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Islands of the Mediterranean

A no-fly cruise from Southampton

Join Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral, sailing the beautiful Mediterranean docking at only the most intriguing islands enriched with sandy beaches, historic monuments and unspoilt scenery. This outstanding no-fly cruise visits the major naval shipbuilding and fishing city of El Ferrol, sun-soaked Ibiza and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, home to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. We also discover extraordinary cities and attractions such as Ajaccio, where glistening coastlines dominate the city’s views, the ancient city of Palermo, and Lisbon, home to an elaborate collection of enthralling museums.

Including...

  • 17 nights cruise on Balmoral
  • 50 meals: 17 breakfasts (days 2-18) 16 lunches (days 2-17) 17 dinners (days 1-18)
  • Exclusive Titan drinks party on board
  • £100 per person onboard credit
  • Included onboard drinks package
  • Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
  • 3 formal nights
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Embarkation assistance by Titan staff
  • Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
  • Port taxes

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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 an evening sailing.

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Day 2 - At sea

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Day 3 - El Ferrol, Spain

On the north-west corner Spain’s coast sits the compact city of El Ferrol. Starting as a fishing village, it became a royal shipyard and a great military dockyard. Impressive warships are still built, repaired and dismantled here, and the Shipbuilding Museum, Exponav, exhibits the history of shipbuilding, the different materials used for naval shipbuilding, its physical qualities and the fitting processes to form these complex structures.

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Days 4-5 - At sea

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Day 6 - Ibiza

Although it has a reputation as the clubbing capital of Europe, the island is really beautiful. The island’s capital has a superb Old Town, with 16th century walls surrounding tightly packed cobbled streets. The main entrance is the Portal de Tablas, which passes into a courtyard leading to the main square. Take any of the streets off the square and find tiny boutiques and family-owned cafés. Excursions are available to take you tour the town or take in the island’s most scenic and important points.

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Day 7 - Mahon, Menorca

We dock in Mahon today, the capital of Menorca since the British awarded the status in 1721. From here you can discover the beauty of Menorca: the sleepy fishing villages, stunning beaches and Monte Toro, the island’s highest peak. A popular target for pirates in the 18th century, you may see the remaining fortifications and spectacular defence towers along the coastline.

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Day 8 - Ajaccio, Corsica

Napoléon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio and played in Austerlitz Square as a child. His birthplace and home for his first nine years is now a museum of memorabilia, and several statues are dedicated to the French Emperor. Admirers of art will enjoy Palais Fesch, a museum filled with pieces by minor artists and some of the great - Botticelli and Bellini amongst others. Excursions can help you to explore the rugged coastline and mountain scenery - gorges of Prunelli are spectacular, or the island’s history and traditions.

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Day 9 - Olbia, Sardinia

A fascinating ancient city, Olbia has a number of archaeological sites to explore - the fortress-like Nuraghe Riu Mulinu from 2000 BC, the Su Monte de s’ape ‘Tomb of Giants’ and the sacred well of Sa Testa are not-to-be-missed. A short distance away is Costa Smeralda, a millionaire’s paradise with gorgeous golden beaches, popular with tan-topping celebrities.

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Day 10 - Palermo, Sicily

Sicily’s history has been shaped by numerous conquerors since being founded by Phoenician traders nearly 3,000 years ago. Palermo was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Take an optional tour or explore the streets independently to see a stunning cathedral, palace, theatres and the beautiful Piazza Pretoria. The non-squeamish may want to visit the Catacombs of the Capuchins to find the mummies of over 4,000 friars and 4,000 local residents on full display.

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Day 11 - At sea

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Day 12 - Palma, Mallorca

As an historic city, Palma’s greatest attractions - aside from the stretches of glorious white sands - are the number of historic buildings and monuments. The imposing gothic cathedral and the magnificent 14th century Castell de Bellver in particular are absolute must-visit sites, boasting stunning architecture and interesting exhibits that tell tales of Palma’s vast history, while the charming narrow streets, large squares and 18th- century stone walls of the Old Town district are a joy to explore.

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Day 13 - Cartagena, Spain

As one of Spain’s most important port cities for over 2000 years, Cartagena is bursting with history and culture. Although much of the evidence has disappeared, Cartagena was originally built over 5 small hills by the Romans, strategically placed on the Mediterranean coastline. As well as the beautiful bay and stunning natural harbour overlooked by the medieval Castillo de la Conception, the city is home to historic monuments and wonderful architecture including a number of Modernist buildings designed by Gaudi’s students.

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Day 14 - At sea

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Day 15 - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a delightful mix of palaces, churches, art nouveau cafés, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges. There are also a plethora of fascinating museums covering art, archaeology and maritime history. Book an excursion to explore the city by coach, foot or tuk tuk, or find your own way over the city’s hills with the aid of the classic yellow trams which have rattled through many of Lisbon’s finest districts since the 1930s.

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Days 16-17 - At sea

Two days to enjoy at sea as we sail towards Southampton.

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Day 18 Southampton

We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.

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Islands of the Mediterranean

A no-fly cruise from Southampton