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Part 2…Catherine Wolff continues her voyage on Aegean Odyssey

In the second installment of her diary, Catherine continues with her recent cruise around the Mediterranean. The diary highlights the many tours and places that Catherine visited on her 14 night voyage. September 1, 2011 Ortygia (Syracuse) Sicily Last night, on my walk around deck (I was hoping to see some lava, which I am told is magma before it erupts, pouring forth from Mount Etna). As I stood at the railing peering out in the darkness, I struck up …

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Catherine’s First Hand Experience Shows Why Voyages to Antiquity is so Special

Last month, Catherine Wolff and her husband Jerry asked if we would like to see her diary from the 26 August cruise, ‘Sicily is the key to everything’. This delightful daily journal shows what Catherine enjoyed both on the Aegean Odyssey and ashore during her cruise. Catherine’s love of travel has taken her to all seven continents, with journal in hand. She first discovered a passion for cruising when she sailed aboard the Marco Polo from Kenya to the Seychelles. …

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The Blog of Dr. Thomas Mannack aged 52 – hopefully his first of many

“Dr. Mannack is currently writing his first blog ever. Apparently, this is something young people do on a regular basis, and it does not normally include footnotes. The choice of subject, a highlight of the July cruise of MV Aegean Odyssey from Athens to Istanbul, is difficult, since there were more highlights than in a West End dancer’s hair on our far too brief cruise. Delos and Mykonos I was a guest lecturer on Classical Archaeology on the ship on …

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Dr Peter Howell Explores Greece and Turkey

“The June-July 2011 cruise from Istanbul to Athens was my second with Voyages to Antiquity, and every bit as enjoyable as the first in 2010. My only disappointment was that I wish it had been longer! It was amazing how much we packed into a week. The team on board Aegean Odyssey fitted in my three lectures and the three by my colleague Candace Weddle, a first-rate lecturer and delightful company, over the seven night cruise. The passengers were again …

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“Sicily is the key to the cruise of a lifetime” for Dr Monica Jackson

Back home in wintery Sydney, my thoughts return to the start of the Voyages to Antiquity cruise to Sicily, Malta and the Sorrentine Peninsula in May this year. If I listen carefully I might just be able to hear the strains of a Noel Coward classic drifting out from the Charleston Lounge, where Stacey’s piano and the string trio entertained us each evening. Here on Deck 6 at the stern of the ship we ate delicious food in the casually …

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‘How special to be in a place known all over the world for its cuisine and actually be able to experience that uniqueness’

The National Association of Career Travel Agents based in the USA, recently experienced a Voyages to Antiquity Cruise. Sailing on our ‘Sicily is the Key to Everything’ cruise in May, Eddie Woodham, NACTA SAS Host and Chapter Director-South Florida sent us his thoughts to share with you. “I’ve just returned for a lengthy trip to Europe that included a SAS on Voyages to Antiquity’s (VTA) Aegean Odyssey and wanted to share some of my experiences and impressions of this 12 night cruise from …

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Nature’s Fireworks Prove to be a Hit with our Guests!

The late May air was balmy and the sea was smooth as we moved from the north of Sicily towards Neapolitan Riviera and one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. We left Palermo at lunchtime, knowing that we would be alongside Stromboli, an island volcano, in the afternoon.  The atmosphere was tense as we anchored 2km from the summit of Stromboli to watch one of Nature’s most amazing shows. Our guest lecturer James Higginbotham was invited to the …

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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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