Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

11th Nov 2020 13 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2030
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FROM ONLY £1,299 per person
View of Funchal from Cabo Girao viewpoint, Funchal View of Funchal from Cabo Girao viewpoint, Funchal
FROM ONLY £1,299 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.  

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’.

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.