Scenic Landscapes of the Azores and Madeira
15 days from £1,899 per person
The remote Portuguese islands of the North Atlantic Ocean are a wonder of nature - lush green havens evolved from long-dormant volcanoes. The rich natural colours of turquoise lakes and unmarred forest, the bright hues of Madeira’s beautiful gardens, and historic towns with crumbling Roman roots and romantic cobbled streets will fill your photo albums after this 15-day cruise. It’s topped-and-tailed with days in mainland Spain and Portugal, for you to discover the delights of La Coruña and Lisbon.
- 14 nights cruise on Braemar
- 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 13 lunches (days 2-14) 14 dinners (days 1-14)
- Exclusive drinks party
- £150 per person onboard credit
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 3 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Services of a Titan tour manager
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton. Embark Braemar (3T+) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing. Braemar (3T+)
Day 2 - At sea
As we sail towards Spain, you’re free to do as much (or as little) as you wish. Maybe start your day off with a brisk walk around the deck. Or opt for a yoga class. Spend the afternoon learning a craft, or perfecting your golf swing. After your choice of dinner, you can catch a show or dance into the night.
Day 3 - La Coruña
La Coruña has been on the radar since the Romans encased its medieval centre in a great wall, bits of which still remain in crumbling defiance. The Roman lighthouse has fared better. It’s the only one still in existence, and seamen are still guided past the rocky coastline by the dependable Torre de Hercules. The compact old quarter displays some wonderful history, but if you long to feel sand between your toes, head to the city’s beautiful beaches.
Days 4-5 - At sea
Two free days as we continue our cruise. Enjoy hearty breakfasts then take your pick from the variety of activities on board. Show off your general knowledge in an afternoon or evening quiz. Try your hand at bridge, bingo or deck quoits. Or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea to while away your time. Top off the day with a sumptuous dinner or a simple tasty buffet.
Days 6-7 - Horta, Faial, Azores (overnight)
Horta was discovered by Portuguese seafarers in the 15th century, and has been welcoming sailors ever since. The colourful marina is filled with artwork that complements the picturesque scenes that await - whitewashed houses and baroque churches stand out against the emerald green hills of this volcanic island. Staying in port from late morning on day 6 until the late evening of day 7 allows plenty of time for you to explore these hills and valleys.
Day 8 - Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
A day in Ponta Delgada gives you the chance to explore this, the capital of the Azores. The fine collection of buildings, narrow cobbled streets and squares are a firm reminder that this was once a key staging post between Europe and the Americas. This ‘Green Island’ also offers opportunities to enjoy views of beautiful crater lakes and dramatic volcano-forged slopes.
Day 9 - At sea
Spend the day on board. Maybe read a book and relax or choose to listen to a fascinating talk by a guest speaker. Enjoy lunchtime melodies or a piano recital, then walk a mile with the cruise fitness instructor.
Day 10 - Funchal, Madeira
Known as a ‘floating garden’, even Madeira’s capital takes advantage of the subtropical climate with beautiful gardens and flower pots bringing year-round colour. Step ashore for the day to visit the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world-renowned Madeiran wine cellars. Or maybe find an excursion in the Laurel Forest, home to unique plants and creatures.
Day 11 - At sea
Keep your brain active with the morning quiz, then perfect your dance moves in the afternoon with a beginners’ class. After dinner, you could continue the dancing theme and join the hosted dancing, or choose to watch the professionals instead.
Day 12 - Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is one of Europe’s first planned cities - rebuilt beautifully in the orderly, earthquake-proof Pomberline style after cataclysmic natural disasters in 1755. There’s plenty to see here this morning - the Gulbenkian museum of ancient and modern art, or the Carmo Archaeological Museum might take your fancy.
Days 13-14 - At sea
As we sail home you may want to rest after all your sightseeing. If you’re still full of energy, there‘s lots to fill your time - from quizzes, games and music recitals to walks on deck and dance classes. And of course there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the tasty food options.
Day 15 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast. Your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.