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Iconic Mediterranean

  • Departure Date19 Sep 2024
  • Azamara Azamara Journey
  • 18 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £2,199 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Athens
  • Athens
  • Taormina
  • Sorrento
  • Rome
  • Florence/Pisa
  • Villefranche (Nice)
  • Cartagena, Spain
  • Malaga
  • Gibraltar
  • Lisbon

Begn with a 2 night stay in Athens, discover the wonders of the ancient world in the sun-bleached ruins and explore age old sculptures and historic landmarks. Embark Azamara Journey where you will visit beautiful ports of call. Firstly is Taormina, a lovely medieval town perched on high cliffs and situated next to the still active Mt. Etna. Up next is Sorrento in the heart of the Neapolitan Riviera, where you’ll find Italian culture, buzzing bars and delicious pizzas in abundance. Gaze at the masterpieces at the Vatican in Rome and enjoy the Renaissance city Florence or the lively street life of Pisa. Walk the beachfront and twisting, cobblestone streets of Villefranche before exploring charming Cartagena. Uncover centuries of history in one of Europe’s oldest cities, Malaga, as you spend the day revelling in its small town charm. Overlook the mouth of the Mediterranean sea from 1,400ft in Gibraltar before finally arriving in Lisbon, where a unique mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture awaits.

Highlights

  • FREE Athens Stay
  • More Inclusive Drinks Included
  • Gratuitie Included
  • Overnight in Lisbon Port

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Athens on room only basis
  • 12 night cruise on board Azamara Journey on More Inclusive basis
  • More Inclusive Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Baggage Allowance

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Sep 2024£2,199£2,479£2,989£3,499

Price based on flying from London. Transfers not included. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Azamara Journey

A luxurious boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Journey is a mid-sized ship with a deck plan that’s intimate but never crowded, and offers everything modern voyagers are looking for—plus some unexpected extras.

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Itinerary for Iconic Mediterranean

Day 1 - Fly UK to Athens / Enjoy Athens

Day 2 - Enjoy Athens

Day 3 - Embark Azamara Journey in Athens

You could spend a lifetime in Europe’s oldest city and still not see everything it has to offer. Settled over 3,500 years ago, Athens is like a mythological crossroads of the past and present, where modern buildings share the skyline with spectacular ruins like the Parthenon. To see a veritable “greatest hits” line-up, make your way to Vasilissis Amalias Street for the archaeological walk. Winding through the heart of the ancient city, the route leads to landmarks like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora, Arch of Hadrian, and of course, the Acropolis.

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Taormina

Many people only know of Sicily from The Godfather, but it’s an incredible island worth discovering. So if you get the chance to visit with Azamara®, it’s an offer you really shouldn’t refuse. For a little rest and relaxation, Giardini Naxos is just the ticket. The coast seems to stretch on for miles, and there are many lidos dotting the beaches, where you can rent a chair and umbrella, and maybe even have a little afternoon riposo (the Italian version of a siesta). If it gets too hot, treat yourself to a delicious granita.

Day 6 - Sorrento

A warming sun and gentle sea breezes have been attracting visitors to this fair spot for two millennia. Its reputation as a playground of the ancient rich and famous resulted in the building of lavish villas and palaces, an emperor relocated to the Isle of Capri nearby, and over the centuries it has been a haven for artists and artisans, writers and poets, politicians and philosophers, and all manner of aristocrats. You will be a welcome addition. The massive eruption of nearby Vesuvius in 79 AD caused considerable damage, but the resulting volcanic ash is responsible for Sorrento’s modern day fertility, thriving olive orchards, and excellent wine.

Day 7 - Rome

Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications. Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome's Bohemian Quarter. Rome has been a magnet luring the world's greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars.

Day 8 - Florence/Pisa

Ah, Florence—sublime birthplace of the Renaissance, its historic center full to bursting with elegant squares, imposing palaces, magnificent churches, and museums with such an abundance of riches it could make an art lover weep for joy. The list of illustrious names connected with this city is mind-boggling: Botticelli, Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo. Other colorful and fascinating characters were of dubious reputation: Machiavelli, and the religious extremist Savonarola, with his bonfire of the vanities. For many years the city was ruled by the powerful Medici family, patrons of the arts and bankers to the papacy, whose line included six kings and two popes.

Day 9 - Villefranche (Nice)

Day 10 - At Sea

Day 11 - Cartagena, Spain

Strategically located along historic sailing routes, Cartagena has been colonized by a veritable who’s who of Mediterranean superpowers over the millennia, resulting in a rich and multi-layered cultural heritage, and a history both glorious and turbulent. From atop a hill, Concepción Castle served as a fortress for Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and Castilians. The 13th century Old Cathedral stands on the remains of a Roman Theater just discovered in 1987. More recent architectural contributions include modernist designs of public buildings and private dwellings by pupils of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.

Day 12 - Malaga

Málaga is the lively capital of the Costa del Sol, famed for its beaches and mild climate, and gateway to Andalusia, with its Moorish architectural heritage. The city’s Alcazaba is a fine example, an 11th century citadel sitting in majestic splendor overlooking the African coast. It contains three magnificent palaces and graceful gardens with ornate fountains. In addition to their rich cultural heritage, Malagueños are also very proud of their most famous citizens – Picasso, for whom there is a museum commemorating his birth here, and actor Antonio Banderas, so far without a monument.

Day 13 - Gibraltar

The towering Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea from a height of 1,400 ft, it is a natural fortress, in a strategic position to control all naval traffic between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Only three miles long and a mile wide, this peninsula attached to the Spanish mainland juts out into the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates continental Europe from North Africa, a distance of only 14 miles. One feature most unusual for Europe is the troupes of semi-wild and curiously tailless Barbary macaques that have taken up residence on The Rock’s upper reaches.

Day 14 - Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. Its magnificent harbor made it a logical trading port as far back as the Phoenicians, as well as a departure point for 15th century voyages sponsored by Prince Henry the Navigator, patron of Portuguese explorers. The city is rich in architecture, from Romanesque and Gothic to Post Modern, and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Today it is seeking a place on the world stage by hosting, in addition to its own active cultural calendar, film festivals, art, fashion, and design shows, book fairs, marathons, and rock concerts.

Lisbon, disembark and fly UK/ Arrive UK

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. Its magnificent harbor made it a logical trading port as far back as the Phoenicians, as well as a departure point for 15th century voyages sponsored by Prince Henry the Navigator, patron of Portuguese explorers. The city is rich in architecture, from Romanesque and Gothic to Post Modern, and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Today it is seeking a place on the world stage by hosting, in addition to its own active cultural calendar, film festivals, art, fashion, and design shows, book fairs, marathons, and rock concerts.

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