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Exclusive departure | 17th June 2020

  • 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
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
 

Overview

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 has an intimate deck plan, but it never feels crowded. It boasts everything that modern voyagers seek, with some unexpected extras.

The staterooms have modern amenities and furnishings and a luxurious atmosphere is created by the plush cotton robes and slippers, French bath products, fresh flowers, and 24-hour room service. A large number of staterooms and suites have balconies... what better way to start the day that with the fresh sea air and stunning views?

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

Take your pick from a range of beauty and restorative health treatments in the new Sanctum Spa; anything from an ocean-front massage to a quick manicure, a new hairstyle, or even acupuncture. Beyond the spa, there’s an on-board gym for you to work out at your own pace and complimentary fitness classes.

The main dining options include everything from elegant a la carte to nightly themed buffets, with the possibility to visit the ship’s speciality restaurants. We’ve included a visit to one of these speciality restaurants in the cost of your holiday. On-board entertainment takes in signature shows and guest performers, as well as live music every 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 on-shore exploration recommendations.

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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

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.

Mobility

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.

Visa Information

Russian visa

Russian visas are included while you’re enjoying our exclusive excursions or excursions operated by the ship, but customers who wish to explore Sochi independently will need to apply for a visa.

In order to apply for a visa, applicants will require an invitation letter (also known as the ‘tourist voucher’) from the shipping company which will be sent to you, from Riviera Travel, approximately ten weeks prior to departure. Please do not apply for your visa before receiving this voucher from us.

Please ensure you have at least two empty pages in your passport, and that it is valid for a minimum of six months after the visa’s expiration.

Complete the application forms electronically at http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk and print and sign accordingly. All applications must then be made in person at the Application Centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh, where biometric data (fingerprints) will be collected. This is a simple five to ten-minute process. You will need one recent passport photo and the tourist vouchers from the shipping company. You will be required to leave your passport at the centre while your visa is processed.

Visa costs are from £63 plus a service charge of £38.40. with the option to return by post at a cost of £13.80. All payments made towards visa fees and service charges are non-refundable and do not guarantee the issuance of a visa should your application be declined.

Should you require additional help through an agency please contact us for a recommendation.

  • The granting of a visa is at the discretion of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London and its Consulates.
  • Please apply for your visa no more than six weeks prior to travel.
  • Your tourist vouchers will reach you approximately 10 weeks before departure.
  • All British Passport holders visiting Russia are required to have at least 6 months validity on their passports from the date the visa expires.
  • As requirements and prices may differ non-UK passport holders should refer to: http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk

Other visas

Visas are not required for British citizens travelling to Bulgaria, Romania, Bucharest, Ukraine and Georgia. Please ensure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport from the return date of your holiday. Other nationality should check with the relevant embassy.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

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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