Just a short distance from Athens, Piraeus is the biggest port in the Mediterranean and sees over 20 million cruisers each year. This port city is a perfect example of life by the sea, boasting an impressive harbour and authentic seafood dining, as well as the rich and fascinating history of ancient Greece. Whether you’re looking to discover archaeological findings or just want to relax in the sun at a friendly café, Piraeus is the place to be.
Things to do in Athens (Piraeus):
Agia Triada Church
Despite being a modern construction, Agia Triada features Byzantine architecture as well as an impressive dome that is visible from every spot within the church. Overlooking the port of Piraeus, Agia Triada is a must visit to discover the history of the town and take in the tranquillity.
This vibrant and colourful district is nestled on top of a hill with views out over the bay. A walk around this neighbourhood will take you to quaint cafes, neoclassical architecture, Prophet Elias church and the Veakeion outdoor theatre.
Covering the Mycenaean period to the Roman era, the Piraeus Archaeological Museum offers artefacts excavated from Piraeus’ landscape, as well as collections donated from other sites. Visitors will discover monuments, statues, artwork and more.
One of only three surviving Liberty ships, the SS Hellas Liberty is a fascinating vessel to explore. This floating maritime museum was presented to the public in 2010 and covers a range of exhibits people of all ages will enjoy.
With stunning views of the Saronic Gulf and the beautiful vessels moored in the harbour, the bay of Zea is the perfect place to go for a walk, enjoy a delicious coffee and take in the sunshine. You’ll find many hidden gems here, including ancient walls.
Suez Canal Transit - Overnight onboard
DAY 4-530 Oct 2023
Time at Port: from 11 PM to 3 PM
Dating back to Ancient Egypt when the city was used to protect the land from invasion, the Suez Canal offers plenty of history to discover as well as a slower pace of life than the bustling cities nearby. Explore the museums here to learn more about the fascinating timeline of the canal as well as the Pharaoh’s and their pyramids, or if you have a longer stay, venture further afield to witness the Pyramids of Giza themselves.
Things to do in Suez Canal Transit - Overnight onboard:
The Suez Canal Museum
The Suez Canal museum is brimming to the teeth with all sorts of artefacts from ancient Egypt and other local sites just waiting for you to discover them. Learn all about the history of the Suez Canal and the history of those who it connects to.
Boasting over 4,000 artefacts from Ancient Egypt through to the Greek and Roman era, the Ismailia Museum includes pieces such as an intricate mosaic, statues, scarabs and an open-air gallery in the garden.
Port Said Military Museum
For more information on the Suez Canal as well as the 1956 Suez Crisis and the wars with Israel, the Port Said Military Museum is a must visit. In the garden you’ll find captured US tanks as well as unexploded ordnances.
Pyramids of Giza
By far the oldest of the ancient wonders of the world, the Pyramids of Giza are truly a bucket-list-worthy sight to see. Built 2550 to 2490 BC, the craftsmanship of these structures are a fine example of the feats of Ancient Egypt.
DAY 803 Nov 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 11 PM
With a temperature that rarely – if ever – dips below 20 degrees and some of the best diving spots in the world, Aqaba is perfect for the adventurous outdoorsman! Discover the vibrant coral reefs offshore, or for the more experienced divers, go deep below the surface to sunken shipwrecks. Children will love splashing in the sea and learning about marine life at the aquarium, while history-enthusiasts should visit the ancient Ayla Ruins.
Things to do in Aqaba:
Aqaba Marine Park
For those looking to get up close with vibrant marine life, Aqaba Marine Park is the place to be. Choose from 19 different diving sites with beautifully preserved habitats for optimal sea-life spotting, including clownfish, lionfish and even sea turtles!
This 12km-long stretch of beaches and bays are home to vibrant coral reefs and some of the best snorkelling spots in Aqaba. The reefs are just metres from shore, making them perfect for divers with less experience, or those just looking to go for a leisurely swim.
Part of the Aqaba Marine Science Station, Aqaba Aquarium showcases the variety of marine life found in the surrounding waters. From vibrant parrotfish to fascinating reef sharks, visitors of all ages will enjoy this aquarium.
Built around 650 AD, the ancient Islamic city of Ayla has witnessed many different eras. Rediscovered and excavated in 1989, visitors can now explore the walls left behind and learn more about the long history of this once-inhabited city.
Customer reviews for Azamara Journey
Based on 61 reviews
Value for money
The Azamara cruise was very enjoyable and ship very comfortable. But excursions were very expensive and whilst some were very good it is difficult to say they were value for money.
6-10 cruisesClub Veranda Stateroom
10 Oct 2022
Enjoyed my cruise.
10+ cruisesClub Veranda Stateroom
9 Sep 2022
An excellent time on Azamara Journey- staff are amazing, excellent ports of call on a smaller ship.
The Azamara Journey was one of the best ships I have been on. The staff were friendly and attentive. They couldn’t do enough for you. The cabin was very clean and fresh towels were delivered daily. The entertainment was fantastic, fun and enjoyable. All the entertainment staff had amazing voices and put a lot into the shows. The food was delicious. I found there was something for everyone. The dessert were fantastic. I found the excursions very expensive and missed out on some of the ones I really wanted to go on. I would really like to go on the Azamara again sometime.
10+ cruisesClub Balcony Guarantee
24 Aug 2022
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