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London to Copenhagen

32 days

from $9,295 pp

15 Jun, 2019

Saver fares are limited in availability and can be removed at any time. Details of our Shore Excursions Program are being finalized. Therefore, shore excursions may be subject to change. Please contact us for more details.

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A tale of three cities is at the heart of this northern European odyssey, as you will enjoy two nights in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, as well as an extended hotel stay in the cosmopolitan British capital of London, for a chance to explore its many world famous and instantly recognizable sights.

Then cruise north to the breathtaking fjords and remote ports of Norway’s North Cape in the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Visit Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and the traditional houses of Tromso. Stroll through Bergen and step ashore in Alesund at the mouth of the Geirangerfjord. Explore Norway’s former Viking capital of Trondheim, visit charming Stavanger and then experience the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Sail to another two Scandinavian capitals, Stockholm and Helsinki, as well as the historic ports of Tallinn, Gdynia and Warnemunde. For your incredible two-night stay in the Russian cultural capital of Saint Petersburg you will have the chance to visit the second largest art gallery in the world, the Hermitage, spectacularly located inside the Winter Palace.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jun 15
Sat
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Jun 16
    Sun
    London, England
    • Arts & culture
    London, England, United Kingdom
    Arrive into London and transfer to your centrally located hotel.
    overnight hotel
    Jun 17
    Mon
    London, England
    • Arts & culture
    London, England, United Kingdom
    Explore the British capital at leisure. An optional visit to the Globe theatre and the landmarks of William Shakespeare’s Southbank is also available in the morning.
    overnight hotel
    Jun 18
    Tue
    London, England
    • Arts & culture
    London, England, United Kingdom
    Another free morning to explore London. In the afternoon, embark from the Tower of London opposite Tower Bridge for the highlights of the city on a river cruise down the Thames. Then board Aegean Odyssey at the port of Tilbury.
    6.00pm
    Jun 19
    Wed
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    A day at sea to enjoy Aegean Odyssey’s facilities. Visit the Athena Spa perhaps, or sit back for a lazy morning on the Lido Deck, with a good book from our well-stocked library.
    Jun 20
    Thu
    Lerwick, Shetland Islands
    • Wildlife
    Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
    Tour Scotland’s most northerly town, Lerwick, or visit the ruins of Scalloway Castle and meet some of Shetland’s famous ponies. An optional trip to the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof is also available.
    7.00pm
    2.00pm
    Jun 21
    Fri
    Bergen
    • Arts & culture
    • Natural Wonders
    • Unesco
    Bergen, Norway
    Enjoy a walk through Hanseatic Bergen, or take a complimentary ticket for a ride up the only funicular railway in Scandinavia, to the summit of Mount Fløyen, for amazing views over the city and a chance to explore at leisure.
    6.00pm
    2.00pm
    Jun 22
    Sat
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Entering the Arctic Circle, you will get your first taste of perpetual daylight, as the sun dips briefly into the sea, creating amazing colours and a sense of continual sunset and sunrise.
    Jun 23
    Sun
    Harstad
    • Scenic Area
    Harstad, Norway
    Cruising north to Harstad, discover the highlights of one of the largest settlements in North Norway on a panoramic drive. Then take tea at the old trading post of Røkenes Manor.
    8.00pm
    3.00pm
    Jun 24
    Mon
    Honningsvag
    • Arts & culture
    • Scenic Area
    Honningsvag, Norway
    Experience the stunning arctic views and remarkable sunlit night-skies of the North Cape at the informative North Cape Hall. Returning to the ship, celebrate the amazing experience of the Midnight Sun with cocktails on deck.
    11.00pm
    5.00pm
    Jun 25
    Tue
    Tromso
    • Arts & culture
    • Scenic Area
    Tromso, Norway
    Tour the charming city of Tromsø, which contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway.
    7.00pm
    2.00pm
    Jun 26
    Wed
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    The Daily Journal on board Aegean Odyssey details a comprehensive list of activities, should you be undecided how to spend this laid-back day at sea.
    Jun 27
    Thu
    Trondheim
      Trondheim, Norway
      Discover Trondheim, Norway’s former Viking capital, where the Nidarosdomen is the most northerly medieval cathedral in the world.
      2.00pm
      8.00am
      Jun 28
      Fri
      Hellesylt
      • Scenic Area
      Hellesylt, Norway
      Cruise the mighty Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains on the entire west coast. A full-day optional tour to Hellesylt and the Jostedalsbreen National Park is also available.
      10.00am
      8.00am
      Jun 28
      Fri
      Geiranger
      • Natural Wonders
      • Unesco
      Geiranger, Norway
      Enjoy a panoramic tour of UNESCO Geiranger including the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, for incredible views of the distant Geirangerfjord far below.
      8.00pm
      noon
      Jun 29
      Sat
      Alesund
      • Arts & culture
      • Architecture
      • Scenic Area
      Alesund, Norway
      Take an included panoramic tour of Ålesund at the mouth of the Geirangerfjord, renowned for its abundance of Art Nouveau architecture. A full-day optional exploration of the region’s most breathtaking natural wonders is also available.
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      Jun 30
      Sun
      Stavanger
      • Arts & culture
      Stavanger, Norway
      Choose between an included walking tour of Stavanger to the old district of “Gamle”, considered one of Europe’s best preserved settlements of wooden houses, or a visit to the Archaeological Museum and Swords in Stone monument, on the trail of Stavanger’s Viking history.
      8.00pm
      2.00pm
      Jul 01
      Mon
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      As Aegean Odyssey cruises the North & Kattegat Seas, activities continue across the ship, including topical discussions in the Ambassador Lounge.
      Jul 02
      Tue
      Copenhagen
      • Arts & culture
      • Explore Independently
      Copenhagen, Denmark
      Tour of Copenhagen and either Christianborg Palace or Rosenborg Castle.
      overnight
      7.00am
      Jul 03
      Wed
      Copenhagen
      • Arts & culture
      • Explore Independently
      Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copenhagen, details TBC.
      overnight
      Jul 04
      Thu
      Copenhagen
      • Arts & culture
      • Explore Independently
      Copenhagen, Denmark
      Tour of Copenhagen and either Christianborg Palace or Rosenborg Castle.
      6.00pm
      Jul 05
      Fri
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      At Sea.
      Jul 06
      Sat
      Stockholm
      • Arts & culture
      • Explore Independently
      • Flora and Fauna
      Stockholm, Sweden
      A morning tour of Stockholm’s highlights, including the Vasa warship museum, or a more leisurely panoramic drive around the city. An optional visit to Drottningholm Palace and Gardens is then available in the afternoon.
      6.00pm
      9.00am
      Jul 07
      Sun
      Helsinki
      • Arts & culture
      • Flora and Fauna
      Helsinki, Finland
      A choice of excursions is available in the Finnish capital today: the main sights of Helsinki, known as the “Daughter of the Baltic Sea”, or a short panoramic tour of the city and a guided tour in the old part of Porvoo, the second oldest city of Finland.
      7.00pm
      2.00pm
      Jul 08
      Mon
      St. Petersburg
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Architecture
      • Explore Independently
      St. Petersburg, Russia
      On your first afternoon in magnificent St Petersburg, choose between a walking tour of its many highlights, or a more panoramic drive around the city, before experiencing a magical evening of ballet at the St Petersburg Concert Hall.
      overnight
      11.00am
      Jul 09
      Tue
      St. Petersburg
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Architecture
      • Explore Independently
      St. Petersburg, Russia
      Visit the Hermitage Museum inside the breathtaking Winter Palace on an exclusive pre-opening time tour, then see the fabulous façade of St Nicholas Cathedral and enjoy some souvenir shopping. An authentic Russian Folkloric show is also included this evening.
      overnight
      Jul 10
      Wed
      St. Petersburg
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Architecture
      • Explore Independently
      St. Petersburg, Russia
      Take an included canal cruise through St Petersburg in the morning. A choice of optional tours is then available for the afternoon: either Catherine Palace in Pushkin, or the Grand Palace of Peterhof. Alternatively you may explore the city at leisure.
      6.00pm
      Jul 11
      Thu
      Tallinn
      • Arts & culture
      • Religious
      Tallinn, Estonia
      Explore the historic sights of Tallinn on an included walking – or a more panoramic – tour featuring highlights such as Toompea Castle and Maarjamäe Palace. The afternoon is then at leisure in the city.
      6.00pm
      10.00am
      Jul 12
      Fri
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      At Sea.
      Jul 13
      Sat
      Gdansk
      • Arts & culture
      Gdansk, Poland
      Tour the city of Gdansk on an included morning tour featuring the old town and the world’s largest brick temple. Alternatively, a full-day optional excursion to the WWII Museum and city highlights is also available.
      7.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 14
      Sun
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      At Sea.
      Jul 15
      Mon
      Warnemunde
      • Arts & culture
      • Architecture
      Warnemunde, Germany
      Warnemunde is your gateway to Berlin for a choice of full-day city tours, each featuring the key highlights of the city, then with either the Pergamon Museum and the Berliner Cathedral, or more time at leisure also included. Alternatively, an included morning visit to the picturesque medieval town of Wismar is also available.
      10.00pm
      6.00am
      Jul 16
      Tue
      Copenhagen
      • Arts & culture
      • Explore Independently
      Copenhagen, Denmark
      Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to Copenhagen airport for your flight home.
      8.00am
      Shakespeare’s Southbank

      Shakespeare’s Southbank

      17 Jun London, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      Famous for its association with William Shakespeare, the Globe theatre in the heart of London is a hugely significant historical site that vibrantly brings to live the heyday of Elizabeth England. This fabulously immersive optional tour begins with some time to peruse the Globe Exhibition at your leisure, before the Globe’s expert guides explain the intricacies and significance of Elizabethan costume as well as its impact on society.

      Famous for its association with William Shakespeare, the Globe Theatre in the heart of London is a hugely significant historical site that vibrantly brings to life the heyday of Elizabeth England. This fabulously immersive optional tour begins with some time to peruse the Globe Exhibition at your leisure, before the Globe’s expert guides explain the intricacies and significance of Elizabethan costume as well as its impact on society. You will also learn some period housekeeping tips and have the opportunity to dress up as a character from a Shakespearean play.

      Your step back into history continues with a guided walking tour of the area, where the famous sights and landmarks include the first theatre ever constructed on Bankside in 1587, the Rose, which predates Shakespeare’s original Globe by twelve years. The Rose is the only Elizabethan Playhouse to be excavated on a huge scale, having been the subject of thorough investigation by archaeologists in 1989. You’ll also be able to marvel at the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe, which provided crucial archaeological evidence for the reconstructed building you will see today.

      Thanks to the decimation caused by the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Globe is now the only building in the city to have a thatched roof. During your tour inside the theatre your guide will describe how its modern patrons fought to keep the building as authentic as possible, while also describing the reconstruction process.

      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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      River Thames Cruise

      River Thames Cruise

      18 Jun London, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day Boat Ride
      This leisurely boat ride through the heart of London is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world. This is a truly a place where history, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone.

      This leisurely boat ride through the heart of London is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world. This is truly a place where history, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone.

      Boarding in front of the Tower of London, directly opposite the iconic Tower Bridge, your comfortable boat then cruises westwards beneath many of the capital’s bridges, including the current London Bridge, of which there have been several incarnations. Following the meandering river for an hour or so, you will see the London Eye on the South Bank, the neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Clock Tower, home of the famous “Big Ben” bell, and Westminster Abbey, where a long lineage of royals have been married or crowned.

      Returning to Tower Bridge, your vessel will increase in speed and proceed through the lesser known parts of London, where the twists and turns of the River Thames will take you past the maritime metropolis of Greenwich, through the Tobacco Docks and past the former Millennium Dome, now the 02 Arena. This concluding part of your journey is a perfect of example of London’s international maritime history and as you pass under the Emirate’s Skyline a further example of the city’s exciting future.

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      Included
      Lerwick Walking tour and Shetland Museum

      Lerwick Walking tour and Shetland Museum

      20 Jun Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursUphill Sections
      For a wonderful insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick, take a step back in time on this walking tour that will take you through the colourful and cosmopolitan history of this historic port.

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

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

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

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

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      Included
      Choice of Tours
      Cultural Activity
      Castles and Ponies

      Castles and Ponies

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

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

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

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

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      Included
      Choice of Tours
      Cultural Activity
      Archaeological site of Jarlshof

      Archaeological site of Jarlshof

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

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

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

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

      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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      Optional $ 35
      Choice of Tours
      Cultural Activity
      A walk through Hanseatic Bergen
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      A walk through Hanseatic Bergen

      21 Jun Bergen, Norway
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      This tour around Bergen’s fascinating history begins with a guided walk through the former Hanseatic commercial district, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the original 14th century buildings were destroyed in a fire during the early 18th century, but were rebuilt in the same style.

      This tour around Bergen’s fascinating history begins with a guided walk through the former Hanseatic commercial district, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the original 14th century buildings were destroyed in a fire during the early 18th century, but were rebuilt in the same style.

      From here you will arrive at the temporary Hanseatic exhibitions at Schøtstuene, where the assembly rooms of the Hanseatics have been part of the Hanseatic Museum since 1938. The complex comprises four assembly rooms and two cookhouses that provide a unique insight into the Hanseatics’ lives and history. A medieval ruin hidden underneath Schøtstuene has also been given its own exhibition and is visible itself through a newly installed glass floor.

      Strategically placed on the western coast of Norway, the city of Bergen is commonly believed to have been founded by king Olav Kyrre in 1070AD. In the 13th century it became the nation’s capital and remained Norway’s administrative centre until the union with Sweden in 1804 (that was similar to the one in Great Britain) when the position of Norway’s capital passed to Oslo, or Christiana as it was then known. In 1905 the United Kingdom of Sweden and Norway was peacefully and amicably dissolved, but Oslo remained the capital, with Bergen its second city.

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      Harstad City Highlights

      Harstad City Highlights

      23 Jun Harstad, Norway
      Half Day
      Harstad is one of the largest settlements in North Norway and is situated at the heart of Hinnøya, Norway’s largest island outside of the Svalbard archipelago, which serves as a gateway to Vesterålen and Lofoten. This is a place of stunning scenery and majestic nature, ranging from steep mountains and impressive fjords to fertile farmland and historic buildings.

      Harstad is one of the largest settlements in North Norway and is situated at the heart of Hinnøya, Norway’s largest island outside of the Svalbard archipelago, which serves as a gateway to Vesterålen and Lofoten. This is a place of stunning scenery and majestic nature, ranging from steep mountains and impressive fjords to fertile farmland and historic buildings.

      Rich in tradition, the town of Harstad is filled with picturesque wooden houses, modern shops and contemporary architecture, as you will discover during this panoramic drive through the town centre.

      Then stop at Røkenes Manor, an old trading post and guesthouse dating back to the 16th century. The house has been owned by the same family since 1673 and has a gallery in the former barn featuring an exhibition dedicated to local history. After enjoying some refreshments in the homely atmosphere of this beautiful house you will then be able to purchase some locally made wool or wooden handicrafts, including souvenirs fashioned on the remote island of Låvebrua, before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Journey to the North Cape

      Journey to the North Cape

      24 Jun Honningsvag, Norway
      Evening
      Located on the southeast coast of Magerøya, Honningsvåg is the most northerly city in Norway, but it is the northern shore of the island, known as Nordkapp, or the North Cape, that offers some of the most stunning arctic views anywhere in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

      Located on the southeast coast of Magerøya, Honningsvåg is the most northerly city in Norway, but it is the northern shore of the island, known as Nordkapp, or the North Cape, that offers some of the most stunning arctic views anywhere in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

      This tour takes you across the island on an approximately one-hour journey for a chance to appreciate the perpetual daylight of this remarkable region in the most spectacular of surroundings, the informative North Cape Hall, built directly above the sheer cliffs of the cape, rising up some 1,000 feet from the Arctic Ocean below.

      En route, take in views of the wild desolate terrain as you absorb the Cape’s distinctive arctic atmosphere. You may even glimpse some of the 5,000 reindeer that graze on these lands during the summer months. Arriving at the hall, you will then be invited to enjoy an audio-visual presentation about neighbouring Lapland on extra-wide screen, before visiting the Hall of Fame to see some model recreations of important events in the history of the North Cape Plateau.

      Relax in the large hall and terrace, for some wonderful views of the sea. Then to finish your time in this most spectacular of surroundings, you many like to take a refreshing stroll at leisure in the open air, before venturing into the hall’s cafeteria, souvenir shop, post office or chapel. Finally, the return journey follows the same route back to Honningsvåg, where Aegean Odyssey awaits.

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      Tromso Highlights

      Tromso Highlights

      25 Jun Tromso, Norway
      Half Day
      Tromsø’s historic centre boasts the largest concentration of wooden houses in northern Norway, all of which were built between 1789 and 1904, at which point wood construction was banned from fear of fire, a decision prompted by the Great Fire of Ålesund, which destroyed almost the whole city centre.

      Tromsø’s historic centre boasts the largest concentration of wooden houses in northern Norway, all of which were built between 1789 and 1904, at which point wood construction was banned from fear of fire, a decision prompted by the Great Fire of Ålesund, which destroyed almost the entire city centre.

      In Tromsø, rich neoclassical architecture mingles with beautiful buildings from later periods, including the soaring white roofline of the Arctic Cathedral, which has been compared to the Sydney Opera House. The Church of Tromsdalen, as it is also known, was designed by Jan Inge Hovig and inaugurated on 19th November 1965. Eleven aluminium-plated concrete slabs on either side of the roof give the cathedral its distinctive shape, which can easily be seen by ships in the Tromsø Sound and by planes landing at Tromsø airport.

      Continue to the world’s northernmost University for a guided tour of Tromsø’s remarkable Botanical Gardens. This rare collection of alpine and arctic plants is fed by two months of perpetual sunlight and has some commanding mountain views to admire as you explore at leisure. Also on display is an African collection including plants that can survive a Tromsø winter without protection, as well as a recently initiated peonarium and species from South America and the Himalayas.

      Next see the Science Centre of Northern Norway, home of the country’s largest domed planetarium, which offers an excellent simulation of the Northern Lights, allowing you to experience the magical aurora despite it being out of season.

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      Trondheim Panorama

      Trondheim Panorama

      27 Jun Trondheim, Norway
      Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
      Originally known as Kaupangen, then Nidaros, the city of Trondheim was founded in 997 by King Olaf Tryggvason, who is said to have built the first Christian church in Norway in 995. Until 1217 Trondheim served as the nation’s capital and by the Middle Ages had become one of the key Christian cities in Scandinavia.

      Originally known as Kaupangen, then Nidaros, the city of Trondheim was founded in 997 by King Olaf Tryggvason, who is said to have built the first Christian church in Norway in 995. Until 1217 Trondheim served as the nation’s capital and by the Middle Ages had become one of the key Christian cities in Scandinavia. In 1070 work began to construct a cathedral over the grave of St Olaf, who had ruled Norway from 1015 to 1028, to be the seat of the local metropolitan archdiocese.

      Today the oldest existing parts of Nidarosdomen Cathedral date back to the middle of the 12th century and are Gothic-Romanesque in style, making it a prominent landmark. After a brief stop here this relaxing panoramic tour continues to the Royal Residence of Stiftsgården, built between 1774 and 1778 and one of the largest wooden buildings in Scandinavia. During the 19th century Stiftsgården was chiefly used in connection with royal coronations, as it was traditional for Norwegian kings to be crowned in the cathedral.

      The colourful wharves on the River Nidelva are another iconic part of the city, as is the beautiful Gamle Bybro, or Old Town Bridge. Then see the impressive buildings of the University of NTNU before stopping at Sverresli viewpoint for a chance to admire the city from above. After which the tour returns to Trondheim, with the option of being dropped off in the city centre or heading straight back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Geiranger to Hellesylt and Jostedalsbreen Park

      Geiranger to Hellesylt and Jostedalsbreen Park

      28 Jun Hellesylt, Norway
      Full Day Lunch IncludedUneven or Volcanic GroundWinding road
      A tale of two villages, this relaxing tour crosses the UNESCO World Heritage region of Sunnmøre, taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world to meet Aegean Odyssey in Hellesylt.

      A tale of two villages, this relaxing tour crosses the UNESCO World Heritage region of Sunnmøre, taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world to meet Aegean Odyssey in Hellesylt.

      Beginning in the delightfully picturesque village of Geiranger, the road ascends first to the Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, where a very special wood and stone “Fjordsetet” (Fjord Seat) was inaugurated by Queen Sonja of Norway in 2003. From here you may be able to see Aegean Odyssey in the Geirangerfjord, as she departs to collect you a few miles to the west.

      The scenic route then continues along the winding Nibbevegen road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, 4,843ft above sea level. In 2016 an “invisible” viewing platform was opened here to create the illusion of floating, although you will be perfectly safe as you step out into space to look down at the Geirangerfjord far below and across towards the Blåbreen glacier.

      A lunch of mushroom soup, steamed salmon and ice cream with berry sauce will be served at the Hjelle Hotel facing Oppstrynsvatn lake. Then enjoy a short informative film and a guided tour of the botanical garden at the nearby Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre, before continuing to the pretty little waterside village of Stryn for some time at leisure.

      On the final part of your journey, you will pass the deepest lake in Europe, the Hornindalsvatnet. This picturesque body of water is surrounded by rugged mountains, but no glacial streams drain into it directly (the lake is mostly maintained by melting snow) resulting in an exceptional clarity. Passing the Hellesyltfossen waterfall, where Henrik Ibsen was inspired to write his drama, ‘Brand’, you will then re-join Aegean Odyssey in Hellesylt.

      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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      Optional $ 89
      UNESCO Geiranger
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      UNESCO Geiranger

      28 Jun Geiranger, Norway
      Half Day Winding road
      Leaving the village of Geiranger, the tour starts by heading through the Flydal Valley to reach Lake Djupvatn, which is usually beginning to thaw by the end of June, gradually revealing blue waters below.

      Leaving the village of Geiranger, the tour starts by heading through the Flydal Valley to reach Lake Djupvatn, which is usually beginning to thaw by the end of June, gradually revealing blue waters below. Following the mountain road, you will arrive at the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, approximately 4,843ft above sea level, with views of the Blåfjell glacier and Geirangerfjord far below. This beautiful location has been rated the world’s number one natural heritage site by the National Geographic Society, alongside the Nærøyfjord.

      On the way back to Geiranger, this scenic drive also takes in the Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, for more stunning views over Geiranger and Geirangerfjord from a different perspective. The site is split into two levels, with a gangway running between plateaus. On the lower you will be able to recline for a moment in the wood and stone “Fjordsetet” (the Fjord Seat) installation, which was inaugurated by Queen Sonja of Norway in 2003 and has been perfectly positioned for the ultimate view across the Geirangerfjord.

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      Ålesund Panorama

      Ålesund Panorama

      29 Jun Alesund, Norway
      Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
      One of Norway`s most beautiful towns, Ålesund is built on three islands between two fjords and is renowned for its abundance of Art Nouveau architecture, after a terrible fire swept through the town in 1904, leading it to be almost entirely rebuilt.

      One of Norway`s most beautiful towns, Ålesund is built on three islands between two fjords and is renowned for its abundance of Art Nouveau architecture, after a terrible fire swept through the town in 1904, leading it to be almost entirely rebuilt.

      This leisurely tour begins with a panoramic drive through Ålesund for a chance to admire some of these delightful “Jugendstil” buildings. Then continue out of town via a scenic route of bridges and underwater tunnels to the tiny islands of Giske and Godøy.

      Known as Saga Island, Giske is thought by some to be the place where the Viking Chieftain Rollo was born, who would later become the first Duke of Normandy. One of the island’s most important landmarks is a white marble church dating from 1150 that originally belonged to the powerful local Giske family, although it was extensively renovated in the 1750s.

      From Giske continue to Godøy Island, where the land is flat and fertile, and as you drive towards the headland the small fishing village of Alnes faces the Atlantic. In 1852 a lighthouse was built here to guide fishing boats into the harbour. In 1876 the original tower was replaced with the current red and white striped “obelisk”. Today this a protected building and one of the most visited lighthouses in Norway.

      On the way back to Aegean Odyssey, a stop will be made at the Aksla Viewpoint for some spectacular views of Ålesund and the islands you have just visited, weather permitting.

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      Magnificient Mountains and Fjords

      Magnificient Mountains and Fjords

      29 Jun Alesund, Norway
      Full Day
      Norway’s breathtaking natural scenery comes alive on this scenic drive inland from Ålesund towards Valldal, where you will leave the fjords behind and begin making your way higher up into the Romsdals Alps.

      Norway’s breathtaking natural scenery comes alive on this scenic drive inland from Ålesund towards Valldal, where you will leave the fjords behind and begin making your way higher up into the Romsdals Alps.

      Discover the twenty-five metre Gudbrandsjuvet ravine, which according to legend takes its name from a man called Gudbrand, who in the 15th century managed to flee from some angry pursuers by jumping over the ravine at its narrowest point. Here the waterfall of the Valldøla River has formed a complex network of deep potholes and intricate formations that can been seen from the viewing platform above.

      At eight hundred metres the mountain plateaus and you will be able to enjoy magnificent views of the valley and the eleven sharp hairpin bends you are about to descend on the remarkable Troll Road, a dizzying feat of engineering opened by King Haakon in 1936. The viewpoint here has water features carved into the hard rock that blend into the natural surroundings, making it a true work of art.

      Descending into the valley, the road follows the river towards Trollstigen Guesthouse, where a delicious lunch awaits, before your tour continues to the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, the Troll Wall. Measuring over one thousand metres from its base to its highest point, the summit ridge overhangs the base of the wall by nearly fifty metres and has long been a prestigious goal for rock climbers, having finally being conquered in 1965.

      The route then follows the Romsdalfjord on a scenic drive past more delightful valleys and villages, on the return to Aegean Odyssey in Ålesund.

      It is recommended that guests dress in layered clothing, bring raingear for inclement weather, and wear flat comfortable shoes. Visibility of sights may be affected in adverse conditions.

      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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      Trail of the Vikings

      Trail of the Vikings

      30 Jun Stavanger, Norway
      Half Day
      Steeped in history, the region of Stavanger is closely associated with the Viking Age. The legacy of this remarkable period can be found not only in the archaeological remains recently found in the surrounding county of Rogaland, but also within the traditional family and place names that are still prevalent across Western Norway.

      Steeped in history, the region of Stavanger is closely associated with the Viking Age. The legacy of this remarkable period can be found not only in the archaeological remains recently found in the surrounding county of Rogaland, but also within the traditional family and place names that are still prevalent across Western Norway.

      Following the trail of this fascinating era, your first stop will be at the Archaeological Museum in the city centre. Upon arrival you will be greeted by a Viking woman dressed in her finest period dress and jewellery who will demonstrate the use of a selection of Viking tools. Touring the museum, exhibitions on display then provide a fascinating introduction to the various epochs of Rogaland’s past, with the help of antiquities and archaeological finds from the Stone, Bronze and Viking Ages, right up to the end of the Middle Ages.

      After enjoying an authentic Viking snack in the café, your next stop will be the Sverd i fjell, or Swords in Stone monument, located on the southern shores of Hafrsfjord. This breathtaking sculpture is comprised of three ten metre tall bronze sword statues commissioned in 1983 to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, when King Harald Fairhair managed to consolidate all of Norway into one kingdom.

      Your scenic drive then passes more of the region’s prehistoric sites and landmarks, depicting the diverse culture and history of Scandinavia, before stopping at the highest point in Stavanger and passing the picturesque sandy beaches of Jaeren, on the way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      A Walk in the Old Quarter

      A Walk in the Old Quarter

      30 Jun Stavanger, Norway
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
      The old settlement of “Gamle” in Stavanger is considered one of Europe’s best preserved settlements of wooden houses. It features over two hundred charming white cottages, all dating from the 18th and 19th-centuries, most of which are still privately owned residences.

      The old settlement of “Gamle” in Stavanger is considered one of Europe’s best preserved settlements of wooden houses. It features over two hundred charming white cottages, all dating from the 18th and 19th-centuries, most of which are still privately owned residences. In 1975 this delightful district was identified by the United Nations as an exemplar of how well urban conservation can coexist with practical use. Gamle has plenty of galleries and handicraft boutiques to explore as well, so a stroll through its cobblestoned streets is ideal for browsing while you experience its fairytale atmosphere.

      Near the waterfront of the old quarter is the 19th-century fish canning factory, which is now the Canning Museum. During its time as a functioning plant many working-class Norwegians were employed here to clean, smoke and can freshly caught “Sild” (sardines). During a guided tour of the museum you will be able to learn more about how the factory once functioned before tasting some freshly smoked fish and bruschetta. A particular highlight is the exhibition of commercial canning labels known as “iddisar”. These miniature works of art reflect the changing artistic styles of the 19th and 20th-centuries, providing a fascinating insight into how Stavanger’s identity was forged by the sea.

      A short stroll south of Gamle, in the centre of Stavanger, is the 12th-century cathedral, founded by the English Bishop Reinald of Winchester in 1125 at the behest of King Sigurd the Crusader. This well-preserved mediaeval stone cathedral was originally Anglo-Norman, but following a fire in 1272, its vestibule was rebuilt in the Gothic style.

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      Copenhagen Highlights and Christiansborg Palace

      Copenhagen Highlights and Christiansborg Palace

      2 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
      Half Day
      Few places have as much friendliness and joie de vivre as Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that in recent years the city has become one of the most desirable places to live in Europe. This panoramic tour of the Danish capital begins with a stop at the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, who sits upon her rock on the waterside in Langelinie, gazing forlornly out to sea as though musing on her unrequited love.

      Few places have as much friendliness and joie de vivre as Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that in recent years the city has become one of the most desirable places to live in Europe. This panoramic tour of the Danish capital begins with a stop at the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, who sits upon her rock on the waterside in Langelinie, gazing forlornly out to sea as though musing on her unrequited love.

      A short drive then takes you to the islet of Slotsholmen for the magnificent neo-baroque Christiansborg Palace, where the Danish Parliament and the Supreme Court convene. Among the various Royal Reception Rooms on display here is the magnificent Great Hall, frequently used for state visits and evening events, such as the Queen’s gala dinners. The hall is lavishly decorated with seventeen colourful tapestries by Bjørn Nørgaard, depicting 1,100 years of Danish history, from the Viking Age to the year 2000. A gift to the Danish Queen to mark her 50th birthday, the work of art was inaugurated on her 60th birthday in April 2000.

      Also on the tiny island of Slotsholmen is the former stock exchange of Børsen – an excellent example of Dutch Renaissance architecture boasting an unusual and distinctive twisted spire, made up of entwining dragon tails.

      Just across the canal is the imposing City Hall, dating from 1905 and modelled on the Tuscan Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. The brightly coloured waterfront of Nyhavn is where Hans Christian Andersen lived from 1845 to 1864. Then finally, enjoy a stroll around the four identical 18th century palaces of Amalienborg, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Copenhagen Highlights and Rosenborg Castle

      Copenhagen Highlights and Rosenborg Castle

      4 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
      Half Day
      The Danish capital is a city of canals spanned by bridges, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks, not to mention the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world, making it a great place to discover on this leisurely panoramic tour.

      The Danish capital is a city of canals spanned by bridges, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks, not to mention the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world, making it a great place to discover on this leisurely panoramic tour.

      Among the highlights are the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, the old Citadel, the Renaissance flourishes of Holmens Church, the magnificent Gefion fountain and the royal residence of Amalienborg Palace. King’s Square is home to the Royal Theatre and fashionable Nyhavn is the centre of Copenhagen’s pavement café culture.

      Denmark’s crown jewels are kept inside the Dutch Renaissance-style Rosenborg Castle, built in 1607 for Christian IV and uninhabited since 1710; it was first opened to the public in 1838. Among the treasures you will see during your guided tour of the castle’s well preserved interior are the crown of Christian IV and a gem-studded sword that belonged to Christian III.

      Passing the elegant Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, the imposing City Hall dates from 1905 and is modelled on the Tuscan Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. By contrast, directly across the road is the world’s second oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens, which first opened its doors in 1843 and is home to one of the oldest rollercoasters still operating today, the Rutschebanen, built from wood in 1914.

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      Panoramic Stockholm

      Panoramic Stockholm

      6 Jul Stockholm, Sweden
      Half Day
      This leisurely morning tour begins with a scenic drive along Söder Mälarstrand, on the north shore of Stockholm’s fashionable Södermalm district. Crossing the Western Bridge, you will enjoy some fabulous views of the skyline on your way to the imposing City Hall, one of the finest examples of National Romantic architecture in Sweden.

      This leisurely morning tour begins with a scenic drive along Söder Mälarstrand, on the north shore of Stockholm’s fashionable Södermalm district. Crossing the Western Bridge, you will enjoy some fabulous views of the skyline on your way to the imposing City Hall, one of the finest examples of National Romantic architecture in Sweden.

      The famous redbrick exterior also has a hint of the Romanesque, as does the main function room, known as Blue Hall, where the prestigious Nobel Banquet takes place each December. Originally Blå hallen was to have been rendered in blue plaster, until the architect Ragnar Östberg changed his mind and the rusticated brickwork was left “unfinished”. By then, of course, the epithet had stuck.

      After the famous Nobel Banquet, guests traditionally move to the Golden Hall for a ball. The room is covered in neo-Byzantine mosaics, depicting people and scenes from Swedish history. It has also been carefully lit with hanging lamps, to create the most dazzlingly shimmering luminescent effect which seems to bounce across the walls. Admiring these magical decorations, you will feel like waltzing to the rhythm of your own music.

      Just across the river from the City Hall is the old quarter of Stockholm, known as Gamla stan. Here you will see the 18th-century Baroque Royal Palace, as well as the colourful houses of Stortorget, or Great Square, which is considered the spiritual heart of the city.

      Returning to the island of Södermalm, the shoreline of Fjällgatan has some amazing views across Gamla Stan and the islands of Skreppsholmen and Djurgården, making it the perfect place to stop and admire the city one last time, on your way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Stockholm Highlights and Vasa Museum

      Stockholm Highlights and Vasa Museum

      6 Jul Stockholm, Sweden
      Half Day
      The Swedish capital is spread across fourteen islands that are linked by more than fifty bridges. At its centre is one of the oldest and best preserved medieval districts in Europe, Gamla stan, where the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets join the spectacular 18th-century Royal Palace with the colourful square known as Stortorget, at the spiritual heart of the city.

      The Swedish capital is spread across fourteen islands that are linked by more than fifty bridges. At its centre is one of the oldest and best preserved medieval districts in Europe, Gamla stan, where the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets join the spectacular 18th century Royal Palace with the colourful square known as Stortorget, at the spiritual heart of the city.

      South of Gamla stan is the bohemian and cultural district of Södermalm. During this panoramic guided tour you will also pass through Norrmalm and Östermalm to arrive at the popular island of Djurgården, home of the open-air Skansen museum and the extraordinary 17th century warship Vasa, a mighty vessel that met a farcical and tragic demise.

      On the morning of 10th August 1628 the Vasa was being waved off on her maiden voyage by hundreds of excited spectators who had flocked to the eastern waterfront to celebrate. She was still only 1,300 metres from shore when a gust of wind caused her to heel hard to port, allowing water to gush in through her open gun ports. Within minutes the Vasa had disappeared beneath the water, with the loss of thirty souls.

      A pioneering salvage project in 1961 saw the Vasa raised from the seabed, where she had survived for over 300 hundred years in an astonishing state of preservation. Since then the warship has been lovingly restored using replacement parts that are much lighter in colour, allowing this breathtaking piece of maritime archaeology to take pride of place within a state-of-the-art interactive museum.

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      Drottningholm Palace and Gardens

      Drottningholm Palace and Gardens

      6 Jul Stockholm, Sweden
      Half Day
      Just west of Stockholm on the island of Lovön is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family. In the summer months the King and Queen occupy the southern wing, but the rest of the house is always open to the public.

      Just west of Stockholm on the island of Lovön is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family. In the summer months the King and Queen occupy the southern wing, but the rest of the house is always open to the public.

      Drottningholm was commissioned by Dowager Queen Regent Hedvig Eleonora, following the death of her husband, Karl X, in 1660. The exterior is reminiscent of Versailles but owes much to the Italianate tradition of Andrea Palladio. Later royals, notably Louisa Ulrika and Gustav III, used the palace for elaborate theatrical events, grand balls and lavish masquerades, until the early 19th-century, when revolutionary fervour swept across Europe and Drottningholm fell out fashion.

      In the 20th-century it was restored and is today considered the finest classical-baroque palace in northern Europe, with highlights including the bedchamber of Queen Eleonora and the central staircase, which features trompe l’oeil frescos of mythological Norse kings and statuary in the classical style.

      Elsewhere in the grounds are a number of outhouses, including the famous 18th-century theatre, added by Queen Louisa, where original hand-operated stage machinery is still in use and authentic costumes are on display. There’s also the Kina Slott, or Chinese Pavilion, perhaps the oddest example of rococo-chinoiserie ever created.

      After your guided tour, you will be able to enjoy a stroll through the immaculately kept Baroque and English Gardens, before settling back for more delightful scenery on the return to Aegean Odyssey, as your coach makes a leisurely detour around the island of Lovön.

      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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      Panoramic Helsinki and Porvoo

      Panoramic Helsinki and Porvoo

      7 Jul Helsinki, Finland
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
      Known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic Sea’, Helsinki is the world’s most northerly metropolitan city and is filled with unique architectural gems, as you will discover during a short panoramic tour of its main sights.

      Known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic Sea’, Helsinki is the world’s most northerly metropolitan city and is filled with unique architectural gems, as you will discover during a short panoramic tour of its main sights.

      Passing Market Square, the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, see the Olympic Stadium which hosted the games in 1952, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum, Parliament Building, the Contemporary Art Museum and the New Opera House.

      Your tour then continues to Porvoo, the second oldest city in Finland, which was established by the Swedish King Magnus Ericksson in the 14th century and has many well-preserved 18th and 19th century buildings, as well as a 15th century cathedral. A guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets takes you past picturesque weathered wooden houses to the Town Hall, the Main Square and the cathedral, which suffered a fire in 2006 but has now been fully restored.

      After stopping at the Old Bridge, some free time will be available to explore the old town, before your return to Helsinki for a stop at the neoclassical Senate Square, where landmarks include the Lutheran Cathedral, built between 1830 and 1852; the Government Palace, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office; and the 18th century Sederholm House Hotel, the oldest building in central Helsinki, that was formerly the private residence of a wealthy merchant.

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      Helsinki City Tour

      Helsinki City Tour

      7 Jul Helsinki, Finland
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      At the heart of the Helsinki is the neoclassical Senate Square, where landmarks include the Lutheran Cathedral, built between 1830 and 1852; the Government Palace, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office; and the 18th century Sederholm House Hotel, the oldest building in central Helsinki and formerly the private residence of a wealthy merchant.

      At the heart of the Helsinki is the neoclassical Senate Square, where landmarks include the Lutheran Cathedral, built between 1830 and 1852; the Government Palace, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office; and the 18th century Sederholm House Hotel, the oldest building in central Helsinki and formerly the private residence of a wealthy merchant.

      After some time to explore, your panoramic tour continues past the attractive Esplanadi park, which is surrounded by many foreign embassies, to the shipyards. Ship construction is one of the main industries in Finland and many cruise liners and icebreakers have been built here.

      Continuing to Mannerheimintie, the city’s main street, see Parliament House, the National Museum, the new Opera House, and the concert and convention centre of Finlandia Hall, on your way to the Olympic Stadium.

      Designed in the functionalist style by Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti, construction on the stadium began in 1934, with the intention of it hosting the 1940 Summer Olympics, until they were cancelled due to the Second World War. The stadium finally fulfilled its purpose by hosting the 1952 Summer Olympics instead.

      From here visit Sibelius Park, where a monument made up of 527 steel pipes is dedicated to the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Finally, a stop will be made at the Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church, built directly into solid rock and opened in 1969. The hall is covered with a dome and lined in copper while rugged interior walls of rock and rubble give it excellent acoustics.

      Please note: Helsinki Olympic Stadium has been closed for renovation but is due to be reopened in 2019.

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      Evening at the Ballet

      Evening at the Ballet

      8 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Evening
      Dance is a part of Russia’s fabric and St Petersburg has long been regarded as one of the world’s most famous ballet centres. This special evening takes place at the largest musical theatre in the city, St Petersburg Concert Hall, a modern building with comfortable seats, located near the protected Russian cruiser Aurora, close to the St Petersburg hotel.

      Dance is a part of Russia’s fabric and St Petersburg has long been regarded as one of the world’s most famous ballet centres. This special evening takes place at the largest musical theatre in the city, St Petersburg Concert Hall, a modern building with comfortable seats, located near the protected Russian cruiser Aurora, close to the St Petersburg hotel.

      After an early dinner on board Aegean Odyssey you will be transported to the theatre in good time to take your seats for a classic ballet such as Giselle or Swan Lake. The performance finishes well before midnight, when you will be whisked back to the ship, still floating on air after the wonderful magic of this majestic work of art.

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      Panoramic St Petersburg

      Panoramic St Petersburg

      8 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Half Day
      Passing along the Neva River embankment to the Spit of Basil Island, the Peter and Paul Fortress was the first citadel to be built in what became known as “Peter’s city” and has remained its most enduring symbol for over 300 years. Originally constructed as a military defence but never fired upon, it was later converted into a political prison.

      Passing along the Neva River embankment to the Spit of Basil Island, the Peter and Paul Fortress was the first citadel to be built in what became known as “Peter’s city” and has remained its most enduring symbol for over 300 years. Originally constructed as a military defence but never fired upon, it was later converted into a political prison.

      At its centre stands the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where every Russian ruler from Peter the Great to Alexander III is buried. Inspired by the Flemish tradition, this beautiful cathedral boasts the tallest orthodox bell tower in the world, featuring a needle-like spire topped by a gold angel and cruciform.

      Continuing along the embankment, pass the protected Russian cruiser Aurora, whose guns announced the October Revolution of 1917. Then arrive in St Isaac’s Square for a look at the outside of the Cathedral designed by French architect Auguste de Montferrand between 1818 and 1858, which has one of the largest domes in the world. The socle is faced with granite and the five-metre thick walls have been covered with gray marble. Approximately 100kg of pure gold was used to gild the dome and forty-three types of stone and marble were used in its ornamentation.

      Finally, in nearby Decembrists’ Square, see the famous ‘Bronze Horseman’ monument to Peter the Great, before returning to Aegean Odyssey via a souvenir shop, time permitting.

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      Highlights of St Petersburg

      Highlights of St Petersburg

      8 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Half Day
      The imperial capital of St Petersburg is a world apart from the rest of Russia, with a relaxed and welcoming Scandinavian feel. Located on the Gulf of Finland, this friendly city has been able to develop its own unique status as a federal subject, making it one of the most charming and accessible destinations to be found anywhere in the Baltic.

      The imperial capital of St Petersburg is a world apart from the rest of Russia, with a relaxed and welcoming Scandinavian feel. Located on the Gulf of Finland, this friendly city has been able to develop its own unique status as a federal subject, making it one of the most charming and accessible destinations to be found anywhere in the Baltic.

      St Petersburg was essentially created from scratch in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, who had recently captured the region from Sweden during the Great Northern War. Throughout the 17th-century Russia had no practicable way to enter into European waters and Peter was keen to put an end to his ships sailing around Norway’s North Cape, using waters that frequently froze during the long winter months.

      The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first citadel to be built in what became known as “Peter’s city” and has remained its most enduring symbol for over 300 years. At its centre stands the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where every Russian ruler from Peter the Great to Alexander III is buried. Inspired by the Flemish tradition, this beautiful cathedral boasts the tallest orthodox bell tower in the world, featuring a needle-like spire topped by a gold angel and cruciform.

      After the fortress you will be taken on a panoramic tour of the city’s other unmissable highlights, including the gilded cupola of St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great in Decembrists’ Square.

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      Evening Folkloric Show

      Evening Folkloric Show

      9 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Evening
      Get acquainted with the fascinating songs and breathtaking dances of Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union during a very special folkloric show performed by musical graduates from Moscow and St Petersburg.

      Get acquainted with the fascinating songs and breathtaking dances of Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union during a very special folkloric show performed by musical graduates from Moscow and St Petersburg.

      This fascinating spiritual journey features Don Cossacks’ dances, Russian and Ukrainian choir-singing including world-famous pieces like Kalinka and Barynja, and flamboyant gypsy dancing accompanied by live Balalaika music.

      During the intermission you will be invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of Russian Champagne before settling back in your seats for the rest of the performance.

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      St Nicholas Cathedral and Souvenir Shopping

      St Nicholas Cathedral and Souvenir Shopping

      9 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Half Day PM
      Built between 1753 and 1756 in the shape of a Greek cross, the Nicholas Naval Cathedral is an outstanding example of Russian baroque architecture designed by one of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s most talented students, Savva Chevakiinsky.

      Built between 1753 and 1756 in the shape of a Greek cross, the Nicholas Naval Cathedral is an outstanding example of Russian baroque architecture designed by one of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s most talented students, Savva Chevakiinsky.

      Comprising two floors with five cupolas, the exteriors are exceptionally rich, with clutches of columns and garlands of flowers surrounding the windows in striking blue and white colours. The richly carved iconostasis is one of the best of its period and unlike palaces designed by Rastrelli, the ornate white and gilt interiors have survived the centuries almost completely intact.

      From across the canals encircling the cathedral on three sides you will be able to enjoy a wonderful view of the four-tired bell tower, before returning to Aegean Odyssey via a souvenir shop.

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      Early Visit to the Hermitage

      Early Visit to the Hermitage

      9 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Half Day AM
      In cooperation with the museum’s authorities, this morning we have arranged a very special early opening of the magnificent Hermitage museum, approximately one and a half hours prior to regular hours, giving you a chance to visit the living quarters of the royal family as well as some other collections that are not included in regular tours, such as the Antique or Oriental departments.

      In cooperation with the museum’s authorities, this morning we have arranged a very special early opening of the magnificent Hermitage museum, approximately one and a half hours prior to regular hours, giving you a chance to visit the living quarters of the royal family as well as some other collections that are not included in regular tours, such as the Antique or Oriental departments.

      Located inside the breathtaking Winter Palace, the Hermitage of St Petersburg is one of the largest and most famous museums in the world, with a collection of over three million works of art, including masterpieces by Da Vinci, Titian, El Greco, Goya, Rubens and Rembrandt.

      The origins of the Hermitage date back to 1764, when Russia’s most popular Empress, Catherine the Great, began collecting contemporary paintings and objets d’art for her own amusement. By the time of her death she had extended the Winter Palace a number of times to house this private gallery, which became known as the “Hermitage” due to its exclusivity.

      In 1852 Russia’s first ever purpose built museum was opened behind the “Old Hermitage” to share some of Catherine’s treasures with the public. Following the revolution of 1917, the New Hermitage was merged with the rest of the Winter Palace to create the second largest art gallery in the world, surpassed only by the Louvre in Paris.

      It is said that to view everything in the vaults would take more than a decade, but on this carefully planned guided tour you will get to see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, Western European works including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and the collection of Dutch and Flemish art that includes paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck – and still have time to admire the awe-inspiring façade of the Winter Palace.

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      Canal Cruise

      Canal Cruise

      10 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Half Day AM
      A relaxing guided boat-ride through the canals of St. Petersburg to gain a different perspective on the city.

      A relaxing guided boat-ride through the canals of St. Petersburg to gain a different perspective on the city.

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      Grand Palace of Peterhof

      Grand Palace of Peterhof

      10 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Half Day PM
      Located on the Gulf of Finland, Peterhof is the most brilliant of all summer residences built by the Russian Tsars. Commissioned by Peter the Great in 1709, a visit to the French royal court of Versailles in 1717 inspired him to begin expanding what was originally a modest country house. Over the next 200 years the palace and gardens evolved to become a treasure-house of European aristocratic style.

      Located on the Gulf of Finland, Peterhof is the most brilliant of all summer residences built by the Russian Tsars. Commissioned by Peter the Great in 1709, a visit to the French royal court of Versailles in 1717 inspired him to begin expanding what was originally a modest country house. Over the next 200 years the palace and gardens evolved to become a treasure-house of European aristocratic style.

      This magnificent estate held the name of Peterhof, or ‘Peter’s Court’ in German, until 1944, when it was renamed Petrodvorets, before reverting back to its original epithet in 1997. During World War II, invading German forces destroyed much of the buildings and fountains, but these have since been lovingly restored to their original splendour.

      The interior of the Grand Palace is a lavish combination of design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who had just finished the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, and later renovations made during the reign of Catherine the Great. The ornate Ceremonial Staircase  is lined with frescoes and gilded statues, while other highlights include the white-and-turquoise Throne Room, the Western Chinese Study, the Imperial Suite, Peter the Great’s study, the gilded Ballroom and the Crown Room, which was actually the Imperial bedchamber.

      Your guided tour also includes a walk through the Lower Garden to the Great Cascade – an impressive water-feature modelled on Louis XIV’s Château de Marly. Consisting of three waterfalls, thirty-seven statues and sixty-four fountains, the largest of which was constructed between 1734 and 1735 and depicts Samson’s fight with the lion, representing Russia’s victory over the Swedes in 1709 during the Great Northern War.

      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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      Catherine Palace in Pushkin

      Catherine Palace in Pushkin

      10 Jul St. Petersburg, Russia
      Half Day PM
      This delightful tour will take you just south of St Petersburg to the breathtaking Catherine Palace, the former summer residence of tsars and tsarinas that today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      This delightful tour will take you just south of St Petersburg to the breathtaking Catherine Palace, the former summer residence of tsars and tsarinas that today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Commissioned by Peter the Great for his second wife, Catherine, the palace started life as modest affair by royal standards, until the couple passed away and their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, began to dramatically expand it throughout the middle of the 18th-century.

      During your tour, your guide will show you around all of the palace’s most remarkable highlights, while explaining more about its tumultuous history. Among the many works of art you will see is a replica of the legendary Amber Room.

      Completed in 1770, the dazzling Amber Room was once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, until it was stolen by Nazis in 1941 and disappeared in 1945, possibly destroyed during the bombing of Königsberg Castle in Germany, although no remains have ever been found and its ultimate fate remains unknown.

      The whereabouts of the Amber Room is one of history’s most intriguing mysteries, but in 2003 a twenty-year long reconstruction process was finally completed at a cost of more than £80 million. The new Amber Room is lined with identical panels and gilded mirrors embellished with exquisite gemstones, all crafted as closely as possible to the same specifications as the original.

      Following your tour of the palace, free time will be available for a relaxing walk through the park to the pavilion-lined lake, before your return to Aegean Odyssey in St Petersburg.

      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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      Panoramic Tallinn

      Panoramic Tallinn

      11 Jul Tallinn, Estonia
      Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
      This more leisurely alternative to the walking tour of Tallinn begins with a drive along the main streets of the Estonian capital towards the 18th century Kadriorg Park, which contains a number of outstanding palatial buildings constructed by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great.

      This more leisurely alternative to the walking tour of Tallinn begins with a drive along the main streets of the Estonian capital towards the 18th century Kadriorg Park, which contains a number of outstanding palatial buildings constructed by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great.

      Continuing along the seafront, the Song Festival Ground is where the Estonian Song Festival takes place. Then drive through the recreational area of Pirita to the eerily beautiful ruins of the medieval St Bridget Convent, one of the largest in Northern Europe until it was destroyed by Russian troops in 1577 during the Livonian War.

      Back in the city centre, pass the newly restored Maarjamäe, or Orlov’s Palace, containing a branch of the Estonian History Museum. The Russalka Memorial by Amandus Adamson was erected in 1902 to mark the ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Russian warship Russalka, and is the first monument in Estonia to be made by an Estonian sculptor,

      Approaching the Old Town, pass Freedom Square and the Cross of Liberty Monument, followed by the Tall Hermann Tower and the medieval Toompea Castle, before stopping at Nun’s Gate for a stroll past the merchant houses of the Lower Town and the Holy Ghost Church, to reach Town Hall Square, where the oldest Town Hall in the Baltics and Scandinavia is situated. Free time will then be available for you to explore at leisure, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

      Please note: This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties as the Old Town streets are cobbled.

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      Historic Tallinn

      Historic Tallinn

      11 Jul Tallinn, Estonia
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
      At the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage area of Tallinn’s old quarter is the Upper Town, built atop the limestone “Toompea”, meaning Cathedral Hill. In Estonian mythology this is the place where King Kalev is said to have been buried by his wife, Linda, who built the hill entirely by hand.

      At the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage area of Tallinn’s old quarter is the Upper Town, built atop the limestone “Toompea”, meaning Cathedral Hill. In Estonian mythology this is the place where King Kalev is said to have been buried by his wife, Linda, who built the hill entirely by hand.

      Passing Liberty Square, where military parades take place, see the 19th century Lutheran Charles’s Church before arriving at the foot of the Tall Hermann Tower, which dates from the 14th century and stands at ninety-five metres above sea level.

      Walking up the hill, the 9th century Toompea Castle is where the Estonian Parliament convenes. This is followed by the elaborately decorated 19th century Eastern Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built in the Russian Rival style. Stepping inside the Dome Church, you will find an impressive display of nobless coats of arms and gravestones dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries. The Upper Town also has a series of platforms that provide fairytale views of the red roof tops and turreted towers of the Lower Town, with the skyline of the modern city in the background.

      Descending to the lower part of the city, Short Leg Street leads to St Nicholas Church on your way to Town Hall Square and the imposing 15th century Gothic Town Hall, the oldest in the Baltics and Scandinavia. See the oldest continuously functioning Apothecary Shop in Europe as you stroll along cobbled lanes to the Great Guild, Blackheads’ Brotherhood House and several merchant’s houses. Free time will then be available for you to explore at leisure, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

      Please note: This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties as the Old Town streets are cobbled.

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      Gdansk City Tour

      Gdansk City Tour

      13 Jul Gdansk, Poland
      Half Day AM
      The tour provides a fascinating insight into the layout and majestic architecture of Gdansk, where one thousand years of history have left a rich collection of buildings and monuments designed in a splendid mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

      The tour provides a fascinating insight into the layout and majestic architecture of Gdansk, where one thousand years of history have left a rich collection of buildings and monuments designed in a splendid mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Although the Old Town of Gdansk is not as old as it might seem, with over eighty percent of the buildings having been rebuilt due to the devastation of World War II, it has been completely and lovingly restored to its previous glory.

      This panoramic tour follows the royal route from the Green Gate on the banks of Motlawa to Long Street and the historic town houses of Long Market, including the Main Town Hall, Arthur’s court and the iconic Neptune Fountain.

      Known as the “Crown of Gdansk”, St Mary’s Church was begun in the 15th century and is the world’s largest brick temple, with mighty walls and towers rising high above the skyline, including an eighty-two metre tower that affords some breathtaking views of the city. The church took over 150 years to complete and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. Its deceivingly plain exterior belies a bright, spacious interior featuring thirty decorated chapels, a polyptych, ancient tombs and a 15th century astronomical clock.

      Time will also be available for some local handicraft and souvenir shopping, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Gdansk and Second World War Museum

      Gdansk and Second World War Museum

      13 Jul Gdansk, Poland
      Full Day
      The 1st of September 1939 is forever etched in history as the day when World War II began, after German forces invaded the Free City of Danzig on their way to capturing Poland. The Museum of the Second World War, in the city now known as Gdansk, was established in 2008 as a memorial to those who fought and died during this devastating global conflict.

      The 1st of September 1939 is forever etched in history as the day when World War II began, after German forces invaded the Free City of Danzig on their way to capturing Poland. The Museum of the Second World War, in the city now known as Gdansk, was established in 2008 as a memorial to those who fought and died during this devastating global conflict. It consists of three major spheres, symbolically representing the connections between the past, present and future.

      The main exhibition gives a comprehensive overview of the lives and fates of civilians and soldiers, not just in Poland but in other European countries. Here you will be given a chance to experience eye witness stories of endurance, extraordinary bravery and survival in battle.

      Your tour then continues to the Old Quarter of Gdansk for more of its history. Following the royal route from Green Gate on the banks of Motlawa to Long Street, see the historic town houses of Long Market, including Arthur’s Court and the Main Town Hall, which has one of the most beautiful rooms in Poland, the Red Chamber. Long Market is also home to the representative symbol of Gdansk, the iconic Neptune Fountain.

      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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      Unesco Wismar
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Unesco Wismar

      15 Jul Warnemunde, Germany
      Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
      Founded in 1229 near the legendary East/West trading route of the Via Regia, the location of Wismar brought merchants, traders and builders from across Europe during its formative years. Entering into a pact with the cities of Lübeck and Rostock to create the Hanseatic League, by the 14th century the port had become one of the most thriving on the Baltic coast.

      Founded in 1229 near the legendary East/West trading route of the Via Regia, the location of Wismar brought merchants, traders and builders from across Europe during its formative years. Entering into a pact with the cities of Lübeck and Rostock to create the Hanseatic League, by the 14th century the port had become one of the most thriving on the Baltic coast.

      It takes about an hour and a half to reach this UNESCO World Heritage city from Warnemuende, on a route that passes through some picturesque countryside and villages. A walking tour of the old quarter then takes you along cobblestone streets to Gothic houses, Baroque buildings and Renaissance facades, including the Old Rathaus, or Town Hall, the Water Tower, the historic drainage system, and private homes dating back to the Middle Ages.

      During the Hanseatic period the citizens of Wismar drank a strong dark beer called “Mumme”, made using hops cultivated in 148 different gardens. By the 15th century there were 182 brewers of Mumme, twelve of whom were city counsellors. At its height, over 400,000 hectolitres of beer were produced annually, for consumption throughout Europe.

      Relax inside the nostalgic atmosphere of the “Brauhaus am Lohberg”, a brewery and pub dating back to the 15th century, where you will enjoy a tasting of Mumme accompanied by a traditional German snack of pretzel or schmalzbrot – a lard bread made with onion. Although not quite as strong as it would have been during the Middle Ages, modern Mumme is still brewed to a traditional recipe and remains just as tasty.

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      Panoramic Berlin

      Panoramic Berlin

      15 Jul Warnemunde, Germany
      Full Day Long Drive
      No other city in the world has a story quite as powerful as Berlin. The journey from Warnemuende takes about three hours along the autobahn, but once arrived there is plenty to see on this guided panoramic tour of the German capital.

      No other city in the world has a story quite as powerful as Berlin. The journey from Warnemuende takes about three hours along the autobahn, but once arrived there is plenty to see on this guided panoramic tour of the German capital.

      Highlights include the history-laden Reichstag Parliament, the moving Holocaust Memorial designed by Peter Eisenman, the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, and one of the former border crossings between East and West Belin, which has become the most enduring symbol of the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie.

      The 18th century neoclassical Brandenburg Gate also symbolizes German and European reunification. It was here that Helmut Kohl, the West German chancellor, walked through the gate to be greeted by Hans Modrow, the East German prime minister after the revolution of 1989, marking the end of the German Democratic Republic and the beginning of a single Federal Republic.

      Following your tour, free time will then be available to enjoy the shops, boutiques and cafés of the Kurfürstendamm, often considered Berlin’s Champs-Élysées. Alternatively, the Gendarmenmarkt is the perfect stepping off point for exploring some of the city’s main highlights in more detail, including Checkpoint Charlie, the remains of the Berlin Wall, the Topography of Terror Museum, built on the site of the Reich Main Security Office, the Bebelplatz featuring the Sunken Library memorial commemorating the Nazi book burnings of 1933, and Berlin Cathedral.

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      Berlin Highlights: Pergamon Museum and Cathedral

      Berlin Highlights: Pergamon Museum and Cathedral

      15 Jul Warnemunde, Germany
      Full Day Long Drive
      On the 10th May 1933 some 20,000 books were burned by students at the behest of the Nazi Party in the Bebelplatz, a public square in the Mitte district of Berlin. In 1995 a memorial designed by the Israeli artist Micha Ullman was unveiled in the square to commemorate this infamous event.

      On the 10th May 1933 some 20,000 books were burned by students at the behest of the Nazi Party in the Bebelplatz, a public square in the Mitte district of Berlin. In 1995 a memorial designed by the Israeli artist Micha Ullman was unveiled in the square to commemorate this infamous event. Visible through a glass plate in the middle of the cobblestones, the Sunken Library is filled with enough empty bookshelves to hold all 20,000 destroyed books.

      Other highlights you will see during your day in the German capital include the remnants of the Berlin Wall; the Brandenburg Gate, which more than any other monument symbolizes German and European unification; the Reichstag, seat of the German federal parliament since 1999; and Checkpoint Charlie, the legendary border-crossing where spies were swapped during the Cold War.

      Driving through Kurfuerstendamm, Berlin’s Champs Elysees, pass the impressive Schloss Charlottenburg, built in 1695 as a summer residence for Friedrich I, followed by the Gendarmenmarkt, featuring the neoclassical ensemble of the Concert Hall and the French and German churches, erroneously known as doms, or cathedrals.

      After a typical German lunch of Bratwurst or Currywurst at a traditional Imbiss takeaway stand, continue to the Protestant Berlin Cathedral, built between 1894 and 1905 in the Neo-Renaissance style. Finally, the Pergamon Museum has one of the most breathtaking collections of monumental antiquities in Europe, including the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, constructed in about 575 BCE by King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city.

      Please note: the Pergamon Museum is currently undergoing staggered renovation work, therefore the hall containing the Pergamon Altar will be closed to the public until 2023. The North wing and the gallery of Hellenistic Art are also affected by the closure. The South Wing, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way, Babylon, as well as the Museum of Islamic Art, is unaffected.

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      Dr Sarah Baccianti

      Dr Sarah Baccianti

      Dr Sarah Baccianti, Queen’s University Belfast
      Dr. Sarah Baccianti graduated with a master in English Philology, English and American Literature, and Sociology of Communication and Mass Media, from the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Old English and Old Norse literature at the University of Oxford.

      Dr. Sarah Baccianti graduated with a master in English Philology, English and American Literature, and Sociology of Communication and Mass Media, from the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Old English and Old Norse literature at the University of Oxford.

      Dr Baccianti’s doctoral research focused on the narrative structure of  historical writings in Old English, Old Norse and Anglo-Latin. She was a visiting researcher at the University of  California, Los Angeles, and taught Old English, Middle English and Old Norse at the universities of Oxford, Lausanne and Cork, before recently being awarded the prestigious Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast. Sarah’s current research, "Scientific Knowledge in Medieval Scandinavia"  is a study of  the transmission and reception of scientific and medical knowledge in the medieval North, from the 12th to the 14th-centuries, with a particular focus given on texts produced in Iceland and Norway.

      In addition to her primary research, Sarah has started a community-engagement project in Cork, which aims to communicate to students and teachers in County Cork (while extending communication to the general public, media and heritage professionals) a greater knowledge of Viking Age culture in Ireland and more specifically Cork.

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      Dr Tom Birkett

      Dr Tom Birkett

      Dr Tom Birkett, University College Cork
      Dr Tom Birkett is a lecturer in Old English and Old Norse, and an expert on the mythology and literary culture of medieval Scandinavia. He gained his PhD at Oxford, where he taught for several years before moving to Ireland and taking up a lectureship at University College Cork.

      Dr Tom Birkett is a lecturer in Old English and Old Norse, and an expert on the mythology and literary culture of medieval Scandinavia. He gained his PhD at Oxford, where he taught for several years before moving to Ireland and taking up a lectureship at University College Cork.

      Tom developed his interest in the Viking Age whilst living and studying in Norway, and spent part of his doctorate researching in Iceland, where he returns at every opportunity. He has published widely on medieval literature and culture, on subjects ranging from the runic tradition in England to Norse mythology and its influence on writers such as J.R.R Tolkien, and he has contributed features on the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in the national press, including for the Irish Times and the TLS. His latest book is a retelling of the Norse Myths and the Viking voyages to the east for Quercus.

      In addition to his primary research, Tom has also led high-profile community-engagement projects investigating the impact of Norse culture in his local area and internationally, as well as collaborating with poets on the translation of medieval poetry, and he is a firm believer in taking the subject outside the University. He has produced a travelling exhibition on the Vikings in Orkney, edited a booklet on the Vikings in Munster for free distribution, and spent the last year running a funded project collecting materials from across Europe to create a major new educational resource on the Vikings. He regularly works with local schools, heritage organisations and museums, and he always encourages approaches to the Vikings that engage the public in interpreting the Viking past, even joining the Danish crew of a reconstructed longship to sail in the Baltic.

      Tom started lecturing on cruises in 2014, and has taken groups to Viking sites in Norway, the Scottish Isles and Iceland. 

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      Dr Roderick Dale

      Dr Roderick Dale

      Dr Roderick Dale, PhD University of Nottingham
      Roderick Dale is Cultural Engagement Fellow with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham. He is curating the exhibition Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands and managing the Centre’s public engagement programme. Prior to this, he worked at University College Cork on The World-Tree Project, a community collection initiative that produced a digital multimedia archive of resources for the teaching and study of the Vikings.

      Roderick Dale is Cultural Engagement Fellow with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham. He is curating the exhibition Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands and managing the Centre’s public engagement programme. Prior to this, he worked at University College Cork on The World-Tree Project, a community collection initiative that produced a digital multimedia archive of resources for the teaching and study of the Vikings. Roderick earned his PhD on Viking berserks at the University of Nottingham, where he also taught Old English and Old Norse. Before returning to the academy, Roderick worked as an archaeologist throughout Britain. He has appeared on television in Time Team and Ancient Black Ops: Berserkers and has given many radio interviews about the Vikings. He is the author, with Dr Marjolein Stern, of Vikings: Raids. Culture. Legacy.

      Roderick is an expert in Viking-Age warfare, Old Norse language, literature and culture, and reception studies. His primary areas of research are Old Norse literature, medieval and Viking Age Nordic culture, and popular culture depictions of Vikings. He is heavily engaged in communicating academic research about the Vikings to the public, both through public lectures, and by advising authors about Vikings for their books, most recently the English language translation of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga manga.

      Roderick’s interest in the Viking Age stems from an early age when his grandmother told him stories about the Vikings, and was cemented by his time living and studying in Norway. This enthusiasm remains unabated, and he will happily talk Vikings with anyone willing to listen.

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      Nick Morrison

      Nick Morrison BA LRAM MITG

      Nick Morrison, Musician and Conductor
      Music graduate and London Blue Badge Guide, Nick Morrison, enjoyed a successful career in Classical Music management before becoming a professional London tourist guide and a trainer of tourist guides.

      Music graduate and London Blue Badge Guide, Nick Morrison, enjoyed a successful career in Classical Music management before becoming a professional London tourist guide and a trainer of tourist guides. He has lectured on music and architecture and specialises in tours with a musical theme.

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      Prof Brian Williams

      Prof Brian Williams

      Prof Brian Williams, University of Aberdeen
      Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently holds adjunct professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol in the UK, and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East and presented Radio 4 programmes for the BBC.

      Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently holds adjunct professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol in the UK, and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East and presented Radio 4 programmes for the BBC.

      Brian gained his Ph.D. in sedimentary geology from the University of Wales far too many years ago to admit to, and in 2004 was awarded a D.Sc. degree in recognition of his global contribution to sedimentary research. He is a consultant to, and undertakes training courses for, the Oil Industry and several small geological service companies. He has lectured on Voyages to Antiquity cruises since 2011. His studies have taken him to Australia, SE Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America which has given him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel and students alike.

      In addition to being passionate about Geology, Brian is an ardent Rugby enthusiast [he's Welsh of course !!] and a devoted follower of American Jazz.

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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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      $20,750*pp
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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      $14,350*pp
      $15,150*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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      $13,350*pp
      $14,150*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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      $12,650*pp
      $13,450*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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      $11,895*pp
      $12,650*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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      $11,150*pp
      $11,895*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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      $10,450*pp
      $11,095*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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      $9,850*pp
      $10,450*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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      $9,295*pp
      $9,850*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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      $20,895*pp
      $21,950*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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      $18,150*pp
      $18,995*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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      $16,195*pp
      $16,995*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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      $15,150*pp
      $15,950*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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      $14,250*pp
      $14,995*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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      $13,395*pp
      $14,095*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Premium InsideKK
      Premium Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $12,495*pp
      $13,150*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Premium InsideLL
      Premium Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $11,795*pp
      $12,395*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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      $11,250*pp
      $11,795*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
      $0
      $0
      $1,300
      Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
      $0
      $0
      $1,200
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight and hotel arrangements)
      $0
      $0
      $1,600

      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.