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Black Sea Voyage

Azamara Journey® • Fly from Heathrow

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  • VIP travel service VIP door to door
  • Full Board Full board

Explore the mysterious Black Sea...

Begin your adventure in Athens, Europe’s oldest city, with its classical sites, then journey through time in the recovered Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, home to one of the seven wonders of the world – the Temple of Artemis. Next, cruise the Bosphorus Strait, an ancient waterway which will carry you to the Black Sea, where six fascinating ports in six different countries await your discovery. Uncover Roman remains in Varna, seek out Communist-era architecture in Bucharest, climb Odessa’s monumental Potemkin Stairs, unwind on the ‘Russian Riviera’ in Sochi, admire Batumi’s peaceful botanical gardens and spend two full days in the exotic city of Istanbul.

Saga price includes...

And on your cruise… 

  • Full board
  • Afternoon tea
  • Selected drinks including select standard spirits, international beers and wines, bottled water, soft drinks, speciality teas and coffees
  • 24-hour room service
  • Exclusive AzAmazing EveningSM
  • Gratuities to housekeeping and bar/restaurant staff
  • Activities, entertainment and leisure facilities
  • Enriching lectures
  • Shuttle bus at selected ports
  • Concierge service
  • Self-service laundry
  • Porterage of luggage

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18/07/2020 Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Piraeus, Greece

Depart 1700.

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service fly to Athens and board your ship Azamara Journey®.

Piraeus Attica Greece Europe

19/07/2020 Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Arrive 0900. Depart 2300.

Don't miss the chance to step back in time to the days of Antony and Cleopatra on a visit to Ephesus. It's home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Temple of Artemis – and the Library of Celsus.

Kusadasi Izmir Turkey Europe

20/07/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

21/07/2020 Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

East and west collide in this transcontinental city which straddles the Bosphorus Strait. Contrast two of its greatest mosques, the extraordinary Blue Mosque, so called for its blue mosaic tilework, with the ancient St Sophia – an exquisite example of Byzantine architecture that dates back to the 6th century. Be sure to visit the recently renovated Spice Bazaar, which was originally founded in the 17th century, and offers an array of exotic souvenirs.

Istanbul Marmara Turkey Europe

22/07/2020 Varna, Bulgaria

Varna, Bulgaria

Arrive 0800. Depart 2100.

A cosmopolitan city that’s both a naval base and seaside resort. It was from here that Dracula set sail for Whitby, in Bram Stoker’s horror classic. Perhaps visit the Archaeology Museum and Rock Monastery, or you could see the remains of the Roman Thermae, believed to be the largest baths in the European part of the Empire.

Varna Bulgaria Europe

23/07/2020 Constanta (for Bucharest), Romania

Constanta, Romania

Arrive 0730. Depart 1800.

Set on the Black Sea Coast, legend has it that Constanta is where Jason landed with his Argonauts after claiming the Golden Fleece. This ancient metropolis is also said to be Romania's longest continually inhabited city as well as its chief port. From here, visit the Romanian capital, Bucharest, home to the enormous Palace of the Parliament – dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s egotistical folly.

Bucharest Romania Europe

24/07/2020 Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa, Ukraine

Arrive 0930. Depart 2000.

Odessa has a reputation as a lively, artistic and cultural centre. Enjoy a full day exploring this beautiful city which was founded by Catherine the Great in the 18th century. Its wealth of treasures includes three palaces, a 19th-century Opera House and the famous Potemkin Steps.

Odessa Ukraine Europe

25/07/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

26/07/2020 Sochi, Russia

Sochi, Russia

Arrive 0800. Depart 2000.

Sochi has earned world recognition as host of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The city lies at the foot of the scenic Caucasus Mountains, and is the nation’s biggest and busiest summer resort. Perhaps seek out Stalin’s own summer residence, or explore one of the many beautiful hiking trails just outside the city, in search of waterfalls and glorious views.

Sochi Krasnodar Krai Russia Europe

27/07/2020 Batumi, Georgia

Batumi, Georgia

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Located on the Black Sea coast close to the border with Turkey, Batumi is one of Georgia’s most popular holiday resorts. Backed by verdant mountains and plantations, its leafy streets feature many fine, restored historic buildings. Among the main sights are Batumi Cathedral and the Botanical Gardens, created during the city’s period of rule under Imperial Russia.

Batumi Georgia Asia

28/07/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

29/07/2020 Istanbul, Turkey

Bosphorus Strait

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Return to the city of Istanbul for another day of incredible exploration. Continue to admire the fabulous architecture, from its distinctive mosques to the ancient city walls, and perhaps spend a few lira in the enticing bazaars.

Istanbul Marmara Turkey Europe

30/07/2020 Kepez (Troy/Gallipoli), Turkey

Canakkale, Turkey

Arrive 0730. Depart 1500.

Moor in the Turkish port of Kepez, on the southern edge of Canakkale, a vibrant city best explored on foot. Take a stroll along the waterfront, and look out for a replica of the iconic Trojan horse, used in the 2004 movie starring Brad Pitt. Canakkale is the gateway to the ancient ruins of Troy, and the historic peninsula of Gallipoli where one of the most epic battles of WWI is remembered in moving memorials.

Gallipoli Canakkale Turkey Europe

31/07/2020 Pireaus (Athens), Greece

Piraeus, Greece

Arrive 1300.

Piraeus has been the main Athenian port since antiquity, as Athens is the capital of the wealthy Attica region as well as the country. The city sprawls around a rocky hill called the Acropolis, crowned by the Parthenon Temple dedicated to the city’s patron, the ancient goddess, Athena. The amazingly well-preserved Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, also on the hill, is a 4th-century BC auditorium, built to hold 17,000 people.

Piraeus Piraeus Attica Greece Europe

01/08/2020 Pireaus (Athens), Greece

Piraeus, Greece

Disembark Azamara Journey® after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK and your included door-to-door travel service home.

Piraeus Piraeus Attica Greece Europe

Please note

⚓ Land by launch or tender.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

^The Three Table Tour speciality dining package includes one night in Prime C, one night in Aqualina and a further night in either of these restaurants.


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