ENGLAND, IRELAND & S COTLAND
From the castles and coves of Scotland to the Isles of Scilly, get to know more about Britain and Ireland on this fascinating summer sailing
July 13 â€“ 26, 2017 London to Scotland
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.
LONDON (Tilbury) England Embark Aegean Odyssey
GUERNSEY Channel Islands
ISLES OF SCILLY England
DOUGLAS Isle of Man
ISLE OF ARRAN Scotland
Isle of Arran
GREENOCK Isle of Man Holyhead
OBAN Scotland JUL 22
Scenic cruising inluding the Sound of Mull and Tobermory
KIRKWALL Orkney Islands
GREENOCK Scotland Disembark Aegean Odyssey
O Overnight stay in port
Ship at anchor
Operational update: the calls at Portree and Oban have been transposed as indicated above.
Isles of Scilly
As well as visiting the great city of Dublin, this cruise takes you to some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes in the British Isles.
• Visit the Channel Island of Guernsey and the Isles of Scilly
From the clear waters surrounding Guernsey in the Channel Islands and Tresco in the Isles of Scilly to the dramatic beauty of the rugged coastline and myriad islands of the north of Scotland, this itinerary takes in the very best of Britain’s shores. Then there is the modern marvel of the Eden Project in Cornwall and the great castles of the United Kingdom – including the late Queen Mother’s favourite residence of the Castle of Mey in the Scottish Highlands – are, however, the undoubted stars of this trip.
• From Falmouth in Cornwall join an included trip to the world-famous Eden Project • Overnight stay in Dublin’s fair city including a visit to Trinity College to see the illuminated Book of Kells
• Enjoy a day in Liverpool and a call at the Isle of Man • Scotland’s scenic coastline and castles plus a couple of its whisky distilleries • Explore the late Queen Mother’s Castle of Mey or visit John o’Groats
• Tour Inveraray Castle or drive through Glencoe
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
JULY 13 LONDON, ENGLAND Embark Aegean Odyssey in the port of Tilbury on the River Thames near London, with a 2pm sailing. Plenty of time this afternoon and evening to settle in as we sail down the Thames and on through the English Channel.
JULY 14 GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS Morning at sea, before mid-afternoon arrival in picturesque St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, a town of cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways, filled with Regency buildings. Choice of half-day excursions: Enjoy a Town Walk in St Peter Port, with a tour of the 13thcentury Castle Cornet. Originally built on an island and now reachable by a 19th-century raised walkway, you will also have free time to explore the ‘Story of Castle Cornet’ exhibition. Alternatively, take A Scenic Island Drive showcasing Guernsey’s beautiful coastline, including a visit to the delightful Little Chapel, built in 1914 to replicate the grotto at Lourdes and possibly the smallest church in the world. Sail in the evening.
JULY 15 FALMOUTH, ENGLAND Breakfast arrival in the West Country of England, a charming place steeped in history, from the days of smugglers to the founding of the Royal Navy and the D-Day landings. Here you will have a choice of tours: Tresco Abbey Gardens
An extended half-day tour visits The Eden Project, the world’s largest global garden containing plants and trees from all over the world, inside a glass dome large enough to fully enclose the Tower of London. Alternatively, enjoy our Picturesque Poldark excursion. Winston Graham’s Poldark novels are the inspiration for this excursion, taking you to some of the places that inspired the author, alongside locations where the new BBC television adaptation was filmed, including Portreath, Chapel Porth, Towanroath engine house, St Agnes, Perranporth and Truro. Late sailing at 10 pm.
JULY 16 TRESCO, ISLES OF SCILLY
Breakfast arrival in the second largest of the Isles of Scilly, Tresco, located off the coast of Cornwall, for a morning or afternoon tour to the world-famous Abbey Gardens. This spectacular collection, on the site of an old Benedictine Abbey, features more than 20,000 exotic plants from all over the world.
Depending on the time of the tour, either the morning or the afternoon will be at leisure. Teatime sailing.
JULY 17 DUBLIN, IRELAND Morning at sea. Lunchtime arrival in Dublin, one of Europe’s finest capital cities, where City Highlights on our afternoon excursion here include the Customs House, the Old Parliament House and the nation’s oldest college, Trinity. We will then continue to the National Gallery of Ireland, the Government Buildings, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, the city’s Cathedrals and the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 uprising and birthplace of the Irish nation. Evening and overnight in the port of Dublin.
JULY 18 DUBLIN, IRELAND Day two in Dublin for a choice of optional tours:
Cornwall’s coastline boasts a myriad of picturesque bays. During the summer months, the blue-green waters could easily be mistaken for the likes of the Mediterranean. Within a 15-minute walk/ a short taxi ride away from Falmouth town, one of Cornwall’s favourite beaches – Gyllyngvase beach – can be found. This blue flag beach with its arc of golden sand and tempting waters is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours during your free afternoon in Falmouth. Just hope for good weather!
A full-day panoramic tour showcasing The Best of Ireland’s Countryside, begins in Glendalough Valley, where a wealth of historic monuments is scattered around two lakes including
the Round Tower, Cathedral, stone churches and crosses. After lunch, we will visit the house and gardens of the 18th-century Powerscourt estate. Alternatively, enjoy a morning Coastal Drive to Malahide Castle. Dating back to the 14th century, this medieval estate has one of the finest collections of period furniture and portrait paintings in the country. The tour then continues with a scenic drive to Portmarnock and the 16th-century Abbey Tavern in Howth. Afternoon at leisure in Dublin. Isle of Skye
Sail at 6 pm.
Alternatively, spend a morning exploring Anglesey’s Coastline. In a region with a rich history, this tour will take you to the tiny islet of South Stack, through the old capital of North Wales, Aberffraw, to the town with the longest name in the world – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Or spend the morning at Caernarfon Castle, one of the historic centres of Wales, where successive Princes of Wales are invested, including the current Prince Charles, giving you a fascinating insight into one of the most impressive castles built by Edward I, thought to have been modelled on those of Constantinople.
JULY 19 HOLYHEAD, WALES
Late sailing at 11 pm.
Breakfast arrival on the Isle of Anglesey, for a choice of included tours:
JULY 20 DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN
One of the United Kingdom’s largest and most important cities, A Day in Liverpool begins at the world-famous Beatles’ Cavern Club, with the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and the Anglican Cathedral other highlights.
Breakfast arrival in the Manx capital, for a choice of morning sightseeing: Tynwald Hill has been in continuous use for well over a thousand years, laying claim to being the heart of the oldest self-governing nation in the world. Here, you will learn more about the history of the island, before visiting the city of Peel, where the magnificent ruins of Peel Castle dominate the landscape. Alternatively, enjoy a drive through the Scenic Southern Isle of Man, beginning with the legendary Fairy Bridge, where it is considered bad luck to pass without saying Laa Mie (good day) to the fairies. Castletown is the site of the medieval Castle Rushen and we will also visit Port Erin, followed by Peel and Tynwald Hill.
Peel Caste, Isle of Man
Afternoon at leisure before 5pm sailing.
JULY 21 ISLE OF ARRAN, SCOTLAND Early morning arrival at the Isle of Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde Choice of tours: A Trip Around Arran will take you through a scenic landscape filled with red deer to Lochranza and its ruined castle. Then head south to Blackwaterfoot, Lagg and Lamlash, which has an ancient spiritual heritage stretching back to the 6th century. Alternatively, Lochranza Distillery is the only producer of whisky on the island, historically acclaimed for having some of the best waters in Scotland. This tour will showcase why the island is such a great place for producing the perfect Malt. Depending on demand, some departures may be in the afternoon. Time at leisure before a late afternoon sailing.
JULY 22 OBAN, SCOTLAND Early arrival in Oban, for a choice of morning excursions: The spectacular Inveraray Castle has been the family seat of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, since the eighteenth century. This beautifully presented country house has a fine collection of family portraits, tapestries, furniture and an impressive armoury. Alternatively, Scottish Highlands and Glencoe will take you through one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe,
Rannoch Moor, to the Glencoe Visitor Centre to learn more about the infamous 1692 massacre, with dramatic Castle Stalker another highlight.
Afternoon cruise along the dramatic coastline of the Sound of Mull, pausing to view picturesque Tobermory.
JULY 23 KIRKWALL, ORKNEY ISLANDS Breakfast arrival in Orkneyâ€™s capital, a bustling market town full of atmospheric twisting wynds (lanes) and a cathedral founded as a final resting place for the relics of St Magnus.
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Choice of morning tours: Orkney is rich in Ancient Treasures, including the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and ancient Skara Brae, dating from 3180BC, the most complete Neolithic village in Europe.
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Alternatively, the Spirit of the South Isles follows the coast to the hand-painted Italian Chapel, before arriving at the worldâ€™s most northerly whisky distillery, Highland Park, where there will be an opportunity to try a wee dram. Depending on demand, some departures may be in the afternoon. Evening at leisure in port. Sail at midnight.
JULY 24 SCRABSTER, SCOTLAND Breakfast arrival, for a choice of three morning excursions: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, first saw The Castle of Mey while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its ruined isolated charm, and hearing it was about to be abandoned, she decided to purchase
it. As part of your guided tour, you will be able to learn more about why this property was so close to her heart. Alternatively, the village of Bettyhill and the Strathnaver Museum offer a fascinating insight into the Highland Clearances, one of the darkest episodes in the history of Scotland.
Or, a scenic drive to John o’Groats and Duncansby Head takes you to the most northerly inhabited settlement, renowned as the starting point for the many embarking on the famous ‘End to End’ journey to Land’s End in England, some 876 miles away.
Or take a scenic Isle of Skye drive to the Museum of Island Life, stopping first at the famous Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. The fascinating museum then consists of seven traditional thatched cottages offering a unique insight into 19th-century crofting. Sail at 2pm.
JULY 26 GREENOCK, SCOTLAND Your cruise ends in Greenock, the port of Glasgow on the River Clyde, where you disembark Aegean Odyssey after breakfast.
Afternoon and evening at sea.
JULY 25 PORTREE, SCOTLAND Morning arrival in the colourful harbour of Portree, meaning “Port of the King”, a name it received following a visit by James V in 1540.
For those passengers who have opted for the pre-cruise hotel stay in London or the post-cruise hotel stay in Edinburgh, please go online to www.voyagestoantiquity.com for more information. Full itinerary details will be sent with your Final Documents.
Choice of three morning excursions: A drive around Scenic Skye to learn more about the fascinating history of the island’s turbulent geological history, from the rugged volcanic plateau of the north to the ice-sculpted peaks of Britain’s most dramatic mountain range, the Cuillin. Alternatively, Dunvegan Castle and the Cuillin will take you to the seat of the chiefs of the Clan MacLeod to see some priceless heirlooms. You will also have time to explore the gardens and Rory Mor’s cascade, before enjoying a scenic drive with views over the Cuillin.
INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS GUERNSEY
Castle Cornet and Town Walk - Half Day
Tynwald and Peel Castle - Half Day
Scenic Island Drive - Half Day
Scenic Southern Isle of Man - Half Day
FALMOUTH The Eden Project - Extended Half Day Picturesque Poldark - Half Day SCILLY ISLES Tresco Abbey Gardens - Half Day DUBLIN Dublin City Highlights - Half Day HOLYHEAD A Day in Liverpool - Full Day Angelsey’s Coastline - Half Day Caenarfon Castle - Half Day
ISLE OF ARRAN A Trip around Arran - Half Day Lochranza Distillery - Half Day OBAN Inverary Castle - Half Day Scottish Highlands and Glencoe Half Day KIRKWALL Ancient Treasures - Half Day Spirit of the South Isles - Half Day SCRABSTER The Castle of Mey - Half Day Bettyhill and the Strathnaver Museum - Half Day John o’Groats and Duncansbury Head - Half Day
PORTREE Scenic Skye - Half Day
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Dunvegan Castle and the Cuillin - Half Day
Isle of Skye and Museum of Island Life - Half Day
For details of these excursions, please see itinerary on preceding pages or for more indepth descriptions, visit us online at: www.voyagestoantiquity.com For details of optional excursions available on this cruise, please refer to pages 10/11. Excursions listed are half day, either morning or afternoon, depending on time in port, or a full day as shown. One excursion is included in each port of call; where more than one excursion is shown, you will be able to choose.
Archaeological ground Significant steps Uphill sections
All our excursions require a basic level of fitness, although some are more strenuous than others. The symbols next to each excursion on the summary page 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. This voyage has many excursions that involve walking on uneven, gravelly and possibly muddy terrain, and if needed, walking aids are highly recommended. Kindly note that the day excursion to Liverpool from Holyhead involves a long drive, and local buses are used in Douglas.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS DUBLIN, Ireland The Best of Ireland’s Countryside Full Day - $125 To the south of Dublin is County Wicklow. Known as the “Garden of Ireland”, this tranquil landscape is a mass of domed granite mountains penetrated by deep glens, containing some of the finest scenery in Ireland. Our full day panoramic tour here begins in the lovely valley of Glendalough, where a wealth of historic monuments and ruined churches are scattered around two lakes. Established by St Kevin in the 6th century, Glendalough became a famous school of learning, inhabited by thousands of students from Ireland, Britain and Europe. One of Europe’s finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, alongside a Cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses.
After lunch at a hotel or restaurant, we will then visit the magnificent gardens at Powerscourt, on the River Dargle. This 18th-century estate, owned by the Slazenger family, spans twenty hectares and is a lovely
blend of formal gardens, five sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes, together with secret hollows, rambling walks and walled gardens, containing over two-hundred variations of trees and shrubs. The large manor house at Powerscourt is equally breathtaking and enchanting. Designed by the German architect Richard Cassels in 1740, it was built around an existing castle dating from 1300. Although it was gutted by fire in 1974, it has since been thoroughly restored and is now home to an outlet of Avoca Handweavers. Having enjoyed the beauty of this wonderful demesne, we will then pass through some more delightful scenery on our return drive.
Howth. Nestled against the ruins of Howth Abbey, you will be struck by its old-world charm, which makes for a truly warm welcome. 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.
Coastal Drive and Malahide Castle Half Day - $75 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
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.
Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran
Hugh Ellwood Architect and Artist, NADFAS Accredited Lecturer
Professor Sandy Primrose MBE Biotechnologist
Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.
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. He 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.
For some years Hugh was an external examiner in Architecture at the University of Manchester as well as a visiting lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of Central Lancashire. He has also lectured extensively to various societies and organisations on art and architecture and is a NADFAS accredited lecturer During the 1980s he began to sketch with watercolour as a complement to the pursuit of architecture. He prefers to work in watercolour, ink, pencil and pastel. His subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two. He prefers to work outdoors, rather than in the studio.
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. Sandy’s passion is gardening and the halfacre garden of his house between London and Oxford is filled with unusual trees and shrubs.
Did you know that: On the Isle of Arran in 1650, Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads took control of Brodick Castle to control the Firth of Clyde. 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.
Simon Jenkins A Short History of England
Ian Macdonald Revolution in the Head
ISBN: 9781846684630, Paperback
ISBN: 9780099526797, Paperback
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.
Robert Lacey Great Tales from English History
John Guy Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
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.
Sophia Kingswell & Jennifer Westwood The Fabled Coast
There’s nothing like a good book to accompany you on your travels.
ISBN: 9780349117317, Paperback
ISBN: 9780099551072, Paperback
Ferdinand Mount English Voices: Lives, Landscapes, Laments ISBN: 9781471155970, Hardback
Tim Smitt Eden ISBN: 9781909513075, Paperback
Andrew Lees Liverpool: The Hurricane Port
Peter Parker Housman Country: Into the Heat of England ISBN: 9781408706138, Hardback
Gary Hayden Walking with Plato: A Philosophical Hike Through the British Isles ISBN: 9781780746562, Hardback
Melissa Harrison Rain: Four Walks in English Weather ISBN: 9780571328932, Paperback
Spencer Leigh The Cavern Club
Adrian Tinniswood Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Between the Wars
ISBN: 9780857160973, Paperback
ISBN: 9780224099455, Paperback
ISBN: 9781780575483, Paperback
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
ISBN: 9780099526797, Paperback
R. F. Foster The Oxford History of Ireland ISBN: 9780192802026, Paperback
Charles Townshend Easter 1916 ISBN: 9780141982472, Paperback
Michael Brown The Irish Enlightenment ISBN: 9780674045774, Hardback
Ruth Dudley Edwards The Seven: The Lives & Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic ISBN: 9781780748658, Hardback
Johnson and Boswell A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides ISBN: 9780140432213, Paperback
Jane Dawson John Knox ISBN: 9780300219708, Hardback
Neil Oliver A History of Scotland ISBN: 9780753826638, Paperback
Winston Graham Ross Poldark
MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE Title
ISBN: 9781447281528, Paperback
Cruise Guide to Europe
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Julian Fellowes Julian Felloweâ€™s Belgravia
Great Britain, Ireland
Marco Polo Map
ISBN: 9781474604154, Hardback
Dublin Popout Map
James Joyce Dubliners
Edinburgh Popout Map
ISBN: 9780199536436, Paperback
Lewis Grassic Gibbon Sunset Song
Scotland Highlands and Islands
ISBN: 9781841957562 Paperback
Liverpool Map Guide
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Guernsey Pocket Guide
Walking the Isles of Scily
Walking on the Isle of Man
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with Map
Insight Great Breaks
Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ISBN: 9780199536221, Paperback
Sir Walter Scott Rob Roy ISBN: 9780199549887, 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.
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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.
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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. Glencoe
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 The Ring of Brodgar 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.
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 London/Tilbury and Greenock will be advised on board.
Various modes of transportation are used, depending on the excursion. Most motorcoaches are deluxe, air-conditioned vehicles unless unavailable in that port.
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.
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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
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