Mediterranean Experience aboard the Azamara Onward with Governor Mike Huckabee | Oct 28, 2023
Join Governor Mike Huckabee on an unforgettable Mediterranean Experience Cruise aboard the Azamara Onward starting at $5,725* from New York on October 28, 2023. This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean Sea, including Athens, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, Plaka, Panathenaic Stadium, the Acropolis, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Mars Hill, Santorini, the ancient city of Ephesus, Odeon, a concert hall, the steam baths of Scholastica, the famed two-story Library of Celsus, and the Grand Theater, Valletta, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Casa Rocca Piccola, Grand Harbour, and so much more.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare from NY
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
- Cruise Gratuities
- Cruise Taxes
- Free WIFI
- Love Offering
- Other Meals as Listed
- Select Meals on Itinerary
Day 1 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH - DEPART THE USA
DEPART THE USA
Day 2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29TH - 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 your hotel for dinner and overnight (Late arrivals may experience a shorter panoramic tour and reduced free time).
Day 3 MONDAY, OCTOBER 30TH - 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 5th 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 (Lunch onboard the ship upon arrival).
Day 4 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST - SANTORINI, GREECE - DAY IS ON YOUR OWN.
Guests may purchase excursions from Azamara Dock in Santorini today, 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. (B,L,D) Villages and Vintages of Santorini - 4 hrs 15 mins - SO14 - Price is TBA Savor the tantalizing flavors, subtle charms, and exquisite vistas of Santorini on this excursion across the island’s rugged volcanic landscape. Your coach will climb some 800 feet to the top of the caldera, where you’ll view the still active volcanic islet in the bay below. Stop in the village of Oia, perched high atop a craggy cliff at the northernmost point of Santorini. Wander about narrow cobblestone avenues lined with the beaming white stone of classic Cycladic architecture. From charming shops to splendid domed churches to a surprising collection of art galleries, a walk through Oia delights at every turn. Continue to a local winery to learn how Santorini wine is produced and sample some favorite vintages perfectly paired with homemade Greek mezes. Your tour ends in Fira, where you can independently explore the pedestrian paths that weave through Santorini’s historic capital or return to the port via cable car. Activity Level: Medium Akrotiri: The Lost City Excavations - 3 hrs 45 mins - SO39 - Price is TBA Delve deep into the history of Santorini at one of the island’s most mind-boggling discoveries — a Bronze Age city lost in 1450 BC to an epic volcanic eruption. Legend has it that the volcanic eruption that buried this town under 160 feet of pumice is the very same that vanquished the fabled city of Atlantis. Who knows for sure? What is certain, however, is that in 1930 the site was discovered, and 37 years later, the completed excavations revealed the remains of a once glorious city of more than 30,000 inhabitants. Walk the same cobbled paths they took. See their ancient homes and shops. Uncover the mysteries of life ages ago. Continue this history-making tour at the village of Akrotiri with a narrated exploration of five fortified medieval settlements. Finally, return to lively Fira for a little self-guided sightseeing and shopping. Activity Level: Medium Panoramic Santorini - 3 hrs 30 mins - SO4L - Price is TBA You’ll be met by your guide at the pier and drive to the Mountain of Prophet Elijah, the island’s highest point. The next stop will be at the Caldera cliff top view point for spectacular views of the deep blue sea surrounding the island that make up the volcanic caldera of Santorini. Enjoy a light refreshment before driving south across the island to Kamari, passing picturesque villages and dramatic views along your way, briefly stopping at the Agios Nektarios Church before enjoying some leisure time at the black-sand beach Kamari is now famous for. You’ll then be escorted back to Athinios port, where a tender will take you back to the ship. Activity Level: Mild Sailing the Caldera of Santorini - 3 hrs - SO3L - Price is TBA Set sail on a captivating voyage that glides across the turquoise Aegean to showcase the monumental landscape of the Caldera of Santorini. You’ll board a traditional Greek vessel known as a Kaiki and set a course for the isle of Nea Kameni. Be sure to have your camera ready as you approach the still active volcanic island. Gaze up at the ashen cliffs that rise from the azure waters and learn about the monumental volcanic eruption that forever changed this landscape some 3,500 years ago. You’ll journey to the nearby isle of Thirassia, home to only 350 inhabitants, and sail past the red Caldera walls that tower above picturesque Ammoudi Beach. Snap photos of the village of Oia and panoramic vistas as you venture into Armeni Bay. As you take in the scenery, your attentive crew will serve up fresh Greek mezes and local wines to complete this unforgettable experience. Activity Level: Mild
Day 5 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST - KUSADASI, TURKIYE
Marvel at the ancient city of Ephesus, known as an open-air archaeological museum. Delve into the incredible treasures of Ephesus, including an in-depth exploration of the Terrace Houses. First built in the 10th century BC and lasting until its abandonment under Ottoman rule, Ephesus dazzles visitors with its ruins. See the Odeon, a concert hall, the steam baths of Scholastica, the famed two-story Library of Celsus, and the Grand Theater where St. Paul preached. Walk the Arcadian Way, a procession route of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. Activity Level Moderate to strenuous (Option will be given by guide upon arrival). (Lunch onboard the ship prior to afternoon excursion).
Day 6 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND - DAY AT SEA
Enjoy one of the many onboard activities and/or group gatherings as you rest and relax aboard the Azamara Onward. Take the opportunity for a salon visit or a massage at the spa. The day is yours to do as you please!
Day 7 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, VALETTA, MALTA
Embark on a narrated tour of Valletta, the capital of Malta, and a city replete with medieval charm and extravagantly grand architecture. No exploration would be complete without a visit to Valletta’s crowning jewel, St. John’s Co-Cathedral. This baroque masterpiece was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassiere for the Knights of St John. In fact, several Knights donated gifts of art to ensure it was adorned with only the finest works. Continue to Casa Rocca Piccola, a historic home offering a unique glimpse into the lives of Maltese nobility over the past 400 years. Enjoy a little free time to explore the area before heading to the imposing Mediterranean Conference Center. Set overlooking the Grand Harbour, it was originally built as a hospital for the Order of St. John of Jerusalem and was considered one of the finest in Europe during the 1600s. Activity Level: Strenuous
Day 8 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH - CATANIA, SICILY, ITALY
Between the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna lies the beautiful city of Catania, where it’s “if it ain’t Baroque don’t fix it” architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. Choose from one of several included shore excursions. A wine tasting option will immerse you in Sicily’s vineyards. Discover Syracuse’s plethora of Greek, Roman, and Middle Ages architecture including Piazza Armerina & Villa Romana del Casale. If a more adventurous trek is your preference, ascend Mt. Etna for a closer look at this active volcano. Or enjoy Mt. Etna from a distance in Taormina where its ancient Roman Theatre will provide dramatic views and shopping streets will furnish ample souvenirs and local crafts. Activity level will vary.
Day 9 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH SALERNO, ITALY
Discover the diverse beauty and heritage of the western coast of Italy as Azamara Onward spends two full days docked at Salerno. Choose from several included options that will immerse you in the infamous and remarkable ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum that were covered in ash by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Day 10 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH - SALERNO, ITALY
Enjoy the wonderful culture and food found in Naples or Salerno at the Arechi Castle. Find Italy’s natural history when you take in its gorgeous Almalfi Coast. Activity level will vary.
Day 11 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH - RETURN TO THE USA FROM ROME
RETURN TO THE USA FROM ROME
Enhance Your Journey
Dubai extension (Pre-Tour)
GREECE extension (Pre Tour)
Istanbul & Cappadocia (Pre-Tour)
Rome (Post Tour)
Italy (Post Tour)
Saturday, October 28, 2023From $5725