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Mediterranean Islands Golf Cruise with Azamara

Mediterranean Islands Golf Cruise with Azamara

£5499 per person

11 Nights | 5 Rounds | Athens – Barcelona | May 14 – 25

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 10-night, 5-round golf and sightseeing voyage including some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands.

This cruise with less than 700 guests onboard the outstanding Azamara Pursuit begins in Athens bound for seven captivating islands including, Santorini, Crete, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Menorca and Majorca, before our final port of Barcelona.

Our golf includes five rounds at the well-regarded and highly scenic courses of Crete Golf Club, Il Picciolo (Mount Etna), Pevero, Sperone, and Son Gual.

Son Gual opened in 2007 to outstanding reviews while Sperone Golf Club draws comparisons to Pebble Beach and Cypress Point on the Monterey Peninsula.

Pevero is an excellent Robert Trent Jones design along a similarly stunning coastline, while the Crete Golf Club is a striking layout carved out of rugged mountainous terrain.

Golf remains an unusual sport in Greece, Crete Golf Club is the only 18-hole course on the island built to USGA specifications.

The highly scenic Il Picciolo course at the Mount Etna Golf Resort is the oldest course in Sicily, sitting in the shadow of Mount Etna.

The birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte is also home to Sperone Golf Club, a Cabell B. Robinson (for Robert Trent Jones) design opened on the southernmost tip of Corsica in 1990.

Many compare the setting to Pebble Beach and Cypress Point. In several very memorable spots, Sperone is that good.

Azamara Pursuit, which serves as our perfect floating boutique hotel and clubhouse, is a mid-sized luxury vessel nimble enough to access smaller ports yet large enough to provide every amenity you would expect, from a choice of fine dining and live entertainment to a well-equipped gym and full-service spa.

Forty-six suites are available with English butler style service which is routinely booked early.

Sailing schedules often include extended stays in port plus the occasional overnight which allows for a truly immersive experience. Better still, these cruises are inclusive of a selection of beers, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees plus wine with lunch and dinner along with gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff.

Azamara also proudly boasts two unique signature events on each cruise – an AzAmazing Evening℠ and the White Night party – complimentary to all guests and consistently well received.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

ONBOARD DINING

  • Aqualina (Italian Cuisine)
  • Prime C (Steakhouse)
  • Chef’s Table
  • Windows Café (Casual Dining & Snacks)

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES

  • Living Room
  • The Pursuit Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

SPA & FITNESS

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
11 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Athens - Barcelona
  • Departure Time
    Embark / 6:00PM
  • Return Time
    Disembark / 9:00AM
  • Dress Code
    In keeping with our friendly yet sophisticated onboard environment, Azamara encourage guests to follow a “resort casual” dress code
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PORTS OF CALL:

  • Piraeus (Athens), Greece
  • Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Heraklion (Iraklion), Greece
  • Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Sicily, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Olbia, Sardinia
  • Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France
  • Mahon, Menorca, Spain
  • Palma De Mallorca, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain

VOYAGE ITINERARY

MAY 14, SUNDAY: ATHENS, GREECE (EMBARK BY 4:30PM / SAIL 6:00PM)
Embark Azamara Pursuit beginning at 1:00PM. All aboard by 4:30PM.
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants.
Athens has quite a reputation to live up to. Named for Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, the city is credited with being the cradle of European civilisation and birthplace of democracy.
Ruins and relics of its glory days are scattered throughout the modern city, popping up where you least expect them. Its crowning glory is the Acropolis, perched atop a hillside, and covered in carved and columned temples of varying degrees of antiquity.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 15, MONDAY: : EPHESUS (KUSADASI), TURKEY (9:00AM / 10:00PM)
Kusadasi is your port of access to an age-old civilisation.
Ephesus was once the second largest metropolitan area in the Roman Empire, eclipsed only by Rome herself. Explore this city of construction both monumental and mundane.
It was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the wonders of the ancient world; the Library of Celsus, with its thousands of scrolls; and its ampitheater, with a capacity of 24,000 spectators.
But you can also imagine yourself in the sandals of a resident as you stroll the streets, past marketplaces, and into bath complexes that offered piped-in hot water, massage, and sauna.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 16, TUESDAY: SANTORINI, GREECE (8:00AM / 9:00PM)
Santorini is the rock star of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean, or more specifically the Aegean Sea.
As Azamara Pursuit approaches for her early morning arrival, you will no doubt recognize the preponderance of whitewashed clifftop structures perched along the top of this croissant-shaped island overlooking the massive caldera, or crater, created by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history now filled with water.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 17, WEDNESDAY: HERAKLION, CRETE, GREECE (8:00AM / 8:00PM)
GOLF: Golf remains an unusual sport in Greece, Crete Golf Club is the only 18-hole course on the island built to USGA specifications. And what a golf course it is.
Designed by Bob Hunt from PGA Design Consulting in the UK, the 6,430-yard layout was carved out of difficult, mountainous terrain at a cost of €16.2 million!
It’s a par 71 with five sets of tees and generous fairways. You’ll remember the par 3s, particularly No. 6 which plays over a deep gorge to a two-tiered green cut into the foot of a hillside.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 18, THURSDAY: AT SEA
Today it’s time to relax and reset.
Make your reservations early for The Sanctum Spa, a world-class wellness facility offering a full range of health, beauty and restorative treatments. Complimentary fitness and nutrition classes are available along with a fully equipped gym on Deck 9 offering magnificent sea views.
There’s room for everyone on the Pool Deck both in and out of the sun. Service to your lounge chair is available from The Pool Bar where the attentive staff is always ready to offer an inclusive cocktail, beer, bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel.
The Patio restaurant serves casual fare during the day then completely transforms itself into a sit-down al fresco dining experience at night with table linens and candles. Elegant specialty dining is available for beef at Prime C and Italian at AqualinaWindows Café serves casual buffet dining with every imaginable choice indoors and out at the sensational Sunset Bar.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 19, FRIDAY: GIORDINA NAXO (TAORMINA), SICILY (7:30AM / 5:00PM)
GOLF: The highly scenic Il Picciolo course at the Mount Etna Golf Resort is the oldest course in Sicily, sitting in the shadow of Mount Etna.
It was designed by renowned architect Luigi Rota Caremoli, and is fashioned from the characteristic lava stone of Mount Etna. It has been a regular host to events on the Ladies European Tour and Men’s Senior European Tour.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 20, SATURDAY: SORRENTO, ITALY (7:30AM / 5:30PM)
A warming sun and gentle sea breezes have been attracting visitors to Sorrento for two millennia.
Its reputation as a playground of the ancient rich and famous resulted in the building of lavish villas and palaces, an emperor relocated to the Isle of Capri nearby, and over the centuries it has been a haven for artists and artisans, writers and poets, politicians and philosophers, and all manner of aristocrats.
You will be a welcome addition. The massive eruption of nearby Vesuvius in 79 AD caused considerable damage, but the resulting volcanic ash is responsible for Sorrento’s modern day fertility, thriving olive orchards, and excellent wine.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 21, SUNDAY: OLBIA, SARDINIA (9:00AM / 8:00PM)
GOLF: Pevero Golf Club. The site of Sardinia’s first golf course – along the rugged, ragged coastline of the peninsula between the Bays of Cala di Volpe and Volpero – lured the esteemed Robert Trent Jones for one of his earliest projects overseas.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 22, MONDAY: PORTO-VECCHIO, CORSICA (7:30AM / 6:00PM)
GOLF: The birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte is also home to Sperone Golf Club, a Cabell B. Robinson (for Robert Trent Jones) design opened on the southernmost tip of Corsica in 1990.
Many compare the setting to Pebble Beach and Cypress Point. In several very memorable spots, Sperone is that good. The solid front nine winds through rugged Corsican undergrowth to a number of small raised greens.
Eleven plays down toward the ocean and a slender ledge green sandwiched between large boulders. Twelve is a testy 3 par across a rocky canyon to an elevated cliff-top green. It’s not a long layout so the round can be enjoyed with equal parts fun and photos!
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 23, MONDAY: MAHON, MENORCA (1:00PM / 10:00PM)
Enjoy a leisurely morning at sea.
Your arrival by ship is fortuitous as Mahon is most striking when approached by sea, perched atop a cliff overlooking the natural harbor.
Shops cluster along streets between two plazas, one large and lined with cafés and restaurants, the other tranquil, and site of the Church of Santa Maria, known for a celebrated organ with four keyboards and more than 3,000 pipes; and Carmen, a convent whose cloisters now house the municipal market.
OVERNIGHT: At Sea
MAY 24, WEDNESDAY: PALMA DE MAJORCA (8:00AM / 6:00PM)
GOLF: Son Gual has been lauded since it opened in 2007.
The Thomas Himmel designed layout is considered the finest of the Balearic Islands and is one of the most talked about venues in southern Europe, with the European Golf & Travel Media Association naming it as 'The Discovery of 2010'.
Son Gual enjoys a lovely location, peppered with mature olive trees and wildflowers, with its design and conditioning being of the very highest standard.
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 25, THURSDAY: BARCELONA, SPAIN (DISEMBARK 9:00AM)
9:00AM Disembark Azamara Pursuit.
SIGHTSEEING: Barcelona is the 17th most visited city in the world according to MasterCard’s 2018 Global Destinations Index and 3rd most popular in Europe behind London and Paris.
There’s a lot to like in this Olympic City (1992) from the food to the beaches, the weather and the night life. For many visitors however Barcelona is about architecture, especially the work of Antoni Gaudi.

Location

CRETE GOLF CLUB: CRETE, GREECE

Golf remains an unusual sport in Greece, Crete Golf Club is the only 18-hole course on the island built to USGA specifications.
And what a golf course it is.
Designed by Bob Hunt from PGA Design Consulting in the UK, the 6,430-yard layout was carved out of difficult, mountainous terrain at a cost of €16.2 million! It’s a par 71 with five sets of tees and generous fairways.
You’ll remember the par 3s, particularly No. 6 which plays over a deep gorge to a two-tiered green cut into the foot of a hillside.

IL PICCIOLO GOLF RESORT: MOUNT ETNA, SICILY

The highly scenic Il Picciolo course at the Mount Etna Golf Resort is the oldest course in Sicily, sitting in the shadow of Mount Etna.
It was designed by the renowned architect Luigi Rota Caremoli and is fashioned from the characteristic lava stone of Mount Etna. It has been a regular host to events on the Ladies European Tour and Men’s Senior European Tour.

PEVERO GOLF CLUB: PORTO CERVO, ITALY

Pevero Golf Club Sardinia’s first golf course opened in 1972 and was designed by Robert Trent Jones. It’s found along the edge of a rugged, jagged coastline in chic Costa Smeralda sandwiched spectacularly between the Gulf of Pevero and the sparkling bay of Cala di Volpe.
The outward half plays counter-clockwise; the inward clockwise. While the coastline is never in play, Jones has added several ponds to make water an ever-present danger plus he has wisely afforded generous landing areas so that the course is enjoyable even when confronted by the area’s famed north wind – the Mistral.

SPERONE GOLF CLUB: BONIFACIO, FRANCE

The birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte is also home to Sperone Golf Club, a Cabell B. Robinson (for Robert Trent Jones) design that opened on the southernmost tip of Corsica in 1990.
Many compare the setting to Pebble Beach and Cypress Point. In several very memorable spots, Sperone is that good.
The solid front nine winds through rugged Corsican undergrowth to a number of small raised greens. Eleven plays down toward the ocean and a slender ledge green sandwiched between large boulders.
Twelve is a testy 3 par across a rocky canyon to an elevated cliff-top green. It’s not a long layout so the round can be enjoyed with equal parts fun and photos!

SON GUAL GOLF CLUB: PALMA DE MAJORCA, SPAIN

Son Gual has been lauded since it opened in 2007.
The Thomas Himmel designed layout is considered the finest of the Balearic Islands and is one of the most talked-about venues in southern Europe, with the European Golf & Travel Media Association naming it as 'The Discovery of 2010'.
Son Gual enjoys a lovely location, peppered with mature olive trees and wildflowers, with its design and conditioning being of the very highest standard.
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