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38 days

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2-night hotel stay in Jaipur

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2-night hotel stay in Delhi

2-night hotel stay in Luxor

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05 Dec, 2018

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  • 38 days
  • 5 countries
  • 12 hotel nights
  • 17 shore excursions
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After three nights in Athens, arrive in Cairo for a two-night hotel stay to see the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum. Explore the sites of Memphis and Sakkara, including the monumental statue of Ramesses II.

Travel to Aqaba for the breathtaking Treasury of Petra, then return to Egypt for the vast temple complex of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Celebrate Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve on board Aegean Odyssey as you sail to Salalah, famous for the production of frankincense, followed by the Sultan’s Palace in Muscat, Mumbai and Porbandar, birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan in India’s “Golden Triangle”, has some of Asia’s best bazaars. Delhi is divided between the old Moghul city and the British-built New Delhi, while Agra boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Dec 05
Wed
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Dec 06
    Thu
    Athens , Greece
    Fly to Athens and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    Dec 07
    Fri
    Athens , Greece
    Choice of tours: Acropolis and its Museum or Byzantine Athens.
    overnight hotel
    Dec 08
    Sat
    Athens , Greece
    Sightseeing in Mycenae and Epidaurus.
    overnight hotel
    Dec 09
    Sun
    Athens , Greece
    Optional morning tour to the National Archaeological Museum or embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus.
    7.00pm
    Dec 10
    Mon
    At sea
    Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
    Dec 11
    Tue
    At sea
    Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
    Dec 12
    Wed
      Suez Canal , Egypt
      Daytime transit of Suez Canal
      Dec 13
      Thu
      Cairo , Egypt
      Disembark and drive to Cairo for lunch and afternoon sightseeing to the Egyptian Museum and hotel dinner and overnight stay.
      overnight hotel
      Dec 14
      Fri
      Cairo , Egypt
      Morning tour to discover the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, enjoy lunch and a free afternoon. Evening cruise on the Nile and dinner.
      overnight hotel
      Dec 15
      Sat
      Cairo , Egypt
      Morning sightseeing tour visiting Memphis and Sakkara sites plus lunch. Afternoon drive from Cairo to rejoin Aegean Odyssey in Ain Sokhna.
      overnight
      Dec 16
      Sun
        Suez Canal , Egypt
        Full day tour to St Anthony and St Paul's Monasteries
        8.00pm
        Dec 17
        Mon
        At sea
        Cruising the Red Sea
        Dec 18
        Tue
          Aqaba , Jordan
          Visit to the rose-red ancient city - Petra.
          overnight
          7.00am
          Dec 19
          Wed
            Aqaba , Jordan
            Take an optional tour to one of the most enchanting deserts in the world; Wadi Rum.
            2.00pm
            Dec 20
            Thu
              Safaga (Luxor) , Egypt
              Disembark and drive to Luxor for lunch and afternoon sightseeing to Karnak and dinner and overnight hotel stay.
              overnight hotel
              7.00am
              Dec 21
              Fri
                Safaga (Luxor) , Egypt
                Visit the UNESCO Valley of the Kings plus lunch. Evening show and dinner at the hotel.
                overnight hotel
                Dec 22
                Sat
                  Safaga (Luxor) , Egypt
                  Morning drive from Luxor to Safaga to rejoin Aegean Odyssey for lunch on board.
                  8.00pm
                  Dec 23
                  Sun
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 24
                  Mon
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 25
                  Tue
                  At sea
                  Christmas Celebrations at sea
                  Dec 26
                  Wed
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 27
                  Thu
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 28
                  Fri
                    Salalah , Oman
                    Visit the town of Sumharam and the Tomb of Job for a morning sightseeing tour. In the afternoon take an optional tour to discover the Sultanate heritage.
                    10.00pm
                    8.00am
                    Dec 29
                    Sat
                    At sea
                    Cruising the Arabian Sea
                    Dec 30
                    Sun
                    At sea
                    Cruising the Arabian Sea
                    Dec 31
                    Mon
                      Muscat , Oman
                      A visit to the Sultan's Palace, and the famous 16-century Portuguese twin forts. Optional afternoon tour.
                      10.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 01
                      Tue
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Arabian Sea
                      Jan 02
                      Wed
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Arabian Sea
                      Jan 03
                      Thu
                      Porbandar , India
                      Sightseeing tour to Porbandar by tuk-tuk
                      8.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 04
                      Fri
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Arabian Sea
                      Jan 05
                      Sat
                      Mumbai , India
                      Discover the highlights of Mumbai
                      overnight
                      6.00am
                      Jan 06
                      Sun
                      Jaipur , India
                      Disembark Aegean Odyssey and fly to Jaipur
                      overnight hotel
                      Jan 07
                      Mon
                      Jaipur , India
                      Take a jeep ride to the hill-top Amber Fort
                      overnight hotel
                      Jan 08
                      Tue
                      Agra , India
                      Drive from Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
                      overnight hotel
                      Jan 09
                      Wed
                      Agra , India
                      Visit Taj Mahal and Agra fort. Afternoon drive from Agra to Delhi
                      overnight hotel
                      Jan 10
                      Thu
                      Delhi , India
                      Half day sightseeing city tour of Delhi.
                      overnight hotel
                      Jan 11
                      Fri
                      Delhi , India
                      Transfer to Delhi Airport for flight home.

                      Byzantine Athens

                      7 Dec Athens, Greece
                      Half Day
                      Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work.

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

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

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

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                      Choice of Tours
                      Cultural Activity
                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

                      7 Dec Athens, Greece
                      Half Day Extensive Walking
                      Visit the sublime expression of Classical Greece, the Acropolis with its sweeping views of Athens. Commissioned by Pericles in the 5th-century BC, the site is dominated by the majestic Parthenon.

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

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

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

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

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                      Exploring Argolis: Mycenae and Epidaurus

                      8 Dec Athens, Greece
                      Full Day Extensive Walking
                      Explore the scenic Argolis Peninsula in the eastern Peloponnesus and visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Epidaurus, a pure masterpiece of Greek architecture and Mycenae, one of the great cities of the Mycenaean civilisation.

                      Explore the scenic Argolis Peninsula in the eastern Peloponnesus and visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Epidaurus, a pure masterpiece of Greek architecture and Mycenae, one of the great cities of the Mycenaean civilisation.

                      Drive from lovely Nauplia, originally the port for the ancient city of Argos, to Epidaurus, set on the slopes of a beautiful wooded valley. In the 4th century BC, this area was a thriving medical centre sacred to the god of medicine, Asclepius. The site's baths, temples and hospital buildings include a sanctuary for psychology-based miracle cures. Epidaurus was renowned throughout the Hellenic world, and provides valuable insights into the healing treatments of the time. The jewel is the theatre designed by the architect Polycletus the Younger of Argos, which features a second tier added in Roman times to accommodate 14,000. Discover the incredible acoustics, so perfect it is said you can hear a pin drop from the top row. Once a stage for the great Greek dramatists, the theatre is still in use.

                      Next, we board a cruiser for a transit of the Corinth Canal which links the Aegean and Ionian seas. In ancient times sailors had to drag their ships on rollers from sea to sea. The canal was envisioned by Corinth's founder, Periander; started in 67AD by the Emperor Nero; and finally completed in 1893. Continue across the Argos Plain to Mycenae, one of the greatest cities of Mycenaean culture, which flourished in the Argolis region from 1600 to 1100 BC and laid the foundations for classical Greece.

                      En route, pause for a delicious traditional lunch in a Greek restaurant. Then begin your explorations of Mycenae, a citadel set high above two boulder-strewn ravines and built, it said, with the aid of the Cyclops. Walk through the Lion Gate, Europe's oldest piece of monumental statuary. At this gate, the returning Trojan war hero, Agamemnon, was greeted by his wife, Klytemnestra, only to be murdered later by her lover. Once inside the site, explore the Royal Palace, view the shaft graves and attend an archaeological briefing in the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon.

                      Gain insights into the greatness of Mycenaean civilisation, as well as a glimpse into the haunting legends behind some of the world's greatest dramas.

                      Note: This tour involves substantial walking and stairs. Timeline may vary.

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                      National Archaeological Museum

                      9 Dec Athens, Greece
                      Half Day
                      The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.

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

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

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

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                      Optional $ 35

                      Cairo Museum & the Treasures of Egypt

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

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

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

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Pyramids of Giza

                      14 Dec Cairo, Egypt
                      Half Day Extensive Walking
                      Stand in awe before the Pyramids at Giza, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Drive to the Giza Plateau and the pyramids built for the pharaohs of the fourth dynasty: Cheops, Chefren and Mycerinos. From the Western Plateau, take in majestic views of all three pyramids with Cairo sprawling at their feet.

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

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

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

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                      Evening Nile cruise

                      14 Dec Cairo, Egypt
                      Evening sail Lunch Included
                      From your hotel, drive to the banks of the River Nile where a luxurious cruise boat awaits to sail you on the same timeless waterway traversed by Pharaohs, Queens and Nobles thousands of years ago.

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

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Memphis and Sakkara

                      15 Dec Cairo, Egypt
                      Half Day Extensive Walking
                      At its peak, Memphis must have staggered the out-of-town visitor. Egypt's first capital is situated at the apex of the Nile delta.

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

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

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

                       

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                      St Anthony and St Paul's Monasteries

                      16 Dec Suez Canal, Egypt
                      Full day
                      Anthony the Great, the Father of All Monks, was born in 251AD to a wealthy family in Lower Egypt, but after answering the call of God he gave away all his worldly possessions and lived an ascetic life in the wilderness. Following his death in 356AD, his followers founded a Coptic monastery in his name at the foot of Al-Qalzam Mountain, not far from the tiny cave where Anthony had lived.

                      Anthony the Great, the Father of All Monks, was born in 251AD to a wealthy family in Lower Egypt, but after answering the call of God he gave away all his worldly possessions and lived an ascetic life in the wilderness. Following his death in 356AD, his followers founded a Coptic monastery in his name at the foot of Al-Qalzam Mountain, not far from the tiny cave where Anthony had lived.

                      Your guides for the day will be the monks themselves, making for a truly fascinating insight into the daily life of what is the oldest still active monastery in the world. Dotted around this self-contained little village are a mill and bakery, as well as four churches, the oldest of which has some exceptional wall paintings of the Holy Knights. Also on the site is a library containing the largest collection of Coptic manuscripts in Egypt, totalling nearly two thousand volumes.

                      St. Paul’s Monastery is another Coptic Christian retreat that relies on mountain spring water for its supply and still observes rituals that have barely changed for sixteen centuries. Founded in memory of Paul the Anchorite, one of Egypt’s greatest saints, it has a close association with St. Anthony’s as one of the other oldest monasteries in the country, dating from the 5th-century AD.

                      The site has three churches, one of which is underground in the cave where St. Paul is said to have lived for eighty years. During the Middle Ages it suffered repeated attacks by Bedouin tribes, which is why, until recently, the only way in was via a pulley and winch system.

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Walking Tour of Petra

                      18 Dec Aqaba, Jordan
                      Full Day Extensive Walking
                      One of the great moments in travel is when you emerge from the narrow winding Siq to encounter the extraordinary rose-red city of Petra.

                      One of the great moments in travel is when you emerge from the narrow winding Siq to encounter the extraordinary rose-red city of Petra. This guided tour is entirely on foot so you can more intimately interact with this UNESCO World Heritage Site, chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

                      Together with your guide, start your walk from the main gate to the obelisk tombs. Then continue to the Siq, the sole entrance to Petra, a long winding path between two overhanging cliffs that acts as the city's main gate.

                      As you proceed along this mile-long fissure, your guide will point out such details as Petra's ingenious water system where some of the original terracotta pipes are still in place. Your first sight will be the magnificent spectacle of Al Khazneh (The Treasury), carved out of the rock by Nabatean Arabs some 2,000 years ago. You may continue along the Street of Façades taking in such sights as the amphitheater and the Royal Court, where recent excavations have revealed a public pool and gardens.

                      The guides will take you to the Treasury area and from this point you will have the option of continuing on to the Street of Façades. Please note that there is an optional, one-way horse ride included in your ticket. Horse drawn carriages are available at the site entrance but passengers should be reminded that these are not recommended and are at the passenger’s own risk.

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Desert Safari to Wadi Rum

                      19 Dec Aqaba, Jordan
                      Half Day
                      An open space and a setting that resembles that of the moon, Wadi Rum will engulf you with its enigmatic lure and is sometimes referred to as “the Valley of the Moon”.

                      Wadi Rum: one of the most enchanting deserts in the world. An open space and a setting that resembles that of the moon, Wadi Rum will engulf you with its enigmatic lure and is sometimes referred to as “the Valley of the Moon”. Surrounded by steep cliffs, narrow canyons and dramatic scenery, the Wadi has been inhabited by many cultures, including the Nabateans, since pre-historic times.

                      Still, Wadi Rum is perhaps best known to Westerners as the staging ground for Lawrence of Arabia’s attack on the port of Aqaba.

                      Our tour begins with an hour’s drive to the heart of the valley where you’ll transfer to Bedouin-driven jeeps for a two-hour desert tour including a visit to Khaz Ali canyon with its petroglyphs and the spring where legend has it that T.E. Lawrence washed; the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mountain – this stunning formation is what T.E. Lawrence titled his philosophical memoir after; the Desert Jebels and Inscriptions – the awe-inspiring Jebels are amazing to look at, the sandstone rock formations rise from the Wadi floor all around.

                      Some even bear ancient inscriptions and rock art. After your tour you will continue on to Petra and check in to your hotel.

                      Please note that the desert safari takes place using various different models of Bedouin-driven jeeps. Some jeeps may be more difficult to climb into that others and are not suitable for passengers with mobility limitations.

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Karnak Temple

                      20 Dec Safaga (Luxor), Egypt
                      Half Day Extensive Walking
                      This morning you head to Karnak to visit the great Temple of Amun, the greatest place of worship in history.

                      This morning you head to Karnak to visit the great Temple of Amun, the greatest place of worship in history.

                      The magnificent hypostyle hall is a veritable forest of 134 papyrus columns that once supported a massive roof. You can still see the remains of clerestory windows, designed to create the effect of a papyrus swamp. This hall connected the outer court with the inner sanctuary, where only kings and priests were permitted. On special occasions, a statue of Amun would emerge carried aloft on the shoulders of his priests.

                      The temple was completed by Ramses II (1290-1224BC), considered by some to be the pharaoh of the Exodus, and the site bears evidence of an even earlier temple, dating back another thousand years. Other highlights include the Avenue of the Sphinxes, creatures combining the body of a lion and the head of a ram. Once the main road linking the temples at Karnak and Luxor was lined with these fantastic creatures, each holding a statue of Ramses II between their paws.

                      In addition, visit the open-air museum to view remains from other areas of Karnak, such as the white chapel of Sanusret I.

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      West Bank & Valley of the Kings

                      21 Dec Safaga (Luxor), Egypt
                      Half Day Extensive Walking
                      Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the Middle and New Kingdoms.

                      Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the Middle and New Kingdoms.

                      Like Babylon and Ninevah it was considered one of the great cities of antiquity. On the opposite bank of the Nile is located the necropolis known as the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of the New Kingdom pharaohs. These rulers were obsessed with the afterlife, and the magnificence of their tombs and temples has been a source of marvel to tourists since the time of the Greek historian, Herodotus.

                      Visit three of the royal tombs, including King Tutankhamun's, where one of archaeology's most dramatic discovery tales comes to life. Continue to Deir El Bahari to view the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the masterwork of Senenmut, the commoner turned royal architect.

                      Dramatically located at the foot of a cliff, the funerary temple befits a queen who once declared herself king, and is considered one of the finest buildings in all Egypt.

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                      Scenic Salalah

                      28 Dec Salalah, Oman
                      Half day
                      Beaches, blow holes and a biblical site form just a part of the fascinating mosaic in Oman's second largest city.

                      Beaches, blow holes and a biblical site form just a part of the fascinating mosaic in Oman's second largest city, where colorful souqs and marketplaces sit in the shadow of a grand Sultan's Palace. Start your sightseeing with a scenic drive that reveals the contrast between the city's lush vegetation and the serene landscapes of the desert.

                      Then head to Mughsail Beach where white sand stretches for miles. If the tide is high, you may be lucky enough to see geysers spouting from the blow holes in the limestone cliffs. Legend holds that the prophet Job is buried outside Salalah, and the next site you visit is sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews. Job's tomb itself is simple, but the surrounding scenery is breathtaking with panoramas of the Qara Mountains and the Jubriah Plain.

                      Al Husn Palace, the summer residence of His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman is an imposing landmark with towering stone walls and teak doors. Although not open to visitors, you will be able to take photos en route to Al Husn Souq. Stroll among the vendors and colorful stalls heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh and incense and you'll soon see why this city was called the perfume capital of Arabia. In addition to fragrant oils, there are a variety of local artifacts like the fearsome Omani khangar daggers.

                      *Please note that visitors are required to remove their shoes at Job's Tomb. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders  and knees covered as a general rule. 

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                      Sultanate Heritage

                      28 Dec Salalah, Oman
                      Half Day Extensive Walking
                      From desert landscapes and lush oases to ancient forts and the capital of the frankincense trade, this tour from the port of Salalah gives you a fascinating insight to Oman.

                      From desert landscapes and lush oases to ancient forts and the capital of the frankincense trade, this tour from the port of Salalah gives you a fascinating insight to Oman.

                      At the Al Husn Souq you will have an opportunity to browse the colourful stalls selling everything from myrrh and frankincense to perfumed oils and pottery. Continue on to Al Balid and the remains of the city of Dhofar. The most important ancient port on the Arabian Sea (part of the Frankincense Trail) the history of Dhofar dates back to before 2000 BC and some archaeological research suggests that the city's prosperity dates back to the Iron Age. The city was a trade hub, being one of the largest ports on the Indian Ocean, making it a thriving commercial centre for the export of frankincense to China and Rome.

                      The city’s location was first discovered in 1930 and the site and the ruins, which cover an area of 64 hectares, are surrounded by high walls to the east and north. The whole site is currently undergoing extensive archaeological investigation.

                      Then pass through the fishing village of Taqa with its old town and fort on the way to the ruined city of Samhuram at Khor Rouri creek. Excavations here have uncovered evidence of an ancient city with sea trade links to the eastern Mediterranean and Greece. Up until the 1st century AD, the transport of frankincense had been the domain of the camel caravans. As a result of improved navigation techniques, the trade routes became increasingly maritime via the Red Sea.

                      At that time Dhofar was part of the Yemeni kingdom of Hadramaut. The King recognized the importance of having a safe storage place and a port for the export of frankincense in the vicinity of where the frankincense was harvested, and in the 2nd century AD he ordered the building of Samharam.

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                      Optional $ 75

                      Mystical Muscat

                      31 Dec Muscat, Oman
                      Half Day
                      Medieval forts, Moorish mosques and modern architecture mingle enchantingly in Muscat, the seaside capital of the Sultanate of Oman.

                      Medieval forts, Moorish mosques and modern architecture mingle enchantingly in Muscat, the seaside capital of the Sultanate of Oman. The country's political, economic and commercial hub has a wealth of landmarks, as you'll soon see.

                      Sightseeing highlights include a visit to the Grand Mosque, built by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. This striking example of Islamic architecture accommodates 20,000 worshippers and has an immense handmade Persian carpet in the prayer hall. Next, wander one of the oldest and most interesting markets in the Arab Gulf, the Muttrah Souq, where everything from copper bracelets to camel bone vases can be found. At the Bait al Zubair Museum, gain a richer knowledge of Omani heritage as you peruse exhibits including clothing, household items and weaponry.

                      Enjoy a lovely coastal drive past the charming fishing village of Sidab to the old city and Al Alam Palace, overlooking sparkling Muscat Bay. This is the official residence of Sultan Qaboos, built in 1970 on the site of an earlier palace. The modern design blends oriental and occidental styles in bright gold and blue. Nestled between two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, the palace ensemble is the perfect expression of Oman's compelling contrasts. Due to opening times of the Grand Mosque, included sightseeing will be in the morning of the second day in Muscat. Optional tours will operate in the afternoon of the day of arrival.  

                      *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites. Women must wear modest clothing, which covers the body and the head, including the hair. Arms and legs must be covered to wrists and ankles.

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                      Dhow Cruise

                      31 Dec Muscat, Oman
                      Half day
                      Board a traditional sailing dhow, modified for comfort, on this afternoon odyssey along the Omani coast.

                      Board a traditional sailing dhow, modified for comfort, on this afternoon odyssey along the Omani coast. The triangularsailed dhows that add such an exotic touch to these waters are a testament to centuries of seamanship. In the 8th century an Omani dhow sailed as far as Canton, China. These stalwarts of the sea are said to last from 60 to 100 years.

                      Your sailing adventure begins with a drive to the marina, where you step aboard the wooden dhow, Lubna, and set sail. The route has been thoughtfully designed to showcase old Muscat and such landmarks as the medieval Portuguese forts, as well as modern Al Alam Palace. Sinbad would feel at home aboard your dhow, which was built in the town of Sur, where the craft of dhow building is passed from generation to generation over the centuries.

                      Although modern comforts and safety features were added later in Muscat, this is a ship with a true Omani ambiance, featuring such Arabic touches as stained glass windows in the central stateroom and raised floor seating outside. Relax and enjoy the hour and a half cruise, during which assorted non-alcoholic beverages will be served. 

                      Note: Dhow cruise is subject to weather conditions.

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                      Porbandar by Tuk Tuk

                      3 Jan Porbandar, India
                      Half day
                      Visit the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, India's "Great Soul" and gain insights into the simple lifestyle of this coastal heritage town, once a thriving Mughal port.

                      Visit the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, India's "Great Soul" and gain insights into the simple lifestyle of this coastal heritage town, once a thriving Mughal port. First drive to the heart of Porbandar to visit the only temple in India dedicated to Sudama, the childhood friend of Lord Krishna. Pilgrims walk the temple's giant maze to be absolved of all sins.

                      Next, ride a tuk tuk to the Kirti Mandir memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The temple stands 79 feet high, one foot for each year of Gandhi's life, and embraces six religions in its architecture. Tour the ancestral home where Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 and lived with his wife. The adjoining building houses a prayer hall, a Gandhian library and an excellent museum.

                      After a visit to the lively local market, continue to Bharat Mandir Hall. Admire the lovely gardens, huge marble map of India and colourful pillars where bas reliefs tell the tales of Hindu heroes from this land of legends.

                      *Please note socks are recommended, as it is required to remove shoes at most sites. Comfortable footwear and hats are recommended. Please cover your shoulders and knees. 

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                      Mumbai City Highlights

                      5 Jan Mumbai, India
                      Half Day
                      Immerse yourself in the swirling contrasts of India's economic powerhouse, home to nearly 20 million people, global corporations and the Bollywood film industry.

                      Immerse yourself in the swirling contrasts of India's economic powerhouse, home to nearly 20 million people, global corporations and the Bollywood film industry. View the colonial heritage as you drive from the pier past such Victorian Gothic Revival landmarks as Rajabhai Clock Tower, Mumbai University, High Court, Crawford Market and the marvelous Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Stop at Dhobi Ghat to watch men flogging clothes in the stone tubs of an immense open-air manual laundry.

                      Glimpse political India when you visit the charming residence of Mahatma Gandhi, Mani Bhawan, a museum to the leader's life and work. The father of the nation lived here from 1917 to 1934, when the city was still called Bombay. Then ascend Malabar Hill to the Hanging Gardens for panoramas of the entire city. On the return, enjoy a photo stop before the 262-foot-high Gateway of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea, built to mark the 1911 visit of King George V.

                      *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. Comfortable shoes and socks are advised, as you are required to remove shoes upon entering the temple. 

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Jaipur's Amber Fort

                      7 Jan Jaipur, India
                      Half Day
                      Combine spellbinding visits to the royal buildings in Jaipur, the rose-colored capital of Rajasthan state, with a jeep ride to the hill-top Amber Fort, where days of blood and blade come to life.

                      Combine spellbinding visits to the royal buildings in Jaipur, the rose-colored capital of Rajasthan state, with a jeep ride to the hill-top Amber Fort, where days of blood and blade come to life.

                      Enjoy a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, where ladies watched the world from behind delicate honeycomb screens.

                      Continue to the Aravalli Hills, just seven miles north of Jaipur, and ride a jeep to the Amber Fort. This honey-colored 17th-century fortress-palace is a place of startling beauty and grandeur. The somber exterior belies the lavish royal apartments inside, which open onto staggering views of the gorge below. Wander the gardens and courtyards to view the glittering Chamber of Mirrors and the Hall of Victory where panels of alabaster are inlaid with colored glass. Experience a true pleasure palace.

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                      UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Agra & the Taj Mahal

                      9 Jan Agra, India
                      Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological Site
                      While in Agra, enjoy guided tours of Agra Fort and the spectacular Taj Mahal, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites that bear testimony to an extraordinary civilization.

                      While in Agra, enjoy guided tours of Agra Fort and the spectacular Taj Mahal, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites that bear testimony to an extraordinary civilisation. The Taj Mahal stands tribute to a great love story. One of India's great architect-rulers, Shah Jahan, lost his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal, giving birth to their 15th child. Although he had already built her palaces, his ultimate triumph would be this great, white marble mausoleum which took 22 years and 20,000 workmen to complete. Take in the graphic purity of the elevation, the grandeur of the bulbous dome and the perspective of the pool and gardens as you reach a landmark in every traveler's life.

                      The Red Fort of Agra was founded by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Behind its forbidding red sandstone battlements are fairytale palaces that tell the tale of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century when Agra was one of India's most important cities.

                      Highlights of your visit include two sites built by the luxury-loving Shah Jahan: the many-pillared Diwan-e-Am (Hall of Public Audience), where the emperor sat on his throne to dispense justice and the profuselydecorated Diwan-e-Khas where important guests were received and suitably awed.

                      There is a strict security check at the entrance to the Taj Mahal and no bags are allowed inside. 

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                      Half day Delhi City Tour

                      10 Jan Delhi, India
                      Half day
                      Included

                      Andy Bunten

                      Andy Bunten BSc, MSc, DIC, Ecologist
                      Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB. 

                      Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB. 


                      He initially worked in RSPB Scotland then headed south to be the Regional Director for the South East of England for 5 years before, in 1991, moving to the North of England to take up the reins of Director there. A highly experienced lecturer, Andy has cruised extensively completing over 20 trips ranging from Costa Rica to the Philippines and from Argentina to Svalbard

                      Now an Environmental Consultant, Andy is an enthusiastic traveller and has led wildlife groups to numerous places around the world including the Seychelles, France, Egypt, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Borneo, Norway and Spitzbergen.
                       

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                      Clare Coventry

                      Clare Coventry, Craft Tutor
                      Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

                      Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

                      Her mother was a classically-trained pianist, and her father a fine tenor. Clare and her siblings were all musically inclined from a young age, and Clare formed herself and her three younger siblings (two sisters and a brother) into a harmony ensemble, with their ages ranging from sixteen to just eleven.

                      In 1967, they won a grand concours held in Cork City Opera House, and were brought over to the UK on a tour, from which they never returned to Ireland.

                      They settled in the United Kingdom, married and had families. Clare and her sisters resurrected their musical career in the 1980’s, culminating in national TV appearances and selection for the Golden Rose of Montreux international awards festival, in Switzerland.

                      Clare went on to become a very successful BBC radio presenter, working for BBC Radio Lancashire, and BBC Radio Merseyside, two of Britain’s largest local radio networks. She had her own magazine-type show, interviewing right across the board, from authors to explorers, and from politicians to pop stars.

                      As well as musical ability, Clare also inherited from her mother a lifelong love of crafting.

                      “With six children to look after, my mother saw it as a necessity rather than a hobby,” reflects Clare. “I’ve just taken what I learnt and absorbed from her, and turned it to another use...teaching”.</p>

                      Clare has spent a lifetime singing and crafting. In 2008, she gained her ‘Fascinator of Excellence’ qualification, and since then has appeared on ‘Crafty Beggars’, a TV show sponsored by Hobbycraft.’

                      Clare has been singing and teaching her crafts aboard cruise ships for the past seventeen years. Her craft workshops are informative, effective, and great fun.With a unique blend of skill, patience, and humour, she brings to life the adage, “People learn best when they’re enjoying themselves”.

                      Please note Clare will not be lecturing.

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                      John Coventry

                      John Coventry, Travel and Special Interests lecturer
                      John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

                      John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

                      John then embarked upon a working lifetime spent in some of the strangest corners of the travel industry.

                      At a time when the world was just starting to open up to leisure travel, he was in the vanguard of this revolution as a worldwide tour coordinator, accompanying groups of travellers on trips to a variety of exotic destinations and with a variety of diverse purposes.

                      From wildlife photo safaris to transatlantic flights aboard Concorde, from the slopes of Macchu Picchu to the outback of Australia, from the gates of Graceland to the Iron Gates of the Danube, John’s life was a kaleidoscope of people, places, and experiences, some exciting, some disquieting, but all memorable.

                      Smuggling a body across the Iron Curtain, being caught up in a revolution in South America, pinned down by sniper fire in San Francisco...these were just some of John’s experiences as he plied his trade around the globe. He went on to become general manager of one of the UK’s most prestigious independent tour operators.

                      John’s first experience of ocean cruising was in 1982, around the islands of Indonesia. Since that long-ago cruise baptism, he has sailed the seven seas, as cruise manager, charterer, port lecturer, destinations presenter, and special interests speaker.

                      A long time Mensa member and four time Brain of Mensa finalist, John&rsquo;s range of knowledge and interests is as intriguing as it is eclectic.

                      As a cruise lecturer, John brings to bear all his experience and expertise in a series of scintillating presentations on a- as you might expect - diverse range of fascinating subject matters.

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                      Dr David Crilly

                      Dr David Crilly, Theatre Director, Conductor & Composer
                      Dr David Crilly graduated from the Universities of Southampton and London, first in Music and then with a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies before completing his doctorate in the philosophy of art at Magdalen College, Oxford.

                      Dr David Crilly graduated from the Universities of Southampton and London, first in Music and then with a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies before completing his doctorate in the philosophy of art at Magdalen College, Oxford.

                      For the past thirty years he has been Artistic Director of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival - an open-air festival presented annually in the gardens of the Cambridge University colleges. He is a conductor, composer and author and has given lectures all over the world, including universities as far flung as Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Montego Bay, Vienna, Chicago and Oxford.

                      He recently retired from academia having lectured in Cambridge for twenty years before taking on the role of Director of Creative and Performing Arts in Liverpool. He is also an arts practitioner and for eighteen years was Director-in-Residence for Anglia Opera, conducting and producing such classics as La bohème, Carmen, Peter Grimes, La Traviata and The Turn of the Screw.

                      For Voyages to Antiquity he has given talks on the music and cultures of India, Oman, Jordan, South Africa and Namibia – and this time will use his knowledge of Shakespeare's play as the basis of an exploration of the real Antony and Cleopatra. The talks will be supported by numerous recorded/video examples (and the occasional live demonstration), and Dr Crilly will place the music and characters within a cultural, political and historical framework in order to reveal how the region’s character is reflected in its art.

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                      Professor Thomas G Fraser MBE

                      Professor Thomas G Fraser MBE, Emeritus Professor, Ulster University
                      Born and raised in Scotland, Professor Fraser gained his MA in Mediaeval and Modern History at the University of Glasgow before moving to the London School of Economics for his doctoral work in International History where his thesis was on the relationship between Germany and Indian revolutionaries during the First World War.

                      Born and raised in Scotland, Professor Fraser gained his MA in Mediaeval and Modern History at the University of Glasgow before moving to the London School of Economics for his doctoral work in International History where his thesis was on the relationship between Germany and Indian revolutionaries during the First World War. In 1969 he joined the New University of Ulster, now Ulster University, becoming in time Head of the School of History, Philosophy and Politics and finally Provost of its Magee campus. His teaching specialised in the modern history of the Middle East and India. He is now Emeritus Professor of History. In 1983-1984 he was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Indiana University at South Bend. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

                      He is widely published, mostly on the modern history of the Middle East and India, but also on American foreign policy and the Northern Ireland peace process. Amongst his recent books are a fourth edition of The Arab-Israeli Conflict (2015), which has also had Italian and Spanish editions, and an edited collection, The First World War andits Aftermath: The Shaping of the Modern Middle East (2015). He has travelled and lectured widely in the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka, but his academic work has also taken him to the United States, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Croatia and South Africa.

                      His service as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Museum Council and a Trustee of the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland reinforced an interest in ancient civilisations that he gained as a student on the Scottish Field School of Archaeology when he was an undergraduate.&nbsp; His wife Grace is a former university Research Fellow, specialising in aspects of the Northern Ireland Conflict, while his son Simon teaches Computing at university and his daughter Anna works in California.

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                      Alan O'Cain

                      Alan O'Cain, Artist, Poet and freelance Lecturer
                      Alan studied History at Lancaster University specialising in the development of Western Science, Art and Philosophy and has an MA in Education. He now works as a professional artist and poet and delivers much loved public talks and performances. He has twice been a visiting fellow and artist-and-poet-in-residence at Durham University (2012-13 and 2015-16) and has given lectures in many prestigious venues and on cruise ships travelling the globe.

                      Alan studied History at Lancaster University specialising in the development of Western Science, Art and Philosophy and has an MA in Education. He now works as a professional artist and poet and delivers much loved public talks and performances. He has twice been a visiting fellow and artist-and-poet-in-residence at Durham University (2012-13 and 2015-16) and has given lectures in many prestigious venues and on cruise ships travelling the globe.

                      Alan has been involved in creative collaborations with Glyndebourne Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company and produced art and poetry in-residence in a number of historical and international venues, including the preserved studio of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (painter of “The Scream”) and the former prison cell of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. He has held solo exhibitions at the Hay Festival and at several diverse locations in the UK and abroad. In 2016-2017 he showed works in Manchester Cathedral from an on-going sixteen-year project based on letter exchanges with a prisoner in a US jail and created three sound/art/horticulture installations in the city of Durham in collaboration with students, composers, musicians and staff from Durham Botanic Garden. During our cruise from Athens to Mumbai Alan will be delivering entertaining talks exploring themes from Art History, Philosophy and the History of Science and running exciting art and poetry-writing workshops during days at sea.

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                      Dr Campbell Price

                      Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan at The Manchester Museum
                      Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at The Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He first became interested in ancient Egypt when he visited Kelvingrove Museum in his native Glasgow as a child.

                      Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at The Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He first became interested in ancient Egypt when he visited Kelvingrove Museum in his native Glasgow as a child.

                      He completed a BA, MA, and PhD in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. Campbell has undertaken fieldwork in Egypt at the sites of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham, Saqqara, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. He has published on ancient Egyptian material culture, most recently a co-edited volume Mummies, Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Pocket Museum: Ancient Egypt (Thames and Hudson, 2018). Campbell has lectured widely throughout the UK, and internationally.

                      He is a regular contributor to Egyptological documentaries on TV and radio

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                      Dr David Price-Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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                      Courtyard Marriott Agra

                      Agra, India
                      1-night hotel in Agra
                      Balcony Class
                      Enjoy 5-star service at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Set on the famed Fatehabad Road, just minutes from jewels of India like the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, our luxury hotel offers easy access to all points of interest.

                      Enjoy 5-star service at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Set on the famed Fatehabad Road, just minutes from jewels of India like the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, our luxury hotel offers easy access to all points of interest. Enjoy spacious, elegant rooms and suites with contemporary decor. 

                      The hotel also features a spa and a choice of four restaurants - MoMo Cafe, Anise, Onyx and MoMo 2 Go - for innovative cuisine. 

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                      Cairo Marriott Hotel

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

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

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                      Hilton Jaipur

                      Jaipur, India
                      2-night hotel stay in Jaipur
                      Balcony Class
                      Set in the heart of the city, Hilton Jaipur is only 15 minutes’ drive from popular tourist attractions including the City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Combining elegance with comfort, our spacious guest rooms offer wonderful views of the city skyline and the Aravalli Hills.

                      Set in the heart of the city, Hilton Jaipur is only 15 minutes’ drive from popular tourist attractions including the City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Combining elegance with comfort, our spacious guest rooms offer wonderful views of the city skyline and the Aravalli Hills. Sip signature cocktails in the inviting Krystal Bar before savoring international specialties in our all-day dining restaurant, Aurum. Refresh in the secluded outdoor pool, surrounded by lush, exotic flora; work out in the complimentary fitness center or indulge in a massage in the luxury spa.

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                      Hotel Grande Bretagne -

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

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

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

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                      King George Hotel

                      Athens, Greece
                      3-night hotel stay in Athens
                      Premium Class
                      As one of Athens’ finest hotels, the King George is situated right in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, its 102 rooms have hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most prestigious events.

                      As one of Athens’ finest hotels, the King George is situated right in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, its 102 rooms have hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most prestigious events. With panoramic views over the illuminated city and the Acropolis, the hotel transcends all expectations. The refined accommodation and the picturesque dining at the Tudor Hall Restaurant set the scene for a most memorable experience.

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

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                      Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

                      Delhi, India
                      2-night hotel stay in Delhi
                      Premium Class
                      Experience a world of warmth and comfort at the five-star Sheraton New Delhi Hotel. The rooms feature contemporary colour schemes, soft furnishings and a spacious environment of 340 sq ft. Treat yourself at our four highly awarded food and beverage outlets which offer a variety of delectable cuisine spanning Northern and Southern Indian fare, South-East Asian specialties, as well as vegetarian cuisine.

                      Experience a world of warmth and comfort at the five-star Sheraton New Delhi Hotel. The rooms feature contemporary colour schemes, soft furnishings and a spacious environment of 340 sq ft. Treat yourself at our four highly awarded food and beverage outlets which offer a variety of delectable cuisine spanning Northern and Southern Indian fare, South-East Asian specialties, as well as vegetarian cuisine. The swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and shopping arcade are great places to unwind.

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

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                      Le Méridien New Delhi

                      Delhi, India
                      2-night hotel stay in Delhi
                      Balcony Class
                      New Delhi is a city of history and legend. Not far from Agra and surrounded by forests with 5,000-year-old stone temples still intact, the city is home to the famed Red Fort Palace and the Yamuna, one of the most revered rivers in Hinduism.

                      New Delhi is a city of history and legend. Not far from Agra and surrounded by forests with 5,000-year-old stone temples still intact, the city is home to the famed Red Fort Palace and the Yamuna, one of the most revered rivers in Hinduism. Le Méridien New Delhi is situated two kilometers from the home of the President of India, the Presidential Palace, Parliament House, and Connaught Place. The hotel is set amidst the most alluring shopping and entertainment districts in New Delhi.

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

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                      ITC Rajputana

                      Jaipur, India
                      2-night hotel stay in Jaipur
                      Premium Class
                      Experience the finest luxury hotel in Jaipur, the ITC Rajputana. The hotel offers the best accommodation in the city with a host of comforts and services in settings that reflect the spirit of Rajasthan and its royalty.

                      Experience the finest luxury hotel in Jaipur, the ITC Rajputana. The hotel offers the best accommodation in the city with a host of comforts and services in settings that reflect the spirit of Rajasthan and its royalty. Just 15 kilometres from the airport and half a kilometre from the city centre, the regal-influenced design and gardens echo the city’s history.

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                      ITC Mughal

                      Agra, India
                      1-night hotel in Agra
                      Premium Class
                      Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, the luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past.

                      Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, the luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new accommodation wing - the 'Khwab Mahal' - Palace of Dreams.

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                      Steigenberger Nile Palace

                      Luxor, Egypt
                      2-night hotel stay in Luxor
                      On the banks of the Nile, at the heart of the historical district of Luxor, the Steigenberger Nile Palace extends a warm welcome.

                      On the banks of the Nile, at the heart of the historical district of Luxor, the Steigenberger Nile Palace extends a warm welcome. A luxurious refuge from where one can easily explore some of the world’s greatest cultural treasures and enjoy times of peace and recuperation.

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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.

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

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

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                      $16,750*pp
                      $19,750*pp
                      Lido
                      Lido
                      B

                      Junior Suites

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

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

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                      $15,550*pp
                      $18,295*pp
                      Lido
                      Lido
                      C

                      Deluxe Balcony

                      BALCONY
                      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
                      Layout
                      virtual

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

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

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                      $13,950*pp
                      $16,450*pp
                      Bridge
                      Bridge
                      Lido
                      Lido
                      D

                      Deluxe Balcony

                      BALCONY
                      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
                      Layout
                      virtual

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

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

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                      $13,195*pp
                      $15,695*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      E

                      Deluxe Outside

                      PREMIUM
                      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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                      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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                      $12,150*pp
                      $14,450*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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                      $11,595*pp
                      $13,895*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      Bridge
                      Bridge
                      Lido
                      Lido
                      G

                      Premium Outside

                      PREMIUM
                      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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                      virtual

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

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                      $10,995*pp
                      $12,995*pp
                      Bridge
                      Bridge
                      Lido
                      Lido
                      H

                      Premium Outside

                      PREMIUM
                      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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                      virtual

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

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                      $10,395*pp
                      $12,395*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      Columbus
                      Columbus
                      I*

                      Premium Outside

                      PREMIUM
                      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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                      virtual

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

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                      $9,695*pp
                      $11,695*pp
                      Bridge
                      Bridge
                      J

                      Standard Outside

                      PREMIUM
                      Standard Outside, PREMIUM
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                      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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                      $9,195*pp
                      $10,995*pp
                      Columbus
                      Columbus
                      K

                      Premium Inside

                      PREMIUM
                      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
                      Layout
                      virtual

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

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                      $8,750*pp
                      $10,350*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      L

                      Premium Inside

                      PREMIUM
                      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
                      Layout
                      virtual

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

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                      $8,150*pp
                      $9,750*pp
                      Columbus
                      Columbus
                      M

                      Standard Inside

                      PREMIUM
                      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
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                      virtual

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

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                      $7,595*pp
                      $8,995*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      Columbus
                      Columbus
                      CC

                      Deluxe Balcony

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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                      virtual

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

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                      $17,150*pp
                      $19,650*pp
                      Lido
                      Lido
                      EE

                      Deluxe Outside

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
                      Layout
                      virtual

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

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                      $14,995*pp
                      $17,295*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      GG*

                      Premium Outside

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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                      virtual

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

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                      $13,750*pp
                      $15,750*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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                      $12,995*pp
                      $14,995*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      Bridge
                      Bridge
                      II*

                      Premium Outside

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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                      virtual

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

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                      $12,250*pp
                      $14,250*pp
                      Bridge
                      Bridge
                      JJ

                      Standard Outside

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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                      virtual

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

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                      $11,895*pp
                      $13,495*pp
                      Columbus
                      Columbus
                      KK

                      Premium Inside

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                      Layout
                      virtual

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                      $11,150*pp
                      $12,750*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      LL

                      Premium Inside

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                      Layout
                      virtual

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                      $10,750*pp
                      $12,150*pp
                      Columbus
                      Columbus
                      MM

                      Standard Inside

                      SINGLE CABINS
                      Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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                      virtual

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

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                      $10,150*pp
                      $11,550*pp
                      Belvedere
                      Belvedere
                      Third/fourth person sharing
                      $8,150
                      $6,950
                      Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
                      $995
                      Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
                      $1,350
                      Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
                      $3,350

                      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.