ICELAND, FAROES & SHETLANDS
Join us on this special voyage to the edge of the Arctic Circle and the incredible landscapes and natural wonders of Iceland
August 8 â€“ 22, 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.
LONDON (Tilbury), England Embark Aegean Odyssey
KIRKWALL, Orkney Islands
TORSHAVN, Faroe Islands
LERWICK, Shetland Islands
LONDON (Tilbury), England Disembark Aegean Odyssey
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
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
AUGUST 8 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.
AUGUST 9 AT SEA A day at sea cruising through the North Sea, giving you time to enjoy the many facilities Aegean Odyssey has to offer.
AUGUST 10 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
AUGUST 11 KIRKWALL, ORKNEY ISLANDS
AUGUST 12 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.
AUGUST 13 HEIMAEY, ICELAND
Here you will have a choice of two half-day included excursions:
Morning at sea.
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.
Choice of excursions:
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.
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. 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.
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
AUGUST 14 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:
A full-day around Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, beginning with a drive across the lava fields of Mosfellsheidi 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
AUGUST 15 ISAFJORDUR, ICELAND
AUGUST 17 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.
AUGUST 16 AKUREYRI, ICELAND Breakfast arrival in this small northern town, 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. 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.
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.
AUGUST 18 At Sea A day at sea to relax, mingle, or take in some lectures from our expert guest speakers.
AUGUST 19 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:
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.
AUGUST 20 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.
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.
AUGUST 21 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.
AUGUST 22 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
The Royal Mile - Half Day
Vigur Island - Half Day
Stirling Castle - Half Day
Culture in the Westfjords - Half Day
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
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 Reykjavikâ€™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.
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
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
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.
Martin Biddle OBE Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford Martin Biddle was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, of which he is an Honorary Fellow. Now Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at Hertford College, Oxford, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1984. From 1977-81 he was director of the University Museum and Professor of Anthropology and the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He has travelled throughout the Levant and Egypt since 1957-8 when he dug at Jericho for Kathleen Kenyon. With his late wife, Birthe Kjolbye-Biddle, he has excavated at Winchester, St Albans, and Repton in England, at Qasr Ibrim in Nubia, and in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. His principal interests are the archaeology and history of towns, and of the early church, and also the architecture and art of Early Tudor England, especially Henry VIII’s lost palace of Nonsuch. His books include The Future of London’s Past, The Tomb of Christ, Nonsuch Palace, and King Arthur’s Round Table..
Brian Williams University of Aberdeen Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently holds adjunct professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol in the UK, and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East and presented Radio 4 programmes for the BBC. Brian gained his Ph.D. in sedimentary geology from the University of Wales, and in 2004 was awarded a D.Sc. degree in recognition of his global contribution to sedimentary research. His studies have taken him to Australia, SE Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America which has given him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel and students alike.
Peter Mawby Wildlife Lecturer, Ornithologist and Research Ecologist As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh.Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he was to organise and lead his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faeroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. Such was his skill and expertise that he received his licence and has been ringing birds for well over fifty years. He went on to teach, working in England (Marlborough, Shrewsbury and St John’s School, Leatherhead) and Scotland at The Edinburgh Academy culminating with his final appointment as Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School where he spent eighteen very happy and successful years. Peter is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture of the birds of the Western Dales, working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Environment Agency.
He is now in great demand to speak to enthusiasts from the RSPB, Scottish Ornithologists Club and regional Wildlife Trusts. In recent years, Peter has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with passengers on a range of cruises vising places as far flung as Polynesia, the Amazon, Central America, New England, the Atlantic Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the White Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean, SE Asia, East Africa and the Indian Ocean. His talks which include top quality illustration and sound and video clips are both entertaining and informative. When not lecturing Peter welcomes the opportunity to enhance passengers’ experiences of the wildlife around them out on deck, with on-board commentaries and on tour from the ship.
Did you know that: 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
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.
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
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
Hrafnkelâ€™s Saga and other Icelandic Stories translated by Hermann Palsson
ISBN: 9780140442380, Paperback
Carolyne Larrington The Poetic Edda
MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE Title
Cruise Guide to Europe
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Great Britain, Ireland
Marco Polo Map
Iceland, Faroe Islands
Marco Polo Map
Edinburgh Popout Map
Scotland Highlands and Islands
Top Ten: Iceland
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Orkney & Shetland Islands
ISBN: 9780199675340, Paperback
Halldor Laxness Independent People ISBN: 9780099527121, Paperback Lerwick
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
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.
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Category H - Premium Outside Cabin
Category F - Deluxe Stateroom
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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
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.
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.
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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