Pursuit, Portuguese Discoveries ex Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro 17 Night Cruise sailing from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro aboard Azamara Pursuit.
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17 Night Cruise sailing from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro aboard Azamara Pursuit.
Portuguese culture comes to life on both sides of the Atlantic on this incredible voyage that's all about Destination Immersion®. Your journey starts in Lisbon, the colorful, historic heart of Portugal, where you’ll be delighted by the cobblestoned streets, hilly neighborhoods, and warm welcomes everywhere you go. Check out the venerable São Jorge Castle, or roam the winding alleys of the Alfama district lined with taverns where fado singers perform.
After leaving Lisbon, spend a day at sea before docking in Madeira, an archipelago that’s beloved by visitors from all over the world. Don’t forget to sample a taste of Madeira wine along with a big bowl of espetada, a savory beef stew. Next, you’ll explore the Canary Islands, making stops in La Palma and Tenerife. Set against a volcanic landscape, La Palma is best explored on foot – a hike through the Caldera de Taburiente National Park followed by a refreshing dip in Charco Azul, a natural swimming hole, is a fantastic way to experience this island gem. In Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, relax on the beaches at Los Gigantes or take a walk on the wild side at Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park or Loro Park, home to colorful tropical birds.
With two days at sea, there’s plenty of time to unwind with a spa massage and relax on the Sanctum terrace. Savor authentic Italian cuisine with a twist at Aqualina or dig into a succulent steak or seafood feast at Prime C. Next, you’ll dock in Mindelo, Cape Verde, an exciting port city known for its nightlife and Brazilian-influenced Carnaval celebrations. Prefer something a little more low-key? Browse the Museu do Mar, a museum offering visitors a glimpse into São Vincente’s history, or enjoy a meal at one of the eclectic waterfront cafés.
When you re-embark, you’ll have four more nights at sea enjoying everything the Pursuit has to offer before arriving in Brazil. Soak up the sun on the pristine beaches of Maceio before sailing on to Salvador de Bahia, one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. You’ll spend two nights in Salvador – plenty of time to immerse yourself in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or browse the shops of the Old Town. After another night at sea, your Portuguese Discoveries voyage concludes with an overnight in Rio De Janeiro, where iconic sites like the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain await.
Highlights of this cruise:
One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is rich in architecture and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Must-sees include the church of Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora, which dates back to the 12th century; Musee Calouste Gulbenkian, one of Europe’s leading fine arts museums; and Torre de Belém, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous monuments in Portugal.
Madeira has its share of captivating squares, picturesque villages, idyllic landscapes, and stunning views. It also offers some unexpected pleasures, like it's wildly different parks and gardens. Take a cable car up to Monte so that you may descend by toboggan sledge. Originally a form of fast transport for Monte residents, the trip involves sliding at high speed over narrow, winding streets.
A notoriously festive destination, Tenerife is the biggest, most well-known of Spain’s Canary Islands, and is characterized by a rugged coastline and miles of beaches, popular for kite surfing and swimming.
The capital city of Mindelo is considered “Cape Verde's answer to the Riviera”, complete with brightly colored buildings, cobblestone streets, and a variety of lively bars, cafés, and restaurants. Go to the top of Monte Verde for panoramic views of Porto Grande, and visit the historic Torre de Belem, which overlooks the city center, and is conveniently located next to the bustling fish market.
African rhythms are a part of Salvador’s local fabric, from Capoeira, a mix of martial arts and dance, to Candomble, a religion of ritual and magic. The city’s historic center is an architectural jewel, with an array of opulent churches. The slaves who built them were not allowed inside, so they labored at night for a century to build a beautiful church for themselves—Our Lady of the Rosary.
Rio de Janeiro
Samba on down to Rio, easy going except for the four days of frenetic, feather-festooned Carnaval. No journey to Rio would be complete without a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Christ the Redeemer. At the top of Corcovado Mountain, this 125-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ spreads its arms over Rio and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Guanabara Bay.