Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

6th Jan 2021 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2101
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person

The sunshine and scenery of beautiful Macaronesian islands awaits you on this relaxing and rejuvenating winter escape. As you settle into 2021, you’ll discover golden beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and stunning landscapes, and enjoy 14 relaxing nights on board Balmoral – a wonderful way to indulge in some rest and recovery after the excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive period.

The first of five gorgeous islands on your itinerary is Madeira. [ReadMoreMob]With its lush landscapes and vibrant botanical gardens, the Portuguese ‘garden island’ will beg to be explored during your call into Funchal. You could take in the floral scenes of the fragrant Monte Palace Tropical Garden, accessed by cable car from the island’s capital; or perhaps explore the unique levada trails and uncover lush-green scenery and incredible vistas. Then in the Canaries, you’ll experience the very best of this sun-soaked archipelago with calls into four inviting islands on consecutive days. On the ‘pretty island’ of La Palma, you’ll have the chance to see the soaring San Antonio Volcano; or savour a taste of the island’s local wines at the welcoming town of Fuencaliente on tours from Santa Cruz, while Santa Cruz de Tenerife is your gateway to the countless highlights of the largest Canary Island. The mysterious Pyramids of Güímar are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours in the sunshine; and riding a cable car up mighty Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – is an unforgettable experience. Of course, a full day in Tenerife will afford time to relax on the island’s glorious beaches too. [ReadMoreDesk]

In Gran Canaria – an island renowned for its year-round tropical climate – you can take in the mix of fine architecture in Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta district; or delve deeper to discover picturesque towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Santa Brígida, which boasts pretty streets lined with eucalyptus and flower-adorned houses. Alternatively, you might prefer to unwind on the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas Beach, but whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to forget about the cold, wet weather back home as you bask in the soothing warmth. A stop at Lanzarote will offer you the chance to see the fascinating rock formations of Timanfaya National Park’s surreal, lunar-like landscapes; or go in search of the famous works of architect César Manrique, such as the Jameos del Agua caves, a remarkable exhibit of geology and architectural design. Before and after your island-hopping adventures Balmoral will also head to the shores of mainland Spain and Portugal and sail into two culture-rich, attraction-packed cities. You’ll have the chance to discover the architectural delights of historic La Coruña, including the Torre de Hercules lighthouse and the striking facades of Maria Pita Square; and explore Lisbon on foot, via the tram or even on a tuk-tuk tour to uncover the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and much more.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

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’.