IBERIA, FRANCE & ENGLAND
Sail from Seville along the Guadalquivir River and into the Atlantic on a voyage to Portugal’s historic cities, France’s Bordeaux wine region and England’s West Country
June 17 – 29, 2017 Seville 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.
SEVILLE, Spain Embark Aegean Odyssey River cruising along the Guadalquivir River
River cruising along the Guadalquivir River BORDEAUX, France
LONDON (Tilbury), England Disembark Aegean Odyssey
PORTUGAL Oporto Lisbon
Ship at anchor
O Overnight stay in port
From Jeronimos Monastery and the immense statue of Christ the King in Lisbon to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, this voyage highlights the central role played by Christianity in the history of Europe.
• River cruising down the Guadalquivir River from the heart of Seville to the Atlantic Ocean
Along the way, Aegean Odyssey will take you to some of the most stunning scenery including cruising the Gironde River to the city of Bordeaux and the wonderful West Country of England. You’ll also experience contrasting gastronomic experiences ranging from port tasting in Portugal to wine tasting in a Bordeaux chateau to a rich cream tea in Cornwall, plus enjoy the wonders of nature at the world-famous Eden Project and recent history on the south coast of England.
• A taste of Portugal in Oporto • A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela • Cruise up the Gironde River to berth in the heart of Bordeaux – enjoy exploring this UNESCO town and its world-famous surrounding vineyards • Visit the intriguing Eden Project or St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall • Memories of D-Day at Slapton Sands in Devon, followed by a cruise across the English Channel to Normandy
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
JUNE 17 SEVILLE, SPAIN Embark Aegean Odyssey at lunchtime and sail through the Andalusian countryside on an afternoon cruise along the Guadalquivir River to the Atlantic Ocean.
JUNE 18 AT SEA A leisurely day sailing around the coast of Portugal giving you time to enjoy the many facilities Aegean Odyssey has to offer.
JUNE 19 LISBON, PORTUGAL Early morning arrival in the Portuguese capital for a half-day included tour Lisbon City Highlights. Many of the cityâ€™s famous landmarks are located in the riverside area of Belem, including Belem Tower, the Discoveries Monument and an early highlight of the tour, the spectacular UNESCO-listed Monastery of Jeronimos. This scenic drive will then continue through the Alfama Quarter to the downtown Baixa area, Restauradores, and the Avenida da Liberdade, before stopping at Alto do Parque to admire Lisbon from the north with an astonishing view to the banks of the Tagus. Rossio Square is one of the most beautiful places in Lisbon and has been witness to some key historical events, from celebrations and revolutions to executions and bullfights; while the monumental Christ the King statue in Almada is similar in scope and effect to Rioâ€™s Christ the Redeemer.
The afternoon will be at leisure, or alternatively, you may enjoy an optional tour to Queluz, Sintra and Cascais. This panoramic tour begins in the city of Queluz, with the magnificent 18th-century Queluz National Palace.
From here, we will proceed to Sintra, built against the northern slope of the “Serra de Sintra” mountains, the area is well known for its noble houses and palaces with walled gardens. After a leisurely exploration, we will enjoy a scenic drive to the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, where there will be some free time to relax before returning to Lisbon. Evening sailing.
JUNE 20 OPORTO, PORTUGAL Enjoy a relaxing morning at sea before a lunchtime arrival in Oporto for a City Highlights and Port Tasting tour. Historically one of the most important cities in Portugal, our first stop is the Romanesque-style Cathedral, built in the 12th century and extensively rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries, with an altar dating from the baroque period. Next, you’ll visit the Stock Exchange Palace. Built in the 19th century, the Moorish influenced rooms are nowadays used by the Chamber of Commerce, the President and members of the government. You’ll then cross the Douro River to Gaia, by way of the unique double-decker Dom Luis Bridge, to visit a well-known wine cellar for a tasting of Port wine. Evening sailing.
JUNE 21 VIGO, SPAIN Arrive in Vigo for a choice of included tours: A full-day excursion to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important places in Catholicism and reputedly the place where St James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried, making it a place of pilgrimage since the early Middle Ages.
named after the workmen who built the Cathedral, then facing the main building is the Palacio de Rajoy, built in the eighteenth century to house choirboys and the priest’s seminary. You will also see the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, once a hospital for pilgrims during the 15th century, followed by the crypt where St James is believed to be buried, the museum and the medieval town. Alternatively, enjoy a half-day Leisurely tour of Vigo, with the afternoon at leisure. Winding through the city to La Guia Hill, you will enjoy panoramic views stretching out over the Galician countryside and down to the bay. Your guide will give more information on the fountains, monuments and statues of Plaza de Espana and Plaza de America, and in the 17th-century Castrelos Park, you will have free time to explore the Frenchstyle gardens and admire the palace that has recently been restored to become the Quinones de Leon Municipal Museum. A stop will then be made at the 19th century Galician country manor of Pazo Los Escudos. Now a 5-star exclusive hotel, the manor houses a fabulous collection of family coats of arms, dating between the 15th-19th centuries. Then sit back and enjoy a selection of typical Spanish tapas with wine and other refreshments, and marvel at the magnificent vistas.
Santiago de Compostela
JUNE 22 AT SEA Enjoy some lectures from our expert guest speakers, visit the Athena Spa and Gym, or relax by the pool.
On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Obradoiro Square, so
DESTINATION TIP FALMOUTH 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!
JUNE 23 BORDEAUX, FRANCE
JUNE 26 FALMOUTH, ENGLAND
Leave the Bay of Biscay today and cruise inland up the Gironde River for an evening berthing in the heart of Bordeaux, described as having the most beautiful streets in France thanks to its magnificent 18th-century architecture.
Breakfast time 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.
JUNE 24 BORDEAUX, FRANCE After breakfast, a choice of three included morning sightseeing tours is available: The urban World Heritage Site of UNESCO Bordeaux is ideal for exploring on foot. This guided walk begins at the WWII German submarine base before switching to one of Europe’s largest squares – L’Esplanade des Quinconces – followed by the Palais Rohan, the Cathedral of St Andrew and the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux. Finally, stroll to the former royal marketplace of La Place du Parlement and the Place de la Bourse, dedicated to Louis XV. Alternatively, enjoy some of the city’s main sights including the cathedral, the Palais Rohan and the Grand Theatre, on a Panoramic Drive through Bordeaux for some Wine Tasting at one of the region’s most prestigious estates. Our Medoc Vineyards & Wine Chateaux Road is another wine-tasting option, but here the location is the estate and cellars of one of the most famous chateaux in Bordeaux. Afternoon at leisure. Evening sailing.
JUNE 25 AT SEA Another day at sea to enjoy the summer sunshine, or take advantage of Aegean Odyssey’s on-board facilities and programme of lectures and activities.
Here you will have a choice of tours: The Eden Project, which opened in April 2001, is the world’s largest global garden, containing a melting pot of plants and trees from the Amazon, West Africa, Malaysia and beyond, housed inside a glass dome large enough to fully enclose the Tower of London. On this extended half-day tour you will be taken through Cornwall’s city of Truro, into the peaceful countryside, to arrive at this dramatic Garden of Eden, where you will have approximately three hours to explore. Alternatively, transfer from the ship to Marazion for a morning tour of St Michael’s Mount, separated from the mainland by a tidal causeway and known as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. It was after the Norman Conquest of 1066 that these continental invaders were struck by the similarity of the mount to their own Mont-St-Michel off the Normandy coastline, prompting them to invite the monks of the abbey to build a smaller, but no less impressive, version in Cornwall. Enjoy a guided tour of this resultant facsimile, followed by some free time to soak up the scenery, before crossing back to Marazion to explore the coastal town.You will then return to Falmouth for a free afternoon. Local folklore show on board before late sailing.
JUNE 27 DARTMOUTH, ENGLAND Just along the coast from Falmouth is Dartmouth, home to the Britannia Royal Naval College, for a choice of morning tours:
Slapton Sands & the Forgotten Heroes of D-Day offers a unique insight into the largest seaborne invasion in history by focusing on the tragic events of Exercise Tiger, a secret rehearsal for the main event that went horribly wrong. Here your local guide will explain the details of that fateful night, before a visit to the Memorial that was given by the United States to local residents in gratitude for their help. Then continue to Torcross to see one of the Sherman tanks brought up from the beach, and afterwards, return to Dartmouth for a walking tour of the town, with time to enjoy the surrounds.
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Alternatively, Medieval Totnes & Buckfast Abbey will take you to the remains of a once thriving market town and nearby 11th-century Abbey that at the turn of the 20th century was lovingly rebuilt by a group of monks, so that today only the absence of the patina of age distinguishes this splendid church from its original fabric. After a presentation and exhibition to explain more about the monksâ€™ achievement, youâ€™ll have time to explore the abbey and its gardens before transferring to Totnes, where you may choose to ascend the steep hill to the well-preserved castle for a guided tour, or enjoy some time on your own in this quaint town.
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Time at leisure before late afternoon sailing.
JUNE 28 HONFLEUR, FRANCE
JUNE 29 LONDON, ENGLAND
After a breakfast arrival, there will be a Walking Tour through the picturesque narrow streets of Honfleur to sites of historic interest including the 15th-century wooden Church of St Catherine and its bell tower, the seventeenth century Salt Warehouses, the Lieutenancy, the former residence of the city governor, and the picturesque old port. You will then have some time on your own to enjoy the quaint atmosphere of this charming little town before returning to Aegean Odyssey.
Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury â€“ near London â€“ after breakfast.
For those passengers who have opted for the pre-cruise hotel stay in Seville, the Madrid extension, or the 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 LISBON
Lisbon City Highlights
The Eden Project
- Half Day
- Extended Half Day
St Michael’s Mount
Oporto City Highlights and Port Tasting - Half Day
- Half Day DARTMOUTH
Slapton Sands & the Forgotten
Santiago de Compostela
Heroes of D-Day - Half Day
- Full Day
Medieval Totnes and Buckfast
Leisurely Sightseeing of Vigo
Abbey - Half Day
- Half Day HONFLEUR BORDEAUX
Honfleur Walking Tour
UNESCO Bordeaux - Half Day
- Half Day
Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting - Half Day Medoc Vineyards & Wine Chateaux Road - 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 the optional excursion 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 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.
KEY TO SYMBOLS Extensive walking Cobbled streets Significant steps
All of 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. Of particular note on this voyage – ‘Santiago de Compostela’ involves a lot of walking and makes for a long day, and ‘St Michael’s Mount’ involves a lot of steep, uphill walking. These excursions are not suitable for everyone, and alternatives are in place on these days for that reason.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION LISBON, Portugal Queluz, Sintra and Cascais - Half Day - $45 This panoramic tour begins in the city of Queluz, with the magnificent 18th-century Queluz National Palace, one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe and the former seat of the Portuguese royal family. Frequently compared with Versailles, Queluz is actually earlier in date than the French masterpiece.
possesses a certain illustriousness that younger resorts lack. With a history that is most clearly visible in the villas dotted along the coast, the resort was built by wealthy “Lisboetas” as summer residences in the late 19th century after King Luis I moved his summer activities to the nearby 17th-century fortress.
From here, we will proceed to Sintra, one of the most famous places in Portugal, built against the northern slope of the “Serra de Sintra” mountains. This small village is well known for its charming narrow roads and lush greenery, where climbing flowers and semi-tropical vine-like plants trail from mossy walls and balconies. Noble houses and palaces with walled gardens and stately courtyards are scattered throughout the forested hills, revelling in the soft, cool microclimate that the mountain position brings to the town. After a leisurely exploration, we will then enjoy a scenic drive through Guincho on our way to the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, where there will be some free time to relax before returning to Lisbon. Having been a holiday resort for well over a century, Cascais Cascais 10
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.
Christopher Fielden Wine Writer Christopher Fielden has spent almost sixty years in the wine trade visiting over a hundred countries, buying, selling and drinking wine. In his spare time he has written sixteen books on wine-related subjects including two official text-books for the trade and one that was selected as â€˜Wine Book of the Yearâ€™ at the Gastronomic Book Fair in Beijing. He has been President of the Wine & Spirit Association of Great Britain and Chairman of the Circle of Wine-Writers, as well as being a longstanding member of the Association of Wine Educators. He had a column in Decanter for over ten years and a regular slot on Radio 2.
Dr Candace Weddle Anderson University, South Carolina Candace Weddle is a professor of art history at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California and Tulane University, respectively, and a B.A. in Classics from Baylor University in her home state of Texas. As an archaeologist, she has joined teams at sites ranging from the Neolithic to Byzantine periods, most recently the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s team excavating the “Temple of Domitian” in the well-known city of Ephesus in Turkey. The recipient of a Fulbright and a fellowship from the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, she spent a year in Istanbul conducting research and falling in love with that spectacular city. Candace has travelled widely and spoken on ancient and medieval topics at conferences and as an invited lecturer at universities in the U.S., the U.K., Turkey, and Indonesia, and has also served as a lecturer for the Smithsonian Journeys program. She teaches courses
covering the scope of Western art, but her primary research interest is the sensory experience of GraecoRoman life, especially the use of archaeological and literary evidence to better understand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other sensations experienced by worshipers during ancient religious ceremonies. Recent publications include articles in the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology and the collected volumes ‘Making Senses of the Past: Toward a Sensory Archaeology’ and ‘Senses of the Empire’.
Did you know that: Tim Smit, the founder of the Eden Project worked as an archaeologist before moving to the music industry where he got 7 gold and platinum discs.
READING GUIDE 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.
NON-FICTION Colin McEvedy New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History
Barry Hatton The Portuguese: A Modern History
ISBN: 9780141977164, Paperback
ISBN: 9781904955771, Paperback
John Gill Andalucia: A Cultural History ISBN: 9781904955443, Paperback
Brigitte Hintzen-Bohlen Andalusia: Art and Architecture ISBN: 9783848003266, Paperback
Norman Lewis The Tomb in Seville ISBN: 9781780600086, Paperback
Steven Nightingale Granada ISBN: 9781857886313, Paperback
Gerald Brennan South from Granada ISBN: 9780141189321, Paperback
Roger Crowley Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire ISBN: 9780571290901, Paperback
Tony Kevin Walking the Camino: A Modern Pilgrimage to Santiago ISBN: 9781904955771, Paperback
Eric Newby On the Shores of the Mediterranean ISBN: 9780007367917, Paperback
Cees Nooteboom Roads to Santiago ISBN: 9781860464195, Paperback
Graham Robb The Discovery of France ISBN: 9780330427616, Paperback
Sophie Brissaud The Essential Guide to Bordeaux Wines ISBN: 9781617691645, Paperback
Christopher Fielden (Lecturing on Board) A Traveller’s Wine Guide to France ISBN: 9781905214365, Paperback
Tim Smitt Eden ISBN: 9781909513075, Paperback
Ben Wilson Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy ISBN: 9780753829202, Paperback
Jonathan Mao D-Day: Minute by Minute ISBN: 9781780722429, Paperback
Anthony Beevor D-Day ISBN: 9780241968970, Paperback
Gavin Knight The Swordfish and The Star ISBN: 9781784740153, Hardback
Simon Armitage Walking Away ISBN: 9780571298365, Paperback
FICTION Arturo Perez-Reverte The Seville Communion
MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE Title
ISBN: 9780099453963, Paperback
Mediterranean Cruise Map
Freytag and Berndt
Alain-Fournier Le Grand Meaulnes
Cruise Guide to Europe
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Seville & Andalusia
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with map
Camino de Santiago
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with map
ISBN: 9780552773973 Paperback
Daphne du Maurier Frenchman’s Creek
ISBN: 9780099529729, Paperback
De Maupassant Bel-Ami ISBN: 9780199553938, Paperback
Jose Saramago The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
ISBN: 9781844080410, Paperback
Winston Graham Ross Poldark ISBN: 9781447281528, Paperback
Collins Bird Guide: Britain And Europe ISBN: 9780007268146, 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
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Santiago de Compostela
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 Santiago de Compostela 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 ceramics and leather goods in Spain to azulejo tiles and cork products in Portugal, 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.
VISITS TO SITES/MUSEUMS
Note: For passengers on Grand Voyages, availability of included and optional excursions in Seville and London/Tilbury 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.
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: Santiago de Compostela, UNESCO Bordeaux and Panoramic Bordeaux. As a rule, this means shoulders and knees should be covered. Further details will be advised in the on board briefings, along with weather predictions.
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.
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. 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.
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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Published on Feb 13, 2017
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