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Aegean Experience & Alexandria

Athens to Athens

9 days

from £1,595 pp

22 Oct, 2018

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  • 9 days
  • 2 countries
  • 3 shore excursions
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October is the ideal month to cross civilisations from Greece to the mysteries of the ancient Egyptians, when the autumn warmth is perfect for these magical ports-of-call.

Board Aegean Odysseyin Piraeus and sail to Heraklion, where you will see the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete to learn more about legendary labyrinth, then arrive in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. At a supplement you have the opportunity for an optional overland trip to the capital, Cairo where you will enjoy two-nights hotel stay and included tours or enjoy two-nights on board the ship where you will have plenty of time to play bridge.  On your way back to Piraeus, you’ll call in at Greek Island of Rhodes.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Oct 22
Mon

Piraeus , Greece

Embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus
6.00pm
Oct 23
Tue

Heraklion, Crete , Greece

Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos.
10.00pm
8.00am
Oct 24
Wed

At sea

Lectures and activities at sea
Oct 25
Thu

Alexandria/Cairo , Egypt

Morning city tour including visits to Shuqafa Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar and National Museum. Return to the ship for a special Bridge programme or optional overland tour with hotel stay in Cairo.*
overnight
5.00am
Oct 26
Fri

Alexandria/Cairo , Egypt

Special Bridge programme on board or as part of the optional overland tour you will visit Memphis and Sakkara site and in the afternoon visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, followed by dinner on the Nile and 1-night hotel stay in Cairo.*
overnight
Oct 27
Sat

Cairo/Alexandria , Egypt

Special Bridge programme on board and an exclusive city highlight tour. Those who are part of the optional overland tour will discover the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, followed by lunch at a leading hotel before returning to Alexandria.*
10.00pm
Oct 28
Sun

At sea

Lectures and activities at sea
Oct 29
Mon

Rhodes , Greece

World Heritage sites: choice of tours to Rhodes town or the Acropolis at Lindos.
1.00pm
6.00am
Oct 30
Tue

Piraeus , Greece

Disembark and transfer to airport.
8.00am

The Palace of Knossos

23 Oct Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Half Day Archaeological Site
Even without the tales of a bloodthirsty Minotaur, this magnificent palace complex with its flamboyant decoration, courts, audience chambers and residential areas is an impressive and inspiring site.

Even without the tales of a bloodthirsty Minotaur, this magnificent palace complex with its flamboyant decoration, courts, audience chambers and residential areas is an impressive and inspiring site. Constructed around 1900BC, it was the administrative and religious centre of the Minoan kingdom. Here King Minos held court and – so mythology holds – his wife gave birth to a half-man, half-bull creature that lurked in the palace’s labyrinth. This fearsome beast was appeased only by human sacrifices.

An earthquake destroyed the original complex; it was then rebuilt on an even grander scale, only to be destroyed again by the massive volcanic eruption on Santorini around 1500BC. Though periodically excavated by Greek archaeologists in the late 19th century, credit for the full excavation and restoration is given to amateur Victorian archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. Roundly criticised for occasional missteps in restoration, Sir Arthur poured his fortune into the effort and did a remarkable job for the time period. Knossos today, at least, allows the visitor to visualise the palace as it once was and understand its intricacies.

The guided tour will take you through this legend-rich, entrancing complex that sprawled across five acres, where everything from the throne room to royal living quarters is reconstructed with meticulous care.

On our return to Heraklion, we will visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilisation of Crete.

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Included

Shuqafa Catacombs

25 Oct Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt
Half day
Included
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Old Town & Grand Masters Palace

29 Oct Rhodes, Greece
Half Day Cobbled Streets
Leave behind the port where the Colossus once stood and discover a stunning ensemble of Gothic architecture just a short drive from the port.

Leave behind the port where the Colossus once stood and discover a stunning ensemble of Gothic architecture just a short drive from the port. These UNESCO World Heritage monuments testify to the role of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese group, as a strategic crossroads. Many structures date to the era of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who lived on the island from 1309 until 1522 when the Ottoman Empire finally dislodged the Knights.

En route, you’ll visit the lookout Mount Smith, named after the British admiral Sir Sydney Smith who used this vantage point to scan the seas for French ships in the Napoleonic era. Then you enter the citadel of the Knight’s through the d’Amboise Gate and head for the restored Grand Master’s Palace.

The first building of the 14th-century Crusaders, the Palace was modelled on the great Papal Palace of Avignon. It served as a fortress in times of war, a residence for the Grand Master of the Knights, a meeting place for senior knights, and, in later times, a summer residence of both Mussolini and Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. Stroll the cobblestone Street of the Knights and admire the honey-coloured stone buildings with their giant doorways and arched windows.

Step into the 15th-century Knights Hospital, now an archaeological museum that counts the Aphrodite of Rhodes in flawless Parian marble among its treasures. At the conclusion of this tour, you can return to the ship or stay to wander this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Choice of Tours

The Acropolis at Lindos

29 Oct Rhodes, Greece
Half Day Extensive WalkingCobbled StreetsSignificant StepsUphill Sections
Gain inspiration from the exquisite natural setting of the Acropolis at Lindos, a destination of both historic and scenic interest, just an hour’s drive from Rhodes.

Gain inspiration from the exquisite natural setting of the Acropolis at Lindos, a destination of both historic and scenic interest, just an hour’s drive from Rhodes. This Doric town rose in power hundreds of years before Christ and continued to thrive into the middle ages.

We’ll walk to the Acropolis, surrounded by the contrasting 12th-century crusader fortifications, clinging to the rocks above the village. At the summit is the Doric Temple of Lindian Athena, an archaeological jewel dating from the 4th century BC, with a double-winged portico and elaborate propylaea. The site offers sweeping views over St Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm.

Following the Acropolis, we’ll descend to the village with its whitewashed houses and tempting shops. A favorite resort since the time of Julius Caesar, Lindos is home to writers, artists and craftsmen.

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Choice of Tours

Dr David Price-Williams

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

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

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

David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology. 

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

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Ernest Rea

Ernest Rea, Broadcaster
Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles.

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. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. 

In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.

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Flights

Our cruise holidays usually feature scheduled flights on British Airways, for those travelling from the UK. We will endeavour to advise flight details at time of booking, however actual flight confirmations will be sent to you as soon as we receive them from the airline. 

You can take advantage of all the benefits available flying British Airways.

For more information on flights, free domestic flight connections via London from regional airports and our very special prices to upgrade to Club Europe/World Traveller Plus, please see our Flights & Transfers Information page >

Included transfers

Transfers between airports, hotels and Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You'll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise holiday, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

Note: Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours (including optional pre- and post-hotel stays) when utilising Voyages to Antiquity’s group seat allocations and as outlined in our brochure and online.  More detailed information can be found on our Flights & Transfers Information page >

 

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Owner's Suites

BALCONY
Owner's Suites, BALCONY
Layout
virtual

550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£4,095*pp
Lido
Lido
B

Junior Suites

BALCONY
Junior Suites, BALCONY
Layout
virtual

310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£3,795*pp
Lido
Lido
C

Deluxe Balcony

BALCONY
Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
Layout
virtual

275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£3,395*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
D

Deluxe Balcony

BALCONY
Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
Layout
virtual

275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£3,250*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
E

Deluxe Outside

PREMIUM
Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,695*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
F

Deluxe Outside

PREMIUM
Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,595*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
G

Premium Outside

PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,450*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
H

Premium Outside

PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,295*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
I*

Premium Outside

PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge Deck. Private shower. Fixed twin beds or fixed double bed.
Views in some cabins partially obstructed by Life Boats.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,150*pp
Bridge
Bridge
J

Standard Outside

PREMIUM
Standard Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.
* Please note the photo shows a Category H premium outside cabin. Category J standard outside cabins feature portholes instead of windows.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£1,995*pp
Columbus
Columbus
K

Premium Inside

PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£1,795*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
L

Premium Inside

PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£1,695*pp
Columbus
Columbus
M

Standard Inside

PREMIUM
Standard Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£1,595*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
CC

Deluxe Balcony

SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£3,350*pp
Lido
Lido
EE

Deluxe Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,950*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
GG*

Premium Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,595*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
HH*

Premium Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

Premium outside single occupancy staterooms located on Bridge & Belvedere decks, featuring a European full-size bed and a private shower.
 * Please note the cabin plan and photo shows the Category H double occupancy stateroom. Category HH single staterooms are smaller and feature one European full-size bed. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats in the cabins on Bridge deck.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,450*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
II*

Premium Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft Premuim Outside staterooms located on Bridge Deck, featuring a double window and a European full-size bed with private shower. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats.
*Please note the photo & cabin plan show a double occupancy I cabin. Cabins 710 and 712 (Category II, single occupancy) are smaller in size and feature a single European size bed.

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£2,295*pp
Bridge
Bridge
JJ

Standard Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
*Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£2,150*pp
Columbus
Columbus
KK

Premium Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£1,995*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
LL

Premium Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£1,795*pp
Columbus
Columbus
MM

Standard Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
*Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

Aegean Odyssey virtual tour

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£1,695*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Third/forth person
£1,295

MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

 

There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to the ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with the onboard experts.

Yet on the other hand, she is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed, and 39 cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travellers at low supplement.  

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Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. 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. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time.