Exploring Cape Verde & the Canaries

29th Jan 2021 18 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2103
Adult only sailing Adventure
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person

Uncover a diverse array of sights, scents and sounds as you hop between a string of spectacular, sun-splashed islands off Africa’s Atlantic Coast. With chances to immerse yourself in colourful history and culture of Cape Verde; discover the Canaries’ iconic attractions; and explore the gorgeous, fragrant landscapes of Madeira, every stop on this epic 18-night adventure will create lasting memories.

With their captivating infusion of African and Portuguese influences, bustling markets, interesting architecture and traditional music and dance, the two Cape Verdean destinations on your itinerary present cultural treasures aplenty. [ReadMoreMob]In Praia, the archipelago’s capital, you could unearth fascinating history at the Archaeology Museum; browse the busy markets alongside the locals; or indulge in the traditional beats of Funaná music. Elsewhere on Santiago Island, UNESCO-listed Cidade Velha, a former slave trading post past with historical and architectural interest, is within reach on tour too. São Vicente Island is a showcase of some of Cape Verde’s most spectacular landscapes and on tours from Mindelo you can encounter vast volcanic valleys and breathtaking peaks, including Monte Verde – the island’s highest point. Alternatively, you may prefer to stay in Mindelo to experience the bustle of the fantastic African market, or see the Nossa Senhora de Luz Catholic Church, the colonial-style Old Custom House and much more in the historic quarter. [ReadMoreDesk]

Either side of your Cape Verdean calls, your unforgettable exploration of Macaronesia takes you to two of the Canaries’ unashamedly beautiful islands too. Among Tenerife’s smorgasbord of attractions are the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar and the sun-soaked beaches of Playa de Las Americas, a haven for relaxation. Mount Teide is a ‘must-visit’; Spain’s highest peak can be seen in all its majestic glory during your day here. Then there’s the awe-inspiring lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote. Choose to venture into the breathtaking Timanfaya National Park to trek vast lava fields and see the famous Fire Mountains up-close. Many sites developed by César Manrique, including the gorgeous saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave, also you await you. There’s an enriching taste of picturesque Portugal to enjoy too. Your island-based adventures include an opportunity to revel in the splendour of tropical gardens and the flavour of sweet wines in Madeira; while on the mainland, there’s opportunities to delve into Lisbon’s rich maritime history and architectural gems, and the famous wines and riverscapes of Oporto.  

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.

Refurbished in 2017, 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.