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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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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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Amber Fort in Jaipur

New Horizons – Heading East with Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner is a fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard, a former Bureau Chief for Reuters in the Balkans, and a firm favourite amongst Voyages to Antiquity’s guest speakers. As a journalist he first reported from India and Southeast Asia in the mid-1980s. In a recent interview, he shared with us why India still holds such an attraction for him, and what we might expect from his talks on board. You’ve travelled extensively in India and Southeast Asia. Can …

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Candace Weddle and friends having lunch in Tangier

Our guest speaker Dr Candace Weddle explores Tangier, Morocco

In June 2015, Aegean Odyssey sailed for the first time to Tangier in Morocco. On-board guest speaker Dr Candace Weddle was joined by other A-list lecturers Professor Jonathan Phillips and Ernie Rea, to the delight of all our passengers who enjoyed their company and talks on board. Recently returned from touring, Candace shares with us her experience of the open markets and tasting the local cuisine of Morocco. “We docked in Tangier, Morocco on an uncharacteristically cool and cloudy day. …

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Dr David Price-Williams with students at the Taung site © Dr David Price-Williams

South Africa and the search of human origin

In December 2015, Aegean Odyssey will sail on a 19-day Christmas and New Year voyage to South Africa, taking in ports of call including Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay and Richards Bay. The cruise is an ideal opportunity to get up close with some of Africa’s remarkable wildlife. Accompanying this voyage is Dr. David Price-Williams, a life member of the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research and a much loved guest speaker on board Aegean Odyssey. He will be lecturing …

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Bridge of Sighs, Ducal Palace and Custom House, Venice: Canaletti painting

The life and works of Turner: an interview with Dr James Hamilton

2014 saw J.M.W Turner take centre stage as the subject of both a major exhibition at Tate Britain and an award-winning film about the last 25 years of his life. Dr James Hamilton is an acclaimed expert on the eccentric British artist, having written numerous books and organised many exhibitions. Just this May, Dr Hamilton will join us on a ‘Grand Tour’ to the treasures of Italy, Croatia & Greece and we can’t wait to hear him speak about this fascinating artist …

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