Island-Hopping in the Tropics
First up is Funchal, where you can wander the pretty streets of Madeira’s capital and enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea at the world-famous Reid’s Hotel; or take in the many natural delights of the ‘garden island’. You could also ride a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden; head to the Cabo Girão sea cliff for unforgettable ocean vistas; or perhaps explore the Levada trails and admire the lush island landscapes. Speaking of lush landscapes, the prehistoric laurel forests of La Palma – the Canaries’ ‘pretty island’ – await your exploration next. Santa Cruz de La Palma is also your gateway to the soaring San Antonio Volcano and its vast craters. Braemar will then cruise to Cape Verde and visit two of the archipelago’s most distinctive islands. On Santiago Island you'll visit the Cape Verdean capital, Praia. Here you can unearth fascinating local history at the Archaeology Museum; browse at the busy market; or simply unwind on the nearby beaches. [ReadMore]
São Vicente Island is a showcase of some of Cape Verde’s most spectacular landscapes, with vast volcanic valleys and breathtaking peaks, including Monte Verde – the island’s highest point – awaiting your discovery. Alternatively you may prefer to stay in Mindelo to experience the bustle of the fantastic African market and explore the historic quarter. Returning to the Canaries, calls into Tenerife and Lanzarote will ensure a memorable end to your island-hopping adventure. From Santa Cruz de Tenerife you can head to the popular sun-bathed sands of Playa de Las Americas and soak up the rays; or marvel at magnificent Mount Teide – the world’s third highest volcano – on an unforgettable tour of the island. Then from Arrecife you can take in Lanzarote’s awe-inspiring Timanfaya National Park and the Fire Mountains; visit the beautiful saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave; and much more. En route back to Southampton Braemar will also stop off in Lisbon, offering you the chance to enjoy a relaxing day of sightseeing in the Portuguese capital.