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Journey to Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

20 Nights featuring Rouen, D-Day Beaches, Camembert, Bordeaux, Porto, Sintra and Lisbon

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: August 27, 2020
(Sailing September 2, 2020)

About This Journey

The Atlantic coastline of Europe has encouraged exploration, hosted trade routes and witnessed catastrophic battles throughout the centuries. These majestic shores have shaped the history and culture of Europe, from the cliffs of Normandy in the north to the wine trade of the south. On this Journey, you’ll explore the length of Europe’s west coast, including at least 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin your adventure in Normandy, a region dotted with apple orchards, Impressionistic settings, peaceful villages and, in contrast, the reminders of a world at war. See Rouen’s Place du Vieux Marche, where Joan of Arc met her fate, and the beaches of Omaha, where the history of the world took a dramatic turn. Then, take a train ride through the Chunnel to London and set sail on a 9-night Azamara cruise along the Atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal. You will have two full days in Bordeaux, one of the world’s most important wine regions with more than 7,000 chateaux. Discover the origin of port wine in Porto on an exclusive shore excursion, then disembark in Lisbon for your post-cruise adventure. Explore historic Lisbon and scenic Sintra, where dramatic sea cliffs are not far from fairytale-like forests and palaces. Remnants of past conquerors, including the Romans, Visigoths and Moors, can be found in hilltop villages, castles and old city walls. We will end our Journey in the prized wine region of Alentejo, where we’ll lift our glasses and toast to such an incredible adventure. Join us on this inspiring Journey along the Atlantic coast and experience the waves of history that have shaped Europe and the World.

Visits: Paris, Normandy, Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur, D-Day Beaches, Camembert, Ranville, Bordeaux and St. Jean de Luz, France; London, England; Bilbao, Gijon and La Coruna, Spain; Porto, Lisbon, Evora, Setubal, Sesimbra, Cascais and Sintra, Portugal; Azamara; Azamara Pursuit

Journey to Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

Itinerary

Start Date: August 27, 2020
(Sailing September 2, 2020)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Paris – Welcome Dinner Cruise on Seine
2 Paris to Normandy – Tour of Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur
3 Normandy – Tour of the D-Day Beaches
4 Normandy – Gastronomic Tour of Camembert and Ranville
5 Normandy to London – Coach Transfer to Paris for Train Ride to London
6 London – Day at Leisure
7 London – Transfer to Southampton for Embarkation 5:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 Bordeaux, France 10:15 AM
10 Bordeaux, France 9:00 PM
11 St. Jean de Luz, France 1:30 PM 9:00 PM
12 Bilbao, Spain 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
13 Gijon, Spain 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 La Coruna, Spain 7:30 AM 5:00 PM
15 Porto (Leixoes), Portugal – Included Shore Excursion 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
16 Lisbon, Portugal – Disembarkation and City Tour 7:00 AM
17 Lisbon – Tour to Setubal and Sesimbra
18 Lisbon – Tour to Cascais and Sintra
19 Lisbon to Evora – Wine and Coffee Tour
20 Evora to Lisbon – Evora and Cork Tour
21 Lisbon – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

**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 Program

Day 1 – Arrive in Paris

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Seine River

Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will assist with transferring you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a special Seine cruise welcome dinner. Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris with window seating to give you unobstructed views of the City of Light during your meal. (D)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Paris, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one or two nights to your Paris hotel stay. This will prevent you from missing any activities due to flight delays and allow you time to adjust to the new time zone. See the “Special Offers” tab for details and pricing.

Rouen, France

Day 2 – Paris to Normandy

After breakfast at the hotel, travel north from Paris to the small town of Giverny. Here, you will visit the Foundation Claude Monet, which is his former home and gardens, both of which are featured in several of his paintings. Continue to Rouen, the capital of Normandy, where you will enjoy an included lunch. In the afternoon, join your guide for a walking orientation of this exciting town which dates back to Roman times. Then drive to the coastal town of Honfleur, where you will have free time to view the 16th – 18th-century townhomes. Continue to Caen and check in to your hotel for the next two nights. (B, L)

Honfleur, France

 

Day 3 – Normandy

After breakfast at your hotel, set off on a full-day program to Normandy’s historical sites. First, you will drive to the town of Arromanches to visit the Musee Du Debarquement (The Landing Museum). The town is between the Utah and Omaha beaches to the west (US troops), and Sword and Juno beaches to the east (UK and Canadian troops). From the museum, you can still see parts of the temporary port built here.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

After lunch, we will stop for photos at Omaha Beach before continuing to the American Cemetery, on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. More than 9,300 men and four women who died while serving in the US forces are buried here, making it the largest of more than 20 war cemeteries in Normandy. (B, L)

Day 4 – Normandy

Today, you will indulge in the culinary delights of Normandy! In the morning you will visit Camembert, home to the famous French cheese and picturesque farmhouses spread out over the rolling countryside.

Baked Camembert cheese

We will visit a local cheese factory, enjoy a tasting of their products, and then share a splendid meal together. In the afternoon, we will visit an apple distillery to discover another regional specialty. Here you will learn how they grow, harvest and squeeze apples for juice, cider, vinegar and calvados, an apple-flavored brandy. On our way back to Caen we will stop at Ranville, the first French village liberated after the Allied invasion in June of 1944, for a tour of the town. From here, it is a short drive back to the hotel. (B, L)

Day 5 – Normandy to London

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Paris, where you will board a train. Your train will travel to London via the Chunnel, the world’s longest undersea tunnel. Upon arrival in London, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The evening is at your leisure to stroll the captivating streets of London. (B)

Day 6 – London

London, England

There are no planned activities today; the day is yours to explore London on your own. You may choose to see the main sights, take a boat to Greenwich, visit a museum, have a picnic in the park, go to the theatre, or head out of the city to explore nearby Bath, Stonehenge or Oxford. The choice is yours! (B)

Day 7 – London Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port in Southampton, where you will board the Azamara Pursuit for a 9-night cruise to France, Spain and Portugal. (B)

Day 8–14 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Pursuit (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 15 – Porto Shore Excursion

Porto, Portugal

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Porto! Start your tour with a visit to the Cathedral of Porto. Although it was originally a Gothic church, it has been transformed into one of the city’s most important Baroque works. Next, visit the Stock Exchange Palace, a 19th-century gem of Arab and European design with an impressive Moorish hall. We will then cross the Douro River by way of the Eiffel-inspired D’Luis Bridge, to where the port wine cellars line the banks of the Douro River. We will stop at one of the most well-known cellars, where you will tour the facility and sample this legendary local product. We will then head to lunch at one of the city’s best restaurants, which offers sweeping views of the river and city below. (L)

Day 16 – Lisbon Disembarkation

Panoramic Downtown View, Lisbon

Panoramic Downtown View, Lisbon

Enjoy breakfast on board, 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. Our tour includes a ride on a tuk-tuk for an exciting experience through small roads and cobblestone streets not accessible by bus. After a delicious lunch of local cuisine, we will head to the neighborhood of 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. This prominent example of Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style architecture is the final resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. This evening, enjoy dinner at a cozy restaurant while listening to a live performance of traditional Fado music. (B, L, D)

Day 17 – Lisbon

Arrabida Natural Park, Portugal

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 a local winery for a tour and tasting of their regional specialty: Moscatel dessert wine. (B, L)

Day 18 – Lisbon

Cascais, Portugal

Just a half an hour north of Lisbon lies the fairy-tale gardens and palaces of Sintra. We will take the long way to get there, traveling along the coast and stopping at the luxurious coastal town of Cascais. We will then make a quick stop at Cape Roca, the westernmost point in Europe, before sitting down for lunch at a local restaurant.

Afterward, travel to 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)

Pena Palace

Pena Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

Day 19 – Lisbon to Evora

Directly east of Lisbon, Evora is located at the heart of the Alentejo wine region, where most of Portugal’s best wine is produced. This morning, we will take a scenic drive into Portuguese wine country and visit a winery near the border with Spain. We will tour the estate, enjoy a tasting of their wines, and then sit down to a meal of local delicacies.

Alentejo wine region, Portugal

After lunch, we will head next door to a coffee museum to learn about Portugal’s second-favorite beverage. Like the Italian espresso, Portuguese “café” is served strong, in a cup the size of a shot glass. We will then continue to the town of Evora and check in to your hotel for the evening. (B, L)

Day 20 – Evora to Lisbon

After breakfast we will depart the city and head to a local cork factory for a visit. Portugal produces about half of the world’s cork supply, and this local specialty is used not only for wine stoppers but clothing, bags, jewelry and more.

Evora, Portugal

Return to Evora for lunch at a local restaurant and a tour of the old town center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will lead the way as we visit the main sights, including the Evora Cathedral and the Chapel of Bones. Depart the Alentejo wine region and relax on the drive back to Lisbon as you pass by vineyards and pastures. Your hotel this evening is in a different neighborhood of Lisbon than your previous hotel. This area is not only close to the airport, but it is one of the most modern and upscale parts of the city, with various bars and restaurants lining the riverside promenade. (B, L)

Day 21 – Lisbon

Check out of the hotel and say farewell 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

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France: Wine lovers will love Bordeaux. It’s the industry that fuels the region, and has financed some spectacular chateaux. Pay a visit to Pauillac, Sauternes, Margaux, and Saint-Emilion to learn wine production, and of course sample as glass or two. Explore over 25 acres of spectacular English gardens in the heart of the city at Jardin Public and discover underground wonder in Saint Emilion.

 

 

St. Jean de Luz, France

St. Jean de Luz, France: Escape to St. Jean de Luz, one of the most stunning beach retreats in France. This Basque town is home to beautiful architecture, delicious cuisine, and the Church of St. John Baptist. Step inside this simple church and discover its 17th-century baroque golden altar. Elsewhere, you’ll find pedestrian areas with many delightful shops and cafes to explore.

 

 

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

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.

 

 

 

Asturias, Gijon, Spain

Gijon, Spain: Gijon is the apple of the Bay of Biscay’s eye. And speaking of the fruit, what wine is to Rioja, cider is to Gijon and the surrounding region, Asturias. Follow the Cider Trail (a guided tour to some of the city’s best cider houses and restaurants) at your leisure, browse the Ecological and Crafts Market, and be sure to try a local pastry. Gijón has the largest number of bakeries per capita in all of Spain.

 

 

La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna, Spain: La Coruna is a city shaped by the sea. You can see this influence in the Roman Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lighthouse marks one end of the spectacular Paseo Marítimo promenade, one of the longest in Europe. Take a stroll to see other waterfront highlights like the Marina, Castelo de San Antón, the Millennium monument, and the most popular beaches—Orzán and Riazor.

 

Porto, Portugal – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Porto. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

Journey to Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night pre-cruise land program in France and England
    • Paris, France – 1-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner cruise on the Seine
    • Caen (Normandy region), France – 3-night hotel stay
      • Full-day visit to Foundation Claude Monet, Rouen and Honfleur
      • Full-day tour to the D-Day Beaches
      • Full-day tour to Camembert and Ranville
    • London, England – 2-night hotel stay
      • Train ride from Paris to London via the Chunnel
  • 5-night post-cruise land program in Portugal
    • Lisbon, Portugal – 4-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
      • Welcome dinner and show
      • Full-day tour to Sintra and Cascais
      • Full-day tour to Setubal and Sesimbra
    • Evora, Portugal – 1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day wine and coffee tour
      • Full-day city tour and cork factory visit
  • Tour Leader throughout land programs and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 9-night sailing aboard the NEW! Azamara Pursuit
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Porto, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • 10% Off Shore Excursions (see “Special Offers”)
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing EveningsSM event
      • 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
      • Much more!

Journey to Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however, there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise, you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals, and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered very active and includes a considerable amount of walking. In Portugal, especially Lisbon, the city is 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, the order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chairs to 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 downtime in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

Pastel farms intermingle with apple and pear orchards across the rolling hills of Normandy. Immerse yourself in the culture of Northern France while surrounded by Impressionistic settings, charming villages and historic sites. Then, experience a cruise along the English Channel and the various countries of Europe’s Atlantic Coast. A trip of a lifetime through Western France, Spain, and not-to-be-missed, Portugal. The post-cruise program in Portugal will include melodies of Fado, artistry of cork and tile products, historic architecture and culinary delights. The cultures of the three countries visited are passionate and diverse. You will have the chance to hear many languages and dialects and interact with a wide range of people. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the 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 in with your Personal Vacation Manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service. However, this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. You must pay the $50 charge before receiving a custom air quote.

Transportation while on tour:

Paris—Normandy: 2.5–3 Hour Coach Transfer
Paris—London: 1.5 Hour Train Ride
Lisbon—Evora: 1.5–2 Hour Coach Transfer

Journey to Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

Receive 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

1- or 2-night Paris Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day or two to adjust to the new time zone and explore Paris? Although this Enrichment Journey starts in Paris, the itinerary does not include much time in the city. With this optional extension, you will arrive in Paris one or two days early, giving you time to rest and explore Paris on your own before the Enrichment Journey program begins. Note: tours are not included. Prices below include a private transfer from airport to hotel.

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Paris with daily breakfast: $135 per person
  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Paris with daily breakfast: $270 per person

Journey to Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

Dates & Prices
8/27/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (V3) $10,932 $8,299 $2,733 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Houston Intercontinental $300 Philadelphia $150
Boston $150 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $450
Denver $400 Los Angeles $300 San Diego $300
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Orlando $300 Seattle $400
Newark $150 Miami $150 San Francisco $300
Washington – Dulles $200 Chicago $250 Tampa $300
– 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.

Journey to Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

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.

Accommodations
Le Meridien Etoile

81 Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr, 75848 Cedex 17, Paris 75017 France

Telephone: +33 1 40 68 34 34

Le Méridien Etoile welcomes you to the City of Light with effortless elegance, impeccable service and a magnificent location, across the street from the Palais des Congrès. This hotel has the proud distinction of being the flagship Le Méridien hotel in Paris, with captivating mid-century modern design and boutique amenities reflective of our lively surroundings. Artfully appointed accommodation includes modern technology, luxurious bath products and the Le Méridien Signature Bed. Start your morning with a meal at the light-filled Espace Latitude, and return in the evening to savor a dinner at the restaurant. Visit the remarkable Jazz Club Etoile, where live music provides the backdrop for cocktails and conversation. Last but not least, the prime hotel location facilitates discovery; in addition to being across from the Palais des Congrès, the hotel is within walking distance of the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel (Normandy)

1 rue de Courtonne CS 43086 CAEN CEDEX 2
14000 CAEN
FRANCE

Tel: (+33)2/31472424
Email: h0869@accor.com

Located in the heart of Caen city center, overlooking the marina, the Mercure Caen Centre hotel is the ideal base from which to visit the D-Day sites and the Caen Memorial. This air-conditioned establishment provides a peaceful atmosphere by offering modern, comfortable rooms and a fitness room. Relax with a drink in our lounge bar. For a few days of relaxation, this Mercure hotel is perfectly suited to your needs.
The Hotel Mercure Caen Centre is ideally situated in the heart of the city. Caen’s history is at your doorstep: the Castle and its museums, the two Abbeys and the medieval Vaugeux area. The Caen Mémorial is a 15-minute drive away or can be reached by city bus. Less than 9 miles from the coast, Caen is an excellent base for visiting the D-Day Landing beaches or the seaside resorts of the Côte Fleurie. Caen is also a great central point for visiting the Bessin, the Pays d’Auge and Swiss Normandy.

The Tower Hotel

St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD, England

Tel: 011 44 871 376 9036

The Tower Hotel is nestled between the River Thames, St Katharine Docks and alongside the World Heritage Site, the Tower of London, boasting unparalleled views of the iconic Tower Bridge. The location and excellent choice of transport connections put you at the center of this vibrant city, making it quick, convenient and most importantly, easy to experience the very best of what London has to offer.

Avani Avenida Liberdade

Rua Júlio César Machado 7/9, 1250-135 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.

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 Normandy, Bordeaux and the Wine Regions of Portugal

Before You Go

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.

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 items 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)
  • Camera(s)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 one 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.

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.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

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 documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

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.

Note: as of July 2019, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will NOT have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) until January 1, 2021. Since this program visits Europe prior to this date, you should NOT be required to obtain an ETIAS. However, this is subject to change and Enrichment Journeys recommends all travelers to double-check this information as it gets closer to departure. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are 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 when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box that will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three-pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

France, Spain and Portugal use the Euro (€), currency code EUR

The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

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. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, 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). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely encounter warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
London 48/41 48/41 54/43 59/45 64/50 70/55 73/59 73/59 68/55 61/50 54/45 48/41
Paris 45/37 46/37 54/41 61/45 68/52 73/57 77/61 77/61 70/55 61/50 52/43 46/37
Bordeaux 48/37 52/37 57/41 64/45 73/50 77/55 79/59 79/55 77/55 66/50 55/43 50/39
Lisbon 59/46 61/48 66/52 68/54 72/57 79/63 82/64 82/66 81/64 73/59 64/54 59/48

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:

France: French

  • Bonjour (Boh(n)-zhoo): Hello
  • Oui (wee): Yes
  • Non (No): No
  • Où sont les toilettes? (Oo soh(n) lay twa-let?): Where are the restrooms
  • Merci (Mare-see): Thank you
  • Je vous en prie (Zhuh vooz ahn pree): You’re welcome
  • S’il vous plaît (Seal voo play): Please
  • Pouvez-vous m’aider? (Poo-vay voo meh – day?): Can you help me?
  • Au revoir (Ah reh-vwarh): Goodbye

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.

England: English (below are a few words that are different from American English)

  • Holiday: Vacation
  • Lift: Elevator
  • Biro: Pen
  • Rubbish: Trash
  • Bin: Trashcan
  • Coriander: Cilantro
  • Courgette: Zucchini
  • Chemist: Pharmacy
  • Biscuit: Cookie
  • Chips: French Fries
  • Crisps: Potato Chips
  • Plaster: Band-aid
  • Ground Floor: Ground/First Floor
  • First Floor: Second Floor
  • Zebra Crossing: Crosswalk
  • WC (water closet) or Loo: Bathroom

Spain: Spanish

  • Hola (OH-lah): Hello
  • Adiós (ad-ee-OHS): Goodbye
  • Si (see): Yes
  • No (noh): No
  • Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please
  • Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you
  • Baño (BAH-nyoh): Bathroom

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/spanish/ for more phrases with sound.

Portugal: Portuguese

  • Oi (oy): Hello
  • Tchau (chow): Goodbye
  • Sim (sing): Yes
  • Não (now): No
  • Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please
  • Obrigado(a) (obri-GAH-du or obri-GAH-da): Thank you
    • If you are a male, say Obrigado (regardless of whom you are speaking to)
    • If you are a female, say Obrigada (regardless of whom you are speaking to)
  • Casa de Banho (KAH-zah deh BAH-nyoo): Bathroom

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/portuguese/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

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

France

  • Paris was originally a Roman city called “Lutetia”.
  • The French government gives medals to citizens who have “successfully raised several children with dignity.”
  • There’s only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris.
  • French toast isn’t French cuisine. Joseph French advertised the modern toast but forgot to add the apostrophe “s.” It should have been advertised as “French’s Toast” not “French Toast.”
  • Louis XIX was King of France for just 20 minutes.

England

  • English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French).
  • French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.
  • The English class system is not determined by money, but by one’s background (family, education, etc.). Many nouveau-riches, like pop-stars or football players, insist on their still belonging to the lower or middle class.
  • Fish and chips aren’t any more of a traditional English dish than Chicken Tikka Masala is. The first fish & chips restaurant was only opened in 1860 by an immigrant, Joseph Malin.
  • Britain has the highest per capita consumption of cider, as well as the largest cider-producing companies in the world. Over half of England’s cider is produced in Herefordshire, and the world’s largest producer of cider is H. P. Bulmer, based in Hereford. Cider making was introduced by Viscount Scudamore in 1639, who brought the recipe from France. In 1674 he built the county’s largest house with cider money at Holme Lacy, near Hereford.
  • London has a reputation for being rainy, but it receives less rain than Paris or New York.

Spain

  • The first novel was written by a Spaniard. Cervantes’ Don Quixote, written in 1605, is considered to be the first modern novel.
  • The first known stapler was made in the 18th century in Spain’s Basque region for the French King Louis XV – and every single staple was engraved with the royal emblem. Spain has also given the world the mop and bucket (1956) and the astronaut’s spacesuit (1935).
  • Spain includes a number of islands including Mallorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Gran Canaria. Many can be found in the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.

Portugal

  • Lisbon is the westernmost capital city in continental Europe and, with 2700 years of history, is one of the oldest cities in Europe.
  • Portugal has had the same defined borders as it does now since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.
  • In 1755 a massive earthquake, known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, led to a tsunami and a conflagration that burnt down most of the city. It led to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering. It also transformed the look and architecture of Lisbon as old buildings were replaced by new ones and small streets were replaced by big squares and large avenues.
  • Portugal abolished its monarchy in 1910, establishing a Republic. In 1974, Portugal became a free democracy, and in 1986 it joined the European Union.
  • The population of Portugal is approximately 10 million people.
  • Be sure to try bacalhau, salted cod, which is a beloved staple in the Portuguese diet.
  • Portugal is the proud home to quite a few vinho verde (“green wine”) vineyards and wineries. It is a crisp white wine that goes best with fish dishes.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • France: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • France: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • France: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • England: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • England: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • England: Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • England: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • England: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society by Mary Anne Shaffer
  • Spain: Cities of Spain by David Gilmour
  • Spain: Iberia by James A. Michener
  • Spain: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Portugal: The Portuguese: The Land and Its People by Marion Kaplan
  • Portugal: Port and the Douro by Richard Mayson (interesting history of port wine)
  • Portugal: Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago

Travel Guides

Films

  • France: Les Miserable (2012)
  • France: Amelie (2001)
  • France: An American in Paris (1951)
  • France: Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • France: A Good Year (2006) – set in Provence region
  • France: for films about D-Day in Normandy, watch Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Longest Day (1962), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Eye of the Needle (1981), The Americanization of Emily (1964) or the television mini-series Band of Brothers
  • England: from classics like A Canterbury Tale to modern series like Downton Abbey, there are endless hours of British movies and TV series to watch before your trip. Here is a list to get you started: https://www.timeout.com/london/film/100-best-british-films
  • Spain: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009)
  • Portugal: Fados (2007)

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