Greece, Malta, and Italy (9 Days)

Cruise Line: Azamara Club Cruises
Piraeus, Greece to Civitavecchia, Italy
Dates: 20 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
20 Oct 2018
Piraeus, Greece
6:00 PM
DAY 2
21 Oct 2018
Khaniá, Greece
8:00 AM 8:00 PM
DAY 3
22 Oct 2018
Day-at-Sea
DAY 4
23 Oct 2018
Valletta, Malta
8:00 AM 10:00 PM
DAY 5
24 Oct 2018
Syracuse, Italy
8:00 AM 10:00 PM
DAY 6
25 Oct 2018
Taormina, Italy
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 7
26 Oct 2018
Amalfi, Italy
7:30 AM 10:00 PM
DAY 8
27 Oct 2018
Sorrento, Italy
7:30 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 9
28 Oct 2018
Civitavecchia, Italy
6:00 AM
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Virtuoso Voyages Benefits

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PASSENGER(S) MAY SELECT ONE BENEFIT FROM EACH SET OF DATES:

Please check with your Virtuoso Advisor for any restrictions that may apply to the third and fourth passengers in a cabin.

For 20 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
Your Onboard Host(s):
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Malta Highlights with Lunch at Pippa & John Mattei's - Valletta - 2018 ( 6 Hours 30 Minutes )
Valletta, Malta | 23 Oct 2018

  • Meals: Lunch
  • Recommended Ages: All Ages
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Experience(s): Food & Wine • Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing

The island of Malta has been a crossroads of Mediterranean trade since antiquity. The Maltese are descended from the original rulers of the island – the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians. And the isle's 7,000-year history is a tale of conquest and defense. Successive rulers included the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines, the Saracens from North Africa, the Norman kings of Sicily, and the knights of the First Crusade – the Knights Hospitalers – now known as the Knights of Malta. The Ottoman Turks, under Suleiman the Magnificent, were repulsed in 1565. Malta in 1800 became part of the British Empire. During World War II, the Axis Powers mounted an annihilating bombing campaign against the island. The devastation – and resistance – were so fierce that the entire population was awarded the George Cross for bravery.

Our day begins with a drive to the The Wignacourt Collegiate Museum in Rabat – a baroque residence of the Chaplains of the Knights of Malta inaugurated by Grand Master Aloph de Wignacourt (1601-1622). It forms part of a Pauline complex just outside the walls of the old Roman City of Malta and is materially linked to St Paul's Grotto, the cradle of Christianity in Malta, the place where St Paul the Apostle in A.D. 60 is believed to have founded the first Christian Community on the island. The building, fully completed in 1749, is on three levels: the underground level consists of a labyrinth of Punic, Roman and Christian Hypogea with interesting architectural features as well as a complex of World War II shelters with two main corridors and fifty rooms. The ground floor level consists of a corridor with one side consisting of a number of rooms used as offices and minor collections and on the other side, a spacious garden area which once included the refectory of the Chaplains of the Order and an oven which during World War II provided daily more than 2000 loaves for the population of Rabat. The main floor has an impressive picture gallery with works by Mattia Preti, Antoine Favray, Francesco Zahra and other Maltese as well as European Artists. Also a collection of 17th- 19th century Spanish, Italian and Maltese silver; a unique wooden altar used for the celebration of Mass on the galleys of the Order of the Knights of Malta; a collection of old relics and reliquaries, sculptures in wood, alabaster and bronze, including a medallion by Alessandro Algardi; maps, coins, prints and rare books among which is King Henry VIII's 'Septem Sacramants" written to confute Martin Luther and above all a baroque chapel for the private devotions of the residing chaplains.

Afterwards, we make our way to the medieval fortified city of Mdina. Also known as the “Silent City”, Mdina was the capital of Malta until the 16th century. Mdina is a superb example of a typical medieval town, and one can admire the panoramic views of most of the island from its bastion walls. On entering the city through the main gate, we’ll visit the magnificent cathedral dedicated to St. Paul, who was shipwrecked in Malta in 60A.D.

We then proceed to the picturesque village of Attard to a typical Maltese townhouse and the private residence of Pippa & John Mattei. Pippa Mattei is a leading chef, cookery writer and teacher. She has written several cookbooks, namely the bestselling”25 Years in a Maltese Kitchen”. She has been featured on American Life TV and has won an International award with GOURMAND in Paris.

We will be hosted in her Mediterranean garden, weather permitting, or in her dining room and her state of the art kitchen, overlooking the garden. Pippa and her husband John will prepare a typical Maltese/Mediterranean lunch using local and seasonal ingredients which are sourced from local markets. The meal will be accompanied by the best Maltese wine from the nearby wine estate, and will finish with coffee and Pippa’s homemade mandarin or lemon liquor.

After our wonderful luncheon we will return to the ship.

Suggested Attire/Walking: Smart casual wear with a sun hat and comfortable shoes (ladies are not permitted to enter Malta's churches in sleeveless shirts). Moderate walking on cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces. Approximately 30 minutes of walking in Mdina.

This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to local conditions or other considerations. This Virtuoso Shore Event is not transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with another sailing. The Shore Event has no cash value, cannot be redeemed or refunded for cash. Credit will not be issued for unused services. Ground operators and other suppliers are independently owned and operated and are not controlled by Virtuoso. Your participation in this event served as your acknowledgement that Virtuoso is not responsible for the acts or omissions of these third parties. Other restrictions apply.

Private Car & Driver: Amalfi Coast ( 6 Hours )
Sorrento, Italy | 27 Oct 2018

This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date.
This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date.

This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date.

Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking driver & private air conditioned sedan at the Sorrento port and venture off to drive the seaside roads of the Amalfi coast to visit some of the region’s famed towns.

The "Amalfi Drive" is said to be the most spectacular road in Europe and from Sorrento, the winding cliff top road offers breathtaking panoramic views at every bend. Each spot is a world of its own, a fantastic world which dazzles the imagination and inspires unforgettable impressions.

Positano is an especially romantic costal town with a picturesque medley of whitewashed houses terracing down a vertiginous slope to the sea. It is Italy’s most nearly vertical town, spilling down from the cornice like a waterfall of pink, cream and yellow villas.

Amalfi, which gives its name to the whole coast on which it lies, was once a thriving Marine Republic. The unmistakable cluster of white tightly packed houses rises up the hillside is dominated by the beautiful Cathedral, which stands superbly on the top of a great flight of steps leading up from the main square. Then there is Ravello, which nestles eleven hundred feet above the sea in the hillside. Enjoy the views as you return to the port to board the ship.

Of course, today’s itinerary is at your leisure. Your driver will help custom tailor the days itinerary to see what most interests you – from sightseeing & shopping, to the best place to enjoy lunch or enjoy a glass of wine.

Please Note: An itinerary including Pompeii cannot be offered with the private car and driver option. If you do wish to visit Pompeii, we suggest that you discuss custom options with your travel advisor.

Included: English Speaking Driver | Taxes

Not Included: Guide | Tipping/Gratuities unless specified |Travel insurance | Personal expenses | Entrance Fees unless specified | Meals | Extra Hours | Extra Kilometers | other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Terms and Conditions: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to local conditions or other considerations. All Virtuoso shore events are capacity controlled and require a minimum number of participants to operate. The Car & Driver is valid only if selected for all the guests in cabin and is based on double occupancy with a maximum two persons per vehicle. There may be a surcharge for single occupancy of a private car and driver experience. There may be a surcharge if guests are added without prior notification and additional costs are payable to the driver/guide at the time of the service provided. The departure time is preset and departs within 30 minutes to 1 hour after arrival in port. Participants are responsible for charges for additional hours or special requests/deviations from the route, payable at the time to the driver/guide. Mileage restrictions may apply.This Virtuoso Amenity is not transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with another sailing, has no cash value and cannot be redeemed or refunded for cash. Credit will not be issued for unused services. Final details will be outlined in program letters provided by your Virtuoso host aboard ship. Ground operators and other suppliers are independently owned and operated and are not controlled by Virtuoso. Your participation in this event serves as your acknowledgment that Virtuoso is not responsible for the acts or omissions of these third parties.

$175 USD Credit Toward Purchase of a Virtuoso Product Per Person

This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date.
This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date.

Credit may be applied by your Virtuoso travel Advisor toward the purchase of a private shore excursion created by a Virtuoso On-Site or another Virtuoso preferred product in conjunction with this cruise. Per person, based on double occupancy.

$150 USD Shipboard Credit Per Person

This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date.
This option is only available if selected and pre-registered by your Virtuoso Travel Advisor at least 46-days prior to the cruise sailing date.

Credit will be applied to your shipboard account. Restrictions apply, please see Terms & Conditions for details. 1st & 2nd Person in room, per person, based on double occupancy.

plus, all virtuoso guests receive:

Welcome Reception

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About the Ship

New Club Spa Suite
Azamara Pursuit

NEW SHIP COMING 2018! The new addition, the Azamara Pursuit, is comparable in size to the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. The ship will be updated similar to the renovations recently introduced on the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, bringing guests the experience of a boutique hotel at sea.

What's Included

Included

  • AzAmazing Evenings® event (on most voyages); Select standard spirits, international beers and wines; Gratuities;Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees; Suites receive additional benefits.

Not Included

  • Premium Spirits; Bottles wine; Shore Excursions; Port taxes & fees

About Us

Award-winning Azamara Club Cruises® is known for authentic destination experiences and the friendly, club-like feeling onboard its two 690-passenger ships. With late or overnight stays on more than half of all port visits, Azamara guests enjoy richer local experiences.

Enjoy a Complimentary "AzAmazing Evenings" on almost every voyage. These unique evening events highlight the best of local culture and cuisine in stunning settings. Perhaps it will be an evening of French wines, cuisine and music at the gorgeous Le Hall de la Bourse in Bordeaux or a garden party under the stars at Villa Rufolo on the Amalfi Coast.

Insider Tip

Complimentary gratuities, select spirits, int'l beers & wines, bottled water & soft drinks, specialty coffees & teas, shuttle service to city center from port (where available) & butlers in suites.

Terms & Conditions

OUR PRICING & SAVINGS POLICY

Unless stated otherwise, all rates are per person, based on double occupancy, cruise only, in USD, and subject to availability. Rates may vary by ship, departure date, and stateroom category. All rates, savings offers and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Savings offers may be withdrawn at any time. Azamara reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.

Virtuoso Voyages Hosted program amenities are valid for new, individual FIT bookings made on certain eligible voyages. Program is not combinable with reduced rate offers which include but are not limited to Book.Pay.Save Guarantee rates, Interline rates, Closed User rates, and Net rates. Amenities apply to 1st and 2nd passenger only. Program amenities may be substituted if a minimum number of guests are note confirmed on any given departure. Offer only available for bookings made in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Offer, sailing dates and amenities are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain restrictions apply.

© 2017 Azamara Club Cruises. Ships registered in Malta.



Fares are US$ per person, double occupancy, unless otherwise specified. | Cruise itinerary and pricing is subject to change and availability. | Savings apply to select stateroom categories and could decrease or be closed for specific categories or entire voyages without prior notice. | Savings are not applicable to port charges or taxes. | Select promotional offers may not be combinable with Virtuoso benefits including individual agency groups and BPS guarantee rates. | The Virtuoso shore event, shore excursion, or shipboard credit is non-transferable and non-refundable. | Please note that ground operators and other suppliers are independently owned and operated, and are not controlled by Virtuoso or Virtuoso Discoveries. | Your participation in this event serves as your acknowledgment that neither Virtuoso nor Virtuoso Discoveries is responsible for the acts or omissions of these third parties. | Virtuoso amenity option must be selected at least 45-days prior to sailing date and may not be changed. | Within 45-days prior to sailing options may not be changed. | Virtuoso events and benefits are capacity controlled, subject to change without notice and may be withdrawn at any time. | A minimum group size is required for the host to travel. | The Virtuoso host will provide final event program details onboard to guests who have opted for the main Virtuoso Voyages event. | Other restrictions and limitations may apply. | See your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for more details and applicable restrictions. | All Virtuoso Member Travel Agencies are independently owned and operated, and are not controlled by Virtuoso. | Ship's Registry: Malta

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Piraeus, Greece - 20 Oct 2018

Khaniá, Greece - 21 Oct 2018

Valletta, Malta - 23 Oct 2018

Syracuse, Italy - 24 Oct 2018

Taormina, Italy - 25 Oct 2018

Amalfi, Italy - 26 Oct 2018

Sorrento, Italy - 27 Oct 2018

Civitavecchia, Italy - 28 Oct 2018

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