Special is valid from 14th February 2018 to 29th August 2018.
**JUST CRUISES EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL**
Your Fly, Cruise & Stay Package Includes:
- Economy class airfare from Sydney to Barcelona, returning from Rome on full service airline, including air taxes
- 3 nights accommodation in a 4 star centrally located hotel in Barcelona
- 7 night luxury Azamara Journey cruise from Barcelona to Rome including:
- All main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
- Complimentary house spirits, international beers and wines
- Most onboard entertainment
- Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings event on most voyages
- Complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
- Gratuities for waitstaff, bar staff and housekeeping
- Complimentary self service laundry
- Concierge service for person guidance and reservations
- Shuttle service to and from port communities (where available)
- All port/govt. charges
- 3 nights accommodation in a 4 star centrally located hotel in Rome
Price does not include:
Prices are based on flights from Sydney. Please ask us for prices from Melbourne, Brisbane or other Australian cities.
*Conditions Apply: Offer correct as at 16Apr18 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Outside and Balcony cabins may have obstructed views. Air fare & taxes are based ex Sydney and are subject to change until paid in full. Accommodation rates may be based on instant purchase prices, in order to keep prices low. Please ask your consultant at time of enquiry if you require more flexible accommodation payment conditions. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Prices are subject to live availability at time of booking. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the listed prices shown here may vary from the live prices in our booking system.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Barcelona to Rome aboard Azamara Journey.
Sunset No. 1, Marseille. Walk to the quays of the old port, pick up a French croissant and sit on a bench to watch boats coming in. (Or travel to posh Aix-en-Provence, and watch the sun set as you sip a pastis at a cafe on the chic Cours Mirabeau. Or gaze up at the Palace of the Popes in Avignon after sunset – it will be lit and will take your breath away.)
Sunset No. 2, Cannes. After a day on the seaside promenade, head up the hill to Le Suquet, the old town, and take part in the pastime of the French Riviera: people (and sunset) watching in a sidewalk cafe.
Sunset No. 3, Monte-Carlo. First explore the Palace of the Grimaldis, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Then head to one of the terraces in the Grand Casino and toast the sun setting into the Mediterranean Sea.
Sunset No. 4, Porto Venere, Italy. Walk the path that meanders down to the rocky edge of the Bay of Poets and swim in memory of Byron and Shelley. Then walk up to the Church of San Pietro. From this fantastic Gothic site on the cliff, the view of the sea and the sunset is amazing.
The last sunset will be in Rome, and no matter where you happen to be, it will be perfect.
Highlights of this cruise:
Dynamic Barcelona is all about architecture, from the magnificent medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernist movement typified by the work of Antoni Gaudi. Though his materials were stone and metal, his forms were organic, awash in curves, swirls, and colors. His masterpiece is the amazing Church of the Sagrada Familia, colossal and as yet unfinished, though construction began in 1882. A contemporary contribution to the scene is Ricardo Bofill's post modernist National Theater of Catalonia, an imaginative combination of classical and modern design, with a greenhouse-like lobby.
Port Vendres, France
When you travel to Port-Vendres, be prepared for your imagination to kick into over-drive. Charming red roofs and stone buildings will invite romantic notions about how life once was in this important commercial port.
But if you really want to get lost in the fantastical qualities of the area, take a quick jaunt to some of the nearby towns like Carcassonne, where a medieval castle complete with 52 towers and nearly two miles of stone walls has stood for more than 2,500 years. When you walk the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can almost hear the clash of swords engaged in ancient battle.
You could also head to Cadaqués, a charming town just over the border in Spain that has hosted some of the most famous and influential artists of the modern era. In fact, Salvador Dalí lived here and his home has been turned into a world-famous museum. “Well, hello Dali!”
Or simply hang out in Port-Vendres and enjoy the local sights and perhaps a meal of fresh seafood like sea perch, tuna, or sardines paired with the region’s renowned Collioure wines, followed by a Banyuls dessert wine.
An intriguing mix of modern industry and ancient grandeur, the 2,600-year-old port of Marseilles can seem as if you’re on a round-the-world journey just by walking through the streets. For example, the colorful Noailles Market will have you feeling like you’ve been whisked away to North Africa, before the fragrant scent of bouillabaisse brings you firmly back to France.
Watch fishermen auction off the catch of the day in le Vieux Port area or visit the Musée des Civilisatons de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée for insight into the history and culture of Marseilles. Wander the charming labyrinth of narrow lanes and interesting shops in La Panier, the city’s oldest neighborhood. Stock up on Savon de Marseille (locally made soap), or perhaps purchase a complete set of santons, hand-carved nativity figures sold by talented artisans.
And don’t forget to indulge in a glass of pastis—an alcoholic beverage made with aniseed and spice that turns an enticing shade of yellow once water is added. Order it like a pro by asking for “un Ricard, s’il vous plait” and then mix to your taste (the traditional method is one part pastis to five parts water). Et voilà!
Lights, camera, Cannes! Perhaps best known for the eponymous film festival that happens ever year, this charming port has plenty more to see than just celebrities and socialites. (Though, keep your eyes peeled because you never know who might be driving those Ferraris and Maseratis!)
Get ready for your close-up with a stroll along Le Promenade de la Croisette, the place to see and been seen in Cannes. Find the perfect pair of oversized sunglasses in one of the many luxury boutiques (Prada, anyone?) and then sit back and people watch with a glass of rosé at a chic waterfront café.
To see more of this seaside paradise, head to Le Suquet (the old town) to traverse winding cobblestone streets and zigzagging staircases. Gourmands will want to head for rue Meynardiers for shops carrying delicacies like creamy Brie and colorful macarons. The street also leads to Marché Forville, a covered market, where you’ll find local fig jam, charcuterie, and fresh flowers to tempt your senses.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo is a place with a reputation that’s far bigger than its mere 0.76 square miles. It’s the kind of place where professional athletes, royals, socialites, and Bond villains (or the actors who play them) rub elbows while searching for elusive lady luck. Come prepared to be amazed by the opulence, by the breathtaking beautiful surroundings, and for some of the finest people watching this side of the Atlantic.
The Grand Casino is not to be missed, even for non-gamblers. Let it ride, bet it all on black, or simply marvel at the decadence of your luxurious surroundings.
Not into burning money? How about burning rubber? The prestigious Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix race has been held here since 1929. Get the authentic experience by renting a performance car to take you for a spin around the route, if you’re not here to see the real thing.
After your thrill ride, take a walk through the medieval village, known as “The Rock” in the heart of Monte-Carlo. And if you happen to end up in France, don’t worry. Simply cross the street and you’ll be back across the border faster than you can say “jackpot”.
When you picture classic Italian romance (think Lady-and-the-Tramp-sharing-a-plate-of-spaghetti-and-meatballs-while-staring-into-each-other’s-eyes romance), the setting could be Portovenere.
Set on the Gulf of Poets (Golfo dei Poeti), Portovenere served as inspiration for the works of English poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley in the early 1800s, which speaks volumes for just how romantic this idyllic seaside village really is.
Stroll along winding cobblestone streets to San Pietro Church, which sits upon a site that’s believed to have once been a temple to Venus, or Venere in Italian, which is where Portovenere got its name. Look up and you’ll see the imposing Doria Castle, which was built by the Genoans to loom over Portovenere like a dark, menacing storm cloud (although the view from the site is anything but gloomy!).
Meander along the harbor promenade lined with colorful houses and restaurants serving freshly caught seafood, or enjoy a glass of vino at one of the waterfront bars. But make sure you visit Grotta Dell’Arpaia, where Lord Byron used to swim and relax during the 1820s. It’s easy to see how Byron was inspired to write some of his most romantic works here.
Ah, Florence—sublime birthplace of the Renaissance, its historic center full to bursting with elegant squares, imposing palaces, magnificent churches, and museums with such an abundance of riches it could make an art lover weep for joy.
The list of illustrious names connected with this city is mind-boggling: Botticelli, Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo. Other colorful and fascinating characters were of dubious reputation: Machiavelli, and the religious extremist Savonarola, with his bonfire of the vanities. For many years the city was ruled by the powerful Medici family, patrons of the arts and bankers to the papacy, whose line included six kings and two popes.
Rome has something special to offer to all visitors, no matter their interests and tastes. Whether you daydream about fighting with gladiators in the Coliseum, debating with togaed senators in the Forum, tossing a coin in a fabled fountain, or being awestruck by the magnificence of St Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s masterpieces, Rome seems to live up to its sobriquet – the Eternal City. When you need sustenance, today’s Rome will provide delizioso pasta e vino. Or perhaps you draw strength from a little retail therapy – the Italians are also renowned for their sense of style.
|25/09||Fly from Sydney to Barcelona|
|26/09||Arrive Barcelona - own way to hotel|
|27/09||Barcelona at leisure|
|28/09||Barcelona at leisure|
|29/09||Barcelona - Own way to port - Embark cruise|
|29/09||Barcelona, Spain||06:00 PM|
|30/09||Port Vendres, France||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|01/10||Marseilles, France||08:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|02/10||Cannes, France||08:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|03/10||Monte Carlo, Monaco||08:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|04/10||Portovenere, Italy||09:00 AM||09:00 PM|
|05/10||Livorno, (Florence, Pisa) Italy||07:30 AM||07:00 PM|
|06/10||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||06:00 AM|
|06/10||Disembark cruise - Own way to hotel|
|07/10||Rome at leisure|
|08/10||Rome at leisure|
|09/10||Rome - Own way to airport - Fly to Sydney|
|11/10||Arrive in Sydney|