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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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Aegean Odyssey in Delos

Greece is a country of many pasts and many presents by Alex Motyl

Guest lecturer Professor Alexander J. Motyl takes us on a journey from Athens to Athens, as he remembers his recent visit to Greece on board Aegean Odyssey last month. Having first travelled to Greece as a student in 1976; he has regularly visited the incredible architectural heritage of this beautiful region. There is the world of Minoan, Mycenean, and Athenian civilization. There is the world of the secular Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. There is the world of the sacred Christian Orthodox …

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Petra Camel © Imelda Dooley Hunter

Petra, Aqaba, Jordan by Shore Ex member Imelda Dooley Hunter

Yesterday our new shore excursion team, Katie, Tasha and Jamie embarked Aegean Odyssey for the start of our 2016 Mediterranean voyages. As they board for the first time, Imelda, who has been part of the Shore Excursion team for the past 8 months steps off and reflects on her last cruise ‘Ancient Jordan to Classical Greece’ with Voyages to Antiquity. There’s not much that can prepare you for that first sight of The Treasury, or Al Khazneh, as you emerge …

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Watching the elephants bathe and play at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. © Joanne Peters

Competition winner Joanne Peters returns from a trip of a lifetime

Competition winner Joanne Peters returns from a trip of a lifetime. Having won our Facebook competition back in August, the prize was to win a cruise for two to Burma & the Malay Peninsula.  Joanne decided to take her mum for a special birthday treat and having recently returned, she shares with Voyages to Antiquity her first-time experience on board Aegean Odyssey. We have recently returned from our amazing first cruise on board the Aegean Odyssey.   It will definitely not …

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Church of St. Nicolo stands on the hill

Walk in the footsteps of movie stars

Our Mediterranean cruises offer our guests the chance to explore and immerse themselves in local cultures, but they also allow visits to destinations that have been made famous through the silver-screen. Film and TV is a great way to inspire, motivate and bring to life many of the places that we visit and you may well find yourself “on-set” during your next Voyages to Antiquity cruise. Mamma Mia Mamma Mia was filmed on the beautiful Greek island of Skiathos and …

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A warm welcome from the local children

Following our ship on its cruise from Colombo to Singapore

Aegean Odyssey is currently on a 21-day ‘Burma & the Malay Peninsula’ voyage from Colombo to Singapore. Robin Charnley, our Shore Excursions Manager, has been in touch to share with us the highlights so far. Having left Colombo last week on the 8th, we stopped in the lovely seaside town of Galle in southern Sri Lanka on Tuesday 9th. Galle has the oldest remaining and best preserved fort built by Europeans in South East Asia, having been constructed by the Dutch …

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New Cruise Director, Richard-Skyes

Welcome on board, Cruise Director Richard Sykes

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Aegean Odyssey’s new Cruise Director, Mr. Richard Sykes. With 16 years’ experience, Richard brings with him a wealth of knowledge, he shares with us why he is thrilled to be joining Voyages to Antiquity. Richard will join us on board beginning in March 2016 and brings with him 16 years of experience cruising the world on the Discovery, the Magellan and many more. He’s even cruised on the Marco Polo, formerly …

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Tasting wine

To France’s wine valleys and beyond

In June 2016, we will be embarking on a voyage to ‘The Best of France and Portugal’ – an exploration of the beautiful landscapes and sites of Northern France, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux, as well as Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal. To match an already amazing itinerary, we have prepared an outstanding lecture programme on board to make the culture and history of this region come to life. One of our guest experts is wine educator John Ducker, who …

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Lunch alfresco in The Terrace Café

Travelling solo with Voyages to Antiquity

If you have travelled on board Aegean Odyssey, you would have noticed that we welcome single passengers – in fact, more than 35% of our UK passengers travel solo. So if you want to meet new friends, travel with confidence or simply crave some ‘me’ time, Voyages to Antiquity has it all on offer aboard our small ship Aegean Odyssey. Meet new friends Thanks to Aegean Odyssey’s warm and friendly atmosphere, cruising on your own becomes the ideal way to …

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Once in a lifetime trip to Burma for competition winner Joanne

We recently held a ‘Discover your dream voyage’ competition on our Facebook page, and the prize was to win a cruise. Not just any cruise, but our only voyage to Burma next year! There were thousands of entries, but the lucky winner was Joanne Peters. Joanne has a real passion for travel and will join Aegean Odyssey in February 2016, on her 21-day ‘Burma & the Malay Peninsula’ voyage. She has never sailed with us before, so we decided to …

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