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Explore India and Egypt… and learn to paint, too!

As part of the continued enhancement to our lecture programme, we are looking forward to welcoming Kevin Dean, a professional artist and designer, onto Aegean Odyssey next month. Kevin is a highly acclaimed artist who has illustrated numerous books, designed textiles and wallpapers, and worked with leading retailers, publishers and museums. His most famous commission is the floral artwork that adorns the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque in Abu Dhabi. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and in March …

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Part 1: “A Cruise? Me on a Cruise?” by Ray Hale, naturalist

Enrichment cruising covers a wide variety of topics from history and archaeology to art and sculpture. We are well known for our cultural cruises visiting amazing sites like Pompeii and Ephesus, as well as little known treasures which may be less familiar. When we were planning our Far East programme nearly two years ago, we knew that nature would also play an important part in these magical cruises. The wonderful blog below is from Ray Hale, a wildlife expert who …

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Moments which take your breath away – The Phi Phi Islands

Dr Sinharaja Tammita -Delgoda joined our Singapore and Burma, Land of Contrasts cruise at the end of 2012. Most of the other guest bloggers have focused on the awe-inspiring nature of Burma, but for this piece, the Doctor focused on the life around the Phi Phi Islands as well as the people he met on his cruise. His blog below is one of the most charming we have received from our guest lecturers and more surprising, as he is specialist …

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I wish I could spend a year on board – just to get through all the marvellous books!

In this final part of Victor Sonkin’s diary from the Black Sea, he travelled around the western part of the coast, taking in more of Ukraine as well as Bulgaria. As well as comprehensive itineraries, Victor and his wife Sasha were able to take in some of the other lectures on board as well as enjoying the facilities on Aegean Odyssey. ———– 3. Sevastopol – Odessa – Nessebar – Istanbul Pushkin was the subject of my last lecture, which proved …

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From Batumi to Yalta – Part 2 of Victor Sonkin’s Cruise

In this second part of Victor’s blog from his Black Sea cruise, Victor and his wife Sasha sailed along the northern coast visiting some of the major sites including Yalta and Odessa, important for their Classical history as well as more modern 20th century history in addition to Sochi in the east, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. ——————- 2. Batumi – Sochi – Feodosia – Yalta “Batumi is the capital city of Adjara, the autonomous region of Georgia. …

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Cruising the Black Sea with Dr Victor Sonkin – Part One

Dr Victor Sonkin joined us in July this year, when we cruised around the Black Sea to Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria and Turkey. This is one of our most popular voyages and sells out quite early each year. As a Russian academic, Victor brought a very different perspective to this cruise which was appreciated by us all. This was his first time as guest lecturer with Voyages to Antiquity and gave us an intriguing and comprehensive overview of the Russian …

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A comparison of Knossos, Akrotiri and Nauplia, by a Byzantine specialist?

Robin Cormack is well known to our guests on Aegean Odyssey, as one of our most popular guest lecturers. He has travelled with us on several occasions lecturing on his specialist subject of Byzantine history. On this voyage, Robin was interested in a different era of ancient history and the way two famous ancient sites are accessible to guests – an interesting departure for this expert of Byzantium history! ———————– “Aegean Odyssey left Istanbul on the evening of 27 August …

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From Venice to Athens – amazing sites and so much more

Nigel Ramsey joined us earlier this summer as one of our expert lecturers on the subject of Medieval History. Read on to discover what he found most special about his Voyages to Antiquity cruise. ——– “I’m a historian, and so for me the trip from Venice to Athens was a succession of glimpses of the past glories of one maritime power after another. We were seeing how the Venetians and Ottoman Turks each staked their claims (with the merchants of …

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It’s Not Just about History!

The development of Voyages to Antiquity came about from our founder, Gerry Herrod, reading the book ‘The Middle Sea’. For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s generally regarded as one of the finest books of its type, charting the history of the Mediterranean and the development of the major civilisations. Whilst history and archaeology are still core to our cruises, we also focus on culture, food and literature. To this end we have looked to expand our lecturing …

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The Blog of Dr. Thomas Mannack, one year on (2012)

If you have ever enjoyed Dr Mannack’s company on board Aegean Odyssey, or had a chance to read his blog from last year – you will certainly have become a fan of his unique style and personality, just like the rest of us. His vast knowledge, sense of humour and vibrant personality are always welcome on board our ship – so we were delighted when he stepped in at short notice, after the exams were finished in August, to accompany …

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