Discover the lush island of Madeira in a shorter duration than is usual for
Fred. Olsen cruises to this region, along with three culture-rich cities. Historic
La Coruña in Spain is followed by some of Portugal’s most rewarding
destinations. You’ll have the chance to admire Funchal’s enchanting gardens,
discover the beautiful Douro River, taste authentic Port Wine, visit the majestic
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, explore Lisbon by Tuk Tuk, and more.
After your ship departs Southampton you’ll set out
on a journey to the Spanish city of La Coruña.
Boasting a broad array of architectural styles,
beautiful beaches, intriguing galleries and famous
landmarks, it’s the perfect place for sightseeing.
Highlights include the cultural hub of Maria Pita
Square, the impressive seafront promenade, the
compact Ciudad Vieja (Old Quarter) and the
ancient Tower of Hercules – said to be the world’s
oldest lighthouse. The city is also the gateway for
tours to the bewitching region of Santiago de
Compostela. Home to a majestic, UNESCO-listed
cathedral, it’s one of Christendom’s three global
Balmoral will then dock in Leixões, just a short
distance away from Oporto. On a visit to this
UNESCO World Heritage City you’ll be greeted by
pastel-fronted houses, neo-classical buildings, a
fortress-like cathedral and wonderful Baroque
architecture. A relaxing cruise along the Douro
River is a great way to gently explore the city, before
stopping by at one of the city’s leading cellars to
taste the locally-produced Port Wine.
Funchal is the capital of the ‘garden island’, Madeira.
Here you’ll have time to explore one of the many
enchanting gardens at your leisure, such as the
Monte Palace Tropical Garden, which is reached by a
cable car ride. You may opt to take in the stunning
landscapes via the unique levada walking trails. There
are also opportunities to visit picturesque villages
such as Câmara de Lobos. The more adventurous
can head to Cabo Girão where the sea cliff – one of
the highest in the world – can be viewed directly
beneath your feet from a glass-floored platform.
After spending Good Friday at sea, you’ll make a stop
in Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon. Fascinating
museums, the adorable backstreets of the Alfama
district, architectural wonders, Art-Nouveau cafés
and more await your discovery. A Tuk Tuk is a great
way to take in the sights. Be sure to visit Pasteis de
Belém too – this café’s famous egg pastry recipe has
remained unchanged for nearly 200 years.
Alternatively, visit the medieval town of Óbidos or
picturesque Sintra. Easter Sunday and Monday will be
spent at sea, for you to enjoy more festivities on
board before arriving back in Southampton.
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
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