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CRUISE GUIDE

ICELAND, FAROES & SHETLANDS

Join our inaugural voyage to the edge of the Arctic Circle and the incredible landscapes and natural wonders of Iceland

June 29 – July 13, 2017 London 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.

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Isafjordur Akureyri

AEG170629 2017

PORT

ARRIVE

DEPART

JUN 29

LONDON (Tilbury), England Embark Aegean Odyssey

JUN 30

At Sea

JUL 1

ROSYTH, Scotland

7.30am

5.00pm

JUL 2

KIRKWALL, Orkney Islands

1.00pm

5.00pm

JUL 3

At Sea

JUL 4

HEIMAEY, Iceland

3.00pm

8.00pm

JUL 5

REYKJAVIK, Iceland

9.00am

7.30pm

JUL 6

ISAFJORDUR, Iceland

Noon

5.00pm

JUL 7

AKUREYRI, Iceland

9.00am

8.00pm

JUL 8

HUSAVIK, Iceland

7.00am

6.00pm

JUL 9

At Sea

JUL 10

TORSHAVN, Faroe Islands

8.00am

1.00pm

JUL 11

LERWICK, Shetland Islands

8.00am

Noon

JUL 12

At Sea

JUL 13

LONDON (Tilbury), England Disembark Aegean Odyssey

7.00pm

Husavik

ICELAND

Reykjavik

Heimaey

Torshavn

SHETLAND ISLANDS

FAROE ISLANDS

Lerwick Kirkwall

ORKNEY ISLANDS

9.00am

SCOTLAND Rosyth

ENGLAND

LONDON


INTRODUCTION

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

It is difficult to describe the dramatic and unique landscape of Iceland without resorting to clichés: this is the land of gushing geysers, rumbling volcanoes and creeping glaciers. The small volcanic island of Heimaey in the remote Westmann archipelago is your first Icelandic port of call and it is then on to the island’s cosmopolitan capital Reykjavik. From here, you will visit the dramatic landscapes of Thingvellir National Park.

• A circumnavigation of Iceland calling at five ports

Then sail to the port of Isafjordur on the edge of the Arctic Circle and on to Akureyri with its magnificent green pastures, waterfalls and home to the geothremal Myvatn Nature Baths. Finally, a call at Husavik, a charming harbour surrounded by snow-covered mountains, which is full of colourful houses and offers the chance of a whale watching expedition. On this cruise you will also visit Scottish castles, Viking settlements in the Faroe Islands and the remote Orkney and Shetland Islands.

• Bathe in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon

• Visit the remote Orkney, Shetland and Faroe Islands • A day in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, or a visit to Stirling Castle

• The 5,000-year-old Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar • Walk on the lava fields of Eldfell and see the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall

• Go whale watching from Husavik

Faroe Islands

Husavik, Iceland

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YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY

JUNE 29 LONDON, ENGLAND Embark Aegean Odyssey in the port of Tilbury on the River Thames near London this afternoon, with time to settle in before an evening sailing.

JUNE 30 AT SEA A day at sea cruising through the North Sea, giving you time to enjoy the many facilities Aegean Odyssey has to offer.

JULY 1 ROSYTH, SCOTLAND Breakfast arrival in the port of Rosyth, close to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. Choice of two morning excursions: The Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s most historical street, provides an ideal walking route from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the Palace of Holyrood House. This guided walking tour is rich with other sights along the way, including Castle Hill, Gladstone’s Land, Lady Stair’s House and the Tollbooth in Cannongate. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to stay on in the city and return to the ship later in the afternoon. Alternatively, spend the morning exploring Stirling Castle, a place populated with a host of celebrated figures in Scotland’s history. Dramatically perched atop an extinct volcano, Stirling Castle affords magnificent views. After your guided tour, you will then have time to explore before returning to Aegean Odyssey. Late afternoon sailing. Evening at sea. Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

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JULY 2 KIRKWALL, ORKNEY ISLANDS

JULY 3 AT SEA

Morning at sea.

Another day at sea to relax in the library or enjoy a treatment at the Athena Spa.

Lunchtime arrival in Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, which retains significant evidence of Neolithic and Norse heritage. Here you will have a choice of two half-day included excursions: The Ancient Treasures of the island include the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, a huge circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years, plus the similarly ancient village of Skara Brae, where we will visit the remarkable dwellings that were revealed by storms only 150 years-ago. There are eight in all, making it the most complete Neolithic village in Europe. Alternatively, Spirit of the South Isles will take you along the coast to the smaller South Isles, where you will drive over the first of the WWII Churchill Barriers to the hand-painted Chapel built by Italian prisoners of war. Finally, continue your journey to Highland Park to discover Orkney’s acclaimed 12-year-old malt whisky at the world’s most northerly distillery, where there will be an opportunity to try a wee dram. Late afternoon sailing.

JULY 4 HEIMAEY, ICELAND

EDINBURGH

Morning at sea. Mid-afternoon arrival in Heimaey, the only inhabited island of Iceland’s Vestmannaeyjar Islands, most of which were formed by submarine volcanoes over 5,000 years ago. Choice of excursions: Heimaey Highlights begins in the natural harbour which is inhabited by a multitude of bird species. From here you will journey to the scenic western part of the island, to view some of the outer islands, including Surtsey, formed during a volcanic eruption in 1963. We will also explore both of the island’s volcanoes: the five thousand-year-old Helgafell and the considerably younger Eldfell, which erupted in 1973. A drive over the Eldfell lava field to the fort of Skansinn and wooden stave church then concludes with a drive through the harbour town. Alternatively, Skansinn and the Lava of Eldfell on Foot allows you to get a bit closer to the younger volcano, beginning at the harbour, then to Skansinn, before continuing across the lava fields. Finally, the crater is the perfect place to learn more about the island’s volcanic history. Sail at 8pm.

DESTINATION TIP

If you opt for The Royal Mile excursion from Rosyth, there will be plenty of time to continue exploring Edinburgh in the afternoon. After a morning of taking in the history, you might wish to delight in some of the modern culture that this festival city offers. Whether it’s a 45-minute tour at the famous Edinburgh Gin Distillery or a wander past The Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling was busy writing the first Harry Potter novel, Edinburgh has something for everyone. Plus, the city is compact so easy to explore on foot!

Ring of Brodgar

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JULY 5 REYKJAVIK, ICELAND Arrive at breakfast time in the Icelandic capital which translates as “smoky bay” due to the columns of steam arising from nearby geothermal springs. Here we have a choice of included excursions:

Strokkur Geyser

A full-day around Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, beginning with a drive across the lava fields of Mosfellsheio to Thingvellir National Park, before moving to the Gullfoss Waterfall. Finally, the last of the “big three” attractions, is the Geysir geothermal area, including Strokkur, an explosive geyser that erupts every few minutes. Alternatively, for those not wanting to take a full day tour, there’s a morning tour to the healing waters of The Blue Lagoon, one of the top 25 wonders in the world. Beginning with a drive through Reykjavik, for some views of the city’s landmarks, then onwards into the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The Blue Lagoon owes its existence to a nearby geothermal powerplant that makes use of geothermal seawater. The water is warm and mineral rich, while the lava landscape surrounding the Lagoon creates a memorable atmosphere. Or Discover Reykjavik’s Culture on a tour through the capital, including the Arbaer open-air museum, boasting more than 20 historic buildings, the Perlan (“The Pearl”) and the National Museum. Then we will drive to the old quarter of Reykjavik and Hallgrimskirkja Church, one of the city’s most recognised landmarks. Evening sailing. Reykjavik Cathedral

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JULY 6 ISAFJORDUR, ICELAND

JULY 8 HUSAVIK, ICELAND

Morning at sea to arrive at noon on this remote island, for a choice of afternoon excursions:

Early arrival in the whale watching capital of Iceland, where you will have a high chance of spotting these incredible marine mammals.

A forty-minute boat ride around Vigur Island to see some of its abundant birdlife, before switching to a walking tour of man-made relics from Vigur’s farming past, including Iceland’s oldest windmill and a two hundred-year-old, eight-oared rowing boat, which is still in use as a ferry. Alternatively, Culture in the Westfjords offers a comprehensive view of life in the region, with visits to Bolungarvik and Osvor Fisherman’s Hut Museum, followed by the church of Holskirkja, the waterfall of Tungudalur Valley, and the town of Isafjordur, for a visit to the Maritime Museum. Sail at 5pm.

JULY 7 AKUREYRI, ICELAND Breakfast arrival in this small northern city, Iceland’s second most populous, for a choice of included tours: The full-day Jewels of the North begins with a coastal drive to the Godafoss Waterfall, then to Lake Myvatn and the otherworldly Namaskard, a striking geothermal field of sulphurous boiling springs. It’s then only a short ride onwards to the mystical lava landscape of Dimmuborgir and finally the pseudo-craters of Skutustadir.

A half-day Whale Watching tour will be available either in the morning or the afternoon, with the other half-day free to explore this beautiful port. Before heading onto the water, you will have time to visit the Husavík Whale Museum for more information on these remarkable creatures, including the skeletons of several species. We will then join our whale-spotting crew who will be able to provide more details on the species we hope to spot during our trip into the waters of Skjalfandi Bay. Like all wildnature experiences, sightings cannot be guaranteed, but given Husavik’s reputation, the potential here is always excellent.

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Sail at 6 pm.

JULY 9 At Sea A day at sea to relax, mingle, or take in some lectures from our expert guest speakers.

Alternatively, take a morning guided Walk through History in Akureyri, beginning with a stroll through the cultural centre known as “Art’s Alley” to the Church of Akureyri and the Akureyri Museum. You will then have a free afternoon to explore at leisure. Evening sailing.

Husavik

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JULY 10 TORSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS Breakfast arrival in Torshavn, picturesque capital of the Danish Faroe Islands, famous for its turf-roofed houses. A choice of morning tours:

Torshavn

A tour of Torshavn will take you to the Historical Museum to learn more about the Faroes over the last millennium. You will also take a stroll around the beautiful open-air museum “Hoyviksgardur” which includes a traditional farmhouse and outbuildings, before visiting the 18th-century cathedral and the old town of Tinganes. Alternatively, Kirkjubour is a small village where the imposing ruins of Saint Magnus Cathedral dominate the landscape. Looking out from Kirkjubour, to the west of the island, we will have magnificent views of the other Faroe Islands on our way to and from this important historical site. Sail at 1pm with afternoon at sea.

JULY 11 LERWICK, SHETLAND ISLANDS Breakfast arrival in Lerwick, the Shetland’s main port, where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Choice of three morning excursions: Lerwick Walking Tour and Shetland Museum offers an insight into the lives and history of the people of the town with visits to the Old Tollbooth followed by one of Shetland’s famous “Lodberry” warehouses and the 19th-century Town Hall, which has beautiful stained glass windows representing Shetland’s history. Finally, you will visit the Shetland Museum to learn more about the island’s heritage.

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Alternatively, the Archaeological Site of Jarlshof, located near Shetland’s southern tip, reveals an extraordinary settlement embracing at least 5,000 years of human history. The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze-Age village, an Iron-Age broch, several Norse longhouses, and a medieval farmstead. Or, Castles and Ponies takes you to Scalloway, the second largest settlement on the island, to visit the now roofless Castle and the local museum, featuring a special display devoted to the World War II “Shetland Buses”. We will then travel through the Tingwall Valley, with its Norse heritage, for a photo opportunity with a small herd of Shetland ponies. Afternoon at sea.

JULY 12 AT SEA A day as sea as we sail south towards England, during which you may relax and reminisce, or take part in our programme of activities.

JULY 13 LONDON, ENGLAND Disembark this morning after breakfast in Tilbury, near London. For those passengers who have opted for the precruise 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 EDINBURGH

ISAFJORDUR

The Royal Mile - Half Day

Vigur Island - Half Day

Stirling Castle - Half Day

Culture in the Westfjords - Half Day

KIRKWALL

AKUREYRI

Ancient Treasures - Half Day

Jewels of the North - Full Day

Spirit of the South Isles - Half Day

A Walk through History - Half Day

HEIMAEY Heimaey Highlights - Half Day

HUSAVIK Whale Watching - Half Day

Skansinn and the Lava of Eldfell on

TORSHAVN

Foot - Half Day

Torshavn - Half Day Kirkjubour - Half Day

REYKJAVIK The Golden Circle - Full Day The Blue Lagoon - Half Day

LERWICK Lerwick Walking Tour and Shetland Museum - Half Day

Discover Reykjavik’s Culture

Archaeological site of Jarlshof - Half Day

- Half Day

Castles and Ponies - Half Day

For details of these excursions, please see itinerary on preceding pages or for more in-depth descriptions, visit us online at: www.voyagestoantiquity.com For details of optional excursions available on this cruise, please refer to pages 10/11.

KEY TO SYMBOLS Extensive walking Cobbled streets

Excursions listed are half day, either morning or afternoon, depending on time in port, 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. 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.

Archaeological ground Significant steps Uphill sections Includes a boat ride Uneven/volcanic ground Lunch included

This voyage has many excursions that involve walking on uneven, gravelly and volcanic ground, and if needed, walking aids are highly recommended.

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS LONDON, England The British Museum - Half Day - $45 The British Museum was founded in 1753, and was the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all ‘studious and curious persons’. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

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The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). Over his lifetime, Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. So he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation in return for a payment of £20,000 to his heirs. The gift was accepted and on 7th June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum. Today, the original 1753 collection has grown to over thirteen million objects and among the must-sees are: the Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, discovered in 1799; the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, taken


from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin (the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire); the large collection of Egyptian mummies; the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo burial relics and the Winged Bulls from Khorsabad.

A Visit to Greenwich - Half Day - $69 This leisurely guided walking tour begins with a stroll through Greenwich Royal Park to the world famous Observatory, spiritual birthplace of GMT and traditional home to the Prime Meridian of global longitude. This hugely important line is represented on the ground by a brass strip and is one of London’s most popular attractions, where standing astride it one can truly be said to be in both eastern and western hemispheres. A walk past the National Maritime Museum then leads us to The Queen’s House, commissioned in 1616 by the wife of James I, Anne of Denmark, and designed by Inigo Jones. This masterpiece is the first Palladian building to be built in Britain and became the inspiration for many other classical houses and villas over the subsequent two centuries. Originally used as a private retreat and “House of Delights”, it is now an active venue for the appreciation and exploration of art, including a collection of paintings owned by the National Maritime Museum.

The final destination is the Old Royal Naval College, considered to be the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”. Founded in 1694 as the Royal Hospital for Seamen, the Old Royal Naval College is a superb example of Baroque landscape, designed by some of the greatest architects of their day, including Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this enormously popular attraction is now managed by the Greenwich Foundation.

Please note: these excursions are only available to those passengers who have opted for the pre-cruise hotel stay in London.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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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.

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Prof David J Drewry Environmental Scientist David Drewry is Honorary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University where he was previously Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. David has research interests in environmental science, particularly geology, glaciology and climate change. He has published three books and more than 100 research papers (including in Nature and Science). He has led scientific expeditions to the Arctic (including Greenland, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Iceland and Nunavut) as well as to Antarctica. He has travelled widely in Southern Africa, South and Southeast Asia, as well as South America and Australasia. He holds a Doctorate in Geophysics from the University of Cambridge and has honorary professorships at London University, Krakow Academy, Poland and Xiamen University, China. Professor Drewry is Vice-President of the European University Association, a Board member of the Natural History Museum in London, and was Vice-Chancellor (President) of Hull University. He was previously Director-General of the British Council,

Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Vice-President of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For five years he served as President of the International Arctic Science Committee to 2002. David has been awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Prix de la Belgica Gold Medal of the Royal Academy of Belgium, the Polar Medal, the United States Antarctic Service Medal, and several honorary degrees from British and overseas universities. He has a mountain and a glacier named after him in Antarctica.

Vik, Iceland


Ted Harrison BBC correspondent and Radio 4 presenter Ted Harrison is an artist and writer. He is a former BBC correspondent and Radio 4 presenter. For the last 15 years, Ted has had a home in Shetland where he has his studio and for several years in the 1980s he and his family lived on an island in Orkney. His love for and connections with the northern isles of Britain are deep-rooted. Much of his art is influenced by the sea, land and weather of the area. However, he also uses the media of contemporary art to explore religious ideas visually, for as well as having an MA in Fine Art, he has a PhD in theology. His work has been shown in several of the Britain’s great, historic cathedrals including London’s St Paul’s, Norwich, Llandaff and St David’s. As the author of some 25 books, his interests are wide. His subjects have included stigmata, apocalypse cults, Elvis Presley and Princess Diana.

Dr Tom Birkett PhD University of Oxford

Did you know that:

Dr Tom Birkett is a lecturer in Old English and Old Norse, and an expert on the mythology and literary culture of medieval Scandinavia. He has a PhD from Oxford, where he taught for several years before moving to Ireland and taking up a lectureship at University College Cork. Tom developed his interest in the Viking Age whilst living and studying in Norway, and spent part of his doctorate researching in Iceland, where he returns at every opportunity. He has published widely on medieval literature and culture, on subjects ranging from the runic tradition in England to Norse mythology. In addition to his primary research, Tom has also led high-profile community-engagement projects investigating the impact of Norse culture in his local area and internationally. He has produced a travelling exhibition on the Vikings in Orkney, edited a booklet on the Vikings in Munster published by the University of Nottingham, and spent the last year running a funded project collecting materials from across Europe to create a major new educational resource on the Vikings.

Iceland is much greener than Greenland, which is almost entirely covered by ice... Iceland has more books published per population than any other country in the world Iceland had the world’s first female elected head of state (Vigdís Finnbogadóttir) Surtsey (off Heimaey) is one of the newest volcanic islands, and is named after the fire giant Surtr from Norse mythology

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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

Sophia Kingswell The Fabled Coast

W.H. Auden Letters from Iceland

ISBN: 9780099551072, Paperback

ISBN: 9780571132973, Paperback

Neil Oliver A History of Scotland

Francis Gavin True North: Travels in Arctic Europe

ISBN: 9780753826638, Paperback

Amy Liptrot Outrun ISBN: 9781782115489 Paperback

Kathleen Jamie Findings ISBN: 9780954221744, Paperback

Else Rosedahl The Vikings ISBN: 9780140252828, Paperback

Sarah Moss Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland ISBN: 9781847084163, Paperback

Faroe Islands

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Lavinia Greenlaw William Morris in Iceland: Questions of Travel ISBN: 9781907903182, Paperback

ISBN: 9781846971303, Paperback

D. Whittaker & G. Thorsteinsson The Iceland Watch ISBN: 9781861514721, Paperback

Charles Stuart Forbes Iceland: It’s Volcanoes, Geysers and Glaciers ISBN: 9780099551072, Paperback

Ann Cleeves Shetland ISBN: 9781509809790, Hardback

Norman Ackroyd Norman Ackroyd: a Shetland Notebook ISBN: 9781907533891, Paperback


Graham Park Introducing Geology ISBN: 9781906716219, Paperback

Collins Bird Guide: Britain And Europe ISBN: 780007268146, Paperback

Translations by various authors with a forward by Jane Smiley The Sagas of the Icelanders ISBN: 9780141000039, Paperback

Hrafnkel’s Saga and other Icelandic Stories translated by Hermann Palsson

ISBN: 9780140442380, Paperback

Carolyne Larrington The Poetic Edda

MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE Title

Publisher

ISBN Number

Cruise Guide to Europe

Eyewitness Travel Guide

9781409370222

Great Britain, Ireland

Marco Polo Map

9783829767224

Iceland, Faroe Islands

Marco Polo Map

9783829767231

Edinburgh Popout Map

-

9781845879792

Orkney Shetland

Philips Map

9781849072298

Scotland Highlands and Islands

Footprint Guide

9781909268623

Iceland

Bradt Guide

9781841624990

Top Ten: Iceland

Eyewitness Travel Guide

9780241198544

Faroe Islands

Bradt Guide

9781784770136

Explore Edinburgh

Insight Guide

9781780053639

Orkney & Shetland Islands

Footprint Guide

9781909268838

ISBN: 9780199675340, Paperback

Halldor Laxness Independent People ISBN: 9780099527121, Paperback Lerwick

FICTION

Norman Collins London Belongs to Me ISBN: 9780141442334, Paperback

George Mackay Brown Greenvoe

Sjon Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was ISBN: 9780099527121, Hardback

Ann Cleeves Raven Black ISBN: 9781447274438, Paperback

ISBN: 9780141442334, Paperback

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AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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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

11,563

Length

461 Feet

Beam

67 feet

Draft

20.5 feet

Cruising Speed

16 knots

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.

Passenger Decks

7

Stabilisers

2

Passengers also appreciate our smart, casual dress code – cutting down on the amount of luggage you need.

Ship’s Registry

Passenger Staterooms/Cabins

216

Passengers, lower beds

386

Classification

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

• Library

• Medical Centre

• Shop

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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 it’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 ship’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.

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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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Category B - Junior Stateroom with balcony

Category H - Premium Outside Cabin

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Category F - Deluxe Stateroom


DECK PLANS

KEY  Single Cabins  Third Pullman berth in these cabins 

Third/Fourth Pullman berth in these cabins

#

Cabin for guests with disabilities

Double Accomodation

Elevator 404# 403

405

707

708

714

711

716

713

718

713

718

715

720

715

720

717

722

717

722

721 723

815

815 816 817

818

819

820 822

816

537 CHARLESTON LOUNGE

CHARLESTON LOUNGE

539 543

541

531

549

429

427 ▲

▲ 530 431 435

532

535

536

537

538 539

HAIR DRESSER

545

540543 547 542549

541

INTERNET

817 819

820

739

742 739

742

TERRACE CAFE

822

741

744 741

744

823

824

823

824

743

746 743

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826

825

826

745

748 745

748

BAR

BAR

827

828

827

828

747

750 747

750

THE TERRACE

THE TERRACE

476

478

478

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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. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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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 fisherman’s sweaters and whisky in Scotland to reindeer pelts in Iceland, the crafts of this part of the world have evolved over the centuries. While these shore excursions focus on the history, culture and archaeology


of the area, some offer the chance to visit local workshops and observe demonstrations. Voyages to Antiquity has no connection with any shopping establishment and does not assume responsibility for purchases made ashore. We also recommend insurance on anything you choose to ship home.

TRANSPORTATION Various modes of transportation are used, depending on the excursion. Most motorcoaches are deluxe, air-conditioned vehicles unless unavailable in that port.

VISITS TO SITES/MUSEUMS On occasions, substitutions need to be made due to opening/ closing times of some sites/museums, but all possible is done to ensure schedules operate as described. If a change is made, guests will be advised with their final documents or at the shore excursion briefings on board. Note: For passengers on Grand Voyages, availability of included and optional excursions in London/Tilbury will be advised on board.

CLOTHING TIPS

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.

Reykjavik

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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

IBERIA,

HISTORIC SPAIN, SICILY & ITALY

May 11, 2017

ICELAND,

May 25, 2017

FRENCH MOORISH

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

ENGLAND,

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

CELTIC

FRANCE &

FAROES &

IRELAND &

S COTLAND &

ENGLAND

SHETLANDS

S COTLAND

IRELAND

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

FRANCE &

MEDITERRANEAN

September 1, 2017

ODYS SEY

CLA S SICAL

ITALIAN &

September 13, 2017

ADRIATIC

PORTUGAL

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

ANCIENT

GREECE &

GREECE,

AEGEAN

SICILY &

ISLANDS

SPAIN

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

ANDALUSIAN

September 27, 2017

GREECE

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

DALMATIA

July 24, 2017

& ANCIENT

HIGHLIGHTS

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

SEVILLE,

SPAIN &

MOROCCO

MOROCCO

& CANARY

November 9, 2017

THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING CRUISE LINE

ISLANDS

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

AWARDS

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