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2014 - VOYAGE TO ANTIQUITY - ATHENS TO ISTANBUL

VIA THE AEGEAN & BLACK SEA


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2014 VOYAGE TO ANTIQUITY - AEGEAN & BLACK SEA

So - the trip is getting closer, it starts on 22nd September 2014, aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey, owned by the company called Voyages to Antiquity.

Due to the war in the Ukraine, the stops there have been canceled, along with the stop in Sochi, Russia.

There is now a stop in Romania & some in Greece. I am disappointed we go to Greece again. It will be nice for those who booked just the Black Sea portion of the cruise but I will have just come from Greece. The whole idea of the Black Sea Portion was to see the Sea. And we are going by Istanbul without stopping so I still only get the one day there & the day I get off to fly home.

Not a lot of 'at sea' days, so a bit intense but mostly just half day tours. Should be fun & pleasantly warm most of the time.

Here's the revised itinerary ......

Covering 5082 km / 3158 miles

I fly overnight to Athens for two nights in a Hotel. I may have time on my own here to visit Cape Sounion but for the most part excursions are included in the cruise price, plus a couple of non-included options.

"22 Sep
Monday" "Departure
Depart North America "
"23 Sep
Tuesday" "Athens, Greece
Arrival & transfer to hotel "
"24 Sep
Wednesday" "Athens, Greece
Included tour of the ACROPOLIS & Acropolis Museum "
"25 Sep
Thursday" "Athens, Greece
Free morning to explore. Transfer to Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus "
"26 Sep
Friday" "Syros, Greece
Tour including the Cathedral of St Nicholas & Church of Assumption "
"27 Sep
Saturday" "Santorini, Greece
Full day tour: morning visit to AKROTIRI, afternoon at Fira town "
"28 Sep
Sunday" "Kos, Greece
Visit the famous archaeological site of ASCLEPEION "
"29 Sep
Monday" "Rhodes, Greece
Morning tour to Old Town of RHODES, including Citadel of the Knights of St John "
"30 Sep
Tuesday" "Rhodes, Greece
An included tour to the Acropolis in LINDOS "
"01 Oct
Wednesday" "Antalya, Turkey
Visit the Hellenistic city of PERGE and Roman town of ASPENDOS "
"02 Oct
Thursday" "Fethiye, Turkey
A choice of two tours visiting either the ruins of the ancient city of PATARA or an ancient centre of prophecy and divination at TELMESSOS  "
"03 Oct
Friday" "Bodrum, Turkey
Sightseeing: the Mausoleum of Halicarnassos, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world "
"04 Oct
Saturday" "Izmir, Turkey
Sightseeing tour: EPHESUS, the ancient Roman capital "
"05 Oct
Sunday" "Izmir, Turkey
PERGAMON, including the remains of the altar of Zeus "
"06 Oct
Monday" "Canakkale, Turkey
A visit to ancient TROY or Gallipoli "
"07 Oct
Tuesday" "Istanbul, Turkey
City sightseeing tour including BLUE MOSQUE, HAGIA SOPHIA, Topkapi Palace. "
"08 Oct
Wednesday" "At sea
Cruising the Southern Coast of the Black Sea "
"09 Oct
Thursday" "Trabzon, Turkey
Morning tour to the SUMELA MONASTERY, Afternoon at leisure "
"10 Oct
Friday" "Batumi, Georgia
Tour of the BATUMI Botanic Gardens with over 1000 varieties of roses or Gonio Fortress  "
"11 Oct
Saturday" "At sea
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"12 Oct
Sunday" "Constanta, Romania
City sightseeing, including Ovid's square, Archaeological Museum and the orthodox cathedral St Peter & Paul.  "
"13 Oct
Monday" "Burgas, Bulgaria
Drive to Nessebur and enjoy a walk through Nessebur's Old town: Church Christ Pantokrator, 5th-century Old Metropolitan church, Archaeological Museum  "
"14 Oct
Tuesday" "At sea
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"15 Oct
Wednesday" "Thessalonica, Greece
A choice of two city tours: The Byzantine heritage of Thessalonica, including 5th-century basilica Agios Dimítrios & the Rotónda, or a trip to the ruins of Pella, the ancient Macedonian city.  "
"16 Oct
Thursday" "Kavala, Greece
Morning cruising past Mount Athos. Tour to the famous site of Philippi in the afternoon "
"17 Oct
Friday" "Lemnos, Greece
Free time to explore the Myrina. Cruising the Dardanelles & Sea of Marmara in the afternoon  "
"18 Oct
Saturday" "Istanbul, Turkey
Disembark and transfer to Istanbul airport for flight home "

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2014 - AEGEAN ODYSSEY - BATUMI, Georgia

I AM NOW AT THE FARTHEST POINT DOWN THE BLACK SEA THAT I WILL GET & WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE IT IS.

BATUMI - A DELIGHTFUL PLACE.

THESE COUPLE OF PHOTOS ARE FROM THE SHIP - WE ARE DOCKED RIGHT IN TOWN.

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GETTING OFF THE SHIP, PASSING THE EARLY MORNING MORNING FISHERMEN

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WE GO ALONG THE COAST & THEN WIND OUR WAY UP INTO THE HILLS TO THE BATUMI BOTANICAL GARDEN ..

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SPENDING THE NEXT THREE HOURS STROLLING DOWN GENTLE PATHS WITH OUR GUIDE CHATTING ABOUT ALL THE FLOWERS & TREES WE PASS ...

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MY GEORGIAN IS A TAD RUSTY -

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THAT WAS A LOVELY WALK. ALL DOWNHILL & NO STEPS

WE NOW GO FOR A STROLL AROUND BATUMI ....

WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HEAR THESE BELLS PEALING.

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CHECK THE WORK ON THIS DOWNSPOUT ..

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SOME WONDERFUL BUILDINGS HERE & JUST LOOK AT THE SKY ..

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THE HILLS ARE NOT TOO FAR AWAY ...

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LOTS OF SCHOOL KIDS CHECKING OUT THEIR TOWN ,, THEY ALL SAID HELLO AS THEY WENT PAST ..

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SAINT GEORGE IS BIG HERE ...

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IN THE PARK, THERE ARE MANY STATUES OF KIDS PLAYING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ..

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MORE KIDS BEING TOWED AROUND

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LOOKING DOWN ON THESE KIDS FROM DECK NINE, THEY HAVE JUST FINISHED PERFORMING A SHOW ON OUR SHIP. I MISSED IT UNFORTUNATELY BUT WAS TOLD THEY WERE VERY GOOD .

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THAT IS THE AFTERMATH OF A SMALL CAR ACCIDENT - REAR ENDED. NO CASUALTIES.

THEN WE ARE OFF HEADING WESTWARD TO THE OTHER END OF THE BLACK SEA AGAIN

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WE HAVE A STOWAWAY ..

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BATUMI IS WELL WORTH ANOTHER VISIT. A PITY WE DO NOT OVERNIGHT HERE.

ANOTHER RELAXING DAY AT SEA TO COME BEFORE ROMANIA.

ON ONE OF MY FIRST CRUISES I WENT TO A 'BRIDGE LECTURE' EXPECTING TO LEARN A BIT ABOUT NAVIGATION & STEERING A SHIP ETC. BUT NO - IT WAS THE CARD GAME

I HAVE SINCE COME ACROSS A FEW BRIDGE PLAYERS BUT THIS CRUISE HAS ABOUT FIFTY TRAVELLING TOGETHER WITH MR & MRS BRIDGE.

THEY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE OBSERVATION LOUNGE WHICH ALWAYS HAS THE TABLES SET UP FOR A GAME.

NO LOSS TO ME AS IT LOOKS LIKE A NICE QUIET PLACE TO SIT AND WATCH THE OCEAN BUT IF I SIT ALONG THE EDGE, I CANNOT ACTUALLY SEE OUTDOORS. AND THE ROOM TREMBLES SO MUCH THE WORDS ON MY BOOK BLURRED.

A BONUS IS THAT HAVING FIFTY OUT OF ONE HUNDRED & FIFTY PEOPLE IN ONE ROOM MAKES FOR A LOT OF SPACE FOR THE REST OF US.

THEY PLAY, GET INSTRUCTIONS & HAVE LECTURES & A LOT OF TIME AT THE TABLES

I DID TALK TO QUITE A FEW OF THE PLAYERS WHO REALLY ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE OF TWO WEEKS BRIDGE. LISTENING TO THEM CHAT IS LIKE GREEK TO ME & WHO KNEW PEOPLE COULD TALK SO MUCH ABOUT PAST BRIDGE GAMES.

THE OBSERVATION LOUNGE IS ADJACENT TO LORRAINE'S BAR SO THEY WOULD OFTEN BE THERE BUT THEY QUICKLY DEPARTED FOR THEIR BRIDGE, LEAVING ME TO FINISH MY FIVE DOLLAR COCKTAIL OF THE DAY BEFORE DINNER.

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