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14-Night Wine & Culture Voyage

Onboard Azamara Pursuit

May 30 – June 13, 2023

 

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Price:

Club Veranda: $4,614.45 (USD) per person / double occupancy

Duration:

14 Nights, 15 Days

Approximate Flight Time:

11hrs, from  IAD to BCN

OUR CULINARY JOURNEY

Your journey begins in the capital of Catalunya—bustling Barcelona. Spend the day taking in the astounding architecture of Gaudí, exploring the Picasso Museum or sampling your way through the city’s street food scene before boarding and settling in for your day at sea. First stop, a luxurious late night stay in Málaga. For an authentic experience, head to Antigua Casa de Guardia, the oldest tavern in the city or take a scenic drive inland to the breathtaking Alhambra Fortress in Granada.

From Málaga you’ll travel to the United Kingdom—but don’t worry, you won’t have to journey far. The towering cliffs of Gibraltar have been British longer than the United States has been American and its mix of Palladian architecture, military history, English pubs, and tropical Barbary macaques make for an extraordinary day of opposites.

Wine lovers, get ready. Portugal has been producing wine for more than 2,000 years and as you’ll soon discover, Portuguese wine is about so much more than Port. Your overnight stay in Lisbon will leave plenty of time for exploring the city’s historic Alfama district, indulging in a pastel de nata or two, visiting Lisbon Castle, strolling the Rio Tejo, and getting a taste of local nightlife as you sip vinho tinto in one of the city’s stylish lounges. Then, spend the day in charming Porto, admiring the contrasts of the city’s architecture and (of course) sampling Port in the Douro Valley.

Next you’ll travel to the culinary and cultural powerhouse of Bilbao in the Basque region of northern Spain. From family-run pintxo bars to Michelin-starred restaurants, Bilbao is a foodie’s playground. Some of Spain’s best Rioja’s come from the region and txakoli—a light, aromatic white wine aperitif—is the perfect accompaniment to the city’s seafood-forward tapas.

Bordeaux is the world’s largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s yours to explore for the next three days. Viticulture has shaped this area since the 14th century and there’s no better place to discover some of the world’s finest wines. You can also tour the Château Royal de Cognac and the Maison Hennessy to immerse yourself in one of the region’s other legendary alcoholic exports.

After wining, dining, strolling vineyards, and exploring cathedrals, you’ll spend a day at sea en route to Wales and this historic port town of Milford Haven. With one of the world’s deepest natural harbors and a strategic location, Milford Haven’s seaside ways date back to the time of the Vikings. Stroll the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, soak in the stunning Welsh scenery, and treat yourself to a Welsh cake before departing for Dublin, your final destination.

FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Distinctive Voyage Host
  • Private Welcome Reception
  • 14 nights onboard Azamara Pursuit
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses
  • All transfers
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Private Wine Tastings
  • Private City Tours
  • An Exclusive Amenity
  • Portuguese Cooking Workshop with Lunch
  • Amazing Swag Bag
  • English Speaking Local Guide
  • Follow Food & Wine Lover Group Members To Share The Experience With

ABOUT AZAMARA PURSUIT

The launch of Azamara Pursuit® in 2018 opened the seas to maiden ports, new itineraries, and the opportunity to provide our guests with even more unforgettable, unique, and immersive food and wine travel experiences than ever before. Like our sister ships, Azamara Pursuit offers some of the most extraordinary culinary travel adventures on Earth, to places you’ve always dreamed of. Or, perhaps, only just heard about.

CULINARY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

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.

INCLUSIVE AMENITIES FOR ALL

  • Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event (on most voyages)
  • Gratuities
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

14-Night Wine & Culture Voyage

DAY 1 - EMBARKATION - Barcelona, Spain

Board your home away from home for your 14-Night Wine & Culture Voyage on Azamara Pursuit culinary adventure. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan masterpiece. With a history rich in art and architecture, medieval, Gothic, and modern influences can be seen all over the city. Start at the waterfront and stroll up the shady, tree-lined Las Ramblas boulevard and discover some of the city’s best shopping and bustling cafes. (D)

DAY 2 - At Sea

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 - Malaga, Spain

Málaga is like a beautiful work of art. And it’s no wonder considering, considering it was the birthplace of Picasso. You’ll find a museum commemorating his birth here, which is a must-visit destination for art fans. Elsewhere, be sure to spend some time in the city’s Alcazaba, a 11th-century citadel that is home to three palaces, beautiful gardens, and opulent fountains.(B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Gibraltar, United Kingdom

The towering Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean from a height of 1,400 feet, it’s a natural fortress. It’s also home to huge caves and troupes of Barbary macaques that have taken up residence on The Rock’s upper reaches. On the streets below, you can explore dozens of British stores and pubs, and marvel that you’re a stone’s throw away from Spain. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - 6 - Lisbon, Portugal

One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is rich in architecture and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Must-sees include the church of Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora, which dates back to the 12th century; Musee Calouste Gulbenkian, one of Europe’s leading fine arts museums; and Torre de Belém, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous monuments in Portugal.(B,L,D)

DAY 7 - Porto (Leixoes), Portugal

At the mouth of the Rio Douro lies the city of Porto, known mostly for its port wine trade. With origins dating back to the 5th century, there is plenty to see in this town. Stroll the Ribeira neighborhood along the river, explore the Cathedral area, or tour the port lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia across the river. Savoring a taste of tawny port, tripe, and seafood while here is highly recommended.(B,L,D)

DAY 8 - At Sea

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. (B)

DAY 9 - Bilbao, Spain

Home to a cultural and architectural renaissance, Bilbao’s factories and ports have been transformed into spectacular urban projects. The ultra-modern Guggenheim Museum is a definite standout, and this gem in Basque country is brimming with fine wines, exceptional cuisine, and a vibrant spirit.(B)

DAY 10 - 12 - Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux’s fortunes have long been tied to viticulture. As a result it is a handsome and cohesive city of incredible classical and neoclassical style, with monumental buildings and fine mansions financed by the almighty grape. Be sure to bring your tasting palate to sample some of the world’s best wines.(B)

DAY 13 - At Sea

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. (B)

DAY 14 - Milford Haven, Wales
DAY 15 - Dublin, Ireland – DISEMBARKATION – RETURN FLIGHT

There’s a story waiting around every corner in Dublin. Spend time in Temple Bar and watch the city come alive, take a ghost tour to discover Dracula’s unnerving connection to Dublin, and behold a view you’ll never forget from the Observation Wheel. Of course, no Irish adventure is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse where you’ll learn the history of Ireland’s most popular stout.(B)

ACCOMMODATIONS

Club Veranda

Refreshing sea breezes and stunning destination views come standard in our staterooms that offer your own private veranda. Greet the day with room service on your balcony, or toast to another stunning sunset. Polished touches and professional service perfectly compliment the warm, friendly attention you’ll receive from our staff and crew.

Stateroom Area: 175 sq. ft. (16.3 sq m)

 Veranda Area: 40 sq. ft. (3.8 sq m)

  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Sitting area with 40” flat-screen TV
  • Veranda
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps
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Club Oceanview

Enjoy the polished style and stellar service of your own private retreat. You’ll appreciate the finer touches, but it takes more than a beautiful stateroom to elevate a voyage from “good” to “great.” With Azamara®, discover just how much professional service and a friendly attitude can add to your enjoyment.

Stateroom Area: 143 sq. ft. (13.3 sq m)
  • Two lower beds convertible to one Queen size bed
  • Some staterooms feature sofa bed
  • 40” flat-screen TV
  • Refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioner
  • Direct-dial telephone with voicemail
  • Writing desk
  • In-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • USB ports under bedside reading lamps

Club Continent Suite

Spacious and comfortable, our Club Continent Suites feature fresh new décor inspired by natural elements. With two beds convertible to a queen, a cozy sitting area, breezy balcony and refreshed bathroom with a bathtub or shower, this is your wonderful, refined home away from home.

  • English butler service
  • 240 complimentary Internet minutes per guest
  • One free bag of laundry service per suite, each seven days
  • Complimentary seating in the specialty restaurants dining
  • Priority embarkation and debarkation
  • Complimentary in-room spirits
  • In-suite afternoon tea service
Stateroom Area: 266 sq. ft. (24.8 sq m)

 Veranda Area: 60 sq. ft. (5.6 sq m)

  • Two lower beds convertible to one queen size bed
  • Spacious and comfortable sitting area
  • 46” flat-screen television in sitting area
  • Roomy bathroom with shower. Some also feature a tub.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Veranda
  • And the same standard features in our Club Veranda staterooms

ONBOARD DINING OPTIONS

Specialty Dining
At Aqualina, you’ll find some of Italy’s most celebrated dishes. But you’ll also find contemporary inventive cuisine. Start with lobster ravioli, followed by arugula and radicchio with prosciutto chips, and a Venetian seafood platter. You won’t be able to say no to our famous desserts: marsala custard, lemon soufflé, or tiramisu. Our chefs love to be inspired, so after an on shore visit to a local market, you can also expect a delectable dish so local, you’ll feel like you’re not onboard anymore.

Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests. For others, there is a $30 per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended.

Specialty Dining
Steaks cooked to perfection. Crab cakes with remoulade. Lobster bisque. Lamb, game hens and seafood. And last but certainly not least, our famous mini cinnamon-sugar donuts with dipping sauces for dessert. (Yes, they are as good as they sound.) But at Prime C, you’re in for more than an array of delectable dining. Expect a marvelous evening in a warm wood-paneled ambiance with stunning views and lush décor. And, if our chef has made a visit to a local market while we’re in port, you’ll also have an authentic local dish to look forward to, made just for you.

Specialty dining is complimentary for suite guests. For others, there is a $30 per-person cover. Reservations are highly recommended.

Fine Wines
You’ll be hard-pressed to find such a collection of limited production, small label and rare vintage wines anywhere on the high seas! And with vintages from France to California, and Argentina to South Africa, you’re sure to find a wine to suit your palate. And your journey. Our knowledgeable sommeliers can help you pick the perfect wines for your evening meal—and your voyage!—and be sure to join our Wine Corner gatherings in the Mosaic Café, perfect for discovering and enjoying new wines and benefiting from the thoughtful guidance of our sommelier.

Main Dining
Discover the world through dishes and flavors from the places we visit. Whether it’s our Destination Immersion dinner buffet or the Destination Immersion cuisine on our dinner menu, give your dining a little local flavor and enjoy on shore tastes onboard! Of course, you will also enjoy a wide variety of nightly selections such as filet mignon with black truffle sauce. With its elegant yet lively dining and renewed décor, it’s easy to see why this restaurant is a hands-down favorite, the culinary heart of our ships. Gather at Discoveries Bar for drinks before or after dinner.

Reservations are not accepted. Choose being seated at a table for two or as part of a larger group of fellow guests (which we highly recommend! It’s a great way to meet new people)

Casual Dining & Snacks
Casual “pool grill” by day. Then, fine tablecloths and flickering candles will set the mood for a sit-down al fresco dining experience by night. Taste your way around the world with exclusive personalized dishes using local flavors of the places we visit on our Destination Immersion® cuisine dinner menu served by our professional wait staff. And for a little touch of whimsy, a self-serve frozen yogurt station—Swirl & Top. With a variety of flavors and your choice of toppings, it’s the perfect way to cool off during the day or end your evening meal.

Casual Dining & Snacks
The best way to see where you are in the world is not by looking at your itinerary. It’s by checking out the menu at Windows Café! Our daily themed dinner often takes its inspiration from the region we’re visiting—Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Italian. We also create an extra live station made from local ingredients purchased in port: Greek salad made with local feta (Greece), pasta prepared with local mushrooms (Italy), fresh Mussels served with garlic bread (Netherlands). Take in the fresh breeze at an outdoor table and relax in the easy and casual atmosphere of the newly renovated Windows Café. Enjoy an intimate breakfast, lunch, or dinner for two or a lively meal for six with our flexible seating options. And speaking of choices, selections change daily. Choose from fresh sushi, stir-fry and pasta, salads, smoked lox and other cold fish, a carving station and of course, desserts

Casual Dining & Snacks
Comfortable and stylish, Mosaic is the place where you’ll find your favorite coffee drinks, just the way you like. Try our Nespresso specialty coffee (for a fee). Slip into a comfortable seat and sip for a while. The perfect place to start (or end) your day, no matter where you are in the world. This just might become your favorite area on the ship.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Vaccination Requirements: Not Required

    Covid-19 Testing Requirements: Not Required

    Quarantine: Not Required

    Additional Documentation: Not Required

    Covid-19 Insurance Coverage: Strongly Recommended

    Masks & Social Distancing: Spain does not require masks to be worn.

    More information: Health & Safety Protocols

If more than 90 days prior to departure, a $400 per person deposit is due to confirm booking, of which, $200 per person is non-refundable. Verbal confirmation of reservations can be made over the phone, by depositing using a credit card. Reservations without deposit are not considered firm and may be canceled once the option has expired without any notice. Furthermore, once a deposit has been received, normal cancellation fees will apply.

  • Single occupancy = one person to a room
  • Double occupancy = two persons to a room
  • Each person in a room will have his or her own bed. Couples will have one king bed.
  • Gratuities for Driver and Tour Guide
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flights

The fear of missing (FOMO) is a horrible feeling…but losing your hard earned money you paid for your vacation is far worse. Because all of Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferable, travel insurance is therefore highly recommended for this trip. Your premium is related to your trip cost, so you don’t have to worry about being over-insured. Click the link for our preferred travel insurance vendor list. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance you will be required to complete a form declining this options. This is to ensure you understand the repercussion of not purchasing travel insurance. 

All cancellations must be received in writing. Penalties are as follows. PTD = Prior to Departure:

  • More than 121 days PTD
    • Europe – $200pp land and cruise cancellation charge
  • 120-90 days PTD:
    • Europe  – $400pp land and cruise cancellation charge
    • 89-60 days PTD
    • 35% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 59-30 days PTD
    • 50% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 29-07 days PTD
    • 80% of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • 6 days PTD
    • 100% loss of land and cruise price cancellation charge
  • Making reservations for this package signifies your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions.
  • All payments to Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is because Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC has contractual agreements with cruises, hotels, airlines and other vendors that will not allow us to obtain any refunds. This way we can keep our package prices low and allow you to make monthly payments on your vacation.
  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements.
  • Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport. Your name on your invoice MUST match your passport.
  • Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Therefore, we recommend Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expenses and more. We have a full list of travel insurance vendors. Click here to see referrals.
  • Seat assignments are at the discretion of airlines. Wine Lovers Group cannot request seats on your behalf.
  • Seats for this group are only located in economy class. If you require another class of service please purchase our Cruise Only Package and secure your flight on your own.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservations today at this price to be locked in.
  • Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current. Your invoice will clearly note your payment plan. We suggest you put this payment plan on your personal calendar.
  • You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments.
  • Roommate Matching is available. Review our Roommate Matching Program.
  • You can log-in to our member portal to view your account and reservations 24 hours a day.
  • Name changes are allowed with a $100 name change fee up until the final payment date and $250 after final payment date.
  • Late payment of $250 per person is required after final due date listed on your payment plan. Late payment fees are automatically added to your reservations the day after your final due date.
  • All late payment requests must be approved by management before the final payment deadline on your account.
  • Traveling on a Amawaterways cruise requires a valid driver’s license and certified birth certificate or a valid U.S. passport. 
  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements. Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport.
  • When making your reservations, you can choose to pay in full or select our convenient payment plan. If you select a payment plan, you will automatically be added to our auto-bill payment plan option. You can opt-out of this program by emailing us at support@berelaxeddestinations.com after you make your reservations.
  • Please review our auto-bill payment plan option.
  • If you choose monthly payment plan, you will receive monthly notices when your payment is processed.
  • Please note if you choose to book your own flight you should begin looking for flights 5 months before event. Some travel sites will allow you to set alerts to advise you when prices are dropping. You should purchase your flight no later than 30 days before the trip.
  • We strongly suggest that you arrive the day before the cruise. However should you choose to fly in the day of, please find a flight to get you into Barcelona no later than 12PM. You should arrive at the cruise port and ship no later than 3PM. No exceptions!
  • The group flight will leave the US on May 10 and arrive in Lyon, France on May 11. 
  • Provided full payment is received no later than your final payment due date, travel documents, itineraries and travel instructions will be sent via email 30 days or earlier prior to travel. All documents will be sent via electronic mail.
  • It is the guests’ responsibility to notify Food & Wine Lovers Travel d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC of all email address changes.
  • Only Suite, Single, and Category A Staterooms are available for group booking. 
  • Roommate Matching is offered on this cruise. If you want to be matched, please enter click here to request Roommate Match is available. 
  • Also, please note roommate matching does not take place until after 75% of the cost of the package is paid.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Please click here if you would like to reserve mobility assistance such as a scooter or wheelchair. Special Needs At Sea Requests

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Sip, Sail, And Savor Wine And Culture

From breakfast to dinner, Azamara frees your mind from ordinary cooking by using the freshest local ingredients. By talented chefs growing their own fresh ingredients, the chefs at Azamara prepare lavish dishes that reflect the flavors from wherever in the world your journey takes you.

This culinary travel adventures get to the heart of what truly embodies a destination, not only through savoring local food and wine, but through one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences that weave together a portrait of culture, tradition, history and people through food.

Club Veranda Stateroom

Club Veranda

DOUBLE: $4,614.45 per person

SINGLE: $8,913.45 per room

Club Oceanview

DOUBLE: $5,414.45 per person

SINGLE: $10,828.90 per room

Club Continent Suite

DOUBLE: $9,414.45 per person