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Grand Iceland & Western France

London to Lisbon

33 days

from $9,195 pp

27 Jul, 2019

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  • 33 days
  • 7 countries
  • 14 shore excursions
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Experience Iceland and Celtic Europe as you cruise from London to Lisbon via the unique island nation of Iceland on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Visit the small volcanic island of Heimaey, in the remote Westmann archipelago, followed by Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavik and the dramatic landscapes of Thingvellir National Park.

Sail to the port of Isafjordur to visit one of the last great wilderness in Europe. Explore the magnificent green pastures, waterfalls and whale-filled bays of Akureyri. Call at the charming harbor of Husavik which is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and full of colorful houses, then relax in the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths. On this trip you will also visit Scottish castles, Viking settlements and the remote Shetland Islands.

As the ship heads south, the climate changes and you will enjoy a spectacular cruise along the River Rouen in France, for a chance to enjoy a wonderful day in Paris. Then overnight in the Bordeaux region and indulge in some wine tasting, before marveling at the Spanish cathedral at Santiago de Compostela and spending two nights in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jul 27
Sat
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Jul 28
    Sun
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Arrive into London and transfer to hotel
    overnight hotel
    Jul 29
    Mon
    London, England , United Kingdom
    LONDON England
    overnight hotel
    Jul 30
    Tue
    London (Tilbury), England , United Kingdom
    Embark Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury near London.
    7.00pm
    Jul 31
    Wed
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Aug 01
    Thu
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Aug 02
    Fri
    Lerwick , Shetland Islands
    A choice of tours: Lewick walking tour, Archaeological site of Jarlshof or visit Lewick Castle.
    1.00pm
    8.00am
    Aug 03
    Sat
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Aug 04
    Sun
    Heimaey , Iceland
    Afternoon walking tour and visit to Eldfell, the 'mountain of fire', or visit the island's sheer cliffs and puffin colonies with a highlights of Heimaey tour or take a tour of Heimaey by boat.
    7.00pm
    2.00pm
    Aug 05
    Mon
    Reykjavik , Iceland
    Choice of included tours: Blue Lagoon or discover Reykjavik's culture. Optional full day tour to The Golden Circle Route.
    6.00pm
    9.00am
    Aug 06
    Tue
    Isafjordur , Iceland
    Visit the maritime museum or take a optional boat trip tour to nearby Vigur Island.
    7.00pm
    noon
    Aug 07
    Wed
    Akureyri , Iceland
    Discover the landscape of pseudo-craters, lava and geothermal fields.
    8.00pm
    noon
    Aug 08
    Thu
    Husavik , Iceland
    Ideal chance to take a whale watching boat trip.
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 09
    Fri
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Aug 10
    Sat
    Torshavn , Faroe Islands
    Visit the capital of the Danish Faroe Islands, discover the prolific birdlife and colourful turf roofed villages.
    1.00pm
    8.00am
    Aug 11
    Sun
    Kirkwall, Scotland , United Kingdom
    See the rolling landscape and remarkable dwellings of Kirkwall or visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel of the South Isles.
    2.00pm
    9.00am
    Aug 12
    Mon
    Rosyth, Scotland , United Kingdom
    Take a city tour of Edinburgh or visit Stirling castle.
    6.00pm
    9.00am
    Aug 13
    Tue
    At sea
    At Sea
    Aug 14
    Wed
    London, England , United Kingdom
    LONDON England
    5.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 15
    Thu
    Rouen , France
    River cruising along the Seine ROUEN France
    overnight
    6.00pm
    Aug 16
    Fri
    Rouen , France
    ROUEN France (Paris)
    8.00pm
    Aug 17
    Sat
    Honfleur , France
    Walking tour of Honfleur
    1.00pm
    8.00am
    Aug 18
    Sun
    At sea
    At Sea
    Aug 19
    Mon
    La Rochelle , France
    LA ROCHELLE France
    1.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 20
    Tue
    Bordeaux , France
    Visit the highlights of this UNESCO city, including the Palais Rohan. Or venture out of town to one of the prestigious wine estates for a tour of the cellars and tasting.
    overnight
    1.00am
    Aug 21
    Wed
    Bordeaux , France
    River cruising along the Gironde
    10.30am
    Aug 22
    Thu
    San Sebastian , Spain
    SAN SEBASTIAN Spain
    6.00pm
    1.00pm
    Aug 23
    Fri
    At sea
    At Sea
    Aug 24
    Sat
    La Coruna , Spain
    Visit Santiago de Compostela or enjoy a taste of La Coruna.
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 25
    Sun
    Oporto , Portugal
    Port tasting and a city tour of Oporto
    6.00pm
    1.00pm
    Aug 26
    Mon
    Lisbon , Portugal
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel
    overnight hotel
    10.00am
    Aug 27
    Tue
    Lisbon , Portugal
    Lisbon City Highlights. Optional tour available.
    overnight hotel
    Aug 28
    Wed
    Lisbon , Portugal
    Transfer to Lisbon Airport for flight home

    Lerwick Walking tour and Shetland Museum

    2 Aug Lerwick, Shetland Islands
    Half Day Extensive WalkingUphill Sections
    For a wonderful insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick, take a step back in time on this walking tour that will take you through the colourful and cosmopolitan history of this historic port.

    For a wonderful insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick, take a step back in time on this walking tour that will take you through the colourful and cosmopolitan history of this historic port.

    Starting from Victoria Pier, in the heart of the Old Town, you will be transported through the centuries with lively tales of Lerwick's growth, merchant trading, fishing and shipping fleets, and smugglers. Visit the Old Tollbooth, built in 1770 and recently restored; it is used today as the RNLI station. Then see one of Shetland’s famous Lodberries – houses and warehouses on piers that were designed to allow the loading and unloading of goods from boats. In the 18th century, when Lerwick was the premier herring town in Northern Europe, these unique structures would have filled the shoreline. Today, we will visit one of the most picturesque left in the town, with its thick sea-battered walls, slipway, pier and fish-drying shed.

    You will then continue along the Hillhead to see the town’s narrow lanes (or ‘closses’) which run down to the waterfront and, subject to availability, visit Lerwick Town Hall, built in 1883, with its beautiful stained glass windows representing a pictorial narrative of Shetland’s history since Viking times.

    Finally, you will visit the Shetland Museum to learn more about the island’s heritage and culture. This award-winning museum has over 3,000 artefacts on two floors featuring a wealth of beautifully displayed exhibits, making it a visit not to be missed.

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    Archaeological site of Jarlshof

    2 Aug Lerwick, Shetland Islands
    Half Day Archaeological Site
    The remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof, located near Shetland’s southern tip, was first uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement embracing at least 5,000 years of human history.

    The remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof, located near Shetland’s southern tip, was first uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement embracing at least 5,000 years of human history. The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze-Age village, an Iron-Age broch or circular stone tower, wheelhouses, several Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead, and the 16th-century laird’s house, which our guide will take you around.

    On the way to Jarlshof we shall also pass through the rural townships of Fladdabister and, conditions permitting, pause to admire the view of the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best preserved broch in the world. We will then continue south down the west coast of the island, passing St Ninian’s Isle, where the famous Pictish horde of silver dating from the 9th century was found in 1958.

    Following your tour of the Shetland’s the best known prehistoric archaeological site, we will return to Lerwick, with your guide explaining more about the islands as we look out for Shetland’s famous ponies grazing in the grasslands of the island.

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    Castles and Ponies

    2 Aug Lerwick, Shetland Islands
    Half Day
    The fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century, is full of character, especially along the water’s edge where the older buildings are situated.  As we drive through the town, we will see the Town Hall, before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second largest settlement on the island. 

    The fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century, is full of character, especially along the water’s edge where the older buildings are situated.  As we drive through the town, we will see the Town Hall, before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second largest settlement on the island. 

    On arrival in Scalloway, we will stop to visit the now roofless castle, which was built around 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart, who used forced labour to build his residence and was executed in Edinburgh in 1615. You will then visit the fascinating local museum, which has a special display devoted to the “Shetland Bus” boats which travelled between Shetland and Norway to help the Norwegian Resistance during World War II. Or if you prefer, you may wander through Scalloway’s Main Street and view the waterfront at your leisure.

    Leaving Scalloway, we will travel through the Tingwall Valley, with its Norse heritage, pausing for a photo stop to view a small herd of Shetland ponies, hearing more of Shetland`s culture and heritage from our experienced local guide, on our way back to Lerwick.

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    Skansinn and the Lava of Eldfell on Foot

    4 Aug Heimaey, Iceland
    Half Day Extensive WalkingUneven or Volcanic Ground
    Heimaey is the largest and only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, but its modest size makes a walking tour an ideal way to explore its rich history and natural beauty.

    Heimaey is the largest and only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, but its modest size makes a walking tour an ideal way to explore its rich history and natural beauty.

    The island’s recent past is especially notable for the enormous volcanic eruption of January 1973, which almost destroyed the naturally formed harbour (where our tour begins) forcing almost all of its 5,000 inhabitants to be evacuated to the mainland. From the harbour it’s just a short walk to Skansinn, site of an old fort built by orders of the Danish king in the 17th century to protect the Vestmannaeyjar islands from theft and foreign trade.

    Near to the fort is a traditional wooden stave church donated by Norway to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Iceland. From here the walk continues across the lava fields of Eldfell (‘Fire Mountain’) formed a little over 40 years ago by the dramatic volcanic eruption. The edge of Eldfell provides a wonderful view over the harbour town, including the remains of some of the houses buried under lava and ash. Finally, the crater is the perfect place to learn more about how the power of nature has influenced the fate of this picturesque island over the millennia, before we walk back through the town for a return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Heimaey Highlights

    4 Aug Heimaey, Iceland
    Half Day
    Vestmannaeyjar might be a small archipelago in the North Atlantic but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history and natural beauty. The tall cliffs surrounding the perfectly formed natural harbour are inhabited by a multitude of birds, whose eggs are an important source of food for the islanders, as are the birds themselves.

    Vestmannaeyjar might be a small archipelago in the North Atlantic but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history and natural beauty. The tall cliffs surrounding the perfectly formed natural harbour are inhabited by a multitude of birds, whose eggs are an important source of food for the islanders, as are the birds themselves. This is where our island highlights tour begins, from where you will journey past the ruins of some old farmhouses in the Herjólfsdalur Valley to the scenic western part of the island, for an opportunity to view some of the outer islands of the archipelagos, including the youngest of them all, Surtsey, formed during a volcanic eruption in 1963 and now a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

    The peninsula of Stórhöfði offers magnificent views whatever the weather, but on a clear day you may also catch a glimpse of some glaciers on the Icelandic mainland. We will also explore both of the island’s volcanoes: the five thousand-year-old Helgafell or “Holy Mountain”, and the considerably younger Eldfell or “Fire Mountain”, which erupted in 1973 making it necessary to evacuate the islanders to the mainland. A drive over the Eldfell lava field to the fort of Skansinn includes a traditional wooden stave church, donated to the people of Vestmannaeyjar by the state of Norway, to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Iceland. The tour then concludes with a drive through the harbour town on your way back to the ship.

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    Circumnavigation of Heimaey by Boat

    4 Aug Heimaey, Iceland
    Half Day Boat Ride
    During the 1973 volcanic eruption that occurred on Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar (or Westman Islands) molten hot lava poured across the landscape, burying houses in its wake and extending the length of the island forever.

    During the 1973 volcanic eruption that occurred on Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar (or Westman Islands) molten hot lava poured across the landscape, burying houses in its wake and extending the length of the island forever. Thankfully the flow was cooled by an enormous effort of seawater-spraying that remains one of the most successful disaster strategies of its kind in history. In the years since, scientists from around the world have come to observe the island’s unique geology, while also maintaining a close eye on the volcano to ensure it is always safe.

     

    Circumnavigating this “Pompeii of the North” on-board a comfortable boat, you will also get to see some of the other Westman Islands, of which there are fifteen in total, all of which are uninhabited, plus about thirty rock stacks and skerries. Heimaey has a rich variety of birdlife to observe, including the world’s largest puffin colony, which remains an important source of food for the people of the island. If conditions are suitable you may be lucky enough to spot a whale or some dolphins, before the boat enters the remote Klettshellir Cave. This remarkable cavern, which is only accessible from the water, has wonderful acoustics and is often used for live performances, as your guide will demonstrate by playing some instrumental music. The boat will then return to open water and gently cruise back to the main harbour.

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    The Blue Lagoon

    5 Aug Reykjavik, Iceland
    Half Day
    It’s not hard to see why National Geographic named the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon one of the top 25 wonders in the world, or why in recent years it has become the most popular attraction in Iceland.

    It’s not hard to see why National Geographic named the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon one of the top 25 wonders in the world, or why in recent years it has become the most popular attraction in Iceland.

    On the way to this relaxing destination, however, the day will begin with a drive through Reykjavík, for some views of the city’s landmarks, including the domed-glass Perlan, known as the Pearl, and the more recently built concert and conference centre of Harpa. Then, leaving Reykjavik behind, the ride will continue through the lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula to the Blue Lagoon, located amidst a beautiful lava field, seemingly in the middle of nowhere in an otherworldly landscape.

    The Blue Lagoon owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant that makes use of geothermal seawater replenished every 40 hours from a mile beneath the earth’s surface. The water is warm, mineral rich and is known to soothe and rejuvenate the skin. The aquamarine colour of the water, the steam and the lava landscape surrounding the Lagoon combine to create a unique and memorable atmosphere.

    The facilities at the Blue Lagoon include a tax-free shop – with a range of mineral-rich Blue Lagoon skin products – a café and restaurant, and excellent changing-room facilities. The Blue Lagoon spa is completely powered by clean geothermal energy and is environmentally certified.

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    Discover Reykjavik's Culture

    5 Aug Reykjavik, Iceland
    Half Day
    With less than 120,000 inhabitants to its name, Reykjavík is certainly one of the smaller capital cities in the world, but it is also one of the most stimulating. This sightseeing tour will take you on a journey to some of its most noteworthy sites, beginning with Laugardalur Valley, the city’s main sports and recreational area, where the Olympic sized open-air swimming pool is filled with geothermal water.

    With less than 120,000 inhabitants to its name, Reykjavík is certainly one of the smaller capital cities in the world, but it is also one of the most stimulating. This sightseeing tour will take you on a journey to some of its most noteworthy sites, beginning with Laugardalur Valley, the city’s main sports and recreational area, where the Olympic sized open-air swimming pool is filled with geothermal water.

    The Árbær open-air museum boasts more than 20 historic buildings, most of which have been relocated from central Reykjavik to form a town square, a village and a farm, making it a pleasant place to enjoy a walk. The museum was founded due to growing concern that “old Reykjavik” was disappearing forever, prompting the city council to create this public park.

    After the Árbær Museum we will move onwards to one of the city’s most architecturally interesting buildings, Perlan (“The Pearl”) which features a huge dome of reflecting glass panels on a hollow steel frame. Perlan has a viewing platform on top of its hot-water tanks that extends full circle, offering splendid views over the city.

    The National Museum is dedicated to preserving Iceland’s cultural heritage from the time of its pioneering settlement right up to the present day. From here we will drive to the old quarter of Reykjavík to see some of its charming colourful houses, on our way to Hallgrímskirkja Church, one of the city’s most recognised landmarks.

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    Golden circle

    5 Aug Reykjavik, Iceland
    Full Day
    This full day journey begins with a drive across the ancient undulating lava fields of Mosfellsheið on the way to one of Iceland’s top attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, situated in a rift valley with incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge. Thingvellir is the only place in the world where any part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, separating the Eurasian and North American plates, is above sea-level.

    This full day journey begins with a drive across the ancient undulating lava fields of Mosfellsheið on the way to one of Iceland’s top attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, situated in a rift valley with incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge. Thingvellir is the only place in the world where any part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, separating the Eurasian and North American plates, is above sea-level.

    As well as being geologically important, Thingvellir is also where some of the country’s most important historical events have unfolded, making it a sacred place to the people of Iceland. This was where the settlers of Iceland first became a unified nation when its legislative parliament, the Althing, was founded there in the year 930.

    In a country renowned for its numerous waterfalls, the Gullfoss Waterfall, or “Golden Waterfall”, is certainly the most famous. Here, a huge amount of water can be seen cascading down the rocks into a deep ravine, creating a powerful spectacle.

    Finally, the last of the “big three” attractions of the day will be the Geysir geothermal area, from where the word “geyser” originates. Strokkur is an explosive geyser that erupts every few minutes and is another of Iceland’s world famous landmarks.

    Then finally, back in Reykjavík, there will just be time for one last stop at the Perlan, or the Pearl, which has a viewing deck offering great panoramic views over Reykjavik, perfect for taking photos or just relaxing and enjoying the view.

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    Culture in the Westfjords

    6 Aug Isafjordur, Iceland
    Half Day Uneven or Volcanic Ground
    This tour of the isolated Westfjords of Iceland offers a comprehensive view of life and culture in the region, emphasising the human struggle to survive in such a beautiful but unforgiving landscape. Bolungarvík and Ósvör Fisherman’s Hut is our first destination. This museum is housed in a series of traditional turf-and-stone shacks where the guide, dressed in a typical sheepskin outfit, will explain the history of the area and local methods for salting fish.

    This tour of the isolated Westfjords of Iceland offers a comprehensive view of life and culture in the region, emphasising the human struggle to survive in such a beautiful but unforgiving landscape.

    Bolungarvík and Ósvör Fisherman’s Hut is our first destination. This museum is housed in a series of traditional turf-and-stone shacks where the guide, dressed in a typical sheepskin outfit, will explain the history of the area and local methods for salting fish.

    Not far from the museum is the church of Hólskirkja or “the church on the hill”, built in 1908 and containing several interesting pieces, including two grand bells used to drive away the phantoms that supposedly still reside on the nearby heath.

    Tungudalur Valley is home to a beautiful waterfall and meadow where we will stop for some photo opportunities on our way to the town of Ísafjörður, the largest settlement in the Westfjords and one of the main cultural and trading centres in Iceland.

    After a leisurely stroll around the town’s historic buildings, our last destination will be the Maritime Museum, which features an array of artefacts and information about the region’s fishing industry throughout the centuries. Here you will be able enjoy a snack of Icelandic refreshment – schnapps, dried fish or shark – whilst browsing the exhibits.

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    Vigur Island boat tour

    6 Aug Isafjordur, Iceland
    Half Day
    At only two kilometres long and four hundred metres wide, it’s no surprise that Vigur has been home to the same family of farmers for generations. This tour begins with a forty-minute boat ride around the coast of the island for an opportunity to see some of its abundant birdlife in their natural environment, before switching to a walking tour around some impressive man-made relics from Vigur’s traditional farming past.

    At only two kilometres long and four hundred metres wide, it’s no surprise that Vigur has been home to the same family of farmers for generations. This tour begins with a forty-minute boat ride around the coast of the island for an opportunity to see some of its abundant birdlife in their natural environment, before switching to a walking tour around some impressive man-made relics from Vigur’s traditional farming past.

    The island is home to Iceland’s oldest windmill, which was built in 1840 and used for the grinding of wheat imported from Denmark. Despite being decommissioned in 1917 the windmill has been carefully maintained – as has another extraordinary attraction, a two hundred-year-old, eight-oared rowing boat, which is still being used to ferry sheep to the mainland today.

     Many of the houses on Vigur date back to the last century, including Viktoria House, which was erected in 1862 from pre-cut Norwegian wood and subsequently restored in 1993 by the National Museum of Iceland. Another notable house was built in 1884 by a young priest, the descendants of whom still populate the island.

    After finishing the tour, prior to returning to the mainland, coffee and cakes will then be served in a mid-19th century cowshed that has been restored into a beautiful and welcoming reception area.

    Please note that after mid-August the sighting of sea birds cannot be guaranteed, due to fluctuations in seasonal weather.

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    Jewels of the North - Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall

    7 Aug Akureyri, Iceland
    Full Day Lunch IncludedUneven or Volcanic Ground
    A popular tour encompassing the highlights of Northern Iceland, this journey begins with a drive along the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the Goðafoss Waterfall or “Waterfall of the Gods”, referring to an important historical event in the year 1000, when Iceland officially became a Christian nation.

    A popular tour encompassing the highlights of Northern Iceland, this journey begins with a drive along the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the Goðafoss Waterfall or “Waterfall of the Gods”, referring to an important historical event in the year 1000, when Iceland officially became a Christian nation.

    Lake Mývatn is a magical location that is home to tens of thousands of birds, including, most notably, thirteen species of ducks. The area surrounding Mývatn is of tremendous geological interest and is one of the few places in the world where Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, grows.

    The bubbling mud-pots and fumaroles of Námaskarð are a striking geothermal field full of sulphur deposits and boiling springs. With its incredible colours, vents blasting steam from the earth and the loud popping of air bubbles in the mud-pots, the experience is truly otherworldly.

    A short ride onwards is the mystical lava landscape of Dimmuborgir, a dramatic place where the strange formations of volcanic rock have provided inspiration for many Icelandic folktales. The name itself means “dark fortress”, an appropriately mystical epithet for this peculiar terrain.

    Finally, before heading back to Akureyri, we will visit the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir, formed by explosions of gas during the cooling of boiling lava over the wetlands near the lake. These craters are a popular site for birdwatchers and are protected as a natural conservation area.

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    Whale watching

    8 Aug Husavik, Iceland
    Half Day Boat Ride
    Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world to watch whales. Indeed, due to its wide-open bay and rich marine life, there is a higher chance of spotting these incredible marine mammals in Húsavík than anywhere else in Iceland.

    Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world to watch whales. Indeed, due to its wide-open bay and rich marine life, there is a higher chance of spotting these incredible marine mammals in Húsavík than anywhere else in Iceland.

    Before heading onto the water, we will have time to visit the Húsavík Whale Museum for more information on the history, biology and habitat of these remarkable creatures. This popular non-profit attraction opened in 1997 as a trial exhibition, but has since been transferred to a permanent location inside an old slaughterhouse, providing 1,600 square metres of space for its displays, including the complete skeletons of several species of whale.

    After finishing at the Museum, we will join our friendly whale-spotting crew who will be able to provide many more details on the various species of whales and dolphins that we hope to be able to spot during our boat trip into the wide waters of Skjálfandi Bay. Like all wild-nature experiences, sightings cannot be guaranteed, but given Húsavík’s reputation, the potential here is always excellent.

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    Torshavn

    10 Aug Torshavn, Faroe Islands
    Half Day Cobbled Streets
    The origins of Torshavn can be traced back to approximately AD850, when it first became the site of a Viking “Ting”, a term that has etymological connections with the Scandinavian “Althing” or “Thing” and the British “Husting”, denoting the site of a parliamentary gathering.

    The origins of Torshavn can be traced back to approximately AD850, when it first became the site of a Viking “Ting”, a term that has etymological connections with the Scandinavian “Althing” or “Thing” and the British “Husting”, denoting the site of a parliamentary gathering.

    The Viking Thing was followed by a marketplace and later a town. When free trade came to the Faroe Islands in 1856, the islands were finally opened up to the rest of the world, marking the beginning of a transformation in Tórshavn’s economy. Today it is one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world.

    This tour will take you to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the city, before a visit to the Historical Museum to learn more about the Faroes over the last millennium, from Viking to modern times.

    You will also take a stroll around the beautiful open-air museum "Hoyviksgardur" which includes a traditional farmhouse and outbuildings, before taking a walk through the colourful warehouses, 18th century cathedral and iconic turf-roofed homes of the old town, Tinganes.

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    Kirkjubour

    10 Aug Torshavn, Faroe Islands
    Half Day
    Lying on the southern tip of Streymoy is the tiny village of Kirkjubour, where the imposing ruins of Saint Magnus Cathedral dominate the landscape of what was, during the Middle Ages, the island’s ecclesiastical and cultural centre.

    Lying on the southern tip of Streymoy is the tiny village of Kirkjubour, where the imposing ruins of Saint Magnus Cathedral dominate the landscape of what was, during the Middle Ages, the island’s ecclesiastical and cultural centre.

    Construction of the Cathedral began in the late-thirteenth century, using a Gothic architectural style that was common to West Norwegian church-building of the period. Its lack of roof once suggested that it was never completed, but recent research has shown that it was likely to have been roofed at some point after all.

    Until the island’s Catholic diocese was abolished, Kirkjubour was also the site of the Bishop’s palace, but in the centuries since its demise, the remaining foundations have provided the wide stone base for the Roykstovan, a farmstead home to the same Faroese family for seventeen generations.

    The rest of this large building was constructed from logs believed to have drifted to the island from Norway some 700 years ago, while its turf roof and interior reflect the traditional lifestyle of a Faroese farm.

    Looking out from Kirkjubour, to the west of the island, we will also have magnificent views of Koltur, Hestur, Sandoy and Vagar, on our way to and from this important historical site.

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    Ancient Treasures

    11 Aug Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Half Day Archaeological Site
    To the west of Kirkwall, on Orkney’s largest island, the gentle rolling landscape gives way to Mainland’s Neolithic heartland as you travel into an area with a wealth of pre-historic archaeology that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    To the west of Kirkwall, on Orkney’s largest island, the gentle rolling landscape gives way to Mainland’s Neolithic heartland as you travel into an area with a wealth of pre-historic archaeology that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness, we will stop at the Ring of Brodgar – a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years – before continuing to the similarly ancient village of Skara Brae, which was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC.

    Here you will see the remarkable dwellings that were revealed from beneath sand dunes by storms only 150 years-ago. There are eight in all, making it the most complete Neolithic village in Europe that also has a beautifully interpreted visitor centre for you to explore.

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    Spirit of the South Isles

    11 Aug Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Half Day

    Leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow to the smaller South Isles, where you will drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow.

    You will then visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on the island during World War Two. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace but also to the ingenuity and skill of the prisoners.  

    Finally, continue your journey to Highland Park to discover Orkney’s highly acclaimed 12- year-old malt whisky at the world’s most northerly whisky distillery, where there will be an opportunity to tour the distillery and try a wee dram!

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    Stirling Castle

    12 Aug Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Dramatically perched atop a 250-foot extinct volcano, Stirling Castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was the principal residence for Scotland's monarchs. The castle's turbulent history is populated with a host of celebrated figures in Scotland's history, such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.

    Dramatically perched atop a 250-foot extinct volcano, Stirling Castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was the principal residence for Scotland's monarchs. The castle's turbulent history is populated with a host of celebrated figures in Scotland's history, such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. A great symbol of Scottish independence, this royal residence and fortress affords magnificent views from its rocky cliff. A self-guided tour takes you into the vast Great Hall, which dates to the Middle Ages and has been restored to its former glory. See the central turreted gatehouse, the great Parliament Hall, and the Royal Chapel, one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Photo opportunities abound as you immerse yourself in Scotland’s history; there are excellent views of the town of Stirling and the site of the battle of Bannockburn. After your tour, you will then have time to browse for souvenirs in the castle's gift shop before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Highlights of Edinburgh

    12 Aug Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Half Day

    Today Holyrood remains a royal residence and is the official home of the Queen when visiting Scotland. Our tour takes us up the imposing Great Stair which provided the formal approach to the royal apartments. Passing a portrait of the Queen wearing the Robes of the Order of the Thistle, we enter the royal dining room whose elegant Ionic columns date from the late 18th century. The Throne Room is where there is a fine coronation portrait of Queen Victoria, who used it for court functions, a tradition continued by the present Queen.

    Our tour continues through the private rooms designed for Charles II. The Great Gallery is a bright corridor of a room, designed to host the most splendid of functions. The most notable features here are a series of paintings of Scottish rulers, supposedly stretching back to the era before Christ.

    The old north-west tower provides the climax of the tour, where the apartments of Mary Queen of Scots are located. It was here that she argued over religion with John Knox and where her secretary was murdered.

    Following your visit to Holyrood, your sightseeing tour will continue up the Royal Mile into the Old Town of Edinburgh before passing across to the Georgian New Town where, in the late 18th century, prosperous Edinburgh commissioned the finest architects to create a city of classical buildings, tree-line squares and crescents linked by wide streets that exude elegance and harmony. They are all yours to experience on this introductory tour.

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    Walking tour of Honfleur

    17 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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    UNESCO Bordeaux

    20 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

    20 Aug Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Significant Steps
    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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    Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateaux Road

    20 Aug Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Extensive WalkingSignificant Steps
    Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, your tour of the Medoc starts just north of the city. The Medoc wine road, located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes forest, provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see.

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

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

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

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    Saint-Emilion Village

    20 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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    Santiago de Compostela

    24 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.

     

    *Due to ongoing restoration works on the façade of the cathedral, it is not known at time of printing whether inside visits will be permitted. Further information will be provided at the time of final documents.

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    A taste of La Coruna

    24 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

    25 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

    27 Aug 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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    Queluz, Sintra & Cascais

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

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

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

    After a leisurely exploration, we will then enjoy a scenic drive through Guincho on our way to the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, where there will be some free time to relax before returning to Lisbon. Having been a holiday resort for well over a century, Cascais possesses a certain illustriousness that younger resorts lack. With a history that is most clearly visible in the villas dotted along the coast, the resort was built by wealthy “Lisboetas” as summer residences in the late 19th-century after King Luis I moved his summer activities to the nearby 17th-century fortress.

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    Andy Bunten

    Andy Bunten BSc, MSc, DIC, Ecologist
    Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB. 

    Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB. 


    He initially worked in RSPB Scotland then headed south to be the Regional Director for the South East of England for 5 years before, in 1991, moving to the North of England to take up the reins of Director there. A highly experienced lecturer, Andy has cruised extensively completing over 20 trips ranging from Costa Rica to the Philippines and from Argentina to Svalbard

    Now an Environmental Consultant, Andy is an enthusiastic traveller and has led wildlife groups to numerous places around the world including the Seychelles, France, Egypt, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Borneo, Norway and Spitzbergen.
     

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    Sue King

    Sue King M Phil History of Art, BA Hons Phil/Pol, PGCE, MITG, Art Historian
    Born a Londoner (with Scottish and Irish roots), Sue then travelled the world with a military and diplomatic father and husband. A degree in Philosophy and Politics, a Post Graduate teaching qualification and a Master’s in History of Art led to a teaching and lecturing career for students from four-years-old to undergraduates.

    Born a Londoner (with Scottish and Irish roots), Sue then travelled the world with a military and diplomatic father and husband. A degree in Philosophy and Politics, a Post Graduate teaching qualification and a Master’s in History of Art led to a teaching and lecturing career for students from four-years-old to undergraduates.

    Now based in London, and qualified as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for six areas of Britain from London to the South Coast and North to Yorkshire Sue has a broad knowledge of both art and history.

    She now works as a Tourist Guide, Art History Lecturer and Guide Trainer. She has given a series of Art History lectures for American University students studying in London, and for the London Blue Badge course for which she has been Course Director for five years, as well as guiding groups in London galleries and lecturing to various groups interested in art, architecture and heritage subjects.

    Sue is one of the few official guides for the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, the Foundling Museum and Middle Temple Hall and as a member of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London, and of the Basketmakers Livery Company she is able to participate in the splendid pageantry of their official events and in their charitable activities. Sue is past Chairman of both the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and the British Guild of Tourist Guides.

    Four years of extensive travel in the United States whilst based in Pennsylvania and Washington DC, and visits to Australian relatives ensure that she can make effective links to our passengers who hail from these countries.

    Sue’s illustrated talks on board will bring to life the fascinating art and culture of Iceland and other countries we visit.

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    Dr Thomas Mannack

    Dr Thomas Mannack, The Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford
    Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.

    Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.

    He has been invited to present papers by many universities and academies including New York, Berlin, Tours, Brussels, Munich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Basel and Zurich. 

    In his spare time, Dr. Mannack is passionate about flat German tin figures, which his wife Sigrid hates, and on which he has published two scholarly article, just to irk her. His daughters, Lilith and Fidelis, have rejected the refined and beautiful field of Classical Archaeology in favour of “Science”, but are occasionally willing to accompany him on cruises (and paint toy figures better than him).

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    Trevor Rowley

    Trevor Rowley, Emeritus Fellow Kellogg College, University of Oxford
    Trevor is a medieval archaeologist and historian who has spent his career in lifelong and continuing education, largely at Oxford University, where he was first Director of Archaeology and later Deputy Director in the Department for Continuing Education. He was a Founder Fellow of Kellogg College and is now Dean of Degrees.

    Trevor is a medieval archaeologist and historian who has spent his career in lifelong and continuing education, largely at Oxford University, where he was first Director of Archaeology and later Deputy Director in the Department for Continuing Education. He was a Founder Fellow of Kellogg College and is now Dean of Degrees. For many years he has directed and taught International University Summer Programmes, both in Britain and the United States. He was the instigator and director of the popular Oxford Experience Summer Programme at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a visiting Professor on Stanford University overseas programme and directed and taught programmes for the American National Trust and the Smithsonian. He is a seasoned traveller in Europe and beyond and was a regular guest lecturer for Swan Hellenic Cruises.

    He was Honorary Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology and President of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society; he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

    His main academic interests are in landscape history, the Normans and the Western Mediterranean in the Middle Ages. He has written extensively and his publications include Landscape Archaeology, with Mick Aston, The High Middle Ages, The Normans, An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry and The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century. He is currently writing a book on Landscapes of the Norman Conquest

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    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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    $16,650*pp
    $17,695*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    D

    Deluxe Balcony

    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $15,895*pp
    $16,795*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    E

    Deluxe Outside

    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $14,395*pp
    $15,195*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    F

    Deluxe Outside

    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $13,950*pp
    $14,650*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    G

    Premium Outside

    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $12,995*pp
    $13,695*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    H

    Premium Outside

    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $12,295*pp
    $12,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    I*

    Premium Outside

    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $11,650*pp
    $12,295*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    J

    Standard Outside

    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $10,950*pp
    $11,595*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    K

    Premium Inside

    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $10,250*pp
    $10,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    L

    Premium Inside

    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $9,650*pp
    $10,250*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    M

    Standard Inside

    PREMIUM
    Standard Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $9,195*pp
    $9,695*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    CC

    Deluxe Balcony

    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $19,150*pp
    $20,195*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    EE

    Deluxe Outside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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    $16,695*pp
    $17,450*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    GG*

    Premium Outside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $14,950*pp
    $15,650*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    HH*

    Premium Outside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $14,150*pp
    $14,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    II*

    Premium Outside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $13,305*pp
    $13,950*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    JJ

    Standard Outside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $12,505*pp
    $13,150*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    KK

    Premium Inside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $11,595*pp
    $12,195*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    LL

    Premium Inside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $10,950*pp
    $11,550*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    MM

    Standard Inside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

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    $10,295*pp
    $10,795*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
    $1,245
    Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
    $1,200
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight and hotel arrangements)
    $2,000

    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.