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Journey to Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

26 Nights featuring Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, Casablanca, Lisbon and Porto

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, baggage handling and more!

Departs: March 17, 2019

About This Journey

Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, the Spanish, Portuguese and others set sail from Europe to explore the seas and conquer unchartered lands. On this incredible 26-night Journey you will sail along the ancient routes of Portuguese explorers, such as Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan and Pedro Alvares Cabral. You’ll explore some of these lands yourself, and learn about the rich culture of both the Portuguese homeland and some of its former colonies. Start your Journey swaying to Bossa Nova classics and drinking fresh coconut water on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Then, set sail on Azamara’s newest ship, the Azamara Pursuit, and explore more of Brazil’s port cities before heading out into the Atlantic. You’ll visit Cape Verde, an archipelago off the coast of Africa which served as a welcome respite for explorers. Then in Casablanca, Morocco, you’ll enjoy an exclusive shore excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests only. Finally, disembark your ship in Lisbon and end your Journey with an incredible six-night program through historic Portugal. From Lisbon to Porto, you’ll explore cliffside villages, rolling hills, fairytale forests, family-run vineyards, grand palaces and medieval castles. This Journey is truly an adventure to both the New World and the Old.

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Visits: Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema, Salvador de Bahia, Maceio, Recife, Brazil; Mindelo, Cape Verde; Agadir, Casablanca, Morocco; Lisbon, Belem, Sintra, Setubal, Sesimbra, Obidos, Mafra, Coimbra, Conimbriga, Porto, Portugal; Azamara Club Cruises, Azamara Pursuit;

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Journey to Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro – Free Time and Welcome Dinner
2 Rio de Janeiro – Tour to Corcovado and Sugarloaf
3 Rio de Janeiro – City Tour and Farewell Dinner
4 Rio de Janeiro – Embarkation 5:00 PM
5 At Sea
6 Salvador de Bahia, Brazil 3:00 PM
7 Salvador de Bahia, Brazil 4:00 PM
8 Maceio, Brazil 11:00 AM 8:00 PM
9 Recife, Brazil 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 At Sea
12 At Sea
13 At Sea
14 Mindelo, Cape Verde 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 At Sea
17 At Sea
18 Agadir, Morocco 7:30 AM 2:00 PM
19 Casablanca, Morocco – Enrichment Journeys Shore Excursion 8:30 AM 7:00 PM
20 Lisbon, Portugal 6:00 PM
21 Lisbon – Disembark, City Tour of Lisbon & Lisbon Hotel Check In
22 Lisbon – Tour of Belem and Sintra
23 Lisbon – Tour of Setubal and Sesimbra
24 Lisbon to Coimbra – Lisbon Hotel Check Out, Tour of Obidos and Mafra & Coimbra Hotel Check In
25 Coimbra – Tour of Coimbra and Conimbriga
26 Coimbra to Porto – Coimbra Hotel Check Out, Tour of Porto, Farewell Dinner & Porto Hotel Check In
27 Porto – Hotel Check Out and Transfer to Airport

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Package Highlights

Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide, who will assist with boarding the bus and transferring to the hotel. Your room will be ready for an early check-in, so you’ll have time to relax and enjoy some free time at the beach before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Today you will enjoy several breathtaking views of the city from Rio’s famous mountaintops. First, we will head to Corcovado Mountain and board a cog railway tram, which will wind its way through the Tijuca Rainforest up to the peak. As you stand at the foot of the Christ statue 2,300 feet above the city, you’ll have time to enjoy the view of Ipanema, Copacabana, downtown Rio, the bay and mountainous coastline beyond. It is truly a spectacular view! Next, we will have a traditional Brazilian meal for lunch, then continue to another famous lookout point on Sugarloaf Mountain. You will take a cable car up to the top of two mountains, Urca and Sugarloaf, which are located at the entrance of Rio’s Guanabara Bay. Here you will have a different perspective of the city than you had this morning, but not less impressive. Finish the day back at your hotel, where you will have the evening at leisure to stroll along the beach or sway to Samba tunes at a local bar. (B, L)

 

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Carnival, Rio de Janeiro

Carnival, Rio de Janeiro

This morning we will explore downtown Rio, including the old and new city, and learn about the city’s history, current projects, and plans for the future. Enjoy lunch at a historic establishment, then get ready for some fun! This afternoon, learn how to make Brazil’s traditional cocktail—the Caipirinha—and then partake in a Carnival experience! Then, we’ll Samba our way to a famous Brazilian steakhouse, where we’ll toast a farewell to Rio and enjoy one last incredible meal. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Pursuit. (B)

Day 5-20: Cruise onboard the ship (see below for cruise port highlights)

Day 19: Casablanca Shore Excursion

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

On this exclusive shore excursion arranged for Enrichment Journey guests only, we will start with a tour of the grand Hassan II Mosque. The mosque is the largest in Morocco and its Minaret, standing at 689 feet, is the tallest religious structure in the world. Dedicated in 1993, construction took 7 years and 10,000 artists and craftsmen to complete. Continue on to Rabat where you will visit Chellah, a Roman and Islamic archaeological site. It was founded by the Phoenicians as a trading post, then in the 2nd century it was developed into a port city by the Romans until local tribesmen drove them out. Today many ruins remain for you to see, such as the ancient Roman roads and the 13th century fortress walls and minaret.

 

Mohamed V Mausoleum, Morocco

Mohamed V Mausoleum, Morocco

We will then stop for lunch at the beautiful Villa Sbihi, the private house of a former Governor, and take part in a traditional Moroccan tea demonstration. Following lunch we will visit Mohamed V Mausoleum and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hassan II Tower. Finish the day with a walking tour of the Kasbah de Udayas before heading back to the cruise ship. (L)

Day 21: Lisbon Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Pursuit and begin your tour of Lisbon. This morning we will tour downtown Lisbon, where everywhere you turn is a postcard scene of fountains, arches, tile panels and beautiful river views. After lunch, take a ride on a tuk-tuk for an exciting experience through small roads and cobblestone streets not accessible by bus.

National Museum of Glazed Tiles, Sintra

National Museum of Glazed Tiles, Sintra

End the tour at the National Museum of Glazed Tiles, where you will learn about this unique local art. Finally, we will arrive to the hotel for check-in, and you will have the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 22: Lisbon
Today begins with a visit to Belem. Here, you will see the monument to the Portuguese explorers during the Age of Discovery and make a photo stop at the Belem Tower, built in the early 1500s and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will then visit the Jeronimos Monastery, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The current building replaced a church on the same site as its location allowed the monks to aid seafarers from the nearby harbor.

Belem Tower, Lisbon

Belem Tower, Lisbon

This prominent example of Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style architecture is the final resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a Portuguese favorite, Pastel de Belem (“Pastry of Belem”). After lunch, travel by bus along the coast toward the beautiful Romanticism style Pena Palace, located on a hilltop overlooking the town of Sintra. Construction started in 1842 for a summer home for the Portuguese Royal family, looking to escape the heat of the city. Today it is a national monument as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, L)

Day 23: Lisbon

Wine Tasting, Jose Maria Da Fonseca winery

Today we will cross the bridge to the other side of the Tagus river to enjoy the coastline’s natural beauty and visit a winery. Start the day at one of Portugal’s most famous markets, where vendors sell fresh produce, meats and seafood. Along the wall of the market is a beautiful large panel of tiles representing the history and daily life of Setubal. Then, our journey continues with a wonderful view of the Arrabida hills and shoreline. We will then stop at a local fishing village for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Jose Maria Da Fonseca winery for a tour and tasting of their regional specialty: Moscatel dessert wine. Later that evening, back in Lisbon, you will have dinner at a cozy restaurant while listening to a live performance of traditional Fado music. (B, L, D)

 

Day 24: Lisbon to Coimbra

Palace of Mafra, Lisbon

Palacio de Mafra, Lisbon

Today we will explore two places founded by very important kings in different periods of Portuguese history. Start the day in Mafra, a quaint Portuguese town that contains one of Europe’s largest and most extravagant palaces, the Palacio de Mafra. This vast complex includes a huge monastery, an ornate basilica and a library that contains over 36,000 ancient books! Afterwards, head out of city to have lunch at a lovely family-run winery estate. Departing Mafra, drive to Obidos, where your guide will lead you on an orientation tour of this charming medieval town nestled within a 700-year-old city wall. Time will be taken to experience one of Portugal’s favorite drinks: Ginjinha, a local cherry liqueur served in chocolate cups. Finally, drive to Coimbra and check-in to your hotel for the next two nights. (B, L)

Coimbra

University of Coimbra

Day 25: Coimbra
Today we will explore Coimbra, home to the country’s greatest university for the past five centuries, and Conimbriga, one of the largest Roman settlements excavated in Portugal. In the morning, your guide will point out several of the highlights of Coimbra, which was the capital of Portugal during the medieval period. You will see sections of the old town, the riverfront and the university that sits on a hill overlooking the river. Then, enjoy a unique experience at a museum where you’ll have a wine tasting, a private lunch, and time to admire their art collection. We will then travel to Conimbriga to explore one of the richest archaeological sites in Portugal. (B, L)

Day 26: Coimbra to Porto

Stock Exchange Palace, Porto

Stock Exchange Palace, Porto

After breakfast we will drive straight to Porto and spend the day exploring this old city, famous for the wine which gave it its name. Porto is a picturesque city, with six bridges spanning across the winding Douro River. We will visit the city highlights, such as the Clerigos Tower and the Stock Exchange Palace. You will then have some free time to wander around and have lunch on your own. Next, we will cross to the other side of the river for a tour and tasting of port wine at the famous Sandeman cellars. The House of Sandeman has been used for more than two centuries to age the world’s most recognized port wines. You will have some free time to enjoy the riverside views and walk the winding streets of the neighborhood before joining the group once again for a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 27: Porto
Check out of the hotel and say “tchau” to Portugal. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: No journey to Rio would be complete without a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Christ the Redeemer. At the top of Corcovado Mountain, this 125-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ spreads its arms over Rio and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Guanabara Bay.

Salvador de Bahia: Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, Salvador was the first capital of Brazil. In fact, is it one of the oldest colonial capitals in all of the Americas. The historic Pelourinho district was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Maceio, Brazil: Home to unique culture, a buzzing culinary scene, and stretches of powdery white-sand beaches.

Recife, Brazil: Recife is known as the “Venice of Brazil,” thanks to its many waterways, bridges, and small islands. Experience the city’s vibrant cultural, culinary and music scene, or one of its many impressive beaches, such as Porto de Galinhas, a top tourist destination.

Mindelo, Cape Verde: The capital city of Mindelo is considered “Cape Verde’s answer to the Riviera”, complete with brightly colored buildings, cobblestone streets, and a variety of lively bars, cafés, and restaurants. Go to the top of Monte Verde for panoramic views of Porto Grande, and visit the historic Torre de Belem, which overlooks the city center, and is conveniently located next to the bustling fish market.

Agadir, Morocco: With its breathtaking beaches, clean modern aesthetic, and traditional Berber history, Agadir is unlike any seaside resort destination you’ve ever encountered.

Casablanca, Morocco: Casablanca is a modern, cosmopolitan and largest city in Morocco. Made famous by the film of the same name, be sure to visit the awe-inspiring Hassan II Mosque while in town.

Lisbon, Portugal: One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is rich in architecture and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Serving as Portugal’s capital city, it rests on the banks of the Tagus river, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Journey to Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

Included Features

  • Round-trip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Three-night pre-cruise land program in Brazil
    • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – three-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day tour to Corcovado and Sugarloaf
      • Full-day tour of downtown with carnival experience
  • Six-night post-cruise land program in Portugal
    • Lisbon, Portugal – three-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
      • Full-day tour of Belem and Sintra
      • Full-day tour of Setubal and Sesimbra
      • Fado show with dinner
    • Coimbra, Portugal – two-night hotel stay
      • Lisbon to Coimbra: Full-day tour of Obidos and Mafra
      • Full-day tour of Coimbra and Conimbriga
    • Porto, Portugal – one-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
      • Farewell dinner
  • Local Tour Hosts during included tours plus National Guide throughout post-cruise land program
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 17-night sailing aboard the new Azamara Pursuit
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Casablanca, Morocco, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle 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

Journey to Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Your 26-night Enrichment Journey begins with a three-night land program in Rio de Janeiro, followed by a 17-night cruise, and ending with a six-night land program in Portugal. Each day during the land portions will include tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of visits to both city landmarks and natural landscapes. Most days include 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels chosen include a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining and shopping. During the cruise you may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. As this is a transatlantic crossing, there will also be many relaxing days at sea to enjoy the pool, onboard activities and read a good book.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. In Portugal, the cities are similar to San Francisco in that there are many steep roads and walkways that may transform a short walk into a strenuous one. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements, and not all sites are accessible by wheelchair. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.

For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Portuguese is the official language for most of the places visited on this Enrichment Journey. You will have the chance to hear many dialects and interact with a wide range of people. Keep in mind that some hand gestures have different meanings than they do in the U.S, so it’s customary to simply smile, say “hello” (or if you know the local equivalent) and “thank you” when addressed by locals. The thumbs up hand gesture is a common and safe option to use.

The pre-cruise program in Brazil will include local music (Bossa Nova, Samba, etc.), a carnival experience, traditional cuisine and local artistry. The post-cruise program in Portugal will include melodies of Fado, artistry of cork and tile products, historic architecture and culinary delights. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to each region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of each region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. The weather can vary between destinations, and Brazil will be much warmer than Portugal. Pack accordingly with summer gear, such as more breathable, cotton items that can be layered with long-sleeve shirts and a jacket on top.

Recommended Reading List

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil by David Goldblatt

Bahia Blues by Yasmina Traboulsi

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah

Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet’s Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Brazil, Morocco, and Portugal

Blogs

Brazil Travel Blog http://www.braziltravelblog.com

The Slow Road: Morocco https://www.butterfield.com/blog/africa-middle-east/morocco/

Nomadic Matt: Lisbon Travel Guide https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/portugal/lisbon/

Videos

BBC Travel: Rio de Janeiro by BBC http://www.bbc.com/travel/south-america/brazil/rio-de-janeiro

What to Do in Lisbon, Portugal by The New York Times on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tax-Dhbkq6c

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Lisbon-Coimbra Coach 2.5 hours
Coimbra-Porto Coach 1.5 hours

Journey to Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

Special Offers

Optional 4-night Iguazu Extension

INCLUDES:

  • Airfare to Foz do Iguaçu and to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 4-night hotel accommodations with daily breakfast:
    • 3 in Foz do Iguaçu (Wish Resort & Golf Hotel, or similar)
    • 1 in Rio de Janeiro (Arena Ipanema Hotel, or similar)
  • Most Meals
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!

Price PP Single Rates
$1,599 $1,949

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

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Dates & Prices

3/17/2019 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
V3 (Club Veranda) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

Prices are in USD.

 

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Chicagp $250 Miami $0 San Diego $300
Dallas $300 New York- Newark $0 San Francisco $250
Houston $300 Orlando $200 Seattle $400
Los Angeles $300 Phoenix $350 Vancouver $350
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

 

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Arena Ipanema Hotel

Rua Francisco Otaviano 131, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22080-046, Brazil

Telephone: 55 21 3512-8200

Come explore our beautiful Ipanema Rio de Janeiro location. We are situated just one block from Ipanema Beach and four blocks from Copacabana Beach. All of our rooms, suites and social areas at Arena Ipanema Hotel are designed to maximize sustainability and minimize our footprint on Rio de Janeiro’s precious natural resources. Through the use of green technology and innovative eco-friendly initiatives, we are committed to energy and water conservation, recycling and reducing waste in an effort toward increased bio-diversity.

Avani Avenida Liberdade

R. Júlio César Machado 9, 1250-042 Lisboa, Portugal

Telephone: +351 21 359 1000

Discover Lisbon’s charm from the perfect setting. Where contemporary style meets peace of mind. AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel is an oasis in the heart of Portugal’s capital, conveniently close to shopping, attractions and more. Culture, romance and adventure right at your fingertips.

Tivoli Coimbra Hotel

Rua Joao Machado 4 5, Coimbra 3000-226, Portugal

Telephone: (+351) 239 858 300

Coimbra, a historic city located in the very heart of Portugal, was the medieval capital of the region for more than a hundred years. Monumental, inspiring and surprisingly charming, the city faces the Mondego River, which is crowned by the local University and its stunning baroque library. As an intrinsic part of city life for more than 25 years, the Tivoli Coimbra Hotel is the perfect place to stay while exploring the area.

The hotel’s location is also close to many attractions: the historic center of Coimbra, the University Library, the Santa Clara-a-Velha Monastery and the Sé Cathedral. Nearby is Conímbriga, a well-preserved city from the Roman age.

Pestana Vintage Porto

Praça da Ribeira, 1, 4050-513, Porto, Portugal

Telephone: +351223402300

In one of the most prestigious areas of Porto, you’ll find the Pestana Vintage Porto in the Ribeira historic district. It was constructed as a group of 18 buildings that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Postcards always feature the hotel right in front of the Douro River, which blends in nicely with the other historic buildings in the area. We will welcome you with an atmosphere that is both historic and contemporary, luxurious and romantic. The RIB BEEF & WINE restaurant is the place for true connoisseurs of great food and wine. All rooms have Wi-Fi and some feature views of the Douro River, the Wine Cellars of Gaia and the D. Luís Bridge.

Azamara Pursuit

Cruise Line: Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With the hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touring, Azamara will not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing Evenings℠ event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • 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

Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Like her sister ships, the brand new Azamara Pursuit offers some of the most extraordinary adventures on Earth, to places you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to visiting totally new-to-Azamara destinations, the Pursuit will stay longer in each port, so you have more time to experience the world’s many wonders.

Onboard this new boutique ship, built in the same style as her sisters, enjoy seven intimate restaurants, cafes and lounges, a refreshing onboard pool, sun-drenched decks, a revitalizing spa where you can truly relax…the list goes on.

Journey to Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key item to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to Brazil, Morocco and Portugal

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Brazil, Morocco and Portugal from the U.S. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these items are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid at time of entry for Brazil and Morocco. For Portugal, it must be valid 3 months following your date of return from the trip. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Brazil, Morocco and Portugal. Also, now you have the option to travel to Brazil with only an Electronic Visa.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding on what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this Journey:

Brazil – Vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to travel; adoption of measures to avoid mosquito bites

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Brazil – 127/220 V nominal voltage. Frequency of current 60Hz
Cape Verde – 220/380 V nominal voltage. Frequency of current 50Hz
Morocco – 127/220 V nominal voltage. Frequency of current 50Hz
Portugal – 120 V nominal voltage. Frequency of current 50Hz

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

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Brazil – Brazilian real

Cape Verde – Cape Verdean escudo

Morocco – Moroccan dirham

Portugal – Euro

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Tipping in Brazil is typically not expected nor given. Usually, Brazilians only consider tipping if there was special, nonstandard service. Cape Verde does not have a standard tipping percentage; give what you think is fitting for the service received. Morocco also does not have a “rule of thumb” regarding tipping, but some upmarket restaurants in tourist areas may add 10% to the bill, so be sure to review. European destinations (including Portugal) usually require less tipping than would be appropriate in the United States; it is customary to tip 10% if the service warrants.

Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Note the great variances in currency between countries and plan accordingly.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few pesos/soles in the local currency is customary. The Enrichment Journeys local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). The suggested tip amount for drivers is $5 per person, per day.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Expect average temperatures to vary by region and time of year.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average High/Low in Fahrenheit
Rio de Janeiro 84/77 85/77 84/77 82/74 78/71 77/69 76/68 78/68 78/69 80/71 80/73 82/75
Salvador de Bahia 87/77 88/77 87/78 85/77 83/76 81/74 80/73 80/72 82/73 84/74 85/76 86/76
Casablanca 66/49 67/51 71/54 73/57 77/62 82/67 87/71 87/72 83/68 80/64 72/57 68/53
Lisbon 60/51 61/52 65/54 67/56 72/59 77/64 81/67 82/67 78/66 73/62 65/56 61/53

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

Brazil & Portugal – Portuguese

Olá (oh-LAH): Hello

Como vai (KOH-moh VIGH?): How are you?

Obrigado (oh-bree-GAH-doh): Thank you. (If you are male, regardless of who you are speaking to)

Obrigada (oh-bree-GAH-dah): Thank you. (If you are female, regardless of who you are speaking to)

Bem, obrigado(a) (bang, oh-bree-GAH-doh(ah)): Fine, thank you.

Desculpe(a) (dish-KOOL-peh(ah)): Sorry/Pardon me.

Por Favor (poor fah-VOOR): Please.

Sim (SING): Yes.

Não (NOW): No.

Onde é a casa de banho? (OHN-deh eh ah KAH-zah deh BAH-nyoo?): Where is the restroom?

Cape Verde – Portuguese Criolo

Sin: Yes

Nau: No

Kon Lisensa: Excuse me

Kanté ?: How much is it?

Obrigado: Thank you.

Bu ta papia Inglês?: Do you speak Engligsh?

Morocco – Arabic

Marhaban: Hello! Welcome!

Salam!: Hi

Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)

Na’am: Yes

Laa: No

Ma’a salama: Goodbye

Alma’derah: Excuse me [to pass by]

Kam howa thamanoh?: How much is this?

Esmee: My name is

Hal tatakallamo alloghah al enjleziah: Do you speak Engligh?

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Brazil

  • Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and shares a border with nine countries – every South American country except Chile and Ecuador.
  • Brazil has an estimated (2018) population of about 208 million people.  The official and national language is Portuguese.
  • Rio de Janeiro translates to “January River,” but the river is actually a bay.
  • The Itaipu Dam, located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, is the second largest hydroelectric producer in the world.

Cape Verde

  • Cape Verde is named after Cap Vert, which means Green Cape in Sengal, which is the western most point in Africa.
  • The islands are divided into two sections, the Barlavento islands and the Sotavento islands.
  • There is one goat for every two people on the islands!
  • The highest point is Mount Fogo, which is currently an active volcano.  Its highest peak is 2,829 meters (~9,281 feet) above sea level.

Morocco

  • Morocco’s largest and arguable most well known city is Casablanca, but its capital is Rabat.
  • Morocco is the largest producer and exporter of sardines in the world.
  • Morocco’s national animal is the Barbary lion.
  • Casablanca, the film named after the Moroccan city won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1942. However, no part of it was filmed in Morocco.

Portugal

  • Portugal has had the same defined borders as it does now since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.
  • The Vasco da Gama bridge in Lisbon is 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) long, making it the longest bridge in Europe.
  • Portuguese is the official language of nine countries, including Portugal. The other countries are: Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Principe, Sao Tome and Equitorial Guinea.
  • Portugal was the first colonial power to abolish slavery – in 1761.

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