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Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

15 Nights featuring Provence, Cannes, Turin, Piedmont, Parma, Milan and Lake Como

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

Start Date: July 28, 2022
(Sailing July 30, 2022)

About This Journey

Experience the big city bustle of Milan and Barcelona, the laid back, restorative powers of Lake Como, the Slow Food movement of Turin, and the glitzy seaside towns of the French Riviera. At every turn, witness a new view, a landscape, a UNESCO world heritage site, or just people enjoying “la dolce vita.” This 15-night Journey of the senses combines a luxurious 7-night French Riviera cruise aboard the Azamara Journey with a land program to Spain and Italy’s most delicious destinations. By sea, explore the luxurious charm of the Cote d’Azur with stops in Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez, Marseilles and more. By land, see the foothills of the Alps, fairy-tale lakes and verdant rolling hills dotted with vineyards and dairy farms. Visit the towns of Parma and Modena to taste the true flavors of Italian hams, cheeses and balsamics right from the source. Tour local wineries and sample prized wines throughout your Journey. Bask in the glamor of fashionable Milan’s architectural wonders and Turin’s royal palaces. From the hillside villas of Piedmont to the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, this journey will truly delight you.

Visits: Azamara Journey, Barcelona, Spain; Port Vendres, Sete, Provence (Marseille), Saint Tropez, Cannes, Nice, France; Genoa, Italy, SPID 33469

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

Itinerary

Start Date: July 28, 2022
(Sailing July 30, 2022)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Barcelona – Hotel Check-in and Welcome Dinner
2 Barcelona – Full-day Tour of Penedes Wine Region
3 Barcelona, Spain – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 5:00 PM
4 Port-Vendres, France 7:30 AM 6:00 PM
5 Sete, France 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
6 Provence (Marseilles), France 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
7 St. Tropez, France 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
8 Cannes, France 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
8 Nice, France 7:00 PM
9 Nice, France 6:00 PM
10 Genoa to Turin – Disembarkation and Transfer to Turin 6:00 AM
11 Turin – City Tour, Coffee Museum and Chocolate Factory Visits
12 Turin to Milan – Tour of Venaria Reale and Alba, Truffle Hunting and Tasting
13 Milan – City Tour
14 Milan – Tour to Lake Como and Bellagio
15 Milan – Tour to Parma and Modena
16 Milan – Hotel Check-out and Return Flight

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

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Barcelona

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Flamenco Show

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

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Penedes Wine Region

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 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 Journey for a 7-night cruise along the French Riviera. (B)

Days 4-9 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Journey (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 10 – Genoa Disembarkation and Transfer to Turin

Marchesi di Barolo Winery

Enjoy breakfast on board, then disembark the Azamara Journey and meet your guide. As we make our way to Turin, taking the scenic route through the UNESCO Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont, a stop will be made at a winery for a delicious lunch and a tour of the cellars.

 

 

 

Marchesi di Barolo Wine Cellar

Nestled in the countryside of Italy’s famed Piedmont region and overlooking the Castle of the Marquis Falletti, this winery has been producing high-quality wines for over 200 years. Dine in their elegant restaurant, where you will savor the tradition of Piedmontese cuisine. Every course is paired with a different glass of wine which is carefully selected among the wineries’ production. After touring the cellars, we will then continue to Turin and check in to our hotel. You will have time to get settled in and freshen up before joining the group again for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Turin

Turin

This morning we will explore the city of Turin, the capital of Piedmont, on a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights. Our tour includes views of the Basilica of Superga, an 18th-century Baroque-Classicism church containing the tombs of many kings and princes of the House of Savoy; Casa Della Vittoria, an exquisite example of Medieval-revival residential architecture; Juventus Stadium, home to Turin’s soccer team Juventus F.C.; and Turin Cathedral, a 15th-century cathedral and seat of the Archbishops of Turin.

 

 

Lavazza Museum Visit

After a morning of touring, we will spend the rest of the day indulging in some of Turin’s most famous (and delicious!) culinary achievements. First, we will visit the Lavazza Museum for an immersive experience into coffee culture and its rituals. This multi-sensory journey retraces the history of the company from 1895 until today and explores the coffee supply chain. Next, sit down to lunch at a local restaurant and tuck into a Turinese meal. Then, finish the day at a local chocolate factory for a guided tour and chocolate tasting! (B, L)

 

Day 12 – Turin to Milan

Venaria Reale Complex, Savoy Residences

The House of Savoy, one of the oldest royal families in the world, ruled from 1003 until 1946 and maintained several palaces throughout Turin and the Piedmont region. Today’s tour commences with a visit to one of the five Savoy Residences in Turin, all of which are now UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Venaria Reale complex, including the 17th century Palace of Venaria and Italian-style royal gardens, is a masterpiece of both architecture and landscape. This expansive complex was once used as a training ground for Napoleon’s troops, though after an extensive restoration project (the largest in European history), the complex opened for tourism in 2007 and is now considered an important center for art and culture in Italy. Our tour includes a visit to the palace, gardens and the current exhibitions.

White truffles, Alba, Italy

Say farewell to Turin as we depart the city and make our way to Milan. Along the way, we will stop at the charming town of Alba for lunch. This town is located in the heart of the Piedmont countryside and is famous for its wine and white truffles. After lunch, we will learn about truffle hunting and the importance of this local delicacy in the culinary world, then sample various truffle products. Continue to Milan, check in to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening at your leisure. (B, L)

 

Day 13 – Milan

Milan, Italy

Milan Cathedral

After breakfast at your hotel, set off to learn more of this fascinating city that is part cutting-edge fashion, part grand opera, part historical and part trendy. Start the day with a view of the Arch of Peace, a neoclassical arch begun by Napoleon at the entrance to the city, and the Sforza Castle, a 15th-century castle built by the Duke of Milan. Then, enjoy a tour of the exquisite Duomo di Milano, also known as the Milan Cathedral. This extravagant Gothic cathedral took over six centuries to complete, as construction started in 1386 and was not completed until 1965. It is the second-largest church in Europe, behind St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, but its most impressive feature is arguably the 135 marble spires that crown the white decorative façade.

Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II

We will then visit one of the most famous opera houses in the world, the opulent Teatro alla Scala, or simply known as La Scala, which was inaugurated in 1778 and has hosted Italy’s great opera singers throughout the years. After a morning of touring, take a break by savoring a Milanese-style lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon and evening you will enjoy free time in the city. We recommend using part of this time to stroll through the predecessor to today’s indoor malls, the stately Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II. (B, L)

Day 14 – Milan

Lake Como, Milan

Lake Como, Italy

Just over an hour’s drive from bustling Milan is the peaceful, almost fairy-tale setting of Lake Como. At the foot of the Alps, this magical place has attracted the wealthy for hundreds of years. Upon arrival, you will first take a cable car up 2,000 feet to a viewpoint for panoramic views of the lake, town of Como and surrounding mountainside. You will have some free time to enjoy the views and walk around the hilltop town of Brunate before descending. We will then board a ferry boat to take us across Lake Como, enjoying views of many of the ornate villas that dot the shoreline and surrounding hills. Disembark in the town of Bellagio, where we will stop for lunch. Then, walk off lunch by taking a stroll through the lakeside Gardens of Villa Melzi. Built in 1810 in the neo-classic style for Francesco Melzi d’Eril, vice-president of the First Italian Republic and friend of Napoleon, this villa is famous for its English-style gardens and lakeside paths. Return to the charming town of Como by boat and enjoy some free time to walk around the town’s cafés, ice cream shops and souvenir stores before returning to Milan. (B, L)

Day 15 – Milan

Parmesan Cheese, Parma, Italy

Celebrate your last full day in Italy by indulging in some of the country’s most famous culinary delights. After breakfast at the hotel, depart Milan and head to the town of Parma, famous for their parmesan cheese and ham. During a visit to a local cheese factory, you will have the opportunity to sample these local delicacies and learn about how the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano was first produced by Benedictine monasteries approximately 900 years ago.

 

 

Balsamic Vinegar, Modena, Italy

In the afternoon, continue to the nearby town of Modena, world-renowned for their balsamic vinegar. Produced in this region for over a thousand years, it was in 1046 when Holy Roman Emperor Henry III complimented the “so very perfect vinegar” and initiated its rise in popularity. We will visit a local villa for an informational tour and, of course, a sampling of their vinegar and other regional specialties. After a fun day of enjoying Italian hospitality, we’ll raise our glasses of locally produced, sparkling red Lambrusco (another regional specialty), toast to a marvelous and delicious Journey, then return to Milan with a full belly, warm memories, and a tipsy smile. (B, L)

Day 16 – Milan

Check out of the hotel and say farewell to Italy. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Milan, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one or two nights to your Milan 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.

Port Highlights

Port-Vendres, France

Port-Vendres, France: When you travel to Port-Vendres, be prepared for your imagination to kick into over-drive. You could head to Cadaqués, a charming town that was once home to the artist Salvador Dali. Be sure to visit his world-famous museum while you’re there. Or, simply hang out in Port-Vendres and enjoy the local sights and a meal of fresh seafood paired with the region’s renowned Collioure wines.

 

 

Sete, France

Sete, France: Take a walk along the canals of “the Venice of Languedoc” where, from late spring to early autumn, the canals turn into friendly battlegrounds for water jousting competitions, a passionate tradition that dates back to 1666. Next, settle in at one of the restaurants along the Quai de le Résistance or Quai Général Durand for a meal of the freshest seafood you can possibly imagine.

 

 

Marseille, France

Provence (Marseille), France: 2,600 years of history come to life in the magnificent port of Marseille. The Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée is filled to the brim with insight on the culture of this wonderful region and well worth a visit. From here, explore La Panier for souvenirs to remind you of your journey. Cap off your day with a glass of pastis—an alcoholic beverage that is a local favorite!

 

 

St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France: Stroll along the harbor and marvel at the yachts, many of which dwarf the surrounding buildings. Join other jet setters on one of the fabulous beaches, some of which are clothing optional. Ooh, la la! For lunch, the old fishing quarter La Ponche has plenty of seafood restaurants serving the day’s freshest catches and refreshing rosés, a regional specialty.

 

 

 

Cannes, France

Cannes, France: Chic and glamorous, this iconic seaside resort town on the French Riviera is the place to see and be seen. Spot socialites and stars along Le Promenade de la Croisette, and shop for famous luxury brands. Head to the old town district of Le Suquet and discover culinary delights hidden along winding cobblestoned streets.

 

 

 

Nice, France

Nice, France: Nice is more than just a “nice” place to visit! Bristling with colorful buildings, towering palm trees, and a stunning harbor, strolling through Nice is like visiting a painting come to life. On your walk, you’ll find Place Rossetti, home of the must-visit cathédrale Saine-Réparate. Also nearby is Fennochios, a world-famous ice cream and sorbet shop where you can enjoy a delicious sweet treat.

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 2-night pre-cruise land program in Spain
    • Barcelona, Spain – 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner and show
      • Full-day tour to Penedes wine region
  • 6-night post-cruise land program in Italy
    • Turin, Italy – 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome lunch and tour at a winery
      • Full-day city and culinary tour
      • Full-day tour to Venaria Reale and Alba
    • Milan, Italy – 4-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
      • Full-day tour to Lake Como
      • Full-day tour to Parma and Modena
  • Tour Leader throughout post-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 7-night sailing aboard Azamara Journey
    • 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!
      • Special Offer—Ends 9/30: Receive up to $125 Onboard Credit per stateroom. Call for details!

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your land excursion, you will experience mountains, lakes, cobblestone medieval towns, modern cities and local vineyards. 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 active and includes a considerable amount of walking. In Northern Italy, many places visited are referred to as hill towns as that is what they are built upon. Roads and walkways on these inclines 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 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 be prepared for stretches of downtime in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

When visiting Italy, most people see the big three cities, Rome, Venice and Florence, but miss many of the lesser-known treasures of Northern Italy: An enchanting region where terrain reaches from snowy heights to seaside lagoons, with farms, villages and trend-starting cities in between. Food and wine take on a new meaning to many visitors as they taste slow-cooked items made from scratch, and taste wine less than 100 yards from where the grape was grown. Masterpieces that have changed the world, including art, architecture, music and fashion, originated here. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to the 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. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:

Genoa – Turin: 3 Hour Coach Transfer
Turin – Milan: 4 Hour Coach Transfer
Milan – Lake Como: 1.5 Hour Coach Transfer
Milan – Parma: 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.

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

Special Offer—Ends 9/30: Receive up to $125 Onboard Credit per stateroom. Call for details!

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

1-night Barcelona Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to city a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel and explore Barcelona before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $199 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Barcelona with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

Dates & Prices
07/28/2022 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Inside (10) $7,999 $5,999 $2,000 CALL FOR DETAILS
Oceanview (8) $8,132 $6,099 $2,033 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (V3) $8,532 $6,399 $2,133 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the Italy land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $4,099 per person.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Houston Intercontinental $350 Philadelphia $300
Boston $300 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $400
Denver $400 Los Angeles $400 Toronto $300
Dallas-Ft. Worth $350 Orlando $300 Seattle $450
Newark $200 Miami $250 San Francisco $450
Washington – Dulles $350 Chicago $300 Tampa $300
Vancouver $450
– 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 Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

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
Negresco Princess Hotel

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.

NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina

15 Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, 10123 Turin, Italy

Tel: +1 (212) 245-5462

The brand new NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina hotel sits in the very heart of Turin. It has a rich history, dating back to the 17th century. The beautiful Po River is a short 5-minute stroll away and some of Turin’s most popular attractions can be found just around the corner.

Bianca Maria Palace Hotel Milano

Viale Bianca Maria 4, 20129 Milan, Italy

Tel: +39 (0) 2 83427500

Bianca Maria Palace Hotel has recently been renovated, combining Milanese traditional architecture with efficiency and innovation. The delightful decor and the seventh floor terrace are the real assets of the hotel. The hotel is located in proximity to Piazza Cinque Giornate, one of the main traffic junctions: particularly relevant is the monument in memory of the Five Days of Milan, created by Giuseppe Grandi. The young and dynamic staff aims to satisfy the needs of the guests and offer them a memorable stay.

Azamara Journey

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 our hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touringSM, we’ll not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing EveningsSM 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: Journey

Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

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.

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

Journey to Lake Como, Piedmont & the French Riviera

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 April 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

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 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.

Local Currency

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

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. 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.

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

As this tour runs in the summer, it should be warm during the day but can get cooler at night, especially in the mountains near Lake Como. With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with 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
Barcelona 59/48 59/47 63/50 67/55 73/60 80/68 84/73 85/74 79/69/td> 73/62 65/54 60/49
Milan 40/29 47/32 56/38 64/45 71/52 79/59 84/63 82/62 76/56 64/47 50/39 42/30

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:

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 phrases below overlap in both languages, but many other common phrases can different.

  • Hola (OH-lah): Hello
  • Si (see): Yes
  • No (noh): No
  • Gracias (GRAH-syahs): Thank you

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

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

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.

Italy: Italian

  • Buon giorno (Bwohn JOHR-noh): Hello
  • Come sta? (Koh-meh STAH?): How are you?
  • Non c’è problema (Non cheh proh-BLEH-mah): No problem.
  • Mi scusi (Mee SKOO-zee): Excuse me
  • Grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh): Thank you
  • Sì (SEE): Yes
  • No (Noh): No
  • Uomini (WOH-mee-nee): Men’s (restroom)
  • Donne (Dohn-NEH): Women’s (restroom)
  • Che tempo fa? (Keh TEHM-poh fah): How is the weather?

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

Facts and Figures

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

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 space suit (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.

France

  • 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 a 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.

Italy

  • The name Italy comes from the word “italia”, meaning “calf land.” This is due to the bull being a symbol of the ancient Southern Italian tribes.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy. This is because the Italian peninsula stands on a fault line. Three major volcanoes have erupted in the last century.
  • Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta.
  • Lake Como’s immense natural beauty and pleasant climate have made it a hotspot for the rich and famous since the earliest days of the Roman Empire. Famous Lake Como residents include George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Catherine Zeta Jones. As well as attracting today’s biggest names in entertainment, Lake Como has been a magnet for influential people in other eras. Mark Twain visited the lake in 1867, and renowned American author Ernest Hemingway featured Lake Como in his work.

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

  • Spain: Cities of Spain by David Gilmour
  • Spain: Iberia by James A. Michener
  • Spain: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • 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
  • Italy: The Italians by Luigi Barzini
  • Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (also a movie)
  • Italy: The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
  • Italy: A Room with a View by E.M. Forester (also a movie)
  • Italy: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (also a movie)

Travel Guides

Films

  • Spain: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009)
  • France: The Bucket List (2007)
  • 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
  • Italy: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • Italy: Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Italy: Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Italy: Gladiator (2000)
  • Italy: Angels and Demons (2009)
  • Italy: La Dolce Vita (1960)

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