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Idyllic Islands of the Indian Ocean

Hosted by John & Rebecca Ronan

Mumbai to Singapore

22 days

from £3,495 pp

05 Jan, 2019

Hosted by John and Rebecca Ronan

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  • 22 days
  • 8 countries
  • 8 shore excursions
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Being your 22-day voyages in Mumbai and sail the tropical Malabar coast, before picnicking on a “desert island” in the Maldives.

In Sri Lanka, visit the Pinnawala elephant sanctuary, see the incredible murals of the Asokaramaya Buddist temple and cruise to the spiritually significant city of Trincomalee.

Sail to the Andaman Islands and Thailand for the chance to explore the delightful resort of Phuket as well as the stunning Phi Phi Islands or the bay of Phang Nga. Then cruise the Strait of Malacca to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, a place of breathtaking skylines and sacred shrines before disemarking in Singapore for your flight home. 

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jan 05
Sat
London, England , United Kingdom
Depart UK by air
Jan 06
Sun
Mumbai , India
Embark Aegean Odyssey in Mumbai.
overnight
Jan 07
Mon
Mumbai , India
Mumbai City Sightseeing.
10.00pm
Jan 08
Tue
At sea
Cruising the Arabian Sea
Jan 09
Wed
Marmagao , India
Tour Old Goa and historic villas of the Portuguese era or take a tour away from the city, through small towns and villages.
8.00pm
8.00am
Jan 10
Thu
At sea
Cruising the Arabian Sea
Jan 11
Fri
Cochin , India
Morning highlights tour including the oldest church in India and 500-year old Portuguese houses. Optional afternoon tour available or a full day optional tour to India's most beautiful regions, Kerala
8.00pm
8.00am
Jan 12
Sat
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean
Jan 13
Sun
Maldives , Maldives
Beach BBQ in the Maldives
3.00pm
8.00am
Jan 14
Mon
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean
Jan 15
Tue
Colombo , Sri Lanka
Watch Asian elephants bathe and play on a full day adventure to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage or optional full day tour to Kandy.
overnight
8.00am
Jan 16
Wed
Colombo , Sri Lanka
Morning Colombo city tour.
6.00pm
Jan 17
Thu
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean
Jan 18
Fri
Trincomalee , Sri Lanka
Choice of tours: City tour of Trincomalee or visit UNESCO Polonnaruwa.
8.00pm
8.00am
Jan 19
Sat
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean
Jan 20
Sun
At sea
Cruising the Indian Ocean
Jan 21
Mon
Port Blair , Andaman Islands
Morning city tour, including the Andaman's historic monuments and museums. Optional afternoon tour to Ross Island.
7.00pm
8.00am
Jan 22
Tue
At sea
Cruising the Andaman Sea
Jan 23
Wed
Phuket , Thailand
Day trip to the Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga.
8.00pm
8.00am
Jan 24
Thu
At sea
Cruising the Strait of Malaca
Jan 25
Fri
Port Kelang , Malaysia
View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums, historic memorials and local marketplaces in Kuala Lumpur
2.00pm
8.00am
Jan 26
Sat
Singapore , Singapore
Disembark and transfer to Singapore Airport for overnight flight home.
8.00am

Mumbai City Highlights

7 Jan Mumbai, India
Half Day
Immerse yourself in the swirling contrasts of India's economic powerhouse, home to nearly 20 million people, global corporations and the Bollywood film industry.

Immerse yourself in the swirling contrasts of India's economic powerhouse, home to nearly 20 million people, global corporations and the Bollywood film industry. View the colonial heritage as you drive from the pier past such Victorian Gothic Revival landmarks as Rajabhai Clock Tower, Mumbai University, High Court, Crawford Market and the marvelous Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Stop at Dhobi Ghat to watch men flogging clothes in the stone tubs of an immense open-air manual laundry.

Glimpse political India when you visit the charming residence of Mahatma Gandhi, Mani Bhawan, a museum to the leader's life and work. The father of the nation lived here from 1917 to 1934, when the city was still called Bombay. Then ascend Malabar Hill to the Hanging Gardens for panoramas of the entire city. On the return, enjoy a photo stop before the 262-foot-high Gateway of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea, built to mark the 1911 visit of King George V.

*Please note you must dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. Comfortable shoes and socks are advised, as you are required to remove shoes upon entering the temple. 

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Old Goa & Latin Quarter Walk

9 Jan Marmagao, India
Half day Extensive Walking
Marvel at two magnificent churches of Old Goa, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then take a walking tour of the capital's atmospheric Latin Quarter.

Marvel at two magnificent churches of Old Goa, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then take a walking tour of the capital's atmospheric Latin Quarter. Some of India's most architecturally beautiful places can be found in Old Goa, your first sightseeing destination. This walled historic precinct contains an archaeological reserve of churches that were influential in spreading Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art to Asia in the 16th to 18th centuries.

Designed to awe the locals into conversion, these magnificent churches testify to the wealth of Goa when it was the capital of the Eastern Portuguese Empire. Visit St Cajetan Church, modeled on St Peter's in Rome, with its hidden crypt where in 1992 the bodies of former Portuguese governors were found in lead coffins waiting to be sent back to Lisbon. Next, visit the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesus, where St Francis Xavier, Goa's patron saint, is entombed in a marble mausoleum.

Continue your sightseeing with a short orientation drive through Panjim, the relaxed state capital. Enjoy a walking tour through one of the city's most charming neighborhoods, the Fontainhas Latin Quarter built by the Portuguese. Stroll along the narrow streets past wonderful old villas and savor the tranquil essence of Goa.

Note: Please dress respectfully for religious sites by covering shoulders and knees. 

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Temples & Spices

9 Jan Marmagao, India
Half Day
This tour takes you away from the city, through small towns and villages. Along the way you will see the large, elegant homes from the colonial period and pass numerous brilliant green rice paddies.

The Goan port of Marmagoa was chosen to be the first capital of the Portuguese Empire in India and, in 1685, the construction of the fort started along with that of the main town. This tour takes you away from the city, through small towns and villages. Along the way you will see the large, elegant homes from the colonial period and pass numerous brilliant green rice paddies. In the lush valleys and forests of Ponda are hidden a number of Hindu temples, built in the 17th and 18th centuries by those attempting to practice their traditional religion away from the prying eyes and persecution of the Portuguese.

Although the temples are fairly modern by Indian standards, their deities are ancient, and revered by the local people, as well as by the thousands of pilgrims who visit here from other parts of southern India. Set on wooded hill, and surrounded by farmland, Mangueshi Temple is considered the most important Hindu temple in Goa. Here you will find a seven-story octagonal tower, full of niches where oil lamps are placed during festivals and important occasions. 

A visit to Sahakari Plantation will refresh both your body and soul. Here the fields centre on a large irrigation tank filled with lilies and watched over by bright kingfishers. The property’s varied terrain, which includes both flat wetlands and hillsides, allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of plants and trees. You will be provided with a guided walking tour by an expert through the spice world of black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, etc.

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

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Cochin City Tour

11 Jan Cochin, India
Half day
Centuries of invaders, traders and rulers have shaped the culture and architecture of the Indian state of Kerala's premier city.

Centuries of invaders, traders and rulers have shaped the culture and architecture of the Indian state of Kerala's premier city. 15th and 16th-century palaces, mosques, churches, and even an active synagogue mark the myriad periods in Cochin's history.

Begin your sightseeing with a drive to Fort Cochin, located in the historic centre, and visit the oldest European church in India, St Francis Church, where the explorer Vasco da Gama was once buried. Just outside the church, see the bamboo and teak poles of the city's often photographed Chinese fishing nets and then catch the lively action at the local Fish Market.

Head next to the Mattancherry area where the old merchant houses were once home to a flourishing Jewish community. Visit the charming Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555, renovated by the Dutch in 1663 and today flanked by shrines to Krishna and Shiva.

Tour the Synagogue, built in 1568, with its hand-painted blue-and-white tiles from China and sparkling, oil-burning chandelier from Belgium. Afterwards, stroll along historic Jew Street, lined with spice and antique shops. The first wave of Jewish migration to Cochin dates to the 1st century BC, but long before it is said the ships of King Solomon traded here.

Please dress appropriately for visiting religious sites, with shoulders and knees covered as a general rule. Shoes must be removed to enter the synagogue and no items (incuding cameras) can be taken inside but must be left on the excursion coach. There is no wheelchair access in the Dutch Palace.

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Alleppey Backwater Cruise

11 Jan Cochin, India
Full day Lunch Included
Glide past sleepy backwater villages through a labyrinth of tropical waterways as one of India's most beautiful regions, Kerala, unfolds.

Glide past sleepy backwater villages through a labyrinth of tropical waterways as one of India's most beautiful regions, Kerala, unfolds. Drive from the ship to Alappuzha, your gateway to this idyllic world. Here, you'll board a tourist boat to begin your adventure.

Relax in shaded comfort as you drift down narrow, foliage-choked canals that suddenly, thrillingly, open to expansive green paddy fields. Get glimpses of tropical life you'd never see from the road, such as villagers bathing and washing their clothes in the river, workers harvesting coconuts and children playing beneath trees laden with papaya, mango and jackfruit.

In this labyrinth of waterways, called kayals, time seems to stand still. For centuries this extensive network of rivers, lakes and lagoons has been a means of transporting goods and people from the heartland to the coast. Kettuvallam (traditional house boats) still ply the waters carrying cargo and are locally built from eco-friendly materials in much the same way as they have for centuries.

Following your backwater trip, transfer to Punnamada Resort for a buffet lunch. A brief orientation of Cochin concludes this delightful excursion.

Please note that the drive from the ship to Allapuzha is approximately 1.5 hours. Life jackets will be provided on the boat during this excursion. Sun protection is highly recommended.

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Optional $ 65

Kumbalangi Village Tour

11 Jan Cochin, India
Half day
Rub shoulders with the real India on this adventure combining a backwater boat trip with a taste of traditional village life.

Rub shoulders with the real India on this adventure combining a backwater boat trip with a taste of traditional village life. Start with a half-hour drive to Kumbalangi, an island-village ringed by Chinese fishing nets. Here you'll board a traditional country boat for a short cruise through the area's serene backwaters. En route you'll have the chance to try your hand at such local fishing techniques as veeshu vala (fishing with conical nets), and padalu (trapping fish in coconut palm cages).

Following the scenic boat trip, take a walk through the village. There's plenty to see, as the villagers demonstrate such skills as crab catching, fish flipping, clam meat processing, coir making, mat making and net making. Stop for refreshments and drink in the scenic beauty of the paddy fields and mangroves of this idyllic spot.

Yet another experience awaits before your return to the ship: a rickshaw ride in a local tuk-tuk through narrow village lanes to the coach parking area.

Please note that various modes of transport are used in this excursion. Life jackets will be provided on the boat ride during this excursion.

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Optional $ 75

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

15 Jan Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full day Lunch Included
Watch Asian Elephants as they bathe and play in the river, then see the babies being fed on this full-day adventure.

A two and a half hour drive through the lovely 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. Head first to the Oya River to watch the elephants bathing and socializing. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty – and the antics – of these majestic animals. Many of the elephants have been bred here and will stay for life. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Pinnalanda Restaurant in a picturesque location overlooking the river.

In the afternoon, see the elephants from closer-up, and maybe watch some of the older or smaller elephants being fed. Return with 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.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kandy & Temple of the Tooth

15 Jan Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full day Lunch Included
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.

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!

Continue on to Kandy, founded in the 14th century and the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings. Lunch will be served in a colonial hotel overlooking the Kandy Lake. On the opposite side of the picturesque valley, take a guided tour of the monumental Temple of the Tooth where the sacred relic is enshrined.

During the return drive from this ancient kingdom, make a stop at a Spice Garden and learn 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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UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO Polonnaruwa

18 Jan Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Full day Archaeological Site
The magnificent World Heritage Site of Royal Polonnaruwa is the centrepiece of this full-day tour, which begins with a scenic drive across Sri Lanka to one of the best preserved archaeological cities on the island.

The magnificent World Heritage Site of Royal Polonnaruwa is the centrepiece of this full-day tour, which begins with a scenic drive across Sri Lanka to one of the best preserved archaeological cities on the island.

During the 11th and 12th-centuries Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka’s second most ancient kingdom and became the seat of Vijayabahu I, who founded the city, and Parakramabahu the Great, whose reign is considered the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa.

Among the site’s many impressive structures is the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, a circular stone shrine built to a design that is wholly unique to Sri Lanka. This reliquary is believed to have been commissioned to hold either the Relic of the Tooth or the alms bowl used by the Buddha. Only ten such structures remain in existence, but the virtually intact Vatadage of Polonnaruwa is widely considered the finest.

Also on display are the Royal Palace and Audience Hall, statues of Parakramabahu the Great, the Lotus Bath and the Gal-potha stone book, which recounts the achievements of King Nissanka Malla. Monuments of worship include the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Kiri Vehera stupa and the Gal Viharaya, where four enormous reliefs of the Buddha, consisting of an ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and two ‘Recumbent’ poses, have been carved into a single huge rock.

The Parakrama Samudraya reservoir, also known as The Sea of Parakrama, also offers a place for some peaceful reflection, before departing for a buffet lunch at the exclusive Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana, on your way back to Aegean Odyssey in Trincomalee.

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City Tour of Trincomalee

18 Jan Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Half day
The natural deep-water harbour of Trincomalee has attracted many sea farers throughout the ages, from Marco Polo and Ptolemy to the traders of ancient China and East Asia; its strategic importance has always been immense.

The natural deep-water harbour of Trincomalee has attracted many sea farers throughout the ages, from Marco Polo and Ptolemy to the traders of ancient China and East Asia; its strategic importance has always been immense.

Your tour here begins with a visit to the remains of what was once the largest European fort in Sri Lanka, Fort Fredrick. Built by the Portuguese in 1623 the fortress was originally named Fort Triquillimale, until it was captured by the Dutch in 1639 and went through a phase of dismantling and reconstruction.

Inside the grounds, the classical-medieval Hindu Koneswaram temple can be reached by passing directly through the still intact fort entrance. The Thirukoneswaram Kovil temple, as it is also known, is the oldest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka, although the original shrine was demolished in 1622 by the Portuguese, who called it the Temple of a Thousand Columns.

Much of the art from the demolished temple was taken to the Lisbon Museum, including a stone inscription by the Chola King, Kulakottan, but the remaining building materials were subsequently used to enlarge the fort’s ramparts.

There will also be a chance to visit the Trincomalee War Cemetery, commemorating soldiers of the British Empire who lost their lives during World War II, followed by the tranquil remains of the Velgam Vihara temple, an historic place of worship for both Sinhala and Tamil Buddhists that is today one of Sri Lanka’s most important Archaeologically Protected Monuments.

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Port Blair City Tour

21 Jan 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.

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 is a vibrant mix of Indian Ocean 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 the aboriginal tribes with miniature models of the tools used by them, their dresses and photographs of their life style.

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 and the Cellular Jail is one of the murkiest chapters in the history of the 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

21 Jan Port Blair, Andaman Islands
Half Day Extensive Walking
Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

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 it 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. All in a rather dilapidated condition, these buildings evoke the old British regime. You will also visit a small museum which houses old photographs of Ross during the colonial era.

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Phi Phi Islands

23 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.

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 you'll visit stunningly beautiful Maya Bay, seen in the film The Beach. Swim or snorkel with colourful fish. Explore fjord-like Pileh Cove with its steep limestone walls. See the Viking Cave, a source of birds' nests for the famous Asian soup. Inside, rock carvings from 3,000-4,000 years old 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. Enjoy free time, snorkel amid the coral beds and wonder if those Viking captains ever did drop anchor in these blissful waters.

*Please note the excursion is dependent upon weather and sea conditions. 

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Phang Nga by Longtail Boat

23 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.

Follow in the path of James Bond as you navigate Phang Nga National Park where sheer limestone karsts thrust dramatically from the sea. Enjoy a briefing on this beautiful bay during the hour-and-ahalf drive from Phuket. Then 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. Stop at the Sea Gypsy Village, a Muslim 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. En-route, visit a local fruit orchard to sample an array of tropical fruits and learn how to prepare such treats as Tom Yum Kung Soup. If time permits, you will also stop at a showroom of Thai handicrafts and jewellery.

*Please note this tour is dependent upon weather and sea conditions.

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Kuala Lumpur

25 Jan Port Kelang, Malaysia
Half day
View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums, historic memorials and local marketplaces during this tour of Malaysia's capital.

View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums and historic memorials during this tour of Malaysia's capital. It's all a far cry from the city's 19th-century start as a humble tin mining settlement. Start with an hour's drive along the modern highway to the highlight of your sightseeing tour, the National Museum, where the superb displays include a life-size exhibit of a Malay wedding, a GoldRoom and a reconstructed village compound.

On your way to Independence Square, pass the blue-domed National Mosque and the fantastical Edwardian Moorish-style Railway Station. Visit Independence Square, where British colonists once played cricket and the Malayan flag was first hoisted on August 31, 1957. The surrounding architectural ensemble includes the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club, a watering hole for high society during the tin boom. Across the way is St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican church.

Before returning to the ship proceed to the Petronas Towers for a photo stop – the most memorable symbol of Kuala Lumpur without a doubt.

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Rev Dr. Judith Brown

Rev Dr. Judith Brown, University of Oxford
Judith Brown is the recently retired Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and an emeritus Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.  The main focus of her academic writing has been modern India, in particular the careers of M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.  She has also written on the modern diaspora from South Asia.

Judith Brown is the recently retired Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and an emeritus Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.  The main focus of her academic writing has been modern India, in particular the careers of M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.  She has also written on the modern diaspora from South Asia.

She was born in India and then educated in the UK.  She returned to India to teach in her “gap” before going to Cambridge (Girton college) to read History as an undergraduate, and then to do her doctorate on the early Indian career of Gandhi.  Her teaching career started in her own college where she was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History.  She then moved to Manchester University’s Department of History, and finally in 1990 to Oxford.  As well as teaching and writing, she has travelled widely for research, to give lectures, and to do many of the tasks which accompany senior academic life.  She has been a governor of several UK universities, a Trustee of the Charles Wallace (India) Trust, and was a founder member of the Kluge Scholars’ Council at the Library of Congress.  In the 1990s she travelled regularly to South Africa to teach summer courses on India in the then University of Natal.

Judith is also an Anglican Priest, and now helps in Balliol Chapel and in the parish church of St. Mary Magdalen, Oxford.  In 2017 she was “lent” to Brasenose College as their interim chaplain.  She was married to her late husband, Peter Diggle for over 30 years.  Their son works in politics in London and their daughter-in-law is a rising young opera star.  Judith’s passion, apart from India, is gardening!

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Major General Stephen Carr-Smith

Major General Stephen Carr-Smith, British Army, Retired
Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.

Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.

His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. On leaving the Army in 1995, he worked for a company providing security and mine clearance services in remote and hostile countries; was the Senior Military Advisor to an operational analysis company owned by British Aerospace; and was the Chairman of a company developing opportunities to marry-up Russian technology with western finance and production.

From 1999 to 2006, he was the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a national appointment dealing with redress and financial compensation for buyers and sellers of residential property throughout the UK. Since 2009, he has been the Chairman of Help Moving Office, an internet company run by his second son that has now expanded into America.

He has had a number of other involvements, like being an Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) – an all women, uniformed volunteer body that has supported the British Army for 100 years. From 1997 to 2003, he was a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Signals. From 2003 to 2013, he was the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club, with its origins in the Punjab in the 1920s – and, accompanied by his wife, he led tours to Sri Lanka in 2004 and to India in 2007.

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Clare Coventry

Clare Coventry, Craft Tutor
Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

Her mother was a classically-trained pianist, and her father a fine tenor. Clare and her siblings were all musically inclined from a young age, and Clare formed herself and her three younger siblings (two sisters and a brother) into a harmony ensemble, with their ages ranging from sixteen to just eleven.

In 1967, they won a grand concours held in Cork City Opera House, and were brought over to the UK on a tour, from which they never returned to Ireland.

They settled in the United Kingdom, married and had families. Clare and her sisters resurrected their musical career in the 1980’s, culminating in national TV appearances and selection for the Golden Rose of Montreux international awards festival, in Switzerland.

Clare went on to become a very successful BBC radio presenter, working for BBC Radio Lancashire, and BBC Radio Merseyside, two of Britain’s largest local radio networks. She had her own magazine-type show, interviewing right across the board, from authors to explorers, and from politicians to pop stars.

As well as musical ability, Clare also inherited from her mother a lifelong love of crafting.

“With six children to look after, my mother saw it as a necessity rather than a hobby,” reflects Clare. “I’ve just taken what I learnt and absorbed from her, and turned it to another use...teaching”.</p>

Clare has spent a lifetime singing and crafting. In 2008, she gained her ‘Fascinator of Excellence’ qualification, and since then has appeared on ‘Crafty Beggars’, a TV show sponsored by Hobbycraft.’

Clare has been singing and teaching her crafts aboard cruise ships for the past seventeen years. Her craft workshops are informative, effective, and great fun.With a unique blend of skill, patience, and humour, she brings to life the adage, “People learn best when they’re enjoying themselves”.

Please note Clare will not be lecturing.

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John Coventry

John Coventry, Travel and Special Interests lecturer
John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

John then embarked upon a working lifetime spent in some of the strangest corners of the travel industry.

At a time when the world was just starting to open up to leisure travel, he was in the vanguard of this revolution as a worldwide tour coordinator, accompanying groups of travellers on trips to a variety of exotic destinations and with a variety of diverse purposes.

From wildlife photo safaris to transatlantic flights aboard Concorde, from the slopes of Macchu Picchu to the outback of Australia, from the gates of Graceland to the Iron Gates of the Danube, John’s life was a kaleidoscope of people, places, and experiences, some exciting, some disquieting, but all memorable.

Smuggling a body across the Iron Curtain, being caught up in a revolution in South America, pinned down by sniper fire in San Francisco...these were just some of John’s experiences as he plied his trade around the globe. He went on to become general manager of one of the UK’s most prestigious independent tour operators.

John’s first experience of ocean cruising was in 1982, around the islands of Indonesia. Since that long-ago cruise baptism, he has sailed the seven seas, as cruise manager, charterer, port lecturer, destinations presenter, and special interests speaker.

A long time Mensa member and four time Brain of Mensa finalist, John&rsquo;s range of knowledge and interests is as intriguing as it is eclectic.

As a cruise lecturer, John brings to bear all his experience and expertise in a series of scintillating presentations on a- as you might expect - diverse range of fascinating subject matters.

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Ernest Rea

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

Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. 

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

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Gaynor Vaughan-Jones

Gaynor Vaughan-Jones, Radio & TV Producer
Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.

Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.

She spent 25 years working for the BBC as a Radio 4 presenter and as an award-winning producer of television and radio programmes. She was Head of BBC Radio Wales and was the first Managing Editor of BBC Radio 5, which is a national news and sports channel.

While at the BBC Gaynor was sent to South Africa post-apartheid to train black presenters for SABC. Nowadays she works as a media consultant with Charities, and spends her spare time sailing the high seas or at home with her husband Ernie and beautiful dog, Bertie.

Whilst on board Aegean Odyssey, Gaynor will be on board to host a book club for passengers wishing to learn more about the fascinating sites visited.  Please note Gaynor will not be lecturing.

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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 >

 

 

 

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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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£7,995*pp
Lido
Lido
B

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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£7,395*pp
Lido
Lido
C

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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£6,575*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
D

Deluxe Balcony

BALCONY
Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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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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£6,250*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
E

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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£5,750*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
F

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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£5,495*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
G

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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£5,150*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
H

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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£4,850*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
I*

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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£4,550*pp
Bridge
Bridge
J

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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£4,275*pp
Columbus
Columbus
K

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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£3,950*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
L

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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£3,695*pp
Columbus
Columbus
M

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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£3,495*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
CC

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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£7,150*pp
Lido
Lido
EE

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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£6,250*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
GG*

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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£5,550*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
HH*

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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£5,225*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
II*

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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£4,895*pp
Bridge
Bridge
JJ

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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£4,575*pp
Columbus
Columbus
KK

Premium Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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£4,250*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
LL

Premium Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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£3,950*pp
Columbus
Columbus
MM

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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£3,695*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Third/forth person
£2,550
Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
£600
Cruise Only Credit (no air or land included)
£600

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.