Pre- Ryder Cup Golf Cruise

Athens – Rome | September 18 – 27

9 Nights

September 18 - 27

Athens - Rome

4 Rounds

Women’s Golf and Travel Concierge, in partnership with,  PerryGolf / Azamara® for this exceptional 9-night, 4-round golf voyage including some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands on board the outstanding 700-guest Azamara Onward.   The timing of our voyage also makes it the perfect Pre-Ryder Cup vacation for guests en route to the biennial contest between the USA and Europe at the Marco Simone Country Club on the outskirts of Rome Italy September 29 – October 1, 2023

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. Our 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.

Every aspect of the golf program is fully managed by staff on board and ashore. Your clubs will be ready and waiting at each venue. Tee times and pairings are arranged and posted in advance. A convenient transportation schedule affords suitable time to warm up at the range and to make the almost inevitable pro shop merchandise purchase. Carts are always included, subject to availability. Friendly competition is staged at a selected course, with prizes awarded at our farewell gathering. A snack lunch is included on-course plus an open bar operates in the clubhouse at the conclusion of the round. Our typical guest list which brings together like-minded individuals generally numbers between 40 and 50, with new friendships invariably formed during each cruise. Many guests are golfing couples but an equal number are golfers traveling with a non-golfing spouse. Specially arranged onboard golf group social functions, to which all accompanying non-golfing spouses are most warmly welcomed, further enhance the club-like environment. The award-winning Azamara Shore Excursions® program, offering a wide variety of off-ship excursions, also caters beautifully to our non-golfing guests during days when our golfing excursions are underway.

The “2023 Mediterranean Islands Golf Cruise” is a genuinely full-featured vacation and a special opportunity to enjoy yourself in the company of like-minded new friends

September 18 - 27

Date Port Arrive / Depart Golf Sightseeing
Sep 18 Athens Embark / 5:00PM The Acropolis
Sep 19 Kusadasi, Turkey 8:00AM / 6:00PM Temple of Artemis
Sep 20 Heraklion, Crete 7:30AM / 6:00PM Crete Knossos
Sep 21 At Sea
Sep 22 Valletta, Malta 8:00AM / 10:00PM St. John’s Co-Cathedral
Sep 23 Taormina, Sicily 8:00AM / 6:00PM Il Picciolo Basilica dell’ Annunziata
Sep 24 Sorrento, Italy 8:30AM / 6:00PM Piazza Tasso
Sep 25 Olbia, Sardinia 9:30AM / 9:00PM Pevero Archipelago di La Maddalena National Park
Sep 26 Porto-Vecchio, Corsica 7:00AM / 6:00PM Sperone Place de la Republique
Sep 27 Rome, Italy Disembark / 9:00AM

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Detailed Itinerary

SEPTEMBER 18, 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 and Women’s Golf and Travel staff.

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. Not quite so old is the Plaka, an appealing neighbourhood for a stroll down cobblestone streets, past old mansions and a plethora of outdoor tavernas ideal for watching the world go by, while munching tasty Greek snacks.

Port Explorer Guide – Athens

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 19, 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.

Enjoy Kusadasi on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Kusadasi

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 20, 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.

SIGHTSEEING: Crete is the fifth largest Mediterranean island, located 160 miles south of the Greek mainland. Humans have inhabited the island for approximately 130,000 years. It was here in the Bronze Age around 2,000 BC where Europe’s first advanced civilization was developed by the Minoans. Their largest and most sophisticated settlement was Knossos, a palace located just 20 minutes outside of Heraklion, the largest city and capital of Crete, and one of Azamara’s newest ports of call. Along with Knossos, be sure to include a visit to the Archaeological Museum, regarded as one of the most important museums in Greece. The pedestrian only Daidalou Street is where you’ll find trendy shops boutiques and the chance to sample outstanding Greek cuisine like kaltsounia (sweet and savory cheese pie) plus and lamb with stamnagathi (a type of wild chicory).

Enjoy Heraklion on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Heraklion

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 21, 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.

What a way to spend a day!

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 22, 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”. Thanks to the recent work of renowned architect Renzo Piano, including the City Gate and the Parliament House, the old city now exists in spectacular juxtaposition with the new.

Enjoy Malta on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Valletta

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 23, 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.

SIGHTSEEING:  The island of Sicily, just off the tip of the Italian boot is the largest in the Mediterranean. Mountainous and rugged, its highest point is the tip of that infamous firebrand, the still active Mt Etna at 10,900 feet. Farmland, enriched by volcanic soil, produces lush crops of olives, citrus, and grapes. Climbing higher, you’d find forests, the scars left by old lava flows, and eventually the crater where smoke and simmering lava is sometimes visible. Taormina is a lovely small medieval town perched on high cliffs, with spectacular views over the bay and rugged coastline below.

Enjoy Sicily on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Taormina

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 24, SUNDAY: SORRENTO, ITALY (8:30AM / 6:00PM)

GOLF: Uraburu Golf was designed by revered two times Masters Champion José María Olazabal, a native of this area.  Each hole is a an example of the marriage of golf and its surroundings, highlighted by centennial oaks, conifers and other native trees, providing magical surroundings and views for the golfer.   The beauty of the course lies in its diversity, and it provides an outstanding experience for the visiting golfer.

SIGHTSEEING: If Bilbao wasn’t always a household name, it was transformed into one with the opening of Frank Gehry’s groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum in 1997. Located in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao became an instant media darling and tourist mecca. And that was just the beginning of an exciting phase of development in infrastructure and cultural activity which, combine with the Basque love of food, wine and laughter, solidified the city’s place in the annals of tourism.

Enjoy Bilbao on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Sorrento

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 25, MONDAY: OLBIA, SARDINIA (9:30AM / 9:00PM)

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.

SIGHTSEEING: In a desirable location on the stunning Costa Smeralda, Olbia has been inhabited since the 8th century BC, but a recent archaeological discovery of 24 shipwrecks – two of them from the age of Nero – has landed it in the spotlight. The name Olbia means “happy town”, though its past has been somewhat difficult with the city destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout its history. Of course, that makes it all the more interesting, as every empire that came and went has left something of value behind for you to see.

Enjoy Olbia on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Olbia

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 26, 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!

SIGHTSEEING: Dating back to the 16th century, the fortified port town of Porto-Vecchio is now a Corsican resort destination. The Old Town district — with its cobblestone streets, charming buildings, and ruins of the ancient citadel — features fashionable shops, boutiques, and cafés while Porto-Vecchio’s modern marina offers ferry rides to Bonifacio and the Lavezzi Islands nature reserve, plus a variety of places to enjoy a local beverage harborside. Visit the Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste, the Bastion San Antonia, and the Porte Genoise Gate for panoramic views of the sea, mountains and surrounding valley, or enjoy an afternoon at one of Corsica’s two most famous beaches, Palombaggia and Santa Guilia, located just south of Porto-Vecchio. As dusk settles, head to the Old Town’s Place de la République (main square) for its lively nightlife, bars, and restaurants.

Enjoy Porto-Vecchio on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Porto-Vecchio

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 27: ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY (DISEMBARK 9:00AM)

9:00AM Disembark Azamara Onward.

The timing of our voyage also makes it the perfect Pre-Ryder Cup vacation for guests enroute 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.

SIGHTSEEING: Rome has something special to offer to all visitors, no matter their interests and tastes. Whether you daydream about fighting with gladiators in the Colosseum, debating with togaed senators in the Forum, tossing a coin in a fabled fountain, or being awestruck by the magnificence of St Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s masterpieces, Rome seems to live up to its sobriquet – the Eternal City. When you need sustenance, today’s Rome will provide delizioso pasta e vino. Or perhaps you draw strength from a little retail therapy – the Italians are also renowned for their sense of style.

Golf Schedule

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

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!

Azamara Quest, JourneyPursuit & Onward

700 Guests | 410 Crew | 46 Suites

Since 2011, we have been delighted to partner with Azamara® whose fleet of four boutique ocean liners are ideal for the purposes of our worldwide golf cruises.  Azamara Journey®, Azamara Quest®, Azamara Pursuit® & Azamara Onward℠ are sister ships, each with accommodation for 700 guests including 46 suites attended by English-style butler service.  These perfectly sized vessels are large enough to provide every amenity yet small enough to access smaller harbors and premium docking.  The Azamara experience is built on four key pillars: Destination Immersion®, extraordinary service, fine cuisine and wine plus wellness and vitality. Few cruise lines offer more overnight stays or as many last night departures so that you may experience each destination to its fullest.  Better still, you’ll enjoy a relaxing vacation onboard with Azamara’s country club-like ambience.

Ship Facts

Azamara’s four cruisers, with accommodations for 700 Guests, offer a sophisticated, yet relaxing atmosphere. Guests will enjoy more inclusive amenities such as included gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; Spa and Wellness Center; complimentary bottled water and sodas, specialty coffee and teas, as well as complimentary boutique red and white wines to accompany lunch and dinner; English Butler service for suite Guests.

 

AZAMARA JOURNEY
Entered Service 2007
Refurbished 2016
AZAMARA QUEST
Entered Service 2007
Refurbished 2016AZAMARA PURSUIT
Entered Service 2018
Refurbished 2019AZAMARA ONWARD
Entering Service 2022
Refurbished 2021
Registry: Malta
Built: Nazaire, France
Occupancy: 700
Tonnage: 30,277
Length: 593 ft
Beam: 95 ft
Draught: 19.85 ft
Cruise Speed: 18.5 kts
International Staff and Crew 410
Total Staterooms: 347
Suites: 46

Suites and Staterooms

Welcome to your vacation home with ocean views, sea breezes, and all the style and amenities of a boutique hotel. Relax with plush cotton robes and slippers, French bath products, fresh flowers, and 24-hour room service. Our goal is to make you comfortable so you can spend more time on important things. Like exploring the world.

Suites on an Azamara voyage. There are forty-six total:  Club World Owner’s (6), Club Ocean (4), Club Continent (34) and the Club Spa suite (2). Our suite guests receive a variety of exclusive benefits in addition to comfortable, spacious accommodations. We take care of all the details, so you can focus on experiencing the world.

Staying in a suite is like staying in your own vacation home complete with ocean views, sea breezes, and butler service. Relax with plush cotton robes and slippers, French bath products, fresh flowers, and fine linens. Open the sliding glass doors to your private veranda, perfect for reading, al fresco dining, or stargazing. Enjoy a drink from complimentary bottles of specialty spirits, mixers included. And should you need anything, your English-trained butler is never more than a call away, ready to assist with restaurant and spa reservations, private parties, dinners for two, and much more.

Suite Amenities

All Stateroom amenities
English-style Butler Service
Priority check-in and departure
En-suite dining

En-suite spa service (optional)
En-suite afternoon tea service
Complimentary wine, vodka and Whisky
Seating in specialty restaurants

Stateroom Amenities

Egyptian cotton bed linen and duvet
Terrycloth bathrobes and slippers
24-hour room service
Turndown treats
Flat-panel television
Refrigerator with mini-bar

Desk and Telephone
Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
In-room safe
Hairdryer
Complimentary welcome fruit basket and fresh-cut flowers
Shoe shining service

Dining

Discoveries (Main restaurant)
Windows Café casual buffet (Daytime)
Windows Café and Sunset Bar casual
alfresco dinner and cocktails
Prime C Steakhouse and Wine Cellar
Aqualina – Mediterranean Flavors
Pool Grill

Health, Beauty and Vitality

Fitness Center and Spa
Thalassotherapy Pool
Acupuncture at Sea
Salon Main Pool with Jacuzzi

Entertainment and Lounges

Cabaret Lounge
Club Looking Glass Lounge and Late Night Spot
Discoveries Lounge
The Drawing Room / Library
Mosaic Café Coffee Bar
eConnections Computer Lounge

Shoppes

Indulgences
La Boutique
Photo Shop
The Journey Shop / The Quest Shop

Additional Onboard Amenities

Guest Laundry Facility
Table Tennis
Shuffle Board
Medical Facility
Sales & Club Desk
Land Discoveries Desk

Azamara®
Azamara®
Sperone Golf Club
Sperone Golf Club
Knossos in Crete, Greece
Knossos in Crete, Greece
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Medieval Village of Porto-Vecchio
Medieval Village of Porto-Vecchio

Golf and Cruise Pricing Per Person

Our prices are provided as Golf Package and Cruise Fare so that your choices for suites and staterooms are clear. The total cost is the combination of both plus applicable taxes.

The cruise fare is dynamic and may change until booked and locked in, but you are assured of the best available selection of suites and staterooms and the very best available rates which exist at any point in time. Cruise fares below are the current “from” prices, supplements apply for prime locations within each main category. Your Women’s Golf and Travel Concierge golf travel specialist will assist in selecting the best suite or stateroom for you, and will be pleased to book and confirm both your cruise and your golf package.

Club Interior Stateroom Club Oceanview Stateroom Club Veranda Stateroom Club Continent Suite Club Spa Suite Club Ocean Suite Owners Suite
Golf Package $2,395 $2,395 $2,395 $2,395 $2,395 $2,395 $2,395
Cruise Fare $3,699 $4,099 $4,799 $6,199 $7,799 $8,299 $8,799

Cruise fares are the published gross prices (exclusive of any port taxes & fees), and where special promotions may be in force, any relevant discounts will be taken from these prices at the time of booking.

Deposits Per Person: Golf Package $750; Staterooms $550/ Suites $1,100
Payment & Cancellation Terms per Reservation Form

Lock in Early for the Best Suites & Staterooms at the Best Price
The Cancellation Fee Is Only $125 Per Person Until 12 Months Out
Prices Exclude Port Taxes and Fees of $548 Per Person

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