6 – 18 June 2019 Seville to London
EUROPEAN CONNOIS SEUR
A bright, summer ‘feast for the senses’ cruise from the shores of Spain to London, with time to appreciate iconic cathedrals and vineyards, picturesque harbours and gardens.
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 Atlantic adventure from the shores of Spain to the UK’s vibrant capital is full of sensory pleasures. We begin with a cruise along the Guadalquivir River from Seville out to sea. Lisbon, the ‘city of the explorers’ is our next stop, with the chance to admire monuments and monasteries and taste the delicious pasteis de Belem. More tasting, this time of outstanding port wines, is the order of the day in lovely Oporto, then we visit Vigo, gateway to Santiago de Compostela and the iconic cathedral which has attracted so many pilgrims. A cruise along the Gironde River brings us to another world-famous wine city – Bordeaux – and a stop in La Rochelle affords the opportunity to sip Cognac before we continue north to the stunning Channel Islands and the pretty harbour town of Honfleur, so beloved of the Impressionists.
YOUR ITINERARY 2019
SEVILLE Spain Embark Aegean Odyssey
LA ROCHELLE France
VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • UNESCO World Heritage Sites galore! Lisbon’s spectacular Monastery of Jeronimos; historic Bordeaux, the poetically- named ‘Port of the Moon’; and the magnificent Old Town of Santiago de Compostela, dominated by the pilgrim’s cathedral • Sublime wine tasting in Oporto, home of port, and Bordeaux, capital of perhaps the world’s most renowned wine region
• Memorable small-ship cruising along the Guadalquivir and Gironde rivers
• Explore medieval La Rochelle and Re Island
• Historic Guernsey in the Channel Islands
GUERNSEY Channel Islands
TILBURY London, UK Disembark Aegean Odyssey
• Appreciate the clarity of light and painterly scenes that so bewitched the Impressionists in Honfleur
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.
YOUR CRUISE DAY BY DAY
KEY TO SYMBOLS
FEATURES A BOAT RIDE
LUNCH BOX INCLUDED
6 JUNE 2019 SEVILLE, SPAIN
8 JUNE LISBON, PORTUGAL
Embark Aegean Odyssey in Seville in the afternoon. The ship sets sail this evening.
Lisbon tops many a list of great cultural cities, but surprisingly it remains one of the least-visited. Join those ‘in the know’ in appreciation of its lovely historic quarters, elegant squares and glorious seafaring history.
7 JUNE AT SEA A relaxing day at sea is the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with the many excellent amenities and activities on board.
INCLUDED EXCURSION LOMBO
LISBON CITY HIGHLIGHTS (Half day, AM) ON-BOARD ENRICHMENT
Head to the Ambassador Lounge this morning for a chance to meet the Enrichment Team. With wine talks and historical discussions from John Ducker and Ernie Rea plus quizzes, games, interviews and more from John Coventry, there are plenty of engaging activities scheduled for your time at sea during this voyage. The evenings will be full of fun shows such as those by the well-loved ‘Sister, Sister’ duo.
We begin in the pleasant riverside Belem district, home to three of the city’s great landmarks – the thrusting Modernist Monument of the Discoveries, the fairytale Belem Tower and the spectacularly ornate UNESCO World Heritage listed Monastery of Jeronimos, built more than 500 years ago to celebrate Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India. Our tour then continues through the old quarter of Alfama to downtown Baixa, Restauradores and the Avenida da Liberdade, stopping at Alto do Parque to admire the fine city views. Rossio Square is the liveliest and most beautiful of Lisbon’s plazas, witness to key historical events from celebrations to revolutions, executions to bullfights; and Almada’s monumental Christ the King statue recalls Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer in scale and impact.
INCLUDED EXCURSION LOMBO
SINTRA & QUELUZ (Half day, PM) $45 per person
OPORTO CITY HIGHLIGHTS & PORT TASTING (Half day, PM)
As an alternative to an afternoon at leisure, join this optional tour to Sintra and Queluz, known as the ‘Land of Kings’. In this fine mountain setting are a host of splendid royal palaces, and a romantic town that rewards leisurely exploration.
Oporto’s Romanesque Cathedral, built in the 12th century and extensively rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries, is the first stop on our included city tour, followed by the 19th century Stock Exchange Palace, whose Moorish-influenced rooms are now used by the Chamber of Commerce, the President and members of the government. We’ll then cross the Douro by way of the unique double-decker Dom Luis Bridge, to Gaia for a visit to a well-known wine cellar for a tasting of port wine.
9 JUNE OPORTO, PORTUGAL After a morning at sea, we arrive in Oporto, set on the banks of the Douro and downstream from the terraced vineyards, which gave its name to the iconic wine which made its fortune and worldwide reputation. The great port houses are still there, and the rest of the city has an unpretentious, higgledy-piggledy charm, with narrow cobbled streets and lovely historic houses and churches.
10 JUNE VIGO, SPAIN Though perhaps better known to cruise travellers as the gateway to Santiago de Compostela, Vigo has much to interest the visitors, with an enthralling heritage and natural beauty, from unspoilt soft sand beaches to the forested mountains of Galicia, on its doorstep.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice A
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (Full day) As the reputed burial place of the apostle St James, Santiago de Compostela was one of the most significant sites of Christendom and the culmination of the great Europe-wide network of pilgrimage routes known as the Camino, or ‘Way of St James’. The Cathedral impresses as much today as it must have then, towering above Obradoiro Square, fringed with palaces and porticos on its other sides. This full day guided tour also includes the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, a 15th century hospital for pilgrims, the crypt where St James is believed to be interred, the pilgrimage museum and medieval town.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice B
VIGO BOAT EXPERIENCE (Half day, AM) Enjoy a panoramic tour by boat along the beautiful bay of Vigo. First stop is at the “Bateas” or wooden floating docks located in the estuary, used to grow mussels. Galician mussels are world known for their quality. There are around 3,400 rafts producing mussels throughout Galicia. Your guide will point out the main aspects and impacts of mussel farming in the region. Continue passing by the “Rande bridge” where the “Battle of Rande” took place during the opening years of the War of the Spanish Succession. Next stop is at the San Simon island, a place full of old stories of pirates, naval battles and also, in recent years, it was a prison during Franco's regime. During the cruise you will be enjoy a tasting of some mussels accompanied with Galician white wine.
Santiago de Compostela
11 JUNE AT SEA The Daily Journal on board Aegean Odyssey details a comprehensive list of activities, should you be undecided how to spend another laid-back day at sea.
ON-BOARD ENRICHMENT Bordeaux
Ernie Rea gives a fascinating talk in the Ambassador Lounge today. Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, was based on the myth that Jesus Christ escaped crucifixion and escaped to South West France with his wife Mary Magdalene. The true story centres on a group of Christians called Cathars, who were persecuted by the Church in the 13th century and became the victims of the first ever Inquisition.
12 JUNE GIRONDE RIVER/ BORDEAUX, FRANCE Aegean Odyssey turns into the tranquil waters of the Gironde, cruising inland to the magnificent city of Bordeaux, capital of perhaps the world’s greatest wine region. Said to have the most beautiful streets in France, lined with splendid 18th century buildings, Bordeaux is the largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early evening arrival allows plenty of time to explore the centre this evening – be sure to sample some of the food and wine for which the city is so renowned.
13 JUNE BORDEAUX, FRANCE INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice A
UNESCO BORDEAUX (Half day) The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux is perfectly suited to exploration on foot. Our guided walk begins at the Second World War German submarine base, and continues to one of Europe’s largest squares (L’Esplanade des Quinconces), the 18th century Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral of St Andrew and the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux. We conclude with a stroll to La Place du Parlement, in the heart of the historic St Pierre district, and elegant Place de la Bourse, dedicated to Louis XV.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice B
PANORAMIC BORDEAUX & WINE TASTING (Half day)
Please note that due to capacity restrictions, most excursions in Bordeaux and La Rochelle will have staggered departures both in the morning and afternoon.
Alternatively, enjoy a panoramic view of the city’s main sights en route to wine tasting at one of this acclaimed region’s most prestigious estates.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice C
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice A
MEDOC VINEYARDS & WINE CHATEAUX ROAD (Half day)
LA ROCHELLE HIGHLIGHTS WITH COGNAC (Half day)
At the mouth of the Gironde is the wine-making area of Medoc, where the temperate climate and soil properties encourage vine growth. We visit one of the great estates of the Medoc.
Take a panoramic city tour beginning at Saint-Sauveur Church before heading to the Chateau de la Peraudiere. Established in 1872 by the Cognac brandy broker Jules Normandin, here you will visit the cellars and have a tasting of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine made from lightly fermented grape must and Cognac.
14 JUNE LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE La Rochelle is famous for another iconic French taste, Cognac. If you need a break from exploring chateaux on this itinerary, your free time in La Rochelle may be spent visiting somewhere a little bit different. One of La Rochelle’s top attractions is its aquarium – being one of the largest in Europe. The aquarium is home to some 12,000 sea creatures and is also a marine conversation centre.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice B
LA ROCHELLE HIGHLIGHTS WITH RE ISLAND (Half day) Alternatively, enjoy a guided walking tour, including the old town and harbour, from where it is only a short drive to Ré Island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long. Here you will enjoy a panoramic tour from Rivedoux to La Flotte and the island’s capital, Saint Martin. La Rochelle
CHATEAU DE LA ROCHE COURBON (Half Day) $75 per person An optional afternoon excursion to Chateau de la Roche Courbon is also available. Built in the 15th century, the original castle was transformed into an elegant 17th-century residence featuring a garden a la franĂ§aise with woodland Stone Age cave dwellings.
Chateau de la Roche Courbon
REUNION EVENT Exclusive to Odyssey Club members joining us on this Reunion Cruise, we will be holding a cognac tasting experience along with lunch at the Royal Chateau of Cognac, France on the 14 June 2019. Departing from La Rochelle, members will travel to the city of Cognac for a guided tour of one of the world-famous distilleries such as Camus or Remy Martin, followed by a true tasting experience. After a short drive, members will arrive for a delicious lunch in the Renaissance style, State Room at the Royal Chateau of Cognac. Once the stately home of Franceâ€™s illustrious King Francis I, this picturesque spot overlooks the Charente River. After lunch, members will return to La Rochelle for a guided walking tour of the old town and its emblematic old harbour with two towers greeting you at the entrance. There is also free time to stroll through the narrow streets and soak up the enchanting atmosphere, before returning to the ship in La Pallice.
15 JUNE AT SEA A final day at sea full of activities for you to take part in and an evening show by fabulous ‘Sister Sister’ duo Clare and Marianne.
ON-BOARD ENRICHMENT Sister Sister is a melodic harmony duo consisting of real-life sisters Clare and Marianne, who were born in County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. They have been in show business – TV, radio, recordings, live Cabaret – all their lives, and have developed their vocal harmonies into a highly entertaining and fun ensemble incorporating music from different eras. Join them in the Ambassador Lounge throughout the voyage for acts such as ‘1940 ...A Musical Tribute to A Golden Era (incorporating some Boogie-Woogie)’, ‘The Decades ....'a trip through the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s', ‘Two Of A Kind 'celebrated songs from famous duos' and ‘Country Roads’!
16 JUNE GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS Guernsey
A day in picturesque St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, a town of cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways, filled with Regency buildings.
TIME TO EXPLORE Wander through the streets of St Peter Port, and perhaps head to the 13th century Castle Cornet. Originally built on an island and now reachable by a 19th-century raised walkway, you could also explore the ‘Story of Castle Cornet’ exhibition.
17 JUNE HONFLEUR, FRANCE The picturesque harbour town of Honfleur is bathed in a natural light which enchanted the Impressionists and inspired other famous residents such as the composer Erik Satie. Its narrow streets are a delight to explore on foot.
INCLUDED EXCURSION LOMBO
HONFLEUR WALKING TOUR (Half day, AM)
A walking tour through the quaint, photogenic streets of Honfleur takes us to the 15th century wooden Church of St Catherine, the 17th century salt warehouses, the former governor’s residence and the charming old port. Then there is a little time at leisure – to sample some local Calvados perhaps, or dash off a quick sketch or two in the spirit of Monet. Castle Cornet
SCENIC GUERNSEY (Half Day) $35 per person Take a panoramic drive showcasing Guernsey’s beautiful coastline, including a visit to the delightful Little Chapel, built in 1914 to replicate the grotto at Lourdes and possibly the smallest church in the world.
18 JUNE TILBURY, LONDON, UK Disembark Aegean Odyssey after breakfast.
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.
CLOTHING TIPS 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.
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. 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 SEVILLE STAY & OPTIONAL MADRID EXTENSION
OPTIONAL 2-NIGHT HOTEL STAY
MADRID, 2-4 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.
4 JUNE SEVILLE, SPAIN Upon arrival in Seville, we transfer you to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
5 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.
6 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 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.
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.
CORDOBA (Full Day)
Alcazar Palace, Seville The Parthenon 16
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’.
18 JUNE LONDON, UK
19 JUNE LONDON, UK
With a host of instantly recognisable landmarks and a glorious, ever-apparent history dating back to Roman times, London is a true icon of world travel.
Head out to explore the UK’s enthralling capital independently, enjoy a day at leisure in your hotel or join our optional excursion.
RIVER THAMES CRUISE (Half day, AM) This leisurely boat ride into the heart of London is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world. This is truly a place where history, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone. Starting from the lesser known parts of London, the beginning of the journey is a perfect example of London’s international maritime history with sites such as Greenwich and the Tobacco Docks. Following the meandering river for an hour or so, you will then see the London Eye on the South Bank, the neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Clock Tower, home of the famous “Big Ben” bell, and Westminster Abbey, where a long lineage of royals have been married or crowned. Disembark in front of the Tower of London, directly opposite the iconic Tower Bridge, and head to your hotel.
SHAKESPEARE'S SOUTH BANK (Half Day, AM) $89 per person
POST-CRUISE LONDON HOTEL STAY FOR NON-UK TRAVELLERS
Famous for its association with William Shakespeare, the Globe Theatre in the heart of London is a hugely significant historical site that vibrantly brings to life the heyday of Elizabethan England. This fabulously immersive optional tour begins with some time to peruse the Globe Exhibition at your leisure, before the Globe’s expert guides explain the intricacies and significance of Elizabethan costume as well as its impact on society. Your step back into history continues with a guided walking tour of the Bankside area, where the famous sights and landmarks include the first theatre ever constructed on Bankside in 1587, the Rose, which predated Shakespeare’s original Globe by twelve years. The Rose is the only Elizabethan Playhouse to be excavated on a huge scale, having been the subject of thorough investigation by archaeologists in 1989. You’ll also be able to marvel at the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe which provided crucial archaeological evidence for the reconstructed building you see today.
20 JUNE LONDON, UK Transfer to Heathrow Airport for your flight home.
YOUR GUEST SPEAKERS
Ernest Rea Broadcaster
Claire Coventry Performer
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 demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals and academic symposia.
Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. Her mother was a classically-trained pianist, and her father a fine tenor. Clare and her siblings were all musically inclined from a young age, and Clare formed herself and her three younger siblings (two sisters and a brother) into a harmony ensemble, with their ages ranging from sixteen to just eleven. Please note Clare will not be lecturing but will be performing songs in the Ambassador Lounge with her sister Marianne, as “Sister Sister!”
Travel and Special Interests Lecturer John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria. John then embarked upon a working lifetime spent in some of the strangest corners of the travel industry. At a time when the world was just starting to open up to leisure travel, he was in the vanguard of this revolution as a worldwide tour coordinator, accompanying groups of travellers on trips to a variety of exotic destinations and with a variety of diverse purposes. As a cruise lecturer, John brings to bear all his experience and expertise in a series of scintillating presentations on a – as you might expect – diverse range of fascinating subject matters.
John Ducker The Wine Education Service Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog companion K9. Hardly less important has been his professional wine-teaching career, one which has additionally covered many sea and river miles as wine tutor for a number of top smaller-ship cruise lines. As a reputable (and published) family cook his quick-reference guide to food/wine matching, ‘Marriages Made in Heaven’, will be available on board.
LECTURES Inquisition by Ernie Rea The Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, were determined to root out heresy from their kingdom. Their chosen instrument was the Spanish Inquisition, their primary target were their Jewish subjects. Inquisitors were appointed in Spanish cities like Seville with permission to use torture and death by burning to bring all to submission to the power of the Catholic church. Any Port in a Storm by John Ducker A calmer roundup ‘by the glass’ of what makes those perhaps unfamiliar but greatly undervalued Portuguese wines tick. Accompanied by a tasting. The Day the Music Died by John Coventry The mythology of the air crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, and the music that came to define an era.
Bordeaux – today’s quality conundrum of the ‘game of two halves’ by John Ducker A tasting examination of some Crus Classés properties vs. the rest. The Life and Death of the Cathars by Ernie Rea Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, was based on the myth that Jesus Christ escaped crucifixion and escaped to South West France with his wife Mary Magdalene. The true story centres on a group of Christians called Cathars, who were persecuted by the Church in the 13th century and became the victims of the first ever Inquisition. One for the Money, Two for the Show by John Coventry The Phenomenon that was Elvis Presley. What made Elvis such a phenomenon – looks, voice, good timing? – and why do his music and legend live on today?
Joan of Arc – Saint or Sinner? by Ernie Rea Joan, La Pucelle, the Maid of Orleans, Saint Joan! Her star shone brightly but briefly. She claimed God was telling her to lead the armies of France. For two years she led those armies in resisting the English. Ultimately, she failed, was captured and burned at the stake by the same church that condemned her to death. Whether you believe she was saint or sinner, hers is a remarkable story. Hitting the High Notes – the Story of the Castrati by John Coventry The castrati suffered the cruellest cut of all, produced uniquely beautiful music, became superstars of their time, yet were still reviled as freaks.
All at Sea with Betjeman by John Ducker John celebrates the life of the former Poet Laureate in a selection of his poems. Lisbon
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 Jan Morris Spain ISBN: 9780571241767, Paperback, £8.99 Norman Lewis The Tomb in Seville ISBN: 9781780600086, Paperback, £12.99 Dr Richard Taylor How to Read a Church ISBN: 9781846040733, Paperback, £11.99 Catherine Nixey The Darkening Age ISBN: 9781509816071, Paperback, £9.99 Barry Hatton Queen of the Sea: A History of Lisbon ISBN: 9781849049979, Paperback, £14.99 Barry Hatton The Portuguese: A Modern History ISBN: 9781904955771, Paperback, £12.99 Roger Crowley Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire ISBN: 9780571290901, Paperback, £9.99
Richard Mayson Port and the Douro ISBN: 9781999619374, Hardback, £30.00
Cecil Jenkins A Brief History of France ISBN: 9781472139511, Paperback, £9.99
Karen Wheeler Sweet Encore: A Road trip from Paris to Portugal (via Northern Spain) ISBN: 9780957106628, Paperback, £10.99
Piu Marie Eatwell They Eat Horses Don’t They? ISBN: 9781781854464, Paperback, £8.99
Rene Freund The Road to Santiago: Walking the Way of St James ISBN: 9781909961227, Paperback, £10.00
Sophia Kingshill & Jennifer Westwood The Fabled Coast ISBN: 9780099551072, Paperback, £10.99
Tony Kevin Walking the Camino: A Modern Pilgrimage to Santiago ISBN: 9781921372339, Paperback, £9.99
Edited by Peter Ackroyd & Thomas Wright London: A Traveller’s Reader � A Traveller’s Companion ISBN: 9781472141651, Paperback, £11.99
Marc Millon Wine: A Global History ISBN: 9781780231112, Hardback, £10.99
Collins Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe ISBN: 9780007268146, Paperback, £19.99
Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2018 ISBN: 9781784722937, Hardback, £12.99
Margaret Erskine Wild Flowers of Britain: Month by Month ISBN: 9781910723319, Hardback, £8.99
Graham Robb The Discovery of France ISBN: 9780330427616, Paperback, £9.99
David Sutton Green Guide to Wild Flowers of Britain and Europe ISBN: 9781472927200, Paperback, £6.99
FICTION Jaume Cabre Confessions ISBN: 9781909807570, Hardback, £16.99 Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Labyrinth of the Spirits ISBN: 9781474606189, Hardback, £20.00 Graham Greene Monsignor Quixote ISBN: 9780099283942, Paperback, £8.99 Yann Martel The High Mountains of Portugal ISBN: 9781782114741, Paperback, £8.99 Antonio Tabucchi Pereira Maintains ISBN: 9781782116318, Paperback, £8.99 Pascal Mercier Night Train to Lisbon ISBN: 9781843547136, Paperback, £8.99 Choderlos de Laclos Les Liaisons Dangereuses ISBN: 9780199536481, Paperback, £7.99 Alain-Fournier Le Grand Meaulnes ISBN: 9780099529729, Paperback, £8.99
Mary Ann Shaffer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ISBN: 9781408810262, Paperback, £8.99 John Lanchester Capital ISBN: 9780571234622, Paperback, £8.99
MAPS & GUIDES Western Europe AA MAP ISBN: 9780749575298, £5.49 Eyewitness Cruise Guide to Europe ISBN: 9781409370222, Paperback, £15.99 Footprint Handbook Seville ISBN: 9781910120255, Paperback, £6.99 Marco Polo Guide with Map Madrid ISBN: 97838297183, Paperback, £6.99 Marco Polo Pocket Guide with Map Lisbon ISBN: 9783829707176, Paperback, £6.99 National Geographic Traveller Portugal ISBN: 9781426218811, Paperback, £12.99
Footprint Handbook Camino de Santiago ISBN: 9781911082187, Paperback, £8.99
Insight Guide France ISBN: 9781780052151, Paperback, £16.99 Michelin Wine Regions of France ISBN: 9782067229556, Paperback, £16.99 Insight Guide Great Breaks Guernsey ISBN: 9781786715661, Paperback, £7.99 Blue Guide to Museums and Galleries of London ISBN: 9781905131006, Paperback, £14.95 John Sykes 111 Places in London That You Shouldn’t Miss ISBN: 9783954513468, Paperback, £11.99 Edited by Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton Cereal City Guide: London ISBN: 9781419732867, Hardback, £18.99
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 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.
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.
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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.
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PREMIUM OUTSIDE PREMIUM OUTSIDE
DELUXE STATEROOM OUTSIDE
DELUXE STATEROOM BALCONY
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CHARLESTON CHARLESTON LOUNGE LOUNGE
DRESSER 543543 DRESSER 540540 541541 547547 INTERNET 542542 545545 549549 INTERNET
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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
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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
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OBSERVATION OBSERVATION LOUNGE LOUNGE
DELUXE STATEROOM OUTSIDE
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Cabin for guests with disabilities Elevator
Third/Fourth Pullman berth in these cabins
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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 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.
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 14, 2019
We now produce a unique, dedicated cruise guide, created individually for each Voyages to Antiquity cruise. You can also find the shore excu...