Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

28th Apr 2020 14 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2012
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person

Experience the delights of mainland Portugal and floral Madeira, mixed in with the sun, sand and stunning scenery of two gorgeous Canary Islands for good measure, on this springtime escape to savour. With rewarding city exploration and gentle relaxation to enjoy, along with an extra special seasonal celebration, you’re in for rich rewards throughout your holiday.

Sailing south from Liverpool, attraction-packed Lisbon beckons as you begin your journey to see the many sides of Portugal. [ReadMoreMob]You could take the day to revel in the Portuguese capital’s fascinating maritime history among the city’s collection of enthralling museums, architectural delights and famous monuments, such as Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Then, on the gorgeous ‘garden island’ of Madeira, you’ll stop in Funchal for a memorable overnight stay, timed to coincide with the fabulous annual Flower Festival. Step ashore in the Madeiran capital and you’ll be greeted by an infusion of vibrant colours and delicate floral scents – a real feast for the senses; and delight in all the excitement of the floral parade, a procession of florally-decorated floats and locals dressed in elaborate costumes. Beyond the celebrations in Funchal, you could take the chance to explore lush-green landscapes via the unique levada trails too; take a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden; or, from something a little more exhilarating, visit the famous Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. [ReadMoreDesk]

Staying in Macaronesia after your memorable visit to Madeira, two sun-soaked islands in the Canaries are next on your itinerary. In Tenerife, you’ll have ample time to discover the island’s many highlights: make the most of a full-day in Santa Cruz to perhaps unravel the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar; or marvel at the sheer scale of mighty Mount Teide. Alternatively, you could simply opt to take the weight off and relax at the beach. A call into Arrecife will offer you the chance to explore lunar-like volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park and the dramatic Fire Mountains, or uncover the glorious saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave, before your Portuguese discovery continues and concludes back on the mainland. You’ll visit Portimão on the sun-kissed, craggy coast of the Algarve for enticing golden beaches, lively promenades and fantastic bars and restaurants, before finally calling at Leixoes, gateway to nearby Oporto. It’s well worth taking the short journey from Leixoes to Portugal’s UNESCO-listed second city, to discover plenty of architectural gems, legendary port wine cellars and picture-perfect riverside scenes.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.