Location & Themed Talks


Talks may be given according to the locations that the cruise is visiting or on a specific theme.


Location Talks

The talks are designed to provide background information and the history of many of the sites which customers can visit on the tour excursions relevant to the cruise location, examples are shown below. 


The Baltic

Russia
  • Hermitage - St Petersburg 
  • Peter & Paul’s Fortress - St Petersburg
  • Yusupov (Moika) Palace - St Petersburg 
  • Catherine’s Palace - Near St. Petersburg 
  • Peterhof Palace - Near St. Petersburg 
  • Kremlin - Moscow 

Denmark
  • Frederiksborg Castle – Denmark 

England
  • Buckingham Palace - London – England (Explains the connection between the British Royal family and the events of the Tsar and his family’s murder). 


The Mediterranean 

Spain
  • Sagrada Familia - Barcelona - Spain
  • Cathedral - Santiago de Compostela 
  • Mosque-Cathedral - Cordoba

Italy
  • Colosseum - Rome 
  • St Peters Basilica - Rome 
  • Roman Forum - Rome 
  • Pantheon – Rome
  • Pompeii 
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa 
  • Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) – Florence 
  • Doge’s Palace - Venice 

Greece
  • Acropolis – Athens 
  • Olympia 

Malta
  • Grandmasters Palace - Valletta


North Africa

Egypt
  • Pyramids 
  • Temples of the Nile 
  • Valley of the Kings – Luxor
  • Karnak Temple – Luxor 
  • Temple of Rameses the Great - Abu Simbel 
  • St Catherine’s Monastery - Sharm el Sheikh 

Morocco
  • Hassan II Mosque – Casablanca 



The Americas

North America (West Coast)
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco 
  • Alcatraz - San Francisco
  • Hoover Dam - Nevada/Arizona
  • The Alamo - San Antonio, Texas 

Central and South America
  • Cities & Civilisations of Mesoamerica
  • Cities of the Maya
  • Palenque - Mexico
  • Teotihuacan - Mexico
  • Chichen Itza – Mexico
  • Tikal - Guatemala
  • Panama Canal
  • Machu Picchu – Peru
  • Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas - Peru
  • Chan Chan - Peru


Asia

China
  • Forbidden City - Beijing 
  • Summer Palace - Beijing 
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors - Xi’an  
  • Potala Palace - Lhasa - Tibet

Cambodia
  • Temples of Angkor - Siem Reap 

Thailand
  • Grand Palace - Bangkok 

India
  • Taj Mahal - Agra 



Themed Talks


A series of themed talks can be given relating to history and architecture. The talks can fit in with the cruise destinations (a full list relevant to each country can be found on the appropriate area page) or they can be grouped to follow a specific theme. For details of each of the talks listed see the relevant pages set out in the Architectural History tab.

A selection can be taken from the titles listed to fit the number of talks required.



Iconic Buildings of the World  

In this series of talks Ron looks at some of the most famous and instantly recognisable building structures of the world. These include:
  • Acropolis – Athens - Greece
  • Buckingham Palace - London - England
  • Tower of London - England
  • Taj Mahal - Agra - India
  • Great Wall of China 
  • Chichen Itza - Mexico
  • Machu Picchu – Peru
  • Pyramids - Egypt
  • Colosseum - Rome - Italy
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa - Italy
  • Eiffel Tower - Paris - France
  • Petra - Jordan
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco - USA


Religious Buildings 

This looks at the religious buildings around the world; from ancient temples to the cathedrals of the Middle Ages together with modern mosques.
  • St Paul's Cathedral - London - England
  • Lincoln Cathedral - England
  • Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) – Florence - Italy
  • St Peters Basilica - Rome - Italy
  • Pantheon - Rome - Italy
  • Sagrada Familia - Barcelona - Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela - Spain
  • The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba - Spain
  • Acropolis – Athens - Greece
  • Cathedrals of St Petersbug - Russia
  • Blue Mosque – Istanbul - Turkey
  • Hagia Sophia – Istanbul - Turkey
  • Temples of the Nile - Egypt
  • Karnak Temple – Luxor - Egypt
  • Temple of Rameses the Great - Abu Simbel - Egypt
  • St Catherine’s Monastery - Sharm el Sheikh - Egypt
  • Hassan II Mosque – Casablanca - Morocco
  • Temples of Angkor - Siem Reap - Cambodia


Palaces of the World 

Explores some of the world’s most famous palaces.
  • Buckingham Palace - London - England
  • Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) - London - England
  • Blenheim Palace - Oxfordshire - England
  • Doge’s Palace - Venice - Italy
  • Palace of Versailles - Paris - France
  • Alhambra Palace - Granada - Spain
  • Topkapi Palace - Istanbul - Turkey
  • Hermitage - St Petersburg - Russia
  • Catherine’s Palace - Near St. Petersburg - Russia
  • Peterhof Palace - Near St. Petersburg - Russia
  • Forbidden City - Beijing - China
  • Summer Palace - Beijing - China
  • Grand Palace - Bangkok - Thailand
  • Potala Palace - Lhasa - Tibet, China
  • Frederiksborg Castle - Denmark


Castles and Defences 

These talks look at architecture and buildings developed to provide a system of defence in various locations all over the world.
  • Windsor Castle – Windsor
  • Tower of London
  • Hadrian’s Wall - North of England
  • Peter & Paul’s Fortress - St Petersburg
  • Kremlin - Moscow 
  • Masada - Israel
  • Great Wall of China 


Engineering Achievements

These talks will look at some of the great engineering achievements produced throughout history.
  • Pyramids - Egypt
  • Panama Canal - Panama
  • Hoover Dam – United States
  • Channel Tunnel – England / France
  • Great Wall - China
  • Golden Gate Bridge - United States


Historic and Archaeological Sites 

In this series of talks, Ron looks at some of the cities and sites, which were, in their time of special significance and which today are major tourist attractions.
  • Pompeii - Italy
  • Herculaneum - Italy
  • Olympia  - Greece
  • Delphi  - Greece
  • Ephesus - Turkey
  • Carthage - Tunisia
  • Petra - Jordan
  • Cities of the Maya - Central America
  • Altun Ha - Belize
  • Tikel - Guatemala
  • Teotihuacan - Mexico
  • Palenque - Mexico
  • Chichen Itza - Mexico
  • Machu Picchu - Peru
  • Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas - Peru
  • Chan Chan - Peru


Ancient Civilisations 

These talks look at the development of the ancient civilisations through their architecture and buildings.
  • Egyptian
  • Roman
  • Greek
  • Mesoamerican
  • Ottoman Turks



 
 
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