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Colombo to Cape Town

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  • 32 days
  • 6 countries
  • 14 shore excursions
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In Sri Lanka, experience the legacy of Colombo’s colonial history and the city’s more modern cosmopolitan side, then meet the beautiful animals of the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala.

Sail across the Indian Ocean to a true desert island paradise, the Maldives, followed by the perfect beaches of the Seychelles. Spend the evening ashore walking the cosmopolitan Caudan Waterfront in Mauritius and explore Reunion Island, a tiny piece of France in the Indian Ocean.

In South Africa, you’ll enjoy safari adventures in search of iconic wildlife in two of the nation’s best game parks. Then in Durban learn more about the rich culture and history of the Zulu nation.

Nestling in the shadow of the spectacular Table Mountain, enjoy 3 nights on board in Cape Town, giving you plenty of time to appreciate all the charms of this exciting city with a fascinating past.

For guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program, flights may depart one day earlier due to air schedules. Please call for details.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Feb 10
Sun

    Departure

    Depart North America
    Feb 11
    Mon

      Colombo , Sri Lanka

      Arrive and transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
      overnight
      Feb 12
      Tue

        Colombo , Sri Lanka

        Watch Asian elephants as they bathe and play in this full-day adventure to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage or take a morning city tour of Colombo. Or optional full day tour to Kandy available.
        10.00pm
        Feb 13
        Wed

        At sea

        Cruising the Indian Ocean
        Feb 14
        Thu

          Maldives , Maldives

          Beach BBQ in the Maldives
          8.00pm
          noon
          Feb 15
          Fri

          At sea

          Cruising the Indian Ocean and a cross the Equator
          Feb 16
          Sat

          At sea

          Cruising the Indian Ocean
          Feb 17
          Sun

          At sea

          Cruising the Indian Ocean
          Feb 18
          Mon

          At sea

          Cruising the Indian Ocean
          Feb 19
          Tue

            Mahe , Seychelles

            Take a tour to Mahé, an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation.
            overnight
            7.00am
            Feb 20
            Wed

              Mahe , Seychelles

              Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals on this optional half day tour.
              6.00pm
              Feb 21
              Thu

              At sea

              Cruising the Indian Ocean
              Feb 22
              Fri

              At sea

              Cruising the Indian Ocean
              Feb 23
              Sat

              At sea

              Cruising the Indian Ocean
              Feb 24
              Sun

                Port Louis , Mauritius

                Choice of tours: Port Louis and Pamplemousses Garden or Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House
                overnight
                8.00pm
                Feb 25
                Mon

                  Port Louis , Mauritius

                  Full day optional exploration of Mauritius including visits to Trou aux Cerfs and Chamarel coloured earth or half day optional tour to Casela Nature Park.
                  8.00pm
                  Feb 26
                  Tue

                    St. Denis , Reunion

                    Choice of morning tours: St. Denis or scenic reunion including St Paul and La Petite France.
                    2.00pm
                    8.00am
                    Feb 27
                    Wed

                    At sea

                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                    Feb 28
                    Thu

                    At sea

                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                    Mar 01
                    Fri

                    At sea

                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                    Mar 02
                    Sat

                    At sea

                    Cruising the Indian Ocean
                    Mar 03
                    Sun

                      Richards Bay , South Africa

                      Full day sightseeing: drive to Hluhluwe Game Reserve or optional overnight excursion to Leopard Mountain or optional overnight visit to Phinda Mountain.
                      overnight
                      7.00am
                      Mar 04
                      Mon

                        Richards Bay , South Africa

                        Morning extended visit to St. Lucia Wetland park.
                        10.00pm
                        Mar 05
                        Tue

                          Durban , South Africa

                          Visit the beautiful city Pietermaritzburg, encompassing old world charm, country living and beautiful Victorian architecture, now a modern South African town or optional half day visit to the unique Shark’s Board.
                          8.00pm
                          8.00am
                          Mar 06
                          Wed

                          At sea

                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                          Mar 07
                          Thu

                            Port Elizabeth , South Africa

                            Full day included private game reserve experience or 1 night optional tour to Lalibela Game Reserve or Pumba Safari.
                            overnight
                            8.00am
                            Mar 08
                            Fri

                              Port Elizabeth , South Africa

                              Half day city tour of Port Elizabeth or optional 2-night overland tour.
                              7.00pm
                              Mar 09
                              Sat

                              At sea

                              Cruising the Indian Ocean
                              Mar 10
                              Sun

                                Cape Town , South Africa

                                Sightseeing tour of Cape Town. Cable car ride up to Table Mountain.
                                overnight
                                8.00am
                                Mar 11
                                Mon

                                  Cape Town , South Africa

                                  Visit the Stellenbosch Wine estates.
                                  overnight
                                  Mar 12
                                  Tue

                                    Cape Town , South Africa

                                    Optional tour to Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs - among the highest in South Africa.
                                    overnight
                                    Mar 13
                                    Wed

                                      Cape Town , South Africa

                                      Disembark and transfer to Cape Town Airport for an Overnight flight home.
                                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                                      Kandy & Temple of the Tooth

                                      12 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
                                      Full day Lunch Included
                                      Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha.

                                      Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha.

                                      The scenic three-hour drive takes us out of Colombo, through small towns growing all kinds of exotic fruit, past pineapple plantations and paddy fields and up into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. One of the day’s highlights is a stop at Peradeniya to walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens. A visit to the Orchid House should not be missed!

                                      Continue on to Kandy, founded in the 14th century and the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings. Lunch will be served in a colonial hotel overlooking the Kandy Lake. On the opposite side of the picturesque valley, take a guided tour of the monumental Temple of the Tooth where the sacred relic is enshrined.

                                      During the return drive from this ancient kingdom, make a stop at a Spice Garden and learn about Sri Lanka’s ayurvedic tradition. Please note that this excursion is very long with an approximate 3-3.5 hour drive each way.

                                      This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A video fee applies for the temple.

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                                      Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

                                      12 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
                                      Full day Lunch Included
                                      Watch Asian Elephants as they bathe and play in the river, then see the babies being fed on this full-day adventure.

                                      A two and a half hour drive through the lovely Sri Lankan countryside brings us to Pinnawala and this famous site, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect unweaned baby elephants found wandering in the forests.

                                      From a nucleus of five baby elephants in 1975, the sanctuary is now home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants. Head first to the Oya River to watch the elephants bathing and socializing. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty – and the antics – of these majestic animals. Many of the elephants have been bred here and will stay for life. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Pinnalanda Restaurant in a picturesque location overlooking the river.

                                      In the afternoon, see the elephants from closer-up, and maybe watch some of the older or smaller elephants being fed. Return with memories which – like an elephant – you will never forget.

                                      Please note that the terrain is uneven and dusty and the feeding of the young and sick elephants can get very busy.

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                                      Morning Colombo City Tour

                                      12 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
                                      Half day
                                      Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other.

                                      Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other. 

                                      You will travel to the Kelaniya (Kalyana) Temple, built on the banks of the Kelani River. Kelaniya is mentioned in the Buddhist chronicle, the Mahawamsa, which states that the Gautama Buddha visited the place, after which the dagoba of the temple was built.

                                      Sri Lankan Buddhists believe that the Buddha visited Kelaniya in order to quell a quarrel between two warring Nāga leaders: Chulodara (literally meaning ‘the small-bellied one’) and Mahodara (‘the big-bellied one’).

                                      Next, drive to Visit the Colombo National Museum. Housed in a grand colonial building, the National Museum is the custodian of Sri Lanka's cultural heritage. Among its exhibits are a vast collection of books, more than 4,000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from the ancient cities, royal weapons of Sri Lankan kings and an excellent collection of antique demon masks. The most interesting among the exhibits are the regalia of the Kandian Kings dating back to the 17th century.

                                      Make a visit to Independence Square where this former British colony of Ceylon was given self rule in 1948. Wind past the cricket stadium through such neighborhoods as affluent Horton Place and Kotte, the legislative capital. Enroute to the pier, drive past Nelum Pokuna Performing Art Center, Town Hall, President House and the Pettah Bazar.

                                      This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A camera fee applies for the museum.

                                       

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                                      The Wild South

                                      19 Feb Mahe, Seychelles
                                      Half Day
                                      Mahé, measuring 28km long by 8km wide, is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Seychelles.

                                      Mahé, measuring 28km long by 8km wide, is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Seychelles. It is home to the international airport and the nation’s capital, Victoria. The island is home to almost 90 per cent of the total population (or approximately 72,200 people) and reflects Seychelles' diverse ethnicity from African, Indian, Chinese and European populations.

                                      With a backdrop of towering 1000m granite peaks, Mahé is an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation. Rare endemic plants found nowhere else in the world adorn Mahé’s mist forests in mountain strongholds, such as the Jellyfish Tree, the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher Plant and the Seychelles Vanilla Orchid.

                                      First visited by the British in 1609, Mahé was then forgotten until Lazare Picault's expedition of 1742 when the gradual process of settling the island began, first by the French whose direct influence continued until 1814 and then as a British colony until Seychelles gained independence in 1976.

                                      After transferring from the ship to Victoria you will start your guided tour of the capital: you will see its bustling market and then enjoy a walk through the magical Botanical Garden. Then drive to San Soucis Mountain and the Mission Lodge. This was once the site of a school for liberated slave children built by the London Missionary Society in 1876. Today there are just ruins to be seen at the beginning of the path to the viewing lodge. From the lodge the views out over mountain slopes, the ocean and the west coast of Mahé are fantastic.

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                                      Coral Cruise

                                      20 Feb Mahe, Seychelles
                                      Half Day
                                      Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals.

                                      Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals. As well as learning about the history of the Ste Anne Marine Park, you can enjoy some hand fish feeding and snorkelling within the marine park. Disembark on Moyenne Island for a short visit where nature and encounter the grand old inhabitants of the island, the 105 land tortoises you will meet roaming freely.  

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                                      Optional $ 125

                                      Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens

                                      24 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
                                      Half day
                                      In 1735 the French Governor François Mahé de Labourdonna broke ground in the district of Pamplemousses near Port-Louis to create a garden for his family. In 1988 the world-class botanical that evolved from his creation was renamed in honour of the island’s first prime minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, and remains one of the oldest, most prestigious gardens in the southern hemisphere.

                                      In 1735 the French Governor François Mahé de Labourdonna broke ground in the district of Pamplemousses near Port-Louis to create a garden for his family. In 1988 the world-class botanical that evolved from his creation was renamed in honour of the island’s first prime minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, and remains one of the oldest, most prestigious gardens in the southern hemisphere.

                                       

                                      More than 500 species of plants are on display, including some giant Victoria amazonica water lilies, which form the centrepiece of the garden’s splendid pond. At least eighty varieties of palms are scattered around the grounds, including Latanias, Verschaffeltia splendida and Talipots, which live for forty years and only flower once shortly before dying. Other unusual curios to keep an eye out for include the marmalade box tree, fish poison tree and sausage tree.

                                       

                                      As an additional option, L’Aventure du Sucre (Sugar World) inside the former Beau Plan sugar factory offers a fascinating insight into this valuable commodity. The original factory was founded in 1797 but only ceased working in 1999. For this reason many of the guides are former workers who are able to provide a first-hand account of life on the production line and the historical impact of sugar upon Mauritius. After touring this fascinating museum there will then be a chance for some sugar and rhum tasting.

                                       

                                      Free time will be available to take a walk along the cosmopolitan Caudan Waterfront, in the capital of Port Louis, which has a beautiful craft market selling traditional handmade goods such as sarongs, embroidered linen, stained glass objects, wooden sculptures and basketwork.

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                                      Cultural Activity

                                      Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House

                                      24 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
                                      Half day
                                      Included
                                      Choice of Tours
                                      Cultural Activity

                                      Exploring Mauritius

                                      25 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
                                      Full day
                                      Directly south of Port Louis lies the long dormant volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs. This well-defined cone and crater has not been active for over 100,000 years and is covered with lush plants and flowers, offering spectacular views across the island in all directions as well as to the town of Curepipe below.

                                      Directly south of Port Louis lies the long dormant volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs. This well-defined cone and crater has not been active for over 100,000 years and is covered with lush plants and flowers, offering spectacular views across the island in all directions as well as to the town of Curepipe below.

                                       

                                      After spending some time at Trou-aux-Cerfs, the next stop on this panoramic tour will be to a factory specialising in the making of beautiful scale model ships and other nautical vessels. These intricately hand-crafted replicas are constructed from various kinds of wood and sold across the world.

                                       

                                      The spiritual centre of the island is lake Ganga Talao, or Grand Bassin as it is more commonly known. The peaceful waters here are surrounded by Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesh and Ganga, reflecting the site’s deep connection with the River Ganges.

                                       

                                      Lunch will be at the idyllic Varangue sur Morne restaurant, located inside Black River Gorges. This picturesque national park is the largest protected forest on Mauritus and is home to some rare species of birds. Then for a sweet digestif, the Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery and museum offers a fascinating insight into how traditional island rhum is produced, followed by a tasting.

                                       

                                      Chamarel is also home to a ninety-five metre waterfall and a unique geological formation known as the “Seven Coloured Earths”, a surreal landscape made up of multi-coloured layers of sand which seem to settle into stripes spontaneously.

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                                      Casela Nature Park

                                      25 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
                                      Half day
                                      The most visited attraction in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean, Casela World of Adventures has been welcoming guests of all ages since 1979. Originally a bird sanctuary, the site was expanded to save the local forestation from being redeveloped. In 2015 it was redesigned to feature even more world-class facilities and 21st-century attractions.

                                      The most visited attraction in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean, Casela World of Adventures has been welcoming guests of all ages since 1979. Originally a bird sanctuary, the site was expanded to save the local forestation from being redeveloped. In 2015 it was redesigned to feature even more world-class facilities and 21st-century attractions.

                                       

                                      Spread over 250 hectares, the park is divided into four “Kingdoms” known as “Safari”, “Nature”, “Mountain” and “Discovery”. The Discovery Centre is a state of the art building adorned with pillars replicating giant baobab trees and imitation creepers stretching across the ceiling. It has an array of animal statues and boasts the island’s first 4D cinema, a scale 3D replica of Mauritius and interactive displays to help visitors discover more about the island.

                                       

                                      The three animal kingdoms are home to a wide variety of birds, alongside giant tortoises, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, white lions, lynxes, servals, hyenas, dromedary camels, pygmy hippos, white rhinos and more. A range of optional activities are available to choose from at your own leisure, include a petting farm, “Segway Safari Trip”, horse and camel riding, as well as the chance to feed the park’s nine giraffes.

                                       

                                      During a Big Cat Drive Thru, the park’s guides share information and interesting personal anecdotes about their time working with these amazing animals. Then for the more adventurous there’s also the chance to walk with lions, cross a high-wire “Nepalese Bridge”, try your hand at some dry tobogganing or take an exhilarating ride on a zip line above the forest.

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                                      St Denis

                                      26 Feb St. Denis, Reunion
                                      Half day
                                      The stretch of coastline between the Le Port and St Denis is a beautiful place to begin this tour of Réunion’s picturesque capital, which is surrounded by idyllic mountains on three sides and the Indian Ocean to the north.

                                      The stretch of coastline between the Le Port and St Denis is a beautiful place to begin this tour of Réunion’s picturesque capital, which is surrounded by idyllic mountains on three sides and the Indian Ocean to the north.

                                       

                                      A warm and extremely welcoming town, Réunion is the largest of any in the French Colonies. Founded by Étienne Regnault in 1669, it started life around the small pier of Barachois and expanded gradually to become the capital in 1738, taking its name from a boat that ran aground in the nearby bay.

                                       

                                      Passing the former East India Company building, the Rue de Paris has some splendid Creole-style houses with traditional colonial-white verandas. A short stop will be made at the Jardin de l'Etat, or State Garden, to see some impressive trees and other rare species of fauna, including the African baobab, fishtail palm tree and coconut tree. The tour will then reach the former palace of the General Consul, which is now the Natural History Museum.

                                       

                                      The Hindu Temple and Christian Cathedral are symbolic reminders of how this remote island has managed to integrate differing religions, races and cultures so well. This is a city where everyone is united by the musical Creole language.

                                       

                                      Returning to Le Port, there will be a brief stop at a handicraft market for the chance to browse some traditional Creole goods as well as local and Madagascan scents and spices, so don’t forget to haggle with the stall-owners for these excellent souvenirs.

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                                      Scenic Reunion

                                      26 Feb St. Denis, Reunion
                                      Half day
                                      This panoramic drive takes you close to what is still the highest point in the Indian Ocean, stopping at an escarpment some 7,000 feet up to enjoy some marvellous views across the caldera, where a scattering of isolated islanders still live an almost entirely self-sufficient rustic life.

                                      Reunion is a rugged volcanic island with a mountainous centre that was formed over 20,000 years ago during a series of eruptions from the long extinct Piton des Neiges. The eruptions also led to the creation of the Cirque de Mafate caldera, a stunning natural amphitheatre that is entirely enclosed by steep mountains and cliffs known as ‘remparts’, making it impossible to reach without hiking in or being flown by helicopter.

                                       

                                      This panoramic drive takes you close to what is still the highest point in the Indian Ocean, stopping at an escarpment some 7,000 feet up to enjoy some marvellous views across the caldera, where a scattering of isolated islanders still live an almost entirely self-sufficient rustic life.

                                       

                                      Reunion is one of the world’s largest producers of geranium oil, which is used as a fixative for perfumes. At a small Geranium Oil Distillery in the quaint village of La Petite France, the delicate extraction process will be explained, after which you will have the opportunity to purchase some exquisitely scented essential oils and perfumes, produced by this traditional cottage industry.

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                                      Hluhluwe Game Reserve

                                      3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                                      Full day

                                      Depart Richards Bay harbour and travel in a northerly direction to the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. After about a 1 ½ hour drive, you arrive at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi - a reserve which extends across 96,000 hectacres of wilderness.

                                      Proclaimed a game reserve in 1895, Hluhluwe has since become well known for its small population of the rare white rhino. In addition to rhino, the reserve has a spectacular variety of bird and animal life, including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, mountain reedbuck, kudu and warthog.

                                      The reserve preserves not only the wildlife of Zululand but also some of the indefinable charm and traditions of the natural surroundings, one of the most fascinating parts of Africa.
                                      Enjoy your buffet lunch at Hilltop Restaurant, surrounded by beautiful scenery. After lunch, depart on another exciting game drive before returning to the ship.

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                                      Leopard Mountain Overland

                                      3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                                      overnight
                                      This multiple award-winning lodge is nestled in the clifftops within a low-risk malaria Endangered Species Protected Area, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable double drive safari in one of South Africa’s most biodiverse regions.

                                      This multiple award-winning lodge is nestled in the clifftops within a low-risk malaria Endangered Species Protected Area, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable double drive safari in one of South Africa’s most biodiverse regions.

                                       

                                      On arrival a light-lunch will be served, followed by a chance to unpack in one of nine well-appointed stone and thatch chalets overlooking the river. All accommodation has a private plunge pool on its own balcony with spectacular views across Zululand to the distant Lebombo Mountains, while inside you will find a mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, mosquito nets and an en-suite bathroom.

                                       

                                      After settling in, you will be transported into the bush by an expert ranger and tracker in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive. No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest and blesbok, along with the shy Nyala, which are particularly endemic to the region.

                                       

                                      After dusk falls, return to the lodge and enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as Maputaland comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

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                                      Optional $ 625
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                                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                                      St Lucia Boat Cruise & Drive

                                      4 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                                      Extended Half Day

                                      We drive north to the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in St Lucia you head out from Sunset Jetty along the walking trail where you have the possibility to see small antelope and do some birdwatching. We continue the walk down towards the boardwalk and have a look at the area where the St Lucia Estuary Mouth used to open into the ocean, and then return to Sunset Jetty.

                                      Here you embark a boat for a leisurely two-hour cruise on Lake St Lucia. The vessel goes at walking speed all along the shoreline of the St Lucia Estuary, and the enthusiastic skipper/captain will tell you more about the hippos - the lake has the largest concentration in South Africa - and Nile crocodiles that inhabit St Lucia. This is home to about 2,000 Nile crocodiles, 800 hippos and about 526 species of birds, favourites of which are the African Fish Eagle and the Mangrove Kingfisher.

                                      Learn more about the mangrove swamps and the five different eco systems of the St Lucia Estuary. Intermittent stops at the sightings will ensure that you are allowed good photographic opportunities and you are guaranteed to see plenty of hippos close up throughout this trip.

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                                      Pietermaritzburg & Museum

                                      5 Mar Durban, South Africa
                                      Half Day

                                      Leaving the port of Durban, you travel inland into the beautiful hills of Kwazulu Natal, in the heart of which nestles the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. A city, encompassing old world charm, country living and beautiful Victorian architecture, is now a modern South African town and home to over 600,000 people.

                                      You’ll visit the Natal Museum, one of five national museums in South Africa, which was designed by EJ Wellman in 1904. There are spectacular sections dedicated to African mammals, snakes, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects, geology and palaeontology. The ethnology display contains fascinating items from many regions of Africa including old guns from a Portuguese shipwreck on the Wild Coast, and a replica of a bushman cave contains drawings of rock-art.

                                      Then continue to the historic centre of Pietermaritzburg with its legislative buildings, museums and galleries. Here at Churchill Square you’ll see City Hall - allegedly the largest red brick building in the southern hemisphere - as well as the Assembly Building and the Supreme Court. Also learn about Mahatma Ghandi’s famous incident here while viewing his bronze statue at the Square.

                                      Next, visit Pietermaritzburg railway station. It was here that Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train for riding first class in 1893. On 7 June, while Gandhi was on his way to Pretoria, a white man objected to Gandhi's presence in a first-class carriage, and he was ordered to move to the van compartment at the end of the train. Gandhi, who had a first-class ticket, refused, and was thrown off the train at Pietermaritzburg. Shivering through the winter night in the waiting room of the station, Gandhi made the momentous decision to stay on in South Africa and fight the racial discrimination that existed against Indians at that time.

                                      Continue past the Royal Agricultural Show Grounds, observing the quaint Victorian country shops lining the streets, then take a scenic drive up to the magnificent viewing spot known as World’s View. Here you have a photo opportunity and a moment to experience the sights of Pietermaritzburg and the beautiful mountainous surrounds that first captured the hearts of the Voortrekkers and the early settlers. Return to the ship in Durban.

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                                      Sharks Board

                                      5 Mar Durban, South Africa
                                      Half Day

                                      Depart from the quayside along the Golden Mile. Drive along Durban’s beachfront promenade and on to Umhlanga Rocks, where you will visit the unique Shark’s Board, which is the control centre for maintenance of anti-shark measures on Durban’s bathing beaches. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about sharks through a specialist’s presentation and a shark dissection.

                                      There is a display hall with a large variety of lifelike replicas of fish, rays and sharks, including an 892 kg Great White. The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is mandated to be a global leader in bather protection against shark while minimizing environmental impact, thus promoting tourism.

                                      The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is the only coastline with 38 beaches equipped with bather safety gear owned and maintained by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence in South Africa. The curio shop sells unusual and stylish sharkskin leather goods and shark’s teeth. Return to the quayside in Durban.

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                                      Optional $ 38

                                      Lalibela Private Game Reserve

                                      7 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                                      Overnight Extensive Walking
                                      Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans five ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

                                      Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans five ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

                                       

                                      Lentaba, the “Lodge on the Hillside”, has eight beautifully secluded thatched chalets overlooking magnificent indigenous gardens that seamlessly merge with the bush. Every en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views over the valley. The main lodge is decorated in a traditional African safari style and boasts a large lounge, observation deck and swimming pool.

                                       

                                      On arrival a welcome drink will be served, followed by a light-lunch and the chance to settle into your accommodation. “High tea” will also be available, before you are transported into the 18,500 acres of bush by expert rangers and trackers in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive.

                                       

                                      No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelope.

                                       

                                      After dusk falls, return to the lodge to enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as the bushveld comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

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                                      Optional $ 1145

                                      Private Safari

                                      7 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                                      Full Day
                                      Affectionately known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is rich in ethnic culture and diversity. Its closeness to some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape also offers the chance for a unique wildlife safari experience at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves.

                                      Affectionately known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is rich in ethnic culture and diversity. Its closeness to some of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape also offers the chance for a unique wildlife safari experience at one of two stunning malaria-free private game reserves.

                                       

                                      Both Lalibela and Pumba span five ecosystems and offer the same huge range of flora and fauna to spot across thousands of acres of beautiful terrain. Upon arrival you will be greeted by an expert ranger and tracker, before being driven out into the bush in an open 4X4 for a thrilling big game drive.

                                       

                                      No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest and numerous antelope such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. There’s also the tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax to keep an eye out for, alongside a wide variety of birdlife.

                                       

                                      Following the drive, a buffet lunch will be served before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Port Elizabeth.

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                                      Pumba Private Game Reseve

                                      7 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                                      1 night overland
                                      Pumba is an eco-friendly destination in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides an intimate safari experience within its 6,500 hectares of private property. The lodge has a range of 5-star air-conditioned chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, all of which have amazing views across the veld and water, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in African luxury and style.

                                      Pumba is an eco-friendly destination in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides an intimate safari experience within its 6,500 hectares of private property. The lodge has a range of 5-star air-conditioned chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, all of which have amazing views across the veld and water, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in African luxury and style.

                                       

                                      On arrival, a welcome drink will be served, followed by a light-lunch and the chance to settle into your accommodation. “High tea” will also be available, before you are transported into the bush by expert rangers and trackers in an open 4X4, for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive.

                                       

                                      No-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelope endemic to the region.

                                       

                                      After dusk falls, return to the lodge to enjoy a sumptuous South African dinner before unwinding beneath a pollution free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent. Awaken early to experience a sunrise big game drive as the veld comes to life, before enjoying a rewarding breakfast and returning to Aegean Odyssey with the safari memories of a lifetime.

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                                      Optional $ 895
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                                      Port Elizabeth City

                                      8 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                                      Half Day

                                      Port Elizabeth is the third largest port and fifth largest city in South Africa. When leaving the harbour, you will pass a 52-metre high memorial, the Campanile, built in 1923 in memory of the first British settlers who arrived in 1820. It is situated on the site where the settlers landed and contains a carillon of 23 bells. Drive along the beachfront, stopping off at Shark Rock Pier for a photo opportunity, and then continue along the beachfront to Summerstrand, a very popular beach area, with many guesthouses and hotels.

                                      Continuing your tour through the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Campus, you arrive at Bayworld. Unique in Southern Africa, this is a museum embracing a natural and cultural history, combined with a herpatalogical section with various reptiles and an Oceanarium which includes the African penguin and Cape fur seals amongst other marine life.

                                      Proceed to the Donkin Memorial, a stone pyramid erected in memory of Sir Rufane Donkin's wife Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth was named after her. It was Sir Rufane who, with 4,000 British settlers, founded the city in 1820 and became the city’s first governor. From here continue to Fort Frederick, a monument that was named after Frederick, the Duke of York. In 1799, during the first British occupation of the Colony during the Napoleonic Wars, a stone fort was built named Fort Frederick after the Duke of York. This fort, built to protect against a possible landing of French troops, overlooked the site of what later became Port Elizabeth.

                                      We pass the Nelson Mandela Stadium, Horse Memorial and St George’s Cricket Ground en route to the quayside via the city centre. Notable buildings you will pass include the Feather Market, the Library, the Post Office and City Hall, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1977, resulting in a major restoration programme. Finally a look at The Old Mayor's Garden and a replica of the Diaz Cross, which was erected on the coast at Kwaaihoek, where Bartholomew Diaz and his men first landed in 1488.

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                                      The Garden Route

                                      8 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                                      2 night overland excursion
                                      Optional $ 925
                                      Choice of Tours
                                      Cultural Activity

                                      Top of Table Mountain

                                      10 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                      Half Day
                                      No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark, and a ride in the famous cable car. You will ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) up to the Mountain Station (1,060 m) in under four minutes and enjoy spectacular views of the Cape, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent.

                                      No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain, the city’s most celebrated landmark, and a ride in the famous cable car. You will ascend from the Valley Station (363 m) up to the Mountain Station (1,060 m) in under four minutes and enjoy spectacular views of the Cape, as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent. Table Mountain gets its name from the flat-topped central massif of the mountain, which viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground. They form a sort of amphitheatre that encloses the city centre and some of the older suburbs.

                                      From the summit, the natural protected area stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point has been managed under the custodianship of the South African National Parks Board. This area has one of the highest concentrations of endemic plant and animal species in any area of its size, containing a staggering 2,285 plant species – more than the entire UK.

                                      On your way back to the ship you’ll enjoy a short orientation tour of the city of Cape Town, including the colourful and historic houses of the Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter), the Convention Centre, Adderley Street with statues of Jan van Riebeeck and Bartholomeu Diaz, the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall in Darling Street, the Dutch Reformed Church, Slave Lodge, St George’s Cathedral and the Cape Provincial government buildings in Wale Street.

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                                      Stellenbosch & Wine Tasting

                                      11 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                      Half Day

                                      This tour offers the perfect opportunity to experience the history, architecture and, of course, world-famous wines of Stellenbosch. Leave Cape Town by road for the scenic drive to Stellenbosch. This broad, fertile valley on the Eerste River was named after Simon van der Stel who became the region’s first governor in 1680.

                                      Today, Stellenbosch is a major university town characterised by Cape Dutch-style architecture and streets lined by aged oak trees, some of which have been declared national monuments. After an orientation drive through the town, you will visit the Stellenbosch Museum, which is comprised of four different houses each from a different era of the town’s history. After this you are free to continue to explore this quaint and charming town. Then it is on t one of the great wine estates where you will enjoy a tasting session and learn about the wine making process. Then return to Cape Town and Aegean Odyssey.

                                      Note: Moderate walking through wine estate, not suitable for pax with walking difficulties or wheelchairs.

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                                      Cape Peninsula

                                      12 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                                      Full Day
                                      This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

                                      This trip takes you on one of South Africa's most scenic routes to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. After driving through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles, you travel along the Atlantic seaboard towards Hout Bay, a small fishing village with a charming harbour and the best fish and chips on the continent of Africa.

                                      From Hout Bay, continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive (provided the road is open) passing through the seaside suburb of Scarborough en route to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and their differing ecosystems meet. The reserve occupies 7,750 hectacres of indigenous flora and fauna, and Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs - among the highest in South Africa - is the main attraction in the reserve. A funicular railway takes you to the top of the point, from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views. From here, continue to a scenically situated restaurant for a seafood lunch.

                                      In the afternoon, pay a visit to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before travelling through the naval base of Simon’s Town to Fish Hoek. From here, continue to the colourful fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, and along Boyes Drive, which affords magnificent views of Muizenberg and False Bay. On the way back to the ship you’ll pass the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert's Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital.

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                                      Optional $ 110

                                      Christopher Walton

                                      Christopher Walton, Author and Journalist
                                      Chris has lived and worked in Cape Town and London, with stints in New York, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia. He worked as a journalist in Cape Town during the apartheid era before a moving to one of the world’s largest publishing companies in 1981, becoming South African Editor-in-Chief three years later. In 1997 he transferred with the company to London as International Editor General Books, responsible for editorial content worldwide.

                                      Chris has lived and worked in Cape Town and London, with stints in New York, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia. He worked as a journalist in Cape Town during the apartheid era before a moving to one of the world’s largest publishing companies in 1981, becoming South African Editor-in-Chief three years later. In 1997 he transferred with the company to London as International Editor General Books, responsible for editorial content worldwide.

                                      He has travelled to more than 140 countries, edited and published books on subjects as diverse as travel, law, medicine, history and cookery. He helped open new markets for books in Eastern Europe, and spearheaded the drive into teaching English as a foreign language.

                                      Since his retirement, he has been a lecturer on board cruise ships, specialising in Italian and South African history, food and culture. To date he has given over 160 lectures on 80 different subjects and destinations - from South America and the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, Middle and Far East.

                                      Chris’s very close knowledge of the Mediterranean area stems from his marriage in 1986 to his Italian-born wife, Daniela, and is fluent in Italian. He spends part of every year in Italy.

                                      When not working, Chris is passionate about photography and music - and collects hand-made acoustic guitars. 

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                                      Jessie Lindon

                                      Jessie Lindon, Craft Tutor
                                      Jessie is a highly experienced Craft Tutor having run creative workshops on board for the past 10 years. She is a qualified teacher, a Member of the Silk Painter’s and Embroiderer’s Guilds and a National Trust tutor and demonstrator, responsible for introducing traditional craft activities to their properties in Warwickshire, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

                                      Jessie is a highly experienced Craft Tutor having run creative workshops on board for the past 10 years. She is a qualified teacher, a Member of the Silk Painter’s and Embroiderer’s Guilds and a National Trust tutor and demonstrator, responsible for introducing traditional craft activities to their properties in Warwickshire, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

                                      Home is the small market town of Henley in Arden and she is the Creatives Organiser for their annual Arts4all Festival. When she is not preparing for the next cruise she is a regular theatre goer at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre a few miles away in Stratford upon Avon.

                                      Her wide crafting knowledge and enthusiasm for what she does takes her to all corners of the world and when in port you will find her scouring the shops and markets in search of new ideas and local materials.

                                      Jessie brings on board an amazing array of crafting materials which enable passengers to sample a wide range of crafts gaining skills in silk painting, sewing, patchworking, papercrafts, folk art decoration and embroidery to name but a few!

                                      She particularly loves using traditional techniques in a contemporary way and keeping these crafts fresh and alive with simple effective projects.
                                      Her relaxed teaching style makes creativity achievable for every ability with many ideas and techniques to experience in a friendly and enjoyable environment.

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                                      Nancy Gilchrist

                                      Nancy Gilchrist, Master of Wine
                                      Nancy developed an interest in wine at a very early age (11, but don't tell anyone!). Excellent tasting opportunities whilst at Cambridge University fuelled the passion. For several years after graduation however, wine ran in tandem with other careers including a small business in a doubledecker bus (a Bristol Routemaster), and publishing

                                      Nancy developed an interest in wine at a very early age (11, but don't tell anyone!). Excellent tasting opportunities whilst at Cambridge University fuelled the passion. For several years after graduation however, wine ran in tandem with other careers including a small business in a doubledecker bus (a Bristol Routemaster), and publishing.

                                      For over three years 'Home' was Washington DC where she  ran a wine bar close to the White House, later becoming wine columnist for The Boston Globe. On her return to England, she ran Grants of St James's School of Wine before leaving to work as a freelance wine educator and consultant soon passing the notoriously difficult Master of Wine exams in 1995 (there are only 356 in the world at the moment). She  continues to lecture throughout the UK and is a regular wine educator at Leith's School of Food & Wine. Until Christie's sold the South Kensington venue in Spring 2017, Nancy ran Christie's Wine Education courses and in past two years she has become intrigued and involved with both olive oil - becoming UK ambassador for I & P olive oil (Lazio, Italy) - and with chocolate - becoming a member of the Grand Jury for the International Chocolate Awards.

                                      More information can be found on her website www.mattersoftaste.co.uk

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                                      Pamela Gordon

                                      Pamela Gordon, Diplomatic Service Families Association
                                      Pamela and her husband Robert live in Salisbury (UK) and Narbonne (France). Pamela has been a career diplomat and a professional English language teacher throughout her working life. For the last five years, she has been head of the British Diplomatic Service Families Association, looking after the interests of the 3000+ spouses and dependents of British diplomats at home and abroad.

                                      Pamela and her husband Robert live in Salisbury (UK) and Narbonne (France). Pamela has been a career diplomat and a professional English language teacher throughout her working life. For the last five years, she has been head of the British Diplomatic Service Families Association, looking after the interests of the 3000+ spouses and dependents of British diplomats at home and abroad.

                                      Earlier in her career, she served in British missions in Havana and Brussels, before accompanying her husband to Chile. During his postings to Warsaw, Paris and Burma, Pamela taught English and invigilated EFL exams. While in Burma, she offered free classes in a Burmese monastery, which were attended by hundreds of eager students of all ages and abilities. It was during her stay in Burma that she developed her interest in Burmese textiles, especially those from the ethnic minorities.

                                      Rejoining the FCO in 2000, Pamela worked first on Nigeria before moving to Hanoi, where she headed the European Chamber of Commerce. After a posting to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (2007-2010), she joined the FCO’s South Asia Department, with special responsibility for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

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                                      Prof Chris Stringer

                                      Prof Chris Stringer, Paleoanthropologist & Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum London
                                      Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.

                                      Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.


                                      He has published over 300 scientific papers and his recent books include The Complete World of Human Evolution (2011, with Peter Andrews)The Origin of our Species (UK 2011), published in the USA as Lone Survivors: how we came to be the only Humans on Earth (2012), and Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story (2014, with Rob Dinnis). He regularly lectures to University and public audiences, including cruises and tours for Fred Olsen, Scientific American and National Geographic.


                                      Chris Stringer is a regular contributor to news items on human evolution for UK TV and Radio channels, national and international newspapers and websites, and he has made many appearances on documentaries for UK and international TV channels.

                                      Click here to read more about Chris's work at The Natural History Museum >> http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/chris-stringer.html

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                                      Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

                                      Prof Sandy Primrose MBE, Biotechnologist
                                      Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

                                      Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

                                      In 1981 he made a career change by moving to industry where he held senior management positions, first in a pharmaceutical company and later in diagnostic, food and environmental companies. After 20 years in industry he made another career change and started working as a biotechnology consultant as well as being an adviser to various UK governmental organisations (Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency, and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to the Food Standards Agency.

                                      Sandy still consults widely as well as being Chairman of a number of small, high technology companies. He has written a number of very popular scientific textbooks but is particularly proud of his recent publication entitled Plants, Poisons and Personalities which is aimed at lay audiences. Sandy’s passion is gardening and the half-acre garden of his house between London and Oxford is filled with unusual trees and shrubs.

                                      Over the years he has shown many groups round his garden and when he does so he tells them the stories behind the plants that he grows. These stories, and his experiences in industry, form the basis of his entertaining cruise lectures that cover topics in gardening, uses of plants, plant history and plant conservation. 

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                                      Professor Joe Cartwright

                                      Professor Joe Cartwright, University of Oxford
                                      Joe is Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of St Peter’s College. He graduated in geology from Oxford in the 1980s, and between degrees spent some time exploring for oil in Borneo.

                                      Joe is Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of St Peter’s College. He graduated in geology from Oxford in the 1980s, and between degrees spent some time exploring for oil in Borneo. His work as a geologist has taken him to many beautiful and remote places in the western US and in both South Africa and Namibia, where he has explored for both oil and diamonds. Joe was formerly a Research Professor in Geophysics at Cardiff University, where his main role was to build research partnerships with industry and undertake research into how fluids migrate in the shallow part of the Earth’s crust. Previously, he was a senior lecturer at Imperial College London. In his quest for a better understanding of how oil and gas form and accumulate, he has led field campaigns in SE Asia, Southern Africa and North America.

                                      He has won a number of international awards for his work, has published over 200 papers and has supervised over 70 PhD graduates. Joe’s current research interests encompass the study of the processes leading to the breaking apart of continents to form oceans, focusing on the origins of the Atlantic Ocean. As a proud Welshman, his external interests unsurprisingly centre on choral singing, but he also paints, walks the hills of his homeland and plays village cricket.

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                                      Robert A. E. Gordon

                                      Robert A. E. Gordon , President of the Britain-Burma Society
                                      Robert Gordon is a former British diplomat who now divides his time between Salisbury in the United Kingdom and Narbonne in France. Born in Trieste to an Italian mother and British father, Robert spent his early years in Germany, Cyprus and Aden at his father’s military postings. After graduating in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford University, he joined the British diplomatic service in 1973.

                                      Robert Gordon is a former British diplomat who now divides his time between Salisbury in the United Kingdom and Narbonne in France.
                                      Born in Trieste to an Italian mother and British father, Robert spent his early years in Germany, Cyprus and Aden at his father’s military postings. After graduating in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford University, he joined the British diplomatic service in 1973.

                                      His early postings included Warsaw, Santiago and Paris. In 1983, he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his services during the Falklands War.
                                      From 1995-1999 he was British Ambassador to Burma (Myanmar), being awarded the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1999. Thereafter he headed the FCO’s South East Asia Department before being sent to Hanoi in 2003 as British Ambassador to Vietnam.

                                      Since retiring in 2008, he has lectured at France’s elite Ecole Nationale d’Administation and Strasbourg University. In 2011 he became President of the Britain-Burma Society as well as Chairman of Prospect Burma, a charity which gives some 90 scholarships a year to young Burmese to study at universities abroad.
                                      For the past six years, he has been a regular guest lecturer on international cruises, covering a wide range of cultural, historical, political and military topics. His wife Pam – also a career diplomat - will be accompanying him on this cruise. They have four children, now in their late 20s/early 30s.

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                                      Steve Ragnall

                                      Steve Ragnall, Maritime historian and author
                                      Steve has first class presentation and outstanding graphics skills coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to entertain and inform.  He has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history, is RYA Yachtmaster qualified, and has extensive sailing experience, including passages on tall ships, most notably the Bark Endeavour, replica of Captain Cook’s ship. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Merchant Navy Association.

                                      Steve has first class presentation and outstanding graphics skills coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to entertain and inform.  He has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history, is RYA Yachtmaster qualified, and has extensive sailing experience, including passages on tall ships, most notably the Bark Endeavour, replica of Captain Cook’s ship. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Merchant Navy Association.

                                      Steve has lectured around the world and has been in demand as a cruise ship speaker for over 10 years, with a growing portfolio of over 60 talks. He also speaks regularly to U3A, NADFAS, Probus, National Trust Associations and many other organisations.

                                      He has worked extensively in local and regional radio as musician, writer and presenter.

                                      A member of the Society for Nautical Research, Navy Records Society and the Captain Cook Society and a regular contributor to its quarterly journal, Steve is continuing research, with members of the society and various museums, into Cook’s world and the characters associated with Britain’s greatest navigator. He has worked in Hawaii on the site of Cook’s 1779 shore base and created models of the site for museum display.

                                      His recent book “Better Conceiv’d than Describ’d: The Life and Times of Captain James King, Captain Cook’s Friend and Colleague”, is a culmination of that work and has been very well received.

                                      With a belief that everyone has a story within them, he worked with the BBC on their “Telling Lives” project in 2004/5, introducing short film making skills to the general public. In addition, he has supported his cruise-based colleagues in improving their own graphics presentation skills.

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                                      Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a complete vacation package and take advantage of Voyages to Antiquity's low-cost Economy Class airfare add-ons, available from a variety of US gateways.

                                      Low-cost roundtrip airfare add-ons from select gateways

                                      Voyages to Antiquity’s low-cost 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 roundtrip economy airfare add-ons from several US cities are listed below.

                                      Please note: due to air schedules, flights for guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program may depart one day earlier than the cruise departure date listed on our website.

                                      For more information, please contact your travel professional or call our office today.

                                      Sample economy airfare add-ons*

                                      Atlanta$995Boston$795
                                      Chicago$795Dallas$795
                                      Detroit$995Houston$895
                                      Los Angeles$795Miami$795
                                      New York$795Orlando$995
                                      Philadelphia$995Phoenix$995
                                      Portland OR$895San Francisco$795
                                      Seattle$995Washington DC$995

                                      *Low-cost roundtrip airfare is economy class only, varies by gateway, 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 or 2 days prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 or 2 days later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure if applicable.

                                      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 once air has been ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing.

                                      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 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, 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 as outlined on the website and our brochure. The included transfers are for guests purchasing 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.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $19,450*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.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $17,695*pp
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                                      275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $15,695*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.

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                                      $14,895*pp
                                      $17,595*pp
                                      Belvedere
                                      Belvedere
                                      E

                                      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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                                      $13,750*pp
                                      $16,250*pp
                                      Belvedere
                                      Belvedere
                                      F

                                      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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                                      $12,995*pp
                                      $15,395*pp
                                      Belvedere
                                      Belvedere
                                      Bridge
                                      Bridge
                                      Lido
                                      Lido
                                      G

                                      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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                                      $12,195*pp
                                      $14,395*pp
                                      Bridge
                                      Bridge
                                      Lido
                                      Lido
                                      H

                                      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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                                      $11,395*pp
                                      $13,495*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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                                      $10,595*pp
                                      $12,595*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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                                      $9,850*pp
                                      $11,750*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.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $9,150*pp
                                      $10,850*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.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $8,450*pp
                                      $10,150*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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                                      $7,950*pp
                                      $9,450*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.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $16,995*pp
                                      $19,895*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.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $14,995*pp
                                      $17,495*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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                                      $13,350*pp
                                      $15,550*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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                                      $12,495*pp
                                      $14,595*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.

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $11,595*pp
                                      $13,595*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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                                      $10,750*pp
                                      $12,650*pp
                                      Columbus
                                      Columbus
                                      KK

                                      Premium Inside

                                      SINGLE CABINS
                                      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                                      Layout
                                      virtual

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $9,995*pp
                                      $11,695*pp
                                      Belvedere
                                      Belvedere
                                      LL

                                      Premium Inside

                                      SINGLE CABINS
                                      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                                      Layout
                                      virtual

                                      Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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                                      $9,150*pp
                                      $10,850*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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                                      $8,495*pp
                                      $9,995*pp
                                      Belvedere
                                      Belvedere
                                      Third/fourth person sharing
                                      $6,750
                                      $5,650
                                      Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
                                      $995
                                      Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
                                      $1,600
                                      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.