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The Choir enjoying a drink on the Lido deck. © Bob Porter and the Brandenburg choir

Sing at Sea – in at the deep end?

Earlier this month passengers returned from our ‘Come Sing at Sea’ voyage. Cruising from classical Greece and the Greek isles to the sites of the Dalmatian coast and beautiful Ravenna and Venice. One of our lovely passengers Nicki shares with us a wonderful encounter of her time on board Aegean Odyssey. After seeing an advert for the “Voyages to Antiquity – Sing at Sea” cruise at one of the recent Brandenburg Choir concerts we attended, it sounded like an intriguing and unique …

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Spectacular view in Monemvasia

Letters from our passengers: Paul Sievers explores the Adriatic & Greece

We love to hear from past passengers especially when they give such wonderful feedback. In July Paul and his wife Ann sailed for the first time on board Aegean Odyssey on our ‘God created the Kornati Islands’ cruise. This 14 day cruise sailed along the Adriatic coast, cruised the Kornati Islands and the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, stopping in the city of Dubrovnik and Greece islands before continuing the voyage to Athens.  Read all about their experience to Greece and …

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Prof Dowling & the view from Süleymaniye Mosque

In the footsteps of Lord Byron, from Istanbul to Venice

Professor Gregory Dowling, lecturer at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and author of ‘In Venice and in the Veneto with Lord Byron’, recounts his experiences cruising from Istanbul to Venice on board Aegean Odyssey, and compares his own exploits with those of the famous poet. As the name of the cruise,“The Holy City of Byzantium”, indicated, the main theme of our voyage from Istanbul was the Byzantine Empire. But it could almost as well have been dedicated to Lord Byron, …

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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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