Canary Islands and Madeira Winter Warmth
Swap post-Christmas blues for blue skies and seas. This January sailing takes us south to Madeira and the Canaries, stopping en route to discover Lisbon’s cobbled streets and cinnamon-dusted custard tarts. Stroll through subtropical gardens in Madeira and pineapple plantations in Tenerife; enjoy coffee al fresco at pavement cafés in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura; and uncover beautiful colonial architecture in La Palma. Our voyage concludes in the ancient Spanish city of La Coruña, said to have been founded by Hercules.
- 14 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 13 lunches (days 2-14) 14 dinners (days 1-14)
- 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
- 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 where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in readiness for a late evening sailing.
Day 2 - 3 - At sea
Day 4 - Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal’s stunning capital located atop seven scenic hills on the north of the River Tagus is our port of call today. The city’s eclectic mix of ancient castles, enchanting gardens, exquisite palaces, white-domed cathedral and art-nouveau cafés are a fine attraction for visitors, as well as its centuries-old history. The picturesque cobblestone streets also lead to fascinating museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carmo Archaeological Museum, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Coach Museum.
Day 5 - At sea
Day 6 - Funchal, Madeira
Often referred to as the ‘floating garden in the Atlantic’, Madeira and its colourful capital, Funchal, is full of charm. Subtropical flowers and fruits radiate exotic colours and mesmerising perfumes, which flourish year round in their perfect climate. Spend time blissfully wandering the delightful gardens and parks; or for nature lovers, a hike through the laurel forest - UNESCO-protected land home to evergreen tree species, deep ravines and a wonderful variety of native birds, butterflies and flowers - makes a perfect visit.
Day 7 - Santa Cruz, La Palma
Arrive in the afternoon at La Palma’s pretty capital, Santa Cruz, a true gem of the Canaries with its colonial architecture, pretty palaces and churches, fine restaurants and glorious stretches of sandy beach. During the 15th century the King of Castile conquered the city, creating a key trading post between the Americas and Spain and this is evident in the historic quarter’s palaces, old merchants’ houses, and the great town hall. Be sure to explore the magnificent Renaissance Church of El Salvador - with a tower made of volcanic stone - and the spectacular Church of Santo Domingo.
Day 8 - Santa Cruz, Tenerife
With its tropical resorts, sandy beaches and desirable climate, it’s no surprise Tenerife is a popular holiday destination. You’ll be spoilt for choice with ways to spend your day in Santa Cruz; roam the wide avenues, grand squares and parks, or discover the culture and character-rich history. Also, within easy reach are the banana and pineapple plantations of Orotava Valley, and views of El Teide National Park, home to Spain’s highest mountain climbing to 12,000ft.
Day 9 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
The largest city in the Canary Islands and the capital of sun-soaked Gran Canaria, Las Palmas was first founded over 500 years ago and its heritage is reflected in the magnificent monuments and historic buildings dotted throughout the centre. The oldest area of the city, Vegueta, has much historic architecture including the twin towers of Santa Ana Cathedral - the first church of the Canaries with construction beginning in 1500 but taking almost four centuries to complete. With year-round sunshine, Las Palmas has been claimed to host ‘the best climate in the world’, so if discovering isn’t for you, head to one of the beaches including Las Canteras - regarded as one of the world's best.
Day 10 - Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura
This morning we stop in Gran Tarajal, a pretty harbour town in Fuerteventura. Formerly a shipping town, Gran Tarajal now hosts a lively ambience, with a seaside promenade where you can sit and watch local fishermen busy at work. Discover the picturesque town centre with its steep streets leading to the centrepiece - a grand fountain of six seahorses.
Day 11 - 12 - At sea
Day 13 - La Coruña, Spain
An ancient city thought to have been founded by Hercules, La Coruña is a now busy seaport of medieval buildings and monuments. Stroll the seafront promenade admiring the beautiful beaches and modern houses lining the glistening waterfront; or discover the main attractions including the only remaining Roman lighthouse, Torre de Hercules; the enthralling old quarter, Ciudad Vieja; and the magnificent Museum of Sacred Art.
Day 14 - At sea
Day 15 - Southampton
Early this morning we arrive back in Southampton, where we disembark after breakfast. You will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.