Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: May 29, 2022
(Sailing May 31, 2022)
Calling all food & wine connoisseurs! This culinary journey will tantalize your taste buds as we sample local delicacies and visit five different wine and cognac cellars in some of the most prestigious wine regions of the world. Begin your Journey in Barcelona, where you will explore Penedes, one of Spain’s top wine regions. You will learn about the production of cava and taste traditional paella before embarking the Azamara Pursuit for an exciting 11-night cruise visiting 10 ports as you circumnavigate the Iberian Peninsula. Upon disembarking in Bordeaux, you’ll be introduced to the city the only way the French know how, with wine and cheese! Visit La Cite du Vin museum to learn about the region’s wine culture and visit a fromagerie to sample the local cheese. Then, we will take a day trip to Arcachon on the Atlantic coast to taste the exceptional oysters fresh out of the bay as well as visit the tallest sand dune in Europe. Departing Bordeaux, we will stop to visit a vineyard in the Haute-Medoc wine region before arriving in Cognac for an overnight, complete with a tour and tasting of the famous Maison Hennessy. Then, venture inland to the beautiful Dordogne region where you’ll explore the picturesque medieval town of Rocamadour perched on a cliff. Step back in time to the well-preserved 14th-century village of Sarlat la Caneda, which the modern world overlooked. You’ll tour a 12th-century castle and embark on a scenic cruise of the Dordogne river, sailing past charming villages and enchanting chateaux that dot the hillside. You’ll get a taste of bucolic French life on a visit to a family-run goose farm to try the region’s famous delicacy, foie gras, as well as visit a truffle farm and learn how they hunt for the “black gold.” This area is also known for the paleolithic paintings discovered throughout the region’s numerous limestone caves, and you’ll discover them on a tour of Lascaux II, including the spectacular Great Hall of the Bulls. On our return to Bordeaux, we’ll stop in Saint Emilion at a vineyard started by monks in the Middle Ages for one last sampling of Bordeaux wine before our final farewell lunch to recount the past 20 days of delicious meals and delightful wines. Let your taste buds and inner sommelier blossom on this epicurean adventure through Spain and Bordeaux.
Visits: Valenica, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar, United kingdom, Lisbon, Portugal, Vigo, La Coruna, Bilbao, Spain, Margaux, Saint Emilion, 33430
Start Date: May 29, 2022
(Sailing May 31,2022)
|1||Arrive Barcelona – Transfer to hotel; welcome dinner and Flamenco show|
|2||Barcelona – Full day tour to Penedes Wine Region|
|3||Barcelona – Transfer to port for embarkation||6:00 PM|
|4||Valencia, Spain||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|5||Cartagena, Spain||11:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|6||Malaga, Spain||8:00 AM||2:00 PM|
|7||Cartagena, Spain||11:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|8||Lisbon, Portugal||11:00 AM|
|9||Lisbon, Portugal||2:00 PM|
|10||Vigo, Spain||9:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|11||La Coruna, Spain||7:30 AM||7:00 PM|
|12||Bilbao, Spain||1:00 PM|
|13||Bilbao, Spain||12:00 PM|
|14||Bordeaux, France – Disembarkation and City Tour||6:00 AM|
|15||Bordeaux – Tour to Arcachon with Oyster Tasting and Dune du Pillat|
|16||Bordeaux to Cognac – Wine tasting in Margaux, Maison Hennessy Tour and Cognac Tasting|
|17||Cognac to Sarlat la Caneda – Tour of medieval Rocamadour|
|18||Sarlat la Caneda – Tour of Chateau de Beynac, Dordogne Scenic River Cruise and Goose Farm visit|
|19||Sarlat la Caneda – Tour of Lascaux II Caves, truffle hunting and tasting|
|20||Sarlat la Caneda to Bordeaux – Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting in Saint Emilion|
|21||Bordeaux – 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.
Day 1 – Arrive in Barcelona
Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. You’ll have time to settle in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for an introduction to Spanish culture and entertainment. Enjoy an exciting evening of Flamenco dancing while eating traditional paella and sipping sangria at tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Barcelona, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one night to your Barcelona hotel stay.
Day 2 – Barcelona
Today we’ll head out of the city to explore one of Spain’s top wine regions—Penedes. Using traditional French methods for making champagne, this area specializes in its production of cava, a sparkling white (or sometimes rosé) wine. Most of the wine in Catalonia is produced by the more than 140 wine producers in this region. From Barcelona, we’ll head out into the countryside towards Penedes—a route dotted with quaint villages, solitary churches and traditional wine estates, called Masias. Our first stop at a local winery will give us the chance to tour the cellars and sample their cava. We’ll then continue to the wine culture museum to gain further insight into the industry and its importance to the local culture and lifestyle. We will then proceed to our second winery, an award-winning, family run establishment. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and the estate, all the while learning how the winery has continued to thrive throughout five generations. End the tour with a wine tasting of the estate’s specialties before heading back to Barcelona. (B, L)
Day 3 – Barcelona Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Pursuit for an 11-night cruise to Bordeaux, France. (B)
Day 4–13 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Pursuit (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 14 – Bordeaux Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Pursuit to meet your guide and begin your tour of beautiful Bordeaux. The city of Bordeaux takes its name from the famed wine-growing region surrounding it and was founded in the 3rd Century BC as a Celtic tribe settlement called Burdigala, which later became a Roman city. Given its long and rich history, it is no surprise that Bordeaux has more registered historic monuments than any other French city after Paris. In fact, its entire city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. During your introduction tour you will take in views of the gothic Bordeaux Cathedral, The Grand Theatre, an ornate opera house from 1780 and make a stop at one of the city’s most photographed sites, the Place de la Bourse and the Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror) reflecting pool. The square is a perfect example of classic 18th century French architecture. You will then enjoy a tour at La Cite du Vin, a museum dedicated to the area’s wine culture, concluding with a panoramic city view from the 8th floor accompanied by a glass of wine from a regularly updated selection. We will then have lunch in the museum’s restaurant which features regional produce. After lunch, a visit to a local fromagerie for a cheese tasting will complete the day’s tour of this gastronomic city. Arrive at the hotel for check-in and spend the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 15 – Bordeaux
Today we will drive an hour southwest to the popular seaside resort commune of Arcachon on the Atlantic coast. The town is known for its delicious oysters, which are harvested from the estimated 700 acres of beds spread throughout the bay. Many farmers will open huts to the public for tastings and sales where the only thing on the menu is oysters and wine! We will visit a local hut and learn the essentials of oyster farming and production before sampling a variety of different sizes, of course paired with a glass of white or rosé wine. We will then head just outside of town to visit a true natural wonder.
Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the dense pine forest rises the tallest sane dune in Europe, the Dune of Pilat. Soaring over 300 feet above sea level, you will be able to capture stunning photos of this unique landscape that attracts over 1 million visitors a year. Because of the dune’s slope and wide open space, you might also catch a glimpse of paragliders soaring through the air. We will then return to Arcachon where you will have free time to explore the quaint town or perhaps visit another oyster hut for lunch. Be on the look out to spot an Arcachon Villa, or Arcachonnaise. This is the local style of French Victorian architecture was popular in the 19th century for houses. We will then return to Bordeaux and enjoy a group dinner this evening. *The visit to the oyster hut is outdoors, and thus weather permitting. Appropriate apparel is recommended in the event of a summer shower. (B, D)
Day 16 – Bordeaux to Cognac
After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and head north to the town made world-famous for its brandy, Cognac. Along the way, we will make a stop at Margaux, located in the Haut-Medoc wine growing region of Bordeaux, to visit Chateau Lascombes. The wine grown here is classified as one of only fifteen original “second growths” from the 1855 Official Bordeaux Wine Classification commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III. The wines were ranked from first to fifth growths based on reputation, price and quality. Enjoy a tour of the estate’s 200-acre vineyard whose grape variety includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, as well as visit the wine cellars before sampling two of the wines.
We will then continue with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the most internationally recognized brand of cognac, Hennessy. At Maison Hennessy you will discover the 250-year history of the cognac maker as well as learn the craft and secrets of Hennessy. The tour culminates with a tasting of Hennessy cognacs, led by one of the House experts. You will also get a chance to buy a bottle to take home from the only Hennessy boutique in the world featuring all the label’s brands. Check in to your hotel in Cognac for an evening at your leisure to explore this charming, fortified town that changed sides many times during the Hundred Year’s War. Take a stroll through the narrow cobblestoned streets of the medieval Old Town and notice the richly decorated facades of the buildings from the 15th to 18th century. (B, L)
Day 17 – Cognac to Sarlat la Caneda
Today we depart Cognac for a scenic journey inland to the region of Dordogne. Make sure you have comfortable shoes because this afternoon we will arrive at the stunning cliffside town of Rocamadour, resting on a gorge above the Alzou river. The Medieval village became a popular pilgrimage site and holy city when an ancient tomb was discovered in the 12th century believed to contain the body of Saint Amadour the Hermit. The remains were nicknamed “roc armator” (lover of rock) and the town adopted the name. At the base of the cliff lies the town’s main street, home to many souvenir and food shops that once served the pilgrims and now cater to tourists. Here you’ll have free time for lunch before our tour begins. Lovers of cheese may want to try Rocamadour goat cheese, which was given protected status by the French government in 1996. More than 200 steps of grand staircase lead to a pilgrimage sanctuary perched halfway up the hillside featuring a basilica and 7 chapels. Luckily, an elevator will allow us to easily reach this area to visit the Romanesque Basilica of Saint Sauveur which holds the 12th century crypt of Saint Amadour as well as the Notre Dame Chapel.
After our visit to this breathtaking village, we will continue to Sarlat la Caneda and check in to your home base for the next 3 nights. The town grew from a Benedictine Abbey that first appeared in writing in 1081. The beautifully preserved honey-colored stone buildings are one of the best examples of a 14th century French town today. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the hotel’s restaurant and recount the day’s activities with your fellow travelers. (B, D)
Day 18 – Sarlat la Caneda
This morning you will have time to get acquainted with charming Sarlat before the day’s adventure begins. We’ll start with a short drive to Beynac-et-Cazenac, a tiny village resting on the banks of the Dordogne river. It is a popular filming location, appearing in movies such as “Ever After” and “Chocolat”. We will journey to the top of the limestone cliff to visit the Chateau de Beynac, one of the best-preserved castles of the 12th century. As your tour progresses, you can tell how more rooms were added over the centuries by the changing architectural style, from the primitive 12th century stone walls of the keep to the elaborately painted woodworks in the rooms of the 17th century Renaissance era. Enjoy lunch in town before heading to La Roque Gageac, where a delightful experience awaits you on the Dordogne river. Here, you’ll board a replica of the historical barges used to navigate this river for centuries and enjoy a scenic sailing through the Dordogne valley, passing picturesque villages and dazzling chateaux along the way. There are more than a thousand castles in Dordogne, giving this area the nickname “The other Chateau Country”, after the Loire Valley. Along the roundtrip route you’ll be able to get excellent photos of Chateau de la Malartrie and Chateau de Castelnaud.
No trip to the Dordogne region would be complete without sampling its famous delicacy, foie gras (goose liver). This region is a stopover on the goose and duck migration, and where centuries ago locals who caught and ate the bird realized the fatty liver, made to survive the long-haul flight, was delicious. Thus, an industry was born. Today, Dordgone produces 90% of France’s foie gras. On our way back to Sarlat we will make a stop at Elevage du Bouyssou, what Rick Steve described after his visit as “a big, homey goose farm” run by the Mazet family. Here you’ll get to tour the idyllic farm and view the free-range geese before sampling the family’s prized foie gras. We will then return to Sarlat where you’ll have the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 19 – Sarlat la Caneda
After breakfast, we’ll set out to visit the town of Montignac, where in 1940 a teenager found a prehistoric marvel after following his dog down what appeared to be a fox hole. What he discovered was close to 600 paleolithic cave paintings of several animals from circa 17,000 BC. The site gained the world’s attention and was open to the public in 1948. However, increased heat, humidity and carbon dioxide from the countless visitors quickly began to deteriorate the paintings and in 1963 the original cave was closed to the public. The French government undertook an extensive conservation program and in 1983 opened an exact replica of the cave, Lascaux II, sitting only 600 feet from the entrance of the original cave. Here you will get to view approximately 90% of the replicated cave art, including the Great Hall of the Bulls and learn the fascinating history of the homo sapiens who occupied this area nineteen millennia ago.
This afternoon we will get the chance to breathe the fresh country air and stretch our legs while we partake in another cultural and culinary staple of the region, truffle hunting. French black truffles are highly regarded as haute cuisine products and are known for their pungent earthy and nutty taste. They are one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world, giving them the nickname “Black Gold” or “Black Diamonds”. We will visit a family-run truffle farm where six generations have worked since 1686. While walking along the truffle fields you will learn the history and technique of truffle hunting with dogs as well as the training practices. Following your walk, you’ll get to sample the highly sought after and elusive truffle. We will then stop in Perigueux for some free time for lunch before visiting the small town of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, where you’re sure to first notice that part of the town is cut straight into the limestone cliff. The village is also another important site of paleolithic history where in 1868 the first Cro-Magnon skeleton was discovered. After your tour, enjoy dinner and your last night in Sarlat. (B, D)
Day 20 – Sarlat la Caneda-Bordeaux
This morning we say goodbye to Sarlat and make our way back to the city of Bordeaux. Along the way we’ll stop in Saint Emilion for our last samplings of Bordeaux wine. At Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret you’ll take a tour of the vineyard and estate before enjoying an unforgettable lunch experience where you’ll put all that you learned about French cuisine to the test with a hands-on cooking class! The expert Chef will guide you through the preparation of each course before sitting down and enjoying your hard-earned meal. Next, we’ll visit the Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, whose vineyard was originally started by monks in the middle ages and maintains grape varieties that are a majority Merlot and a quarter Cabernet Franc. After a tour of the vineyard and cellar, you’ll enjoy one last tasting. Raise a glass and toast your epicurean adventure through Spain and France with your fellow travelers. We will then make our way back to Bordeaux and check in for your last night’s stay. Enjoy the remainder of the day picking up last-minute souvenirs or delicately repacking all the wine bottles in your suitcase for the journey home. (B,L)
Day 21 – Bordeaux
Check out of the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Bordeaux, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one night to your Bordeaux hotel stay.
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.
Valencia, Spain: Marvel at the stunning mix of innovative architecture and gothic beauty when you visit Valencia. This Spanish city is home to many avant-garde buildings, including the breathtaking City of Arts and Sciences cultural complex. Elsewhere, palaces and mansions constructed in the 15th century dot the cityscape, while The Silk Exchange resembles a medieval fortress housing many mysterious carvings.
Cartagena, Spain: The seat of ancient Carthage, this Spanish port city is steeped in over 2,000 years of history. Start at the Naval Museum to learn more about the “City of Cultures”, then set out to explore everything from Roman ruins right up to modern creations inspired by Gaudi.
Malaga, Spain: Malaga is like a beautiful work of art. And it’s no wonder considering, considering it was the birthplace of Picasso. You’ll find a museum commemorating his birth here, which is a must-visit destination for art fans. Elsewhere, be sure to spend some time in the city’s Alcazaba, an 11th-century citadel that is home to three palaces, beautiful gardens, and opulent fountains.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom: The towering Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean from a height of 1,400 feet, it’s a natural fortress. It’s also home to huge caves and troupes of Barbary macaques that have taken up residence on The Rock’s upper reaches. On the streets below, you can explore dozens of British stores and pubs, and marvel that you’re a stone’s throw away from Spain.
Lisbon, Portugal: One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is rich in architecture and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Must-sees include the church of Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora, which dates back to the 12th century; Musee Calouste Gulbenkian, one of Europe’s leading fine arts museums; and Torre de Belém, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous monuments in Portugal.
Vigo Spain: Located less than 20 miles from the north Portuguese border in the Galicia region, the city of Vigo dates back to the Middle Ages, while still offering an array of modern-day activities. Take a “mini-cruise” to the Cies Islands for its lovely beaches and explore ancient Celtic ruins.
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.
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.
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 also find a busy pace of exciting ports every day with no full sea days. The ship does have 2 overnights where you can spend the next day relaxing on board. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Visits to medieval towns will have narrow cobblestone streets and are mostly inaccessible by car or coach and therefore requires being on foot. In the cliffside village of Rocamadour elevators will alleviate most of the steps, however, encountering other staircases to navigate the town should be expected as well as long walks.
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. 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.
The focus of this Enrichment Journey is the local culture and gastronomic traditions of the Bordeaux Region. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before. You will visit local family-run establishments where traditional methods are kept and passed down from generation to generation on how to prepare certain regional delicacies. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip, as multiple sites may not be accessible along the tour. 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.
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. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:
Bordeaux to Cognac: 2-hour coach transfer
Cognac to Sarlat la Caneda: 3-hour coach transfer
Sarlat la Caneda to Bordeaux: 2 1/2-hour coach transfer
Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.
Adding an Extension to your Enrichment Journey will allow for free time in your departure or return city. It may also give you time to adjust to a new time zone before the Journey begins or provide a buffer in case of a flight delay. If you are interested in adding additional hotel nights or custom tours to the beginning or end of your Journey, call 888-686-0532 and ask to speak to a Personal Vacation Manager.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension, you will arrive to Barcelona a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $179 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:
Wish to add Paris to your trip? With this optional extension, you will stay for 2 nights in Paris after your Bordeaux land program, adding another beautiful French city for you to explore on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $699 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:
|05/29/2022||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Interior (11)||$8,299||$2,766||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Oceanview (8)||$8,499||$2,833||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (V3)||$8,999||$2,999||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda Plus (P3)||$9,199||$3,066||CALL FOR DETAILS|
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the France land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $6,099 per person.
|Boston||$150||John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$350|
|Denver||$300||Los Angeles||$400||San Diego||$450|
|Washington – Dulles||$200||Chicago||$200||Tampa||$250|
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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.
Roger de Lluria 16-18, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 932 150 052
Just steps from Plaça Urquinaona, Plaça Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia. Hotel Negresco Princess’ privileged location makes it the perfect choice for visiting Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and shopping at the best boutiques on Passeig de Gràcia. Whether from the avant-garde atrium, one of the 128 welcoming rooms, relaxation area, gym or terrace with privileged views of the whole city, a solarium and infinity pool, the hotel is the perfect base for discovering all of Barcelona’s secrets. Plus the great food at Nesgresco Restaurant on the ground floor and La Terrazza by Bobby’s on the seventh floor. Cool and cosmopolitan, Hotel Negresco features a free minibar in every room and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
5 Rue Robert Lateulade, 33000 Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 56 43 43
Go by foot or by tram to discover the Saint Pierre district and the city’s must-see sites such as the Pey Berland Cathedral, Place des Quinconces, Miroir d’Eau, rue St Catherine for shopping or Cité du Vin and the unusual Darwin district. Located a 10-minute walk from the city center, the Mercure Bordeaux Centre hotel is perfect base for exploring.
3 Place François 1er, 16100 Cognac, France
+33 5 45 80 80 80
A luxury Hotel in the heart of Cognac, Hotel Francois Premier has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. After a complete interior renovation in compliance with safety and accessibility standards, it reopened in spring 2012. Its wonderful location allows you to take full advantage of the region: a visit of the “grandes maisons” of cognac, a boat trip on the Charente, a simple stroll through the old streets or the surrounding vineyards. The entrance to the hotel with its stone staircase of 1861, opens the doors to a luminous and cordial hall. You enter a place where each member of staff has only one aim: help you achieve a memorable stay at the hotel François Premier.
1 Place de la Petite Rigaudie, 24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
+33 5 53 59 10 41
Plaza Madeleine Hotel & Spa, has always been considered the Sarlat hotel of reference, an authentic 4-star establishment situated in the heart of the old town. The hotel is ideally situated at the entrance of the medieval city with its listed monuments, markets and shops and numerous restaurants. The hotel is fully air-conditioned and offers access to a complimentary high-speed Wi-fi connection and the best equipment to meet the high expectations of an international clientele.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 March 2021, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) starting January 1, 2022. US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards Europe, in order to be allowed to enter the territory. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/
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.
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 which 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.
Spain, Portugal and France use the Euro (€), currency code EUR
Gibraltar uses the Gibraltar Pound Sterling, which is fixed to the British Pound (£), currency code GIP
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 is always appreciated but not always required. European destinations, though, usually require less tipping than would be appropriate stateside. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers.
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. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Azamara Cruises.
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.
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.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm weather, 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:
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:
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.
Spain: Spanish and Catalan
The region of Catalonia, including Barcelona, has two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Although the locals understand Spanish, daily activity is conducted in Catalan and there is a fierce pride in their Catalonian heritage. The same is true for both Andorra and Palma de Mallorca. In Valencia you will see and hear both Spanish and Catalan. The phrases below overlap in both languages, but many other common phrases can different.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/spanish/ for more phrases with sound in Spanish.
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/catalan/ for more phrases with sound in Catalan.
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.
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.
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