June 24, 2017

Dear Traveler;       


Our 2017 President’s cruise/tour this past May was a very successful 18-day adventure aboard a fully booked luxury private style 72-passenger yacht with a one-of-a-kind itinerary. We visited many places in Sicily, two ports in Malta and many picturesque ports in Croatia such as Hvar, Korcula, Split, Trogir, Sibenik and Pula as well as Koper and Piran in Slovenia which were very enjoyable for all our seasoned travelers.   Having all shore excursions included in every port of call allowed everyone to experience these beautiful places in depth.  Our special incentive of having the inclusion of an open bar during our cruise on the yacht enhanced the ambiance and enjoyment while cruising.  Being on a small ship allowed us to dock within walking distance of most towns to soak up and enjoy the local atmosphere.

I am pleased to introduce a new President’s cruise/tour package. It’s an 18-day package with a 9-day first class coach tour around Ireland visiting the southern and northern parts of the Emerald Isle and then flying to Edinburgh for a two-night stay.   This is followed by a 6-day cruise of the Scottish Highlands concluding with an overnight stay in Glasgow.  Our earlier introduced President’s 15-day river cruise/tour on the Elbe from Prague to Berlin and Warsaw departing on September 8, 2018 is already fully booked.  If you wish, you can still wait list with us for this special departure.

We also have two exclusive departures on April 24th and July 11th, 2018 on a 16-day river cruise/tour package with a 12-day river cruise of Holland and Germany from Amsterdam to Berlin, with a 3-night post cruise hotel stay in Warsaw, Poland.  On this river cruise, you will explore other parts of northern Europe by river in comfort aboard CroisiEurope, which delivers a great value for your money with rates starting at $6,995 per person based on double occupancy.  This is an all-inclusive package and fully hosted from Toronto.  Our April 24th sailing will also include a visit to the beautiful Keukenhof gardens during the tulip time festival in Holland!

We have added a brand-new 16-day first class land and cruise tour of Lapland and Norway.  In the summer, Finnish Lapland bathes in 24-hour sunlight for nearly 3 months.  Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region. Rovaniemi is the capital, the gateway to the region and homeland of the indigenous Sami people. This package includes a 6-day classic Arctic circle cruise along the beautiful coast of Norway sailing southbound from Kerkenes to Bergen.  

It’s followed by a 2-night hotel stay in Bergen and 3-nights in Oslo, capital city of Norway.  It also incudes a ride which will take you on a spectacular 50-minute journey to the town of Myrdal, at which point you will embark upon a rail journey that you will never forget.  Book your space soon, as this is our custom package with a limited number of participants and is fully hosted from Toronto.

Once again, we have great expedition style sailings to the Canadian Arctic region in the summer of 2018 aboard the Silver Cloud Expedition, a 260-guest luxury cruise ship with Silversea Cruises.  I personally travelled on last year’s sailing with our group to the Canadian High Arctic and it was certainly one of the most memorable expeditions for me and everyone in the group.  It was simply breathtaking scenery, visiting remote settlements and viewing all types of arctic wildlife, especially the polar bears in their own natural habitat. Please view these itineraries while you are on our web site.  Currently, Silversea Cruises has a great new promotion.  If you book and pay in full by June 30th, you will save 10% on the cruise/tour fare on all their 2018 exciting adventures. Click here to view all 3 itineraries exploring Canada. 

Our 2018 European cruises with Norwegian Cruise Line will sail to the Canary Islands during the winter months sailing from Barcelona as well as northern Europe sailings out of London, England to the British Isles, Norway, and Iceland from May to September 2018.  Balcony space is already getting limited and a price increase could happen at anytime.  Just a reminder that all our advertised European sailings with NCL do include all taxes, shipboard gratuities, and FREE UNLIMITED BEVERAGE PACKAGE with prepaid service charges, which makes it simply an unbeatable value and it’s a good choice for an independent traveler.

Voyages to Antiquity, has just announced their new and exciting 2018 European cruise/tours covering the Mediterranean, Morocco, British Isles, Norway, and Iceland.  Book your cruise now and take advantage of the early booking savings.  Additionally, all Odyssey Club members (past guests of VTA) will get further savings plus all bookings with Expo Cruises & Tours will receive a free shipboard credit of up to $400 US per cabin, based on double occupancy.  If you have not sailed with Voyages to Antiquity before, here is a brief introduction to a unique and enriching cruise/tour experience and you will be looked after very well, even if you are traveling on an individual basis. They will take care of all your meet and greet transfers as well as your hotel stay before your cruise/tour.  This is truly an ideal cruise line that caters to the mature seasoned traveler and carries only 350-guests onboard. Please click here to view the full 2018 European season with Voyages To Antiquity. 

Our philosophy – We have created a cruise experience that fulfills our passion for the history, cultures, and natural wonders of the ancient world – an experience which unites the immeasurable benefits of small-ship cruising with enriching destination-immersive itineraries designed to connect travelers with the fascinating chronicles of the past.
Destination-rich itineraries – The port-intensive, insightful itineraries that we offer stand at the very core of our philosophy. Each voyage has been carefully planned in conjunction with noted historians, blending famous sites with hidden gems to create an immersive experience that is wholly unique.
Remarkable sites on shore – We believe that the experience ashore is just as important as your enjoyment on board. After all, visiting these historic destinations is the very reason for cruising with Voyages to Antiquity. Each cruise incorporates included shore excursions in virtually all ports of call, accompanied by expert guides.
Small ship cruising at its best – On board Aegean Odyssey guests enjoy a relaxed, casually elegant country club ambiance. Camaraderie is fostered on board through the friendly, congenial atmosphere harvested between like-minded travelers. Whether it’s over dinner, in conversation about a lecture, or traveling with your shore excursion group, friendships are easily formed.

Travel with the experts – Accompanying you on each cruise are celebrated guest speakers who have been carefully selected for their knowledge of the areas we visit and their ability to bring the past to life through informative, entertaining talks. Lecturers include historians, professors, archaeologists and more, all well regarded in their respective fields.
Unparalleled value – In addition to an unforgettable experience, a Voyages to Antiquity cruise also offers exceptional value. The rates for each voyage include guided shore excursions, 4 and 5-star hotel stays, a choice of wine with dinner on board (beer or soft drinks if preferred) and onboard gratuities.
A great deal for single passengers – With 26 dedicated single cabins and low supplements on double occupancy cabins, Voyages to Antiquity is an excellent choice if you are traveling on your own. The full schedule of shore excursions and lectures is sure to keep you engaged, and the shore tour procedure means that you will travel with the same passengers on each excursion, making it very easy to get to know your fellow passengers.

If you are still looking for a winter get away to warm and exotic destinations, I invite you to check the website for our offers as we still have a limited availability to visit many unique places such as Africa, Asia, Australia, Hawaii, and the Caribbean/Panama Canal.

Wishing you a great summer!

Walter Cudny