Spain, Portugal & Madeira
Experience Madeira’s enchanting beauty on this shorter-than-usual escape to this fabulously floral island. Although your holiday will be less than two weeks in length, you’ll still enjoy an overnight stay in Funchal to discover fragrant gardens, majestic natural wonders and more. Plus, there’s stops at charming mainland cities for a wealth of diverse attractions too.
Four wonderfully rewarding destinations feature on this 11-night sailing in total, so your cruise promises a plethora of memorable sights and experiences. In Spain, La Coruña makes for a fantastic first stop on your itinerary. Head ashore and explore this Galician gem and you’ll be presented with an array of architecture and famous landmarks; be sure to take in the pretty facades of Maria Pita Square and the ancient Torre de Hercules. La Coruña is also your gateway to the incredible, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral. Continuing south, Balmoral diverts to Leixoes to offer you your first chance to step foot on Portuguese shores. From here, you can take a short trip to Oporto, to uncover pretty pastel-fronted houses, fine examples of neo-classic and baroque architecture, and a number of world-famous port wine cellars in Portugal’s enchanting second city. [ReadMore]
Stopping overnight in Madeira will be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. Your ship will dock at Funchal, the Madeiran capital, from where you could go in search of botanical gardens such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, to immerse yourself in a feast of vibrant colours and sweet floral scents. The unique levada walking trails, which showcase some of Madeira’s most beautiful landscapes, are yours to explore in the seasonal sunshine too; while you also have a chance to visit the remarkable Cabo Girão – the world’s second highest sea cliff – for unspoilt Atlantic Ocean views. Whatever you choose to do, your time on the ‘Garden Island’ is sure to be unforgettable. Finally, it’s back to the Portuguese mainland to visit Lisbon, a charming capital city packed with fascinating museums, adorable historic districts and impressive, centuries-old monuments such as the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. See the sights on foot, via the tram, or even take a ride on a Tuk Tuk for a unique experience. However you choose to explore, be sure to visit Pasteis de Belém to sample one of the world-famous egg pastries.