Our unforgettable 2018 journeys have been designed to take advantage of the seasons. Along the way, you will enjoy expertly-crafted tours of the great treasures of antiquity, scenic and river cruising and a variety of social events on board. Join us in summer 2018 as we explore some of the most impressive regions on earth and with part 2 of this blog series, we venture north to the British Isles, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland.
River cruising, cities, chateaux and Vineyards
Sailing along France’s Atlantic Coast, Aegean Odyssey cruises up the River Gironde to berth in the centre of Bordeaux, a city rightly regarded as the wine capital of the world, producing some of the greatest vintages available – and the perfect opportunity to taste and learn about the vineyards. Further up the coast you will sail into the Loire to Nantes and the picturesque Chateaux Country. You will visit the most elaborate and magnificent chateaux including Chenonceau, one of the most recognisable chateaux in the world. On our southbound journey, you will also sail into the River Seine to Rouen and our base for a day in Paris or the Palace of Versailles. On France’s northern coast you can enjoy a day in the pretty harbour of Honfleur, and also visit Mont Saint-Michel, the seat of a monastery since the 8th century. England’s West Country coastline and the historic port of Falmouth is our first port of call in the United Kingdom. Aegean Odyssey then sails up the estuary of the River Dart to the idyllic town of Dartmouth. Situated at the mouth of the River Dart, this small fishing port is a quintessential English seaside town. With its Elizabethan streets, charming harbour and unspoilt beaches it is a truly magical place.
Circumnavigate the British Isles
Dublin is a capital that has a great history stretching back to the 9th century. This is not a city, however, that wears its history heavily and it is equally well-known for its warm welcome and legendary pubs. As part of her first ever circumnavigation of Britain, Aegean Odyssey will also visit two new ports-of-call on the east coast of England. Tyne is close to the remains of the great wall that was begun in 122AD by Emperor Hadrian to keep out the Ancient Britons, while the Viking town of York has an immersive experience inside its newly reopened Jorvik Centre.
The Norwegian Fjords and Amsterdam
This year, Aegean Odyssey will make her inaugural voyage to the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Norway on the western border of Scandinavia, a magical place that is famous for its intricate network of cliff-lined saltwater inlets (fjords) criss-crossing the landscape. This enchanting realm has long been a place of inspiration for artists and writers, including the 19th-century Norwegian Romantic, Adelsteen Normann, whose unflinching paintings of the fjords were largely responsible for popularising the region. A morning call in Amsterdam affords some time to take a relaxing stroll through the Dutch capital, where the network of canals has been compared to Venice. World renowned as a fun-loving destination, the city is also at the vanguard of the arts and has some world class museums.
Cities, castles and islands of Scotland
Watched over by its imposing castle “the symbol of the city“ Edinburgh combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde. In Edinburgh, medieval palaces rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture, Gothic churches with amazing museums and galleries, and evidence suggests that humans have inhabited the city for millennia. Criss-crossed by cobbled streets and narrow lanes, Edinburgh is a city that cries out to be explored. Another highlight of historic Scotland is its castles and our cruises feature visits to some of the most striking. These include the late Queen Mother’s favourite residence – the Castle of Mey, the largest and most impressive fortifications in Scotland – Stirling Castle, and the home of the Dukes of Argyll – Inveraray Castle. The Shetland Islands is an archipelago comprising roughly one hundred islands off the northeast coast of Scotland. Home to rugged landscapes and free-roaming ponies, here you will not only enjoy the magnificent scenery, including Tingwall Valley, but also have the chance to see the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof which was first uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement embracing at least 5,000 years of human history.
Iceland: land of volcanoes, glaciers, myths and legends
It has been said that the problem with travelling in Iceland is that it is hard to take in what you are seeing because every five minutes you are confronted with another breathtaking, life-affirming natural spectacle. With its deep fjords, rainbowarched waterfalls, volcanic peaks, gushing geysers and creeping glaciers, Iceland puts on one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. Our itinerary has been designed to ensure that you donâ€™t miss any of the highlights this remarkable land has to offer. It takes you from the capital of Reykjavik and the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park where the European and North American tectonic plates meet to the whale-filled bays of Isafjordur on the edge of the Arctic Circle and the geo-thermal baths at Myvatn. Here you will also be able to see some of the spectacular birdlife that makes its home on Iceland.
The Faroes and Orkneys
As the ship heads back to Britain, she calls at the charming harbour of Torshavn on the Faroe Islands and Kirkwall on the Orkneys, where there is plenty of prehistoric archaeology to explore, including the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, a huge ceremonial stone circle dating back almost 5,000 years, as well as the most complete Neolithic village in Europe, Skara Brae.
View our entire 2018 cruise calendar on our website, featuring voyages in the Mediterranean, Aegean, Adriatic and Northern Europe. Our Cuba, Caribbean and Mexico cruise schedule is also available to browse.
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