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  • 18 days
  • 2 countries
  • 2 hotel nights
  • 12 shore excursions
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After a two-night hotel stay in London, this fabulous cruise sets sail beneath the gaze of London’s Tower Bridge, on a circumnavigation of the  scepter'd isle beginning with the cobblestone streets of St Peter Port in the Channel Islands.

See the world's largest global garden, the Eden Project in Cornwall. Explore the Abbey Gardens of Tresco and step ashore on the Isle of Angelsey in Wales. Then cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, one of Europe’s finest cities.

Scotland is a place of many iconic sights, including Inveraray Castle, the Old Man of Storr, and the late Queen Mother’s favorite Highland residence, the Castle of Mey. Stirling Castle is a fortress with a colorful history, while the capital of Edinburgh has a wealth of other sights to explore.

Take a trip to Hadrian’s Wall, followed by York, a cathedral city with an internationally renowned Viking past.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jul 19
Thu
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Jul 20
    Fri
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Arrive in London and transfer to hotel
    overnight hotel
    Jul 21
    Sat
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Spend the day exploring London
    overnight hotel
    Jul 22
    Sun
    London, England , United Kingdom
    Transfer to Aegean Odyssey at Tower Bridge
    9.00pm
    Jul 23
    Mon
    At sea
    Lectures and activities at sea
    Jul 24
    Tue
    Guernsey, Channel Islands , United Kingdom
    Highlights include the Hauteville House, home of Victor Hugo, the Candie Gardens and Castle Cornet and the 13th-century fortress
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Jul 25
    Wed
    Falmouth, England , United Kingdom
    Visit the Eden Project in Falmouth.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Jul 26
    Thu
      Tresco, Isles of Scilly , United Kingdom
      Spend the morning at Abbey Gardens in Tresco
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      Jul 27
      Fri
      Holyhead, Wales , United Kingdom
      Choice of excursions: Visit Anglesey's coastline or Caenarfon Castle
      8.00pm
      1.00pm
      Jul 28
      Sat
      Dublin , Ireland
      Take in all the great sites including Malahide Castle and Abbey Tavern or visit some of the finest scenery in Ireland - Country Wicklow
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      Jul 29
      Sun
      Oban, Scotland , United Kingdom
      Visit Oban and discover one of Scotland's finest stately homes, Inveraray Castle
      8.00pm
      1.00pm
      Jul 30
      Mon
      Portree, Scotland , United Kingdom
      Step ashore for a half day sightseeing tour in Portree. Visit the fascinating Skye Museum, Dunvegan Castle or the colorful harbor of Portree
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 31
      Tue
      Scrabster, Scotland , United Kingdom
      Learn more about the highland clearances or stop at the small coastal village of John o’ Groats
      1.00pm
      8.00am
      Aug 01
      Wed
      Rosyth, Scotland , United Kingdom
      Admire Scotland's capital, with a tour of The Royal Mile or visit Stirling Castle.
      7.00pm
      9.00am
      Aug 02
      Thu
      Tyne, England , United Kingdom
      Explore the remains of the Roman Empires and Hadrian's Wall or discover the enchanting cathedral and castle of Durham and explore the riverside shops and cafes. Optional full day tour to the castle of Bamburgh.
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      Aug 03
      Fri
      Hull, England , United Kingdom
      Spend the day in the old Vikings town of York and visit York Minster or full day optional tour riding the steam train through the rolling green countryside of North Yorkshire.
      9.30pm
      10.30am
      Aug 04
      Sat
      At sea
      Lectures and activities at sea
      Aug 05
      Sun
      London (Tilbury), England , United Kingdom
      Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to airport for flight home
      7.00am

      Panoramic London by Boat

      21 Jul London, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day Boat Ride
      From the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the living history of St Paul’s Cathedral, to the towering Shard skyscraper and the billboard lights of Piccadilly Circus, London’s fascination is its variety. Old and new stand side by side. History, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone. This leisurely boat ride through the heart of the city is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world.

      From the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the living history of St Paul’s Cathedral, to the towering Shard skyscraper and the billboard lights of Piccadilly Circus, London’s fascination is its variety. Old and new stand side by side. History, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone. This leisurely boat ride through the heart of the city is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world.

       

      Boarding in front of the Tower of London, directly opposite the iconic Tower Bridge, your comfortable boat then cruises westwards beneath many of the capital’s bridges, including the current London Bridge, of which there have been several incarnations. Following the meandering river for an hour or so, you will see the London Eye on the South Bank. Then disembark near the neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Clock Tower, home of the famous “Big Ben” bell. Standing in Parliament Square you will be able to admire St Margaret’s Church, the scene of many society weddings, as well as the magnificent Westminster Abbey, where a long lineage of royals have been married or crowned.

       

      At the end of the tour you will see some of the city by coach and continue to admire what makes London so great. A stop will be made at Marble Arch and of course no tour would be complete without Buckingham Palace, the most famous royal residence in Britain, so we will make sure you have some time here, before the return to your hotel.

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      A Visit to Greenwich

      22 Jul London, England, United Kingdom
      This leisurely guided tour begins with a stroll through Greenwich Royal Park to the world-famous Observatory, spiritual birthplace of GMT and traditional home to the Prime Meridian of global longitude. This hugely important line is represented on the ground by a brass strip and is one of London’s most popular attractions, where standing astride it one can truly be said to be in both eastern and western hemispheres at the same time.

      This leisurely guided tour begins with a stroll through Greenwich Royal Park to the world-famous Observatory, spiritual birthplace of GMT and traditional home to the Prime Meridian of global longitude. This hugely important line is represented on the ground by a brass strip and is one of London’s most popular attractions, where standing astride it one can truly be said to be in both eastern and western hemispheres at the same time.

      A walk past the National Maritime Museum then leads us to The Queen’s House, commissioned in 1616 by the wife of James I, Anne of Denmark. Designed by Inigo Jones, this masterpiece is the first Palladian building to be built in Britain and became the inspiration for many other classical houses and villas over the subsequent two centuries. Originally used as a private retreat and “House of Delights”, it is now an active venue for the appreciation and exploration of art, including a collection of paintings owned by the National Maritime Museum.

      The finally destination is the Old Royal Naval College, considered to be the “finest and most dramatically-sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”. Founded in 1694 as the Royal Hospital for Seamen, the Old Royal Naval College is a superb example of Baroque landscape, designed by some of the greatest architects of their day, including Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this enormously popular attraction is now managed by the Greenwich Foundation.

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      Castle Cornet & Town Walk

      24 Jul Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
      Half Day Extensive WalkingUphill Sections
      St Peter Port has a fascinating history. A busy port since Roman times, its deep, safe anchorage and relative remoteness from France has made the town the Channel Islands’ premier harbour. It is a picturesque town with cobbled streets and narrow alleys filled with Regency buildings.

      St Peter Port has a fascinating history. A busy port since Roman times, its deep, safe anchorage and relative remoteness from France has made the town the Channel Islands’ premier harbour. It is a picturesque town with cobbled streets and narrow alleys filled with Regency buildings.

      Our first destination will be Castle Cornet, originally built on an island and now reachable by a 19th-century raised walkway. The castle dates from the 13th Century and was built on the site of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements for use as a fortification against the French following the English loss of Normandy. Since then it has been partially destroyed and rebuilt many times to guard the entrance to the harbour and offer a sea defence between the islands of Herm, Jethou and Guernsey, and towards Sark over many centuries. 

      After your guide has taken you around the key highlights, you will have free time to enjoy the ‘Story of Castle Cornet’ exhibition or explore the castle and some of its four small gardens within the walls, including the apothecary’s garden, kitchen garden and ornamental gardens. The castle contains a number of other interesting museums including the Maritime Museum, the Story of Castle Cornet Museum, the 201 Squadron RAF (Guernsey's Own) Museum and the Militia Museum. You will then be able to return to Aegean Odyssey with your guide or on your own through the town.

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      Scenic Island Drive

      24 Jul Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      This panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey showcases its beautiful coastline of rocky cliffs and wild sandy bays. Before that, however, we will travel inland along some winding country lanes to visit the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world, where we will make a short photo stop to admire this fascinating building, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china.

      This panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey showcases its beautiful coastline of rocky cliffs and wild sandy bays. Before that, however, we will travel inland along some winding country lanes to visit the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world, where we will make a short photo stop to admire this fascinating building, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china. Built in 1914 by two brothers to replicate the grotto at Lourdes, the chapel is a true labour of love that took three attempts to get right.

      We will then continue to the wild cliffs at Pleinmont Point, on the south coast of the island, then west towards the broad sandy bays of Rocquaine Bay, with the Martello Tower of Fort Grey, Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay other highlights, before we return to St Peter Port.

      This panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey showcases its beautiful coastline of rocky cliffs and wild sandy bays. Before that, however, we will travel inland along some winding country lanes to visit the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world, where we will make a short photo stop to admire this fascinating building, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china. Built in 1914 by two brothers to replicate the grotto at Lourdes, the chapel is a true labour of love that took three attempts to get right.

      We will then continue to the wild cliffs at Pleinmont Point, on the south coast of the island, then west towards the broad sandy bays of Rocquaine Bay, with the Martello Tower of Fort Grey, Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay other highlights, before we return to St Peter Port.

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      The Eden Project

      25 Jul Falmouth, England, United Kingdom
      Full Day Uphill Sections
      Departing from the pier at Falmouth, your route takes you through Cornwall's city of Truro, offering a view of the three-spired cathedral, then cross the peaceful countryside of small villages, granite farmhouses and hedged fields before arriving at Eden. On arrival at the Eden Project, near St Austell, you will have approximately three hours to visit this dramatic global garden at your leisure.

      Departing from the pier at Falmouth, your route takes you through Cornwall's city of Truro, offering a view of the three-spired cathedral, then cross the peaceful countryside of small villages, granite farmhouses and hedged fields before arriving at Eden. On arrival at the Eden Project, near St Austell, you will have approximately three hours to visit this dramatic global garden at your leisure.

      The Eden Project opened in April 2001 and is the world's largest global garden. The effect is breathtaking: a cultural melting pot of global plants, both wild and cultivated, are housed in a glass dome large enough to fully enclose the Tower of London in its 60 meter deep crater. The Garden of Eden contains plants and trees ranging from the Amazon to West Africa to Malaysia and is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world.

      As well as the outdoor landscape, there is a chance to visit the biomes – giant conservatories with cathedral-like qualities. The Humid Tropics Biome allows you to experience the sights, smells, and sheer scale of the rainforest in the world’s largest conservatory, whilst the Warm Temperate Biome showcases the world from the Mediterranean to South Africa and California, demonstrating how the plants thrive on drought and poor thin soils. Learn about the inter-relationship between men and plants throughout history and marvel at the interesting displays and retail outlets. Following a day indulging the senses re-board your motorcoach for the journey back to the pier.

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      St. Michaels Mount

      25 Jul Falmouth, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day Extensive WalkingCobbled StreetsSignificant StepsUphill Sections
      Transfer from the ship to Marazion before arriving at St Michael’s Mount, a place described as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. Separated from the mainland by a causeway covered by sea at high water, St Michael's Mount beats to a pace of life ruled by weather and tides.

      Transfer from the ship to Marazion before arriving at St Michael’s Mount, a place described as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. Separated from the mainland by a causeway covered by sea at high water, St Michael's Mount beats to a pace of life ruled by weather and tides.

      Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims over the ages who have looked out over the rocky ledge on the western side of the island. It was here, according to legend, a vision of the Archangel St Michael appeared to some fishermen in the year 495. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, the invaders were struck by the similarity of the mount to their own Mont St Michel off the Normandy coastline, whose monks were invited to build a smaller abbey here in Cornwall. During Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, St Michael’s Mount was turned into a coastline defence to protect England from feared French invasion. In 1659, the Mount was purchased by Sir John St Aubyn whose descendants turned the fortress into a magnificent residence and still reside in this ancestral home today.

      Enjoy a guided tour of the Castle on St Michael’s Mount followed by some free time to take photographs and soak up the scenery. There are also some wonderful shops around the harbour area – the perfect place to buy a memento of your day.

      Cross back over to Marazion and spend some free time in this tranquil, beautiful coastal town. Enjoy stunning views towards the Lizard Peninsula as you marvel at its clean, sandy beaches before re-boarding your coach for the return journey back to Falmouth.

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      Abbey Gardens

      26 Jul Tresco, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
      Half Day Extensive WalkingUphill Sections
      Tresco is best known for its Abbey Gardens that were laid out by the remarkable Augustus Smith, a wealthy merchant banker who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall in the mid-1830s. Work on the gardens commenced in 1834 on the site of the old Benedictine Abbey, and by building tall windbreaks, Augustus Smith (a botanist and plant collector) was able to channel the weather up and over the network of walled enclosures he built around the Priory ruins.

      Tresco is best known for its Abbey Gardens that were laid out by the remarkable Augustus Smith, a wealthy merchant banker who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall in the mid-1830s. Work on the gardens commenced in 1834 on the site of the old Benedictine Abbey, and by building tall windbreaks, Augustus Smith (a botanist and plant collector) was able to channel the weather up and over the network of walled enclosures he built around the Priory ruins.

      The three terraces he carved from the rocky, south facing slope looking towards St Mary's were thus able to maximize the generous climate that Tresco enjoys thanks to the prevailing effects of the Gulf Stream. The climate is mild, with sunshine hours generally greater than the UK average. The rainfall is also less, while winter frost and snow is unexpected.

      Something of a perennial Kew Gardens, but without the glass, Tresco seems able to shrug off the salty spray and Atlantic gales, to host around 20,000 exotic plants, many of which would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even during the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower here. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa, which is why today it remains a major attraction of the islands.

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      Anglesey's Coastline

      27 Jul Holyhead, Wales, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      In a region with a rich history of Viking, Celtic and Medieval settlers, this half-day tour will begin at the very western point of the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh) near the tiny islet known as South Stack. Separated from Holyhead by 30 metres of turbulent sea, the Stack is home to a glorious lighthouse and, during the summer months, to over 4,000 seabirds, including puffins, fulmars, guillemots and razorbills, which you may be able to spot during your time here.

      In a region with a rich history of Viking, Celtic and Medieval settlers, this half-day tour will begin at the very western point of the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh) near the tiny islet known as South Stack. Separated from Holyhead by 30 metres of turbulent sea, the Stack is home to a glorious lighthouse and, during the summer months, to over 4,000 seabirds, including puffins, fulmars, guillemots and razorbills, which you may be able to spot during your time here.

      The tour will then continue south along the coast, through the old capital of North Wales, Aberffraw, to the village of Newborough, before reaching the town with the longest name in the world – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – which means, 'The Church of St Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio near a red cave'. However, the name is usually shortened by locals to Llanfairpwll, or Llanfair PG. One of Llanfairpwll's unusual claims to fame is that the British Women's Institute movement was founded here in 1915.

      From Llanfairpwll, we will drive along the Menai Strait to Beaumaris, for an outside view of the Castle. This beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site is the last and largest of the castles to be built by King Edward I in Wales. After spending some time here, we will then continue along the coast road, through the most northerly village in Wales, Cemaes, set on Anglesey's wildest and most unspoiled stretch of coastline, before heading back in a southerly direction to Holyhead.

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      Caenarfon Castle

      27 Jul Holyhead, Wales, United Kingdom
      Half Day Significant Steps
      Caernarfon is one of the historic centres of Wales that secured its place in tradition soon after King Edward I began building the castle and walled town here in 1283. One year later, after his son, the future King Edward II, was born within its precincts, according to legend, the infant was immediately presented to the people of Wales as their prince.

      Caernarfon is one of the historic centres of Wales that secured its place in tradition soon after King Edward I began building the castle and walled town here in 1283. One year later, after his son, the future King Edward II, was born within its precincts, according to legend, the infant was immediately presented to the people of Wales as their prince.

      When in 1301 Edward was formally invested as the first English Prince of Wales, he was also endowed with the rule and revenues of the Crown’s Welsh lands. From then onwards, the eldest son of the sovereign is customarily known as the ‘Prince of Wales’. On 1st July 1969, almost seven centuries later, Prince Charles was formally invested at Caernarfon by his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the twenty-first in this long line of Princes of Wales and heirs to the throne.

      Your tour of Caernarfon Castle will give you a fascinating insight into one of the most impressive of all the castles built by Edward I, which is thought to have been modelled on those of Constantinople. This stronghold had to be capable, if occasion required, of accommodating the household of the king’s eldest son along with his council, his family, guests and all those who attended them. Arguably the finest castle in Britain, it has two main gatehouses, and though the Queen’s Gate was never completed, the King’s Gate has been cited as the supreme British example of the immense strength of medieval fortification.

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      Dublin City Highlights

      28 Jul Dublin, Ireland
      Half Day Cobbled Streets
      Dublin Bay, with its great sweep of coast, from the rocky brow of Howth to the headland of Dalkey, is a fitting introduction to one of Europe’s finest capitals, a place that is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th century.

      Dublin Bay, with its great sweep of coast, from the rocky brow of Howth to the headland of Dalkey, is a fitting introduction to one of Europe’s finest capitals, a place that is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th century.

      Departing by coach from the pier, we will pass the Customs House on the north bank of the River Liffey, designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791, and head onwards to the Old Parliament House that is now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity is Ireland’s oldest college, with a library that includes the world-famous Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, which we will see during our tour of this historic building. Leaving Trinity College behind, we continue past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, to the National Gallery of Ireland, the Government Buildings and St Stephen’s Green.

      Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral make up the last part of the highlights excursion, before we arrive at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Indeed the pulpit from which he preached is still to be seen.

      Finally, on the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will see the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice, in an area that also boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 uprising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

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      Coastal Drive and Malahide Castle

      28 Jul Dublin, Ireland
      Half Day Significant Steps
      Malahide Castle, set in 250 acres of parkland, dates back to the 14th century, during which time it remained under the care of the Talbot family for hundreds of years, until the death of the Lord Talbot in 1975, when Dublin Tourism subsequently acquired it. Since then it has changed hands and is now looked after by Shannon Heritage, which has resulted in great improvements, including a new exhibition and interpretative centre.

      Malahide Castle, set in 250 acres of parkland, dates back to the 14th century, during which time it remained under the care of the Talbot family for hundreds of years, until the death of the Lord Talbot in 1975, when Dublin Tourism subsequently acquired it. Since then it has changed hands and is now looked after by Shannon Heritage, which has resulted in great improvements, including a new exhibition and interpretative centre. The Secret Gardens, walled gardens and beautiful Victorian glasshouse have only recently become open to the public, so you will have time to explore these as well as inside the castle, which boasts one of the finest collections of Irish period furniture in the country, alongside an outstanding collection of Irish portrait paintings.

      Leaving the castle behind, the tour then continues with a scenic drive along the coast of Malahide to Portmarnock, location of the world-famous Golf Club, that for many years was home to the Irish Open Championship. Then it will be time to stop for some welcome refreshments at the 16th-century Abbey Tavern, in the quaint fishing port of Howth. Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey, this traditional tavern is the ideal spot to enjoy a short rest and savour the atmosphere of old Ireland. As you enter you will be struck by its old-world charm, authenticity and simplicity.  Blazing turf fires, original stone walls, flagged floors and gaslights make for a truly warm welcome.

      Driving over the summit of Howth Head, you will then enjoy some wonderful views of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains beyond, before returning to port via Dollymount and Clontarf.

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      Inveraray Castle

      29 Jul Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      This scenic drive from Oban to Inveraray will take you along the shores of the narrow Loch Etive to Taynuilt, which boasts some fine views over the mighty Ben Cruachan, the highest point in Argyll and Bute.

      This scenic drive from Oban to Inveraray will take you along the shores of the narrow Loch Etive to Taynuilt, which boasts some fine views over the mighty Ben Cruachan, the highest point in Argyll and Bute. Driving over the Pass of Brander you will see Loch Awe and the striking ruins of Kilchurn Castle, before you arrive at Inveraray, in the wooded Glen of the Aray, on the unspoilt shores of Loch Fyne. Just a short distance from here is the imposing castle, located in 16 acres of parkland, since it was built in the 18th century it has been home to each successive Duke of Argyll and has also been used as a location in Downton Abbey. Combining Baroque, Palladian and Gothic architecture, this beautifully-presented country house has a fine collection of family portraits and tapestries, French 18th-century furniture and an impressive armoury. The formal gardens have recently become open to visitors, so you may also take a stroll around these before we return to Oban.

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      Scottish Highlands and Glencoe

      29 Jul Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      Departing Oban, this scenic drive will take you through the picturesque scenery of the Pass of Brander to the tip of Loch Awe, with views of Kilchurn Castle, before continuing to the village of Tyndrum, which translates as “the house on the ridge”.

      Departing Oban, this scenic drive will take you through the picturesque scenery of the Pass of Brander to the tip of Loch Awe, with views of Kilchurn Castle, before continuing to the village of Tyndrum, which translates as “the house on the ridge”.

      From here the route climbs to one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe, Rannoch Moor, before arriving at majestic Glencoe, scene of the infamous 1692 massacre, which occurred in the aftermath of the Jacobite uprising. These days the mountains surrounding the valley provide some of the finest climbing and walking in Scotland. Here we will visit the award-winning Glencoe Visitor Centre to learn more about the history, geology and nature of the region, before continuing onwards along Loch Linnhe for views over the islands of Lismore and Mull.

      Finally, we will pass Castle Stalker, a tower house situated on its own islet that is set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains which some may recognise from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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      Scenic Skye

      30 Jul Portree, Scotland, United Kingdom
      The colourful harbour of Portree has a name meaning “Port of the King” – an epithet it was given following a visit by James V in 1540. This tour will take you from the port into some of the most delightful and spectacular Scottish island scenery to be found in the northern kingdom.

      The colourful harbour of Portree has a name meaning “Port of the King” – an epithet it was given following a visit by James V in 1540. This tour will take you from the port into some of the most delightful and spectacular Scottish island scenery to be found in the northern kingdom.

      A turbulent geological history has given the Isle of Skye a dramatic variety of terrain, from the rugged volcanic plateau of northern Skye to the ice-sculpted peaks of Britain’s most dramatic mountain range, the Cuillin, where the hillsides are scattered with sheep and cattle as well as the ruins of traditional crofts. The island’s most famous historical association is with Bonnie Prince Charlie who, after famously fleeing to its shores disguised as a maidservant in 1746, is said to have claimed, “even the Devil shall not follow me here!”

      During your scenic tour your guide will take you further into the fascinating history of this magical island, before your return to Portree.

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      Dunvegan Castle & the Cuillins

      30 Jul Portree, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      One of the greatest and most renowned of the Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle, on the west coast of Skye, has been the seat of the chiefs of the Clan MacLeod since the 13th century, making it the only castle to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family for a period spanning eight centuries.

      One of the greatest and most renowned of the Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle, on the west coast of Skye, has been the seat of the chiefs of the Clan MacLeod since the 13th century, making it the only castle to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family for a period spanning eight centuries.

      On this tour, you will see some priceless heirlooms within its walls, many of which have been passed down through the hands of the MacLeod chiefs since medieval times, including such treasures as the Dunvegan Cup, the mysterious Fairy Flag and Rory Mor’s Horn. You will also have time to explore the gardens and the waterfall known as Rory Mor’s cascade, before enjoying a scenic drive back to Portree with views over the dramatic Cuillin Mountains.

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      Isle of Skye and Museum of Island Life

      30 Jul Portree, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      This scenic drive will take you to the northernmost area of the Isle of Skye, the Trotternish Peninsula, location of the Quiraing, or Trotternish landslip, and our first destination, the curious rocky outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr.

      This scenic drive will take you to the northernmost area of the Isle of Skye, the Trotternish Peninsula, location of the Quiraing, or Trotternish landslip, and our first destination, the curious rocky outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr.

      After the Old Man, we will then journey north to Kilt Rock, a dramatic 200-foot-high cliff that is marked with an almost tartan-like pattern by rock strata and features a waterfall tumbling down to the pebbled shore below. Here you will be able to absorb the scenery and take photographs, before continuing past the crofting township of Staffin overlooking sandy Staffin Bay, to the northern tip of the island.

      Along the way your, guide will provide more information on the fascinating history of the island’s geography and social history – in particular, its crofting history, as well as some of the Celtic myths and legends – until we arrive at the settlement of Kilmuir, where you will visit the fascinating Skye Museum of Island Life, which consists of seven traditional thatched cottages offering a unique insight into life on the island in the 19th century. Opened in 1965, the aim of the museum was to completely preserve a township with each cottage depicting the conditions that Victorian crofters faced.

      Finally, we will drive through the pretty coastal village of Uig on our way back to Portree.

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      Bettyhill & the Highland Clearances

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

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

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

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

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      John O'Groats & Duncansby Head

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

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

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

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

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

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      Canisbay Church & John O'Groats

      31 Jul Scrabster, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      Isolated by high mountains and with no roads or bridges until the 18th century, little wonder the Highlands have such a unique and distinctive character. From the fishing port of Scrabster, this excursion travels through nearby Thurso and across the north easterly peninsula towards John O’Groats.Nestled in this rich, fertile farmland is Canisby Church, which has served the parish (and parishioners including the Queen Mother) for centuries.

      Isolated by high mountains and with no roads or bridges until the 18th century, little wonder the Highlands have such a unique and distinctive character. From the fishing port of Scrabster, this excursion travels through nearby Thurso and across the north easterly peninsula towards John O’Groats.Nestled in this rich, fertile farmland is Canisby Church, which has served the parish (and parshioners including the Queen Mother) for centuries.

      We contine to John O’Goats, the furthest settlement from Land’s End on the British mainland, with 876 miles separating the two. The small village gets its curious name from a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who established a ferry link with the newly-acquired Orkney Islands. 

      Here you can explore the quaint harbour area, and see where de Groot built his octagonal house, before returning to port.

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      Panoramic Hull and Humber Bridge

      31 Jul 3 Aug Hull, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      This panoramic tour will take you past all Hull’s main architectural sights, including the Ferens Art Gallery, the City Hall, Guild Hall and Wilberforce House, where the 18th-century abolitionist was born. A stop will be made at the attractive Queens Gardens, a nine-acre sequence of sunken tree-lined pathways, ponds and fountains that was once the largest dock in the country, until it was filled in and converted into parkland during the 1930s.

      In 2017 Kingston-upon-Hull completed its successful transition from an historic industrial town to a burgeoning artistic one when it became the United Kingdom’s City of Culture.

       

      This panoramic tour will take you past all Hull’s main architectural sights, including the Ferens Art Gallery, the City Hall, Guild Hall and Wilberforce House, where the 18th-century abolitionist was born. A stop will be made at the attractive Queens Gardens, a nine-acre sequence of sunken tree-lined pathways, ponds and fountains that was once the largest dock in the country, until it was filled in and converted into parkland during the 1930s.

       

      To the west of the gardens is a statue dedicated to William Wilberforce. Also keep your eye out for a plaque dedicated to the titular character from the first English novel, Robinson Crusoe, who sailed from Hull in 1651 on the fictional voyage that saw him shipwrecked for 28 years.

       

      Leaving Hull behind, your tour will then take you to Humber Bridge, which first opened in 1981. This Grade 1 listed structure was once the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world and remains an important link between Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Humber has echoes of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in terms of its design, but its main span length surpasses California’s Art Deco masterpiece. An iconic part of the landscape, Humber is still the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that can be walked or cycled across.

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      Stirling Castle

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

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

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      The Royal Mile

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

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

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

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

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

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      Corbridge and Chesters Roman Fort

      2 Aug Tyne, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      The sleepy English village of Corbridge is an unassuming hamlet with historic ties to Roman Britain, when it provided safe passage over the River Tyne, to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. Today Coria, as it was likely then known, is a place of cobblestone streets lined with quaint eateries and local shops.

      The sleepy English village of Corbridge is an unassuming hamlet with historic ties to Roman Britain, when it provided safe passage over the River Tyne, to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. Today Coria, as it was likely then known, is a place of cobblestone streets lined with quaint eateries and local shops. The market square features an early 19th-century stone water fountain installed by the Second Duke of Northumberland, who took part in the American War of Independence, while the Parish Church of St Andrew is believed to have been consecrated in 676AD.

       

      After enjoying a stroll around this delightful village, your tour of Northumberland’s Roman heritage continues to one of the most northerly Roman military outposts in Britain, the cavalry fort at Chesters. This remarkable archaeological site dates from 124AD, when it was added to a section of the newly built Hadrian’s Wall. Over the next three hundred years approximately five hundred cavalrymen would be garrisoned here at any one time, until the Romans withdrew from Britain in the 5th-century and the site fell into ruin.

       

      With a few dramatic exceptions, only the lowest parts of the walls have survived stone-robbing or ploughing, but Chesters remains the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain, with areas that are extraordinarily well-preserved, including the baths, steam room and officers’ quarters. Also on display in the site’s museum are a wonderful array of relics and inscriptions, all of which were found either at the fort or along Hadrian’s Wall.

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      Delightful Durham - Cathedral and Castle

      2 Aug Tyne, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      In the 19th-century the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott was so moved by the beauty of Durham he wrote a poem about it that is now immortalised in stone upon its most picturesque bridge: “Grey towers of Durham,” he declared, “Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles, Half church of God, half castle ‘gainst the Scot, And long to roam those venerable aisles, With records stored of deeds long since forgot.”

      In the 19th-century the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott was so moved by the beauty of Durham he wrote a poem about it that is now immortalised in stone upon its most picturesque bridge: “Grey towers of Durham,” he declared, “Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles, Half church of God, half castle ‘gainst the Scot, And long to roam those venerable aisles, With records stored of deeds long since forgot.”

      Scott wasn’t the only artist to be captivated by the city. In 1830, J. M. W. Turner painted the cathedral from a perspective that placed the bridge of Prebends in the background. During the same period trees had recently been planted along the banks of the meandering River Wear, between the ruins of the outer castle wall. The result is an enchanting view that has remained relatively unchanged for nearly 200 years.

      During your time in this peaceful UNESCO World Heritage city you will wander through Durham’s hilly cobblestone streets to the cathedral, where your guide will explain more about the history of this remarkable building. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to explore the riverside shops and cafes, or to enjoy a relaxing stroll across Palace Green to the castle. Since 1840 this medieval complex has been home to University College Durham, which is part of Britain’s most prestigious University after Oxbridge. Although in regular use, it remains open to the public and can be viewed on scheduled tours throughout the day.

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      Bamburgh Castle and Holy Isle

      2 Aug Tyne, England, United Kingdom
      Full Day Lunch Included
      The northern regions of Britain are home to more castles than anywhere else in the nation, but few are as dramatic as the castle of Bamburgh, which sits atop a high bluff overlooking the Lindisfarne and Holy Islands.

      The northern regions of Britain are home to more castles than anywhere else in the nation, but few are as dramatic as the castle of Bamburgh, which sits atop a high bluff overlooking the Lindisfarne and Holy Islands.

      In his stories of Arthurian legend, the 15th-century writer Thomas Malory believed Bamburgh to be the location of Sir Lancelot’s mythical fortress, Joyous Gard. Between 411AD and 1066AD the site was certainly held by the Saxons, but it was the Normans who built the current stone keep in the 12th-century, around which the modern castle is based. During the Wars of the Roses Bamburgh was the first fortress in England ever to fall under cannon fire, although it survived the assault relatively unscathed. Since the 19th-century it has been inhabited by the Armstrong family, who have painstakingly restored it to its rightful place as one of the most picture-perfect castles in Britain.

      After exploring Bamburgh’s many halls, your tour continues to Holy Island, which played a significant part in the development of Christianity across northern England. It was here that the Irish monk St Aiden first stepped ashore in Northumberland in 635AD and built a monastery from which to spread the word of his religion. Today the priory lies in ruin but wandering through its remains will provide a palpable sense of what life was like during the mediaeval period and reveal why Lindisfarne has remained such a world-renowned Christian sanctuary in the centuries since St Aiden’s demise. After some free time and lunch on the island, your tour will then return to Aegean Odyssey in Tyne.

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

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      York and York Minster

      3 Aug Hull, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      Founded by the Romans, conquered by the Vikings, York is a place where history awaits you around every corner and there is always something surprising to discover. During this guided tour of its narrow streets, medieval ramparts and gatehouses known as bars, you will soon come to realise why the city is a ‘must see’ for anyone visiting Yorkshire.

      Founded by the Romans, conquered by the Vikings, York is a place where history awaits you around every corner and there is always something surprising to discover. During this guided tour of its narrow streets, medieval ramparts and gatehouses known as bars, you will soon come to realise why the city is a ‘must see’ for anyone visiting Yorkshire.

      At the centre of the old town is the Cathedral of Saint Peter, more commonly known as York Minster. The origins of this magnificent building go back to 637AD when the first of several churches was completed on the site; but it wasn’t until 1220 when work began on an ambitious new structure that would eventually become one of the biggest and most beautiful cathedrals in northern Europe.

      York Minster is renowned for having the largest collection of medieval stained glass in Britain, with 128 windows constructed from some two million individual pieces. During World War I and World War II every window was removed and placed into storage to ensure their safety for generations to come.

      During your guided tour of this wonderful ecclesiastic masterpiece you will be able to climb the 275 spiralling steps of the central tower, passing medieval pinnacles and gargoyles along the way, for spectacular views across the city and the Yorkshire countryside beyond. Afterwards, free time will be available to explore the shops and cafes of the quaint old town, before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Hull.

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      Panoramic Hull and Humber Bridge

      31 Jul 3 Aug Hull, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      This panoramic tour will take you past all Hull’s main architectural sights, including the Ferens Art Gallery, the City Hall, Guild Hall and Wilberforce House, where the 18th-century abolitionist was born. A stop will be made at the attractive Queens Gardens, a nine-acre sequence of sunken tree-lined pathways, ponds and fountains that was once the largest dock in the country, until it was filled in and converted into parkland during the 1930s.

      In 2017 Kingston-upon-Hull completed its successful transition from an historic industrial town to a burgeoning artistic one when it became the United Kingdom’s City of Culture.

       

      This panoramic tour will take you past all Hull’s main architectural sights, including the Ferens Art Gallery, the City Hall, Guild Hall and Wilberforce House, where the 18th-century abolitionist was born. A stop will be made at the attractive Queens Gardens, a nine-acre sequence of sunken tree-lined pathways, ponds and fountains that was once the largest dock in the country, until it was filled in and converted into parkland during the 1930s.

       

      To the west of the gardens is a statue dedicated to William Wilberforce. Also keep your eye out for a plaque dedicated to the titular character from the first English novel, Robinson Crusoe, who sailed from Hull in 1651 on the fictional voyage that saw him shipwrecked for 28 years.

       

      Leaving Hull behind, your tour will then take you to Humber Bridge, which first opened in 1981. This Grade 1 listed structure was once the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world and remains an important link between Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Humber has echoes of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in terms of its design, but its main span length surpasses California’s Art Deco masterpiece. An iconic part of the landscape, Humber is still the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that can be walked or cycled across.

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      Heartbeat Country

      3 Aug Hull, England, United Kingdom
      Full Day Lunch Included
      Riding on a steam train through the rolling green countryside of north Yorkshire is one of the most magical experiences you can have in England. On this tour you will board a vintage railway in the quaint market town of Pickering and be transported to the idyllic village of Goathland, which will be instantly recognisable to fans of the television series Heartbeat as “Aidensfield”, or to Harry Potter aficionados as Hogsmeade, the final stop on the Hogwarts Express.

      Riding on a steam train through the rolling green countryside of north Yorkshire is one of the most magical experiences you can have in England. On this tour you will board a vintage railway in the quaint market town of Pickering and be transported to the idyllic village of Goathland, which will be instantly recognisable to fans of the television series Heartbeat as “Aidensfield”, or to Harry Potter aficionados as Hogsmeade, the final stop on the Hogwarts Express.

      Disembarking here you will find the train station virtually unchanged from its Victorian heyday, although the décor is now designed to recreate the post Great War era of the 1920s. Heading into the village, you guide will take you to all the familiar Heartbeat locations, including the Aidensfield Pub, Scripps’ Garage and the shops on the green which featured in many of the show’s 372 episodes.

      Boarding another vintage train, your final stop will be the seaside town of Whitby, famous the world over as the place where Count Dracula’s ship ran aground during a storm in the classic horror novel by Bram Stoker. During your time here you will have the opportunity of visiting a dedicated Heartbeat Exhibition and your guide will also reveal more popular filming locations from the series. After which, there will be plenty of time to enjoy a little shopping, before your return to Aegean Odyssey by coach.

       

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

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      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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      Major General Stephen Carr-Smith

      Major General Stephen Carr-Smith, British Army, Retired
      Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.

      Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.

      His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. On leaving the Army in 1995, he worked for a company providing security and mine clearance services in remote and hostile countries; was the Senior Military Advisor to an operational analysis company owned by British Aerospace; and was the Chairman of a company developing opportunities to marry-up Russian technology with western finance and production.

      From 1999 to 2006, he was the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a national appointment dealing with redress and financial compensation for buyers and sellers of residential property throughout the UK. Since 2009, he has been the Chairman of Help Moving Office, an internet company run by his second son that has now expanded into America.

      He has had a number of other involvements, like being an Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) – an all women, uniformed volunteer body that has supported the British Army for 100 years. From 1997 to 2003, he was a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Signals. From 2003 to 2013, he was the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club, with its origins in the Punjab in the 1920s – and, accompanied by his wife, he led tours to Sri Lanka in 2004 and to India in 2007.

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      Dr John Hughes

      Dr John Hughes, Judge for the Royal horticultural Society
      From his earliest days John Hughes has always grown plants with his main passion being cacti and other succulent plants. Unable to do Botany at ‘A’ level, as only Zoology was offered, he went on to study Industrial Chemistry at University and stay on for his PhD.

      From his earliest days John Hughes has always grown plants with his main passion being cacti and other succulent plants. Unable to do Botany at ‘A’ level, as only Zoology was offered, he went on to study Industrial Chemistry at University and stay on for his PhD. He then embarked on a career as a Forensic Scientist which included a secondment to work in Peru where he fell in love with all things Latin and with South America in particular. He has spent over three years of his life there, often back-packing and looking to learn about all manner of plants from alpines to tropical plants. He has also been a long term member of a field club where members study the British flora and fauna in the countryside.

      Having looked after his parents garden from his early teens, the products of his labour led him to become an active amateur showman and later Horticultural judge. He loves to share his passion for plants and has been a frequent speaker to Horticultural Societies, Cactus Societies and Alpine Garden Society Groups and is Chairman of the London Group of the Alpine Garden Society.  He has been a member of the Royal Horticultural Societies’ Tender Ornamental Plant Committee for over ten years and a judge at all the major RHS shows such as Chelsea and Hampton Court for much of this time. In his talks he hopes to introduce you some of the beautiful plants that we are going to see and talk about his experiences as a judge for the Royal horticultural Society.

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      Captain William Wells

      Captain William Wells, Former Ship Captain and Commercial Marine Pilot
      Whilst he was still a schoolboy, William Wells won a scholarship to travel from his native New Zealand to England and undergo nautical training. It would be the basis of a 49-year seafaring career as Master Mariner, Ship’s Captain and Commercial Marine Pilot.

      Whilst he was still a schoolboy, William Wells won a scholarship to travel from his native New Zealand to England and undergo nautical training. It would be the basis of a 49-year seafaring career as Master Mariner, Ship’s Captain and Commercial Marine Pilot. William was promoted to Captain at the age of 28, then became a Trinity House licensed pilot in the Port of London. He also served for 10 years in the Middle East and four years in the Bahamas, where he regularly handled many of the world’s largest ships, before returning to the Port of London.

      He ended his career as the Senior River Pilot in the Port of London, England.

      A published author and a very successful Public Speaker, he is in regular demand speaking on a range of maritine topics to a wide variety of organisations and learned societies throughout the UK and the Continent of Europe including BBC Radio and aboard cruise ships. 

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      Grange St Pauls

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

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

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      Voyages to Antiquity is pleased to offer free Economy Class airfare*, available from a variety of US gateways for select cruise itineraries!

      Free roundtrip airfare from select US gateways

      Voyages to Antiquity's Economy Class airfare program uses the world's leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings. Upgrade costs for Business Class may be available on request - please call for details.

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

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

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

      Included transfers

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

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

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      Owner's Suites

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

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

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      $11,950*pp
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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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      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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      $9,945*pp
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      275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

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

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      $9,495*pp
      $9,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      E

      Deluxe Outside

      PREMIUM
      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $8,745*pp
      $9,195*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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      $8,395*pp
      $8,845*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      G

      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $7,950*pp
      $8,350*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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      $7,550*pp
      $7,950*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      I*

      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $7,095*pp
      $7,495*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      J

      Standard Outside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $6,695*pp
      $7,095*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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      $6,345*pp
      $6,695*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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      $5,995*pp
      $6,345*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      M

      Standard Inside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $5,695*pp
      $5,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      CC

      Deluxe Balcony

      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $12,200*pp
      $12,750*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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      $10,675*pp
      $11,125*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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      $9,595*pp
      $9,995*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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      $9,150*pp
      $9,550*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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      $8,595*pp
      $8,995*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      JJ

      Standard Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $8,095*pp
      $8,495*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      KK

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $7,645*pp
      $7,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      LL

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $7,200*pp
      $7,550*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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      $6,850*pp
      $7,150*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Third/fourth person sharing
      $4,750
      $4,550
      Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
      $650
      Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
      $1,200
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
      $1,600

      MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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

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

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