On board the Azamara Pursuit, you’ll get…
We begin our adventure on the shores of enchanting Lake Garda, where we spend a few days exploring the lake’s charming villages such as Limone and Riva del Garda, before heading to romantic Verona and the canal-city of Venice. Here, we embark the magnificent Azamara Quest for a 10-night cruise along the breathtaking Amalfi and Dalmatian coasts.
When we are sailing you are free to enjoy all of the onboard facilities the Azamara Quest has to offer. You have $50 onboard credit included, so you can treat yourself to a drink in the Discoveries Bar, enjoy a massage in the Sanctum Spa, or try one of the speciality restaurants. Make sure you pack a white outfit for the White Party, being as casual or formal as you wish, but make sure you are comfortable enough to dance!
In Croatia, we’ll discover Rovinj on the beautiful Istrian peninsula, the enchanting island of Hvar with its lively nightlife and the 1700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace where you can see the remains of the complex still being used today as living quarters, shops, cafés, bars and museums, making it the hub of Split’s activity. We also visit Korčula island and Dubrovnik, the capital city of Croatia with a beautifully well-preserved Old Town and a buzzing atmosphere.
We make our way along the coast to Montenegro, where the ‘black mountains’ surround the precious, royal-blue waters of Perast and the stunning Bay of Kotor. A day is spent entirely at sea to relax in luxury and enjoy the experience on board before we arrive in Sorrento, Italy, to discover the ruins and secrets of Pompeii plus an operatic evening at the Goldoni Theatre. Our final destination is France, where we’ll explore Ajaccio on the island of Corsica – birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. We disembark in Nice after a truly memorable holiday.
Arrive at the airport for your flight. On arrival, we transfer by coach to Gardone, a delightful resort town on the western end of Lake Garda.
Our three-night stay at the four-star Hotel Savoy Palace includes breakfast and dinner. Located a few steps away from the lake close to the historic and shopping areas of Gardone, this Art Nouveau hotel features a restaurant and terrace with a panoramic view of the lake, as well as a bar, outdoor pool and wellness centre.
Lake Garda first came to prominence in the late-19th century, when visitors came to enjoy the clean mountain air, and it has been famous as an area of outstanding natural beauty ever since. Today we have a tour of the lake and pass through some quintessentially Italian villages complete with tiny harbours clinging to the shoreline against a backdrop of mountains.
Our day begins with a drive along the western shore of the lake to the pretty little town of Limone, hemmed in on one side by the steep mountains and on the other by the lake. We then continue to bustling Riva del Garda at the northern end of the lake, where we stop for lunch and time to wander the charming medieval centre with its pedestrianised streets. From the northern end of the lake, we board a ferry for a leisurely cruise back to Gardone between towering mountains and lakeside villages.
Verona is one of the most pleasing cities in Italy and today we have a guided walking tour to appreciate it at its best, discovering its hidden side too. We approach through the centuries-old city walls and when you enter the old town, you can’t help but admire the medieval buildings with their contrasting frescoes underneath archways unchanged for centuries. Then there is the market place, dating from Roman times, replete with reminders of the city’s past.
The tragic story of Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona – you can even see the balcony where the immortal words ‘O Romeo, Romeo’ were reputedly spoken. The Roman arena is awe-inspiring but there are also medieval and Renaissance squares and courtyards to explore, as well as a 12th-century cathedral that houses a piece by Titian. The Roman Theatre is a must, as is the dazzling display of colour at one of the Renaissance’s finest gardens.
This afternoon is free so you can explore the city as you wish before we return to the hotel.
This afternoon we transfer to Venice, where we board the Azamara Quest. Guests of Riviera Travel will also enjoy an exclusive wine pairing event on board, hosted by one of the ship’s own experts.
Our floating boutique hotel sets sail in the early evening, so there may be time for a brief wander in Venice to experience its timeless bridges, charming canals and handsome Piazza San Marco.
This morning we find ourselves in Croatia’s beautiful Istrian peninsula and Rovinj, perhaps its most picturesque fishing harbour, with free time to explore. Set on an oval peninsula, the charming old town has managed to preserve its character better than anywhere else along the western coast. Lose yourself in the web of medieval lanes and cobbled piazzas, with the splendid church as a guide to help you get your bearings. Amble along the harbour to observe the colourful Venetian-era buildings close to the water’s edge and pause for a drink in one of the waterside cafés before we depart early this evening.
This morning we arrive in bewitching Hvar island, one of the sunniest places in Europe with an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day. Wander into the little town, where medieval walls surround ornate Gothic palaces and pedestrianised marble streets so compact they don’t even have names. Fed by fresh springs, the island is unusually lush with olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields.
The Azamara Quest remains moored till later tonight so after a delicious dinner on board, why not stroll through Hvar to see its lively nightlife?
We cruise along the breathtaking Dalmatian coast to bustling Split, Croatia’s second-largest city and a fantastic place to observe local life. Set against dramatic mountains overlooking the turquoise Adriatic, the exuberant city perfectly blends tradition with modernity.
It’s perhaps best-known for Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO-listed site that has survived in remarkable condition since it was built in the 4th century. Let our local guide bring to life Split’s old town and this fascinating palace on our included walking tour. No expense was spared in the palace’s construction: marble came from Italy, while columns and sphinxes were imported from Egypt. During medieval times, a jumble of buildings was constructed around it and some structures were repurposed, such as the temple to Jupiter that became a baptistry. Today, some 3,000 people still live within its walls.
As we enjoy another delicious dinner on board tonight, the ship continues its journey along the beautiful Dalmatian coast.
Early risers can enjoy stunning views of the spectacular Dalmatian coastline as we cruise to Korčula island, where vineyards, olive groves and tiny villages harbour a glorious old town. According to legend it was founded by a Trojan hero in the 12th century, and some claim it’s also the birthplace of Marco Polo. During your free time here, why not visit the Marco Polo Museum and see the house rumoured to have been his residence? Perhaps refresh yourself with a glass of grk, a full-bodied white wine with a citrus lift that perfectly complements shellfish.
After a wonderful day of exploring, return to the ship and relax as the Azamara Quest departs this lovely island tonight.
Today we discover the many delights of Dubrovnik, whose enchanting walled old town never ceases to amaze. Explore its limestone streets, admire the many Baroque buildings and walk along the ancient city walls for beautiful views over the town and the shimmering Adriatic Sea.
Join our expert local guide for an included tour of the old town’s landmarks and intriguing history. Dubrovnik threw off its Venetian masters in medieval times and founded a commercial empire. The economic boom that resulted in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ found expression in the likes of the Rector’s Palace, now a museum, and Sponza Palace, which currently houses centuries of historical city documents.
The Azamara Quest departs this wonderful city later tonight, giving you ample time to further your discovery and experience Dubrovnik after dusk.
This morning we find ourselves in ruggedly beautiful Montenegro, named for its towering mountains that appear black when viewed from the sea. We dock in Kotor, a dramatically located town in the spectacular Boka Bay, overlooked by brooding mountains and guarded by medieval stone walls. The old centre is a maze of museums, churches, café-filled squares and Venetian palaces.
Today’s itinerary includes a guided tour of old Kotor, plus a visit to the nearby town of Perast and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. Despite its tiny size Perast boasts 16 churches and 17 mansions – echoes of a wealthy and powerful past. We take a short boat ride to a man-made island to visit Our Lady of the Rocks, a small church resplendent with Baroque art and silver votive tablets.
After a fascinating day we return to the ship, which departs this incredibly scenic country in the late afternoon.
You have a full day at sea to make the most of the Azamara Quest’s superb facilities. Indulge in a treatment at the Sanctum Spa, rejuvenate yourself with a class at the fitness centre or lounge on the pool deck. If you wish to relax in your room, there’s entertainment on demand and live TV. Evenings aboard as just as enjoyable, with thrilling shows at the Cabaret Lounge and intimate performances in the Living Room.
This morning we arrive in Sorrento facing the Bay of Naples and perched high atop cliffs. Stylish and elegant, the resort rose to fame when it became popular with Europe’s aristocracy in the late 18th century. Before you begin exploring this vibrant Italian town, we step back in time with our local guide to Pompeii, Europe’s most intriguing archaeological site and a startling reminder of Mount Vesuvius’ destructive forces. Our tour highlights its astonishing state of preservation – streets, temples and even an amphitheatre remain largely intact as everything was buried under scalding mud and ash.
Afterwards, you have the afternoon free to see the sights of Sorrento. Wander its narrow alleys and winding streets lined by chic shops and cosy restaurants.
Late this afternoon, we begin our cruise across the Tyrrhenian Sea towards France. After dinner on board, we venture into the heart of Livorno for an operatic evening at the Goldoni Theatre. Established in 1847, this grand venue is one of the most stunning in Italy. You'll be shown to your reserved seat for an operatic performance by sensational sopranos, accompanied by a masterful pianist. Be dazzled by classic Italian favourites and renditions of more contemporary songs.
After a leisurely morning on board the ship we arrive this afternoon in Ajaccio, capital of Corsica and birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Stroll through the historic quarter, where the vestiges of the past mingle with modernity. You may wish to discover the enduring legacy of France’s greatest military leader at the pink-hued town hall or his ancestral home, now a national museum devoted to the Bonaparte family. History aside, Ajaccio has an outstanding art museum that houses the largest French collection of Italian paintings outside the Louvre, with masterpieces by Titian and Botticelli.
You have the afternoon and most of the evening to get acquainted with Ajaccio before the ship continues its homeward journey.
After breakfast, we disembark in Nice and transfer to the airport for our flight home.
The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
Your boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Quest has an intimate deck plan, but it never feels crowded. It boasts everything that modern voyagers seek, with some unexpected extras.
The staterooms have modern amenities and furnishings and a luxurious atmosphere is created by the plush cotton robes and slippers, French bath products, fresh flowers, and 24-hour room service. A large number of staterooms and suites have balconies... what better way to start the day that with the fresh sea air and stunning views?
Add to all of that the world-class dining options, spa experiences to refresh and relax, and all new entertainment services, the experience on-board is matched only by the immersive cultural encounters that await you on shore.
Take your pick from a range of beauty and restorative health treatments in the new Sanctum Spa; anything from an ocean-front massage to a quick manicure, a new hairstyle, or even acupuncture. Beyond the spa, there’s an on-board gym for you to work out at your own pace and complimentary fitness classes.
The main dining options include everything from elegant a la carte to nightly themed buffets, with the possibility to visit the ship’s speciality restaurants. We’ve included a visit to one of these speciality restaurants in the cost of your holiday. On-board entertainment takes in signature shows and guest performers, as well as live music every night.
Across the Azamara fleet, authentic service goes beyond the expectations of even the most well-travelled cruisers. Friendly and approachable, staff are attentive and happy to offer everything from poolside service to on-shore exploration recommendations.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy, Croatia or Montenegro however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit:
We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.
Your cabin number will be allocated by Azamara and will be confirmed on your travel documents. If you have a specific request pleaseand speak to one of our experts.
We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.
There are no current health requirements for travel to Croatia, however, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) so this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.
All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.
|Arrival airport||First hotel location||Transfer time||Final ship location||Departure airport||Transfer time|
|Verona Valerio Catullo Airport||Gardone||1 hr 15 mins
||Nice||Nice Côte d'Azur Airport||45 mins|
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