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Classical Greece & Southern Italy

10% Single Supplement

Athens to Rome

11 days

from £2,150 pp

15 May, 2019

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  • 11 days
  • 4 countries
  • 8 shore excursions
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Visit Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics, followed by Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. This itinerary also includes the legendary city of Sparta and the Byzantine hilltop city of Mystras.

Corfu is an island of natural beauty and a renowned crossroads of civilisation. Then cruise to the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik. Step ashore in Catania for the magnificent Greek theatre and the archaeological museum of Syracuse – or explore the Greek theatre of Taormina, with Mount Etna as a backdrop, before one of the most famous archaeological sites in history, Pompeii or nearby Herculaneum.

 

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
May 15
Wed
Piraeus , Greece
Fly to Athens and embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus
6.00pm
May 16
Thu
    Gythion , Greece
    A sightseeing tours to Sparta and Mystras or a tour of the Diros cave.
    8.00pm
    7.00am
    May 17
    Fri
    Katakolon , Greece
    Morning tour of ancient Olympia.
    7.00pm
    8.00am
    May 18
    Sat
    Itea , Greece
    Visit to ancient Delphi or Osios Louka monastery.
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    May 19
    Sun
    Corfu , Greece
    Visit the Achilleion Palace or the highlights of Corfu Town
    2.00pm
    8.00am
    May 20
    Mon
    Dubrovnik , Croatia
    Take a walking tour of Dubrovnik. Optional scenic drive along the Croatian Riviera and through the rolling Konavle countryside to the picturesque town of Cavtat.
    7.00pm
    7.00am
    May 21
    Tue
    Lecce (Brindisi) , Italy
    Visit Lecce - a city of architectural treasures, including the Roman amphitheater, Baroque buildings and the stunning Santa Croce Basilica or visit Alberobello a small town in Puglia known for its trulli houses.
    2.00pm
    7.00am
    May 22
    Wed
    Catania , Sicily
    Morning walking tour of Taormina or the ancient ruins of Syracuse.
    7.00pm
    1.00pm
    May 23
    Thu
    Sorrento , Italy
    Sightseeing tour of Pompeii or Herculaneum. Afternoon at leisure
    overnight
    2.00pm
    May 24
    Fri
    Sorrento , Italy
    A day at leisure in Sorrento.
    6.00pm
    May 25
    Sat
    Civitavecchia , Italy
    Disembark in Civitavecchia and transfer to airport for flight home.
    8.00am
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    A Byzantine Stronghold

    16 May Gythion, Greece
    Half Day Tender Extensive Walking
    Not much remains of Sparta - the ancient Greek city-state devoted to warrior culture, which we pass en route to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Mystras.

    Not much remains of Sparta, the ancient Greek city-state devoted to warrior culture, which we pass en route to the glorious array of Byzantine monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Mystras.

    The Spartans cultivated disciplined soldiers and were so confident in their valor that they erected no city walls until the 4th century BC. The long war between Sparta and Athens has been the focus of many historical works, most notably Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. This conflict culminated in a Spartan victory in 404BC, but the triumph was short lived. Another power, Thebes, defeated Sparta in 371BC and the city never regained its power. Continue to nearby Mystras, once called the “wonder of Morea”.

    This museum town was originally built around a fortress erected in 1249 by the Prince of Achaia. It was reconquered by the Byzantines who established it as a center of art and learning in the 14th and 15th centuries and was then occupied by the Turks and Venetians, until it was abandoned in 1832 leaving breathtaking remnants of a medieval past in a beautiful setting on the slopes of Mount Taygetos. This haunting place includes a 13th-century Crusader fortress, a despot’s palace and splendid churches.

    Drive to the peak of the city for a splendid view of Sparta and then descend to explore the lower town on foot. The more energetic may choose to climb to the summit for yet more outstanding views. Those who prefer a less strenuous experience can seek out the frescoes in the Byzantine churches, notably Agios Dimitrios and the Pantanassa.

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    The Diros Cave

    16 May Gythion, Greece
    Half Day Tender
    Board small fishing boats to sail into Dyros Cave and explore the narrow passageways of this prehistoric dwelling place on the Gulf of Laconia.

    Board small fishing boats to sail into Diros Cave and explore the narrow passageways of this prehistoric dwelling place on the Gulf of Laconia. Finds here suggest the existence of a sizeable prehistoric settlement with a plentiful supply of water. In the late Neolithic period (4000 to 3000BC), these caves were used as a dwelling, workshop, cemetery and place of worship. Complete unburied human skeletons were found, suggesting that at the beginning of the Bronze Age, a severe earthquake blocked the entrance with large boulders so the cave's inhabitants were walled up and died of starvation. The entrance remained sealed for some 4,500 years until discovered in 1958 by speleologists Ionnis and Anna Petrocheilos, then systematically excavated by George Papathanasopoulos, Ephor of Antiquities for the Greek Ministry of Culture.

    You'll find yourself surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites as your small fishing boat navigates the mouth of the cave. Several chambers opening off the central cave are accessible by boat or foot through a maze of corridors, and each has a name referring to its shape, such as Alepotrypa (foxhole). Along with skeletons, other finds included weapons, stone and bone tools, Neolithic pottery and rock paintings. Following your visit you'll have time for pictures before returning to the port of Gythion, once used by the Spartans who enlarged the harbour so they could use this port as a naval base.

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    Ancient Olympia

    17 May Katakolon, Greece
    Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological Site
    The small fishing village of Katakolon is approximately an hour from the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th-century BC.

    The small fishing village of Katakolon is approximately an hour from the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th century BC. Olympia is most familiar as the site where the first Olympic Games were held in 776BC in honour of Olympian Zeus. The origin of the word Olympic comes from the ancient Greek Olympiad – meaning every four years.

    The setting could not be more idyllic: prominently located in the middle of a fertile valley with the rivers of Alfeios and Kladhios flowing past. The site was a religious sanctuary even before the Stadium was built and the games took place in the sacred area called Altis. The most imposing monument in the area was the outstanding Temple of Zeus housing the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    The Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion, and the Philippeion were also monuments standing in the sacred grove. The famous Stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, was entered through a long, tunnel-like passage, constructed in Roman times. The stadium was restored in 2004 for the historic return of the modern Olympics to Athens.

    After your exploration of the famous grounds, visit the archaeological museum which is a short 5-minute walk from the site. Among the great finds of the area that are displayed are the Head of Hera and ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, the famous statue of Hermes created by Praxiteles and the helmet of Miltiades, the Athenian general during Athens' 'Golden Age'.

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    Ancient Delphi

    18 May Itea, Greece
    Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological SiteUphill Sections
    For a thousand years Delphi flourished as the most important sacred site in ancient Greece, even founding one of the earliest rivals of the Olympics, the Pythian Games, which were held in an open-air stadium at the summit of the mountain.

    For a thousand years Delphi flourished as the most important sacred site in ancient Greece, even founding one of the earliest rivals of the Olympics, the Pythian Games, which were held in an open-air stadium at the summit of the mountain.According to legend, Apollo is said to have slain the snake Python on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in revenge for the persecution of his mother Leto, but an alternative version of events maintains that the reason for Python’s death was because she refused to allow an oracle on what was then the centre of the world.

     

    Following the death of Python, Apollo installed the High Priestess Pythia in his Sanctuary at Delphi, where she began foretelling the future through cryptic messages that were interpreted by her priests.

     

    Today the stadium is the best preserved ancient arena in the world, but some other buildings have had to be restored, including the Treasury of Athens and the Altar of the Chians. At the base of the mountain, the site has an excellent museum which is home to many exquisite treasures, including the marble “Omphalos” stone (that once marked the centre of the world) and the magnificent bronze “Charioteer”, which is considered to be the finest 5th-century BC statue in existence. Alongside other statuary, there is also a marvellous scale model of how Delphi would likely have appeared during its heyday. Following the tour, a short stop will be made in the inhabited village nearby, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Osios Loukas Monastery

    18 May Itea, Greece
    Half Day Cobbled Streets
    The region of Phocis has some spectacular mountains and forests to admire during the short journey from Itea to the monastery of Osios Loukas, on the slopes of Mount Helicon. So named after its founder, the ascetic and saint, Luke of Steiris, the original “Cross-in-square” church of Hosios Loukas dates from the 10th-century and is the oldest of its kind in the world.

    The region of Phocis has some spectacular mountains and forests to admire during the short journey from Itea to the monastery of Osios Loukas, on the slopes of Mount Helicon. So named after its founder, the ascetic and saint, Luke of Steiris, the original “Cross-in-square” church of Hosios Loukas dates from the 10th-century and is the oldest of its kind in the world.

     

    Saint Luke’s relics were entombed here following his death in 953AD, but in the 11th-century they were moved to a crypt beneath the newer Katholikon (Great Church) where they were believed to exude an aromatic smell with miraculous healing properties.

     

    Consequently, Pilgrims came from far and wide to sleep in the tomb, hoping the scented myron would cure them of their ailments. Osios Loukas quickly became extremely wealthy, allowing it to commission a series of exquisite Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. Many of the monastery’s removable mediaeval artefacts are lost to time and plunder, but virtually all of the Katholikon’s decorations remain intact, including scenes depicting the life of Christ, the Pentecost and other heavenly events. On the outside wall is a recently discovered image of Joshua, believed to represent the recapturing of Crete from the Ottomans in 961AD, an event prophesised by Saint Luke.

     

    Following your tour of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, the return drive will pass through the quaint village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, before stopping at the village of Delphi for some time at leisure on your way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Corfu Town Highlights

    19 May Corfu, Greece
    Half Day
    Journey to Corfu Town, where a 15th-century church holds a surprise for all who venture inside: one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art.

    Journey to Corfu Town, where a 15th century church holds a surprise for all who venture inside: one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art. Northernmost of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is renowned for its natural beauty and as a crossroads of civilisation. The island figured in The Odyssey of Homer and The Tempest of Shakespeare.

    Today's adventure starts with a scenic drive to Corfu Town's historic Campielo quarter, where the Byzantine Museum is located in the Panaghia Antivouniotissa (Our Lady Opposite the Mountain), a church that was restored by the Greek government and re-opened in 1984 as a museum. The collection exhibits a wide selection of Byzantine icons, a form of sacred art still used in the Eastern Orthodox religion and held to be an influence on Italian Renaissance artists. Highlights include an altar-cloth from Russia, the Noli Me Tangere icon (Touch Me Not) by Emmanuel Tzanes and the icon of Saints Sergius, Bacchus and Justina by Michael Damaskenos.

    After your visit a short walk takes you to the heart of Corfu Town. Visit the 16th century rococo church dedicated to St Spiridon, Corfu's patron saint, whose bones are preserved in a gleaming casket. Explore the maze of narrow, stepped streets where little has changed for centuries. Discover an array of past rulers reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel and Greek temple.

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    Achilleion Palace and Paleokastritsa

    19 May Corfu, Greece
    Half Day Significant Steps
    On this tour you will journey out of the city, through the island’s fertile orange and lemon groves, to Achilleon Palace, one of the most renowned royal villas in Europe.

    On this tour you will journey out of the city, through the island’s fertile orange and lemon groves, to Achilleon Palace, one of the most renowned royal villas in Europe.

    Built in 1890, this summer residence was the dream home of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who yearned for a place of beauty to escape after the tragic death of her only son a year previously. On her ambitions for the site prior to its construction she wrote: "I want a palace with pillared colonnades and hanging gardens, protected from prying glances – a palace worthy of Achilles, who despised all mortals and did not fear even the gods."

    It was up to the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto, and the German sculptor Ernst Herter, to fulfil the Empress’s wishes, delivering to her a palace and gardens full of work inspired by Greek mythology, including Herter’s garden centrepiece, Achilles Dying.

    After Elisabeth's death, the palace was inherited by her daughter and later bought by Kaiser Wilhelm II who used it as a hub of European diplomacy. Wilhelm expanded on the main theme, commissioning his own Achilles statue by Johannes Gotz, who created an imposing bronze sculpture in the Garden facing north toward the city.

    After completing a tour of the palace, there will be a visit to the Monastery of Paleokastritsa, which was founded in 1225, although the present building, a fine example of an arcaded cloister, dates from the 18th to 19th centuries.

    The monastery has a small ecclesiastical museum, with rare Byzantine icons, holy books and other relics, along with a still-working traditional olive oil press.

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    Dubrovnik Walking Tour

    20 May Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Half Day Tender
    Lord Byron called this majestic walled city “the pearl of the Adriatic,” and it is easy to see why. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is held to be the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean.

    Lord Byron called this majestic walled city “the Pearl of the Adriatic,” and it is easy to see why. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is held to be the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean with a seafront setting and dramatic mountain backdrop. The city skyline is a medley of bell towers, copper domes and massive 10th-century walls.

    Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century AD and was a powerful independent republic from 1358 to 1808, when Napoleon conquered the city. Today the city is an inspiration in self-resurrection. Despite a destructive earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik has managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. This morning’s walking tour of the Old Town takes you along the city’s main street, the Stradun or Placa, once a sea channel connecting two ancient settlements. Visit the Dominican Monastery, home to a beautiful 15th-century Gothic cloister and the city’s finest collection of Renaissance paintings. Next, the Franciscan Monastery is home to Europe’s oldest pharmacy, founded in 1318 and still in existence.

    Your walk continues past such landmarks as the Sponza Palace with its elaborate stone exterior, the Baroque Church of St Blaise and Onofriou’s Fountain. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, originally built in the 12th century, destroyed in the 1667 earthquake and triumphantly rebuilt. View Titian’s Assumption over the main altar and, in the Treasury, one of Europe’s finest collections of gold and silver, including the bejeweled skull of St Blaise. Following the tour there will be free time to explore the nooks and crannies of the Old Town.

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    Cavtat and Countryside

    20 May Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Half day
    Get ready for a scenic drive along the Croatian Riviera and through the rolling Konavle countryside to the picturesque town of Cavtat. *Note: Only available on our June 15 sailing.

    Get ready for a scenic drive along the Croatian Riviera and through the rolling Konavle countryside to the picturesque town of Cavtat. Your drive starts with a photo stop of Dubrovnik, the majestic walled city Lord Byron called “the pearl of the Adriatic.”

    Cavtat has a history that predates even Dubrovnik's. Both cities were once part of the Ragusan Republic which existed from the 14th century until being conquered by Napoleon in 1808. Settle back and soak up the scenery on a drive that meanders past scenic villages of the fertile Konavle Valley with its panoramic views of the region's bays and magnificent architecture. Stop at an old mill, now an acclaimed restaurant. Snack on local specialties such as smoked ham, cheese and homemade bread beside the cascading waters of the Ljuta River.

    Continue to Cavtat, built on the ruins of the old Roman city of Epidaurum. Over 16 churches are crammed alongside the cobblestone streets of the old town. Highlights include the Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery and St Nicholas Church. England's Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson visited this atmospheric spot on their honeymoon, and today it is a favourite with the international yachting set. You have free time to stroll along the beautiful promenade, shop, or relax in the cafes before continuing to the ship.

    Note: Only available on certain sailings.

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    Alberobello

    21 May Lecce (Brindisi), Italy
    Half Day
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    Lecce

    21 May Lecce (Brindisi), Italy
    Half day
    Lecce is a city of outstanding historical and architectural treasures. With its abundance of ancient ruins, Baroque churches and noble palaces carved out of honey-coloured local stone, it is a place that will stay long in the memory.

    Lecce is a city of outstanding historical and architectural treasures. With its abundance of ancient ruins, Baroque churches and noble palaces carved out of honey-coloured local stone, it is a place that will stay long in the memory.

    Set in the heart of the Salento region on the south-eastern tip of Italy’s “boot”, Lecce was founded in the 5th century BC and was later an important Roman city. The 25,000-seat amphitheatre dating from the 1st century BC in the Piazza St Oronzo is a magnificent legacy of the city’s Roman past and it is here that your tour begins. You will also pass by the Roman column that marks the end of the Appian Way and then continue on to the city centre to discover the remarkable buildings from a later time.

    From the 16th to the 18th century, Lecce flourished under a period of great splendour and was duly embellished with Rococo and Baroque monuments. The local limestone was particularly easy to work, making the creation of decorative relief and delicate detail relatively easy and created a style known as Lecce Baroque.

    You will visit the Santa Croce Basilica, which is sumptuously decorated and represents the triumph of Baroque art in Lecce. Nearby, admire the impressive façade of the Governor’s Palace (the former monastery of the Celestine monks). Visit one of the finest and most impressive squares in southern Italy – Piazza Duomo.

    Explore the elegant streets of Lecce adjacent to the square and you will discover that the typical local crafts of the town, such as papier-mâché or Leccese stone items, are traditional art forms here. The objects created in the artisans’ workshops are crafted according to ancient traditions handed down from generation to generation.

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    Syracuse

    22 May Catania, Sicily
    Half Day Archaeological Site
    Many a conqueror set his sights on Syracuse, one of the largest and wealthiest cities of ancient Europe that, at the height of its power, rivalled Athens, Carthage and Rome.

    This tour begins in the ancient heart of Syracuse at the archeological park of Neapolis, a 16,000 capacity Roman amphitheatre cut into the hillside. This extraordinary archeological site was originally used for gladiator fights, circuses and the staging of entertaining naval battles known as naumachia. Today it remains one of the largest of its kind in Italy.

    Next we will visit the Altar of Hieron, thought to have been built by Hiero II in the third century BC as a table for the sacrificing of bulls to Zeus Eleutherios (Zeus the Liberator). Then it is just a short walk to the Greek Theatre, once the centre of the city’s political and cultural life; its excellent acoustics made it ideal for the oratorical and theatrical performances of the day.

    Near to the theatre are the subterranian latomìe – stone quarries that in ancient times were used as prisons. The most famous of these are the Rope-makers’ Cave, so called because it was once used by manufacters of string or “cordari” – and the Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius). These man-made vaults are supported by pillars of stones that have been carved out by the quarrymen.

    From here we will transfer to Ortygia for a walking tour of this quaint island-town’s best attractions, including the Piazza Archimede, the Cathedral and the Arethusa Spring, before a return to the coaches for our drive back to Catania

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    Taormina Walking Tour

    22 May Catania, Sicily
    Half Day Tender Extensive Walking
    Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina.

    Perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, Taormina has a delightful medieval character with plenty of interesting historical sites to explore on this tour.

    During a stroll around the city we will see the Palazzo Corvaia, which incorporates a 10th-century Saracen fortress constructed on Roman foundations into a 15th-century Moorish Gothic design, creating an architectural style that is notable for its lancet windows.

    We will visit the Ancient Greek Theatre, the second largest of its kind in Sicily; this amphitheatre dates from the 3rd century BC and is still frequently used for operas, concerts and theatrical performances.

    Finally, we will have time to stroll along the Corso Umberto, the main street of Taormina, into some of the smaller lanes and alleyways, or vuizze, of the city, where you will be able to shop for some local handcrafts, before a short sightseeing drive through Via Etnea, Villa Bellini, Piazza Stesicoro and Piazza Duomo, on our way back to Catania

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    Pompeii Tour

    23 May Sorrento, Italy
    Half Day Tender Extensive WalkingArchaeological Site
    Discover what many consider to be the world's finest example of an ancient Roman town. The patricians who built their mansions in Pompeii came to escape the turmoil in Rome, but a different sort of violence awaited them in their southern retreats. In 79AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted at 10am and, within three hours, extinguished these affluent communities even as it preserved their remains for our discovery.

    The patricians who built their mansions in Pompeii came to escape the turmoil in Rome, but a different sort of violence awaited them in their southern retreats. In 79AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted at 10am and, within three hours, extinguished these affluent communities even as it preserved their remains for our discovery. Begin with a scenic hour drive along the Bay of Naples to Pompeii.

    On the walking tour, you will be guided expertly through this spectacular site. Places not to be missed include the aristocratic mansions, temples, theatres, markets and large forum. At every turn, inscriptions bring the hustle and bustle of this ancient city to life: there are notices of wine sales and apartment vacancies, upcoming gladiatorial events in the theatre and political announcements.

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    Herculaneum Tour

    23 May Sorrento, Italy
    Half Day Tender Extensive Walking
    A scenic hour drive takes us to Herculaneum which was engulfed by volcanic mud in the same eruption that claimed Pompeii. Fortunately for us, this mud sealed and protected entire buildings: today inlaid marble floors, paintings, mosaics and carbonised woods can all be seen.

    A scenic hour drive takes us to Herculaneum which was engulfed by volcanic mud in the same eruption that claimed Pompeii. Fortunately for us, this mud sealed and protected entire buildings: today inlaid marble floors, paintings, mosaics and carbonised woods can all be seen. These range from the sculpture of the Drunken Hercules in the House of the Stags to mosaics of tritons in the city baths. Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii with an extraordinary density of fine houses, with far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding. The discovery in recent years of some 300 skeletons along the sea shore came as a surprise since it was known that the town itself had been largely evacuated.

    Following our visit, we will return to central Sorrento where you have the option of exploring independently or returning to the ship in the company of the guide.

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    Prof Robin Cormack

    Prof Robin Cormack, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, and is giving lectures in 2014 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

    Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, and is giving lectures in 2014 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Robin has published books on Byzantine Art, and co-curated the recent Royal Academy exhibition, Byzantium 330-1453. 

    He has a special side-interest in British architects who worked in Khartoum and New Delhi, and since he has always made it an aim never to write or lecture about monuments and sites unless he has visited them and studied them at first hand, travel is one of the things he does most often. Fortunately his wife, Professor Mary Beard, agrees with this aim, and travels too (and not just on twitter). So do his children who are both students working in Africa, and who spend time in Cairo and South Sudan. He is currently trying to learn to play the harpsichord, but that does not travel with him.

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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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    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.

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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.

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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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    £3,550*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.

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    £3,350*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.

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    £3,150*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.

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    £2,950*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.

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    £2,795*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.

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    £2,595*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.

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    £2,450*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.

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    £2,295*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.

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    £2,150*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.

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    £4,350*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.

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    £3,795*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.

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    £3,395*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.

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    £3,195*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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    £2,995*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.

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    £2,795*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    KK

    Premium Inside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    £2,595*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    LL

    Premium Inside

    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    £2,450*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.

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    £2,295*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Third/forth person
    £1,695
    Air Credit (no air included)
    £300

    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.