EXPLORE THE WORLD’S MOST FASCINATING
LANDMARKS AT YOUR OWN PACE.
Looking to steer clear of traditional tourist traps? Then lace up your most comfortable shoes and hit the pavement, cobblestones, and winding pathways with with independent, local experts on Cruise Global, Walk Local shore excursions. You’ll explore some of the world’s most walkable places on guided tours that provide an up-close and intimate destination experience.
Discover the details that lend a city its unique character. Reputable, local guides will share insights on events and people (both famous and infamous) that have shaped the identity of these incredible destinations. In Santorini, stunning views will take your breath away long before the hillside terrace trek might. Linger in Helsinki to absorb the ethereal beauty of the Rock Church and other iconic architecture. Savor the sights and sounds of the bustling Pettah Bazaar in Colombo and learn to barter like a local.
Designed for various activity levels, these Cruise Global, Walk Local immersive tours range from easy strolls to treks sure to hit your daily step goal. Whatever your interest or ability, you’ll be taken to the heart (by sole) of our destinations.
Azamara Shore Excursions
More Intimate. More Local. More Peace Of Mind.
- The tours have a maximum of 25 guests, so you enjoy a more personal connection with the destination and more individual interaction with your local guides.*
- Every excursion is designed and delivered by independent local operators who are committed to bringing you a uniquely immersive experience and authentic perspective.
- We work exclusively with reputable local tour operators who are fully insured and committed to the highest standards of quality and service. There are never any hidden costs, and you can explore with confidence knowing the ship will wait if your tour is delayed for any reason.
*Some exclusions apply to maximum tour capacity. Tour capacity applies to select tours offered on European sailings beginning April 18th, 2017 on Azamara Quest® and May 29th, 2017 on Azamara Journey®. In the unlikely event that your tour is significantly delayed, we’ll make all the arrangements for you to return to the ship at the earliest opportunity at no expense to you.
Titanic Walking & Heritage Trail
Walk the same streets as departing Titanic passengers on this uniquely Irish walking tour of Cobh (Cork). Send some time at a traditional pub and meet some of the Titanic’s passengers at the interactive “Titanic Experience” venue.
Experience the real Cobh and embark on a guided journey on foot through the city. Cobh’s sites, architecture, and streets have direct connections with the Titanic and many other elements of Irish history. On your guided tour, you’ll be walking the same streets that the Titanic passengers and millions of other emigrants walked prior to departure. See the very piers they left from and bade their loved ones farewell.
Immerse yourself in Irish culture and visit a typical Irish pub. Enjoy a demonstration of how Irish coffee is made, and of course, sample one too. From there it’s on to the “Titanic Experience” venue, where you’ll step back in time to meet some of the 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic from Cobh. Get a taste of Irish history and culture, and immerse yourself in one of history’s most tragic events.
Pyrgos Village Walking Tour & Greek Mezes
Explore the picturesque town of Pyrgos on this guided tour. See stunning views of Santorini from a monastery, stroll past whitewashed homes, and sample authentic Greek mezes and wine at a local taverna.
Travel to Santorini’s interior for a guided walk through the sleepy town of Pyrgos. On the way, stop at the 18th-century Profitis Ilias monastery, where a solitary monk still resides. Entry is forbidden to visitors, however, the views of Santorini Island extend forever and photos are a must. Continue to Pyrgos to begin a leisurely stroll along the ascending avenues that wind past the lovely old homes of this hilltop village.
Visit the remains of a Venetian fortress that harken back to the days when Pyrgos was the capital of Santorini. Make your way to a local tavern and sit down to a selection of favorite island dishes. Savor cheese pies, meatballs, tomato fritters and other tasty treats, and toast a wonderful day in Pyrgos with a few glasses of prized local wine. The tour ends at Fira, where you’ll enjoy free time to take in the sights or browse the shops.
Exploring Old Colombo
Colonial history, bustling bazaars, and hidden treasures are explored on this gentle walking tour. Far from typical tourist traps, you’ll see a whole new side to this storied city.
Mark Forbes, native Dutch Burgher and passionate photographer, guides you on a gentle walking tour through his city. Mark is an intrepid city explorer and will unlock for you the backstreets and colorful alleyways of Colombo to showcase a vibrant and historical journey through the city. The Pettah District is one of the oldest regions in Colombo and is a hive of activity. Take in the incredible bazaars, explore hidden architectural treasures, and see the Dutch colonial mansions of the spice era.
Then, proceed to the commercial hub of Colombo Fort and enjoy a refreshing drink at the Grand Oriental Hotel, where you will have the opportunity to ask Mark any questions you will have regarding this wonderful city. Your walk will come to an end at another colonial gem—the Old Dutch Hospital complex. Once a functioning hospital during the 17th century, it is now host to high-end restaurants, bars and shops. Photography enthusiasts can take some beautiful pictures of Dutch and English colonial architecture, and breathtaking Sri Lanka scenes that are far from typical.
Historical Old City Walking Tour
Cartagena’s history and culture are on display during this enlightening tour. Learn about the city’s military history and explore endless cobblestone streets, squares, and plazas.
Explore the history and culture of Cartagena’s Old City on this enriching walking tour. A knowledgeable guide leads the way through the historic La Manga district to admire colonial-era houses and Santo Domingo`s Bastion. Learn about the military strategies of the Spanish soldiers in Cartagena while wandering the narrow cobblestone streets on the way to the majestic Iglesia de Santo Domingo for an exterior visit, plus see the Gold Museum and other stately historic buildings, squares and plazas inside the old city.
Continue to Las Bovedas Artisan Center, originally built as dungeons and a magazine for ammunition — today, local artisans display their work there. Enjoy a photo opportunity at San Felipe Fortress, the largest work of Spanish Military engineering in South America, before sauntering a return path through this charming district.