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John Julius feels that Sicily is both geographically and historically at the center of the Mediterranean

The Middle Sea by Lord John Julius Norwich

Historian and travel writer, Lord John Julius Norwich’s epic history plays a huge part in the very foundations of Voyages to Antiquity and is the inspiration behind our new April cruise – ‘A voyage through the Middle Sea’, and we are very excited to announce that he will be joining us on board Aegean Odyssey in spring 2017. Founder Gerry Herrod was inspired by the book “The Middle Sea,” about the fabled ancient civilisations that flourished in the eastern and …

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Iceland, Faroes and Shetland Islands by Brian Williams

In June and August 2017, we will be embarking on a voyage to Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands – an exploration of the beautiful landscape of Iceland, the gushing geysers, rumbling volcanoes and creeping glaciers. Guest lecturer Professor Brian Williams, Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen will be accompanying the Iceland cruise in August 2017, he tells us the importance of Iceland for geologists. Iceland, the land of “Fire, Ice and Water”, is best known for it’s dramatic and frequent volcanic …

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Our passengers getting to know one another © Bob Porter and the Brandenburg choir

Aegean Odyssey given 98% guest satisfaction

On the 16th September 2016, we disembarked passengers on one of our signature Classical Greece & The Greek Islands cruises. The cruise had an incredible 98% guest satisfaction score, meaning 98% of the passengers who joined the cruise (Many of whom had not cruised with us before or in fact cruised with anyone before) would happily return to cruise with us again. Below are just a handful of reviews from our passengers. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the large volume …

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Greek Temple of Segesta, Sicily

Q&A with Dr Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum

Dr Paul Roberts, a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, is the newly appointed Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years. He was the driving force behind the major exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum“. He was also co-curator at the recent Ashmolean Exhibition, “Stroms, War and Shipwrecks; Sicily and the Sea – the history of Sicily through shipwreck”. You recently joined the …

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A special and unique reunion cruise by Jos Dewing

On the 2nd September 2016 our Managing Director, Jos Dewing, had the pleasure of joining 70 past passengers on board Aegean Odyssey in Greece. These were members of our loyalty group, the Odyssey Club, and were booked on our annual Odyssey Club Reunion cruise. The Reunion cruise for 2016 focused on our quintessential Greek Island cruise and pre-stay in Athens, with a twist… Jos shares with us his on-board experience. Our Odyssey Club members enjoy significant benefits when booking with us. …

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VTA team complete the race for Mercy Ships

Voyages to Antiquity take on Wolf Run for a worthy cause

On Saturday 3rd September, Voyages to Antiquity staff took part in a 10km Wolf Run in Warwickshire to raise £1,000 and awareness for Mercy Ships, an international charity that provides free medical and humanitarian services to the people of Africa using its hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. It was a very wet and muddy day, but everyone made it round – take a look at the photos to prove it! The Wolf Run is an off-road run featuring a series of …

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Small-ship cruising at its best

Let us help you plan your next 2017 adventure

Whether you’re an old hand at cruising or you’re about to take the plunge for the first time, one decision is arguably more important than any other: your choice of destination. Why not let us help you plan your next Voyages to Antiquity cruise that’s perfect for you? Read on to find out more. When to go? For most people, having sunshine on their cruise is an absolute must, yet for others, the cooler temperature makes sightseeing more comfortable. Sadly …

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Anceint ruins of the mystical site of Ancient Olympia

Step back in time and experience Ancient Olympia

The Olympic Games bring the world together and Team GB have been doing incredibly well at the Rio 2016 Olympics – celebrating their most successful overseas Olympic to date. We do enjoy the beauty of the modern games, but what if we step back in time and journey to the place where it all began? The Ancient Olympia began in Greece, accessed via the port of Katakolon. It was held every four years throughout Classical Antiquity, from the 8th century …

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Jacaranda tree in Funchal

Explore the Western Mediterranean’s natural beauty in May 2017

In May 2017, Aegean Odyssey will begin her first cruise of the season from the picturesque island of Madeira, exploring beautiful coastlines and the dramatic landscape of the Canary Islands before sailing onwards to Morocco and Seville. This voyage will allow guests the chance to experience some of the natural wonders of the world, including the Caldera de Taburiente National Park in La Palma and the stunning Botanical Gardens in Funchal. Professor Sandy Primrose has highlighted some of the wonderful gardens …

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El Patio de los Arrayanes - with noone there

Alhambra Palace Exclusive Opening to Voyages to Antiquity passengers

Our Mediterranean Odyssey cruise provided an exciting sightseeing tour recently, as guests aboard Aegean Odyssey were offered a one-of-a-kind special event during her call to Malaga. On July 9th, the Alhambra Palace doors were opened in the evening exclusively for Voyages to Antiquity guests and it was an incredible experience. The Alhambra Palace was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889, but it was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. Alhambra …

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