Madeira, Spain & Portugal Cruise
As the weather turns back home, you can revel in Madeira’s warm climate, enjoying enchanting gardens and landscapes laced with fantastic walking trails. On a stop in La Coruña, you can uncover Galician gems and the Roman Torre de Hercules, or take a trip to UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral. Porto and Lisbon give you the chance to sample delicious port wine and egg pastries, and travel by historic trams to impressive, centuries-old monuments such as the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
- 11 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 32 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 2-12) 10 lunches (days 2-11) 11 dinners (days 1-11)
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 2 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Services of the Fred. Olsen staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Dover. Embark Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - La Coruña, Spain
La Coruña’s old quarter - the compact Ciudad Vieja - is a must-see today. The medieval centre contains remains of the centuries-old Roman wall that once protected it. The city is most famous for its Roman lighthouse; however, the medieval Church of Santiago, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Military Museum are also fine places to visit.
Pause to people watch in the arcaded Plaza de María Pita, which features the Estatua de María Pita, a statue of the 16th century woman who warned the town of an invasion by Sir Francis Drake.
Day 4 - Leixões (Porto), Portugal
A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Porto. Head to the historic Ribeira District, and follow the narrow, cobbled lanes down to the Douro River, where cafés take advantage of the view. Across the river, you’ll spot well known port wine cellars where you can pop in for a sample.
Back in the centre of the city is the dominating, fortress-like cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.
Day 5 - At sea
Day 6 - 7 - Funchal, Madeira (overnight)
Funchal has a timeless old-world charm that has enchanted generations of visitors. The town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world-renowned Madeiran wine cellars.
Take in the scents of nature in Funchal’s parks and gardens, filled year-round with the colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit. A hike through the UNESCO-protected laurel forest nearby is also highly recommended. For those with an eye for architecture, Funchal’s ancient cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.
Day 8 - At sea
Day 9 - Lisbon
Lisbon was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, which gave it the opportunity to grow into the Pombaline capital we see today. Pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals entice you down the cobbled alleyways. Attractions include the antiques collections of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Don't forget to break up your sightseeing to sample egg tarts at iconic bakery Pasteis de Belém. Then stroll through Jardin de Belém and you’ll find yourself on the coast alongside the impressive Monument of the Discoveries.
11 - At sea
Day 12 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.