An enticing end-of-summer escape that blends the picturesque towns, historic
streets and wine cellars of Portugal with glorious architecture in Spain and an
exotic slice of Morocco. This incredible itinerary also includes unforgettable
celebrations in Cádiz, where all four ships will dock together, marking the
170th anniversary of the Fred. Olsen family’s first venture in shipping. Join your
Captains, crew and fellow guests for what’s sure to be a memorable day.
Enjoy three leisurely days at sea – with excitement for
the main event building all the way – before Balmoral
calls into Leixões. You’ll be well-placed for tours to
Oporto, a city famous for having one of the most
historic centres in Europe, which is also a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Within the centre is the Ribeira
District, where narrow, cobbled lanes meander down
to the Douro River. Opt for a relaxing cruise along the
tranquil waters before stopping at one of the city’s
cellars to taste locally produced Port Wine.
Next is Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso and the
starting point for tours to uncover Granada and the
striking architecture of the Alhambra Palace.
Casablanca then offers to infuse your journey with an
exotic flavour. An authentic way to experience this
colourful Moroccan city is to make your way to the
dramatic Hassan II Mosque – complete with the
world’s tallest minaret – and visit the local souk.
You’ll then make your way to Cádiz. Your visit will be
perfectly timed for a magnificent day of celebrations
that will see the Fred. Olsen fleet reunited in the same
port – for only the second time in history. To
commemorate 170 years of the company’s shipping
heritage, special entertainment will take place on
board and on the quayside. Savour unique menus
and performances from the ships’ Show Teams and
local entertainers, plus each of the ships will be open
to all Fred. Olsen guests for visits too. Venturing into
the city, you’ll have the chance to discover the Torre
Tavira, Plaza de España, ancient centre and more.
Lisbon was named among Lonely Planet’s Top 10
cities to visit in 2017. Your call here brings more
delights. Fascinating museums, captivating
backstreets, architectural wonders and Art-Nouveau
cafés all await. Be sure to visit Pasteis de Belém too,
for a famous egg tart pastry, or venture further afield
to the pretty towns of Óbidos or Sintra.
Two attractive Galician cities round off your twoweek
exploration. In Vigo you’ll find inspiring
museums, charming plazas and a fascinating Old
Town, while in El Ferrol compact, elegant streets,
sandy beaches and historic maritime monuments
make the city a great destination to discover before
your return to Newcastle.
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