
          Bridge
          Bridge
          Lido
          Lido
          Premium OutsideH
          Premium Outside
          PREMIUM
          Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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          virtual

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

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          $15,595*pp
          $18,895*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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          $14,450*pp
          $17,550*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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          $13,395*pp
          $16,295*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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          $12,295*pp
          $14,995*pp
          Belvedere
          Belvedere
          Premium InsideL
          Premium Inside
          PREMIUM
          Premium Inside, PREMIUM
          Layout
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          130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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          $11,195*pp
          $13,795*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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          $10,550*pp
          $12,850*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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          $24,150*pp
          $28,550*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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          $21,050*pp
          $24,950*pp
          Belvedere
          Belvedere
          Premium OutsideGG*
          Premium Outside
          SINGLE CABINS
          Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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          virtual

          Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

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          $18,595*pp
          $21,995*pp
          Bridge
          Bridge
          Lido
          Lido
          Premium OutsideHH*
          Premium Outside
          SINGLE CABINS
          Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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          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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          $17,450*pp
          $20,750*pp
          Belvedere
          Belvedere
          Bridge
          Bridge
          Premium OutsideII*
          Premium Outside
          SINGLE CABINS
          Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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          virtual

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

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          $16,195*pp
          $19,295*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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          $15,050*pp
          $17,950*pp
          Columbus
          Columbus
          Premium InsideKK
          Premium Inside
          SINGLE CABINS
          Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
          Layout
          virtual

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          $13,850*pp
          $16,550*pp
          Belvedere
          Belvedere
          Premium InsideLL
          Premium Inside
          SINGLE CABINS
          Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
          Layout
          virtual

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          $12,750*pp
          $15,350*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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          $11,895*pp
          $14,195*pp
          Belvedere
          Belvedere
          Third/fourth person sharing
          $0
          $7,450
          $9,250
          Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
          $0
          $0
          $1,600
          Cruise Only Credit (no air or land included)
          $0
          $0
          $350

          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.