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The Scottish Highlander offers everything from castles to distilleries in its shore excursions

Editor’s note: Edward Garrett and his 20-something son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Third of three reports. The Scottish Highlander offers a number of rather good excursions by minibus on […]

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All meals on the barge are set menu, and the chef prepares everything from memory

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander luxury barge. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Second of three reports Our traveling companions consisted of two well-traveled couples (one from London and the […]

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An in-depth look at the Scottish Highlander luxury barge

Editors note: Edward Garrett and his 26-year-old son Will just returned from a week’s sailing on the Scottish Highlander. This is his report. His son is reporting on the trip from his perspective in a separate blog on this site. Over the past several years an emergent group of travelers have found European luxury Barge […]

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Been There Done That: My final day is spent wandering Athens

Although many of the rooms at the Grand Bretagne have balconies, mine did not. No Coffee and Croissants overlooking the city. I did know that it would end one day. Still, breakfast at the Roof Garden Restaurant with a great view of the Parthenon is nothing to complain about; and the coffee was very good. […]

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Been There Done That: Farewells on the ship and an introduction to the historic wonders of Athens

DAY 12 — ATHENS, GREECE Room service was not available this morning as we were up early to disembark the Aegean Odyssey for our hotel in Athens. So much for my regular three croissants and coffee on my balcony! Many of the passengers expressed regret with our departure as we all have grown accustomed to […]

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Been There Done That: An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of this cruise

DAY 11 — NAUPLIA, GREECE ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY — The view from my balcony this morning is the harbor of Nauplia, Greece, and a splendid view of Bourtzi, a beautiful Venetian castle in the middle of the harbor. We anchored out and used tenders to get into Nauplia this morning, disembarking from the […]

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Been There Done That: We travel to the site of the original Olympic Games

DAY 10 — KATAKOLON ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN  ODYSSEY — This morning we arrived at the small fishing village of Katakolon (established in 1857), the gateway to the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th century B.C. This is a popular stop for […]

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Been There Done That: A visit in rural Greece

DAY 9 — PREVEZA, GREECE ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY — This morning we arrived in Preveza, Greece, a town in the region of Epirus, northwestern Greece, located at the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf. The ruins of the ancient city of Nikopolis lie seven kilometers north of the city. Preveza is a commercial harbor […]

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Been There Done That: What a difference a day makes — we are now in Greece

DAY 8 — CORFU, GREECE ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY —What a difference a day makes. Gone are most of the beautiful tan buildings with orange tiled rooftops. Corfu, Greece, exhibits more flat-roofed buildings with off-white stained walls. Building maintenance away from the tourist center of old town seems deferred, indefinitely. Corfu city has a […]

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Been There Done That: Dubrovnik, my visit to the “Pearl of the Adriatic”

DAY 7 — DUBROVNIK ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY– Widely considered to be one of Europe’s most outstanding cities, Dubrovnik is an integrated walled city with immense visual appeal. It’s historical and architectural significance has been recognized by UNESCO, which has placed it on its list of World Heritage Sites. Dubrovnik is a Croatian city […]

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