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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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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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