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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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The Ashmolean Museum © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Voyages to Antiquity becomes member of the Ashmolean Museum’s Corporate Circle

Voyages to Antiquity is delighted to announce its membership of the Ashmolean Museum’s exclusive, Corporate Circle – we are delighted to be supporting such an amazing museum and one that is based near our head office in Oxford. The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology and was founded in 1683. The museum’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many …

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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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Church of St Nicholas on Gemiler Island

A Brush with Father Christmas

Christmas is once more upon us, with all the razzmatazz, children’s presents, and Santa Claus, the real ‘ho ho ho’ icon of the festive season. But did you know that Santa Claus was originally from the city of Patara in modern-day Turkey?… Dr David Price-Williams, one of our lovely speakers currently on board Aegean Odyssey, has sent us this lovely story – read on below! Santa Claus was born sometime around 280 AD. He didn’t spend his formative years in Lapland, as you …

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Cartagena, Spain

Southern Spain – a myriad of worlds in one cruise voyage

Guest lecturer Laurence Carter takes us on a journey from Rome to Seville, as he remembers his recent and first visit to southern Spain on board Aegean Odyssey this October and the history, culture and incredible architectural heritage of this incredible region. I  had volunteered for this cruise partly because I had never visited southern Spain and knew next to nothing about its history. Fortunately my cruise colleague Dr Eve Macdonald is a Carthaginian and Phoenician specialist and was ready to guide me …

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Bob Porter with Choir

Brandenburg Choral Festival of London & Voyages to Antiquity

Voyages to Antiquity recently sponsored an event at the stunning Temple Church in London. The Brandenburg Choirs performed a delightful selection of modern classics and old favourites such as Goodall The Lord is my Shepherd, Lauridsen O magnum mysterium and Fauré Requiem. Our recent competition winners were there to enjoy the evening with us, as well as some of our guest speakers. In 2016, we will once again meet with the organisers, but this time on board our very own …

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Greece and the Adriatic Sea

5 great books to read when you travel

Looking for a good holiday read? Many of our guest lecturers are also celebrated authors – many of whom boast some incredible published works – and in our blog we have highlighted 5 of our favourite travel reads. We have hand-picked each title because we believe having the perfect book to read whilst you travel will add another level of richness to your future journeys with us and ultimately leave you wanting more: Looking for Aphrodite, Byron’s War, Byzantine Art, …

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Time well spent on board Voyages to Antiquity

Time well spent on board Aegean Odyssey

On November 19, Aegean Odyssey will set sail on a 31-day voyage to South Africa, travelling from Malaga to Cape Town, calling at Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Las Palmas, Cape Verde, Sao Tome, Bom Bom Island, Luanda, Walvis Bay, Luderitz and Cape Town. Join Cruise Director Paul Carter as you embark on a remarkable journey, including 11 shore excursions across 7 countries, plus time spent on board with our most intriguing itineraries this winter. For a glimpse of what to expect, …

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A walk through Andalucian Seville

Combining River and Ocean cruising on board Aegean Odyssey

River cruising and ocean cruising usually offer different travelling experiences, each with their own highlights. Did you know that on board Aegean Odyssey you can experience both? In 2015 and 2016 we are offering several cruises that connect ocean with river, including our June ‘French Riviera & Moorish Spain’ itinerary which will see our ship sail the Guadalquivir River for an evening arrival into Seville. Aegean Odyssey made her first transit of the river in April of this year, much to the delight of those on …

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yangon-other-pagoda

From Colombo to Singapore with Robert Gordon

In February 2016 we will once again explore mystical Burma & Malaysia, starting with a 2-night stay in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Recently retired British diplomat Robert Gordon, ambassador to Burma in 1995-99, reminisces about his recent journey on board Aegean Odyssey. Having last visited Sri Lanka only two months after the tsunami in 2004 and with the civil war still in full swing, he talks about the many changes that have been made for the better. Cruising off the Sri Lankan coast can …

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