FRENCH RIVIERA & MOORISH SPAIN
Enjoy the sunshine on this voyage from the French Riviera down the western Mediterranean coast to Spain’s historic cities, and the tip of mainland Europe
June 6 – 17, 2017 Nice to Seville
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.
NICE, France Embark Aegean Odyssey
CANNES, France Cruise the French Riviera MARSEILLES, France
River cruising along the Guadalquivir River
SEVILLE, Spain JUN 17
SEVILLE, Spain Disembark Aegean Odyssey Ship at anchor
O Overnight stay in port
From the contemporary masterpiece of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Moorish marvels of the Alhambra in Granada to medieval Carcassonne, this journey will show you some of the most fascinating architectural and artistic treasures to be found in the Western Mediterranean.
• Overnight stays in Cannes, Marseilles and Seville give you plenty of time to enjoy evenings ashore
This journey begins on the French Riviera at the beautiful city of Cannes from where you can head for nearby Monte Carlo. In France, you will also visit Avignon, home to the splendid Gothic Papal Palace, and, of course, the famous bridge. Then Aegean Odyssey cruises onwards to Barcelona’s modern wonders and the Moorish splendour’s of southern Spain.
• Enjoy the countryside of Provence with visits to St Paul-de-Vence and Aix-en-Provence
• Full day at sea cruising along the glittering French Riviera • Visit the Pope’s Palace in Avignon and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne • See the heritage of Gaudi, Velasquez and Miro in Barcelona, and Picasso in Malaga • Enjoy river cruising through the Andalusian countryside all the way to the heart of Seville
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
JUNE 6 NICE, FRANCE Embark Aegean Odyssey in Nice this afternoon for an evening sailing.
JUNE 7 CANNES, FRANCE Early morning arrival in the French Riviera resort of Cannes. An included morning tour to the charming Provençal hill town of St Paul-de-Vence. This medieval village is in an idyllic spot above the glorious Loup River and has long been beloved by seekers of the extraordinary. Take a stroll around the narrow cobblestone lanes, lined with boutiques, museums and art galleries, and enjoy some history with a visit to the main gate and ramparts dating back to 1536. Alternatively, take a full-day optional sightseeing trip to Monaco & Monte Carlo. Beginning with a drive past the aristocratic palaces of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and the Middle Corniche, you’ll then head to Monaco and explore the foot of the Rock and the Old Town, with a guided walking tour past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the Romanesque Cathedral. You’ll also drive along part of Monaco’s famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to Casino Square, where you may visit the attractions of your choice. Overnight in Cannes aboard Aegean Odyssey with tenders running during the evening so that you can spend the evening ashore if you wish.
JUNE 8 CANNES – MARSEILLES, FRANCE
JUNE 10 SETE, FRANCE
As we leave Cannes after breakfast, you will be able to enjoy the many facilities of the Aegean Odyssey during a relaxing sail along the Cote d’Azur, passing Antibes and Saint-Tropez on our way to Marseilles.
Early arrival at the port of Sete for a choice of included tours:
JUNE 9 MARSEILLES, FRANCE
Encircled by double walls, Carcassonne stands exactly as it did in the Middle Ages. Here you will visit the battlements, towers, castle and mighty portcullis to learn more about military architecture. Then enjoy lunch before transferring to the second major place of the region. Once a leading port, a Visigoth capital and in the Middle Ages an important Episcopal centre, Narbonne was founded by the Romans during the second century BC. There are several superbly preserved monuments to see here including the Cathedral, canal and archaeological museum.
Early morning arrival in Marseilles and a choice of full-day tours: Avignon’s Papal Palace begins with a 90-minute scenic drive through the Provençal countryside to the town which rose to glory in the Middle Ages. With views of the Rhone River and Avignon’s much-sung-about bridge, Pont St-Benezet, the highlight of your visit will be a guided tour of the Pope’s Palace, founded by Pope Clement V in 1309. Then take a walking tour through Palace Square and Horloge Square, before enjoying a leisurely lunch and time on your own to wander or shop. Alternatively, Marseilles & Aix-en-Provence combines these two cities into another full day, beginning in “Vieux Port,” the Old Port of Marseilles and continuing along the J.F. Kennedy Corniche to Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, consecrated in 1864 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. From the Basilica, descend to the Longchamp Palace and Museums of Fine Art and Natural History. Then in the afternoon, your visit to Aix-en-Provence starts with a walking tour of the Cours Mirabeau, a wide avenue shaded by trees that was built in the 1600s on the site of the city’s medieval ramparts. Finally, enjoy the different architectural styles of Saint Sauveur Cathedral, with its Romanesque nave, Merovingian baptistery and Gothic section. Evening sail.
A full-day tour encompassing two cities with Roman roots, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, followed by landlocked Narbonne.
Alternatively, enjoy an extended morning tour to Montpellier and Flaugergues Castle, begining with a guided walk through the town to appreciate the medieval buildings and private mansions, the 14th-century Cathedrale de Saint Pierre and the lookalike Arc de Triomphe, situated at the end of Rue Foch. Enjoy some free time to explore before driving to Chateau de Flaugergues, property of the “de Colbert” family since 1696. Count and Countess Henry de Colbert still live at the castle, a French historical monument, so you will be given a tour of their home before finishing in the cellars for some tasting of the wine produced at the Chateau’s vineyards.
JUNE 11 BARCELONA, SPAIN A choice of three morning sightseeing tours is included here: Velasquez to Miro will take you to the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) to see the gallery’s extensive collection of masterpieces including pieces by El Greco, Velazquez, Rubens, Gaudi, Picasso and Miro. Barcelona
Barcino: the Roman City begins with Barcelona’s original city walls, towers and gates, en route to Plaza Ramon Berenguer and Plaza Nova, to see the remains of a 1st-century temple dedicated to Caesar Augustus. Then descend to a unique underground museum and one of Europe’s largest underground archaeological sites, for a glimpse of everyday life in Roman Barcino. This tour may operate in the morning and afternoon due to limited capacity. Lastly, Panoramic Barcelona offers an immersive drive through the city to see the Columbus Monument, the Old Port, the Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park, including a photostop outside Gaudi’s masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. There will then be some free time in the afternoon, or you may take an optional tour of Gaudi’s Golden Works, including a panoramic drive and photostop outside Sagrada Familia before arriving at Passeig de Gracia, where Gaudi’s houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are located. After a tour of Casa Batllo – time permitting – you will then have the chance to admire the Olympic Stadium on a panoramic drive around Montjuic Mountain.
JUNE 12 VALENCIA, SPAIN CRUISE VIDEO
A choice of two morning tours available in Valencia: The Valencia City Tour begins at the fourteenth-century church of the Knights Templar, before moving to the Modernist North Station followed by the Serranos and Quart Towers, remnants of the old wall that protected Valencia for 500 years. Afterwards, an outside visit to the Central Market is the prelude to a true highlight and one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture in the world, the old silk market of La Lonja. Finally, you will visit Round Square, followed by the main Cathedral and Basilica, and the Gothic Generalitat Palace. Alternatively, Panoramic Valencia offers a driving tour passing some of the cityâ€™s most outstanding buildings, including the Marina Real Juan Carlos, the Columbus market, Plaza de la Virgen, Bullring, North Station and City Hall, followed by some free time at the Cathedral. You will then be driven to La Lonja, the Central Market, the Serranos and Quart Towers, and the City of the Arts & Sciences complex, on your return to Aegean Odyssey.
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Free afternoon followed by an evening sailing. Valencia
JUNE 13 CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATION TIP TANGIER The afternoon in Tangier has been left free so that you can explore independently. Tangier, which was a focal city in one of the recent James Bond films – Spectre – is often referred to as the ‘gateway to Africa’. As well as a walk through the winding streets of the Kasbah and perhaps a browse of the traditional market stalls in the Grand Socco, it is worth enjoying your afternoon tea-time shoreside. Moroccan mint tea is made with fresh mint leaves and a touch of sugar. All in all, a deliciously refreshing drink.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, soaking up the sunshine by the pool or listening to some lectures from our expert guest speakers.
JUNE 14 MALAGA, SPAIN Choice of tours: A full-day excursion inland to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, including the Royal Palace and the Generalife, takes you to one of the most magical places in the world and the most outstanding symbol of Moorish heritage in Spain. Begun in 1238, the Alhambra was the last Spanish capital of the Moors until it fell to the Christian armies of the 15th century. Alternatively, you may take the half-day tour, Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum, which includes a drive through the town to the famous Gibralfaro Castle and the Picasso Museum, beneath which can also be found the archaeological remains of the city’s Phoenician origins. Evening at leisure before midnight sailing.
you through streets, allowing you the opportunity to view the fruit and vegetable market and Mendoubia Park where you can explore at leisure, if you wish.
JUNE 16 SEVILLE, SPAIN This morning you will enter the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and cruise upstream through the Andalusian countryside to berth mid-afternoon in the heart of the beautiful and romantic city of Seville. Once docked, there will be some leisure time to explore on your own, but be sure not to miss a live Flamenco dance-show on board Aegean Odyssey in the evening.
JUNE 17 SEVILLE, SPAIN Today you will disembark Aegean Odyssey after breakfast. For those passengers who have opted for the post-cruise hotel stay in Seville and/or Madrid extension, please go online to www.voyagestoantiquity.com for more information. Full details will be sent with your Final Documents.
JUNE 15 TANGIER, MOROCCO Arrive at breakfast in North Africa for a morning tour of Tangier’s Highlights including a photostop at the Cape Spartel Lighthouse, a warning beacon to ships for over a century. In Tangier, visit the Medina (old town) and grand Mosque, built on the foundations of the Roman temple to Neptune; then explore the Petit Socco, covering what used to be the Forum. The bustling Kasbah is situated on the highest part of the Medina in an area that has been the preserve of palaces and castles for thousands of years. Here your guide will walk
INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS CANNES
Valencia City Highlights
- Half Day
- Half Day
MARSEILLES Avignon’s Papal Palace
Panoramic Valencia - Half Day
- Full Day
Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence
Granada and Alhambra Palace
- Full Day
- Full Day
Panoramic Malaga and Picasso
Carcassonne and Narbonne
Museum - Half Day
- Full Day Montpellier and Flaugergues Castle - Extended Half Day
TANGIER Tangier Highlights - Half Day
BARCELONA Barcino: The Roman City - Half Day Barcelona: Velasquez to Miro - Half Day Panoramic Barcelona - 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
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. All of 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. On this voyage, many of the excursions visit towns with cobbled streets, often with uphill sections. 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. ‘Carcassonne and Narbonne’ and ‘Granada and the Alhambra’ are both difficult excursions in terms of walking, and make for long days. These excursions are not suitable for everyone, and alternatives are in place on these days for that reason. For more information relating to shore excursions, please see pages 22/23.
Extensive walking Cobbled streets Archaeological ground Significant steps Uphill sections Features a boat ride Cable car Bustling streets Winding roads Lunch included
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS CANNES, France Monaco & Monte Carlo - $85 Full Day Enjoy superb full-day sightseeing on the French Riviera, including Nice, the “pearl” of the Cote d’Azur, and a drive to Monaco and its glamorous capital, Monte Carlo. Your adventure starts with a drive along Nice’s palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, lined with aristocratic palaces. Then continue on a stunning drive along the Middle Corniche road, set above cliffs that rise vertically. Savour panoramic views of Villefranche, Cap Ferrat and the village of Eze, set on a craggy peak high above the Mediterranean. This breathtaking ride takes you from France to the independent Principality of Monaco.
Your first stop is at the foot of the Rock. Ascend to its top by escalators and elevators to discover the historic Old Town. Your guided walking tour takes you past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the 19th-century Romanesque Cathedral in which Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had their fairy-tale wedding.
Wander the ancient covered alleyways of Old Town, before continuing to Monte Carlo. Drive along part of Monaco’s famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to Casino Square. In this haven for the rich and famous, you have time on your own to take in the attractions of your choice, be it the Grand Casino, the opulent Hotel de Paris, the chic boutiques – or you can just soak up the atmosphere for future daydreams after your return to the ship. Note: The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half-day excursion.
BARCELONA, Spain Gaudi’s Golden Works - $65 - Half Day Antoni Gaudi’s work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona’s architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudi’s work all around the city centre. Departing from the pier, you will start with a brief panoramic drive to the Sagrada Familia (outside visit), Gaudi’s most emblematic work and the greatest example of his genius. This famous structure has become a symbol of Barcelona all over the world. Next, you will head to Passeig de Gracia, the famous boulevard where Gaudi’s houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are located.
The present Casa Batllo is a result of a total refurbishment of an old previous conventional house built in 1877. Some people regard Casa Batllo as a building that embodies a unique fusion of art, architecture and design. It is celebrated for its visual solutions and its creative use of materials and colour. Casa Batllo has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since July 2005. After your tour of the interior, you take a short walk to La Pedrera for a photostop. Once you arrive, you will look in vain for straight lines and admire the sumptuous curves of the façade, the wrought iron balconies with forms of plants, the paintings on the ceilings of the foyers, and much more. Before returning to the ship – time permitting – you will have the chance to admire the Olympic Stadium while enjoying a panoramic drive through the Montjuic Mountain.
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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.
Alan O’Cain Artist, Poet and freelance Lecturer Alan studied History at Lancaster University, specialising in the development of Western Science, Art and Philosophy, and has an MA in Education. He now works as a professional artist and poet and delivers much-loved public talks and performances. He has twice been a visiting fellow and artist-and-poet-in-residence at Durham University (2012-13 and 2015-16) and has given lectures in many prestigious venues and on cruise ships travelling the globe. Alan has been involved in creative collaborations with Glyndebourne Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company and produced art and poetry in-residence in a number of historical and international venues, including the preserved studio of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (painter of “The Scream”) and the former prison cell of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. He is currently working with German composer Søren Nils Eichberg on words for a new classical song-cycle for voice and symphony orchestra and creating painted artworks for
a sixteen-year long project (exhibition as a work-inprogress, Manchester Cathedral, 2017). He has held solo exhibitions at the Hay Festival and at other locations in the UK and abroad. In art, poetry and his uniquely idiosyncratic and entertaining talks, he explores themes taken from art history, mythology and literature and is inspired by music, modern art, theatre, science and his own life.
Did you know that: Morocco produces over 100 different varieties of dates.
Ernest Rea Broadcaster Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC, responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for
Moroccans consider that the first glass of mint tea is as gentle as life, the second as strong as love and the third as bitter as death.
his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one-time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.
NON-FICTION Colin McEvedy New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History
There’s nothing like a good book to accompany you on your travels. 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. 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: 9780141977164, Paperback
David S H Abulafia The Great Sea ISBN: 9781904955771, Paperback
Robert Hughes Barcelona ISBN: 9781860468247, Paperback
Jonathan Phillips Holy Warriors
ISBN: 9780007367917, Paperback
Robert Irwin The Alhambra
ISBN: 9781845114558, Paperback
Kieron Corless & Chris Darke Cannes ISBN: 9780571230464, Paperback
Edwin Mullins Avignon of the Popes ISBN: 9781904955566, Paperback
ISBN: 9781843443360, Paperback
Eric Newby On the Shores of the Mediterranean Ted Jones The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers
Sean Martin The Cathars
Jonathan Sumption The Albigensian Crusade ISBN: 9780571200023, Paperback
ISBN: 9781845950781, Paperback
ISBN: 9781861974877, Paperback
Karen Armstrong Islam: A Short History ISBN: 9781842125830, Paperback
Walter M Weiss Morocco ISBN: 9781909961258, Paperback
Tahir Shah In Arabian Nights ISBN: 9780553818765, Paperback
Simon Barton A History of Spain
MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE
ISBN: 9780230200128, Paperback
Jan Morris Spain ISBN: 9780571241767, Paperback
Brigitte Hintzen-Bohlen Andalusia: Art and Architecture ISBN: 9783848003266, Paperback
John Gill Andalucia: A Cultural History ISBN: 9781904955443, Paperback
Norman Lewis The Tomb in Seville
FICTION F Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night
ISBN: 9781780600086, Paperback
ISBN: 9780141183596, Paperback
Birds of the Mediterranean
Naomi Wood Mrs Hemingway
ISBN: 9780713663495, Paperback
ISBN: 9781447226888, Paperback
Ildefinso Falcones Cathedral of the Sea
Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Including Marine Invertebrates ISBN: 9781472921789, Paperback
Mediterranean Cruise Map
Freytag and Berndt
Cruise Guide to Europe
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Insight Travel Maps
Spain and Portugal
Marco Polo Map
Marco Polo City Map
Marco Polo Pocket Guide
Malaga & Costa del Sol
Footprint Pocket Guide
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Seville & Andalusia
Eyewitness Travel Guide
ISBN: 9780552773973 Paperback
Carlos Ruiz Zafron The Shadow of the Wind ISBN: 9780753820254, 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
Third/Fourth Pullman berth in these cabins
Cabin for guests with disabilities
Elevator 404# 403
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Single Accomodation MEDICAL
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*Categories GG, I, II and some HH cabins
PROMENADE DECK LIDO DECKLIDO DECK BRIDGE DECK PROMENADE DECK BRIDGE DECK
MARCO POLO DECK MARCO POLO DECK BELVEDERE DECK DECK have partially restricted view BELVEDERE DECKCOLUMBUSCOLUMBUS DECK
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.
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 Carcassonne and quite another to see it in the company of a good guide who speaks your language and 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 fashions and perfumes on the French Riviera to ceramics and lace products in Spain, 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.
CLOTHING TIPS Sunhats and sunscreen are recommended when participating in excursions â€“ especially when exploring archaeological sites or walking through towns/villages. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for most of our excursions. For the following excursions, respectful dress is required as sites of a religious nature are included: Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence and Valencia City Tour. As a rule, this means shoulders and knees should be covered. This is also encouraged when in Morocco in accordance with cultural and religious sensitivities. Further details will be advised in the on board briefings, along with weather predictions.
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 Nice and Seville will be advised on board.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jan 25, 2017
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