- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Meals on Ship
- Port Charges
- Visas (U.S. Citizens)
- Overseas Transfers
- Cruise Gratuities
- Free WIFI
Day 1 October 24 - Depart USA
Day 2 October 25 - Athens, Greece
Arrive in Athens and see the best of Athens on a panoramic drive designed for those who prefer a more leisurely tour of the city. Board a comfortable coach for a narrated tour covering both modern and ancient attractions, including the Academy, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, and a stop at the pedestrian zone below the majestic Acropolis. Conclude with free time to shop in the picturesque Plaka, the city’s most ancient neighborhood. Transfer to the ship to embark after your tour. (Late arrivals may experience a shorter panoramic tour and reduced free time.)
Day 3 October 26 - Athens, Greece
Travel to the legendary city of Athens for an awe-inspiring immersion into Greek history, mythology and might. Upon arrival, you’ll begin a narrated sightseeing drive that winds past the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, an ancient wonder reborn as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Your drive will lead to the most iconic ancient site in Greece – the Acropolis. Climb the steep steps leading to this complex of temples and buildings dating back to the fifth century BC and built as a grand monument to thought and the arts. Witness the Temple of Athena Nike and explore the iconic Parthenon, dedicated to the Goddess Athena and offering sweeping panoramas overlooking the city below. A short walk from the ruins leads to Mars Hill, where Paul preached to the Athenians.
Day 4 October 27 - Kavala, Greece
Delve into ancient Greek and Christian history on this journey to ancient Philippi, Kavala, and the baptistery at the St. Lydia site. Philippi is one of the most important archaeological sites in Eastern Macedonia. The site received protection from King Philip of Macedon when the city was threatened by the Thracians in 365 BC. Hellenistic Philippi had a fortification wall, a theatre, public buildings, and private houses. The Roman road of the Via Egnatia made Philippi a significant regional center. It was later conquered by Octavius. Saint Paul founded the first Christian church on European soil in Philippi in 49 AD. Visit the stunning archaeological and pilgrimage sites. On your way back to the ship, visit the St. Lydia site, the stream where Lydia was baptized. You’ll also see Kavala, with its stunning amphitheater construction on the slopes of Mt. Symvolo, one of the most visually inspiring cities in Greece.
Day 5 October 28 - Patmos, Greece
Venture within the towering walls of St. John’s Monastery to explore its battlements and religious history. This castle-like Byzantine structure looms in stark contrast to the gleaming white homes that rest below its dark façade. Built by the monk Christodoulos in 1088, it has remained in continuous operation, surviving epic raids by Norman pirates in the 11th and 12th centuries. Inside, countless treasures are safeguarded, including a magnificent collection of jeweled chalices, crowns and crosses, ancient transcriptions by Aristotle and masterful artwork by El Greco. Continue to the Grotto of St. John, built around a sacred cave where the disciple is said to have composed the Book of Revelation. Conclude your excursion with a panoramic drive along the jagged coastline of Patmos, where jutting spits of land stretch far into the deep-blue sea. Enjoy time immersed in the historical, religious and natural wonders of this amazing Greek Isle.
Day 6 October 29 - Paphos, Cyprus
Greek history and mythology come to life on this fascinating exploration of priceless mosaics, ancient tombs, religious murals, and more. Your drive brings you to the seaside village of Yeroskipou, first stopping at the small church of Ayia Paraskevi, one of the only two Byzantine churches found on the island. View its religious murals dating from the 8th to the 15th centuries and the five domes that form a cross. Continue on with a visit to the mysterious Tombs of the Kings, monumental and semi-subterranean tombs carved out of solid rock dating from the fourth century BC. Your last visit is the House of Dionysos, dating from the second century BC, to admire the beautiful mosaics depicting scenes from Greek mythology.
Day 7 October 30 - Rhodes, Greece
Get the real, authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Your walking tour will begin in picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through and learn all about the agora and the Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked. Marvel at the stunning churches, exquisite Jewish quarter, the Inns of Knights, and the Palace of Grand Masters. You will then tour the palace interior and travel down the Street of Knights. Its path paved with impressive marble and mosaics. Then, it’s on to the Hospital of Knights museum, where you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of this majestic town. Afterward, stop for a refreshment in a local café. Exploring Rhodes on foot will inevitably leave a lasting impression on you.
Day 8 October 31 - Santorini, Greece (on your own)
Dock in Santorini today. It is one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. You may choose to stay on the ship and enjoy the many amenities offered, or you may choose to wander this charming island on your own today.
Day 9 November 1 - Make your way to the Airport or enjoy the optional Corinth Extension
This morning, say goodbye to the Azamara Journey and make your way to the airport to begin your journey home. Transfers are not included.
Enhance Your Journey
November 1 - Corinth Greece
This morning, say goodbye to the Azamara Journey and travel to the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord. As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized, establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, marketplace and temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews.
November 2 - Return to USA
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