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Athens to Malaga

130 days

1-night hotel stay in Negombo

2-night hotel stay in Cairo

2-night hotel stay in Delhi

1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh

3-night hotel stay in Athens

1-night hotel stay in Kandy

2-night hotel stay in Luxor

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05 Dec, 2018

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  • 130 days
  • 22 countries
  • 12 hotel nights
  • 52 shore excursions
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Combine five of our winter voyages and cruise from Athens to Malaga into one incredible four-month journey as you explore some of the most outstanding, must-see destinations in the world, from the Mediterranean to Asia, Africa and back to Europe. Enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations on board, delicious cuisine, comfortable cabins and friendly service every step of the way. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is truly one of the great journeys to be found on the globe.

Guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program will have an overnight hotel stay post-cruise before their flight home. Please call for details.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Dec 05
Wed
    Departure
    Depart North America
    Dec 06
    Thu
    Athens , Greece
    Arrive in Athens and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    Dec 07
    Fri
    Athens , Greece
    Choice of tours: Acropolis and its Museum or Byzantine Athens.
    overnight hotel
    Dec 08
    Sat
    Athens , Greece
    Sightseeing in Mycenae and Epidaurus.
    overnight hotel
    Dec 09
    Sun
    Piraeus , Greece
    Optional morning tour to the National Archaeological Museum or embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus.
    7.00pm
    Dec 10
    Mon
    At sea
    Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
    Dec 11
    Tue
    At sea
    Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
    Dec 12
    Wed
      Suez Canal , Egypt
      Daytime transit of Suez Canal
      Dec 13
      Thu
      Cairo , Egypt
      Disembark and drive to Cairo for lunch and afternoon sightseeing to the Egyptian Museum and hotel dinner and overnight stay.
      overnight hotel
      Dec 14
      Fri
      Cairo , Egypt
      Morning tour to discover the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, enjoy lunch and a free afternoon. Evening cruise on the Nile and dinner.
      overnight hotel
      Dec 15
      Sat
      Cairo , Egypt
      Morning sightseeing tour visiting Memphis and Sakkara sites plus lunch. Afternoon drive from Cairo to rejoin Aegean Odyssey in Ain Sokhna.
      overnight
      Dec 16
      Sun
        Suez Canal , Egypt
        Full day tour to St Anthony and St Paul's Monasteries
        8.00pm
        Dec 17
        Mon
        At sea
        Cruising the Red Sea
        Dec 18
        Tue
          Aqaba , Jordan
          Visit to the rose-red ancient city - Petra.
          overnight
          7.00am
          Dec 19
          Wed
            Aqaba , Jordan
            Take an optional tour to one of the most enchanting deserts in the world; Wadi Rum.
            2.00pm
            Dec 20
            Thu
              Safaga , Egypt
              Disembark and drive to Luxor for lunch and afternoon sightseeing to Karnak and dinner and overnight hotel stay.
              overnight hotel
              7.00am
              Dec 21
              Fri
                Safaga , Egypt
                Visit the UNESCO Valley of the Kings plus lunch. Evening show and dinner at the hotel.
                overnight hotel
                Dec 22
                Sat
                  Luxor , Egypt
                  Morning drive from Luxor to Safaga to rejoin Aegean Odyssey for lunch on board.
                  8.00pm
                  Dec 23
                  Sun
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 24
                  Mon
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 25
                  Tue
                  At sea
                  Christmas Celebrations at sea
                  Dec 26
                  Wed
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 27
                  Thu
                  At sea
                  Cruising the Red Sea
                  Dec 28
                  Fri
                    Salalah , Oman
                    Visit the town of Sumharam and the Tomb of Job for a morning sightseeing tour. In the afternoon take an optional tour to discover the Sultanate heritage.
                    10.00pm
                    8.00am
                    Dec 29
                    Sat
                    At sea
                    Cruising the Arabian Sea
                    Dec 30
                    Sun
                    At sea
                    Cruising the Arabian Sea
                    Dec 31
                    Mon
                      Muscat , Oman
                      A visit to the Sultan's Palaca, and the famous 16-century Portuguese twin forts. Optional afternoon tour.
                      10.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 01
                      Tue
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Arabian Sea
                      Jan 02
                      Wed
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Arabian Sea
                      Jan 03
                      Thu
                      Porbandar , India
                      Sightseeing tour by tuk-tuk
                      8.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 04
                      Fri
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Arabian Sea
                      Jan 05
                      Sat
                      Delhi , India
                      Morning sightseeing in Mumbai. Afternoon flight to Delhi.
                      overnight hotel
                      6.00am
                      Jan 06
                      Sun
                      Delhi , India
                      Take an express train to Agra and enjoy guided tours of Agra Fort and the spectacular Taj Mahal
                      overnight hotel
                      Jan 07
                      Mon
                      Mumbai , India
                      Morning sightseeing in Delhi. Afternoon flight to Mumbai to rejoin 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
                      Maldives , 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
                      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.
                      8.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 26
                      Sat
                      Singapore , Singapore
                      Optional morning tour of the Gardens by the Bay.
                      7.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 27
                      Sun
                      Malacca , Malaysia
                      Discover the history of Malacca.
                      8.00pmhotel
                      8.00am
                      Jan 28
                      Mon
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Strait of Malacca
                      Jan 29
                      Tue
                      Penang , Malaysia
                      Morning visit to the colourful capital of the Malaysian island of Penang - George town
                      2.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 30
                      Wed
                      Phuket , Thailand
                      Free time at leisure
                      6.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Jan 31
                      Thu
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Andaman Sea
                      Feb 01
                      Fri
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Andaman Sea
                      Feb 02
                      Sat
                      Yangon , Burma
                      Take a guided tour of the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular monument
                      overnight
                      8.00am
                      Feb 03
                      Sun
                      Yangon , Burma
                      Tour of Scott's market and National Museum or optional air tour to Bagan or Mandalay.
                      overnight
                      Feb 04
                      Mon
                      Yangon , Burma
                      Free day in Yangon
                      6.00pm
                      Feb 05
                      Tue
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Andaman Sea
                      Feb 06
                      Wed
                      Port Blair , Andaman Islands
                      Free day at leisure.
                      8.00pm
                      8.00am
                      Feb 07
                      Thu
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 08
                      Fri
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 09
                      Sat
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 10
                      Sun
                      Colombo , Sri Lanka
                      A morning visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage followed by lunch and a visit to Spice Garden and Temple of Tooth. Afternoon drive to Kandy for overnight hotel
                      overnight hotel
                      7.00am
                      Feb 11
                      Mon
                      Kandy , Sri Lanka
                      Morning visit to Royal Botanical Gardens.
                      overnight
                      Feb 12
                      Tue
                      Colombo , Sri Lanka
                      Free morning to spend at leisure. Afternoon return to Aegean Odyssey in Colombo.
                      10.00pm
                      Feb 13
                      Wed
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 14
                      Thu
                      Maldives , Maldives
                      Beach BBQ in the Maldives
                      8.00pm
                      noon
                      Feb 15
                      Fri
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean Cross the Equator
                      Feb 16
                      Sat
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 17
                      Sun
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 18
                      Mon
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 19
                      Tue
                      Mahe , Seychelles
                      Take a tour to Mahé, an extraordinary treasure trove of flora that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation.
                      overnight
                      7.00am
                      Feb 20
                      Wed
                      Mahe , Seychelles
                      Arrive at the reef barrier and view the underwater world from a glass-bottomed boat drifting over the corals on this optional half day tour.
                      6.00pm
                      Feb 21
                      Thu
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 22
                      Fri
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 23
                      Sat
                      At sea
                      Cruising the Indian Ocean
                      Feb 24
                      Sun
                        Port Louis , Mauritius
                        Choice of tours: Port Louis and Pamplemousses Garden or Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House
                        overnight
                        8.00am
                        Feb 25
                        Mon
                          Port Louis , Mauritius
                          Choice of tours: Port Louis and Pamplemousses Garden or Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House.
                          8.00pm
                          Feb 26
                          Tue
                          St. Denis , Reunion
                          Choice of morning tours: St. Denis or scenic reunion including St Paul and La Petite France.
                          2.00pm
                          8.00am
                          Feb 27
                          Wed
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                          Feb 28
                          Thu
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                          Mar 01
                          Fri
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                          Mar 02
                          Sat
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                          Mar 03
                          Sun
                          Richards Bay , South Africa
                          Full day sightseeing: drive to Hluhluwe Game Reserve or optional overnight excursion to Leopard Mountain or optional overnight visit to Phinda Mountain.
                          overnight
                          7.00am
                          Mar 04
                          Mon
                          Richards Bay , South Africa
                          Morning extended visit to St. Lucia Wetland park.
                          10.00pm
                          Mar 05
                          Tue
                          Durban , South Africa
                          Visit the beautiful city Pietermaritzburg, encompassing old world charm, country living and beautiful Victorian architecture, now a modern South African town or optional half day visit to the unique Shark’s Board.
                          8.00pm
                          8.00am
                          Mar 06
                          Wed
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                          Mar 07
                          Thu
                          Port Elizabeth , South Africa
                          Full day included private game reserve experience or 1 night optional tour to Lalibela Game Reserve or Pumba Safari.
                          overnight
                          8.00am
                          Mar 08
                          Fri
                          Port Elizabeth , South Africa
                          Half day city tour of Port Elizabeth or optional 2-night overland tour.
                          7.00pm
                          Mar 09
                          Sat
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Indian Ocean
                          Mar 10
                          Sun
                          Cape Town , South Africa
                          Sightseeing tour of Cape Town. Cable car ride up to Table Mountain.
                          overnight
                          8.00am
                          Mar 11
                          Mon
                          Cape Town , South Africa
                          Full day included tour to Cape Winelands.
                          overnight
                          Mar 12
                          Tue
                          Cape Town , South Africa
                          Free day at leisure.
                          overnight
                          Mar 13
                          Wed
                          Cape Town , South Africa
                          Optional tour to Cape Point with its dramatic sea cliffs - among the highest in South Africa.
                          overnight
                          Mar 14
                          Thu
                          Cape Town , South Africa
                          included half day tour to Kirstenboesh Botanical Gardens.
                          overnight
                          Mar 15
                          Fri
                          Cape Town , South Africa
                          Half day sightseeing tour to visit the Cheetah Outreach project and then sample some olive tasting.
                          overnight
                          Mar 16
                          Sat
                          Cape Town , South Africa
                          Free day at leisure.
                          6.00pm
                          Mar 17
                          Sun
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 18
                          Mon
                          Luderitz , Namibia
                          Visit Namibia's most well-known ghost town - Kolmanskop
                          6.00pm
                          8.00am
                          Mar 19
                          Tue
                          At sea
                          Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 20
                          Wed
                          Walvis Bay , Namibia
                          Included sightseeing in Walvis Bay: choose between Sandwich Harbour Lagoon or a visit to Namib Naukluft National Park that includes part of the Namib desert.
                          overnight
                          8.00am
                          Mar 21
                          Thu
                          Walvis Bay , Namibia
                          Optional Dolphin and Seal cruise to witness the bird and marine life.
                          2.00pm
                          Mar 22
                          Fri
                          At sea
                          Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 23
                          Sat
                          At sea
                          Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 24
                          Sun
                          Luanda , Angola
                          Afternoon city tour visiting the Palacio de Ferro designed by Gustav Eiffel.
                          8.00pm
                          2.00pm
                          Mar 25
                          Mon
                          At sea
                          Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean Cross the Equator
                          Mar 26
                          Tue
                          At sea
                          Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 27
                          Wed
                          Bom Bom Island , Sao Tome and Principe
                          Free day at leisure and a beach party
                          8.00pm
                          8.00am
                          Mar 28
                          Thu
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 29
                          Fri
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 30
                          Sat
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Mar 31
                          Sun
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 01
                          Mon
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 02
                          Tue
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 03
                          Wed
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 04
                          Thu
                          Praia, Santiago Island , Cape Verde
                          Choice of included tours: Discover the Cape Verde Islands of visit the beauty of Santiago
                          6.00pm
                          8.00am
                          Apr 05
                          Fri
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 06
                          Sat
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 07
                          Sun
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 08
                          Mon
                          Las Palmas, Gran Canaria , Spain
                          Explore the breathtaking sites of Gran Canaria
                          10.00pm
                          8.00am
                          Apr 09
                          Tue
                          At sea
                          Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
                          Apr 10
                          Wed
                          Agadir , Morocco
                          Drive from Agadir via Taroudant to Marrakesh for overnight hotel stay
                          overnight hotel
                          8.00am
                          Apr 11
                          Thu
                          Marrakesh , Morocco
                          Morning sightseeing in Marrakesh Afternoon drive to Casablanca to rejoin Aegean Odyssey
                          10.00pm
                          Apr 12
                          Fri
                          Tangier , Morocco
                          Afternoon sightseeing - Tangier Highlights
                          8.00pm
                          1.00pm
                          Apr 13
                          Sat
                          Malaga , Spain
                          Disembark Aegean Odyssey. Guests using VTA's air program will have a 1-nt hotel stay post-cruise, before transferring to the airport for the flight home
                          6.00am

                          Byzantine Athens

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

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

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

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

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                          Included
                          Choice of Tours
                          Cultural Activity
                          UNESCO World Heritage Site

                          Athens and the Acropolis

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Included
                          Choice of Tours
                          Cultural Activity

                          Exploring Argolis: Mycenae and Epidaurus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Included

                          Archaeological Museum of Athens

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

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

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

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

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                          Optional $ 35

                          Cairo Museum & the Treasures of Egypt

                          13 Dec Cairo, Egypt
                          Drive through downtown Cairo to visit the treasure trove in Egypt's National Archaeological Museum.

                          Imagine the feelings of the British archaeologist Howard Carter when, on November 5, 1922, he descended the steps to discover the tomb of Tutankhamun and its golden treasures.

                          This priceless collection includes a royal diadem, weapons used by the young king, a viscera coffin for his mummified liver and a gold mask weighing over 24 pounds of solid gold shaped in the image of the pharaoh's face. They date from 1347BC during Egypt's Golden Age and are some of the stunning artefacts of pharaonic art you will see during a visit to the National Archaeological Museum.

                          Situated in the world famous Tahrir (Liberty) Square in the heart of downtown Cairo, the museum is the repository of the world's largest and richest collection of Egyptian antiquities, spanning a period of over 50 centuries.

                          There will be plenty of time to enjoy the golden burial masks, papyrus scrolls and artefacts representing every period of Egyptian history on display.

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                          Included
                          UNESCO World Heritage Site

                          Pyramids of Giza

                          14 Dec Cairo, Egypt
                          Half Day Extensive Walking
                          Stand in awe before the Pyramids at Giza, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

                          Stand in awe before the Pyramids at Giza, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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

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

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

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                          Included

                          Evening Nile cruise

                          14 Dec Cairo, Egypt
                          Evening sail Lunch Included

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

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                          Included
                          UNESCO World Heritage Site

                          Memphis and Sakkara

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

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

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

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

                           

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                          St Anthony and St Paul's Monasteries

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Walking Tour of Petra

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Desert Safari to Wadi Rum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Karnak Temple

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

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

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

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

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

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                          West Bank & Valley of the Kings

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Scenic Salalah

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Sultanate Heritage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Mystical Muscat

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Dhow Cruise

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

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

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

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

                          Note: Dhow cruise is subject to weather conditions.

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                          Porbandar by Tuk Tuk

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Mumbai City Highlights

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

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

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

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

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                          Agra & the Taj Mahal

                          6 Jan Delhi, India
                          Half day Extensive Walking
                          While in Agra, enjoy guided tours of Agra Fort and the spectacular Taj Mahal, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites that bear testimony to an extraordinary civilization.

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

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

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

                          Please note that there is a strict security check at the entrance to the Taj Mahal and no bags are allowed inside. 

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                          Half day Delhi sightseeing

                          7 Jan Mumbai, India
                          Half day
                          Included
                          UNESCO World Heritage Site

                          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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                          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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                          Gardens by the Bay

                          26 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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                          Malacca Heritage Tour

                          27 Jan Malacca, Malaysia
                          Half day Tender Archaeological Site
                          Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name.

                          Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name. Malay history is said to have begun with the founding of Malacca in 1403. This once-sleepy fishing village became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Centuries of colonization influenced the architecture and cultures.

                          Start your sightseeing with a drive to Dutch Square and a visit to either the 17th-century Stadthuys, once the former governor's residence that is now a History Museum, or the Istana Melaka Museum. Ascend the 120 steps up St Paul's Hill for spectacular views over the waters once plied by schooners laden with silks and spices.

                          Visit St Paul's Church, built to honour St Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Malacca. At Porto de Santiago, view the remains of a Portuguese fortress whose 9-foot-thick walls once encircled the entire hill. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, there'll be time to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores and colorful restaurants.

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

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                          George Town Highlights

                          29 Jan Penang, Malaysia
                          Half Day
                          Visit the temples, mosques and churches of this historically rich and culturally diverse city.

                          The tour begins with a drive through the streets of the city and along the ‘road of harmony’ bustling with activity. Lining along this road are various places of worship – an Anglican St. George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Arrive at the Penang Museum which displays a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical artifacts.

                          You will next visit the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses the 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha and the Burmese Temple across the road. Continue driving along Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney. It is perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown), Gurney Drive is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at nighttime, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea.

                          Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to the tranquil and green surroundings of the Botanic Garden which is 72 hectares and more than a century old. Lying in a deep valley at the feet of jungle clad hills, the gardens are bound by tropical forest and cascading streams. You may see the wild monkeys roam freely in their natural habitat. Drive past the Old World setting of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel before returning to the pier.

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

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                          Scott's Market and National Museum

                          3 Feb Yangon, Burma
                          Half day
                           The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

                           The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

                           

                          Artefacts are spread across fourteen galleries representing different areas of history, from royal regalia to musical instruments, various eras of art to epigraphy and calligraphy, traditional folk art, Buddhist iconography, natural history and prehistory. A highlight is the spectacular 26-feet high, jewel-encrusted Royal Lion Throne of King Thibaw, the last ruler of Myanmar, but there are plenty of other priceless and illuminating exhibits to see as well, ensuring you will leave with a greater knowledge and understanding of Myanmar and its people.

                           

                          Not far from the museum is the indoor Bogyoke Market, formerly named Scott’s Market, after the Municipal Commissioner Gavin Scott who led the city under British rule during the early 20th-century. Following Burmese independence in 1948 the market was renamed in honour of the national leader Bogyoke (General) Aung San who had been assassinated the year before.

                          Housed inside this beautiful colonial building are 1,641 shops selling luxury items, handicrafts, food, clothing, jewellery, fashion and consumer goods. The market is square in shape and divided into four wings, but the stalls and shops are not categorized, making finding items more fun.

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                          Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Royal Botanical Gardens

                          11 Feb Negombo, Colombia
                          Half Day
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                          The Wild South

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Coral Cruise

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

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

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                          Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House

                          24 Feb Port Louis, Mauritius
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                          Exploring Mauritius

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Casela Nature Park

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          St Denis

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Scenic Reunion

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Hluhluwe Game Reserve

                          3 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                          Full day

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

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

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

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                          Leopard Mountain Overland

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          St Lucia Boat Cruise & Drive

                          4 Mar Richards Bay, South Africa
                          Extended Half Day

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

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

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

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                          Pietermaritzburg & Museum

                          5 Mar Durban, South Africa
                          Half Day

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Sharks Board

                          5 Mar Durban, South Africa
                          Half Day

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

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

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

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                          Private Safari

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Lalibela Private Game Reserve

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Pumba Private Game Reseve

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

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

                           

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

                           

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

                           

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

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                          Port Elizabeth City

                          8 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                          Half Day

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

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

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

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

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                          The Garden Route

                          8 Mar Port Elizabeth, South Africa
                          2 night overland excursion
                          Optional $ 925
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                          Top of Table Mountain

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

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

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

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

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                          Cape Winelands Discovery

                          11 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                          Full day
                          North-east of Cape Town, “Pearl”, as it translates, is a romantic city with a picturesque main street of colonial buildings that are well shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. The influence of Dutch settlers is also boldly displayed by the huge, expressionistic Taal Monument, which represents the evolution of Afrikaans as a language and how it connects Western Europe with South Africa.

                          North-east of Cape Town, “Pearl”, as it translates, is a romantic city with a picturesque main street of colonial buildings that are well shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. The influence of Dutch settlers is also boldly displayed by the huge, expressionistic Taal Monument, which represents the evolution of Afrikaans as a language and how it connects Western Europe with South Africa.

                           

                          From here the tour continues to a local wine estate, where a stop will be made to taste some local vintages on the way to the village of Franschhoek, or “French Quarter”, where the rich tradition and history of viniculture dates back to 1688.

                           

                          The Huguenot Monument, situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, was completed in 1948 to commemorate the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa. After which the adjoining Memorial Museum focuses on the genealogy of the first Huguenots families to arrive during the 17th and 18th-centuries.

                           

                          A second wine tasting will be followed by a picnic lunch at a local wine estate, before the tour continues to Stellenbosch, a university town and the second oldest in South Africa after Cape Town.

                           

                          Renowned as the “Town of Oaks”, many of Stellenbosch’s impressive trees have been proclaimed national monuments. The town is also highly regarded for its traditional Cape Dutch-style architecture, which can be seen along the main thoroughfare of Dorp Street.

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                          Cape Peninsula

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

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

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

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

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                          Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

                          14 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                          Half day
                          It might not be the oldest in South Africa, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain was the first in the world to be directly founded in order to preserve the country’s indigenous flora. It was also the first to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.

                          It might not be the oldest in South Africa, but Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain was the first in the world to be directly founded in order to preserve the country’s indigenous flora. It was also the first to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. With over 8,500 species of local plants and 36 hectares of cultivated terrain within a huge protected reserve on the mountainside, this bona fide national treasure has earned its place as one of the most famous public gardens in the country.

                           

                          The route from Cape Town to Kirstenbosch skirts the slopes of Devil’s Peak, allowing for some wonderful views over the city. Strolling around these beautiful surroundings, displays are carefully arranged, making it easy for visitors to find their favourite species. The “Fragrance Garden” is an olfactory marvel that is full of sweet and unusual scents, while the ‘Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway’ offers a magnificent bird’s-eye view across the garden. For art lovers, the Mambo Stone Sculpture Garden features locally crafted figures and there will also be some time available for browsing in the well-stocked curio shop.

                           

                          After Kirstenbosch, the tour passes through the attractive suburb of Bishopscourt to reach Constantia, where South Africa’s wine industry began over three centuries ago, for some wine tasting at a local estate. The scenic drive then continues to Constantia Nek, Hout Bay, the Atlantic seaboard suburbs of Camps Bay, Clifton and Bantry Bay, before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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                          Cheetah Outreach project and Olive Tasting

                          15 Mar Cape Town, South Africa
                          Half day
                          The Cheetah Outreach Project was started eight years ago on a piece of land donated by the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch, but has since moved to the town of Somerset West, in the Western Cape. The project aims to provide a voice for free ranging cheetahs through education and awareness in urban and rural communities.

                          The Cheetah Outreach Project was started eight years ago on a piece of land donated by the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch, but has since moved to the town of Somerset West, in the Western Cape. The project aims to provide a voice for free ranging cheetahs through education and awareness in urban and rural communities.

                           

                          Cheetahs have been man’s hunting partners and royal companions for centuries. Ancient Egyptians deified them and the pharaohs kept them as close personal companions, believing they had the power to carry human souls into the afterlife. Sadly, however, these nimble beasts are on the brink of extinction.

                           

                          This guided tour takes you face to face with these majestic cats to learn more about their lives, habits and the dangers that face them. The project’s cheetahs are very friendly, so you will have a chance to stroke an adult, before meeting a pack of Turkish Anatolian Shepard dogs, which are bred on the premises. These brave dogs are sent to rural farms to protect livestock against predators, as well as the cheetahs from the farmers.

                           

                          Not far from the Cheetah project is the Morgenster Estate, which produces Bordeaux-style red wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In 2005 their oil was ranked one of the fifteen best in the world and has won a number of prizes, including the coveted L’Orciolo d'Oro. Visitors to the Estate’s stylish tasting room, designed by Revel Fox, will be able to enjoy a unique South African wine tasting experience, before returning to Aegean Odyssey in Cape Town.

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                          Kolmanskop Ghost Town

                          18 Mar Luderitz, Namibia
                          Half Day

                          Kolmanskop is Namibia's most well-known ghost town, situated in the Spergebiet or “forbidden territory”, just a few kilometers inland from Luderitz.

                          In 1908, the railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a sparkling stone amongst the sand while he was working in a railway maintenance team near Kolmanskop. His supervisor, August Stauch, was convinced it was a diamond, and when this was confirmed, the news spread like wildfire, sparking a “Diamond Rush” which caused fortune hunters to converge on the town in droves.

                          Kolmanskop soon became a bustling centre providing workers with shelter from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. Large, elegant houses were built and it soon resembled a German town, complete with an impressive array of amenities including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, 2-lane skittle alley, theatre, sports hall, casino, ice factory, butchery, bakery and the first x-ray station in the southern hemisphere.

                          The development of Kolmanskop reached its peak in the 1920s, with approximately 300 German adults, 40 children and 800 Ovambo contract workers living in the town. The drop in diamond sales after World War I, as well as the discovery of richer deposits further south at Oranjemund, resulted in the decline of Kolmanskop. Within a span of 40 years, the town lived, flourished and died.

                          Today the ghost town's crumbling ruins bear little resemblance to its former glory. The stately homes have been nearly demolished by the wind and are gradually becoming enveloped by encroaching sand dunes.

                          The area creates the perfect backdrop for good photographic opportunities, and film enthusiasts may be interested to know, that in 2000, the film The King Is Alive was filmed in Kolmanskop, with the town being utilized as the film's main setting. The town was also used as one of the locations in the 1993 film, Dust Devil.

                          During your tour, you will be given a short introduction covering the history of the town as well as the diamond industry today, and you’ll also visit some of the town’s more important buildings including the old hospital, post office and school. There will also be time to explore on your own.

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                          Sandwich Harbour in 4x4s

                          20 Mar Walvis Bay, Namibia
                          Half Day Extensive Walking

                          Sandwich Harbour is a part of the Namib-Naukluft Park that many have heard of but very few have ever visited. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and a unique off-road driving experience. Land Rovers take you to beautiful lookouts where you can feel the isolation for which Namibia and the Skeleton Coast are so famous.
                          The Sandwich Harbour Lagoon is a highlight of the Sandwich Harbour area with its large natural tidal lagoon.

                          The lagoon is completely surrounded by large sand dunes and is only accessible by 4x4s - even this relies largely on the tides. The lagoon area is fed with fresh water seeping through the sand dunes, and contributes to the beauty and natural diversity of the area. The water plays a fundamental role, as it feeds the plants on the shores of the lagoon, which in turn stabilize the dunes, preventing them from silting up the area.

                          If the lagoon is not accessible, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of the lookout spots. Depending on the tides and the swell, we will try to reach the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. Alternatively, you will take an exciting dune ride to the lookout dune to get an aerial view.

                          Stop along the way to enjoy refreshments and, depending on weather conditions (wind), this will either be on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the beach, or amongst the dunes. The route homewards will test the power of the vehicles on the dunes, the highlight being the 65m high roaring dune and its amazing views, giving you exceptional viewpoints on the return to Walvis Bay.

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                          Moon Landscape and Swakopmund

                          20 Mar Walvis Bay, Namibia
                          Half Day

                          Your destination is the Namib Naukluft National Park that encompasses part of the Namib desert (considered the world’s oldest) and the Naukluft mountain range. The park covers over 19,000 square miles and is the largest game reserve in Africa. On the way you’ll pass by endless waves of sand dunes, and when you think of Africa and the desert, this is the scene that comes to mind.

                          As you enter the Namib Naukluft National Park, you’ll turn onto the Welwitschia Drive where the landscape becomes dotted with the extraordinary Welwitschia Mirablis plant. Unique to Namibia, these prehistoric plants have adapted to their harsh habitat. Resembling a large wilted lettuce, Welwitschias only produce two leaves in their lifetime and can live for over 500 years. The locals in this area have dubbed the plant “two-leaf can’t die”. After stopping to view and discuss these amazing and resilient desert plants in their dramatic landscape, this tour continues to the ‘lunar landscape’. In this vast area of eroded valleys you can almost imagine you’re on the moon. Different species of lichen grow here, thanks to the sea fog, which rolls up to 20 miles inland and provides moisture for these desert-dwelling plants.

                          Take in the breathtaking views of the “moon” landscape before arrival in Swakopmund. Known as Swakop in Namibia, Swakopmund is the country's biggest coastal town and a mecca for Namibians on holiday. The city's German origins are quite pronounced in the beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert. One artefact of the German colonisation includes an old museum/store, selling genuine artefacts from the 19th century. Enjoy an orientation tour of the town, with its many beautiful historical buildings dating back to the turn of the century and built in the Art Nouveau style.

                          You will also have the opportunity to browse through the “Brauhaus” Gallery, which is a small shopping arcade in the centre of town. Return to Walvis Bay via the coastal road, passing sand dunes on one side and the sea on the other

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                          Dolphin & Seal cruise

                          21 Mar Walvis Bay, Namibia
                          Half Day

                          Take a short drive from the harbour to the jetty, where you board an open ski boat for a three-hour cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. The water here is usually very calm and abundant with bird and marine life.

                          The boats depart the jetty and cruise around the harbour area, from here they cut across the lagoon to the moored Russian trawlers, where “inquisitive” seals will swim up to the boats hoping for something to eat. For the more adventurous passenger, there is the opportunity to feed fish to these playful animals.

                          Continue to Pelican Point, where a large seal colony and schools of dolphins, which swim alongside the boats, provide entertainment. Dolphins sighted are the Heavy Side and Bottlenose.

                          For bird lovers, apart from seeing many pelicans and cormorants, there are also common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Cape Gannet, Black Oystercatcher and more. Back at the jetty, re-board the coaches, and head back to the quayside.

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                          Changing Face of Luanda

                          24 Mar Luanda, Angola
                          Half Day

                          Located on the west coast of Southern Africa, Angola was under colonial rule until November 11, 1975, the date when it became an independent nation. The Angolan Civil War began after the end of the war for independence from Portugal in 1975. The war featured conflict between two primary Angolan factions, the communist MPLA and the anti-communist UNITA. The 27-year war was formally brought to an end in 2002, and since then Luanda has undergone a renaissance of epic proportions, driven by the natural resources that the country has in abundance – oil and diamonds. Its people are determined and committed to turn around its fortunes, and rebuild a strong and united Angola.

                          You will witness this transformation as you leave the quayside and drive along Marginal Bay, with the commercial part of the city on one side, and views across the bay on the other. Continue past the Igreje de Senhora de Nazare – a small, beautiful church famous for its beautiful altar made of Italian rose marble. Then visit the old Iron Palace “Palacio de Ferro” designed by the famous architect Gustav Eiffel, of Tower fame, whose work also features in other African cities.

                          There will be photo stop at the Gothic-style Church of Los Remedios that was built by the Portuguese in 1719 as a chapel. The church had to be restored in 1798 at the hands of Francis Xavier who managed to accomplish the work with donations from the faithful. Currently, Los Remedios is considered one of the most beautiful and best-preserved churches of San Luis. Then visit the Angolan National Museum of Anthropology, that features an array of traditional masks along with indigenous art, sculptures, tools, weapons, jewellery, clothing and musical instruments.

                          Next is the Fortaleza de Sao Miguel (San Miguel Fort) built in 1576 to guard the entrance to the bay from the marauding French, Spanish and Dutch forces. This it did successfully until 1641 when the Dutch finally seized the fort and Luanda. Arriving in Luanda, it is impossible to miss the towering obelisk-like structure rising above the city. This is the mausoleum dedicated to Augostinho Neto, the first president of Angola. Having very strong communist affiliations, Neto died in 1979, and it is said that this was erected as a gift from the Russian government.

                           

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                          In and Around Praia

                          4 Apr Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
                          Half Day

                          With a name meaning “beach” in Portuguese, the capital of Cape Verde, located on the island of Santiago, offers a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the nation and “feel the flavour” of its many traditions.

                          A drive to the historic Plateau Quarter, in the centre of the city, leads to a guided walk to the neoclassical-style Catholic Cathedral, Nossa Senhora de Graca, or Our Lady of Grace, that was built in the early 20th century. We will also pay a visit to the city’s emblematic main square, Praca Alexandre Albuquerque; the Palace of the President; and the Statue of Diogo Gomes, who discovered the islands for Portugal in 1460.

                          We will then enjoy a stroll through the colourful Vegetable Market of Sucupira before being heading to the nearby town of Velha and the Fortress of S. Filipe, built by King Filipe I of Portugal and Spain in the 16th century. Velha is also home to the Ruinas da Se Catedral, one of the most impressive buildings of the colonial period, as well as the Pelourinho, or pillory, which is a sombre reminder of the slavery trade.

                          There will then be time to enjoy some refreshments in Velha’s main square before returning to Aegean Odyssey by way of Rua Banana to see some old stone houses and a traditional handicraft shop, with a drive along the Avenida Cidade de Lisboa in Praia affording more views across the city.

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                          The Beauty of Santiago

                          4 Apr Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
                          Half day

                          Heading out of Santiago’s capital of Praia into the centre of the island, this scenic tour of the island’s most stunning scenery also showcases the flora and fauna of the Botanical Gardens at Sao Jorge dos Orgaos.

                          The day begins first though with a visit to the village of Saint Domingos, home to a thriving arts and crafts cooperative in a nation famous for its pottery, weaving and embroidery, traditional crocheted blankets, batik dying and wood carvings. Here, you’ll have a chance to shop for some souvenirs and gifts before heading further inland to the small settlement of Sao Jorge dos Orgaos on the edge of the Orgaos Mountains, where the Jardim Botanico Nacional Grandvaux Barbosa is the only Botanical Garden in the country.

                          Created in 1986, the garden is named after the 20th-century Franco-Portuguese botanist Luis Augusto Grandvaux Barbosa, and features several different plants listed as endangered, as well as many ornamental species. After a tour here, we will take a scenic drive, stopping for photo opportunities along the way, to Santiago’s second largest city, Assomada, which plays an important commercial role in Cape Verde’s economy and is a pleasant combination of urbanity and nature.

                          The city centre of Assomada features many Portuguese-style colonial buildings, churches, banks and several town squares, while the market is one of the largest on the island, with a large variety of products to peruse before our return to the port of Praia and Aegean Odyssey.

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                          Highlights of Gran Canaria

                          8 Apr Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
                          Half Day

                          The dramatic geological features of Gran Canaria are breathtaking as you start with a drive up to the volcanic crater of Bandama, an extinct volcano rising nearly 580 metres above sea level, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views over a unique landscape.
                          After a short photostop, the drive continues to the village of Teror, whose striking site on a plateau 575 metres above sea level has earned it the name of "the village in the air". Here, your guide will show you the most interesting colonial-style buildings culminating with an outside view of the basilica dedicated to the Virgen del Pino (Virgin of the Pine), which attracts a ceaseless stream of pilgrims.

                          Our next stop is the town of Arucas, a district that offers important architectural and urban assets. The city centre, declared a site of historic-artistic interest, is a place that visitors must not fail to see.
                          The Parish Church of San Juan Bautista is the leading architectural and social monument in the city. Built entirely in Arucas stone by local master masons, it dates from 1909 and, as well as the wealth of carved stone columns, there are also some beautiful stained glass windows that are the work of Canary Island painter Cristobal Hernandez de Quintana.

                          The tour continues to the Casa y Jardín de la Marquesa -the Marquise’s Palace and Gardens. This is an interesting architectural and natural site that belongs to the Marquise of Arucas. The house was built in 1880 and the spacious Romantic-style gardens around the house can also be visited. You will also have the opportunity of taste the famous Banana liquor before returning to the pier.

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                          Taroudant

                          10 Apr Agadir, Morocco
                          Half Day Crowded Streets

                          Sometimes known as the “Little Marrakesh”, Taroudant is an old trading centre located in Morocco’s Souss Valley. Surrounded by citrus groves, protected by magnificent red-mud walls and with the snowcapped peaks of the High Atlas beckoning beyond, Taroudant’s situation is truly enchanting. Despite its medieval souks and squares, this is not simply a tourist destination, as Taroudant is a working market town where Berbers trade the produce of the rich and fertile Oued Souss plain. On your drive there from the port of Agadir, keep an eye out for the tree-climbing goats that call this part of the world home. Upon arrival, step inside this 11th-century citadel and prepare to be hurled back in time.

                          Resting peacefully within its ramparts, Taroudant has avoided time’s march, retaining its traditional look and feel. Four miles of chunky walls encircle the city, pierced by five impressive gateways. Within them lie Taroudant’s most famous attractions, the daily Berber market and the Arab souk.

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                          Marrakesh Sightseeing

                          11 Apr Marrakesh, Morocco
                          Half Day Extensive WalkingLunch IncludedCrowded Streets

                          With its grand square bustling with snake charmers and market traders and its almost psychedelic souks, Marrakesh is a showcase for exoticism. Surrounded by the sights, sounds and aromas of the medina you can truly appreciate the allure of this North African city. Our guided tour of the old medina of Marrakesh begins with a walk through one of the most interesting quarters of Marrakesh. Here we'll stroll along labyrinthine alleyways, catching glimpses of mosques, hammams, traditional public bakeries, fondouks (old lodging houses used by the caravans) and fountains carved in wood and decorated with kuffic inscriptions.

                          You’ll walk through the colourful souks which are organised according to goods sold and where craftsmen can be seen practicing their traditional trades. After this it is on to the aristocratic Bahia Palace where we see a lush Moorish-style garden in the courtyard of a large palace with beautifully painted residential rooms.

                          Then, after walking through a maze of shaded, narrow streets you will emerge into the famous Djemma el-Fna Square, where throughout the ages local people and African caravans have gathered for entertainment, celebrations, gossip and business. Here we stop at the foot of the famous Koutoubia Minaret, one of the masterpiece works of Islamic architecture.

                          Highlight of our tour is a visit to the Marjorelle Garden, a 12-acre botanical garden in the heart of Marrakesh which was designed in the 1920s and 30s, and was once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent whose ashes were scattered here. Within the gardens, be sure visit the Museum, housing North African textiles from Saint-Laurent’s personal collection, as well as ceramics, jewellery, and paintings by the founder, Jacques Marjorelle.

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                          Tangier Highlights

                          12 Apr Tangier, Morocco
                          Half Day Extensive Walking

                          Situated only a short distance across the Strait of Gibraltar from the shores of Europe, Tangier is a gateway to a vastly different culure. This tour is perfect if you really want to discover more of Tangier, and explore the bustling Medina, with its tiny streets lined with shops filled with trinkets and treats.

                          First head for a photostop at Cape Spartel Lighthouse – more than a century old it shines a warning beacon to ships sailing between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Arriving back in Tangier, visit the Medina (old town) whose walls mark the line of the Roman defences. The grand Mosque rises on the foundations of a temple to Neptune, and the Petit Socco covers the area of what used to be the Forum. The bustling Kasbah is situated on the highest part of the Medina in an area that has been the preserve of palaces and castles for thousands of years.

                          Your guide will walk you through the Medina and the Kasbah, allowing you the opportunity to view the fruit and vegetable market and Mendoubia Park where you can explore at leisure, if you wish.

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                          Alan O'Cain

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

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

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

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                          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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                          Christopher Walton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                          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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                          Dr Campbell Price

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

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

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

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

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                          Dr Carrie Gibson

                          Dr Carrie Gibson, PhD from University of Cambridge
                          Carrie Gibson received her PhD from Cambridge in 2011, and has spent much of the past decade researching the workings of the Spanish empire, clocking up countless hours in the imperial archives in Seville (her favourite place to research!), and travelling extensively through Spain and Portugal to trace this part of the Iberian past. Although her first book, Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day (2014),concerns connections across the Atlantic, she remains drawn to the roots of the Spanish empire, returning time and again to Spain.

                          Carrie Gibson received her PhD from Cambridge in 2011, and has spent much of the past decade researching the workings of the Spanish empire, clocking up countless hours in the imperial archives in Seville (her favourite place to research!), and travelling extensively through Spain and Portugal to trace this part of the Iberian past. Although her first book, Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day (2014),concerns connections across the Atlantic, she remains drawn to the roots of the Spanish empire, returning time and again to Spain.

                          Before embarking on a career as a historian, Carrie was a journalist for the Guardian and Observer. She continues to contribute to media outlets, and has most recently worked with BBC Radio 4 and Vox media in the US. Her next book, El Norte: The Forgotten Hispanic Past of the United States is due out in 2018, and continues her work on Spain’s global links, this time examining the relationship between Spain and North America, starting in the fifteenth century, and running up to today.

                          In winter 2018/19, she will be lecturing on trade and slavery along the West Coast of Africa, especially in Angola, and she also will be discussing the importance of the Cape Verde Islands to the Portuguese empire and the Canaries to Spain during the era of European imperial expansion.

                          For more on her work, see carriegibson.co.uk

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                          Dr David Crilly

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Dr David Price-Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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                          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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                          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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                          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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                          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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                          Nancy Gilchrist

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

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

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

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

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                          Pamela Gordon

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

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

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

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

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                          Peter Mawby

                          Peter Mawby, Wildlife lecturer, ornithologist and research ecologist
                          As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua.

                          As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he was to organise and lead his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faeroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. Such was his skill and expertise that he received his licence and has been ringing birds for well over fifty years.

                          He went on to teach, working in England (Marlborough, Shrewsbury and St John’s School, Leatherhead) and Scotland at The Edinburgh Academy culminating with his final appointment as Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School where he spent eighteen very happy and successful years. Peter is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture of the birds of the Western Dales, working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Environment Agency.

                          He is now in great demand to speak to enthusiasts from the RSPB, Scottish Ornithologists Club and regional Wildlife Trusts. In common with many teenagers Peter was faced with choices and although he finally decided to follow a science route into teaching his other love is music and playing the cello. He has pursued this from his schooldays playing now with a number of orchestras in North West England.

                          In recent years Peter has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with passengers on a range of cruises vising places as far flung as Polynesia, the Amazon, Central America, New England, the Atlantic Islands, Iceland, , Greenland, the White Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean, SE Asia East Africa and the Indian Ocean. His talks which include top quality illustration and sound and video clips are both entertaining and informative. When not lecturing Peter welcomes the opportunity to enhance passengers’ experiences of the wildlife around them out on deck, with on-board commentaries and on tour from the ship.

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                          Prof Chris Stringer

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

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


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


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

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

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                          Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Professor Robert H. Taylor

                          Professor Robert H. Taylor, Author and Editor
                          Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

                          Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

                          Professor Taylor is the author and editor of several volumes on South East Asia.He most recent books were The State in Myanmar (2009) and General Ne Win: A Political Biography (2015), both of which have been translated into Burmese. Since leaving academia, he has worked as a lay immigration judge and a consultant to the oil and gas industry in the UK and USA.

                          In recent years he has been a frequent Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Yushok Ishak Institute ISEAS in Singapore. Professor Taylor is one of the very few Western social scientists to live in Myanmar, then Burma, in the 1970s and 1980s and has visited the country almost every year since 1975.

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                          Professor Thomas G Fraser MBE

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

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

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

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

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                          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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                          Robert A. E. Gordon

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

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

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

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

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                          Steve Ragnall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                          Jetwings Sea hotel

                          Colombo, Sri Lanka
                          1-night hotel stay in Negombo
                          Situated on the coastline of Negombo, Jetwing Sea is a chic seaside resort that reflects a mixture of modern elegance and cozy ambience. Its excellent location makes it a popular destination.

                          Situated on the coastline of Negombo, Jetwing Sea is a chic seaside resort that reflects a mixture of modern elegance and cozy ambience. Its excellent location makes it a popular destination. 

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                          Cairo Marriott Hotel

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

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

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                          The LaLiT Hotel

                          Delhi, India
                          2-night hotel stay in Delhi
                          The LaLiT  is one of the finest luxury hotels in the city. The hotel is located just minutes away from government offices, cultural centres, and international trade fair grounds.

                          The LaLiT  is one of the finest luxury hotels in the city. The hotel is located just minutes away from government offices, cultural centres, and international trade fair grounds.

                          This five star property is surrounded by upscale shopping centres, heritage monuments, and neighbourhoods buzzing with cafés and bazaars. Naturally, it is the preferred choice for perfect gateway to India’s vibrant capital.

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                          Grand Savoy

                          Marrakesh, Morocco
                          1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh
                          Premium Class
                          With its splendid public spaces, magnificent outdoor pools and top-class restaurants, the Grand Savoy is an excellent base in Marrakesh.

                          With its splendid public spaces, magnificent outdoor pools and top-class restaurants, the Grand Savoy is an excellent base in Marrakesh. The Grand Spa is the ideal place to relax after sightseeing and shopping. The centre includes giant indoor pools, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. Rooms are, of course, air-conditioned and come with free Wi-Fi connection.

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                          Hotel Grande Bretagne -

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

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

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                          King George Hotel

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

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

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                          Mahavel Reach

                          Kandy, Sri Lanka
                          1-night hotel stay in Kandy
                          Surrounded by the mysterious ancient kingdom of Kandy, Sri Lanka's longest river & the wondrous mountain ranges, stands the palatial Mahaweli Reach Hotel.

                          Surrounded by the mysterious ancient kingdom of Kandy, Sri Lanka's longest river & the wondrous mountain ranges, stands the palatial Mahaweli Reach Hotel. Mysteriously hidden behind the lush green tropical gardens on the plush banks of the Mahaweli river, this hotel offers guests a truly unforgettable experience. 

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                          Meridien

                          Marrakesh, Morocco
                          1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh
                          Premium Class
                          This 5-star hotel is in the central Hivernage section of the city where many luxury villas were built during the French protectorate.

                          This 5-star hotel is in the central Hivernage section of the city where many luxury villas were built during the French protectorate. Also in the area is Place Djemaa el Fna and the Menara Gardens, surrounding a large man-made lake.

                          In addition to a restaurant, the Meridien features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a full-service spa and poolside bar.

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                          Sofitel Palais Imperial

                          Marrakesh, Morocco
                          1-night hotel stay in Marrakesh
                          Balcony Class
                          Set in lush, fountained gardens of fragrant herbs, bougainvilleas and a palm-ringed pool, this 5-star palace is impressive in its majesty.

                          Set in lush, fountained gardens of fragrant herbs, bougainvilleas and a palm-ringed pool, this 5-star palace is impressive in its majesty. Marble columns soaring to sculpted ceilings, traditional zellige tiles and the deep reds and browns of oriental tapestries induce a sense of atmosphere.

                          The entire resort breathes relaxation and refinement, from outdoor sofas and loungers round the pool to sumptuous rooms, some with panoramic views of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains.

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                          Steigenberger Nile Palace

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

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

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                          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 add-ons from select 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.

                          Sample gateways for our free roundtrip economy airfare are listed below.

                          Please note: guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program for voyages ending in Malaga will have an additional 1-night hotel stay post cruise before transferring to the airport for the flight home.

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

                          Sample free economy airfare gateways*

                          AtlantaFREEBostonFREE
                          ChicagoFREEDallasFREE
                          DetroitFREEHoustonFREE
                          Los AngelesFREEMiamiFREE
                          New YorkFREEOrlandoFREE
                          PhiladelphiaFREEPhoenixFREE
                          Portland ORFREESan FranciscoFREE
                          SeattleFREEWashington DCFREE

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

                          Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing. Some gateways may require departures 1 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
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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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                          $63,950*pp
                          $77,950*pp
                          Lido
                          Lido
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                          Junior Suites

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

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

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                          $56,995*pp
                          $69,950*pp
                          Lido
                          Lido
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                          Deluxe Balcony

                          BALCONY
                          Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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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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                          $51,150*pp
                          $62,550*pp
                          Bridge
                          Bridge
                          Lido
                          Lido
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                          Deluxe Balcony

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

                          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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                          $47,550*pp
                          $58,750*pp
                          Belvedere
                          Belvedere
                          E

                          Deluxe Outside

                          PREMIUM
                          Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
                          Layout
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                          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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                          $43,195*pp
                          $53,495*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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                          $40,750*pp
                          $50,950*pp
                          Belvedere
                          Belvedere
                          Bridge
                          Bridge
                          Lido
                          Lido
                          G

                          Premium Outside

                          PREMIUM
                          Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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                          virtual

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

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                          $37,750*pp
                          $46,950*pp
                          Bridge
                          Bridge
                          Lido
                          Lido
                          H

                          Premium Outside

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

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                          $34,995*pp
                          $43,895*pp
                          Belvedere
                          Belvedere
                          Columbus
                          Columbus
                          I*

                          Premium Outside

                          PREMIUM
                          Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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                          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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                          $32,250*pp
                          $40,750*pp
                          Bridge
                          Bridge
                          J

                          Standard Outside

                          PREMIUM
                          Standard Outside, PREMIUM
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                          virtual

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

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                          $29,695*pp
                          $37,595*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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                          $27,395*pp
                          $34,495*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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                          $24,750*pp
                          $31,650*pp
                          Columbus
                          Columbus
                          M

                          Standard Inside

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

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                          $22,750*pp
                          $28,950*pp
                          Belvedere
                          Belvedere
                          Columbus
                          Columbus
                          CC

                          Deluxe Balcony

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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                          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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                          $59,995*pp
                          $71,395*pp
                          Lido
                          Lido
                          EE

                          Deluxe Outside

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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                          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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                          $51,450*pp
                          $61,750*pp
                          Belvedere
                          Belvedere
                          GG*

                          Premium Outside

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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                          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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                          $45,250*pp
                          $54,450*pp
                          Bridge
                          Bridge
                          Lido
                          Lido
                          HH*

                          Premium Outside

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
                          Layout
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                          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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                          $41,995*pp
                          $50,895*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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                          $38,950*pp
                          $47,450*pp
                          Bridge
                          Bridge
                          JJ

                          Standard Outside

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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                          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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                          $35,995*pp
                          $43,895*pp
                          Columbus
                          Columbus
                          KK

                          Premium Inside

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                          Layout
                          virtual

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                          $33,295*pp
                          $40,395*pp
                          Belvedere
                          Belvedere
                          LL

                          Premium Inside

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
                          Layout
                          virtual

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                          $30,650*pp
                          $37,550*pp
                          Columbus
                          Columbus
                          MM

                          Standard Inside

                          SINGLE CABINS
                          Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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                          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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                          $28,550*pp
                          $34,750*pp
                          Belvedere
                          Belvedere
                          Third/fourth person sharing
                          $20,595
                          $15,695
                          Cruise Only Credit (no air or land included)
                          $500
                          Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)
                          $4,375

                          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.