DAY 1 - 07 Nov 2023
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 5 PM
One of the most famous cities in the world, Rome has been an epicentre of politics, art, architecture, and food for thousands of years. It is home to some of the most well-known historic sites such as the Colosseum, the pantheon, and Vatican City. It’s easy to spend a day in a hundred different ways in Rome, whether you’re looking to sip on incredible wine and people-watch, indulge in decadent pasta, pizza, risotto, and gelato, or if you’re eager to wander around the streets soaking in all the history you can. Rome is one capital city which will always leave you wanting more.
Things to do in Rome (Civitavecchia):
Found in the heart of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in Europe at just 0.44km² with a population of 1,000 people. It acts as headquarters to the Roman Catholic Church and is home to The Apostolic Palace - the Pope’s residence –the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
St Peter's Basilica
Within Vatican City is one of the biggest churches in the world; St. Peter’s Basilica. Accommodating up to 20,000 people, this is where the Pope delivers services. Its 136 metre high dome was designed by Michelangelo, and was completed in 1614.
The colosseum was opened in 80 A.D. with 100 days of exciting games. It was mostly used for gladiatorial combat and fights with animals until around the 6th century when it began to fall into disrepair. It was then used to store building materials until the 18th century, when the papacy decided it should be preserved. As it stands now, however, more than two-thirds of the structure has been destroyed.
Known the world-over for its elaborate, 15th century artwork courtesy of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Luca, and Perugino, the Sistine Chapel is where new Popes are elected and ordained. It is located within Vatican City, inside The Apostolic Palace.
This Michelangelo sculpture is located inside St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It depicts the body of Jesus after he has been crucified, being held by the Virgin Mary. The statue was originally commissioned by Jean de Billheres – a French cardinal – as a memorial for his tomb.
This is one of the most iconic buildings in Rome. There are myths surrounding the building of the original Pantheon, but the structure we see today was built in 120 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian. It was created as a Pagan temple to “honour all Gods” – which is the translation of “Pantheon”. In the year 609 it was converted to a Christian church, although it is still widely known as the Pantheon.
This popular public square is located where the (now fallen) Stadium of Domitian once stood, in 86 A.D. Since then it has been developed into a social gathering spot, adorned by three magnificent fountains that were commissioned in the 16 and 17th centuries. These are Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno.
Florence & Pisa (Livorno) - Overnight onboard
DAY 2-3 - 08 Nov 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 7 PM
Made famous by its sloping bell tower, Pisa was once a simple but noteworthy port town. Over the years Pisa had some involvement in Italy’s military conflicts, and has seen success in matters of trade. Today most visitors come to see the fascinating Leaning Tower; a construction dating back to the 12th century that has been repeatedly repaired and stabilised over the years. As well as this is the neighbouring cathedral and baptistery, and the pretty Square of Miracles which houses them all. Pisa has a brilliant culinary scene, with many inexpensive restaurants serving amazing antipasti, pizzas, pastas, and other hearty Italian dishes.
Things to do in Florence & Pisa (Livorno) - Overnight onboard:
Square of Miracles
Locally referred to as Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles is home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which was first built in 1064, the Baptistery, the Campo Santo – a graveyard – and the Campanile – the cathedral’s bell tower which is perhaps better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Today the square has become a popular place to relax and enjoy the warm sun in some beautiful, historic surroundings.
Maria Assunta. Construction of the building began in 1173, and in spite of a detailed, thought-out design it is believed that a slight lean was evident from the building of the second floor. Building was intermittent due to wars and sociological events, and the tower was not completed until roughly the year 1370. Since this time the lean has been stabilised, and tourists are permitted to enter and climb the staircase to the top for a wonderful view.
Cathedral and Baptistery
The cathedral – or Duomo – and baptistery are two important historic sites which are often overlooked in favour of the Leaning Tower. The cathedral itself dates back to 1064, and you can see within there are influences from the Arabic world, with column designs being reminiscent of those often seen in mosques. The neighbouring baptistery is the largest in the country, and was originally designed in 1152, before being remodelled in the mid-13th century.
DAY 4 - 10 Nov 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 8 PM
Synonymous with high society and luxury, the tiny Principality of Monaco and its capital of Monte Carlo is the top destination in Europe when it comes to seeing how the other half live. Ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century, Monte Carlo has impressive yachts in the harbour, world-famous casinos, stunning beaches, unique royal palaces and, of course, the most sought-after date in the Grand Prix calendar.
Things to do in Monte Carlo:
The Exotic Garden of Monaco is a great place be one with nature and enjoy the vast sea views. Stroll around the garden in the sunshine and see many types of Mediterranean fauna, cacti, and flowering succulents, some which originated from a collection started in 1895.
Just a short walk from Monte Carlo, Larvotto Beach has a beautiful, calm shore that’s perfect for all ages to take a dip in and spot marine life. Larvotto Beach is surrounded by restaurants, cafés and bars, and provides showers and toilets onsite.
Monte Carlo Casino
With all the glitz and glamour one would expect of a casino, Casino de Monte-Carlo offers all your favourite games in a luxurious, sophisticated setting that even James Bond approved of! For both experts and newcomers, Monte Carlo Casino is an exciting place to spend the evening.
Dedicated to marine science and maritime history, the Oceanographic Museum is a great place for the whole family, boasting a 450,000 litre tank for tropical marine life, as well as a Shark Lagoon. Visitors can even get hands on with deep sea inhabitants at the Touch Tank.
Palais du Prince
Originally built in 1191 as a Genoan fortress, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco has a long, dramatic history to be discovered. Though the palace is the residence of the ruling Prince, visitors can explore the exquisite state apartments and gardens that also host concerts.
DAY 5 - 11 Nov 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
As the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Ajaccio and its museums and monuments is a must visit for history enthusiasts. During the day you’ll find beachgoers enjoying the sun and sea and locals relaxing in one of the many café’s while, after dark, the city is alive with thriving nightlife. Whether you’re here to relax or play, Ajaccio’s historic, pastel-coloured lanes and buildings will provide the perfect setting to a cruise holiday.
Things to do in Ajaccio, Corsica:
Pointe de la Parata
Pointe de la Parata is where you’ll find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, as well as the Tower of Parata, a ruined Genoese tower built in the 1550’s. A walking route will take you to the best viewpoints as well as the clear, blue sea where you can take a dip.
Situated in the heart of Ajaccio, the Fesch Museum is dedicated to fine arts, particularly Early Italian and Renaissance pieces. With one of France’s largest collections of Italian works, the Fesch Museum is a must visit for art-enthusiasts.
The home in which the great and controversial leader, Napoléon, was born, Maison Bonaparte is must visit in Ajaccio. Now preserved as a museum dedicated to memorabilia of the family, this house provides great insight into one of the biggest names in history.
Found in Ajaccio’s town hall is an ornate gallery showcasing paintings, sculptures, medals and other memorabilia connected to Napoleon and donated by the Bonaparte family. Most notable is the full-length portrait of Napoleon himself.
Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Ajaccio, this Baroque-style church was where Napoleon was baptised in 1771. While the exterior is modest and subtle, visitors will find rich, grand décor within including a stunning organ.
Palma De Mallorca
DAY 7 - 13 Nov 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
On the coast of the largest Balearic island, this sun-soaked seaside city dates back to the 13th-century and is a must visit for any adventurer. A simple stroll will take you on a journey back in time, past breath-taking architecture, medieval history, bustling markets and to an endless array of authentic eateries. With so many hidden gems amongst iconic landmarks, places like Casa Antiguo are the best bet for a true taste of Palma culture.
Things to do in Palma De Mallorca:
Le Seu Cathedral
Found in the heart of Palma, La Seu is a stunning Catalan Gothic style cathedral, with renowned architect Antoni Gaudí contributing to its intricate design. Featuring 61 stained-glass windows, the building flooding with coloured light inside is simply a must.
Castell de Bellver
Built in the 14th century, Bellver Castle is surrounded by lush pine woods and houses an insightful museum of Palma’s municipal history. Visitors will love taking a walk around the moat before admiring the view out over the city and bay from the rooftop.
The quaint, winding cobbled streets of Casco Antiguo are the perfect place to lose yourself in the culture of Palma. Discover gothic bookshops, antique boutiques and must-see tourist sites such as La Seu and Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum.
Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
Showcasing a wide range of art throughout history, Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art is a must visit to discover the cultural heritage of Mallorca. With works by Picasso, Magritte and more, you’re bound to find your new favourite piece.
DAY 8 - 14 Nov 2023
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 5 PM
This vibrant seaside city is home to unforgettable architecture and creative scenes from renowned artists. The buildings you’ll find here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, such as Park Güell and Casa Batllo, while foodies will be spoilt for choice with 20 different Michelin star restaurants. At the end of a busy day of shopping enjoy the energetic nightlife, or relax on the beach with newfound friends. Whatever your interests, Barcelona has the perfect itinerary for you.
Things to do in Barcelona:
Visiting Las Ramblas is an absolute must when in Barcelona. Visitors can experience the weird and the wonderful, from the Museu de l’Erotica to the Miró Mural, in between trying a range of authentic tapas bars and cafes before a much needed siesta.
Although the Sagrada Familia is not technically complete, it’s still an impressive sight to behold. Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this spectacular Basilica hosts many masses, events and a place to simply marvel at in wonder.
Barcelona City History Museum
Home of the cultural heritage of Barcelona, the Barcelona City History Museum manages several sites of interest including archaeological sites and historic houses. Visitors will discover the Roman colony, prehistoric Spain, Barcelona’s Jewish community and more.
Comprising of vibrant gardens and beautiful architecture, Park Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí and officially opened in 1926. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding showcase of Gaudí’s genius design, Park Güell makes a wonderful place to go for a walk.
Another one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, Casa Batllo is a truly eye-catching building to explore. Visitors are able to explore this fantastic showcase of the designer’s work, and even enjoy live music and other events on the roof terrace.
This modernist building was the last residence to be designed by Antoni Gaudí and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore the building with an audio guide, and even enjoy rooftop shows on a romantic evening.
One of Barcelona’s oldest beaches, Sant Sebastià Beach features everything you need for a fantastic day in the sun. With indoor and outdoor pools, changing rooms and amenities for lounging, visitors can go for a dip, enjoy an ice cream and find dinner all in one area.
Camp Nou Stadium
With capacity for over 99,000 people, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Spain and cathedral to the Catalans’ second religion- the beautiful game! Visitors can catch an exciting game of football here or take a guided or un-guided tour of the grounds.
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Customer reviews for Azamara Pursuit
Based on 34 reviews
Value for money
We had a wonderful cruise on Azamara Pursuit round the Mediterranean Islands. It was our second time with Azamara and it didn't disappoint. We chose it partly for the destinations and enjoyed them all. We only had one day at sea in the 10 days so it was fairly full on. This time the Azamazing evening was a little disappointing and the only other thing we were slightly unhappy with was the size of the bathroom - especially the shower with a plastic curtain. Overall, the service was superb and we loved everything else about the ship and the staff.
24 Sep 2019
Everything that we expected & more. Luxurious ship, friendly staff & excellent service. Azamara know how to do things well including their Azamazing Evening ashore & White Night dinner evening. Only adverse comment is that Azamara's shore excursions tend to be very expensive & as a consequence we preferred to make our own independent arrangements.
1 Sep 2019
This smaller sized ship is very friendly and has all the facilities that we could wish for. Having sailed on Azamara Journey twice in the past we were gratified that the Pursuit was as well appointed and of similar ethos. A welcome improvement for us was that the casino has been replaced by a large bar area. The AzAmazing Evening event with Ana Rucner, the cellist was absolutely great we really enjoyed the performance. All the shop’s tours were well organised and executed.
14 Jul 2019
Excellent staff, superb food and smaller ship allowing access to differing interesting ports of call. Would recommend to anyone wanting less razzmatazz and hubbub. Definitely more peaceful.
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