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30 days

2-night hotel stay in Rome

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11 Aug, 2019

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After enjoying a fabulous two-night hotel stay in London, board Aegean Odyssey and cruise along one of the most romantic waterways in the world, the Seine, taking you inland to Rouen for an opportunity to enjoy a day out in romantic Paris, the City of Lights.

Other highlights in France include Honfleur on the Normandy coast and an overnight stay in Bordeaux for some exploration and wine tasting. Then continue onwards to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, the medieval relics of Portuguese Oporto and Lisbon, with its white-domed cathedrals and sun-drenched cafes.

Sail the coast of southern Spain for the Moorish palaces and gardens of the Alhambra, a maiden visit to Roman Tarragona and the fascinating architecture of Barcelona. You can relax on the Cote d’Azur, enjoying some stunning coastal cruising as well as visits to stylish Monte Carlo and beautiful Provence. Call at Portofino on the Ligurian Coast and visit the Renaissance treasures of Florence, before experiencing a two-night hotel stay in the Eternal City of Rome.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Aug 11
Sun
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Aug 12
    Mon
    London, England
    • Arts & culture
    London, England, United Kingdom
    Arrive into London and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    Aug 13
    Tue
    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
    Aug 14
    Wed
    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.
    5.00pm
    Aug 15
    Thu
    Rouen
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Rouen, France
    River cruising along the Seine to Rouen.
    overnight
    6.00pm
    Aug 16
    Fri
    Rouen
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Rouen, France
    Choice of a day trip to Paris, where you can see the many sights or spend the day at the Palace of Versailles.
    8.00pm
    Aug 17
    Sat
    Honfleur
    • Arts & culture
    Honfleur, France
    A walking tour of Honfleur visiting St Catherine's Church.
    1.00pm
    8.00am
    Aug 18
    Sun
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Aug 19
    Mon
    La Rochelle
    • Arts & culture
    La Rochelle, France
    Visit the attractive town of La Rochelle for a choice of tours both including the highlights of the town, before either Ré Island or a Cognac Chateau for a tasting.
    1.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 20
    Tue
    Bordeaux
    • Wine
    • Unesco
    Bordeaux, France
    Visit the highlights of this UNESCO city, including the Palais Rohan. Or venture out of town to one of the prestigious wine estates for a tour of the cellars and tasting.
    overnight
    1.00am
    Aug 21
    Wed
    Bordeaux
    • Wine
    • Unesco
    Bordeaux, France
    River cruising along the Gironde.
    10.30am
    Aug 22
    Thu
    San Sebastian
    • Arts & culture
    San Sebastian, Spain
    Visit the stunning sights of San Sebastian in Spain.
    6.00pm
    1.00pm
    Aug 23
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Aug 24
    Sat
    La Coruna
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    La Coruna, Spain
    A tour to magnificent Santiago de Compostela, the medieval town, Cathedral and its museum. Alternative tour of La Coruna.
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 25
    Sun
    Oporto
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Oporto, Portugal
    A visit to Oporto City where you will visit a Romanesque style Cathedral then on to a wine estate for a tasting of the port wine.
    6.00pm
    1.00pm
    Aug 26
    Mon
    Lisbon
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Lisbon city highlights and optional afternoon tour.
    4.00pm
    10.00am
    Aug 27
    Tue
    Cadiz
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Cadiz, Spain
    Travel to Jerez de la Frontera for sherry-tasting. Alternative sightseeing tour of Cadiz.
    6.00pm
    2.00pm
    Aug 28
    Wed
    Malaga
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    Malaga, Spain
    Panoramic drive to view some of the outstanding sites of Malaga and a visit to the Picasso Museum or an optional full day excursion to Granada.
    10.00pm
    7.00am
    Aug 29
    Thu
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    At Sea.
    Aug 30
    Fri
    Tarragona
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    • Religious
    Tarragona, Spain
    TARRAGONA Spain.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Aug 31
    Sat
    Barcelona
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Barcelona, Spain
    Explore the Roman sites of the city or choose from two other tours. Afternoon at leisure or optional tour.
    7.00pm
    8.00am
    Sep 01
    Sun
    Carcassonne
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Carcassonne, France
    A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne or an alternative tour to Montpellier.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Sep 02
    Mon
    Marseilles
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Marseilles, France
    A choice of day trips to the Papal Palace in Avignon or to the sites of Marseilles and Aix en Provence.
    overnight
    7.00am
    Sep 03
    Tue
    Marseilles
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Marseilles, France
    Leave Marseilles for a day cruising the French Riviera.
    8.00am
    Sep 03
    Tue
    Monte Carlo
    • Arts & culture
    Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Cruising French Riviera for an evening arrival into Monte Carlo.
    overnight
    8.00pm
    Sep 04
    Wed
    Monte Carlo
    • Arts & culture
    Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Included city sightseeing in Monte Carlo and Monaco. Optional tour of Scenic Riveria and Nice.
    10.00pm
    Sep 05
    Thu
    Portofino
    • Arts & culture
    Portofino, Italy
    Cruising Cinque Terre in the morning.
    1.00pm
    8.00am
    Sep 05
    Thu
    Portofino
    • Arts & culture
    Portofino, Italy
    Free afternoon and evening in Portofino.
    midnight
    3.00pm
    Sep 06
    Fri
    Florence (Livorno)
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Florence (Livorno), Italy
    From the port of Livorno, drive through the Tuscan hills to discover the magnificent churches of Florence, or take a day-trip to Pisa and Lucca. Alternatively, take an optional tour visiting the remarkable sites and museums of Florence.
    7.00pm
    7.00am
    Sep 07
    Sat
    Rome
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Sea Days
    Rome, Italy
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia and transfer to Rome hotel.
    overnight hotel
    7.00am
    Sep 08
    Sun
    Rome
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Sea Days
    Rome, Italy
    Day at leisure in Rome, with a choice of optional tours.
    overnight hotel
    Sep 09
    Mon
    Rome
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Sea Days
    Rome, Italy
    Transfer to Rome Airport for flight home.
    Shakespeare’s Southbank

    Shakespeare’s Southbank

    13 Aug London, England, United Kingdom
    Half Day Significant Steps
    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: Tower Bridge to Tilbury

    River Thames Cruise: Tower Bridge to Tilbury

    14 Aug London, England, United Kingdom
    Half Day Boat RideSignificant Steps
    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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    Impressions of Giverny

    Impressions of Giverny

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

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

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

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

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    Medieval Rouen

    Medieval Rouen

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

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

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

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

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    Highlights of Paris

    Highlights of Paris

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

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

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

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

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

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    Magnificent Versailles

    Magnificent Versailles

    16 Aug Rouen, France
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
    Few palaces in history can hold a candle to the Château de Versailles for its breathtaking grandeur and extraordinary beauty. This enormous UNESCO World Heritage site was the crowning achievement of 18th-century French architecture and demands a whole day of sightseeing to explore its many ornate rooms and exquisite gardens, which cover over two thousand acres of land.

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

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

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

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

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    Honfleur Walking Tour

    Honfleur Walking Tour

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

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

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

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

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    La Rochelle Highlights and Ré Island

    La Rochelle Highlights and Ré Island

    19 Aug La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    It is a short drive from the ship to Ré Island. One of the jewels of the Atlantic coast, the island has been connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long since the beginning of 1988.

    It is a short drive from the ship to Ré Island. One of the jewels of the Atlantic coast, the island has been connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long since the beginning of 1988.

    As soon as you reach the Island, you will be won over by the atmosphere and brightness of the light, something that has brought to the island and inspired many painters over many years. A panoramic tour of the island shows you a succession of fishing ports, from Rivedoux to La Flotte, and Saint Martin (the island capital) with its port and its ramparts.
    After a guided tour of Saint Martin, you’ll enjoy free time to explore further the typical port with its narrow streets, or simply enjoy refreshment at one of the numerous café terraces.

    From here, you’ll head for La Rochelle for a guided walking tour of the old town and harbour, followed by some free time, before heading back to the ship.

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    La Rochelle Highlights and Cognac

    La Rochelle Highlights and Cognac

    19 Aug La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Arriving in La Rochelle, start your panoramic city tour and see the Old Harbour with the Two Towers at its entrance. These were built to protect the harbour in times of war when an enormous chain was raised between the two 14th-century stone towers at the harbour entrance. Begin the walking tour at Saint-Sauveur Church close to the old harbour.

    Arriving in La Rochelle, start your panoramic city tour and see the Old Harbour with the Two Towers at its entrance. These were built to protect the harbour in times of war when an enormous chain was raised between the two 14th-century stone towers at the harbour entrance. Begin the walking tour at Saint-Sauveur Church close to the old harbour.

    The tour will explore La Rochelle’s mercantile and military past. This history is reflected in the city’s narrow streets paved with ancient stone slabs, vaulted passages, arcades and porches. During the tour there will also be time to browse La Rochelle’s morning market before heading out of the city by coach to the Chateau de La Peraudière. Owned by the Normandin Mercier family, the Chateau was established in 1872 by Jules Normandin, a Cognac brandy broker and landowner.

    The site Jules chose for his Cognac business was perfect as it is not only close to La Rochelle, which was the major export harbour for Cognac, but also has the ideal climatic conditions for producing the spirit. You will visit the cellars and have a tasting of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine made from lightly fermented grape must and Cognac.

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    Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateaux Road

    Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateaux Road

    20 Aug Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
    Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, your tour of the Medoc starts just north of the city. The Medoc wine road, located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes forest, provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see.

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

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

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

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    Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting

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

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

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

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

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    UNESCO Bordeaux
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    UNESCO Bordeaux

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

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

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

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

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    Saint-Emilion Village
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Saint-Emilion Village

    20 Aug Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
    Saint-Emilion is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. This is a very special place that combines world-famous wineries, beautiful architecture and great monuments.

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

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

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

    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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    Views of San Sebastian Panoramic Tour

    Views of San Sebastian Panoramic Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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    San Sebastian City Tour

    San Sebastian City Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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    A taste of La Coruna

    A taste of La Coruna

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

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

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

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

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

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    Santiago de Compostela
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Santiago de Compostela

    24 Aug La Coruna, Spain
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch Included
    Vigo, the Gateway to the Atlantic, is a great combination of ancient history, beautiful beaches and a modern cosmopolitan outlook. This Galician city also has a proud heritage. Vigo was where the Roman Empire met the ocean and, in the 19th century, it became the main transatlantic departure point for a nation.

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

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

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

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

     

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

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    Oporto City Highlights & Port Tasting
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Oporto City Highlights & Port Tasting

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

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

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

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

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    Lisbon City Highlights
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Lisbon City Highlights

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

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

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

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

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    Sintra and Queluz

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

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

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

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

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    Cadiz City Highlights

    Cadiz City Highlights

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

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

     

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    Jerez and Sherry Tasting

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

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

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

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

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    Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

    Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

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

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

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

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    Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour

    28 Aug Malaga, Spain
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesSignificant Steps
    The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area.

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

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

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

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

    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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    Barcelona: Velasquez to Miro

    Barcelona: Velasquez to Miro

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

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

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

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

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

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    Barcino: The Roman City

    Barcino: The Roman City

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

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

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

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

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

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    Panoramic Barcelona

    Panoramic Barcelona

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

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

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

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    Gaudí's Golden Works
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Gaudí's Golden Works

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

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

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

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

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

    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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    Montpellier

    Montpellier

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

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

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

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

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    Carcassonne and Narbonne
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Carcassonne and Narbonne

    1 Sep Carcassonne, France
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesSignificant StepsUphill Sections
    Relive centuries of history when you visit two cities with Roman roots: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town.

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

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

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

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    Marseilles & Aix en Provence

    Marseilles & Aix en Provence

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

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

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

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    Avignon's Papal Palace
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Avignon's Papal Palace

    2 Sep Marseilles, France
    Full Day Lunch IncludedWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesSignificant Steps
    Explore the Provençal countryside on this tour that visits Avignon with its papal legacies.

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

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    Monaco & Monte Carlo

    Monaco & Monte Carlo

    4 Sep Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesSignificant StepsUphill Sections
    Your guided walking tour takes you past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the 19th-century Romanesque Cathedral in which Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had their fairytale wedding.

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

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

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

     

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    Scenic Riviera & Nice

    Scenic Riviera & Nice

    4 Sep Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Enjoy a scenic drive from the port of Monte Carlo to Nice for a panoramic tour of the city and a ride along the Promenade des Anglais.

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

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

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

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    The Churches of Florence
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    The Churches of Florence

    6 Sep Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Pisa and Lucca

    Pisa and Lucca

    6 Sep Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Renaissance Florence
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Renaissance Florence

    6 Sep Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Museum.

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

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

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

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

    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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    Angus Graham-Campbell

    Angus Graham-Campbell

    Angus Graham-Campbell , Eton College
    Angus Graham-Campbell was educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge where he read English, and he is a teacher, academic, lecturer, playwright and theatre director. He has taught English and Drama at Sevenoaks, Repton, St Paul's School, NH in the USA and at the Shore School in Sydney.

    Angus Graham-Campbell was educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge where he read English, and he is a teacher, academic, lecturer, playwright and theatre director. He has taught English and Drama at Sevenoaks, Repton, St Paul's School, NH in the USA and at the Shore School in Sydney. For over 40 years he taught at Eton College, where he was Head of English, a Housemaster and a Teacher of Creative Writing, and where he directed over 60 plays, working with scores of gifted actors, including Damian Lewis, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic West, Tom Hiddleston, Will Keen and Nyasha Hatendi among many others - including Boris Johnson, whom he cast as Sir Politic-Would Be in Jonson's 'Volpone'!

    Angus specialises in the Romantic Poets and has written and directed site specific plays about Shelley and Keats that have been performed in Rome, Hampstead and in the Old Operating Theatre at St Thomas's Hospital in London. Many of Angus's plays have been heard on BBC radio or seen at the Edinburgh Festival. For ten years he edited the literary journal 'The Keats-Shelley Review', and he is a Trustee of the Keats House in Rome, in which the poet tragically died in 1821 aged 25. Angus is also a keen follower of sport, especially cricket and football, being a lifetime supporter of St Johnstone and Fulham. As a historian of the game he has contributed extensively to books on football. His presence on the cruise is indicative of two of his greatest loves: travel and reading!

    Angus Graham-Campbell's most recent site-specific play 'Rebel Angel' was about poet John Keats and opened in London in the unusual and atmospheric Old Operating Theatre, at St Thomas's Hospital, in September and October of 2017. The play deals with the characters and events surrounding Keats' decision to abandon medicine and devote his life to the pursuit of poetry.

     

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    Stella Grace Lyons

    Stella Grace Lyons

    Stella Grace Lyons, Art Historian
    Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice.

    Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, a private atelier that follows a curriculum based on the leading ateliers of nineteenth century Paris.

    In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch of 'Drawing Room Discussions' in association with ROSL ARTS, hosted by Guardian arts correspondent Maev Kennedy. Stella lectures regularly throughout the UK, Europe and for cruise ships. Her particular interests include 19th Century British art, the Italian and Northern Renaissance, American figurative artists from the 20th century and the representation of the nude in art. 

    Stella grew up in a family who all work in the arts; her mother is a choreographer, her father runs an animation company, her brother is an illustrator and her grandmother was an antiques dealer. As a child she was taken to galleries and historical houses throughout the UK and Europe and this is when her interest in Art History began. In addition to art, Stella enjoys travelling, good food, theatre, classical music and discovering new Scottish whiskies. You can read more about Stella on her website: www.stellagracelyons.com
     

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    Dr Thomas Mannack

    Dr Thomas Mannack

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

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

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

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

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    Peter Medhurst

    Peter Medhurst

    Peter Medhurst, Pianist and lecturer-recitalist, Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society
    Peter Medhurst’s work as singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world, and in the last few years he has toured New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and made frequent tours in Europe, giving performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris and Spain.

    Peter Medhurst’s work as singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world, and in the last few years he has toured New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and made frequent tours in Europe, giving performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris and Spain.

    Closer to home, he has presented events at the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, and the Royal Festival Hall on Beethoven String Quartets, Mozart Operas, Vermeer’s Music Lesson, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Golden Age of Vienna, and 18th Century Venetian Art and Music.

    He has also directed presentations at the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, linking the visual arts with the world of 17th & 18th century music making.

    He is a familiar face to audiences of music societies, regional theatres and British festivals as well as to those of arts based organisations such as The Art Fund, The National Trust. He is also a Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society.

    Over the years Peter Medhurst has lectured for the universities of Kent and Surrey, directed a wide range of choirs, vocal ensembles and instrumental groups, and adjudicated and given masterclasses for the British Federation of Music Festivals.

    Peter is director of The Classical Music Company, and part of the triumvirate – with television director David Coleman and television producer Sheridan Dudley – that has formed Blue Thread Medhurst Productions. The organisation promotes special musical events, creates films about the arts, produces recordings and organises specialist music tours to unusual locations both at home and abroad.

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    Prof Jonathan Phillips

    Prof Jonathan Phillips

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

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

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

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

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



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    Bob Porter

    Bob Porter

    Bob Porter, Brandenburg Choral Festival of London
    Come & sing at sea with Bob Porter!

    Bob Porter’s experience as a choir master, conductor and artistic director is back by popular demand. The voyage will include daily singing workshops and a final performance at the end of the voyage, arranged by Bob Porter and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

    Come & sing at sea with Bob Porter!

    Bob Porter’s experience as a choir master, conductor and artistic director is back by popular demand. The voyage will include daily singing workshops and a final performance at the end of the voyage, arranged by Bob Porter and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

    After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bob worked as a musician and teacher, returning to Guildhall to teach and becoming Head of Wind and Percussion in 1985 - a position he still holds today. In the early 1980s, Bob founded the Brandenburg Sinfonia, the first of a group of orchestras under his artistic direction and later in 2010, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

    Starting with six concerts at St Martins-in-the-Fields, it has now grown to around 120 events annually making it the largest and most significant Choral Festival in the country.

    This year the Festival boasted more than 70 choirs in 67 concerts, covering the standard masterpieces of the choral repertoire along with jazz, barbershop and gospel, also making it one of the most varied and inclusive Choral Festivals!

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    Trevor Rowley

    Trevor Rowley

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

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

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

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

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    The Westin Excelsior

    The Westin Excelsior

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

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

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    Starhotels Metropole

    Starhotels Metropole

    Rome, Italy
    2-night hotel stay in Rome
    Premium Class
    Starhotels Metropole is located in a peaceful spot, fully refurbished to offer comfort without compromise. You’ll find everything you’d expect from a 4-star hotel in Rome including room service, laundry and dry cleaning, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a fitness room.

    Starhotels Metropole is located in a peaceful spot, fully refurbished to offer comfort without compromise. You’ll find everything you’d expect from a 4-star hotel in Rome including room service, laundry and dry cleaning, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a fitness room. The hotel is near the Termini railway station and the Teatro dell’Opera, from where it’s just a short walk to Rome’s most iconic monuments. 

     

    Please note: Guests will be staying at one of the listed hotels in Rome. Please review your confirmation documents for the relevant hotel information. 

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

    Free roundtrip airfare from select US gateways

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

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

    Sample free economy airfare gateways*

    AtlantaFREENew YorkFREE
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    DenverFREESeattleFREE
    DetroitFREESt LouisFREE
    HoustonFREETampaFREE
    Los AngelesFREEMinneapolisFREE
    MiamiFREEWashington DCFREE

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

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

    Customized air travel

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

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

    Seat assignments

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

    Frequent Flyer mileage

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

    Included transfers

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

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

    Owner's SuitesA
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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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    $16,995*pp
    $17,995*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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    $15,795*pp
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    275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

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

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    $14,350*pp
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    275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

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

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    $13,695*pp
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    Belvedere
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    215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

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    $12,295*pp
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    170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
    Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

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    $11,895*pp
    $12,495*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideG
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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    virtual

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

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    $11,150*pp
    $11,750*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideH
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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    virtual

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

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    $10,650*pp
    $11,250*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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    $9,995*pp
    $10,595*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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    $9,395*pp
    $9,995*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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    $8,850*pp
    $9,450*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideL
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
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    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $8,395*pp
    $8,995*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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    $7,995*pp
    $8,495*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Deluxe BalconyCC
    Deluxe Balcony
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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    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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    $15,450*pp
    $16,250*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe OutsideEE
    Deluxe Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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    $13,250*pp
    $13,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium OutsideGG*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

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    $11,995*pp
    $12,650*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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    $11,395*pp
    $11,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    130 sq ft Premuim Outside staterooms located on Bridge Deck, featuring a double window and a European full-size bed with private shower. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats.
    *Please note the photo & cabin plan show a double occupancy I cabin. Cabins 710 and 712 (Category II, single occupancy) are smaller in size and feature a single European size bed.

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    $10,750*pp
    $11,350*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

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    $10,150*pp
    $10,750*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    $9,395*pp
    $9,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $8,950*pp
    $9,550*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideMM
    Standard Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

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    $8,450*pp
    $8,950*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
    $0
    $0
    $1,190
    Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
    $0
    $0
    $1,200
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight and hotel arrangements)
    $0
    $0
    $2,000

    MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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

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

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    Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time. 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.