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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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Our passengers getting to know one another © Bob Porter and the Brandenburg choir

Aegean Odyssey given 98% guest satisfaction

On the 16th September 2016, we disembarked passengers on one of our signature Classical Greece & The Greek Islands cruises. The cruise had an incredible 98% guest satisfaction score, meaning 98% of the passengers who joined the cruise (Many of whom had not cruised with us before or in fact cruised with anyone before) would happily return to cruise with us again. Below are just a handful of reviews from our passengers. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the large volume …

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Greek Temple of Segesta, Sicily

Q&A with Dr Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum

Dr Paul Roberts, a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, is the newly appointed Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years. He was the driving force behind the major exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum“. He was also co-curator at the recent Ashmolean Exhibition, “Stroms, War and Shipwrecks; Sicily and the Sea – the history of Sicily through shipwreck”. You recently joined the …

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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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