Unbound / Edition 2 / 2013
Polar Nights and Mystical Northern Lights
Art Treasures of St Petersburg
Jointly with University of Oxford
5 February – 10 February 2013 MS Polarlys 8 March – 13 March 2013 MS Nordkapp
Hurtigruten / www.hurtigruten.co.uk
From £1,529 for inside cabin per person including flights
Professor Roger Davies, Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford (5 – 10 Feb); Dr Ian Willis (8 – 13 March), University Senior Lecturer, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Our universe abounds with objects of spectacular beauty, some of which can be seen on this trip. Starting with a discussion of the aurorae and the other effects the sun can have on the earth, we will take a whistle-stop tour of the universe and explore the night sky, as well as looking at the effects of climate change on the landscape closer by. We hope to spend at least one session on deck at night exploring the heavens. The trip begins in Tromso, then journeys north to the North Cape and Kirkenes, before heading back south. The voyage includes full board, hotel stay in Tromso for one night at the start of the cruise and one at the end, excursion to the North Cape, Honningsvag, drinks reception on the first night on board and welcome and farewell group dinners, and the services of a dedicated tour manager. This is the sixth Cambridge and Oxford alumni tour with Hurtigruten, whose ships have been part of daily life on the Norwegian coast for more than 100 years.
When Can Their Glory Fade? The Turquoise Coast O’ The Wild Charge They Made Black Sea Cruise Jointly with University of Oxford
Cruising the shores of Ancient Caria
2 – 7 March 2013
30 August – 12 September 2013
7 – 21 September 2013
Distant Horizons / www.distanthorizons.co.uk
Voyages to Antiquity / www.voyagestoantiquity.com
Temple World / www.templeworld.com
£2,060 from London. Can be joined without flight
From £2,645pp, including flights; £3,100 with single occupancy
£2,950 from London. Single supplement on request Can be joined without flight
Professor Alexei Leporc, Curator of Western European Art at the Hermitage
Oswyn Murray was Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford for nearly 40 years. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and history editor of the Oxford History of the Classical World.
Professor Geoff Horrocks is Professor of Comparative Philology, Cambridge
The beautiful city of St Petersburg, often known as the ‘Venice of the North’, was founded by Peter the Great to demonstrate his wish that Russia was a major power with its roots firmly fixed in Europe. The visit has been specially planned for February when the snow makes everything picturesque and the city looks magnificent. The theatres are open, the vodka and furs are out and it’s cosy and warm inside the buildings. One can enjoy the city’s wonderful architecture and superb museums without the crowds later in the year. There will be two visits to the Hermitage with its hundreds of glittering, gilded rooms and its unrivalled collection of European and Russian art. Enjoy a day excursion to Tsarkoye Selo, the spectacular town of Imperial Palaces just outside St Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Yussopev Palace at least as spectacular in its way as the Hermitage but on a smaller scale. For those who wish, the journey can be extended to include a four day visit to Russia’s traditional ‘Holy Mother’ – Moscow.
The Crimean War forms a central part of many people’s knowledge of the history of the Black Sea but there is so much more to the story of the area. No other city has played a more important role in the fortunes of the region than Istanbul and it is here that this journey begins. Aegean Odyssey, a beautiful small ship which carries an average of just 350 passengers, sails through the Bosphorus to the Turkish coast calling at Trabzon, founded in the 9th century BC, where there is a visit to the 4th century Sumela monastery high in the mountains. We then reach Batumi in Georgia, a city that has played host to the Greeks, Byzantines, Persians, Turks and Mongols. Next stop is the spa town of Sochi and then we cross to the port of Feodosiya and the splendid Genoese fortress at Sudak, the Russian imperial palaces of Yalta and Sevastopol. The ship will also call at the Ukrainian resort of Odessa - Catherine the Great’s St Petersburg of the South - and Nessebur in Bulgaria. The trip includes a 2-night stay in Istanbul, flights, all meals on board and wine or beer with dinner, shore excursions and all gratuities on board.
Our favourite gulet itinerary cruises the azure waters of Ancient Caria, Turkey, where the scenery and sea views are surpassed only by the magnificence of the ruined cities. We set off in the shadow of the crusader castle at Bodrum, and cruise to classical Knidos, set majestically above its two harbours, its Temple of Aphrodite once housing Praxitales’ famous statue. We find further evidence of the Dorian settlement of Asia Minor at Kasara. In eastern Caria we visit the city of Caunos, with its famous royal tombs carved out of the rock face. Beyond, the haunting ruins of Lydae and Arymaxa overlook the Bay of Fethiye, offering outstanding views. Many previously un-noted Byzantine remains, especially those on Gemiler, tell of the birth of the early Christian Church and its final demise under the advance of Islam. As always we shall travel in comfort aboard classic Turkish yachts, each cabin with en-suite toilet and proper beds. Delicious Turkish cuisine is prepared by the on-board chef and there is plenty of time built in for relaxing and swimming in peaceful bays.