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Pre Ryder Cup Mediterranean Islands Cruise with Azamara

Pre Ryder Cup Mediterranean Islands Cruise with Azamara

£4399 per person

9 Nights | 4 Rounds | September 19 – 28 2023

Sail from Athens – Rome

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 9-night, 4-round golf and sightseeing voyage including some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands.

The perfect pre-Ryder Cup vacation for guests enroute to the Matches as it concludes in Civitavecchia, Italy just two days before the event begins at the Marco Simone Country Club in Rome.

We begin in Athens bound for five captivating islands including Crete, Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, plus the charming Kusadasi and Sorrento, before our final port of Rome.

golf includes four rounds including the excellent and highly regarded courses of Crete Golf Club, Il Picciolo (Mount Etna) , Pevero and Sperone.

Late evenings in port in Malta and Sardinia also allow an opportunity to better enjoy these destinations.

Azamara Journey, 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 the 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 Journey Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

SPA & FITNESS

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
9 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Athens - Rome
  • 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:

  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Gibraltar, United Kingdom
  • Malaga, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Monte-Carlo, Monaco
  • Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
  • Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
The timing of our voyage makes this the perfect Pre-Ryder Cup holiday for guests en route to the eagerly anticipated biennial contest between the USA and Europe at the Marco Simone Country Club on the outskirts of Rome Italy September 29 – October 1, 2023.

VOYAGE ITINERARY

SEPTEMBER 19, MONDAY: ATHENS, GREECE (EMBARK BY 3:30PM / SAIL 5:00PM)
Embark Azamara Onward beginning at 1:00PM. All aboard by 3:30PM.
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants.
SIGHTSEEING: 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
SEPTEMBER 20, TUESDAY: EPHESUS (KUSADASI), TURKEY (8:00AM / 6:00PM)
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
SEPTEMBER 21, WEDNESDAY: HERAKLION, CRETE, GREECE (7:30AM / 6:00PM)
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
SEPTEMBER 22, 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 Aqualina. Windows Café serves casual buffet dining with every imaginable choice indoors and out at the sensational Sunset Bar.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 23, FRIDAY: VALLETTA, MALTA (8:00AM / 10:00PM)
The Lilliputian capital of Malta, Valletta, is one of the most concentrated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world.
But despite its small size (less than half a square mile!), we expect you’ll appreciate the extra time provided by this late departure to see everything the city has to offer.
Head to Triq ir-Republika for shops, cafés, and bakeries serving up can’t-miss treats like pastizzi (filo pastry with ricotta) and ftira, a savory flatbread.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral has an exterior that belies a stunning vaulted interior considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe along with “the most beautiful floor in the world”.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 24, SATURDAY: GIORDINA NAXO (TAORMINA), SICILY (8:00AM / 6:00PM)
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
SEPTEMBER 25, SUNDAY: SORRENTO, ITALY (8:30AM / 6:00PM)
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
SEPTEMBER 26, MONDAY: OLBIA, SARDINIA (9:30AM / 9:00PM)
GOLF: Pevero Golf Club. The site of Sardinia’s first golf course – along the rugged, rugged 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
SEPTEMBER 27, TUESDAY: PORTO-VECCHIO, CORSICA (7:00AM / 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
SEPTEMBER 28: ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY (DISEMBARK 9:00AM)
9:00AM Disembark Azamara Onward.
 

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 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 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 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!
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