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Autumn 2018

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JOURNAL T H E M A G A Z I N E O F V O YA G E S T O A N T I Q U I T Y ’ S O D Y S S E Y C L U B

EXPLORING BYZANTINE ART Robin Cormack discovers the hidden treasures

THE ART OF NORWAY Going beyond ‘The Scream’

PASSENGER PERSPECTIVE Seasoned VTA cruise lover Judith Cocker shares her experiences

CITY GUIDE: COPENHAGEN The fascinating ‘Capital of Hygge’

The Amber Fort, Jaipur


Welcome to The Journal In our autumn edition of The Journal, we are able to celebrate a season of many firsts for Voyages to Antiquity – from cruising through gorgeous Norwegian fjords to embarking and disembarking passengers at Tower Bridge in the very heart of London, arguably the most iconic and famous cruise port in the world. We were very grateful to the son of one of our Oxford team members for capturing the graceful moment Aegean Odyssey glided under that famous bridge as she set off on her British Isles cruise, basking in the glorious evening sun. I hope you enjoy your read, which contains various articles written by experts and friends, and of course, news and updates about our unique cruise line, to keep you very much a close part of our growing family. On a personal note, I am absolutely delighted that we have once again been nominated for two British Travel Awards this year and I would dearly ask, if you consider us worthy, that you cast your vote. There are some wonderful prizes to be won and we would treasure the chance to once again be voted, ‘Best Small Ships Cruise Line’ and/or ‘Best Specialist Cruise Line’ for 2018. Lastly, we are currently finalizing our most exciting India, Asia and Africa program to date. A number of these cruises now have very limited or no availability, including the Reunion cruise, so if you are still considering traveling, please do book quickly to secure your place. Happy travels!

Jos Dewing, Managing Director

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IN THIS ISSUE 3 4-6 7-9 10-12 13 14-15 16-17 18 19

NEWS EXPLORING BYZANTINE ART Robin Cormack discovers the hidden treasures

THE ART OF NORWAY Stella Grace Lyons goes beyond “The Scream’

TIMELESS TRAVELS Fiona Richards reviews European Connoisseur

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Submit your best and win!

MY ODYSSEY A passenger’s perspective

CITY GUIDE: COPENHAGEN The lowdown on Denmark’s fascinating capital

THE GRAND ODYSSEY A JOYOUS REUNION Odyssey Club guests reunite

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MEET THE EXECUTIVE CHEF

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MEET THE TEAM Daryl Gomm, Reservations

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FROM THE CRUISE DIRECTOR

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2018/19 CRUISE PROGRAM


NEWS

NEWS Aegean Odyssey visits the Pool of London Iceland

ICELAND, FAROES & SHETLANDS Roundtrip from London 19 days departing July 27, 2019 Odyssey Club members save up to $1,467 per cabin!

Aegean Odyssey enjoyed yet another first in July after completing an incredible river cruise along the Thames in England, to arrive in the heart of London within a stone’s throw of the iconic Tower Bridge. Nowadays, this world-famous Victorian span is rarely raised for ships, but on Sunday July 22nd at 8:15am Aegean Odyssey was allowed to pass beneath its bascules to dock sideby-side with HMS Belfast, which has permanent residency on the river and is a popular floating museum. HMS Belfast is prized as one of the most unique embarkation and disembarkation points in the world. For passengers completing the first of our 2018 Iceland cruises, stepping ashore via the World War II gunship was another once in a lifetime part of their voyage, with some ready to enjoy a two night post-cruise hotel stay in the center of London. Passengers joining our 2018 circumnavigation of the British Isles were also able to board Aegean Odyssey via HMS Belfast to enjoy the same spectacular views of London as Tower Bridge was raised again for her transit back along the Thames, making for an unforgettable start to a voyage that also included a terrific on-board SailAway party.

Explore the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, including Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon, named one of the top 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic. You’ll also enjoy a whale-watching trip in Husavik and the “Waterfall of the Gods” in Akureyri. The equally remote and beautiful Shetland Islands, the prolific birdlife and colorful turf-roofed villages of the Faroe Islands, and a city tour of Edinburgh, Scotland also feature. HIGHLIGHTS: • 2-night hotel stay and city tour of London • The “Waterfall of the Gods” in Akureyri • Whale watching in Husavik • Eldfell, the “mountain of fire” in Heimaey ITINERARY: 2-night hotel stay in London, England embark Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury, England Lerwick, Shetland Islands • Heimaey, Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland • Isafjordur, Iceland Akureyri, Iceland • Husavik, Iceland Torshavn, Faroe Islands • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands • Rosyth, Scotland (Edinburgh) disembark in Tilbury

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Orkney Islands

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Exploring

Byzantine Art

Monreale, Sicily

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BYZANTINE ART

Robin Cormack is an art historian specializing in Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty at the University of Cambridge, and has given lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and the Universities of California in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

“Sailing to Byzantium.� To do this became a romantic ideal in the poetry of W B Yeats. But despite this popular poem, the word Byzantine is still most often used today to evoke the obscure, the remote and over-complicated. Wrongly, I believe,Yeats was absolutely right to be dazzled by the golden treasures and mosaics of Byzantine art. As someone who has for many years as a University lecturer taught the art history of Antiquity and Byzantium, I believe that it is only by visiting monuments and churches around the Mediterranean that we can unravel the nature and power of Byzantine art, by seeing how Byzantine artists managed to develop and transform the art of Antiquity. Whereas Greek and Roman art had strived to represent the world as one, full of Gods who were shown as living presences influencing everyday life, Byzantine art wanted to convey a monotheistic Christian world of certain and unchanging truths. In Homer, the hero Odysseus is helped and guided by the goddess Athena, who is both immortal but at the same time full of human emotions. The aim of Byzantine art was equally religious, but the artists

evoked in their imagery the story of the life of Christ on earth, and the promise of an eternal and unchanging paradise for Christians after death. They wanted this imagery to be clear and not be weakened by ephemeral artistic fashions. So, over the centuries, Byzantine art changes very little and icons retain their original visual power for passing generations. To define and explain this is the aim of my Oxford book Byzantine Art, which has now appeared in a second enlarged edition. The historical politics of Byzantium are easily set out. In 330, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great converted Rome into a Christian empire and renamed the city of Byzantium on the Bosporus both as Constantinople and as New Rome. The Christian art of the new capital, which we now call Byzantine art, dominated the art of the Mediterranean for centuries. The best of this is found not just in Istanbul, the modern name for Constantinople, and in Rome, but in many of the places that Aegean Odyssey visits: San Marco in Venice, in the churches of Thessaloniki, at Palermo and Monreale in Sicily and even in the mihrab of the Great Mosque at Cordoba. But for me the most thrilling

Cordoba, Spain

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BYZANTINE ART of all buildings with Byzantine mosaics is the monastery of Hosios Loukas in central Greece, near Delphi. A number of Mediterranean voyages will give you the opportunity to visit the strenuous site of Delphi, with its good museum, or go on the drive to the remote monastery of Hosios Loukas. For me the choice is easy; the scenic site on the slopes of Mount Helicon never fails to impress. The monastery is dedicated to its founder who was not the evangelist St Luke, but a 10th-century hermit who was born at Delphi and claimed, like the oracle there, to have foresight of the future. This new St Luke was sainted after his death in 953 and given the title of Hosios – the Venerable, and the first church was built. The monastery was extended in the middle of 11th-century with a new larger church, decorated with the mosaics which are still well preserved (except in the dome). Vast numbers of medieval pilgrims came to the site and worshipped at his tomb. They prayed and slept in the galleries and many of the sick were miraculously healed there. The abbots were buried in the crypt, still fully decorated with 11th- century wall paintings, which copy the mosaics, but notably add more narrative details and look more decorative. The special feature of the mosaics in the church, which show the Passion of Christ as well as dozens of monastic saints, is that they depict the holy figures against a background of gold and are focused starkly on the essential features of the stories. This is one of the most perfect moments in Byzantine art.

The Monastery at Hosios Loukas

VOYAGES TO GREECE A number of Mediterranean 2019 voyages will be visiting locations displaying excellent examples of Byzantine art. Here are a few options: Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean Athens back to Athens April 21, 2019 14 days, OC fares from $3,630 Renaissance Italy & Historic Islands Rome to Seville May 22, 2019 18 days, OC fares from $4,542 Dalmatia & Ancient Greece Venice to Athens September 18, 2019 14 days, OC fares from $3,780 For more information, contact your travel professional or call Voyages to Antiquity today: 877-398-1460

St Mark’s Basillica, Venice

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Thessaloniki


NORWAY 2019

The Art of Norway Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a First 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. Stella is a freelance Art History lecturer and speaker accredited with The Arts Society (previously NADFAS). In June and July of this year Stella traveled with Voyages to Antiquity on the company’s inaugural cruise to the Norwegian fjords. In this article she reflects on a nation that has sometimes been overlooked when it comes to the world of art.

View from Stalheim by J C Dahl

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NORWAY 2019 a terrified frenzy. There was no way they were going to risk setting foot in those snowy wastelands! Even as late as the 20th century this opinion had endured, confirmed by the exclusion of the Scandinavian countries in Kenneth Clark’s seminal ‘Civilization.’ At last, however, this view is changing and Norway’s art is being considered worthy of study; evident by the National Gallery of London’s decision in 2014 to hold a oneman exhibition of the dramatic works of Norwegian painter Peder Balke. Stella admires Munch’s Madonna

Norway is not known for its art. In fact, there is only one Norwegian artist who has achieved celebrity status: Edvard Munch. Even he is only really remembered for a single image depicting a tormented figure surrounded by a flame-licked landscape, ‘The Scream.’ But, as I discovered on my first cruise lecturing for Voyages to Antiquity, those who enjoy art will almost certainly enjoy a cruise to Norway. Why? Because it’s a country that is incredibly visually stimulating. Every moment spent cruising the fjords, I witnessed beauty; from immense mountains, to deep green lakes, verdant forests filled with wildflowers, and the most crystalline rivers I’ve ever seen. Stepping out onto the deck was like being engulfed in a panoramic landscape painting. With such inspirational beauty at every turn, why has Norway been viewed as an artistic backwater? It all stems from the Renaissance, when Scandinavia had a reputation as a frozen wilderness filled with witches and terrifying creatures. This was largely due to a text written by a wellmeaning Swedish priest, Olaus Magnus, who in 1555 wrote a monumental tome entitled, ‘History of the Northern Peoples.’ His book included detailed woodcut illustrations and his hope was that he could educate Europe about the customs and history of the Nordic people. Instead, Olaus mentioned one sea monster too many; the text and its accompanying illustrations sent the rest of Europe into 88

The beauty of a cruise to Norway for art lovers is that there is still a wealth of artistic gems to discover. Most of these paintings were produced during the 19th-century, Norway’s artistic ‘Golden Age.’ A great range of these can be seen in Bergen, at the KODE gallery. Split across several buildings is a spectacular collection of Norwegian paintings; from iconic, vast landscapes by the Norwegian nationalist artist JC Dahl who, through painting, explored what it meant to be Norwegian, to the bright colors of Midsummer bonfires and celebrations of folk-life painted by Nikolai Astrup. The highlight of the National Museum of Art in Oslo was the Munch room, which included ‘The Scream’ as well as my personal favorite, the sensual ‘Madonna.’ The gallery also held room after room of mystical images depicting the midnight sun that Scandinavia is so famous for. In Norway, the group of artists dedicated to painting this light were known as the Fleskum colony, but similar groups existed in all the Scandinavian countries. In Denmark, it was the Skagen painters, who were devoted to painting the blue, translucent summer light as it merged with the sea. Voyages to Antiquity’s guests will be able to look at these magical artworks next year when visiting Norway in June and July. Both the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ and the ‘Norwegian Fjords’ cruises include a visit to Copenhagen, home to some brilliant paintings by the Skagen artists. If landscape paintings are not your cup of tea, then look out for the works of one of my favorite Danish painters, Vilhelm Hammershoi, in

Hardangerfjord

Copenhagen. The silent, poetic interiors of his home in the Christianshavn district of the city are enchanting. He even makes an empty, dust-filled room beautiful, as is apparent in his painting ‘Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams,’ which hangs in the Ordrupgaard Museum. Whatever gallery you decide to visit, you will notice they all have one thing in common: there’s not a sea monster in sight.

Colorful houses in Bergen


NORWAY 2019

VOYAGES TO NORWAY If you would like to visit the galleries in Bergen, Oslo or Copenghagen below are two suggested voyages.

Land of the Midnight Sun London to Copenhagen June 15, 2019 19 days OC fares from $5,443

The Norwegian Fjords Copenhagen to London July 15, 2019 18 days OC fares from $5,348

For more information, contact your travel professional or call Voyages to Antiquity today: 877-398-1460 Astrup’s Midsummer Eve Bonfire from 1915

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THE ATLANTIC COAST

TIMELESS TRAVELS Dr Fiona Richards, Editor-in-Chief of Timeless Travels Magazine, recalls her voyage on the European Connoisseur cruise, traveling from Seville to Bordeaux in June 2018.

Santiago de Compostela

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THE ATLANTIC COAST I had been invited to join Aegean Odyssey and I can’t deny it, this was my very first cruise and I was excited. One of the reasons I was so keen to join the ship was her itinerary, as we were visiting several cities I’d always wanted to explore, including Seville, Lisbon, Oporto, Santiago de Compostela and Bordeaux. Our cruise started in Seville and our tour began at the wonderful Plaza de Espana, built for an expo in 1929, before carrying on to the Alcazar and the old town. Wandering through the picturesque narrow streets and small squares of the old city, as you weave your way to the Alcazar, it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with Seville. It has such a lovely atmosphere and the Alcazar, built by Ferdinand in 1248, is a wonderful blend of Moorish and Christian architecture, as Ferdinand was apparently a fan of the former. It makes for a stunning building. Don’t miss the Cathedral nearby either. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and inside the Cathedral is the magnificent tomb of Christopher Columbus and his son Diego. Our Lisbon tour started bright and early. Although the city has much to see, my favorite sites were out at Belem, on the southwestern limit of the city. Here you will find the magnificent Cathedral, Torre de Belem, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, the Monument to the Discoveries, which has one of my favorite things, a large map and timeline of Portuguese history on the ground. Do visit the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem too, if you have time. Located just two minutes from the Cathedral, it is one of the oldest bakeries in Lisbon and the first to produce the well-known Portuguese custard tart, or pasteis de nata.

Plaza de Espana, Seville

Alcazar Palace, Seville

Railway Station, Oporto

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THE ATLANTIC COAST I was keen to visit Oporto as I had read much about it and seen the pictures of those brightly colored houses next to the harbor. I explored on my own in the morning as there is a famous bookshop here that I wanted to find, the Livraria Lello, which was used by J.K. Rowling as the inspiration for the library in the Harry Potter books. In the afternoon, I met up with the tour from the ship and we visited the Romanesque Cathedral, the gorgeous 19thcentury Stock Exchange Palace, complete with its stunning Arab Room, before crossing the river for a spot of port tasting. A great day! Another favorite day was our visit to Santiago de Compostela. We drove through lush green countryside from the port of Vigo to the city and then spent the morning exploring the Cathedral and its backstreets. It was wonderful watching all the pilgrims cheer each other as they arrived in Plaza do Obradoiro after completing their Camino Way walks. Lunch today was in a glorious hotel called The Parador de Santiago, also situated on the Plaza do Obradoiro. The hotel was built as a hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims travelling to Santiago. It has four cloisters and we ate in one of its beautiful rooms with high ceilings that used to be a chapel.

Lisbon Old Town

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Our visit to Bordeaux coincided with its tall ships festival, which just added to the excitement of visiting a town with such splendid architecture. Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII in the beautiful St Andrew’s Cathedral here, and our itinerary included the Palais Rohan and Grand Theatre de Bordeaux. Bordeaux also has a fine art gallery to visit in your spare time, as well as the stunning Musee d’Aquitaine, which covers Bordeaux’s history from the Stone Age to the modern day, so do try and squeeze in a visit if you are a history buff. I loved my first cruise because it was so easy to visit all these cities – and that is the joy of being on such a small ship – they can get closer to the city centers than the larger ones. The other thing I loved was returning ‘home’ each day, putting my bags in the cabin and then sitting out on deck, with a well-earned cocktail, as I shared the day’s experiences with my new friends. Timeless Travels Magazine specializes in combining travel with history, archaeology and art. A quarterly publication, you can find out more at www.timeless-travels.co.uk. If you love travel, history, art or archaeology, this is the magazine for you!

Bordeaux

VOYAGES THROUGH EUROPE To follow in Fiona’s footsteps Voyages to Antiquity will be sailing between Seville and Bordeaux on the following 2019 cruises:

European Connoisseur – Odyssey Club Reunion Cruise Seville to London June 3, 2019 18 days OC fares from $4,922 The Three Rivers London to Lisbon August 11, 2019 18 days OC fares from $4,965 For more information, contact your travel professional or call Voyages to Antiquity today: 877-398-1460


PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Click and Win! Send in your photographs from a Voyages to Antiquity cruise and be in with a chance of winning a $100 Amazon.com gift card. You could find your photograph in a future edition of The Journal (exclusive to Odyssey Club members). The competition will be judged by renowned photographer Andrew Maclear, known for photographing bands such as The Beatles in the 1960s. Entries must be received by Friday December 7, 2018, and the winner will be announced in January 2019. All competition entries must be emailed to: Journal@voyagestoantiquity.com. Here is a selection of photographs taken by passengers, while on a cruise with us. Ts&Cs apply*

Š Andrew Maclear

Š Andrew Maclear

TERMS & CONDITIONS *Entries must be received by Friday December 7, 2018 in order for your photograph to be entered into the competition. Maximum of 2 entries per person. This competition is open to Odyssey Club Members only, and photographs submitted must have been taken while on cruises with Voyages to Antiquity. The winner will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card, which cannot be exchanged for money or be traded towards the cost of a cruise. Voyages to Antiquity reserves the right to withdraw this competition at any time.

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MY ODYSSEY

Passenger Perspective Judith Cocker was born in Sheffield, England during World War II, before emigrating to Canada in 1971. As an Emerald Odyssey Club member with Voyages to Antiquity, Judith has so far been on a total of twenty-six cruises aboard Aegean Odyssey, featuring both regular and grand voyages, and totaling 321 days at sea across Europe, India and Asia.

Judith visits the Giant’s Causeway

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MY ODYSSEY How did you first get into cruising, and consequently came to fall in love with the Voyages to Antiquity cruise experience?

Egypt and Syria Visiting the ancient Roman remains at Palmyra and the city of Aleppo before the war began was an amazing privilege.

As a widow, I was appalled at the prices charged by other cruise lines for single travelers. In 2010, I saw an advert for Voyages to Antiquity offering no single supplement on their inaugural cruise to the Greek Islands, so I booked. On the ship I found many other like-minded travelers and I easily found company. On each cruise aboard Aegean Odyssey I have met new friends with whom I keep in touch. We always inform each other of our travel plans and consequently I now always travel with friends. Sometimes there may be just two or three of us but we have had as many as twelve and have become known as “Judith’s Group!” My traveling friends come from far and wide, right across Europe, North America and Australia.

The Far East A month-long cruise visiting countries I had never even dreamed of being able to experience was absolutely incredible. A particular highlight was the ship’s first-ever visit to Myanmar. Seeing the magnificent temple of Shwedagon there was truly breathtaking.

How many VTA cruises have you been on? I think the number is 26 as I often do Grand Cruises which are counted, by me, as two. On my last trip, I was told I had spent 321 days on board Aegean Odyssey. Having reached 321 days of cruising with Voyages to Antiquity you must have visited many amazing places. Which countries have been your most memorable?

India to Jordan Being able to seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra and the ancient city of Petra – two of the most incredible sights in the history of the world. Stunning. The Black Sea I was lucky enough to do this cruise before the annexation, so we were able to visit Crimea. Even when cruising in areas of the Mediterranean I have already visited, the excursions on offer are often new, which gives me a different perspective. I have cruised in the Greek Islands many times, but I always manage to discover something I’ve not seen before.

Having traveled with us 26 times, how has your experience changed since your first voyage aboard Aegean Odyssey? I really like the fact that free internet and free laundry services are now offered. As an Emerald member I love the benefits. Looking ahead, where are you planning to visit in 2019 and beyond? (information correct at time of Q&A date) I have four cruises already booked with Voyages to Antiquity and can’t wait. This August I will be joining the ‘Trois-Rivières de France’ itinerary, when Aegean Odyssey will be rivercruising along the Seine in France for a chance to visit Paris for the first time. In October I’ll be sailing on ‘The Grand Aegean Experience’ which has all the quintessential classical Greek destinations. Then in January of 2019 I’ll be going from Delhi to Singapore, followed by the brand new ‘Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg’ voyage in July of 2019.

Why do you continue to cruise with Voyages to Antiquity? That’s simple. I like the philosophy of focusing on the destinations.

At the iconic Taj Mahal

Share your Voyages to Antiquity experiences with us. Tell us about your favorite cruises and standout memories, we would love to hear from you. Email: Journal@voyagestoantiquity.com Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

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COPENHAGEN

CITY GUIDE: COPENHAGEN

THE CAPITAL OF ‘HYGGE’

Karin Jans – our Scandinavian Destination Specialist – shares her must-do guide for modern Copenhagen. “Hygge” is a Danish word that is impossible to translate and difficult to define, but loosely speaking it is that very particular concept of conviviality and comfort that lies at the heart of Danish contentment. One may be tempted to think of it as having to do with candles, open fireplaces and warm blankets, but it is also about little pleasures, quality time, visiting charming places and the enjoyment of lovely things, which is why Copenhagen itself can be described as “hygge” for the city is full of this and more.

Must-see attractions include Denmark’s most well known lady, the sculpture of the Little Mermaid, inspired by fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen’s internationally beloved story. At 115 years old, she sits alone on a stone at the entrance to what used to be the harbor. Tivoli Gardens is another national treasure that’s a must for visitors young and old. Hans Christian Andersen came here many times (the 175th anniversary of Tivoli is being celebrated this year) and Walt Disney was inspired to build his first- ever theme park after paying a visit. It’s a beautiful area, full of exotic architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens, as well as a broad selection of restaurants, with live music available to enjoy each day; then at night, thousands of colored lights are lit to create a unique fairytale atmosphere. Nyhavn was once a place for sailors coming to Copenhagen to stay, but nowadays this picturesque canal waterfront is an essential attraction that’s lined with old sailing ships and colorful houses. Nyhavn is still popular among locals who, weather permitting, come here

Good to know Flying time from London

1.5 hours

Currency

Danish Kronne – approx. 8.50 to £1

Time zone

GMT+1

Established

1167

Population

725,000 (Greater Copenhagen 1.3 million)

Official language(s)

Danish (English widely spoken)

Climate Mild winters, cool summers, windy. Warmest month: July (64-68°F)

Nyhavn District, Copenhagen

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Best times to visit

June, July and second half of August - September


COPENHAGEN to relax in one of the numerous restaurants, or sit by the waterfront and chat over some beers. It’s the perfect place to end a long day. You can also catch a one-hour boat tour around the canals and the harbor from here, something Copenhageners also like to do as it is a wonderful way of seeing their own capital from a different perspective.

A DANISH LOVE OF CYCLING • 870,000 mi. were cycled per weekday in Copenhagen in 2016 • Bicycles now outnumber cars in the city • 233 mi. of bike lanes/cycle tracks • Cycling accounts for 24 % of all commuter trips

“SMØRREBRØD” Two Danish specialities everyone should try are “smørrebrød” (open faced sandwiches) and “wienerbrød” (Danish pastries). Having been slightly out of fashion for a while, traditional smørrebrød are popular again thanks to young Danish chefs who have kickstarted a new interest in authentic Danish dishes. How much food can you heap on top of a slice of rye bread? Try one of the smørrebrød restaurants and find out! They come in hundreds of varieties, from vegetarian and fish, to paté and meat.

• Dronning Louise’s Bridge has the highest concentration of traffic in the world with almost 50.000 cyclists daily

THE NEW NORDIC CUISINE Over the last decade, the New Nordic Cuisine has revolutionized Danish Gastronomy and shifted focus onto local ingredients. One of the driving forces behind the rising popularity of Nordic Cuisine is the success of Noma, a Michelin-starred restaurant whose name is a contraction of ‘Nordisk’ and ‘mad’ (‘mad’ is food in Danish). There are several other great restaurants that have also inspired the trend however; Copenhagen is home to fifteen Michelin restaurants in all, one holding three stars, two holding two and twelve holding one. As such, the city has become a Nordic Foodie’s Paradise.

COPENHAGEN’S BIKE CULTURE Be it sun, rain or snow, for most residents of Copenhagen life is lived in the saddle of their bicycle. Copenhageners love to bike: they bike to work, they bike to school, to the shops, and to social gatherings. Cycling is fast, convenient, healthy, climate-friendly and cheap. Even politicians ride their bikes every day to parliament.You can bring your bike on the local trains and on the Metro. Launched in 1995, with 1000 rather basic bicycles, “Copenhagen City Bikes” was the world’s first large-scale urban bike-sharing scheme. Thanks to the city’s many broad

• Nine out of ten Danes own a bicycle • 44% of all children aged 10 – 16 cycle to school

and widely-used cycle lanes (which have a total length of 233 mi. in all) bicycles now outnumber cars in the city, with many boasting GPS navigation and motors. No surprise then that Copenhagen was voted ‘Best Cycle City in the World’ two years running. SWIMMING IN THE CITY CENT ER When making a list of the most legendary beaches in the world, places like Copacabana in Rio, or Bondi in Sydney, may well spring to mind, but actually Copenhagen has been named the Best City in the World for Swimming in 2018, thanks to its urban waterfront swimming areas. Until fifteen years ago human waste was still being fed directly into the harbor, making swimming completely out of the question. But a complete modernization of the sewage system has improved the water quality so much, the city has been able to open public baths and today the harbour is one of the trendiest spots in Copenhagen. There are currently four harbor baths in total with the first and best-known on the Islands Brygge waterfront, although plans are in place for more.

VOYAGES TO DENMARK Suggested cruises to enjoy the delights of Copenhagen:

Land of the Midnight Sun

London to Copenhagen June 15, 2019 19 days OC fares from $5,443

Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg Copenhagen back to Copenhagen July 2, 2019

NEARLY SOLD OUT - CALL TODAY!

The Norwegian Fjords

Copenhagen to London July 15, 2019 18 days OC fares from $5,348 For more information, contact your travel professional or call Voyages to Antiquity today: 877-398-1460

Copenhagen Seafood and sides, Copenhagen Food Hall

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THE GRAND ODYSSEY

THE GRAND ODYSSEY V O YA G E S T O A N T I Q U I T Y ’ S L O N G E S T- E V E R S A I L I N G

Athens to Malaga • 130 days OC fares from $21,831 • OC savings up to $33,959 • Departs December 5, 2018 S PA I N

Suez Canal Daytime Transit

GREECE

Malaga Athens Tangier

CANARY ISLANDS

Casablanca Agadir

Las Palmas A t l a n t i c O c e a n CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

Celebrate New Year in the Arabian Sea

JORDAN

Suez

MOROCCO

Aqaba

EGYPT

Safaga

Muscat

OMAN

Porbandar INDIA

Salalah

Praia

Mumbai Marmagao Cochin

Celebrate Christmas in the Red Sea

MALDIVES

SEYCHELLES

BOM BOM ISLAND

Port Blair

Yangon THAILAND

Trincomalee Phuket Penang Port M A L AY S I A Kelang Malacca Colombo SRI LANKA

Mahe

Luanda

BURMA

Singapore

ANGOLA MAURITIUS

Walvis Bay Luderitz

NAMIBIA SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE AT

KARNAK

130

DAYS 18

Port Louis REUNION

Richards Bay Durban Port Elizabeth

ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK

CRUISE AROUND KOH TAPU ISLAND, OR

JAMES BOND ISLAND

Visit the Temple of Amun, the greatest place of worship in history, completed by Rameses II

as it’s been known since it appeared in The Man with the Golden Gun

EXPLORE THE

TAJ MAHAL

St Denis

A UNESCO World heritage Site that took 22 years and 20,000 workmen to complete

SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI

Set out in search of the ‘Big 5’!

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COUNTRIES

HOTEL STAYS

WORLD HERITAGE SITE Cruise along Lake St Lucia and witness the largest concentration of wild hippos in South Africa

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS

15 UNESCO

WORLD HERITAGE SITES

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OVERNIGHT CALLS IN

PORTS

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GUEST LECTURERS

OC Fares from $21,831– contact your travel professional or call Voyages to Antiquity today: 877-398-1460


REUNION CRUISES

Each season, Voyages to Antiquity selects a special voyage as our designated Odyssey Club Reunion Cruise. Past guests from across the globe pick these itineraries so they can reunite with friends they made on their previous cruises and share in a new adventure together. But did you know that Odyssey Club reunion cruises also feature special excursions and events, exclusively for Odyssey Club members to enjoy? The reunion cruise for the 2018 season was our Mediterranean Odyssey voyage, on which guests enjoyed a full schedule of Odyssey Club treats, with a wonderful farewell luncheon as the grand finale. After visiting the Churches of Florence, including the Duomo and Sante Croce, Odyssey Club guests enjoyed a traditional Italian feast and local Tuscan wines, served in the Monumental Gallery of Palazzo Borghese in the heart of Florence. Reunion guests then enjoyed one last surprise at the end of the tour – a scenic drive to a prime photo stop for gorgeous panoramic views of Florence.

A Joyous Reunion

Florence

JOIN US ON AN UPCOMING ODYSSEY CLUB REUNION CRUISE

ISLANDS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN & SOUTH AFRICA Colombo to Cape Town February 10, 2019, 32 days OC fares from $9,450 $7,602 OC members save up to $8,846 per cabin The islands of the Indian Ocean are pictureperfect visions of paradise and no fewer than five are included on our unmissable cruise to Cape Town, which begins on the teardropshaped island of Sri Lanka, once known as the ‘Isle of Serendipity.’ After boarding Aegean Odyssey in the capital Colombo, the cruise includes sublime temples or the playful orphaned elephants of Pinnawala, a beach barbeque on the beautiful sandy beaches of the Maldives, the floral treasures of the Seychelles, delightful Mauritius and remote Reunion Island, a tiny corner of France in the southern hemisphere.

Passengers will also enjoy safari adventures in South Africa, at two of the country’s best game reserves, learn more about the Zulu nation in Durban, and spend three nights in the stunning city of Cape Town.

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS FOR ODYSSEY CLUB MEMBERS Creole Folklore Show on Reunion Island Music and dance have long been the embodiment of the Creole identity. This mesmerizing folkloric show will include a remarkable blend of African and European music known as Sega, and the Africaninfluenced Maloya, which has its roots in slave chants and work songs. Farewell Cocktails and Local Entertainment at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town This 17th-century castle is the oldest building in South Africa and is considered the best example of a Dutch East Indian fort in the world.

EUROPEAN CONNOISSEUR Seville to London June 5, 2019, 18 days OC fares from $4,922 OC members save up to $1,920 per cabin Details coming soon – register your interest early and we’ll reach out as soon as the details are available: info@voyagestoantiquity.com or 877-398-1460

Seville

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SIGNATURE DISH

Meet the Executive Chef Executive Chef: Altab Shaikh From: Goa, India Age: 40 Time with VTA: 8 years Signature Dish: Lamb Wellington with Madeira Sauce, stuffed with wild Mushroom and Spinach Duxelles Favorite Food: Indian food, especially Tandoori Chicken. Second choice would be Italian Favorite Country: Norway Before joining cruise ships, Executive Chef Altab Shaikh worked in many top hotels across the world, including a luxury hotel in the UAE. During his time there, he learned about different dishes and worked hard to impress his Executive Chef by creating combinations that stood out, with one dish in particular he would always be asked to prepare, Lamb Wellington.

Inspiration behind his signature dish As much as Altab enjoyed cooking, he became bored of doing the same menu all the time, until he realized that his task to create this dish was at the request of hotel guests and others staying in the area who had fallen in love with it. People would visit the restaurant just to order Altab’s Lamb Wellington and began asking him how he made it – what kind of ingredients he used and how he managed to cook it perfectly, every time. This inspired Altab to push the recipe further and as he moved on in the world and moved up in the culinary ranks, he took the basics and added his own unique touch, which he now proudly presents as his signature Lamb Wellington with Madeira Sauce dish. Altab continues to experiment with different ingredients and methods, but the final result is always that of deliciously tender lamb, a smooth sauce and a complimentary side of seasonal vegetables. He also likes to serve the Wellington atop a potato rosti cake.

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SIGNATURE DISH

MY SIGNATURE DISH: Lamb Wellington with Madeira sauce, stuffed with wild mushroom and spinach duxelles INGREDIENTS

METHOD

1 lamb loin trimmed (chef uses New Zealand lamb)

Season the lamb loins with salt and pepper, then sear them in very hot oil on all sides. Leave them to cool.

1 tbsp. olive oil 1lb finely chopped wild mushrooms (chanterelles, button mushrooms) or cultivated mushrooms 1lb chopped fresh spinach ½ cup of chopped shallots ½ cup of chopped parsley 1 puff pastry sheet or 4 filo dough sheets (in layers, with butter between each sheet) 1 slice of Parma ham 1 egg 2oz butter 4oz minced chicken breast Double cream

In the same pan, melt the butter and sauté the chopped shallots for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and sauté until all the water has evaporated, then add salt and pepper. Blend the spinach and mushrooms in a food processor or with a very fine knife, then add the chopped parsley. Mince the chicken breast in a food processor with heavy cream. Place the rolled puff pastry (or filo dough) on a floured surface, place the Parma ham on top, then spread the mushroom and spinach mixture (Duxelles) evenly over the ham. Place the lamb on top and roll the mixture into the desired shape. Brush beaten egg yolk and water across the top of the pastry and bake in the oven at 392°F – 15-20 minutes for medium, 30 minutes for well done. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with a truffle or Madeira sauce and vegetables.

MADEIRA SAUCE À LA MINUTE Finely chop shallots and sauté in butter until glazed. Add one teaspoon of tomato paste and refine with Madeira wine. Add a small amount of tarragon leaves, reduce to half, then add beef stock. Season with salt and pepper and let simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and then heat again in a saucepan. Check for taste and serve.

Aegean Odyssey Food Facts

441lbs

of steaks eaten every week

2,000 jars of jam consumed each week

950 bottles of wine uncorked every week

25 large cakes served at tea service each week

1,600 fresh bread rolls baked every day

185 gallons of milk poured every week

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MEET THE TEAM

FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE Name one of the most interesting places you have visited? The magical and exotic city of Marrakesh in Morocco. I completely fell in love with the smells, colors and atmosphere of this North African city and have since returned four times.

Have you experienced a Voyages to Antiquity cruise yourself, and if so tell us about it?

DARYL GOMM Reservations Consultant What is your role at Voyages to Antiquity and how may our passengers know you? I work in the VTA Oxford office in the Reservations department. You will almost certainly recognize my voice if you have called the office, as I am the voice behind the phone menu! The team and I look after all reservations from the UK office based in Oxford. One of my main roles is to ensure the smooth coordination of our Group & Partner bookings.

What is your earliest memory of travel, and what made you so interested in exploring the world? When I was a toddler my parents took me on holiday to the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. After that they always ensured my sister and I were well traveled, allowing us to experience fantastic holidays in the most authentic destinations in Greece, diving in the Red Sea and exploring the bright lights of New York, to name just a few. We were very lucky to have parents who believed in showing their children different cultures all over the world. 22

I was lucky enough to join Aegean Odyssey in Greece for a wonderful voyage around Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Santorini in April on our ‘Aegean Experience.’ It was wonderful to explore our fantastic ship for myself and meet all the excellent crew members we hear about from all our passengers. I really enjoyed waking up every morning and watching the sun rise from the Lido deck, coffee in hand. My favorite destination from the cruise must be Santorini, when we went to see the ‘postcard perfect’ town of Oia. We then had lunch overlooking the stunning scenery, and it was incredibly special.

Where would you like to go to next on a trip? After having such a great experience on my April cruise in Greece, it has prompted me to look at what to do next. I have my eye on the ‘Italian & Adriatic Highlights’ cruise in September 2019, as there are a lot of destinations there that I have never been to before, such as the Colosseum in Rome, and Sorrento for the volcanic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum! I would love to experience walking on the walls around ancient Dubrovnik in Croatia, too.

Daryl’s delight: the ancient city of Marrakesh


RICHARD SYKES

FROM YOUR CRUISE DIRECTOR You’ve all been there. It’s the last day of the cruise and you’re in your cabin packing your cases, contemplating getting back to ‘normal life’; wondering how on earth you appear to be leaving with more than you brought with you.Then a piece of paper demands your attention. It’s questionnaire time! Often passengers can be quite dismissive of questionnaires, believing that companies don’t listen to them and they’re a waste of time. I’ve never worked for a single company that has that attitude. They are routinely analyzed and pored over. Often cruises that I’ve enjoyed haven’t ‘scored’ as well as I would have thought, and, conversely, when I’ve assumed things weren’t ‘up to snuff’ (as we say in Yorkshire), the most incredible, heart-warming comments have been written. At the time of writing, Aegean Odyssey has just completed a glorious cruise in Norway. And on this occasion the passengers seemed to be in agreement. There is a magic about Norway. Every view is a picture postcard. Each port has a subtlety and individuality. There’s a drama to the nature and comforting familiarity to its havens. I first cruised the fjords in 2006 and fell in love with them; opting for cold cruises to the North Cape while my friends took winter work in the Caribbean. I got proficient at predicting when the northern lights would appear, and during the summer months performed eerie, late deck parties under the midnight sun. Is there a catch? Well, sailing from the UK can mean dealing with a temperamental North Sea which, even in mid-summer, can impact cruise itineraries which leave and return to the UK on single sailings. This being due to the distances and speeds that must be achieved to reach port during occasional bad weather. However, looking forward to the 2019 selection of cruises to Norway and the Baltic, with these cruises now starting and/or ending in gorgeous Copenhagen in Denmark and such comprehensive further port choices, we have no doubt that this will be our most successful season cruising in Northern waters yet. And if that doesn’t get passengers ticking ‘excellent’ on the score cards – nothing will!

Flam, Norway

Syros

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VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY – CRUISE PROGRAM 2018-19 Departure date

Cruise name

Days

From/to

OC Fares from (pp)

SOUTH AFRICA, INDIA & SOUTHEAST ASIA 2018-19 December 5, 2018

PASSAGE TO ANCIENT EGYPT & INDIA

38

Athens to Delhi

$7,265

December 15, 2018

ANCIENT WONDERS & LANDS OF LEGEND SAILAWAY

28

Amman to Mumbai

$6,680

January 1, 2019

THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE TO THE STRAIT OF MALACCA

January 22, 2019

BEYOND BURMA & THE MALAY PENINSULA

21

Singapore to Colombo

$4,585

February 10, 2019

ISLANDS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN & SOUTH AFRICA Odyssey Club Reunion Cruise

32

Colombo to Cape Town

$7,602

March 12, 2019

SOUTH AFRICA, NAMIBIA & THE SKELETON COAST

33

Cape Town to Malaga

$6,505

April 12, 2019

CLASSIC CIVILIZATIONS OF THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN

15

Malaga to Athens

$3,255

April 21, 2019

CLASSICAL GREECE & ISLANDS OF THE AEGEAN

14

Athens to Athens

$3,630

May 1, 2019

THE BLACK SEA & THE GREEK ISLANDS

15

Athens to Athens

$4,065

May 22, 2019

RENAISSANCE ITALY & HISTORIC ISLANDS

18

Rome to Seville

$4,542

June 3, 2019

EUROPEAN CONNOISSEUR Odyssey Club Reunion Cruise

18

Seville to London

$4,922

June 15, 2019

LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

19

London to Copenhagen

$5,443

July 2, 2019

BALTIC CAPITALS & ST PETERSBURG

15

Copenhagen to Copenhagen

$5,020

July 15, 2019

THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS

18

Copenhagen to London

$5,348

July 27, 2019

ICELAND, FAROES & SHETLANDS

19

London to London

$5,728

August 11, 2019

THE THREE RIVERS

18

London to Lisbon

$4,965

August 23, 2019

MEDITERRANEAN ODYSSEY

18

Lisbon to Rome

$4,965

September 4, 2019

ITALIAN & ADRIATIC HIGHLIGHTS

16

Rome to Venice

$4,490

September 18, 2019

DALMATIA & ANCIENT GREECE

14

Venice to Athens

$3,780

September 24, 2019

CLASSICAL GREECE & ISLANDS OF THE AEGEAN

14

Athens to Athens

$3,820

October 2, 2019

CLASSICAL GREECE & ISLANDS OF THE AEGEAN

14

Athens to Athens

$3,820

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST ONLY

EUROPE 2019

Prices quoted are per person in USD sharing a Standard Inside cabin, correct at time of printing, but subject to change.

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