Azorean Islands & Portuguese Cities

12th Sep 2020 13 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2026
Adult only sailing Adventure
FROM ONLY £1,699 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,699 per person

Revel in the sheer remoteness, spectacular natural beauty and remarkable diversity of the hard-to-reach Azores on this incredible adventure. You’ll enjoy a triple helping of the Atlantic archipelago’s wonderland of verdant landscapes, bubbling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and sub-tropical forests, all before discovering the attraction of two charming mainland cities, in less than two weeks.

Every moment you spend in the Azores will be one to remember; visits to three enchanting islands on consecutive days pack in plenty of highlights. [ReadMoreMob]On Terceira Island, Praia da Vitoria is perfectly placed for tours to Angra do Herosimo. The UNESCO-listed jewel in Terceira’s crown, this historic city boasts interesting museums and impressive architecture such as the 16th century Sé Cathedral. The 205 metre-high Monte Brasil volcano, which overlooks Angra do Herosimo, offers wonderful sea views from its peak. Hard-to-reach Faial Island follows. Faial is a paradise of volcanic craters, tranquil lakes and emerald green valleys; Horta is your starting point for taking it all in. The Capelinhos Volcano is this verdant island’s most famous landmark and on highly recommended scenic island drive and 4x4 adventure tours you can see this magnificent wonder in all its dramatic glory. [ReadMoreDesk]

There’s the volcanic treasures of São Miguel Island to uncover too. Ponta Delgada is your gateway to the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano – one of the seven wonders of Portugal – where a 13-kilometre-wide crater and colourful lakes create the Azores’ most astonishing scene. Elsewhere, Terra Nosta Park – a haven of gorgeous gardens, geo-thermal pools and dense woodlands that are home to stunning endemic flora – is within reach, as are the hot springs of Furnas Valley. From São Miguel, Black Watch will then head for mainland Portugal, where two cultural, attraction-packed cities await. In Lisbon, take the day to explore on foot, via the tram or even by tuk-tuk and you won’t be disappointed by the sights you discover. Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery in particular are among many highlights that are well worth a visit. Finally, before returning to Liverpool, you’ll stop-off in Leixões for tours to Oporto. Portugal's second city is a delight to explore too, with its UNESCO-listed historic centre, fine architecture and world-famous port wine cellars.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.