Wonders & Wildlife of the Azores & Madeira

13th Aug 2023 12 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2322
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,899 per person
Dolphins swimming in the sea, Azores Dolphins swimming in the sea, Azores
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,899 per person
Enjoy FREE All Inclusive Drinks

These Terms and Conditions are in addition to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ (FOCL) standard Terms and Conditions which are available here. Both must be read before booking. All offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time without prior notice, cannot be combined, are subject to availability and cannot be applied retrospectively. Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. Shore Tours are subject to availability & service operation. Some ports may be at anchor, intermediate days are at sea.
*FREE Drinks package:
is applicable to new bookings only, made between 06/09/22 and 31/10/22 inclusive, for departures of 6 to 16 nights, departing from the UK in 2023, as highlighted on website.  Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, see website. Offer excludes saver fares, charters, exclusive sailings, and Tour Operator holidays. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled. E&OE.

From on board Bolette, and during time spent exploring ashore, encounter the wildlife and natural wonders of a string of Portuguese islands, including a duo of scenic gems in the hard-to-reach Azores archipelago. See Terceira’s glorious coastline from the water, then perhaps – during your visit to Praia da Vitoria – tour to the south of the island where the UNESCO-listed historic city of Angra do Heroísmo is yours to explore, or take in the views from atop the Monte Brasil volcano. Unforgettable sights and experiences await on São Miguel; revel in the colourful lakes and vast craters of Sete Cidades Volcano, and see nature in action at the Furnas Valley, where natural hot springs fill the air with steam and the lingering scent of sulphur. You’ve opportunities to go in search of resident whales and dolphins that live and breed in the waters surrounding these islands too.[ReadMore]

Upon departure from São Miguel, scenic cruising by Santa Maria island at sunset will provide a memorable final glimpse of the Azores’ natural beauty, before it’s on to Madeira. At Portugal’s ‘Garden Island’, see the mighty Cabo Girao sea cliff from your ship’s decks, then head ashore at Funchal – the island’s capital. You could spend your day wandering the levada walking trails, to absorb the vibrant colours and sweet scents of the wild flowers; or explore botanical gardens and orchid farms with a local expert, to learn about the flora in more detail. What’s more, the highlights of this cruise aren’t restricted to island delights; a call at Leixoes is your chance to tour to Oporto – a city famed for its port wine and seafood, while there’s also a visit to the Spanish mainland and La Coruna, to delve into rich maritime history and see monuments such as Torre de Hercules.

Also on board your Azores cruise will be conservationists from ORCA, who will join you for your adventure to seek out whales and dolphins, and sea birds too.

While Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, she still has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So on board you’ll find you have more space in which to relax, in public areas such as the all-season pool and the beautiful two-tiered entertainment theatre, and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant lounges, bars and dining venues.
 
With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.