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Aegean Odyssey: Par Excellence

Respected travel writer Anthony Nicholas recently joined Aegean Odyssey on a 2-week sailing around the Mediterranean, visiting destinations such as Livorno, Cadiz, Monte Carlo, Genoa and Marseille. We asked Anthony if he would write a blog about his cruise and instead of the destinations taking the spotlight, it is Aegean Odyssey herself that has the leading role and she may just steal a little piece of your heart. There are quite a few compelling reasons why a voyage on Aegean …

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Enjoy the weather and relax on the Lido Deck

Voyages to Antiquity by the Cruise Experts

Combining the comfort and benefits of boutique-style cruising with the very best of cultural travel, Voyages to Antiquity offers an opportunity to explore the history, culture and natural wonders of some of the best destinations in the world and we think we’re rather good at it. We suppose it’s easy for us to say how good we are, but what would the experts say? We asked some of the cruise industry’s most respected and trusted travel writers, journalists and bloggers to tell …

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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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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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