Day 1 Wednesday May 15, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we depart Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on our overnight flights to Rome where we will stay for two nights.
Day 2 Thursday May 16, 2019 Rome
Today we arrive in Rome and check into our centrally located hotel. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Eternal City and see the world-famous Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the political centre of the early Roman Empire, Piazza Navona, the breathtaking Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the eccentric Trevi Fountain, with its fantasy of mythical sea creatures and waterfalls. A bone-chilling visit to the mysterious Capuchin Friars' Crypt on the fashionable Via Veneto will conclude our tour.
Day 3 Friday May 17, 2019 Rome
This morning a trip to the Vatican Museums with our guide will enable us to see the restored Sistine Chapel. Since the Lateran Treaty of 1929, Vatican City, covering 108 acres, has been an independent state. In the afternoon we will have a short walk to St Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta, with perhaps a climb (for the energetic) to the top of the dome to view the spectacular Roman skyline and the papal gardens.
Day 4 Saturday May 18, 2019 Azamara Journey
This morning will be free for some sightseeing or shopping before we board the luxurious Azamara Journey for our ten-night Grand Prix & Cannes Mediterranean Cruise. Sip cocktails up on deck as we sail away from the Roman port of Civitavecchia.
Day 5 Sunday May 19, 2019 Sorrento, Italy
This morning we arrive into the seaside town of Sorrento and enjoy a tour of this beautiful town with its spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. We then travel by coach to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, a highlight of the tour: the Roman city destroyed by an eruption of the volcano, Vesuvius, in the year AD79. The impressive ruins help us understand what life was like at the height of the Roman Empire, 2000 years ago. Our guided tour of this ancient city is with a local expert. The Casa dei Vettii is the most lavishly decorated dwelling in the town. Faithfully restored, it is the finest example of a Pompeiian house and garden.
Day 6 Monday May 20, 2019 Portoferraio, Italy
In the afternoon we arrive into Portoferraio, a northern town on the Island of Elba, the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago and the third largest in Italy. We will spend the day exploring the island, and visit The Villa dei Mulini, which was the primary residence of Napoleon during his exile in 1814.
Day 7 Tuesday May 21, 2019 Livorno, Italy
This morning we arrive in Livorno and travel to Pisa, the city of the Leaning Tower. Located in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Plaza of Miracles), this near 56-metre structure will astound you, viewed from all angles. We will continue our journey to Florence, known as the Cradle of the Renaissance. Florence's museums, palaces and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures of the world. On our tour today, we will see the Piazza del Duomo, and the cathedral that is one of the largest in the Christian world. Together with Brunelleschi’s wonderful dome, we see the Campanile and the Baptistery. We also wander through the Piazza della Signoria, which contains the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Palazzo Vecchio and, nearby, the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. In the afternoon, there will be some free time to explore the city at leisure before returning to the ship.
Day 8 Wednesday May 22, 2019 Cannes, France
This afternoon we call in to the exclusive French Riviera city of Cannes, where the most prestigious film festival in the world is taking place. Be prepared to rub shoulders with the stars of the present and future, as we take a sightseeing tour of the town, including Cannes’s most famous attraction, the Festival Palace, and a stroll along Le Promenade de la Croisette.
Day 9 Thursday May 23, 2019 Cannes
Today we have a free day to enjoy the Cannes Film Festival. Day 10 Friday May 24, 2019 Calvi, France The ship arrives in Calvi this morning, on the French Island of Corsica. We will have a sightseeing tour of the town, visiting the Genoese Citadel, an important historical monument that also offers breathtaking views of the coast. We visit the old town, which is home to the restored Palace of the Genoese Governor, also believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. The afternoon is free to wonder the many hidden alleyways and winding streets of the town.
Day 11 Saturday May 25, 2019 Monte Carlo
This morning we arrive in the sovereign city-state of Monaco. Surrounded by France on three borders and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, this playground for the rich is also famous for one of the greatest street races in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix. Today we will be enveloped in the atmosphere, as we take our grandstand seats for the exciting qualifying sessions of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Day 12 Sunday May 26, 2019 Monte Carlo
The highlight of the cruise and of the Formula One racing calendar, the 2019 Monaco Formula One Grand Prix is a real once-in-a-lifetime experience, the biggest day of the year in the glamorous principality of Monaco. Enjoy your grandstand tickets as you see this bucket-list event. The Azamara Journey will be moored in Monte Carlo harbour until 10pm tonight, so you will be able to sample the renowned nightlife of the principality after the Grand Prix.
Day 13 Monday May 27, 2019 Barcelona, Spain
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the fabulous facilities of this luxurious ship. We may be awakening from an afternoon siesta as we arrive in Barcelona, Spain, the capital city of Catalonia. This cosmopolitan city is known for works by Antoni Gaudi, walks along La Ramblas and many fine museums, such as the Picasso Museum. We overnight on board in Barcelona.
Day 14 Tuesday May 28, 2019 Barcelona
Today we disembark. This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of Barcelona. We will see the historic cathedral and the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter, as well as the modernist Eixample district and examples of Gaudi’s stunning architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia. We check in to our centrally located hotel and the afternoon and evening will be free to continue exploring this fascinating city
Day 15 Wednesday May 29, 2019 Depart Barcelona
A free morning for last minute sightseeing or shopping before we transfer to the airport for our flights home.
Day 16 Thursday May 30, 2019 Arrival Australia
We arrive back in Australia today and the tour ends.