On this Mediterranean voyage, you’ll experience three distinctive countries and cultures in a week. It starts in Rome and continues to the Tuscan port of Livorno and Portofino, at the heart of the Italian Riviera. Next up is France, with stops in the chic Riviera towns of Monaco and St. Tropez—late departures at 11 p.m. from each port provides time to see them glittering at night. You’ll also spend a day in Marseille, where you can experience both the urban attractions of this large French port and venture to nearby hill towns. You’ll end your cruise in Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya and Spain’s second largest city. Its fantastical architecture and tapas scene may even persuade you to extend your post-cruise stay.
Few cruises manage to fit such a diversity of destinations into such a short itinerary while still delivering meaningful, authentic experiences. It’s a testament to Azamara’s mission of destination immersion.
Itinerary / 8 DaysPLAN YOUR TRIP
DAY 2Livorno and Florence
The Portofino Walking Tour & Brown Castle excursion gives a tidy overview. You’ll begin with the Castello Brown on a small hill overlooking Portofino. The castle’s name comes from its 19th-century owner, a British consul general to Italy. After exploring the house and its Mediterranean gardens, you’ll tour the Church of St. George where the bones of the saint are said to be buried. Then you’ll continue to the lovely piazzetta, located alongside the harbor, where you will have some leisure time to explore the town.
The Visit of Old Monaco excursion sets out from the historic heart and takes in all the main sights. You’ll visit the city’s casino and its square and then your guide will lead you up narrow streets to the Prince’s Palace. While you can’t enter the palace, you will visit the cathedral, where Princess Grace is buried, and the Oceanographic Museum, located in a Baroque revival building. After driving the route of the Grand Prix circuit, you’ll return to Casino Square, where you will have time to enjoy lunch, explore further, or try your luck at the Grand Casino.
The Aix-en-Provence with French Pastry Lesson excursion begins with a tour of this lovely medieval town that has charmed countless artists and writers, most notably Paul Cézanne. You’ll have lunch on your own at one of the restaurants specializing in Provencal cuisine, before meeting up with a local pastry chef, where you’ll learn to create some of France’s signature treats. You’ll be able to take some back to your ship to share with fellow Azamara guests at dinner.
With your ship docked in Barcelona for the night, you can explore the city well after dark. The AzAmazing Evening—A Spanish Evening is one unforgettable experience available only to Azamara guests. At the 11th-century Sant Marçal Cerdanyola Castle, you will be greeted in the gardens by waiters with trays of canapés, goat cheese, and almonds as well as glasses of bubbly cava. A concert by Rumba Catalana, whose flamenco performances are inspired by Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, takes place as you enjoy your drink and appetizers. The second act of the performance unfolds in a typical Spanish tavern in the castle. It’s a lively celebration of authentic music, culture, food, and drink.