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Pre Solheim Cup Cruise with Azamara

Pre Solheim Cup Cruise with Azamara

per person

11 Nights | 4 Rounds |  | September 8 – 19 2023

Sail from Southampton – Lisbon

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 11-night, 4-round golf and sightseeing voyage from Southampton to Lisbon.

This cruise with less than 700 guests on board the outstanding Azamara Journey includes six fabulous ports of call along the coastline of France, Northern Spain, and Northern Portugal.

We will enjoy an extended two-day stay in iconic Bordeaux, an overnight stay in Lisbon, and a further three late evenings during our voyage, all in all, a great opportunity to more fully experience these destinations.

The golf lineup includes four rounds including the highly regarded Golf du Medoc, Uraburu, Estela, and Oitavos Dunes.

Azamara Journey, 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 is routinely booked early.

Sailing schedules often include extended stays in the 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.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

ONBOARD DINING

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

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES

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

SPA & FITNESS

  • The Sanctum Spa
  • Massage Therapy (Various Treatments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness Center
11 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Southampton - Lisbon
  • 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:

  • Southampton, England
  • St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • Bordeaux, France
  • St. Jean de Luz, France
  • Bilbao (San Sebastian), Spain
  • Gijón, Spain
  • La Coruna, Spain
  • Leixões (Porto), Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal

VOYAGE ITINERARY

SEPTEMBER 8, FRIDAY: SOUTHAMPTON, UK (EMBARK BY 3:30PM / SAIL 5:00PM)
Embark Azamara Journey beginning at 1:00PM. All aboard by 3:30PM.
Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 9, SATURDAY: GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS (8:00AM / 5:00PM)
Guernsey, or the Bailiwick of Guernsey by its official title, is a self-governing possession of the British Crown found off the coast of Normandy, France in the English Channel.
It is a wonderful juxtaposition of England and France with an English lean by virtue of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. St. Peter Port overlooks the harbor, with rows of brightly painted houses, and terraced gardens.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 10, SUNDAY: 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.
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
SEPTEMBER 11, MONDAY: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (9:00AM / 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 an 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
SEPTEMBER 12, TUESDAY: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (IN PORT / 9:00PM)
A second day to enjoy all that Bordeaux has to offer.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 13, WEDNESDAY: ST JEAN DE LUZ, FRANCE (1:30PM / 9:00PM)
One of France’s most picturesque beach retreats, St. Jean de Luz is a prosperous Basque town best known for its architecture and cuisine.
Once a modest fishing port, it grew rich in the 16th century from fishing and whaling, supplemented by piracy that was backed by the French king … many of the handsome old houses in town were in fact built on the proceeds.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 14, THURSDAY: BILBAO, SPAIN (8:00AM / 11:00PM)
GOLF: Uraburu Golf was designed by 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.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 15, FRIDAY: GIJON, SPAIN (9:00AM / 6:00PM)[
While not perhaps as overtly glamorous as some of Spain’s other coastal cities, Gijón is the apple of the Bay of Biscay’s eye. What wine is to Rioja, cider is to Gijón and the surrounding region, Asturias.
Try 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.
Overnight: At Sea
SEPTEMBER 16, SATURDAY: LA CORUNA, SPAIN (7:30AM / 5:00PM)
You would be hard-pressed to find a city more shaped and impacted by the sea than La Coruna, Spain.
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, and the Millennium monument.
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.
SEPTEMBER 17, SUNDAY: PORTO, PORTGUAL (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
SEPTEMBER 18: LISBON, PORTUGAL (8:00AM / IN PORT)
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 links-type holes that capitalize on the existing landscape.
Overnight: In Port - Lisbon, Portugal
SEPTEMBER 19, TUESDAY: LISBON, PORTUGAL (IN PORT / DISEMBARK AT 9:00AM)
Disembark Azamara Journey at 9:00AM.
 

Location

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.

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.

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.

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.
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