Discover the Rich Culture of the Mediterranean on This Azamara Cruise
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Discover the Rich Culture of the Mediterranean on This Azamara Cruise

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Get ready to explore the beautiful Mediterranean on an amazing Azamara cruise in the fall of 2022. Departing on October 17, this roundtrip journey from Athens, Greece spans 11 nights and nine incredible ports where you can discover the rich culture of the Mediterranean.

See gorgeous scenery, spectacular sunsets, and other awe-inspiring sites as you sail across the Greek islands and surrounding countries. Here is an overview of what to expect on this Mediterranean cruise, including a sneak peek at your itinerary, shore excursions, and life onboard with Azamara.

Azamara Pursuit off the Amalfi Coast in Italy

With a departure point in ancient Athens, you know you're in for a treat on this Azamara cruise. The journey begins with an archeological walk past some of the world's most recognizable landmarks, including the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis, before your cruise departs at 6 pm.

The following day, travelers have the opportunity to spend an idyllic day exploring Spetses, an upscale Greek island with crystal clear water, sandy beaches, mystical coves, and rolling pine forest hills. On day three, your Mediterranean cruise arrives in Mykonos, a postcard-worthy island with striking blue waters, cobblestone streets, artisan craft shops, and 16th-century Venetian windmills. The island is also known for its nightlife, which you can enjoy late into the morning.

Journey to the gorgeous Mykonos island on this one-of-a-kind voyage.

From Mykonos, the cruise heads to Kusadasi, Turkey. Here, the must-see attraction is Ephesus, once a major city of the Roman Empire. The Basilica of St. John and the Temple of Artemis should be at the top of your itinerary as well. Day five includes a visit to the small but picturesque island of Patmos, a top spot of fresh Mediterranean seafood.

After this, you'll get to travel to the island of Rhodes, where the mighty Colossus once stood. Here, you can take a donkey ride up to the acropolis for incredible views and photo opportunities.

Continue to Santorini, an island of traditional Greek villages and ancient ruins that tell stories of the past, before docking in Agios Nikolaos to explore the smaller islands around Crete. On day nine, the cruise docks in Chania, Crete's second-largest city. Chania is known for its taverns, cafes, and historical sites. Lastly, you'll get the chance to fall in love with the romantic town of Nauplion and its stunning neoclassic architecture before heading back to Athens.

Shore excursions are a wonderful way to experience some of your destinations to the fullest, and this Mediterranean cruise offers 38 excursions to choose from. Here is a deep dive into three of these immersive excursions: Villages and Vintages of Santorini, Ancient Mycenae, and Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis.

Explore Santorini on the Villages and Vintages excursion.

The Villages and Vintages of Santorini opens up the rugged and volcanic landscape of Santorini for travelers, taking you up to the top of an 800-foot caldera for panoramic views of the bay below. Next, you'll stop at the clifftop village of Oia to explore the cobblestone streets, followed by a visit to a local winery. The excursion finishes with a stop in Fira, the island's historic capital.

History and mythology buffs will want to go on the Ancient Mycenae excursion, which takes travelers to the ruins of Mycenae, a bronze age archeological site, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city was excavated in 1876 and is believed by many to be the resting place of the mythological figure Agamemnon. You can walk the streets and walls of the city, learning about its history and about some of the important artifacts that have been unearthed there.

Step back in time and discover the ancient Acropolis in Athens.

Finally, the Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Excursion lets you discover the ancient treasures of the city at the end of your cruise. Step back in time to the Golden Age of Greece and visit the iconic landmarks of Athens and the Acropolis. You'll start with a visit to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, and the Panathenaic Stadium. Then, it's on to a tour of the Acropolis, including the magnificent Parthenon, before transferring back to your hotel.

Every Azamara cruise delivers an onboard experience like no other, especially when it comes to dining. The culinary experience is centered at the Discoveries Restaurant, which features dishes from all of the amazing destinations the cruise visits. An array of additional specialty restaurants let you savor even more delectable offerings, from Italian cuisine to steakhouse fare. There are also a variety of casual dining options, many that you can enjoy in the open Mediterranean air.

To complete your pre-or post-dinner experience, head to one of the ship's excellent bars and lounges. You can enjoy drinks or conversation at the Discoveries Lounge or catch the game at the Spirits bar. 

Enjoy the incredible live performances onboard your Mediterranean cruise.

For evening entertainment there is the Cabaret Lounge, which features live musical performances, a full bar, and intimate seating. On every cruise, you can also live it up at Azamara’s White Night party and buffet, which takes place outside.
During the daytime, guests can visit the ship's fitness center and spa to relax and refresh or the great onboard shops where you can browse for clothing, jewelry, and special keepsakes.

If a Mediterranean cruise sounds like a good choice for you, then this is one journey you shouldn't pass up. Book your spot onboard this 11-night Azamara cruise with Avoya Travel and start planning for a magical fall adventure immersed in the sights and culture of the Mediterranean.

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