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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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Alexandria was a hot one!

Alexandria,  Egypt – Tuesday, 16th November When our guests go on tours, they tend to stay with the same group for each day of the cruise – we find that friendships are soon made and guests seem to like the consistency of being with the same group of people. So it was with a bit of trepidation I joined the very lively Red Group as they boarded the bus to take them on our tour.

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We are sailing… A day at sea on Aegean Odyssey

One of the USPs (Unique selling propositions) of Voyages to Antiquity is the daily agenda of tours and lectures giving our guests on Aegean Odyssey a complete immersion into the culture and heritage of the Mediterranean. Most passengers assume that sea days give a chance to relax, but like all the days on a Voyages to Antiquity cruise there is plenty to experience.

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Leptis Magna – A truly amazing day for our guests

For many of our guests on Aegean Odyssey’s first North Africa cruise, Leptis Magna in Libya will have been the highlight. As we approached the site, our guide said that on more than one occasion we would say ‘wow!’ When you sail around Europe visiting so many famous ruins as well as some of the lesser known ones – you tend to get a little blasé. ….whatever we thought!

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