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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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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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Partnership Manager, Michelle Daniels along with our Travel Agents and Cruise Director, Richard Sykes

Who says it’s all work no play? Travel Agents visit Aegean Odyssey

Earlier in the year, we held a competition for travel agents to win one of 30 places on Aegean Odyssey’s ‘Provence to Andalusia’ voyage. It was a great opportunity for our travel partners to experience our ship, and familiarise themselves with our product, meaning they are better equipped to help you choose the perfect cruise. During their 5-day cruise, they visited 9 ports including Nice, Cannes, Marseilles, Sete, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Cadiz and Seville, but rather than tell you about each, …

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Doric Temple E, Selinunte. Sicily, one of the colonies where the Greeks came into contact with the Phoenicians © David Price-Williams

Writing off for a cruise – By David Price-Williams

With Voyages to Antiquity now featuring the Western Mediterranean, guest lecturer David Price-Williams looks at the archaeology of the many sites around the islands and inlets of Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Southern France, Spain and the like. If you consult the guide books, you’ll find that many of the important ancient coastal cities are described as being ‘Phoenician’ in origin, though in truth there seems at first sight to be little evidence for that. In any case who were the Phoenicians? …

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Help support our VTA team this September

Voyages to Antiquity Wolf Run for Mercy Ships

In a bid to raise a £1,000 for ‘Mercy Ships’ charity, this September our Voyages to Antiquity office staff are taking part in ‘Wolf Run’ in Warwickshire. Help support this fantastic organisation and encourage our staff to complete the 10k course. This September the Voyages to Antiquity office staff will be taking part in ‘Wolf Run’ a muddy outdoor obstacle course set in the heart of rural Warwickshire. This 10k course is a unique combination of three kinds of off-road …

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Aegean Odyssey in Delos

Greece is a country of many pasts and many presents by Alex Motyl

Guest lecturer Professor Alexander J. Motyl takes us on a journey from Athens to Athens, as he remembers his recent visit to Greece on board Aegean Odyssey last month. Having first travelled to Greece as a student in 1976; he has regularly visited the incredible architectural heritage of this beautiful region. There is the world of Minoan, Mycenean, and Athenian civilization. There is the world of the secular Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. There is the world of the sacred Christian Orthodox …

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The Ashmolean Museum © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Voyages to Antiquity becomes member of the Ashmolean Museum’s Corporate Circle

Voyages to Antiquity is delighted to announce its membership of the Ashmolean Museum’s exclusive, Corporate Circle – we are delighted to be supporting such an amazing museum and one that is based near our head office in Oxford. The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology and was founded in 1683. The museum’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many …

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Petra Camel © Imelda Dooley Hunter

Petra, Aqaba, Jordan by Shore Ex member Imelda Dooley Hunter

Yesterday our new shore excursion team, Katie, Tasha and Jamie embarked Aegean Odyssey for the start of our 2016 Mediterranean voyages. As they board for the first time, Imelda, who has been part of the Shore Excursion team for the past 8 months steps off and reflects on her last cruise ‘Ancient Jordan to Classical Greece’ with Voyages to Antiquity. There’s not much that can prepare you for that first sight of The Treasury, or Al Khazneh, as you emerge …

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Watching the elephants bathe and play at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. © Joanne Peters

Competition winner Joanne Peters returns from a trip of a lifetime

Competition winner Joanne Peters returns from a trip of a lifetime. Having won our Facebook competition back in August, the prize was to win a cruise for two to Burma & the Malay Peninsula.  Joanne decided to take her mum for a special birthday treat and having recently returned, she shares with Voyages to Antiquity her first-time experience on board Aegean Odyssey. We have recently returned from our amazing first cruise on board the Aegean Odyssey.   It will definitely not …

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