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Marvel at the magnificence of historic Malta during a hotel stay before escaping to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean during a fabulous cruise.

Your holiday begins with a stunning four-star hotel stay at the Solana Hotel and Spa in Malta. A recently renovated hotel, this stunning accommodation boasts breathtaking vistas over the bay. Savour a memorable experience from the enchanting rooftop pool and admire impeccable views over the sea, dine in the award-winning Mediterranean restaurant and awaken your senses in the Nataraya Day Spa.

Following your stay, you’ll embark the family-friendly Azura, one of the largest cruise ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. Brimming with an incredible choice of bars, restaurants, entertainment and spa facilities, as well as other exciting and unique features, Azura offers the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, and separately to indulge in your passions.

Setting sail, you’ll cruise the Ionian Sea to reach your first port of call, Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Discover its fascinating landmarks, from the sprawling Acropolis to towering Mount Lycabettus. Crossing the Aegean Sea, you’ll arrive in Kusadasi on Turkey’s stunning Aegean Coast. At Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, uniform white-washed houses and distant mountains characterise the landscape of this popular holiday destination, while Chania boasts a quaint 14th-century Venetian harbour.

Returning to Malta, you’ll stop in Valletta, explore the ancient sights and hidden gems of the fortress city, before venturing to Taranto, a coastal city lying in southern Italy. In Corfu, marvel at its stunning beaches, shimmering turquoise waters and spectacular scenery. Spellbinding Croatia awaits where you’ll explore enthralling Dubrovnik, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Split, boasting the striking Diocletian’s Palace.

 

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The Azura Experience

This extremely elegant ship is one of the largest in the P&O fleet and has all the refined hallmarks of conventional cruising with many exciting modern additions. Couples looking for a romantic cruise holiday will appreciate The Retreat, an adults-only private spa terrace with secluded cabanas and moonlit treatments. While her superb range of facilities and activities, including four fantastic kids’ clubs, will make her a popular choice for families.The exclusive dining options on board are sure to impress, as is the delightfully chic central atrium with enticing shops, art gallery and library.

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Dining

Choose from South American and Stateside cuisines at The Beach House, stone-baked pizzas by the pool, authentic India at Sindhu or tapas and wine pairing at The Glass House.

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Activities

Unwind with an alfresco spa treatment at The Retreat or take a private one-to-one dance lesson by a Strictly pro, all while your little one is entertained with age-specific activities at The Reef.

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Entertainment

Catch a cabaret or comedy show in The Playhouse theatre, relax at Indian-themed Malabar with pianists, bands and dancing, or watch a film by the pool under a starry-night sky at SeaScreen.

Your 15 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

28 September 2022

Discover sun-kissed Malta during a four-star hotel stay, prior to your Mediterranean cruise

Your holiday begins in majestic Malta where you’ll enjoy a one-night hotel stay at the chic, four-star Solana Hotel and Spa which offers a multitude of exquisite facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, three restaurants and two sophisticated bars. Cool off in the rooftop pool after a day of exploring, sip pre-dinner cocktails in the Lobby Bar and rejuvenate mind, body and soul in the sumptuous spa. Malta is a Mediterranean island of great historical importance influenced by many great empires. The capital fortress city of Valletta, described as an open-air museum, is mainly Baroque in character having been built in the 16th century by the Order of St John of Jerusalem. It offers some of Europe’s finest palaces, churches, and works of art.

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Day 2

29 September 2022

Following your stay, embark the glamorous Azura for your Mediterranean adventure

Following your hotel stay, you’ll embark Azura for your Mediterranean medley cruise. No two days or evenings need be the same on the Azura, her leisure and activity options are almost endless and range from sport and leisure, to music and culture, and absolute relaxation.

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Day 3

30 September 2022

Settle in for a magical day at sea where you can immerse yourself in a plethora of dazzling entertainment

Look out for live comedy and music, casino tables, smart cocktail bars, cinemas and so much more – every evening will be full of fun on board the Azura. You won’t want to miss ballroom dancing in the gleaming Atrium – professionals will be on hand to teach you the steps if you’re new to the Waltz or Foxtrot!

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Day 4

1 October 2022

Delve into the heart of ancient Greece, dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks

Soaring mountains, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, unspoilt green spaces and byzantine churches - Athens is a beguiling destination of beauty, mythology and history. At the heart of the city is the iconic Acropolis. Gazing out over the urban sprawl below and home to ancient buildings of historic and architectural greatness such as the Parthenon, it provides a fascinating glimpse into ancient Greece. Learn all about it at the Acropolis Museum.

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Day 5

2 October 2022

Soak up the sun from the beach resort town of Kusadasi

Kuşadasi on Turkey’s Anatolian Coast is where one travels into the past. In Kusadasi, whitewashed stone houses rise in tiers behind the market district. The palm-lined esplanade is the centre of town life, with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Nearby stand the ruins of ancient Ephesus, you enter the city though the Magnesia Gate entrance and walk down a marble road to the ruins of this Roman provincial capital.

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Day 6

3 October 2022

Explore the historical riches of Rhodes, once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World

By far the largest and historically the most important of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes abounds in beaches that will transport you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond. Once you disembark, take the short walk to the Old Town to view its brilliant historic buildings that date back to the 14th century. Rhodes was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, and there are many ruins left to explore in remote beautiful locations.

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Day 7

4 October 2022

Discover beautiful Chania, one of the most popular Greek Islands and known for its stunning Venetian harbour.

Today you’ll arrive at Crete’s Souda Bay, gateway to the nearby city of Chania. Find a shaded resting spot in the atmospheric Venetian quarter, criss-crossed by narrow lanes, and stroll around the main square in the Old Town with its orthodox cathedral. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now transformed into atmospheric restaurants and boutique hotels. Discover the beautiful harbour and enjoy a coffee or cocktail while taking in the idyllic surroundings. Meanwhile at Skridlof Street, known as Leather Lane, you can pick up beautiful handmade bags or sandals of excellent quality.

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Day 8

5 October 2022

Savour some of the delectable delights on board this fantastic ship, from five-course fine-dining to relaxed Asian cuisine

If there’s one thing that really sets the Azura apart it’s the range and quality of her dining venues. Guests may choose to enjoy a five-course, silver-service experience in the Peninsular or Oriental restaurants, or reserve an exclusive table in one of Azura’s signature à la carte restaurants.

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Day 9

6 October 2022

Explore unique Valletta, a designated World Heritage City

Described as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” when granted World Heritage status, Valletta is a city full of history. The main streets are busy but the quiet back streets offer a glimpse into everyday life. Explore stunning cathedrals and palaces and take a walk around the impressive Grand Harbour.

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Day 10

7 October 2022

Discover the rustic charm of Taranto

Taranto in southern Italy is a charming coastal city that offers an incredible myriad of picturesque ancient buildings and monuments – the result of the numerous invasions suffered by the city throughout its history. Brimming with sprawling olive groves, encased by clear, shimmering water and peppered with historic towns and villages, its rustic appeal is a powerful draw for tourists. Its list of must-see attractions includes the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Alberobello – home to the largest collection of trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs and Castel del Monte, a medieval hill town and commune.

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Day 11

8 October 2022

Cool off in the crystal-clear waters of Corfu

The Pearl of the Ionian Sea, Kerkira, offers shimmering, crystal blue waters, spectacular scenery and pristine beaches. Head to Corfu Town, known for its cobblestone streets and pastel coloured Venetian architecture and enjoy the bustling atmosphere, infused with culture and history. Stroll along to the Esplanade, a landscaped park near the water and gaze out at the gleaming yachts dancing on the sparkling ocean waves.

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Day 12

9 October 2022

Delve into Dubrovnik’s distinctive Old Town

Today you’ll discover beautiful Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic and renowned for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with towering stone walls. Talk a walk around the city walls and gaze upon the fantastic view of the Old Town and glittering Adriatic or discover more about Dubrovnik’s history at the Cultural History Museum, once the palace for the elected rector who governed in the late 15th Century. If you prefer being by the coast, take a dip in the glittering Adriatic Sea, or embark on a boat trip to explore more of the striking Dalmatian coastline.

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Day 13

10 October 2022

Discover the striking Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Split combines archaeological treasures, natural beauty and modern Dalmatian life with consummate ease. With its spectacular setting – a mountainous backdrop offset by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea – it’s no wonder that a powerful Roman emperor once chose to build his palace here. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the finest and best-preserved Roman monuments in the world and takes up a large area of the delightful Old Town.

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Day 14

11 October 2022

Enjoy a final day at sea before arriving back in Valletta tomorrow

Spend your final day at sea exploring the delights on offer. Why not indulge in a treatment or two in the sumptuous Oasis Spa. Boasting a fabulous menu of facilities and pamper treatments, it’s the perfect spot to unwind. Enjoy a cleansing visit to the steam rooms and sauna, rejuvenate with a luxury facial or breathe in the aromatic scents of a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage.

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Day 15

12 October 2022

Returning to Valletta, disembark and fly home, filled with a wealth of memories

Arriving back in Valletta, today you’ll disembark and head to the airport for your flight home.

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Your Hotel Stay

Solana Hotel & Spa
★★★★

The chic, four-star Solana Hotel and Spa is situated in the centre of Mellieha and overlooks the gorgeous beach and stunning bay. Recently renovated, this stunning hotel offers the best of all worlds at one of Malta’s most premier luxury accommodations. As you wander through the doors, you’ll be welcomed by a delicious drink, friendly faces, excellent customer service and a blend of modern aesthetics including sleek marble, bursts of colours, polished wooden floors and plush furnishings. Fantastic amenities of this hotel includes both indoor and outdoor pools, a sun terrace, opulent spa and fitness centre, three exquisite restaurants and two bars.

Your Holiday Summary

 

Hotel Stay

  • 1 night four-star stay in Malta at the Solana Hotel & Spa with breakfast

Cruise

  • 14 night full-board cruise on board the P&O MS Azura

All flights & taxes included

Prices From

Departing

29 September 2022

Inside

R32,999pp

Sea View

R35,999pp

Balcony

R42,999pp

Duration: 15 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Valetta, Athens, Ephesus, Rhodes, Chania, Taranto, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Split

To Book, Call our Holiday Specialists on

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