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Kepez: Gateway to Troy and Gallipoli

Azamara Quest called on the port of Kepez, which sits on the Dardanelles, the narrow strait that connects the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean and separates Europe from Asia. 

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After getting my morning cappuccino and mini quiche from Mosaic Cafe (included in the cruise fare, by the way) I headed to the lobby to speak with a representative from the local tourist information office. I got my bearings and a personalized walking tour of the nearby town of Canakkale, then set off for the complimentary shuttle bus ride to Republic Square.

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Two Days in Istanbul: History, Culture and Fun

This is the first guest blog from Carrie with the website Cruise Buzz. We’re thrilled to have Carrie traveling onboard the Azamara Quest right now. She’ll be updating you on her adventures here on the Destination Immersion blog!

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Exploring Istanbul via Azamara Club Cruises

After traveling almost half-way around the globe, I arrived in Istanbul in time for dinner on Azamara Quest. Upon waking I set out for an entire day of sightseeing in Istanbul. Since I had been to Istanbul before, I opted to go it alone (plus I wanted to sleep in).  For those that wanted the organized tour from the ship, there were three to choose from. I would recommend these for anyone who wants to avoid the hassle of getting around on their own and having to deal with obtaining tickets to the sights.

Istanbul is full of history and culture galore. Great mosques, ancient churches, museums, and bazaars. To avoid disappointment, make sure to plan ahead. Those who arrived with enough time to explore the city could do so because Azamara Quest overnighted and stayed in port long enough to accommodate two days of touring. 

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Kavala and Philippi, Greece

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The best thing about my cruise on the Azamara Quest is that I’ve stopped in a lot of ports that I’ve never heard of before; which is unusual for me. Much like the Greek Island of Patmos, the Greek port of Volos and the Turkish port of Dikili-Kavala is no different. I had never heard of this particular port town but was again, very pleasantly surprised. Kavala and Philippi, Greece are two very cool places to visit and are definitely not on the mainstream tourist map.

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A Day in Thessaloniki, Greece

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A day in Thessaloniki, Greece is a great introduction to Greece’s Second City. Often overlooked by tourists for Athens and the islands, Thessaloniki has quietly been developing its own identity and with a massive young population, it is progressing nicely. Lonely Planet named Thessaloniki as one of the top five party cities in the world. Walking around Thessaloniki, you get a sense of the energy and vibe of the city. It’s a really cool town. It’s not a beautiful place by any means but it has that cool Greenwich Village type edge to it and it’s a great place to stroll around.

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Meteora is Otherworldly

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I’ve wanted to go to Meteora, Greece before I even knew where it was. I remember watching the James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’ as a kid and thinking, “Wow that place looks cool”. Fast forward some 25 years later and there I was in Meteora and it was just as cool as I wanted it to be! Meteora is absolutely breathtaking. Meteora is otherworldly!

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