Journey, Mediterranean Treasures ex Athens to Barcelona 9 Night Cruise sailing from Athens to Barcelona aboard Azamara Journey.
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9 Night Cruise sailing from Athens to Barcelona aboard Azamara Journey.
Greece. Italy. France. Spain. This voyage includes all the must-haves for an immersive Mediterranean itinerary. Begin in Athens, the cradle of European civilization, before setting sail for Sicily. You’ll have a day of sailing in between to explore all your boutique hotel at sea has to offer. In Taormina, explore an ancient Greco-Roman amphitheater with sweeping hillside views, then hit Corso Umberto for excellent shopping and people watching.
Then, it's on to Rome. Whether your first time or your fifth, the Eternal City always amazes. Our next port, Livorno, provides easy access to the iconic tower in Pisa, and the Renaissance wonder of Florence. In Monte-Carlo, opulence abounds. Soak in the dazzling elegance of the city, especially the Grand Casino and Royal Palace. Ajaccio, Corsica is the home of Napoleon and is a treasure trove of historic sites and Renaissance art.
Next, we island hop over to Mahon, Menorca, a city perched on a bluff overlooking a sparkling turquoise harbor. Discover its pristine beaches and marvel at the massive pipe organ at the Church of Santa Maria. Your Mediterranean cruise concludes in Barcelona—dynamic, and definitely worth exploring for a few days after you depart the Azamara Journey®.
Highlights of this cruise:
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.
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.
Discover Napoléon's influence and enduring legacy in his hometown of Ajaccio. His presence is visible throughout the city in everything from his childhood home, the Maison Bonaparte, to museums like Salon Napoléonien. History aside, this small town is brimming with Italian Renaissance art and delicious French cuisine.
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.