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Voyages to Antiquity: The First Year, from one of our lecturers

We welcomed over 40 lecturers and specialists on board Aegean Odyssey in the first year of our operation. We thought you might like to see what Dr Oswyn Murray said about our first year after sailing with us on three cruises… Voyages to Antiquity: the first year After more than thirty years as a lecturer on Mediterranean cruises, I was excited to be asked to take part in this new venture; I have seen more of the ship than most, …

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Ancient Worlds – Catch it on BBC iPlayer in the UK

In the run up to Christmas 2010, BBC 3 have shown an interesting series on the Ancient World highlighting many of the Mediterranean areas Voyages to Antiquity visits, including Istanbul, Sicily, Carthage in North Africa and more recently Palmyra in Syria. Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles explores the roots of civilisation in an epic series that runs from the creation of the first cities in Mesopotamia to the fall of the Roman Empire. A synopsis and links to the programmes …

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Mary Beard on BBC 2 – Making History Popular for the Masses?

For viewers in the UK, BBC 2 offered another documentary in their History series earlier this week. In this latest installment Professor Mary Beard took viewers to Pompeii and a newly discovered site of Oplontis. Close to main site she talked to archaeologists who had unearthed many unknown facts about the time of the volcanic eruption in AD 79 by analysing the skeletons of 54 Romans who had sheltered in a cellar from the eruption. For those who haven’t seen …

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Jane Archer tries out Voyages to Antiquity

Last week, as we travelled through Lebanon and Syria on Aegean Odyssey, we were joined by one of the UK’s most well known cruise journalists, Jane Archer. Jane writes for a variety of papers and magazines including The Telegraph and travel industry title, Travel Weekly as well as being the regular blogger for the Telegraph Cruise Show. Have a look at Jane’s blog to see what she thought when on board and keep an eye out for her full write …

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Syria Part 3 (Video day and a superb choice of tours for guests)

On day three of our Syria visit, guests were able to choose from a variety of free tours. The area around Latakia in Northern Syria is full of history from a range of civilisations from the Phoenicians to the Crusaders. The two days in Palmyra had been exhausting, so many guests opted for one of the half day tours. The brave ones went to Aleppo, a long journey but the guests saw a variety of sites including Roman ruins as …

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Syria – Part 2 (The Silk Road to The City of Palms)

The road to Palmyra, one of the noted highlights of this particular cruise, was not as easy as we had thought due to a fire on the main highway just south of Krak de Chevaliers. It was quite alarming when our driver went the wrong way down a dual carriage way, but all was ok when he got us back on to the highway. A couple of hairy turns and we were back to our starting point and heading across …

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Amazing and Surprising Beirut

Hello and Welcome to a few days of blogs from me (Ann) as I join the ship from our UK office. We are currently shooting a video on board Aegean Odyssey and as part of the project I’ve come out to see how things are progressing – in between my usual daily activities as PR for the UK office. I boarded the ship (Sunday) after a late afternoon flight from a very cold London the day before. The temperature when …

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An amazing weekend in the Valley of the Kings

What an early start! A 6:15am wakeup call to avoid the heat and the crowds at the world-famous Valley of the Kings. It was short drive out of Luxor to the West Bank of the river, over the Nile Bridge where the business of the day was already taking place. Just after 8:00am we arrived at the Valley of the Kings, with the temperature already a balmy 25C and the crowds gathering. Due to the heat and the weekend tourists, …

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