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Grand Voyage to Norway, Iceland & Atlantic Islands

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London to London

33 days

2-night hotel stay in London

from $9,595 pp

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  • 33 days
  • 5 countries
  • 2 hotel nights
  • 11 shore excursions
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Combining a maiden cruise to the fjords of the Norway with the most remote destination in our calendar, Iceland, this grand cruise is the perfect synthesis of Scandinavian history and natural magnificence, beginning with a two-night hotel stay in the global city of London before sailing to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh on your way to a truly magical kingdom.

Explore the spectacular landscapes surrounding the village of Geiranger and the port of Olden. Stroll through Bergen, then cruise the largest and best known fjord in the country, the Sognefjord, to the cities of Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo. Spend a morning in the Dutch city of Amsterdam and another in the Shetland port of Lerwick, then arrive at the volcanic island of Heimaey and the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.

Visit the maritime museum of Isafjordur, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, followed by the lava craters of Akureyri. The charming harbour of Husavik is home to the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths, then explore Scottish castles, remote Viking settlements and the Neolithic mysteries of Maes Howe and Skara Brae.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jun 20
Wed
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Jun 21
    Thu
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Arrive into London and transfer to hotel
    overnight hotel
    Jun 22
    Fri
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Spend the day exploring London
    overnight hotel
    Jun 23
    Sat
    London (Tilbury), England , United Kingdom
    Transfer to Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury near London
    6.00pm
    Jun 24
    Sun
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Jun 25
    Mon
    Rosyth, Scotland , United Kingdom
    Admire Scotland's capital, with a of tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile or a visit to Stirling Castle
    7.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 26
    Tue
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Jun 27
    Wed
    Ulvik/Eidfjord , Norway
    Cruise Hardangerfjord
    7.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 28
    Thu
    Olden , Norway
    Fjord cruising
    8.00pm
    2.00pm
    Jun 29
    Fri
    Geiranger , Norway
    Visit the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, rated the world's number one natural heritage site by the National Geographic Society. Optional tour available from Geiranger to Hellesylt.
    1.00pm
    9.00am
    Jun 29
    Fri
    Hellesylt , Norway
    HELLESYLT, Norway
    6.00pm
    3.00pm
    Jun 30
    Sat
    Bergen , Norway
    7.00pm
    1.00pm
    Jul 01
    Sun
    Flam , Norway
    Excursion of Flam Railway and cruising Sognefjord
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Jul 02
    Mon
    Stavanger , Norway
    7.00pm
    2.00pm
    Jul 03
    Tue
    Kristiansand , Norway
    2.00pm
    8.00am
    Jul 04
    Wed
      Oslo , Norway
      4.00pm
      7.00am
      Jul 05
      Thu
      At sea
      Lectures and activities at sea
      Jul 06
      Fri
      Amsterdam, Holland , Netherlands
      2.00pm
      7.00am
      Jul 07
      Sat
      London, England , United Kingdom
      Spend the day exploring London
      7.00pm
      6.00am
      Jul 08
      Sun
      At sea
      Lectures and activities at sea
      Jul 09
      Mon
      At sea
      Lectures and activities at sea
      Jul 10
      Tue
      Lerwick, Shetland Islands , United Kingdom
      A choice of tours: Lewick walking tour, Archaeological site of Jarlshof or visit Lewick Castle
      1.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 11
      Wed
      At sea
      Lectures and activities at sea
      Jul 12
      Thu
      Heimaey , Iceland
      Afternoon walking tour and visit to Eldfell, the 'mountain of fire,' or visit the island's sheer cliffs and puffin colonies with a highlights of Heimaey tour
      7.00pm
      2.00pm
      Jul 13
      Fri
      Reykjavik , Iceland
      Choice of included tours: The Golden Circle Route, Blue Lagoon or discover Reykjavik's culture
      5.00pm
      9.00am
      Jul 14
      Sat
      Isafjordur , Iceland
      Visit the maritime museum or take a boat trip to nearby Vigur Island
      5.00pm
      10.00am
      Jul 15
      Sun
      Akureyri , Iceland
      Discover the landscape of pseudo-craters, lava and geothermal fields
      8.00pm
      9.00am
      Jul 16
      Mon
      Husavik , Iceland
      Ideal chance to take a whale watching boat trip
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      Jul 17
      Tue
      At sea
      Lectures and activities at sea
      Jul 18
      Wed
      Torshavn , Faroe Islands
      Visit the capital of the Danish Faroe Islands, discover the prolific birdlife and colourful turf roofed villages
      1.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 19
      Thu
      Scrabster, Scotland , United Kingdom
      Visit the most northerly castle on the British mainland, Castle of Mey. Learn more about the highland clearances or stop at the small coastal village of John o’ Groats.
      1.00pm
      9.00am
      Jul 20
      Fri
      Rosyth, Scotland , United Kingdom
      Admire Scotland's capital.
      1.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 21
      Sat
      At sea
      Lectures and activities at sea
      Jul 22
      Sun
      London, England , United Kingdom
      Disembark Aegean Odyssey at Tower Bridge and transfer to airport for flight home
      7.00am

      Stirling Castle

      25 Jun Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day Significant Steps
      Dramatically perched atop a 250-foot extinct volcano, Stirling Castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was the principal residence for Scotland's monarchs. The castle's turbulent history is populated with a host of celebrated figures in Scotland's history, such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.

      Dramatically perched atop a 250-foot extinct volcano, Stirling Castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was the principal residence for Scotland's monarchs. The castle's turbulent history is populated with a host of celebrated figures in Scotland's history, such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. A great symbol of Scottish independence, this royal residence and fortress affords magnificent views from its rocky cliff. A self-guided tour takes you into the vast Great Hall, which dates to the Middle Ages and has been restored to its former glory. See the central turreted gatehouse, the great Parliament Hall, and the Royal Chapel, one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Photo opportunities abound as you immerse yourself in Scotland’s history; there are excellent views of the town of Stirling and the site of the battle of Bannockburn. After your tour, you will then have time to browse for souvenirs in the castle's gift shop before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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      The Royal Mile

      25 Jun Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day Extensive Walking
      Alive with culture and history, the capital of Scotland is a thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walking tour of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's oldest and most historic street, will take you from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a route rich with medieval buildings, statues and monuments lining both sides of the street.

      Alive with culture and history, the capital of Scotland is a thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walking tour of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's oldest and most historic street, will take you from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a route rich with medieval buildings, statues and monuments lining both sides of the street.

      The city's dominant landmark is the 12th-century castle atop its rocky, extinct volcanic perch, which affords magnificent views of the city. From here we will walk to Castle Hill, which has a unique collection of ruins, before continuing down Royal Mile to see beautiful Gladstone's Land, a superb example of early 17th-century architecture featuring an outside staircase, arcaded ground floor, oak shutters, leaded glass windows and crow-stepped gables.

      The charming Lady Stair's House, also constructed in the 17th century, was once a private home, but today houses a literary museum devoted to the works of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

      We will then walk through the elegant district of Cannongate, with its quaint Tollbooth that is now a museum detailing life in 18th-century Edinburgh. The design on this building has a delightful series of small, delicate turrets. Finally, standing proudly at the end of Royal Mile, is the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen while in Scotland. This ornate, baroque palace is famously known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots and within its walls many dramatic episodes of her turbulent reign unfolded.

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      UNESCO Geiranger

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

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

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

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      Anne Frank Statue and Jewish Historical Museum

      6 Jul Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands
      Half Day
      When Anne Frank and her German-Jewish family fled Nazis Germany in 1934, they were able to build a new life in a quiet suburban area of Amsterdam known as the Merwedeplein, a triangle of buildings that remains much as it would have appeared to Anne when she played here with her friends and walked to the neighbourhood school each morning.

      When Anne Frank and her German-Jewish family fled Nazis Germany in 1934, they were able to build a new life in a quiet suburban area of Amsterdam known as the Merwedeplein, a triangle of buildings that remains much as it would have appeared to Anne when she played here with her friends and walked to the neighbourhood school each morning.

       

      At the western edge of the Merwedeplein is a bronze statue depicting Anne as she may have looked on the day she was forced into hiding above her father’s workplace in 1942, bag in hand, eyes downcast, head turned forlornly towards the home she was leaving behind. Your guide will also take you to the nearby bookstore where Anne first saw the red and white check diary into which she would later pour her hopes, thoughts, fears and experiences of life inside the “Achterhuis”, or “Secret Annex”, before transcribing it into a series of other notebooks.

       

      Thanks to the country’s tolerant government, persecuted Jews from other countries have long been welcomed into the Netherlands. At the city’s Jewish Historical Museum you will have a chance to learn more about the history of Judaism in the country while admiring various works of art and ceremonial objects associated with the religion. It’s then just a short stroll past the NEMO science museum to reach Aegean Odyssey at the city’s cruise terminal.

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      Van Gogh Museum and Canal Cruise

      6 Jul Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands
      Half Day Boat RideSignificant Steps
      Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime but in the year since then has become the embodiment of a tragically misunderstood genius and one of the most recognisable painters in history. It’s only fitting, therefore, that the world’s largest collection of his work should be housed in the city where he applied for university and attempted to sell some of his early work.

      Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime but in the year since then has become the embodiment of a tragically misunderstood genius and one of the most recognisable painters in history. It’s only fitting, therefore, that the world’s largest collection of his work should be housed in the city where he applied for university and attempted to sell some of his early work.

       

      The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam features more than two hundred paintings and drawings by the maestro, including three of his most important masterpieces, “The Potato Eaters”, “Bedroom in Arles” and one of the three “Sunflowers” repetitions. There’s also a fantastic collection of pieces by some of his contemporaries, including works by Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Georges Seurat, and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as Van Gogh’s personal collection of Japanese prints, and the letters he wrote to his devoted brother, Theo, over the course of his life.

       

      Following your time in the museum you will then transfer to an awaiting riverboat for a relaxing one-hour cruise through the city’s world famous network of canals. Amsterdam is renowned for the narrowness of its 16th and 17th-century houses, most of which are no more than nine metres wide. Cruising beneath the city’s romantic network of bridges, your guide will explain more about the history of this wonderful European city, including the unique reason for its architectural style. The cruise then comes to an end on the river that gives Amsterdam its name, the Amstel, from where it’s just a short stroll back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Rijksmuseum and Canal Cruise

      6 Jul Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands
      Half Day Boat RideSignificant Steps
      The impressive neo-Gothic National Museum of the Netherlands was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers and opened its doors in 1885. Between 2003 and 2013 it underwent an extensive modernization program and today ranks alongside the Louvre, the Uffizi, and the Hermitage, as well as London’s National Gallery, as a major European centre of art.

      The impressive neo-Gothic National Museum of the Netherlands was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers and opened its doors in 1885. Between 2003 and 2013 it underwent an extensive modernization program and today ranks alongside the Louvre, the Uffizi, and the Hermitage, as well as London’s National Gallery, as a major European centre of art.

       

      Housing roughly one million artefacts and with at least 8,000 of them on display at any one time, this vast collection is dominated by the works of 17th-century Dutch masters Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt, with a hall devoted entirely to “The Night Watch”. But there are plenty of other highlights to see, including the mediaeval masterpieces of Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch and Giovanni Bellini, as well as a wonderful Asian pavilion containing art brought together from China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Thailand, all dating from 2000 BC to 2000 AD.

       

      Following your time in the Rijksmuseum you will then transfer to an awaiting riverboat for a relaxing one hour cruise through the city’s world famous network of canals. Amsterdam is renowned for the narrowness of its 16th and 17th-century houses, most of which are no more than nine metres wide. Cruising beneath the city’s romantic network of bridges, your guide will explain more about the history of this wonderful European city, including the unique reason for its architectural style. The cruise then comes to an end on the river that gives Amsterdam its name, the Amstel, from where it’s just a short stroll back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Lerwick Walking tour and Shetland Museum

      10 Jul Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
      Half Day Extensive WalkingUphill Sections
      For a wonderful insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick, take a step back in time on this walking tour that will take you through the colourful and cosmopolitan history of this historic port.

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

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

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

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

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      Archaeological site of Jarlshof

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

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

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

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

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      Castles and Ponies

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

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

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

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

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      Skansinn and the Lava of Eldfell on Foot

      12 Jul Heimaey, Iceland
      Half Day Extensive WalkingUneven or Volcanic Ground
      Heimaey is the largest and only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, but its modest size makes a walking tour an ideal way to explore its rich history and natural beauty.

      Heimaey is the largest and only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, but its modest size makes a walking tour an ideal way to explore its rich history and natural beauty.

      The island’s recent past is especially notable for the enormous volcanic eruption of January 1973, which almost destroyed the naturally formed harbour (where our tour begins) forcing almost all of its 5,000 inhabitants to be evacuated to the mainland. From the harbour it’s just a short walk to Skansinn, site of an old fort built by orders of the Danish king in the 17th century to protect the Vestmannaeyjar islands from theft and foreign trade.

      Near to the fort is a traditional wooden stave church donated by Norway to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Iceland. From here the walk continues across the lava fields of Eldfell (‘Fire Mountain’) formed a little over 40 years ago by the dramatic volcanic eruption. The edge of Eldfell provides a wonderful view over the harbour town, including the remains of some of the houses buried under lava and ash. Finally, the crater is the perfect place to learn more about how the power of nature has influenced the fate of this picturesque island over the millennia, before we walk back through the town for a return to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Heimaey Highlights

      12 Jul Heimaey, Iceland
      Half Day
      Vestmannaeyjar might be a small archipelago in the North Atlantic but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history and natural beauty. The tall cliffs surrounding the perfectly formed natural harbour are inhabited by a multitude of birds, whose eggs are an important source of food for the islanders, as are the birds themselves.

      Vestmannaeyjar might be a small archipelago in the North Atlantic but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history and natural beauty. The tall cliffs surrounding the perfectly formed natural harbour are inhabited by a multitude of birds, whose eggs are an important source of food for the islanders, as are the birds themselves. This is where our island highlights tour begins, from where you will journey past the ruins of some old farmhouses in the Herjólfsdalur Valley to the scenic western part of the island, for an opportunity to view some of the outer islands of the archipelagos, including the youngest of them all, Surtsey, formed during a volcanic eruption in 1963 and now a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

      The peninsula of Stórhöfði offers magnificent views whatever the weather, but on a clear day you may also catch a glimpse of some glaciers on the Icelandic mainland. We will also explore both of the island’s volcanoes: the five thousand-year-old Helgafell or “Holy Mountain”, and the considerably younger Eldfell or “Fire Mountain”, which erupted in 1973 making it necessary to evacuate the islanders to the mainland. A drive over the Eldfell lava field to the fort of Skansinn includes a traditional wooden stave church, donated to the people of Vestmannaeyjar by the state of Norway, to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Iceland. The tour then concludes with a drive through the harbour town on your way back to the ship.

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      Circumnavigation of Heimaey by Boat

      12 Jul Heimaey, Iceland
      Half Day Boat Ride
      During the 1973 volcanic eruption that occurred on Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar (or Westman Islands) molten hot lava poured across the landscape, burying houses in its wake and extending the length of the island forever.

      During the 1973 volcanic eruption that occurred on Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar (or Westman Islands) molten hot lava poured across the landscape, burying houses in its wake and extending the length of the island forever. Thankfully the flow was cooled by an enormous effort of seawater-spraying that remains one of the most successful disaster strategies of its kind in history. In the years since, scientists from around the world have come to observe the island’s unique geology, while also maintaining a close eye on the volcano to ensure it is always safe.

       

      Circumnavigating this “Pompeii of the North” on-board a comfortable boat, you will also get to see some of the other Westman Islands, of which there are fifteen in total, all of which are uninhabited, plus about thirty rock stacks and skerries. Heimaey has a rich variety of birdlife to observe, including the world’s largest puffin colony, which remains an important source of food for the people of the island. If conditions are suitable you may be lucky enough to spot a whale or some dolphins, before the boat enters the remote Klettshellir Cave. This remarkable cavern, which is only accessible from the water, has wonderful acoustics and is often used for live performances, as your guide will demonstrate by playing some instrumental music. The boat will then return to open water and gently cruise back to the main harbour.

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      The Blue Lagoon

      13 Jul Reykjavik, Iceland
      Half Day
      It’s not hard to see why National Geographic named the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon one of the top 25 wonders in the world, or why in recent years it has become the most popular attraction in Iceland.

      It’s not hard to see why National Geographic named the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon one of the top 25 wonders in the world, or why in recent years it has become the most popular attraction in Iceland.

      On the way to this relaxing destination, however, the day will begin with a drive through Reykjavík, for some views of the city’s landmarks, including the domed-glass Perlan, known as the Pearl, and the more recently built concert and conference centre of Harpa. Then, leaving Reykjavik behind, the ride will continue through the lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula to the Blue Lagoon, located amidst a beautiful lava field, seemingly in the middle of nowhere in an otherworldly landscape.

      The Blue Lagoon owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant that makes use of geothermal seawater replenished every 40 hours from a mile beneath the earth’s surface. The water is warm, mineral rich and is known to soothe and rejuvenate the skin. The aquamarine colour of the water, the steam and the lava landscape surrounding the Lagoon combine to create a unique and memorable atmosphere.

      The facilities at the Blue Lagoon include a tax-free shop – with a range of mineral-rich Blue Lagoon skin products – a café and restaurant, and excellent changing-room facilities. The Blue Lagoon spa is completely powered by clean geothermal energy and is environmentally certified.

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      Discover Reykjavik's Culture

      13 Jul Reykjavik, Iceland
      Half Day
      With less than 120,000 inhabitants to its name, Reykjavík is certainly one of the smaller capital cities in the world, but it is also one of the most stimulating. This sightseeing tour will take you on a journey to some of its most noteworthy sites, beginning with Laugardalur Valley, the city’s main sports and recreational area, where the Olympic sized open-air swimming pool is filled with geothermal water.

      With less than 120,000 inhabitants to its name, Reykjavík is certainly one of the smaller capital cities in the world, but it is also one of the most stimulating. This sightseeing tour will take you on a journey to some of its most noteworthy sites, beginning with Laugardalur Valley, the city’s main sports and recreational area, where the Olympic sized open-air swimming pool is filled with geothermal water.

      The Árbær open-air museum boasts more than 20 historic buildings, most of which have been relocated from central Reykjavik to form a town square, a village and a farm, making it a pleasant place to enjoy a walk. The museum was founded due to growing concern that “old Reykjavik” was disappearing forever, prompting the city council to create this public park.

      After the Árbær Museum we will move onwards to one of the city’s most architecturally interesting buildings, Perlan (“The Pearl”) which features a huge dome of reflecting glass panels on a hollow steel frame. Perlan has a viewing platform on top of its hot-water tanks that extends full circle, offering splendid views over the city.

      The National Museum is dedicated to preserving Iceland’s cultural heritage from the time of its pioneering settlement right up to the present day. From here we will drive to the old quarter of Reykjavík to see some of its charming colourful houses, on our way to Hallgrímskirkja Church, one of the city’s most recognised landmarks.

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      The golden circle

      13 Jul Reykjavik, Iceland
      Full Day Lunch IncludedUneven or Volcanic Ground
      This full day journey begins with a drive across the ancient undulating lava fields of Mosfellsheið on the way to one of Iceland’s top attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, situated in a rift valley with incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge. Thingvellir is the only place in the world where any part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, separating the Eurasian and North American plates, is above sea-level.

      This full day journey begins with a drive across the ancient undulating lava fields of Mosfellsheið on the way to one of Iceland’s top attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, situated in a rift valley with incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge. Thingvellir is the only place in the world where any part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, separating the Eurasian and North American plates, is above sea-level.

      As well as being geologically important, Thingvellir is also where some of the country’s most important historical events have unfolded, making it a sacred place to the people of Iceland. This was where the settlers of Iceland first became a unified nation when its legislative parliament, the Althing, was founded there in the year 930.

      In a country renowned for its numerous waterfalls, the Gullfoss Waterfall, or “Golden Waterfall”, is certainly the most famous. Here, a huge amount of water can be seen cascading down the rocks into a deep ravine, creating a powerful spectacle.

      Finally, the last of the “big three” attractions of the day will be the Geysir geothermal area, from where the word “geyser” originates. Strokkur is an explosive geyser that erupts every few minutes and is another of Iceland’s world famous landmarks.

      Then finally, back in Reykjavík, there will just be time for one last stop at the Perlan, or the Pearl, which has a viewing deck offering great panoramic views over Reykjavik, perfect for taking photos or just relaxing and enjoying the view.

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      Vigur Island by boat

      14 Jul Isafjordur, Iceland
      Half Day Boat RideUneven or Volcanic Ground
      At only two kilometres long and four hundred metres wide, it’s no surprise that Vigur has been home to the same family of farmers for generations. This tour begins with a forty-minute boat ride around the coast of the island for an opportunity to see some of its abundant birdlife in their natural environment, before switching to a walking tour around some impressive man-made relics from Vigur’s traditional farming past.

      At only two kilometres long and four hundred metres wide, it’s no surprise that Vigur has been home to the same family of farmers for generations. This tour begins with a forty-minute boat ride around the coast of the island for an opportunity to see some of its abundant birdlife in their natural environment, before switching to a walking tour around some impressive man-made relics from Vigur’s traditional farming past.

      The island is home to Iceland’s oldest windmill, which was built in 1840 and used for the grinding of wheat imported from Denmark. Despite being decommissioned in 1917 the windmill has been carefully maintained – as has another extraordinary attraction, a two hundred-year-old, eight-oared rowing boat, which is still being used to ferry sheep to the mainland today.

       Many of the houses on Vigur date back to the last century, including Viktoria House, which was erected in 1862 from pre-cut Norwegian wood and subsequently restored in 1993 by the National Museum of Iceland. Another notable house was built in 1884 by a young priest, the descendants of whom still populate the island.

      After finishing the tour, prior to returning to the mainland, coffee and cakes will then be served in a mid-19th century cowshed that has been restored into a beautiful and welcoming reception area.

      Please note that after mid-August the sighting of sea birds cannot be guaranteed, due to fluctuations in seasonal weather.

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      Culture in the Westfjords

      14 Jul Isafjordur, Iceland
      Half Day Uneven or Volcanic Ground
      This tour of the isolated Westfjords of Iceland offers a comprehensive view of life and culture in the region, emphasising the human struggle to survive in such a beautiful but unforgiving landscape. Bolungarvík and Ósvör Fisherman’s Hut is our first destination. This museum is housed in a series of traditional turf-and-stone shacks where the guide, dressed in a typical sheepskin outfit, will explain the history of the area and local methods for salting fish.

      This tour of the isolated Westfjords of Iceland offers a comprehensive view of life and culture in the region, emphasising the human struggle to survive in such a beautiful but unforgiving landscape.

      Bolungarvík and Ósvör Fisherman’s Hut is our first destination. This museum is housed in a series of traditional turf-and-stone shacks where the guide, dressed in a typical sheepskin outfit, will explain the history of the area and local methods for salting fish.

      Not far from the museum is the church of Hólskirkja or “the church on the hill”, built in 1908 and containing several interesting pieces, including two grand bells used to drive away the phantoms that supposedly still reside on the nearby heath.

      Tungudalur Valley is home to a beautiful waterfall and meadow where we will stop for some photo opportunities on our way to the town of Ísafjörður, the largest settlement in the Westfjords and one of the main cultural and trading centres in Iceland.

      After a leisurely stroll around the town’s historic buildings, our last destination will be the Maritime Museum, which features an array of artefacts and information about the region’s fishing industry throughout the centuries. Here you will be able enjoy a snack of Icelandic refreshment – schnapps, dried fish or shark – whilst browsing the exhibits.

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      Jewels of the North - Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall

      15 Jul Akureyri, Iceland
      Full Day Lunch IncludedUneven or Volcanic Ground
      A popular tour encompassing the highlights of Northern Iceland, this journey begins with a drive along the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the Goðafoss Waterfall or “Waterfall of the Gods”, referring to an important historical event in the year 1000, when Iceland officially became a Christian nation.

      A popular tour encompassing the highlights of Northern Iceland, this journey begins with a drive along the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the Goðafoss Waterfall or “Waterfall of the Gods”, referring to an important historical event in the year 1000, when Iceland officially became a Christian nation.

      Lake Mývatn is a magical location that is home to tens of thousands of birds, including, most notably, thirteen species of ducks. The area surrounding Mývatn is of tremendous geological interest and is one of the few places in the world where Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, grows.

      The bubbling mud-pots and fumaroles of Námaskarð are a striking geothermal field full of sulphur deposits and boiling springs. With its incredible colours, vents blasting steam from the earth and the loud popping of air bubbles in the mud-pots, the experience is truly otherworldly.

      A short ride onwards is the mystical lava landscape of Dimmuborgir, a dramatic place where the strange formations of volcanic rock have provided inspiration for many Icelandic folktales. The name itself means “dark fortress”, an appropriately mystical epithet for this peculiar terrain.

      Finally, before heading back to Akureyri, we will visit the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir, formed by explosions of gas during the cooling of boiling lava over the wetlands near the lake. These craters are a popular site for birdwatchers and are protected as a natural conservation area.

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      Whale watching

      16 Jul Husavik, Iceland
      Half Day Boat Ride
      Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world to watch whales. Indeed, due to its wide-open bay and rich marine life, there is a higher chance of spotting these incredible marine mammals in Húsavík than anywhere else in Iceland.

      Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world to watch whales. Indeed, due to its wide-open bay and rich marine life, there is a higher chance of spotting these incredible marine mammals in Húsavík than anywhere else in Iceland.

      Before heading onto the water, we will have time to visit the Húsavík Whale Museum for more information on the history, biology and habitat of these remarkable creatures. This popular non-profit attraction opened in 1997 as a trial exhibition, but has since been transferred to a permanent location inside an old slaughterhouse, providing 1,600 square metres of space for its displays, including the complete skeletons of several species of whale.

      After finishing at the Museum, we will join our friendly whale-spotting crew who will be able to provide many more details on the various species of whales and dolphins that we hope to be able to spot during our boat trip into the wide waters of Skjálfandi Bay. Like all wild-nature experiences, sightings cannot be guaranteed, but given Húsavík’s reputation, the potential here is always excellent.

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      Torshavn

      18 Jul Torshavn, Faroe Islands
      Half Day Cobbled Streets
      The origins of Torshavn can be traced back to approximately AD850, when it first became the site of a Viking “Ting”, a term that has etymological connections with the Scandinavian “Althing” or “Thing” and the British “Husting”, denoting the site of a parliamentary gathering.

      The origins of Torshavn can be traced back to approximately AD850, when it first became the site of a Viking “Ting”, a term that has etymological connections with the Scandinavian “Althing” or “Thing” and the British “Husting”, denoting the site of a parliamentary gathering.

      The Viking Thing was followed by a marketplace and later a town. When free trade came to the Faroe Islands in 1856, the islands were finally opened up to the rest of the world, marking the beginning of a transformation in Tórshavn’s economy. Today it is one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world.

      This tour will take you to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the city, before a visit to the Historical Museum to learn more about the Faroes over the last millennium, from Viking to modern times.

      You will also take a stroll around the beautiful open-air museum "Hoyviksgardur" which includes a traditional farmhouse and outbuildings, before taking a walk through the colourful warehouses, 18th century cathedral and iconic turf-roofed homes of the old town, Tinganes.

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      Kirkjubour

      18 Jul Torshavn, Faroe Islands
      Half Day
      Lying on the southern tip of Streymoy is the tiny village of Kirkjubour, where the imposing ruins of Saint Magnus Cathedral dominate the landscape of what was, during the Middle Ages, the island’s ecclesiastical and cultural centre.

      Lying on the southern tip of Streymoy is the tiny village of Kirkjubour, where the imposing ruins of Saint Magnus Cathedral dominate the landscape of what was, during the Middle Ages, the island’s ecclesiastical and cultural centre.

      Construction of the Cathedral began in the late-thirteenth century, using a Gothic architectural style that was common to West Norwegian church-building of the period. Its lack of roof once suggested that it was never completed, but recent research has shown that it was likely to have been roofed at some point after all.

      Until the island’s Catholic diocese was abolished, Kirkjubour was also the site of the Bishop’s palace, but in the centuries since its demise, the remaining foundations have provided the wide stone base for the Roykstovan, a farmstead home to the same Faroese family for seventeen generations.

      The rest of this large building was constructed from logs believed to have drifted to the island from Norway some 700 years ago, while its turf roof and interior reflect the traditional lifestyle of a Faroese farm.

      Looking out from Kirkjubour, to the west of the island, we will also have magnificent views of Koltur, Hestur, Sandoy and Vagar, on our way to and from this important historical site.

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      Castle of Mey

      19 Jul Scrabster, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day Significant Steps
      Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, first saw Barrogill Castle in 1952 while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its ruined isolated charm, and hearing that it was about to be abandoned, she decided to purchase it and return the castle to its original name of Mey.

      Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, first saw Barrogill Castle in 1952 while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its ruined isolated charm, and hearing that it was about to be abandoned, she decided to purchase it and return the castle to its original name of Mey.

      It took two years to renovate the Mey and its parkland, including the delightful garden that, thanks to the twelve-foot high ‘Great Wall of Mey’, is protected from the fierce winds and salt spray blowing in from the Pentland Firth. Indeed the Great Wall was so successful, The Queen Mother even managed to nurture her favourite rose, Albertine, here.

      As part of your guided tour of the castle and gardens, you will be able to learn more about why this property was so close to The Queen Mother’s heart, and also about Prince Charles’ commitment to the future of the Castle of Mey today.

      We will then make a brief stop at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland, which is a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserve and home to a lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson in 1831, before returning to Scrabster.

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      Bettyhill & the Highland Clearances

      19 Jul Scrabster, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      Bettyhill owes its very existence to one of the darkest episodes in the history of the Highlands, when landowners ruthlessly cleared their lands of tenant farmers to make way for more lucrative sheep – a period that came to be known as the Highland Clearances. Between 1811 and 1821, a total of 15,000 people were evicted from the estates of their landowner, George Leveson-Gower, who would later become known as the reviled Duke of Sutherland.

      Bettyhill owes its very existence to one of the darkest episodes in the history of the Highlands, when landowners ruthlessly cleared their lands of tenant farmers to make way for more lucrative sheep – a period that came to be known as the Highland Clearances. Between 1811 and 1821, a total of 15,000 people were evicted from the estates of their landowner, George Leveson-Gower, who would later become known as the reviled Duke of Sutherland.

      Nearby Rosal was another village brutally emptied of its crofting inhabitants during the clearances. However, in an unusual move by the Duke’s wife, Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, at her behest the village of Bettyhill was subsequently built in order to house the displaced crofters.

      Today, we will visit the older part of the village, before taking a tour of the Strathnaver Museum, housed inside the old parish church, to learn more about the Clearances and their devastating effect on the population of the Highlands.

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      John O'Groats & Duncansby Head

      19 Jul Scrabster, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      This scenic drive takes you along the northern coast of the Scottish mainland to the medieval Canisbay Kirk, a beautifully maintained, startlingly white church that for centuries has served as a landmark for shipping, thanks to its position near turbulent waters.

      This scenic drive takes you along the northern coast of the Scottish mainland to the medieval Canisbay Kirk, a beautifully maintained, startlingly white church that for centuries has served as a landmark for shipping, thanks to its position near turbulent waters.

      We will then visit the most north-easterly point of the Scottish mainland, Duncansby Head, where the scenery is spectacularly dramatic, with views of sea-stacks over the Pentland Firth towards Orkney.

      The tour will then end with a stop at the small coastal village of John o’ Groats, the most northerly inhabited settlement on the island of Britain. This famous location is renowned as the starting point for many who embark on the famous 'End to End' journey to Land's End in England, some 876 miles away.

      After a stroll around the village, there will be time for some shopping and to have a cup of tea before returning to Scrabster.

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      Professor Stefan Buczacki

      Professor Stefan Buczacki , Biologist and biographer
      Stefan is currently celebrating thirty years as a cruise ship lecturer to all parts of the world but says that of his many achievements the one of which he is proudest is to have been voted among the one hundred people of Polish descent who have contributed most to the life and culture of Britain -  a list on which he appears, alphabetically, between Bonnie Prince Charlie and King Cnut!

      Stefan is currently celebrating thirty years as a cruise ship lecturer to all parts of the world but says that of his many achievements the one of which he is proudest is to have been voted among the one hundred people of Polish descent who have contributed most to the life and culture of Britain -  a list on which he appears, alphabetically, between Bonnie Prince Charlie and King Cnut!

      Stefan was educated at the Universities of Southampton and Oxford and is a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Chartered Horticulturist, a founder Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. He holds an honorary chair in Biological Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, honorary doctorates from the Universities of Southampton and Derby and is an honorary fellow of CABI Biosciences International and of Warwickshire College. He is double past-president of the British Mycological Society and holds the Veitch Memorial Medal in gold of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Benefactors' Medal of the British Mycological Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Media Guild.

      Stefan is probably Britain's most experienced media gardening expert and has published over sixty books on natural history and gardening, many of them standard reference works and most translated into several languages. He is believed to be Britain's second biggest selling gardening author and has also written for most national newspapers and leading magazines. Stefan has used his special expertise in fungi to write the most comprehensive field guide to British fungi ever published. His major natural history book, the encyclopaedic Fauna Britannica described the entire wild animal life of the British Isles and its role in British culture.  HRH The Prince of Wales wrote the Foreword and the book was short listed for British Illustrated Book of the Year.

      Among his numerous broadcasting achievements, Stefan appeared most famously on BBC Radio's 'Gardeners' Question Time' as panellist and chairman for a unique unbroken run of over 600 broadcasts in twelve years, just part of a portfolio of well over 1,000 radio programmes.  For three years he presented 'Classic Gardening Forum' on Classic FM and devised, wrote and presented six series of the hugely successful programme 'The Gardening Quiz' on Radio 4.  He has also appeared on or presented around 1,000 television programmes, many featuring his own garden, on every British terrestrial television channel and has presented several series on satellite stations.  He is Patron or Trustee of numerous gardening and science-related bodies including the North of England Zoological Society, owners of award winning Chester Zoo and also has over thirty years experience as an expert witness in matters of litigation involving plants.

      Stefan has a long-standing interest in modern British political history and is recognised internationally as an authority on Winston Churchill and his social circle. His book 'Churchill and Chartwell' was described by the International Churchill Center in Washington DC as '…a thoroughly indispensable standard work, as important for the library of any serious Churchill student as the memoirs of close associates'.  His latest work, a biography of the Hon Venetia Stanley, confidante of prime minister H H Asquith, has already been hailed as 'a masterpiece'.

      Website:  www.stefanbuczacki.co.uk

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      Dr Roderick Dale

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

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

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

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

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      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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      Prof Brian Williams

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

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

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

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

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      Grange City Hotel

      London, England, United Kingdom
      2-night hotel stay in London
      Premium Class
      This luxury hotel has sweeping views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The building incorporates the last remaining section of London's Roman Wall.

      This luxury hotel has sweeping views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The building incorporates the last remaining section of London's Roman Wall. The hotel features stunning guest bedrooms and in-house facilities include several vibrant bars and restaurants, and a state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, swimming pool and spa.

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      Grange St Pauls

      London, England, United Kingdom
      2-night hotel stay in London
      Balcony Class
      The Grange St. Paul's is a luxury 5-Star hotel, nestled beside St. Paul's Cathedral in London's bustling business district. Its contemporary glass interior houses 433 guest bedrooms, an array of bars and restaurants, a stunning Ajala Spa, and a private Health and Fitness Club with gym and 18m swimming pool.

      The Grange St. Paul's is a luxury 5-Star hotel, nestled beside St. Paul's Cathedral in London's bustling business district. Its contemporary glass interior houses 433 guest bedrooms, an array of bars and restaurants, a stunning Ajala Spa, and a private Health and Fitness Club with gym and 18m swimming pool.

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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.

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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.

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      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.

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      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. 

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      Owner's Suites

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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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      $21,950*pp
      $23,250*pp
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      Junior Suites

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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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      $20,150*pp
      $21,350*pp
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      Deluxe Balcony

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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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      $17,995*pp
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      Deluxe Balcony

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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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      $17,150*pp
      $18,150*pp
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      Deluxe Outside

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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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      $15,595*pp
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      Deluxe Outside

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

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      $14,895*pp
      $15,850*pp
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      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
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      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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      $14,095*pp
      $14,895*pp
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      Premium Outside

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      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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      $13,195*pp
      $13,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      I*

      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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      $12,395*pp
      $13,195*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      J

      Standard Outside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $11,595*pp
      $12,395*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      K

      Premium Inside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $10,850*pp
      $11,550*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      L

      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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      $10,195*pp
      $10,895*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      M

      Standard Inside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $9,595*pp
      $10,195*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      CC

      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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      $22,150*pp
      $23,250*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      EE

      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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      $18,995*pp
      $19,950*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      GG*

      Premium Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $16,995*pp
      $17,795*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      HH*

      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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      $16,150*pp
      $16,950*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      II*

      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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      $14,995*pp
      $15,795*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      JJ

      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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      $13,995*pp
      $14,795*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      KK

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $13,095*pp
      $13,795*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      LL

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $12,250*pp
      $12,950*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      MM

      Standard Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $11,550*pp
      $12,150*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
      $1,300
      Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
      $1,200
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
      $1,600

      MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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

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

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