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Grand Voyage through the Aegean & Middle Sea

Athens to Malaga

25 days

2-night hotel stay in Athens

1-night hotel stay in Delphi

1-night hotel stay in Nauplia

2-night hotel stay in Cairo

from $6,850 pp

17 Oct, 2018

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This grand voyage across the Mediterranean begins with a four-day tour of Classical Greece, featuring hotel stays in Delphi and Nauplia, before cruising through what has been known historically as the Middle Sea.

A two-night hotel stay in Athens includes the Acropolis, site of the Parthenon. Then take a sightseeing drive to the monastery of Osios Loukas, followed by one of the greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenae.

See the Greek amphitheatre of Epidaurus. Explore the Minoan site of Akrotiri and the Minotaur’s Labyrinth of Knossos. In Alexandria, explore the Pompey's Pillar, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Whilst in Rhodes, visit the Acropolis of Lindos.

Explore Chania’s Old Town and in Santorini, stroll along the cobblestone streets of Oia to see the houses carved into the cliffs. Then sail into one of the most spectacular harbours in the Mediterranean, the Maltese capital of Valletta.

Explore Sicily’s Greek and Roman ruins, the Palatine Chapel and the Cathedral in Palermo. Visit the ancient Doric temple of Segesta or the exquisite hill-top town of Erice, then disembark in Malaga for an optional two-night hotel stay in Madrid.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Oct 17
Wed
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Oct 18
    Thu
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Arrive into Athens and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 19
    Fri
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Choice of tours: Acropolis and its Museum or Byzantine Athens. Optional afternoon tour of the National Archaeological Museum.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 20
    Sat
    Delphi
    • Unesco
    Delphi , Greece
    Morning drive for sightseeing at Osios Loukas en route to Delphi for afternoon sightseeing and overnight.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 21
    Sun
    Nauplia
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Nauplia , Greece
    Morning drive to Mycenae for sightseeing, then on to Nauplia for overnight.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 22
    Mon
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Sightseeing in Epidaurus en route to embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus.
    6.00pm
    Oct 23
    Tue
    Heraklion, Crete
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Heraklion, Crete , Greece
    Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Optional afternoon tour to discover village life.
    10.00pm
    8.00am
    Oct 24
    Wed
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Oct 25
    Thu
    Alexandria
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Alexandria , Egypt
    Morning city tour including views of Pompey’s Pillar, visits to Shuqafa Catacombs and the National Museum. After lunch on board transfer to Cairo hotel for overnight stay.
    overnight hotel
    5.00am
    Oct 26
    Fri
    Cairo
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Cairo , Egypt
    Morning sightseeing tour visiting Memphis and Sakkara sites. In the afternoon visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, followed by dinner on the Nile with folkloric show and belly dancing.
    overnight hotel
    Oct 27
    Sat
    Cairo
    • Soft adventure
    • Arts & culture
    Cairo , Egypt
    Discover the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, followed by lunch at a leading hotel before returning to Alexandria.
    10.00pm
    Oct 28
    Sun
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Oct 29
    Mon
    Rhodes
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Rhodes , Greece
    World Heritage sites: choice of tours to Rhodes town or the Acropolis at Lindos.
    Noon
    6.00am
    Oct 30
    Tue
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Time at leisure for exploring Athens.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Oct 31
    Wed
    Santorini
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Santorini , Greece
    Enjoy the white-washed clifftops of Santorini with a choice of two tours.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Nov 01
    Thu
    Heraklion, Crete
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Heraklion, Crete , Greece
    Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Optional tour to discover Cretan village life.
    6.00pm
    6.00am
    Nov 02
    Fri
    Chania, Crete
    • Arts & culture
    Chania, Crete , Greece
    Take a half day tour to discover Chania.
    midnight
    7.00am
    Nov 03
    Sat
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Nov 04
    Sun
    Valletta
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Valletta , Malta
    Enter the impressive Grand Harbour of Valletta at breakfast. Morning included sightseeing and free afternoon to explore.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Nov 05
    Mon
    Catania
    • Arts & culture
    • Natural Wonders
    Catania , Sicily
    Half day sightseeing tour to Syracuse or Taormina.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Nov 06
    Tue
    Palermo
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Palermo , Sicily
    A visit to the Monreale Cathedral and an optional special visit to the Palazzo Gangi. Optional afternoon tour available.
    8.00pm
    7.00am
    Nov 07
    Wed
    Trapani
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Trapani , Sicily
    Visit the ancient Doric temple of Segesta or the exquisite hill-top town of Erice. Optional full day tour to Selinunte and Marsala including lunch.
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Nov 08
    Thu
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Nov 09
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea.
    Nov 10
    Sat
    Malaga
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    Malaga , Spain
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey. Guests using VTA's air program will have a 1-nt hotel stay post-cruise, before transferring to the airport for flight home.
    7.00am
    Byzantine Athens

    Byzantine Athens

    19 Oct Athens, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsUphill Sections
    Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work. Byzantine theologians insisted that painters and mosaicists reflect the image of God. This morning's sightseeing reveals the splendour of Byzantine art in a tour that combines visits to both the Byzantine Museum, home to the world's largest collection of icons, and also the Monastery of Kaisariani with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens.

    Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work. Byzantine theologians insisted that painters and mosaicists reflect the image of God. This morning's sightseeing reveals the splendour of Byzantine art in a tour that combines visits to both the Byzantine Museum, home to the world's largest collection of icons, and also the Monastery of Kaisariani with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens.

    Drive from the pier to Illissia Mansion, winter residence of the Duchess of Piacenza, and home to the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Founded in 1914, this renowned museum focuses exclusively on Byzantine art from the 4th to 19th centuries. In addition to its impressive icons, frescoes and tapestries, there are paintings, sculptures and illuminated manuscripts. Displays recreate Byzantine churches from the 5th to 11th centuries.

    Continue next to the slopes of Mt. Hymettos, for a visit to the Monastery of Kaisariani, a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture. Inside its high walls discover the 11th-century catholicon, or main church, built in a Greek cross shape. The dome is supported by four columns from an earlier Roman temple and colourful frescoes from the 14th to 18th centuries enliven the interior walls. There is also an 11th-century bathhouse. Later additions include a refectory, the monks’ cells and a 19th-century bell tower. Savour the views of Athens and the serenity of this delightful spot before returning to your hotel.

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    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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    National Archaeological Museum

    National Archaeological Museum

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

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

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

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

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    Delphi and its Museum

    Delphi and its Museum

    20 Oct Delphi, Greece
    Overnight Lunch Included
    Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth.  The shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2,000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, exerts today a potent grip on the visitor. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity.

    After breakfast, board your coach and drive to Delphi, on the way visit Osios Loukas Monastery. 

    Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth.  The shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2,000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, exerts today a potent grip on the visitor. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity.  Even the most intelligent individuals who lived during the brilliant civilization of Athens believed implicitly in the responses of the god. These were given by the inspired priestess Pythia and were interpreted, usually with an ambiguous touch, by the priests. 

    Delphi grew fabulously rich with offerings and though the ruins have almost disappeared now, you can admire them and try to picture the sanctuary as it was during its 1,000 years.  Zealous Christians initiated the destruction of this holy place and earthquakes added to its destruction. Your tour begins with a drive northwest via Thebes and Levadia, and you will be able to buy refreshments during a brief stop before reaching Delphi. 

    The site is breathtaking and the view from the top, down to the blue waters of the  Gulf of Corinth, is spectacular.  The drive will take you by the sacred Castalian spring and close to the ancient site of Apollo's sanctuary.  You will then walk the sacred way, visiting the treasuries, the place of offerings, the Grand Temple of Apollo and the theater, with its splendid acoustics.

    The tour continues with a visit to the Museum housing many treasures.  Omphalos, which marked the center of the world and the Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the fifth century B.C.are among the many wonders housed in the museum.

    Afterwards a short drive will take you to your hotel for overnight in this beautiful village, where dinner will be included.

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    Mycenae
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Mycenae

    21 Oct Nauplia, Greece
    Half Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
    Tales of Agamemnon and the time of Homer’s heroes take centre stage on this visit to Mycenae, one of the greatest cities of the highly-developed Mycenaean civilization.

    Our morning tour visits Mycenae, where a great culture flourished from the 16th to 13th century BC and laid the foundation for classical Greece.

    This ancient city is reputedly the “well-built citadel" of Homer’s Iliad, a city of warrior-merchants that ruled much of the Mediterranean and amassed the power to crush Troy. The citadel that stands guard over the city, straddling two rock-strewn ravines, was built, legend holds, with the aid of the Cyclops.

    Enter Mycenae on foot through the Lion Gate, where Agamemnon was greeted by his wife Klytemnesta on his return from the war with Troy, only to be murdered by her lover. Explore the Royal Palace, view the shaft graves and relive the tragic stories at an archaeological briefing in the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon.

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    Epidaurus
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Epidaurus

    22 Oct Piraeus, Greece
    Half Day
    In the 6th century BC, Epidaurus was sacred to the god of medicine, Asclepius. The medical facilities and healing treatments were immensely popular and the ensuing wealth was used to inaugurate a 4th-century BC building campaign.

    In the 6th century BC, Epidaurus was sacred to the god of medicine, Asclepius. The medical facilities and healing treatments were immensely popular and the ensuing wealth was used to inaugurate a 4th-century BC building campaign.

    Today Epidaurus is a vast UNESCO World Heritage site with temples and hospital buildings that provide insight into the healing cults as well as the theatrical arts of the time. The jewel is the theatre designed by the architect Polycletus.

    Over 14,000 seats are carved into the hillside and the acoustics are so perfect that it is said you can hear a pin drop from the highest tier. The theatre, universally admired from the start, was extended in Roman times, restored in the 1950s and is still in use.

    Nowhere is it so easy to envision the staging of the great tragedies and comedies than in this pure masterpiece of Greek architecture.

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    The Palace of Knossos

    The Palace of Knossos

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

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

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

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

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

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    Cretan Village Life

    Cretan Village Life

    23 Oct 1 Nov Heraklion, Crete, Greece
    Half Day
    Nestled at the base of this beloved Cretan landmark lies the traditional village of Archanes, which has been lovingly restored to become one of the most beautiful settlements on the island. The residents are extremely friendly and proud of the fact that their home was recently voted one of the best restored villages in Europe by the EU.

    Nestled at the base of this beloved Cretan landmark lies the traditional village of Archanes, which has been lovingly restored to become one of the most beautiful settlements on the island. The residents are extremely friendly and proud of the fact that their home was recently voted one of the best restored villages in Europe by the EU.

    Standing before the slopes of Mount Youchtas, on the island of Crete, you may be surprised to discover that this is the place where, in Greek myth, the mighty God Zeus was entombed. Viewed from a certain angle, however, and it soon forms into an eerily lifelike human profile – a fitting resting place for such a colossal figure of myth.

    The Archanes Archaeological Museum opened in 1993 and is housed inside a 19th-century neoclassical building that originally served as the village’s first school. This small but fascinating exhibition contains finds and replicas unearthed during excavations of a Minoan palace in the centre of Archanes, which was thought to have been the summer residence of an ancient King of Knossos, not far to the north.

    After visiting the museum there will be plenty of time for a guided walk through the village to admire its traditional buildings and churches. Archanes is famous for its hospitality, so you may like to enjoy some Greek specialties in the village tavern, before returning to Heraklion via the picturesque village of Vathipetro, which is renowned for its incredible natural beauty.

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    Alexandria Highlights

    Alexandria Highlights

    25 Oct Alexandria, Egypt
    Half Day Cobbled StreetsSignificant Steps
    Northwest of the Nile Delta on the coast of the Mediterranean, Alexandria is the largest port in Egypt and is filled with colourful streets, beautiful architecture and a charming nostalgic aura.

    Northwest of the Nile Delta on the coast of the Mediterranean, Alexandria is the largest port in Egypt and is filled with colourful streets, beautiful architecture and a charming nostalgic aura.

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Mansheya Square, where a large bronze statue of Mohamed Ali, modern Egypt’s founding father, sits astride his horse, dominating the park. At the other end of the square, near the waterside, is an elegant marble edifice dedicated to the Unknown Soldier, with guards of honour at attention on either side.

    A short drive away is one of Alexandria’s most important Islamic landmarks, the beautiful minarets and domes of the Abu El Abbas Mosque, which contains the tomb of the 13th century Spanish Sufi, Abu al-Abbas, one of Egypt’s most revered saints.

    Continuing along the harbour, the 15th century Qait Bey Fortress was built on the exact site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Estimated to have been 100 metres tall, an earthquake in the 14th century led to the lighthouse’s total destruction, making it one of the greatest architectural losses in antiquity.

    You will then visit the eerie and intriguing Catacombs of Shawqafa, an extensive three level funerary complex dating from the 2nd century AD; followed by the National Museum of Alexandria, which is filled with exhibits detailing the history of the city and Egypt. Of particular note are the underwater photographs and statues recovered from an ongoing operation to salvage the Palace of Cleopatra, which was submerged beneath the harbour of Alexandria during the same tsunami that destroyed the Lighthouse.

    Your return to Aegean Odyssey will then follow the corniche, for more panoramic views from the water’s edge, including a short photo stop at the new Library of Alexandria.

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    Cairo Museum & the Treasures of Egypt

    Cairo Museum & the Treasures of Egypt

    26 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Half Day PM Lunch IncludedSignificant Steps
    Imagine the feelings of British archaeologist Howard Carter on November 5 1922, the date he descended the hidden steps of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and first set eyes on its fabulous golden treasures. On this visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Egypt you will come as close as possible to recreating this magical moment.

    Imagine the feelings of British archaeologist Howard Carter on November 5 1922, the date he descended the hidden steps of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and first set eyes on its fabulous golden treasures. On this visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Egypt you will come as close as possible to recreating this magical moment as you discover the magnificent artefacts unearthed by the archaeologist, as well as many other pharaonic artworks spanning a period of over 50 centuries, which constitute the largest and richest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world.

    Stepping from modern urban streets into a timeless world of golden burial masks, papyrus scrolls and artefacts representing every period of Egyptian history, the museum's crowning glory is of course its priceless collection from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Born during Egypt's Golden Age in 1347BC and only a teenager when he died, Tutankhamun was buried in the Valley of the Kings and lay undisturbed for over 3,000 years, until Howard Carter,  derided by his colleagues and on the brink of losing his funding, unearthed his tomb and its fabulous treasures, including a royal diadem, weapons used by the young king, a viscera coffin for Tutankhamun’s mummified liver, and a mask of solid gold weighing over 24 pounds, shaped in the image of the pharaoh's face.

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    Evening Nile cruise

    Evening Nile cruise

    26 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Evening sail Lunch IncludedBoat Ride
    From your hotel, drive to the banks of the River Nile where a luxurious cruise boat awaits to sail you on the same timeless waterway traversed by pharaohs, queens and nobles thousands of years ago.

    From your hotel, drive to the banks of the River Nile where a luxurious cruise boat awaits to sail you on the same timeless waterway traversed by pharaohs, queens and nobles thousands of years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy a sumptuous dinner in elaborate interiors as you glide past Cairo’s waterfront landmarks. For your entertainment, a folkloric presentation and belly dancing will take place during meal.

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    Memphis and Sakkara
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Memphis and Sakkara

    26 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    At its peak, Memphis must have staggered the out-of-town visitor. Egypt's first capital is situated at the apex of the Nile delta. For thousands of years this huge, cosmopolitan city was the capital of the Old Kingdom (2650-2134BC).

    At its peak, Memphis must have staggered the out-of-town visitor. Egypt's first capital is situated at the apex of the Nile delta. For thousands of years this huge, cosmopolitan city was the capital of the Old Kingdom (2650-2134BC).

    Arriving at Memphis, visit the remains of the temple of Ptah, the god of Memphis and mythical creator of the universe. See such breathtaking sights as the huge fallen statue of King Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx of King Amenhopis II. Continue a short drive from Memphis to Sakkara, a favorite necropolis of Old Kingdom pharaohs. View one of mankind's first monumental stone buildings, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, built in 2750BC by the engineer Imhotep, a polymath who could arguably lay claim to being the world's first architect, first doctor, first priest, first poet, first dentist and first astrologer.

    After visiting the complex, continue to one of the nearby mastabas (funerary chambers) such as Ptah-Hotep or Mereruca. These give important insights into the architectural origins of the pyramid and contain beautiful reliefs with depictions of daily life in ancient Egypt.

     

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    Pyramids of Giza
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Pyramids of Giza

    27 Oct Cairo, Egypt
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedCobbled Streets
    Stand in awe before the Pyramids at Giza, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Drive to the Giza Plateau and the pyramids built for the pharaohs of the fourth dynasty: Cheops, Chefren and Mycerinos. From the Western Plateau, take in majestic views of all three pyramids with Cairo sprawling at their feet.

    Stand in awe before the Pyramids at Giza, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Drive to the Giza Plateau and the pyramids built for the pharaohs of the fourth dynasty: Cheops, Chefren and Mycerinos. From the Western Plateau, take in majestic views of all three pyramids with Cairo sprawling at their feet. The pyramid of Cheops alone required tens of thousands of workers over two decades. While it was once held that the workers who created this site were slaves, it is now thought they toiled for wages or to pay off taxes. Continue down the valley to contemplate the Sphinx, watching the passage of time and man in silence.

    This colossal limestone monument with the haunches of a lion and the face of a king is held to represent the guardian deity of these royal burial grounds. So great were the Sphinx's mythical powers that 15th-century Egyptians thought it controlled the flood cycles of the Nile.

    Note: This visit is to the exterior of the pyramids only. If you wish to go inside, there is an additional charge, but this is not recommended for those with claustrophobia or with breathing, knee or back problems. Photography is not allowed inside the pyramids.

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    The Acropolis at Lindos

    The Acropolis at Lindos

    29 Oct Rhodes, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled StreetsSignificant StepsUphill Sections
    Gain inspiration from the exquisite natural setting of the Acropolis at Lindos, a destination of both historic and scenic interest, just an hour’s drive from Rhodes.

    Gain inspiration from the exquisite natural setting of the Acropolis at Lindos, a destination of both historic and scenic interest, just an hour’s drive from Rhodes. This Doric town rose in power hundreds of years before Christ and continued to thrive into the middle ages.

    We’ll walk to the Acropolis, surrounded by the contrasting 12th-century crusader fortifications, clinging to the rocks above the village. At the summit is the Doric Temple of Lindian Athena, an archaeological jewel dating from the 4th century BC, with a double-winged portico and elaborate propylaea. The site offers sweeping views over St Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm.

    Following the Acropolis, we’ll descend to the village with its whitewashed houses and tempting shops. A favourite resort since the time of Julius Caesar, Lindos is home to writers, artists and craftsmen.

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    Old Town & Grand Masters Palace
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Old Town & Grand Masters Palace

    29 Oct Rhodes, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled Streets
    Leave behind the port where the Colossus once stood and discover a stunning ensemble of Gothic architecture just a short drive from the port. These UNESCO World Heritage monuments testify to the role of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese group, as a strategic crossroads. Many structures date to the era of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who lived on the island from 1309 until 1522 when the Ottoman Empire finally dislodged the Knights.

    Leave behind the port where the Colossus once stood and discover a stunning ensemble of Gothic architecture just a short drive from the port. These UNESCO World Heritage monuments testify to the role of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese group, as a strategic crossroads. Many structures date to the era of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who lived on the island from 1309 until 1522 when the Ottoman Empire finally dislodged the Knights.

    En route, you’ll visit the lookout Mount Smith, named after the British admiral Sir Sydney Smith who used this vantage point to scan the seas for French ships in the Napoleonic era. Then you enter the citadel of the Knight’s through the d’Amboise Gate and head for the restored Grand Master’s Palace.

    The first building of the 14th-century Crusaders, the Palace was modelled on the great Papal Palace of Avignon. It served as a fortress in times of war, a residence for the Grand Master of the Knights, a meeting place for senior knights, and, in later times, a summer residence of both Mussolini and Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. Stroll the cobblestone Street of the Knights and admire the honey-coloured stone buildings with their giant doorways and arched windows.

    Step into the 15th-century Knights Hospital, now an archaeological museum that counts the Aphrodite of Rhodes in flawless Parian marble among its treasures. At the conclusion of this tour, you can return to the ship or stay to wander this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Santorini: Oia and Argyros Winery

    Santorini: Oia and Argyros Winery

    31 Oct Santorini, Greece
    Full Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedCable CarCobbled StreetsUphill Sections
    In prehistoric times, the people who inhabited Santorini (or Strongyle, meaning “round”, as it was known) enjoyed a relatively advanced standard of living, until 1650BC, when a volcanic eruption caused the centre of the island to sink, leaving a caldera with high cliffs that has remained one of the world’s most dramatic geological sights.

    In prehistoric times, the people who inhabited Santorini (or Strongyle, meaning “round”, as it was known) enjoyed a relatively advanced standard of living, until 1650BC, when a volcanic eruption caused the centre of the island to sink, leaving a caldera with high cliffs that has remained one of the world’s most dramatic geological sights.

    Nowhere is this ancient legacy more apparent than during a stroll through the beautiful village of Oia, on the northernmost tip of the island, where many of the clifftop dwellings were built into niches hewn from the steep volcanic rock face. These delightful buildings are painted a spectrum of pastel colours, reflecting the wealthy seafarers of the past who first developed the village. Walking around its narrow cobblestone streets you will come across shops offering handmade works of ceramic art, paintings and semi-precious jewellery, as well as coffee shops with spectacular views across the island and the sea.

    Santorini’s highest peak is crowned by an excellent example of Cycladic architecture, the 18th-century Monastery of Mount Profitis Ilias. The scenic drive then continues from Oia to the Argyros wine estate. Founded in 1903, this family run vineyard combines ancient traditions with modern technology to produce some of the most prestigious wines on the island. After enjoying some wine-tasting, a traditional Greek lunch will be served at a tavern overlooking the waterfront, in the village of Monolithos.

    A short drive brings you to Fira, the picturesque capital of Santorini, with free time to explore before returning to the ship via cable car

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    Santorini: Akrotiri and Oia

    Santorini: Akrotiri and Oia

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Palace of Knossos

    The Palace of Knossos

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

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

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

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

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

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    Cretan Village Life

    Cretan Village Life

    23 Oct 1 Nov Heraklion, Crete, Greece
    Half Day
    Nestled at the base of this beloved Cretan landmark lies the traditional village of Archanes, which has been lovingly restored to become one of the most beautiful settlements on the island. The residents are extremely friendly and proud of the fact that their home was recently voted one of the best restored villages in Europe by the EU.

    Nestled at the base of this beloved Cretan landmark lies the traditional village of Archanes, which has been lovingly restored to become one of the most beautiful settlements on the island. The residents are extremely friendly and proud of the fact that their home was recently voted one of the best restored villages in Europe by the EU.

    Standing before the slopes of Mount Youchtas, on the island of Crete, you may be surprised to discover that this is the place where, in Greek myth, the mighty God Zeus was entombed. Viewed from a certain angle, however, and it soon forms into an eerily lifelike human profile – a fitting resting place for such a colossal figure of myth.

    The Archanes Archaeological Museum opened in 1993 and is housed inside a 19th-century neoclassical building that originally served as the village’s first school. This small but fascinating exhibition contains finds and replicas unearthed during excavations of a Minoan palace in the centre of Archanes, which was thought to have been the summer residence of an ancient King of Knossos, not far to the north.

    After visiting the museum there will be plenty of time for a guided walk through the village to admire its traditional buildings and churches. Archanes is famous for its hospitality, so you may like to enjoy some Greek specialties in the village tavern, before returning to Heraklion via the picturesque village of Vathipetro, which is renowned for its incredible natural beauty.

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    Walking Tour of Chania's Old Town

    Walking Tour of Chania's Old Town

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

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

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

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

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    Valletta & Mdina
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Valletta & Mdina

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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    Taormina Walking Tour

    Taormina Walking Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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    Syracuse

    Syracuse

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

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

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

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

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

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    Monreale
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Monreale

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

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

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

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    Cefalu
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Cefalu

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

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

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

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

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    A Special Visit to Palazzo Gangi

    A Special Visit to Palazzo Gangi

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

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

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

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

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    Segesta

    Segesta

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

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

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

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

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    Erice

    Erice

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

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

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

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    Prof David J Drewry

    Prof David J Drewry

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

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

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

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

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

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    Dr David Price-Williams

    Dr David Price-Williams

    Dr David Price-Williams , University of London
    David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

    David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

    David has spent many years working in the countries of Africa south of the Zambesi. From 1976 to 1989 he was the director of a multi-disciplinary team of up to twenty scientists from several universities researching the effects of climatic change on human evolution in Africa. He was based in Swaziland, during which time he also oversaw the building of the Swaziland National Museum and where he eventually became Director of Antiquities. 

    David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology. 

    David has just retired after thirty seven years lecturing on the Archaeology of Western Asia (Eastern Mediterranean) at the Institute of Archaeology for the University of London Extra Mural Department. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers on the area. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Greece, Turkey and the Near East and is very familiar with the archaeological sites in the area. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a life member of the Southern African Quaternary Research Association. He speaks Turkish and reads Classical Greek

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    Ernest Rea

    Ernest Rea

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

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

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

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    Dr. Joyce Salisbury

    Dr. Joyce Salisbury

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

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

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

     

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    Hotel Grande Bretagne

    Hotel Grande Bretagne

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

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

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

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    Amalia Hotel

    Amalia Hotel

    Delphi, Greece
    1-night hotel stay in Delphi
    Renowned kings, warriors and philosophers visited Delphi and the famous Pythia, the prophetess, anticipating an oracle about their future. At Amalia Hotel Delphi, you do not have to wonder about the future as you are assured of an unforgettable stay!

    Renowned kings, warriors and philosophers visited Delphi and the famous Pythia, the prophetess, anticipating an oracle about their future. At Amalia Hotel Delphi, you do not have to wonder about the future as you are assured of an unforgettable stay! This hotel has an exquisite location at the foot of Mount Parnassus offering panoramic views of the valley, all the way to the sea, Itea and the beautiful town of Galaxidi.

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    Amalia Hotel

    Amalia Hotel

    Nauplia, Greece
    1-night hotel stay in Nauplia
    Amalia Hotel Nafplio is situated right at the entrance of Nafplion town. It  was built with respect to the town’s culture and architecture, a neoclassical building with  170 luxurious guest rooms, set in spacious surroundings, a beautiful swimming pool, enclosed by beautiful gardens with palm trees and flowers.

    Amalia Hotel Nafplio is situated right at the entrance of Nafplion town. It  was built with respect to the town’s culture and architecture, a neoclassical building with  170 luxurious guest rooms, set in spacious surroundings, a beautiful swimming pool, enclosed by beautiful gardens with palm trees and flowers. Situated over three levels, with views of Palamidi Fortress, the sea or the beautiful green gardens, all rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer all nescessary amenities for a pleasant and comfortable stay. 

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    Cairo Marriott Hotel

    Cairo Marriott Hotel

    Cairo, Egypt
    2-night hotel stay in Cairo
    The Cairo Marriott Hotel is situated in the vibrant Zamalek district, set amidst six acres of verdant palace gardens. It is also near some of the city’s top attractions, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Cairo Opera House. The hotel has 1,060 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, which feature high-speed Internet access, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and plush pillowtop mattresses. 

    The Cairo Marriott Hotel is situated in the vibrant Zamalek district, set amidst six acres of verdant palace gardens. It is also near some of the city’s top attractions, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Cairo Opera House.
    The hotel has 1,060 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, which feature high-speed Internet access, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and plush pillowtop mattresses. 

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    *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. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted.

    Seat assignments

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

    Frequent Flyer mileage

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

    Included transfers

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

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

    Owner's SuitesA
    Owner's Suites
    BALCONY
    Owner's Suites, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

    550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

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

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    $14,595*pp
    $15,495*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Junior SuitesB
    Junior Suites
    BALCONY
    Junior Suites, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $13,495*pp
    $14,395*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyC
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $12,090*pp
    $12,895*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyD
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $11,590*pp
    $12,395*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideE
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $10,695*pp
    $11,395*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideF
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $10,250*pp
    $10,950*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideG
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $9,745*pp
    $10,350*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideH
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $9,250*pp
    $9,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium OutsideI*
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $8,595*pp
    $9,195*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJ
    Standard Outside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $8,050*pp
    $8,650*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideK
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $7,695*pp
    $8,195*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideL
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $7,295*pp
    $7,795*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideM
    Standard Inside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $6,850*pp
    $7,350*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Deluxe BalconyCC
    Deluxe Balcony
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $14,790*pp
    $15,595*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe OutsideEE
    Deluxe Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $12,995*pp
    $13,695*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium OutsideGG*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

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

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    $11,940*pp
    $12,550*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideHH*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $11,250*pp
    $11,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $10,650*pp
    $11,250*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $10,095*pp
    $10,695*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $9,595*pp
    $10,095*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $9,250*pp
    $9,750*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideMM
    Standard Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

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

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    $8,750*pp
    $9,250*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
    $1,090
    Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
    $1,000
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
    $1,800

    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.