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Athens & Greek Gems

  • Departure Date22 Sep 2022
  • Azamara Azamara Journey
  • 11 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £2,939 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Athens
  • Athens
  • Syros
  • Volos
  • Thessaloniki
  • Kavala, Greece
  • Lesvos, Mitilini
  • Ephesus
  • Santorini
  • Monemvasia
  • Katakolon
  • Corfu
  • Venice

This magical Mediterranean cruise holiday begins with 2 nights in the ancient Athens, where you can explore age old sculptures and landmarks like the historic Acropolis and iconic Parthenon. Then, board Azamara Journey for this extraordinary trip. Savour the slower pace of Syros and visit what is considered the prettiest city in the country, Volos. History buffs will revel in Thessaloniki, the cultural capital of Greece. Explore the whitewashed city of Kavala and the quaint cafes of Ouzo. Next, head to Ephesus and discover the ancient architecture. Embrace the stunning vistas in Santorini and travel to medieval times in Monemvasia before visiting the home of Olympia. As your trip winds down, enjoy a delicious Meze in a traditional island of Corfu. Fall in love and complete your cruise in the romantic city of Venice. 

Highlights

  • FREE Athens Stay
  • More Inclusive Drinks
  • Gratuities Included

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Athens on bed & breakfast basis
  • 9 night cruise on board Azamara Journey on more inclusive basis
  • Gratiuities 
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Sep 2022£2,939£3,249£6,939£8,749

Price based on flying from London. 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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Very easy to book. Jo was very helpful and patient and listened to what I wanted making helpful suggestions to get the best deal for myself and my wife

Mr Kavanagh / July 2021

First class service as always - why go elsewhere?

My wife and I are serial cruisers and always book with SCC, speaking to Joanne Henry. She always gives us a first class service and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of cruising. She helps source us all the best deals snd nothing is too much trouble. Why go elsewhere ? 10/10 to SCC.

Mr Ramsay / July 2021

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Yet again SCC have yet again excelled when dealing with our booking of 3 cruises from December 2021 to October 2022. Once again Joanna Sykus dealt with all ups and downs of booking a cruise at this difficult time in a professional, efficient and always pleasant way. We would recommend SCC to all who want to book a cruise

Mr Raynes / July 2021

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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 Athens & Greek Gems

Day 1 - Fly UK to Athens / Enjoy Athens

Day 2 - Enjoy Athens

Day 3 - Embark Azamara Journey in Athens

Athens has quite a reputation to live up to. Named for Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, the city is credited with being the cradle of European civilization and birthplace of democracy. Ruins and relics of its glory days are scattered throughout the modern city, popping up where you least expect them. Its crowning glory is the Acropolis, perched atop a hillside, and covered in carved and columned temples of varying degrees of antiquity. Not quite so old is the Plaka, an appealing neighborhood for a stroll down cobblestone streets, past old mansions and a plethora of outdoor tavernas ideal for watching the world go by, while munching tasty Greek snacks.

Day 4 - Syros

Day 5 - Volos

The mythical “City of the Argonauts”, Volos is a modern city in the heart of Greece. Dating back to the Neolithic age, this prominent port overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf was built on ancient cities, and is a place of immense natural beauty and cultural heritage. Stroll along the famous seaside promenade to watch the fishing boats and yachts. Fill your day with swimming or sailing at one of the many beaches. Visit one of the area’s many archaeological sites or discover the city’s classic architecture, neoclassical buildings, churches, monuments and museums: the Tsalapatas Brickworks Museum, Kitsos Makris Folklore Center at the Topali Mansion or the impressive Archaeological Museum. Reward your palate with delicious flavors at any number of tavernas or fresh food markets. The traditional picturesque villages of Mount Pelion are the perfect backdrop to what truly is one of Greece’s most alluring cities.

Day 6 - Thessaloniki

Day 7 - Kavala, Greece

Day 8 - Lesvos, Mitilini

The town of Mitilini spreads upwards from the harbor into the hills, and is crowned by an enormous castle whose foundations were laid during the time of the Byzantine emperor Justinian. It is an excellent starting place for visits to picturesque mountain villages, their cobbled streets and pastel-hued houses set on pine and olive covered slopes, This is the real Greece, where life revolves around the village square, and much local flavor can be absorbed by spending time in the cafes that surround it. This is best accomplished over a glass of ouzo, the anise flavored spirit that is Greece’s most popular drink, and for which Lesvos is famous.

Day 9 - Ephesus

Kusadasi is your port of access to an age-old civilization. Ephesus was once the second largest metropolitan area in the Roman Empire, eclipsed only by Rome herself. Explore this city of construction both monumental and mundane. It was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the wonders of the ancient world; the Library of Celsus, with its thousands of scrolls; and its amphitheater, with a capacity of 24,000 spectators. But you can also imagine yourself in the sandals of a resident as you stroll the streets, past marketplaces, and into bath complexes that offered piped-in hot water, massage, and sauna.

Day 10 - Santorini

Your daydream of a Greek island meets reality in Santorini – its whitewashed villages cling to cliff sides, and bright blue roofs reflect the sea and sky. So beautiful is it, that you can almost believe the myths that claim it as the birthplace of gods. Born itself as a volcanic cone, the island blew its top in 1450 BC, its center sank, and it assumed its current crescent shape, outlined by three main islands. The capital, Fira, a pedestrian haven with narrow, meandering cobblestone lanes, is reachable only by cable car, donkey, or for the fit and fearless, a flight of 600 steps.

Day 11 - Monemvasia

Day 12 - Katakolon

This Greek seaside town is the gateway to the ruins of Olympia, where the ancient games began in 776 BC, and continued for over 1000 years, until they were outlawed as a pagan festival, after Rome officially adopted Christianity as the only legitimate imperial religion. The complex is made up of temples, workshops, and the training structures that have given us the word we still use today to describe such facilities – gymnasium. The games did not recommence until 1896, but their ancient roots are acknowledged when the modern Olympic flame is lit here every four years, before beginning its long journey to the host nation.

Day 13 - Corfu

One of the most beautiful islands in all of the Mediterranean, Corfu is said to cast a spell upon those who land upon its shores, which is perhaps why Shakespeare set his magical play, The Tempest, here. Millions of silvery olive trees grace the hillsides, the scent of lemon blossoms perfumes the air, and picturesque views of sapphire bays set against verdant hills capture your attention. A leisurely stroll through the narrow alleyways of Corfu old town will reveal many local treasures - old churches, a Byzantine cathedral, small enticing shops, and tavernas offering local wines and fresh seafood.

Day 14 - At Sea

Venice, disembark & transfer to airport / Fly Venice to UK/ Arrive UK

One of the world's most beautiful cities also happens to be one of its most unusual. Venice is actually made up of over 120 islands in the Adriatic Sea. Because the city is connected by canals instead of streets, a good way to see Venice is on a romantic gondola ride. The epicenter of the city is St. Mark's Square, where you'll find the 900-year-old Basilica of St. Mark

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Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Helpful friendly assistance

Very easy to book. Jo was very helpful and patient and listened to what I wanted making helpful suggestions to get the best deal for myself and my wife

Mr Kavanagh / July 2021

First class service as always - why go elsewhere?

My wife and I are serial cruisers and always book with SCC, speaking to Joanne Henry. She always gives us a first class service and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of cruising. She helps source us all the best deals snd nothing is too much trouble. Why go elsewhere ? 10/10 to SCC.

Mr Ramsay / July 2021

The Best

Yet again SCC have yet again excelled when dealing with our booking of 3 cruises from December 2021 to October 2022. Once again Joanna Sykus dealt with all ups and downs of booking a cruise at this difficult time in a professional, efficient and always pleasant way. We would recommend SCC to all who want to book a cruise

Mr Raynes / July 2021

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