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26-night Spice Route Voyage

Cruise Line:
Azamara®
Ship:
Azamara Journey
Destination:
Singapore/Piraeus (Athens)
Departure Date:
5/3/2024
Length:
26
Offer ID:
1469944
from
$4559


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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Singapore
Suggested Private Excursion
5/3/2024
5/3/2024 5:00:00 PM

One of Asia's great economic successes, Singapore has fused diverse cultures into one dynamic nation.
Behind high-tech industries and high-rise buildings lives a society with an ingrained sense of conservative Confucian values. Beneath the westernized modernity beats a totally Asian heart. Strong beliefs center around extended families, filial piety, discipline, respect and Asian work ethics. Singapore’s name, meaning "Lion City," can be traced to the 13th century, and today there is the mythical Merlion, half-lion, half-fish, standing guard at the mouth of the Singapore River as the symbol of Singapore. A recent advertising campaign billed Singapore as "A Fine City."

Suggested Private Excursions

Half Day Singapore City Tour – 4 hours - Singapore

A Vespa Tour at Kampong Glam

Good Morning, Ni Hao (Walking Tour)

Full Day Singapore Tour – 8 hours - Singapore

Singapore - Gardens By The Bay (3.5 Hours)

Singapore - Heartlands Tour (3.5 Hours)

Singapore City Tour (4 hours)

Singapore Sentosa Tour (4 hours)

Singapore Night Safari Tour (4 hours)

Singapore Ethnic Neighbourhood Tour (4 hours)

Singapore Foodie Tour (4 hours)

Singapore Flyer & Gardens By The Bay (4 hours)

Singapore Toa Payoh Hub Tour (4 hours)

Singapore Crazy Rich Asians Movie Locations Tour (4 hours)

At Sea
5/4/2024
5/4/2024

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/5/2024
5/5/2024

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/6/2024
5/6/2024

No information currently available.

Hambantota
5/7/2024 11:00:00 AM
5/7/2024 7:00:00 PM

No information currently available.

Colombo
5/8/2024 8:00:00 AM
5/8/2024

Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte is the capital of Sri Lanka, with the newly built parliament situated in picturesque surroundings, while Colombo is the main commercial capital city, where almost all the business transactions take place. Studded with high-rise buildings, modern five star hotels, modern convention centers and a Stock Exchange Centre, Colombo continues to be the hub of commercial activities.

Colombo
5/9/2024
5/9/2024 2:00:00 PM

Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte is the capital of Sri Lanka, with the newly built parliament situated in picturesque surroundings, while Colombo is the main commercial capital city, where almost all the business transactions take place. Studded with high-rise buildings, modern five star hotels, modern convention centers and a Stock Exchange Centre, Colombo continues to be the hub of commercial activities.

Kochi (Cochin)
Suggested Private Excursion
5/10/2024 1:00:00 PM
5/10/2024

Kochi (Cochin) is the great, old Keralan spice city. It consists of mainland Ernakulam, islands of Willingdon, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbor, Fort Cochin and Mattancheri on the southern peninsula and Vypeen Island north of Cochin. Because of the area’s dense tropical forests, extensive ridges and ravines, it has been sheltered from invaders and the rest of India. This encouraged Keralites to welcome maritime contact, and therefore influence from the outside world. In Cochin there is still a small community of descendants from Jewish settlers who fled Palestine 2,000 years ago. When the Portuguese arrived here some 500 years ago, they were surprised to find Christianity already established along this coast. People from far-off lands have been coming to Kerala since ancient times in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory. Such long contact with people from overseas has resulted in the blending of various cultures and has given Keralites a cosmopolitan outlook.

Suggested Private Excursions

Cochin: Highlights - 7.5 hours

Kochi (Cochin)
Suggested Private Excursion
5/11/2024
5/11/2024 5:00:00 PM

Kochi (Cochin) is the great, old Keralan spice city. It consists of mainland Ernakulam, islands of Willingdon, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbor, Fort Cochin and Mattancheri on the southern peninsula and Vypeen Island north of Cochin. Because of the area’s dense tropical forests, extensive ridges and ravines, it has been sheltered from invaders and the rest of India. This encouraged Keralites to welcome maritime contact, and therefore influence from the outside world. In Cochin there is still a small community of descendants from Jewish settlers who fled Palestine 2,000 years ago. When the Portuguese arrived here some 500 years ago, they were surprised to find Christianity already established along this coast. People from far-off lands have been coming to Kerala since ancient times in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory. Such long contact with people from overseas has resulted in the blending of various cultures and has given Keralites a cosmopolitan outlook.

Suggested Private Excursions

Cochin: Highlights - 7.5 hours

At Sea
5/12/2024
5/12/2024

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/13/2024
5/13/2024

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/14/2024
5/14/2024

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/15/2024
5/15/2024

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/16/2024
5/16/2024

No information currently available.

At Sea
5/17/2024
5/17/2024

No information currently available.

Jeddah
5/18/2024 8:00:00 AM
5/18/2024 11:00:00 PM

Although it's definitely a modern metropolis, Jeddah is also the most interesting and friendly of Saudi Arabia's big cities. Jeddah is centered on Al-Balad, the strip of buildings along its coast road and the old city directly behind them. Jeddah has some great museums, including the Municipality Museum. Located in a 200-year-old restored house built from Red Sea coral, the museum has interesting photos of the development of Jeddah, along with rooms done up in traditional style. The Museum of Abdel Raouf Hasan Khalil houses 10,000 items in 4 mock-Arab buildings. The museum is a mish-mash of kitsch exhibits, but there are a few gems among the flotsam. The Jeddah Museum is the regional museum of archaeology and ethnography. Jeddah has one of the best markets in the kingdom, the spectacular Souk Al-Alawi, which winds its way through the old city and is still a great place to spend hours strolling and browsing. Jeddah's 3 reconstructed old city gates are also worth a look, as are several good examples of traditional Jeddah architecture found around North City Gate.

At Sea
5/19/2024
5/19/2024

No information currently available.

Sharm El Sheikh
5/20/2024 7:30:00 AM
5/20/2024 8:00:00 PM

The land of the Sinai is the "great and terrible wilderness" of the Bible, across which the Israelis journeyed in search of the Promised Land. Sharm-el-Sheikh serves as starting point for an excursion into the desert and to St. Catherine’s Monastery, the oldest Christian monastery in the world. St. Catherine’s Mountain is at 7,926 feet the highest summit in Sinai, followed by Mount Sinai, where God is said to have given the Ten Commandments to Moses. The most popular pastime in Sharm-el-Sheikh as well as in Na'ama Bay is exploring the underwater marine life. The reefs are easily accessible; diving and snorkeling equipment can be rented at watersports centers and dive shops. Glass bottom boat cruises are also popular to see the colorful underwater world. The main shopping areas are at the resort area of Na'ama Bay, located five miles from the port. Egyptian cotton, Pharaonic souvenirs and gold cartouches are popular. There are plenty of eateries at Na'ama Bay, and the hotels offer a variety of restaurants with everything from seafood to international cuisine and fast food.

Aqaba
5/21/2024 8:00:00 AM
5/21/2024 6:00:00 PM

Jordan's only outlet to the sea, Aqaba is a popular holiday destination - with a superb climate and beach-edged Red Sea waters that boast some of the world's finest coral reef diving. Aqaba is the only seaport of Jordan. Visit fabled Petra, perhaps the finest archaeological site in the Middle East. The great monuments of this Nabatean 'rose-red city, half as old as time' were hewn from living sandstone some 2,000 years ago, and rediscovered only in 1812. Nearer Aqaba is the spectacular scenery of Lawrence of Arabia's Wadi Rum, where rugged jebel mountains rise sheer from the desert sands.

Luxor (Safaga)
5/22/2024 7:00:00 AM
5/22/2024

The port city of Safaga, located on the western flank of the Red Sea, across from Saudi Arabia, has dusty streets that are for the most part quiet. Diving enthusiasts come to Safaga to take advantage of one of the world’s best locations for underwater exploration. For those guests who feel the 150-mile drive through the desert may be too much, Safaga offers bazaars where bargaining for souvenirs and handicraft items
may be fun. Nearby are a few hotels offering resort and diving facilities.

Luxor: Aside from visiting the pyramids near Cairo, Luxor and Al Karnak are places not to be missed when in search of ancient Egyptian monuments and artifacts. Luxor is on the southern part of ancient Thebes, Al Karnak on the north. Between the two, visitors can lose themselves for days in the hundreds of temples, chapels, tombs and gardens in the area. Too extensive to list all of them, a few of the tombs not to be missed are the tombs of Nefertari, Amenhotep II & III, several Ramesses and Tutankhamen.

Luxor (Safaga)
5/23/2024
5/23/2024 5:00:00 PM

The port city of Safaga, located on the western flank of the Red Sea, across from Saudi Arabia, has dusty streets that are for the most part quiet. Diving enthusiasts come to Safaga to take advantage of one of the world’s best locations for underwater exploration. For those guests who feel the 150-mile drive through the desert may be too much, Safaga offers bazaars where bargaining for souvenirs and handicraft items
may be fun. Nearby are a few hotels offering resort and diving facilities.

Luxor: Aside from visiting the pyramids near Cairo, Luxor and Al Karnak are places not to be missed when in search of ancient Egyptian monuments and artifacts. Luxor is on the southern part of ancient Thebes, Al Karnak on the north. Between the two, visitors can lose themselves for days in the hundreds of temples, chapels, tombs and gardens in the area. Too extensive to list all of them, a few of the tombs not to be missed are the tombs of Nefertari, Amenhotep II & III, several Ramesses and Tutankhamen.

Sokhna
5/24/2024 7:00:00 AM
5/24/2024 8:00:00 PM

Sokhna is situated in the northwestern coast of Egypt. The climate in this destination is classified as hot desert, with normal temperatures ranging in the high 90’s. The beautiful sandy turquoise water beaches bring in many tourists looking to relieve some stress and enjoy a calming yet memorable holiday. Relax and enjoy the calm waters of the red sea, or have a guide introduce you to some of the amazing pyramids Egyptian terrain has to offer. 

Suez Canal
5/24/2024 11:00:00 PM
5/24/2024

The Suez Canal links two oceans and two seas the Atlantic and Mediterranean via Gibraltar to Port Said, and the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea via Bab Al Mandab and the Gulf of Suez to the port of Suez. It is the longest Canal that has no locks, it can be widened and deepened at any time when necessary. The Suez Canal's strategic importance lies in the fact it is essential for world trade and greatly shortens the distance between East and West. The distance between Tokyo (Japan) and Rotterdam (Holland) is shortened by 23% if it goes round Africa.

Suez Canal
5/25/2024
5/25/2024 6:00:00 PM

The Suez Canal links two oceans and two seas the Atlantic and Mediterranean via Gibraltar to Port Said, and the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea via Bab Al Mandab and the Gulf of Suez to the port of Suez. It is the longest Canal that has no locks, it can be widened and deepened at any time when necessary. The Suez Canal's strategic importance lies in the fact it is essential for world trade and greatly shortens the distance between East and West. The distance between Tokyo (Japan) and Rotterdam (Holland) is shortened by 23% if it goes round Africa.

Ashdod
5/26/2024 6:00:00 AM
5/26/2024 10:00:00 PM

Ashdod is one of Israel’s largest ports and a living museum of ancient history. It was one of the five cities of giants, and it was here the Philistines brought the captured Holy Ark, sacred to the Hebrews. Ashdod’s 23-level tel (archaeological dig) lies southeast of the modern city. Among the remains of the 10th century CE Fatimid Fortress, archaeologists discovered an early Arabic document recounting Byzantine ships once brought Muslim prisoners to Ashdod to sell back to their families.

At Sea
5/27/2024
5/27/2024

No information currently available.

Heraklion
Suggested Private Excursion
5/28/2024 8:00:00 AM
5/28/2024 4:00:00 PM

Heraklion, the capital of Crete and its principal commercial port, is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations.

Suggested Private Excursions

Crete: Knossos - Archanes - Heraklion Museum -5 hours

Athens (Piraeus)
Suggested Private Excursion
5/29/2024 6:00:00 AM
5/29/2024

Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. Climb the hill of Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and find a welcoming taverna for spirited bizouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and energetic Greek dancing. Piraeus is the largest harbor in the country. The white chapel of St. George at its summit has a theater bearing the same name. The hill of Nymphs is the site of a planetarium, which is located above magnificent Thesseio temple. Among all of these hills, Acropolis is the one that glorified Athens and the whole Greek world and became the symbol of the western civilization. Bays and small rocky or sandy coves dot the area and during the summer are filled with Athenians and foreigners enjoying their beauty.

Suggested Private Excursions

Piraeus: The Ancient City of Athens - 8 Hours

Piraeus: Cape Sounion - 5 hours

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Rates are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses of $388.54 additional for all guests. Rates are subject to availability and may change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Departure Date:
5/3/2024
Number of Nights
26
Cruise Inclusions:

INCLUSIVE AMENITIES FOR ALL GUESTS:

  • Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event (on most voyages)
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • 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

 

PLUS ADDITIONAL INCLUSIVES FOR SUITE GUESTS:

  • English butler service
  • 235 complimentary internet minutes, per guest
  • Complimentary seating in the specialty restaurants
  • One free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
  • Afternoon tea service in-suite
  • $300 Onboard Credit per person
    • (Club World Owners, Club Ocean & Spa Suite categories only)

 

Available Addons:

Optional Roundtrip airfare from your city
Optional shore excursions

Remarks:
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Airfare, Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses are additional for all guests. Pricing for 3rd and 4th guests are available upon request and are subject to stateroom category availability. Prices change frequently

All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.
Offer ID:
1469944

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Company Info

Rio Grande Travel Centers, Inc.
6500 Holly Ave. NE Suite A-2
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 292-7044
(877) 768-7913
 
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