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Istanbul & Greek Gems

  • Departure DateApr - Jul 2022 & Sep - Oct 2022
  • Azamara Azamara Journey
  • 12-14 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £2,199 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Istanbul
  • Istanbul
  • Kavala
  • Thessaloniki
  • Volos
  • Mykonos
  • Rhodes
  • Santorini
  • Iraklion
  • Nafplion
  • Athens

Begin with 2 nights in the unmistakable beauty of Istanbul and admire the glittering Topkapi Palace and sample traditional Turkish delight and sweet Baklava. Then embark Azamara Journey for a sensational sailing around the Greek Isles. Rising like an amphitheatre from the beautiful harbor, Kavala is said to be one of the most attractive of Greece's largest cities. Make your way along the vibrant waterfront under the city's famous landmark, the White Tower in Thessaloniki. In Volos, explore the fascinating history of the area with a trip to the Meteora Monastery. Head to the great glamour island of Greece, Mykonos and relax on the beaches of Rhodes. Be seduced by the stunning vistas and sunsets of Santorini and explore the Bronze Age ruins at the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion. If you’re feeling ambitious, climb the 999 steps to the top of the Palamidi fortress before concluding your voyage in Europe’s oldest city, Athens.

Highlights

  • FREE Istanbul Stay
  • More Inclusive Drinks
  • Gratuities Included

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Istanbul on bed & breakfast basis
  • 10 night cruise on board Azamara Journey on More Inclusive basis
  • Gratuities 
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Various£2,199£2,499£2,699£3,349

Price based on 17 Apr 2022 12 nights on Azamara Journey. Itinerary, duration & stays may vary depending on date. 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.

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Excellent customer care

Great customer service from Scott Fulton for amending our forthcoming cruise to a later date due to the uncertainty with Covid 19 and required testing for travel. Scott was extremely helpful and rearranged everything very professionally and kept us updated with his progress.

Mrs Nicolson / January 2022

Deserve the rating. No fuss, straight to what we wanted, incorparated an adhoc 2 weeks before flying back to UK. All effortless which we have experienced previously and see no reason to go elswhere. They also answer the phones on any query !!

Mr Jackson / January 2022

Happy experience

As always it was an easy pleasant experience. I gave Joanna my emails and told her what I needed. She was pleasant and very friendly and funny yet efficient. She phoned me back with all the details of my requested cruise and I booked. A very happy experience as buying a holiday should be. It’s a lot of money and you should feel valued and I did.

Mrs Stratton / January 2022

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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 Istanbul & Greek Gems

Day 1 - Fly UK to Istanbul / Enjoy Istanbul

Day 2 - Enjoy Istanbul

Day 3 - Embark Azamara Journey in Istanbul

Istanbul is supremely exotic, warmly welcoming, and quite unique – after all, where else can you tour Europe and Asia on the very same afternoon? Must sees include Haghia Sophia, decorated in 30 million tiny mosaic tiles, the greatest church in Christendom for 1000 years, then a mosque and now a museum; and Topkapi, palace of sultans, complete with harem quarters. And of course shopping in the Grand Bazaar, a medieval version of a mall, for unusual gifts to take home, stopping along the way in a café for a cup of Turkish coffee or mint tea.

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Kavala

The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive in Kavala is the Byzantine castle built in 1425 that sits like a crown atop the city. The second thing you might notice is just how beautiful the scene before you is. Whitewashed, red-roofed buildings sit nestled amongst high stonewalls, with the azure-blue Aegean Sea lapping on the shore.

Day 6 - Thessaloniki

As the second-biggest city in Greece and the second-most important city of the Byzantine Empire, the word “second” is often used to describe Thessaloniki, but we’re here to tell you: Thessaloniki is anything but second-rate! The energy in this ancient cultural capital is palpable—especially in the vibrant downtown that was rebuilt in a spectacular Byzantine style after a devastating fire in the early 1900s. And this second chance at urban planning resulted in a city built around Aristotelous Square, which acts as a gateway for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Day 7 - 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 8 - Mykonos

Mykonos is living proof that picture postcard destinations do exist. Its many charms include its iconic windmills, fabulous beaches, and an irresistible traditional town with a maze of twisting streets and alleys originally designed to confuse marauding pirates. Dazzling sunlight reflects off of whitewashed houses and hundreds of small chapels. Other adornments include shaded courtyards and balconies lush with flowers, and a lively nightlife that some claim is the best in Europe. Nearby you can visit the uninhabited island of Delos, birthplace of Apollo, fittingly the god of sunlight, music and beauty.

Day 9 - Rhodes

Rhodes, the friendliest city in the Mediterranean, welcomes you with seemingly eternal sunshine thanks to more sunny days than any other place in Europe. Situated at the island's most northern point, Rhodes' only neighbors on the east and west are gleaming blue seas. This sunny retreat is also home to many historic sites ranging from the ruins of the Temple of Venus to the medieval Street of Knights.

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 - Iraklion

History is very much alive in Iraklion. The Fountain of the Lions, built by Morozini in 1628 during the Venetian occupation of Crete, dominates the central square. Today, the city's Town Hall is located in the Venetian Loggia, a building from the same era. Stroll among the shops and cafes surrounding the central square, or follow the old Venetian walls to Koules, a bastion overlooking the old harbor. Explore the archaeological site at Knossos and walk among Minoan findings displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Iraklion. Don't miss the Historical Museum of Iraklion, which houses findings from the early era of the Christian religion.

Day 12 - Nafplion

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

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.

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Excellent customer care

Great customer service from Scott Fulton for amending our forthcoming cruise to a later date due to the uncertainty with Covid 19 and required testing for travel. Scott was extremely helpful and rearranged everything very professionally and kept us updated with his progress.

Mrs Nicolson / January 2022

Deserve the rating. No fuss, straight to what we wanted, incorparated an adhoc 2 weeks before flying back to UK. All effortless which we have experienced previously and see no reason to go elswhere. They also answer the phones on any query !!

Mr Jackson / January 2022

Happy experience

As always it was an easy pleasant experience. I gave Joanna my emails and told her what I needed. She was pleasant and very friendly and funny yet efficient. She phoned me back with all the details of my requested cruise and I booked. A very happy experience as buying a holiday should be. It’s a lot of money and you should feel valued and I did.

Mrs Stratton / January 2022

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