MEDITERRANEAN ODYS SEY
Sail through the Strait of Gibraltar and across the Mediterranean as this splendid voyage takes you to charming ports and historic cities
September 3 â€“ 15, 2017 Lisbon to Rome
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. Be sure to take this guide with you and we look forward to welcoming you on board.
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LISBON Portugal Embark Aegean Odyssey
MARSEILLES France Cruising the French Riviera MONTE CARLO Monaco
MONTE CARLO Monaco
ROME Italy Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome
Cruising Cinque Terre
O Overnight stay in port
A cruise exploring much of the magnificent scenery and fascinating history that the Mediterranean has to offer. Your journey begins in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before you sail to Cadiz and Malaga in Spain, from where you will travel to Granada for a guided tour of the magnificent Alhambra and its gardens. Visit Valencia and Barcelona for more tastes of Moorish history, before cruising the Cote d’Azur to Carcassonne, Marseilles and glamourous Monte Carlo. The Italian Riviera and Florence complete this itinerary before disembarking in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome.
VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the wine cellars of Jerez for a tasting of the local produce • Full day excursion to Granada to visit the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens • Go underground in Barcelona to the Roman City of Barcino • Visit the fortified city of Carcassonne or Flaugergues Castle • A day’s excursion through the French countryside to Avignon on the River Rhone to see the Papal Palace • Leisurely day at sea cruising the length of the glittering French Riviera • Overnight stay in jet-set Monte Carlo • Cruise the spectacular coastline of Cinque Terre
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
SEPTEMBER 3 LISBON, PORTUGAL Embark Aegean Odyssey in Lisbon early this afternoon for a 4 pm sail, with the rest of day at sea to settle in and begin enjoying the facilities of our cruise ship.
SEPTEMBER 4 CADIZ, SPAIN Morning at sea for a lunchtime arrival in Cadiz, the historic gateway to the New World. Here, the old town reflects the city’s rich history, from clusters of narrow streets opening on to charming small squares, to the Plaza Espana and the gardens where the famous monument of Las Cortes (Spanish Parliament) 1812 is located. After docking you will have the choice of afternoon excursions. Drive to Jerez de la Frontera for sherry tasting at the Bodega Gonzalez Byass cellars or alternatively, take a Cadiz City Sightseeing tour including the old quarter, tobacco factory, Santo Domingo Church, old Royal Prison and Cathedral, followed by the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta and the Santa Catalina Fortress. The tour will then finish in the Plaza de Espana, before returning to Aegean Odyssey for an early evening sail.
SEPTEMBER 5 MALAGA, SPAIN
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Breakfast arrival for a choice of excursions. A morning tour of Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum begins with a guided drive through the town to the famous Gibralfaro Castle and the Picasso Museum, home to over 200 works by the master. Then, don’t miss the archaeological remains of the city’s Phoenician origins in the basement.
Alternatively, take a full-day tour, including lunch, to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, the last capital of the Moors in Spain. When it fell to the Christian armies in the 15th century, they were so impressed with the splendour of the complex they could not bear to destroy it. This tour will also visit the Royal Palace and the Generalife, with its splendid gardens built for the Sultans of Granada. The evening will then be spent in port before a midnight sailing.
SEPTEMBER 6 AT SEA
A day at sea to enjoy the sunshine or take advantage of Aegean Odysseyâ€™s programme of lectures and activities.
SEPTEMBER 7 VALENCIA, SPAIN Breakfast arrival in Valencia, a charming old city founded by the Romans that is also home to some wonderful modern architecture, including the City of Arts and Science. A choice of included morning excursions is available here: The Valencia City Tour begins at the 14-century church of the Knights Templar, before moving to the Modernist North Station, followed by the Serranos and Quart Towers, remnants of the old wall that protected Valencia for 500 years. Afterwards, an outside visit to the Central Market is the prelude to one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture in the world, the old silk market of La Lonja. Finally, you will visit Round Square, followed by the main Cathedral and Basilica, and the Gothic Generalitat Palace.
Alternatively, the more relaxed Panoramic Valencia takes you past some of the cityâ€™s most outstanding buildings, including the Marina Real Juan Carlos, the Columbus market, Plaza de la Virgen, Bullring, North Station and City Hall, followed by some free time at the Cathedral. You will then be driven to La Lonja, the Central Market, the Serranos and Quart Towers, and the City of the Arts & Sciences complex. Afternoon at leisure, before an early evening sail.
DESTINATION TIP BARCELONA It is easy to get caught up in the modern culture of Barcelona – from the moment you take in its impressive airport-like cruise terminal to arriving at the bustling La Rambla. Barcelona is often associated with cheap holidays, football and drinking but we at VTA encourage you to look deeper into this city to discover its hidden gems. Our Destination Team recommend that you take a short walk from the port to Plaça del Vuit de Març. Here, embedded in a modern building, you will notice four arches from the Roman aqueduct that used to bring water to Barcino from the River Besos. Fascinating!
SEPTEMBER 8 BARCELONA, SPAIN
SEPTEMBER 9 SETE, FRANCE
Breakfast arrival in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, for a choice of three included excursions:
Breakfast arrival in the port of Sete. From here a choice of included excursions are available, before an evening sail.
Barcino: the Roman City begins at Barcelona’s original city walls, towers and gates, en route to Plaza Ramon Berenguer and Plaza Nova to see the remains of a 1st-century temple dedicated to Caesar Augustus. Then descend to a unique underground museum, for a glimpse of everyday life in Roman Barcino.
A full-day tour begins with a drive through the beautiful Languedoc countryside to the fortified city of Carcassonne, which became the largest walled stronghold of the Middle Ages, with remarkable towers and ramparts that are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The miles of battlements, fifty-two towers, castle and mighty gate of Carcassonne, are followed by a visit to Narbonne, the first town founded by the Romans during the second century BC.
Alternatively, the Barcelona: Velasquez to Miro tour will take you to the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) to see the gallery’s extensive collection of masterpieces by El Greco, Velazquez, Rubens, Gaudi, Picasso and Miro. Lastly, Panoramic Barcelona offers an immersive drive through the city to see the Columbus Monument, the Old Port, the Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park, including a photostop outside Gaudi’s masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. There will then be some free time in the afternoon before an early evening sail, or you may take an optional tour to see Gaudi’s Golden Works, including a panoramic drive and photostop outside Sagrada Familia before arriving at Passeig de Gracia, where Gaudi’s houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are located. After a tour of Casa Batllo – time permitting – you will also have the chance to admire the Olympic Stadium on a panoramic drive around Montjuic Mountain.
Alternatively, enjoy an extended morning excursion to Montpellier and Flaugergues Castle with a walking tour through the city to the 14th-century Cathedral and lookalike Arc de Triomphe. Then explore the house and gardens of the residential 17th-century Chateau de Flaugergues and sample some of the estate’s wines in the cellars.
SEPTEMBER 10 MARSEILLES, FRANCE Arrive for breakfast in the bustling port of Marseilles. From here, there will be a choice of full-day included excursions: Explore the Provençal countryside on your way to Avignon’s Papal Palace, with views of the Rhone River and the muchsung-about Pont Saint-Benezet. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour of the Pope’s Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, founded by Pope Clement V in 1309 with its long, echoing Great Audience Hall, wall paintings and Great Chapel.
Alternatively, Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence takes you around the city’s sights, including the old port, Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and the Longchamp Palace, home of the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History. Then in Aix-enProvence stroll along the Cours Mirabeau, a wide avenue packed with architectural marvels. Overnight on board ship in Marseilles.
SEPTEMBER 11 AT SEA Leave Marseilles after breakfast for a full day of cruising along the French Riviera, before an 8pm arrival in Monte Carlo, a place synonymous with glamour and joie de vivre. The ship will overnight here, so there will be time to go ashore and start exploring the nightlife of this stunning resort.
SEPTEMBER 12 MONTE CARLO, MONACO Enjoy a morning of sightseeing in Monaco’s glamorous capital, Monte Carlo. This guided walking tour will take you past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the Romanesque Cathedral, before continuing to part of the citiy’s famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit and Casino Square.
SEPTEMBER 13 PORTOFINO, ITALY CRUISE VIDEOS
Morning at sea to relax on board ship as you cruise the spectacular coastline of Cinque Terre, before arriving in Portofino during the afternoon, where you will spend a fabulous evening at leisure in this jet-set resort, before sailing at midnight.
SEPTEMBER 14 LIVORNO, ITALY Breakfast arrival in Livorno for a very special day visiting the city of Florence, home to some remarkable galleries, buildings and museums, or head for Lucca and Pisa as you have a choice of full-day excursions with extensive walking throughout:
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Discover Renaissance Florence, including Michelangelo’s statue of David, with a guided walking tour to the Accademia, the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the Basilica di Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. Then spend the afternoon in the worldrenowned Uffizi Gallery, home of Renaissance masterpieces by da Vinci, Lippi, and an entire room of Botticellis.
There is also an optional afternoon tour available to Scenic Riviera and Nice, beginning with a panoramic drive along the Riviera to Nice for a drive along the Promenade des Anglais, the old town and some free time to shop in the Cours Saleya flower and produce market. Then return to ship for a late evening sail. Monaco
Or explore The Churches of Florence in more detail, beginning with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo. Then continue to Piazza della Signoria, the political centre of the city since the 14th century, and Santa Croce, Italy’s most famous Franciscan Gothic church, where many important Italians are entombed, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli.
Alternatively, you may visit Lucca, and Pisa’s famed Leaning Tower. Beginning in Lucca with a stroll to the Cathedral of San Martino, the Arena and the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, followed by the 6th-century Church of San Frediano. Then continue to Pisa to see the iconic tower and the city’s magnificent Cathedral. Early evening sail.
SEPTEMBER 15 CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY Morning arrival for disembarkation from Aegean Odyssey after breakfast. For those passengers who have opted for the pre-cruise hotel stay in Lisbon and/or the post-cruise hotel stay in Rome, please go online to www.voyagestoantiquity.com for more information. Full itinerary details will be sent with your Final Documents.
INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS CADIZ
Jerez and Sherry Tasting - Half Day
Carcassonne and Narbonne - Half Day
Cadiz City Sightseeing - Half Day
Montpellier and Flaugergues Castle - Extended Half Day
MALAGA Granada and the Alhambra Palace - Full Day Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum - Half Day VALENCIA Valencia City Tour - Half Day Panoramic Valencia - Half Day BARCELONA Barcino: The Roman City - Half Day Barcelona: Velasquez to Miro - Half Day Panoramic Barcelona - Half Day
MARSEILLES Avignon’s Papal Palace - Full Day Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence - Full Day MONTE CARLO Monaco and Monte Carlo - Half Day LIVORNO Rennaisance Florence - Full Day The Churches of Florence - Full Day Pisa and Lucca - Full Day
For details of these excursions, please see itinerary on preceding pages or for more indepth descriptions, visit us online at: www.voyagestoantiquity.com For details of optional excursions available on this cruise, please refer to pages 10/11. Excursions listed are half day, either morning or afternoon, depending on time in port, or a full day as shown. One excursion is included in each port of call; where more than one excursion is shown, you will be able to choose. All 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.
KEY TO SYMBOLS Extensive walking Cobbled streets Archaeological ground Significant steps Uphill sections Lunch included
On this itinerary, many of the excursions visit towns with cobbled streets, often with uphill sections. The full day Granada and Alhambra Palace excursion from Malaga and Carcassonne and Narbonne excursion from Sete should be recognised as long days with lots of walking involved. Alternatives are in place on these days for that reason. The excursions operated from Livorno are also worth careful consideration – especially the ‘Renaissance Florence’ excursion which makes for a very long day and involves at least 4 hours of walking. This excursion is not recommended for everyone.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS BARCELONA, Spain Gaudi’s Golden Works - Half Day - $65 Antoni Gaudi’s work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona’s architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudi’s work all around the city centre.
as a building that embodies a unique fusion of art, architecture and design. It is celebrated for its visual solutions and its creative use of materials and colour. Casa Batllo has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since July 2005. After your tour of the interior, you take a short walk to La Pedrera for a photo stop. Once you arrive, you will look in vain for straight lines and admire the sumptuous curves of the façade, the wrought iron balconies with forms of plants, the paintings on the ceilings of the foyers, and much more. Before returning to the ship – time permitting – you will have the chance to admire the Olympic Stadium while enjoying a panoramic drive through the Montjuic Mountain.
Departing from the pier, you will start with a brief panoramic drive to the Sagrada Familia (outside visit), Gaudi’s most emblematic work and the greatest example of his genius. This famous structure has become a symbol of Barcelona all over the world. Next, you will head to Passeig de Gracia, the famous boulevard where Gaudi’s houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are located.
The present Casa Batllo is a result of a total refurbishment of an old previous conventional house built in 1877. Some people regard Casa Batllo
Parc Guell, Barcelona
MONTE CARLO, Monaco Scenic Riviera and Nice - Half Day - $39 Enjoy a scenic drive from the port of Monte Carlo to Nice for a panoramic tour of the city and a ride along the Promenade des Anglais. Afterwards, leave your coach for a walk to the old town to enjoy some free time on Cours Saleya, the elegant promenade of Old Nice which is lined with shops and restaurants and the famous flower and fruit market. Itâ€™s an ideal opportunity to purchase a memento of your visit or the perfect gift for someone back home. After this break, re-board your coach for the drive back to Monte Carlo.
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.
Simon Chaplin Director of Culture & Society, Wellcome Trust Simon is Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. Simon leads the Trust’s grantfunding programmes for public engagement, humanities and social science research. He is also responsible for the Wellcome Collection, the Trust’s public cultural venue; the Wellcome Library, which holds one of the world’s largest collections relating to the place health and medicine have in human culture, and the Hub, an innovative interdisciplinary research centre. He was previously Head of the Wellcome Library where he led a highly successful digitisation programme and an exciting redesign of the Library’s public spaces. Before joining the Trust, Simon was Director of Museums and Special Collections at the Royal College of Surgeons. He holds a first degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in history from King’s College London. Simon has extensive experience in lecturing to a wide range of audiences. Many of his talks explore the history
of medicine and health and its relevance to our lives today, and he is particularly skilled at bringing medical topics to life for non-medical audiences. His lecture topics include the history of medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome; the medical world of the Venetian Republic; the history of anatomy and the birth of modern clinical medicine; medical travellers; medical and natural history museums and collectors and cabinets of curiosity; the history of museums and the relationship between art and medicine. He has been a guest lecturer at organisations including the Wallace Collection, Dr Johnson’s House, Gresham College, Erasmus Darwin’s House, the Hogarth Society and the Foundling Museum. He has also contributed to a number of television and radio programmes, including a series of conversations with presenter Griff Rhys Jones about curious objects from the Wellcome Collection, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October 2015.
Dr Thomas Mannack The Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford Dr Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King’s College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.He has been invited to present papers by many universities and academies including New York, Berlin, Tours, Brussels, Munich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Basel and Zurich. In his spare time, Dr Mannack is passionate about flat German tin figures, which his wife Sigrid hates, and on which he has published two scholarly articles, just to irk her. His daughters, Lilith and Fidelis, have rejected the refined and beautiful field of Classical Archaeology in favour of “Science”, but are occasionally willing to accompany him on cruises (and paint toy figures better than him).
Professor Jonathan Philips Royal Holloway, University of London
Did you know that:
Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books on the crusades, most recently Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades which was published by the Bodley Head to very positive reviews and selected as a ‘History Book of 2009’ by The Sunday Telegraph. Phillips’ previous monograph The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christendom, was strongly praised by reviewers in the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, and his earlier The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople was shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Literary Prize 2005. His current research interests centre upon the involvement of the Italian cities of Pisa, Genoa and Venice in the crusades. This will lead to a monograph, associated articles, as well as an introduction to a translation of the texts of Caffaro of Genoa (with Martin Hall). Over the last eighteen months Phillips has given invited conference papers and lectures in Damascus, Istanbul, Malta, St Louis (USA), Cardiff and Denmark.
Cadiz was where the Combined French and Allied Fleet set off from on 19 Oct 1805 - to be defeated by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar two days later. One of the products that the Romans made in Malaga which was exported across their empire was garum or fish paste. Many pits in which garum was made, can still be seen across the city.
READING GUIDE There’s nothing like a good book to accompany you on your travels.
Colin McEvedy New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History
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.
ISBN: 9780141977164, Paperback
For a description of each book, please go online to www.voyagestoantiquity.com, or for a more comprehensive description, please visit Blackwell’s website www.blackwell.co.uk and enter the ISBN number shown.
ISBN: 9781904955771, Paperback
David S H Abulafia The Great Sea Eric Newby On the Shores of the Mediterranean ISBN: 9780007367917, Paperback
David Birmingham A Concise History of Portugal ISBN: 9780521536868, Paperback
Steven Nightingale Granada ISBN: 9781857886313, Paperback
Gerald Brennan South from Granada ISBN: 9780141189321, Paperback
Talia Baiocchi Sherry ISBN: 9781909342989, Hardback
Robert Hughes Barcelona ISBN: 9781860468247, Paperback
Robert Holland Blue-Water Empire ISBN: 9780141036106, Paperback
Edwin Mullins Avignon of the Popes ISBN: 9781904955566, Paperback
Jonathan Sumption The Albigensian Crusade ISBN: 9780571200023, Paperback
Stephen O’Shea The Perfect Heresy ISBN: 9781861973504, Paperback
Robert Irwin The Alhambra
Mary Beard S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome
ISBN: 9781861974877, Paperback
ISBN: 9781846683817, Paperback
Christopher Hibbert The Borgias ISBN: 9781849019941, Paperback
Amanda Claridge Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide ISBN: 9780199546831, Paperback
Jonathan Phillips* Holy Warriors ISBN: 9781845950781, Paperback
Paul Sterry Birds of the Mediterranean ISBN: 9780713663495, Paperback
Lawson Wood Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Including Marine Invertebrates ISBN: 9781472921789, Paperback
Jose Saramago The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE Title
Mediterranean Cruise Map
Freytag and Berndt
ISBN: 9781860465024, Paperback
Cruise Guide to Europe
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Rebecca Mascull Song of the Sea Maid
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with Map
ISBN: 9781473604360, Paperback
Marco Polo Handbook
Marc Pastor Barcelona Shadows
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with Map
ISBN: 9781782270638, Hardback
Marco Polo Guide
Antonio Munoz Molina In The Night of Time
Marco Polo Guide
ISBN: 9781781255094, Paperback
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with Map
Robert Merle The Brethren ISBN: 9781782271239, Paperback
Francesca Melandri Eva Sleeps ISBN: 9781609453121, Paperback Barcelona *Lecturing on board this cruise
Irving Stone The Agony and the Ecstacy ISBN: 9780099416272, 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
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Single Accomodation MEDICAL
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*Categories GG, I, II and some HH cabins
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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. Venice
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 Alhambra Palace and quite another to see it in the company of a good guide who speaks your language and 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 ceramics and sherry in Spain to perfumes on the French Riviera to silks in Italy, 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 Lisbon and Civitavecchia 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 walking through towns and villages. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for most of the excursions on this itinerary. Respectful dress is required for the following excursions as sites of a religious nature are included: Cadiz City Highlights, Valencia City Tour, Marseille and Aix en Provence, Renaissance Florence and Churches of Florence. 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
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
July 24, 2017
September 27, 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
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
THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING CRUISE LINE
Cruise through the beautiful Adriatic Sea and the serene splendour of Kotor Bay en route to the classical sites of ancient Greece
UK CRUISERS’ CHOICE
CLA S SICAL
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
October 16, 2017
October 29, 2017
& CANARY ISLANDS
November 9, 2017
Voyages to Antiquity Aegean Odyssey Best Small Ship: Shore Excursions
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
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2015 VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY BEST FOR ENRICHMENT
Published on Feb 27, 2017
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