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Grand France, Iberia & Italy

London to Rome

30 days

2-night hotel stay in London

2-night hotel stay in Rome

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17 Aug, 2018

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  • 30 days
  • 6 countries
  • 4 hotel nights
  • 19 shore excursions
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Begin with a two-night hotel stay in London, giving you time to explore one of the world’s greatest capitals, before boarding ship to join Voyages to Antiquity’s maiden voyage to the three great rivers of France.

Cruise inland to Rouen, the capital of Normandy, for an opportunity to enjoy a day out in Paris. Stroll through Honfleur and sail the Loire to Nantes, for a scenic ride into the heart of Chateaux Country. Follow the trail of the Gironde to learn more about the art of winemaking in Bordeaux before tasting some of the region’s great vintages.

In the Spanish province of Galicia, explore the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, and in Portuguese Oporto, visit the cathedral or one of the nearby wine estates, then spend the day in the capital of Lisbon.

Cruise to Cadiz and Malaga, and the opportunity to travel by road to Granada to see the magnificent Alhambra. Calls at Valencia, Monte Carlo and Portofino will also give you a true idea of the beauty and history of the Mediterranean, before your journey concludes in two of the most fascinating cities in the world, Florence and Rome, featuring a two-night hotel stay in the Eternal City.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Aug 17
Fri
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Aug 18
    Sat
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Arrive in London and transfer to hotel
    overnight hotel
    Aug 19
    Sun
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Spend the day exploring London.
    overnight hotel
    Aug 20
    Mon
    London (Tilbury), England , United Kingdom
    Optional tour of Greenwich Royal Park. Transfer to Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury, London.
    4.00pm
    Aug 21
    Tue
    Rouen , France
    River cruising along the Seine to Rouen
    overnight
    10.00pm
    Aug 22
    Wed
    Rouen , France
    Choice of a day trip to Paris, where you can see the many sights or spend the day at the Palace of Versailles.
    midnight
    Aug 23
    Thu
    Honfleur , France
    A walking tour of Honfleur visiting St Catherine's Church
    1.00pm
    8.00am
    Aug 24
    Fri
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Aug 25
    Sat
    Nantes , France
    River cruising along the Loire to Nantes and choose from a choice of tours: Angers and Brissac or Usse to Chinon
    7.00pm
    6.00am
    Aug 26
    Sun
    Bordeaux , France
    River cruising along the Gironde to arrive in Bordeaux.
    overnight
    9.00pm
    Aug 27
    Mon
    Bordeaux , France
    Visit the highlights of the city, including the Palais Rohan. Or venture out of town to one of the prestigious wine estates for tour of the cellars and tasting. Optional afternoon tour available.
    7.30pm
    Aug 28
    Tue
    San Sebastian , Spain
    Visit the stunning sights of San Sebastian in Spain with a choice of two tours.
    6.00pm
    1.00pm
    Aug 29
    Wed
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Aug 30
    Thu
    La Coruna , Spain
    A tour to magnificent Santiago de Compostela, the medieval town, Cathedral and its museum. Alternative tour of La Coruna
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 31
    Fri
    Oporto , Portugal
    A visit to Oporto City where you will visit a Romanesque style Cathedral then on to a wine estate for a tasting of the port wine
    6.00pm
    1.00pm
    Sep 01
    Sat
    Lisbon , Portugal
    Take a city tour of Lisbon in the morning
    4.00pm
    10.00am
    Sep 02
    Sun
    Cadiz , Spain
    Travel to Jerez de la Frontera for sherry-tasting. Alternative sightseeing tour of Cadiz
    6.00pm
    2.00pm
    Sep 03
    Mon
    Malaga , Spain
    Panoramic drive to view some of the outstanding sites of Malaga and a visit to the Picasso Museum or an optional full day excursion to Granada
    midnight
    7.00am
    Sep 04
    Tue
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Sep 05
    Wed
    Valencia , Spain
    Choice of two sightseeing tours: Tour the city including the Plaza de le Virgen Cathedral, Serranos and Quart Towers or take a panoramic tour of Valencia
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Sep 06
    Thu
    Barcelona , Spain
    Explore the Roman sites of the city or choose from two other tours. Afternoon at leisure or optional tour
    7.00pm
    8.00am
    Sep 07
    Fri
    Carcassonne , France
    A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne or an alternative tour to Montpellier
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Sep 08
    Sat
    Marseilles , France
    A choice of day trips to the Papal Palace in Avignon or to the sites of Marseilles and Aix en Provence
    overnight
    7.00am
    Sep 09
    Sun
    Marseilles , France
    Leave Marseilles for a day cruising the French Riviera
    8.00am
    Sep 09
    Sun
    Monte Carlo , Monaco
    Evening arrival into Monte Carlo
    overnight
    8.00pm
    Sep 10
    Mon
    Monte Carlo , Monaco
    Included city sightseeing in Monte Carlo and Monaco. Optional tour of Scenic Riviera and Nice
    10.00pm
    Sep 11
    Tue
    Portofino , Italy
    Cruising Cinque Terre in the morning. Free afternoon and evening in Portofino
    midnight
    3.00pm
    Sep 12
    Wed
    Florence (Livorno) , Italy
    From the port of Livorno, drive through the Tuscan hills for a day trip to Florence, visiting remarkable sites and museums or discover the magnificent churches of Florence. Alternatively take a trip to Pisa and Lucca
    7.00pm
    7.00am
    Sep 13
    Thu
    Rome , Italy
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia and transfer to Rome hotel. Sightseeing including the Colosseum and the Basilica of St Peter in chains, or Ostia Antica. Optional tour exploring the Vatican available
    overnight hotel
    7.00am
    Sep 14
    Fri
    Rome , Italy
    Day at leisure in Rome, with a choice of optional tours
    overnight hotel
    Sep 15
    Sat
    Rome , Italy
    Transfer to airport for flight home

    Panoramic London

    19 Aug London, England, United Kingdom
    Half Day Boat Ride
    From the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square, at the heart of London’s theatre district and the city’s quiet parks with their trees and lakes, to the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the living history of Westminster Abbey, London’s fascination is its variety.

    From the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square, at the heart of London’s theatre district and the city’s quiet parks with their trees and lakes, to the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the living history of Westminster Abbey, London’s fascination is its variety.

    Old and new stand side by side. History, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone. This leisurely tour is a great way for you to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting cities in the world. Our tour itinerary takes us on a circular itinerary around the capital where we view the highlights from the comfort of the coach.

    We see Westminster, Whitehall and St James’s section of London, crossing Westminster Bridge, and passing by the neo-Gothic Parliament buildings presiding over the banks of the River Thames and its adjacent 320-foot clock tower of Big Ben. From Parliament Square, we look across to St Margaret’s Church, scene of society weddings.

    Standing adjacent is the architectural and masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries – Westminster Abbey. Your guide will point out the main external features of the building and you will be able to take photographs of the outside.

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    Greenwich

    20 Aug London (Tilbury), England, United Kingdom
    Half Day
    This leisurely guided tour begins with a stroll through Greenwich Royal Park to the world-famous Observatory, spiritual birthplace of GMT and traditional home to the Prime Meridian of global longitude. This hugely important line is represented on the ground by a brass strip and is one of London’s most popular attractions, where standing astride it one can truly be said to be in both eastern and western hemispheres at the same time

    This leisurely guided tour begins with a stroll through Greenwich Royal Park to the world-famous Observatory, spiritual birthplace of GMT and traditional home to the Prime Meridian of global longitude. This hugely important line is represented on the ground by a brass strip and is one of London’s most popular attractions, where standing astride it one can truly be said to be in both eastern and western hemispheres at the same time.

    A walk past the National Maritime Museum then leads us to The Queen’s House, commissioned in 1616 by the wife of James I, Anne of Denmark. Designed by Inigo Jones, this masterpiece is the first Palladian building to be built in Britain and became the inspiration for many other classical houses and villas over the subsequent two centuries. Originally used as a private retreat and “House of Delights”, it is now an active venue for the appreciation and exploration of art, including a collection of paintings owned by the National Maritime Museum.

    The finally destination is the Old Royal Naval College, considered to be the “finest and most dramatically-sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”. Founded in 1694 as the Royal Hospital for Seamen, the Old Royal Naval College is a superb example of Baroque landscape, designed by some of the greatest architects of their day, including Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this enormously popular attraction is now managed by the Greenwich Foundation.

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    Magnificent Versailles

    22 Aug Rouen, France
    Full Day
    Few palaces in history can hold a candle to the Château de Versailles for its breathtaking grandeur and extraordinary beauty. This enormous UNESCO World Heritage site was the crowning achievement of 18th-century French architecture and demands a whole day of sightseeing to explore its many ornate rooms and exquisite gardens, which cover over two thousand acres of land.

    Few palaces in history can hold a candle to the Château de Versailles for its breathtaking grandeur and extraordinary beauty. This enormous UNESCO World Heritage site was the crowning achievement of 18th-century French architecture and demands a whole day of sightseeing to explore its many ornate rooms and exquisite gardens, which cover over two thousand acres of land.

    Originally built in the early 17th-century for King Louis XIII, it was his son, Louis XIV (the famous “Sun King”) who expanded the palace and moved his court here in 1682. The total cost of Versailles has been conservatively estimated at around two billion US dollars in modern currency and came perilously close to bankrupting the king. He survived to enjoy a decadent reign, however, but his lavishness at the expense of the nation would not be forgotten.

    During the 18th-century the chateau was enlarged by King Louis XV and the parkland extensively transformed by Marie Antoinette, who was then betrothed to the Dauphin, Louis XVI. Following the French Revolution the royal family were forced to leave, the palace was plundered and fell into disrepair. After centuries of changing fortunes, however, it was eventually designated a permanent national treasure and is currently undergoing a twenty-year restoration process that began in 2003, at a cost of four hundred million euros.

    During your guided tour around this incredible palace you will discover more about its turbulent history, before lunch is served at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to visit the magnificent Versailles’ gardens, after which you will return to Aegean Odyssey in Rouen.

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    Highlights of Paris

    22 Aug Rouen, France
    Full Day
    The most romantic capital in the world, a place of breathtaking architecture, atmospheric cafés and historic boulevards, Paris is a city that needs no introduction. After enjoying a spectacular river cruise to Rouen, you will arrive early in the French capital, for a whole day of scenic sightseeing, with some fabulous stops along the way.

    The most romantic capital in the world, a place of breathtaking architecture, atmospheric cafés and historic boulevards, Paris is a city that needs no introduction. After enjoying a spectacular river cruise to Rouen, you will arrive early in the French capital, for a whole day of scenic sightseeing, with some fabulous stops along the way.

     

    Your guide will ensure you get to see the Champs-Elysées and the fabulous Arc de Triomphe, which was commissioned in 1806 to celebrate Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz. You will also pass the largest public square in Paris and the site of many infamous public executions during the Revolution, Place de la Concorde.

     

    When the Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 it was a source of great controversy, but today this magnificent structure is arguably France’s most recognisable landmark. After some free time for lunch, you will then be taken to Notre-Dame on the banks of the Seine, for a guided tour of the Gothic cathedral which inspired Victor Hugo’s celebrated novel.

     

    Along the way your guide will point out many of the city’s other wonderful sights, including the Opera de Paris Garnier, the Vendôme Column, the Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned and the prestigious Louvre museum. You will then return to Aegean Odyssey in Rouen to continue your cruise around the coast of France.

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    Medieval Rouen

    22 Aug Rouen, France
    Half Day
    Rouen is a city that has stirred the souls of many great writers and inspired numerous artists, most notably Claude Monet, who famously painted its cathedral in a series of experimental pieces throughout 1892 and 1893. Situated on the north bank of the River Seine, for centuries the port was one of the most important in France and is considered the historic capital of Normandy. Rouen also has a tragic connection with the nation’s most beloved heroine, Joan of Arc, who was executed here in 1431.

    Rouen is a city that has stirred the souls of many great writers and inspired numerous artists, most notably Claude Monet, who famously painted its cathedral in a series of experimental pieces throughout 1892 and 1893. Situated on the north bank of the River Seine, for centuries the port was one of the most important in France and is considered the historic capital of Normandy. Rouen also has a tragic connection with the nation’s most beloved heroine, Joan of Arc, who was executed here in 1431.

    Your morning tour of the city will begin with a scenic drive to the summit of Hill Sainte Catherine, which has some spectacular views across Rouen and the Seine. You will then enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the city’s Historic Quarter to the Old Market Place, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, followed by the beautiful 14th-century astronomical Gros Horloge clock, which is mounted on a Renaissance archway above a quaint cobblestone street. Powered by the oldest mechanical movement in France, the dial has an oculus to denote the phases of the moon, allegorical symbols representing the days of the week and rays of sunshine pointing to the hours of the day.

    After stopping to admire Normandy’s flamboyant Gothic-Renaissance style Parliament building, you will arrive at the wonderful 16th-century Cathedral that was so splendidly captured in paint by Monet, followed by Saint Maclou Church, which together form a tryptic of internationally significant Gothic buildings. Some free time will then be available to explore at leisure, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Impressions of Giverny

    22 Aug Rouen, France
    Half Day
    This afternoon tour is a dream for art lovers and horticulturalists alike, as it will take you into the house and gardens of Claude Monet, the founding father of Impressionism and arguably the most influential post-Realist painter of the 19th-century.

    This afternoon tour is a dream for art lovers and horticulturalists alike, as it will take you into the house and gardens of Claude Monet, the founding father of Impressionism and arguably the most influential post-Realist painter of the 19th-century.

     

    In 1883 Monet was travelling by train through the French countryside when he spotted the idyllic village of Giverny through the window and instantly fell in love with it. Mourning the recent death of his wife, on impulse Claude packed his belongings and moved to the magical pink brick house that would become the Monet family home for the next eighty years. By the 1890s Monet had achieved enough financial success to create an Arcadian paradise of sculpted flowerbeds, lily ponds and bridges that became the inspiration for many of his most famous works.

     

    Today the house is a museum filled with reproductions of the “Giverny paintings”, as well as Monet’s personal collection of 200 Japanese ukiyo-e prints, which date from the 18th and 19th-centuries. Most of the colourful interior is open to the public, including the “blue salon” or reading room, the dining room filled with yellow-painted furniture, the delightfully blue-tiled kitchen, the huge “Waterlily Studio” and the private apartments upstairs. Free time will then be available to enjoy a peaceful stroll through the adjacent flower garden and the Japanese water garden. Both of these beautiful spaces have been replanted according to Monet’s original designs and in August will be filled with a spectacular

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    Walking tour of Honfleur

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

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

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

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

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    Usse to Chinon

    25 Aug Nantes, France
    Full Day Lunch IncludedSignificant StepsUphill Sections
    Perched on the hillside like an eagle’s nest, Chateau d’Usse has been a site of strategic importance ever since 1000AD, when the region of Touraine was prey to incessant fighting between rival local nobilities. In the centuries since, its wood and stone construction has been gradually transformed into a residence befitting a fairy tale, largely thanks to the addition of its charming 17th-century pavilion and classic French gothic towers.

    Perched on the hillside like an eagle’s nest, Chateau d’Usse has been a site of strategic importance ever since 1000AD, when the region of Touraine was prey to incessant fighting between rival local nobilities. In the centuries since, its wood and stone construction has been gradually transformed into a residence befitting a fairy tale, largely thanks to the addition of its charming 17th-century pavilion and classic French gothic towers. Today its elegant architecture, rare furnishings and French formal garden, designed by Le Notre and terraced by Vauban, make it one of the most surprising and enchanting manor houses in the entire Loire Valley and a showpiece of national heritage.

    After lunch, you will be taken to Chinonfor a guided tour of the Royal Fortress, another highly sought after stronghold, overlooking the Vienne Valley at the crossroads of the three provinces of Anjou, Poitou and Touraine. This rocky spur boasts breathtaking views from numerous viewpoints so it’s perhaps no surprise that a castle has existed here since at least the 10th-century.

    The Fortress has been involved in numerous moments of historical importance. In 1308, Jacques de Molay and other dignitaries of the Knights Templar were imprisoned at Chinon before being sentenced and burned at the stake. In 1429, Charles VII’s legitimacy as the next king of France was threatened, prompting Joan of Arc to undertake an epic eleven-day journey on horseback to convince him of his legitimacy. The ride was an incredible feat and went on to become a famous part of her mythology.

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    Angers and Brissac

    25 Aug Nantes, France
    Full Day
    Famous for its medieval kings in England, the name Plantagenet conjures up images of the War of the Roses and the Magna Carta, but this famous dynasty actually has its origins in France, or more precisely, the city of Angers.

    Famous for its medieval kings in England, the name Plantagenet conjures up images of the War of the Roses and the Magna Carta, but this famous dynasty actually has its origins in France, or more precisely, the city of Angers.

    At the heart of Angers’ delightful medieval quarter stands a superb gothic cathedral and imposing feudal castle. Known as the Château d’Angers, this remarkable fortress was built in the 9th-century and expanded upon by “Saint” Louis IX during the 13th-century, to become the castle you will explore today as part of your guided walking tour.

    Inside you will see the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry, which was commissioned by Louis I, Duke of Anjou in the 14th-century to depict the Book of Revelation. This masterpiece of textile art is the oldest French medieval tapestry in existence and has survived a tumultuous past, including being cut to pieces during the French Revolution.

    Following lunch in a gastronomic restaurant you will then arrive at the Château de Brissac for a tour of another castle, this one the tallest in the Loire Valley. During the 17th-century the 1st Duke of Brissac redesigned the Château in the Baroque style, but his work was never entirely completed, leaving it something of a new château partially built, in an old château partially destroyed.

    Your guided tour of the Château includes many fine works of art that have been collected by the Brissac family over the centuries. There will then be a tasting of some wine produced in the estate’s vineyards, before your return to Nantes.

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    UNESCO Bordeaux

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

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

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

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

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    Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting

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

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

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

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

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    Saint-Emilion Village

    27 Aug Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsUphill Sections
    Saint-Emilion is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. This is a very special place that combines world-famous wineries, beautiful architecture and great monuments.

    Saint-Emilion is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. This is a very special place that combines world-famous wineries, beautiful architecture and great monuments.

    A local legend says that the village was founded by a monk from Brittany who fled from his hometown of Vannes to seek refuge in one of the natural caves in the 8th century. His name was Emilion and for many years, he lived as a hermit. He is said to have performed a few miracles and rapidly became famous in the region and beyond. Soon he had many disciples and with their help, he made the town a religious centre.

    Even after his death his followers carried on his legacy and named the town after him: Saint-Emilion. In 1999, the vineyards of Saint-Emilion became the first winery in the world to be given World Heritage status by UNESCO.

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    San Sebastian City Tour

    28 Aug San Sebastian, Spain
    Half Day
    The capital of Basque’s Guipuzkoa province (also called “Donostia” in Basque), San Sebastián is a small but charming coastal city located near the French border of northern Spain. The first part of this guided tour around its highlights will take you all the way to the top of the 170 metre high Mount Igueldo, which overlooks the tiny island of Santa Clara in the mouth of San Sebastián’s delightful sweeping bay. The views from the summit are truly spectacular and stretch all the way to the rolling hills of the Basque countryside in the distance, making them a must-see part of any visit to the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea”, as San Sebastián has historically been known.

    The capital of Basque’s Guipuzkoa province (also called “Donostia” in Basque), San Sebastián is a small but charming coastal city located near the French border of northern Spain. The first part of this guided tour around its highlights will take you all the way to the top of the 170 metre high Mount Igueldo, which overlooks the tiny island of Santa Clara in the mouth of San Sebastián’s delightful sweeping bay. The views from the summit are truly spectacular and stretch all the way to the rolling hills of the Basque countryside in the distance, making them a must-see part of any visit to the “Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea”, as San Sebastián has historically been known.

    Your tour then continues to the city centre for a guided stroll through the pedestrianised old quarter, to the 18th-century baroque Santa María La Real Church and the Plaza de la Constitución. This four storey square has been the civic heart of the city since the Middle Ages and is frequently the venue for carnival festivities and religious celebrations.

    In the early 19th-century, Constitution Square was destroyed by fire, but a unique peculiarity has endured in its reconstruction: the numbering of its balconies, which hark back to a time when the square was used as a bullring and spectators could buy or rent these improvised “seats” to watch the event.

    Following your tour around the city centre there will then be some time to continue exploring at leisure, or you may simply relax in a café and try the local form of tapas, known as ‘pintxos’, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Views of San Sebastian Panoramic Tour

    28 Aug San Sebastian, Spain
    Half Day
    To the south of the Pyrenes, the Spanish city of San Sebastián is a lively coastal resort with a sweeping waterfront and some lovely sandy beaches, making it the ideal place for a panoramic tour. During your drive around the city your guide will explain more about the historic Parte Vieja district and the famous oyster-like curve of La Concha Promenade, as you sit back, relax and take in the sights.

    To the south of the Pyrenes, the Spanish city of San Sebastián is a lively coastal resort with a sweeping waterfront and some lovely sandy beaches, making it the ideal place for a panoramic tour. During your drive around the city your guide will explain more about the historic Parte Vieja district and the famous oyster-like curve of La Concha Promenade, as you sit back, relax and take in the sights.

     

    Approaching the bay from the east you will pass-by the extraordinary translucent glass cubes of the Kursaal Palace, where Spain’s biggest film festival takes place, before crossing the uniquely Expressionistic Zurriola bridge to arrive at the majestic 19th-century City Hall and the beautiful Alderdi-Eder waterfront gardens, where you will get your first look at the amazing La Concha curve.

                                                                                                

    Following the long promenade closely, the seafront road enters a tunnel beneath the iconic Mirimar Palace (once the summer home of the Queen of Spain) before ascending to the summit of the 170-metre high Mount Igueldo, overlooking the bay from a perfect vantage point to the west. Here you will be able to enjoy some refreshments at the café and perhaps try some local tapas, known as ‘pintxos’, while you admire the breathtaking views of tiny Santa Clara Island in the mouth of the bay and the rolling hills of the Basque countryside to the south.

     

    After some time on Mount Igueldo you will then pass the remarkable Neo-Gothic Cathedral of “El Buen Pastor” on your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Santiago de Compostela

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

    Leave La Coruna by road for Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important places in Catholicism, because it is reputed to be the place where St James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Obradoiro Square.

    Named after the workmen who built the Cathedral, this square sits in front of the main entrance of the Cathedral on its northern façade. Facing the Cathedral is the Palacio de Rajoy that was built in the eighteenth century to house the choirboys and a seminary for priests. It was later used as a prison and is now the Town Hall.

    Facing the Cathedral is the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos that was built as a hospital for pilgrims during the reign of the Catholic kings in the XV century and today is one of the most beautiful buildings combining different styles such as Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St James since the early Middle Ages.

    What we see today is actually the fourth church to stand on this spot. The lavish baroque façade facing Praza do Obradoiro was erected in the 18th century, replacing the weather-damaged Romanesque one. This is the cathedral's main entrance, but owing to repair work on the towers and interior, it's likely to be closed until about 2021. In the meantime, most people enter through the south door on Praza das Praterias.

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    A taste of La Coruna

    30 Aug La Coruna, Spain
    Half Day Cobbled Streets
    Settled in Roman times, La Coruna grew into an important port that saw off the attentions of Sir Francis Drake in the sixteenth century and went on to be the gateway through which thousands of Galicians travelled on their way to a new life in America. Begin with a visit to the Town Hall in the Plaza Maria Pita.

    Settled in Roman times, La Coruna grew into an important port that saw off the attentions of Sir Francis Drake in the sixteenth century and went on to be the gateway through which thousands of Galicians travelled on their way to a new life in America. Begin with a visit to the Town Hall in the Plaza Maria Pita.

    La Coruna's main plaza takes its name from the town's heroine, Maria Pita who came to fame as a result of her role in Sir Francis Drake's attack in 1589. Continue on foot to visit the old part of the city, which contains most of the city’s historical monuments. Then drive along La Coruna’s waterfront boulevard, and visit the Archaeological Museum located at the Castle of San Anton.

    Close by is the Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman Lighthouse, almost 1,900-years-old and standing 185 feet (57 meters) high. The Tower of Hercules is unique as it is the only lighthouse of Greco-Roman antiquity to have retained a measure of structural integrity and functional continuity and it still remains working nowadays.

    Finally, enjoy an appetiser or a drink in La Coruna before returning to the pier.

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    Oporto City and Port Tasting

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

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

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

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

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    Lisbon City Highlights

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

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

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

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

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    Jerez and Sherry Tasting

    2 Sep Cadiz, Spain
    Half day
    Cadiz has clung to Spain’s Atlantic coast for over 4,000 years and in this time its influence has been felt far and wide. The city has long been considered a bridge between Europe and Africa and was the gateway to the Americas during the age of discovery.

    Cadiz has clung to Spain’s Atlantic coast for over 4,000 years and in this time its influence has been felt far and wide. The city has long been considered a bridge between Europe and Africa and was the gateway to the Americas during the age of discovery.

    The old city is immensely intriguing – a cluster of narrow streets opening on to charming small squares. You will appreciate the atmosphere and history of Cadiz during a drive through the city from the delightful ancient seaport, passing the 18th century baroque cathedral, then around the old part of the city with its splendid views over the bay. You will see the Plaza Espana and the gardens where the famous monument of Las Cortes (Spanish Parliament) of 1812 is situated. Then you will continue to the Moorish-style Alameda de Apodaca Gardens, a reminder of their occupancy in past centuries. The cathedral with its famous towering golden domes acts as a landmark against the Cadiz skyline, and the famous composer Manuel de Falla is buried here.

    After this, you will drive inland to the historic town of Jerez de la Frontera. Jerez is home to dozens of sherry companies, and a visit will be made to the well-known Bodega Gonzalez Byass, which produces some of the most delicious sherry in the world. Here, the ageold process of blending is explained and then you will be invited to sample various types of the fortified wine in the unique atmosphere of the cellars.

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    Cadiz City Highlights

    2 Sep Cadiz, Spain
    Half Day Extensive Walking
    Enjoy the picturesque views of the seaport as you make your way to the old quarter of Cadiz. Here you will see the most beautiful monuments of Cadiz. Start by passing the tobacco factory built in 1741, which now serves as the Congress building,

    Enjoy the picturesque views of the seaport as you make your way to the old quarter of Cadiz. Here you will see the most beautiful monuments of Cadiz. Start by passing the tobacco factory built in 1741, which now serves as the Congress building, Santo Domingo Church, and the old Royal Prison. Then carry on to the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta, and the Santa Catalina Fortress. Finished in the seventeenth century, Santa Catalina was part of a series of fortifications designed to protect Cadiz from the English after Sir Francis Drake had successfully breached the harbour in 1587 in an attack that became known as “singeing the King of Spain’s beard”. You'll continue towards the San Carlos Gate for a tour of the old town. Among its many historical monuments, El Populo's stone gates were there to bid Christopher Columbus goodbye as he left the Cadiz harbour on his second trip in 1493. Afterwards, you will visit the Cathedral of Cadiz and the Diocesan Museum. It took 116 years to complete this 18th century Baroque and neo-classical Cathedral. You then head to the picturesque Plaza Flores, and the Plaza de Espana with its massive monument commemorating the meeting of the Cortes, Spain’s first representative national assembly, in 1810-12.

     

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    Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

    3 Sep Malaga, Spain
    Half Day
    Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Málaga. Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures, parks and gardens.

    Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Malaga. Although Malaga may at first appear a little austere, the historic city centre is charming with its majestic, unfinished Gothic cathedral, surrounded by traditional balconied buildings, narrow pedestrian streets and some of the best tapas bars in the province. In recent years, the city has heavily invested in its culture and heritage with new museums. Malaga is a joy to stroll around, with a skyline that reflects the city’s eclectic character; church spires jostle for space with russet-red tiled roofs and lofty apartment buildings while, like a grand old dame, the 11th-century Gibralfaro Castle sits grandly and provides the best view of all.

    Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop. Your next stop will be the Picasso Museum, which is located in the Buenavista Palace. This historical building boasts classical characteristics of 16th century Andalusian architecture, whereby Renaissance and Mudejar elements are mixed. The collection inside the museum gathers together paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic and graphic works of this unique artist throughout his life. This enviable collection of 204 works, 155 donated and 49 loaned to the museum by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (wife of Paul, Picasso’s eldest son) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (his grandson), includes some wonderful paintings of the family, including the heartfelt Paulo con gorro blanco (Paulo with a white cap), a portrait of Picasso’s eldest son painted in the 1920s. Don’t miss the Phoenician, Roman, Islamic and Renaissance archaeological remains in the museum’s basement, discovered during construction works. After the visit, enjoy some free time before returning to the pier.

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    Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour

    3 Sep Malaga, Spain
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    The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area.

    "Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful. The very light falls tenderly from above, through the lantern of a dome tinted and wrought as if by fairy hands." Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra.

    Leave the port of Malaga and drive through the wonderful landscape of Andalusia passing endless fields of olive trees and picturesque villages. Your journey takes you to one of the most magical places in the world and the most outstanding symbol of Moorish heritage in Spain, the Alhambra. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area. From the beginning of the 13th century, the original fortress grew into a huge walled site that was clearly intended to be both a palace and court.

    Within this gradual change, different stages of development, grandeur and decadence can clearly be seen through the various works of art and buildings erected over the years. The Alhambra was not a single construction, but rather the result of an evolution of successive reforms and extensions. Your guide will take you inside the “Alqala hamra”, meaning "red castle" where you will be able to visit the Nazaries Palaces with intricately carved stucco walls, knotted ceilings, elaborate honeycomb vaulting, and beautiful courtyards; “Serallo”, the official residence of the Sultan and the Harem, which surrounds the famous "Patio de los Leones," with its fountains feeding water through the mouths of 12 lions (representing months of the year), and many other wonderful sites within the fortress.

    Continuing on, the tour will visit the “Generalife Palace” which was build as the summer paradise for the Sultans of Granada. Its lovely terraces, grottoes, flowerbeds and fabulous fountains will make you feel the glamour of the Moorish inhabitants. After taking in all of these wonderful sites you will enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, and to round the day off, there’s a panoramic tour around the city of Granada before returning to Malaga.

    Note: The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion

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    Valencia City Tour

    5 Sep Valencia, Spain
    Half Day Cobbled Streets

    Few cities are able to combine so harmoniously the remains from an ancient history with the most modern, avant-garde buildings as well as Valencia. You will visit both the historical centre and the most modern part of the city. Start by viewing the most outstanding monuments in the city including the fourteenth century church of the Knights Templar, the North Station, a modernist building designed by the architect Demetrio Ribes and inaugurated in 1917, and the Serranos and Quart Towers the only two doors that were conserved from the old wall that protected Valencia for 500 years.

    Continue to the Central Market (for an outside visit), Lonja (old silk exchange) – this building is one of the best examples of civic Gothic architecture, a work of great beauty by Pere Compte. For years Round Square has been used as a market and meeting place. Nowadays it is the scene of some fantastic handicraft stalls and souvenir shops.

    Steeped in history, the main Cathedral in Valencia's Plaza de la Virgen was built on the site of a former Roman temple and Muslim mosque. You will also see the exterior of the Basilica and the Generalitat Palace, which is a flamboyant Gothic building dating from 1421 that was the seat of the Valencian Government. In the most modern part of the city the highlight is the new landmark of Valencia, the City of Arts & Sciences, the largest cultural-educational complex in Europe.

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    Panoramic Valencia

    5 Sep Valencia, Spain
    Half Day

    Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and this panoramic drive will showcase its outstanding place in the nation’s architectural and cultural history. Columbus market is a Modernist gem, heavily inspired by Gaudi, while the Plaza de la Virgen is one of the oldest squares in Valencia, dating back to Roman times. The Plaza de Toros, or Bullring, was built between 1850 and 1859 and follows the neoclassical Roman civic style of architecture, featuring a polygon shape and nearly four hundred external arches.

    Next to the Bullring is the city’s main railway station, the Estacio del Nord, with its stunning Modernist façade in the Sezesion Vienesa style. Built between 1906 and 1917, by Valencian architect Demetrio Ribes, its decorations include many elements of Valencian culture, from oranges and traditional houses to women dressed in customary attire. Passing Valencia’s City Hall, there will be a photo-stop and some free time at the Cathedral, which, like many other structures of its kind on the Spanish peninsula, is an intriguing synthesis of Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

    You will be driven to the old silk exchange of La Lonja, the Central Market, and the impressive Gothic-styled Serranos and Quart Towers, remnants of the city’s old defensive structures, before The City of the Arts and Sciences completes the tour. One of the “12 Treasures of Spain”, this complex is also the most popular destination in the city.

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    Barcino: The Roman City

    6 Sep Barcelona, Spain
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Descend to a unique underground museum for a glimpse of everyday life in Barcino, as Roman Barcelona was called.

    Descend to a unique underground museum for a glimpse of everyday life in Barcino, as Roman Barcelona was called. Hidden under the medieval buildings and squares of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is a town of far greater antiquity.

    Roman troops arrived here during the Punic Wars (264 to 146BC) and remained for over 600 years, putting their imprint on the language, law and culture. Not all of the ancient colony is underground. Sections of the original walls, towers and gates can be seen en route to Plaza Ramon Berenguer and Plaza Nova, where an aqueduct and main road once connected Barcino with the rest of the Empire.

    View the Forum with its remains of a 1st century temple to Caesar Augustus. Then take an elevator to get an in-depth look at daily life in Roman times. Visit one of Europe's largest underground archaeological sites at the Barcelona City History Museum. Stroll metal walkways through workaday Barcino with its laundry, dye shop, salted fish factory and wine shop to get a slice of life – 20 centuries ago.

    Collections of objects found at the digs include Roman portraits, mosaics, Roman and Hebrew inscriptions, as well as the utensils of daily life. Emerge from this tour with an enriched understanding of Roman influence and appreciation of Barcelona's antiquity.

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    Barcelona: Velasquez to Miro

    6 Sep Barcelona, Spain
    Half Day
    Barcelona is an art historian’s dream destination as its galleries contain some of the greatest works of art ever created. Your tour will start, however, with a drive towards the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s oldest neighbourhood.

    Barcelona is an art historian’s dream destination as its galleries contain some of the greatest works of art ever created. Your tour will start, however, with a drive towards the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s oldest neighbourhood.

    Take a stroll through the maze of streets and after a photostop at the Gothic Cathedral, continue your drive towards the Montjuic mountain. This site was selected for several venues during Barcelona’s 1992 Summer Olympics and hosts spaces like the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Ring and other sporting facilities. You will then head to the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC).

    The MNAC is housed in the fabulous National Palace of Montjuic, a spectacular building with wonderful views over Barcelona. Here you will have the opportunity to gain an extraordinary insight into the development of Catalonia’s – and some of Europe’s – finest artists over the centuries.

    The gallery’s most famous works date from the 16th to 18th centuries, and include paintings by El Greco, Velazquez, Rubens and other masterpieces from the Spanish Golden Age. The collection also includes a wide range of styles of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Neoclassicism to Avant-gardes of the 1950s. There are artworks by Fortuny, Casas, Rusinol, Gaudi, Picasso and Miro.

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    Panoramic Barcelona

    6 Sep Barcelona, Spain
    Half Day Extensive Walking
    As soon as you enter the city you will find yourself immersed in Barcelona’s history. The imposing Columbus Monument, at nearly two hundred-feet-tall, serves as a reminder that Christopher Columbus reported from Barcelona to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V after his first trip to the new continent; while the Arc de Triomf, designed by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, stands as a similar testament to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair.

    As soon as you enter the city you will find yourself immersed in Barcelona’s history. The imposing Columbus Monument, at nearly two hundred-feet-tall, serves as a reminder that Christopher Columbus reported from Barcelona to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V after his first trip to the new continent; while the Arc de Triomf, designed by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, stands as a similar testament to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. Ciutadella Park, once the site of a citadel protecting the city, is today home to the Zoo and Museum of Natural Science, and boasts a beautiful fountain also dating back to the Universal Exposition.

    A true highlight comes just a few blocks later, with a photo-stop at Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. Work on the temple began in 1884 and although it remains unfinished, its profuse decoration and striking originality is a unique and breath-taking sight that towers over the downtown area. The Passeig de Gracia – a wide boulevard connecting the Gothic Quarter to the quarter of Gracia – is lined with exquisite Art Nouveau buildings including Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, where you will pass by on your way to the Olympic Ring and Stadium, on the hill of Montjuic, before a final stop at one of Barcelona’s best viewpoints on your way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Gaudí's Golden Works

    6 Sep Barcelona, Spain
    Half Day Significant Steps
    With undulating façades, fantastic designs and daring innovations, Barcelona's early 20th century Modernist buildings are famed, especially those by Antoni Gaudí, many designated World Heritage Sites.

    Antoni Gaudi's work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona’s architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudi's work all around the city centre.

    Departing from the pier, you will start with a brief panoramic drive to the Sagrada Familia (outside visit), Gaudi’s most emblematic work and the greatest example of his genius. This famous structure has become a symbol of Barcelona all over the world. Next, you will head to Passeig de Gracia, the famous boulevard where Gaudi’s houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are located.

    The present Casa Batllo is a result of a total refurbishment of an old previous conventional house built in 1877. Some people regard Casa Batllo as a building that embodies a unique fusion of art, architecture and design. It is celebrated for its visual solutions and its creative use of materials and colour. Casa Batllo has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since July 2005. After your tour of the interior, you take a short walk to La Pedrera for a photo stop. Once you arrive, you will look in vain for straight lines and admire the sumptuous curves of the façade, the wrought iron balconies with forms of plants, the paintings on the ceilings of the foyers, and much more.

    Before returning to the ship – time permitting – you will have the chance to admire the Olympic Stadium while enjoying a panoramic drive through the Montjuic Mountain.

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    Carcassonne and Narbonne

    7 Sep Carcassonne, France
    Full Day Extensive WalkingCobbled StreetsSignificant StepsUphill Sections
    Relive centuries of history when you visit two cities with Roman roots: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town.

    Relive centuries of history when you visit two cities with Roman roots: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, and landlocked Narbonne, once a leading port celebrated by the troubadour Bertrand de Bar.

    Your adventure starts with a drive through the wild Languedoc countryside to Carcassonne, a site continuously occupied for over 2,500 years. Encircled by double walls, this stronghold stands exactly as it did in the Middle Ages with miles of battlements, 52 towers and a castle. View the mighty gate with its chains, portcullis and intricate access system. Stroll the lists between the double walls and savor the atmosphere as you get an education in military architecture.

    Then you will be taken by coach to the second major place of the region: Narbonne. Enjoy a three-course lunch before visiting the first town founded by the Romans during the second century BC. At that time the town was also a sea port and took advantages of the privileges as Rome. In the 5th century Narbonne was a Visigoth capital and in the Middle Ages an important Episcopal centre, as can be seen in several superbly preserved monuments.

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    Montpellier

    7 Sep Carcassonne, France
    Significant Steps
    A short distance inland from the Mediterranean Sea sits the capital of the Languedoc Roussillon area, Montpellier. Founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse, it boasts one of France’s largest and Europe’s oldest universities founded here in the 12th century).

    A short distance inland from the Mediterranean Sea sits the capital of the Languedoc Roussillon area, Montpellier. Founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse, it boasts one of France’s largest and Europe’s oldest universities founded here in the 12th century).

    Begin with a guided walking tour through the charming streets, take time to appreciate the handsome medieval buildings and elegant private mansions, plus the 14th-century Cathedrale de Saint Pierre and the lookalike Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Rue Foch.

    Enjoy free time to explore the narrow back streets and lively squares before driving to Chateau de Flaugergues, property of the “de Colbert” family since 1696. Count and Countess Henry de Colbert live in the castle, a French historical monument, and you will enjoy a visit of their home with its family collections and a walk in the gardens. The castle preserves antique furniture and a collection of stunning Flemish tapestries. Then you will discover the cellars and taste wine produced at the Chateau’s vineyards: a red, rose and white wine of “AOC Coteaux de Languedoc” and “Coteaux de la Mejanelle”.

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    Avignon's Papal Palace

    8 Sep Marseilles, France
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    Explore the Provençal countryside on this tour that visits Avignon with its papal legacies.

    Explore the Provençal countryside on this full-day tour that visits Avignon with its papal legacies. Your adventure starts with a 90-minute drive to Avignon which rose to glory in the Middle Ages, when a series of French-born Popes fled Rome and made the town a base from which they ruled Christendom until 1407. Enjoy views of the Rhone River and Avignon's much-sung-about bridge, Pont St Benezet. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour of the Pope's Palace with its long, echoing Great Audience Hall, 14th-century wall paintings and Great Chapel. Also enjoy a walking tour through Palace Square and Horloge Square. Then enjoy a leisurely lunch and time on your own to wander or shop before heading back to Marseilles.

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    Marseilles & Aix en Provence

    8 Sep Marseilles, France
    Full day Lunch IncludedCobbled StreetsSignificant Steps
    The day begins in Marseilles where you’ll visit the “Vieux Port," the Old Port, where the Greeks landed in 600 BC. Here classically French cafes and restaurants nestle about gently bobbing fishing boats in the harbour.

    The day begins in Marseilles where you’ll visit the “Vieux Port," the Old Port, where the Greeks landed in 600 BC. Here classically French cafes and restaurants nestle about gently bobbing fishing boats in the harbour. Continue along the J.F. Kennedy Corniche. The first stop is Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, located at the highest point of the city at just over 500 feet. Built on an ancient fortress from the 16th century, the sanctuary was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and consecrated in 1864. From the Basilica descend into the city's shopping district and the Longchamp Palace. This municipal water tower, houses the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History.

    In the afternoon, your visit to Aix-en-Provence starts with a walking tour of the Cours Mirabeau. This wide avenue is shaded by trees and was built in the 1600s on the site of the city’s medieval ramparts. The aristocratic façades of the old mansions line the Cours and their wrought-iron balconies and finely carved doorways invite the visitor to explore. Note the different architectural styles of Saint Sauveur Cathedral with a Romanesque nave, a Merovingian baptistery and a Gothic section.

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    Monaco & Monte Carlo

    10 Sep Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsSignificant StepsUphill Sections
    Your guided walking tour takes you past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the 19th-century Romanesque Cathedral in which Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had their fairytale wedding.

    Your guided walking tour takes you past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the 19th-century Romanesque Cathedral in which Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had their fairytale wedding.

    Wander the ancient covered alleyways of Old Town, before continuing to Monte Carlo. Drive along part of Monaco's famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to Casino Square.

    In this haven for the rich and famous, you have time on your own to take in the attractions of your choice, be it the Grand Casino, the opulent Hotel de Paris, the chic boutiques – or you can just soak up the atmosphere for future daydreams after your return to the ship.

     

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    Scenic Riviera & Nice

    10 Sep Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Half Day Cobbled Streets
    Enjoy a scenic drive from the port of Monte Carlo to Nice for a panoramic tour of the city and a ride along the Promenade des Anglais.

    Enjoy a scenic drive from the port of Monte Carlo to Nice for a panoramic tour of the city and a ride along the Promenade des Anglais.

    Afterwards, leave your coach for a walk to the old town to enjoy some free time on Cours Saleya, the elegant promenade of Old Nice which is lined with shops and restaurants and the famous flower and fruit market. It's an ideal opportunity to purchase a memento of your visit or the perfect gift for someone back home.

    After this break, re-board your coach for the drive back to Monte Carlo.

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    The Churches of Florence

    12 Sep Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive WalkingCobbled Streets
    The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

    The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

    Your tour begins at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo because of its magnificent dome. The fourth largest church in the world, the cathedral was designed by Cambio in 1296, but it was the great Renaissance architect Brunelleschi who gave it its crowning glory, the dome.

    Other highlights of the Piazza del Duomo include the 14th-century Gothic Campanile or bell tower, designed by Giotto, and the Romanesque Baptistery featuring Ghiberti’s Bronze Doors decorated with scenes from the life of Christ. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

    Then we will continue to Piazza della Signoria, the most impressive square in Florence and the political centre of the city since the 14th century.

    Surrounding the square are the Palazzo Vecchio – a municipal hall begun in 1299 – and the 14th-century Gothic Loggia dei Lanzi. Built at the end of the 14th century, it was once the Assembly Hall, before becoming the Guardroom of the Lanzi (foot soldiers). In the Piazza are the Fountain of the Neptune by Ammannati and a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

    Finally, the tour will finish at Santa Croce, Italy’s largest and most famous Franciscan Gothic church, where many important Italians are entombed, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli.

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    Renaissance Florence

    12 Sep Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive WalkingCobbled Streets
    Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Museum.

    Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Gallery. From the port of Livorno, it is a about an hour and a half drive through the Tuscan hills to Florence where you begin a tour through the history and art of this timeless city.

    A highlight of the morning is a visit to the Accademia, Europe's first school of drawing, where Michelangelo's colossal statue of David presides over a rich collection of paintings and sculptures.

    Enjoy a guided walking tour past such landmarks as the 10th-century Ponte Vecchio spanning the River Arno. View the Duomo cathedral flanked by Giotto's Bell Tower. So dense is Florence with monuments, every step reveals new marvels. See the Baptistry, where Ghiberti and Donatello competed to design the bronze doors. Admire the Basilica di Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Machiavelli are interred. Pause in Piazza Signoria, in 1497 the site of Fra Savonarola's Bonfire of the Vanities. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

    The centrepiece of this tour is an afternoon visit to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. The 16th-century palace, built when Cosimo Medici was the First Grand Duke of Tuscany, houses such Renaissance masterpieces as The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, the exquisite Madonnas of Filippo Lippi, and an entire room of Botticellis, including The Birth of Venus. Foreign artists from Rembrandt to Rubens are also represented. Later, savour your impressions on a panoramic drive back to the ship.

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    Lucca and Pisa

    12 Sep Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive WalkingCobbled Streets
    Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot.

    Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot. Always important, this town began life as a Roman colony in 177 BC, and grew in importance to become the provincial capital of Tuscany in the Middle Ages.

    This fascinating walking tour will begin with a stroll to the Cathedral of San Martino with its Romanesque façade. Its decorated interior is rich in reliefs, fine sculpture and religious artefacts. Then on to the arena and a series of arches that are the remains of the colossal ancient Roman amphitheatre that once graced the centre of town. You will walk through the “Piazza” and find the Church of San Frediano, founded in the 6th century. Its Romanesque style is a monument to a 12th century restoration project, and its impressive façade features a mosaic depicting Christ and the Apostles. After your tour of Lucca, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own and to explore this picturesque town.

    Next, continue by road to Pisa, a city internationally famous for its superb and unusual architecture. Unfortunately, most of Pisa was bombed during World War II, but one section miraculously survived intact: the Piazza del Duomo, now known as the Piazza dei Miracoli because of its remarkable escape from destruction. As you approach the Square of Miracles, the city’s most famous symbol, the precarious Leaning Tower, appears before you. Begun in 1174, the tower started to lean when construction reached the third story. Attempts to make the remaining floors slightly higher on the leaning side only made it worse. Legend says that Pisa’s most illustrious son Galileo (born in 1564) conducted his famous experiments on gravity by dropping metal balls from the top of the 187-foot-high tower.

    Next, visit Pisa’s magnificent Cathedral, a Romanesque basilica of white marble that is renowned for its beautifully carved pulpit and paintings and, on the door facing the tower, the Romanesque panels portraying the life of Christ. Admire its famous pulpit designed by Giovanni Pisano, who decorated it with nine biblical reliefs. Enter the lovely Gothic Baptistry and view its marble font under a conical dome and famous organ, noted for its fine echo. Also admire its pulpit, carved by Giovanni’s father, Nicola Pisano.

    Then, relax and savour your experience as you return to Livorno.

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    Ostia Antica

    13 Sep Rome, Italy
    Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological SiteCobbled Streets
    Buried for centuries, this well-preserved archaeological site is far less visited than Pompeii, yet in many ways provides a more complete picture of daily life in the Roman Empire. Ostia Antica was ancient Rome's main port on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

    Buried for centuries, this well-preserved archaeological site is far less visited than Pompeii, yet in many ways provides a more complete picture of daily life in the Roman Empire. Ostia Antica was ancient Rome's main port on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

    Anco Marzio (640BC to 616BC), the fourth king of Rome, is traditionally named the founder of this city at the mouth "ostia" of the Tiber. At the city's peak, about 100,000 people from all classes and all parts of the Mediterranean lived here until decline began due to silting river, barbarian invasions and malaria. Excavations reveal a hard-working city with apartments, warehouses, bakeries, bars, plus public and religious buildings.

    Your tour of the archaeological zone begins at Via delle Tombe, leading to the city gates. Stroll along the Decumanus Maximus, the main road. Visit the Baths of Neptune with beautiful black-and-white mosaics of the god's wife, Amphitrite. Walk to the theater, the Forum and such public buildings as the Capitolium and the Temple of Rome and Augustus. A variety of religious buildings include several temples dedicated to the cult of Mithras, Egyptian and Roman gods, plus a 1st century BC Jewish synagogue and a Christian basilica.

    See the large thermal baths, the 20-hole public latrine and the living complex called the House of Diana. The Termopolium with its marble counter where ancient Romans could have a quick lunch features a fresco representing the food on sale. Round out your visit with a stop at the Museum Ostiense, displaying some of the wonderful sculptures and mosaics found at this remarkable site.

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    Rome: The Colosseum & St Peter in Chains

    13 Sep Rome, Italy
    Half Day Extensive WalkingCobbled Streets
    This tour begins at the Flavius Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum of Rome, the biggest and most imposing stadium of the ancient Roman world. Built with a series of arches, it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering.

    This tour begins at the Flavius Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum of Rome, the biggest and most imposing stadium of the ancient Roman world. Built with a series of arches, it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering.

    At its peak, the Colosseum could hold an average of 65,000 spectators and once featured a canvas roof to protect the crowds from the sun. First commissioned by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavia family, this huge elliptical amphitheatre was opened by his son Titus in 80AD, during a week-long celebration featuring combats between gladiators and beasts, mock sea battles and executions.

    After a guided walk around the site, it’s only a short stroll to the Arch of Constantine. Built in 315AD to honour the first Christian Emperor, the arch is the largest of its kind in existence and spans the site of the ancient Via Triumphalis, the route used by emperors for entering the city in triumph.

    From here you, will re-board your coach for the short journey to the Colle Oppio, where you will see some of the remains of Nero’s Residence, known as the Golden House, and the Baths of Titus, before your visit to the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, famous for the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Legend has it that one day the great Master said to his statue, “You are so beautiful. Why don’t you speak to me?”

    Finally, we will drive to Via della Conciliazione for a glimpse of St Peter’s Basilica and Square.

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    Exploring the Vatican

    13 Sep Rome, Italy
    Half Day PM Extensive WalkingSignificant Steps
    At the Vatican Museums, you will wander through the fascinating Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Then pass through the magnificent Stanza of Raphael, where in the 16th century the young artist decorated the rooms of Pope Julius II's residence with his masterpieces, including the "School of Athens," depicting Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers.

    Enjoy a dazzling visit to what is considered one of the world's most important art collections, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

    At the Vatican Museums, you will wander through the fascinating Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Then pass through the magnificent Stanza of Raphael, where in the 16th century the young artist decorated the rooms of Pope Julius II's residence with his masterpieces, including the "School of Athens," depicting Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers.

    Your tour will then move to the Vatican's most celebrated building, the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo painted the chapel's extraordinary ceiling with nine scenes from Genesis, including the Creation of Man, the Expulsion of Adam and Eve, as well as The Flood.

    On the wall behind the main altar, The Last Judgment, painted twenty years later, provides further testament to the artist's genius. Though working against his will and in a medium he disliked (he saw himself as a sculptor), Michelangelo managed to fill the room with masterpieces and left a legacy at which the world can only marvel.

    Finally, there will be a visit to St Peter’s Basilica, the most important basilica in the Christian World, where inside an almost unimaginable wealth of art treasures await. The basilica is built on the site of the church where St Peter, the first Pope, is said to be buried. Fronting the basilica is one of Rome’s most famous squares, Bernini’s elliptical Piazza San Pietro, an extraordinary sight punctuated by an Egyptian obelisk and a graceful colonnade.

    Note: The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion

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    Villa d'Este & Tivoli

    14 Sep Rome, Italy
    Half Day Extensive Walking

    Among the world's most beautiful gardens, the grounds of the Villa d'Este embody Renaissance culture at its most refined and are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Your visit to this remarkable place starts with a drive to Tivoli, a small town in a lovely wooded area on the slopes of the Apennines. The region is rich in caves, waterfalls and legend (a local Sybil prophesied the birth of Jesus). In the hills, opulent villas date to a time when Tivoli was the resort of Roman emperors. Your destination is the 16th-century Villa d'Este, famed for its spectacular gardens, which feature the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains, the Rotunda of Cypresses and an Organ Fountain that still makes music. With their grottoes, terraces and water displays, these gardens had a profound influence on European mannerist and baroque style garden design.

    Originally a Benedictine convent, the palace was the residence of the exiled Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, governor of Tivoli from 1550. He envisioned a garden set amid hanging cliffs and enlisted the painter-architectarchaeologist Pirro Ligorio to design them. Their innovative construction and the series of terraces upon terraces call to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon. The Aniene River laces the property and the control of its waters, along with the gravity-powered fountains evoke the engineering skill of the Romans.

    Following your visit, enjoy free time to wander through the colorful open air market offering souvenirs, fruit, and a variety of local products.

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    Anne McHale

    Anne McHale, Master of Wine
    Anne is an award-winning Master of Wine, independent wine consultant and wine educator based in London. Born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she then went on to read French and Latin at Christ’s College, Cambridge. After graduating with First Class Honours in 2003 Anne moved to London and joined the wine trade, working for businesses as diverse as Mistral Wines, New Zealand Wines and the John Lewis Partnership.

    Anne is an award-winning Master of Wine, independent wine consultant and wine educator based in London. Born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she then went on to read French and Latin at Christ’s College, Cambridge. After graduating with First Class Honours in 2003 Anne moved to London and joined the wine trade, working for businesses as diverse as Mistral Wines, New Zealand Wines and the John Lewis Partnership.

    In 2006 she joined the prestigious Berry Bros. & Rudd, where she worked for ten years in the Wine School team, initially in administration and event logistics, and subsequently as an educator and events host. Whilst at Berry Bros. & Rudd Anne passed the highly sought-after Master of Wine qualification, thereafter broadening her position within BBR to an ambassadorial role, representing the company at events held all over the UK as well as in their Asian bases of Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Anne is one of only 370 Masters of Wine worldwide, of whom 125 are women.

    In 2016 Anne became an independent consultant and presenter. You can read more on her website www.annemchale.com or by following her on Twitter @annemchale or Instagram @annemchalewine

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    Prof Jonathan Phillips

    Prof Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books on the Crusades including Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (2009), and (with Martin Hall) Caffaro of Genoa and the Twelfth Century Crusades (2013), as well as The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople (2004).

    Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    He is the author of numerous books on the Crusades including Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (2009), and (with Martin Hall) Caffaro of Genoa and the Twelfth Century Crusades (2013), as well as The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople (2004).

    He is currently completing a book on the life and legend of the Sultan Saladin, the great hero of Islam (publication, Spring 2019). He is also the editor of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Crusades.

    Jonathan has appeared on many television and radio programmes on the Crusades including The Cross and the Crescent, and The Crusades: Back from the Dead. He was the writer and presenter of the major 6 part US television series Ancient Roads: From Christ to Constantine, a history of the early centuries of Christianity.



    Photo © Erik van den Boom

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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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    Grange City Hotel

    London, England, United Kingdom
    2-night hotel stay in London
    Premium Class
    This luxury hotel has sweeping views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The building incorporates the last remaining section of London's Roman Wall.

    This luxury hotel has sweeping views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The building incorporates the last remaining section of London's Roman Wall. The hotel features stunning guest bedrooms and in-house facilities include several vibrant bars and restaurants, and a state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, swimming pool and spa.

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    Grange St Pauls

    London, England, United Kingdom
    2-night hotel stay in London
    Balcony Class
    The Grange St. Paul's is a luxury 5-Star hotel, nestled beside St. Paul's Cathedral in London's bustling business district. Its contemporary glass interior houses 433 guest bedrooms, an array of bars and restaurants, a stunning Ajala Spa, and a private Health and Fitness Club with gym and 18m swimming pool.

    The Grange St. Paul's is a luxury 5-Star hotel, nestled beside St. Paul's Cathedral in London's bustling business district. Its contemporary glass interior houses 433 guest bedrooms, an array of bars and restaurants, a stunning Ajala Spa, and a private Health and Fitness Club with gym and 18m swimming pool.

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    The Westin Excelsior

    Rome, Italy
    2-night hotel stay in Rome
    Balcony Class
    One of the city’s most imposing palaces, this hotel is rich in history and located on one of the most celebrated streets of Rome, the legendary Via Veneto. Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City and is nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens.

    One of the city’s most imposing palaces, this hotel is rich in history and located on one of the most celebrated streets of Rome, the legendary Via Veneto. Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City and is nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens. Its grand guest rooms and indoor pool, with health and fitness centre, make this one of the most unique hotels in Rome.

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

    Free roundtrip airfare from select US gateways

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

    Sample gateways for our free roundtrip economy airfare, relevant to select itineraries only, are shown below.

    Sample free economy airfare gateways*

    AtlantaFREENew YorkFREE
    BostonFREEPhiladelphiaFREE
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    DenverFREESeattleFREE
    DetroitFREESt LouisFREE
    HoustonFREETampaFREE
    Los AngelesFREEMinneapolisFREE
    MiamiFREEWashington DCFREE

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

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

    Customized air travel

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

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

    Seat assignments

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

    Frequent Flyer mileage

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

    Included transfers

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

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

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

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    $17,650*pp
    $18,850*pp
    Lido
    Lido
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    Junior Suites

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

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

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    $15,795*pp
    $16,995*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.

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

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    $14,450*pp
    $15,450*pp
    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.

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

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    $13,695*pp
    $14,695*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
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    Deluxe Outside

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

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    $12,095*pp
    $12,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
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    Deluxe Outside

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

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    $11,595*pp
    $12,495*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
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    Bridge
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    Lido
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    Premium Outside

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

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    $10,950*pp
    $11,750*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
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    Lido
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    Premium Outside

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

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    $10,195*pp
    $10,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
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    Premium Outside

    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge Deck. Private shower. Fixed twin beds or fixed double bed.
    Views in some cabins partially obstructed by Life Boats.

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    $9,550*pp
    $10,350*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
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    Standard Outside

    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.
    * Please note the photo shows a Category H premium outside cabin. Category J standard outside cabins feature portholes instead of windows.

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    $8,950*pp
    $9,750*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
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    Premium Inside

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

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    $8,295*pp
    $8,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
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    Premium Inside

    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $7,795*pp
    $8,495*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
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    Standard Inside

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

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    $7,395*pp
    $7,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
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    Deluxe Balcony

    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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    135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

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    $16,395*pp
    $17,395*pp
    Lido
    Lido
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    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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    $13,650*pp
    $14,550*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    GG*

    Premium Outside

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

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    $12,195*pp
    $12,995*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    HH*

    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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    $11,450*pp
    $12,250*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    II*

    Premium Outside

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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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    $10,795*pp
    $11,595*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    JJ

    Standard Outside

    SINGLE CABINS
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    Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

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    $9,950*pp
    $10,750*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    KK

    Premium Inside

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    $9,390*pp
    $10,095*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    LL

    Premium Inside

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    $8,750*pp
    $9,450*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    MM

    Standard Inside

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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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    $8,250*pp
    $8,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
    $1,190
    Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
    $1,000
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
    $1,800

    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.