2023 Pre- Solheim - France, Spain & Portugal
Golf Cruise

Southampton – Lisbon | September 8 – 19

11 Nights

September 8 – 19, 2023

Southampton, UK to Lisbon, Spain

4 Rounds

Women’s Golf and Travel Concierge, in partnership with Perry Golf / Azamara, is pleased to bring you an Solheim proud promoter

exceptional 11 night, 4 round golf voyage from Southampton to Lisbon on board the outstanding 700 guest Azamara Journey. Our itinerary will include six fabulous ports of call along the coastline of France, Northern Spain, and Northern Portugal.  We will enjoy an extended two-day stay in iconic Bordeaux, an overnight stay in Lisbon, and a further three late evenings during our voyage, all in all, a great opportunity to more fully experience these destinations.

Our golf includes four rounds including the highly regarded Golf du Medoc, Uruburu, Estela, and Oitavos Dunes.

Azamara Journey, which serves as our perfect floating boutique hotel and clubhouse, is a mid-sized luxury vessel nimble enough to access smaller ports yet large enough to provide every amenity you would expect, from a choice of fine dining and live entertainment to a well-equipped gym and full-service spa.

Forty-six suites are available with English butler style service which routinely book early.  Sailing schedules often include extended stays in the port plus the occasional overnight which allows for a truly immersive experience.  Better still, these cruises are inclusive of a selection of beers, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees plus wine with lunch and dinner along with gratuities for housekeeping, dining, and bar staff.  Azamara also proudly boasts two unique signature events on each cruise – an AzAmazing Evening℠ and the White Night party – complimentary to all guests and consistently well received.

Every aspect of the golf program is fully managed for you onboard and ashore. Your clubs will be ready and waiting at each venue. Tee times and pairings are arranged and posted in advance. A convenient transportation schedule affords suitable time to warm up at the range and to make the almost inevitable pro shop merchandise purchase. Carts are always included, subject to availability.  Friendly competition is staged at a selected course, with prizes awa

rded at our farewell gathering.  A snack lunch is included on-course plus an open bar operates in the clubhouse at the conclusion of the round.  Our typical guest li

st which brings together like-minded individuals generally numbers between 40 and 50, with new friendships invariably formed during each cruise.  Many guests are golfing couples but an equal number are golfers traveling with a non-golfing spouse.  Specially arranged onboard golf group social functions, to which all accompanying non-golfing spouses are most warmly welcomed, further enhances the club-like environment.  The award-winning Azamara Shore Excursions® program, offering a wide variety of off-ship excursions, also caters beautifully to our non-golfing guests during days when our golfing excursions are underway.  

The “2023 Pre-Solheim Cup France, Spain & Portugal Golf Cruise” is a genuinely full-featured vacation and a special opportunity to enjoy yourself in the company of like-minded new friends! Click here for Solheim Cup 2023 land packages through Women’s Golf and Travel, USA’s approved Proud Promoter.

September 8 – 19

Date Port Arrive / Depart Golf Sightseeing
Sep 8 Southampton Embark / 5:00PM
Sep 9 Guernsey, Channel Islands 8:00AM / 5:00PM The Little Chapel
Sep 10 At Sea
Sep 11 Bordeaux, France 9:00AM / IN PORT Golf du Medoc Cathedrale Saint-Andre
Sep 12 Bordeaux, France IN PORT / 9:00PM Grand Theatre
Sep 13 St Jean De Luz, France 1:30PM / 9:00PM St John the Baptist Church
Sep 14 Bilbao, Spain 8:00AM / 11:00PM Uraburu Golf Guggenheim Museum
Sep 15 Gijon, Spain 9:00AM / 6:00PM The Cider Trail
Sep 16 La Coruna, Spain 7:30AM / 7:00PM Roman Tower of Hercules
Sep 17 Porto, Portugal 9:00AM / 6:00PM Estela Terreiro da Se
Sep 18 Lisbon, Portugal 8:00AM / IN PORT Oitavos Dunes Jeronimos Monastery
Sep 19 Lisbon, Portugal IN PORT / Disembark

2023 France, Spain & Portugal Golf Cruise 11 Nights | 4 Rounds | Southampton - Lisbon | September 8 – 19

September 8 – 19

Date Port Arrive / Depart Golf Sightseeing
Sep 8 Southampton Embark / 5:00PM
Sep 9 Guernsey, Channel Islands 8:00AM / 5:00PM The Little Chapel
Sep 10 At Sea
Sep 11 Bordeaux, France 9:00AM / IN PORT Golf du Medoc Cathedrale Saint-Andre
Sep 12 Bordeaux, France IN PORT / 9:00PM Grand Theatre
Sep 13 St Jean De Luz, France 1:30PM / 9:00PM St John the Baptist Church
Sep 14 Bilbao, Spain 8:00AM / 11:00PM Uraburu Golf Guggenheim Museum
Sep 15 Gijon, Spain 9:00AM / 6:00PM The Cider Trail
Sep 16 La Coruna, Spain 7:30AM / 7:00PM Roman Tower of Hercules
Sep 17 Porto, Portugal 9:00AM / 6:00PM Estela Terreiro da Se
Sep 18 Lisbon, Portugal 8:00AM / IN PORT / Oitavos Dunes Jeronimos Monastery / Optional: Transfer to Malaga, Spain for Solheim Cup
Sep 19 Lisbon, Portugal IN PORT / Disembark / Optional: Transfer to Malaga, Spain for Solheim Cup

2023 France, Spain & Portugal Golf Cruise 11 Nights | 4 Rounds | Southampton - Lisbon | September 8 – 19

Detailed Itinerary

SEPTEMBER 8, FRIDAY: SOUTHAMPTON, UK (EMBARK BY 3:30PM / SAIL 5:00PM)

Embark Azamara Journey beginning at 1:00PM. All aboard by 3:30PM.

Welcome Cocktails & Briefing this evening. Meet your fellow participants and PerryGolf staff.

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 9, SATURDAY: GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS (8:00AM / 5:00PM)

Guernsey, or the Bailiwick of Guernsey by its official title, is a self-governing possession of the British Crown found off the coast of Normandy, France in the English Channel.  It is a wonderful juxtaposition of England and France with an English lean by virtue of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. St. Peter Port overlooks the harbor, with rows of brightly painted houses, and terraced gardens. The island is ideal for rambles along cliffside paths and through the bucolic interior.  While fishing, flower growing, and dairy farming are still important, Guernsey’s favorable tax climate has brought an influx of offshore banks and insurance companies with their attendant bistros and boutiques. It was here in exile from 1855-1870 where Victor Hugo wrote some of his best-known works including Les Misérables.

Enjoy Guernsey on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – St Peter Port

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 10, SUNDAY: AT SEA

Today it’s time to relax and reset. Make your reservations early for The Sanctum Spa, a world-class wellness facility offering a full range of health, beauty and restorative treatments. Complimentary fitness and nutrition classes are available along with a fully equipped gym on Deck 9 offering magnificent sea views. There’s room for everyone on the Pool Deck both in and out of the sun. Service to your lounge chair is available from The Pool Bar where the attentive staff is always ready to offer an inclusive cocktail, beer, bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. The Patio restaurant serves casual fare during the day then completely transforms itself into a sit-down al fresco dining experience at night with table linens and candles. Elegant specialty dining is available for beef at Prime C and Italian at AqualinaWindows Café serves casual buffet dining with every imaginable choice indoors and out at the sensational Sunset Bar.

What a way to spend a day!

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 11, MONDAY: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (9:00AM / IN PORT)

GOLF: Golf du Medoc crafted from the genius of American architect Bill Coore, this Scottish links style course opened in 1989 and has earned its reputation for immaculate putting surfaces. Consistently ranked in the top 100 in Continental Europe, the Chateaux course evokes images of classics such as Sunningdale and Swinley in the British Isles, combining heather, gorse, broom and, of course, the menacing wind. No. 11 is an intriguing risk / reward par-4. A creek bisects the fairway and demands a decision, offering bold and conservative routes to the green.

SIGHTSEEING:  Bordeaux’s fortunes have long been tied to viticulture, beginning with an expansion of the wine trade with England in the 14th century. As a result it is a handsome and cohesive city of uniform classical and neoclassical style, with monumental buildings and many fine estates financed by the almighty grape. The nearby countryside is alive with wine chateaux sporting impressive appellations such as Pauillac, Sauternes, Margaux, and Saint-Emilion. A visit is an excellent opportunity to learn more about wine production and appreciation, which of course requires a considerable amount of tasting to accomplish.

Enjoy Bordeaux on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Bordeaux

Overnight: In Port – Bordeaux, France

SEPTEMBER 12, TUESDAY: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (IN PORT / 9:00PM)

A second day to enjoy all that Bordeaux has to offer.

Enjoy Bordeaux on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 13, WEDNESDAY: ST JEAN DE LUZ, FRANCE (1:30PM / 9:00PM)

One of France’s most picturesque beach retreats, St. Jean de Luz is a prosperous Basque town best known for its architecture and cuisine.  Once a modest fishing port, it grew rich in the 16th century from fishing and whaling, supplemented by piracy that was backed by the French king … many of the handsome old houses in town were in fact built on the proceeds.  The Sun King, Louis XIV King of France, married Marie-Therese of Spain in 1660 in the magnificent Church of St John the Baptist, with its fabulous baroque altar.

Enjoy St Jean de Cruz on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 14, THURSDAY: BILBAO, SPAIN (8:00AM / 11:00PM)

GOLF: Uraburu Golf was designed by revered two times Masters Champion José María Olazabal, a native of this area.  Each hole is a an example of the marriage of golf and its surroundings, highlighted by centennial oaks, conifers and other native trees, providing magical surroundings and views for the golfer.   The beauty of the course lies in its diversity, and it provides an outstanding experience for the visiting golfer.

SIGHTSEEING: If Bilbao wasn’t always a household name, it was transformed into one with the opening of Frank Gehry’s groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum in 1997. Located in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao became an instant media darling and tourist mecca. And that was just the beginning of an exciting phase of development in infrastructure and cultural activity which, combine with the Basque love of food, wine and laughter, solidified the city’s place in the annals of tourism.

Enjoy Bilbao on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Bilbao

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 15, FRIDAY: GIJON, SPAIN (9:00AM / 6:00PM)

While not perhaps as overtly glamorous as some of Spain’s other coastal cities, Gijón is the apple of the Bay of Biscay’s eye.  What wine is to Rioja, cider is to Gijón and the surrounding region, Asturias.  Try the Cider Trail—a guided tour to some of the best cider houses and restaurants in the city to get a taste for this important cultural tradition.  Gijón also has the distinct honor of having the largest number of bakeries per capita in all of Spain. It’s also rumored that the best croissants in the land can be found in this charming city.

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 16, SATURDAY: LA CORUNA, SPAIN (7:30AM / 5:00PM)

You would be hard-pressed to find a city more shaped and impacted by the sea than La Coruna, Spain.  You can see this influence in the Roman Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated stone lighthouse. Standing guard over the city, the 180-foot Tower marks one end of the spectacular Paseo Marítimo promenade—one of the longest in Europe—and has been in operation since approximately the 2nd century AD.  Walk some or all of the eight-mile long promenade to see some of the city’s other waterfront highlights like the Marina, Castelo de San Antón, and the Millennium monument.     The strong nautical influence can also be seen in the characteristic glazed window balconies (also known as galerias) that give La Coruna its nickname the Glass City.

Enjoy La Coruna on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

SEPTEMBER 17, SUNDAY: PORTO, PORTGUAL (9:00AM / 6:00PM)

GOLF: Private and exclusive, Estela is located a half-hour drive from Porto, shaggy dunes border narrow fairways on a 6,800-yard layout that includes two miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline. The spectacular scenery is complemented by the excellent condition of the penncross bentgrass greens and tifton bermuda fairways. Duarte Sottomayor, who studied golf course architecture under the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Sr., designed Estela with the touch of a minimalist, allowing stiff breezes and the natural terrain to create a formidable, enjoyable challenge.

SIGHTSEEING: At the mouth of the Rio Douro lies the city of Porto, famous for its port wine trade. With origins dating back to the 5th century, there is plenty to see in this town that was named European Capital of Culture in 2001. Stroll the Ribeira neighborhood along the river, explore the Cathedral area, or tour the port lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia across the river. Savoring a taste of tawny port, trip and seafood while here is highly recommended.

Enjoy Porto on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Porto

Overnight: At Sea

SEPTEMBER 18: LISBON, PORTUGAL (8:00AM / IN PORT)

GOLF: Oitavos Dunes is located on the most westerly tip of Europe and mixes wondrous views of the Atlantic Ocean against the stunning backdrop of the Sintra Mountains. Oitavos was designed by the renowned Arthur Hills and is one of two European Courses that bear his name. The course was inaugurated in 2001 and has been ranked in the top 100 in the world. Oitavos Dunes is a par 71 course that measures 6,900 yards from the competition tees. The layout is a lovely mixture of woodland and links-type holes that capitalize on the existing landscape.

SIGHTSEEING: Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. Its magnificent harbour made it a logical trading port as far back as the Phoenicians, as well as a departure point for 15th century voyages sponsored by Prince Henry the Navigator, patron of Portuguese explorers. The city is rich in architecture, from Romanesque and Gothic to postmodern, and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Today it is seeking a place on the world stage by hosting, in addition to its own active cultural calendar, film festivals, art, fashion and design shows, book fairs, marathons, and rock concerts.

Enjoy Lisbon on your own or via Azamara Shore Excursions®.

Port Explorer Guide – Lisbon

Overnight: In Port – Lisbon, Portugal

SEPTEMBER 19, TUESDAY: LISBON, PORTUGAL (IN PORT / DISEMBARK AT 9:00AM)

Disembark Azamara Journey at 9:00AM.

Golf Schedule

GOLF DU MÉDOC – LES CHATEAUX COURSE: LE PIAN-MÉDOC, FRANCE

Crafted from the genius of American architect Bill Coore, Les Châteaux at Golf du Médoc is a Scottish links style course opened in 1989 and has earned its reputation for immaculate putting surfaces. Consistently ranked in the top 100 in Continental Europe, the Chateaux course evokes images of classics such as Sunningdale and Swinley in the British Isles, combining heather, gorse, broom and, of course, the menacing wind. No. 11 is a intriguing risk / reward par-4. A creek bisects the fairway and demands a decision, offering bold and conservative routes to the green.

URABURU GOLF: BILBAO, SPAIN

Uraburu Golf was designed by the revered two times Masters Champion José María Olazabal, a native of this area.  Each hole is a an example of the marriage of golf and its surroundings, highlighted by centennial oaks, conifers and other native trees, providing magical surroundings and views for the golfer.   The beauty of the course lies in its diversity, and it provides an outstanding experience for the visiting golfer.

ESTELA GOLF CLUB: PÓVOA DE VARZIM, PORTUGAL

Private and exclusive, Estela is located a half-hour drive from Porto, shaggy dunes border narrow fairways on a 6,800-yard layout that includes two miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline. The spectacular scenery is complemented by the excellent condition of the Penncross Bentgrass greens and Tifton Bermuda fairways. Duarte Sottomayor, who studied golf course architecture under the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Sr., designed Estela with the touch of a minimalist, allowing stiff breezes and the natural terrain to create a formidable, enjoyable challenge.

OITAVOS DUNES GOLF CLUB: CASCAIS, PORTUGAL

Oitavos Dunes is located on the most westerly tip of Europe and mixes wondrous views of the Atlantic Ocean with the stunning backdrop of the Sintra Mountains. Oitavos was designed by the renowned Arthur Hills and is one of only two European Courses that bear his name. The course is a recent addition to the area in golfing terms and was inaugurated in 2001 while now ranking in the world’s top 100 courses. Oitavos Dunes is a par 71 course that measure 6,300m from the competition tees. The course is a lovely mixture of woodland and links-type holes that make the most of the existing landscape.

Azamara Quest, JourneyPursuit & Onward

700 Guests | 410 Crew | 46 Suites

Since 2011, we have been delighted to partner with Azamara® whose fleet of four boutique ocean liners are ideal for the purposes of our worldwide golf cruises.  Azamara Journey®, Azamara Quest®, Azamara Pursuit® & Azamara Onward℠ are sister ships, each with accommodation for 700 guests including 46 suites attended by English-style butler service.  These perfectly sized vessels are large enough to provide every amenity yet small enough to access smaller harbors and premium docking.  The Azamara experience is built on four key pillars: Destination Immersion®, extraordinary service, fine cuisine and wine plus wellness and vitality. Few cruise lines offer more overnight stays or as many last night departures so that you may experience each destination to its fullest.  Better still, you’ll enjoy a relaxing vacation onboard with Azamara’s country club-like ambience.

Ship Facts

Azamara’s four cruisers, with accommodations for 700 Guests, offer a sophisticated, yet relaxing atmosphere. Guests will enjoy more inclusive amenities such as included gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; Spa and Wellness Center; complimentary bottled water and sodas, specialty coffee and teas, as well as complimentary boutique red and white wines to accompany lunch and dinner; English Butler service for suite Guests.

 

AZAMARA JOURNEY
Entered Service 2007
Refurbished 2016
AZAMARA QUEST
Entered Service 2007
Refurbished 2016AZAMARA PURSUIT
Entered Service 2018
Refurbished 2019AZAMARA ONWARD
Entering Service 2022
Refurbished 2021
Registry: Malta
Built: Nazaire, France
Occupancy: 700
Tonnage: 30,277
Length: 593 ft
Beam: 95 ft
Draught: 19.85 ft
Cruise Speed: 18.5 kts
International Staff and Crew 410
Total Staterooms: 347
Suites: 46

Suites and Staterooms

Welcome to your vacation home with ocean views, sea breezes, and all the style and amenities of a boutique hotel. Relax with plush cotton robes and slippers, French bath products, fresh flowers, and 24-hour room service. Our goal is to make you comfortable so you can spend more time on important things. Like exploring the world.

Suites on an Azamara voyage. There are forty-six total:  Club World Owner’s (6), Club Ocean (4), Club Continent (34) and the Club Spa suite (2). Our suite guests receive a variety of exclusive benefits in addition to comfortable, spacious accommodations. We take care of all the details, so you can focus on experiencing the world.

Staying in a suite is like staying in your own vacation home complete with ocean views, sea breezes, and butler service. Relax with plush cotton robes and slippers, French bath products, fresh flowers, and fine linens. Open the sliding glass doors to your private veranda, perfect for reading, al fresco dining, or stargazing. Enjoy a drink from complimentary bottles of specialty spirits, mixers included. And should you need anything, your English-trained butler is never more than a call away, ready to assist with restaurant and spa reservations, private parties, dinners for two, and much more.

Suite Amenities

All Stateroom amenities
English-style Butler Service
Priority check-in and departure
En-suite dining

En-suite spa service (optional)
En-suite afternoon tea service
Complimentary wine, vodka and Whisky
Seating in specialty restaurants

Stateroom Amenities

Egyptian cotton bed linen and duvet
Terrycloth bathrobes and slippers
24-hour room service
Turndown treats
Flat-panel television
Refrigerator with mini-bar

Desk and Telephone
Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
In-room safe
Hairdryer
Complimentary welcome fruit basket and fresh-cut flowers
Shoe shining service

Dining

Discoveries (Main restaurant)
Windows Café casual buffet (Daytime)
Windows Café and Sunset Bar casual
alfresco dinner and cocktails
Prime C Steakhouse and Wine Cellar
Aqualina – Mediterranean Flavors
Pool Grill

Health, Beauty and Vitality

Fitness Center and Spa
Thalassotherapy Pool
Acupuncture at Sea
Salon Main Pool with Jacuzzi

Entertainment and Lounges

Cabaret Lounge
Club Looking Glass Lounge and Late Night Spot
Discoveries Lounge
The Drawing Room / Library
Mosaic Café Coffee Bar
eConnections Computer Lounge

Shoppes

Indulgences
La Boutique
Photo Shop
The Journey Shop / The Quest Shop

Additional Onboard Amenities

Guest Laundry Facility
Table Tennis
Shuffle Board
Medical Facility
Sales & Club Desk
Land Discoveries Desk

Oitavos Dunes Golf Links in Lisbon, Portugal
Oitavos Dunes Golf Links in Lisbon, Portugal
Estela Golf Club
Estela Golf Club
La Bourse in Bordeaux, France
La Bourse in Bordeaux, France
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Azamara®
Azamara®

Golf and Cruise Pricing Per Person

Our prices are provided as Golf Package and Cruise Fare so that your choices for suites and staterooms are clear. The total cost is the combination of both plus applicable taxes.

The cruise fare is dynamic and may change until booked and locked in, but you are assured of the best available selection of suites and staterooms and the very best available rates which exist at any point in time. Cruise fares below are the current “from” prices, supplements apply for prime locations within each main category. Your PerryGolf golf travel specialist will assist in selecting the best suite or stateroom for you, and will be pleased to book and confirm both your cruise and your golf package.

Club Interior Stateroom Club Oceanview Stateroom Club Veranda Stateroom Club Continent Suite Club Spa Suite Club Ocean Suite Owners Suite
Golf Package $2,595 $2,595 $2,595 $2,595 $2,595 $2,595 $2,595
Cruise Fare $4,499 $4,899 $5,699 $7,299 $9,299 $9,899 $10,699
Cruise fares are the published gross prices (exclusive of any port taxes & fees), and where special promotions may be in force, any relevant discounts will be taken from these prices at the time of booking.

Deposits Per Person: Golf Package $750; Staterooms $550 / Suites $1,100
Payment & Cancellation Terms per Reservation Form

Lock in Early for the Best Suites & Staterooms at the Best Price
The Cancellation Fee Is Only $125 Per Person Until 12 Months Out
Prices Exclude Port Taxes and Fees of $587 Per Person

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