Building on the success of its summer 2014 programme which saw customer satisfaction levels at more than 97%, Voyages to Antiquity has announced its programme for summer 2016 which expands on its popular Mediterranean and Aegean voyages.

The line will sail its boutique ship, Aegean Odyssey, to the UK, northern France and Portugal for the first time since it launched in 2009, and the new programme explores more places of historical and cultural influence.

On board, a first class lecture programme, delivered by experts who are selected for their knowledge of the area, and local guides ensure that guests are immersed in the history and culture of the places they visit ashore. Many sailings now encompass overnight river moorings as well as land stays in premium hotels in destinations such as Athens, Lisbon and Seville.

The 2016 preview programme, available online or via post will include, for the first time, the UK ports of Falmouth and Dartmouth with a turnaround in Dover. The two cruises to and from the UK will also include the D-day beaches of Normandy as well as a cruise along the Gironde River for an overnight stay in Bordeaux and an opportunity to explore the culinary delights of the local area. Passengers can also enjoy river cruising as the Aegean Odyssey sails along the Loire to Nantes for an overnight in France’s chateaux country and the Guadalquivir River to the heart of Seville in southern Spain.

Highlights of the new itineraries include a 15-day cruise and stay programme to Iberia, France and England in June; a 15-day 'Best of France and Portugal' summer voyage; a 13-day 'In the Footsteps of St Paul' cruise and stay itinerary in spring; and a 15-day 'Greek Islands and Turkey'.

As well as new ports of call, Aegean Odyssey will also re-visit lesser known destinations such as archaeological sites of Aspendos in modern-day Turkey and Butrint in Albania. In addition, she will also call at old favourites such as the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and magical Venice with a private viewing of St Mark’s Cathedral included.

Cruises start from £2,145 for a 13-day cruise departing Athens in April 2016 with an early booking discount of up to £900 per cabin for bookings made before June 30.

Each cruise carries an average of 350 people and prices include shore excursions with complimentary bottled water, pre-/post-cruise deluxe hotels stays and land tours, gratuities on board, wine at dinner on board as well as scheduled flights.

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