Pack all your festive celebrations into one spectacular sailing on board
Balmoral. The long list of highlights includes stunning beaches, attractive
cities, quaint towns, pretty gardens and lush valleys. What’s more, you’ll be
treated to a memorable Christmas Day on board, with Fred. Olsen taking care
of everything for you, before signing off the year perfectly with Funchal’s
spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
Enjoy two relaxing days at sea before arriving into
Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon, on Christmas Eve.
After taking in the attractive city sights, step back on
board, where Balmoral’s friendly crew will ensure
you’ll have a memorable Christmas. Everything will
be taken care of on the big day, from the delicious
festive food to fun activities, all while your ship glides
towards the Canaries.
The town of Gran Tarajal on Fuerteventura offers an
authentic taste of Canarian culture, coupled with a
relaxed feel. There’s the chance to uncover more of
the island on a Shore Tour, including the beautiful,
golden sands of Jandia Beach. You’ll then reach Gran
Canaria where you can absorb a mix of architecture
in the Vagueta district of Las Palmas, or visit
picturesque Puerto de Mogán or the charming towns
of Teror and Arucas. Otherwise, Maspalomas Beach,
with its oasis-like sand dunes and palm trees, is the
perfect spot to unwind.
The following day will be spent in Tenerife, the largest
island in the archipelago. The capital, Santa Cruz, has
a cosmopolitan atmosphere and an array of tapas
bars and enlightening museums. Elsewhere on the
island you’ll find the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar,
the Botanical Gardens and countless golden beaches,
but the undoubted highlight is mighty Mount Teide.
This stunning volcano can be reached by cable car.
The island-hopping continues with lesser-known, yet
beautiful La Gomera. A call into San Sebastian is ideal
for unearthing the island’s historic links to
Christopher Columbus. Most notably, the Casa de
Colón is where the great explorer reportedly lived
when he was preparing for his first voyage across the
Atlantic. Venturing further afield you’ll get the chance
to visit the spectacular National Park of Garajonay or
Fred. Olsen’s own Hotel Jardin Tecina.
On an extended stay in Funchal, Madeira, you can
admire the stunning landscapes via the levada
walking trails and explore the enchanting gardens, all
before watching one of the world’s largest New
Year’s fireworks displays from the decks of Balmoral.
La Coruña is the final stop, from where you can tour
to the majestic, UNESCO-listed Santiago de
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
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