On this exploration of the many sides of Portugal, delve deep into the cities
and islands of an attraction-packed country. From the architectural treasures
of Oporto and Lisbon to the pretty villages and beautifully lush landscapes of
the Azores and Madeira, a host of incredible experiences await you. There’s
also a stop in Spain for the historic Captain’s in Cádiz event, where all four
ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet will join for an unforgettable day of celebrations.
The emerald-green islands of the Azores are waiting
for you to explore. During a visit to Horta, on the
hard-to-reach island of Faial, you’ll have the chance
to discover beautifully unspoilt landscapes created by
sheer cliffs and lush valleys – as well as the intriguing
volcanic structures, Caldeira and Capelinhos. There’s
also the chance to visit the charming Old Town and
typical Azorean villages.
A visit to Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island is your
gateway to the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano. You can
marvel at the two spectacular crater lakes. One is
blue, reflecting the sky, and the other is bright green
due to the beautiful rich vegetation that surrounds it.
It’s a spectacular sight that’s not-to-be-missed.
Alternatively you can venture into the Furnas Valley to
see hot springs and steaming fumaroles, or simply
uncover the delights of Ponta Delgada.
Your holiday continues with a call into Funchal, the
capital of the ‘garden island’ of Madeira. You’ll have
time to enjoy the highlights, from the enchanting
gardens to afternoon tea at the world-famous Reid’s
Hotel. 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.
You’ll then reach the historic city of Cádiz, where a
day of festivities will mark the 170th anniversary of
Fred. Olsen’s beginnings in shipping. Black Watch will
join Balmoral, Braemar and Boudicca for an
unforgettable event, with a variety of entertainment
laid on especially for Fred. Olsen guests. Enjoy
unique menus on board and performances by the
ships’ Show Teams and local entertainers. You’ll even
have the chance to visit all the other ships in the fleet.
There’ll no doubt be time to take in some of the
highlights of the city too, from the historic quarter to
the authentic tapas bars.
Two attractive cities complete your itinerary. In
Lisbon, you can uncover the adorable backstreets of
the Alfama district and many architectural wonders.
Then, a call into Leixões is your chance to visit nearby
Oporto, where you can take a cruise along the
beautiful Douro River before tasting some of the
city’s famous Port Wine.
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
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