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Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Outstanding cruise: India, Oman, Jordan, Suez, Turkey and Greece

Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review by jimnhil

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2015
  • Destination: the Middle East

We chose Voyages to Antiquity for several reasons: small ship, great itinerary, superb excursions and lecturers, playing bridge on board, and fantastic value. We were not disappointed. We started with 5 days in India: Delhi, Agra (and the first highlight, the Taj Mahal), Jaipur, and Mumbai. Next we cruised up the coast to Porbandar, a real gem away from the tourist mainstream, then across the Arabian Sea to Muscat and Salalah in Oman. The next part involved several days at sea, as political problems meant we couldn't go ashore in Egypt. However, we didn't mind, as the Mr Bridge organisation provided seminars and organised duplicate sessions, all expertly done. We cruised up the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, to visit the second highlight of the holiday, Petra in Jordan. Then off through the Suez Canal into the med, with stops in Cyprus, Turkey, and the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. The main emphasis of the cruise was to visit archaeological sites, and this was supported by excellent lecturers who really knew their stuff and how to put it across. On board entertainment was fair, but we were disappointed that there was little opportunity to do ballroom dancing - tiny dance floor and unsuitable music. Service was superb - the staff were enthusiastic and friendly. The food was good: we preferred the open buffet to the more formal restaurant. The value was outstanding: wine was complimentary with lunch and dinner, and almost all the shore excursions were included at no extra cost, including the entrance to the various sites, museums, etc. The excursions were well organised, with local guides, most of whom were excellent. Overall, hard to beat.


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Cabin Review

Cabin F 826

Adequate sized, decent shower, comfortable double bed (though it was two singles pushed together). Good location on Lido deck (same deck as swimming pool).


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Touring Mumbai was an interesting day. We were fortunate it was a public holiday so the traffic was light, and we saw more. Much less noisy and dirty than I remember the city 10 years ago. Had a chance to go into the Taj Palace Hotel - splendid.

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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Fascinating to see life in Oman, now somewhat prosperous, clean, and orderly. The Grand Mosque is modern and opulent. However, the strict Islamic culture pervades everything, especially the place of women in society: our guide was relentless in extolling its virtues.

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Job's Tomb

The tour objective - Job's tomb -was unimpressive - however, the tour provided the chance to see more of the interior of the country by coach, which was interesting.

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Aspendos Theatre

Antalya was beautiful, with snow capped mountains overlooking the sea. The museum and archaeological site at Perge are must-sees. A brilliant and memorable day.

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Perge

Take the time to go up the path to the hill overlooking the theatre itself - fantastic views, rather than just going straight inside. The theatre is remarkably complete, and quite stunning.

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Carpet Weaving

Quite interesting, showing the process of carpet weaving in some detail. But the focus was quite clearly on making sales of very expensive carpets. They were quite beautiful, all hand made.

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Ephesus

Outstanding site, and well worth spending a day, including the museum. Also went inland to Aphrodisias - a long drive, and another full day, but the circus is remarkably complete, and the agora is impressive.

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Lindos Walking Tour

Rhodes is beautiful, and I'd recommend going out of season, as we did. Falaraki was quiet! Spending time in the old town is a must: the Grand Masters' Palace can be toured independently. Our main excursion was to the Acropolis at Lindos - outstanding, and well worth a visit, though it is quite a walk uphill to get there from the parking area. The Panagia Church in the town is a must-see.

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Island Tour

Whatever you've heard about Santorini, the reality is even better. It is the rim of a caldera, so the buildings are mostly on the cliff tops. Stunningly beautiful, the highlight being the village of Oia - walking around gives numerous photo opportunities. Fun to walk down the zig zag path to the front at Fira, rather than take the cable car, though beware of horses and donkeys taking the full width! The archaeological site at Akrotiri is worth a visit.

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