Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: September 1, 2023
(Sailing September 8, 2023)
The dramatic and captivating Normandy Coast and Atlantic shorelines of France, Spain and Portugal are the embodiment of western European culture, cuisine and history. On your Journey, explore the highlights of this unforgettable region of Europe, including a minimum of 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin your adventure in Paris where you’ll learn how to make a macaron, the famous French confectionary, and enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Seine River. Then continue to 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 Juno and Omaha, where the history of the world took a dramatic turn. Then, spend two nights relaxing in the English seaside resort town of Brighton before setting sail on your 11-night Azamara cruise. Travel to less visited, yet incredible ports along the Atlantic Coast of Europe, including Gijon, with its maritime heritage, La Coruna, with its medieval old town and Roman lighthouse, and Bilbao with its modern architecture and elevated culinary scene. Bordeaux, with more than 7,000 chateaux in the area, is certainly one of the world’s most important wine regions and you will have two days to explore the area. Then, discover the origin of port wine in Porto, Portugal before disembarking in Lisbon for your post-cruise adventure. In addition to their wine and incredible cuisine, Portugal offers dramatic coastlines, fairytale-like forests and opulent palaces. Remnants of past conquerors, including the Romans, Visigoths and Moors, can be found in hilltop villages, castles, old city walls and remains of temples. From magical Sintra, to the vineyards of Alentejo, to historic Lisbon, Portugal has something for everyone.
Visits: Paris, Normandy, Brighton, St. Peter Port, Bordeaux, St. Jean de Luz, Bilbao, Gijon, La Coruna, Porto, Lisbon, France, Portugal, Spain, Azamara Journey, SPID 35870
Start Date: September 1, 2023
(Sailing September 8, 2023)
|1||Paris – Arrive and Welcome Dinner|
|2||Paris – Culinary and Culture Tour|
|3||Paris to Normandy – Enroute Tour of Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur|
|4||Normandy – Tour to D-Day Landing Beaches|
|5||Normandy – Tour to Caen with Cheese and Cider Tastings|
|6||Normandy to Brighton – Flight from Paris to London then Transfer to Brighton|
|7||Brighton – Day at Leisure|
|8||Brighton – Transfer to Southampton for Embarkation||5:00 PM|
|9||St. Peter Port, Channel Islands||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|11||Bordeaux, France||6:45 AM||—|
|12||Bordeaux, France||—||7:00 PM|
|13||St. Jean de Luz, France||1:30 PM||9:00 PM|
|14||Bilbao, Spain||8:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|15||Gijon, Spain||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|16||La Coruna, Spain||7:30 AM||5:00 PM|
|17||Porto (Leixoes), Portugal||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|18||Lisbon, Portugal – Included Shore Excursion||8:00 AM|
|19||Lisbon, Portugal – Disembarkation and Tour to Setubal|
|20||Lisbon, Portugal – Tour of Sintra|
|21||Lisbon, Portugal – Tour to Belem|
|22||Lisbon, Portugal – Tour to Evora|
|23||Lisbon, Portugal – Transfer to Airport|
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.
Day 1 – Arrive Paris
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (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.
Day 2 – Paris
This morning you will have leisure time to enjoy Paris on your own. You can wake up early and do some sightseeing, or simply enjoy a leisurely morning strolling along the streets of Paris and popping into the shops and cafes. In the afternoon, rejoin the group for a fun experience – learning to make authentic French macarons from a pastry chef! Originally an Italian recipe, the macaron was introduced to France in the 16th century by Catherine de Medici. Since then, these little sweet sandwiches made of meringue, almond flour and buttercream filling have become the quintessential Parisian dessert. Our class focuses on the creation of these elegant and colorful pastries, from start to finish using the Italian Meringue method and creating two types of Macaron fillings. You’ll finish with a box of beautiful macarons! After a delicious class, we will then head to the river and embark on a cruise, where dinner will be served. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris with window seating to give you unobstructed views of the City of Light during your meal. (B, D)
Day 3 – 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, where the famous painter lived from 1883 to 1926. His former home and gardens contain thousands of flowers, a lily pond, and numerous willow trees, which inspired his most prominent paintings. Continue to Rouen, the capital of Normandy, where you will enjoy an included lunch. In the afternoon, join your guide for a walking tour of this interesting town dating back to Roman times. Then drive to the Medieval port town of Honfluer, situated where the Seine River meets the English Channel. Walk with your guide along the 16th- to 18th-century townhomes in the old harbor. We will then continue to the coastal town of Deauville and check in to your hotel. (B, L)
Day 4 –Normandy
After breakfast at your hotel, set off on a full day program to Normandy’s best-known historical sites. First you will drive to Omaha Beach for a photo stop before continuing to the American Cemetery of Normandy, on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. More than 9,300 men and 4 women who died while serving in the US forces are buried here, making it the largest of more than 20 war cemeteries in Normandy. We will then continue to the town of Arromanches-les-Bainsfor a visit to the D-Day Landing Museum. It is located between Utah and Omaha Beaches (US Troops) to the west, and Sword (UK) and Juno (Canadian Troops) to the east. From the museum, you can still see parts of the temporary port built here. After visiting the museum, we will stop for lunch, then continue to a photo stop at Juno Beach. End the day with a stop at nearby Ranville, the first French village liberated on D-Day. Return to the hotel where you will have the rest of the evening at leisure. (B, L)
Day 5 – Normandy
Today, you will indulge in some of Normandy’s most famous flavors: cheese and cider. The rolling hills of the Normandy countryside produce several famous cheeses, including Camembert, Livarot, Pont-l’Evêque and Neufchâtel. In the morning you will visit a fromagerie and sample some of these local cheeses. After free time for lunch at a nearby town we will then visit a cider distillery. You will learn how they grow, harvest and squeeze apples for juice, cider, vinegar and calvados, an apple flavored brandy. We will then continue to the city of Caen, founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The city was heavily damaged during the war but has healed and rebuilt over time. It is now the second-largest city in the Normandy region and houses the Caen Memorial Museum. During our city tour we will visit the museum to learn more about WWII, the impacts of the war on the region and the effects of war in general. At the end of the tour, we will then sit down to dinner, our last group meal in France, before heading back to the hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 – Normandy to Brighton
Check out of your hotel, then transfer to the Paris airport for your flight to England. Upon arrival, we will transfer south to the coastal town of Brighton. Your hotel is right on the water and just a couple blocks away from the iconic Brighton Palace Pier and Marina. The hotel’s Seaview bar and lounge on the promenade offers unrivalled views of the pier and seafront. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B)
Day 7 – Brighton
Today you have free time to explore Brighton on your own. Relax at your seaside hotel, walk down the Brighton Palace Pier, take a dip in the ocean (or the hotel’s heated pool), pop into the town’s quaint shops, and take a stroll along the beach. Brighton also offers several museums, art galleries and public parks. The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is a former royal residence built in the 18th century that is open to visitors. Anyone wanting a panoramic view can visit Brighton i360, an observation tower with 360-degree views of the area. Head to a local pub for a pint and some fish and chips, indulge at an upscale seafood restaurant, or simply enjoy the delights of afternoon tea served with scones and clotted cream (the Mock Turtle Tea Shop is just around the corner from your hotel). The choice is yours! You have the entire day at leisure to enjoy your last day on land. (B)
Day 8 – Brighton to Southampton for Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port in Southampton, where you will board the Azamara Journey for an 11-night cruise to France, Spain and Portugal. (B)
Day 9-17 – Cruising on board the Azamara Journey (see below for cruise highlights)
Day 18 – Lisbon Shore Excursion
After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive shore excursion in Lisbon. Predating Rome by about 400 years, Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe. From its historic tradition as a maritime center to its modern-day culture and art, Lisbon is a lively city full of passion and history. Today we will learn about Lisbon and Portuguese culture as we tour the downtown neighborhoods. Keep your cameras out – around each corner is a postcard scene of fountains, arches, tile panels and beautiful river views.
Start the day with a ride on the city’s famous cable car up to the hilltop neighborhood of Bairo Alto. Laid out in 1513, it is one of the most historic neighborhoods of Lisbon and, as it is situated at the top of a hill, offers sweeping views of the city below. We will walk along the cobblestone streets, historic buildings and city squares to Chiado, Lisbon’s shopping and theatre district. Stroll past high-end boutiques, cafés and theatres, most in buildings dating back to the 1700s, and enjoy more panoramic views of the city. Then, indulge in an upscale lunch at a Michelin Star restaurant. After lunch, we will travel further back in time as we explore the old Alfama neighborhood and historic 11th-century castle. Take a ride on a tuk-tuk for an exciting experience through small roads and cobblestone streets not accessible by bus before arriving at Saint George’s Castle, a Moorish structure dating back to the Medieval period. From its hilltop location, it provides a sweeping panoramic view over historic Lisbon. End the day with a cocktail at a rooftop bar overlooking the river before heading back to the ship. (L)
Day 19 – Lisbon Disembarkation
Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Journey and meet your guide for a full-day city tour to Setubal, situated on the south side of the Tagus River. Our first stop will beat a tile factory, where you will learn about this unique local art. You’ll have the opportunity to paint a tile yourself while learning about the different techniques used in the process.
We will continue our tour with a drive through the Arrabida National Park, passing craggy cliffs and scenic beaches along the way. We will then stop at the Livramento Market, where a local chef will guide us through the local market and explain the traditional ingredients and dishes of Portuguese cuisine. We will then head to a nearby restaurant for lunch. End the day with a visit to the Jose Maria Da Fonseca winery for a tour and tasting of their regional specialty: Moscatel dessert wine. Return to central Lisbon and check in to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 20 – Lisbon
Today we will travel outside of the capital city and visit the magical coastlines, palaces and quaint towns of Sintra. First, we will visit the Queluz National Palace, an 18th-century royal residence nestled halfway in between Lisbon and Sintra. Often referred to as the “Portuguese Versailles”, the palace’s extravagant interior rooms showcase Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical designs.
We will then head inland toward the fairytale town of Sintra. Enjoy some free time in the historical center, where you can stroll along the cobblestone paths lined with shops and cafés.
Overlooking the town on top of the hill is the romantic Pena Palace. Constructed in 1842 as a summer home for the Portuguese Royal family, today it is a national monument as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest with over five hundred different species of trees originating from the four corners of the earth.
After free time for lunch and shopping in Sintra, we will then drive along the dramatic coastline. Our first stop along the coast will be at Cape Roca, the most western point of continental Europe. As you gaze out into the Atlantic, you’ll hear the thunderous waves crashing against the steep cliffs below. We will then continue to Cascais, a fashionable coastal town. After strolling along the esplanade and beaches, we will then sit down to dinner at a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Return to your hotel in Lisbon. (B, D)
Day 21 – Lisbon
Today we will explore the neighborhood of Belem, which rests along the banks of the Tagus River on the outskirts of the city. 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. Then, dive into the history of the Age of Discovery with a visit the Maritime Museum, located within the west wing of the Jeronimos Monastery, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Prince Henry the Navigator to Vasco de Gama, you’ll gain an appreciation for the Portuguese’s leading role in maritime navigation and exploration. The current building replaced a smaller church on the same site, as its location allowed the monks to aid seafarers from the nearby harbor. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a Portuguese favorite, Pastel de Belem (“Pastry of Belem”) before returning to your hotel in central Lisbon.
This evening, we will enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal in the heart of the city. While dining, enjoy the ambiance of the cozy restaurant while professional Fado singers showcase their unique style of music. Fado is on UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. (B, D)
Day 22 – Lisbon
This morning, you will take a scenic drive east of Lisbon to the Alentejo region, where Portugal produces some of its finest wines. As we drive through the “Meseta Central”, the largest and oldest plateau in the Iberian Peninsula, you’ll glimpse life in the countryside as we pass cork trees, olive trees, vineyards, and more. A stop will be made in Evora, the capital of the Alentejo region, to see its old town center which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the historic center, including a visit to the unusual Chapel of Bones. We will then visit a nearby winery in the heart of the Alentejo wine region for a tour of the vineyards. Our last meal together as a group will be presented at the winery, made with fresh produce from the estate. Relax on the drive back to Lisbon as you pass by vineyards and pastures. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (B, L)
Day 23 – Lisbon
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Note: if you wish to spend more time in Lisbon, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one or two nights to your Lisbon 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.
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands: Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown Dependency off the coast of France, British by virtue of the Norman invasion of England in 1066, and the subsequent merging of the two territories.
St. Peter Port overlooks the harbor, with rows of brightly painted houses, and terraced gardens. The island is ideal for rambles along cliffside paths and through the bucolic interior.
While traditional fishing, flower growing, and dairy farming are still important, Guernsey’s favorable tax climate has of late brought an influx of offshore banks and insurance companies, with their attendant bistros and boutiques.
Bordeaux, France: Bordeaux’s fortunes have long been tied to viticulture, beginning with an expansion of the wine trade with England in the 14th century. As a result it is a handsome and cohesive city of uniform classical and neoclassical style, with monumental buildings and many fine mansions financed by the almighty grape.
The nearby countryside is alive with wine chateaux sporting impressive appellations such as Pauillac, Sauternes, Margaux, and Saint-Emilion. A visit is an excellent opportunity to learn more about wine production and appreciation, which of course requires a considerable amount of tasting to accomplish.
St. Jean de Luz, France: One of France’s most picturesque beach retreats, St. Jean de Luz is a prosperous Basque town best known for its architecture and cuisine.
A prosperous fishing port, it grew rich in the 16th century from fishing and whaling, supplemented by piracy that was backed by the French king. In fact many of the handsome old houses in town were built on the proceeds.
In the magnificent Church of St John the Baptist, with its fabulous baroque altar, the Sun King, Louis XIV King of France, married Marie-Therese of Spain in 1660.
Bilbao, Spain: If Bilbao wasn’t always a household name, it was transformed with the opening of Frank Gehry’s groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum in 1997.
Located in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao became an instant media darling and tourist mecca.
And that was just the beginning of an exciting phase of development in infrastructure and cultural activity, which combined with the Basque love of food, wine, and laughter, solidified the city’s place in the annals of tourism.
Gijon, Spain: While not as overtly glamorous as some of Spain’s other coastal cities, Gijón is the apple of the Bay of Biscay’s eye. And speaking of the fruit, what wine is to Rioja, cider is to Gijón and the surrounding region, Asturias. Follow the Cider Trail—a guided tour to some of the best cider houses and restaurants in the city—to get a taste for this important cultural tradition.
For more local culture, the Ecological and Crafts Market of Gijón features local crafts made in traditional methods, from environmentally friendly materials. More than just a place to pick up a unique souvenir for the folks back home, the Crafts Market is a fascinating glimpse into the historic arts and crafts of the area.
La Coruna, Spain: You would be hard-pressed to find a city more shaped and impacted by the sea than La Coruna, Spain. You can see this influence in the Roman Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated stone lighthouse. Standing guard over the city, the 180-foot Tower marks one end of the spectacular Paseo Marítimo promenade—one of the longest in Europe—and has been in operation since approximately the 2nd century AD. Walk some or all of the eight-mile long promenade to see some of the city’s other waterfront highlights like the Marina, Castelo de San Antón, the Millennium monument, and the most popular beaches—Orzán and Riazor.
The strong nautical influence can also be seen in the characteristic glazed window balconies (also known as galerias) that give La Coruna its nickname the Glass City. Based off of the design of the back of a warship, this signature architectural feature can be seen in the traditional fishermen’s homes along the harbor, so remember to look up, way up, when exploring the streets.
Porto, Portugal: At the mouth of the Rio Douro lies the city of Porto, known mostly for its port wine trade.
With origins dating back to the 5th century, there is plenty to see in this town that was named European Capital of Culture in 2001. Stroll the Ribeira neighborhood along the river, explore the Cathedral area, or tour the port lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia across the river.
Savoring a taste of tawny port, tripe, and seafood while here is highly recommended.
Lisbon, Portugal – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Portugal. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.
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.
The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. 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, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. 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. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. 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.
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, including the famed wine region of Bordeaux. The post-cruise program in Portugal will include melodies of Fado, artistry of ceramic tiles, historic architecture and culinary delights.
You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to each region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of 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.
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.
While on tour:
Paris to Normandy: 2.5-hour coach transfer
Normandy to Omaha Beach: 1.5-hour coach transfer
Normandy to Brighton: 3-hour coach transfer to Paris airport, 1.5-hour flight, 1-hour coach transfer to Brighton
Lisbon to Sintra: 45-minute coach transfer
Lisbon to Evora: 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.
Included international 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.
Special Offer—Ends 12/31: Receive up to $400 Onboard Credit per stateroom. Call for details!
Although the Enrichment Journey program includes a tour in Paris, the focus of that tour is on culture and culinary experiences. The included tour does not include visits to Paris’ top tourist attractions. With this optional hotel extension, you will arrive in Paris one day early, giving you time to explore Paris on your own (and adjust to the new time zone in a relaxed way) before the Enrichment Journey program starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $325 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:
Want more time in Lisbon? With this optional extension, you will stay for one additional night in Lisbon, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $150 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:
|09/01/2023||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Ocean View (8)||$12,932||$9,699||$3,233||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda (V3)||$13,999||$10,499||$3,500||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Veranda Plus (P3)||$14,132||$10,599||$3,533||CALL FOR DETAILS|
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call for a quote.
|Boston||$300||John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$450|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$500||San Diego||$500|
|Washington – Dulles||$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.
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.
1, rue Scribe 75009 Paris
Phone: (+33)1 44 71 24 24
The Sofitel Scribe Paris Opéra has been beating to the vibrant rhythm of Paris for over 150 years. A key player in Parisian life, the hotel Scribe has written a new page in its history. The new design by Atelier Tristan Auer combines faultless service within the intimacy of a Haussmann residence in the heart of the capital.
Nestled in the heart of the right bank, the hotel is ideally just located steps away from the Opera Garnier, Place Vendôme and the most exclusive department stores.
2 Rue Breney, Deauville, 14800, France
Phone: (+33)2 31 87 30 00
Ideally located in the heart of Deauville, two steps away from the casino and the CID, and opposite the marina, the Mercure Deauville Centre hotel gives you the opportunity to visit its beautiful 4-star building. Traditional architecture with timbered houses, family duplexes, contemporary design … The soothing atmosphere and the quality services of this Mercure hotel will give you complete satisfaction, both for relaxation and work.
King’s Road, Brighton BN1 2GS England
Phone: +44 1273 206700
Brighton is a vibrant and eclectic seaside city, known for its relaxed atmosphere, and Leonardo Royal Hotel Brighton Waterfront, formerly Jurys Inn, is the perfect reflection of the vibe in this colourful place. If you are looking for a seafront hotel that is just minutes from the famous pier and close to some of the region’s best shops and theatres, then Leonardo Royal Hotel Brighton Waterfront is ideal. The hotel also boasts great amenities such as 24 hour room-service, Juvenate Health & Leisure club with indoor pool and beauty treatment rooms, stylish restaurant and bar serving classic delicious dishes throughout the day, an all day Costa Coffee bar.
Avda. da Liberdade, 180 B, 1250-146 Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +35 121 3514060
With its outstanding location on the Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s elegant, tree-lined main avenue, the NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade, formerly known as NH Lisboa Liberdade, is right in the heart of the city and an exceptional place for your stay. Browse Avenida’s designer boutiques featuring international luxury brands like Chanel, Versace and Gucci. Stroll to the city’s historical center and explore the sights, bars and restaurants, The expert Guest Relations team can point out the city’s hidden gems.
The hotel’s 83 freshly renovated rooms offer contemporary elegance and a relaxing atmosphere. Take in outstanding views of St Jorge’s castle and the Tagus River from some of the rooms. Enjoy high-quality coffee with your own Nespresso machine. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi.
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.
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, casinos and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer 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 high percentage 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!
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 December 2022, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone may have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) for travel in starting in November 2023.US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS prior to their travel towards Europe to be allowed to enter the territory. Although this Journey ends prior to that start date, we recommend all clients check the official ETIAS website a couple months prior to travel, just to confirm. 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.
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 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.
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 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:
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 keywords and phrases:
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.
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/portuguese/ for more phrases with sound.
UK and Ireland: English (below are some differences between British and American English)
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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