CELTIC S COTLAND & IRELAND
Begin this voyage from Scotland to the spectacular west coast of Ireland, the rolling landscapes of Wales, and the beautiful Isles of Scilly
July 26 â€“ August 8, 2017 Scotland to London
YOUR ITINERARY In response to recent feedback, we are now pleased to introduce our new dedicated cruise guides, produced individually for each Voyages to Antiquity cruise. In this guide, you will find useful information and expert tips about the destinations you will visit, plus a comprehensive guide to both included and optional shore excursions. There is also information on your guest speakers and an invaluable reading guide to help you discover even more. We look forward to welcoming you on board.
GREENOCK Scotland Embark Aegean Odyssey
Scenic cruising past the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher
ISLES OF SCILLY England
JERSEY Channel Islands
LONDON (Tilbury) England Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury Ship at anchor
O Overnight stay in port
ENGLAND WALES Cardiff
Cork Isles of Scilly O
INTRODUCTION From the stunning scenery of Bantry Bay in Ireland and the dramatic coastline of Mull in Scotland to the islands of Jersey and Tresco, this voyage takes you to some of the most remote and romantic places in Great Britain and Ireland. On your journey, you will visit historical castles, great gardens and magnificent country houses. As well as immersing yourself in the tranquil splendour of the British and Irish countryside, you will also have the opportunity to get to know the most vibrant, charming and interesting towns and cities in these isles. And your journey begins in the Scottish shire of Argyll, known as the “Gateway to the Isles”, where the captivating views of ancient monuments, mountains, lochs and islands, have delighted and enthralled travellers for centuries.
VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • Cruise the west coast of Scotland past Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa • Visit Inveraray Castle and spend a leisure afternoon in Tobermory • Sail around Ireland’s dramatic west coast past the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands • Call in at Donegal and Bantry Bay • Visit Cork, Dublin and cross the Irish Sea to Cardiff • Explore the Abbey Gardens on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly and see the best of Jersey in the Channel Islands
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
JULY 26 GREENOCK, SCOTLAND Embark Aegean Odyssey in the port of Greenock on the River Clyde near Glasgow this afternoon, with time to settle in before an evening sailing.
JULY 27 OBAN, SCOTLAND Morning at sea, with an afternoon arrival in Oban for an included excursion to Inveraray Castle, the family seat of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. Combining Baroque, Palladian and Gothic architecture, this beautifully presented country house has exquisite formal gardens, as well as a fine collection of family portraits, tapestries, furniture and an armoury. Then return to Aegean Odyssey for an evening sail.
JULY 28 TOBERMORY, SCOTLAND Morning at sea, during which the ship will cruise past Fingalâ€™s Cave on the Isle of Staffa, en route to the Sound of Mull, before arriving at the picturesque harbour at Tobermory. A leisure afternoon here to explore ashore, followed by an evening sail.
JULY 29 KILLYBEGS, IRELAND Morning at sea, for an afternoon arrival in Killybegs, a major Irish fishing port that is the ideal place to explore the wild, atmospheric Atlantic coastline, with a choice of three excursions:
Tobermory,Isle of Mull
A Walk Through Donegal Town, including a visit to the 15thcentury castle which lay in ruins for nearly two centuries until it was restored in the 1990s. The town is also a renowned centre
for the Irish tweed industry, so free time will be available to explore a famous factory and outlet. Alternatively, the Spectacular Donegal Scenery excursion will take you to Dungloe in The Rosses, where each July the ‘Mary from Dungloe International Festival’ takes place. We will then continue to the village of Crolly, home of the internationally acclaimed singer Enya. Or, take a trip around Delightful Donegal Bay by Waterbus, including Belles Island, St Ernan’s Island and a native seal colony. There will then be some free time to visit John McGee’s tweed store, before an evening sail. Please note: the waterbus is NOT exclusive. Waterbus sailing times are tidal and may be cancelled unexpectedly due to bad weather.
JULY 30 AT SEA Full day at sea to enjoy the ship’s amenities and listen to some lectures from our expert guest speakers, as Aegean Odyssey cruises past the Cliff of Moher and remote Aran Islands.
JULY 31 GLENGARRIFF, IRELAND Breakfast arrival in Glengarriff, the gateway to the Beara Peninsula, on world-renowned Bantry Bay. This mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland has attracted visitors for hundreds of years, and you will have a choice of three morning excursions: Bantry House and Gardens is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry. Set in beautiful surroundings, the house has a splendid collection of tapestries and artwork. One of the highlights of the gardens is the Hundred Steps, a monumental staircase built of local stone.
The Cliffs of Moher
Alternatively, A Famine Story takes you to Skibbereen, one of the worst affected towns in Ireland during the Great Famine of 1845. This terrible event is commemorated in the Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Or Scenic Gougane Barra takes you to a tiny lake-bound island that in the 6th-century was the hermitage of St Finbarr, patron saint of Cork. Today a 19th-century oratory now stands in its place. The afternoon will then be at leisure, before an evening sail.
You may also take an optional full day excursion to The Kingdom of Kerry, featuring a scenic drive to one of Ireland’s leading stately homes, Muckross House, followed by Killarney, where many monarchs and artists have been inspired, and the pretty village of Kenmare.
DESTINATION TIP DUBLIN With plenty of free time scheduled for exploring this vibrant capital, the evening should be reserved for sampling the famous pub culture. During the day, garden lovers should not miss the opportunity to travel 3km out of Dublin’s centre to the National Botanic Gardens. Entry is free and the award-winning Palm House Complex is spectacular. The gardens are also host to the National Herbarium.
AUGUST 1 CORK, IRELAND
AUGUST 2 DUBLIN, IRELAND
Early morning arrival in Cork, Ireland’s second city, cheerfully referred to by the locals as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the opera house. Choice of morning excursions:
Morning at sea before a lunchtime arrival for an afternoon walking tour of Dublin City Highlights, including the Customs House, the Old Parliament House and Trinity College. We will then continue to the National Gallery of Ireland, the Government Buildings, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral, before arriving at St Patrick’s Cathedral and the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 uprising and birthplace of the Irish nation.
A guided tour from Panoramic Cork City to Blarney Castle, home to beautiful gardens and the world-famous Blarney Stone, which legend has it will impart the gift of eloquence when kissed. In Cork, see the spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Old Courthouse, City Hall and the Church of St Anne, where visitors are able to play the eight “Bells of Shandon”.
In the evening, you may go ashore to experience Dublin’s well-earned reputation as a fun-loving city, before returning to Aegean Odyssey for an overnight stay in port.
Alternatively, A Walk Through Cork City crosses Parnell Bridge for views of City Hall, the College of Commerce and Morrison’s Island, before stopping at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and Clarke’s Bridge, one of the most atmospheric places in the whole city. The afternoon will then be at leisure, before an evening sail. Or enjoy an optional full day Exploring Tipperary, beginning with a drive through County Cork to the iconic Rock of Cashel, the royal seat of the kings of Munster from the 4th century AD. Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths (ring forts) to medieval monasteries, fortified townhouses and a Georgian Cathedral. We will then continue to Cahir Castle, before a picturesque trip along the Vee Pass for some breathtaking panoramic views.
AUGUST 3 DUBLIN, IRELAND
AUGUST 5 TRESCO, ISLES OF SCILLY
Enjoy an optional morning Coastal Drive to Malahide Castle, set in 250 acres of gardens and parkland. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle boasts a fine collection of period furniture and portraits. Then continue along the coast to the traditional 16th-century Abbey Tavern, near the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey, before returning to Aegean Odyssey for an afternoon sailing across the Irish Sea.
Located off the coast of Cornwall, Tresco is the second largest of the Isles of Scilly. Thanks to the prevailing effects of the Gulf Stream, the climate is mild, with sunshine hours generally greater than the UK average.
AUGUST 4 CARDIFF, WALES Breakfast arrival to see Cardiff ’s many attractions on your own or choose an included morning excursion: Tintern Abbey is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. Beautifully set in the Wye Valley, these enchanting 12thcentury remains must surely rank among Britain’s most atmospheric historic sites, while Monmouth is the site of the small Roman fort of Blestium and a medieval fortified bridge that is the last of its kind remaining in Britain. Alternatively, Caerphilly Castle is the second largest castle in Europe, with a famous tower that “out-leans” Pisa. After the castle, we will return to Cardiff for a panoramic drive with sights including the castle and its surrounding estate. Or take an optional afternoon excursion to the Edwardian Dyffryn Gardens, a Grade 1 registered garden featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, formal lawns, statuary collection and an extensive international Arboretum. Return to Aegean Odyssey for a late afternoon sail.
Morning or afternoon excursion to the world-famous Abbey Gardens, established in the 1830s by Augustus Smith. Something of a perennial Kew Gardens, but without the glass, Tresco seems able to shrug off Atlantic gales to host 20,000 exotic plants that would stand no chance on the nearby Cornish mainland. Morning or afternoon at leisure, before an early evening sail.
AUGUST 6 JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS Morning arrival in St Helier, the charming capital of Jersey, for visits to the island’s wonderful attractions, including the magnificent Mont Orgueil Castle, which has been guarding Jersey for over 600 years, with a choice of morning excursions:
St Helier and Mont Orgueil Castle. Originally built as an English stronghold in the early 13th century, since then it has witnessed many of the key events to have shaped Jersey’s history, including the last French wars and the German occupation of World War II, when it was refortified and served as a site for anti-aircraft and machine guns. Alternatively, Fortified Jersey and the Underground Hospital will take you to the Noirmont headland gun emplacements. We will then enter the Underground Hospital for a guided tour of one of Jersey’s most important World War II landmarks.
Or Samares Manor, beginning with some wonderful coastal views over the Bay of Portelet on the way to the Noirmont German bunker, followed by the fortifications at St Brelades and Corbiere, then St Ouens Bay and Gorey, location of Mont Orgeuil. Finally, you will visit Samares Manor to explore the fabulous gardens, before returning to St Helier for an afternoon and evening at leisure, before a midnight departure.
AUGUST 7 AT SEA Corbiere
A leisurely day sailing the English Channel, giving you time to take advantage of Aegean Odysseyâ€™s on-board facilities.
Mt Orgeuil Castle
AUGUST 8 LONDON, ENGLAND Morning arrival in Tilbury, the port of London on the River Thames, for disembarkation after breakfast. For those passengers who have opted for the pre-cruise hotel stay in Edinburgh and/or post-cruise hotel stay in London, please go online to www.voyagestoantiquity.com for more information. Full itinerary details will be sent with your Final Documents.
INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS OBAN
Inveraray Castle - Half Day
Dublin City Highlights
- Half Day
A Walk through Donegal Town - Half Day
Spectacular Donegal Scenery - Half Day
Caerphilly Castle - Half Day
Delightful Donegal Bay by Waterbus - Half Day
Tintern Abbey - Half Day
TRESCO Abbey Gardens - Half Day
GLENGARRIFF Bantry House and Gardens - Half Day
A Famine Story - Half Day
St Helier and Mont Orgueil Castle - Half Day
Scenic Gougane Barra - Half Day CORK Panoramic Cork City and Blarney Castle - Half Day A Walk Through Cork City - Half Day
Fortified Jersey and the Underground Hospital - Half Day Samares Manor - Half Day
For details of these excursions, please see itinerary on preceding pages or for more in-depth descriptions, visit us online at: www.voyagestoantiquity.com For details of optional excursions available on this cruise, please refer to pages 10/11.
KEY TO SYMBOLS Extensive walking Cobbled streets
Excursions listed are half day, either morning or afternoon, depending on time in port. One excursion is included in each port of call; where more than one excursion is shown, you will be able to choose. All our excursions require a basic level of fitness, although some are more strenuous than others. The symbols next to each excursion will give you an idea of specific things to be aware of. When there is a significant amount of walking involved in an excursion, the walking symbol has been indicated. Generally, this applies when at least 1.5-2 hours of the excursion is made up of continuous walking.
Significant steps Uphill sections Includes a boat ride
This voyage has many excursions that involve walking on uneven, gravelly and possibly muddy terrain, and if needed, walking aids are highly recommended.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS GLENGARRIFF, Ireland The Kingdom of Kerry - Full Day - $65 This scenic tour from Glengarriff in West Cork to the heritage town of Kenmare begins at the worldrenowned beauty spot of Killarney National Park, where a photostop will be made at Ladies View, for some views over the Lakes of Killarney. From here we will visit Victorian Muckross House, one of Irelandâ€™s leading stately homes, which offers an unparalleled insight into the lifestyle of the Irish gentry and the staff who once served them.
A short distance from Muckross is the centre of Killarney, which features a charming landscape of lakes, wooded vales, rolling hills and green pastures, where over the centuries many monarchs, poets, artists, writers and composers have been inspired by its unique and unsurpassed beauty. We will then arrive in Kenmare, to explore this pretty and historic little Irish village.
CORK, Ireland Exploring Tipperary - Full Day - $65 This full day begins with a drive through Fermoy and Mallow before crossing into Tipperary to arrive at the Rock of Cashel, topped by the Cathedral of St Patrick, which was once the royal seat of the kings of Munster. It was here that St Patrick converted King Aengus to Christianity in about AD432. We will then continue to Cahir Castle, which dates mainly from the 15th century and features huge walls enclosing three wards, with the inner one guarded by a portcullis. Rooms in the keep are whitewashed and contain displays of armour and furnishings from the 16th and 17th centuries. The day ends with a picturesque drive along the Vee Pass, which affords some breathtaking views as it zigzags up the mountain, before descending into Lismore, for a return through Tallow and Midleton to Cobh.
Coastal Drive and Malahide Castle Half Day - $75
Dyffryn Gardens - Half Day - $49
Malahide Castle dates back to the 14th century and alongside its 250 acres boasts a new exhibition and interpretative centre. The Secret Gardens and Victorian glasshouse have only recently become open to the public, while the castle also features one of the finest collections of period furniture in the country, alongside an outstanding collection of portrait paintings. Continuing along the coast to Portmarnock, location of the world-famous Golf Club, there will be time to stop at the 16th-century Abbey Tavern in the fishing port of Howth. Nestled against the ruins of Howth Abbey, you will be struck by its old-world charm, which makes for a truly warm welcome.
Dyffryn Gardens, in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, is an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design. At over fifty-five acres in size, this collection of botanical marvels is a Grade 1 registered garden that features a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, formal lawns, seasonal bedding, statuary collection and much more. Drffryn also boasts an extensive Arboretum, featuring trees from all over the world, making it truly a garden for all seasons that you will be able to enjoy at leisure during this relaxing half-day optional tour.
Howth Head, Dublin
Driving over the summit of Howth Head, you will then enjoy some wonderful views of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains beyond, before returning to port via Dollymount and Clontarf.
YOUR GUEST SPEAKERS A quintessential part of the Voyages to Antiquity experience is our worldclass programme of celebrated guest speakers, all of whom are carefully chosen to provide high quality lectures designed to enrich your time aboard Aegean Odyssey, adding texture and depth to your journey. With topics ranging from art and history to archaeology and architecture, from wine and cuisine to theology and nature, you will find a Voyages to Antiquity talk informative and accessible. Here are the experts who will be providing an array of enlightening talks during your voyage.
Major General Stephen Carr-Smith British Army, Retired Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 19881995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR. His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. On leaving the Army in 1995, he worked for a company providing security and mine clearance services in remote and hostile countries; was the Senior Military Advisor to an operational analysis company owned by British Aerospace; and was the Chairman of a company developing opportunities to marry-up Russian technology with western finance and production. From 1999 to 2006, he was the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a national appointment dealing with redress and financial compensation for buyers and sellers of residential property throughout the UK. Since 2009, he has been the Chairman of Help Moving Office, an internet company run by his second son that has now
expanded into America. He has had a number of other involvements, like being an Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) – an all women, uniformed volunteer body that has supported the British Army for 100 years. From 1997 to 2003, he was a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Signals. From 2003 to 2013, he was the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club, with its origins in the Punjab in the 1920s – and, accompanied by his wife, he led tours to Sri Lanka in 2004 and to India in 2007.
Professor Brian Williams University of Aberdeen
Professor Sandy Primrose MBE Biotechnologist
Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently holds adjunct professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol in the UK, and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in the Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East, and presented Radio 4 programmes for the BBC.
Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick. In 1981 he made a career change by moving to industry where he held senior management positions, first in a pharmaceutical company and later in diagnostic, food and environmental companies. After 20 years in industry he made another career change and started working as a biotechnology consultant as well as being an adviser to various UK governmental organisations (Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency, and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to the Food Standards Agency.
Brian gained his Ph.D. in sedimentary geology from the University of Wales far too many years ago to admit to, and in 2004 was awarded a D.Sc. degree in recognition of his global contribution to sedimentary research. He is a consultant to, and undertakes training courses for, the Oil Industry and several small geological service companies. He has lectured on Voyages to Antiquity cruises since 2011. His studies have taken him to Australia, SE Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America which has given him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel and students alike.
Did you know that: Daffodil growing on the Isles of Scilly was established to offset the decline in local shipbuilding. Trinity College in Dublin was founded in 1592 as the ‘mother’ of a new university (University of Dublin) modelled on the collegiate system of Oxford and Cambridge – but only one college ever was built.
Sandy still consults widely as well as being Chairman of a number of small, high technology companies. He has written a number of very popular scientific textbooks but is particularly proud of his recent publication entitled Plants, Poisons and Personalities which is aimed at lay audiences.
There’s nothing like a good book to accompany you on your travels.
Sophia Kingswell & Jennifer Westwood The Fabled Coast
Our associates at Blackwell’s – the famous Oxford bookseller – have put together a selection of books that we feel would provide the perfect accompaniment for this magnificent voyage.
James Boswell Boswell’s Edinburgh Journals
For a description of each book, please go online to www.voyagestoantiquity.com, or for a more comprehensive description, please visit Blackwell’s website www.blackwell.co.uk and enter the ISBN number shown.
ISBN: 9780099551072, Paperback
ISBN: 9781906566616, Paperback
Rab Houston Scotland ISBN: 9780199230792, Paperback
Robert Lacey Great Tales from English History
Iain Banks Raw Spirit ISBN: 9780099460275, Paperback
Charles Maclean MacLean’s Miscellany of Whisky ISBN: 978190625174, Pocket Hardback
David Thomson The People of the Sea ISBN: 9780857861856, Paperback
R. F. Foster The Oxford History of Ireland
ISBN: 9780349117317, Paperback
ISBN: 9780192802026, Paperback
Johnson and Boswell A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
Charles Townshend Easter 1916
ISBN: 9780140432213, Paperback
ISBN: 9780674045774, Hardback
ISBN: 9780141982472, Paperback
Michael Brown The Irish Enlightenment
Neil Oliver A History of Scotland
John Davies A History of Wales
ISBN: 9780753826638, Paperback
ISBN: 9780140284751, Hardback
Terry Breverton Owain Glyndwr ISBN: 9781445614984, Hardback
Simon Jenkins A Short History of England ISBN: 9781846684630, Paperback
Robert Lacey Great Tales from English History ISBN: 9780349117317, Paperback
Ferdinand Mount English Voices: Lives, Landscapes, Laments ISBN: 9781471155970, Hardback
Graham Park Introducing Geology ISBN: 9781906716219, Paperback
RSPB Pocket Guide to Birds of Britain ISBN: 9781408174562, Paperback
Alexander McCall Smith 44 Scotland Street ISBN: 9780349118970, Paperback
Sir Compton Mackenzie Whisky Galore ISBN: 9781780270920, Hardback
MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE Title
Cruise Guide to Europe
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Great Britain, Ireland
Marco Polo Map
Dublin Popout Map
Edinburgh Popout Map
Sir Walter Scott Rob Roy
ISBN: 9780199549887, Paperback
Cardiff, Newport & Pontypool Map
Insight Flexi Map: Jersey
ISBN: 9781841957562 Paperback
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Robert Louis Stevenson Kidnapped
Guernsey Pocket Guide
Walking the Isles of Scilly
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with Map
Insight Great Breaks
Lewis Grassic Gibbon Sunset Song
ISBN: 9780141441795, Paperback
Edna Oâ€™Brien The Little Red Chairs ISBN: 9780141441795, Paperback
James Joyce Dubliners ISBN: 9780199536436, Paperback
Carrying around 350 passengers, the size of our ship allows access to ports other vessels cannot reach, meaning we can offer a greater breadth of itinerary and range of destinations. We sail up the Guadalquivir River into the heart of Seville as well as the Gironde River in France to Bordeaux, and are ideally sized to access smaller ports and islands, too.
SHIP’S SPECIFICATION Ship’s Tonnage
Our on-board experience is also a little different: you’ll discover an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that enables you to get to know your like-minded fellow travellers. Whether it’s over dinner, in conversation about a lecture or on shore excursions, friendships are easily formed.
Passengers also appreciate our smart, casual dress code – cutting down on the amount of luggage you need.
Passengers, lower beds
Lloyd’s Register Society London Panama
ON-BOARD FACILITIES • Two restaurants
• Internet Centre
• Three lounges
• Outdoor pool
• Four bars
• Athena Spa and Gym
• Lecture theatre
• Beauty Salon
• Medical Centre
What passengers love most about Aegean Odyssey is the warm and intimate atmosphere. Ships, like people, have personalities. Some are proper and formal. Others offer the anonymity of a large hotel. On board Aegean Odyssey you are greeted as a returning family member even if itâ€™s your first time on board.
DINING DELIGHTS - INDOORS OR OUT! We are very fortunate that the areas we sail to have a strong culinary tradition. The gastronomic culture of using the very best fresh local ingredients cooked in a simple but delicious style is the inspiration for the menus on board Aegean Odyssey. THE MARCO POLO RESTAURANT: The most formal of the shipâ€™s restaurants, the Marco Polo has full waiter service and a casual country-club elegance. THE TERRACE CAFE: With a combination of indoor and outdoor seating, sophisticated Mediterranean interior design and cooking on the open grill, the Terrace Cafe replicates the charm and ambiance of a seaside trattoria.
Dinner al fresco: In the evenings, the Terrace Cafe recreates the informal yet sophisticated atmosphere of a bistro, the perfect place to start your evening.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE Ask any world traveller where they receive the best service and they will undoubtedly answer the Far East.
REFRESHING THE MIND - AS WELL AS THE BODY! During your cruise you will enjoy a programme of lectures and discussions held in the Ambassador Lounge, designed to bring to life the wonderful sites you visit on your journey. There will normally be a number of guest speakers on your cruise, each with different areas of expertise. Our library is beautifully appointed and houses a well-stocked collection selected by the experts at the Oxford-based bookseller, Blackwell’s. Newspapers are delivered by satellite and are available in the library. Relax on the sun deck and cool off in the outdoor pool. Pamper yourself at the Athena Health Spa,
where you will find wonderful therapies and treatments to revive you. Our hairdressers and beauty centre is also on hand, and there’s a full fitness studio and early morning yoga sessions to set you up for the day.
Of all the nationalities in this part of the world, it is the Filipinos who carry the highest reputation for attention to detail. Fluent in English and always ready with a smile, our Filipino crew will win your heart.
Before dinner, enjoy a drink in the Charleston Lounge or watch the sun go down from The Terrace. After dinner, perhaps take in a lecture about the places you’ll visit the next day, or enjoy the string trio, pianist and vocalist performance. In some ports we organise local entertainment to perform on board.
Category B - Junior Stateroom with balcony
Category H - Premium Outside Cabin
Category F - Deluxe Stateroom
KEY Single Cabins Third Pullman berth in these cabins
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Single Accomodation MEDICAL
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*Categories GG, I, II and some HH cabins
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EXCURSION INFORMATION Voyages to Antiquity’s cruises include shore excursions in most ports of call. Some ports offer multiple opportunities for sightseeing, and in these instances, Voyages to Antiquity offers carefully selected excursions – some as an alternative to the main included excursion, some at an additional cost.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR These sightseeing programmes are outstanding but can be challenging. Visits to archaeological sites require walking over uneven surfaces, up and down multiple steps, and therefore a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. Some passengers may decide to take a break on certain days and explore the environs around the port. Look for the symbols alongside each tour description to get a good idea of what can be expected on each excursion. Tour durations are approximate and, to be sure you get the most out of the excursion and to avoid overcrowding, the sequence of site visits and operating times may vary. The on-board staff will brief you nightly on the expected plans for the following day. All departure times and meeting points will be advised in the Daily Journal on board. Some countries require you to carry certain documents ashore and this will be advised on board at the appropriate time. Please note that we reserve the right to change, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time. Isle of Skye
OUR SHORE EXCURSION TEAM Our Shore Excursion Manager and Graduate Assistants are on hand to make sure you get the most out of your shoreside experience. Informative briefings will be given regarding the excursions and ports of call, and the team will be on hand at the Reception Desk to answer any further queries you might have. During the excursions, although we endeavour to have a representative on each bus as much as possible, this cannot be guaranteed. The role of our ship’s excursion staff when ashore, is primarily to ensure the smooth operation and delivery of our excursion product in conjunction with the local guide and operator. This often means rotating between groups and working with the local guides. Kindly note that, although keen to assist when required, our team are not responsible for providing walking support or making sure everyone in the group is present.
OUR GUIDES It is one thing to see and kiss the Blarney Stone and quite another to see it in the company of a good guide who can share his/her knowledge and passion for history. All of our shore excursions feature qualified English-speaking guides who seek to enlighten your visit with their expertise.
SHOPPING From Waterford crystal in Ireland to whisky and shortbread in Scotland, the crafts of this part of the world have evolved over the centuries. While these shore excursions focus on the history, culture and archaeology of the area, some offer the
chance to visit local workshops and observe demonstrations. Voyages to Antiquity has no connection with any shopping establishment and does not assume responsibility for purchases made ashore. We also recommend insurance on anything you choose to ship home.
TRANSPORTATION Various modes of transportation are used, depending on the excursion. Most motorcoaches are deluxe, air-conditioned vehicles unless unavailable in that port.
VISITS TO SITES/MUSEUMS On occasions, substitutions need to be made due to opening/ closing times of some sites/museums, but all possible is done to ensure schedules operate as described. If a change is made, guests will be advised with their final documents or at the shore excursion briefings on board. Note: For passengers on Grand Voyages, availability of included and optional excursions in Greenock and London/Tilbury will be advised on board.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Closed-toe and sturdy walking shoes are recommended for the excursions on this itinerary. Waterproof jackets and sweaters are also recommended as the weather can be very unpredictable in the regions visited. One should be prepared for all weather conditions and pack accordingly.
Itinerary Changes The cruise and tour programmes featured in this brochure are planned many months in advance. Occasionally changes have to be made to the itineraries due to circumstances beyond the control of Voyages to Antiquity.
Further details will be advised in the on-board briefings, along with weather predictions.
Responsibility The responsibility of Voyages to Antiquity and the operator of the vessel is strictly limited according to the Terms and Conditions set forth in the Passage Contract that you receive prior to embarkation. You are urged to read the Passage Contract carefully. A sample is available to be mailed on request or can be viewed and printed from the Voyages to Antiquity website at any time. Transportation on board the ship is provided solely by the ship operator and pursuant to the Passage Contract. Voyages to Antiquity reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a guest for any reason. Voyages to Antiquity shall not be responsible for any act, event or omission during the time passengers are not aboard the Voyages to Antiquity vessel. Voyages to Antiquity acts only as an agent for the supplier of off-ship services such as airlines and other off-ship transportation carriers, meals, shore excursions, accommodations, air ambulance and shoreside physicians. Guests agree not to hold Voyages to Antiquity, its owners, agents or representatives liable for any loss, injury, expense or damage which results directly or indirectly from any act or omission, whether negligent or otherwise, of any third party person or firm which is to, or does, provide goods or services in connection with the trip or any available option. Without limiting the foregoing, Voyages to Antiquity shall have no liability to passengers for the quality of services at, and the condition, cleanliness or safety of a hotel, housing facility, or conveyance, or for any transportation delay, including but not limited to liability for inconvenience, shortened
vacation time, additional expenses, or any other kind of damage. Voyages to Antiquity expressly disclaims all responsibility of any nature whatsoever for any loss, damage or injury to property or person resulting from air, rail, motorcoach or any other form of transportation other than that actually provided by the Voyages to Antiquity vessel. Services provided by Independent Contractors All shoreside tours and services described in this brochure or on the website are provided by independent contractors. Voyages to Antiquity acts solely as ticketing agent for all shoreside activities and has no legal obligation or liability of any kind to guests for acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground/tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Voyages to Antiquity. Guests with Special Needs The tour programmes featured in this brochure include extensive sightseeing and to fully participate each guest must be reasonably fit and have no walking difficulties. Whenever possible Voyages to Antiquity will try to accommodate guests with special needs as long as the mobility issues are not an impediment to others on the guided tours. For further details, refer to the Essential Travel Information leaflet or to that section of the Voyages to Antiquity website. Errors & Omissions While Voyages to Antiquity makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information in this booklet, its promotions and as displayed on the website, Voyages to Antiquity reserves the right not to honour any published fares that it determines were erroneous due to printing, electronic or clerical error. Voyages to Antiquity is not responsible or liable for any typographical errors, omissions or misprints.
Tresco Abbey Gardens
THE 2017 CRUISE COLLECTION MADEIRA,
May 3 2017
M OR O C C O & SEVILLE
Madeira’s magnificent flora begins this springtime voyage to the Canary Islands, Morocco’s great cities and the charms of Moorish Seville and Cordoba
HISTORIC SPAIN, SICILY & ITALY
May 11, 2017
May 25, 2017
A springtime voyage combining a two-night hotel stay in Rome, visits to the islands of Sardinia, Corsica and Elba, Renaissance Florence and the French Riviera
June 29 & August 8, 2017
Enjoy the sunshine on a two-week voyage from the French Riviera down the western Mediterranean coast to Spain’s historic cities, and the tip of mainland Europe
July 13, 2017
S COTLAND &
Join our magnificent voyage to the edge of the Arctic Circle and the incredible landscapes and nautural wonders of Iceland
From the catles and caves of Scotland to the Isles of Scilly, get to know more about the British Isles and Ireland on this fascinating summer sailing
Two nights in Edinburgh begin this voyage from Scotland to the spectacular west of Ireland and the beautiful Isles of Scilly
Sail from Seville along the Guadalquivir River and onto the Atlantic on a voyage to Portugal’s historic cities, France’s Bordeaux wine region and England’s South Coast
THE BEST OF
August 22, 2017
September 1, 2017
CLA S SICAL
September 13, 2017
Sail through the Strait of Gibraltar and accross the Mediterranean as this splendid voyage takes you to charming ports and historic cities
October 5, 2017
This fascinating voyage around the Aegean is a true autumn treat. Starting from Athens, you will visit some of the most inspiring monuments of the ancient world
Sail across the southern Mediterranean to the fascinating island of Sicily and the sites of Moorish Spain
September 27, 2017
This leisurely-paced cruise around Italy allows time to enjoy the pleasures of beautiful Sorrento, explore the ruins of Pompeii and Sicily, and sail along the glorius Adriatic coast to Venice
October 16, 2017
July 24, 2017
Enjoy the summer sun as you sail south to France’s Chateaux Country and on to Portugal’s historic cities
June 6, 2017
RIVIERA & SPAIN
Moorish cities, monumental Sicily, the mysteries of Pompeii, and the grandeur of Rome - all in one magnificent journey
June 15, 2017
THE RENAIS SANCE & RIVIERA S
Cruise through the beautiful Adriatic Sea and the serene splendour of Kotor Bay en route to the classical sites of ancient Greece
October 29, 2017
November 9, 2017
THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING CRUISE LINE
WINNER Andalusia’s great cities – Seville, Cordoba and Granada – combine with exotic Morocco on this fabulous voyage
Discover the lkesser-known teasures of the canary Islands and enjoy a tour of the very best of Morocco
These Cruise Guides are available to download from our website www.voyagestoantiquity.com
2015 VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY BEST FOR ENRICHMENT
Published on Feb 13, 2017
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