Leixões Cruises

Black Watch, Leixões
Black Watch, Leixões

A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony. 

Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside – dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge – it’s possible to look up at the narrow old town streets climbing out of the valley.[ReadMoreMob] Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs line the streets, mixed with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.

Cruises to Leixões

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Departs: Newcastle • Thu 01 Apr 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2109

  • Unearth the true essence of the Canaries and Madeira, as you sail between five diverse islands to savour a tempting menu of arresting landscapes, glorious beaches and soothing spring warmth.
  • After an Easter weekend to remember, including three restful sea days and a chance to explore pretty Oporto, you get to experience Madeira’s fragrant gardens and lush landscapes in resplendent seasonal bloom.
  • The breathtaking attractions of four inspiring Canary Islands await discovery: highlights include the volcanic wonders of Tenerife and Lanzarote; Gran Canaria’s oasis-like sand dunes; and La Palma’s Los Tilos forest.

From £1,699pp

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Wine Regions of Portugal, Spain & France

Wine Regions of Portugal, Spain & France

Departs: Newcastle • Sat 04 Sep 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2128

  • Indulge yourself in the authentic flavours of Portugal and France, as you explore a gorgeous island and charming cities selected for their links to world-renowned wines.
  • You can join the celebrations at Madeira’s annual Wine Festival; visit Oporto, famed for its port wines; and even visit a family-run French vineyard.
  • There are plenty of other highlights too, from the tropical gardens and landscapes of Madeira to the historic sites of Bordeaux, where Balmoral docks close to the city centre.

From £1,799pp

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Exploring Picturesque Portugal

Exploring Picturesque Portugal

Departs: Southampton • Wed 23 Jun 2021
10 nights • Braemar • M2115

  • The engrossing culture and history of Portugal is revealed, as an all-encompassing exploration takes in the authentic sights and highlights of four diverse destinations.
  • An overnight stay in Lisbon allows plenty of time to explore the capital’s maritime heritage, and even learn how to make traditional custard tarts.
  • The charms of the Algarve are brought closer by Braemar’s ability to dock in Portimão; there’s a maiden call at Setúbal; and the famous historic sites and port wines of Oporto await.

From £1,299pp

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Iconic Sites of Croatia & Italy

Iconic Sites of Croatia & Italy

Departs: Southampton • Thu 30 Sep 2021
27 nights • Braemar • M2125

  • Immerse yourself in an unforgettable discovery of iconic sites and authentic experiences, as smaller-sized Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of incredible cities in Croatia and Italy.
  • Capture Venetian magic; sample Sicily’s famous Marsala wines; marvel at magnificent Mount Etna and Stromboli; and delight in typically Croatian history and scenery along the glorious Adriatic coast.
  • What’s more, there’s also a special visit to Portugal, to experience a memorable day of celebration and festivity at the ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’ event.

From £4,399pp

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Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Departs: Dover • Thu 25 Mar 2021
14 nights • Bolette • T2106

  • Experience the seemingly endless rewards of the hard-to-reach Azores, as Bolette takes you on an unforgettable journey to three of this remote archipelago’s most beautiful and diverse islands.
  • Astonishing wonderlands of emerald-green landscapes, mighty volcanos and vast craters, out-of-this world lakes and thermal pools, and picturesque cities await, on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel.
  • The highlights aren’t restricted to the Azores though: there’s also opportunities to stimulate your senses with Madeira’s stunning scenery, fragrance and flavours; and explore UNESCO-listed Oporto.

From £1,649pp

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Islands of the Mediterranean

Islands of the Mediterranean

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 04 May 2021
18 nights • Borealis • S2109

  • Sail into the Mediterranean in the spring and succumb to the scenic, historical and cultural charms of sun-bathed Spanish, Italian and French destinations on this enchanting island-hopping adventure.
  • Uncover Menorcan highlights such as impressive Monte Toro and glorious beaches; and take advantage of time in Mallorca to explore charming Palma, or take a scenic train ride to beautiful Sóller.
  • Marvel at the dramatic Prunelli Gorges on the fabulous French Island of Corsica; enjoy the scenery, wines and traditions of Sardinia, Italy; and revel in the rich history of Valletta, Malta’s ancient capital.

From £2,899pp

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Andalusia, Portugal & the Algarve

Andalusia, Portugal & the Algarve

Departs: Liverpool • Thu 07 Oct 2021
11 nights • Borealis • S2123

  • Immerse yourself in an enriching discovery of Portugal and Spain, visiting five captivating destinations offering a taste of quintessential culture and local traditions.
  • Explore an Andalusian gems on the sunlit Spanish south coast – Cádiz offers ancient history, tapas and sherry; and experience the mix of cultural influences in Gibraltar.
  • Get closer to the Algarve’s beautiful coastal scenes; then seek-out the delights of Lisbon and Oporto – fascinating maritime history, famous food and drink, and much more.

From £1,499pp

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Historic Heritage Sites of the Med

Historic Heritage Sites of the Med

Departs: Newcastle • Tue 12 Oct 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2132

  • Immerse yourself in the rich, fascinating history of cities on Spain’s beautiful Mediterranean coast, with time to explore their centuries-old hearts and seek-out their many monuments and landmarks.
  • Uncover the ancient history of Cádiz’s old town; tour to the UNESCO-listed Antequera Dolmens archaeological site from Malaga; delve into Cartagena’s Roman heritage; and much more.
  • What’s more, there’s also a special visit to Portugal, to experience a memorable day of celebration and festivity at the ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’ event.

From £1,999pp

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