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01 May, 2019

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This brand-new cruise for 2019 begins with two-nights in the Greek capital of Athens, for its many wonders, including the majestic Parthenon. Then experience more classical wonders in Volos, legendary home of the mythological hero Jason, as well the untouched islands of Patmos, Skiathos and Lemnos.

Cruise through the beautiful Dardanelles strait, legendary site of ancient Troy and written about by Byron, to Marmara, the smallest sea in the world. Pass through the meeting point of continents, the Bosphorus, to enter the crossroads of the ancient world, the legendary Black Sea.

Overnight in Odessa, the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, where sights include the breathtaking Potemkin Stairs, immortalised by the legendary filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. Tour the incredible architectural marvels of Constanza in Romania and the historic Roman port of Varna in Bulgaria, at the site of an ancient Thracian civilisation, before returning to Athens in the Mediterranean.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
May 01
Wed
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    May 02
    Thu
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Arrive in Athens and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    May 03
    Fri
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Choice of tours - Visit Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum or Byzantine Athens.
    overnight hotel
    May 04
    Sat
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus. Optional tour to the National Archaeological Museum.
    6.00pm
    May 05
    Sun
    Patmos
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Patmos , Greece
    Visit the Medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    2.00pm
    8.00am
    May 06
    Mon
    Skiathos
    • Arts & culture
    • Singles
    • Explore Independently
    Skiathos , Greece
    Time at leisure to explore the beautiful island of Skiathos.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    May 07
    Tue
    Volos
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Volos , Greece
    See the famous Byzantine monasteries at Meteora.
    10.00pm
    7.00am
    May 08
    Wed
    Lemnos
    • Signature Voyage
    Lemnos , Greece
    Take a walking tour of Lemnos.
    3.00pm
    9.00am
    May 09
    Thu
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    At sea.
    6.00pm
    May 10
    Fri
    Odessa
    • Arts & culture
    Odessa , Ukraine
    Included tour of Odessa's highlights. Optional tour of the Shustov Brandy Museum also available. In the evening, experience an included performance at the city's famous Opera House.
    Overnight
    10.00am
    May 11
    Sat
    Odessa
    • Arts & culture
    Odessa , Ukraine
    See the Palaces of Prince Gagarin and Count Mikhail Tolstoy.
    4.00pm
    May 12
    Sun
    Constanza
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Constanza , Romania
    Tour the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman sites of the city, then enjoy a wine tasting experience and local folkloric performance.
    6.00pm
    10.00am
    May 13
    Mon
    Varna
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Religious
    Varna , Bulgaria
    Visit the Archaeology Museum and medieval Aladzha Rock Monastery.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    May 14
    Tue
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    At sea.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    May 15
    Wed
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Disembark and transfer to airport.
    6.00am
    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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    Byzantine Athens

    Byzantine Athens

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

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

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

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

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    Archaeological Museum of Athens

    Archaeological Museum of Athens

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

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

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

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

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    St John's Patmos
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    St John's Patmos

    5 May Patmos, Greece
    Half Day Tender Cobbled StreetsUphill SectionsRespectful Dress
    Visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site that constitutes an exceptional example of a Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre.

    Patmos may be one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese, but it compensates for size with beauty and history. Called the "Jerusalem of the Aegean," the island has long been a site of pilgrimage. When St John came to Patmos in 95AD the Emperor Domition's persecution of Christians were at their height and the "beloved disciple" lived for two years in a small cave on the island. Here he wrote his Gospel and dictated the Book of the Apocalypse.

    This afternoon, a short drive takes you from port to the grotto where St John once lived. The cave is now converted into a beautiful chapel with a stone orifice the saint is said to have used as a pillow. From the cave, continue to the 12th-century village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian which dominates the town.

    The walking tour starts with a climb to the castle-like monastery, founded in the 10th century. Enter the courtyard with its intricately pebbled floor, decorated arches and old well fed by a reservoir beneath. Visit the ornate chapel of Christodoulos with its frescoed entrance and religious relics that include the skull of St Thomas. Tour the old treasury, where the breathtaking collection includes jewelled chalices, crowns, crucifixes and an El Greco icon. Later, there will be free time to explore Chora with its whitewashed houses and Byzantine churches before the return to the tavernas of Skala and the ship.

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    Remarkable Monasteries of Meteora
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Remarkable Monasteries of Meteora

    7 May Volos, Greece
    Full Day Lunch IncludedSignificant StepsRespectful Dress
    Perhaps the highlight of any trip to Greece is the sight of the Byzantine monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora. The very word means "suspended in air" and their effect is unforgettable. These sandstone "columns in the sky" soar up over a thousand feet above sea level and are crowned with monasteries built by anchorite monks from the 11th century onward.

    Perhaps the highlight of any trip to Greece is the sight of the Byzantine monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora. The very word means "suspended in air" and their effect is unforgettable. These sandstone "columns in the sky" soar up over a thousand feet above sea level and are crowned with monasteries built by anchorite monks from the 11th century onward. In all, there are twenty-four monasteries in Meteora, and while many have fallen into ruin, some of those that remain are adorned with beautiful frescoes which mark a key stage in postByzantine art. Originally visitors were winched up to the monasteries by a windlass, but stairs were cut in the 1930s to ease access a bit.

    From the ship, it’s a 2-hour drive across the fertile plain of Thessaly, the country of the mythical centaurs and the site of a battle between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. The monks who built the monasteries were looking for an escape from later battles, and nature provided the perfect place in Meteora. The rock formations unfold along a winding road, and whether they were formed, as some hold, by an ancient lake 30 million years ago or by the flow of the Peneus River, they are stupendous. Six of the monasteries are still inhabited and two are nunneries. Visit the oldest and most accessible monastery, Agios Stephanos, now a convent. The Byzantine Emperor Paleologos stayed here in 1333 while en route to a battle on the plains below. The nuns here are involved in artistic pursuits that include icon painting, and the monasteries 15th-century church has an icon museum.

    Next, visit the Varlaam Monastery, which requires climbing about 150 steps, but it is well worth the effort both for the commanding views of the Pindus Range and also the fabled frescoes that include an apocalyptic vision of hell. Following the visit, we'll continue driving through this unearthly landscape, viewing new sights as we descend slowly to the plain. Few sights are more iconic than this.

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    Myrina Walking Tour

    Myrina Walking Tour

    8 May Lemnos, Greece
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    Experience one of the most pleasant island capitals in the North Aegean Islands on this walking tour that includes an optional climb to Myrina castle, or kastro, the largest fortification in the Aegean Sea.

    Experience one of the most pleasant island capitals in the North Aegean Islands on this walking tour that includes an optional climb to Myrina castle, or kastro, the largest fortification in the Aegean Sea.

    In Greek mythology, Zeus cast his son out of Olympus, hurling him to the volcanic island of Lemnos, where he reigned as the god of metalworking. The island's strategic position at the approach to the Dardanelles made it a key outpost for Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. The British army assembled here during World War I. What draws visitors now are the serene beaches, excellent cheeses and authentic character.

    Today's sightseeing is entirely on foot and focuses on the capital, Myrina, set at the foot of a rocky promontory. Walk the cobblestone streets past the traditional market. Admire the restored neo-classical homes in the Romeikos Gailos area. Visit the recently renovated archaeological museum, housed in an exquisite 19th-century mansion, where artifacts date to the Paleolithic Age.

    Then enjoy a short guided walk along the picturesque quay. From here you can return to the ship on your own or perhaps linger to try some of the local melipasto or feta cheeses or sip the fine white wine in a taverna.

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    Evening performance at Odessa’s Opera House

    Evening performance at Odessa’s Opera House

    10 May Odessa, Ukraine
    Evening
    Few venues in the world can rival Odessa’s recently restored Opera and Ballet Theatre for its incredible breathtaking beauty and delightful romantic grandeur. Designed by the legendary Italian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, who were also behind the magnificent Vienna State Opera House, this majestic synthesis of Italian baroque and French rococo traditions is a true Ukrainian national treasure and the perfect place to enjoy the cultural experience of a lifetime on a very special evening event.

    Few venues in the world can rival Odessa’s recently restored Opera and Ballet Theatre for its incredible breathtaking beauty and delightful romantic grandeur. Designed by the legendary Italian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, who were also behind the magnificent Vienna State Opera House, this majestic synthesis of Italian baroque and French rococo traditions is a true Ukrainian national treasure and the perfect place to enjoy the cultural experience of a lifetime on a very special evening event.

    The Odessa Theatre of Opera and Ballet first opened its doors in 1887 and is luxuriously decorated with intricately moulded gilt ornamentation which seems to flow organically from beneath a huge chandelier as though echoing the ostentatious opulence of Versailles in Paris. The stage is five hundred square metres in size and has acoustics so perfect, the merest whisper can be heard from any part of the auditorium.

    For over a hundred years the most celebrated performers in history have graced its magical boards. Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff have conducted here; the great Enrico Caruso once sang, as did Feodor Chaliapin; Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan have both pirouetted across its stage. The production you will see is yet to be confirmed, but one thing is certain, an unparalleled performance by one of the greatest companies in the world inside one of the most spectacular auditoriums on earth awaits you, as we take care of everything so that you may relax and enjoy the show.

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    Odessa Highlights

    Odessa Highlights

    10 May Odessa, Ukraine
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    According to legend the first mayor of Odessa, the Duc de Richelieu, wanted to build a city as beautiful as his native Paris. Today his statue stands at the top of the iconic Potemkin Steps, not far from a monument to the city’s other founders, Catherine the Great and her companions, ready to welcome visitors arriving from the direction of the sea.

    According to legend the first mayor of Odessa, the Duc de Richelieu, wanted to build a city as beautiful as his native Paris. Today his statue stands at the top of the iconic Potemkin Steps, not far from a monument to the city’s other founders, Catherine the Great and her companions, ready to welcome visitors arriving from the direction of the sea.

    The vast Potemkin staircase is 27 metres high and extends for 142 metres, but gives an optical illusion of much greater length, making it a truly extraordinary experience to climb. A person looking down the steps sees only the landings, with the steps invisible, but a person looking up them sees only the steps, with the landings invisible.

    Your guided tour then continues to the city hall, outside which stands a British Tiger Gun captured during the Crimean campaign in 1854, as well as a bronze bust of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who lived in the city between 1823 and 1824. Just across the square from these monuments is the 19th-century Archaeology Museum, the first of its kind ever to be founded in the former Russian Empire, which houses a world-class collection of Greek, Scythian and early Slavic artefacts, as well as prehistoric gold jewellery.

    No visit to Odessa would be complete without one of the city’s most famous sights, the magnificent Opera and Ballet Theatre. Finally, you will step inside the recently restored 18th-century Transfiguration Cathedral, on your way to the neo-classical Palace of Count Pototsky, which is now the Odessa Art Museum and contains thousands of pieces, including works by the 18th-century portraitist Dmitry Levitsky, the Romantic painter Ivan Ayvazovsky and the Realist Ilya Repin.

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    Shustov Brandy Museum

    Shustov Brandy Museum

    10 May Odessa, Ukraine
    Half Day Refreshment
    The Shustov brandy company is one of the very few outside of France to have been granted an Appellation d’origine controlee, meaning it has been officially recognised as an authentic producer of the finest quality cognac. This prestigious acknowledgement dates back more than one hundred years and is the result of an outstanding emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

    All cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is cognac. The grapes must come from vineyards where the soil is just right and the climate is equally as important, which is why, like Champagne, the vast majority of cognac is produced within a very small area of France, in vineyards surrounding the town that gave the drink its name.

    The Shustov brandy company is one of the very few outside of France to have been granted an Appellation d’origine controlee, meaning it has been officially recognised as an authentic producer of the finest quality cognac. This prestigious acknowledgement dates back more than one hundred years and is the result of an outstanding emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

    During your mouth-watering tour around the Shustov Brandy Museum you will learn more about the industry techniques for making each cognac unique. The museum has two rooms filled with antique apparatus and another dedicated to the story of the Shustov dynasty. A short film about the history of cognac-making in Ukraine is also available to watch.

    Of course no visit to such a prestigious cellar would be complete without a tasting, so after your tour is complete some of the very finest cognacs produced by Shustov will be ready and waiting for you inside the museum’s stylish Art-Bar, including very special reserves and Napoléon blends that have been aged from 3 to 11 years.

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    The Palaces of Odessa

    The Palaces of Odessa

    11 May Odessa, Ukraine
    Half day
    A tale of two palaces, this delightful tour affords the chance to discover more about the rich cultural heritage of Odessa by exploring two of its most opulent buildings, Prince Gagarin’s Palace and the palace of Count Mikhail Tolstoy, who was a cousin of the great Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy.

    A tale of two palaces, this delightful tour affords the chance to discover more about the rich cultural heritage of Odessa by exploring two of its most opulent buildings, Prince Gagarin’s Palace and the palace of Count Mikhail Tolstoy, who was a cousin of the great Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy.

    Designed and built by the 19th-century architect Franz Boffo, the former home of Count Tolstoy boasts an extraordinary gilded ballroom known as the White Hall, as well as the lavish “Silk” and “Marble” lounges, all of which are filled with original furniture and memorabilia, including a piano believed to have been owned by Franz Liszt. In 1920 the Tolstoy family was obliged to abandon the palace, but the photographs they left behind are still on display and provide an intriguing insight into pre-revolutionary life. Since 1934 the palace has become a prestigious meeting place for the city’s scientific community, including a number of celebrated Nobel prize winners.

    By contrast, the 19th-century palace of Nikolai Sergeevich Gagarin is today home to the Literary Museum of Odessa and has been arranged to showcase the many notable writers who have flocked to this region of Ukraine. During your guided tour you will also discover the strange tale behind Prince Gagarin’s demise at the hands of a game keeper, before enjoying a glass of champagne and a very special string concert in the palace’s magnificent Golden Hall.

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    Scenic Constanta

    Scenic Constanta

    12 May Constanza, Romania
    Half Day
    Alongside viewing the many Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman sites in Constanta, you will also have the chance to go wine tasting at the local Murfatlar vineyard.

    After finding the illustrious Golden Fleece, legend holds that Jason and the Argonauts visited this great city of antiquity, then known as Tomis. Today, your explorations of this historical wonder begin in Ovid Square, named so after the famous Roman poet who was exiled to the city in 8AD by the Emperor Augustus. Ovid is revered alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature, and his narrative The Metamorphoses remains a key source of classical mythology.

    The centerpiece of the square is its namesake’s statue, built in 1888 by the famous sculptor Ettore Ferrari. Behind the statue lies the National History and Archaeology Museum, boasting a marvelous collection of prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval artifacts. Your tour of the museum includes the famous statue of Fortuna Goddess and Pontos God. Fortuna, worshipped as the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck in Roman religion, and Pontos, an ancient, pre-Olympian sea god, together are venerated as the protectors of the town. Continuing through picturesque Old Town, the striking 155-foot high minaret of the Turkish Mosque will certainly catch your eye.

    Next, to the beautiful murals and Greco-Roman candelabras of the orthodox Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. Although severely damaged in World War II, the cathedral was completely restored in 1951. After stopping at the beautiful clifftop casino to admire the view overlooking the harbor of Constanta, your explorations continue with a scenic drive along the rolling vineyards of the Romanian countryside.

    Situated in the southeastern region of Romania between the Danube River and the Black Sea, the Murfatlar vineyard stretches across over 6,000 acres in the heart of the Dobrudja plateau. A delightful afternoon of music and wine awaits, sampling five of the region’s most popular wines to the tune of authentic Romanian folk music.

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    Varna City Highlights

    Varna City Highlights

    13 May Varna, Bulgaria
    Half Day
    A sightseeing tour of Varna which will visit the stunning Roman baths, the Archaeological Museum and includes a coach trip along the coast to Aladzha Rock Monastery.

    In 1972, the oldest gold artefacts known to have been forged by man were unearthed near Varna inside a 4th-millenium BC necropolis. These remarkable finds showed a remarkable degree of craftsmanship and over four decades later are still considered one of the most important archaeological finds in world prehistory, as you will discover during your guided tour of the Varna Archaeological Museum.

    Strolling through the city, you will get to see the magnificent 19th-century copper-domed Orthodox Cathedral, partially inspired by the Peterhof Temple in Saint Petersburg. This eye-catching basilica is filled with exquisite murals and ornate woodcarvings, including a series of icons donated by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

    After enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the cathedral, prepare to be transported from the city on a scenic drive through the countryside to the medieval Aladzha Rock Monastery, located within a protected forest. During the 13th and 14th-centuries this unusual complex was hewn out of a sheer limestone cliff-face some twenty-five metres from the ground, allowing the monks to completely cut themselves off from the rest of the world. For hundreds of years it could only be reached by a defensive rope ladder, but today a stairwell allows easy access for exploring these unique caves.

    Finally, you will return to the city for the last stop on your tour, the remains of the 2nd-century Roman thermae, the largest public baths in the European part of the Empire, which provide an excellent idea of what life was like in Odessos, as Varna was formerly known.

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    Dr David Price-Williams

    Dr David Price-Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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    King George

    King George

    Athens, Greece
    2-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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    Hotel Grande Bretagne

    Hotel Grande Bretagne

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

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

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

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    Los Angeles$795Miami$595
    Minneapolis$695Washington DC$595

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

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

    Customized air travel

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

    Your travel agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted.

    Seat Assignments

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

    Frequent Flyer Mileage

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

    Included transfers

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

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

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

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

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

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    $9,250*pp
    $9,750*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Junior SuitesB
    Junior Suites
    BALCONY
    Junior Suites, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $8,695*pp
    $9,150*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyC
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $7,895*pp
    $8,295*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe BalconyD
    Deluxe Balcony
    BALCONY
    Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
    Layout
    virtual

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

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

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    $7,550*pp
    $7,950*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideE
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $6,445*pp
    $6,795*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideF
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $6,195*pp
    $6,545*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideG
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $5,850*pp
    $6,150*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideH
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $5,550*pp
    $5,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium OutsideI*
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $5,250*pp
    $5,550*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJ
    Standard Outside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $4,995*pp
    $5,250*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideK
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $4,695*pp
    $4,950*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideL
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $4,450*pp
    $4,695*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideM
    Standard Inside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $4,250*pp
    $4,450*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Deluxe BalconyCC
    Deluxe Balcony
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $8,595*pp
    $8,995*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe OutsideEE
    Deluxe Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $7,595*pp
    $7,950*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium OutsideGG*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

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

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    $6,895*pp
    $7,195*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideHH*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $6,550*pp
    $6,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $6,150*pp
    $6,450*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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

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    $5,845*pp
    $6,095*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $5,495*pp
    $5,745*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $5,195*pp
    $5,445*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideMM
    Standard Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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    virtual

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

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    $4,950*pp
    $5,150*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Third/fourth person
    $3,495
    Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
    $550
    Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
    $1,000
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight & hotel arrangements)
    $1,400

    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.