Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Days 2-4 - At sea
Three days to enjoy the facilities on board Balmoral.
Day 5 - Christmas Eve - Casablanca, Morocco
Morocco may not be the first place you associate with Christmas, but from the moment of the first adhan (call to prayer) each day the sense of spirituality is unmistakable, as is the remarkable 210m minaret that marks the position of the enormous Hassan II Mosque. This tremendous temple, with its glass floor and marble walls, holds over 25,000 worshippers inside and another 80,000 in the courtyard. You can find other modern gems within the growing contemporary art scene, traditional wares amongst the nooks of Casablanca’s old walled town, and the restored French art-deco buildings are very attractive.
Day 6 - Christmas Day - At sea
Enjoy Christmas Day at sea with traditional festivities and a fantastic show.
Day 7 - Boxing Day - Arrecife, Lanzarote - Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura (overnight)
Enjoy the novelty of spending Boxing Day on a warm, palm lined sandy beach or walk off your Christmas feasts exploring Lanzarote’s bustling modern capital. The port is still guarded by two castles, although the diminished piratic tendency has changed their purpose to the housing of museums of art and ethnography. Alternatively, take an excursion to Timanfaya National Park, where the volcanic landscape is compared to that of the moon - the immense heat just below the surface of the dormant Fire Mountains makes the environment all but uninhabitable for wildlife and vegetation. Late this afternoon we cruise to neighbouring Fuerteventura, where we dock overnight.
Day 8 - Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
Walking round Puerto del Rosario‘s picturesque port area is a great way of finding interesting shops and a large nativity scene, or discovering family-owned bars serving tapas, local wines and Canarian cuisine, such as fish with spicy sauce. This stunning island is the second largest of the Canaries, with a landscape formed by now-extinct volcanoes and 150 beautiful beaches of sand blown from the Sahara.
Day 9 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Gran Canarians celebrate the festive season with nativity scenes in windows, open-air concerts filling your ears and outdoor ice rinks tempting the talented. The Parque Santa Catalina, a busy central square, holds all manner of markets and events under its palm trees. The quiet, pretty cobbled streets of historic Vegueta lead you to the Plaza de Santa Ana with its iconic cathedral, and a museum worth noting - Casa de Coló, the palace for governors named after famous guest Christopher Columbus, is now dedicated to maritime history.
Day 10 - Santa Cruz, La Palma
Santa Cruz was once the third largest port in Europe, rich on the seafarers sailing between Europe and the Americas. Today it is one of the quieter Canary destinations, despite the considerable number of stately colonial style houses and remarkable art. Maybe head to Calle Real to find fine shops, delicious local cuisine and pretty squares, and visit the famous Casa de Colón where Christopher Columbus stayed during his epic voyage, or take an excursion to watch dolphins play in the turquoise sea.
Day 11 - San Sebastian, La Gomera
Despite the typically Canarian city beaches and the links between colonial architecture and Christopher Columbus, slow paced La Gomera feels very different to the neighbouring islands. Its beauty is best explored on an excursion into the dense forests where rich fauna clings to the soaring rock formations and thrives in the incredible valleys of the National Park of Garajonay.
Day 12 - New Year’s Eve - Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Arrive in Santa Cruz, a town full of festive spirit with a wonderland of lights and every bar preparing for the evening’s celebrations. If you’re looking for a snowy scene, you cannot get better than a trip to Mount Teide, where winter often provides a white coat for the peak of Spain’s highest mountain and then, for an unusual experience, finish the day on the warm sand beach of Santa Cruz. Back on board, welcome the arrival of 2017 in style, as you watch the city’s midnight fireworks fill the sky. As the clock strikes, it is traditional to eat a grape for every stroke of midnight to ensure good luck for the coming year.
Day 13 - New Year’s Day - At sea
Relax and celebrate the beginning of a new year on board Balmoral.
Day 14 - Funchal, Madeira
Spend today enjoying Funchal’s vibrant streets and eternally flourishing gardens, complimented with additional poinsettias, holly, orchids and colourful Christmas lights, still shining until Three Kings Day on 6 January. The narrow, winding old centre is ideal for wandering and cable cars are ready to whisk you from the city into Monte for fabulous views of the surrounding cool mountains that beckon the serious walker. Alternatively, a long westerly stroll along the coast will take you to a long pebble beach and reward you with a spectacular view of Cabo Girão, Europe's highest cliff.
Day 15 - At sea
Day 16 - Lisbon, Portugal
The charm of historic Lisbon is complimented perfectly by the street vendors roasting chestnuts on the city’s cobbled streets. If you still have room for treats, Lisbon is packed with pastry bakeries offering sweet delights including the custard-like pastéi, broas de mel (honey cake), sonhos (pumpkin pastry), the festive and fruity bolo-rei, or Three Kings, and their own delicious take on Christmas cake. This city has plenty of attractions to offer including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carmo Archaeological Museum, the Oceanarium and the splendid icons of the Belém region.
Days 17-18 - At sea
Day 19 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.