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Iron mural of Che Guevara's face at the Revolution Square in Havana

Cuba: a history and a cruise

Cuba is one of the newest and most exciting destinations that features on our winter cruise season and we’re very excited to be taking you there. One of the most magnificent yet aged places in the world, Cuba is one that will delight and satisfy the intrepid adventurer in us all, and our blog today looks a little closer at the history of the island and what you can look forward to during your visit with Voyages to Antiquity. Cuba …

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Enjoy the weather and relax on the Lido Deck

Voyages to Antiquity by the Cruise Experts

Combining the comfort and benefits of boutique-style cruising with the very best of cultural travel, Voyages to Antiquity offers an opportunity to explore the history, culture and natural wonders of some of the best destinations in the world and we think we’re rather good at it. We suppose it’s easy for us to say how good we are, but what would the experts say? We asked some of the cruise industry’s most respected and trusted travel writers, journalists and bloggers to tell …

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A classic vintage 50’s Chevrolet is a great way to see the city

Havana Travel Tips from guest speaker Professor Andrew Hopkins

A popular NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, professor Andrew Hopkins FSA is an internationally recognised authority on architecture and cities. He will be joining Aegean Odyssey later in 2017 on her ‘Christmas in Cuba & the Caribbean’ voyage. His richly illustrated presentations reveal the strategies used by great architects to create iconic and memorable buildings, while it is these architects’ urban planning that does so much to give individual cities their unique identities and fascinating histories. Having recently visited the vibrant city of Havana, …

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Hot Cross Buns similar to traditional Jamaican Easter buns

Easter Traditions from Around the World

In our blog today, we take a look at some interesting Easter traditions from around the world. Different countries and cultures have their own special traditions to celebrate the Easter holiday, for many it is a time of celebrations and feasting.  Christians come together to commemorate the resurrection of Christ, whereas others celebrate Easter by decorating, exchanging or searching for eggs. Read on to find out more about Easter Traditions from around the world.  1: Italy (Rome) For many years, …

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Dr Carrie Gibson, historian and author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean

Travel with historian and author Dr Carrie Gibson

Our new winter season features wonderful voyages through the Caribbean, calling at Mexico, Antigua, Barbados and to the historic island of Cuba. These voyages have been planned with the help of Dr Carrie Gibson, historian and author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean. We are delighted that Carrie will be joining us as a guest speaker on several of Aegean Odyssey’s sailings. The Caribbean is Carrie’s favourite part of the world, so we asked her what she is most looking …

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View on french Riviera with yachts in Cannes

Spring in the Mediterranean

In May 2017, Aegean Odyssey will sail from the ancient city of Rome to the picturesque city of Nice on the French Riviera. It’s a springtime cruise that offers calls to some of the best destinations in the Mediterranean, over the course of 11-days, and includes 6 tours in 2 countries. The ideal spring break, and with a single supplement of only 10%, everyone can enjoy this wonderful journey with us. Aegean Odyssey will sail from Rome to the city …

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Volcanic landscapes on Timanfaya. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

‘Geology and Art’ on board Aegean Odyssey by Dr Peter Cattermole

  In anticipation of our forthcoming cruise to Seville, Morocco & Canary Islands, we talked to planetary Geologist and Volcanologist Dr Peter Cattermole. Peter will be lecturing on board Aegean Odyssey in November, focusing on the interesting scenery through which we will be travelling to. From the standpoint of a both the geologist and art lover, this cruise offers a wonderfully diverse itinerary. Beginning on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, with its backdrop of the Betics Mountains, continuing with by a chance to cruise the amazing …

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Lisbon street with the Cathedral in the background

Destinations inspired by BBC’s Rick Stein’s Long Weekends

As Rick Stein’s series of ‘Long Weekends’ across Europe concluded last week, it made us think about all the wonderful destinations that he visited. We look back at his ten-part series, reliving some of the fascinating cities that he stopped at. Cities that you too can visit on a cruise with Voyages to Antiquity in 2017. Palermo Palermo, located on the island of Sicily, is full of interesting things to see and do. The Palatine Chapel, built during the 1130’s …

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Santa Claus from the Coca Cola ad

A look back at some ancient festive traditions

As the festive season gets in to full swing and we all start thinking about our plans for the big day, we decided to look back at some ancient festive traditions – all of which we are all still familiar with to this very day.  Ancient Rome, Old Nordic, Byzantium and Medieval Europe each offer an interesting glimpse into the past and how these traditions have shaped the present.   ANCIENT ROME Throughout the world, homes and streets blaze with …

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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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