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Mediterranean Golf & Wine Extravaganza with Azamara

Mediterranean Golf & Wine Extravaganza with Azamara

£5399 per person

14 Nights | 5 Rounds | May 30 – June 13 2023

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 14-night, 5-round golf and sightseeing voyage which connects the Mediterranean with the Irish Sea.

This cruise with less than 700 guests onboard the outstanding Azamara Pursuit begins in Barcelona, then visits seven captivating ports including MalagaGibraltarLisbonPortoBilbaoBordeaux and Milford Haven, before concluding in Dublin, the lively capital city of Ireland.

Playing golf on five outstanding courses with rounds including Finca Cortesin, Oitavos Dunes, Estela, Uraburu, and Golf du Medoc.

We include an overnight in port in Lisbon, and two overnights in port in Bordeaux, a real opportunity to enjoy and get to know these cities in a bit more depth.

A highlight will also be our planned daylight navigation of the Garonne River right into the heart of Bordeaux.

Azamara Pursuit, which serves as our perfect floating boutique hotel and clubhouse, is a mid-sized luxury vessel nimble enough to access smaller ports yet large enough to provide every amenity you would expect, from a choice of fine dining and live entertainment, to a well-equipped gym and full-service spa.

Forty-six suites are available with English butler style service which routinely book early.

Sailing schedules often include extended stays in port plus the occasional overnight which allows for a truly immersive experience.  Better still, these cruises are inclusive of a selection of beers, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees plus wine with lunch and dinner along with gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff.

Azamara also proudly boasts two unique signature events on each cruise – an AzAmazing Evening℠ and the White Night party – complimentary to all guests and consistently well received.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

ONBOARD DINING

  • Aqualina (Italian Cuisine)
  • Prime C (Steakhouse)
  • Chef’s Table
  • Windows Café (Casual Dining & Snacks)

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES

  • Living Room
  • The Quest Shop
  • Indulgences (Fine Jewelry)
  • White Night Parties

SPA & FITNESS

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
14 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Barcelona - Dublin
  • Departure Time
    Embark / 6:00PM
  • Return Time
    Disembark / 9:00AM
  • Dress Code
    In keeping with our friendly yet sophisticated onboard environment, Azamara encourage guests to follow a “resort casual” dress code
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PORTS OF CALL:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Malaga, Spain
  • Gibraltar, United Kingdom
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Leixões (Porto), Portugal
  • Bilbao (San Sebastian), Spain
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Dublin, Ireland

VOYAGE ITINERARY

MAY 30, TUESDAY: BARCELONA, SPAIN (EMBARK BY 3:30PM / SAIL 5:00PM)
Embark Azamara Pursuit beginning at 1:00PM. All aboard by 3:30PM.
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants.
SIGHTSEEING: Barcelona is the 11th most visited city in the world according to MasterCard’s Global Destinations Index and 3rd most popular in Europe behind London and Paris.
There’s a lot to like in this Olympic City (1992) from the food to the beaches, the weather and the night life. For many visitors however Barcelona is about architecture, especially the work of Antoni Gaudi.
Azamara ships will almost always dock at the foot of Las Ramblas just steps from the Christopher Columbus statue. You will literally walk off the ship and into the city. No taxi required!
Overnight: At Sea
MAY 31, WEDNESDAY: AT SEA
Today it’s time to relax and reset. Make your reservations early for The Sanctum Spa, a world-class wellness facility offering a full range of health, beauty, and restorative treatments.
Complimentary fitness and nutrition classes are available along with a fully equipped gym on Deck 9 offering magnificent sea views. There’s room for everyone on the Pool Deck both in and out of the sun.
Service to your lounge chair is available from The Pool Bar where the attentive staff is always ready to offer an inclusive cocktail, beer, bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel.
The Patio restaurant serves casual fare during the day then completely transforms itself into a sit-down al fresco dining experience at night with table linens and candles.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 1, THURSDAY: MALAGA, SPAIN (8:00AM / 10:00PM)
GOLF: Finca Cortesin is ranked as one of Spain’s finest golf courses by Golf Digest Magazine. Cabell B. Robinson’s design beautifully complements the natural landscape.
It provides a perfect balance between 20 varieties of flora, the typical Mediterranean forest, and the perfectly manicured bermuda grasses of the golf course.
Finca Cortesin played host to the prestigious Volvo World Match Play Championship for 3 years, with many of the world’s finest professionals competing.
Overnight – At Sea
JUNE 2, FRIDAY: GIBRALTAR, UNITED KINGDOM (8:00AM / 4:00PM)
The Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold rising nearly 1,400 feet out of nowhere located in a strategic position at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula.
It overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar and is linked to Spain by a narrow isthmus. Most of the upper Rock, starting just above the town, is a nature reserve with spectacular views accessible by cable car.
Gibraltar is imposing but small.
It measures less than six square kilometres and is inhabited by around 30,000 people made up of Gibraltarians, British, Moroccans, Indians and Spanish.
There is a colony of the famous, camera-hogging Barbary apes who run free in a semi-wild state. Gibraltar is a British self-governing colony and a member of the European Union by virtue of Britain's membership.
Overnight – At Sea
JUNE 3, SATURDAY: LISBON, PORTUGAL (1:00PM / IN PORT)
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world.
Its magnificent harbour made it a logical trading port as far back as the Phoenicians, as well as a departure point for 15th century voyages sponsored by Prince Henry the Navigator, patron of Portuguese explorers.
The city is rich in architecture, from Romanesque and Gothic to postmodern, and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards.
Today it is seeking a place on the world stage by hosting, in addition to its own active cultural calendar, film festivals, art, fashion and design shows, book fairs, marathons, and rock concerts.
Overnight: In Port - Lisbon, Portugal
JUNE 4, SUNDAY: LISBON, PORTUGAL (IN PORT / 5:00PM)
GOLF: Oitavos Dunes is located on the most westerly tip of Europe and mixes wondrous views of the Atlantic Ocean against the stunning backdrop of the Sintra Mountains.
Oitavos was designed by the renowned Arthur Hills and is one of two European Courses that bear his name.
The course was inaugurated in 2001 and has been ranked in the top 100 in the world. Oitavos Dunes is a par 71 course that measures 6,900 yards from the competition tees.
The layout is a lovely mixture of woodland and link-type holes that capitalize on the existing landscape.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 5, MONDAY: PORTO, PORTUGAL (9:00AM / 6:00PM)
GOLF: Private and exclusive, Estela is located a half-hour drive from Porto, shaggy dunes border narrow fairways on a 6,800-yard layout that includes two miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline.
The spectacular scenery is complemented by the excellent condition of the penncross bentgrass greens and tifton bermuda fairways.
Duarte Sottomayor, who studied golf course architecture under the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Sr., designed Estela with the touch of a minimalist, allowing stiff breezes and the natural terrain to create a formidable, enjoyable challenge.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 6, TUESDAY: AT SEA
Today it’s time to relax and reset.
Make your reservations early for The Sanctum Spa, a world-class wellness facility offering a full range of health, beauty and restorative treatments.
Service to your lounge chair is available from The Pool Bar where the attentive staff is always ready to offer an inclusive cocktail, beer, bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel.
The Patio restaurant serves casual fare during the day then completely transforms itself into a sit-down al fresco dining experience at night with table linens and candles.
Elegant specialty dining is available for beef at Prime C and Italian at Aqualina. Windows Café serves casual buffet dining with every imaginable choice indoors and out at the sensational Sunset Bar.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 7, WEDNESDAY: BILBAO, SPAIN (8:00AM / 8:00PM)
GOLF: Uraburu Golf was designed by revered two times Masters Champion José María Olazabal, a native of this area.
Each hole is an example of the marriage of golf and its surroundings, highlighted by centennial oaks, conifers and other native trees, providing magical surroundings and views for the golfer.
The beauty of the course lies in its diversity, and it provides an outstanding experience for the visiting golfer.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 8, THURSDAY: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (7:00PM / IN PORT)
Enjoy a leisurely morning at sea, and an afternoon of scenic navigation of the Garonne River right into the heart of Bordeaux.
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 estates 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.
Overnight: In Port - Bordeaux, France
JUNE 9, FRIDAY: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (IN PORT / IN PORT)
GOLF: Golf du Medoc crafted from the genius of American architect Bill Coore, this Scottish links style course opened in 1989 and has earned its reputation for immaculate putting surfaces.
Consistently ranked in the top 100 in Continental Europe, the Chateaux course evokes images of classics such as Sunningdale and Swinley in the British Isles, combining heather, gorse, broom and, of course, the menacing wind. No. 11 is a intriguing risk / reward par-4.
A creek bisects the fairway and demands a decision, offering bold and conservative routes to the green.
Overnight: In Port – Bordeaux, France
JUNE 10, SATURDAY: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (IN PORT / 4:00PM)
Another opportunity to enjoy Bordeaux prior to our late afternoon departure, when we make the scenic navigation of the Garonne River before heading back out to sea.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 11, SUNDAY: AT SEA
Today it’s time to relax and reset.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 12, MONDAY: MILFORD HAVEN, WALES (8:00AM / 5:00PM)
The delightful Milford Haven developed as a whaling town in the late 17th century due to its position sitting on the shores of the largest estuary in Wales and with one the deepest natural harbours in the world.
Naval dockyards, passenger liners, and a fishing fleet all pepper the town’s past. It’s history can be dated back to the Vikings in 854 when chieftain Hubba wintered his fleet of 23 ships in the Haven.
Since then Milford has been used in many campaigns; Richard ll used Milford haven to launch his attacks on Ireland in 1399 as did Cromwell and his army in 1649.
The quayside now boasts an impressive collection of cafes, restaurants, and upscale shops.
Overnight: At Sea
JUNE 13, TUESDAY: DUBLIN, IRELAND (6:00AM / DISEMBARK AT 9:00AM)
Disembark Azamara Pursuitat 9:00AM

Location

FINCA CORTESIN: MALAGA, SPAIN

Finca Cortesin is ranked as one of Spain’s finest golf courses by Golf Digest Magazine.
Cabell B. Robinson’s design beautifully complements the natural landscape. It provides a perfect balance between 20 varieties of flora, the typical Mediterranean forest and the perfectly manicured bermuda grasses of the golf course.
Finca Cortesin played host to the prestigious Volvo World Match Play Championship for 3 years, with many of the world’s finest professional competing.

OITAVOS DUNES GOLF CLUB: CASCAIS, PORTUGAL

Oitavos Dunes is located on the most westerly tip of Europe and mixes wondrous views of the Atlantic Ocean with the stunning backdrop of the Sintra Mountains.
Oitavos was designed by the renowned Arthur Hills and is one of only two European Courses that bear his name.
The course is a recent addition to the area in golfing terms and was inaugurated in 2001 while now ranking in the world’s top 100 courses.
Oitavos Dunes is a par 71 course that measure 6,300m from the competition tees.
The course is a lovely mixture of woodland and links-type holes that make the most of the existing landscape.

ESTELA GOLF CLUB: PÓVOA DE VARZIM, PORTUGAL

Private and exclusive, Estela is located a half-hour drive from Porto, shaggy dunes border narrow fairways on a 6,800-yard layout that includes two miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline.
The spectacular scenery is complemented by the excellent condition of the Penncross Bentgrass greens and Tifton Bermuda fairways.
Duarte Sottomayor, who studied golf course architecture under the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Sr., designed Estela with the touch of a minimalist, allowing stiff breezes and the natural terrain to create a formidable, enjoyable challenge.

URABURU GOLF: BILBAO, SPAIN

Uraburu Golf was designed by the revered two times Masters Champion José María Olazabal, a native of this area.
Each hole is a an example of the marriage of golf and its surroundings, highlighted by centennial oaks, conifers and other native trees, providing magical surroundings and views for the golfer.
The beauty of the course lies in its diversity, and it provides an outstanding experience for the visiting golfer.

GOLF DU MÉDOC - LES CHATEAUX COURSE: LE PIAN-MÉDOC, FRANCE

Crafted from the genius of American architect Bill Coore, Les Châteaux at Golf du Médoc is a Scottish links style course opened in 1989 and has earned its reputation for immaculate putting surfaces.
Consistently ranked in the top 100 in Continental Europe, the Chateaux course evokes images of classics such as Sunningdale and Swinley in the British Isles, combining heather, gorse, broom and, of course, the menacing wind. No. 11 is a intriguing risk / reward par-4.
A creek bisects the fairway and demands a decision, offering bold and conservative routes to the green.
offering bold and conservative routes to the green.
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