12-Night Black Sea Intensive Voyage

12-Night Black Sea Intensive Voyage

Azamara Quest® | Departing: May 28, 2023
Azamara Quest® | Departing: May 28, 2023
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Azamara Quest
Sailing: May 28, 2023

Explore Spectacular Cities & Fascinating Countries

Don’t let the dark name fool you: The coast of the Black Sea is alive with colorful, vibrant cities and lush landscapes. And on this 12-night Black Sea Intensive voyage with Azamara®, you’ll have plenty of time to explore it all with an overnight stay and five late-night stays.

We set sail from Athens to Kusadasi, the gateway to the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and the exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus. With a late-night stay here, you can discover many of the ancient city’s treasures.

Then, we cruise along the famed Bosphorus Strait, before arriving in the cosmopolitan town of Varna, Bulgaria. A late-night stay means you can take in such sights as the Sea Garden and the Madara Horseman, and sample Bulgarian cuisine and local wines.

Wake up the next morning in Constanta, Romania—home to an historic city center, intriguing museums, and beautiful sandy beaches. (From here, there’s also the opportunity to visit the capital city of Bucharest.) Then, enjoy another late-night stay in Ukraine’s Odessa, where the Potemkin Stairs, The Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet, and a thriving gastronomy scene await.

After spending a relaxing day at sea, it’s on to a late-night stay in “the Russian Riviera” of Sochi—where you can visit Stalin’s Dacha, Russian tea houses, and the Olympic Park—before arriving in Batumi, Georgia, one of the Black Sea’s most popular destinations in a country known for its folklore, traditional music, dances, theatre, cinema, art, and wine. Then, it’s one more late-night stay in the Turkish city of Sinop, renowned for conquerors, castles, and cuisine.

The journey ends with a final day at sea and an overnight stay in the mesmerizing city of Istanbul, which gives you plenty of time to explore the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque, and enjoy a treasure trove of other Turkish delights.

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Itinerary
Voyage Itinerary#View At-a-Glance Itinerary
  • Day 1
    Piraeus
    (Athens), Greece
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    Date: Sun 28-May 2023
    Activity: Embark
    Arrival: -
    Depart: 5:00 pm
    Start your journey in Piraeus with an archaeological walk past landmarks like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora, and of course, the Acropolis. Afterwards, head to the Central Market for a feast of fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, olives, and Grecian cheese. Finally, check out a local taverna where you can rub elbows with the locals well into the wee hours of the night.
  • Day 2
    Kusadasi
    (Ephesus), Turkey
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    Date: Mon 29-May 2023
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 9:00 am
    Depart: 11:00 pm
    Kusadasi has many charms, but let’s talk Turkey: The star attraction is Ephesus. Once the second largest city in the Roman Empire, its marble-made Arcadian Street stretches from the 24,000-capacity Great Theatre (where St. Paul used to preach) to the harbor. Nearby sites include the Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, and House of Virgin Mary, where Mary is supposed to have spent her last days.
  • Day 3
    Bosphorus Strait
    (Cruising)
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    Date: Tue 30-May 2023
    Activity: Cruising
    Arrival: -
    Depart: -
    A natural, strategic waterway, the Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and thence through the Aegean to the Mediterranean. As such it is the only sea link between the eastern European countries of the Black Sea and the rest of the world.
  • Day 4
    Varna
    Bulgaria
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    Date: Wed 31-May 2023
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 9:30 am
    Depart: 9:00 pm
    A cosmopolitan city with a buried treasure in its past, the Black Sea port of Varna is perfect for strolling and taking in its history and beautiful mix of architecture. Check out that treasure for yourself—the Gold of Varna is on display at the Archaeological Museum—or meander your way around the stunning seaside park. No matter what you do, be sure to sample the region’s fabled wines.
  • Day 5
    Constanta
    (Bucharest), Romania
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    Date: Thu 1-Jun 2023
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 7:00 am
    Depart: 7:00 pm
    A cultural and economic center for over 2,600 years, Constanta holds archaeological treasures and the charming atmosphere of the old town center. Its historical monuments, ancient ruins, grand casino, museums and shops, and proximity to beach resorts make it a seaside gem that isn’t on the map for most cruises. Plus, beautiful Bucharest is just a shore excursion away.
  • Day 6
    Odessa
    Ukraine
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    Date: Fri 2-Jun 2023
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 8:00 pm
    Founded by Katherine the Great, this brilliant jewel on the Black Sea boasts pastel-hued, neoclassical buildings, the bustling Pryvoz market, and the iconic Potemkin steps. Deribasovskaya Street is a pedestrian paradise with endless shops, cafes, and monuments, and the world-renowned Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater is an opulent blend of Viennese, Italian, and French architecture.
  • Day 7
    At Sea
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    Date: Sat 3-Jun 2023
    Activity: Cruising
    Arrival: -
    Depart: -

    Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

    In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

  • Day 8
    Sochi
    Russia
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    Date: Sun 4-Jun 2023
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 8:00 pm
    A Black Sea resort, this “Russian Riviera” lies in a tiny portion of Russia that can boast a subtropical climate—making it an ideal holiday destination. Though once known for its balmy temperatures and picturesque sunsets, it’s world debut as the host of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games has made Sochi a year-round hotspot. The city boasts a vibrant nightlife, impeccable views, and quick access to the spectacular hiking trails of Agura Valley.
  • Day 9
    Batumi
    Georgia
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    Date: Mon 5-Jun 2023
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 8:00 am
    Depart: 5:00 pm
    Emerging as one of the most popular destinations on the Black Sea, Batumi wows with its palm-lined promenades, charming Old Town, modern, and eye-catching architecture. Keep your eyes peeled for unique buildings like Alphabet Tower, replicas of the great Alexandria lighthouse and the Acropolis, and even an upside down White House.
  • Day 10
    Sinop
    Turkey
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    Date: Tue 6-Jun 2023
    Activity: Docked
    Arrival: 1:30 pm
    Depart: 8:00 pm
    A charming city perched on the Black Sea, Sinop boasts a colorful and tumultuous past that’s been carefully documented at the many excellent museums in the area. It’s also home to stunning views, lively open-air cafes and restaurants, a busy waterfront area, and fortification walls stretching up to 30 meters tall.
  • Day 11
    At Sea
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    Date: Wed 7-Jun 2023
    Activity: Cruising
    Arrival: -
    Depart: -

    Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

    In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

  • Day 12-13
    Istanbul
    Turkey
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    Date: Thu 8-Jun to Fri 9-Jun 2023
    Activity: Docked/Debark
    Arrival: 8:00 am (Jun 8)
    Depart: -
    East meets West in the storied city where Europe and Asia meet. Start in Sultanahmet Square and you can easily explore the intricate architecture of Topkapi Palace, the cathedral-turned-mosque-turned-museum of Hagia Sofia, and the brilliant blues of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Sample kebaps, mezes and more at the city’s endless restaurants and taverns where you’re sure to meet friendly locals and be caught up in their infectious love of life.
Please note: While we do our best to adhere to our published itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the captain due to weather advisories, port traffic, and any other unforeseeable circumstances.
Land Programs

Available Land Programs

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Intimate Groups

Average group size of 12-24 guests.

Best-of-the-Best Accommodations

4 to 5-star hotels, castles, glamping, and more.

Custom-Designed Itineraries

Tailor-made, curated land experiences.

Local Independent Travel Experts

Award-winning bespoke travel companies.

First-Class Tour Directors & Guides

Dedicated to ensuring a seamless experience*.

Awe-Inspiring Wonders from Around the World

See the world from different vantage points.

*Provided the minimum participation of guest level is met.

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Culture & History#

Authentic, cultural tours taking you to the heart of our destinations.

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Experience ancient history in Greece, considered the birthplace of Western civilization.

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2-night in-depth embark/debark port exploration.

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Extend your vacation in Athens, Greece’s capital city that’s homeland to gods, goddesses and some of the world's greatest philosophers and athletes, and brims with iconic ancient temples, and also hosts a number of glorious parks and beaches.

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Before living the dream in Cappadocia, spend a day in Istanbul upon arrival. A city of rich culture and history spread over two continents, Istanbul charms as a paragon of dynamic, multicultural city life.

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2-night in-depth embark/debark port exploration.

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Experience life as a local in Istanbul, where unique historical and cultural riches collide in a city that’s hosted many different civilizations.

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Stateroom & Pricing
Pricing and Offers
Club Interior Stateroom
$4,719* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 158 sq. ft. (14.7 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Oceanview Stateroom
$5,119* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 143 sq. ft. (13.3 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Veranda Stateroom
$5,919* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq m)
Veranda Area: 40 sq. ft. (3.8 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Veranda Plus Stateroom
$6,159* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq m)
Veranda Area: 40 sq. ft. (3.8 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Continent Suite
$7,519* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 266 sq. ft. (24.8 sq m)
Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Spa Suite
$9,439* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 414 sq. ft. (38.5 sq m)
Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club Ocean Suite
$9,919* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 478 sq. ft. (44.5 sq m)
Veranda Area: 173 sq. ft. (16.1 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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Club World Owner's Suite
$10,399* USD Avg Per Person
Stateroom Area: 603 sq. ft. (56.1 sq m)
Veranda Area: 233 sq. ft. (21.7 sq m)
*Taxes, fees & port expenses are an additional $343.83 per person. Prices are per person in (USD)
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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.

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Early Booking Bonus

Save 20% per person + $300 Onboard Credit, Unlimited WiFi for one device, and a Premium Beverage Package for two when booking a Veranda or higher on select 2023-2024 sailings. Book by December 31, 2022.*

Shore Excursions
  • Featured Shore Excursion
    Ultimate Odessa

    Enjoy a highlights tour of Odessa followed by a traditional Ukranian lunch and brandy tasting.

  • Featured Shore Excursion
    Ephesus & the House of the Virgin Mary

    Discover the ruins at Ephesus, built in the 10th century BC, with stops at the House of the Virgin Mary.

  • Featured Shore Excursion
    Best of Istanbul

    Immerse yourself in the fascinating history and beautiful culture of Istanbul on an adventure that takes you to the city's highlights with a stop for a classic and delicious Turkish lunch.

Life Onboard
Life Onboard
  • Specialty Dining

    Dine in luxury and elegance at the specialty restaurants of Azamara, where you’ll savor a heavenly experience at a down-to-earth price.

    At Aqualina, tantalize your palate with some of Italy’s most celebrated dishes, as well as contemporary inventive cuisine. Expect a marvelous evening in a warm ambiance with stunning views and lush décor at Prime C steakhouse. And don’t miss the Chef’s Table, an exclusive dining experience pairing multiple delectable courses with perfectly matched wines.

  • Spa, Health & Fitness

    Relax, revitalize, and reboot. Our spa, health, and fitness options give you the chance to focus on you—something you don’t always have time to do at home.

    Pamper yourself at The Sanctum Spa with the ultimate in signature treatments. Update your look at our full-service salon. Get into a new groove with complimentary group fitness classes like sunset yoga on the deck, core workouts, and nutrition sessions. Or head to our well-equipped Fitness Center to work out at your own pace, as you enjoy spectacular ocean views. Feel better, look better, and get ship shape with Azamara.

  • Shopping

    Searching for a tasteful collection of merchandise, beautiful jewelry, and special keepsakes? Look no further than the onboard stores of Azamara.

    Stop by the ship’s namesake shop for sundries, casual wear, swim fashions, accessories, and small gifts. Head to Indulgences for an exquisite selection of jewelry, watches, and other pieces from iconic jewelry-makers. Pick up camera supplies and photos taken by the ship’s roving photographer at The Photo Shop. (And be sure to watch your daily news for specials and one-time offers that make shopping even more fun.)

  • Enrichment Programs & Classes

    Culinary demonstrations by our professional chefs and wine tastings by our sommeliers. Cruise Global, Connect Local℠ shore excursion seminars to help you learn about particular tours. Port-of-call lectures focusing on destination highlights, plus insider tips on lesser-known excursions.

    Get in the know with our ever-changing variety of entertaining and interesting programs hosted by Azamara’s own onboard experts.

  • Discoveries Restaurant

    At the culinary heart of our ships is the Discoveries Restaurant. Here, you can discover the world through dishes and flavors from the places we visit, whether it’s our Destination Immersion® Experiences dinner buffet or the Destination Immersion® cuisine on our dinner menu.

    During on-shore visits, our chefs love to head to local markets for inspiration and ingredients. The result? Mouthwatering dishes so local, you’ll feel like you’re not onboard anymore.

  • Casual Dining & Snacks

    At Azamara, we elevate casual dining to delectable heights. Taste your way around the world at The Patio with exclusive personalized dishes using local flavors. Then top your meal off at Swirl & Top, our self-serve frozen yogurt station.

    Take in the fresh breeze at an outdoor table and relax in the laid-back atmosphere of Windows Café, featuring daily themed dinners inspired from the region we’re visiting and live stations serving up local ingredients purchased in port. And no matter where you are in the world, Mosaic Café and Mosaic @Night is the perfect place to start (or end) your day.

  • Entertainment & Events

    In between taking you to some of the most fascinating destinations in the world, we love to entertain our guests, especially at the Cabaret Lounge. Enjoy live performances of professional full-stage musical revues, classical soloists, bands, and other entertainment in a cabaret nightclub with full bar and cozy tables.

    We take the show outside at Azamara’s White Night party and buffet, held at least once on every cruise (weather permitting). Have a fabulous feast, sip boutique wines on the house, and dance late into the night. Wearing white is optional, but encouraged!

  • Bars & Lounges

    Wine and unwind at Azamara’s distinctive bars and lounges. Discoveries Lounge is a guest favorite for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks, while The Living Room is the perfect space to take in interesting speakers, enjoy a hot beverage or wines and tapas, or simply relax with a good book.

    With a flat-screen TV and full-service bar, Spirits is a great place for sports fans.

    Wine and unwind at Azamara’s distinctive bars and lounges. Discoveries Lounge is a guest favorite for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks, while The Living Room is the perfect space to take in interesting speakers, enjoy a hot beverage or wines and tapas, or simply relax with a good book.

    Azamara Pursuit’s newest lounge exemplifies outright dedication to Destination Immersion experiences. The Den is your ideal location for travel inspiration during your cruise. Sit back and relax to the sounds of live piano, and engage in one of our destination-focused activities.

    Wine and unwind at Azamara’s distinctive bars and lounges. Discoveries Lounge is a guest favorite for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks, while The Living Room is the perfect space to take in interesting speakers, enjoy a hot beverage or wines and tapas, or simply relax with a good book.

    The Spirits Bar will keep you entertained, with its flat-screen TV with and full-service bar, it’s the perfect place to watch the game onboard.

Voyage Features
 

Boutique Ships

Award Winning Amenities & Accommodations

Like her two sister ships, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers.

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Arrive Early or Stay Late on Your Next Voyage

Excited to get started on your travels or not quite ready to go home afterward? Extend your Azamara voyage with a pre or post voyage stay in one of our preferred hotels.

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Inclusive Amenities

Savings You’ll Appreciate

When you’re ready to embark on a journey with Azamara, be sure to pack your bags, but leave the phrase, “Check please,” at home. Because when travel with us, pretty much everything you could ever want is included.

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Our Pricing & Savings Policy

Please remember you have up to 2 days prior to your sail date to purchase your Azamara® shore excursions online. If you are within the 2 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions on board.

*Prices are representative, subject to change and availability and vary by sailing. Tours, tour dates, and times are subject to change and availability. A cruise booking number and at least one deposit payment is required to purchase a tour. Tours may be purchased online or by calling us up to four days prior to the cruise departure date. After that time, tours must be booked onboard.

Tours purchased prior to the cruise departure date will be charged to your credit card in the same currency as your cruise reservation. Tours purchased onboard will be charged in U.S. dollars to your KeyCard account. Exchange rates are determined by a competitive pricing program.

The providers of tour arrangements are independent contractors and are not acting as agents of representatives or Azamara. In no event shall Azamara be liable for any accident or harm to passenger, which occurs as a result of any acts, omissions, or negligence of any independent contractors.

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