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Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Looking forward to Southeast Asia: our top excursion picks

Looking forward to our winter season when the Aegean Odyssey returns to South East Asia, Zoe Bromley-Fox – Land Programmes Manager, recalls her top tours ashore. 1. Evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda (included) When remembering our first Asia season, I must start with a personal highlight – the evening excursion in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar). Visiting the Shwedagon pagoda as the sun went down was a fairy-tale experience that our passengers would never forget. Without the heat of the midday sun …

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Imagine those ancient cities in their prime…

Dr Matthew Nicholls returned to Aegean Odyssey for a voyage from Athens to Istanbul in July. This was his fifth time aboard the ship and as ever it was a real delight. Dr Nicholls’ Virtual Rome project recently won him the Guardian’s prestigious national Higher Education Award for Teaching Excellence. On this trip with us, he was mostly interested in how archaeological sites develop over time, and how reconstruction activities help understand the visual impact of ancient cities – a subject that no doubt generated …

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The marvellous Greek theatre of Epidaurus

A cruise voyage through time: the birthplace of classical antiquity

Gillian Hovell – The Muddy Archaeologist, shares her considerable knowledge of all things ancient Greek and Roman whilst describing her recent cruise with Voyages to Antiquity touring Istanbul and the historical highlights of Greece and the Aegean. To cruise the Aegean on a Voyages to Antiquity cruise is to sail through time itself. The islands of the Aegean and the shores of Turkey and Greece are rich in remains that can take us back thousands of years to the earliest cities …

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Crusader castles, Classical Greece and the magnificence of Istanbul

Jonathan Phillips, Professor of Crusader History at Royal Holloway, University of London, shares his experiences of travelling on board Aegean Odyssey and recounts his recent cruise with Voyages to Antiquity “Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This is the bridge. We have just arrived at…”, (now take your pick from any number of wonderful locations). A few days back on dry land and you really do miss the reassuring tones of Captain Roland Anderson announcing the Aegean Odyssey’s latest destination from …

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The sacred isle of Delos in spring bloom

Exploring Greece and the Aegean

Dr Laurence Carter, ancient historian, author and frequent lecturer on board Aegean Odyssey, recalls his experiences following his return from our April cruise in the Aegean. “Sunday night April 27th, the last night of the cruise, standing alone on the deck at night. A stiff breeze, a gentle movement of the ship against the waves, the distant hum of the engines below me, and in the distance, a line of lights – the Peloponnesian shore. Above, a black, black night studded …

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The Cathedral in Syracuse, Sicily

Sicily, Israel and the wonders of the Aegean

Having recently returned home after cruising on Aegean Odyssey from Sicily to the Holy Land, classicist and lecturer Chris Adamson shares his experiences of this epic voyage “Stepping on board the Aegean Odyssey in the Athenian spring sunshine felt like something of a homecoming for me. I first sailed with the ship in 2010, and spent three summer seasons as part of the shore excursions team. It was a fantastic experience, and I met some wonderful people, colleagues and passengers …

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The ruins of Selinunte

The joys of spring cruising

Alongside organising our extensive lecture programmes, the ship’s wine cellar and the onboard library, Ann Carr is often seen on Aegean Odyssey undertaking her quality control responsibilities. Ann helps ensures the highest possible standards are met in providing for our passengers. She recently accompanied our cruise from Sicily to the Holy Land, and although she has previously visited Sicily many times, some sights just never fail to impress!

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The View of Jerusalem with Ernie Rea

Guest lecturer and renowned broadcaster, Ernest Rea, shares his experiences after returning from our epic cruise to the Holy Land. “We joined Aegean Odyssey in Palermo in Sicily, full of excited anticipation and we were not to be disappointed. On our first morning we visited the extraordinary Palazzo Gangi, a magnificent privately owned palace, home to priceless treasures. We were the only visitors to be admitted! At the end of our visit we were treated to a glass of Prosecco …

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David Cordingly cruises up the Adriatic to Venice

David Cordingly is an English naval historian who held the position of Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for twelve years. He is considered to be one of the leading authorities on pirates, has written several books on the subject and was historical consultant for “Pirates of the Caribbean”! He has also appeared on camera in several television documentary programmes for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Enjoy below his short …

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Palma, a postcard from Dr Joyce Salisbury

Joyce Salisbury has been travelling and lecturing with us for two years now. Here is her postcard message from Palma, one of the ports from our recent ‘The Shores of the Mediterranean” cruise to Italy and the Western Mediterranean. ——— “Palma – what an exquisite port! No wonder the rich and famous – including the Spanish king – vacation here. Due to weather in Corsica, we spent two days in this port and it was a fortunate event. We saw …

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