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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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Glen and Sipra Johnson will be joining us for lectures on our cruise to India in March

Discovering the faces of India in March, on a cruise from Singapore to Delhi

Professor Glen Johnson is one of our guest lecturers and will be joining us on a 22-day ‘Passage to India & Sri Lanka’ voyage in March. At the end of the cruise we will head ashore on a fabulous 5-day land tour of India’s Golden Triangle, taking in the forts and palaces of Jaipur, Lutyen’s great monuments of the British Raj in Delhi and, of course, the Taj Mahal in Agra. We asked Professor Johnson to give us more insight into this amazing land …

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Back to Aegean Odyssey in times for the sunset

Looking back at 2014

As 2014 draws to a close and we embark on new adventures in Asia, we’d like to share some highlights of a busy and successful Mediterranean season. Aegean Odyssey took us to some new destinations, like Ancient Philippi near Kavala, where we stumbled upon a recent important archaeological discovery. Our passengers visited historical treasures aplenty around the Aegean and marvelled at some of Europe’s finest natural and man-made wonders. Guest speakers on board received their highest ratings to date, … and we received …

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Joshua Pugh Ginn, ex-Shorex team member, Voyages to Antiquity, on University Challenge

A Shorex team star on University Challenge

Last week we were very excited to hear that one of our all time favourite Shorex team members Joshua Pugh Ginn was on BBC’s University Challenge. Josh was an integral part of our Shorex team in 2010 and 2011, after which he went to pursue his MA and PhD in Classics at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Apart from being an extremely knowledgeable researcher, Josh also has quite a charismatic personality – we still get past passengers asking about him on board! …

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Vote for us in the Cruise International Awards

Time to vote in the Cruise International Awards

We are delighted to announce that Voyages to Antiquity has been shortlisted in four categories for the Cruise International Awards 2014. If you have enjoyed travelling with us, place your vote today › It’s that time of the year again! We are extremely pleased to be among the nominations of the Cruise International Awards – a total of 13,000 nominations were received this year, proving yet once again that these awards are a unique benchmark of customer opinion. Thanks to …

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