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CRUISE GUIDE

25 May – 6 June 2019 Rome to Seville

RENAIS SANCE ITALY & HISTORIC ISLANDS A memorable crossing of the Middle Sea from east to west, Rome to Seville, with visits to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Elba, Corsica, the Balearic Islands, Malaga, Gibraltar and Cadiz.


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.

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This richly varied cruise, westbound from Rome to Seville, is packed with Mediterranean highlights. Marvel at the artistic and architectural treasures of Florence, Pisa and Lucca, including the sublime Duomo and the iconic Leaning Tower, then set sail for enchanting Elba, Napoleon Bonaparte’s place of exile for 300 days in 181415. The ‘Little Corporal’ who built an empire was born on Corsica, and two stops are made on this wildly beautiful island – in the dramatic fortified city of Bonifacio and Napoleon’s birthplace, Ajaccio. Following an appreciation of the stunningly scenic Balearic Islands of Menorca and Majorca (the latter with a glorious Gothic cathedral to explore in Palma), Aegean Odyssey reaches the shores of mainland Spain, taking in Picasso’s Malaga, the Rock of Gibraltar, the splendid historic port of Cadiz, and a cruise along the Guadalquivir River to Seville. Pisa


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YOUR ITINERARY 2019

PORT

ARRIVE

DEPART

25 MAY

CIVITAVECCHIA Italy Embark Aegean Odyssey

26 MAY

LIVORNO Italy

27 MAY

LIVORNO Italy

28 MAY

ELBA Italy

8.00am

6.00pm

29 MAY

BONIFACIO Corsica, France

1.00pm

Midnight

30 MAY

AJACCIO Corsica, France

7.00am

1.00pm

31 MAY

MAHON Menorca, Spain

9.00am

8.00pm

1 JUN

PALMA Majorca, Spain

8.00am

6.00pm

2 JUN

At Sea

3 JUN

MALAGA Spain

8.00am

11.00pm

4 JUN

GIBRALTAR

7.00am

6.00pm

5 JUN

CADIZ Spain SEVILLE Spain

6.00am 9.30pm

12.30pm Overnight

6 JUN

SEVILLE Spain Disembark Aegean Odyssey

6.00pm 8.00am

Overnight 6.00pm

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • The greatest artistic and architectural wonders of the Renaissance in Florence and Lucca • The iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and ‘Miracle Square’ • Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace, Ajaccio; and place of exile, Elba

• Palma’s extraordinary Gothic Cathedral • Cruise the Isles Lavezzi and Maddalena Archipelago • The Rock of Gibraltar • Sherry tasting in its spiritual home, Jerez • River cruising through the Andalusian countryside to Seville

Ship at anchor Please note – this is the cruise itinerary. If you have booked a longer programme with the pre- and/or post-cruise hotel stays, you can find this information on pages 16-17.

Palma

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YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY

Elba

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KEY TO SYMBOLS

EXTENSIVE WALKING

UPHILL SECTIONS

WINDING ROADS

UNEVEN SURFACES

FEATURES A BOAT RIDE

LUNCH BOX INCLUDED

ARCHAEOLOGICAL GROUND

CABLE CAR

RESPECTFUL DRESS

SIGNIFICANT STEPS

BUSTLING STREETS

PANORAMIC TOUR

Florence


25 MAY 2019 CIVITAVECCHIA (ROME), ITALY Embark Aegean Odyssey this afternoon in the port of Civitavecchia before an early evening sail.

26 MAY LIVORNO, ITALY An enchanting city built on a steep-sided bay of the Ligurian Sea, Livorno has plenty to interest travellers already familiar with Florence and Pisa – not least its fine Renaissance-era fortifications.

INCLUDED EXCURSION LOMBO

THE CHURCHES OF FLORENCE (Full Day) The city of Florence engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn, being the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art. One of the main highlights, commonly called the Duomo in honour of Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome, is the Santa Maria del Fiore. Along with Giotto’s bell tower, and Baptistery adorned with stunning gold mosaics, the Cathedral is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Santa Croce, Italy’s largest Franciscan church, are entombed eminent Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli. Lunch is not included today, giving you the flexibility to spend your free time as you like.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

RENAISSANCE FLORENCE (Full Day) $35* per person A guided tour of Florence, powerhouse of the Italian Renaissance and one of the world’s great centres of historic art and architecture, includes a visit to the medieval Ponte Vecchio spanning the River Arno and views of the Duomo cathedral flanked by Giotto's Bell Tower. See the Basilica di Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Machiavelli are interred before heading to the Galleria dell’Accademia, Europe's first school of drawing, where Michelangelo's colossal statue of David presides over a rich collection of paintings and sculptures. Lunch is not included today, giving you the flexibility to spend your free time as you like.

Florence

Important Note: On Sunday 26th May 2019, there is free admission to the Uffizi Gallery in remembrance of an attack that damaged Florence and the Uffizi Gallery 23 years ago. Therefore, extremely long queues to the gallery are expected and it is not possible to secure group reservations. Voyages to Antiquity has therefore decided to remove the Uffizi Gallery from the optional excursion. (Monday 27th May is a regular closing day for the gallery and so this tour cannot be operated on this date instead). *Includes credit for unused included excursion and removal of Uffizi Gallery.

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27 MAY LIVORNO, ITALY

28 MAY ELBA, ITALY

If you decide to stay in Livorno, be sure to sample some of the city’s famously good seafood at the characterful waterfront.

Spend a day on this enchanting island of picturesque bays, friendly villages and dramatic mountains, and you’ll wonder why Napoleon ever decided to leave his minifiefdom.

INCLUDED EXCURSION LOMBO CITY Lucca

PISA & LUCCA (Full Day) Our full day excursion begins in Lucca with a stroll around the great sites of this beautiful historic city, taking in the splendid façade and interior of the Cathedral of San Martino, the remains of a colossal Roman amphitheatre and the impressive Basilica of San Frediano. Then it is on to Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), so called because it was virtually the only part of the city to escape bomb damage during the war. Here is a genuinely breathtaking collection of religious buildings acclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Best known, of course, is the 12th century ‘Leaning Tower’ – a glorious, multi-tier bell tower listing at a seemingly impossible angle – but the white marble Baptistery and grand Cathedral, with tranquil cloisters and great works of art and sculpture, enthral in equal measure. Lunch is not included today, giving you the flexibility to spend your free time as you like.

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INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice ALOMBO CITY

NAPOLEON'S ISLE OF EXILE (Half Day, AM) Our tour of Elba begins with a scenic drive from Portoferraio, the main port and town (and mythological site of Argos, from which the Argonauts sailed), to glittering Golfo Stella and the lovely fishing harbour of Porto Azzuro, dominated by a medieval fortress. We continue to Punta delle Grotte, where the ruins of a Roman villa may be found, for magnificent views of Portoferraio. When the defeated Napoleon was exiled to Elba in 1814, he built an elaborate villa above the city, a large part of which remains unchanged. Our walking tour of Portoferraio also includes the first-floor apartment he used upon arriving on the island, the star-shaped Fort Stella, a theatre built by the Emperor and the historic Piazza Cavour.


INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BLOMBO CITY

TIME TO EXPLORE

CAPOLIVERI & WINE TASTING (Half Day, AM)

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 Shore Excursion 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. Seek out in your wanderings the attractive Rue du Palais-de-Garde, the Escalier du Roi d’Aragon (the historical ‘King of Aragon’s Steps’), the fortified gateway Porte de Genes and the lovely churches of Saint-Dominique and Sainte Marie Majeure.

Alternatively, visit Capoliveri for some wine-tasting at the old country wine-farm ‘La Chiusa’, where the vineyard presents sensational ocean views and a tour of the estate’s cellar reveals how the wine is handled and produced.

29 MAY BONIFACIO, CORSICA Set high on a clifftop promontory, Bonifacio could scarcely present a more dramatic first impression. The old part of the town, with its narrow streets, characterful shops and fine restaurants, is a pleasure to explore independently, so no set excursions are planned for this afternoon.

30 MAY AJACCIO, CORSICA Bonifacio

Birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, the self-styled ‘Imperial City’ of Ajaccio is a grand, confident port city on Corsica’s ruggedly beautiful west coast packed with cultural Knossos attractions.

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INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice AOMBO CITY

INTRODUCTION TO AJACCIO (Half Day, AM)

Menorca

Discover Napoleon’s legacy on this tour of the city where he spent his early years. We walk the main shopping street (Cours Napoleon), turning to ‘La Grotte de Napoleon’ where the young Bonaparte supposedly learned of his acceptance into a French military academy. After enjoying spectacular views of the so-called ‘Bloody Islands’ from Pointe de la Parata, we stroll through Ajaccio’s old quarter to the cathedral where Napoleon was baptised and the house where he was born, which is now a museum.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BMBO CITY

PRUNELLI GORGES (Half Day, AM) Alternatively, this leisurely panoramic drive through the beautiful Prunelli Gorges provides a wonderful variety of scenery to enjoy as you sit back and admire one of the most picturesque regions in Corsica. Ascending through an increasingly pastoral landscape of small vineyards, cultivated fields and typically Corsican ‘macchia’ shrubland, discover the delightful village of Cauro, the laricio pine trees of the Pineta Forest and the chestnut and beech trees of Col de Cricheto.

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31 MAY MAHON, MENORCA Elegant and understated, the Menorcan capital is set above the Mediterranean’s biggest natural port. Georgian houses reveal a legacy of 18th century British occupation, and al fresco cafes invite instant adjustment to the island’s laidback pace of life.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice AOMBO CITY

HISTORIC CIUTADELLA (Half Day, AM) The city known as ‘Vella i Bella’ (Old and Beautiful) has known numerous occupiers throughout history. Its delightful old quarter, converging on Placa des Born (where this tour begins), was originally fortified in the Moorish tradition. Here, a large obelisk commemorates the ‘Year of Misfortune’, when thousands were slaughtered or enslaved by Turkish invaders, and 17th century Neo-classical palaces belonging to ancient noble families. The nearby Catalan-Gothic Cathedral and Baroque Roser Church demonstrate the evolution of religious architecture, and there is also time to wander the beautiful Ses Voltes arcade, noted for its porticos and handicraft shops.


INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BOMBO CITY

ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS (Half Day, AM) Menorca’s highest peak, Monte Toro, has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th century, when a bull is said to have led a group of monks to a cave containing an image of the Virgin Mary. Near to the summit is a 17th century church known as the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro, maintained by an order of nuns and open to visitors. The views are truly breathtaking. Continuing to the coast, Fornells is a charming fishing village at the mouth of an impressive natural harbour, with castle ruins, a marina full of traditional Menorcan fishing boats (llauts) and a reputation for excellent seafood. Our final stop is the extraordinary model fishing village of Binibeca, designed to recreate an authentic island settlement of whitewashed houses and narrow, cobbled streets.

Palma

1 JUNE PALMA, MAJORCA The resort city of Palma, a symphony of honey-coloured stone, is both beautiful to behold and packed with historical treasures, not least the monumental Gothic Cathedral.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice AOMBO CITY

Valldemossa

PALMA CITY HIGHLIGHTS (Half Day, AM) The only circular castle to be built in Spain, 14th century Bellver is a masterpiece of aesthetic design and strategic defence, presenting vistas of the Bay of Palma that earned its name (meaning ‘beautiful view’). Our tour includes the ground floor Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat, showcasing Palma’s history, and graffiti in the stonework of the upper levels carved by Napoleonic ‘enemies of the state’. We then proceed to the old quarter of the city and the breathtaking Catalan-Gothic Cathedral, more commonly known as ‘La Seu’, inspired by NotreDame de Paris but exceeding its French cousin in scale. The Cathedral boasts one of the world’s largest stained glass windows, 12m across and containing over 1,200 pieces of glass, and flourishes added by Antoni Gaudi during his involvement in its restoration.

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INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BLOMBO CITY

SCENIC PALMA & VALLDEMOSSA (Half Day, AM) Soller Railway

A guided driving tour is the perfect way to appreciate the major attractions of Mallorca, from the magnificent Cathedral and Royal Palace in Palma to the idyllic mountain town of Valldemossa and the monastery where Frederic Chopin and George Sand sojourned together, inspiring her novel A Winter in Majorca. After a brief recital of Chopin music, we return to Palma and the fairytale fortress of Bellver.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

HISTORIC SOLLER RAILWAY (Half Day) $75 per person A narrow-gauge railway has connected Palma with the charming town of Soller for more than a century. After a panoramic drive through the capital, we board vintage carriages with authentic wood and brass fittings at the station of Son Reus. The journey through the Mallorcan countryside, by way of pretty villages, spectacular viaducts, fruit groves and an extraordinary mountain tunnel, takes around 50 minutes. Please note – this optional excursion must be combined with the Palma City Highlights included excursion.

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2 JUNE AT SEA A relaxing day at sea to enjoy the many excellent amenities aboard Aegean Odyssey.

ON-BOARD ENRICHMENT

Ernie Rea and Stephen Carr-Smith take to the Ambassador Lounge stage today, as the enrichment programme takes on the theme of war. Ernie starts the day with a lecture that explains the Spanish Civil War through the lives of four iconic individuals. In the afternoon, Stephen discusses The Battle of Trafalgar – the greatest of all British naval battles, fought by the greatest of all British Admirals, Admiral Lord Nelson. For a full list of enrichment topics, please refer to page 19.

3 JUNE MALAGA, SPAIN Too often dismissed as a gateway to more celebrated attractions of Andalusia, Malaga is a dynamic and exciting city with close links to Picasso and a lovely port and old town to discover.


INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice AOMBO CITY

PANORAMIC MALAGA & PICASSO MUSEUM (Half Day, AM) A sightseeing drive takes us through the old town to the majestic 10th century Gibralfaro Castle and the engaging Picasso Museum, dedicated to the 20th century’s most influential artist, who was born in Malaga, with 285 Picasso-related exhibits on display. Beneath the museum may be found archaeological remains dating back to Phoenician times.

Alhambra

Alhambra Palace

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BOMBO CITY

PANORAMIC MALAGA (Half Day, AM) Alternatively, enjoy a more leisurely included panoramic tour of this fine city.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

THE ALHAMBRA PALACE (Full Day) $89* per person We are also pleased to offer an optional full day tour to Granada and the 13th century Alhambra Palace, last capital of the Moors in Spain. When it fell to Christian armies in the 15th century, they were so affected by the beauty of the complex that they could not bear to destroy it. We visit both the Royal Palace and the Generalife (summer palace), with its splendid formal gardens fit for a sultan.

Malaga

*Includes credit for unused included excursion.

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4 JUNE GIBRALTAR A day spent in the British territory affectionately known as “The Rock”. Witness the runway used by General Eisenhower for his invasion of North Africa in 1942, and Europa Point, where on a clear day you can see across the mouth of the Mediterranean to Morocco. Gibraltar

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice AOMBO CITY

HISTORIC GIBRALTAR (Half Day, AM & PM) One of the most remarkable aspects of Gibraltar is its vast network of tunnels which at their peak ran for over thirty miles, nearly twice the length of the modern road network above. Begun in 1782, when the British army found themselves surrounded on all sides by the French and Spanish, much of the labyrinth is now inaccessible, but key areas of this fascinating subterranean world remain, as you will discover during this intriguing tour beneath the Rock. Combine with a stop at Apes’ Den, home of the only free roaming apes in Europe, the famous Barbary Macaques.

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Gibraltar

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BOMBO CITY

THE ROCK (Half Day, AM & PM) Ascend into St Michael’s Cave, a network of limestone caverns once thought to be bottomless, located within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. The central cave here is full of stalagmites and stalactites and has been a popular live venue since the nineteen-sixties. During the Second World War it was prepped for use as an emergency hospital, but in the end never saw any active duty. No trip to Gibraltar would be complete without a stop at Apes’ Den, home of the only free roaming apes in Europe, the famous Barbary Macaques. These playful and mischievous primates were once thought to have found their way through St Michael’s Cave from Africa.


5 JUNE CADIZ/SEVILLE, SPAIN Considered to be Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited settlement, Cadiz was founded by the Phoenicians in the 12th century BC. These days, it is a fascinating, atmospheric city that appears to shimmer silver when bathed in pure white sunlight.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice AOMBO CITY

CADIZ CITY HIGHLIGHTS (Half Day, AM) Our early morning tour of Cadiz includes the old quarter, a tobacco factory, Santo Domingo Church, the Royal Prison and Cathedral, followed by the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta and the Santa Catalina Fortress. The tour concludes at the Plaza de Espana, before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice BMBO CITY

JEREZ & SHERRY TASTING (Half Day, AM) Alternatively, join us on a drive to Jerez de la Frontera, famous for the production of its sherry, a derivation of its name. Enjoy a tour of the city and a visit to the famous Bodega Gonzalez Byass for sherry tasting.

Jjerez

Setting sail from Cadiz, Aegean Odyssey makes her way to the Guadalquivir river, cruising upstream through the Andalusian countryside to berth in the heart of beautiful, romantic Seville.

6 JUNE SEVILLE, SPAIN

Disembark Aegean Odyssey after breakfast.

Cadiz

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SHORE EXCURSION INFORMATION

Voyages to Antiquity cruises include shore excursions in almost all ports of call. Some ports offer different sightseeing opportunities – 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 – 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.

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.

Duomo, Florence

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PRE-CRUISE ROME HOTEL 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 hotel stay in Rome.

23 MAY ROME, ITALY Upon arrival in Rome, we transfer you to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

24 MAY ROME, ITALY INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice A

THE COLOSSEUM & ROME PANORAMIC (Half day, AM) We visit the 65,000-seat Flavian Amphitheatre (Colosseum), the greatest stadium of the Roman world, still evoking the terror and majesty of the gladiatorial games combined with a panoramic drive taking in some of the main highlights of this Eternal City.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice B

OSTIA ANTICA (Half day, AM) Buried for centuries, Ostia Antica was the main port of Ancient Rome. Excavations reveal well-preserved apartments, bakeries, baths, bars and temples, some with beautiful mosaics.

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OPTIONAL EXCURSION

EXPLORING THE VATICAN - $79 per person (Half day, PM) In terms of artistic treasures, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel (with Michelangelo’s extraordinary ceiling frescoes) and the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica are quite simply in a class of their own. Strict religious dress required.

25 MAY ROME, ITALY Transfer directly to Aegean Odyssey in Civitavecchia or enjoy an optional excursion to Tivoli first.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

TIVOLI & VILLA D'ESTE - $75 per person (Half day, AM) The grounds of the Villa d’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, embody Renaissance culture at its most refined. Your visit starts with a drive to Tivoli, the resort of imperial Rome, but our destination is the 16th century Villa d’Este, famed for its spectacular gardens, which feature grottoes, terraces and fountains.


6 JUNE SEVILLE, SPAIN Seville is not just a gloriously attractive and interesting city in its own right, it is also gateway to the magical UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cordoba, home to the iconic Mezquita Cathedral-Mosque.

INCLUDED EXCURSION

CORDOBA (Full Day) Reminders of Cordoba’s heyday as a Roman and Arab capital surround visitors, in the Roman Bridge, the Arabstyle labyrinth of streets, squares and courtyards, and most spectacularly the Mezquita Cathedral-Mosque, with more than 1,000 marble and onyx columns. Other highlights include the old Jewish Quarter, the ancient market and the stunning ‘Street of Flowers’.

7 JUNE SEVILLE, SPAIN Take your time appreciating Lonely Planet’s ‘Best City to Visit in 2018’. Seville still has the air of the legendary about it, with its grand, sun-drenched plazas, and fairytale palaces.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice B

PANORAMIC DRIVE & PLAZA DE ESPANA (Half Day, AM) A more leisurely tour takes in other highlights of this intoxicating city on a panoramic drive.

POST-CRUISE SEVILLE STAY & OPTIONAL MADRID EXTENSION

8 JUNE SEVILLE, SPAIN Transfer to Seville Airport for your flight home.

OPTIONAL 2-NIGHT HOTEL STAY

MADRID, 8-10 JUNE 2019 Add a stay in the Spanish capital, including a high speed, first class train journey, two nights in a centrally located hotel and a sightseeing tour of the historic old town, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Call your local booking office for prices and availability.

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice A

SEVILLE CITY SIGHTSEEING (Half Day, AM) Seville’s 15th century Cathedral stands on the site of a great 12th century mosque. Our tour takes in views of this majestic Gothic place of worship, a visit to the Alcazar Royal Palace, and a stroll through the narrow streets of the old Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz.

Cordoba

Alcazar Palace, Seville

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YOUR GUEST SPEAKERS

Stella Grace Lyons Art Historian

Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, a private atelier that follows a curriculum based on the leading ateliers of nineteenth century Paris. In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch of 'Drawing Room Discussions' in association with ROSL ARTS, hosted by Guardian arts correspondent Maev Kennedy. Stella lectures regularly throughout the UK, Europe and for cruise ships.

Major General Stephen Carr-Smith British Army, Retired

Stephen Carr-Smith was commissioned into the Royal Signals and spent 33 years in the British Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the fall of the Wall, and the

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demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR. His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications and Information Systems Agency in Brussels (NACISA) as a Major General. Since 2007 he has been a speaker on more than 40 cruises with a number of different cruise lines – and given lectures on more than 60 different historical topics.

Ernest Rea Broadcaster Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989-2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC, responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia.


LECTURES Napoleon Bonaparte by Stephen Carr-Smith Following on from the French Revolution, Napoleon unleashed on Europe the most destructive wars the continent had seen. For 23 years, the monarchies of Europe formed coalition after coalition to rein in the “Tyrant”. But this brilliant general and politician – an outsider from Corsica – strode head and shoulders above all others, not only in France, but also in Europe. Despite exile to Elba, the Tyrant escaped. Britain was in the vanguard of Napoleon’s adversaries, and in the end, they got their man at Waterloo – but not without a little help from their friends. The Tyrant was gone – but he left his mark that is still apparent today. Secrets and Symbols in Renaissance Art by Stella Lyons A recent survey found that an average viewer looks at a painting in a museum for 2 seconds. Why are gallery goers spending so little time interacting with art? Paintings are often designed to be ‘read’, they contain hidden

messages and symbols. This was particularly the case during the Renaissance, a period of great intellectual and creative activity and a ‘rebirth’ of the sciences and arts. We will explore the secrets and symbols in Renaissance works from Rome and Tuscany. Christopher Columbus’ First Voyage of Discovery by Stephen Carr-Smith Christopher Columbus was an extraordinary man and one of the most well-known characters in history. Setting off from Spain, he made four major voyages in his endeavours to find the elusive western seaway to the East Indies. He made some of the most important discoveries in history. But they were made on the back of some monumental errors. His first voyage reveals the problems in getting royal backing to fund the venture - and the scope of his errors. Pablo Picasso and His Women by Stella Lyons "Women are machines for suffering," Picasso said to his mistress Françoise Gilot in 1943. Pablo Picasso drew obsessively on women for artistic inspiration. Of the seven most significant in his life, two women went mad, and

two killed themselves. We will look at how he portrayed his wives, loves and muses, contrasting images of tenderness with more harrowing depictions of the female form dissected and rearranged on the canvas. The Battle for Spain: A Clash of Cultures by Ernie Rea The Spanish Civil War, fought from 1936-39, was the defining event of 20th century Spanish history. It divided families and left deep wounds which are still evident today. This Lecture explains the Spanish Civil War through the lives of four iconic individuals. The Battle of Trafalgar by Stephen Carr-Smith The Battle of Trafalgar, not far from Cadiz, was the greatest of all British naval battles – fought by the greatest of all British Admirals, Admiral Lord Nelson. It was the last major sea-battle fought by wooden ships under sail. It broke France as a maritime nation, and it gained for Britain a naval supremacy that was not to be seriously challenged for over a century.

The Moorish Kingdom of Spain by Ernie Rea At the beginning of the 8th century, an Arab and Berber army crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and conquered Spain in the name of Islam. The Moorish Kingdom of Spain lasted over 700 years and left a legacy of magnificent buildings in Granada, Cordoba and Seville. How did it happen that a relatively unsophisticated people from the deserts of Arabia could create a world empire? And what legacy has it left for modern Spain?

Florence

The Eccentricity Effect: Does knowledge of an artist’s life affect how we perceive their work? by Stella Lyons How much should we let the personality of the artist affect our reading of their work? A 2014 study found that we tend to like art more if we perceive the artist as unconventional, known as the ‘eccentricity effect’. This talk looks at works by particularly ‘eccentric’ artists and those on the other side of the coin, who had particularly ‘conservative’ personalities and examines the idea that ‘an artist is only ever as good as his or her backstory’.

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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 Colin McEvedy New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History ISBN: 9780140513486, Paperback, £9.99 David S H Abulafia The Great Sea ISBN: 9780141977164, Paperback, £16.99 Mary Beard SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome ISBN: 9781846683817, Paperback, £9.99 Robert Hughes Rome ISBN: 9780753823057, Paperback, £16.99 Marcus Sidonius Falx with Jerry Toner How to Manage Your Slaves ISBN: 9781781252529, Paperback, £8.99 Elizabeth Bowen A Time in Rome ISBN: 9780099284956, Paperback, £9.99 Brigitte Hintzen-Bohlen Rome: Art & Architecture ISBN: 9783848003204, Paperback, £9.99

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Christopher Hibbert The Borgias ISBN: 9781849019941, Paperback, £9.99 Christopher Hibbert The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici ISBN: 9780140050905, Paperback, £12.99 Edward Chaney Florence: A Traveller’s Reader ISBN: 9781472141293, Paperback, £10.99 Ted Jones Florence and Tuscany: A Literary Guide for Travellers ISBN: 9781848858367, Hardback, £16.99 Diana Athill A Florence Diary ISBN: 9781783783168, Hardback, £9.99 Georgio Vasari Lives of the Artists ISBN: 9780199537198, Paperback, £9.99 Matthew Fort Summer in the Islands: An Italian Odyssey ISBN: 9781783523320, Hardback, £14.99

Mark Braude The Invisible Emporer: Napoleon on Elba ISBN: 9781781258026, Hardback, £20.00 Andrew Roberts Napoleon the Great ISBN: 9780141032016, Paperback, £14.99 Dorothy Carrington Granite Island ISBN: 9780141442273, Paperback, £9.99 W. G. Sebald Campo Santo ISBN: 9780141017860, Paperback, £9.99 Peter Kerr Snowball Oranges ISBN: 9781786850423, Paperback, £9.99 Steven Nightingale Granada ISBN: 9781857886313, Paperback, £12.99 Gerald Brenan South from Granada ISBN: 9780141189321, Paperback, £9.99 Olivier Widmaier Picasso Picasso: An Intimate Portrait ISBN: 9781849765893, Hardback, £30.00

Robert Irwin The Alhambra ISBN: 9781861974877, Paperback, £8.99 Karen Armstrong Islam: A Short History ISBN: 9781842125830, Paperback, £9.99 Brigitte Hintzen-Bohlen Andalusia: Art and Architecture ISBN: 9783848003266, Paperback, £9.99 John Gill Andalucía: A Cultural History ISBN: 9781904955443, Paperback, £12.00 Norman Lewis The Tomb in Seville ISBN: 9781780600086, Paperback, £12.99 Paul Sterry Birds of the Mediterranean ISBN: 9780713663495, Paperback, £19.99


FICTION

MAPS & GUIDES

Edited by Helen Constantine Rome Tales ISBN: 9780199572465, Paperback, £9.99

Freytag and Berndt Mediterranean Cruise Map ISBN: 9783707912906, £8.99

Robert Harris Conclave ISBN: 9781784751838, Paperback, £7.99

Eyewitness Cruise Guide to Europe ISBN: 9781409370222, Paperback, £15.99

Irving Stone The Agony and the Ecstasy ISBN: 9780099416272, Paperback, £8.99

Blue Guide Concise Rome ISBN: 9781905131303, Paperback, £9.95

Emylia Hall The Thousand Lights Hotel ISBN: 9781472212023, Paperback, £8.99

Marco Polo Pocket Guide Florence ISBN: 9783829706612, Paperback, £6.99

Robert Wilson The Blind Man of Seville ISBN: 9780007322145, Paperback, £12.99 Lottie Moggach Under the Sun ISBN: 9781509815531, Paperback, £7.99

The Pantheon, Rome

Dorling Kindersley Travel Guide Corsica ISBN: 9780241208472, £12.99 Footprint Handbook Northern Spain ISBN: 9781911082101, £14.99 Eyewitness Travel Guide Seville & Andalusia ISBN: 9780241306017, Paperback, £13.99

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AEGEAN ODYSSEY

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 some of 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.

DELIGHTFUL DINING

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

and gym

• Library

• Beauty salon

• Shop

• 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.

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AFTERNOON TEA AND LATE NIGHT SNACKS

AWARD-WINNING ENRICHMENT

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

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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.

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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.

ON-BOARD ADVISORIES

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.

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DECK PLANS M

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CHARLESTON CHARLESTON LOUNGE LOUNGE

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HAIRHAIR

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738 738

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740 740

819 819

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739 739

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744 744

823 823

824 824

743 743

746 746

825 825

826 826

745 745

748 748

BAR BAR

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828 828

747 747

750 750

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464464

C CAT

466466

467467

470470

C CAT

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474474

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476476

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C CAT

C CAT

C CAT

C CAT

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C CAT

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562562

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564564

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566566

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568568

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445445

719 719

OWNER'S SUITE BALCONY

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DECK DECK JUNIOR SUITE BALCONY

PREMIUM INSIDE

709 709

517517 520520

521521

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Double Accomodation

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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 Suite 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.

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