Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

14th Apr 2020 14 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2009
FROM ONLY £1,699 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,699 per person

Visiting verdant islands in the hard-to-reach Azores and floral Madeira, you’re in for an exhilarating adventure packed with inspirational experiences and stunning sights. Emerald-green volcanic landscapes and steaming hot springs, lush laurel forests, vibrant botanical gardens and incredible wildlife – it all awaits you on this immersive journey of Portuguese island discovery.

In the breathtaking Azores, you’ll encounter awe-inspiring scenes of unspoilt landscapes and spectacular natural wonders, during visits to two of this remote archipelago’s most beautiful islands. [ReadMoreMob]Horta’s pretty marina will provide a perfect welcome to Faial Island, a wonderland of volcanic structures, glistening lakes, imposing cliffs and valleys ripe for exploration during your overnight stay. Horta is also the starting point for boat tours to majestic Mount Pico, the Azores’ highest peak, as well as exhilarating whale watching adventures offering opportunities to witness resident sperm whales in their natural habitat. 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

After your Azorean adventure, catch your breath with a relaxing day at sea before continuing your unforgettable island exploration ashore in Madeira. Funchal is your gateway to uncovering the delights of Portugal’s gorgeous ‘garden island’: you could opt to take in lush-green landscapes via the unique levada walking trails; or take your pick of enchanting tropical gardens, for a sensory feast of striking floral colours and sweet scents. For something a little more adventurous, perhaps head to the famous Cabo Girão to revel in astonishing Atlantic Ocean views from atop one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. From Macaronesia, Braemar will then head to 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 attractions you discover. You’ll find impressive maritime monuments such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery; fascinating museums and adorable districts; and the world-famous Pasties de Bélem bakery, serving Lisbon’s quintessential egg custard tarts.

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.

Refurbished in 2017, elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.