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Grand Middle Sea, Moorish Spain, Morocco & the Canaries

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Athens to Tenerife

26 days

2-night hotel stay in Athens

1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh

1 night hotel in Fez

1-night hotel stay in Fez

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Follow in the footsteps of ancient civilizations on a grand voyage across the Mediterranean, charting a route through what was known in times past as the Middle Sea. Your journey begins with two nights ashore in the Greek capital of Athens, for a chance to see the capital’s many wonders, including the Acropolis, site of the Parthenon.

Then visit the Minoan settlements of Akrotiri in Santorini and Knossos in Crete. Stroll through Chania’s Old Town and sail into one of the most spectacular harbors in the Mediterranean, the Maltese capital of Valletta.

Explore Sicily’s Greek and Roman ruins, the Palatine Chapel and the Cathedral in Palermo. Visit the ancient Doric temple of Segesta or the exquisite hill-top town of Erice, then cruise up the Guadalquivir River to Seville, to visit the Royal Palace of Alcazar or the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Enjoy the sights of Cadiz and sherry-tasting in Jerez, before sailing to Morocco, for a chance to explore Casablanca, Marrakesh and the historic walled city of Taroudant. Finally, in the Canaries, enjoy excursions to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya and the volcanic coastline of Los Hervideros, before arriving in Tenerife. 

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Oct 27
Sat
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Oct 28
    Sun
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Arrive into Athens and transfer to hotel
    overnight hotel
    Oct 29
    Mon
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Visit the Acropolis and its Museum
    overnight hotel
    Oct 30
    Tue
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Morning optional tour of National Archaeological Museum. Transfer to Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus
    8.00pm
    Oct 31
    Wed
    Santorini
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Santorini , Greece
    Enjoy the spectacular views of Santorini and Akrotiri on an included tour
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Nov 01
    Thu
    Heraklion, Crete
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Heraklion, Crete , Greece
    Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos
    6.00pm
    6.00am
    Nov 02
    Fri
    Chania, Crete
    • Arts & culture
    Chania, Crete , Greece
    Take a half day tour to discover Chania
    9.00pm
    7.00am
    Nov 03
    Sat
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Nov 04
    Sun
    Valletta
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Valletta , Malta
    Enter the impressive Grand Harbour of Valletta at breakfast. Morning included sightseeing and free afternoon to explore
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Nov 05
    Mon
    Catania
    • Arts & culture
    • Natural Wonders
    Catania , Sicily
    Half day sightseeing tour to Syracuse or Taormina
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Nov 06
    Tue
    Palermo
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Palermo , Sicily
    Choice of Palatine Chapel and Cathedral or Monreale Cathedral. Optional afternoon tour of Cefalu or special visit to the Palazzo Gangi.
    8.00pm
    7.00am
    Nov 07
    Wed
    Trapani
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Trapani , Sicily
    Visit the ancient Doric temple of Segesta or the exquisite hill-top town of Erice. Optional full day tour to Selinunte and Marsala including lunch
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Nov 08
    Thu
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Nov 09
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Nov 10
    Sat
    Malaga
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    Malaga , Spain
    Spend the day exploring Malaga at leisure
    11.00pm
    7.00am
    Nov 11
    Sun
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Nov 12
    Mon
    Seville
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Seville , Spain
    River cruise along the Guadalquivir and berth in the heart of Seville for a choice of included tours: Seville City Highlights or Panoramic Drive and Plaza de Espana. Live Flamenco dance-show aboard Aegean Odyssey in the evening
    overnight
    11.30am
    Nov 13
    Tue
    Seville
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Seville , Spain
    Free day to explore Seville, or an optional tour to Cordoba - and a visit to one of the wonders of the medieval world: the Great Mosque
    11.30pm
    Nov 14
    Wed
    Cadiz
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Cadiz , Spain
    A choice of tours: Travel to Jerez de la Frontera for a sightseeing tour, followed by sherry-tasting or make your way to the old quarter of Cadiz and visit the beautiful monuments of Cadiz
    4.00pm
    11.00am
    Nov 15
    Thu
    Casablanca
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Casablanca , Morocco
    Morning drive to Fez for afternoon sightseeing and overnight
    overnight hotel
    8.00am
    Nov 16
    Fri
    Casablanca
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Casablanca , Morocco
    Morning drive to Rabat for lunch and sightseeing en route to Casablanca to rejoin Aegean Odyssey
    overnight
    Nov 17
    Sat
    Marrakesh
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Marrakesh , Morocco
    Drive from Casablanca to Marrakesh for afternoon sightseeing and overnight hotel
    overnight hotel
    Nov 18
    Sun
    Agadir
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Agadir , Morocco
    Drive from Marrakesh to Taroudant for sightseeing and lunch before rejoining Aegean Odyssey in Agadir
    9.00pm
    2.00pm
    Nov 19
    Mon
    Lanzarote, Canary Islands
    • Natural Wonders
    Lanzarote, Canary Islands , Spain
    Visit the Timanfaya National Park, the famous Fire Mountains and the opportunity to see the coastline of Los Hervideros
    9.00pm
    2.00pm
    Nov 20
    Tue
    La Palma, Canary Islands
    • Arts & culture
    • Natural Wonders
    La Palma, Canary Islands , Spain
    Explore La Palma or venture inland to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park
    7.00pm
    2.00pm
    Nov 21
    Wed
    Tenerife, Canary Islands
    • Natural Wonders
    Tenerife, Canary Islands , Spain
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey. Guests using VTA's air program will have a 1-nt hotel stay post-cruise, before transferring to the airport for flight home
    6.00am
    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

    29 Oct Athens, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
    Visit the sublime expression of Classical Greece, the Acropolis with its sweeping views of Athens. Commissioned by Pericles in the 5th-century BC, the site is dominated by the majestic Parthenon.

    Visit the sublime expression of Classical Greece, the Acropolis with its sweeping views of Athens. Commissioned by Pericles in the 5th century BC, the site is dominated by the majestic Parthenon: a building that embodies the stunning achievements of the Athenian “Golden Age”.

    Surrounding the great temple are the other architectural masterpieces of the citadel: the Propylaia (monumental gateway), the Erechtheion with its beautiful Karayatid Porch and the Temple of Athena Nike (Winged Victory).

    Below the temple complex is the theatre of Dionysos where the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were first performed. Then explore another marvel: the longanticipated $200-million, 226,000-square-foot Acropolis Museum.

    In the dramatic Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, ascending floors of glass literally “float” you above the excavations for an extraordinary perspective of the layers of Greek history that lie below.

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    National Archaeological Museum

    National Archaeological Museum

    30 Oct Athens, Greece
    Half Day
    Founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.

    Founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.

    During your visit you will be able to see Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean and Classical Greek art, and you'll also view sculptures from the Archaic and Hellenistic periods, along with pottery from the Geometric period. A few of the museum's most important exhibits include the bronze statue of Poseidon, the head of Hygeia (Goddess of Health), the bronze statue of the "Jockey-Boy" of Artemision, the golden mask of Agamemnon and the brilliant Minoan frescoes from the site on Thira (Santorini).

    Within the museum's walls more than 11,000 exhibits provide a panorama of Greek art from prehistory to late antiquity. Wander amid the royal tombs of Mycenae, dating from 1500BC. Marvel at sculpture from the 7th to 5th centuries BC, including the kouroi, nude male athletes, carved in Naxian marble. Admire a delicate bronze by Praxiteles and frescoes from Akrotiri, buried over 3,500 years ago in a volcanic eruption. Trace the evolution of Greek pottery from earliest times in collections including rare white clayware. This astonishing museum even includes Egyptian and Cypriot antiquities, as well as treasures from the sea. A shipwreck at Antikythera produced a scientific instrument used for astronomical calculations in the 1st century BC.

    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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    Santorini & Akrotiri

    Santorini & Akrotiri

    31 Oct Santorini, Greece
    Full Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedCable CarWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
    Closed to the public for over six years, the newly reopened Minoan settlement of Akrotiri is the tour's highlight, but you also visit several of Santorini's picturesque villages.

    Closed to the public for over six years, the newly reopened Minoan settlement of Akrotiri is the tour's highlight, but you also visit several of Santorini's picturesque villages. One of the Aegean's most important archaeological sites, Akrotiri was abandoned after severe earthquakes, then covered in pumice by a volcanic eruption in about 1625BC. A visit tells the tale of an affluent society who farmed, built two-story homes and indulged a taste for frescoes, furniture and jewellery. Today's tour includes a visit to the ongoing excavations, where you can walk amid the well-preserved streets, view the workshops and squares.

    Start your adventure with a transfer from the ship by local boat, then drive to the northern tip of the island to the village of Oia with its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and coffee shops carved in the cliffs. Stroll along the cobblestone streets where wealthy sea captains built their mansions, now converted to cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Take in breathtaking views in all directions.

    Continue to the southern end of the island and the archaeological site of Akrotiri. The excavations, led by Professor Spyros Marintos, began in 1967. Walk around this amazing city and get an insight into the culture that laid the foundation for Greek civilisation. Then continue to tiny Pyrgos, once the capital. View the distant Venetian castle, then sit down to lunch at a local taverna. Conclude your adventure in Fira, the scenic capital, where you may enjoy a stroll through the town before returning to the ship via cable car.

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    The Palace of Knossos

    The Palace of Knossos

    1 Nov Heraklion, Crete, Greece
    Half Day Archaeological Site
    Even without the tales of a bloodthirsty Minotaur, this magnificent palace complex with its flamboyant decoration, courts, audience chambers and residential areas is an impressive and inspiring site.

    Even without the tales of a bloodthirsty Minotaur, this magnificent palace complex with its flamboyant decoration, courts, audience chambers and residential areas is an impressive and inspiring site. Constructed around 1900BC, it was the administrative and religious centre of the Minoan kingdom. Here King Minos held court and – so mythology holds – his wife gave birth to a half-man, half-bull creature that lurked in the palace’s labyrinth. This fearsome beast was appeased only by human sacrifices.

    An earthquake destroyed the original complex; it was then rebuilt on an even grander scale, only to be destroyed again by the massive volcanic eruption on Santorini around 1500BC. Though periodically excavated by Greek archaeologists in the late 19th century, credit for the full excavation and restoration is given to amateur Victorian archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. Roundly criticised for occasional missteps in restoration, Sir Arthur poured his fortune into the effort and did a remarkable job for the time period. Knossos today, at least, allows the visitor to visualise the palace as it once was and understand its intricacies.

    The guided tour will take you through this legend-rich, entrancing complex that sprawled across five acres, where everything from the throne room to royal living quarters is reconstructed with meticulous care.

    On our return to Heraklion, we will visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilisation of Crete.

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    Walking Tour of Chania's Old Town

    Walking Tour of Chania's Old Town

    2 Nov Chania, Crete, Greece
    Half Day
    The first destination on this tour is one of enormous national importance for the people of Crete and of Greece. At the base of the Akrotiri peninsula, on top of Profitis Ilias hill, is the tomb of the island’s national hero, Eleftherios Venizelos, who prior to becoming Prime Minster for Greece, was instrumental in the island’s struggle against the Ottomans. It was here that Cretan rebels raised the Greek flag in 1897 in defiance of the Great Powers, making it a place of pilgrimage to this day.

    The first destination on this tour is one of enormous national importance for the people of Crete and of Greece. At the base of the Akrotiri peninsula, on top of Profitis Ilias hill, is the tomb of the island’s national hero, Eleftherios Venizelos, who prior to becoming Prime Minster for Greece, was instrumental in the island’s struggle against the Ottomans. It was here that Cretan rebels raised the Greek flag in 1897 in defiance of the Great Powers, making it a place of pilgrimage to this day.

    After visiting the shrine we will transfer to the city of Chania for a look around the archaeological museum. This small but charming attraction is located inside the Venetian church of San Francesco, where artefacts include western-Cretan pottery, sculpture and mosaics, and coins dating from the Neolithic period to the Roman era.

    Finally we will enjoy a leisurely walking tour around the old town and market of Chania, where there will also be an opportunity for free time to explore before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Valletta & Mdina
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Valletta & Mdina

    4 Nov Valletta, Malta
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursUphill Sections
    Join a walk through Malta's capital of Valletta, a city packed with historical interest. This World Heritage Site is dominated by two magnificent buildings: the Baroque St John's Co-Cathedral and the Grand Master's Palace.

    Join a walk through Malta's capital of Valletta, a city packed with historical interest. This World Heritage Site is dominated by two magnificent buildings: the Baroque St John's Co-Cathedral and the Grand Master's Palace.

    Valletta was founded in 1566 by Jean Parisot de Vallette, the 48th Grand Master of the Knights of St John, who was captured at the siege of Rhodes in 1522 at the age of 28, became a slave on a Turkish galley, and fought during the 1565 siege of Malta. This last encounter with the Turks revealed the weaknesses in the Knight's original base at Vittoriosa, so they moved across the harbour and established Valletta, an impregnable stronghold that has survived the centuries.

    This morning, visit the Grand Master's Palace, designed by Gerolamo Cassar, with its luxuriously furnished State Rooms and portraits of past Grand Masters. Continue by foot to St John's Co-Cathedral. Admire the magnificent Baroque interior and Caravaggio's masterpiece, The Beheading of St John.

    Drive next to Mdina, Malta's former capital, where much of the architecture dates from the Middle Ages. Around 60AD, the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked off these coasts and lived in a cave near Mdina.

    During his stay he converted the Roman governor, Publius, to Christianity. Stroll Mdina's narrow streets to visit St Paul's Cathedral, built, according to tradition, on the site where Publius once lived. Then stop for a panoramic overview from the ramparts and take in the strategic position of this island coveted by both Rome and Carthage before returning to the ship.

     

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    Taormina Walking Tour

    Taormina Walking Tour

    5 Nov Catania, Sicily
    Half Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. Perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, this remarkable destination has a delightful medieval character with plenty of interesting historical sites to explore.

    Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. Perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, this remarkable destination has a delightful medieval character with plenty of interesting historical sites to explore.

    During a stroll around the town we will see the Palazzo Corvaia, which incorporates a 10th century Saracen fortress, which was constructed on top of Roman foundations, forming a 15th century Moorish Gothic architectural style that is notable for its lancet windows.

    We will visit the Ancient Greek Theatre, the second largest of its kind in Sicily; this amphitheatre dates from the 3rd century BC and is still frequently used for operas, concerts and theatrical performances.

    Finally, we will have time to stroll along the Corso Umberto, the main street of Taormina, into some of the smaller lanes and alleyways (or vuizze) of the town, where you will be able to shop for some local handcrafts. Then enjoy a short sightseeing drive through Via Etnea, Villa Bellini, Piazza Stesicoro and Piazza Duomo, on the return to Catania and Aegean Odyssey.

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    Syracuse

    Syracuse

    5 Nov Catania, Sicily
    Half Day Archaeological Site
    Many a conqueror set his sights on Syracuse, one of the largest and wealthiest cities of ancient Europe that, at the height of its power, rivalled Athens, Carthage and Rome. This tour begins in the ancient heart of Syracuse at the archaeological park of Neapolis, a 16,000 capacity Roman amphitheatre cut into the hillside. This extraordinary archaeological site was originally used for gladiator fights, circuses and the staging of entertaining naval battles known as naumachia.

    Many a conqueror set his sights on Syracuse, one of the largest and wealthiest cities of ancient Europe that, at the height of its power, rivalled Athens, Carthage and Rome. This tour begins in the ancient heart of Syracuse at the archaeological park of Neapolis, a 16,000 capacity Roman amphitheatre cut into the hillside. This extraordinary archaeological site was originally used for gladiator fights, circuses and the staging of entertaining naval battles known as naumachia. Today it remains one of the largest of its kind in Italy.

    Next we will visit the Altar of Hieron, thought to have been built by Hiero II in the third century BC as a table for the sacrificing of bulls to Zeus Eleutherios (Zeus the Liberator). Then it is just a short walk to the Greek Theatre, once the centre of the city’s political and cultural life; its excellent acoustics made it ideal for the oratorical and theatrical performances of the day.

    Near to the theatre are the subterranean latomìe – stone quarries that in ancient times were used as prisons. The most famous of these are the Rope-makers’ Cave, so called because it was once used by manufacturers of string or “cordari” – and the Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius). These man-made vaults are supported by pillars of stones that have been carved out by the quarrymen.

    From here we will transfer to Ortygia for a walking tour of this quaint island-town’s best attractions, including the Piazza Archimede, the Cathedral and the Arethusa Spring, before a return to the coaches for our drive back to Catania.

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    Monreale
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Monreale

    6 Nov Palermo, Sicily
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Travel just a short distance out of Palermo to discover Monreale Cathedral, considered by many to be the most beautiful Norman church in Italy.

    Travel just a short distance out of Palermo to discover Monreale Cathedral, considered by many to be the most beautiful Norman church in Italy. Designed by William the Good in 1174, the church offers visions of beauty, grace and the divine. The exterior’s thick walls and powerful towers have the look of an austere fortress, but just step inside: it is the interior that is this cathedral’s true glory. The large nave with its side aisles and grey granite columns draws the eyes upward to 12th-century gold mosaics that cover over one and a half acres of wall space.

    The tour also visits the Benedictine cloisters, a magnificent synthesis of Romanesque and Arab architecture. Admire the serenity of the courtyard with its graceful arcade featuring 216 sets of twin columns and pointed Arabic arches. Later, enjoy free time in the main square before we return to the ship.

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    Palatine Chapel & Cathedral
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Palatine Chapel & Cathedral

    6 Nov Palermo, Sicily
    Half Day
    During Roger II’s reign as King of Sicily (1130AD to 1154AD), the island became a great maritime power and also the channel through which Greek and Arabic thought passed into Europe.

    During Roger II’s reign as King of Sicily (1130AD to 1154AD), the island became a great maritime power and also the channel through which Greek and Arabic thought passed into Europe. The embracing spirit of Roger’s reign is gloriously expressed in many of the great buildings of Sicily, but nowhere more perfectly than the Palatine Chapel, built during the 1130s and 1140s.

    This is the king’s masterpiece – a miraculous fusion of Latin, Byzantine and Arabic architectural design. Creamy marble is inlaid with gold leaf, Byzantine mosaics blanket entire walls and the ceiling of carved wooden coffers speaks of the finest Arabic design. The palace in which the chapel is housed had its start in the 9th century AD, when the Emir of Palermo built on the site of a Punic Roman stronghold. Roger II turned the building into the city’s main fortress and his sumptuous palace, then crowned it with this jewel of a chapel.

    Following your visit to the Palatine Chapel, the walking tour continues to nearby San Giovanni degli Eremiti, built by Roger II in 1132, a Norman church with Arabic domes. Drive next to Palermo Cathedral, site of the huge porphyry tomb of Roger II, as well as the silver urn that contains the remains of Palermo’s protector, St Rosalia.

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    Cefalu
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Cefalu

    6 Nov Palermo, Sicily
    Half Day
    When King Roger II seemed faced with shipwreck, he is said to have vowed to build a splendid cathedral should he survive.

    When King Roger II seemed faced with shipwreck, he is said to have vowed to build a splendid cathedral should he survive.

    Visit that extraordinary church, the highlight of this tour of Cefalù, a charming hill town located on a headland jutting into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Your adventure begins with a brief panoramic tour of Palermo's historic center, followed by a scenic coastal drive to Cefalù. This ancient fishing village, now a resort, takes its name from the Greek word kephaloidion, meaning chief or head.

    Your tour starts with a visit to the cathedral, begun in 1131 by Roger II. Under his rule, Sicily grew to be a major power, and this Norman-Arab structure beautifully expresses the all-embracing spirit of Roger's reign. Looking from high in the Byzantine apex is the 12th-century gold mosaic of Christ Pantocrator, one of the greatest representations of Christ in Christian art.

    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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    A Special Visit to Palazzo Gangi

    A Special Visit to Palazzo Gangi

    6 Nov Palermo, Sicily
    Extension visit
    Among Palermo’s most delightful secrets are the aristocratic, privately-owned residences. *Note: As space is very limited, we recommend you register at the earliest opportunity once on board.

    Among Palermo’s most delightful secrets are the aristocratic, privately-owned residences. When the Princes Gangi decided to remodel the 15th-century ancestral palace of the Princes Valguarnera, it was a vast undertaking that spread over the 18th century and continues today under the auspices of Princess Carine Vanni Mantegna. Sicily’s leading artists were summoned to assist in creating a showcase.

    Today, we’ll visit the fabulous results. The palazzo is especially noted for its Sicilian Baroque ballroom decorated with Murano chandeliers, gold fittings and glittering mirrors. Here, in 1882 Wagner composed the opening bars of Parsifal and in 1963 Luchino Visconti filmed the magnificent ball scene of The Leopard. The visit to Palazzo Gangi is exclusive to guests of Voyages to Antiquity.

    Note: Please check with the Tour Office on board for details on how to register for this programme which is operated as an extension to included excursions. However, as space is very limited, we recommend you register at the earliest opportunity once on board.

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    Erice

    Erice

    7 Nov Trapani, Sicily
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
    Upon seeing Pepoli Castle soaring 2,500 feet above the sea, the Norman architecture may lead you to believe that this is a town out of the Middle Ages, but, in fact, this exquisite hill-top town has origins that reach back to prehistory.

    Upon seeing Pepoli Castle soaring 2,500 feet above the sea, the Norman architecture may lead you to believe that this is a town out of the Middle Ages, but, in fact, this exquisite hill-top town has origins that reach back to prehistory. There is evidence of a cult to a goddess of fertility, Venus Erycina, that can still be seen inside the castle, along with a sacred well and Roman bath. The Norman walls encircling the town incorporate original Phoenician fortifications – you can still see letters from the Phoenician alphabet carved in their surface. Stroll upwards along winding, cobblestone streets to grand squares with 14th-century churches and wander atmospheric byways dotted with English style gardens.

    Following the guided tour, there will be free time to explore the tempting shops that feature such local specialities as marzipan pastries or check out the panoramic views of Trapani and the Egadi Islands.

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    Segesta

    Segesta

    7 Nov Trapani, Sicily
    Half Day Archaeological SiteUphill Sections
    Drive to Segesta, once an advanced centre of the Elymian civilization, founded in the 5th to 4th century BC by a combination of exiled Trojans, Phocaeans from Greece and Sicans of Sicily.

    Drive to Segesta, once an advanced centre of the Elymian civilization, founded in the 5th to 4th century BC by a combination of exiled Trojans, Phocaeans from Greece and Sicans of Sicily.

    The city is thought to have been founded in the 5th to 4th century BC by a combination of exiled Trojans, Phocaeans from Greece and Sicans of Sicily. Segesta was well defended, located on a vast plateau between two peaks and surrounded by walls.

    Presiding in splendid isolation is a stunning Greek theater and the majestic 36-columned, 5th-century BC Doric temple. This archaeological jewel is in an extraordinary state of preservation and makes a superb sight amid its surroundings of rolling hills.

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    Selinunte and Marsala

    Selinunte and Marsala

    7 Nov Trapani, Sicily
    Full Day Lunch IncludedArchaeological Site
    Delve into Hellenic antiquity at Selinunte, one of the largest and most imposing archaeological sites in Europe, with a beautiful setting overlooking the sea.

    Delve into Hellenic antiquity at Selinunte, one of the largest and most imposing archaeological sites in Europe, with a beautiful setting overlooking the sea.

    After a drive through the rolling vineyard-covered hills of western Sicily this tour will begin in the ancient Greek city of Segesta’s foe, Selinunte. This site of Hellenic antiquity enjoys a particularly dramatic setting overlooking the sea and provides a superb illustration of the synthesis of Greek and Phoenician culture. The city was found in 628BC, destroyed by Carthage in 409BC, and later inhabited by Arabs and Byzantines. Excavations have revealed more than eight temples, colossal Doric columns and an extensive fortification system.

    Then we will move on to the quaint town of Marsala, famous for its Marsala wine. Marsala was founded in 397BC by Phoenician refugees fleeing the cruel Greek tyrant, Dionsysius of Syracuse. Here we will take a walking tour of the town centre, before visiting the cellars of Cantine Florio, a 19th Century wine farm that has been restored to its former splendour, where we will learn the distinctions of Marsala and enjoy some tasting of local wines.

    After a brunch at the olive oil farm of Fontanasalsa, located between Marsala and Trapani, our return drive will take us along the “Saline” coastal nature reserve and salt marshes, home to a remarkable diversity of Mediterranean flora and fauna.

    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).

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

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    Panoramic Drive and Plaza De Espana

    Panoramic Drive and Plaza De Espana

    12 Nov Seville, Spain
    Half Day
    A more leisurely tour taking in the highlights of this intoxicating city on a panoramic drive.

    A more leisurely tour taking in the highlights of this intoxicating city on a panoramic drive.

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    Seville City Highlights

    Seville City Highlights

    12 Nov Seville, Spain
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Seville is a beautiful and romantic place. Legend has it this Andalusian city was founded 3,000 years ago by Hercules and it is also said to be the birthplace of flamenco. Your tour will, we trust, give you a flavour of this intoxicating place.

    Seville is a beautiful and romantic place. Legend has it this Andalusian city was founded 3,000 years ago by Hercules and it is also said to be the birthplace of flamenco. Your tour will, we trust, give you a flavour of this intoxicating place. Admire the exterior of the spectacular fifteenth-century Cathedral of Seville which is the third largest in Europe and one of the last built in the Gothic style. It stands on the site of the great 12th-century Almohad mosque, with the mosque’s minaret (the Giralda) still towering beside it.  It has been said that if heaven does exist then it probably looks like Seville’s Royal Palace Alcazar. A building existed on this site as early as 913 but the main construction was carried out in the early fourteenth century with the sublime Mudejar Palacio de Don Pedro being completed in 1366. The Alcazar is a functioning royal palace and some of the Upper Royal Quarters are still used by the Spanish royal family. Finally, stroll through the Old Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz with its labyrinth of narrow streets and lovely Moorish courtyards. 

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    Highlights of Cordoba
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Highlights of Cordoba

    13 Nov Seville, Spain
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    In its history, Cordoba has been both a capital of a Roman province and capital of the Arab state of Al-Andalus. A great cultural reference point in Europe, this ancient city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains a mixture of wonderful buildings, monuments and artefacts that are a reminder of the cultures that have settled it throughout history. It has been estimated that in the 10th century Cordoba was the most populous city in the world, and today it is a moderately sized city with a population of about 330,000.

    In its history, Cordoba has been both a capital of a Roman province and capital of the Arab state of Al-Andalus. A great cultural reference point in Europe, this ancient city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains a mixture of wonderful buildings, monuments and artefacts that are a reminder of the cultures that have settled it throughout history. It has been estimated that in the 10th century Cordoba was the most populous city in the world, and today it is a moderately sized city with a population of about 330,000.

    The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mezquita, which reflects the city's prominent place in the Islamic world during medieval times. You will visit the most famous and inspiring monuments of the city, including the Roman Bridge and the famous Great Mosque, a building that was considered a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians. The building is most notable for its giant arches with over 1,000 columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granite. These were made from pieces of the Roman temple that had occupied the site previously. When Cordoba was re-conquered from the Moors in 1236 by King Ferdinand III of Castile, the mosque became a Catholic church.

    Another highlight is the old Jewish quarter. You will have the opportunity to visit the ancient market, now transformed to artisan market, and walk through the well known “Calle de las Flores” or “street of flowers”, a beautiful example of a typical Andalusian street decorated with plants and flowers. Before heading to lunch, you will have some time at leisure to explore the city independently.

    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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    Cadiz City Highlights

    Cadiz City Highlights

    14 Nov Cadiz, Spain
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    Enjoy the picturesque views of the seaport as you make your way to the old quarter of Cadiz. Here you will see the most beautiful monuments of Cadiz. Start by passing the tobacco factory built in 1741, which now serves as the Congress building,

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

     

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    Jerez and Sherry Tasting

    Jerez and Sherry Tasting

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

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

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

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

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    Fez City Highlights
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Fez City Highlights

    15 Nov Fez, Morocco
    Half day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedLong Drive
    The walled city of Fez is at the heart of Moroccan cultural life and is famous for being the home to the world’s oldest university, the Qarawiyyin university. Fez, the medieval capital of Morocco, was founded by Idris I in 789 and was a great city of high Islamic civilisation.

    The walled city of Fez is at the heart of Moroccan cultural life and is famous for being the home to the world’s oldest university, the Qarawiyyin university. Fez, the medieval capital of Morocco, was founded by Idris I in 789 and was a great city of high Islamic civilisation. Fez has the best-preserved old city in the Arab world, the sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali, and the impressive souks have been declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. The tour of Fez explores both the old and new medinas including visits to one of the 14thcentury religious schools (medrasas), either Bou Inania or Attarine. Other highlights include the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts, and the beautiful front entrance of the Royal Palace. 

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    Rabat sightseeing

    Rabat sightseeing

    16 Nov Casablanca, Morocco
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedLong Drive
    From Casablanca we drive to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. The colonial architecture is stunning, the palm-lined boulevards are well kept and the atmosphere is relaxed and cosmopolitan. This is a civilised and very pleasant place to visit. The quiet medina has an authentic feel to it, some good shops and fascinating architecture.

    From Casablanca we drive to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. The colonial architecture is stunning, the palm-lined boulevards are well kept and the atmosphere is relaxed and cosmopolitan. This is a civilised and very pleasant place to visit. The quiet medina has an authentic feel to it, some good shops and fascinating architecture. Rabat has a long and rich history, and plenty of monuments to show for it from the Phoenician, Roman, Almohad and Merenid times. The visit will include the old medina; the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty; the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah which were built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries; the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s father; the front of the Royal Palace; and the government district.

     

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    Marrakesh Sightseeing

    Marrakesh Sightseeing

    17 Nov 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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    Taroudant

    Taroudant

    18 Nov 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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    Lanzarote’s Natural World

    Lanzarote’s Natural World

    19 Nov Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
    Half Day Significant Steps
    This trip takes you deep into the National Park Timanfaya to the famous Fire Mountains of Lanzarote. The unique landscape and amazing geological features have made Timanfaya one of the most important national parks in Spain. The absence of wildlife creates an apparent calm and silence.

    This trip takes you deep into the National Park Timanfaya to the famous Fire Mountains of Lanzarote. The unique landscape and amazing geological features have made Timanfaya one of the most important national parks in Spain. The absence of wildlife creates an apparent calm and silence.

    It is hard to imagine how a volcanic eruption would be like, but the land is still bubbling beneath the surface and you will be amazed by the craters and the active volcanoes. During the tour you will enjoy the recorded testimony from a well-known priest from Yaiza who lived through an eruption that affected a great part of the south of the island. This volcanic event occurred on September 1st, 1730 and is known locally as the “Big Bang”.

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    Northern Lanzarote

    Northern Lanzarote

    19 Nov Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
    Half Day
    Lanzarote is different, not only compared to the other Canary islands, but to everything else on this planet. On this tour you will visit Haria with its gorgeous views over the valley of 1,000 palm trees: a green oasis in the midst of Lanzarote's arid landscape. Afterwards you will travel to the village of Maguez where the Volcan de La Corona (Volcano of the Crown) rises up before you. Continuing with the tour you will reach the town of Ye with the Mirador Del Rio.

    Lanzarote is different, not only compared to the other Canary islands, but to everything else on this planet. On this tour you will visit Haria with its gorgeous views over the valley of 1,000 palm trees: a green oasis in the midst of Lanzarote's arid landscape. Afterwards you will travel to the village of Maguez where the Volcan de La Corona (Volcano of the Crown) rises up before you. Continuing with the tour you will reach the town of Ye with the Mirador Del Rio.

    It stands 479 metres high up on the top of the Famara Massive allowing for a magnificent view of the small group of islands and islets to the north of Lanzarote, known as the "Archipielago Chinijo" (The Tiny Archipielago).

    Then on to the “Jameos del Agua” cave, the last stop on the route. This remarkable space is the result of volcanic activity and was decorated by the famous artist Cesar Manrique. The journey back passes by the wood loose cultivating lands near the villages of Mala and Guatiza.

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    Caldera de Taburiente

    Caldera de Taburiente

    20 Nov La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursUphill Sections
    It is but a short drive to reach the Santuario Virgen de Las Nieves, the Patron Saint of the island. This 17th-century church sits in a tranquil spot surrounded by trees and gardens. Inside is a fabulously ornate interior with myriad sculptures, crystal chandeliers and the Virgin Mary surrounded by a glittering altar. This 14th-century statue is the island’s oldest religious relic and every five years it features in a grand procession through Santa Cruz.

    It is but a short drive to reach the Santuario Virgen de Las Nieves, the Patron Saint of the island. This 17th-century church sits in a tranquil spot surrounded by trees and gardens. Inside is a fabulously ornate interior with myriad sculptures, crystal chandeliers and the Virgin Mary surrounded by a glittering altar. This 14th-century statue is the island’s oldest religious relic and every five years it features in a grand procession through Santa Cruz.

    From here the journey will take you to the viewpoint known as the Mirador de la Cumbrecita. From there you will be astonished by the amazing views over the Caldera de Taburiente, a huge crater 8km in diameter with a circumference of almost 20km, which is one of the oldest National Parks in Spain. You will enjoy a guided walking tour (approx. one hour in duration) around the crater edge.

    Before returning to the pier you will call at the viewpoint of La Concepcion to appreciate the amazing views over La Palma and its harbour.

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    Around La Palma

    Around La Palma

    20 Nov La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
    Half Day
    La Palma is one of the most verdant of the Canary Islands, offering the opportunity to experience truly unspoiled nature. From the lush forests in the north to the desert landscapes of the south and the serene pine forests of the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma is a naturalists dream. From the port of Santa Cruz you will head to the village of El Paso which is situated in the Parque Nacional and surrounded by the mountains that form the Caldera de Taburiente.

    La Palma is one of the most verdant of the Canary Islands, offering the opportunity to experience truly unspoiled nature. From the lush forests in the north to the desert landscapes of the south and the serene pine forests of the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma is a naturalists dream. From the port of Santa Cruz you will head to the village of El Paso which is situated in the Parque Nacional and surrounded by the mountains that form the Caldera de Taburiente.

    The city of El Paso is situated on the mountain road connecting Los Llanos and Tazacorte with the capital and it is from this that it gets its name (El Paso or the pass). It belonged to the jurisdiction of the Valle de Aridane until 1837 when it got its independence. El Paso was given the official title of villa in 1878 and of city in 1910. Before leaving El Paso we will visit the Silk Museum. Not far from El Paso is our next stop: La Glorieta Square, a mosaic designed by the local artist Luis Morera, and built after Gaudi’s Park Güell in Barcelona. The stunning design depicts the flora and fauna of La Palma.

    In the small town of Fuencaliente you can enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. Here you will find some cafes and bars as well as an interesting 18th century church.

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    Prof David J Drewry

    Prof David J Drewry

    Prof David J Drewry, Environmental Scientist
    David Drewry is Honorary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University where he was previously Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. David has research interests in glaciology/geophysics, climate change and science policy.

    David Drewry is Honorary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University where he was previously Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. David has research interests in glaciology/geophysics, climate change and science policy.

    He holds a Doctorate in Geophysics from Cambridge and has honorary professorships at London University, Krakow Academy, Poland and Xiamen University, China. David was Visiting Fellow at Green College, Oxford University (1995-98) and a member of its Centre for Environmental Policy and Understanding.

    Professor Drewry is Director (Natural Sciences) at the UK Commission for UNESCO and Trustee Emeritus of the Natural History Museum in London. He was Vice-President of the European University Association between 2009 and 2017. He was Vice-Chancellor of Hull University (1999-2009). He was previously Director-General of the British Council, Director of Science and Technology at UK Natural Environment Research Council and Director of the British Antarctic Survey. He served as President of the International Arctic Science Committee, Chair of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs, Vice-President of the Royal Geographical Society and as member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    David has been awarded the Polar Medal, the Patrons Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Prix de la Belgica Gold Medal of the Royal Academy of Belgium, the United States Antarctic Service Medal and several honorary degrees from British and overseas universities. He has a mountain and a glacier named after him in Antarctica.

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    Hugh Ellwood

    Hugh Ellwood

    Hugh Ellwood, Architect and Artist, Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society
    Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.

    Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.

    For some years Hugh was an external examiner in Architecture at the University of Manchester as well as a visiting lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of Central Lancashire. He has also lectured extensively to various societies and organisations on art and architecture and is a Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society.

    During the 1980s he began to sketch with watercolour as a complement to the pursuit of architecture. He prefers to work in watercolour, ink, pencil and pastel. His subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two. He prefers to work outdoors, rather than in the studio.

    During the year he spends at least three months with his wife in Switzerland and Italy as well as visiting other places of interest abroad to study, photograph and sketch. The areas of the Italian lakes, Rome and Venice are particular favourites.

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    Ernest Rea

    Ernest Rea

    Ernest Rea, Broadcaster
    Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles.

    Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. 

    In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.

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    Dr. Joyce Salisbury

    Dr. Joyce Salisbury

    Dr. Joyce Salisbury, Professor Emerita of History, University of Wisconsin
    Dr. Joyce Salisbury, Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, has a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an author of more than ten books, including a best-selling western civilization textbook, The West in the World, and other non-fiction books on history and religion.

    Dr. Joyce Salisbury, Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, has a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an author of more than ten books, including a best-selling western civilization textbook, The West in the World, and other non-fiction books on history and religion. Some noteworthy books are The Blood of Martyrs: Unintended Consequences of Ancient Violence and the award-winning Perpetua’s Passion: Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman, and The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages, that explores the moment when people in the West decided they were indeed animals. Salisbury is also a lecturer for “Great Courses,” that produces educational DVDs. Her course “History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad” is a current best-seller, and many of the images on the DVD were taken while Salisbury was cruising with Voyages to Antiquity. A new course “Women, Warrior, and Intellectuals: A Premodern History” is in preparation and will be released in 2019.

    Salisbury was an award-winning teacher for over 25 years, even receiving the prestigious CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Professor of the Year award. Professor Salisbury has done many radio shows and television interviews on her academic subjects, and since retiring in 2005, she has been teaching and lecturing around the world. Salisbury has taught on Semester at Sea three times, teaching courses in religion and medieval history while circumnavigating the globe.

     

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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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    Hotel Grande Bretagne

    Hotel Grande Bretagne

    Athens, Greece
    2-night hotel stay in Athens
    Balcony Class
    Hotel Grande Bretagne has 321 elegant guest rooms with courtyard or city views and lavish public rooms decked with crystal, damask and tapestries, which make this a grand hotel in the finest tradition.

    Hotel Grande Bretagne has 321 elegant guest rooms with courtyard or city views and lavish public rooms decked with crystal, damask and tapestries, which make this a grand hotel in the finest tradition. Retreats and restaurants include the Winter Garden, Alexander's Bar, the Pool Bar (on the seventh floor!) and floodlit views of the Acropolis from the hotel's roof garden.

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

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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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    Palais Médina & Spa

    Palais Médina & Spa

    Fez, Morocco
    1 night hotel in Fez
    Premium Class
    The Palais Medina & Spa Hotel is set in a 5-hectare Andalusian-style garden and offers spacious and air-conditioned rooms and suites with unrestricted views of the Medina.

    The Palais Medina & Spa Hotel is set in a 5-hectare Andalusian-style garden and offers spacious and air-conditioned rooms and suites with unrestricted views of the Medina. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom.

    Guests can enjoy international and Moroccan cuisine at any one of the Palais Medina Hotel’s 3 restaurants. The hotel’s Thalion Spa offers a heated indoor swimming pool and a range of beauty treatments. Guests can relax on the Palais Medina’s large garden terrace.

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    Marriott Jenan Palace

    Marriott Jenan Palace

    Fez, Morocco
    1-night hotel stay in Fez
    Fully restored, extended and renovated luxury hotel set in lush large grounds with trees, flowers and plants, enclosed by its own high walls for absolute privacy and security.

    Fully restored, extended and renovated luxury hotel set in lush large grounds with trees, flowers and plants, enclosed by its own high walls for absolute privacy and security. Large elegant rooms tastefully furnished in the finest tradition for comfort and luxury. Large swimming pool and sunbathing area, selection of dining outlets including Italian and Moroccan restaurants, an elegant retreat in the heart of Fez.

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    Included
    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 from select US gateways

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

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

    Sample free economy airfare gateways*

    AtlantaFREENew YorkFREE
    BostonFREEPhiladelphiaFREE
    CharlotteFREEPortland, ORFREE
    ChicagoFREESan AntonioFREE
    DallasFREESan FranciscoFREE
    DenverFREESeattleFREE
    DetroitFREESt LouisFREE
    HoustonFREETampaFREE
    Los AngelesFREEMinneapolisFREE
    MiamiFREEWashington DCFREE

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

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

    Customized air travel

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

    Your travel agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. 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.

    Frequent Flyer mileage

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

    Included transfers

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

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

    Owner's SuitesA
    Owner's Suites
    BALCONY
    Owner's Suites, BALCONY
    Layout
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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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    $14,295*pp
    $15,595*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Junior SuitesB
    Junior Suites
    BALCONY
    Junior Suites, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $13,450*pp
    $14,750*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyC
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    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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    $11,995*pp
    $13,150*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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    $11,445*pp
    $12,595*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideE
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $10,550*pp
    $11,550*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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    $9,995*pp
    $10,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideG
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $9,495*pp
    $10,350*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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    $8,945*pp
    $9,795*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium OutsideI*
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $8,345*pp
    $9,195*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJ
    Standard Outside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $7,795*pp
    $8,645*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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    $7,345*pp
    $8,095*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideL
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $6,895*pp
    $7,595*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideM
    Standard Inside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $6,295*pp
    $6,995*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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    $13,795*pp
    $14,950*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe OutsideEE
    Deluxe Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
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    135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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    $11,995*pp
    $12,995*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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    $10,945*pp
    $11,800*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideHH*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $10,145*pp
    $10,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $9,595*pp
    $10,445*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $8,995*pp
    $9,845*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $8,500*pp
    $9,250*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $8,095*pp
    $8,795*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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    $7,595*pp
    $8,295*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
    $0
    $0
    $1,390
    Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
    $0
    $0
    $1,000
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
    $0
    $0
    $1,400

    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.