Islands of the Azores & Madeira
From the diverse, emerald-green volcanic scenery of the Azores and the lush landscapes of Madeira, to the architectural highlights and cultural delights of two charming mainland cities, you’ll uncover the many sides of Portugal on this fantastic 14 night cruise aboard Black Watch.
In the breathtaking Azores you’ll have opportunities to encounter spectacular natural wonders and host of simply unforgettable sights, visiting two of the remote archipelago’s most beautiful islands. The pretty marina of Horta will provide the perfect welcome to Faial Island, where an unspoilt landscape of incredible volcanic craters, glorious lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys awaits your exploration during an overnight stay. Don’t miss the striking volcanic structures of Caldeira and Capelinhos. You could also take a boat tour to nearby Pico Island to marvel at Mount Pico, the Azores’ highest peak. On São Miguel Island, Ponta Delgada is your gateway to discovering the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano and its mesmerising blue and bright-green crater lakes – a magical experience. Alternatively you may prefer to venture into the Furnas Valley and feel the heat of the hot springs and steaming fumaroles; or explore the stunning subtropical gardens of Terra Nostra Park. [ReadMore]
After your Azorean adventure the magnificent ‘garden island’ of Madeira awaits. You can embark on an exploration of the unique levada walking trails and take in the island’s lush landscapes; or perhaps ride a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Not to be missed is the chance to take in the astonishing views on offer from atop Cabo Girão, one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. Or for something a little less adventurous, why not head to the world-famous Reid’s Hotel for a sumptuous afternoon tea. From Macaronesia Black Watch will head for the mainland and the vibrant Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Take the day to explore on foot, via the tram or even by tuk-tuk and you won’t be disappointed by the sights you discover. Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery in particular are among many highlights which are well worth a visit. Finally, before returning to Liverpool, you’ll stop-off in Leixões for tours to Oporto. Portugal's second city is a delight to explore too, with its UNESCO-listed historic centre, fine architecture and world-famous port wine cellars.