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After experiencing the tranquil beauty and Buddhist masterpieces of Sri Lanka, cruise the Indian Ocean to the tropical beaches of the Maldives and the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion Island.

Enjoy a safari adventure in South Africa at two of the nation’s best game parks and learn more about the Zulu nation in Durban. Spend two nights exploring the cultural and historic sights of Cape Town, including majestic Table Mountain, before sailing the Skeleton Coast of Namibia to the colonial diamond port of Luderitz, Walvis Bay and Luanda, the “Paris of Africa”. 

Cross the Equator to tropical Bom Bom Island, Praia in Cape Verde and Las Palmas in the Canaries, then visit exotic Morocco for a fascinating overnight land tour to the famous souks of Marrakesh, a tour around the historic walled city of Taroudant, Casablanca and Tangier at the mouth of the Mediterranean.

Guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program may depart one day earlier due to air schedules, and will have an overnight hotel stay post-cruise before their flight home. Please call for details.

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

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Feb 10
Sun
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Feb 11
    Mon
    Colombo
    • Wildlife
    • Arts & culture
    Colombo , Sri Lanka
    Arrive and transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
    overnight
    Feb 12
    Tue
    Colombo
    • Wildlife
    • Arts & culture
    Colombo , Sri Lanka
    Watch Asian elephants bathe and play on a full day adventure to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, or take a morning city tour of Colombo, including Kelaniya (Kalyana) Temple and the National Museum of Sri Lanka. Alternatively, an optional full day tour to sacred Kandy is also available, location of the temple containing a tooth of the Buddha.
    10.00pm
    Feb 13
    Wed
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Cruising the Indian Ocean. Guest Speakers will give you an overview of their topics, the book club will be detailed, and Jessie Linden will tell you all about the craft classes available. You will also be invited to the first Captain’s Cocktail Party.
    Feb 14
    Thu
    Maldives
    • Beach
    • Island Life
    Maldives , Maldives
    Head ashore on the stunning tropical island of Uligamu, where you will have plenty of time to relax on the white sands or swim in the quiet, tranquil waters which are surrounded by coral reefs and tropical fish, before returning to the ship for a barbeque party on deck.
    8.00pm
    noon
    Feb 15
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Join your fellow passengers beside the pool for a very special “Crossing the Line Ceremony” to celebrate crossing the equator, including the chance to kiss the raw fish!
    Feb 16
    Sat
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Various events will be on offer during these days at sea. For example, John Ducker leads two wine-tasting events including handy guidance on wine and food matching.
    Feb 17
    Sun
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Jessie Linden’s craft classes will start during these days at sea, with the chance to learn how to make a silk necklace, or how to decorate a bag with handmade fabric flowers.
    Feb 18
    Mon
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    During these days at sea the book club will commence, focusing on comparisons between “Atonement” by Ian McEwan’s and the 2017 film adaptation, which will also be shown.
    Feb 19
    Tue
    Mahe
    • Arts & culture
    • Natural Wonders
    • Flora and Fauna
    Mahe , Seychelles
    Enjoy an included tour of Mahé’s Wild South, an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation. You will also see the bustling market and magical botanical garden of the island’s capital, Victoria.
    overnight
    7.00am
    Feb 20
    Wed
    Mahe
    • Arts & culture
    • Natural Wonders
    • Flora and Fauna
    Mahe , Seychelles
    Discover the reef barrier on an optional tour, beginning with views of the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat as it drifts over the corals. Then enjoy some hand fish feeding and snorkelling within the marine park.
    6.00pm
    Feb 21
    Thu
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Cruising the Indian Ocean, our resident musicians will perform for you, evening ensembles take place in the Ambassador Lounge, and mental stimulation continues in the form of daily quizzes.
    Feb 22
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    During these days at sea, our on-board lecture programme includes topics ranging from the 19th century Travellers Club of London to the story of the dodo and the species that exist on Mauritius today but are close to extinction.
    Feb 23
    Sat
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Craft classes continue with Jessie – including a two-part programme of painting on silk. The second book club with Olivia will also be launched before your arrival in Mauritius.
    Feb 24
    Sun
    Port Louis
      Port Louis , Mauritius
      A choice of included tours are available today: Port Louis and Pamplemousses will take you to one of the oldest and most prestigious botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere, or alternatively, visit the magnificent Eureka Colonial House.
      overnight
      8.00pm
      Feb 25
      Mon
      Port Louis
        Port Louis , Mauritius
        Take a stroll along the cosmopolitan Caudan Waterfront or choose from two optional excursions: Casela Nature Park, or the long dormant volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs, followed by a tasting of some traditional island Rhum at an historic distillery.
        8.00pm
        Feb 26
        Tue
        St. Denis
        • Arts & culture
        • Architecture
        St. Denis , Reunion
        Discover the breathtaking scenery of rugged Reunion, including a visit to a traditional geranium oil distillery. Or enjoy a panoramic tour of the capital, St Denis, on a choice of included excursions.
        2.00pm
        8.00am
        Feb 27
        Wed
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        During these days at sea Chris Stringer will give his first talk, introducing seven million years of evolution, beginning with our divergence from the African apes to the emergence of the human race.
        Feb 28
        Thu
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Relax as Aegean Odyssey cruises the Indian Ocean towards South Africa. Your Daily Journal will always outline a range of activities available, from craft activities including decorating travel bags to the techniques of folk-art painting.
        Mar 01
        Fri
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        During one of your sea days wine-lovers will be able to compete for a bottle of bubbly as John Ducker hosts our on-board wine quiz, and Judy Ducker entertains with anecdotes concerning her life and career in the film and TV set department
        Mar 02
        Sat
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Between Reunion and South Africa, Chris Walton begins a series of acclaimed lectures, while Steve Ragnall looks into the life and times of a true British eccentric and delivers a thought-provoking discussion on ‘The Birkenhead Drill’.
        Mar 03
        Sun
        Richards Bay
        • Wildlife
        Richards Bay , South Africa
        Visit the Hluhluwe Game Reserve for an included full day of incredible wildlife spotting and the chance to see a rare white rhino. An optional overnight safari to Leopard Mountain or Phinda Private Game Reserve is also available.
        overnight
        7.00am
        Mar 04
        Mon
        Richards Bay
        • Wildlife
        Richards Bay , South Africa
        Admire the remarkable landscapes of the KwaZulu-Natal province on your way to the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, where you are guaranteed a close-up encounter with some of its famous concentration of hippos.
        10.00pm
        Mar 05
        Tue
        Durban
        • Wildlife
        • Arts & culture
        • Flora and Fauna
        • Scenic Area
        Durban , South Africa
        Visit the beautiful city of Pietermaritzburg, encompassing old world charm, country living and stunning Victorian architecture. Or take an optional half day trip to the unique Sharks Board, featuring a large variety of lifelike marine replicas, including a magnificent 892kg great white shark.
        8.00pm
        8.00am
        Mar 06
        Wed
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        A day at sea to relax and appreciate Aegean Odyssey’s amenities. Lectures will be delivered in the Ambassador Lounge and the book club will reconvene for another discussion, followed by a movie screening of a big screen adaptation.
        Mar 07
        Thu
        Port Elizabeth
        • Wildlife
        • Arts & culture
        • Flora and Fauna
        Port Elizabeth , South Africa
        Enjoy a full-day safari experience across some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves, with the pre-book option of extending your stay overnight for some twilight game spotting and incredible night-sky views from your luxurious lodgings.
        overnight
        8.00am
        Mar 08
        Fri
        Port Elizabeth
        • Wildlife
        • Arts & culture
        • Flora and Fauna
        Port Elizabeth , South Africa
        Port Elizabeth shimmers on the Sunshine Coast as a popular beach-going destination and has plenty of historic sites to explore during an included half-day tour.
        7.00pm
        Mar 09
        Sat
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        More quizzes, films and a moving classical concert. ‘Crafters’ will also be able to show off their newly acquired skills.
        Mar 10
        Sun
        Cape Town
        • Wine
        • Natural Wonders
        • Flora and Fauna
        Cape Town , South Africa
        Arrive in the most cosmopolitan city in Southern Africa, a place filled with cultural wonders and outstanding natural beauty. No visit to Cape Town is complete without an included half-day excursion to Table Mountain and a ride to the summit in its famous cable car.
        overnight
        8.00am
        Mar 11
        Mon
        Cape Town
        • Wine
        • Natural Wonders
        • Flora and Fauna
        Cape Town , South Africa
        Take an included excursion to the town of Paarl, followed by a wine-tasting at a local estate and a visit to the village of Franschhoek. After another wine tasting, at a different estate, enjoy a picnic lunch and a tour of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the nation.
        overnight
        Mar 12
        Tue
        Cape Town
        • Wine
        • Natural Wonders
        • Flora and Fauna
        Cape Town , South Africa
        A free day to explore at leisure, giving you time to see some of Cape Town’s other sights or simply browse the shops and relax in one of the city’s world-class cafes and restaurants.
        overnight
        Mar 13
        Wed
        Cape Town
        • Wine
        • Natural Wonders
        • Flora and Fauna
        Cape Town , South Africa
        Enjoy an included excursion to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, on your way to the most south-westerly tip of Africa, where a funicular railway will take you to the summit for breathtaking views.
        overnight
        Mar 14
        Thu
        Cape Town
        • Wine
        • Natural Wonders
        • Flora and Fauna
        Cape Town , South Africa
        Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a natural World Heritage Site and one of the most famous public gardens in the country, with over 8,500 species of local plants and 36 hectares of cultivated terrain.
        overnight
        Mar 15
        Fri
        Cape Town
        • Wine
        • Natural Wonders
        • Flora and Fauna
        Cape Town , South Africa
        An included trip to the wonderful Cheetah Outreach Project. The cats here are very friendly and you will have a chance to stroke an adult before continuing to the Morgenster Estate for a tasting of its Bordeaux-style red wine and award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
        overnight
        Mar 16
        Sat
        Cape Town
        • Wine
        • Natural Wonders
        • Flora and Fauna
        Cape Town , South Africa
        Any spare time you have is easily filled in this vibrant and fascinating city, during another free day to roam at leisure before evening sailing.
        6.00pm
        Mar 17
        Sun
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 18
        Mon
        Luderitz
        • Arts & culture
        Luderitz , Namibia
        Visit Namibia's most well-known ghost town - Kolmanskop.
        8.00am
        Mar 19
        Tue
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 20
        Wed
        Walvis Bay
        • Wildlife
        • Arts & culture
        • Natural Wonders
        Walvis Bay , Namibia
        Included sightseeing in Walvis Bay: choose between Sandwich Harbour Lagoon or a visit to Namib Naukluft National Park that includes part of the Namib desert.
        overnight
        8.00am
        Mar 21
        Thu
        Walvis Bay
        • Wildlife
        • Arts & culture
        • Natural Wonders
        Walvis Bay , Namibia
        Optional Dolphin and Seal cruise to witness the bird and marine life.
        2.00pm
        Mar 22
        Fri
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 23
        Sat
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 24
        Sun
        Luanda
        • Wildlife
        • Arts & culture
        • Less Visited
        Luanda , Angola
        Afternoon city tour visiting the Palacio de Ferro designed by Gustav Eiffel.
        8.00pm
        2.00pm
        Mar 25
        Mon
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 26
        Tue
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean across the Equator.
        Mar 27
        Wed
        Bom Bom Island
        • Beach
        • Island Life
        Bom Bom Island , Sao Tome and Principe
        Free day at leisure and a beach party.
        8.00pm
        8.00am
        Mar 28
        Thu
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 29
        Fri
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 30
        Sat
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Mar 31
        Sun
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 01
        Mon
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 02
        Tue
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 03
        Wed
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 04
        Thu
        Praia, Santiago Island
        • Arts & culture
        • Island Life
        Praia, Santiago Island , Cape Verde
        Choice of included tours: Discover the Cape Verde Islands of visit the beauty of Santiago.
        6.00pm
        8.00am
        Apr 05
        Fri
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 06
        Sat
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 07
        Sun
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 08
        Mon
        Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
        • Natural Wonders
        Las Palmas, Gran Canaria , Spain
        Explore the breathtaking sites of Gran Canaria.
        10.00pm
        8.00am
        Apr 09
        Tue
        At sea
        • Sea Days
        At sea
        Cruising the Atlantic Ocean.
        Apr 10
        Wed
        Agadir
        • Soft adventure
        • Arts & culture
        Agadir , Morocco
        Drive from Agadir via Taroudant to Marrakesh for overnight hotel stay.
        overnight hotel
        8.00am
        Apr 11
        Thu
        Marrakesh
        • Soft adventure
        • Arts & culture
        Marrakesh , Morocco
        Morning sightseeing in Marrakesh. Afternoon drive to Casablanca to rejoin Aegean Odyssey.
        10.00pm
        Apr 12
        Fri
        Tangier
        • Arts & culture
        Tangier , Morocco
        Afternoon sightseeing - Tangier Highlights.
        8.00pm
        1.00pm
        Apr 13
        Sat
        Malaga
        • Arts & culture
        • Signature Voyage
        Malaga , Spain
        Disembark Aegean Odyssey. Guests using VTA's air program will have a 1-nt hotel stay port-cruise, before transferring to the airport for the flight home.
        6.00am
        Morning Colombo City Tour

        Morning Colombo City Tour

        12 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
        Half day
        Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other, as you travel to the Kelaniya (Kalyana) Temple, built on the banks of the Kelani River. Kelaniya is mentioned in the Buddhist chronicle, the Mahawamsa, which states that the Gautama Buddha visited the place, after which the dagoba of the temple was built.

        Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other, as you travel to the Kelaniya (Kalyana) Temple, built on the banks of the Kelani River. Kelaniya is mentioned in the Buddhist chronicle, the Mahawamsa, which states that the Gautama Buddha visited the place, after which the dagoba of the temple was built.

        Sri Lankan Buddhists believe that the Buddha visited Kelaniya in order to quell a quarrel between two warring Nāga leaders: Chulodara (literally meaning ‘the small-bellied one’) and Mahodara (‘the big-bellied one’).

        From here you will then be taken to the Colombo National Museum, which is housed in a grand colonial building and is the custodian of Sri Lanka's cultural heritage. Among its exhibits are a vast collection of books, more than 4,000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from the ancient cities, royal weapons of Sri Lankan kings and an excellent collection of antique demon masks. The most interesting among the exhibits are the regalia of the Kandian Kings dating back to the 17th century.

        A visit will then be made to Independence Square, where this former British colony of Ceylon was given self-rule in 1948. Winding past the cricket stadium, through affluent neighbourhoods like Horton Place and Kotte, the legislative capital, en-route to the pier, you will see the Nelum Pokuna Performing Art Centre, the Town Hall, President House and the Pettah Bazar.

        This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A camera fee applies for the museum.

        This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A camera fee applies for the museum.

         

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        Cultural Activity
        Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

        Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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

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

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

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

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        Cultural Activity
        Kandy & Temple of the Tooth
        UNESCO World Heritage Site

        Kandy & Temple of the Tooth

        12 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
        Full day Lunch IncludedRespectful DressLong DriveRemoval of Shoes
        Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha. The scenic three-hour drive takes us out of Colombo, through small towns growing all kinds of exotic fruit, past pineapple plantations and paddy fields and up into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country.

        Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha. The scenic three-hour drive takes us out of Colombo, through small towns growing all kinds of exotic fruit, past pineapple plantations and paddy fields and up into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. One of the day’s highlights is a stop at Peradeniya to walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens. A visit to the Orchid House should not be missed!

        Kandy was founded in the 14th century and as the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings is the key focus of this optional tour. Lunch will be served in a colonial hotel overlooking the Kandy Lake. On the opposite side of the picturesque valley, you will then enjoy a guided tour of the monumental Temple of the Tooth, where the sacred relic is enshrined.

        During the return drive from this ancient kingdom, a stop will be made at a Spice Garden to learn more about Sri Lanka’s ayurvedic tradition. Please note that this excursion is very long, with an approximate 3 - 3.5 hour drive each way.

        Please note: this excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A video fee applies for the temple.

        This optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

        *Includes subsidy for unused included excursion.

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        Optional $ 65*
        Choice of Tours
        Cultural Activity
        The Wild South

        The Wild South

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Coral Cruise

        Coral Cruise

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

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

        Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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

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        Optional $ 125
        Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House

        Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House

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

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

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

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

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

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        Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens

        Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Casela Nature Park

        Casela Nature Park

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

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

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

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

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

        Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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        Exploring Mauritius

        Exploring Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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        Scenic Reunion

        Scenic Reunion

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

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

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

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

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        St Denis

        St Denis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Hluhluwe Game Reserve

        Hluhluwe Game Reserve

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

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

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

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        Leopard Mountain Overland

        Leopard Mountain Overland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Phinda Private Game Reserve

        Phinda Private Game Reserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        St Lucia Wetland Park
        UNESCO World Heritage Site

        St Lucia Wetland Park

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

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

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

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

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        Pietermaritzburg & Museum

        Pietermaritzburg & Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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        Sharks Board

        Sharks Board

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

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

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

        Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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        Private Safari

        Private Safari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Pumba Private Game Reserve

        Pumba Private Game Reserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Lalibela Private Game Reserve

        Lalibela Private Game Reserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Port Elizabeth City

        Port Elizabeth City

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

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

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

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

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

         

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        Top of Table Mountain

        Top of Table Mountain

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

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

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

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

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        Cape Winelands Discovery

        Cape Winelands Discovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Cape Peninsula

        Cape Peninsula

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

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

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

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

        Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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        Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

        Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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

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

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

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

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        Cheetah Outreach project and Olive Tasting

        Cheetah Outreach project and Olive Tasting

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

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

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

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

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

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        Kolmanskop Ghost Town

        Kolmanskop Ghost Town

        18 Mar Luderitz, Namibia
        Half Day
        Kolmanskop is Namibia's most well-known ghost town, situated in the Spergebiet or “forbidden territory”, just a few kilometers inland from Luderitz. In 1908, the railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a sparkling stone amongst the sand while he was working in a railway maintenance team near Kolmanskop. His supervisor, August Stauch, was convinced it was a diamond, and when this was confirmed, the news spread like wildfire, sparking a “Diamond Rush” which caused fortune hunters to converge on the town in droves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Moon Landscape and Swakopmund

        Moon Landscape and Swakopmund

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

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

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

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

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

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        Sandwich Harbour in 4x4s

        Sandwich Harbour in 4x4s

        20 Mar Walvis Bay, Namibia
        Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
        Sandwich Harbour is a part of the Namib-Naukluft Park that many have heard of but very few have ever visited. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and a unique off-road driving experience. Land Rovers take you to beautiful lookouts where you can feel the isolation for which Namibia and the Skeleton Coast are so famous.

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

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

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

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

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        Dolphin & Seal cruise

        Dolphin & Seal cruise

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

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

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

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

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

        Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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        Changing Face of Luanda

        Changing Face of Luanda

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

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

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

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

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

        Please note this tour is audio guides only.

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        The Beauty of Santiago

        The Beauty of Santiago

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

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

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

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

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

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        UNESCO World Heritage Site

        In and Around Praia

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

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

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

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

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

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        Highlights of Gran Canaria

        Highlights of Gran Canaria

        8 Apr Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
        Half Day
        The dramatic geological features of Gran Canaria are breathtaking as you start with a drive up to the volcanic crater of Bandama, an extinct volcano rising nearly 580 metres above sea level, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views over a unique landscape.

        The dramatic geological features of Gran Canaria are breathtaking as you start with a drive up to the volcanic crater of Bandama, an extinct volcano rising nearly 580 metres above sea level, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views over a unique landscape.

        After a short photostop, the drive continues to the village of Teror, whose striking site on a plateau 575 metres above sea level has earned it the name of "the village in the air". Here, your guide will show you the most interesting colonial-style buildings culminating with an outside view of the basilica dedicated to the Virgen del Pino (Virgin of the Pine), which attracts a ceaseless stream of pilgrims.

        Our next stop is the town of Arucas, a district that offers important architectural and urban assets. The city centre, declared a site of historic-artistic interest, is a place that visitors must not fail to see.

        The Parish Church of San Juan Bautista is the leading architectural and social monument in the city. Built entirely in Arucas stone by local master masons, it dates from 1909 and, as well as the wealth of carved stone columns, there are also some beautiful stained glass windows that are the work of Canary Island painter Cristobal Hernandez de Quintana.

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

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        Taroudant

        Taroudant

        10 Apr Agadir, Morocco
        Half Day Lunch IncludedCrowded StreetsLong Drive
        Sometimes known as the “Little Marrakesh”, Taroudant is an old trading centre located in Morocco’s Souss Valley. Surrounded by citrus groves, protected by magnificent red-mud walls and with the snowcapped peaks of the High Atlas beckoning beyond, Taroudant’s situation is truly enchanting.

        Sometimes known as the “Little Marrakesh”, Taroudant is an old trading centre located in Morocco’s Souss Valley. Surrounded by citrus groves, protected by magnificent red-mud walls and with the snowcapped peaks of the High Atlas beckoning beyond, Taroudant’s situation is truly enchanting.

        Despite its medieval souks and squares, this is not simply a tourist destination, as Taroudant is a working market town where Berbers trade the produce of the rich and fertile Oued Souss plain. On your drive there from the port of Agadir, keep an eye out for the tree-climbing goats that call this part of the world home. Upon arrival, step inside this 11th-century citadel and prepare to be hurled back in time.

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

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        Marrakesh Sightseeing

        Marrakesh Sightseeing

        11 Apr Marrakesh, Morocco
        Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedCrowded StreetsLong Drive
        With its grand square bustling with snake charmers and market traders and its almost psychedelic souks, Marrakesh is a showcase for exoticism. Surrounded by the sights, sounds and aromas of the medina you can truly appreciate the allure of this North African city. Our guided tour of the old medina of Marrakesh begins with a walk through one of the most interesting quarters of Marrakesh.

        With its grand square bustling with snake charmers and market traders and its almost psychedelic souks, Marrakesh is a showcase for exoticism. Surrounded by the sights, sounds and aromas of the medina you can truly appreciate the allure of this North African city. Our guided tour of the old medina of Marrakesh begins with a walk through one of the most interesting quarters of Marrakesh.

        Here we'll stroll along labyrinthine alleyways, catching glimpses of mosques, hammams, traditional public bakeries, fondouks (old lodging houses used by the caravans) and fountains carved in wood and decorated with kuffic inscriptions.

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

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

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

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        Tangier Highlights

        Tangier Highlights

        12 Apr Tangier, Morocco
        Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
        Situated only a short distance across the Strait of Gibraltar from the shores of Europe, Tangier is a gateway to a vastly different culture. This tour is perfect if you really want to discover more of Tangier, and explore the bustling Medina, with its tiny streets lined with shops filled with trinkets and treats.

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

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

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

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        Jane Busby

        Jane Busby

        Jane Busby, Exercise and Dance Instructor
        Jane teaches exercise and dance in and around Brighton, specialising in teaching the over 50’s, as well as choreographing fashion shows and flash mobs.

        Jane teaches exercise and dance in and around Brighton, specialising in teaching the over 50’s, as well as choreographing fashion shows and flash mobs.

        Since starting ballet at the age of 3 years, Jane has danced all her life appearing in shows as a child then becoming professional at 16. For 15 years Jane worked in theatres, TV and on cruise ships with famous groups including The Tiller Girls, Black and White Minstrels, The Danny La Rue Show, 2nd Generation and as a Lionel Blair dancer. Jane had a wonderful time appearing in Summer seasons, pantomimes, TV variety shows and travelled abroad including 6 months in Japan, 6 months in Mallorca in the dinner show at the prestigious Sporting Casino, 3 months in Portugal and a month in Malta with the Black and White Minstrels.  

        After several years travelling Jane settled to work in UK appearing in choreographed fashion shows for Selfridges, Barkers, Pronupture and Wrangler tours and with many appearances in the Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening Post, Leicester Mercury and Brighton Argus fashion shows. Jane has appeared in TV commercials including Woolworths, Dulux, British Airways, Baileys and Great Mills DIY store.

        After marrying photographer, Larry Bray and having 2 girls, Jane turned her attentions to ‘behind the camera’ helping Larry by producing and styling his shoots.

        Over the last few years Jane has produced, styled and choreographed fashion shows and street flash mob events for clients including Marks & Spencer, Brighton City Centre and Jury’s Inn Hotel. In 2012-2014 Jane appeared as a guest fashion presenter on QVC shopping TV channel.

        Jane had the wonderful opportunity of dancing with The Second Generation again for Dame Vera Lynn’s 100 birthday tribute at the Palladium Theatre in March 2017. The wonderful Dougie Squires directed the show and reformed his famous group for ‘one night only’. The show had the honour of the Queen attending the performance.

        Jane’s fitness/dance classes have built up over the last 6 years to near capacity with 9 classes a week. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching her classes on several cruise ships including the Minerva, Voyager and Saga Pearl 2. Jane is excited to be joining Aegean Odyssey and offering everyone the chance to have fun keeping fit and healthy, moving to popular and catchy music.

        Website  -  www.janebusbyfitness.co.uk

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        John Coventry

        John Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Clare Coventry

        Clare Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Please note Clare will not be lecturing.

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        Olivia Cox

        Olivia Cox

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

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

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

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

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

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        Nigel Cox

        Nigel Cox

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

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

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

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

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        Judy Ducker

        Judy Ducker

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

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

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        John Ducker

        John Ducker

        John Ducker, The Wine Education Service
        Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9.

        Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the  actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9. Hardly less important has been his professional wine-teaching career, one which has additionally covered many sea and river miles as wine tutor for a number of top smaller-ship cruise lines. As a reputable (and published) family cook his quick-reference guide to food/wine matching, ‘Marriages Made in Heaven’, will be freely available on board.

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        Dr Gareth George

        Dr Gareth George

        Dr Gareth George, Geologist
        Gareth first became interested in geology at grammar school where he self-taught the A-level course without specialist teacher guidance. He graduated from Swansea University in 1966 with a B.Sc. (Honours Geology) and gained his Ph. D. (University of Wales) in 1970 researching the Upper Carboniferous sediments of SW Wales, under the supervision of Prof. Gilbert Kelling. He began his academic career lecturing in sedimentology and stratigraphy at Sir John Cass College, London and retired in 2004 from the University of Greenwich where he also taught M.Sc. courses in Petroleum Geology.

        Gareth first became interested in geology at grammar school where he self-taught the A-level course without specialist teacher guidance. He graduated from Swansea University in 1966 with a B.Sc. (Honours Geology) and gained his Ph. D. (University of Wales) in 1970 researching the Upper Carboniferous sediments of SW Wales, under the supervision of Prof. Gilbert Kelling. He began his academic career lecturing in sedimentology and stratigraphy at Sir John Cass College, London and retired in 2004 from the University of Greenwich where he also taught M.Sc. courses in Petroleum Geology.

        During his career he tutored and was external examiner for the Open University, teaching a variety of second and third level geology courses and summer schools. In the 1970’s Gareth ran guided walks and lectures for the Pembrokeshire Countryside Unit (later to become the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park), which was established by the well-known pioneering conservationist, author and broadcaster John H. Barrett MBE (1913-1999).

        As an oil/gas consultant, employed by UK, Dutch and American companies, he worked on hydrocarbon fields in the UK and Dutch sectors of the Southern North Sea, Libya and Qatar. He has led innumerable field trips to South Wales, other classic areas in the UK and SE Spain for undergraduates, OU and U3A students, the Geologists’ Association, post-graduates and active and retired oil-company personnel. Gareth has written many research papers and has contributed to books published by the Geological Society of London and the Geologists’ Association and has delivered lectures to the petroleum societies of Great Britain (London) and the Netherlands (The Hague).

        In 2008 he founded Geoserv Publishing and has since self-published three books: The Geology of South Wales: A Field Guide (1st and 2nd editions) and Aspects of the Sedimentology of South Wales, all of which have been well received, particularly by students studying the rocks of the Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons national parks, the Gower Peninsula and the Vale of Glamorgan. The field guide contains interesting comments and illustrations regarding ‘Stonehenge and the Preseli Bluestone enigma’ and the Iron Age forts/tombs of the area. A further two publications are planned for 2019/20: The Red Rocks of Pembrokeshire with Prof. Brian Williams, and Introductory Geology: an illustrated guide for beginners.

        He and his wife Jean have travelled widely, especially to locations with features of geological and geographical interest. These include cruises to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Baltic and the coasts of Norway and Alaska and extensive holidays have been spent in North Africa, the Canadian Rockies, USA, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam & Cambodia and, most recently, South Africa & Namibia. These travels have facilitated the opportunity for Gareth to pursue his interest in the photography of landscapes, geological structures and rock-related archaeology.

        Gareth and Jean met at Swansea University and have been married for over 50 years, mostly living in Kent with their two children. As a Welshman Gareth is a rugby enthusiast and enjoys a wide range of music from Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan to opera and classical. He enjoys walking, gardening and cooking, and is the head chef of the George residence.

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        Jessie Lindon

        Jessie Lindon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Peter Mawby

        Peter Mawby

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

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

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

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

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

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        Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

        Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

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

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

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

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

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

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        Steve Ragnall

        Steve Ragnall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Prof Chris Stringer

        Prof Chris Stringer

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

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


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


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

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

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        Dr Barry Walsh MB (NUI) FRCPath, MSc (Lond)

        Dr Barry Walsh MB (NUI) FRCPath, MSc (Lond)

        Dr Barry Walsh MB (NUI) FRCPath, MSc (Lond), Art and Science Historian
        Barry Walsh was before retirement in 2015 a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) and Director of the South West London Health Protection Team part of Public Health England. He worked for 24 years in public health in London.

        Barry Walsh was before retirement in 2015 a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) and Director of the South West London Health Protection Team part of Public Health England. He worked for 24 years in public health in London.

        Born in Co Mayo he qualified in medicine at the University of Cork Ireland in 1981. After House Officer roles in Cork he moved to England where he started training in pathology.

        He specialised in medical microbiology first at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington and then John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford. Barry got his Membership in medical microbiology (MRC Path) in 1991. He took a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1994.

        While specialising in medicine in London he managed to get a BA (2.1) in the History of Art at Birkbeck College in 1989. He focused on Italian Renaissance Art, Roman architecture, and Art of the 20th Century. In 1991 he got a Diploma in the History of Medicine at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and won the Osler Gold Medal for his lecture on Anatomy and Art in Renaissance Italy.

        Barry qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide in 2000 and now works as a professional tour guide in London specialising in medical and art history tours as well as the Palace of Westminster. He guides at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery and Courtauld Institute.

        His broad interests and lectures also encompass Science Industry and Technology (Industrial Revolution), Royal Medicine, Art and Medicine, and The Body in the Car Park (the discovery of King Richard III).

        Bringing his interest in Western Art together with Art of the East he recently gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at the School of Oriental and African Art (SOAS) London in 2017. He lectures and guides on Islamic, Chinese, Japanese, Indian art and East meets West in the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museums.

         

         

         

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        Christopher Walton

        Christopher Walton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Sara Withers

        Sara Withers

        Sara Withers, Jewellery Designer
        Sara Withers has been designing and making jewellery for almost all of her working life. Her work concentrates on the use of beads, some self made, some sourced from interesting suppliers. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions and her work has sold in a selection of shops and galleries throughout the U.K., including the British Museum. She is the author of many books of bead jewellery projects. The most recent being ‘The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques’ and ‘A Compendium of Jewellery Techniques’.

        Sara Withers has been designing and making jewellery for almost all of her working life. Her work concentrates on the use of beads, some self made, some sourced from interesting suppliers. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions and her work has sold in a selection of shops and galleries throughout the U.K., including the British Museum. She is the author of many books of bead jewellery projects. The most recent being ‘The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques’ and ‘A Compendium of Jewellery Techniques’.

        Sara teaches bead making and jewellery making in several arts centres in Britain including West Dean College in Sussex and the Oxford Summer School. Four years ago a love of jewellery making and travelling was happily combined when she started to give classes on small cruise ships. Another of Sara’s bead related interests is the Arkell bead collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, which she has studied in order to communicate her enthusiasm to others. In 2007 she was one of the speakers at the International Bead and Beadwork Conference in Istanbul.

        During your cruise Sara will be running jewellery making lessons suitable for complete beginners, or for those who have done some jewellery making, with themes ranging from traditional and contemporary knotting, to bracelets and earrings, beading wire necklaces, and resin pedants.

        For more information on Sara’s work and to see more examples of her jewellery, her website can be found by visiting http://www.sarawithers.co.uk

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        Sofitel Palais Imperial

        Sofitel Palais Imperial

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

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

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

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        Grand Savoy

        Grand Savoy

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

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

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

        Free roundtrip airfare add-ons from select gateways

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

        Sample gateways for our free roundtrip economy airfare are listed below.

        Please note: due to air schedules, flights for guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program may depart one day earlier than the cruise departure date listed on our website. Guests using VTA's air for this voyage will also have an additional 1-night hotel stay post cruise before transferring to the airport for the flight home.

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

        Sample free economy airfare gateways*

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        *Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only, applies to select departures and gateways only, and includes all government taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges, which may change at any time. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.

        Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing. Some gateways may require departures 1 or 2 days prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 or 2 days later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure if applicable.

        Customized air travel

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

        Your travel agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. A US$50 per person non-refundable administration fee will be charged for each request, plus any possible fare differential. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted. Deposit must be provided before custom requests can be made.

        Seat Assignments

        Voyages to Antiquity will request aisle and next seating when making your flight arrangements. Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. You or your travel agent may contact the carrier directly to request any special arrangements once air has been ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing.

        Frequent Flyer Mileage

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

        Included transfers

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

        Note: Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours as outlined on the website and our brochure. The included transfers are for guests purchasing Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements.

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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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        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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        $29,495*pp
        $35,450*pp
        Lido
        Lido
        Deluxe BalconyC
        Deluxe Balcony
        BALCONY
        Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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        virtual

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

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

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        $25,995*pp
        $31,195*pp
        Bridge
        Bridge
        Lido
        Lido
        Deluxe BalconyD
        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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        $24,395*pp
        $29,395*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Deluxe OutsideE
        Deluxe Outside
        PREMIUM
        Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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        virtual

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

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        $22,350*pp
        $26,950*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Deluxe OutsideF
        Deluxe Outside
        PREMIUM
        Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
        Layout
        virtual

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

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        $21,195*pp
        $25,695*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Bridge
        Bridge
        Lido
        Lido
        Premium OutsideG
        Premium Outside
        PREMIUM
        Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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        virtual

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

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        $19,750*pp
        $23,850*pp
        Bridge
        Bridge
        Lido
        Lido
        Premium OutsideH
        Premium Outside
        PREMIUM
        Premium Outside, PREMIUM
        Layout
        virtual

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

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        $18,350*pp
        $22,250*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Columbus
        Columbus
        Premium OutsideI*
        Premium Outside
        PREMIUM
        Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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        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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        $16,895*pp
        $20,695*pp
        Bridge
        Bridge
        Standard OutsideJ
        Standard Outside
        PREMIUM
        Standard Outside, PREMIUM
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        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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        $15,650*pp
        $19,150*pp
        Columbus
        Columbus
        Premium InsideK
        Premium Inside
        PREMIUM
        Premium Inside, PREMIUM
        Layout
        virtual

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

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        $14,450*pp
        $17,550*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Premium InsideL
        Premium Inside
        PREMIUM
        Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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        virtual

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

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        $13,250*pp
        $16,250*pp
        Columbus
        Columbus
        Standard InsideM
        Standard Inside
        PREMIUM
        Standard Inside, PREMIUM
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        virtual

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

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        $12,295*pp
        $14,995*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Columbus
        Columbus
        Deluxe BalconyCC
        Deluxe Balcony
        SINGLE CABINS
        Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
        Layout
        virtual

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

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        $28,750*pp
        $33,950*pp
        Lido
        Lido
        Deluxe OutsideEE
        Deluxe Outside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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        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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        $25,150*pp
        $29,750*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Premium OutsideGG*
        Premium Outside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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        virtual

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

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        $21,850*pp
        $25,950*pp
        Bridge
        Bridge
        Lido
        Lido
        Premium OutsideHH*
        Premium Outside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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        virtual

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

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        $20,450*pp
        $24,350*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Bridge
        Bridge
        Premium OutsideII*
        Premium Outside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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        virtual

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

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        $18,795*pp
        $22,595*pp
        Bridge
        Bridge
        Standard OutsideJJ
        Standard Outside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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        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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        $17,395*pp
        $20,895*pp
        Columbus
        Columbus
        Premium InsideKK
        Premium Inside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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        virtual

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        $15,895*pp
        $18,995*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Premium InsideLL
        Premium Inside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
        Layout
        virtual

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        $14,650*pp
        $17,650*pp
        Columbus
        Columbus
        Standard InsideMM
        Standard Inside
        SINGLE CABINS
        Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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        virtual

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

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        $13,550*pp
        $16,250*pp
        Belvedere
        Belvedere
        Third/fourth person sharing
        $0
        $8,150
        $10,150
        Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
        $0
        $0
        $1,990

        MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

        There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to the ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with the onboard experts.

        Yet on the other hand, she is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed, and 39 cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travellers at low supplement.  

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        Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time. Unless otherwise specified, optional shore excursions are priced in US dollars and can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship. Optional shore excursions that are shown in local currency (or where specified for US passengers) must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.