Get set for a quintessentially Canarian experience on this enticing 13-night cruise, as Braemar guides you to beautiful islands offering wonderfully unspoilt landscapes, glorious sun-kissed beaches and cultural delights. Combine these with the highlights of Madeira, La Coruña and Lisbon too and you’re in for a wonderfully diverse springtime escape.
FREE Drinks Package & Gratuities included
Office use: L1923
|DESTINATION||Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal, Madeira|
|FROM||Dublin / Southampton, UK|
|DATE||18th April 2019|
|PRICE||From €2,119 pp|
The trio of breathtaking Canary Islands on your itinerary are all uniquely impressive; each of these destinations boast a smorgasbord of attractions. La Palma, nicknamed the ‘Pretty Island’, is an UNESCO-listed wonderland of stunning, varied landscapes that beg to be explored. From Santa Cruz de La Palma you can go in search of volcanic wonders such as the Teneguia Volcano on tour to San Antonio Volcanic Park; and uncover ‘enchanted’ laurel forests. Tenerife’s highlights await you during a call into Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You could delve into the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar and marvel at the magnificent Mount Teide volcano – Spain’s highest peak. Alternatively, opt to stay in Santa Cruz for tapas bars, enlightening museums and elegant parks. For a change of pace, your Canarian adventure ends with a short stop at Gran Tarajal, affording you an opportunity to relax and sunbathe on your pick of Fuerteventura’s inviting beaches.
In addition to your memorable three days in the Canaries, you’ll also enjoy a day in Madeira to immerse yourself in the floral and fragrant delights of the ‘Garden Island’, which bursts into life in the spring. Funchal is your gateway the Madeira’s enchanting botanical gardens, including the resplendent Monte Palace Tropical Garden; the levada walking trails, showcasing spellbinding landscapes; and Cabo Girão – the world’s second highest sea cliff – which offers incredible Atlantic Ocean views. Stay in Funchal and you could visit Reid’s Hotel for an opulent afternoon tea, too. If all that wasn’t enough, Braemar will also bring you closer to two rewarding mainland cities. In Spain, a stop at La Coruña offers you the chance to tour to the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral; while in Portugal, a day in Lisbon can be spent admiring the architectural treasures of the capital, such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Southampton, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM
Following a flight from Dublin to Newcastle, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.
Day 2: At Sea:
Day 3: La Coruña, Spain: Arrive Early AM Depart Late Night
The city of La Coruña is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. Most famous for its Roman lighthouse, the diverse architectural styles of La Coruña make the city an absolute delight for sightseeing.
La Coruña boasts an impressive seafront promenade, beautiful beaches and a host of attractions such as the Domus Museum, the Casa del Hombre and Torre De Hercules – said to be the only Roman lighthouse in existence – which offers sweeping coastal views from the top of its 60 metre high tower. The Paseo Marítimo, a lovely 13km walkway and bike path, runs from the port, around the peninsula, and along the ocean beaches.
The compact Ciudad Vieja – La Coruña’s old quarter – is a must-visit area. Often referred to as “the city” by the locals, the medieval centre contains remains of the centuries-old Roman wall that once protected it. The arcaded Plaza de María Pita, surrounded by narrow pedestrianized lanes, is a popular spot, and features the Estatua de María Pita, a statue of a 16th century woman who warned the town of an invasion by Sir Francis Drake. The medieval Church of Santiago, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Military Museum are all fine places of interest.
Beyond the historic city is a proud, modern metropolis, which boasts a superb food scene and a buzzing nightlife. The world’s best picnic food, empanadas, and the locally produced beer, Estrella, both demand trying.
Day 4-5: At Sea:
Day 6: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal: Arrive Early AM Depart Late PM
Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this ‘floating garden’ with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.
Backed by rolling hills, the town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world renowned Madeiran wine cellars. Funchal’s parks and gardens are a delight, and a hike through the Laurel Forest nearby is highly recommended. The ancient Funchal Cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.
Day 7: Santa Cruz La Palma, Spain: Arrive Late AM Depart Late Night
La Palma’s small, yet pretty capital city – is one of the Canary Island’s true gems. Boasting colonial-style architecture, a swathe of charming beaches, restaurants and bars, Santa Cruz is typically Canarian and has something for everyone.
Conquered by the King of Castile in the 15th century, Santa Cruz de La Palma was a key trading post between Spain and the Americas, and the city’s fascinating history can be explored in the historic quarter – one of Spain’s Historic-Artistic sites. The Naval Museum is a replica of Christopher Columbus’s 15th-century Santa Maria sailing ship.
Stunning palaces and sumptuous merchants’ houses butt up against the grand town hall, built during the reign of Phillip II. Religious buildings include the Renaissance-style Church of El Salvador, with a tower of volcanic stone, and the Church of Santo Domingo, which houses a superb collection of Flemish paintings.
The compact city centre is incredibly picturesque, and the newly redeveloped beach and promenade have boosted the city’s resort credentials. Calle Real, the city’s main street, is famous for being both a Property of Cultural Interest and a Historic-Artistic Site. Santa Cruz’s finest restaurants, shops and prettiest squares are found here, and sampling the delicious local cuisine and local culture is highly recommended.
Day 8: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain: Arrive Early AM Depart Late Night
Sophisticated Santa Cruz – Tenerife’s capital – is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. Well-preserved buildings feature in the old town, including the colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 18th century Palacio de Carta, which has impressive Baroque and neoclassical features. Recently redesigned by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the city’s largest square, Plaza de España, is a pleasant spot to lose a few hours. Lively beaches such as Playa de Las Americas are within easy reach of Santa Cruz too.
Away from the capital, many of Tenerife’s highlights await on tours, including the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical lava stone Pyramids of Guimar. Exploring the volcanic El Teide National Park to marvel at majestic Mount Teide, or even climb Spain’s highest peak, is an unmissable experience.
Day 9: Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura, Spain: Arrive Early AM Depart Early PM
Gran Tarajal is one of the largest towns on the island of Fuerteventura and basks in the stunning climate of the Canaries.
Once renowned as a busy shipping town from where the island’s tomato export was shipped, Gran Tarajal now offers an authentic taste of Canaries culture with a relaxed feel and a constant air of tranquillity.
The town’s a fabulous beaches and beautiful promenade are waiting to be explored, and the handsome harbour is always busy with fishermen and offers great views of the winding hillside streets. Highlights in the town centre include the expertly crafted fountain with six seahorses spouting water within a shady oasis of tall palms. Alongside it, is the charming town church.
Day 10: At Sea:
Day 11: Lisbon, Portugal: Arrive Late AM Depart Late PM
Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. Decimated by an earthquake in 1755, modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.
The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.
Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don’t miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.
Day 12-13: At Sea:
Day 14: Southampton, UK: Arrive Early AM
Once you have disembarked the Braemar and finished your wonderful adventure we will have you transferred to the airport to get your flight back to Dublin.
13 Nights accommodation aboard the Braemar, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Braemar)
4* Fred Olsen – Braemar
Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen’s four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship’s comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.
Dates & Prices
|18 April 2019||€2,119||Inside||Book Now|
|18 April 2019||€2,489||Oceanview||Book Now|
|18 April 2019||€2,919||Superior Oceanview||Book Now|
|18 April 2019||€3,959||Balcony||Book Now|
|18 April 2019||€3,349||Single Inside||Book Now|
FREE Drinks Package & Gratuities included
- Return flights Dublin to Newcastle
- Return Transfers airport / port
- 13 nights accommodation aboard the Braemar based on 2 sharing
- Fine dining on a full board basis
- All onboard entertainment
- One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
- Taxes and charges of €130
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
- Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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