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Spectacular view in Monemvasia

Letters from our passengers: Paul Sievers explores the Adriatic & Greece

We love to hear from past passengers especially when they give such wonderful feedback. In July Paul and his wife Ann sailed for the first time on board Aegean Odyssey on our ‘God created the Kornati Islands’ cruise. This 14 day cruise sailed along the Adriatic coast, cruised the Kornati Islands and the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, stopping in the city of Dubrovnik and Greece islands before continuing the voyage to Athens.  Read all about their experience to Greece and …

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A walk through Andalucian Seville

Combining River and Ocean cruising on board Aegean Odyssey

River cruising and ocean cruising usually offer different travelling experiences, each with their own highlights. Did you know that on board Aegean Odyssey you can experience both? In 2015 and 2016 we are offering several cruises that connect ocean with river, including our June ‘French Riviera & Moorish Spain’ itinerary which will see our ship sail the Guadalquivir River for an evening arrival into Seville. Aegean Odyssey made her first transit of the river in April of this year, much to the delight of those on …

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Amber Fort in Jaipur

New Horizons – Heading East with Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner is a fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard, a former Bureau Chief for Reuters in the Balkans, and a firm favourite amongst Voyages to Antiquity’s guest speakers. As a journalist he first reported from India and Southeast Asia in the mid-1980s. In a recent interview, he shared with us why India still holds such an attraction for him, and what we might expect from his talks on board. You’ve travelled extensively in India and Southeast Asia. Can …

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Aegean Odyssey at dock on the Guadalquivir river, Seville

River cruising to Seville, Andalusia’s spectacular capital

On June 14 Aegean Odyssey sailed for the first time along the Guadalquivir river into the heart of Seville for a 2-night stay while we said ‘Good Bye’ to our previous passengers and ‘Hello’ to new ones. The small size of Aegean Odyssey provides our guests with a perfect opportunity to enjoy river cruising and admire the Spanish towns and landscapes along the river, while the included hotel stays in Seville give them a chance to explore this amazing Andalusian city. Read more about it below: A beautiful and romantic place steeped …

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Commemorating the Gallipoli Campaign in the year of its centenary

In the year of the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, and just a few days after Anzac day, Aegean Odyssey will be visiting Gallipoli and has invited a special speaker on board. Major General Paul Stevens, a retired Director of the Office of Australian War Graves will give 3 unique lectures on board Aegean Odyssey, commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign. He will conduct a service at sunrise on the actual Anzac Day 25 April 2015, and then on …

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Bridge of Sighs, Ducal Palace and Custom House, Venice: Canaletti painting

The life and works of Turner: an interview with Dr James Hamilton

2014 saw J.M.W Turner take centre stage as the subject of both a major exhibition at Tate Britain and an award-winning film about the last 25 years of his life. Dr James Hamilton is an acclaimed expert on the eccentric British artist, having written numerous books and organised many exhibitions. Just this May, Dr Hamilton will join us on a ‘Grand Tour’ to the treasures of Italy, Croatia & Greece and we can’t wait to hear him speak about this fascinating artist …

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Santorini, the caldera wall

Explore the Aegean this September with Dr David Price-Williams and Rachel Ward

“Happy is the man, I thought, who has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek This September Aegean Odyssey will sail to classical Athens, the monasteries in the sky at Meteora, the ruins of Ephesus, the crusader castle of Rhodes, beautiful Santorini as well as Mamma Mia island Skiathos. Two nights in Istanbul at the start of the journey will give you plenty of time to appreciate its historical treasures before embarking on a …

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The Monasteries of Meteora

A dream journey to the Aegean in September

“Happy is the man, I thought, who has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek Discover the endless blue of the Aegean Sea and the amazing natural setting of the classical monuments of Greece and Turkey on a two-week cruise in September 2015. The Aegean Odyssey will once again return home, the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean, as we explore the cultural heritage of this amazing region. Guest speakers on this amazing journey will …

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Professor Robin Cormack in Patmos, Greece

Byzantium and beyond, in the lectures of Prof Robin Cormack & Ernest Rea

In August 2015 Aegean Odyssey will sail from Istanbul to Venice on a cruise exploring the treasures of the Byzantine Empire across the Aegean and the Adriatic seas. From the grandeur of St Sophia in Istanbul and San Vitale in Ravenna to the dazzling mosaics of St Mark’s in Venice and the intimate beauty of the smaller churches en route, it is a voyage including tours to 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guest speakers on board in August will be Professor Robin Cormack and …

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Bujan the orang-utan

Visiting Bujan at Samboja Lestari complex, Indonesia

Aegean Odyssey is currently on a voyage from Singapore to Bali – an exploration of the wildlife and cultural heritage of Indonesia. It’s a journey of many highlights, one of them the UNESCO World Heritage site of Borobudur, a spectacular Buddhist monument which we visited a few days ago and admired the intricate reliefs as we climbed up the nine levels of the temple. Another cultural experience awaits in just a day, when we will be calling at Palopo for a visit to a typical Toraja village in South …

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