Explore the Ancient Past with Voyages to Antiquity

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Your clients can enjoy an excursion like this along Venice’s Grand Canal.

Remember how boring your seventh grade history class was? Well, Voyages to Antiquity is nothing like that. In fact, the company has just about made teaching art, history, myths and culture into an art form of its own.

The company, which operates a single mid-size vessel throughout the Mediterranean, India and the Far East, says its journeys are “not only about history; as well as visiting breathtaking archaeological treasures, [guests] will also see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and experience the magnificient food of the Mediterranean and The Orient.” On these cruises, guests will immerse themselves in ancient civilizations through expertly planned itineraries that combine interactions with local and worldwide experts with an active excursion program in each destination.

The company’s newly published Mediterranean 2013 brochure offers small-ship cruising in Greece and Turkey, as well as in France and Spain; more sailings from Venice along the Dalmatian Coast; an added Black Sea voyage and more ports of call in the Western Mediterranean.

“The Mediterranean itineraries are the heart and soul of Voyages to Antiquity and we endeavor to make each season full of unique experiences for our guests. This year we have expanded our product offerings in the Western Mediterranean while also providing an emphasis to the ancient civilizations found in Sicily,” says Mitchell J. Schlesinger, vice president of marketing and sales for Voyages to Antiquity.

Itineraries, most of which are one-way, make stops all over the Mediterranean Sea with ports of call in such cities as Athens, Cairo, Cannes, Istanbul, Rome and Venice—all destinations that feature incredible history and culture. Of course, that can’t come as much of a surprise from a company that sports a tagline promising “cruises to ancient civilizations.”

Guests can explore the Mycenae and the theater at Epidaurus, two sites from classical Greece—before taking a full day tour of the Acropolis; they can see Egypt’s Pyramids and the Sphinx, then travel on to Jerusalem and Bethlehem; or they can cruise past Stomboli on their way to Rome, where they’ll step foot inside the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

The best part is, Voyages to Antiquity guests see all of these sights in the company of history experts. On board, the company’s Guest Lecture program features a rotating list of scholars from universities and museums worldwide, offering insights into the art, history and culture of the ancient civilizations your clients will explore. According to the company, these experts “bring to life the glory of the Mediterranean, India and the Far East as it was thousands of years ago.”

Then, guest lecturers accompany guests on shore excursions, during which groups are often led by local experts as well. On these excursions, guests visit archaeological sites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cultural monuments and local markets, streets and squares. Back aboard the ship, guests dine on regional food and drinks to fully complement the day’s experience.

“We are pioneering the concept of a fully purpose-designed enrichment product appealing to the experienced traveler who is looking for something more,” Schlesinger says.  “While other lines offer select enrichment experiences, Voyages to Antiquity was born of an interest to provide a uniquely in-depth understanding of the history and cultures of ancient civilizations.”

And as they explore, so shall they relax on board the 350-passenger Aegean Odyssey. The ship offers two restaurants, seven bars and lounges, a lecture theater, library, Internet center, beauty salon and spa. After its upcoming enhancement this October, the Aegean Odyssey will offer 18 additional deluxe and superior outside staterooms, and to meet the demand from single guests, the company has increased the number of dedicated single-occupancy cabins as well.

Cruise fares start at $3,995 pp, inclusive of shore excursions; complimentary bottled water; wine, beer and soft drinks during dinner and gratuities to shipboard staff. Roundtrip airfare is also made available from 60 North American gateway airports, with rates starting at $595 pp, inclusive of all transfers, air taxes and surcharges.

An early booking savings of up to $1,000 is currently available for departures between March 30-July 3, 2013, when your clients book before Sept. 30. For more information, call (877) 398-1460 or visit us.voyagestoantiquity.com or agents.voyagestoantiquity.com.

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