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Something Very Special in Venice

The Basilica di San Marco, and the piazza that opens out in front of it, are at the very heart of Venice. Almost as impressive as the buildings themselves are the crowds of people, tourists and Venetians, that swarm across the open square. Souvenir-sellers and their stalls, string-quartets at the various cafes and pigeons all vie for your attention as you negotiate your way across the piazza from one ornate arcade to another. These grand and regimented frontages were originally …

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Holy Thursday in Palermo

Disembarking the ship in the extensive port area of Palermo we were joined by our local guide Giorgio. Voyages to Antiquity uses a range of local specialists as well as experts who sail with Aegean Odyssey to answer questions onboard prior to the destination port. Georgio started off our journey by joking about the crazy traffic within the city as we wound our way through a sea of cars to the Palatine Chapel, one of the must-see sights of this …

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Royal Wedding Weekend in Venice – The Perfect Getaway

This week we welcome Tony Rennell, a travel writer from the Daily Mail, based in London. Tony will be sailing with us from Venice to Corfu over the next week and writing about his adventures along the Dalmatian Coast. After a busy weekend in the UK celebrating the wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton, we received this from him yesterday and it certainly made us smile! Sunday, 1st May, from Tony Rennell “Sundowners don’t get any better than this …

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Cruise Travel Magazine profile Voyages to Antiquity

Have a look at this great profile piece from Cruise Travel Magazine, a US based cruise specialist publication who travelled with us last year. The Cruise Travel team sailed from Rome through Sicily and Dubrovnik to Venice exploring the magnificent Greco-Roman relics as well as Norman sites of this unique Mediterranean region. Download Cruise Travel Magazine article (PDF ~1 MB) For similar cruise itineraries this year, see our Sicily is the Key and The Shore of the Mediterranean sailings.

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“An Unforgettable Cruise Through History”

Get a first hand look at a Istanbul to Venice voyage aboard the Aegean Odyssey and an exploration of the Ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean through the eyes of esteemed travel writer Tony Leighton. “We started in Istanbul and ended in Venice, spending 16 days exploring hallowed sites of the Byzantine Empire, which existed for more than a thousand years (from approximately 306 AD to 1453 AD). Mosaics and frescos were the prevailing art forms. Before this cruise on the …

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Syria Part 3 (Video day and a superb choice of tours for guests)

On day three of our Syria visit, guests were able to choose from a variety of free tours. The area around Latakia in Northern Syria is full of history from a range of civilisations from the Phoenicians to the Crusaders. The two days in Palmyra had been exhausting, so many guests opted for one of the half day tours. The brave ones went to Aleppo, a long journey but the guests saw a variety of sites including Roman ruins as …

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Syria – Part 2 (The Silk Road to The City of Palms)

The road to Palmyra, one of the noted highlights of this particular cruise, was not as easy as we had thought due to a fire on the main highway just south of Krak de Chevaliers. It was quite alarming when our driver went the wrong way down a dual carriage way, but all was ok when he got us back on to the highway. A couple of hairy turns and we were back to our starting point and heading across …

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Amazing and Surprising Beirut

Hello and Welcome to a few days of blogs from me (Ann) as I join the ship from our UK office. We are currently shooting a video on board Aegean Odyssey and as part of the project I’ve come out to see how things are progressing – in between my usual daily activities as PR for the UK office. I boarded the ship (Sunday) after a late afternoon flight from a very cold London the day before. The temperature when …

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An amazing weekend in the Valley of the Kings

What an early start! A 6:15am wakeup call to avoid the heat and the crowds at the world-famous Valley of the Kings. It was short drive out of Luxor to the West Bank of the river, over the Nile Bridge where the business of the day was already taking place. Just after 8:00am we arrived at the Valley of the Kings, with the temperature already a balmy 25C and the crowds gathering. Due to the heat and the weekend tourists, …

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