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Celtic Scotland and Ireland by Brian Williams

In our blog today, Professor Brian Williams, University of Aberdeen, looks at what our guests booked on Aegean Odyssey’s ‘Celtic Scotland and Ireland’ sailing in July 2017 can expect from this majestic sailing. Our award-winning small-ship will take in some of the regions most impressive scenery and some of its most alluring ports of call. Far more than just an ocean cruise, this voyage will offer breathtaking scenery ashore and from the open decks of Aegean Odyssey. Scotland witnessed the birth of the …

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Iceland, Faroes and Shetland Islands by Brian Williams

In June and August 2017, we will be embarking on a voyage to Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands – an exploration of the beautiful landscape of Iceland, the gushing geysers, rumbling volcanoes and creeping glaciers. Guest lecturer Professor Brian Williams, Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen will be accompanying the Iceland cruise in August 2017, he tells us the importance of Iceland for geologists. Iceland, the land of “Fire, Ice and Water”, is best known for it’s dramatic and frequent volcanic …

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VTA team complete the race for Mercy Ships

Voyages to Antiquity take on Wolf Run for a worthy cause

On Saturday 3rd September, Voyages to Antiquity staff took part in a 10km Wolf Run in Warwickshire to raise £1,000 and awareness for Mercy Ships, an international charity that provides free medical and humanitarian services to the people of Africa using its hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. It was a very wet and muddy day, but everyone made it round – take a look at the photos to prove it! The Wolf Run is an off-road run featuring a series of …

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Small-ship cruising at its best

Let us help you plan your next 2017 adventure

Whether you’re an old hand at cruising or you’re about to take the plunge for the first time, one decision is arguably more important than any other: your choice of destination. Why not let us help you plan your next Voyages to Antiquity cruise that’s perfect for you? Read on to find out more. When to go? For most people, having sunshine on their cruise is an absolute must, yet for others, the cooler temperature makes sightseeing more comfortable. Sadly …

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Anceint ruins of the mystical site of Ancient Olympia

Step back in time and experience Ancient Olympia

The Olympic Games bring the world together and Team GB have been doing incredibly well at the Rio 2016 Olympics – celebrating their most successful overseas Olympic to date. We do enjoy the beauty of the modern games, but what if we step back in time and journey to the place where it all began? The Ancient Olympia began in Greece, accessed via the port of Katakolon. It was held every four years throughout Classical Antiquity, from the 8th century …

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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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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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