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82 days

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1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh

1-night hotel stay in Kandy

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22 Jan, 2019

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  • 82 days
  • 17 countries
  • 5 hotel nights
  • 31 shore excursions
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Explore south-west Malaysia and Thailand, then enjoy a spectacular sail up the Yangon River to the port of Yangon (Rangoon), the former capital of Burma. Sail to the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka, before cruising the Indian Ocean to the Maldives, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion Island.

Enjoy a safari adventure in South Africa at two of the nation’s best game parks and learn more about the Zulu nation in Durban. Spend two nights exploring the cultural and historic sights of Cape Town, including majestic Table Mountain, before sailing the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and crossing the Equator to the tropical island of Bom Bom, Praia in Cape Verde and La Palma in the Canaries.

Visit fascinating Morocco for an overnight land tour to the famous souks of exotic Marrakesh, a tour around the historic walled city of Taroudant, Casablanca and Tangier at the mouth of the Mediterranean.

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

Guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program will have an overnight hotel stay post-cruise before their flight home.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jan 22
Tue

    Departure

    Depart North America
    Jan 24
    Thu

      Singapore , Singapore

      Arrive in Singapore and transfer to hotel.
      overnight hotel
      Jan 25
      Fri

        Singapore , Singapore

        Delve into the spirit of Singapore with a morning sightseeing tour. Optional Singapore night safari evening tour.
        overnight hotel
        Jan 26
        Sat

          Singapore , Singapore

          Optional morning tour of the Gardens by the Bay or embark Aegean Odyssey.
          7.00pm
          Jan 27
          Sun

            Malacca , Malaysia

            Discover the history of Malacca.
            8.00pm
            8.00am
            Jan 28
            Mon

            At sea

            Cruising the Strait of Malacca
            Jan 29
            Tue

              Penang , Malaysia

              Morning visit to the colourful capital of the Malaysian island of Penang - George town
              2.00pm
              8.00am
              Jan 30
              Wed

                Phuket , Thailand

                Day trip to the Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga
                6.00pm
                8.00am
                Jan 31
                Thu

                At sea

                Cruising the Andaman Sea
                Feb 01
                Fri

                At sea

                Cruising the Andaman Sea
                Feb 02
                Sat

                  Yangon , Burma

                  Take a guided tour of the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular monument
                  overnight
                  8.00am
                  Feb 03
                  Sun

                    Yangon , Burma

                    Tour of Scott's market and National Museum or optional air tour to Bagan or Mandalay.
                    overnight
                    Feb 04
                    Mon

                      Yangon , Burma

                      Free day in Yangon
                      6.00pm
                      Feb 05
                      Tue

                      At sea

                      Cruising the Andaman Sea
                      Feb 06
                      Wed

                        Port Blair , Andaman Islands

                        Visit Port Blair for a morning sightseeing tour, the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Optional tour in the afternoon to Ross Island.
                        8.00pm
                        8.00am
                        Feb 07
                        Thu

                        At sea

                        Cruising the Indian Ocean
                        Feb 08
                        Fri

                        At sea

                        Cruising the Indian Ocean
                        Feb 09
                        Sat

                        At sea

                        Cruising the Indian Ocean
                        Feb 10
                        Sun

                          Colombo , Sri Lanka

                          A morning visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage followed by lunch and a visit to Spice Garden and Temple of Tooth. Afternoon drive to Kandy for overnight hotel
                          overnight hotel
                          7.00am
                          Feb 11
                          Mon

                            Kandy , Sri Lanka

                            Morning visit to Royal Botanical Gardens.
                            overnight hotel
                            Feb 12
                            Tue

                              Colombo , Sri Lanka

                              Free morning to spend at leisure. Afternoon return to Aegean Odyssey in Colombo.
                              10.00pm
                              Feb 13
                              Wed

                              At sea

                              Cruising the Indian Ocean
                              Feb 14
                              Thu

                                Maldives , Maldives

                                Beach BBQ in the Maldives
                                8.00pm
                                noon
                                Feb 15
                                Fri

                                At sea

                                Cruising the Indian Ocean Cross the Equator
                                Feb 16
                                Sat

                                At sea

                                Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                Feb 17
                                Sun

                                At sea

                                Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                Feb 18
                                Mon

                                At sea

                                Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                Feb 19
                                Tue

                                  Mahe , Seychelles

                                  Take a tour to Mahé, an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation.
                                  overnight
                                  7.00am
                                  Feb 20
                                  Wed

                                    Mahe , Seychelles

                                    Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals on this optional half day tour.
                                    6.00pm
                                    Feb 21
                                    Thu

                                    At sea

                                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                    Feb 22
                                    Fri

                                    At sea

                                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                    Feb 23
                                    Sat

                                    At sea

                                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                    Feb 24
                                    Sun

                                      Port Louis , Mauritius

                                      Choice of tours: Port Louis and Pamplemousses Garden or Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House
                                      overnight
                                      8.00am
                                      Feb 25
                                      Mon

                                        Port Louis , Mauritius

                                        Full day optional exploration of Mauritius including visits to Trou aux Cerfs and Chamarel coloured earth or half day optional tour to Casela Nature Park.
                                        8.00pm
                                        Feb 26
                                        Tue

                                          St. Denis , Reunion

                                          Choice of morning tours: St. Denis or scenic reunion including St Paul and La Petite France.
                                          2.00pm
                                          8.00am
                                          Feb 27
                                          Wed

                                          At sea

                                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                          Feb 28
                                          Thu

                                          At sea

                                          Cruising the Indian Ocean 
                                          Mar 01
                                          Fri

                                          At sea

                                          Cruising the Indian Ocean 
                                          Mar 02
                                          Sat

                                          At sea

                                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                          Mar 03
                                          Sun

                                            Richards Bay , South Africa

                                            Full day sightseeing: drive to Hluhluwe Game Reserve or optional overnight excursion to Leopard Mountain or optional overnight visit to Phinda Mountain.
                                            overnight
                                            7.00am
                                            Mar 04
                                            Mon

                                              Richards Bay , South Africa

                                              Morning extended visit to St. Lucia Wetland park.
                                              10.00pm
                                              Mar 05
                                              Tue

                                                Durban , South Africa

                                                Visit the beautiful city Pietermaritzburg, encompassing old world charm, country living and beautiful Victorian architecture, now a modern South African town or optional half day visit to the unique Shark’s Board.
                                                8.00pm
                                                8.00am
                                                Mar 06
                                                Wed

                                                At sea

                                                Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                                Mar 07
                                                Thu

                                                  Port Elizabeth , South Africa

                                                  Full day included private game reserve experience or 1 night optional tour to Lalibela Game Reserve or Pumba Safari.
                                                  overnight
                                                  8.00am
                                                  Mar 08
                                                  Fri

                                                    Port Elizabeth , South Africa

                                                    Half day city tour of Port Elizabeth or optional 2-night overland tour.
                                                    7.00pm
                                                    Mar 09
                                                    Sat

                                                    At sea

                                                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                                                    Mar 10
                                                    Sun

                                                      Cape Town , South Africa

                                                      Sightseeing tour of Cape Town. Cable car ride up to Table Mountain.
                                                      overnight
                                                      8.00am
                                                      Mar 11
                                                      Mon

                                                        Cape Town , South Africa

                                                        Full day included tour to Cape Winelands.
                                                        overnight
                                                        Mar 12
                                                        Tue

                                                          Cape Town , South Africa

                                                          Free day at leisure.
                                                          overnight
                                                          Mar 13
                                                          Wed

                                                            Cape Town , South Africa

                                                            Optional tour to Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs - among the highest in South Africa.
                                                            overnight
                                                            Mar 14
                                                            Thu

                                                              Cape Town , South Africa

                                                              included half day tour to Kirstenboesh Botanical Gardens.
                                                              overnight
                                                              Mar 15
                                                              Fri

                                                                Cape Town , South Africa

                                                                Half day sightseeing tour to visit the Cheetah Outreach project and then sample some olive tasting.
                                                                overnight
                                                                Mar 16
                                                                Sat

                                                                  Cape Town , South Africa

                                                                  Free day at leisure.
                                                                  6.00pm
                                                                  Mar 17
                                                                  Sun

                                                                  At sea

                                                                  Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                  Mar 18
                                                                  Mon

                                                                    Luderitz , Namibia

                                                                    Visit Namibia's most well-known ghost town - Kolmanskop
                                                                    6.00pm
                                                                    8.00am
                                                                    Mar 19
                                                                    Tue

                                                                    At sea

                                                                    Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                                                                    Mar 20
                                                                    Wed

                                                                      Walvis Bay , Namibia

                                                                      Included sightseeing in Walvis Bay: choose between Sandwich Harbour Lagoon or a visit to Namib Naukluft National Park that includes part of the Namib desert.
                                                                      overnight
                                                                      8.00am
                                                                      Mar 21
                                                                      Thu

                                                                        Walvis Bay , Namibia

                                                                        Optional Dolphin and Seal cruise to witness the bird and marine life.
                                                                        2.00pm
                                                                        Mar 22
                                                                        Fri

                                                                        At sea

                                                                        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                                                                        Mar 23
                                                                        Sat

                                                                        At sea

                                                                        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                                                                        Mar 24
                                                                        Sun

                                                                          Luanda , Angola

                                                                          Afternoon city tour visiting the Palacio de Ferro designed by Gustav Eiffel.
                                                                          8.00pm
                                                                          2.00am
                                                                          Mar 25
                                                                          Mon

                                                                          At sea

                                                                          Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                                                                          Mar 26
                                                                          Tue

                                                                          At sea

                                                                          Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean and cross the Equator
                                                                          Mar 27
                                                                          Wed

                                                                            Bom Bom Island , Sao Tome and Principe

                                                                            Free day at leisure and a beach party
                                                                            8.00pm
                                                                            8.00am
                                                                            Mar 28
                                                                            Thu

                                                                            At sea

                                                                            Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                            Mar 29
                                                                            Fri

                                                                            At sea

                                                                            Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                            Mar 30
                                                                            Sat

                                                                            At sea

                                                                            Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                            Mar 31
                                                                            Sun

                                                                            At sea

                                                                            Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                            Apr 01
                                                                            Mon

                                                                            At sea

                                                                            Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                            Apr 02
                                                                            Tue

                                                                            At sea

                                                                            Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                            Apr 03
                                                                            Wed

                                                                            At sea

                                                                            Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                            Apr 04
                                                                            Thu

                                                                              Praia, Santiago Island , Cape Verde

                                                                              Choice of included tours: Discover the Cape Verde Islands of visit the beauty of Santiago
                                                                              6.00pm
                                                                              8.00am
                                                                              Apr 05
                                                                              Fri

                                                                              At sea

                                                                              Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                              Apr 06
                                                                              Sat

                                                                              At sea

                                                                              Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                              Apr 07
                                                                              Sun

                                                                              At sea

                                                                              Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                              Apr 08
                                                                              Mon

                                                                                Las Palmas, Gran Canaria , Spain

                                                                                Explore the breathtaking sites of Gran Canaria.
                                                                                10.00pm
                                                                                8.00am
                                                                                Apr 09
                                                                                Tue

                                                                                At sea

                                                                                Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                                                                                Apr 10
                                                                                Wed

                                                                                Agadir , Morocco

                                                                                Drive from Agadir via Taroudant to Marrkesh for overnight hotel stay
                                                                                overnight hotel
                                                                                Apr 11
                                                                                Thu

                                                                                Marrakesh , Morocco

                                                                                Morning sightseeing in Marakesh Afternoon Drive to Casablanca to rejoin Aegean Odyssey
                                                                                10.00pm
                                                                                Apr 12
                                                                                Fri

                                                                                  Tangier , Morocco

                                                                                  Afternoon sightseeing - Tangier Highlights
                                                                                  8.00pm
                                                                                  1.00pm
                                                                                  Apr 13
                                                                                  Sat

                                                                                  Malaga , Spain

                                                                                  Disembark Aegean Odyssey. Guests using VTA's air program will have a 1-nt hotel stay post-cruise, before transferring to the airport for the flight home
                                                                                  6.00am
                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  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

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  Optional $ TBC

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  Optional $ 28
                                                                                  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
                                                                                  UNESCO World Heritage Site

                                                                                  George Town Highlights

                                                                                  29 Jan Penang, Malaysia
                                                                                  Half Day
                                                                                  Visit the temples, mosques and churches of this historically rich and culturally diverse city.

                                                                                  The tour begins with a drive through the streets of the city and along the ‘road of harmony’ bustling with activity. Lining along this road are various places of worship – an Anglican St. George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Arrive at the Penang Museum which displays a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical artifacts.

                                                                                  You will next visit the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses the 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha and the Burmese Temple across the road. Continue driving along Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney. It is perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown), Gurney Drive is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at nighttime, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea.

                                                                                  Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to the tranquil and green surroundings of the Botanic Garden which is 72 hectares and more than a century old. Lying in a deep valley at the feet of jungle clad hills, the gardens are bound by tropical forest and cascading streams. You may see the wild monkeys roam freely in their natural habitat. Drive past the Old World setting of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel before returning to the pier.

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

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                                                                                  Included

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  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 you'll visit stunningly beautiful Maya Bay, seen in the film The Beach. Swim or snorkel with colourful fish. Explore fjord-like Pileh Cove with its steep limestone walls. See the Viking Cave, a source of birds' nests for the famous Asian soup. Inside, rock carvings from 3,000-4,000 years old 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. Enjoy free time, snorkel amid the coral beds and wonder if those Viking captains ever did drop anchor in these blissful waters.

                                                                                  *Please note the excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions. 

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                                                                                  Included
                                                                                  Choice of Tours
                                                                                  Cultural Activity

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. Enjoy a briefing on this beautiful bay during the hour-and-ahalf drive from Phuket. Then 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. Stop at the Sea Gypsy Village, a Muslim 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. En-route, visit a local fruit orchard to sample an array of tropical fruits and learn how to prepare such treats as Tom Yum Kung Soup. If time permits, you will also stop at a showroom of Thai handicrafts and jewellery.

                                                                                  *Please note this tour is dependent upon weather and sea conditions.

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                                                                                  Included
                                                                                  Choice of Tours
                                                                                  Cultural Activity

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  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 is a vibrant mix of Indian Ocean 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 the aboriginal tribes with miniature models of the tools used by them, their dresses and photographs of their life style.

                                                                                  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 and the Cellular Jail is one of the murkiest chapters in the history of the 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

                                                                                  6 Feb Port Blair, Andaman Islands
                                                                                  Half Day Extensive Walking
                                                                                  Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

                                                                                  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 it 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. All in a rather dilapidated condition, these buildings evoke the old British regime. You will also visit a small museum which houses old photographs of Ross during the colonial era.

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                                                                                  Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

                                                                                  10 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
                                                                                  Full day Lunch Included
                                                                                  Watch Asian Elephants as they bathe and play in the river, then see the babies being fed on this full-day adventure.

                                                                                  A two and a half hour drive through the lovely 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. Head first to the Oya River to watch the elephants bathing and socializing. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty – and the antics – of these majestic animals. Many of the elephants have been bred here and will stay for life. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Pinnalanda Restaurant in a picturesque location overlooking the river.

                                                                                  In the afternoon, see the elephants from closer-up, and maybe watch some of the older or smaller elephants being fed. Return with 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.

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                                                                                  Royal Botanical Gardens

                                                                                  11 Feb Kandy, Sri Lanka
                                                                                  Half Day
                                                                                  Included

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  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 then forgotten 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: you will see its bustling market and then enjoy a walk through the magical Botanical Garden. Then drive to San Soucis Mountain and the Mission Lodge. This was once the site of a school for liberated slave children 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. From the lodge the views out over mountain slopes, the ocean and the west coast of Mahé are fantastic.

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                                                                                  Coral Cruise

                                                                                  20 Feb Mahe, Seychelles
                                                                                  Half Day
                                                                                  Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals.

                                                                                  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. Disembark on Moyenne Island for a short visit where nature and encounter the grand old inhabitants of the island, the 105 land tortoises you will meet roaming freely.  

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                                                                                  Optional $ 125

                                                                                  Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens

                                                                                  24 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
                                                                                  Half day
                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House

                                                                                  24 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
                                                                                  Half day
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                                                                                  Exploring Mauritius

                                                                                  25 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
                                                                                  Full day
                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  St Denis

                                                                                  26 Feb St. Denis, Reunion
                                                                                  Half day
                                                                                  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 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.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Scenic Reunion

                                                                                  26 Feb St. Denis, Reunion
                                                                                  Half day
                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Hluhluwe Game Reserve

                                                                                  3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                                                                                  Full day

                                                                                  Depart Richards Bay harbour and travel in a northerly direction to the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. After about a 1 ½ hour drive, you arrive at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi - a reserve which extends across 96,000 hectacres of wilderness.

                                                                                  Proclaimed a game reserve in 1895, Hluhluwe has since become well known for its small population of the rare white rhino. In addition to rhino, the reserve has a spectacular variety of bird and animal life, including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, mountain reedbuck, kudu and warthog.

                                                                                  The reserve preserves not only the wildlife of Zululand but also some of the indefinable charm and traditions of the natural surroundings, one of the most fascinating parts of Africa.
                                                                                  Enjoy your buffet lunch at Hilltop Restaurant, surrounded by beautiful scenery. After lunch, depart on another exciting game drive before returning to the ship.

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                                                                                  Leopard Mountain Overland

                                                                                  3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                                                                                  overnight
                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  UNESCO World Heritage Site

                                                                                  St Lucia Boat Cruise & Drive

                                                                                  4 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                                                                                  Extended Half Day

                                                                                  We drive north to the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in St Lucia you head out from Sunset Jetty along the walking trail where you have the possibility to see small antelope and do some birdwatching. We continue the walk down towards the boardwalk and have a look at the area where the St Lucia Estuary Mouth used to open into the ocean, and then return to Sunset Jetty.

                                                                                  Here you embark a boat for a leisurely two-hour cruise on Lake St Lucia. The vessel goes at walking speed all along the shoreline of the St Lucia Estuary, and the enthusiastic skipper/captain will tell you more about the hippos - the lake has the largest concentration in South Africa - and Nile crocodiles that inhabit St Lucia. This is home to about 2,000 Nile crocodiles, 800 hippos and about 526 species of birds, favourites of which are the African Fish Eagle and the Mangrove Kingfisher.

                                                                                  Learn more about the mangrove swamps and the five different eco systems of the St Lucia Estuary. Intermittent stops at the sightings will ensure that you are allowed good photographic opportunities and you are guaranteed to see plenty of hippos close up throughout this trip.

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                                                                                  Pietermaritzburg & Museum

                                                                                  5 Mar Durban, South Africa
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  Leaving the port of Durban, you travel inland into the beautiful hills of Kwazulu Natal, in the heart of which nestles the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. A city, encompassing old world charm, country living and beautiful Victorian architecture, is now a modern South African town and home to over 600,000 people.

                                                                                  You’ll visit the Natal Museum, one of five national museums in South Africa, which was designed by EJ Wellman in 1904. There are spectacular sections dedicated to African mammals, snakes, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects, geology and palaeontology. The ethnology display contains fascinating items from many regions of Africa including old guns from a Portuguese shipwreck on the Wild Coast, and a replica of a bushman cave contains drawings of rock-art.

                                                                                  Then continue to the historic centre of Pietermaritzburg with its legislative buildings, museums and galleries. Here at Churchill Square you’ll see City Hall - allegedly the largest red brick building in the southern hemisphere - as well as the Assembly Building and the Supreme Court. Also learn about Mahatma Ghandi’s famous incident here while viewing his bronze statue at the Square.

                                                                                  Next, visit Pietermaritzburg railway station. It was here that Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train for riding first class in 1893. On 7 June, while Gandhi was on his way to Pretoria, a white man objected to Gandhi's presence in a first-class carriage, and he was ordered to move to the van compartment at the end of the train. Gandhi, who had a first-class ticket, refused, and was thrown off the train at Pietermaritzburg. Shivering through the winter night in the waiting room of the station, Gandhi made the momentous decision to stay on in South Africa and fight the racial discrimination that existed against Indians at that time.

                                                                                  Continue past the Royal Agricultural Show Grounds, observing the quaint Victorian country shops lining the streets, then take a scenic drive up to the magnificent viewing spot known as World’s View. Here you have a photo opportunity and a moment to experience the sights of Pietermaritzburg and the beautiful mountainous surrounds that first captured the hearts of the Voortrekkers and the early settlers. Return to the ship in Durban.

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                                                                                  Sharks Board

                                                                                  5 Mar Durban, South Africa
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  Depart from the quayside along the Golden Mile. Drive along Durban’s beachfront promenade and on to Umhlanga Rocks, where you will visit the unique Shark’s Board, which is the control centre for maintenance of anti-shark measures on Durban’s bathing beaches. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about sharks through a specialist’s presentation and a shark dissection.

                                                                                  There is a display hall with a large variety of lifelike replicas of fish, rays and sharks, including an 892 kg Great White. The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is mandated to be a global leader in bather protection against shark while minimizing environmental impact, thus promoting tourism.

                                                                                  The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is the only coastline with 38 beaches equipped with bather safety gear owned and maintained by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence in South Africa. The curio shop sells unusual and stylish sharkskin leather goods and shark’s teeth. Return to the quayside in Durban.

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                                                                                  Lalibela Private Game Reserve

                                                                                  7 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                                                                                  Overnight Extensive Walking
                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  The Garden Route

                                                                                  8 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                                                                                  2 night overland excursion
                                                                                  Optional $ 925
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                                                                                  Top of Table Mountain

                                                                                  10 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                                                                  Half Day
                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Cape Winelands Discovery

                                                                                  11 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                                                                  Full day
                                                                                  North-east of Cape Town, “Pearl”, as it translates, is a romantic city with a picturesque main street of colonial buildings that are well shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. The influence of Dutch settlers is also boldly displayed by the huge, expressionistic Taal Monument, which represents the evolution of Afrikaans as a language and how it connects Western Europe with South Africa.

                                                                                  North-east of Cape Town, “Pearl”, as it translates, is a romantic city with a picturesque main street of colonial buildings that are well shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. The influence of Dutch settlers is also boldly displayed by the huge, expressionistic Taal Monument, which represents the evolution of Afrikaans as a language and how it connects Western Europe with South Africa.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  From here the tour continues to a local wine estate, where a stop will be made to taste some local vintages on the way to the village of Franschhoek, or “French Quarter”, where the rich tradition and history of viniculture dates back to 1688.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  The Huguenot Monument, situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, was completed in 1948 to commemorate the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa. After which the adjoining Memorial Museum focuses on the genealogy of the first Huguenots families to arrive during the 17th and 18th-centuries.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  A second wine tasting will be followed by a picnic lunch at a local wine estate, before the tour continues to Stellenbosch, a university town and the second oldest in South Africa after Cape Town.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Renowned as the “Town of Oaks”, many of Stellenbosch’s impressive trees have been proclaimed national monuments. The town is also highly regarded for its traditional Cape Dutch-style architecture, which can be seen along the main thoroughfare of Dorp Street.

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                                                                                  Cape Peninsula

                                                                                  13 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                                                                  Full Day
                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

                                                                                  14 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                                                                  Half day
                                                                                  It might not be the oldest in South Africa, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain was the first in the world to be directly founded in order to preserve the country’s indigenous flora. It was also the first to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.

                                                                                  It might not be the oldest in South Africa, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain was the first in the world to be directly founded in order to preserve the country’s indigenous flora. It was also the first to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. With over 8,500 species of local plants and 36 hectares of cultivated terrain within a huge protected reserve on the mountainside, this bona fide national treasure has earned its place as one of the most famous public gardens in the country.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  The route from Cape Town to Kirstenbosch skirts the slopes of Devil’s Peak, allowing for some wonderful views over the city. Strolling around these beautiful surroundings, displays are carefully arranged, making it easy for visitors to find their favourite species. The “Fragrance Garden” is an olfactory marvel that is full of sweet and unusual scents, while the ‘Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway’ offers a magnificent bird’s-eye view across the garden. For art lovers, the Mambo Stone Sculpture Garden features locally crafted figures and there will also be some time available for browsing in the well-stocked curio shop.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  After Kirstenbosch, the tour passes through the attractive suburb of Bishopscourt to reach Constantia, where South Africa’s wine industry began over three centuries ago, for some wine tasting at a local estate. The scenic drive then continues to Constantia Nek, Hout Bay, the Atlantic seaboard suburbs of Camps Bay, Clifton and Bantry Bay, before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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                                                                                  Cheetah Outreach project and Olive Tasting

                                                                                  15 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                                                                  Half day
                                                                                  The Cheetah Outreach Project was started eight years ago on a piece of land donated by the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch, but has since moved to the town of Somerset West, in the Western Cape. The project aims to provide a voice for free ranging cheetahs through education and awareness in urban and rural communities.

                                                                                  The Cheetah Outreach Project was started eight years ago on a piece of land donated by the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch, but has since moved to the town of Somerset West, in the Western Cape. The project aims to provide a voice for free ranging cheetahs through education and awareness in urban and rural communities.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Cheetahs have been man’s hunting partners and royal companions for centuries. Ancient Egyptians deified them and the pharaohs kept them as close personal companions, believing they had the power to carry human souls into the afterlife. Sadly, however, these nimble beasts are on the brink of extinction.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  This guided tour takes you face to face with these majestic cats to learn more about their lives, habits and the dangers that face them. The project’s cheetahs are very friendly, so you will have a chance to stroke an adult, before meeting a pack of Turkish Anatolian Shepard dogs, which are bred on the premises. These brave dogs are sent to rural farms to protect livestock against predators, as well as the cheetahs from the farmers.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Not far from the Cheetah project is the Morgenster Estate, which produces Bordeaux-style red wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In 2005 their oil was ranked one of the fifteen best in the world and has won a number of prizes, including the coveted L’Orciolo d'Oro. Visitors to the Estate’s stylish tasting room, designed by Revel Fox, will be able to enjoy a unique South African wine tasting experience, before returning to Aegean Odyssey in Cape Town.

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                                                                                  Kolmanskop Ghost Town

                                                                                  18 Mar Luderitz, Namibia
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  Kolmanskop is Namibia's most well-known ghost town, situated in the Spergebiet or “forbidden territory”, just a few kilometers inland from Luderitz.

                                                                                  In 1908, the railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a sparkling stone amongst the sand while he was working in a railway maintenance team near Kolmanskop. His supervisor, August Stauch, was convinced it was a diamond, and when this was confirmed, the news spread like wildfire, sparking a “Diamond Rush” which caused fortune hunters to converge on the town in droves.

                                                                                  Kolmanskop soon became a bustling centre providing workers with shelter from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. Large, elegant houses were built and it soon resembled a German town, complete with an impressive array of amenities including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, 2-lane skittle alley, theatre, sports hall, casino, ice factory, butchery, bakery and the first x-ray station in the southern hemisphere.

                                                                                  The development of Kolmanskop reached its peak in the 1920s, with approximately 300 German adults, 40 children and 800 Ovambo contract workers living in the town. The drop in diamond sales after World War I, as well as the discovery of richer deposits further south at Oranjemund, resulted in the decline of Kolmanskop. Within a span of 40 years, the town lived, flourished and died.

                                                                                  Today the ghost town's crumbling ruins bear little resemblance to its former glory. The stately homes have been nearly demolished by the wind and are gradually becoming enveloped by encroaching sand dunes.

                                                                                  The area creates the perfect backdrop for good photographic opportunities, and film enthusiasts may be interested to know, that in 2000, the film The King Is Alive was filmed in Kolmanskop, with the town being utilized as the film's main setting. The town was also used as one of the locations in the 1993 film, Dust Devil.

                                                                                  During your tour, you will be given a short introduction covering the history of the town as well as the diamond industry today, and you’ll also visit some of the town’s more important buildings including the old hospital, post office and school. There will also be time to explore on your own.

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                                                                                  Sandwich Harbour in 4x4s

                                                                                  20 Mar Walvis Bay, Namibia
                                                                                  Half Day Extensive Walking

                                                                                  Sandwich Harbour is a part of the Namib-Naukluft Park that many have heard of but very few have ever visited. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and a unique off-road driving experience. Land Rovers take you to beautiful lookouts where you can feel the isolation for which Namibia and the Skeleton Coast are so famous.
                                                                                  The Sandwich Harbour Lagoon is a highlight of the Sandwich Harbour area with its large natural tidal lagoon.

                                                                                  The lagoon is completely surrounded by large sand dunes and is only accessible by 4x4s - even this relies largely on the tides. The lagoon area is fed with fresh water seeping through the sand dunes, and contributes to the beauty and natural diversity of the area. The water plays a fundamental role, as it feeds the plants on the shores of the lagoon, which in turn stabilize the dunes, preventing them from silting up the area.

                                                                                  If the lagoon is not accessible, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of the lookout spots. Depending on the tides and the swell, we will try to reach the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. Alternatively, you will take an exciting dune ride to the lookout dune to get an aerial view.

                                                                                  Stop along the way to enjoy refreshments and, depending on weather conditions (wind), this will either be on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the beach, or amongst the dunes. The route homewards will test the power of the vehicles on the dunes, the highlight being the 65m high roaring dune and its amazing views, giving you exceptional viewpoints on the return to Walvis Bay.

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                                                                                  Moon Landscape and Swakopmund

                                                                                  20 Mar Walvis Bay, Namibia
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  Your destination is the Namib Naukluft National Park that encompasses part of the Namib desert (considered the world’s oldest) and the Naukluft mountain range. The park covers over 19,000 square miles and is the largest game reserve in Africa. On the way you’ll pass by endless waves of sand dunes, and when you think of Africa and the desert, this is the scene that comes to mind.

                                                                                  As you enter the Namib Naukluft National Park, you’ll turn onto the Welwitschia Drive where the landscape becomes dotted with the extraordinary Welwitschia Mirablis plant. Unique to Namibia, these prehistoric plants have adapted to their harsh habitat. Resembling a large wilted lettuce, Welwitschias only produce two leaves in their lifetime and can live for over 500 years. The locals in this area have dubbed the plant “two-leaf can’t die”. After stopping to view and discuss these amazing and resilient desert plants in their dramatic landscape, this tour continues to the ‘lunar landscape’. In this vast area of eroded valleys you can almost imagine you’re on the moon. Different species of lichen grow here, thanks to the sea fog, which rolls up to 20 miles inland and provides moisture for these desert-dwelling plants.

                                                                                  Take in the breathtaking views of the “moon” landscape before arrival in Swakopmund. Known as Swakop in Namibia, Swakopmund is the country's biggest coastal town and a mecca for Namibians on holiday. The city's German origins are quite pronounced in the beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert. One artefact of the German colonisation includes an old museum/store, selling genuine artefacts from the 19th century. Enjoy an orientation tour of the town, with its many beautiful historical buildings dating back to the turn of the century and built in the Art Nouveau style.

                                                                                  You will also have the opportunity to browse through the “Brauhaus” Gallery, which is a small shopping arcade in the centre of town. Return to Walvis Bay via the coastal road, passing sand dunes on one side and the sea on the other

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                                                                                  Dolphin & Seal cruise

                                                                                  21 Mar Walvis Bay, Namibia
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  Take a short drive from the harbour to the jetty, where you board an open ski boat for a three-hour cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. The water here is usually very calm and abundant with bird and marine life.

                                                                                  The boats depart the jetty and cruise around the harbour area, from here they cut across the lagoon to the moored Russian trawlers, where “inquisitive” seals will swim up to the boats hoping for something to eat. For the more adventurous passenger, there is the opportunity to feed fish to these playful animals.

                                                                                  Continue to Pelican Point, where a large seal colony and schools of dolphins, which swim alongside the boats, provide entertainment. Dolphins sighted are the Heavy Side and Bottlenose.

                                                                                  For bird lovers, apart from seeing many pelicans and cormorants, there are also common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Cape Gannet, Black Oystercatcher and more. Back at the jetty, re-board the coaches, and head back to the quayside.

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                                                                                  Changing Face of Luanda

                                                                                  24 Mar Luanda, Angola
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  Located on the west coast of Southern Africa, Angola was under colonial rule until November 11, 1975, the date when it became an independent nation. The Angolan Civil War began after the end of the war for independence from Portugal in 1975. The war featured conflict between two primary Angolan factions, the communist MPLA and the anti-communist UNITA. The 27-year war was formally brought to an end in 2002, and since then Luanda has undergone a renaissance of epic proportions, driven by the natural resources that the country has in abundance – oil and diamonds. Its people are determined and committed to turn around its fortunes, and rebuild a strong and united Angola.

                                                                                  You will witness this transformation as you leave the quayside and drive along Marginal Bay, with the commercial part of the city on one side, and views across the bay on the other. Continue past the Igreje de Senhora de Nazare – a small, beautiful church famous for its beautiful altar made of Italian rose marble. Then visit the old Iron Palace “Palacio de Ferro” designed by the famous architect Gustav Eiffel, of Tower fame, whose work also features in other African cities.

                                                                                  There will be photo stop at the Gothic-style Church of Los Remedios that was built by the Portuguese in 1719 as a chapel. The church had to be restored in 1798 at the hands of Francis Xavier who managed to accomplish the work with donations from the faithful. Currently, Los Remedios is considered one of the most beautiful and best-preserved churches of San Luis. Then visit the Angolan National Museum of Anthropology, that features an array of traditional masks along with indigenous art, sculptures, tools, weapons, jewellery, clothing and musical instruments.

                                                                                  Next is the Fortaleza de Sao Miguel (San Miguel Fort) built in 1576 to guard the entrance to the bay from the marauding French, Spanish and Dutch forces. This it did successfully until 1641 when the Dutch finally seized the fort and Luanda. Arriving in Luanda, it is impossible to miss the towering obelisk-like structure rising above the city. This is the mausoleum dedicated to Augostinho Neto, the first president of Angola. Having very strong communist affiliations, Neto died in 1979, and it is said that this was erected as a gift from the Russian government.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Please note this tour is audio guides only.

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                                                                                  In and Around Praia

                                                                                  4 Apr Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  With a name meaning “beach” in Portuguese, the capital of Cape Verde, located on the island of Santiago, offers a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the nation and “feel the flavour” of its many traditions.

                                                                                  A drive to the historic Plateau Quarter, in the centre of the city, leads to a guided walk to the neoclassical-style Catholic Cathedral, Nossa Senhora de Graca, or Our Lady of Grace, that was built in the early 20th century. We will also pay a visit to the city’s emblematic main square, Praca Alexandre Albuquerque; the Palace of the President; and the Statue of Diogo Gomes, who discovered the islands for Portugal in 1460.

                                                                                  We will then enjoy a stroll through the colourful Vegetable Market of Sucupira before being heading to the nearby town of Velha and the Fortress of S. Filipe, built by King Filipe I of Portugal and Spain in the 16th century. Velha is also home to the Ruinas da Se Catedral, one of the most impressive buildings of the colonial period, as well as the Pelourinho, or pillory, which is a sombre reminder of the slavery trade.

                                                                                  There will then be time to enjoy some refreshments in Velha’s main square before returning to Aegean Odyssey by way of Rua Banana to see some old stone houses and a traditional handicraft shop, with a drive along the Avenida Cidade de Lisboa in Praia affording more views across the city.

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                                                                                  The Beauty of Santiago

                                                                                  4 Apr Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
                                                                                  Half day

                                                                                  Heading out of Santiago’s capital of Praia into the centre of the island, this scenic tour of the island’s most stunning scenery also showcases the flora and fauna of the Botanical Gardens at Sao Jorge dos Orgaos.

                                                                                  The day begins first though with a visit to the village of Saint Domingos, home to a thriving arts and crafts cooperative in a nation famous for its pottery, weaving and embroidery, traditional crocheted blankets, batik dying and wood carvings. Here, you’ll have a chance to shop for some souvenirs and gifts before heading further inland to the small settlement of Sao Jorge dos Orgaos on the edge of the Orgaos Mountains, where the Jardim Botanico Nacional Grandvaux Barbosa is the only Botanical Garden in the country.

                                                                                  Created in 1986, the garden is named after the 20th-century Franco-Portuguese botanist Luis Augusto Grandvaux Barbosa, and features several different plants listed as endangered, as well as many ornamental species. After a tour here, we will take a scenic drive, stopping for photo opportunities along the way, to Santiago’s second largest city, Assomada, which plays an important commercial role in Cape Verde’s economy and is a pleasant combination of urbanity and nature.

                                                                                  The city centre of Assomada features many Portuguese-style colonial buildings, churches, banks and several town squares, while the market is one of the largest on the island, with a large variety of products to peruse before our return to the port of Praia and Aegean Odyssey.

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                                                                                  Highlights of Gran Canaria

                                                                                  8 Apr Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
                                                                                  Half Day

                                                                                  The dramatic geological features of Gran Canaria are breathtaking as you start with a drive up to the volcanic crater of Bandama, an extinct volcano rising nearly 580 metres above sea level, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views over a unique landscape.
                                                                                  After a short photostop, the drive continues to the village of Teror, whose striking site on a plateau 575 metres above sea level has earned it the name of "the village in the air". Here, your guide will show you the most interesting colonial-style buildings culminating with an outside view of the basilica dedicated to the Virgen del Pino (Virgin of the Pine), which attracts a ceaseless stream of pilgrims.

                                                                                  Our next stop is the town of Arucas, a district that offers important architectural and urban assets. The city centre, declared a site of historic-artistic interest, is a place that visitors must not fail to see.
                                                                                  The Parish Church of San Juan Bautista is the leading architectural and social monument in the city. Built entirely in Arucas stone by local master masons, it dates from 1909 and, as well as the wealth of carved stone columns, there are also some beautiful stained glass windows that are the work of Canary Island painter Cristobal Hernandez de Quintana.

                                                                                  The tour continues to the Casa y Jardín de la Marquesa -the Marquise’s Palace and Gardens. This is an interesting architectural and natural site that belongs to the Marquise of Arucas. The house was built in 1880 and the spacious Romantic-style gardens around the house can also be visited. You will also have the opportunity of taste the famous Banana liquor before returning to the pier.

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                                                                                  Taroudant

                                                                                  10 Apr Agadir, Morocco
                                                                                  Half Day Crowded Streets

                                                                                  Sometimes known as the “Little Marrakesh”, Taroudant is an old trading centre located in Morocco’s Souss Valley. Surrounded by citrus groves, protected by magnificent red-mud walls and with the snowcapped peaks of the High Atlas beckoning beyond, Taroudant’s situation is truly enchanting. Despite its medieval souks and squares, this is not simply a tourist destination, as Taroudant is a working market town where Berbers trade the produce of the rich and fertile Oued Souss plain. On your drive there from the port of Agadir, keep an eye out for the tree-climbing goats that call this part of the world home. Upon arrival, step inside this 11th-century citadel and prepare to be hurled back in time.

                                                                                  Resting peacefully within its ramparts, Taroudant has avoided time’s march, retaining its traditional look and feel. Four miles of chunky walls encircle the city, pierced by five impressive gateways. Within them lie Taroudant’s most famous attractions, the daily Berber market and the Arab souk.

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                                                                                  Marrakesh Sightseeing

                                                                                  11 Apr Marrakesh, Morocco
                                                                                  Half Day Extensive WalkingLunch IncludedCrowded Streets

                                                                                  With its grand square bustling with snake charmers and market traders and its almost psychedelic souks, Marrakesh is a showcase for exoticism. Surrounded by the sights, sounds and aromas of the medina you can truly appreciate the allure of this North African city. Our guided tour of the old medina of Marrakesh begins with a walk through one of the most interesting quarters of Marrakesh. Here we'll stroll along labyrinthine alleyways, catching glimpses of mosques, hammams, traditional public bakeries, fondouks (old lodging houses used by the caravans) and fountains carved in wood and decorated with kuffic inscriptions.

                                                                                  You’ll walk through the colourful souks which are organised according to goods sold and where craftsmen can be seen practicing their traditional trades. After this it is on to the aristocratic Bahia Palace where we see a lush Moorish-style garden in the courtyard of a large palace with beautifully painted residential rooms.

                                                                                  Then, after walking through a maze of shaded, narrow streets you will emerge into the famous Djemma el-Fna Square, where throughout the ages local people and African caravans have gathered for entertainment, celebrations, gossip and business. Here we stop at the foot of the famous Koutoubia Minaret, one of the masterpiece works of Islamic architecture.

                                                                                  Highlight of our tour is a visit to the Marjorelle Garden, a 12-acre botanical garden in the heart of Marrakesh which was designed in the 1920s and 30s, and was once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent whose ashes were scattered here. Within the gardens, be sure visit the Museum, housing North African textiles from Saint-Laurent’s personal collection, as well as ceramics, jewellery, and paintings by the founder, Jacques Marjorelle.

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                                                                                  Tangier Highlights

                                                                                  12 Apr Tangier, Morocco
                                                                                  Half Day Extensive Walking

                                                                                  Situated only a short distance across the Strait of Gibraltar from the shores of Europe, Tangier is a gateway to a vastly different culure. This tour is perfect if you really want to discover more of Tangier, and explore the bustling Medina, with its tiny streets lined with shops filled with trinkets and treats.

                                                                                  First head for a photostop at Cape Spartel Lighthouse – more than a century old it shines a warning beacon to ships sailing between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Arriving back in Tangier, visit the Medina (old town) whose walls mark the line of the Roman defences. The grand Mosque rises on the foundations of a temple to Neptune, and the Petit Socco covers the area of what used to be the Forum. The bustling Kasbah is situated on the highest part of the Medina in an area that has been the preserve of palaces and castles for thousands of years.

                                                                                  Your guide will walk you through the Medina and the Kasbah, allowing you the opportunity to view the fruit and vegetable market and Mendoubia Park where you can explore at leisure, if you wish.

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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Clare Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                  Please note Clare will not be lecturing.

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                                                                                  Dr Carrie Gibson

                                                                                  Dr Carrie Gibson, PhD from University of Cambridge
                                                                                  Carrie Gibson received her PhD from Cambridge in 2011, and has spent much of the past decade researching the workings of the Spanish empire, clocking up countless hours in the imperial archives in Seville (her favourite place to research!), and travelling extensively through Spain and Portugal to trace this part of the Iberian past. Although her first book, Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day (2014),concerns connections across the Atlantic, she remains drawn to the roots of the Spanish empire, returning time and again to Spain.

                                                                                  Carrie Gibson received her PhD from Cambridge in 2011, and has spent much of the past decade researching the workings of the Spanish empire, clocking up countless hours in the imperial archives in Seville (her favourite place to research!), and travelling extensively through Spain and Portugal to trace this part of the Iberian past. Although her first book, Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day (2014),concerns connections across the Atlantic, she remains drawn to the roots of the Spanish empire, returning time and again to Spain.

                                                                                  Before embarking on a career as a historian, Carrie was a journalist for the Guardian and Observer. She continues to contribute to media outlets, and has most recently worked with BBC Radio 4 and Vox media in the US. Her next book, El Norte: The Forgotten Hispanic Past of the United States is due out in 2018, and continues her work on Spain’s global links, this time examining the relationship between Spain and North America, starting in the fifteenth century, and running up to today.

                                                                                  In winter 2018/19, she will be lecturing on trade and slavery along the West Coast of Africa, especially in Angola, and she also will be discussing the importance of the Cape Verde Islands to the Portuguese empire and the Canaries to Spain during the era of European imperial expansion.

                                                                                  For more on her work, see carriegibson.co.uk

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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  John Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                  Nancy Gilchrist

                                                                                  Nancy Gilchrist, Master of Wine
                                                                                  Nancy developed an interest in wine at a very early age (11, but don't tell anyone!). Excellent tasting opportunities whilst at Cambridge University fuelled the passion. For several years after graduation however, wine ran in tandem with other careers including a small business in a doubledecker bus (a Bristol Routemaster), and publishing

                                                                                  Nancy developed an interest in wine at a very early age (11, but don't tell anyone!). Excellent tasting opportunities whilst at Cambridge University fuelled the passion. For several years after graduation however, wine ran in tandem with other careers including a small business in a doubledecker bus (a Bristol Routemaster), and publishing.

                                                                                  For over three years 'Home' was Washington DC where she  ran a wine bar close to the White House, later becoming wine columnist for The Boston Globe. On her return to England, she ran Grants of St James's School of Wine before leaving to work as a freelance wine educator and consultant soon passing the notoriously difficult Master of Wine exams in 1995 (there are only 356 in the world at the moment). She  continues to lecture throughout the UK and is a regular wine educator at Leith's School of Food & Wine. Until Christie's sold the South Kensington venue in Spring 2017, Nancy ran Christie's Wine Education courses and in past two years she has become intrigued and involved with both olive oil - becoming UK ambassador for I & P olive oil (Lazio, Italy) - and with chocolate - becoming a member of the Grand Jury for the International Chocolate Awards.

                                                                                  More information can be found on her website www.mattersoftaste.co.uk

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                                                                                  Pamela Gordon

                                                                                  Pamela Gordon, Diplomatic Service Families Association
                                                                                  Pamela and her husband Robert live in Salisbury (UK) and Narbonne (France). Pamela has been a career diplomat and a professional English language teacher throughout her working life. For the last five years, she has been head of the British Diplomatic Service Families Association, looking after the interests of the 3000+ spouses and dependents of British diplomats at home and abroad.

                                                                                  Pamela and her husband Robert live in Salisbury (UK) and Narbonne (France). Pamela has been a career diplomat and a professional English language teacher throughout her working life. For the last five years, she has been head of the British Diplomatic Service Families Association, looking after the interests of the 3000+ spouses and dependents of British diplomats at home and abroad.

                                                                                  Earlier in her career, she served in British missions in Havana and Brussels, before accompanying her husband to Chile. During his postings to Warsaw, Paris and Burma, Pamela taught English and invigilated EFL exams. While in Burma, she offered free classes in a Burmese monastery, which were attended by hundreds of eager students of all ages and abilities. It was during her stay in Burma that she developed her interest in Burmese textiles, especially those from the ethnic minorities.

                                                                                  Rejoining the FCO in 2000, Pamela worked first on Nigeria before moving to Hanoi, where she headed the European Chamber of Commerce. After a posting to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (2007-2010), she joined the FCO’s South Asia Department, with special responsibility for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

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                                                                                  Peter Mawby

                                                                                  Peter Mawby, Wildlife lecturer, ornithologist and research ecologist
                                                                                  As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua.

                                                                                  As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he was to organise and lead his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faeroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. Such was his skill and expertise that he received his licence and has been ringing birds for well over fifty years.

                                                                                  He went on to teach, working in England (Marlborough, Shrewsbury and St John’s School, Leatherhead) and Scotland at The Edinburgh Academy culminating with his final appointment as Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School where he spent eighteen very happy and successful years. Peter is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture of the birds of the Western Dales, working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Environment Agency.

                                                                                  He is now in great demand to speak to enthusiasts from the RSPB, Scottish Ornithologists Club and regional Wildlife Trusts. In common with many teenagers Peter was faced with choices and although he finally decided to follow a science route into teaching his other love is music and playing the cello. He has pursued this from his schooldays playing now with a number of orchestras in North West England.

                                                                                  In recent years Peter has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with passengers on a range of cruises vising places as far flung as Polynesia, the Amazon, Central America, New England, the Atlantic Islands, Iceland, , Greenland, the White Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean, SE Asia East Africa and the Indian Ocean. His talks which include top quality illustration and sound and video clips are both entertaining and informative. When not lecturing Peter welcomes the opportunity to enhance passengers’ experiences of the wildlife around them out on deck, with on-board commentaries and on tour from the ship.

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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Professor Joe Cartwright

                                                                                  Professor Joe Cartwright, University of Oxford
                                                                                  Joe is Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of St Peter’s College. He graduated in geology from Oxford in the 1980s, and between degrees spent some time exploring for oil in Borneo.

                                                                                  Joe is Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of St Peter’s College. He graduated in geology from Oxford in the 1980s, and between degrees spent some time exploring for oil in Borneo. His work as a geologist has taken him to many beautiful and remote places in the western US and in both South Africa and Namibia, where he has explored for both oil and diamonds. Joe was formerly a Research Professor in Geophysics at Cardiff University, where his main role was to build research partnerships with industry and undertake research into how fluids migrate in the shallow part of the Earth’s crust. Previously, he was a senior lecturer at Imperial College London. In his quest for a better understanding of how oil and gas form and accumulate, he has led field campaigns in SE Asia, Southern Africa and North America.

                                                                                  He has won a number of international awards for his work, has published over 200 papers and has supervised over 70 PhD graduates. Joe’s current research interests encompass the study of the processes leading to the breaking apart of continents to form oceans, focusing on the origins of the Atlantic Ocean. As a proud Welshman, his external interests unsurprisingly centre on choral singing, but he also paints, walks the hills of his homeland and plays village cricket.

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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Robert A. E. Gordon

                                                                                  Robert A. E. Gordon , President of the Britain-Burma Society
                                                                                  Robert Gordon is a former British diplomat who now divides his time between Salisbury in the United Kingdom and Narbonne in France. Born in Trieste to an Italian mother and British father, Robert spent his early years in Germany, Cyprus and Aden at his father’s military postings. After graduating in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford University, he joined the British diplomatic service in 1973.

                                                                                  Robert Gordon is a former British diplomat who now divides his time between Salisbury in the United Kingdom and Narbonne in France.
                                                                                  Born in Trieste to an Italian mother and British father, Robert spent his early years in Germany, Cyprus and Aden at his father’s military postings. After graduating in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford University, he joined the British diplomatic service in 1973.

                                                                                  His early postings included Warsaw, Santiago and Paris. In 1983, he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his services during the Falklands War.
                                                                                  From 1995-1999 he was British Ambassador to Burma (Myanmar), being awarded the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1999. Thereafter he headed the FCO’s South East Asia Department before being sent to Hanoi in 2003 as British Ambassador to Vietnam.

                                                                                  Since retiring in 2008, he has lectured at France’s elite Ecole Nationale d’Administation and Strasbourg University. In 2011 he became President of the Britain-Burma Society as well as Chairman of Prospect Burma, a charity which gives some 90 scholarships a year to young Burmese to study at universities abroad.
                                                                                  For the past six years, he has been a regular guest lecturer on international cruises, covering a wide range of cultural, historical, political and military topics. His wife Pam – also a career diplomat - will be accompanying him on this cruise. They have four children, now in their late 20s/early 30s.

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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Grand Savoy

                                                                                  Marrakesh, Morocco
                                                                                  1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh
                                                                                  Premium Class
                                                                                  With its splendid public spaces, magnificent outdoor pools and top-class restaurants, the Grand Savoy is an excellent base in Marrakesh.

                                                                                  With its splendid public spaces, magnificent outdoor pools and top-class restaurants, the Grand Savoy is an excellent base in Marrakesh. The Grand Spa is the ideal place to relax after sightseeing and shopping. The centre includes giant indoor pools, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. Rooms are, of course, air-conditioned and come with free Wi-Fi connection.

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                                                                                  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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                                                                                  Meridien

                                                                                  Marrakesh, Morocco
                                                                                  1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh
                                                                                  Premium Class
                                                                                  This 5-star hotel is in the central Hivernage section of the city where many luxury villas were built during the French protectorate.

                                                                                  This 5-star hotel is in the central Hivernage section of the city where many luxury villas were built during the French protectorate. Also in the area is Place Djemaa el Fna and the Menara Gardens, surrounding a large man-made lake.

                                                                                  In addition to a restaurant, the Meridien features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a full-service spa and poolside bar.

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                                                                                  Sofitel Palais Imperial

                                                                                  Marrakesh, Morocco
                                                                                  1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh
                                                                                  Balcony Class
                                                                                  Set in lush, fountained gardens of fragrant herbs, bougainvilleas and a palm-ringed pool, this 5-star palace is impressive in its majesty.

                                                                                  Set in lush, fountained gardens of fragrant herbs, bougainvilleas and a palm-ringed pool, this 5-star palace is impressive in its majesty. Marble columns soaring to sculpted ceilings, traditional zellige tiles and the deep reds and browns of oriental tapestries induce a sense of atmosphere.

                                                                                  The entire resort breathes relaxation and refinement, from outdoor sofas and loungers round the pool to sumptuous rooms, some with panoramic views of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains.

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                                                                                  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.

                                                                                   

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

                                                                                  Free roundtrip airfare 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.

                                                                                  Please note: guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program for voyages ending in Malaga will have an additional 1-night hotel stay post cruise before transferring to the airport for the flight home.

                                                                                  For more information, please contact your travel professional or call our office today.

                                                                                  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. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted.

                                                                                  Seat Assignments

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

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                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $36,450*pp
                                                                                  $44,950*pp
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  Lido
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                                                                                  Junior Suites

                                                                                  BALCONY
                                                                                  Junior Suites, BALCONY
                                                                                  Layout
                                                                                  virtual

                                                                                  310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $32,990*pp
                                                                                  $40,695*pp
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  Lido
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                                                                                  Deluxe Balcony

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

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $29,150*pp
                                                                                  $35,850*pp
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                                                                                  Bridge
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                                                                                  Lido
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                                                                                  Deluxe Balcony

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

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $27,295*pp
                                                                                  $33,795*pp
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                                                                                  Belvedere
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                                                                                  Deluxe Outside

                                                                                  PREMIUM
                                                                                  Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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                                                                                  virtual

                                                                                  215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $24,950*pp
                                                                                  $30,950*pp
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                                                                                  Belvedere
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                                                                                  Deluxe Outside

                                                                                  PREMIUM
                                                                                  Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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                                                                                  virtual

                                                                                  170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
                                                                                  Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $23,550*pp
                                                                                  $29,450*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  Lido
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                                                                                  Premium Outside

                                                                                  PREMIUM
                                                                                  Premium Outside, PREMIUM
                                                                                  Layout
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                                                                                  130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $22,150*pp
                                                                                  $27,450*pp
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  H

                                                                                  Premium Outside

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

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                                                                                  $20,550*pp
                                                                                  $25,650*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  I*

                                                                                  Premium Outside

                                                                                  PREMIUM
                                                                                  Premium Outside, PREMIUM
                                                                                  Layout
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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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                                                                                  $18,895*pp
                                                                                  $23,795*pp
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  J

                                                                                  Standard Outside

                                                                                  PREMIUM
                                                                                  Standard Outside, PREMIUM
                                                                                  Layout
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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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                                                                                  $17,450*pp
                                                                                  $21,950*pp
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  K

                                                                                  Premium Inside

                                                                                  PREMIUM
                                                                                  Premium Inside, PREMIUM
                                                                                  Layout
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                                                                                  130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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                                                                                  $16,150*pp
                                                                                  $20,250*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  L

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $14,650*pp
                                                                                  $18,550*pp
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  M

                                                                                  Standard Inside

                                                                                  PREMIUM
                                                                                  Standard Inside, PREMIUM
                                                                                  Layout
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                                                                                  130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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                                                                                  $13,750*pp
                                                                                  $17,250*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  CC

                                                                                  Deluxe Balcony

                                                                                  SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Layout
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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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                                                                                  $32,750*pp
                                                                                  $39,450*pp
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  EE

                                                                                  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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                                                                                  $28,295*pp
                                                                                  $34,295*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  GG*

                                                                                  Premium Outside

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

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                                                                                  $24,850*pp
                                                                                  $30,150*pp
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  Lido
                                                                                  HH*

                                                                                  Premium Outside

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

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                                                                                  $23,150*pp
                                                                                  $28,250*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  II*

                                                                                  Premium Outside

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

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                                                                                  $21,350*pp
                                                                                  $26,250*pp
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  Bridge
                                                                                  JJ

                                                                                  Standard Outside

                                                                                  SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Layout
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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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                                                                                  $19,795*pp
                                                                                  $24,295*pp
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  KK

                                                                                  Premium Inside

                                                                                  SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Layout
                                                                                  virtual

                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $18,150*pp
                                                                                  $22,250*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  LL

                                                                                  Premium Inside

                                                                                  SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                                                                                  Layout
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                                                                                  Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                                                                  $16,695*pp
                                                                                  $20,595*pp
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  Columbus
                                                                                  MM

                                                                                  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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                                                                                  $15,550*pp
                                                                                  $19,050*pp
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Belvedere
                                                                                  Third/fourth person sharing
                                                                                  $11,895
                                                                                  $9,195
                                                                                  Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
                                                                                  $2,585
                                                                                  Cruise Only Credit (no air or land included)
                                                                                  $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.