Journey, Mediterranean Icons ex Athens to Barcelona 9 Night cruise sailing from Athens to Barcelona onboard Azamara Journey.
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9 Night cruise sailing from Athens to Barcelona onboard Azamara Journey.
Where better to begin an immersive discovery of the Mediterranean than mythical, legendary Athens? Arrive a few days early and step back through millenia at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Arch of Hadrian, Ancient Agora, and the Acropolis.
On majestic Mykonos, we stay late, so stroll the cobblestone streets and sample fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and Grecian cheeses at local tavernas, before an island hop to stunning Santorini. Sip fine Greek wines, and explore the 3,500-year-old Minoan town of Akrotiri to discover the island’s explosive past.
After a luxurious day at sea, relax on Giardini Naxos, soaking in the Mediterranean sun and views of Mount Etna. Head to the hilltop town of Taormina, one of the most beautiful vantage points in all of Sicily, before a late stay in the colorful cliff-side city of Sorrento—perfect for visits to nearby Capri and Pompeii.
In the Eternal City, stroll in the steps of gladiators at the Coliseum and gaze in awe at Michelangelo's masterpiece in St. Peter’s Basilica. Then discover Florence—full of art, architecture, palaces, churches and museums—before another relaxing day at sea and the conclusion of this dazzling Mediterranean discovery in bustling Barcelona.
Highlights of this cruise:
Piraeus, (Athens), Greece
Start your journey in Piraeus with an archaeological walk past landmarks like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora, and of course, the Acropolis. Afterwards, head to the Central Market for a feast of fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, olives, and Grecian cheese. Finally, check out a local taverna where you can rub elbows with the locals well into the wee hours of the night.
Picture perfect is the best way to describe Mykonos. Idyllic in every way, from the brilliant blue water in its harbor to the rows of 16th-century Venetian windmills, Mykonos is a postcard come to life! Spend your days strolling delightful cobblestone streets and visiting artisan craft shops. And when the sun goes down, discover why locals refer to this hedonistic city as the Ibiza of Greece!
The capital, Fira, clings to the rim of the caldera 900 feet above the sea. Take the cable car, or giddy up on a donkey to climb the 588 steps to the top. Hike to nearby Oia, a quintessential Greek village. Head south to the 3,500-year-old Minoan town Akrotiri. Often called Greece’s answer to Pompeii, the well-preserved ruins provide a glimpse into Santorini’s storied (and explosive) past.
Giardini Naxos, (Taormina), Sicily, Italy
For rest and relaxation, Giardini Naxos is just the ticket, with a coast that seems to stretch on for miles. To the left looms Mount Etna, Italy’s largest active volcano. Hikes to the top are only advised for experienced hikers (dress warmly!), but the Silvestri Craters are fun to explore at any skill level. Or head to the hilltop town of Taormina, one of the most beautiful places in all of Sicily.
Live it up in the land of limoncello. Perched on one of the world's most stunning coastlines, Amalfi delivers a true Italian experience. Discover unique shops and galleries, take a thrilling cliffside drive, or stay close to the shore and live la dolce vita.
Civitavecchia, (Rome), Italy
Always enchanting, the Eternal City will captivate you—no matter how many times you visit. Walk in the steps of gladiators at the Coliseum, channel your inner statesman at the Forum, or gaze up in wonder at Michelangelo's masterwork at St. Peter's Basilica. Pasta and vino are a must, and there are plenty of places to relax and refuel after a day of exploration.
Livorno, (Florence & Pisa), Italy
The port city of Livorno has many charms of its own: the canals of La Venezia Nuova (New Venice), which date back to the Medici era, the Mercato Centrale, and the chessboard-style Terrazza Mascagni promenade, to name a few. But Livorno is also the gateway to the magnificent art and architecture, palaces, churches and museums of Florence, as well as Pisa’s famous leaning tower. Decisions, decisions!
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan masterpiece. With a history rich in art and architecture, medieval, Gothic, and modern influences can be seen all over the city. Start at the waterfront and stroll up the shady, tree-lined Las Ramblas boulevard and discover some of the city's best shopping and bustling cafes.