10-Night Venice, Turkey & Greek Islands Culinary Adventure

Onboard Azamara Journey

Oct 07 – 17, 2023

SOLD OUT

Price:

Club Veranda: $3,293.76 (USD) per person / double occupancy

Duration:

14 Nights, 15 Days

Approximate Flight Time:

10hrs, from  IAD to VCE

Our Culinary Journey

This immersive country-intensive culinary experience reads like a list of Greece’s greatest hits—with a few hidden gems added for good measure. Marvel at the romance of Venice, followed by a blissful night at sea.

We arrive on the island of Corfu where a late stay gives you plenty of time to wander the streets of Old Town or venture to picturesque villages. Get ready for an unforgettable culinary journey.

FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Be Relaxed Destinations Hosted
  • Private Welcome Reception
  • 10 nights onboard Azamara Journey
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses
  • All transfers
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Private Wine Tastings
  • An Exclusive Amenity
  • Exclusive Shore Event
  • Portuguese Cooking Workshop with Lunch
  • Amazing Swag Bag
  • English Speaking Local Guide
  • Follow Food & Wine Lover Group Members To Share The Experience With

ABOUT AZAMARA JOURNEY

A luxurious boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Journey® is a mid-sized ship with a deck plan that’s intimate but never crowded, and offers everything modern voyagers are looking for—plus some unexpected extras.

CULINARY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Azamara proudly features two specialty restaurants, Prime C and Aqualina*. Aqualina offers fabulous Mediterranean cuisine. Prime C is Azamara’s classic wood-paneled steakhouse with stunning views and lush decor. The Wine Cellar will delight your palate with an 8,000-bottle collection of limited production, small label and rare vintage wines. The knowledgeable sommeliers will help you pick the perfect wines for your evening meal.

INCLUSIVE AMENITIES FOR ALL

  • Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event or onboard Destination Celebration℠ (most voyages)
  • Gratuities
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

10 Night Venice, Turkey & Greek Islands

DAY 1 - EMBARKATION - Venice, Italy

Experience Venice, one of the most captivating—and romantic—cities in the world. Tour the city’s cobblestone streets and overarching bridges, or take to the water and explore the canals on a water taxi or gondola. As you make your way through the city, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to shop, sample delicious Veneto wines, or people watch in Piazza San Marco.

DAY 2 - At Sea

Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

DAY 3 - Corfu, Greece

It’s one of the most popular Greek Isles for good reason. Explore the cobblestoned streets of Old Town in search of handcrafted treasures or while away the day on a sandy beach in town, or head out to the charming countryside. Here you’ll find olive groves, lemon trees, and rugged cliffs that are more than postcard-worthy.

DAY 4 - Argostoli, Greece

The capital and “heart” of the Greek Island of Kefalonia, Argostoli is a modern town with a traditional soul. With its stunning display of stalactites and stalagmites, the famous Drogati Cave and underground Melissani Lake routinely top must-see lists—plus the vibrant Plateia Vallianou Square.

DAY 5 - Monemvasia, Greece

Hidden away from the rest of the world, Monemvasia is a perfect escape for explorers and history buffs looking for a town seemingly unaffected by the passage of time.

DAY 6 - Heraklion, (Iraklion), Greece

As the largest city on the isle of Crete, with a history that dates back to the 9th century, Heraklion has seen its share of travelers over the millennia. It’s been ruled by the Arab, Venetian, and Ottoman empires. It’s hosted international athletes during the 2004 Olympics. And now, as a new port of call for Azamara, Heraklion welcomes you with a wealth of timeless experiences.

DAY 7 - Santorini, 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.

DAY 8 - Rhodes, Greece

First on your agenda should be the Rhodes waterfront where once stood the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Just a short ride away, the medieval town of Lindos features houses stacked like giant sugar cubes on a steep hill. Hitch a donkey ride to the acropolis at the top for spectacular views of the town and Saint Paul’s Bay.

DAY 9 - Kusadasi, (Ephesus), Turkey

Kusadasi has many charms, but let’s talk Turkey: The star attraction is Ephesus. Once the second largest city in the Roman Empire, its marble-made Arcadian Street stretches from the 24,000-capacity Great Theatre (where St. Paul used to preach) to the harbor. Nearby sites include the Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, and House of Virgin Mary, where Mary is supposed to have spent her last days.

DAY 10 - Mykonos, Greece

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!

DAY 11 - DEBARKATION - 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.

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS

Club Veranda

Refreshing sea breezes and stunning destination views come standard in our staterooms that offer your own private veranda. Greet the day with room service on your balcony, or toast to another stunning sunset. Polished touches and professional service perfectly compliment the warm, friendly attention you’ll receive from our staff and crew.

Stateroom Area: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq m)

 Veranda Area: 40 sq. ft. (3.8 sq m)

  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Sitting area with 40” flat-screen TV
  • Veranda
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
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Club Oceanview

Enjoy the polished style and stellar service of your own private retreat. You’ll appreciate the finer touches, but it takes more than a beautiful stateroom to elevate a voyage from “good” to “great.” With Azamara®, discover just how much professional service and a friendly attitude can add to your enjoyment.

Stateroom Area: 143 sq. ft. (13.3 sq m)
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Some staterooms feature sofa bed
  • 40” flat-screen TV
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps

Club Continent Suite

Spacious and comfortable, our Club Continent Suites feature fresh new décor inspired by natural elements. With two beds convertible to a queen, a cozy sitting area, breezy balcony and refreshed bathroom with a bathtub or shower, this is your wonderful, refined home away from home.

  • English butler service
  • 240 complimentary Internet minutes per guest
  • One free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
  • Complimentary seating in the specialty restaurants dining
  • Priority embarkation and debarkation
  • Complimentary in-room spirits
  • In-suite afternoon tea service
Stateroom Area: 266 sq. ft. (24.8 sq m)

 Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)

  • Two lower beds convertible to one queen size bed
  • Spacious and comfortable sitting area
  • 46” flat-screen television in sitting area
  • Roomy bathroom with shower. Some also feature a tub.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Veranda
  • And the same standard features in our Club Veranda staterooms

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Sip, Sail, And Savor Wine And Culture

From breakfast to dinner, Azamara frees your mind from ordinary cooking by using the freshest local ingredients. By talented chefs growing their own fresh ingredients, the chefs at Azamara prepare lavish dishes that reflect the flavors from wherever in the world your journey takes you.

This culinary travel adventures get to the heart of what truly embodies a destination, not only through savoring local food and wine, but through one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences that weave together a portrait of culture, tradition, history and people through food.

Club Veranda Stateroom

Club Veranda

DOUBLE: $3,293.76 per person

SINGLE: $6,392.76 per room

Club Oceanview

DOUBLE: $3,693.76 per person

SINGLE: $7,192.76 per room

Club Continent Suite

DOUBLE: $6,993.76 per person

SINGLE: $13,792.76 per room

ONBOARD DINING OPTIONS

Specialty Dining
At Aqualina, you’ll find some of Italy’s most celebrated dishes. But you’ll also find contemporary inventive cuisine. Start with lobster ravioli, followed by arugula and radicchio with prosciutto chips, and a Venetian seafood platter. You won’t be able to say no to our famous desserts: marsala custard, lemon soufflé, or tiramisu. Our chefs love to be inspired, so after an on shore visit to a local market, you can also expect a delectable dish so local, you’ll feel like you’re not onboard anymore.

Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests. For others, there is a $30 per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended.

Specialty Dining
Steaks cooked to perfection. Crab cakes with remoulade. Lobster bisque. Lamb, game hens and seafood. And last but certainly not least, our famous mini cinnamon-sugar donuts with dipping sauces for dessert. (Yes, they are as good as they sound.) But at Prime C, you’re in for more than an array of delectable dining. Expect a marvelous evening in a warm wood-paneled ambiance with stunning views and lush décor. And, if our chef has made a visit to a local market while we’re in port, you’ll also have an authentic local dish to look forward to, made just for you.

Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests. For others, there is a $30 per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended.

Fine Wines
You’ll be hard-pressed to find such a collection of limited production, small label and rare vintage wines anywhere on the high seas! And with vintages from France to California, and Argentina to South Africa, you’re sure to find a wine to suit your palate. And your journey. Our knowledgeable sommeliers can help you pick the perfect wines for your evening meal—and your voyage!—and be sure to join our Wine Corner gatherings in the Mosaic Café, perfect for discovering and enjoying new wines and benefiting from the thoughtful guidance of our sommelier.

Main Dining
Discover the world through dishes and flavors from the places we visit. Whether it’s our Destination Immersion dinner buffet or the Destination Immersion cuisine on our dinner menu, give your dining a little local flavor and enjoy on shore tastes onboard! Of course, you will also enjoy a wide variety of nightly selections such as filet mignon with black truffle sauce. With its elegant yet lively dining and renewed décor, it’s easy to see why this restaurant is a hands-down favorite, the culinary heart of our ships. Gather at Discoveries Bar for drinks before or after dinner.

Reservations are not accepted. Choose being seated at a table for two or as part of a larger group of fellow guests (which we highly recommend! It’s a great way to meet new people)

Casual Dining & Snacks
Casual “pool grill” by day. Then, fine tablecloths and flickering candles will set the mood for a sit-down al fresco dining experience by night. Taste your way around the world with exclusive personalized dishes using local flavors of the places we visit on our Destination Immersion® cuisine dinner menu served by our professional wait staff. And for a little touch of whimsy, a self-serve frozen yogurt station—Swirl & Top. With a variety of flavors and your choice of toppings, it’s the perfect way to cool off during the day or end your evening meal.

Casual Dining & Snacks
The best way to see where you are in the world is not by looking at your itinerary. It’s by checking out the menu at Windows Café! Our daily themed dinner often takes its inspiration from the region we’re visiting—Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Italian. We also create an extra live station made from local ingredients purchased in port: Greek salad made with local feta (Greece), pasta prepared with local mushrooms (Italy), fresh Mussels served with garlic bread (Netherlands). Take in the fresh breeze at an outdoor table and relax in the easy and casual atmosphere of the newly renovated Windows Café. Enjoy an intimate breakfast, lunch, or dinner for two or a lively meal for six with our flexible seating options. And speaking of choices, selections change daily. Choose from fresh sushi, stir-fry and pasta, salads, smoked lox and other cold fish, a carving station and of course, desserts

Casual Dining & Snacks
Comfortable and stylish, Mosaic is the place where you’ll find your favorite coffee drinks, just the way you like. Try our Nespresso specialty coffee (for a fee). Slip into a comfortable seat and sip for a while. The perfect place to start (or end) your day, no matter where you are in the world. This just might become your favorite area on the ship.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Vaccination Requirements: Not RequiredCovid-19 Testing Requirements: Not Required

    Quarantine: Not Required

    Additional Documentation: Not Required

    Covid-19 Insurance Coverage: Strongly Recommended

    Masks & Social Distancing:  Masks are not require to be worn.

    More information: Health & Safety Protocols

If more than 90 days prior to departure, a $400 per person deposit is due to confirm booking, of which, $200 per person is non-refundable. Verbal confirmation of reservations can be made over the phone, by depositing using a credit card. Reservations without deposit are not considered firm and may be canceled once the option has expired without any notice. Furthermore, once a deposit has been received, normal cancellation fees will apply.

  • Single occupancy = one person to a room
  • Double occupancy = two persons to a room
  • Each person in a room will have his or her own bed. Couples will have one king bed.
  • Gratuities for Driver and Tour Guide
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flights

The fear of missing (FOMO) is a horrible feeling…but losing your hard earned money you paid for your vacation is far worse. Because all of Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferable, travel insurance is therefore highly recommended for this trip. Your premium is related to your trip cost, so you don’t have to worry about being over-insured. Click the link for our preferred travel insurance vendor list. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance you will be required to complete a form declining this options. This is to ensure you understand the repercussion of not purchasing travel insurance. 

All cancellations must be received in writing. Penalties are as follows. PTD = Prior to Departure:

  • More than 121 days PTD
    • Europe – $200pp land and cruise cancellation charge
  • 120-90 days PTD:
    • Europe  – $400pp land and cruise cancellation charge
    • 89-60 days PTD
    • 35% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 59-30 days PTD
    • 50% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 29-07 days PTD
    • 80% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 6 days PTD
    • 100% loss of land and cruise price cancellation charge
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  • All payments to Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is because Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC has contractual agreements with cruises, hotels, airlines and other vendors that will not allow us to obtain any refunds. This way we can keep our package prices low and allow you to make monthly payments on your vacation.
  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements.
  • Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport. Your name on your invoice MUST match your passport.
  • Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Therefore, we recommend Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expenses and more. We have a full list of travel insurance vendors. Click here to see referrals.
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  • Seats for this group are only located in economy class. If you require another class of service please purchase our Cruise Only Package and secure your flight on your own.
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  • Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current. Your invoice will clearly note your payment plan. We suggest you put this payment plan on your personal calendar.
  • You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments.
  • Roommate Matching is available. Review our Roommate Matching Program.
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  • Name changes are allowed with a $100 name change fee up until the final payment date and $250 after final payment date.
  • Late payment of $250 per person is required after final due date listed on your payment plan. Late payment fees are automatically added to your reservations the day after your final due date.
  • All late payment requests must be approved by management before the final payment deadline on your account.
  • Traveling on a Amawaterways cruise requires a valid driver’s license and certified birth certificate or a valid U.S. passport. 
  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements. Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport.
  • When making your reservations, you can choose to pay in full or select our convenient payment plan. If you select a payment plan, you will automatically be added to our auto-bill payment plan option. You can opt-out of this program by emailing us at support@berelaxeddestinations.com after you make your reservations.
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  • Please note if you choose to book your own flight you should begin looking for flights 5 months before event. Some travel sites will allow you to set alerts to advise you when prices are dropping. You should purchase your flight no later than 30 days before the trip.
  • We strongly suggest that you arrive the day before the cruise. However should you choose to fly in the day of, please find a flight to get you into Barcelona no later than 12PM. You should arrive at the cruise port and ship no later than 3PM. No exceptions!
  • The group flight will leave the US on May 10 and arrive in Lyon, France on May 11. 
  • Provided full payment is received no later than your final payment due date, travel documents, itineraries and travel instructions will be sent via email 30 days or earlier prior to travel. All documents will be sent via electronic mail.
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  • Only Suite, Single, and Category A Staterooms are available for group booking. 
  • Roommate Matching is offered on this cruise. If you want to be matched, please enter click here to request Roommate Match is available. 
  • Also, please note roommate matching does not take place until after 75% of the cost of the package is paid.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Please click here if you would like to reserve mobility assistance such as a scooter or wheelchair. Special Needs At Sea Requests