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Islands of the Canaries

29th Oct 2018 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1834
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You’ll soon forget all about the autumn gloom back home when you’re hopping between islands in the Canaries, where countless beautiful beaches, spectacular natural wonders and a plethora of other attractions will make for a memorable break away from it all.
All three stunning, sun-soaked Canary Islands featured on this enticing itinerary are sure to leave a lasting impression, with plenty of time to explore each destination to the full. In Gran Canaria, Las Palmas is your gateway to discovering the oasis-like rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas Beach – the perfect place to make the most of the island’s renowned year-round warmth – and the charming towns of Teror and Arucas. A full day in Tenerife could be spent marvelling at many of the island’s highlights, including the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar and mighty Mount Teide – one of the world’s highest volcanos – on exciting excursions from Santa Cruz. Alternatively you could opt to enjoy a relaxing day in the island’s capital, taking in the array of museums, elegant parks and pretty squares and of course, the inviting beaches. The ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma is your final Canarian call, where you’ll have the chance to see the soaring San Antonio Volcano; or head to the welcoming town of Fuencaliente on a tour from Santa Cruz and savour a taste of the island’s local wines. [ReadMore]

As if exploring three stunning Canary Islands wasn’t enough, there’s a day of immersing yourself in the floral sights and scents of Madeira – Portugal’s glorious ‘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. Alternatively you may prefer to visit Reid’s Hotel and indulge with a very special afternoon tea. Before and after your island-hopping adventures Balmoral will also head to the Portuguese mainland, offering you opportunities to explore two vibrant, culture-rich and attraction-packed cities. You can venture into the UNESCO-listed heart of Oporto and sample delicious port wines at world-famous wine cellars on a tour from Leixões; and take in the highlights of Lisbon, including the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, on foot, via the tram or by tuk-tuk – a unique way to explore the capital.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.