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15 Jul, 2019

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This Norwegian odyssey begins with an overnight stay in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia and recently voted one of the friendliest cities in the world. Cross the Kattegat Sea to the historic Old Town of Grenaa and another Nordic capital, magnificent Oslo, a place of Viking heritage, extraordinary modern art and medieval architecture.

In Flam, enjoy a ride on the scenic railway and cruise the Sognefjord, the largest and best known fjord in the country. Stroll through one of Norway’s biggest ports, Bergen, then explore the spectacular landscape surrounding the village of Geiranger and the port of Alesund.

With shore excursions in the cities of Stavanger and Kristiansand offering more opportunities for discovery, you will also spend a day in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, to experience all its main sights, before your cruise comes to an end with a two-night hotel stay in London.

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Port
Depart
Arrive
Jul 15
Mon
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    Jul 16
    Tue
    Copenhagen
    • Arts & culture
    • Explore Independently
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Arrive into Copenhagen transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
    overnight
    Jul 17
    Wed
    Copenhagen
    • Arts & culture
    • Explore Independently
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    In the morning see the many highlights of Copenhagen, from the famous Little Mermaid Statue to the brightly coloured waterfront of Nyhavnand, then tour either Christiansborg Palace or Rosenborg Castle. The afternoon is then at leisure, or an optional tour to the Roskilde Viking Museum is also available.
    8.00pm
    Jul 18
    Thu
    Aarhus
    • Arts & culture
    • Flora and Fauna
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Take a fascinating stroll around the open-air museum of Den Gamle By, which superbly reconstructs the atmosphere of medieval Aarhus. Alternatively, take a tour to the charming 17th century Baroque castle of Clausholm. An optional visit to another medieval marvel, the city of Randers, is also available.
    2.00pm
    7.00am
    Jul 19
    Fri
    Oslo
      Oslo, Norway
      Explore Norway’s capital on a choice of tours in the morning, combining the city’s highlights and the remarkable Vigeland Park with either the world-famous Holmenkollbakken ski jump and Viking Ship Museum, or the Opera House and City Hall. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the Munch and Astrup Fearnley Art Museums is also available.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 20
      Sat
      Kristiansand
      • Arts & culture
      Kristiansand, Norway
      Discover the highlights of Kristiansand and its surroundings on an included tour that features the 17th century Christiansholm Fortress, the open-air Vest-Agder Country Museum, and the 400-year-old rose painted Søgne Old Church.
      7.00pm
      2.00pm
      Jul 21
      Sun
      Stavanger
      • Arts & culture
      Stavanger, Norway
      Choose between an included walking tour of Stavanger to the old district of “Gamle”, considered one of Europe’s best preserved settlements of wooden houses, or a visit to the Archaeological Museum and Swords in Stone monument, on the trail of Stavanger’s Viking history.
      1.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 22
      Mon
      Flam
      • Natural Wonders
      Flam , Norway
      Take an included ride on the spectacular Flåm Railway, then cruise the Sognefjord, or journey from Flåm to Tvindefossen and visit the old Viking village of Gudvangen.
      6.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 23
      Tue
      Bergen
      • Arts & culture
      • Natural Wonders
      • Unesco
      Bergen, Norway
      Enjoy a walk through Hanseatic Bergen, or take a complimentary ticket for a ride up the only funicular railway in Scandinavia, to the summit of Mount Fløyen, for amazing views over the city and a chance to explore at leisure.
      1.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 24
      Wed
      Hellesylt
      • Scenic Area
      Hellesylt, Norway
      Cruise the mighty Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains on the entire west coast. A full-day optional tour to Hellesylt and the Jostedalsbreen National Park is also available.
      10.00am
      8.00am
      Jul 24
      Wed
      Geiranger
      • Natural Wonders
      • Unesco
      Geiranger, Norway
      Enjoy a panoramic tour of UNESCO Geiranger including the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, for incredible views of the distant Geirangerfjord far below.
      6.00pm
      noon
      Jul 25
      Thu
      Alesund
      • Arts & culture
      • Architecture
      • Scenic Area
      Alesund, Norway
      Visit the port town of Ålesund, at the mouth of the Geirangerfjord, renowned for its abundance of Art Nouveau architecture.
      1.00pm
      6.00am
      Jul 26
      Fri
      Ulvik/Eidfjord
      • Wildlife
      • Natural Wonders
      Ulvik/Eidfjord, Norway
      Take a scenic tour to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre and the impressive Vøringsfossen waterfall, which plunges nearly 200 metres down the mountainside.
      6.00pm
      1.00pm
      Jul 27
      Sat
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      A day at sea to enjoy Aegean Odyssey’s facilities. Visit the Athena Spa perhaps, or sit back for a lazy morning in the Charleston Lounge with a good book from our well-stocked library.
      Jul 28
      Sun
      Rosyth, Scotland
      • Arts & culture
      Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Admire Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh on a city tour including the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Alternatively, head to Stirling Castle and enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens.
      8.00pm
      8.00am
      Jul 29
      Mon
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      Relax as Aegean Odyssey cruises south towards London. Your Daily Journal will always outline a range of activities available.
      Jul 30
      Tue
      London, England
      • Arts & culture
      London, England, United Kingdom
      Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury for a drive to the Tower of London opposite Tower Bridge, where you will board a boat for a river-cruise down the Thames. Transferring to your centrally located hotel, the afternoon and evening will then be at leisure in the British capital.
      overnight hotel
      8.00am
      Jul 31
      Wed
      London, England
      • Arts & culture
      London, England, United Kingdom
      Explore the British capital at leisure. An optional visit to the Globe theatre and the landmarks of William Shakespeare’s Southbank is also available in the morning.
      overnight hotel
      Aug 01
      Thu
      London, England
      • Arts & culture
      London, England, United Kingdom
      Transfer to London airport for your flight home.
      Copenhagen Highlights and Christiansborg Palace

      Copenhagen Highlights and Christiansborg Palace

      17 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
      Half Day
      Few places have as much friendliness and joie de vivre as Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that in recent years the city has become one of the most desirable places to live in Europe. This panoramic tour of the Danish capital begins with a stop at the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, who sits upon her rock on the waterside in Langelinie, gazing forlornly out to sea as though musing on her unrequited love.

      Few places have as much friendliness and joie de vivre as Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that in recent years the city has become one of the most desirable places to live in Europe. This panoramic tour of the Danish capital begins with a stop at the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, who sits upon her rock on the waterside in Langelinie, gazing forlornly out to sea as though musing on her unrequited love.

      A short drive then takes you to the islet of Slotsholmen for the magnificent neo-baroque Christiansborg Palace, where the Danish Parliament and the Supreme Court convene. Among the various Royal Reception Rooms on display here is the magnificent Great Hall, frequently used for state visits and evening events, such as the Queen’s gala dinners. The hall is lavishly decorated with seventeen colourful tapestries by Bjørn Nørgaard, depicting 1,100 years of Danish history, from the Viking Age to the year 2000. A gift to the Danish Queen to mark her 50th birthday, the work of art was inaugurated on her 60th birthday in April 2000.

      Also on the tiny island of Slotsholmen is the former stock exchange of Børsen – an excellent example of Dutch Renaissance architecture boasting an unusual and distinctive twisted spire, made up of entwining dragon tails.

      Just across the canal is the imposing City Hall, dating from 1905 and modelled on the Tuscan Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. The brightly coloured waterfront of Nyhavn is where Hans Christian Andersen lived from 1845 to 1864. Then finally, enjoy a stroll around the four identical 18th century palaces of Amalienborg, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Copenhagen Highlights and Rosenborg Castle

      Copenhagen Highlights and Rosenborg Castle

      17 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
      Half Day
      The Danish capital is a city of canals spanned by bridges, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks, not to mention the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world, making it a great place to discover on this leisurely panoramic tour.

      The Danish capital is a city of canals spanned by bridges, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks, not to mention the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world, making it a great place to discover on this leisurely panoramic tour.

      Among the highlights are the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, the old Citadel, the Renaissance flourishes of Holmens Church, the magnificent Gefion fountain and the royal residence of Amalienborg Palace. King’s Square is home to the Royal Theatre and fashionable Nyhavn is the centre of Copenhagen’s pavement café culture.

      Denmark’s crown jewels are kept inside the Dutch Renaissance-style Rosenborg Castle, built in 1607 for Christian IV and uninhabited since 1710; it was first opened to the public in 1838. Among the treasures you will see during your guided tour of the castle’s well preserved interior are the crown of Christian IV and a gem-studded sword that belonged to Christian III.

      Passing the elegant Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, the imposing City Hall dates from 1905 and is modelled on the Tuscan Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. By contrast, directly across the road is the world’s second oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens, which first opened its doors in 1843 and is home to one of the oldest rollercoasters still operating today, the Rutschebanen, built from wood in 1914.

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      Roskilde Viking Experience

      Roskilde Viking Experience

      17 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark
      Half Day
      The former capital of Denmark, Roskilde has played a crucial part in Danish history and features some wonderful historic attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage cathedral. Almost forty Danish monarchs are buried inside this landmark building, including the Viking king Harold Bluetooth and his son Sweyn Forkbeard.

      The former capital of Denmark, Roskilde has played a crucial part in Danish history and features some wonderful historic attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage cathedral. Almost forty Danish monarchs are buried inside this landmark building, including the Viking king Harold Bluetooth and his son Sweyn Forkbeard.

      The cathedral can be traced back to around 960AD, when Roskilde was named the new capital; a small wooden church dedicated to the Holy Trinity was built in the city. After Roskilde became the seat of the bishop in 1991AD, the wooden church was replaced with a stone one, then in 1200AD the transformation continued with an even more ambitious expansion. At that time the use of clay bricks was relatively new in masonry work, but more than 3,000,000 of them were used during the construction of Roskilde, making it the first Gothic cathedral to be made of the material anywhere in the world.

      Continuing to the Viking Ship Museum, among the many fascinating artefacts you will see during your guided tour are five longboats known as the Skuldelev ships, which sank over a thousand years ago but survived in an impressive state of preservation until they were recovered in 1962. The museum also has a long tradition of constructing authentic replicas of Viking ships as well as collecting historic boats from across Scandinavia. Today it contains over 40 vessels, most of them kept on the water in the museum’s shipyard.

      Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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      Old Town Museum and Cathedral

      Old Town Museum and Cathedral

      18 Jul Aarhus, Denmark
      Half Day AM
      The Cathedral of Aarhus is dedicated to the Apostolic Father, Pope Clement I, an early Roman bishop who was drowned with an anchor tied to his neck by the Roman Emperor Trajan in the 1st century AD. Originally dating from the 13th century, the Cathedral was completely remodelled during the 15th century in the brick Gothic style.

      The Cathedral of Aarhus is dedicated to the Apostolic Father, Pope Clement I, an early Roman bishop who was drowned with an anchor tied to his neck by the Roman Emperor Trajan in the 1st century AD. Originally dating from the 13th century, the Cathedral was completely remodelled during the 15th century in the brick Gothic style.

      Stepping inside, traces of 15th century frescoes can be seen together with a magnificent triptych dating from 1479 that was the work of the German artist Bernt Notke, who hailed from Lübeck, a city renowned for its brick Gothic architecture. The ninety-three metre long nave is the longest in Denmark and the Cathedral also has an early 20th century spire which helps to create an overall impression of pleasing proportions and lofty elegance.

      Following your guided tour of the Cathedral, continue to the old town museum of Den Gamle By, founded in 1909 and the world’s first open-air museum of urban history and culture. The museum is under the patronage of the Danish Queen and is one of Denmark’s few three-star Michelin Guide attractions. It contains more than seventy-five houses, relocated from all over Denmark, as well as several permanent exhibitions, all designed to provide a unique picture of life in Denmark as it would have been during the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s.

      During your time here you may explore the homes, courtyards and shops as they might have looked in Hans Christian Andersen’s days. Take a stroll down the streets and have a chat with the local priest; visit the baker’s wife selling cakes made from traditional recipes, or enjoy a relaxing carriage-ride through the town.

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      Panoramic Tour of Aarhus

      Panoramic Tour of Aarhus

      18 Jul Aarhus, Denmark
      Half Day AM
      Explore the best of Aarhus on this leisurely tour that begins in the modern part of the city known as “Aarhus Ø”. Among the sights you will see are the criss-crossing points of the “Isbjerget” apartments, which were finished in 2013 and have been beautifully designed to resemble icebergs breaking apart on the waterfront.

      Explore the best of Aarhus on this leisurely tour that begins in the modern part of the city known as “Aarhus Ø”. Among the sights you will see are the criss-crossing points of the “Isbjerget” apartments, which were finished in 2013 and have been beautifully designed to resemble icebergs breaking apart on the waterfront.

      Passing University Park, admire the Old Town Museum, Den Gamle By, founded in 1909 and the world’s first open-air museum of urban history and culture, before arriving at the Cathedral next to the mid-19th century Renaissance Revival Old City Hall.

      Originally dating from the 13th century, the Cathedral was completely remodelled during the 15th century in the brick Gothic style. Stepping inside, traces of 15th century frescoes can also be seen, together with a magnificent triptych dating from 1479 that was the work of the German artist Bernt Notke from Lübeck – a city renowned for its brick Gothic architecture. The ninety-three metre long nave is the longest in Denmark and the early 20th century spire also helps to create an overall impression of pleasing proportions and lofty elegance.

      Finally, enjoy a scenic drive to the forest just south of the city, for a look around the Moesgaard Museum, which is dedicated to archaeology and ethnography. Alongside Danish artefacts from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Viking Ages, the museum has almost 50,000 pieces collected from the rest of the world, as well as an open-air display featuring reconstructed buildings from various epochs of Denmark’s past.

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      Visit to Randers

      Visit to Randers

      18 Jul Aarhus, Denmark
      Half Day AM
      Take a tour of the charming 17th century Baroque castle of Clausholm, and another medieval marvel, the city of Randers. See the red brick Church of St Martin, built between 1494 and 1520 and the only church in the city to survive from the Middle Ages. Another notable landmark is the Helligåndshuset, or “House of the Holy Spirit”, that was once part of a monastery.

      Take a tour of the charming 17th century Baroque castle of Clausholm, and another medieval marvel, the city of Randers. See the red brick Church of St Martin, built between 1494 and 1520 and the only church in the city to survive from the Middle Ages. Another notable landmark is the Helligåndshuset, or “House of the Holy Spirit”, that was once part of a monastery.

      Clausholm Castle and Park is one of the most beautiful and complete Baroque monuments in Denmark. The castle was built in the 1690s by Chancellor Conrad Reventlow, then owned by King Frederik IV from 1718-1730 after he had eloped with the Chancellor’s daughter, Anna Sophie Reventlow, crowning her Queen despite already being married. Over the last forty years the castle has undergone a drastic renovation to become fully restored to its former glory. In 1994 the Danish Queen, Margrethe II, presented the castle with the Europa Nostra Prize for outstanding heritage work.

      During your guided tour you will see the Garden Hall, the Marble Hall, the Kings Hall and the Chapel. Some free time to explore the park and gardens further will then be available, before your return to Aegean Odyssey in Aarhus.

      Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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

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      Oslo Highlights with Vigeland Park, Opera House & City Hall

      Oslo Highlights with Vigeland Park, Opera House & City Hall

      19 Jul Oslo, Norway
      Half Day AM Significant StepsUphill Sections
      Oslo’s main street of Karl Johans Gate is a charming route which passes many of the city’s most beautiful buildings. The Stortingsbygningen is Norway’s parliament and reflects an unusual synthesis of European influences in its architectural style.

      Oslo’s main street of Karl Johans Gate is a charming route which passes many of the city’s most beautiful buildings. The Stortingsbygningen is Norway’s parliament and reflects an unusual synthesis of European influences in its architectural style. By contrast, the Royal Palace, where the reigning monarch still resides, is a more traditional, classical affair. Passing around its grounds to Henrik Ibsen Street, the Nobel Institute is where every winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has been chosen since 1904. Then moving down to the waterfront, Akershus Fortress is in a strategically vital position overlooking the Oslofjord and has withstood a number of sieges throughout the ages.

      The Vigeland installation in Frogner Park (more commonly referred to as the Vigeland Sculpture Park) contains more than 200 stone and bronze sculptures, all of which were completed by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943. Among the most famous of these are The Angry Boy, The Monolith and The Wheel of Life, with each one symbolizing a different stage in the journey of mankind.

      Oslo’s white-marble and glass Opera House is a masterpiece of contemporary design that was created by the architectural firm Snøhetta at the turn of the 21st-century. The roof angles gently downwards to the ground, reflecting the country’s love of mountaineering while also allowing for a comfortable walk to its summit, where the views over the waterfront are well worth the climb. Finally, the red brick Functionalist style City Hall is where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every December, making it one of Oslo’s most famous buildings.

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      Oslo Highlights with Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen & Viking Ship Museum

      Oslo Highlights with Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen & Viking Ship Museum

      19 Jul Oslo, Norway
      Half Day AM Significant Steps
      Your tour begins with a drive past the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Parliament and the National Theatre to arrive at the largest sculptural park by a single artist in the world. The unique installation of Frogner Park, more commonly known as Vigeland Sculpture Park, contains more than 200 stone and bronze sculptures, all of which were completed by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943.

      Your tour begins with a drive past the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Parliament and the National Theatre to arrive at the largest sculptural park by a single artist in the world. The unique installation of Frogner Park, more commonly known as Vigeland Sculpture Park, contains more than 200 stone and bronze sculptures, all of which were completed by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943. Among the most famous of these are The Angry Boy, The Monolith and The Wheel of Life, with each one symbolizing a different stage in the journey of mankind.

      The tour continues through one of Oslo’s most expensive residential neighbourhoods to reach Holmenkollen and the world-famous Holmenkollbakken ski jump. Since 1892 this jaw-dropping run has hosted an annual ski festival, multiple world championships, regular cross-country biathlons and the 1952 Winter Olympics. The jump has been rebuilt a total of 19 times, including a complete replacement and modernisation in 2010. Even without jumping, the views across the city and Oslofjord are truly incredible.

      The last stop is the Viking Ship Museum, which features longboats taken from the burial mounds of Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. All three remarkable ships are considered to be the best preserved in existence, with the Oseberg Karve having survived completely intact for over a thousand years. The museum also features archaeological discoveries from the chieftain grave at Borre in Vestfold County. These exhibits are some of the finest examples of art and craftsmanship, as well as objects of daily use, made in Norway 1100 to 1200 years ago.

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      Munch & Contemporary Art Museums

      Munch & Contemporary Art Museums

      19 Jul Oslo, Norway
      Half Day PM
      When Edvard Munch died in 1944 the remaining collection of his paintings were bequeathed to the City of Oslo. Nineteen years later the Munch Museum opened its doors in the district of Tøyen, to commemorate what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday.

      When Edvard Munch died in 1944 the remaining collection of his paintings were bequeathed to the City of Oslo. Nineteen years later the Munch Museum opened its doors in the district of Tøyen, to commemorate what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday.

      The initial donation consisted of approximately 1,150 paintings, close to 18,000 prints featuring more than 700 different motifs, 7,700 drawings and watercolours, and thirteen sculptures. In addition were nearly 500 printing plates, 2,240 books, notebooks, documents, photographs, art tools, accessories and pieces of furniture. Further works of art by Munch, alongside an extensive collection of letters written by him, were later bequeathed to the city by his sister Inger, and were added to the collection when she died in 1952. Today the Munch Museum houses more than half of Edvard Munch’s paintings in existence and the vast majority of his print motifs.

      Back in the city centre, the privately operated Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1993 and moved to its current location in Tjuvholmen, next to the Oslo Fjord, in 2012. The building is designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano and houses the Astrup Fearnley Collection, one of Norway’s most important and extensive private collections of contemporary art, featuring works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Koons. The museum also presents temporary exhibitions of international art, making this optional tour a perfect way for lovers of fine art to spend a few hours in the Norwegian capital.

      Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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      Highlights of Kristiansand & its Surroundings
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Highlights of Kristiansand & its Surroundings

      20 Jul Kristiansand, Norway
      Half Day Significant StepsUneven or Volcanic GroundUphill Sections
      Kristiansand has a lively fishing harbour and an old quarter, Kvadraturen, where the architecture is diverse and striking. The streets are broad but during this scenic drive through the city you will still be able observe the quadrant plan that was laid out in 1641 by King Christian IV.

      Kristiansand has a lively fishing harbour and an old quarter, Kvadraturen, where the architecture is diverse and striking. The streets are broad but during this scenic drive through the city you will still be able observe the quadrant plan that was laid out in 1641 by King Christian IV.

      The circular Christiansholm Fortress was built in 1672 on an islet approximately 100 yards from the shore, which is now reached by the Kristiansand Boardwalk. It was only ever used in anger once, during the Napoleonic Wars, when it successfully repelled a fleet of British warships. In 1872 it was decommissioned by royal decree and today is a popular venue for civic and cultural events.

      Passing through the town’s charming white wooden houses, the tour arrives at the open-air Vest-Agder Country Museum. Founded in 1903, this delightful site is one of the biggest open-air museums in Norway and has forty historic buildings that were moved here from across the region to be preserved for posterity. A guided walk around its carefully reconstructed streets provides an excellent insight into daily life for the people of Norway during the 17th, 18th and 19th-centuries.

      The next place of interest is the 400-year-old rose painted Søgne Old Church, where the Norwegian actress Karoline Reimers married Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson in 1858. The area also has some breathtaking views of the North Sea, which you will be able to admire during the drive back to Kristiansand, when the panoramic coast road winds its way through some of the most picturesque fishing villages in southern Norway.

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      A Walk in the Old Quarter & Episcopal Church

      A Walk in the Old Quarter & Episcopal Church

      21 Jul Stavanger, Norway
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
      The old settlement of “Gamle” in Stavanger is considered one of Europe’s best preserved settlements of wooden houses. It features over two hundred charming white cottages, all dating from the 18th and 19th-centuries, most of which are still privately owned residences.

      The old settlement of “Gamle” in Stavanger is considered one of Europe’s best preserved settlements of wooden houses. It features over two hundred charming white cottages, all dating from the 18th and 19th-centuries, most of which are still privately owned residences. In 1975 this delightful district was identified by the United Nations as an exemplar of how well urban conservation can coexist with practical use. Gamle has plenty of galleries and handicraft boutiques to explore as well, so a stroll through its cobblestoned streets is ideal for browsing while you experience its fairytale atmosphere.

      Near the waterfront of the old quarter is the 19th-century fish canning factory, which is now the Canning Museum. During its time as a functioning plant many working-class Norwegians were employed here to clean, smoke and can freshly caught “Sild” (sardines). During a guided tour of the museum you will be able to learn more about how the factory once functioned before tasting some freshly smoked fish and bruschetta. A particular highlight is the exhibition of commercial canning labels known as “iddisar”. These miniature works of art reflect the changing artistic styles of the 19th and 20th-centuries, providing a fascinating insight into how Stavanger’s identity was forged by the sea.

      Please note: on Sunday 21st July it will not be possible to visit the cathedral due to Sunday Mass. Instead you will visit the Episcopal Chapel of Stavanger.

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      Trail of the Vikings

      Trail of the Vikings

      21 Jul Stavanger, Norway
      Half Day
      Steeped in history, the region of Stavanger is closely associated with the Viking Age. The legacy of this remarkable period can be found not only in the archaeological remains recently found in the surrounding county of Rogaland, but also within the traditional family and place names that are still prevalent across Western Norway.

      Steeped in history, the region of Stavanger is closely associated with the Viking Age. The legacy of this remarkable period can be found not only in the archaeological remains recently found in the surrounding county of Rogaland, but also within the traditional family and place names that are still prevalent across Western Norway.

      Following the trail of this fascinating era, your first stop will be at the Archaeological Museum in the city centre. Upon arrival you will be greeted by a Viking woman dressed in her finest period dress and jewellery who will demonstrate the use of a selection of Viking tools. Touring the museum, exhibitions on display then provide a fascinating introduction to the various epochs of Rogaland’s past, with the help of antiquities and archaeological finds from the Stone, Bronze and Viking Ages, right up to the end of the Middle Ages.

      After enjoying an authentic Viking snack in the café, your next stop will be the Sverd i fjell, or Swords in Stone monument, located on the southern shores of Hafrsfjord. This breathtaking sculpture is comprised of three ten metre tall bronze sword statues commissioned in 1983 to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, when King Harald Fairhair managed to consolidate all of Norway into one kingdom.

      Your scenic drive then passes more of the region’s prehistoric sites and landmarks, depicting the diverse culture and history of Scandinavia, before stopping at the highest point in Stavanger and passing the picturesque sandy beaches of Jaeren, on the way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      The spectacular Flåm Railway

      The spectacular Flåm Railway

      22 Jul Flam , Norway
      Half Day Significant Steps
      Its route may run for just twelve miles, but the standard-gauge Flåm Railway is a masterpiece of engineering which climbs to approximately 2,845ft above sea level, traversing four levels of mountainous zigzagging track and passing through twenty tunnels, making it arguably the most dramatic train ride in Europe and one of the most beautiful in the world.

      Its route may run for just twelve miles, but the standard-gauge Flåm Railway is a masterpiece of engineering which climbs to approximately 2,845ft above sea level, traversing four levels of mountainous zigzagging track and passing through twenty tunnels, making it arguably the most dramatic train ride in Europe and one of the most beautiful in the world.

      The coaches are fully enclosed to protect you from the elements and have elegant wooden interiors with comfortable seating. Throughout the journey you will be accompanied by a local guide who will provide plenty of information about your surroundings as well as historical facts concerning the railway and its extraordinary process of construction during the 1920s and 1930s.

      After boarding your carriage in the village of Flåm, the first stage follows the salmon rich Flåm river, before the track climbs alongside the Sognefjord, which you will also cruise on board Aegean Odyssey. The route continues to switch back and forth across various rivers, so from time to time the train will proceed more slowly, stopping also at the spectacular 305ft high Kjosfossen waterfall, allowing you a better view of the magnificent scenery.

      Other breathtaking sights along the way include the sheer drop of the Rjoande Waterfall and the snow-capped peak of Vibmesnosi Mountain. The end of the line is Myrdal, where the train will turn and, after a short comfort break, follow the same route back to Flåm.

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      Stalheim & Tvinde Waterfall

      Stalheim & Tvinde Waterfall

      22 Jul Flam , Norway
      Half Day Uneven or Volcanic Ground
      The journey from Flåm to Tvindefossen passes through some spectacular mountainside before arriving at the old Viking village of Gudvangen, which overlooks Nærøyfjord. As well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful inlet is rated the world’s number one natural heritage site by the National Geographic Society, alongside the Geirangerfjord.

      The journey from Flåm to Tvindefossen passes through some spectacular mountainside before arriving at the old Viking village of Gudvangen, which overlooks Nærøyfjord. As well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful inlet is rated the world’s number one natural heritage site by the National Geographic Society, alongside the Geirangerfjord.

      From here the tour continues through the Nærøy valley, following salmon streams next to the winding Nærøy Road, to reach Tvindefossen near Voss. During the 19th-century this beautiful waterfall was immortalised by Norway’s most famous Romantic artist, Johan Christian Dahl, who painted the scene in 1830. Dahl’s work is often credited as having almost singlehandedly invented the 19th-century Norwegian tourist industry, when visitors travelled from far and wide to see for themselves the natural wonders he had painted.

      The route then continues to Oppheim Lake, before passing through rustic farmland to arrive at the Stalheim Hotel for high tea overlooking the Nærøyvalley. Standing near the cliff-edge to admire the 937 metre-high mountain known as the Jordalsnuten, or Sugar-lump, is a truly unforgettable moment at what is considered by many to be one of the most glorious and impressive locations in the world.

      The tour then descends along Norway’s steepest road, the Stalheimskleiven, which has nineteen hairpins, making for a dramatic return to Aegean Odyssey in Flåm.

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      A walk through Hanseatic Bergen
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      A walk through Hanseatic Bergen

      23 Jul Bergen, Norway
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      This tour around Bergen’s fascinating history begins with a guided walk through the former Hanseatic commercial district, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the original 14th century buildings were destroyed in a fire during the early 18th century, but were rebuilt in the same style.

      This tour around Bergen’s fascinating history begins with a guided walk through the former Hanseatic commercial district, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the original 14th century buildings were destroyed in a fire during the early 18th century, but were rebuilt in the same style.

      From here you will arrive at the temporary Hanseatic exhibitions at Schøtstuene, where the assembly rooms of the Hanseatics have been part of the Hanseatic Museum since 1938. The complex comprises four assembly rooms and two cookhouses that provide a unique insight into the Hanseatics’ lives and history. A medieval ruin hidden underneath Schøtstuene has also been given its own exhibition and is visible itself through a newly installed glass floor.

      Strategically placed on the western coast of Norway, the city of Bergen is commonly believed to have been founded by king Olav Kyrre in 1070AD. In the 13th century it became the nation’s capital and remained Norway’s administrative centre until the union with Sweden in 1804 (that was similar to the one in Great Britain) when the position of Norway’s capital passed to Oslo, or Christiana as it was then known. In 1905 the United Kingdom of Sweden and Norway was peacefully and amicably dissolved, but Oslo remained the capital, with Bergen its second city.

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      Geiranger to Hellesylt and Jostedalsbreen Park

      Geiranger to Hellesylt and Jostedalsbreen Park

      24 Jul Hellesylt, Norway
      Full Day Lunch IncludedUneven or Volcanic GroundWinding road
      A tale of two villages, this relaxing tour crosses the UNESCO World Heritage region of Sunnmøre, taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world to meet Aegean Odyssey in Hellesylt.

      A tale of two villages, this relaxing tour crosses the UNESCO World Heritage region of Sunnmøre, taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world to meet Aegean Odyssey in Hellesylt.

      Beginning in the delightfully picturesque village of Geiranger, the road ascends first to the Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, where a very special wood and stone “Fjordsetet” (Fjord Seat) was inaugurated by Queen Sonja of Norway in 2003. From here you may be able to see Aegean Odyssey in the Geirangerfjord, as she departs to collect you a few miles to the west.

      The scenic route then continues along the winding Nibbevegen road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, 4,843ft above sea level. In 2016 an “invisible” viewing platform was opened here to create the illusion of floating, although you will be perfectly safe as you step out into space to look down at the Geirangerfjord far below and across towards the Blåbreen glacier.

      A lunch of mushroom soup, steamed salmon and ice cream with berry sauce will be served at the Hjelle Hotel facing Oppstrynsvatn lake. Then enjoy a short informative film and a guided tour of the botanical garden at the nearby Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre, before continuing to the pretty little waterside village of Stryn for some time at leisure.

      On the final part of your journey, you will pass the deepest lake in Europe, the Hornindalsvatnet. This picturesque body of water is surrounded by rugged mountains, but no glacial streams drain into it directly (the lake is mostly maintained by melting snow) resulting in an exceptional clarity. Passing the Hellesyltfossen waterfall, where Henrik Ibsen was inspired to write his drama, ‘Brand’, you will then re-join Aegean Odyssey in Hellesylt.

      Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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

       

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      UNESCO Geiranger
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      UNESCO Geiranger

      24 Jul Geiranger, Norway
      Half Day Winding road
      Leaving the village of Geiranger, the tour starts by heading through the Flydal Valley to reach Lake Djupvatn, which is usually beginning to thaw by the end of June, gradually revealing blue waters below.

      Leaving the village of Geiranger, the tour starts by heading through the Flydal Valley to reach Lake Djupvatn, which is usually beginning to thaw by the end of June, gradually revealing blue waters below. Following the mountain road, you will arrive at the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, approximately 4,843ft above sea level, with views of the Blåfjell glacier and Geirangerfjord far below. This beautiful location has been rated the world’s number one natural heritage site by the National Geographic Society, alongside the Nærøyfjord.

      On the way back to Geiranger, this scenic drive also takes in the Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, for more stunning views over Geiranger and Geirangerfjord from a different perspective. The site is split into two levels, with a gangway running between plateaus. On the lower you will be able to recline for a moment in the wood and stone “Fjordsetet” (the Fjord Seat) installation, which was inaugurated by Queen Sonja of Norway in 2003 and has been perfectly positioned for the ultimate view across the Geirangerfjord.

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      Ålesund Panorama

      Ålesund Panorama

      25 Jul Alesund, Norway
      Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
      One of Norway`s most beautiful towns, Ålesund is built on three islands between two fjords and is renowned for its abundance of Art Nouveau architecture, after a terrible fire swept through the town in 1904, leading it to be almost entirely rebuilt.

      One of Norway`s most beautiful towns, Ålesund is built on three islands between two fjords and is renowned for its abundance of Art Nouveau architecture, after a terrible fire swept through the town in 1904, leading it to be almost entirely rebuilt.

      This leisurely tour begins with a panoramic drive through Ålesund for a chance to admire some of these delightful “Jugendstil” buildings. Then continue out of town via a scenic route of bridges and underwater tunnels to the tiny islands of Giske and Godøy.

      Known as Saga Island, Giske is thought by some to be the place where the Viking Chieftain Rollo was born, who would later become the first Duke of Normandy. One of the island’s most important landmarks is a white marble church dating from 1150 that originally belonged to the powerful local Giske family, although it was extensively renovated in the 1750s.

      From Giske continue to Godøy Island, where the land is flat and fertile, and as you drive towards the headland the small fishing village of Alnes faces the Atlantic. In 1852 a lighthouse was built here to guide fishing boats into the harbour. In 1876 the original tower was replaced with the current red and white striped “obelisk”. Today this a protected building and one of the most visited lighthouses in Norway.

      On the way back to Aegean Odyssey, a stop will be made at the Aksla Viewpoint for some spectacular views of Ålesund and the islands you have just visited, weather permitting.

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      Scenic Hardangervidda & Vøringsfoss

      Scenic Hardangervidda & Vøringsfoss

      26 Jul Ulvik/Eidfjord, Norway
      Half Day Uneven or Volcanic Ground
      A short drive from Eidfjord, at the foot of the Vøringsfossen waterfall, lies the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, a fascinating museum that has been designed to explore how different parts of nature interact, as well as the relationship between modern man and the Norwegian landscape.

      A short drive from Eidfjord, at the foot of the Vøringsfossen waterfall, lies the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, a fascinating museum that has been designed to explore how different parts of nature interact, as well as the relationship between modern man and the Norwegian landscape.

      The centre features many immersive exhibitions and unusual aquariums, but its centrepiece must surely be the 225-degree panoramic movie by Norwegian film director Ivo Caprino, which will take you on a bird’s eye flight above Hardangervidda, The Hardanger Fjord and the waterfalls of the region. During this breathtaking experience you will be made to feel as though you really are swooping between mountains, diving into steep canyons and soaring above majestic fjords.

      Leaving the Nature Centre behind, the tour climbs through the mountains, in an area that is a paradise for hill walking, shooting and angling, to the manmade lake of Sysendamen, which supplies the environmentally friendly Sima Power Plant with water for its hydroelectric system. The views from here across Norway’s largest National Park, the Hardangervidda, are spectacular and on a clear day you may be able to catch a glimpse of the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier.

      From Sysendammen, the drive then descends to Norway’s best-known waterfall, the Vøringsfossen, which has a drop of some 550 feet and roughly translates from the Old Norse as “esteemed waterfall”. This glorious natural spectacle was much beloved by the composer Edvard Grieg, who kept a log cabin nearby and spent many hours here in contemplation.

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      The Royal Mile

      The Royal Mile

      28 Jul Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      Alive with culture and history, the capital of Scotland is a thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walking tour of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's oldest and most historic street, will take you from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a route rich with medieval buildings, statues and monuments lining both sides of the street.

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

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

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

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

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      Stirling Castle

      Stirling Castle

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

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

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      River Thames Cruise

      River Thames Cruise

      30 Jul London, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day Boat Ride
      This leisurely boat ride through the heart of London is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world. This is a truly a place where history, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone.

      This leisurely boat ride through the heart of London is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world. This is truly a place where history, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone.

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

      Returning to Tower Bridge, your vessel will increase in speed and proceed through the lesser known parts of London, where the twists and turns of the River Thames will take you past the maritime metropolis of Greenwich, through the Tobacco Docks and past the former Millennium Dome, now the 02 Arena. This concluding part of your journey is a perfect of example of London’s international maritime history and as you pass under the Emirate’s Skyline a further example of the city’s exciting future.

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      Shakespeare’s Southbank

      Shakespeare’s Southbank

      31 Jul London, England, United Kingdom
      Half Day
      Famous for its association with William Shakespeare, the Globe theatre in the heart of London is a hugely significant historical site that vibrantly brings to live the heyday of Elizabeth England. This fabulously immersive optional tour begins with some time to peruse the Globe Exhibition at your leisure, before the Globe’s expert guides explain the intricacies and significance of Elizabethan costume as well as its impact on society.

      Famous for its association with William Shakespeare, the Globe Theatre in the heart of London is a hugely significant historical site that vibrantly brings to life the heyday of Elizabeth England. This fabulously immersive optional tour begins with some time to peruse the Globe Exhibition at your leisure, before the Globe’s expert guides explain the intricacies and significance of Elizabethan costume as well as its impact on society. You will also learn some period housekeeping tips and have the opportunity to dress up as a character from a Shakespearean play.

      Your step back into history continues with a guided walking tour of the area, where the famous sights and landmarks include the first theatre ever constructed on Bankside in 1587, the Rose, which predates Shakespeare’s original Globe by twelve years. The Rose is the only Elizabethan Playhouse to be excavated on a huge scale, having been the subject of thorough investigation by archaeologists in 1989. You’ll also be able to marvel at the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe, which provided crucial archaeological evidence for the reconstructed building you will see today.

      Thanks to the decimation caused by the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Globe is now the only building in the city to have a thatched roof. During your tour inside the theatre your guide will describe how its modern patrons fought to keep the building as authentic as possible, while also describing the reconstruction process.

      Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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      Dr. Irene Garcia Losquino

      Dr. Irene Garcia Losquino

      Dr. Irene Garcia Losquino, University of Alicante
      Irene Garcia Losquino lectures at the University of Alicante. She received her PhD in Scandinavian Studies in 2013 from the University of Aberdeen, where she also lectured for many years. It was during her time in Scotland that Irene became interested in Celtic, Germanic and Viking cultures. She published the book The Early Runic Inscriptions: Their Western Features with the publisher Peter Lang (New York) in 2015, and, since 2014, has been working on her current research project: Vikings in Spain – Resistance, Settlement and Cross-Cultural Exchange. This project has allowed Irene to return to her home country to do research on Vikings: something she would have never dreamt about before!

      Irene Garcia Losquino lectures at the University of Alicante. She received her PhD in Scandinavian Studies in 2013 from the University of Aberdeen, where she also lectured for many years. It was during her time in Scotland that Irene became interested in Celtic, Germanic and Viking cultures. She published the book The Early Runic Inscriptions: Their Western Features with the publisher Peter Lang (New York) in 2015, and, since 2014, has been working on her current research project: Vikings in Spain – Resistance, Settlement and Cross-Cultural Exchange. This project has allowed Irene to return to her home country to do research on Vikings: something she would have never dreamt about before!

      Irene has been lucky to be an invited researcher at the Universities of Tübingen, Stockholm and Notre Dame (EEUU), as well as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Uppsala, and even luckier to receive two awards for her research from the Royal Gustavus Adoplphus Academy of Sweden. While she doesn't enjoy the cold winters, her many northern travels have allowed Irene to develop insights on different approaches to Viking Studies.

      Apart from her interdisciplinary academic work on different aspects of the Viking Age, Irene has broad experience in the engagement of the general public with research. Irene has presented documentaries about the Vikings, and has spoken about her research at many conferences and invited papers, as well as at a large number of public events, museums and private guided tours to Viking sites.

      On her (very spare) spare time, Irene enjoys snorkelling, martial arts and cooking.

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      Dr. Declan Taggart

      Dr. Declan Taggart

      Dr. Declan Taggart, University College Cork
      Declan Taggart has been interested in Viking history, literature and especially religion since he first discovered the stories of their gods Odin, Freyja and Thor as a child. Now he’s writing about those stories himself and recently published his first book How Thor Lost His Thunder, which challenges its readers to fundamentally re-imagine the deity Thor, even questioning whether Thor was really worshipped as a god of thunder.

      Declan Taggart has been interested in Viking history, literature and especially religion since he first discovered the stories of their gods Odin, Freyja and Thor as a child. Now he’s writing about those stories himself and recently published his first book How Thor Lost His Thunder, which challenges its readers to fundamentally re-imagine the deity Thor, even questioning whether Thor was really worshipped as a god of thunder.

      Declan now works at .University College Cork in Ireland, having been lucky enough to arrive just in time to find Cork’s archaeologists uncovering evidence of the city’s Scandinavian roots. He comes to Cork via studies at the universities of Durham, York and Aberdeen and a lot of research across Scandinavia and Iceland, for which he has won awards and funding from prestigious research bodies like Britain’s Viking Society for Northern Research and Scottish Society for Northern Studies and Sweden’s Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy.

      Declan has taught History and the English language in Scotland and much farther afield and gives talks across Europe to both academic and non-academic audiences, adults and children, about Viking history and religion. He also loves to write for culture magazines and websites, though often ends up writing about history and the Vikings even then.

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      Grange St Pauls

      Grange St Pauls

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

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

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      Grange City Hotel

      Grange City Hotel

      London, England, United Kingdom
      2-night hotel stay in London
      Premium Class
      This luxury hotel has sweeping views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The building incorporates the last remaining section of London's Roman Wall.

      This luxury hotel has sweeping views over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The building incorporates the last remaining section of London's Roman Wall. The hotel features stunning guest bedrooms and in-house facilities include several vibrant bars and restaurants, and a state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, swimming pool and spa.

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      Low-cost roundtrip airfare add-ons from over 30 N. American gateways

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

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      Included transfers

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

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

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

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

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      $11,750*pp
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      310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

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

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      $10,795*pp
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      275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

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

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      $9,750*pp
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      275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

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

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      $9,350*pp
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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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      $8,550*pp
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      170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
      Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

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      $8,195*pp
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      130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

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      $7,795*pp
      $8,195*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      Premium OutsideH
      Premium Outside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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      virtual

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

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      $7,350*pp
      $7,750*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Premium OutsideI*
      Premium Outside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $6,950*pp
      $7,350*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Standard OutsideJ
      Standard Outside
      PREMIUM
      Standard Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $6,550*pp
      $6,950*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Premium InsideK
      Premium Inside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $6,195*pp
      $6,550*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Premium InsideL
      Premium Inside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $5,850*pp
      $6,195*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Standard InsideM
      Standard Inside
      PREMIUM
      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

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

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      $5,595*pp
      $5,895*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Deluxe BalconyCC
      Deluxe Balcony
      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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      virtual

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

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      $11,995*pp
      $12,550*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      Deluxe OutsideEE
      Deluxe Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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      virtual

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

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      $10,450*pp
      $10,895*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Premium OutsideGG*
      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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      $9,450*pp
      $9,850*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      Premium OutsideHH*
      Premium Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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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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      $8,950*pp
      $9,350*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Premium OutsideII*
      Premium Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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      virtual

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

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      $8,395*pp
      $8,795*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Standard OutsideJJ
      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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      $7,895*pp
      $8,295*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Premium InsideKK
      Premium Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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      virtual

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      $7,450*pp
      $7,795*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Premium InsideLL
      Premium Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $6,995*pp
      $7,295*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Standard InsideMM
      Standard Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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      virtual

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

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      $6,695*pp
      $6,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Third/fourth person
      $0
      $0
      $4,650
      Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
      $0
      $0
      $650
      Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
      $0
      $0
      $1,200
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight and hotel arrangements)
      $0
      $0
      $1,600

      MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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

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

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      Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time. Unless otherwise specified, optional shore excursions are priced in US dollars and can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship. Optional shore excursions that are shown in local currency (or where specified for US passengers) must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.