Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

11th Nov 2020 13 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2030
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,499 per person

As temperatures begin to plummet in the UK, you’ll indulge in soothing warmth and astonishing scenery as Braemar brings you closer to four breathtaking islands in the Macaronesia archipelago. Wonderfully, diverse landscapes, inviting sun-kissed beaches, incredible natural wonders and much more awaits, a world away from the autumn cold and gloom back home.

Three gorgeous Canary Islands will leave a lasting impression, whether you choose to make the most of your time to experience energetic exploration, blissful relaxation or even a mix of the two. [ReadMoreMob]In Tenerife, you could delve into the mysterious of the Pyramids of Güímar or head to mighty Mount Teide for views of Spain’s highest peak, though the choice of beaches close to Santa Cruz are sure to tempt. You’ll discover a wonderland of contrasts in Gran Canaria: the oasis-like sand dunes of Maspalomas – the perfect place to sample the year-round warmth – juxtapose nicely with verdant forests and charming historic towns ripe for exploration. Lanzarote is your final Canarian call, where the volcanic, lunar-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park – home of the magnificent Fire Mountains – may entice you into another day of unforgettable exploration. Elsewhere, you could opt to seek-out the delights of César Manrique, including the gorgeous saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave; or simply unwind at the beach once again. [ReadMoreDesk]

As if experiencing the best of the Canaries wasn’t enough, there’s a day of immersing yourself in the floral sights and scents of Madeira – Portugal’s gorgeous ‘garden island’ – to enjoy too. The enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden is well worth taking a cable car ride from Funchal to visit; while the unique levada walking trails offer breathtaking vistas which are not to be missed. For a simply unforgettable experience, head to the top of Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs – for astonishing Atlantic Ocean views. Before and after your island-hopping adventures, Braemar will also take you to the mainland shores of Spain and Portugal to visit two enchanting cities. A call into La Coruña will kick off your autumn break in style, with opportunities to discover an array of museums, galleries and architectural wonders; or tour to the spectacular Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, while a day to explore rich maritime history and see impressive monuments in Lisbon – the picturesque Portuguese capital – will round off your holiday perfectly.  

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, elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.