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Voyages to Antiquity sets sights on Asia and Africa after three-year break

Cultural cruise line Voyages to Antiquity's winter 2018-19 season features a return to Asia and Africa after a three-year break.

Cruises in the region will begin in December 2018 and include six new itineraries and five new ports of call including Ain Sokhna in Egypt (for excursions to the 4th century St Anthony’s and St Paul’s, the oldest Christian monasteries in the world Trincomalee in Sri Lanka; Port Louis in Mauritius; Reunion Island; and Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur) in Malaysia.

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It means that in 2018 Voyages to Antiquity will once again offer year-round cruising.

With very few repeated stops throughout the season, two or more cruises can be easily combined into Grand Voyages. Four cruises can even be combined for the Grand Odyssey sailing, a 129-day epic trip spanning half the world, from Athens to Malaga via Egypt, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the islands of the Indian Ocean and Africa.

Experiences on offer range from a desert island beach barbecue in the Maldives to cruising the Yangon River in the heart of Burma, exploring India by tuk-tuk and discovering the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.

The winter 2018/19 programme features 30 per cent more included shore excursions and overland adventures than previous seasons including those to India’s Golden Triangle and Cape Town in South Africa, with up to 12 nights in hotels per cruise. 

Says Jos Dewing, managing director of Voyages to Antiquity: “We know that our travellers are always looking for something new, and this immersive season promises to uncover the culturally rich stories, history and nature of these fascinating regions.”

In addition to the new destinations and itineraries, the on-board programme for passengers is being enhanced for the winter season. This includes guest speakers bringing to life regional food and wine, cookery lessons, local cultural entertainment and a new opera group to entertain passengers.

2018-19 Highlights

  • The 29-day Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca cruise-tour, beginning with a five-night land tour to Jaipur, Agra and Delhi (all India) before joining the ship in Mumbai to sail to the Maldives, Sri Lanka and the Malay Peninsula, departing 1 January 2019.
  • A dedicated Odyssey Club Reunion Cruise for members of Voyages to Antiquity’s past passenger loyalty club featuring an appropriate port of call in Reunion Island. Open to all passengers, the 10 February 2019 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa sailing will include special events for Odyssey Club members. This 33-day cruise-tour features highlights such as a special ceremony when the ship crosses the Equator, a Maldives beach barbecue and classic African safari.
  • The 63-day Grand Indian Ocean and Southern Africa cruise-tour combines two cruises. Departing from Colombo (Sri Lanka) the sailing invites guests to visit Mauritius, join a three-day safari in South Africa, enjoy a four-night stay in Cape Town (South Africa) and sail to Namibia, Angola, Cape Verde Islands and Morocco for an overnight hotel stay and trip to Casablanca. Departing 10 February 2019.
  • The 129-day Grand Odyssey takes in the travel highlights of three continents and 18 countries, with more than 50 visits and excursions included in the fare. A combination of four individual cruise journeys in one four-month epic sailing, it sails all the way from Athens east to Asia, back across the Indian Ocean to South Africa and the length of Africa back to the shores of the Mediterranean in Malaga. Celebrate Christmas and New Year onboard.

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    Posted on 28th November 2017 at 03:31 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Voyages to Antiquity |

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