Islands of the Azores & Madeira

Departed 1st Sep 2018 14 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1819
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Join Black Watch on an exciting exploration of Portugal, visiting culture-rich, attraction packed cities and three beautiful islands in the Atlantic. As well as encountering the many sides of Portugal you’ll also sail to Spain and join the rest of our fleet for an unforgettable Fred. Olsen celebration.

In the picturesque Azores you’ll take in two of the remote archipelago’s most beautiful islands on consecutive days. Horta’s gorgeous blue flag marina will welcome you to Faial Island, where breathtaking lakes, valleys, cliffs and the incredible volcanic structures of Caldeira and Capelinhos await your discovery. Then from Ponta Delgada, you have the chance to see one of the Azores most famous natural wonders – the Sete Cidades volcano – in all its impressive glory. You could also tour to the mystical Furnas Valley and marvel at the hot springs and fumaroles; or perhaps stay in the city and relax at one of the waterfront cafés. Up next is a call into Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Here you can explore a number of enchanting colourful gardens and dense forests, although you might be tempted to visit the famous Reid’s Hotel for an opulent afternoon tea instead. [ReadMore]

Black Watch will then divert to Spain and dock alongside Balmoral, Braemar and Boudicca in historic Cádiz for the ‘Captains in Cádiz’ event, marking the 170th anniversary of Fred. Olsen's beginnings in shipping. See our entire fleet together for only the second time ever and enjoy a memorable day of themed entertainment, food and fun on board and on the quayside with our Captains, crews and your fellow guests – a simply unforgettable experience. After this special day in Spain your Portuguese exploration ends will calls into two fine cities. In Lisbon you’ll have the opportunity to see the capital’s architectural wonders, such as the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, after sailing under the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge; while from Leixoes you can take a short trip to Oporto and explore the UNESCO-listed Ribeira District, or sample authentic port wine at the city’s famous wine cellars.  

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