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 late summer sailing in total, so your cruise promises a plethora of memorable sights and experiences. [ReadMoreMob] 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.[ReadMoreDesk] Heading south, Vigo – another of Galicia’s gorgeous cities – awaits you. Vigo is the perfect place to indulge in a spot of sightseeing, with its delightful Old Quarter – strewn with grand façades and gothic churches – and picturesque bay, overlooked by a 17th century castle. You could uncover it all and sample delicious tapas at a local café.
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 on 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.