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Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula

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Singapore to Colombo

18 days

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25 Jan, 2019

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You will also explore the fascinating port of Malacca in south-west Malaysia, once the centre of the spice trade, followed by the rich colonial history of Penang and the delightful resort of Phuket in Thailand, where there will be the chance to visit the stunning Phi Phi Islands or the bay of Phang Nga.

Your arrival in Myanmar (Burma) is spectacular as we sail up the Yangon River to berth in the port of Yangon (Rangoon), the former capital of the nation. Then sail to Port Blair in the Andaman Islands and onwards to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, a place of tropical landscapes and mysterious Buddhist relics. Here you will have a chance to explore the capital of Colombo and the Elephant Orphanage of Pinnawala.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jan 25
Fri
London, England
  • Arts & culture
London, England , United Kingdom
Depart UK by air.
Jan 26
Sat
Singapore
  • Wildlife
  • Arts & culture
  • Unesco
Singapore , Singapore
Optional morning tour of the Gardens by the Bay or embark Aegean Odyssey.
7.00pm
Jan 27
Sun
Malacca
  • Arts & culture
  • Unesco
  • River
Malacca , Malaysia
Discover the history of Malacca.
8.00pm
8.00am
Jan 28
Mon
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Cruising the Strait of Malacca.
Jan 29
Tue
Penang
  • Arts & culture
  • Religious
Penang , Malaysia
In the morning visit the colourful capital of the Malaysian island of Penang - George Town.
2.00pm
8.00am
Jan 30
Wed
Phuket
  • Natural Wonders
  • Beach
Phuket , Thailand
Day trip to the Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga.
6.00pm
8.00am
Jan 31
Thu
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Cruising the Andaman Sea.
Feb 01
Fri
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Cruising the Andaman Sea.
Feb 02
Sat
Yangon
  • Arts & culture
  • Less Visited
  • Religious
  • River Port
Yangon , Burma
Take a sunset tour of the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular monuments.
overnight
2.00pm
Feb 03
Sun
Yangon
  • Arts & culture
  • Less Visited
  • Religious
  • River Port
Yangon , Burma
Tour of Scott's market and National Museum or optional air tour to Bagan or Mandalay.
overnight
Feb 04
Mon
Yangon
  • Arts & culture
  • Less Visited
  • Religious
  • River Port
Yangon , Burma
Free morning in Yangon.
2.00pm
Feb 05
Tue
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Cruising the Andaman Sea.
Feb 06
Wed
Port Blair
  • Arts & culture
Port Blair , Andaman Islands
Visit Port Blair for a morning sightseeing tour, the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Optional tour in the afternoon to Ross Island.
8.00pm
8.00am
Feb 07
Thu
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean.
Feb 08
Fri
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean.
Feb 09
Sat
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean.
Feb 10
Sun
Colombo
  • Wildlife
  • Arts & culture
Colombo , Sri Lanka
Watch Asian elephants as they bathe and play in this full-day adventure to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage or take a morning city tour of Colombo. Or optional full day tour to Kandy available.
overnight
7.00am
Feb 11
Mon
Colombo
  • Wildlife
  • Arts & culture
Colombo , Sri Lanka
Disembark and transfer to Colombo Airport for flight home.
Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

26 Jan Singapore, Singapore
Half Day
Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland. One of the iconic buildings at the Gardens is the Flower Dome, a 1.2-hectare (3.0 acres) glasshouse that creates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa).

Covering over 100 hectares and containing vast glasshouses replicating the planet’s various habitats, Gardens by the Bay are a true horticultural wonderland. One of the iconic buildings at the Gardens is the Flower Dome, a 1.2-hectare (3.0 acres) glasshouse that creates a mild, dry climate and features plants found in the Mediterranean and other semi-arid tropical regions (e.g. parts of Australia, South America, South Africa). It is also home to a collection of plants from the world’s areas and showcases how plants have evolved to thrive in arid environments.

Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist and see a 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

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Malacca Heritage Tour
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Malacca Heritage Tour

27 Jan Malacca, Malaysia
Half day Tender Archaeological Site
Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name.

Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name. Malay history is said to have begun with the founding of Malacca in 1403. This once-sleepy fishing village became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Centuries of colonization influenced the architecture and cultures.

Start your sightseeing with a drive to Dutch Square and a visit to either the 17th-century Stadthuys, once the former governor's residence that is now a History Museum, or the Istana Melaka Museum. Ascend the 120 steps up St Paul's Hill for spectacular views over the waters once plied by schooners laden with silks and spices.

Visit St Paul's Church, built to honour St Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Malacca. At Porto de Santiago, view the remains of a Portuguese fortress whose 9-foot-thick walls once encircled the entire hill. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, there'll be time to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores and colorful restaurants.

*Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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George Town Highlights
UNESCO World Heritage Site

George Town Highlights

29 Jan Penang, Malaysia
Half Day Respectful Dress
This panoramic tour of Penang’s state capital begins with a drive along the ‘road of harmony’, which is lined with places of worship, including the Anglican St George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

This panoramic tour of Penang’s state capital begins with a drive along the ‘road of harmony’, which is lined with places of worship, including the Anglican St George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

The next stop will be the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, home to a 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha. Just across the road from here is the Burmese Temple, before you are transported to one of the most popular destinations in Penang, Gurney Drive. Known as ‘The New Esplanade’, and also the Persiaran Gurney, this lively waterfront takes its name from Sir Henry Gurney, who served as Malayan High Commissioner from 1948 to 1951.

Heading out of town, your tour concludes with the tranquil surroundings of the Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as ‘Waterfall Gardens’, which are more than a century old and cover 72 hectares, featuring a spice garden, kitchen garden and orchidarium. Bound by tropical trees and cascading streams, nestled within a deep valley at the foot of jungle covered hills, the gardens are the perfect place to see wild monkeys roaming freely in their natural habitat. You will then be returned to Aegean Odyssey via the colonial grandeur of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel for a glimpse into the style and glamour of Old World Penang.

*Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. 

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Phang Nga by Longtail Boat

Phang Nga by Longtail Boat

30 Jan Phuket, Thailand
Full day Lunch Included
Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park, where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. After a briefing about this beautiful bay during the hour-and-a half drive from Phuket, step aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat and let the scenery speak for itself as you skim over some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Circle the island of Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island since it appeared in The Man with The Golden Gun.

Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park, where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. After a briefing about this beautiful bay during the hour-and-a half drive from Phuket, step aboard a traditional Thai longtail boat and let the scenery speak for itself as you skim over some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Circle the island of Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island since it appeared in The Man with The Golden Gun.

Wind through mangroves and silent caves to Pan Yi Island, then stop at the Muslim Sea Gypsy Village, built entirely on stilts, where you can visit a school, wander the byways, shop for pearls and glimpse a fascinating way of life. During your time at Pan Yi Island you will enjoy a typical Asian buffet lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, cruise back to the mainland for a visit to the Suwan Khuha Temple, a cave temple filled with standing, reclining, and seated Buddha statues, before your return to Phuket Island.

Please note that the operation of this excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions. You will spend about 2.5 hours travelling by longtail boat and lifejackets will be provided on board.

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Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands

30 Jan Phuket, Thailand
Full day Lunch Included
With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Don your swimsuit, hop aboard a local speedboat and head for these tropical treasures of the Andaman Sea. Your adventure starts early with a transfer from the ship to Phuket Marina.

With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park: Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Don your swimsuit, hop aboard a local speedboat and head for these tropical treasures of the Andaman Sea. Your adventure starts early with a transfer from the ship to Phuket Marina.

From here, it's about an hour by water to Phi Phi Le, where a stop will be made at the beautiful Blue Lagoon. Swim or snorkel with colourful fish; explore fjord-like Pileh Cove, with its steep limestone walls; and see the Viking Cave, a source of birds’ nests for the famous Asian soup. Rock carvings inside date from 3,000 to 4,000 years ago and are thought to resemble Scandinavian longboats.

For lunch, your boat pulls up to a beachside restaurant. Splash ashore where a buffet lunch is waiting. Then surrender to an afternoon of pleasure on enchanting Bamboo Island, with free time to snorkel amid the coral beds and wonder if those Viking captains ever did drop anchor in these blissful waters.

*Please note that it is no longer possible to visit Maya Bay as part of this excursion, as Maya Bay is now closed to the public indefinitely.

This excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions.

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Sunset Visit to Schwedagon Pagoda

Sunset Visit to Schwedagon Pagoda

2 Feb Yangon, Burma
When Rudyard Kipling first saw the 99-metre high golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda in 1889, he wrote: ‘Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.’

When Rudyard Kipling first saw the 99-metre high golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda in 1889, he wrote: ‘Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire.’

The Pagoda is situated on a hill overlooking the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) in Myanmar (Burma) where it dominates the skyline. According to legend, it was created by two brothers, Trapusa and Bahalika, who encountered Gautama Buddha shortly after his enlightenment. As a gift to them, Siddhārtha Gautama pulled eight hairs from his head, which the brothers brought back to Singuttara Hill to preserve in a magnificent reliquary.

As well as Siddhārtha, Buddhism recognises four other Enlightened Ones from the current aeon, or kalpa as it is known, including the predicted future Buddha, Maitreya. Alongside hairs from the current Buddha, Shwedagon is also said to contain the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana and a piece of the robe of Kassapa.

The practise of covering the stupa in gold leaf began in the 15th-century when Queen Shin Sawbu gifted Shwedagon with her weight in the precious metal. The people of Myanmar have continued this tradition to this day, with plates of gold now riveted to the brickwork of the bell-shaped structure.

The spectacular effect created by these panels of gold is best experience at sunset, when their glow casts a spell over the entire city, so the tour will depart at around 4pm, giving you time to learn more about its incredible history as well as experiencing a truly unforgettable sunset.

Note: Voyages to Antiquity regrets to inform that since the time of launching our programme, we have been informed that renovation works are being carried out on the Shwedagon Pagoda and are expected to continue until March 2019. As such, the main stupa will be covered in scaffolding, giving visitors an obstructive view of its stupa and spire from all angles. According to a statement from pagoda officials, the official completion date of this gold plate offering ceremony of the Shwedagon Pagoda is said to be announced early in 2019. We are keeping close contact with the authorities for further information and will update on the status with your final documentation.

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Scott's Market and National Museum

Scott's Market and National Museum

3 Feb Yangon, Burma
Half day
 The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

 The National Museum of Myanmar (Burma) in the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was founded in 1952 but only moved to its current five storey building in 1996, when the decision was made to provide even more space for this diverse collection dedicated to the indigenous people of Myanmar and its natural history.

Artefacts are spread across fourteen galleries representing different areas of history, from royal regalia to musical instruments, various eras of art to epigraphy and calligraphy, traditional folk art, Buddhist iconography, natural history and prehistory. A highlight is the spectacular 26-feet high, jewel-encrusted Royal Lion Throne of King Thibaw, the last ruler of Myanmar, but there are plenty of other priceless and illuminating exhibits to see as well, ensuring you will leave with a greater knowledge and understanding of Myanmar and its people.

Not far from the museum is the indoor Bogyoke Market, formerly named Scott’s Market, after the Municipal Commissioner Gavin Scott who led the city under British rule during the early 20th-century. Following Burmese independence in 1948 the market was renamed in honour of the national leader Bogyoke (General) Aung San who had been assassinated the year before.

Housed inside this beautiful colonial building are 1,641 shops selling luxury items, handicrafts, food, clothing, jewellery, fashion and consumer goods. The market is square in shape and divided into four wings, but the stalls and shops are not categorized, making finding items more fun.

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Bagan by Air

Bagan by Air

3 Feb Yangon, Burma
Full Day Lunch IncludedRespectful Dress
Fly to one of the world's wonders, the vast archaeological site at Bagan, a magnificent ensemble of 11th and 12th-century temples. Your day begins with an early start and a hour's flight to the former capital of an ancient kingdom, the landscape still studded with over 2,200 temples.

Fly to one of the world's wonders, the vast archaeological site at Bagan, a magnificent ensemble of 11th and 12th-century temples. Your day begins with an early start and a hour's flight to the former capital of an ancient kingdom, the landscape still studded with over 2,200 temples.

We will visit the local market where seemingly little has changed over the centuries and vendors sit cross-legged selling the ingredients for euphoria-inducing betel quids.

Highlights of the day for those interested in Buddhism will be the visits to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda and the Ananda Temple with its four colossal standing Buddhas. The massive brick structure of the Dhammayangyi Temple is a source of fascination for today's architects, and the 13th-century Gu Byauk Gyi Temple contains remarkable frescoes showing scenes from Buddha's life.

After a Burmese lunch at a local restaurant. As Bagan is the center of the Burmese lacquerware industry and a visit will be made to one of the many familyrun workshops to observe the centuries-old art of lacquerware making. Board a late-afternoon flight to return to Yangon in time for dinner aboard Aegean Odyssey.

Please note: This excursion involves a visit to many pagodas and you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks each time. Slip-on shoes are highly recommended! Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule.

 

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Optional £ 369
Mandalay by Air

Mandalay by Air

3 Feb Yangon, Burma
Full Day Lunch Included
An hour’s flight north of Yangon, Mandalay is a cultural center, Burma’s second largest city and her last royal capital. It’s worth making the early start to enable a visit to the Mahagandayon Monastery at Amarapura, one of the largest in Burma and home to over 1,400 monks.

An hour’s flight north of Yangon, Mandalay is a cultural center, Burma’s second largest city and her last royal capital. It’s worth making the early start to enable a visit to the Mahagandayon Monastery at Amarapura, one of the largest in Burma and home to over 1,400 monks. Watch the monks line up to receive their last meal of the day, eaten in silence in the middle of the morning.

The nearby U Bein bridge spans the Taungthaman Lake and was built in the mid-19th century. Mandalay has been famed for centuries for silk production and a visit to a weaving workshop provides a fascinating glimpse into the art. Nimble-fingered young women use old-fashioned looms to produce intricate patterns for festive “longyi” or sarongs.

Time to enjoy a typical Burmese lunch, then make a stop at the gate of Mandalay’s city wall within its moat to photograph Mandalay Hill. In the afternoon, a visit will be made to the Shwenandaw “Golden Palace” former monastery to view its fabulous 19th-century woodcarvings of Buddhist myths.

If time permits, a short stop at the Mahamuni pagoda, one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar will complete today’s tour of Mandalay before a late-afternoon return flight to Yangon, reboarding Aegean Odyssey for dinner.

Please Note: This excursion involves a visit to a pagoda and you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule

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Port Blair City Tour

Port Blair City Tour

6 Feb Port Blair, Andaman Islands
Half Day
Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Surrounded by lush forest and rugged coastline, Port Blair has a vibrant mix of inhabitants including Bengalis, Tamils and Burmese.

Established by the British as a penal colony in 1789, today Port Blair is the largest town on the Andaman Islands. Surrounded by lush forest and rugged coastline, Port Blair has a vibrant mix of inhabitants including Bengalis, Tamils and Burmese.

You will explore the small town, visiting the Naval Marine Museum, with its displays of tribal art, marine life and archaeology. The museum also has a sizable collection of shells and corals. Next, visit the Anthropological Museum, which illustrates the lives of local aboriginal tribes with miniature models of traditional tools, dresses and photographs of their lifestyle.

Your final stop is the Cellular Jail. The construction of this prison started in 1896 and was completed in 1906. The building had seven wings, at the centre of which a tower served as the fulcrum and was used by guards to keep watch on the inmates. The wings forked out of the tower in straight lines, much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel, and a large bell was kept in the tower to raise an alarm in the eventuality of an escape or disturbance. All the prisoners were kept in isolation and subjected to a brutal work regime, making the Cellular Jail one of the murkiest chapters in the history of colonial rule in India.

Before you return to the ship, there will be a brief stop at the local market Aberdeen Bazaar, where there is a good selection of local wood carvings and jewellery.

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Ross Island

Ross Island

6 Feb Port Blair, Andaman Islands
Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering, and is home to a large and noisy population of peacocks.

Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering, and is home to a large and noisy population of peacocks.

This small island was the capital of Port Blair during the British regime and presently houses the ruins of old colonial buildings like the ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Government House, the main church, the hospital, and troop barracks. Despite being in a rather dilapidated condition, these buildings still evoke the old British regime. You will also visit a small museum housing old photographs of Ross during the colonial era.

Note: Guests who sign up for this tour will have their included ‘Highlights of Port Blair’ in the afternoon.

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Optional $ 45
Morning Colombo City Tour

Morning Colombo City Tour

10 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
Half day
Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other, as you travel to the Kelaniya (Kalyana) Temple, built on the banks of the Kelani River. Kelaniya is mentioned in the Buddhist chronicle, the Mahawamsa, which states that the Gautama Buddha visited the place, after which the dagoba of the temple was built.

Experience the astonishing blend of modern and exotic in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, a city quite unlike any other, as you travel to the Kelaniya (Kalyana) Temple, built on the banks of the Kelani River. Kelaniya is mentioned in the Buddhist chronicle, the Mahawamsa, which states that the Gautama Buddha visited the place, after which the dagoba of the temple was built.

Sri Lankan Buddhists believe that the Buddha visited Kelaniya in order to quell a quarrel between two warring Nāga leaders: Chulodara (literally meaning ‘the small-bellied one’) and Mahodara (‘the big-bellied one’).

From here you will then be taken to the Colombo National Museum, which is housed in a grand colonial building and is the custodian of Sri Lanka's cultural heritage. Among its exhibits are a vast collection of books, more than 4,000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from the ancient cities, royal weapons of Sri Lankan kings and an excellent collection of antique demon masks. The most interesting among the exhibits are the regalia of the Kandian Kings dating back to the 17th century.

A visit will then be made to Independence Square, where this former British colony of Ceylon was given self-rule in 1948. Winding past the cricket stadium, through affluent neighbourhoods like Horton Place and Kotte, the legislative capital, en-route to the pier, you will see the Nelum Pokuna Performing Art Centre, the Town Hall, President House and the Pettah Bazar.

This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A camera fee applies for the museum.

This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A camera fee applies for the museum.

 

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

10 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full day Lunch Included
A two and a half hour drive through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside brings us to Pinnawala and this famous site, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect unweaned baby elephants found wandering in the forests. From a nucleus of five baby elephants in 1975, the sanctuary is now home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants, many of which have been bred here and will stay for life.

A two and a half hour drive through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside brings us to Pinnawala and this famous site, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect unweaned baby elephants found wandering in the forests. From a nucleus of five baby elephants in 1975, the sanctuary is now home to the world’s largest herd of captive elephants, many of which have been bred here and will stay for life. Your first stop will be at the Oya River to watch the elephants bathing and socializing, so be sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty and the antics of these majestic animals. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Pinnalanda Restaurant in a picturesque location overlooking the river, then in the afternoon see the elephants from closer-up and maybe watch some of the older or smaller elephants being fed, for some memories which – like an elephant – you will never forget.

Please note that the terrain is uneven and dusty and the feeding of the young and sick elephants can get very busy.

Despite some negative press concerning the orphanage in recent years, VTA’s local ground partners are happy with the latest inspections of the organisation and their treatment of the animals. A detailed presentation will be given on board to provide more details on what to expect and the reasons behind the work being carried out in the orphanage.

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Kandy & Temple of the Tooth
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kandy & Temple of the Tooth

10 Feb Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full day Lunch IncludedLong DriveRemoval of Shoes
Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha. The scenic three-hour drive takes us out of Colombo, through small towns growing all kinds of exotic fruit, past pineapple plantations and paddy fields and up into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country.

Journey to the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unusual beauty and the location of the temple containing a tooth of Buddha. The scenic three-hour drive takes us out of Colombo, through small towns growing all kinds of exotic fruit, past pineapple plantations and paddy fields and up into Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. One of the day’s highlights is a stop at Peradeniya to walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens. A visit to the Orchid House should not be missed!

Kandy was founded in the 14th century and as the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings is the key focus of this optional tour. Lunch will be served in a colonial hotel overlooking the Kandy Lake. On the opposite side of the picturesque valley, you will then enjoy a guided tour of the monumental Temple of the Tooth, where the sacred relic is enshrined.

During the return drive from this ancient kingdom, a stop will be made at a Spice Garden to learn more about Sri Lanka’s ayurvedic tradition. Please note that this excursion is very long, with an approximate 3 - 3.5 hour drive each way.

This excursion involves a visit to a temple and you will be asked to remove your shoes. Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. A video fee applies for the temple.

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Nigel Cox

Nigel Cox

Nigel Cox, British Diplomat
Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong.

Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong. 

He spent a total of 8 years in three tours at the British Embassy in Peking/Beijing, including from 2000 to 2002 as deputy to the Ambassador, in the rank of Minister and Consul-General.  He was then appointed Director Asia-Pacific, responsible for UK relations with the whole region from Myanmar to Japan and from Mongolia to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands – and for line-managing most of the British Ambassadors there. He had previously served as Head of the South East Asian Department. Earlier, he had spent six years in Paris, the first at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and then as First Secretary in the British Embassy.  
 
After a year’s secondment to business (with the P&O Group, now part of DP World, focussed on their worldwide container ports, and with AstraZeneca on their Chinese pharmaceuticals business), Nigel left the Diplomatic Service and worked as a consultant to International Power plc (now part of Gaz de France) exploring investment openings in Vietnam.  He was also appointed as Asia specialist on the Advisory Panel of PriceWaterhouse Cooper LLP. 
 
From 2009 to 2013 he was Clerk (Chief Executive) to one of the City of London’s ancient guilds, the Fishmongers’ Company.  He currently works part-time as a Sensitivity Reviewer of the Foreign & Commonwealth Archives, making recommendations on whether redactions are required before files are transferred to the National Archives at Kew or released earlier in response to Freedom of Information enquiries.  He also undertakes voluntary work with the Royal Parks Foundation on the Hyde Park Tree Survey and with English Heritage as a guide at Apsley House (The Wellington Museum) and Wellington Arch in London.

He has published articles and reviews, including in the quarterly “Asian Affairs”, and recently contributed five chapters to “Brave Lives”, an account of the members of the Travellers Club in London who were killed in the First World War.

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Olivia Cox

Olivia Cox

Olivia Cox, British Diplomat Retired
Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

Since leaving the Diplomatic Service in 2012, Olivia has attended various courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Courtauld Institute but also inspired by her late father, Lt Col Sir Julian Paget, a distinguished military historian, has helped to organise a 2014 Battlefield Tour to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, a 2015 Waterloo Bicentenary celebration in Brussels, and several events to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

Olivia also enjoys voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled (the Royal Mews group, who arrange weekly riding in the Hyde Park Barracks for children with special needs), the Knightsbridge Association and English Heritage (as a guide at Apsley House and Wellington Arch in London). She makes jewellery to sell for charity and is a keen consumer of the cultural opportunities of London.

Olivia and Nigel live in central London but (having no children, dogs or cats) travel frequently, both within Europe and further afield: trips since 2015 have included Peru, Ecuador (notably the Galapagos islands), South Africa, Qatar, Nepal, Southern India and the Azores.  

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U Ye Htut

U Ye Htut

U Ye Htut, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies & Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore
U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016. He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).

In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016). In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation.

U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016.  He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).  In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016).  In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation. 

Prior to transferring to the Ministry of Information, following his father, a Sandhurst graduate, he served 24 years in the Myanmar army.  After Myanmar’s most recent elections in 2015, he served as a member of the President’s Transition Team assisting the incoming government of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).  He took his B.Sc. from Myanmar’s Defence Service Academy in 1981. 

Married, with three daughters, U Ye Htut has written four books in Burmese, including Politics and the Media, Bush and His Decisions, and The Press Council and Journalists’ Ethics.  He frequently appears on Singapore’s Channel News Asia and writes occasionally for the Singapore Straits Times.

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Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

Prof Sandy Primrose MBE, Biotechnologist
Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

In 1981 he made a career change by moving to industry where he held senior management positions, first in a pharmaceutical company and later in diagnostic, food and environmental companies. After 20 years in industry he made another career change and started working as a biotechnology consultant as well as being an adviser to various UK governmental organisations (Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency, and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to the Food Standards Agency.

Sandy still consults widely as well as being Chairman of a number of small, high technology companies. He has written a number of very popular scientific textbooks but is particularly proud of his recent publication entitled Plants, Poisons and Personalities which is aimed at lay audiences. Sandy’s passion is gardening and the half-acre garden of his house between London and Oxford is filled with unusual trees and shrubs.

Over the years he has shown many groups round his garden and when he does so he tells them the stories behind the plants that he grows. These stories, and his experiences in industry, form the basis of his entertaining cruise lectures that cover topics in gardening, uses of plants, plant history and plant conservation. 

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Professor Robert H. Taylor

Professor Robert H. Taylor

Professor Robert H. Taylor, Author and Editor
Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

Professor Taylor is the author and editor of several volumes on South East Asia.He most recent books were The State in Myanmar (2009) and General Ne Win: A Political Biography (2015), both of which have been translated into Burmese. Since leaving academia, he has worked as a lay immigration judge and a consultant to the oil and gas industry in the UK and USA.

In recent years he has been a frequent Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Yushok Ishak Institute ISEAS in Singapore. Professor Taylor is one of the very few Western social scientists to live in Myanmar, then Burma, in the 1970s and 1980s and has visited the country almost every year since 1975.

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Winter Cruise 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 and Transfers Information page >

 

 

 

Owner's SuitesA
Owner's Suites
BALCONY
Owner's Suites, BALCONY
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550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£7,250*pp
Lido
Lido
Junior SuitesB
Junior Suites
BALCONY
Junior Suites, BALCONY
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310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£6,650*pp
Lido
Lido
Deluxe BalconyC
Deluxe Balcony
BALCONY
Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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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.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£5,995*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Deluxe BalconyD
Deluxe Balcony
BALCONY
Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
Layout
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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.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£5,695*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Deluxe OutsideE
Deluxe Outside
PREMIUM
Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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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.

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£5,295*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Deluxe OutsideF
Deluxe Outside
PREMIUM
Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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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.

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£5,095*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideG
Premium Outside
PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

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£4,795*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideH
Premium Outside
PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£4,450*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
Premium OutsideI*
Premium Outside
PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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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.

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£4,295*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Standard OutsideJ
Standard Outside
PREMIUM
Standard Outside, PREMIUM
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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.

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£3,995*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Premium InsideK
Premium Inside
PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£3,795*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium InsideL
Premium Inside
PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£3,550*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Standard InsideM
Standard Inside
PREMIUM
Standard Inside, PREMIUM
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130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£3,295*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
Deluxe BalconyCC
Deluxe Balcony
SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

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£6,450*pp
Lido
Lido
Deluxe OutsideEE
Deluxe Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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£5,695*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium OutsideGG*
Premium Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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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.

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£5,150*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideHH*
Premium Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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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.

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£4,850*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Premium OutsideII*
Premium Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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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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£4,595*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Standard OutsideJJ
Standard Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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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.

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£4,295*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Premium InsideKK
Premium Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
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£3,995*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium InsideLL
Premium Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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£3,795*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Standard InsideMM
Standard Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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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.

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£3,595*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Third/forth person
£2,650

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.