Day 1 London - Lisbon
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to London Gatwick or Heathrow and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Lisbon. On arrival, we transfer to the Pousada de Palmela (4T), for a two-night stay.
Day 2 Lisbon
A wealth of beautiful buildings, from Baroque churches and palaces to art nouveau façades and striking contemporary architecture, has created a beautiful Portuguese capital. Explore Lisbon on a guided tour, and then at your own pace today. Perhaps visit Jeronimos Monastery, the last resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, and the Belém Tower, built in 1515 to protect the city’s harbour, learn more about Portugal’s rich maritime heritage at the Navy Museum, or learn about the inhabitants of the seas you’re about to sail in the Oceanarium, one of the world's largest aquariums.
Day 3 - Lisbon
After further free time, we transfer to the port to embark Braemar (3T+). Late night sailing.
Day 4 - At sea
Settle in on board, as we sail towards Africa.
Day 5 - Casablanca, Morocco
Morocco’s biggest city is also its most cosmopolitan - its stylish restaurants give a feel of southern Europe - however once you’ve weaved through the tourist geared streets by the port, you will find many sites that reveal Casablanca’s past. The tiny crowded streets of the Old Medina, still enclosed by its original rampart walls, are worth exploring and between the Marrakech gate with, its imposing clock tower and the old Portuguese fortress, you’ll find a sprawling souk selling everything from spices to crafts and linens, stalls brewing fragrant mint tea and carts laden with fruit. Reminders of the French occupation can be found in the art-deco quarter and enormous Sacré Coeur. The Jewish Museum and the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque are both fascinating displays of Morocco’s religious story. We sail late evening.
Day 6 - Agadir, Morocco
Morocco’s main beach resort, Agadir, was rebuilt next to the ruins of an ancient town destroyed in an earthquake in 1960. All that remains of the ancient Kasbah are the fortified walls. This afternoon, perhaps take a local bus to view the ruins and for the views down over the memorial park, created where the medina used to stand. The Musée Municipal offers an interesting insight into the pre-earthquake history of Agadir and the Berbers, the original inhabitants of Morocco.
Day 7 - Arrecife, Lanzarote
The modern capital of Lanzarote is where we dock for today. The two splendid castles built to protect the harbour from pirates, are now museums to contemporary art and the Gaunche, the island’s original inhabitants. Casa de la Cultura Agustin de la Hoz and the 17th century Iglesia de San Gines are also important historical landmarks and the Gran Hotel Arrecife is the modern equivalent - climb to the 17th floor for scenic views of the coast and Lanzarote’s volcanic centre from the island’s tallest building. Alternatively, venture into Timanfaya National Park to experience this starkly beautiful landscape, barely changed since the last eruptions nearly two centuries ago. Temperatures just below the surface of Montañas del Fuego reach over 400°C, a constant reminder of the island’s origin.
Days 8-9 - At sea
Day 10 - Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands
We dock for the afternoon in Mindelo, situated in crescent-shaped Porto Grande Bay, which boasts some of the best sea views and scenery in the region. The coastline is littered with natural points of interest, and surrounded by exposed mountains. Amongst the candy-coloured colonial buildings, the well-preserved Governor’s Palace and City Hall are attractive examples of the Portuguese influence on this island, a popular stop for old sailors. It also has its very own replica of Lisbon’s Torre de Belém guarding its port.
Day 11 - Praia
Today we dock in the capital of the Cape Verde Islands, Praia. The sprawling Latino city is truly unique with its vast rock faces and beautiful resort beaches. On a large plateau in the centre is an old quarter full of original buildings and traditional Portuguese feel. Venture to the old capital, Cidade Velha, the first European city, where Charles Darwin and Christopher Columbus are amongst its famous visitors, or head inland and you’ll find mighty mountains and fertile valleys to explore.
Days 12-13 - At sea
Day 14 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Founded over 500 years ago, Las Palmas’ extensive historic architecture and gorgeous beaches, bathed in sunshine all-year round, make the Canary Islands’ largest city a popular destination. The Vegueta area contains many of the city’s historical buildings including 17th century Palacio Regental, the remains of the Bishop's Palace, and Casa de Colón, a fascinating museum documenting Columbus’ voyages. In the delightful Plaza Santa Ana, bronze statues of the dogs the Romans named the islands after lounge in the shadow of Santa Ana Cathedral. It took nearly four centuries to create this sanctuary, incorporating the fashionable styles through these years. An excursion may take you on an exploration of the island’s beautiful valleys.
Day 15 - Santa Cruz, La Palma
Santa Cruz is typically Canarian, with something for everyone to enjoy from colonial architecture to beaches and bars. It became an important trading post between Spain and the Americas, which encouraged a wealth of stunning palaces and magnificent religious buildings, including the Renaissance-style Church of El Salvador, with a tower of volcanic stone. Calle Real, the city’s main street, is where Santa Cruz’s finest restaurants, shops and prettiest squares are found. Out of town, the vistas are impressive, with rich forest, beautiful flora and some of the world’s biggest volcanic craters, reaching over five miles in diameter, in Taburiente National Park holding.
Day 16 - Santa Cruz, Tenerife (overnight)
The wholly Spanish city of Santa Cruz is built around elegant squares, tropical parks and an important harbour, with five centuries of historical stories to share. A tour to the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical and intriguing Pyramids of Guimar is a must. The elegant beach resort of Puerto de la Cruz, the banana and pineapple plantations of the beautiful Orotava Valley, and the stunning volcanic scenery of El Teide National Park, dominated by the 12,000ft snow-tipped peak of Spain's highest mountain, are also easily reached today.
Day 17 Santa Cruz - London
This morning we transfer to the airport for our direct, scheduled Norwegian Airlines flight to London Gatwick. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.