4 â€“15 May 2019 Athens back to Athens
THE BLACK SEA & GREEK ISLANDS A springtime return to the Black Sea. A spectacular journey through the wonders of Northern Greece to Odessa in Ukraine, Constanza in Romania and Varna in Bulgaria.
INTRODUCTION In this booklet, you will find useful destination information and a comprehensive guide to both included and optional shore excursions. It also introduces your guest speakers and includes an invaluable reading guide to add an extra dimension of appreciation to your cruise. We look forward to welcoming you on board.
Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the Captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances.
This brand-new cruise for 2019 begins in Greece with highlights such as the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries of Meteora, as well the untouched islands of Patmos, Skiathos and Lemnos. Cruise through the beautiful Dardanelles strait, legendary site of ancient Troy and written about by Byron, to Marmara, the smallest sea in the world. Pass through the meeting point of continents, the Bosphorus, to enter the crossroads of the ancient world, the legendary Black Sea. Overnight in Odessa, the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, where sights include the famous Potemkin Steps, immortalised by the legendary filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. Tour the incredible architectural marvels of Constanza in Romania and the historic Roman port of Varna in Bulgaria, at the site of an ancient Thracian civilisation, before returning to Athens in the Aegean.
YOUR ITINERARY 2019
PIRAEUS Greece Embark Aegean Odyssey
PATMOS Greek Islands
SKIATHOS Greek Islands
LEMNOS Greek Islands
Cruising the Dardanelles and Sea of Marmara
Cruising the Black Sea and Aegean Sea
PIRAEUS Greece Disembark Aegean Odyssey
VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • Witness the ‘Monasteries in the Sky’ at Meteora • Free time to explore on the paradise Greek island of Skiathos • The iconic Potemkin Steps in Odessa • Evening performance at the Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre • Wine tasting and folk dancing in Constanza
• The Aladzha Rock Monastery of Varna
Ship at anchor Please note – this is the cruise itinerary. If you have booked a longer programme with the pre-cruise hotel stay, you can find this information on pages 16-17.
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
KEY TO SYMBOLS
FEATURES A BOAT RIDE
LUNCH BOX INCLUDED
4 MAY 2019 ATHENS, GREECE Embark Aegean Odyssey this afternoon in the port of Piraeus before an early evening sail.
5 MAY PATMOS, GREEK ISLANDS Patmos may be one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese, but it compensates for size with beauty and history. Called the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” the island has long been a site of Christian pilgrimage.
INCLUDED EXCURSION O CCLOMBO
ST JOHN'S PATMOS (Half day, AM) Emperor Domitian’s Christian persecutions were still at their height when St John fled to Patmos in 95AD to write his Gospel and dictate his Book of the Apocalypse. On this tour, you will visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, which has been converted into a beautiful chapel built around a stone orifice said to have been used by the saint as a pillow. This is followed by the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian, founded in the 10th century, which houses many religious relics, including the skull of St Thomas. Together, these three locations form an exceptional example of a Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will then be free time to explore the whitewashed houses and Byzantine churches of Chora.
6 MAY SKIATHOS, GREEK ISLANDS
TIME TO EXPLORE The westernmost island in the Sporades, Skiathos is famous for its splendid beaches. The shade cast by the tree-covered hills is said to have inspired the Pelasgians to give the island its name. Dionysus, the god of wine, was worshipped here. Herodotus wrote that the residents used beacons to notify the Greeks of the approaching Persian fleet in 480BC. Following the Peloponnesian Wars, the island endured successive waves of conquerors. Today, cosmopolitan Skiathos draws visitors from all over Europe. There are the superb beaches, the walled town of Kastro and a lively town where you can sample the local olives, honey and almond sweets during your free day at leisure here. The film Mamma Mia was partially filmed on Skiathos 6 there will be the and nearby island Skopelos and opportunity to view this in the Ambassador Lounge. Advice from the Shore Excursion Team: There is plenty to do in Skiathos Town, whether it is exploring the streets of the old port area, taking a stroll round the Bourtzi peninsula, or relaxing on the beaches, which are within a 10-minute walk to the east of the new harbour. Papadiamanti Street, the most central in town, is where you will find most shops and boutiques. There is a Tourist Information kiosk located to the right of the main pier in the new harbour.
7 MAY VOLOS, GREECE According to Greek myth, this port city was home to Jason and his crew of Argonauts who set sail from the coast of Thessaly aboard the Argos in search of the legendary Golden Fleece.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice ALOMBO CITY
REMARKABLE MONASTERIES AT METEORA (Full Day) Perhaps the highlight of any trip to Greece is the sight of these Byzantine monasteries atop the rock towers of Meteora. These sandstone "columns in the sky" soar up to over a thousand feet above sea level and are crowned with dwellings built by anchorite monks from the 11th century onwards. You will visit the oldest and most accessible monastery, Agios Stephanos, now a convent, where the Byzantine Emperor Paleologos stayed in 1333 en route to a battle on the plains below. Then visit the Varlaam Monastery, which requires climbing about 150 steps, but is well worth the effort, both for the commanding views of the Pindus Range and the fabled frescoes, including an apocalyptic vision of hell. Following the visit, we will continue driving through this unearthly landscape, viewing new sights as we descend slowly to the plain. Meteora
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BLOMBO CITY
VOLOS AND MAKRYNITSA VILLAGE (Half Day, AM) Alternatively, opt for this halfday alternative with highlights including Volos Archaeological Museum and the delightful Makrynitsa Village. The portcity of Volos dominates the region of Magnesia from its position at the foot of Mount Pelion and overlooks the Pagasetic Gulf. Positioned in what can be argued to be one of the most beautiful regions of Greece, this part of Greece is abound with lush vegetation and 6 remained unchanged traditional villages which have for centuries.
Visit the Volos Archaeological Museum, which not only houses a unique collection from the Hellenistic period, but also displays beautiful jewellery more than 3,000 years old. Following a panoramic drive along the Volos waterfront and the slopes of Mount Pelion, wander along the traditional narrow cobbled streets of Makrynitsa Village which is filled with small shops displaying honeyed fruit, herbs and spices, the typical goods of small mountain villages. The village square and town hub, locally known as the â€˜balcony of Volos,â€™ offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside, Volos, and the Gulf of Pagasae far below. Knossos
8 MAY LEMNOS, GREECE
9 MAY AT SEA
In Greek mythology, Zeus cast his son out of Olympus, hurling him to the volcanic island of Lemnos, where he reigned as the god of metalworking. The island’s strategic position at the approach of the Dardanelles made it a key outpost for Byzantines, Venetians and Turks and the British army assembled here during World War I. However, what draws visitors now are the serene beaches, excellent cheese and authentic character.
Cruising into the virtually landlocked Black Sea is one of the world’s great journeys and begins with the beautiful Dardanelles, which separates Asian and European Turkey. In classical mythology, it was here that Leander swam the strait each night to visit his love, the priestess Hero. After passing the infamous Gallipoli peninsula, site of the disastrous Allied Campaign in the Great War, Aegean Odyssey then cruises the smallest sea in the world, the Marmara, to enter the Bosphorus, with breathtaking views of Istanbul. Navigational information from the Bridge will be available throughout.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice ALOMBO CITY
LEMNOS AT A GLANCE (Half Day, AM)
Today's sightseeing is entirely on foot and focuses on the capital, Myrina, set at the foot of a rocky promontory. Walk the cobblestone streets past the traditional market. Admire the restored neo-classical homes in the Romeikos Gailos area. Visit the recently renovated archaeological museum, housed in an exquisite 19th-century mansion, where artefacts date to the Paleolithic Age. After a short, guided walk along the picturesque quay, you can return to the ship on your own or perhaps linger to try some of the local melipasto or feta cheeses or sip the fine white wine in a taverna.
David Price Williams and Alexander Motyl put the cruise in focus today, with engaging morning and afternoon discussions in the Ambassador Lounge. David starts the day by looking into fascinating legends from the Black Sea, including the Amazons. He also discusses the Black Sea’s role in one of the most famous stories of the ancient world – Xenophon’s March to the Sea. In the afternoon, Alexander gives historical background into Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine and aims to answer some of the biggest questions. For a full list of topics, please refer to page 19.
10 MAY ODESSA, UKRAINE According to legend the first mayor of Odessa, the Duc de Richelieu, wanted to build a city as beautiful as his native Paris. Today, his statue stands at the top of the iconic Potemkin Steps, not far from a monument to the city’s other founders, Catherine the Great and her companions, ready to welcome visitors arriving from the direction of the sea.
ODESSA HIGHLIGHTS (Half day, AM) The vast staircase named in honour of the famous mutiny aboard the Battleship Potemkin is 27 metres high and extends for 142 metres, but gives an optical illusion of much greater length, making it a truly extraordinary experience to climb. A person looking down the steps sees only the landings, with the steps invisible, but a person looking up them sees only the steps, with the landings invisible. Your guided tour then continues to the city hall and the 19th century Archaeology Museum, the first of its kind to be founded in the former Russian Empire. Here you will discover a world-class collection of Greek, Scythian and early Slavic artefacts, as well as prehistoric gold jewellery. Finally, you will step inside the largest Orthodox church in the city, the recently restored 18th-century Transfiguration Cathedral.
SHUSTOV BRANDY MUSEUM (Half Day, PM) $49 per person The Shustov brandy company is one of the very few outside of France to have been granted an appellation d’origine controlee, meaning it has been officially recognised as an authentic producer of the finest quality cognac. This prestigious acknowledgement dates back more than one hundred years and is the result of an outstanding emphasis on quality rather than quantity.
During your mouthwatering tour of the Shustov Brandy Museum you will learn more about the techniques for making each cognac unique. The museum has two rooms filled with antique apparatus, with another dedicated to the story of the Shustov dynasty. A short film about the history of cognacmaking in Ukraine is also available to watch. After your tour is complete some of the finest cognacs produced by Shustov will be ready and waiting for you to try inside the museum’s stylish Art-Bar, including very special reserves and Napoléon blends that have been aged from 3 to 11 years.
ODESSA'S OPERA HOUSE (Evening)
For incredible breathtaking beauty and delightful romantic grandeur, few venues in the world can rival Odessa’s recently restored Opera and Ballet Theatre. Designed by the legendary Italian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer (who were also behind the magnificent Vienna State Opera House) this majestic synthesis of Italian baroque and French rococo traditions is a true Ukrainian national treasure and the perfect place to enjoy the cultural experience of a lifetime on this very special evening event. For over a hundred years the most celebrated performers in history have graced the boards here. Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff have conducted, the great Enrico Caruso once sang, as did Feodor Chaliapin; Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan have both pirouetted across its stage. Tonight, an unparalleled performance by one of the greatest companies in the world, inside one of the most spectacular auditoriums on earth, awaits you, as we take care of everything so that you may relax and enjoy the show. At time of printing Voyages to Antiquity has confirmed a private performance of ‘Chopeniana’ and ‘Carmen Suite’.
11 MAY ODESSA, UKRAINE Another day to explore “The Pearl of the Black Sea”, which has been occupied since at least the 6th century BC and has seen a variety of empires come and go over the millennia, from the Lithuanians, Tartars and Turks, right the way back to the ancient Greeks. Giza
OPTIONAL EXCURSION Choice A
PALACES OF ODESSA (Half Day, AM) $45 per person This delightful tour affords the chance to discover more about the rich cultural heritage of Odessa by exploring two of its most opulent buildings – Prince Gagarin’s Palace and the palace of Count Mikhail Tolstoy. Designed and built by the 19th century architect Franz Boffo, the former home of Count Tolstoy boasts an extraordinary gilded ballroom known as the White Hall, as well as the lavish “Silk” and “Marble” lounges, all of which are filled with original furniture and memorabilia. The 19th century palace of Nikolai Sergeevich Gagarin is today home to the Literary Museum of Odessa, and has been arranged to showcase the many notable writers who have flocked to this region. During your guided tour you will also discover the strange tale behind Prince Gagarin’s demise at the hands of a gamekeeper, before enjoying a glass of champagne and a very special string concert in the palace’s magnificent Golden Hall.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION Choice B
ODESSA CATACOMBS & MONUMENT TO THE UNKNOWN SAILOR (Half Day, AM) $35 per person Over 600 miles of tunnels are carved into the limestone beneath and around Odessa, a network so intricate some visitors have entered and never returned. Your adventure starts with a drive through the scenic countryside to the village of Nerubaiskoe, that was originally a fortress for Ukrainian Cossacks. This is your point of entrance to the catacombs, which stretch an impressive 1,640 feet underground. The tunnels were first used in quarrying limestone for Odessa's buildings and later to hide smuggled goods. During World War II, they served as an underground fort for local partisans waging war against fascist invaders. During your first-hand look at the catacombs you will learn more about the defence mounted from them at the local Museum of Partisan Glory, before returning to Odessa to continue your tour at Shevchenko Park, so named after Ukraine's national poet, Taras Shevchenko. Notable sights here include the treelined Alley of Glory leading up the Unknown Sailor Memorial, where the eternal flame is dedicated to those who fell defending Odessa during World War II.
12 MAY CONSTANZA, ROMANIA
Arrive this morning in Romania’s oldest continually inhabited city which can trace its history back to at least 600BC. Originally known as Tomis, legend has it that Jason and his Argonauts landed here after recovering the mythical Golden Fleece.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice A
SCENIC CONSTANZA (Half day, PM) Your tour of Romania’s largest seaport begins in Ovid Square, where the centerpiece is its namesake’s statue, behind which is the National History and Archaeology Museum, which contains a marvellous collection of prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and medieval artefacts. Continuing through the Old Town, the striking 155-foot high minaret of the Turkish Mosque will certainly catch your eye, as will the beautiful murals and Greco-Roman candelabras of the orthodox Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Another extraordinary building is the abandoned Art Nouveau casino, which occupies an enviable position overlooking the Black Sea. This beautiful building was once the playground of Europe’s wealthiest socialites but was forced to close its doors in 1990. Following your guided tour of the city, a delightful afternoon at a local venue awaits as you sample five of the region’s finest wines and some delicious local delicacies, to the accompaniment of an authentic Romanian folkloric performance.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice B
ANCIENT HISTRIA (Half day, PM)
Histria was originally founded on the coast of modern Romania some 2,600 years ago, but over the centuries silt deposits from the River Danube have altered the original topography, so that today its archaeological remains are on the shoreline of Lake Sinoe. Abandoned and forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1868, research began on the 74-hectare site in 1914, giving us an amazing insight into what has been called the Romanian Pompeii. The 30-mile (50km) drive from Constanza passes through some beautiful Romanian countryside before arriving at one of the first Greek colonies to be founded in the basin of the Black Sea. During its time as a thriving seaport, Histria managed to survive fourteen centuries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine rule. Following your tour of the site you will be driven back to Constanza for a visit to the Ethnographical Museum, which houses some 16,000 exhibits taken from all across Romania, including folk costumes, jewellery, interiors of traditional peasant homes and household items.
13 MAY VARNA, BULGARIA Built upon the site of an ancient Thracian civilisation, Bulgariaâ€™s third city is an appealing mix of remarkable history and thriving modern culture combined with one of the best beaches on the Black Sea coastline, making it a delightful place to explore.
VARNA CITY HIGHLIGHTS (Half day, AM) In 1972, the oldest gold artefacts known to have been forged by man were unearthed near Varna inside a 4th millennium BC necropolis. These remarkable finds showed a remarkable degree of craftsmanship and are considered one of the most important archaeological finds in world prehistory. From here itâ€™s just a short drive through the city to see the magnificent 19th century copper-domed Orthodox Cathedral, partially inspired by the Peterhof Temple in Saint Petersburg. You will then be transported from the city to the medieval Aladzha Rock Monastery, an unusual complex hewn out of a sheer limestone cliff-face some twenty-five metres from the forest ground, allowing the monks who lived there to completely cut themselves off from the rest of the world. Finally, you will return to the city for the remains of the 2nd century Roman thermae, the largest public baths in the European part of the Empire, which provide an excellent idea of what life was like in Odessos, as Varna was formerly known.
VARNA WINE TASTING (Half Day, PM) $65 per person Accompanied by your guide you will receive a fascinating insight into the culture of Varna as you discover the rich variety of historic national costumes and traditional artefacts on display inside the Ethnographic museum, which have been carefully laid out to recreate life in the region from the late19th to the early-20th centuries. En route to your wine tasting you will pass the magnificent 19th century copper-domed Assumption Cathedral, as well as the wonderful Neo-Renaissance Archaeological Museum, inaugurated in 1888 and one of the largest museums in Bulgaria. Then visit a local restaurant for a special wine tasting session featuring some of Bulgaria’s most celebrated and exceptional varieties. A choice of two whites, two reds and a rosé will be served, as well as a local brandy. Special Bulgarian cheese-and-salami hors d’oeuvres will further indulge your senses, while a local expert provides an in-depth commentary on every libation you taste.
14 MAY AT SEA A day at sea as the Aegean Odyssey cruises the Black Sea and Aegean Sea on her way back to Piraeus.
ON-BOARD ENRICHMENT David Price Williams and David Braund conclude the enrichment topics in the Ambassador Lounge today. David Price Williams asks the question ‘Was there ever a Trojan War?’ as he examines the newest evidence, from the first appearance here of people from Romania and Bulgaria to documents from the great Hittite Empire of Northern Anatolia which may well have a bearing on this conflict.
In the afternoon, David Braund gives historical focus to the journey from the Black Sea to Athens. In the ancient world many made the long voyage from the Black Sea to classical Athens. David explores their rich variety, including the slaves from Ukraine who formed an Athenian police force, traders in grain, leather and pickled fish, eager students of philosophy and more besides. For a full list of topics, please refer to page 19.
15 MAY PIRAEUS, GREECE Disembark Aegean Odyssey after breakfast, in the port of Piraeus.
SHORE EXCURSION INFORMATION
Voyages to Antiquity cruises include shore excursions in almost all ports of call. Some ports offer different sightseeing opportunities â€“ in these instances, we may offer additional, optional alternatives at extra cost.
effort is made to ensure that the advised schedules are followed. If a change is made, guests will be advised in their final documents or at the shore excursion briefings on board.
WHAT TO EXPECT Our sightseeing programmes are outstanding, but can be challenging. Visits to historic sites and natural wonders often require walking over uneven surfaces, up and down multiple steps or steep paths. Therefore a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is recommended. Some passengers may decide to take a break from excursions on more strenuous days and instead explore the environs of the port.
EXCURSIONS WITH THE EXTENSIVE WALKING SYMBOL Some excursions which feature in our programmes are not suitable for guests with any mobility restrictions. In accordance with our Fitness to Travel statement and in order to ensure Voyages to Antiquity can deliver a high quality land programme, the ship reserves the right to transfer you to an alternative excursion if they believe that your original choice is unsuitable. Please consider your fellow guests and only select this option if you are certain you are able to meet the activity level.
Look for the symbols alongside each excursion description. The key to these symbols may be found on page 4. These give a good idea of the level of walking involved. Tour durations are approximate and, to avoid overcrowding and ensure you enjoy the best experience, the sequence of site visits and operating times may vary. The staff on board Aegean Odyssey will brief you each evening on the plans for the following day and all departure times and meeting points will be advised in the Daily Journal. Some countries require you to carry certain documents ashore and this will be advised on board at the appropriate time. As a result of severe weather or unforeseen changes to opening/closing times, we reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time. This happens extremely rarely and every reasonable 14
THE SHORE EXCURSION TEAM Our Shore Excursion Manager and Graduate Assistants are on hand to make sure you get the most out of your excursion experience. Informative briefings will be provided on the tour options and more generally on upcoming ports of call, and the team can field any further questions in the Reception area. During the excursions, we endeavour to have a representative on every coach, but this is not always possible and cannot be guaranteed. The role of the team ashore is to ensure the smooth running of the excursion in conjunction with the local guide and operator. This often means rotating between groups.
Though always keen to assist, the team therefore cannot be responsible for providing walking support or making sure that everyone in the group is present at a particular time. Please ensure that you sign up for your preferred excursions at the embarkation desk at the start of the cruise. Some excursions may operate subject to minimum numbers, and we need to know in advance how many passengers are joining each excursion in order to book coaches and guides. OUR GUIDES A good local guide, keen to share his or her knowledge and enthusiasm for a particular attraction, can transform a visit. All of our shore excursions feature qualified, highly-rated Englishspeaking guides with just this expertise and passion.
CLOTHING TIPS Although high summer temperatures are not expected at this time of year, we strongly recommend the use of sun hats and sunscreen during excursions. Sturdy walking shoes are also advised, especially when visiting archaeological sites. Please dress respectfully for visits to sites of a religious nature â€“ generally this means that shoulders and knees should be covered. Further clothing tips will be provided at the on-board briefings, along with weather forecasts for the following day. Varna Cathedral
SHOPPING Whilst Voyages to Antiquity shore excursions focus on the history and culture of a particular destination or attraction, some offer the chance to visit local workshops and view demonstrations of crafts and artistic techniques. Unlike other cruise operators, we have no affiliation with any shopping establishment. We do not assume responsibility for purchases made ashore and recommend insuring anything you choose to ship home. TRANSPORTATION Various modes of transportation may be used depending on the excursion. Motorcoaches are deluxe, air-conditioned vehicles unless not available in that port. Wi-Fi is not generally available on coaches.
PRE-CRUISE ATHENS STAY
Voyages to Antiquity offers a variety of cruise packages, some of which include land touring elements before and/or after the cruise itself. In this case, a two-night stay in Athens.
2 MAY ATHENS, GREECE Upon arrival in Athens, we transfer you to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
3 MAY ATHENS, GREECE Greece’s capital is a unparalleled treasure-trove of ancient wonders, from the iconic Acropolis and Parthenon to temples, stadia and theatres galore. Gritty and edgy, yet warm and welcoming, modern-day Athens also captivates its visitors.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice A
ACROPOLIS & MUSEUM (Half day, AM) The zenith of artistic and architectural achievement in the 5th century BC Athenian ‘Golden Age’, the collection of temples atop the Acropolis are unmissable. The Parthenon takes top billing, but the Erechtheion, with its beautiful caryatid porch, the grand Propylaia gateway and the tiny, stunning Temple of Athena Nike also merit attention. Below the temple complex is the Theatre of Dionysos, where the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were first performed. The Acropolis Museum is a grand timeline of Acropolis history and artefacts, with the original Erechtheion caryatids and Parthenon frescoes on display. The Parthenon 16
4 MAY ATHENS, GREECE
NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM - $35 per person (Half day, PM)
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice B
Founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is an extraordinarily rich repository of ancient art and sculpture. Marvel at Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean and Classical Greek masterpieces, and standout highlights including the iconic golden mask of Agamemnon, the bronze horse and jockey of Artemision and vibrant Minoan frescoes from Santorini.
BYZANTINE ATHENS (Half day, AM) Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work than the Byzantine icon painters and mosaicists. Our alternative excursion reveals the glory of Byzantine art with a visit to the Byzantine Museum, with its extraordinary breadth of exhibits dating from the 4th to the 19th century; and the Kaisariani Monastery on the slopes of Mt Hymettos, with its Roman foundations and colourful frescoes.
We then transfer to the port of Piraeus to embark Aegean Odyssey.
YOUR GUEST SPEAKERS
Prof David Braund University of Exeter Since 1996, David has been Professor of Black Sea and Mediterranean History at the University of Exeter. His main area of research is the relationship between the classical cultures of the Mediterranean and the north, across Europe and Asia. He has travelled and lectured extensively all around the Black Sea coastlands. He now researches mostly in Athens and St Petersburg. In addition to the classical languages, he is fluent in Modern Greek, Russian and Georgian. David has taught at various universities over the years, including Cambridge and Leicester. He also held a research fellowship at Oxford, where he researched in Georgian for three years.
Prof Alexander J. Motyl
Rutgers University, Newark Alexander J. Motyl (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984) is professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, as well as a writer and a painter. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, and on nationalism, revolutions, empires and theory, he is the author of 10 books
of non-fiction. A native New Yorker, Motyl received his doctoral degree in political science, Master of Philosophy in political science, and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia College.
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 1970â€™s.
LECTURES Byzantium: Christian Empire of the New Rome by David Price Williams In 325 AD, Constantine was declared head of the new Christian Empire of the Eastern Mediterranean. We shall examine the evolution of church architecture and belief, looking at the earliest buildings erected by Justinian in Constantinople and elsewhere as well as the late Byzantine monasteries of Meteora and Patmos. Argonauts: Medea’s Murders and the Meaning of the Golden Fleece by David Braund How and why do myths matter? Why did Greeks tell them and why do we still read and watch many of them on film and stage? Medea murdered and chopped up her brother in the Black Sea. We shall use her example to see why Greek myths are much more than fairy tales. We shall also explore the non-Greek “barbarians” of the Black Sea, of whom Medea was one.
Greeks vs Turks: From the Greek War of Independence to the Establishment of the Republic of Turkey, 1821-1923 by Alexander Motyl Modern Greece and Turkey emerged from a century of oftentimes bloody conflict between Greeks and Turks. How did the decline of the Ottoman Empire, international intervention, national liberation struggles, and war affect nation and state building in Greece and Turkey? Russia’s Ongoing War against Ukraine: Origins, Historical Background, Consequences by Alexander Motyl In 2014, Russia occupied Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and initiated a war in Ukraine’s southeast. What prompted Russia to engage in this aggression? What are the deeper historical reasons for the Russo-Ukrainian conflict? How has the war affected Ukraine and Russia? Out of Europe? Could the Black Sea be the real Cradle of Mankind? by David Price Williams The newest (2013) data for the origins of our own genus comes of all places from the Georgian
site of Dmanisi. How could this dramatic evidence from the Black Sea change our whole perception of our human origins. Putin, Putinism, and What Comes After by Alexander Motyl Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in power since 1998, creating an authoritarian regime, expanding Russian influence, and dominating the Black Sea. How has he managed to stay in power so long and what will happen to Russia and the region when he departs? From the Aegean to the Black Sea: Adventures in Greek Colonisation by David Braund How, why and when did Greeks establish cities all around the Black Sea? Where did they come from and what did they find in their new homes? What about the women and their very different experiences? In answering these questions, we shall explore especially the ports on our itinerary and their parts in the story.
Was there ever a Trojan War? by David Price Williams As we enter the Black Sea and as we leave again we shall pass the Plains of Troy and even see the putative site of the war, this epic struggle between Europe and Asia. We examine the newest evidence, from the first appearance here of people from Romania and Bulgaria to documents from the great Hittite Empire of Northern Anatolia which may well have a bearing on this conflict.
From the Black Sea with love... to Athens: Friends, Family and Slaves by David Braund In the ancient world, many made the long voyage from the Black Sea to classical Athens. We shall explore their rich variety, including the slaves from Ukraine who formed an Athenian police force, traders in grain, leather and pickled fish, eager students of philosophy, and more besides. Some famous Athenians had families with branches in both regions, as did the orator Demosthenes, scourge of the Macedonians.
READING GUIDE Blackwell’s has put together a selection of books that we feel would provide the perfect accompaniment to your voyage. Excellent prices are available on all of these titles at www.blackwell.co.uk. Alternatively you can order direct from our shop in Oxford on 01865 333 623 and receive 10% off when you quote “Voyages”.
NON-FICTION David Stuttard Parthenon: Power and Politics on the Acropolis
ISBN: 9780099520467, Paperback, £9.99
ISBN: 9780714122847, Paperback, £9.99
Judith Herrin Byzantium
Mary Beard The Parthenon
ISBN: 9780141031026, Paperback, £10.99
ISBN: 9781846683497, Paperback, £9.99
Graham Speake Mount Athos
Nigel Spivey Classical Civilisation: Greeks and Pomands in 10 Chapters
ISBN: 9789607120342, Paperback, £19.99
ISBN: 9781781855027, Paperback, £8.99
Oswyn Murray Early Greece ISBN: 9780006862499, Paperback, £10.99
Herodotus The Histories ISBN: 9780199535668, Paperback, £9.99
Jenny March The Penguin Book of Classical Myths ISBN: 9780141020778, Paperback, £12.99
Neal Ascherson The Black Sea
Simon Price & Peter Thonemann The Birth of Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
Anna Reid Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine ISBN: 9781780229270, Paperback, £10.99
Ingrid Schnfelder Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean ISBN: 9781912081707, Paperback, £16.99
Audrey Kurkov Ukraine Diaries
Black’s Nature Guides Birds of Britain and Europe
ISBN: 9781846559471, Paperback, £9.99
ISBN: 9781408101551, Paperback, £9.99
Keith Hitchins A Concise History of Romania
David Price-Williams (Lecturing on Board) Looking for Aphrodite
ISBN: 9780521694131, Paperback, £19.99
ISBN: 9781426201479, Paperback, £17.99
William Blacker Along the Enchanted Way
ISBN: 9780140274851, Paperback, £19.99
ISBN: 9780719598005, Paperback, £10.99
Chris Kuzneski The Last Throne
Nick Thorpe The Danube
Caroline Juler National Geographic Traveller: Romania
ISBN: 9780141037073, Paperback, £6.99
ISBN: 9780300205459, Paperback, £12.99
Charles King Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams ISBN: 9780393342369, Paperback, £12.99
ISBN: 9781426201479, Paperback, £17.99
Kapka Kassabova Street Without a Name � Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria ISBN: 9781846271243, Paperback, £9.99
Apollonius Jason and the Golden Fleece ISBN: 9780199538720, Paperback, £7.99
Audrey Kurkov The Milkman in the Night ISBN: 9780099548867, Paperback, £9.99
Isaac Babel Odessa Stories ISBN: 9781782274735, Paperback, £9.99
Georgina Harding Painter of Silence
MAPS & GUIDES
ISBN: 9783707912906, £8.99
Marco Polo Pocket Guide with Map Athens ISBN: 9783829707077, Paperback, £9.99
Blue Guide Greece and the Aegean Islands
Herta Muller Land of Green Plums
ISBN: 9781905131358, Paperback, £17.95
ISBN: 9781862072602, Paperback, £7.99
Bradt Guide Ukraine
Alexander J Motyl
ISBN: 9781841624501, Paperback, £16.99
Vovochka: The True Confessions of Vladimir Putin's Best Friend and Confidant ISBN: 9781681142012, Paperback, £13.00 (Order early, Print on demand)
Freytag & Berndt Mediterranean Cruises Map
ISBN: 9781408830420, Paperback, £9.99
(Lecturing on Board)
Bradt Guide Romania: Transylvania ISBN: 9781784770532, Paperback, £16.99
Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Pocket Guide Bulgaria ISBN: 9781786717627, Paperback, £6.99
Carrying an average of just 350 passengers, the premium class Aegean Odyssey is small enough to sail along rivers such as the Yangon and Guadalquivir, and into the most characterful ports of call inaccessible to the mega-ships. The service is more personal, the atmosphere more convivial and you get plenty of time to interact with the guest experts.
Yet on the other hand she is large enough to offer a superb range of amenities, including a choice of dining venues and comfortable bars, a relaxing spa centre and one of the best stocked libraries at sea.
MARCO POLO Though the more 'formal' dining option, with full waiter service and multi-course meals, Marco Polo has a casual country club elegance appreciated by guests. Join us here for dinner (and lunch on full days at sea) and enjoy a selection of expertly prepared dishes reflecting the countries visited and accompanied by complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks*.
Cabins and staterooms are spacious and intelligently designed, and dedicated solo cabins at a low supplement are available across almost all categories, including balcony level.
ON-BOARD FACILITIES • A choice of restaurants • Internet centre • Three lounges
• Outdoor pool
• Four bars
• Athena Health Spa
• Lecture theatre
• Beauty salon
• Medical centre
Fortunately, the fascinating and beautiful regions sailed by Aegean Odyssey are also renowned for their strong culinary traditions, sublime local ingredients and delicious signature dishes. We draw on these inspirations to deliver a dining experience of sustained quality in keeping with your chosen itinerary.
TERRACE CAFE With a mix of indoor and al fresco seating, the informal Terrace Cafe is a charming alternative to the white glove refinement of the Marco Polo restaurant. Here, friendly staff serve up splendid breakfast buffets and mouthwatering lunch and dinner delights from a variety of stations, including sizzling grilled meats and succulent fish, crisp pizzas and indulgent pasta, fresh salads and fruit, again to the accompaniment of complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks*. * Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner.
AFTERNOON TEA AND LATE NIGHT SNACKS
There is something uniquely pleasurable about afternoon tea aboard a classic cruise ship, and you won't want to miss the scones, pastries and finger sandwiches served up in the Terrace Cafe most days of your cruise.
Voyages to Antiquity operates the most culturally immersive cruise programme, with internationally renowned guest speakers, a comprehensive selection of expertly-designed shore excursions in every major port of call, an extensive on-board library and a host of other enrichment elements from reading lists prepared by Blackwell’s of Oxford and on-board book clubs to exclusive private visits and local entertainment.
And, if you can manage even more gastronomic delights, hors d'oeuvres and late night snacks, from filo prawns to chocolate-dipped strawberries, are available in the Charleston Lounge at 5pm and 10.30pm.
EXPERT GUEST LECTURERS 2–3 guest speakers, pre-eminent in their profession and expert in their field, accompany every departure. 2 talks on each full day at sea plus others throughout the voyage, 45 minutes each and pre-dinner, is the norm, often focusing on history, geography, art, culture, religion, geology and wildlife. Talks are delivered in the Ambassador Lounge with a host of visual aids (music, video and high quality maps) and recorded so passengers can catch up at their leisure if they are not able to attend in person. These guest lectures are specifically designed to complement shore excursions, not simply repeat or pre-empt the insight presented by the excellent local guides. SHORE EXCURSIONS AND PRIVATE VISITS More than 90% of Voyages to Antiquity’s shore excursions are included in the cruise fare. We use
SERVICE WITH A SMILE Always serving with a smile, our crew will win your hearts. Your cabin steward or stewardess will refresh your cabin before you even realise you need it. The waiting staff will remember whether you take tea or coffee, and the bar team whether you like your Martini shaken or stirred. They, and the rest of our officers and crew, are dedicated to making your cruise a delightful experience.
the best available guides, coaches and land agents, and excursions are meticulously planned, well-paced and guided in English. QuietVox sets are issued to all guests, enabling them to hear the guide’s commentary even as they linger to take photographs or make their own explorations. The core shore excursion programme is complemented with exclusive private visits, such as that to the Palazzo Gangi in Palermo where the sumptuous ballroom scenes of Visconti’s The Leopard were filmed. EVERYDAY ENRICHMENT Aboard or ashore, every day brings enrichment opportunities. The Daily Journal details lectures and excursions, but also local cultural performances, musical concerts, interactive classes and fun quizzes. Aegean Odyssey’s library,
surely the biggest in terms of books-to-passenger ratio, houses hundreds of volumes specially selected by Blackwell’s of Oxford to complement the itinerary programme, along with maps, guidebooks, the latest popular fiction, classics and poetry. In this guide, we provide passengers with a recommended reading list, also prepared by Blackwell’s.
... AND REFRESHMENT FOR BODY AS WELL AS MIND Small ship though she is, Aegean Odyssey offers plenty of other amenities to enhance your time aboard and occupy relaxing days at sea. Unwind on the sun deck's padded loungers and cool off with a splash in the outdoor pool; enjoy a cocktail or aperitif in one of several comfortable bars before dinner, and appreciate the music of the resident pianist or string trio afterwards. ATHENA HEALTH SPA Pampering opportunities abound at the Athena Health Spa, with its full menu of revitalising therapies and treatments including massages and facials. The adjoining fitness centre awaits those seeking to stay active, saunas and steam rooms are available, and nail and hair treatments are provided at the beauty centre.
Credit/debit cards on board Aegean Odyssey When activating your on-board account with a credit or debit card, please be advised that a Pre-Authorisation (hold) will be placed on your account. Although these are not actual charges, you should be aware that authorisations (holds) reduce the amount of available credit (or available funds) on your account. Final charges are not submitted to your card issuer until the day of disembarkation, which is when we will also obtain the authorisation to take monies. Some card issuers may take 10 to 14 days or more to release the authorisation (holds) from your account and these release policies vary by issuer. Please be advised that if you choose to settle your on-board balance with a different form of payment than the one you registered at the beginning of your cruise, authorisations placed on your original registered credit/ debit card will remain until the standard release period.
Wi-Fi availability Aegean Odyssey has a dedicated internet room for the use of all passengers. The ship also has wireless “hotspots” in Reception, the Observation Lounge, and the smoking area on Deck 5 aft. Passengers should note that when the ship is at sea, connectivity in these locations may be subject to fluctuation, and also that Wi-Fi is not available in your cabin at any time.
Laundry facilities Throughout your cruise your dedicated cabin steward will be available to collect and return laundry to you within a maximum of 48 hours, subject to the fees as detailed in the form found in your cabin compendium.
Whilst we understand that some passengers would like to be able to do their own laundry, we regret to advise that due to the size of Aegean Odyssey a self-service laundry room is not available. Clothes irons are also not available, or permitted, in passenger cabins for safety reasons.
Swimming pool availability We understand that the use of a swimming pool is often a valued part of a holiday experience and we will always do our best to keep the pool available to passengers during our voyages. However, there are various situations that may cause us to close the pool. These include, but are not limited to, bad weather, heavy swells, quality of seawater, and the draft required for the ship to reach certain ports, especially when approaching, or cruising up or down river.
Public room availability Please be aware that on occasion certain public rooms, deck areas and dining areas may be used by special interest groups travelling on board for private functions, lectures and other events. Whilst we will always do our best to ensure that these do not conflict with more common times of regular guest access, we appreciate your understanding that on occasion this is not always possible.
Dining reservations As we offer an open-seating dining policy in both the Marco Polo Restaurant and Terrace Café, it is not possible to make individual reservations in either restaurant. We apologise for previous brochure references which incorrectly stated otherwise.
DECK PLANS M
PREMIUM OUTSIDE PREMIUM OUTSIDE
DELUXE STATEROOM OUTSIDE
DELUXE STATEROOM BALCONY
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429429 ▲ ▲ 431431
CHARLESTON CHARLESTON LOUNGE LOUNGE
DRESSER 543543 DRESSER 540540 541541 547547 INTERNET 542542 545545 549549 INTERNET
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455455 459459 463463
MARCO POLO MARCO POLO RESTAURANT RESTAURANT
ATHENA ATHENA HEALTH HEALTH SPASPA
THE THE TERRACE TERRACE
TERRACE CAFE TERRACE CAFE
*Categories GG, I, II and some HH cabins have partially restricted view
417417 418418 420420 419419 422422 424424 426 423423 426 428428 430430 ▲ ▲ 427427 432432 434434 433 ▲ ▲ 433 436436 438438 437437 440440
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523523 524524 ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲ 526526 525525
OWNER'S SUITE BALCONY
LIDO LIDO BAR BAR
DECK DECK JUNIOR SUITE BALCONY
DELUXE STATEROOM BALCONY OBSERVATION OBSERVATION
712 • 710 • 712 • 710 •
DELUXE STATEROOM BALCONY
705 705 707 707
LIDO LIDO BAR BAR
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AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR LOUNGE LOUNGE
724 • 724 •
726 • 726 •
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OBSERVATION OBSERVATION LOUNGE LOUNGE
DELUXE STATEROOM OUTSIDE
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DELUXE STATEROOM OUTSIDE
Cabin for guests with disabilities Elevator
Third/Fourth Pullman berth in these cabins
810 • 810 •
809 • 809 •
Single Cabins Third Pullman berth in these cabins
LIDODECK DECK LIDO
BRIDGEDECK DECK BRIDGE
PROMENADEDECK DECK PROMENADE
BELVEDEREDECK DECK BELVEDERE
COLUMBUSDECK DECK COLUMBUS
MARCOPOLO POLODECK DECK MARCO
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 Category B - Junior Stateroom with balcony
Category H - Premium Outside Cabin
Category F - Deluxe Stateroom
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 holiday 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 2019 CRUISE COLLECTION Cruise guides are available to download from our website voyagestoantiquity.com approximately 90 days prior to departure.
We now produce a unique, dedicated cruise guide, created individually for each Voyages to Antiquity cruise. You can also find the shore excu...
Published on Mar 15, 2019
We now produce a unique, dedicated cruise guide, created individually for each Voyages to Antiquity cruise. You can also find the shore excu...