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The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca

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Golden Triangle Tour

Delhi to Singapore

28 days

1-night hotel in Agra

2-night hotel stay in Jaipur

2-night hotel stay in Delhi

2-night hotel stay in Singapore

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01 Jan, 2019

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  • 28 days
  • 7 countries
  • 7 hotel nights
  • 13 shore excursions
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Explore India's magnificent “Golden Triangle” of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, then join Aegean Odyssey in Mumbai and sail the tropical Malabar coast, before picnicking on a “desert island” in the Maldives.

In Sri Lanka, visit the Pinnawala elephant sanctuary, see the incredible murals of the Asokaramaya Buddist temple and cruise to the spiritually significant city of Trincomalee.

Sail to the Andaman Islands and Thailand for the chance to explore the delightful resort of Phuket as well as the stunning Phi Phi Islands or the bay of Phang Nga. Then cruise the Strait of Malacca to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, a place of breathtaking skylines and sacred shrines.

Your journey concludes with a two-night hotel stay in Singapore, a city that combines the colonial elegance of the Sir Stanley Raffles era with all the dynamism of a modern hi-tech city-state.

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

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jan 01
Tue
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Jan 02
    Wed
    Delhi , India
    Arrive in Delhi India and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    Jan 03
    Thu
    Delhi , India
    Half day sightseeing city tour of Delhi.
    overnight hotel
    Jan 04
    Fri
    Delhi , India
    Morning drive from Delhi to Agra. Afternoon sightseeing to Agra Fort.
    overnight hotel
    Jan 05
    Sat
    Agra , India
    Morning visit to Taj Mahal, then drive from Agra to Jaipur via the famous Fatehpur Sikri.
    overnight hotel
    Jan 06
    Sun
    Jaipur , India
    Take a jeep ride to the hill-top Amber Fort.
    overnight hotel
    Jan 07
    Mon
    Mumbai , India
    Fly to Mumbai embark Aegean Odyssey
    10.00pm
    Jan 08
    Tue
    At sea
    Cruising the Arabian Sea
    Jan 09
    Wed
    Marmagao , India
    Tour Old Goa and historic villas of the Portuguese era or take a tour away from the city, through small towns and villages.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Jan 10
    Thu
    At sea
    Cruising the Arabian Sea
    Jan 11
    Fri
    Cochin , India
    Morning highlights tour including the oldest church in India and 500-year old Portuguese houses. Optional afternoon tour available or a full day optional tour to India's most beautiful regions, Kerala
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Jan 12
    Sat
    At sea
    Cruising the Indian Ocean
    Jan 13
    Sun
      Kuda Bandos , Maldives
      Beach BBQ in the Maldives
      3.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 14
      Mon
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean
      Jan 15
      Tue
      Colombo , Sri Lanka
      Watch Asian elephants bathe and play on a full day adventure to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage or optional full day tour to Kandy.
      overnight
      8.00am
      Jan 16
      Wed
      Colombo , Sri Lanka
      Morning Colombo city tour.
      6.00pm
      Jan 17
      Thu
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean
      Jan 18
      Fri
      Trincomalee , Sri Lanka
      Choice of tours: City tour of Trincomalee or visit UNESCO Polonnaruwa.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 19
      Sat
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean
      Jan 20
      Sun
      At sea
      Cruising the Indian Ocean
      Jan 21
      Mon
      Port Blair , Andaman Islands
      Morning city tour, including the Andaman's historic monuments and museums. Optional afternoon tour to Ross Island.
      7.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 22
      Tue
      At sea
      Cruising the Andaman Sea
      Jan 23
      Wed
      Phuket , Thailand
      Day trip to the Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 24
      Thu
      At sea
      Cruising the Strait of Malacca
      Jan 25
      Fri
      Port Kelang , Malaysia
      View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums, historic memorials and local marketplaces in Kuala Lumpur
      2.00pm
      8.00am
      Jan 26
      Sat
      Singapore , Singapore
      Disembark Aegean Odyssey and delve into the spirit of Singapore with a morning sightseeing tour. Optional Singapore night safari evening tour.
      overnight hotel
      8.00am
      Jan 27
      Sun
      Singapore , Singapore
      Optional morning tour of Gardens by the Bay.
      overnight hotel
      Jan 28
      Mon
      Singapore , Singapore
      Transfer to Singapore Airport for flight home

      Half day Delhi City Tour

      3 Jan Delhi, India
      Half day
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      Agra Fort

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

      Enjoy a guide tour of the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites that bear testimony to an extraordinary civilisation. The Red Fort of Agra was founded by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Behind its forbidding red sandstone battlements are fairytale palaces that tell the tale of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century when Agra was one of India's most important cities.

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      Taj Mahal

      5 Jan Agra, India
      Half day
      Enjoy guided tours of  the spectacular Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites that bear testimony to an extraordinary civilisation

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

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      Jaipur's Amber Fort

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

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

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

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

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      Old Goa & Latin Quarter Walk

      9 Jan Marmagao, India
      Half day Extensive Walking
      Marvel at two magnificent churches of Old Goa, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then take a walking tour of the capital's atmospheric Latin Quarter.

      Marvel at two magnificent churches of Old Goa, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then take a walking tour of the capital's atmospheric Latin Quarter. Some of India's most architecturally beautiful places can be found in Old Goa, your first sightseeing destination. This walled historic precinct contains an archaeological reserve of churches that were influential in spreading Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art to Asia in the 16th to 18th centuries.

      Designed to awe the locals into conversion, these magnificent churches testify to the wealth of Goa when it was the capital of the Eastern Portuguese Empire. Visit St Cajetan Church, modeled on St Peter's in Rome, with its hidden crypt where in 1992 the bodies of former Portuguese governors were found in lead coffins waiting to be sent back to Lisbon. Next, visit the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesus, where St Francis Xavier, Goa's patron saint, is entombed in a marble mausoleum.

      Continue your sightseeing with a short orientation drive through Panjim, the relaxed state capital. Enjoy a walking tour through one of the city's most charming neighborhoods, the Fontainhas Latin Quarter built by the Portuguese. Stroll along the narrow streets past wonderful old villas and savor the tranquil essence of Goa.

      Note: Please dress respectfully for religious sites by covering shoulders and knees. 

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      Temples & Spices

      9 Jan Marmagao, India
      Half Day
      This tour takes you away from the city, through small towns and villages. Along the way you will see the large, elegant homes from the colonial period and pass numerous brilliant green rice paddies.

      The Goan port of Marmagoa was chosen to be the first capital of the Portuguese Empire in India and, in 1685, the construction of the fort started along with that of the main town. This tour takes you away from the city, through small towns and villages. Along the way you will see the large, elegant homes from the colonial period and pass numerous brilliant green rice paddies. In the lush valleys and forests of Ponda are hidden a number of Hindu temples, built in the 17th and 18th centuries by those attempting to practice their traditional religion away from the prying eyes and persecution of the Portuguese.

      Although the temples are fairly modern by Indian standards, their deities are ancient, and revered by the local people, as well as by the thousands of pilgrims who visit here from other parts of southern India. Set on wooded hill, and surrounded by farmland, Mangueshi Temple is considered the most important Hindu temple in Goa. Here you will find a seven-story octagonal tower, full of niches where oil lamps are placed during festivals and important occasions. 

      A visit to Sahakari Plantation will refresh both your body and soul. Here the fields centre on a large irrigation tank filled with lilies and watched over by bright kingfishers. The property’s varied terrain, which includes both flat wetlands and hillsides, allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of plants and trees. You will be provided with a guided walking tour by an expert through the spice world of black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, etc.

      *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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      Cochin City Tour

      11 Jan Cochin, India
      Half day
      Centuries of invaders, traders and rulers have shaped the culture and architecture of the Indian state of Kerala's premier city.

      Centuries of invaders, traders and rulers have shaped the culture and architecture of the Indian state of Kerala's premier city. 15th and 16th-century palaces, mosques, churches, and even an active synagogue mark the myriad periods in Cochin's history.

      Begin your sightseeing with a drive to Fort Cochin, located in the historic centre, and visit the oldest European church in India, St Francis Church, where the explorer Vasco da Gama was once buried. Just outside the church, see the bamboo and teak poles of the city's often photographed Chinese fishing nets and then catch the lively action at the local Fish Market.

      Head next to the Mattancherry area where the old merchant houses were once home to a flourishing Jewish community. Visit the charming Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555, renovated by the Dutch in 1663 and today flanked by shrines to Krishna and Shiva.

      Tour the Synagogue, built in 1568, with its hand-painted blue-and-white tiles from China and sparkling, oil-burning chandelier from Belgium. Afterwards, stroll along historic Jew Street, lined with spice and antique shops. The first wave of Jewish migration to Cochin dates to the 1st century BC, but long before it is said the ships of King Solomon traded here.

      Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. Shoes must be removed to enter the synagogue and no items (incuding cameras) can be taken inside but must be left on the excursion coach. There is no wheelchair access in the Dutch Palace.

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      Alleppey Backwater Cruise

      11 Jan Cochin, India
      Full day Lunch Included
      Glide past sleepy backwater villages through a labyrinth of tropical waterways as one of India's most beautiful regions, Kerala, unfolds.

      Glide past sleepy backwater villages through a labyrinth of tropical waterways as one of India's most beautiful regions, Kerala, unfolds. Drive from the ship to Alappuzha, your gateway to this idyllic world. Here, you'll board a tourist boat to begin your adventure.

      Relax in shaded comfort as you drift down narrow, foliage-choked canals that suddenly, thrillingly, open to expansive green paddy fields. Get glimpses of tropical life you'd never see from the road, such as villagers bathing and washing their clothes in the river, workers harvesting coconuts and children playing beneath trees laden with papaya, mango and jackfruit.

      In this labyrinth of waterways, called kayals, time seems to stand still. For centuries this extensive network of rivers, lakes and lagoons has been a means of transporting goods and people from the heartland to the coast. Kettuvallam (traditional house boats) still ply the waters carrying cargo and are locally built from eco-friendly materials in much the same way as they have for centuries.

      Following your backwater trip, transfer to Punnamada Resort for a buffet lunch. A brief orientation of Cochin concludes this delightful excursion.

      Please note that the drive from the ship to Allapuzha is approximately 1.5 hours. Life jackets will be provided on the boat during this excursion. Sun protection is highly recommended.

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      Kumbalangi Village Tour

      11 Jan Cochin, India
      Half day
      Rub shoulders with the real India on this adventure combining a backwater boat trip with a taste of traditional village life.

      Rub shoulders with the real India on this adventure combining a backwater boat trip with a taste of traditional village life. Start with a half-hour drive to Kumbalangi, an island-village ringed by Chinese fishing nets. Here you'll board a traditional country boat for a short cruise through the area's serene backwaters. En route you'll have the chance to try your hand at such local fishing techniques as veeshu vala (fishing with conical nets), and padalu (trapping fish in coconut palm cages).

      Following the scenic boat trip, take a walk through the village. There's plenty to see, as the villagers demonstrate such skills as crab catching, fish flipping, clam meat processing, coir making, mat making and net making. Stop for refreshments and drink in the scenic beauty of the paddy fields and mangroves of this idyllic spot.

      Yet another experience awaits before your return to the ship: a rickshaw ride in a local tuk-tuk through narrow village lanes to the coach parking area.

      Please note that various modes of transport are used in this excursion. Life jackets will be provided on the boat ride during this excursion.

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      Optional $ 75

      Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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

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

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

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

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

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      Kandy & Temple of the Tooth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Colombo City Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

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      UNESCO Polonnaruwa

      18 Jan Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
      Full day Archaeological Site
      The magnificent World Heritage Site of Royal Polonnaruwa is the centrepiece of this full-day tour, which begins with a scenic drive across Sri Lanka to one of the best preserved archaeological cities on the island.

      The magnificent World Heritage Site of Royal Polonnaruwa is the centrepiece of this full-day tour, which begins with a scenic drive across Sri Lanka to one of the best preserved archaeological cities on the island.

      During the 11th and 12th-centuries Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka’s second most ancient kingdom and became the seat of Vijayabahu I, who founded the city, and Parakramabahu the Great, whose reign is considered the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa.

      Among the site’s many impressive structures is the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, a circular stone shrine built to a design that is wholly unique to Sri Lanka. This reliquary is believed to have been commissioned to hold either the Relic of the Tooth or the alms bowl used by the Buddha. Only ten such structures remain in existence, but the virtually intact Vatadage of Polonnaruwa is widely considered the finest.

      Also on display are the Royal Palace and Audience Hall, statues of Parakramabahu the Great, the Lotus Bath and the Gal-potha stone book, which recounts the achievements of King Nissanka Malla. Monuments of worship include the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Kiri Vehera stupa and the Gal Viharaya, where four enormous reliefs of the Buddha, consisting of an ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and two ‘Recumbent’ poses, have been carved into a single huge rock.

      The Parakrama Samudraya reservoir, also known as The Sea of Parakrama, also offers a place for some peaceful reflection, before departing for a buffet lunch at the exclusive Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana, on your way back to Aegean Odyssey in Trincomalee.

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      City Tour of Trincomalee

      18 Jan Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
      Half day
      The natural deep-water harbour of Trincomalee has attracted many sea farers throughout the ages, from Marco Polo and Ptolemy to the traders of ancient China and East Asia; its strategic importance has always been immense.

      The natural deep-water harbour of Trincomalee has attracted many sea farers throughout the ages, from Marco Polo and Ptolemy to the traders of ancient China and East Asia; its strategic importance has always been immense.

      Your tour here begins with a visit to the remains of what was once the largest European fort in Sri Lanka, Fort Fredrick. Built by the Portuguese in 1623 the fortress was originally named Fort Triquillimale, until it was captured by the Dutch in 1639 and went through a phase of dismantling and reconstruction.

      Inside the grounds, the classical-medieval Hindu Koneswaram temple can be reached by passing directly through the still intact fort entrance. The Thirukoneswaram Kovil temple, as it is also known, is the oldest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka, although the original shrine was demolished in 1622 by the Portuguese, who called it the Temple of a Thousand Columns.

      Much of the art from the demolished temple was taken to the Lisbon Museum, including a stone inscription by the Chola King, Kulakottan, but the remaining building materials were subsequently used to enlarge the fort’s ramparts.

      There will also be a chance to visit the Trincomalee War Cemetery, commemorating soldiers of the British Empire who lost their lives during World War II, followed by the tranquil remains of the Velgam Vihara temple, an historic place of worship for both Sinhala and Tamil Buddhists that is today one of Sri Lanka’s most important Archaeologically Protected Monuments.

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      Port Blair City Tour

      21 Jan Port Blair, Andaman Islands
      Half Day
      Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands.

      Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Surrounded by lush forest and rugged coastline, Port Blair is a vibrant mix of Indian Ocean inhabitants including Bengalis, Tamils and Burmese.

      You will explore the small town visiting the Naval Marine Museum with its displays of tribal art, marine life and archaeology. The museum also has a sizable collection of shells and corals. Next, visit the Anthropological Museum which illustrates the lives of the aboriginal tribes with miniature models of the tools used by them, their dresses and photographs of their life style.

      Your final stop is the Cellular Jail. The construction of this prison started in 1896 and was completed in 1906. The building had seven wings, at the centre of which a tower served as the fulcrum and was used by guards to keep watch on the inmates. The wings forked out of the tower in straight lines, much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel and a large bell was kept in the tower to raise an alarm in the eventuality of an escape or disturbance. All the prisoners were kept in isolation and subjected to a brutal work regime and the Cellular Jail is one of the murkiest chapters in the history of the colonial rule in India.

      Before you return to the ship, there will be a brief stop at the local market Aberdeen Bazaar where there is a good selection of local wood carvings and jewellery.

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      Ross Island

      21 Jan Port Blair, Andaman Islands
      Half Day Extensive Walking
      Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

      Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering, and is home to a large and noisy population of peacocks.

      This small island was the capital of Port Blair during the British regime and it presently houses the ruins of old colonial buildings like the Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Government House, the main Church, the Hospital, and Troop Barracks. All in a rather dilapidated condition, these buildings evoke the old British regime. You will also visit a small museum which houses old photographs of Ross during the colonial era.

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      Phi Phi Islands

      23 Jan Phuket, Thailand
      Full day Lunch Included
      With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park.

      With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park, Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Don your swimsuit, hop aboard a local speedboat and head for these tropical treasures of the Andaman Sea. Your adventure starts early with a transfer from the ship to Phuket Marina.

      From here, it's about an hour by water to Phi Phi Le, where you'll visit stunningly beautiful Maya Bay, seen in the film The Beach. Swim or snorkel with colourful fish. Explore fjord-like Pileh Cove with its steep limestone walls. See the Viking Cave, a source of birds' nests for the famous Asian soup. Inside, rock carvings from 3,000-4,000 years old are thought to resemble Scandinavian longboats.

      For lunch, your boat pulls up to a beachside restaurant. Splash ashore where a buffet lunch is waiting. Then surrender to an afternoon of pleasure on enchanting Bamboo Island. Enjoy free time, snorkel amid the coral beds and wonder if those Viking captains ever did drop anchor in these blissful waters.

      *Please note the excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions. 

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      Phang Nga by Longtail Boat

      23 Jan Phuket, Thailand
      Full day Lunch Included
      Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea.

      Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. Enjoy a briefing on this beautiful bay during the hour-and-ahalf drive from Phuket. Then step aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat and let the scenery speak for itself as you skim over some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Circle the island of Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island since it appeared in The Man With The Golden Gun.

      Wind through mangroves and silent caves to Pan Yi Island. Stop at the Sea Gypsy Village, a Muslim village built entirely on stilts, where you can visit a school, wander the byways, shop for pearls and glimpse a fascinating way of life.

      During your time at Pan Yi Island you will enjoy a typical Asian buffet lunch. En-route, visit a local fruit orchard to sample an array of tropical fruits and learn how to prepare such treats as Tom Yum Kung Soup. If time permits, you will also stop at a showroom of Thai handicrafts and jewellery.

      *Please note this tour is dependent upon weather and sea conditions.

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      Kuala Lumpur

      25 Jan Port Kelang, Malaysia
      Half day
      View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums, historic memorials and local marketplaces during this tour of Malaysia's capital.

      View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums and historic memorials during this tour of Malaysia's capital. It's all a far cry from the city's 19th-century start as a humble tin mining settlement. Start with an hour's drive along the modern highway to the highlight of your sightseeing tour, the National Museum, where the superb displays include a life-size exhibit of a Malay wedding, a GoldRoom and a reconstructed village compound.

      On your way to Independence Square, pass the blue-domed National Mosque and the fantastical Edwardian Moorish-style Railway Station. Visit Independence Square, where British colonists once played cricket and the Malayan flag was first hoisted on August 31, 1957. The surrounding architectural ensemble includes the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club, a watering hole for high society during the tin boom. Across the way is St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican church.

      Before returning to the ship proceed to the Petronas Towers for a photo stop – the most memorable symbol of Kuala Lumpur without a doubt.

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      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Spirit of Singapore

      26 Jan Singapore, Singapore
      Half day
      Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers.

      Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Delve into Singapore's past in Chinatown where soothsayers consult cards to predict the future and the scent of exotic soups blends with the sight of arcane medicinal treatments. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, where sacred cow figurines crouch on the roof and an annual fire-walking contest is held.

      Stroll in the city's National Orchid Gardens, just inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, where terraces showcase the largest orchid display in the world: 60,000 plants, over 700 species and 2,100 hybrids including the National Flower of Singapore, Vanda Miss Joaquim. See the city's Colonial heritage in all its splendor as you drive past Parliament House, the Supreme Court, Raffles Hotel and City Hall. Wind up over 300 ft. to the top of Mt Faber for sweeping panoramas of the city, port and islands where offshore refineries make this an important petroleum center. Whether you view Singapore as a dining, shopping or cultural mecca, this overview reveals there's much to explore in the Lion City.

      *Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule.

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      Singapore Night Safari

      26 Jan Singapore, Singapore
      Evening Visit
      Founded in 1973, Singapore Zoo is known as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world. Here the animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. Spread over 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo is nestled in the lush Mandai Rainforest and contains over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

      Founded in 1973, Singapore Zoo is known as one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world. Here the animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. Spread over 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo is nestled in the lush Mandai Rainforest and contains over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

      This optional tour offers a unique opportunity to join a Night Safari at Singapore Zoo, where you’ll guided around the world’s first nocturnal zoological park.  More than a thousand animals appear to roam freely in a seemingly vast habitat, from the massive Burmese Gaur (the largest of wild cattle) and the beautiful African Bongo, to the majestic Malayan Tiger and diminutive, boldly striped Banded Civet.

      Discover beautiful and unusual fauna on board a silent electric tram, then explore further on foot through the jungle trails for a close encounter with wildlife. The canopy of jungle trees, some towering over 40m above the park, complements exotic ferns and palms, while other plants exude superb fragrances, all providing a dramatic backdrop for the animal residents of the Night Safari.

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      Optional $ TBC

      Gardens by the Bay

      27 Jan Singapore, Singapore
      Half Day
      Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland.

      Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland.

      One of the iconic buildings at the Gardens is the Flower Dome, a 1.2-hectare (3.0 acres) glasshouse that creates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa). It is also home to a collection of plants from the world’s areas and showcases how plants have evolved to thrive in arid environments.

      Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist and see a 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

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      Optional $ 28

      Rev Dr. Judith Brown

      Rev Dr. Judith Brown, University of Oxford
      Judith Brown is the recently retired Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and an emeritus Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.  The main focus of her academic writing has been modern India, in particular the careers of M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.  She has also written on the modern diaspora from South Asia.

      Judith Brown is the recently retired Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and an emeritus Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.  The main focus of her academic writing has been modern India, in particular the careers of M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.  She has also written on the modern diaspora from South Asia.

      She was born in India and then educated in the UK.  She returned to India to teach in her “gap” before going to Cambridge (Girton college) to read History as an undergraduate, and then to do her doctorate on the early Indian career of Gandhi.  Her teaching career started in her own college where she was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History.  She then moved to Manchester University’s Department of History, and finally in 1990 to Oxford.  As well as teaching and writing, she has travelled widely for research, to give lectures, and to do many of the tasks which accompany senior academic life.  She has been a governor of several UK universities, a Trustee of the Charles Wallace (India) Trust, and was a founder member of the Kluge Scholars’ Council at the Library of Congress.  In the 1990s she travelled regularly to South Africa to teach summer courses on India in the then University of Natal.

      Judith is also an Anglican Priest, and now helps in Balliol Chapel and in the parish church of St. Mary Magdalen, Oxford.  In 2017 she was “lent” to Brasenose College as their interim chaplain.  She was married to her late husband, Peter Diggle for over 30 years.  Their son works in politics in London and their daughter-in-law is a rising young opera star.  Judith’s passion, apart from India, is gardening!

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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 Peter Cattermole

      Dr Peter Cattermole, Planetary Geologist/Volcanologist
      Peter was born in Sussex, and by seven was showing a keen interest in climbing rocks and playing the piano. The former led eventually to his becoming a geologist, the latter left him with a lifelong interest in music.

      Peter was born in Sussex, and by seven was showing a keen interest in climbing rocks and playing the piano. The former led eventually to his becoming a geologist, the latter left him with a lifelong interest in music. While in his teens he was fortunate to meet Sir Patrick Moore, the eccentric TV astronomer, with whom he shared a close friendship until Patrick’s death in 2012. His enthusiasm led to Peter developing a keen interest in observational astronomy, particularly of the Moon and Planets. A certain ineptness at maths prevented pursuit of an astronomy career, so Patrick encouraged him to study and apply for a degree course in geology which he duly did, graduating from the University of Wales, gaining a higher degree and becoming a lecturer in both the Universities of Wales and Sheffield. He specialised in planetary geology, remote sensing and hard rock petrology.

      Prior to entering academia, he had been a draftsman, a forester, a rock climbing instructor and museum curator. In between university appointments has also spent a short period teaching at Gordonstoun School – an odd but interesting experience! For several years he was a Principal Investigator with NASA’s Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program, specialising in the study of the volcanoes of Mars and Venus. During this period he was based at Arizona State University. He also appeared regularly on BBC TV’s regular astronomy programme “Sky at Night”. In 1995 he delivered the 87th Kelvin Lecture to the Royal Society of Electrical Engineers.

      Peter has written more than 20 books, several in collaboration with Patrick Moore, as well as a plethora of academic papers. Taking early retirement in the late 1990s during a period of university “rationalisation”, he struck out on his own, leading specialist trips around the world, predominantly to volcanic areas, but also to view total solar eclipses. This took him to India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa, the USA, Mexico, Southeast Asia, as well as Australia, Siberia and Europe. In the late 1980s he began lecturing on cruise ships, and has since enjoyed working for several different lines on many different oceans, endeavouring to enthuse people about the workings of the wonderful planet on which we live.

      He has continued to play the piano, enjoy cooking and walking in the hills. Until recently he and his wife owned a rustic finca on the island of La Gomera, where they enjoyed good food, cheap wine, fantastic walking and views of the heavens almost unsurpassed. Their latest property acquisition is in rural Andalucia. He is hoping that Aegean Odyssey’s journey to India and Southeast Asia, is as wonderful as his previous trips.

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      Clare Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Please note Clare will not be lecturing.

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      John Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Ernest Rea

      Ernest Rea, Broadcaster
      Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles.

      Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. 

      In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.

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      Gaynor Vaughan-Jones

      Gaynor Vaughan-Jones, Radio & TV Producer
      Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.

      Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.

      She spent 25 years working for the BBC as a Radio 4 presenter and as an award-winning producer of television and radio programmes. She was Head of BBC Radio Wales and was the first Managing Editor of BBC Radio 5, which is a national news and sports channel.

      While at the BBC Gaynor was sent to South Africa post-apartheid to train black presenters for SABC. Nowadays she works as a media consultant with Charities, and spends her spare time sailing the high seas or at home with her husband Ernie and beautiful dog, Bertie.

      Whilst on board Aegean Odyssey, Gaynor will be on board to host a book club for passengers wishing to learn more about the fascinating sites visited.  Please note Gaynor will not be lecturing.

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      Courtyard Marriott Agra

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

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

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

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      Hilton Jaipur

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

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

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      Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

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

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

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

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      Le Méridien New Delhi

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

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

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

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      Regent Four Seasons

      Singapore, Singapore
      2-night hotel stay in Singapore
      Located within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road, the five-star Regent Four Seasons in Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering guests supreme comfort.

      Located within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road, the five-star Regent Four Seasons in Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering guests supreme comfort. With contemporary decor and museum-quality Asian art pieces, the hotel is a private and exclusive haven for business and leisure travellers.

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

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      ITC Rajputana

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

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

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      ITC Mughal

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

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

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

      Low-cost roundtrip airfare add-ons from select gateways

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

      Sample roundtrip economy airfare add-ons from several US cities are listed below.

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

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

      Sample economy airfare add-ons*

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

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

      Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing. Some gateways may require departures 1 or 2 days prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 or 2 days later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure if applicable.

      Customized air travel

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

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

      Seat Assignments

      Voyages to Antiquity will request aisle and next seating when making your flight arrangements. Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. You or your travel agent may contact the carrier directly to request any special arrangements once air has been ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing.

      Frequent Flyer Mileage

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

      Included transfers

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

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

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      Owner's Suites

      BALCONY
      Owner's Suites, BALCONY
      Layout
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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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      $14,495*pp
      $16,995*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      B

      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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      $13,450*pp
      $15,950*pp
      Lido
      Lido
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      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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      $12,250*pp
      $14,450*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
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      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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      $11,550*pp
      $13,750*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
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      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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      $10,795*pp
      $12,795*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
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      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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      $10,350*pp
      $12,350*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
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      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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      $9,750*pp
      $11,650*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
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      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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      $9,195*pp
      $10,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      I*

      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $8,950*pp
      $10,550*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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      $8,395*pp
      $9,995*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      K

      Premium Inside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $7,950*pp
      $9,350*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      L

      Premium Inside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $7,595*pp
      $8,995*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      M

      Standard Inside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $7,250*pp
      $8,550*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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      $14,150*pp
      $16,350*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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      $12,595*pp
      $14,595*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      GG*

      Premium Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $11,450*pp
      $13,350*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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      $10,950*pp
      $12,750*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      II*

      Premium Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $10,550*pp
      $12,150*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      JJ

      Standard Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $10,150*pp
      $11,550*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      KK

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $9,550*pp
      $10,950*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      LL

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $9,150*pp
      $10,450*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      MM

      Standard Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $8,695*pp
      $9,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Third/fourth person sharing
      $6,895
      $5,895
      Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
      $795
      Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
      $1,600
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
      $3,450

      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.