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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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Petra, the Treasury

The Nabatean City of Petra: a story of money, pottery… and love

In anticipation of our forthcoming journey to the rose-red city of Petra, we talked to our friend and fascinating storyteller Dr David Price-Williams. He shared with us a personal story of his encounters with the fabled city, from the moment he first discovered it in the 1970’s up to present day. ‘A rose-red city half as old as time…’ as the rhyming cleric Rev J. W. Burgon described it in his poem of 1845, though truth to tell he had never actually been there! …

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Santorini, the caldera wall

Explore the Aegean this September with Dr David Price-Williams and Rachel Ward

“Happy is the man, I thought, who has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek This September Aegean Odyssey will sail to classical Athens, the monasteries in the sky at Meteora, the ruins of Ephesus, the crusader castle of Rhodes, beautiful Santorini as well as Mamma Mia island Skiathos. Two nights in Istanbul at the start of the journey will give you plenty of time to appreciate its historical treasures before embarking on a …

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The Monasteries of Meteora

A dream journey to the Aegean in September

“Happy is the man, I thought, who has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek Discover the endless blue of the Aegean Sea and the amazing natural setting of the classical monuments of Greece and Turkey on a two-week cruise in September 2015. The Aegean Odyssey will once again return home, the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean, as we explore the cultural heritage of this amazing region. Guest speakers on this amazing journey will …

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Professor Robin Cormack in Patmos, Greece

Byzantium and beyond, in the lectures of Prof Robin Cormack & Ernest Rea

In August 2015 Aegean Odyssey will sail from Istanbul to Venice on a cruise exploring the treasures of the Byzantine Empire across the Aegean and the Adriatic seas. From the grandeur of St Sophia in Istanbul and San Vitale in Ravenna to the dazzling mosaics of St Mark’s in Venice and the intimate beauty of the smaller churches en route, it is a voyage including tours to 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guest speakers on board in August will be Professor Robin Cormack and …

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Glen and Sipra Johnson will be joining us for lectures on our cruise to India in March

Discovering the faces of India in March, on a cruise from Singapore to Delhi

Professor Glen Johnson is one of our guest lecturers and will be joining us on a 22-day ‘Passage to India & Sri Lanka’ voyage in March. At the end of the cruise we will head ashore on a fabulous 5-day land tour of India’s Golden Triangle, taking in the forts and palaces of Jaipur, Lutyen’s great monuments of the British Raj in Delhi and, of course, the Taj Mahal in Agra. We asked Professor Johnson to give us more insight into this amazing land …

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Prof Dowling & the view from Süleymaniye Mosque

In the footsteps of Lord Byron, from Istanbul to Venice

Professor Gregory Dowling, lecturer at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and author of ‘In Venice and in the Veneto with Lord Byron’, recounts his experiences cruising from Istanbul to Venice on board Aegean Odyssey, and compares his own exploits with those of the famous poet. As the name of the cruise,“The Holy City of Byzantium”, indicated, the main theme of our voyage from Istanbul was the Byzantine Empire. But it could almost as well have been dedicated to Lord Byron, …

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