Travel in 5* luxury around the Med and to Monte Carlo for the world-famous Monaco Classic Grand Prix featuring beautiful classic cars dating back to the ’30’s.
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Departing from Civitavecchia (Rome) this 10-night 5* cruise on Azamara Quest visits Amalfi in Italy, Taormina in Sicily, Valetta in Malta, Olbia in Sardinia and Ajaccio in Corsica before arriving in Monte Carlo for an overnight stay to fully enjoy the Classic Grand Prix. You then continue to Barcelona in Spain for an overnight stay before your flight home.
|FROM||Dublin / Barcelona|
|DATE||05 May 2018|
|PRICE||Was €4,199 now €2,979 pp|
Glamour and beauty make this an itinerary for those who enjoy life’s finer pleasures. Or who enjoy racing, since the world-famous Monaco Classic Grand Prix is a staple stop on this voyage. From Rome, sail to the glamorous, enchanting town of Amalfi, perched on cliffs overlooking shimmering blue-green water. Mingle with the Italian elite as you stop into a bar for a Limoncello. Don’t miss the centuries-old Duomo or the glorious cloister either.
But it’s also a voyage of great natural beauty. In Sardinia, there are vast swathes of untouched land, and white sand beaches that are surprisingly empty given their allure.
There are white pillars of rock to climb, winding roads to cycle and wild seas to surf and sail. Then explore Corsica’s powerful granite beauty surrounded by snowcapped mountains and pretty beaches. When you breathe here, you’ll smell lavender, myrtle, rosemary, and thyme; not from a spice jar, but growing wild. If you could take some smells home with you, you’d want to.
A late-night stay in Ajaccio, a seaside town, lets you see where Napoleon Bonaparte was born. It’s absolutely spectacular. No wonder he became an emperor. Take the Prunelli Gorges Tour for dramatic landscapes and scenic mountain villages.
And now for the best part: a stop at the world’s most glamorous sporting event – the Monaco Classic Grand Prix. This Formula One championship race has luxury cars of every make and model zipping through the streets of Monaco. And you can be right there watching them. Glamour meets beauty meets a need for speed.
|OUTBOUND||Dublin 0620 Rome 1030|
|RETURN||Barcelona 1055 Dublin 1245|
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Civitavecchia, Rome
Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the port to board the 5* Azamara Quest to settle in before you set sail for your tour of the Mediterranean.
Day 2: Amalfi, Italy
This locale requires a camera with lots of memory. Wedged into the mouth of a ravine, encircled by sheer cliffs and facing blue waters, it is hard to believe that this tranquil little town was once a great naval power. Now, terraced hillsides support lemon groves, where the region’s famed limoncello is produced. Taste this delightfully sweet liqueur after a foray along the Amalfi Coast, a thrilling ride snaking along hillsides past unbelievably stunning views of other pastel hamlets perched above the sea.
Day 3: Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Sicily, Italy
This island off the tip of the Italian boot is the largest in the Mediterranean. Mountainous and rugged, its highest point is the tip of that infamous firebrand, the still active Mt Etna at 10,900 feet. Farmland, enriched by volcanic soil, produces lush crops of olives, citrus, and grapes. Climbing higher, you’d find forests, the scars left by old lava flows, and eventually the crater where smoke and simmering lava is sometimes visible. Taormina is a lovely small medieval town perched on high cliffs, with spectacular views over the bay and rugged coastline below.
Day 4: Valletta, Malta
Tiny Malta, smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean and on everyone’s route since ships began to ply the seas, is packed with history from top to bottom. Over time it was ruled by a variety of empires, all of which contributed to the look and culture of the islands. Valetta is a living museum of baroque architecture, constructed by the Knights of St. John five centuries ago. Today the city is also a dynamic hub of cultural and commercial activity, its harbour now welcoming luxury yachts and cruise ships.
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Olbia, Sardinia
In a desirable location on the stunning Costa Smeralda, Olbia has been inhabited since the 8th century BC, but a recent archaeological discovery of 24 shipwrecks—two of them from the age of Nero—has landed it in the spotlight.
The name Olbia means “happy town”, though its past has been somewhat difficult, with the city destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout its history. Of course that makes it all the more interesting, as every empire that came and went has left something of value behind for you to see.
Day 7: Ajaccio, Corsica, France
While he may have been notoriously small, Napoléon left a huge mark on his hometown of Ajaccio. The diminutive dictator’s presence is visible throughout the city in everything from his childhood home, the Maison Bonaparte, to museums like Salon Napoléonien, seaside statues, and street names.
But history buffs aren’t the only ones who will find plenty to see and do in Ajaccio. Art lovers will want to head to the Palais Fesch Musée de Beaux Arts to see the largest collection of Italian Renaissance Paintings in France (outside of the Louvre, of course). And foodies should check out the main market on Boulevard du Roi Jerome for myrtle and plum liqueurs, melt-in-your-mouth beignets (sugared donuts), and brocciu, a type of pungent cheese.
On the trendy route de Sanguinaires, stock up on French beauty secrets found in the many apothecaries and traditional pharmacies. (Spoiler alert: We think it probably has something to do with the handmade soaps and lotions made from fragrant herbs like honeysuckle, lavender, and thyme.)
Days 8-9: Monte-Carlo, Monaco
We arrive in Monte Carlo for the 11th Grand Prix Historique de Monaco. It takes place on the same circuit than the Formula 1 Grand Prix with the charming old cars that offer a glimpse back in time. Organised every two years by the Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM), it’s a success more and more spectators coming every year. There are 8 races featuring cars from the pre-war era up to the 1970’s.
The tiny principality of Monaco, a sovereign state of just two square kilometres, has an outsized resume, boasting some of the planet’s most expensive real estate and the world’s most prestigious casino. Facing the sea, and engulfed on the other three sides by France, it has been the domain of the Grimaldi dynasty since the 14th century, and enjoys the same glamourous reputation as the rest of the Riviera.
Days 10-11: Barcelona, Spain
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 colours. 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.
Disembarkation will begin after breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Ireland.
10 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Azamara Quest, operated by Azamara Club Cruises. (See ship info tab for more information on Quest)
AWARD-WINNING ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES.
Like her sister ship, the sturdy 5* Azamara Quest is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers.
You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas.
There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!
Dates & Prices
|05 May 2018||Was €4,199
|05 May 2018||Was €4,619
|05 May 2018||Was €5,459
- Flight from Dublin to Rome, Italy
- Return Transfers
- 10 nights accommodation aboard 5* Azamara Quest based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
- Fine Dining on a Full Board basis
- All drinks on an All Inclusive basis
- A wide variety of entertainment on board
- Flight from Barcelona to Dublin
- One check in bag of 15kg per person
- Taxes & Gratuities included
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
- 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
- Optional Insurance prices on request (conditions apply)
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.