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Islands of the Azores & Cities of Portugal

11th May 2019 13 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1908
FROM ONLY £1,799 per person *
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A volcanic wonderland of bubbling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and sub-tropical forests; the remote Azores beg for exploration. You’ll experience the natural beauty and remarkable diversity of this breathtaking region as Black Watch guides you on an incredible Azorean adventure, before heading to two charming cities on the Portuguese mainland.

Every moment you spend in the Azores will be one to remember; visits to three enchanting islands on consecutive days pack in plenty of highlights. On Terceira Island, Praia da Vitoria is perfectly placed for tours to Angra do Herosimo. The UNESCO-listed jewel in Terceira’s crown, this historic city boasts interesting museums and impressive architecture such as the 16th century Sé Cathedral. The 205 metre-high Monte Brasil volcano, which overlooks Angra do Herosimo, offers wonderful sea views from its peak. Hard-to-reach Faial Island follows. Faial is a paradise of volcanic craters, tranquil lakes and emerald green valleys; Horta is your starting point for taking it all in. The Capelinhos Volcano is this verdant island’s most famous landmark and on highly recommended scenic island drive and 4x4 adventure tours you can see this magnificent wonder in all its dramatic glory. [ReadMore]

There’s the volcanic treasures of São Miguel Island to uncover too. Ponta Delgada is your gateway to the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano – one of the seven wonders of Portugal – where a 13-kilometre-wide crater and colourful lakes create the Azores’ most astonishing scene. Elsewhere, Terra Nosta Park – a haven of gorgeous gardens, geo-thermal pools and dense woodlands that are home to stunning endemic flora – is within reach, as are the hot springs of Furnas Valley. From São Miguel Black Watch will then head for mainland Portugal, where two cultural, attraction-packed cities await. In 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 that 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.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

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.