Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

1st Mar 2021 13 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2105
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,499 per person

Begin spring in style on this indulgent island-hopping adventure, visiting five diverse destinations in the Canaries and Madeira, complemented by a day in the historic Portuguese capital. During an unforgettable fortnight aboard Balmoral, you’ll bask in soothing warmth and spectacular scenery, and discover a smorgasbord of astounding attractions – the perfect way to recover from the long, cold winter.

The fragrant, colourful scenes of Madeira start things off: a call at Funchal affords an opportunity to delight in the highlights of Portugal’s gorgeous ‘garden island’. [ReadMoreMob]There’s the scenic levada walking routes, providing spellbinding views of lush, verdant landscapes; tropical gardens bursting with vibrant flora and sweet scents; and towering Cabo Girão sea cliff, offering stunning ocean views, to name just a few. Whatever you choose to do, Madeira makes for the perfect first stop. Then it’s off to the Canaries, to immerse yourself in the rich culture, fascinating history and untouched natural beauty of four breathtaking islands on four consecutive days. The entire island of La Palma is a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve ripe for exploration, with scenery ranging from untouched forests and tumbling waterfalls, to soaring volcanos and rugged craters. Docking here until late evening, you might – if the skies are clear – experience first-hand why La Palma is considered one of the best places on earth for stargazing. [ReadMoreDesk]

In Tenerife, a full-day call at Santa Cruz allows ample time to take in the interesting museums, elegant parks and pretty squares of the island’s capital, and stop-by welcoming restaurants for a taste of authentic local cuisine. Elsewhere on the island, the secrets of the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar are yours to unravel, while majestic Mount Teide provides views of Spain’s highest peak. The island-hopping continues as you reach Gran Canaria, where you can make the most of the Canaries’ renowned tropical climate among the oasis-like dunes of Maspalomas, or – to delve into local history and culture – tour to the charming towns of Teror and Arucas. You Canarian discovery concludes with a visit to Arrecife, from where the unmissable attractions of Lanzarote await discovery, such as the lunar-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park, the magnificent Fire Mountains and the beautiful saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave. Before arriving back in the UK, Balmoral diverts to the mainland Portugal for a stop in Lisbon, one of Europe’s most beguiling, for a feast of fascinating museums, maritime history and architectural wonders.

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’.

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.