2018 President's Cruise – Amalfi & Dalmatian Coasts
This September, come discover two dazzling coastlines and five countries on our 2018 President’s Cruise of the Amalfi & Dalmatian coasts on the Azamara Quest. If you’ve been on an Azamara cruise you know it’s no ordinary cruise experience. And if this is your first, wow, you’re in for a treat! This will be our fourth time cruising with Azamara and we love the informality (no formal nights), the impeccable service, the AzAmazing Evenings and so much more. They have the friendliest officers and crew at sea and Azamara’s more intimate ship size (fewer than 700 guests) grants us access to ports the larger ships can’t touch.
Together we’ll explore five countries, all with their own touch of Mediterranean bliss. Imagine exploring the stunning Italian coastline of Amalfi, with its towering cliffs and dramatic seaside towns. We’ll then sail to the uniquely beautiful island of Sicily, the birthplace of the Godfather and home of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, before heading towards the Dalmatian Coast on the Adriatic Sea. The turquoise blue waters and hauntingly beautiful landscapes of Corfu, Greece begin our eastern swing followed by the medieval Kotor, Montenegro, the heavenly island of Hvar, Croatia (the sunniest place in Europe with 2,760 hours of sunshine per year) and the old port city of Koper, Slovenia. And for the grand finale, we end our journey in magical Venice, where we spend two nights in the heart of this fairytale city. If you haven’t been, “The City of Water” really is its own world, a friendly walking city of narrow, picturesque alleys, tiny restaurants and streets made of water with romance in the air. Here are just some of the highlights:
– Bask in the beauty of the Amalfi coast, Sicily and the Adriatic Sea
– Visit 5 countries and multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites
– Enjoy different styles of fine Mediterranean cuisine
– Gather over cocktails at the end of each day with your fellow travelers
– 2-night stay in Venice to discover all of its charm and iconic sites
I would love for you to join Dennis and me on this cruise, it’s going to be amazing!
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement Available
Sept. 12-23, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights
Relax on your overnight flight to Rome.
Arrive in Rome and transfer to nearby Civitavecchia to embark on this unforgettable voyage. Time permitting, enjoy some free time in one of Rome’s classic piazzas prior to embarkation.
There’s a reason they named one of the most stunning coastlines in the world after this town: “La Vita e Bella” in Amalfi! It’s also one of the largest towns in the region, so take some time to explore it. Rub shoulders with the Italian elite as you walk the pedestrian streets, ducking into shops and galleries. Drop into a bar and order the drink the region is best known for: limoncello (make sure it’s been chilled). Amalfi extends down to the water, where its rocky beaches are popular with locals and visitors alike. A trip to Amalfi isn’t complete without hitting the road in a car (ideally a convertible). We recommend taking in the views from the passenger seats—leave the winding, narrow cliff-side driving to the professionals. Whether you head up towards Positano and Sorrento, or down to Salerno, it will be one of the most amazing rides of your life.
Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Known by many as the place where Vito Corleone was born (in the town of Corleone), Sicily is an incredible island worth discovering. For a little rest and relaxation, Giardini Naxos is just the ticket. The coast seems to stretch on for miles, with many lidos dotting the beaches, where you can rent a chair and umbrella and maybe have a little afternoon riposo (the Italian version of a siesta). If it gets too hot, treat yourself to a delicious granita. To the left of Giardini Naxos looms Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Hikes to the top of the mountain are only advised for experienced hikers (dress warmly!), but the Silvestri Craters are fun to explore at any skill level, and you can walk right down into the base of these inactive craters. Or head to the hilltop town of Taormina, one of the most beautiful places in all of Sicily. Stroll down the Corso Umberto for shopping and people watching, and don’t even think about leaving before visiting the Teatro Greco. The Roman arena is a piece of art by itself, but it’s the sweeping views that are the star attraction.
The location of Poseidon’s honeymoon and the setting for Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, the island of Corfu has been much mythologized over the years, and for good reason. The hauntingly beautiful landscape of silvery olive trees, turquoise blue waters and gorgeous sandy beaches seems like it was borrowed from the pages of a fairytale. Be sure to lay down a trail of breadcrumbs for the maze-like cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town, packed with souvenir shops selling everything from wooden toys to sweet liqueur made from the island’s kumquats. Or meander to the perfect people-watching area of Liston, which was built to resemble the rue de Rivoli in Paris and features cafés serving strong coffee and other reviving treats. Venture into the Corfu countryside to explore villages like the foodie’s paradise of Agni, hard-partying Kavos, and genteel “Kensington-on- Sea”—an affectionate nickname in reference to the wealthy West London tourists who holiday there every year.
Don’t be surprised if you leave a piece of your heart in Kotor. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town is filled with churches, shops, bars, restaurants and hidden piazzas (perfect for enjoying a nice glass of Montenegrin wine). The entire city is surrounded by stone, both in the form of imposing Mount Saint John and by towering ancient walls, creating a cozy feeling of protection when you walk the cobblestone streets. The maze-like arrangement can confuse even the locals, so don’t be too concerned if you take a wrong turn or two. Luckily, landmarks like the 12th-century St. Tryphon Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady of Health stand tall in the sky to help guide you. The triangular layout will eventually lead you back to the main entrance, marked by the 16th-century Sea Gate. If you’re up for a challenge, climb the 1,350 steps to the top of the upper town walls where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire city and bay, as well as the medieval St. John’s fortress.
The heavenly island of Hvar is known as the “Sunniest Place in Europe”, receiving an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day. So naturally sunbathing is a favorite pastime here, especially at the beaches of Dubovica and the Pakleni Islands. There are plenty more jaw-dropping sights to be seen here: lush olive groves, fruit orchards, fields of lavender and dozens of vineyards, since Hvar is considered one of the top winemaking regions in Croatia. Head to Hvar Town, where you can pair a crisp white posip with the local delicacy of grilled squid drizzled in olive oil, and then settle in at one of the many restaurants and cafés that overlook the Adriatic Sea. That way you’ll have a prime viewing spot when the sun finally goes down, and that’s when Hvar really lights up.
As Slovenia’s largest coastal town, Koper is the gateway to an array of intercontinental adventures. Cross the border into the Italian coffee capital of Trieste for a cappuccino at Caffè San Marco. Or trek through the Skocjan Caves (another UNESCO World Heritage Site), which features the largest underground canyon in the world and is only 30 minutes from Koper. Or tour the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, truly one of Europe’s secret gems—but not for long, since Lonely Planet recently ranked Ljubljana at #2 on its Best in Europe list. Of course, there are the charms of Koper itself, especially in the Old Town, with historic sites like the 12th-century St. Mary’s of the Assumption Cathedral, the Praetorian Palace and the beautiful Tito Square. Included AzAmazing Evening – Choir Performance at Tito Square: Take in an “a capella” performance by Slovenia’s renowned group, Perpetum Jazille, set amid the grandest square in Koper and accompanied by culinary delights.
Let yourself be taken in by the romance and beauty of Venice as you stroll along the cobblestone streets, overarching bridges and world-famous canals. Consisting of more than 100 islands, “The City of Water” is Europe’s largest urban car-free area, so the only means for getting around on land are your own two feet—unless, of course, you travel by water taxi or gondola. Fortunately, to cut back on your walking time, Azamara will be docking at the San Basilio cruise terminal, a mere 25-minute meander away from Venice’s city center.
Disembark in Venice
After disembarking the ship, tour the iconic Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), “the drawing room of Europe,” before checking in just steps away at the Palazzo Selvadego hotel. From your centrally located room, take the rest of the day and night to explore Venice as you wish.
Today grants you more free time to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world before a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Transfer to the airport (by water of course) to fly home, reflecting on your journey of a lifetime.
- International economy class airfare
- Ground transportation
- 2-night post-cruise stay in Venice
- All meals on board
- Select standard spirits, beers and wines
- Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee, tea
- Custom luggage handling
- Shuttle service to and from ports
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour
- Escorted by Dennis & Peggy Crull
Venice Hotel: Palazzo Selvadego (Two Nights Post-Cruise)*
*The tour operator reserves the right to substitute a hotel for similar accommodations should circumstances so require
- Taxes & fees of $98.86 as of 9/20/17 (subject to change regardless of payment status)
- Travel insurance
- Baggage fees (if applicable)
- Items of a personal nature
- Any meals not described in itinerary
- Optional Shore Excursions
|Club Veranda Stateroom (Per Person Double Occupancy)||$5899|
|Club Continent Suite (Per Person Double Occupancy) - SOLD OUT||$7099|
|Taxes & Fees (Per Person)||$98.86|
Please inquire for Single Supplement price
President’s Tour Combo – SOLD OUT
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT: A $1000 per person deposit is required with your reservation. A second deposit in the amount of $1500 per person is due 2/5/2018. Final payment is due 5/4/2018. Your first and second deposits may be paid by credit card, check or cash. Please be advised: FINAL PAYMENT IS PAYABLE BY CHECK OR CASH ONLY.
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