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A classic vintage 50’s Chevrolet is a great way to see the city

Havana Travel Tips from guest speaker Professor Andrew Hopkins

A popular NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, professor Andrew Hopkins FSA is an internationally recognised authority on architecture and cities. He will be joining Aegean Odyssey later in 2017 on her ‘Christmas in Cuba & the Caribbean’ voyage. His richly illustrated presentations reveal the strategies used by great architects to create iconic and memorable buildings, while it is these architects’ urban planning that does so much to give individual cities their unique identities and fascinating histories. Having recently visited the vibrant city of Havana, …

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Dr Carrie Gibson, historian and author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean

Travel with historian and author Dr Carrie Gibson

Our new winter season features wonderful voyages through the Caribbean, calling at Mexico, Antigua, Barbados and to the historic island of Cuba. These voyages have been planned with the help of Dr Carrie Gibson, historian and author of Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean. We are delighted that Carrie will be joining us as a guest speaker on several of Aegean Odyssey’s sailings. The Caribbean is Carrie’s favourite part of the world, so we asked her what she is most looking …

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View on french Riviera with yachts in Cannes

Spring in the Mediterranean

In May 2017, Aegean Odyssey will sail from the ancient city of Rome to the picturesque city of Nice on the French Riviera. It’s a springtime cruise that offers calls to some of the best destinations in the Mediterranean, over the course of 11-days, and includes 6 tours in 2 countries. The ideal spring break, and with a single supplement of only 10%, everyone can enjoy this wonderful journey with us. Aegean Odyssey will sail from Rome to the city …

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Volcanic landscapes on Timanfaya. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

‘Geology and Art’ on board Aegean Odyssey by Dr Peter Cattermole

  In anticipation of our forthcoming cruise to Seville, Morocco & Canary Islands, we talked to planetary Geologist and Volcanologist Dr Peter Cattermole. Peter will be lecturing on board Aegean Odyssey in November, focusing on the interesting scenery through which we will be travelling to. From the standpoint of a both the geologist and art lover, this cruise offers a wonderfully diverse itinerary. Beginning on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, with its backdrop of the Betics Mountains, continuing with by a chance to cruise the amazing …

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Santa Claus from the Coca Cola ad

A look back at some ancient festive traditions

As the festive season gets in to full swing and we all start thinking about our plans for the big day, we decided to look back at some ancient festive traditions – all of which we are all still familiar with to this very day.  Ancient Rome, Old Nordic, Byzantium and Medieval Europe each offer an interesting glimpse into the past and how these traditions have shaped the present.   ANCIENT ROME Throughout the world, homes and streets blaze with …

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John Julius feels that Sicily is both geographically and historically at the center of the Mediterranean

The Middle Sea by Lord John Julius Norwich

Historian and travel writer, Lord John Julius Norwich’s epic history plays a huge part in the very foundations of Voyages to Antiquity and is the inspiration behind our new April cruise – ‘A voyage through the Middle Sea’, and we are very excited to announce that he will be joining us on board Aegean Odyssey in spring 2017. Founder Gerry Herrod was inspired by the book “The Middle Sea,” about the fabled ancient civilisations that flourished in the eastern and …

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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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Greek Temple of Segesta, Sicily

Q&A with Dr Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum

Dr Paul Roberts, a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, is the newly appointed Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years. He was the driving force behind the major exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum“. He was also co-curator at the recent Ashmolean Exhibition, “Stroms, War and Shipwrecks; Sicily and the Sea – the history of Sicily through shipwreck”. You recently joined the …

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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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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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