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Barcelona to Lisbon – Includes Morocco and Canary Islands – 16 to 30 October 2022

Luxury Escorted Golf Cruise Barcelona to Canary Islands- Seabourn Sojourn 16 to 30 October 2022 ( 14 nights)

Large staterooms from A$11,249 pp twin share (+ Golf Supplement of Euro 250 per game for up to 9 games) and including an up to US$150 pp on-board credit

Leading luxury golf cruise specialist, Trendsetter Travel & Golf Tours, welcomes your joining us on this golf cruise on-board Seabourn Sojourn, a luxury 450 passenger vessel, with a 1 staff member to 1.3 guest ratio.  Sojourn guests enjoy a spacious suite (minimum 28 sqm internal space featuring a separate bath and shower (other than 6 wheel chair accessible rooms which only have a shower) with twin basins and a mini-bar stocked with your choice of beverages, world class dining in 4 restaurants, all alcoholic beverages (some premium brands excluded), and gratuities.  The standard balcony size is 6 sqm (with 6 of the balcony suites having a slightly smaller area) with all the rooms on deck 4 not having a balcony.

The cruise itinerary is divided into 2 x 7 night legs; the first involving 7 nights sailing around the Iberian Peninsula visiting many great ports in Spain and Portugal (plus Gibraltar) famous for their many outstanding golf courses.  The 2nd leg is from Lisbon to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands visiting Casablanca on the way (with a 16 hour stay) plus several of the islands forming the Canary Islands.  Trendsetter Travel will subsequently provide an optional 4 night stay in the Canary Islands playing 2 to 3 rounds of golf at leading courses near Las Palmas.

IMPORTANTLY, YOUR CRUISE FARE DEPOSIT IS 100% REFUNDABLE UP UNTIL 120 DAYS FROM DEPARTURE AND NO GOLF PROGRAMME PAYMENTS ARE REQUIRED UNTIL 120 DAYS FROM DEPARTURE.

Compliments of Trendsetter Travel, a Virtuoso agency, you will also receive a US$150 pp on board credit.

See the full cruise itinerary at www.seabourn.com/en_US/find-a-cruise/E2M143/5257A.html

We are your tour hosts. We have golfed extensively throughout the world, and have organised and hosted many successful golf cruises, particularly in the Western Mediterranean.  Unlike many other golf tour operators, we deal directly with the relevant service providers. This enables us to provide very competitively priced golf at the best available courses and with no reduction in quality.

In addition to our golf cruises, Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre operates a retail travel agency on Sydney’s lower North Shore. We are able to book all of your travel requirements, and as members of the Virtuoso network can offer an excellent choice of hotels – with attractive free benefits – to perfectly complement your luxury golf cruise.

We invite you to join us for yet another exciting luxury golf cruise!

David Cooper

Adrienne Witteman

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday 16 October 2022 – Barcelona – Depart 5 PM

Arrive independently into Barcelona and board Seabourn Sojourn early afternoon. This evening, meet your fellow tour participants for an early evening introductory cocktail function followed by dinner in the main restaurant.  Thereafter, dinners are on an independent basis.

Day 2 – Monday 17 October 2022 – Valencia – in Port 8 AM/6 PM – Golf – Game 1

We have a full port day scheduled in Valencia, Spain’s 3rd largest city with a total urban population of circa 1.5 million and famously was the last major city to fall to the Franco’s nationalist forces in the civil war of 1936 to 1939.  There is much to see in and around Valencia regardless whether you self-explore the city or take a Seabourn shore tour.

Golf – Game 1: we will play El Saler Golf Course – ranked the # 1 course in south east Spain, # 2 in Spain and # 5 in Europe – a less than 30 minute drive.  When opened in 1968, many considered it then the best course in Europe.

Day 3 – Tuesday 18 October 2022 – Cartagena – in Port 7 AM/5 PM - Golf – Game 2

Today, we’re in Cartagena, a port city located in South East Spain, founded in Roman times and now divided into an old and a new city.  Whether today involves golfing, there should be time for a walk around the historic area of this port city, located walking distance from where our ship is berthed.

Golf – Game 2: our focus today is the magnificent La Manga Golf Resort, specifically the West Course, the highest rated of their 3 x 18 hole golf courses.  This course is among the top 10 in all of Southern Spain and a less than 30 minute drive from where our ship will be berthed.

Day 4 – Wednesday 19 October 2022 – Malaga – In Port 8 AM/11 PM – Golf – Game 3

Malaga is the main port city of the Costa del Sol and is famous for having over 100 golf courses within acceptable driving distance.  For those choosing not to golf today, Malaga is an interesting port city to explore with many wonderful attractions, including the Pablo Picasso Museum.  For the golfers, there will be time to walk around the historic down town area of Malaga post golf.

Golf – Game 3: we will play Chapparal Golf Club, located on the coast, 40 km west of Malaga.  The course is rated # 36 in Spain and is considered a great layout being wedged between the sea and mountains and played though a pine forest with many elevation changes.  The course is relatively unique with 6 par 3, 6 par 4 and 6 par 5 holes.  Apart from its ranking, a key factor in its selection was the less than 45 minutes coach drive from Malaga.

Day 5 – Thursday 20 October 2022 – Gibraltar – in Port 8 AM/6 PM - Golf – Game 4

This morning we arrive at historic and still very English Gibraltar.  You can walk around Gibraltar and perhaps shop in “Little England” or maybe look to climb the Rock (there are plenty of walking trails) !

Golf – Game 4: Today we drive less than 30 minutes passing through the Spain border and golf at La Reserva Course (ranked # 7 in Southern Spain and in the top 100 courses in Europe) near the town of Sotogrande.   A number of golf courses have been built over the past 40 years in this area, the most famous being Real Valderrama, scene of the 1997 Ryder Cup contest.  We have chosen to play one of the more modestly priced courses as at Valderrama at Euro 460 pp/round still continues to live off its Ryder Cup reputation and was considered out of the budget for our golf tour and that we would have few electing to golf if this option chosen.

Days 6 – Friday 21 October 2022 – Sea Day

A relaxing day at sea allows you to experience the many on-board facilities which Seabourn Sojourn offers.  We will likely schedule a group lunch (entirely optional) in the main restaurant which on past cruises has been a lot of fun.

Day 7 – Saturday 22 October 2022 – Porto (Portugal) – in Port 8 AM/5 PM – Golf – Game 5

We have a full shore day at Porto, the largest city in Portugal after Lisbon.   For those not golfing, there is the historic port area of Porto to explore or take one of the Silversea shore tours.

Golf – Game 5: – we drive north of Porto and play Estela Golf Club, a magnificent links course facing the Atlantic Ocean.  It is the # 1 rated course in Northern Portugal and is considered one of the best links courses in all Portugal.

Day 8 – Sunday 23 October 2022 – Lisbon – in Port 7 AM/5 PM – Golf – Game 6

We arrive early morning in Lisbon.  For those not golfing, you can independently explore Lisbon or take a Silversea tour.   The down town centre of Lisbon is only a 10 minute walk from where Silver Spirit will berth.  We will have a spectacular sail away

Golf – Game 6:  Designed by Cynthia Dye (niece of the famous Pete Dye), West Cliffs Golf Links opened in 2017 and is now rated the # 2 golf course in Portugal and the # 1 course in the greater Lisbon region.  It is a sea side links course and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean – indeed it is claimed there are views of the Atlantic from every hole.  Given the distances between the holes, motorised cart golf is a must.

Day 9 – Monday 24 October 2022 – Sea Day

Day 10 – Tuesday 25 October 2022 – Casablanca (Morocco) - in Port 7 AM/11 PM – Golf –Game 7

Once but a small fishing village, Casablanca is now a city with a population of over 4 million people and is the largest port in Africa.  Its growth commenced with the French arrival in 1912 and accelerated after Morocco’s independence in 1956.  It retains a strong French influence with French readily spoken throughout the country and is not to be confused with Spanish Morocco, which borders to the south and was annexed only relatively recently.  Casablanca is doubly famous for its part in the Allied sea invasion in November 1942, and for the Casablanca Conference, between Churchill and Roosevelt, in January 1943. The Medina, the quaint old Moorish quarter of the old town, is a favourite place for exploration.

Our long shore day in Casablanca will permit plenty of time to both discover both Morocco and golf.  Morocco is a mecca for many fine golf courses since golf is a favourite sport of the kings of Morocco, following independence.  For many years, the European PGA has regularly held a main tour event here.

Golf – Game 7: Today we offer golf outside of Casablanca when we drive down the coast to play the Magazan Beach Golf Course, the magnificent links course designed by Gary Player.  This lovely resort course runs along the Atlantic coast and is ranked number 3 in Morocco.  It is a 1 hour 20 minute (100 km) drive mostly along a dual carriage freeway giving a great view of the Moroccan countryside.   Post golf, we will visit the historic walled Moroccan port city of El Jadida, a short drive south of Magazan.   Our visit will include time to walk around the historic walled town which abuts the coast.

Day 11 – Wednesday 26 October 2022 – Sea Day

Day 12 – Thursday 27 October 2022 – Arrecife, Lanzarote - in Port 8 AM/6 PM – Golf – Game 8

Today we are in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote and the northernmost of the various islands forming the Canary Islands, all part of Spain.  Lanzarote is known as the Volcano Island.

Golf – Game 8:– today we play Lanzarote Golf Club, one of two 18 hole golf courses on Lanzarote, offering spectacular views out over the Atlantic and to nearby islands.  The course has been recently developed and was designed by Ron Kirby, the chief project designer of the Jack Nicklaus group.

Day 13 – Friday 28 October 2022 – Santa Cruz (Tenerife) – in Port 8 AM/11 PM – Golf - Game 9

This morning we sail into the port city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the island of Tenerife.  Tenerife, the largest of the 7 main islands which form the Canary Islands, has long been a major European tourist destination and now offers 7 x 18 hole golf courses.  Mt Teide, the highest mountain in Spain (and nearly twice the height of the highest mountain in Australia), is located on this hilly island.

Golf – Game 9: Today we play Golf del Sur, the 4th ranked golf course in the Canary Islands and the number 2 ranked course on Tenerife.   It offers 27 holes and has held many European PGA tour events.

Day 14 – Saturday 29 October 2022 – Puerto De La Estaca, El Hierro - in Port 8 AM/6 PM

Today we visit El Hierro Island, the smallest and most south western of all the Canary Islands.   It is 269 sq km with a population of circa 10,000.  The capital Valverde sits high in the mountains with its population of circa 2,000.  A volcanic island but fortunately the only recorded eruption was in 1793.  There are no golf courses on El Hierro and today is for exploring this fascinating island.   Seabourn offers a number of extensive tours of the island.

Day 15 – Saturday 30 October 2022 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Arrive 7am

After a relaxing overnight cruise, we will berth early morning in Las Palmas.  While for some, you will have a last chance for a leisurely breakfast, before bidding a final farewell to new friends and old.  For others, Trendsetter will provide a 4 day optional post tour extension including golf near Las Palmas at 2 or 3 of the following courses (ratings are in terms of best in Canary Islands): Anfi Tauro (1st), Real Las Palmas (6th), Lopesan Meloneras (7th), Maspalomas (10th), Salobre (Old) (12th) and El Cortijo (15th).  Full details will be provided once it is clear that Australians can travel overseas without both Government consent and mandatory hotel quarantine on return to Australia.

The Finer Details...

Inclusions, pricing and various conditions of this escorted golf cruise are:

16 to 30 October 2022 – 14 Night Barcelona to Canary Islands Golf Cruise on Seabourn Sojourn including up to 10 games of golf
Ocean View Suite (28 sqm – no Balcony) Veranda Suite (V1 to V4)– (34 sqm – including 6 sqm of balcony) Penthouse Suite (50 sqm – including 9 sqm of balcony) Owners Suite (49 to 55 sqm plus 12 to 33 sqm of balcony)
Cruise Fare (AUD pp) (twin share) AUD 11,249 AUD 12,149 to AUD 14,309 AUD 19,349 AUD 24,749
Golf Package with for example 5 games (Euro pp) EUR 1,250 EUR 1,250 EUR 1,250 EUR 1,250
Golf Package all 9 games (Euro pp) EUR 2,250 EUR 2,250 EUR 2,250 EUR 2,250

The above prices are subject to the current Seabourn promotion of pay in full and receive a 10% discount.   Otherwise, Seabourn requires a deposit of 25% of the cruise fare (excluding taxes) with balance payable 90 days prior.  NO cancellation penalties apply for the cruise if cancellation is made outside of 120 days prior.  For Seabourn booking conditions please refer to www.seabourn.com.  Until your deposit is paid, all of the above cruise fares (including conditions) are dynamic and subject to change by Seabourn.  If Seabourn releases a cheaper fare or a revised package – outside of 120 days – once we are aware of the change, Trendsetter will switch you to the new fare basis without penalty.  We strongly recommend an early commitment in order to secure the best room and pricing.

Bookings include a USD 150 pp on board credit through booking via Trendsetter Travel (only available through a Virtuoso travel agency).  In addition, there is a complimentary up to 600 minutes of wifi allowance per person.

You may elect to play anywhere from 1 to a maximum of 9 games @ EUR 250 per game.  The golf charge includes coach transfers, green fees, share motorised cart, drinks post golf and prize money.  Providing motorised carts are not compulsory, you may elect to walk any of the golf courses.

Golf club hire is NOT included however we can arrange to hire clubs at all courses.

While the golf package is calculated in Euro, it is payable in AUD at the best available quoted A$/Euro by a major bank calculated on a date approximately 120 days prior to cruise departure.

COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE, INCLUDING COVERAGE OF PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS, IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Single cruise fare prices are available upon request.

Trendsetter has booked the courses as specified but cannot be held responsible for any late amendments or cancellations caused by events outside of its control e.g. late arrival at or cancellation of a port due to weather conditions, storms or heavy rain necessitating cancellation of play after a round has started.  If such an event occurs Trendsetter will do its best to organise an alternative course or obtain a partial or full refund as practicable.  Please note that a full refund is NOT GUARANTEED as it may not be possible to cancel/amend contracted services, such as coach transport, within the requisite time frame.

Once the tour has commenced, should a tour participant choose not to play a particular golf course which has been prepaid, Trendsetter will refund an amount equivalent to the saving Trendsetter achieves for the non-attendance at golf that day.

Trendsetter may also change the nominated golf course if it believes it is in the best interests of the tour (e.g. if course conditioning is found to not be of an acceptable standard due to course maintenance works or a better golf course becomes available). You will be advised of this should such a change occur.

Payment of your golf programme constitutes acceptance of the above terms.

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