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Voyages to Antiquity is a specialist cruise company focusing on the history and culture of the Mediterranean.
Our beautiful ship, The Aegean Odyssey, takes just 350 guests to key heritage sites across the Aegean, Adriatic & Mediterranean.
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“Professors, museums and ancient pots – smaller ships let history lovers and art devotees indulge in their obsessions even on the road” – the title of Barbara Orr’s article for Canada’s The Globe and Mail, published earlier this month gives a hint about what she thought of her two week cruise.
This informative and entertaining travel feature explains why Barbara is convinced that our type of voyages are an interesting developing niche for cruising, but also for any kind of travel. From her experience on a two week voyage, see why she believes that a Voyages to Antiquity cruise, in this case around Greece and Turkey, offers travellers an experience which will let them do more than look, an experience which will help them learn and grow.
We welcome input from all our guests and we like to receive comments about each blog post. Please feel free to send your photos and thoughts on a recent cruise to our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to take a similar cruise to the one which Barbara took, please take a look at our Mediterranean Spring offers »
A big ‘Thank you’ to all our UK customers and supporters who voted for us over the last couple of months in the Cruise International Awards.
The ceremony was held at London’s Soho Hotel last night, in front of a packed audience which included the management teams from all the world’s major cruise lines.
These awards, in their second year, are supported by a wide variety of organisations and travel agents, encouraging passengers to vote for what they like most on a cruise. All aspects of the cruise experience are covered: from food and entertainment through to the best ports and tours.
We were nominated in a number of categories including ‘Best Tour’ for our private viewing of St. Marks Basilica as well as ‘Best for Learning’. But it was the award for ‘Best Specialist Cruise Line’, won against some tough competition from more established companies, with lots of ships and passengers, that we really wanted and took back to our office.
This is a major achievement for us and one which, as a relatively new cruise business, is a reflection on our unique style of cruises, with amazing itineraries and our team onboard Aegean Odyssey. We are delighted to have won this award and hope that this will be the first of many.
Watch out for more news about Voyages to Antiquity over the coming months as we have also been nominated for two other major UK Awards – the British Travel Awards (you can still vote for us in the Best Niche Cruise Line category) and the Travel Trade Gazette Awards.
Earlier this year we welcomed American writer, Thom Meintel of Travelsquire.com aboard Aegean Odyssey as she sailed from Venice to Istanbul.
Thom’s article shows how the Voyages to Antiquity cruise encompassed visits to new destinations as well as re-traced paths first discovered by Thom on a student trip to Greece. The writer, who loves the Mediterranean and its different civilisations, enjoyed going on all the included tours, but also appreciated the time to explore on his own. Not only is he very flattering about our ship and team but you’ll also see he discovered ancient antiquities galore in addition to some wonderful restaurants and bars ashore during his voyage!
You won’t have failed to notice that Burma (Myanmar) has been in the news over recent months. The country has held its first free elections with Aung San Suu Kyi’s party winning several seats in the new parliament. This new political freedom, plus the ensuing visits from a number of the world’s leading politicians, has triggered a huge increase in interest in the country from both tourists and investors.
Staying on board
The country has huge potential, and is facing an unprecedented tourism boom. Inevitably, the pace of change means that visitors could face problems as the country’s infrastructure struggles to keep up – not least in the issue of finding enough quality hotel rooms. Aegean Odyssey provides an ideal solution to these problems on her inaugural 2012/3 Orient season starting this December by staying on board ship, but still with direct access to the very centre of the city.
Exploring on shore
Aegean Odyssey’s size allows us to sail right up the Yangon River itself and to berth in the heart of Yangon (formerly Rangoon). Here, you’ll spend three days and two nights, allowing time to explore on your own, as well as enjoy the included sightseeing tours. These include the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda and further inland to the former capital, Bago.
There are also two optional full day air tours to visit legendary Mandalay or Bagan, with its spectacular 2000 temples dating back to between 1100-1300AD. Bear in mind the full-day optional tours need to be booked in advance, so take advantage and contact us as soon as you reserve your place.
As usual, all our Orient Voyages to Antiquity are accompanied by top-class lecturers and guest speakers and indeed for our 5th December, Singapore to Burma departure, we are delighted to welcome on board Martin Bell, the former Member of UK Parliament and BBC foreign correspondent, as well as Dr Richard Cooler, Director of the Centre for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University, US.
The winter months are the best time to visit Burma with the climate perfect for touring. We have some amazing itineraries as well as great-value prices. So don’t miss the opportunity to experience Burma at the beginning of a new wave of change and development.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve once again been nominated for the Cruise International Awards. We do need your support and would ask you to vote for us in the following sections and also encourage your family and friends to vote for us too!
- Best Cruise Line
- Best Specialist Cruise Line
- Best Shore Excursion – Private tour of San Marco Basilica, Venice
- Best for Learning – Expert Speakers
! You don’t have to vote in every category, just the ones which feature Voyages to Antiquity and are listed above.
These awards are voted for by passengers, so we need our guests and their friends to vote for us! You don’t have to vote in every category, just the ones which feature Voyages to Antiquity and are listed above.
Whilst we’re up against some major players in the Cruise Line of the Year Category, we think that we stand a good chance in the other three categories. So please get voting and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear how we get on in September.
Wall Street Journal shows how Voyages to Antiquity brings a new angle to multi-generational cruising
Earlier this month we were delighted to discover that we had been included in the Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 holiday choices for multi-generational families. As one of the world’s leading newspapers we were obviously very proud to be included.
The term ‘Multi-generational’ travel is quite a new term, but reflects the way in which people are getting older but still want to travel, often with their extended family which may include teenagers or young children.
The story includes ten different interesting/enriching/educational trips to take children or grandchildren. The piece features our Light of Greece itinerary, one of our most popular cruises which includes mainland Greece, the Islands and Turkey.
Kyle McCarthy, editor of the Family Travel Forum, sailed on the Aegean Odyssey in April and suggests that this is a great cruise for grandparents to take teenagers.
Back in April, regular readers of our blog will remember that we were asked to contribute to a Travel Channel feature on Aegean Odyssey. The crew were with us for nearly a week whilst we sailed from Rome to Taormina.
The outcome, an excellent overview of our lovely ship, was aired on Travel Channel International in the UK and across Europe last night. You can now view it here or on their website, too, wherever you are in the world.
Further footage filmed in Palermo and Sorrento will also be aired over the coming months, and we’ll post links as they are shown.
For more information about a similar cruise to the one which Julie took in April this year, see our cruises to Sicily »
Back in April we welcomed Kyle McCarthy of the Family Travel Forum on board Aegean Odyssey. Most of our guests tend to be couples or singles who travel together, however on this occasion Kyle travelled with her family, including her 20-year old son.
With multi-generational family cruising gaining in popularity, this article shows how a Voyages to Antiquity cruise caters for anyone from 12 to 92. As long as you have an interest in the places we visit, you can be sure that our experts and local guides will ensure you get the most out of your cruise.
Back in October 2011 on our Crusades itinerary, it was lovely to welcome back one of our US travel writers, Tony Leighton, who had first cruised with us in our inaugural season.
When taking a cruise, Tony writes a daily diary which is then converted into an amazing online journal which we would like to share with you here on our blog. It shows the places and people he met during his cruise from Rome to Cyprus. Simply click through the pages to immerse yourself in Tony’s journey. If you have cruised on Aegean Odyssey, you may also recognise a few of our team, too!
Whilst this particular cruise will not be available on our current schedules, we have lots of great new itineraries to explore in the Mediterranean in 2013, especially the itineraries visiting that old favourite destination of ours: Sicily »
We love to hear about how guests have enjoyed their cruise with us and last month we welcomed Donna Heiderstadt, a US based writer from Shermans Travel onto the Aegean Odyssey. Donna sailed on our cruise entitled ‘Venice – My Dream Became My Address’ from Venice to Istanbul, visiting the Dalmatian Coast, Greece and Turkey.
Whilst most of our North America readers will be familiar with Shermans Travel, we will mention for our readers outside the USA that it’s one of the most popular travel sites in the US and a great source for travel references, holiday deals and expert advice.
For more information about similar itineraries, browse our Venice and Dalmatian coast cruise-tours »