Intoxicating 22 Night Cruise of Mediterranean, Arabian and Indian Experiences.  

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For travellers looking for a little more than the conventional sun, sand and sea cruising package, Azamara’s incredible 22 Night Athens to Mumbai & 5 Day Golden Triangle Land Tour promises to delight the senses and invigorate the mind. From the ancient shores of Greece’s famed capital to the awe inspiring domes of the Taj Mahal, guests are guaranteed a truly amazing cruising experience that will stay with them forever.

The ship:

Azamara Quest

Passengers will undergo their 16 nights of cruising in the six star luxury boutique comfort of the Azamara Quest, one of the line’s finest ocean vessels. Equipped with all the latest modern conveniences, Quest offers its passengers an impressive range of on-board facilities spread across a wonderfully spacious deck plan.

Venues such as the Cabaret Lounge and Martini Bar ensure there is no shortage of entertainment while passengers can keep active at the ship’s state-of-the-art fitness centre. Attentive staff is always on hand to offer poolside beverages and evenings can be spent dining at Quest’s exceptional range of restaurants. Accommodation is suitably luxurious with a large number of veranda inclusive staterooms on offer which treat passengers to fresh sea breezes and spectacular ocean views around the clock. While the Golden Triangle tour beckons, guests will find it hard to say farewell to the fabulous on-board facilities.

The cruise:

Travellers begin their journey with a two night hotel stay in Athens where they have the opportunity to explore the ancient wonders and secrets that the city holds. After departing the bustling port, the Quest begins its voyage to the sun kissed shore of Rhodes, Greece. A transit through the Suez Canal brings the ship to Egypt’s Port Safaga before continuing on to the exotic Arabian destinations of Muscat, Oman and Fujairah, UAE. Quest then sails onwards to Mumbai where guests will disembark and begin the incredible Golden Triangle tour.

The Golden Triangle Tour:

Day 1 – Mumbai

  • Explore Mesmerising Mumbai

The five day Golden Triangle tour begins with passengers embarking at Mumbai. Here they are taken on a guided city tour where they can soak up the vibrancy, colour and excitement of Indian culture.

Day 2 – Jaipur

  • Marvel at the opulence of Amber Fort

Pink paint

After a whirlwind day in Mumbai, guests will depart on a flight to Jaipur, affectionately known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the local preference for rose coloured paint.  Graced with a history of Rajput royal hospitality, Jaipur is the perfect place to get an authentic taste of Indian extravagance. Guests will pay a visit to the fairy-tale like Amber Fort which is famed for its beautiful towers, domes, halls, gardens, pavilions and temples. The departure is suitable regal with visitors leaving the Palace grounds on elaborately draped elephants.

  • Become a history buff at the City Palace Museum

The afternoon will be spent at the City Palace Museum where visitors can gaze upon a striking collection of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. The museum is also brimming with historical treasures, from royal robes to ancient weapons.

  • Be inspired by spectacular architecture

After visiting the museum, passengers will be given the opportunity to admire the wondrous 1726 AD Jantar Mantar as well as snap some photos in front of Hawa Mahal, which translates to Palace of the Winds. The building is nothing short of awe inspiring with its magnificent pyramidal façade and towering domes and spires.

Day 3 – Agra

  • Take a glimpse at India’s regal past

The third day of the Golden Triangle tour sees guests driven to Uttar Pradesh’s fascinating city of Agra. Here visitors can explore  Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city and be blown away by the imposing Agra Fort which posed as the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire for generation after generation.

Day 4 – The Taj Mahal

  • Be blown away by the passion of an Indian love story

Day four sees guests pay visit to the iconic and spectacularly beautiful Taj Mahal. Built by an emperor in honour of his beloved queen, Taj Mahal construction began in 1631 and was completed 18 years later. The extravagant gesture resulted in a truly breathtaking structure that encompasses the romance, elation and utter exhilaration of true love.

Day 5 – Delhi

  • Sightsee on a rickshaw

Rickshaw

After spending the night in a 5 star hotel, guests will start the day with a traditional rickshaw ride through the charming streets of Old Delhi. The ride includes stops at the opulent palace of Red Fort as well as Raj Ghat, memorial site of India’s beloved freedom advocator, Mahatma Gandhi. India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid is also on the agenda.

  • Soak up the sights of New Delhi

Guests will enjoy a guided city tour of New Delhi where they will visit the meticulously renovated mausoleum of Emperor Humayun and Qutub Minar. The tour is followed by a chauffeured drive past prominent sites such as the India Gate war memorial, the President’s residence and Parliament House.

With prices starting at just £2699, this amazing package from Azamara offers an ultimate and all-encompassing itinerary that showcases some of the world’s most intriguing destinations. Whether exploring the cobblestone streets of Greece, soaking up the Arabian sun or marvelling at the sensory delights of India, passengers embarking on the voyage are guaranteed an experience that they will never forget.

To find out more about the 22 night Athens to Mumbai & 5 Day Golden Triangle Land Tour, please visit Cruise 1st, at cruise1st.co.uk/goldentriangle or call 0800 230 0655.

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Belinda Goodman

Cruise 1st veteran Belinda has a passion for travel, especially cruising. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, including a 3-year stint working on cruise ships as a croupier. Belinda regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog, with a focus on company news and advice for first-time cruise travellers.

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