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CRUISE GUIDE

THE RENAIS SANCE & RIVIERA S

A springtime voyage combining visits to the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia, Corsica and Elba, with the wonders of Renaissance Florence and the chic of the French Riviera

May 27 – June 6, 2017 Rome to Nice


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.

FRANCE AEG170527 2017

PORT

MAY 27

ROME, Italy Embark Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome

MAY 28

OLBIA, Sardinia

MAY 29

DEPART

8.00am

Overnight

Pisa Florence

Cannes

Livorno

ITALY

Marseilles

9.00pm O

Elba

CORSICA

ROME

Bonifacio

6.00am

OLBIA, Sardinia Cruising the Iles Lavazzi and Maddalena Archipelago BONIFACIO, Corsica

2.00pm

8.00pm

MAY 30

ELBA Italy

8.00am

8.00pm

MAY 31

LIVORNO (Florence), Italy

6.00am

Overnight

JUN 1

LIVORNO (Pisa & Lucca), Italy

JUN 2

Cruising the Italian and French Rivieras

JUN 3

MARSEILLES, France

7.00am

8.00pm

JUN 4

CANNES, France

6.00am

Overnight

JUN 5

CANNES, France

JUN 6

NICE, France Disembark Aegean Odyssey

O Overnight stay in port

2

ARRIVE

NICE

Ship at anchor

Olbia

SARDINIA O

10.00pm

Midrnight 6.00am

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INTRODUCTION

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

Board Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, before you explore the beautiful islands of Sardinia, Corsica and Elba, then return to mainland Italy for more historical treasures in Pisa, including the famous Leaning Tower, and in Florence, the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries.

• Overnight stays in Olbia, Livorno and Cannes give you plenty of time to enjoy evenings ashore

Afterwards, you can relax as Aegean Odyssey sails the magnificent Italian and French Rivieras, all the way to the bustling port of Marseilles. From here you can visit the medieval city of Avignon, with its landmark bridge and Papal Palace, before the playground of France awaits you: magical Cannes.

Florence

• Brand-new port of call - Olbia in Sardinia – with time to explore the Costa Smeralda • Fantastic morning at sea cruising the magical Iles Lavezzi and Maddalena Archipelago • Explore the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia, Corsica and Elba • Visit the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries in Florence and take a day trip to Pisa with its Leaning Tower • Cruise the length of the glittering French Riviera and enjoy two full days in and around jet-set Cannes

Pisa

Monte Carlo

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YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY

MAY 27 ROME, ITALY Embark Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, this afternoon. Evening sailing.

MAY 28 OLBIA, SARDINIA Breakfast docking at Olbia, near the Costa Smeralda. Your included tour – Olbia & Porto Rotondo – begins with a scenic morning drive through Golfo Aranci Bay with views of the Tavolara and Molara Islands, and the beaches of Golfo di Marinella, to arrive at Porto Rotondo. Here you will be guided around one of Europe’s most glamourous destinations, with some free time at the San Marco Square before a return to Olbia for a tour of the 11th/12th-century San Simplico Church. Free time this afternoon, or take an optional tour to the Emerald Coast and Nuraghe Albucciu. This region, developed in the 1960s by a consortium presided over by the Aga Khan, has one of the wildest coastlines on the island to admire during a panoramic coach ride through Cala di Volpe and Porto Cervo to the eastern peninsula of Gallura. There you will see the “tomb circles” of the Nuraghe civilisation, a prehistoric village dating back to the 10th-century BC. An overnight in port gives you time to enjoy an evening ashore.

MAY 29 OLBIA – BONIFACIO, CORSICA

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Depart Olbia in the early morning to cruise the waters of the Iles Lavezzi and the beautiful Maddalena Archipelago, en route to the picturesque clifftops of Bonifacio in Corsica, where there will be some free time in the afternoon to explore the old town on your own. Attractions here include the Rue du


Palais-de-Garde, one of Bonifacio’s most attractive streets; the Escalier du Roi d’Aragon (King Aragon Steps), which legend has it were carved into the cliff by the Aragonese during their attempt to capture the town; the main church Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure, which dates from the 12th Century; the Eglise Saint-Dominique, a rare example of a Gothic-style Corsican Church; and the spectacular fortified entrance of Porte de Genes. Evening sailing.

MAY 30 ELBA, ITALY Breakfast arrival followed by a tour of Elba, Napoleon’s Isle of Exile, starting with a scenic drive from Portoferraio, the main town and port, to Golfo Stella, followed by the fishing harbour of Porto Azzuro which is dominated by a medieval fortress. Continue to Punta delle Grotte, the ruins of a Roman villa, for magnificent views of Portoferraio, the mythological site of Argos, port of the Argonauts, in Greek mythology. When Emperor Bonaparte was exiled to Elba in 1814, he built an elaborate villa above the city, a large part of which remains unchanged today. Your walking tour of Portoferraio also includes the first-floor apartment he used upon arriving on the island, as well as the star-shaped Fort Stella, a theatre built by the Emperor and the historic Piazza Cavour. Free afternoon, or you may wish to join an optional tour to Capoliveri for some wine-tasting at the old country wine-farm “La Chiusa”, beautifully nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean. Here you will also visit the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced. Evening sailing.

MAY 31 LIVORNO – FLORENCE, ITALY Morning arrival followed by a choice of two full-day excursions: A guided tour of Renaissance Florence, including visits to the city’s remarkable galleries, buildings and museums, the Ponte Vecchio, the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Uffizi. We have not included lunch today, giving you the flexibility to eat as you wish and allowing you more time for the museums. Alternatively, take the full-day tour to The Churches of Florence. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo, due to its magnificent dome, is the fourth largest church in the world. Santa Croce is Italy’s largest and most famous Franciscan Gothic church, where many important Italians are entombed, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli. Lunch is again under your own arrangements. Traditional folklore show on board tonight. Overnight in Livorno aboard Aegean Odyssey.

JUNE 1 LIVORNO – PISA & LUCCA, ITALY Today, you will enjoy a full-day tour to Lucca and Pisa, home of the iconic Leaning Tower, beginning in Lucca with a stroll to the Romanesque Cathedral of San Martino. Then walk to the remains of the colossal ancient Roman amphitheatre and through the “Piazza” to the 6th-century Church of San Frediano. Restored in the 12th century, its impressive façade features a mosaic depicting Christ and the Apostles. After your tour of Lucca, you will continue by road to Pisa. Unfortunately, most of city was bombed during World War II, but one section miraculously survived intact: the Piazza del Duomo, now known as the Piazza dei Miracoli because of its remarkable escape. The city’s most famous symbol, the Leaning Tower,

DESTINATION TIP BONIFACIO The afternoon in Bonifacio is at leisure. Bonifacio’s Old Town, with a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic buildings, was built by the Genoese and is a fascinating place to wander around. Although long, the tender boat ride from the ship to shore takes you between the impressive white, limestone cliffs. Our destination team remind you to take your cameras! Once the other side, you can take the tram ride to Haute Ville to explore the streets of the old town.

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begun in 1174, first started to lean when construction reached the third story. Attempts to make the remaining floors slightly higher on the leaning side only made it worse. Finally, visit Pisa’s magnificent Cathedral, a Romanesque basilica of white marble that is renowned for its beautifully-carved pulpit, paintings and Romanesque panels portraying the life of Christ. Lunch is under your own arrangements. Late evening sailing.

JUNE 2 CRUISING THE ITALIAN & FRENCH RIVIERAS Lucca

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as Aegean Odyssey makes her way along the beautiful coastline of the Cote d’Azur, passing Cannes, Antibes, Saint-Tropez and the Ile de Porquerolles.

JUNE 3 MARSEILLES, FRANCE Early morning arrival in the port of Marseilles for a choice of full-day tours: Explore Avignon’s Papal Palace, beginning with a 90-minute scenic drive through the Provençal countryside to the town, which rose to glory in the Middle Ages. Enjoy views of the Rhone River and Avignon’s much-sung-about bridge, Pont St-Benezet, before the highlight of your visit, a guided tour of the Pope’s Palace, founded by Pope Clement V in 1309, with its long, echoing Great Audience Hall, 14th-century wall paintings and Great Chapel. You’ll also enjoy a walking tour through Palace Square and Horloge Square. Then enjoy a leisurely lunch and time on your own to wander or shop before heading back to Marseilles. Alternatively, Marseilles & Aix-en-Provence combines these two cities into another full-day, beginning in “Vieux Port,” the 6

Avignon


Old Port of Marseilles and continuing along the J.F. Kennedy Corniche to Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, consecrated in 1864 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. From the Basilica descend to the Longchamp Palace and Museums of Fine Art and Natural History. In the afternoon, your visit to Aix-enProvence starts with a walking tour of the Cours Mirabeau. This wide avenue is shaded by trees and was built in the 1600s on the site of the city’s medieval ramparts. The aristocratic façades of the old mansions line the Cours and their wroughtiron balconies and finely carved doorways invite the visitor to explore. Note the different architectural styles of Saint Sauveur Cathedral with a Romanesque nave, a Merovingian baptistery and a Gothic section.

CRUISE VIDEO Scan the QR code below to go straight to the online video for this cruise*

Evening sail. * UK version

Aix-en-Provence

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JUNE 4 CANNES, FRANCE Morning arrival in the French Riviera resort of Cannes. There’s an included morning tour to the charming Provençal hill town of St Paul-de-Vence which provides a pastoral contrast to the Riviera’s glittering coast. This medieval village is in an idyllic spot above the glorious Loup River and has long been beloved by seekers of the extraordinary, drawing artists from Marc Chagall to Joan Miró, as well as celebrities like Greta Garbo and Catherine Deneuve. Start your tour at the main gate where medieval ramparts, built by Francis I in 1536, remain intact to this day. Indeed, as is typical of other fortified villages on the frontier, St Paul has retained much of its medieval appearance. Then stroll along the narrow cobblestone lanes, lined with boutiques, museums and art galleries and lose all sense of the modern world. By the time you leave, you can expect to be laden with souvenirs and memories, ready to return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon. Or, enjoy some superb sightseeing on a full-day optional trip to Monaco & Monte Carlo, including a drive past the aristocratic palaces of the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the “pearl” of the Côte d’Azur. Continue along the Middle Corniche road, with panoramic views of Villefranche, Cap Ferrat and the village of Eze, to the independent principality of Monaco, where your first stop will be at the foot of the Rock, followed by the historic Old Town, including a guided walking tour past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the 19th-century Romanesque Cathedral. Then in Monte Carlo, drive along part of Monaco’s famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to Casino Square, where you may take in the attractions of your choice.

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Overnight in Cannes aboard Aegean Odyssey where tenders will be running during the evening for you to enjoy time ashore in this jet-set resort.

JUNE 5 CANNES, FRANCE Free day in Cannes. Relax on the beach or shop in the town’s sophisticated boutiques, then enjoy an evening ashore before a late sailing. Alternatively, take an optional tour to the resort town of Antibes which includes a short, guided tour of the ramparts with some wonderful views towards the Alps and a beautiful sandy beach for a swim. Then, explore the Old District at your leisure or visit the Musee Picasso, located inside the former Chateau Grimaldi, which houses a collection of 245 works.

JUNE 6 NICE, FRANCE Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Nice after breakfast. For those passengers who have opted for the precruise hotel stay in Rome, please go online to www. voyagestoantiquity.com for more information. Full information details will be sent with your Final Documents.

Cannes


INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS OLBIA Olbia and Porto Rotondo - Half Day ELBA Napoleon’s Island of Exile - Half Day

CANNES St Paul-de-Vence - 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

LIVORNO Renaissance Florence - Full Day

For details of optional excursions available on this cruise, please refer to pages 10/11.

Pisa and Lucca - Full Day

Excursions listed are half day, either morning or afternoon, depending on time in port, or full day as shown. One excursion is included in each port of call; where more than one excursion is shown, you will be able to choose. However, in Livorno, two full day excursions are included.

MARSEILLES

All of our excursions require a basic level of fitness, although some are more strenuous than others.

Avignon’s Papal Palace - Full Day

The symbols next to each excursion will give you an idea of specific things to be aware of.

Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence - Full Day

The theme of this voyage means that many of the towns/villages visited involve walks through historical

The Churches of Florence - Full Day

areas, and cobbled/paved streets are very common. During an excursion when there is a significant amount of walking required, 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. The excursions operated from Livorno are worth careful consideration as all excursions involve a lot of walking – especially the ‘Renaissance Florence’ excursion which is a very long day and involves at least 4 hours of walking. This excursion is not recommended for everyone. For more information relating to shore excursions, please see pages 22/23.

KEY TO SYMBOLS Extensive walking Cobbled streets Archaeological ground Significant steps Uphill sections Features a boat ride Cable car Bustling streets Winding roads Lunch included

Florence

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS OLBIA, Italy Emerald Coast & Nuraghe Albucciu $39 - Half Day Explore one of the wildest coastlines on Olbia, with a panoramic ride through Cala di Volpe and Porto Cervo to the peninsula of Gallura which boasts some of the clearest waters on the island, in an area that is hugely popular with the international jet-set. By contrast, the prehistoric village of the Nuraghe dates from the 10th century BC and features impressive truncated cone-shaped stone towers, or “tomb circles”, the most easily accessible and well-preserved being “La Prisciona” and “Albucciu”, which we will visit.

ELBA, Italy Capoliveri & Wine Tasting - $65 - Half Day

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Enjoy a delightful drive from the capital of Portoferraio through some of the most picturesque terrain on this charming island, before arriving in Capoliveri to take a stroll through the winding streets or browse the town’s quaint shops. Then stop at the old country farmhouse

of “La Chiusa”, nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean, to learn how the wine is handled and produced, before sampling the delicious local produce with a light snack of bruschetta, salami, cheese and cantuccini - all served al fresco.

CANNES, France Monaco & Monte Carlo $85 - Full Day Enjoy a superb full-day sightseeing on the French Riviera, including Nice, the “pearl” of the Côte d’Azur, and a breathtaking drive to 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 cities famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit and Casino Square. In this haven for the rich and famous, there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sights or simply soak up the atmosphere. Note: The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion.


A Visit to Antibes - $39 - Half Day After a scenic drive to Antibes, a guided visit to the ramparts provides some wonderful views of the Alps as well as a beach where you may take a swim. Then explore the Old District and market at leisure, before enjoying some bars or cafes. You may also like to visit the Musee Picasso, housed in the former Chateau Grimaldi, where Picasso lived for six months in 1946. Thanks to this personal connection it became the first museum in the world dedicated to the master.

All prices are in US$

Antibes

Monte Carlo

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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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Jeremy Boudreau The British Institute of Florence, NADFAS Accredited Lecturer Jeremy, a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, has headed the History of Art department at the British Institute of Florence since January 2014. His training is as a museum educator and art historian and his specialisation is the art and culture of Renaissance Italy. Today, he oversees a team of lecturers who contribute to the Institute’s history of art courses and study-abroad programming, as well as a wide range of cultural events.

Florence

Florence

After graduating with a degree in Museum Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Jeremy completed a MA in Art History at Syracuse University as a Florence Fellow. He is an accredited NADFAS Lecturer, a member of the Association of Art Historians (AAH), a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and serves as the Academic Co-ordinator for the annual Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA High School Renaissance Award Programme.

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Dr David Price-Williams University of London David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East, before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology. David has just retired after thirty seven years lecturing on the Archaeology of Western Asia (Eastern Mediterranean) at the Institute of Archaeology for the University of London Extra Mural Department. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers on the area. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Greece, Turkey and the Near East and is very familiar with the archaeological sites in the area. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a life member of the Southern African Quaternary Research Association. He speaks Turkish and reads Classical Greek.

David has spent many years working in the countries of Africa south of the Zambesi. From 1976 to 1989 he was the director of a multi-disciplinary team of up to twenty scientists from several universities researching the effects of climatic change on human evolution in Africa. He was based in Swaziland, during which time he also oversaw the building of the Swaziland National Museum and where he eventually became Director of Antiquities. David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near

Avignon

SING AT SEA WITH BOB PORTER Bob Porter’s experience as a choir master, conductor and artistic director is back by popular demand. This voyage will include singing workshops and a final performance at the end of the voyage, arranged by Bob Porter and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bob worked as a musician and teacher, returning to Guildhall to teach and becoming Head of Wind and Percussion in 1985 – a position he still holds today. In the early 1980s, Bob founded the Brandenburg Sinfonia, the first of a group of orchestras under his artistic direction and later in 2010, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

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READING GUIDE

NON-FICTION

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.

David S H Abulafia The Great Sea

For a description of each book, please go online to www.voyagestoantiquity.com, or for a more comprehensive description, please visit Blackwell’s website www.blackwell.co.uk and enter the ISBN number shown.

ISBN: 9780141977164, Paperback

ISBN: 9781904955771, Paperback

Mary Beard S.P.Q.R. A History of Ancient Rome ISBN: 9781846683817, Paperback

Brigitte Hintzen-Bohlen Rome: Art and Architecture ISBN: 9783848003204, Paperback

Amanda Claridge Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide ISBN: 9780199546831, Paperback

Brian Campbell The Romans and Their World ISBN: 9780300220261, Paperback

Rome

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Jochen Bleicken Augustus ISBN: 9780140294828, Paperback

Robert Hughes Rome ISBN: 9780753823057, Paperback

Tim Parks A Literary Tour of Italy ISBN: 9781846883521, Paperback

Paul Johnson Napoleon ISBN: 9781842126509, Paperback

Christopher Hibbert The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici ISBN: 9780140050905, Paperback

Ross King Brunelleschi’s Dome ISBN: 9780099526780, Paperback

Marcus Sidonius Flax How to Manage your Slaves

Ted Jones The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers

ISBN: 9781781252529, Paperback

ISBN: 9781845114558, Paperback


MAPS, GUIDES & REFERENCE Title

Publisher

ISBN Number

Mediterranean Cruise Map

Freytag and Berndt

9783707912906

Cruise Guide to Europe

Eyewitness Travel Guide

9781409370222

Italy

Eyewitness Travel Guide

9780241007372

Rome

Marco Polo Travel Handbook

9783829768245

Robert Harris Lustrum

Rome

Blue Guide Concise

9781905131303

ISBN: 9780099406327, Paperback

Sardinia

Marco Polo Pocket Guide

9783829707220

Dario Fo The Pope’s Daughter

Explore Florence

Insight Guides

9781780059105

Explore Nice and the French Riviera

Insight Guides

9781780056722

Marseilles

Kieron Corless & Chris Darke Cannes ISBN: 9780571230464, Paperback

Edwin Mullins Avignon of the Popes ISBN: 9781904955566, Paperback

David Price Willians (Lecturing on Board) Looking for Aphrodite ISBN: 9781909276512, Paperback

Paul Sterry

FICTION

ISBN: 9781609452742, Paperback

Irving Stone The Agony and the Ecstacy

Birds of the Mediterranean

ISBN: 9780099416272, Paperback

ISBN: 9780713663495, Paperback

F Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night

Lawson Wood

Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Including Marine Invertebrates ISBN: 9781472921789, Paperback

ISBN: 9780141183596, Paperback

Florence

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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

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Cabin for guests with disabilities

Double Accomodation

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Nice

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.

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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 Avignon and quite another to see it in the company of a good guide who speaks your language and can share his/her knowledge and passion for history. All of our shore excursions feature qualified English-speaking guides who seek to enlighten your visit with their expertise.

SHOPPING From pottery and ceramics in Italy to perfumes and fashionware on the French Riviera, 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.

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.

TRANSPORTATION

Note: For passengers on Grand Voyages, availability of included and optional excursions in Civitavecchia and Nice 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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Sunhats and sunscreen are recommended when participating in excursions – especially when exploring archaeological sites or walking through towns/villages. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for most of our excursions.

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.

For the following excursions, respectful dress is required as sites of a religious nature are included: Olbia and Porto Rotondo, Renaissance Florence, Churches of Florence, Pisa and Lucca, and Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence. 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.

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.

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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

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