Boutique cruise line Azamara, with a commitment to Destination Immersion, has expanded its collection of pre- and post-voyage land programs to over 1,700. With a commitment to onboard programming as well as to crafting uniquely tailored experiences on land, the brand prioritizes exposing travelers to the heart of a destination.
Azamara’s Land Journey Highlights in 2020 include: Azamara’s In-Depth Exploration of Greece Land Journey, a five-night program, available before and after the Greece-Intensive Voyage, takes guests not only to Athens to see the Acropolis and Parthenon, but also to less-visited Northern Greece where travelers will spend two nights in the authentic town of Kalambaka, which was practically burned down during WWII and now rebuilt. Archeological sites, including the Python in Delphi, and monasteries perched high atop towering rocks at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Meteora are included in the tour.
The three-night Castellos and Wines of Tuscany Land Journey is available before and after Mediterranean sailings like the Amalfi to Dalmatian Voyage. Guests will explore the Italian village of Orvietto and visit its cathedral, considered one of Europe’s most architecturally important duomos. A two-night stay at the 10th-century constructed castle, Belmond Castello di Casole, and one night at Castello Bandi are included. Gastronomes will delve in Tuscan traditions, with a vineyard tour and local-cuisine cooking class teaching the art of making pasta, exclusively at Chianti Winery, are highlights.
Azamara’s four-night Basque Country & Rioja Wines Land Journey is offered before and after the Spain Intensive Voyage. Departing from Barcelona, guests will make their way inland to Spain’s fifth-largest city, Zaragoza, where they will tour two of the country’s iconic structures: The Basilica de Pilar and Aljaferia Palace. Guests will then visit the countryside town, La Rioja, where they will explore the area’s many wineries, including the renowned Frank O. Gehry designed vineyard, Marques de Riscal. Guests will then experience Spain’s Basque Country and visit the region’s largest city, Bilbao. Here, they will traverse historic streets in the city’s old quarter, visit a local artist’s workshop, and tour the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. The program’s last night is in Barcelona, where guests will experience a traditional flamenco show.