Cruising the Black Sea on the Azamara Journey

Exclusive departure | 17th July 2020

Experience more with so much included

  • 14 nights on the Azamara Journey, with full board
  • One night in a four-star hotel in Athens, with breakfast
  • Explore seven countries: Greece, Turkey, Romania, Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia
  • Guided tours of Athens’ Acropolis and its museum, Greece
  • Guided tours of Ephesus, Istanbul and Troy, Turkey
  • Private classical concert at the Odeon theatre of Ephesus
  • Scenic cruising through the Dardanelles
  • Guided tour of Bucharest, Romania
  • Guided tour of Batumi, Georgia
  • Visits to Varna in Bulgaria, Odessa in Ukraine and Sochi in Russia 
  • Return flights and transfers
  • All port charges and airport taxes
  • Services of an expert Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

On board the Azamara Journey, you’ll get…

  • An included visit to one of the ship’s speciality restaurants
  • An exclusive wine pairing event on board
  • $50 per person on-board credit to spend however you choose
  • Complimentary drinks and bottled water
  • Daily on-board gratuities
  • Services of your Riviera Travel tour manger plus the ship’s own cruise director and associate cruise director
At a Glance
Brand New Ocean Cruise
Return flights & transfers
14 nights on the Azamara Journey
1 night in a 4-star hotel
Full board during the cruise
Bed & breakfast at hotels
Daily visits & tours
Exclusive wine pairing event
Visit to an on-board speciality restaurant
Daily on-board gratuities
Complimentary on-board drinks & bottled water
$50 on-board credit
All local & airport taxes
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage


Discover the beautiful sights of the Black Sea from the magnificent decks of the Azamara Journey. Stay in ancient Athens before embarking on the 14-night luxury cruise, calling at the likes of Istanbul, Romania and Georgia. This unforgettable ocean cruise really has it all; history, culture, art and natural beauty. From the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the Museum of Odessa Modern Art and the lush parks of Sochi to the stunning botanical gardens of Batumi, enjoy a mix of meticulously planned tours and visits with our Riviera Travel experts. As you sail the Black Sea, you can relax and recharge on the Azamara Journey, whether you’re looking to lounge by the pool, enjoy the evening entertainment or even dress up for a dinner and casino night.

Following a four-star stay in historic Athens and tour of the Acropolis, your Azamara journey begins.  After an evening on board the ship for you to enjoy at your leisure, we’ll smoothly cross the Aegean Sea overnight to Turkey. Tonight, there will be a private classical concert at the Odeon theatre of Ephesus, a historical, open-air concert hall and Bouleuterion (an ancient Greek assembly house) first constructed in 2nd-century AD. Our next stop is Istanbul, where you will experience a guided tour, stopping at the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and bustling Grand Bazaar. Over the next few days you’ll cruise to Varna, Bucharest and Odessa, to embrace the culture and cuisine of Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. 

After another day at sea, where you could book a spa day, work out in the gym or marvel at the sunrises and sunsets from the terrace, we make our way to Russia, with the chance to visit the Olympic Park and Stalin’s summer residence. The next day, you’ll wake up in the city of Batumi in Georgia, with plenty to uncover. The guided city tour includes highlights of the Batumi Boulevard, Europe Square and the Botanical Garden. After a relaxing day on the ship, we arrive back into Turkey. Here we discover the fascinating story behind Troy, an intricate archaeological site, famed by Homer’s Iliad. Following a loop back to Athens on board the luxurious Azamara Journey, you’ll find yourself back in the port of Piraeus for your flight home, returning with countless memories to treasure.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Return flights
  • Overseas transfers
  • One night in a four-star hotel in Athens, with breakfast
  • 14 night cruise on the Azamara Journey, with full board
  • Port charges
  • Local accommodation taxes
  • Airport taxes
  • Checked luggage (as per airline's allowance)
  • $50 per person on-board credit
  • On-board gratuities
  • Complimentary drinks and bottled water on board the ship
  • Complimentary visit to one speciality restaurant on board the ship
  • An exclusive wine pairing event on board the ship
  • Touring as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Coach travel as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Your Ship: Azamara Journey

Your boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Journey is a mid-sized ship with a deck plan that’s intimate but never crowded, boasting everything modern voyagers are looking for – plus some unexpected extras.

Re-imagined staterooms include modern amenities and furnishings and come with plush cotton robes and slippers, French bath products, fresh flowers, and 24-hour room service. The ship also features a large number of staterooms and suites with balconies, perfect for starting your day with fresh sea air and stunning views.

Add to all of that world-class dining options, spa experiences to relax and refresh, and all new entertainment offerings, the on-board experience is matched only by the immersive cultural encounters in store for you on shore.

Treat yourself to health, beauty, and restorative treatments in the new Sanctum Spa; enjoy treatments ranging from an ocean-front massage to a quick manicure, hairstyling services, or even acupuncture. Beyond the spa, there is a selection of complimentary on-board fitness classes, as well as a well-equipped gym for you to work out at your own pace.

Main dining options vary from elegant a la carte to nightly themed buffets, with the possibility to visit the ship’s speciality restaurants. On-board entertainment takes in signature shows and guest performers, as well as live bands playing each night.

Across the Azamara fleet, authentic service goes beyond the expectations of even the most well-travelled cruisers. Friendly and approachable, staff are attentive, and happy to offer everything from poolside service to recommendations for your on-shore exploration.

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Azamara Journey ship moored up
Azamara club stateroom


Azamara ships deck terrace
Azamara ships bar and lounge
Azamara ships restaurant

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Countries: Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia
  • Currencies: Euro, Turkish lira, Bulgarian lev, Romanian leu, Ukrainian hryvnia, Russian ruble, Georgian lari (on land) and US Dollar (on board the ship)
  • Languages: Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Georgian
  • Flight time: Approx. 3 hrs 35 mins
  • Time zone: GMT+3
  • Deposit: £300 per person

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine or Georgia however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit:


A Russian visa is not required to take part in the guided excursion in Sochi during this cruise. However, should you wish to explore Sochi independently, a visa is required. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia/entry-requirements

Visa cost is £101.40 per person. Applications are initially made online, however you must also go in person to a Russian Visa Application Centre in either London, Manchester or Edinburgh for biometric data (fingerprints) to be collected. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent with your booking confirmation.

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Please note that visa costs may be subject to change.

Cabin Allocation

Your cabin number will be allocated by Azamara and will be confirmed on your travel documents. If you have a specific request please call and speak to one of our experts.


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final ship location Departure airport Transfer time
Athens International Airport Athens 45 mins Athens Athens International Airport 1 hr

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