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Voyages to Antiquity has published its 2013 brochure, with increased port calls in the Western Mediterranean, itineraries to France and Spain, a stronger emphasis on Sicily, additional Dalmatian Coast sailings from Venice along the Adriatic and an additional Black Sea voyage. The line continues to offer a choice of experiences in Greece and Turkey.
“We’ve received growing support from prestigious organizations whose well-traveled clients are interested in an educational, enriching vacation experience, including Smithsonian Journeys, the Archaeological Institute of America and numerous alumni organizations,” said Mitchell J. Schlesinger, vice president of marketing and sales.
The Mediterranean season begins in March and ends in October with sailings between Cairo and Istanbul. Both include visits to the Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, plus Karnak, Thebes and the Valley of the Kings. After traveling through the Suez Canal to Israel, guests will visit Jerusalem’s Old Town and Bethlehem. The itineraries also include a stop at the Ancient Greek ruins of Ephesus and a full day tour of Istanbul, Turkey.
Western Mediterranean cruises along the Riviera coast sail from Rome to Cannes (May 16) and Cannes to Venice (May 28). Cruises highlighting the Adriatic’s Dalmatian Coast and the treasures of Sicily include Istanbul to Athens (April 12 and Sept. 9), Athens to Venice and the reverse (April 24, June 11, Sept. 21), Venice to Rome (May 6 and Oct. 3), Athens to Rome (June 23) and Rome to Istanbul (July 3 and Oct. 13).
Guest lecturers and celebrated speakers from around the world complement the in-depth shore experiences and regional foods and wines further immerse guests in the destinations.
Cruise fares start at $3,995, including shore excursions with complimentary bottled water, gratuities to shipboard staff and wine, beer and soft drinks at dinner.
The company has increased the number of dedicated single cabins to 26 in order to complement single supplements in double occupancy cabins. Roundtrip airfare is available from $595 per person, including transfers and all air taxes and surcharges.
Guests who book by Sept. 30 receive up to $1,000 in savings on departures from March 30 through July 3.