The Warmth of the Canary Islands
Uncover the cultural, historical and architectural wonders of mainland Spain, Portugal and five of their best-loved islands. Your voyage takes you south for a slice of winter sun as you sail to Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote before ending in Cádiz and Lisbon. Sip sangria, twist and jig to the beat of flamenco and snack on local specialities at every stop. Wake up somewhere different each morning and watch the sunset over the ocean every evening.
- 14 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 13 lunches (days 2-14) 14 dinners (days 1-14)
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 3 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Services of the Fred. Olsen staff on board
- Port services
Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for the journey to Southampton. On arrival, board Balmoral (3T+) ahead of our sailing this evening.
Days 2-4 - At sea
We have three free days, as we sail towards Funchal. You’re free to do as much (or as little) as you wish. Maybe start your days off with a brisk walk around the deck. Or opt for a yoga class. Spend the afternoons learning a craft, or perfecting your golf swing. After your choice of dinner, you can catch a show or dance into the night.
Day 5 - Funchal, Madeira
Welcome to Funchal, Madeira’s colourful capital. Wander the winding old lanes, wide 20th century boulevards and pretty squares - we think you’ll find the city’s timeless charm completely irresistible. Nature lovers will be right at home here - incredible displays of subtropical flowers and fruit can be admired at every turn and the city is home to some of the best parks and gardens in Europe. Perhaps take the cable car from Almirante Reis in old Funchal to Monte for a perfect eagle’s-eye view of the city below. Outside the city, the island’s rocky interior makes for amazing photo opportunities.
Day 6 - Santa Cruz, La Palma
A small capital city with a historic centre brimming with palaces and religious buildings, Santa Cruz is utterly charming. Here, colonial-style buildings sit pretty next to swathes of golden sand. And there’s local culture to boot. Perhaps put some time aside to visit the Renaissance-style Church of El Salvador, with a tower of volcanic stone, and the Church of Santo Domingo, which houses a superb collection of Flemish paintings. Take a wander along Calle Real, the main street, for the city’s finest shops and loveliest squares - plus the chance to taste some local specialities.
Day 7 - Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Sophisticated Santa Cruz is Tenerife’s bustling capital. Boutiques and art galleries line the twisting streets, while wide avenues link elegant squares and parks. This good-looking and wholly Spanish city is home to brightly painted buildings and quirky shops - the streets come to life with Spanish flair.
Day 8 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Las Palmas is the largest city of the Canary Islands and home to a jumble of historic buildings and magnificent monuments. Vegueta is the city’s historic old town, full of culture and pretty corners. Here, Renaissance, Gothic and neo-classical influences are rife. Explore the web of squares and backstreets to spot historical buildings such as Casa de Colon mansion, Santa Ana cathedral and the Museo Canario.
Day 9 - Arrecife, Lanzarote
Arrecife has shed its roots as a small-time fishing village and is now a bustling, colourful and vibrant city - although still more laid-back than neighbouring Las Palmas or Santa Cruz. There’s an air of its maritime past thanks to the seawater lagoon at the heart of the city - it’s surrounded by restaurants and tapas bars with a fun, lively atmosphere. Perhaps visit the two impressive castles here, or explore the mishmash of boutiques and restaurants in the city’s white-washed backstreets. Or simply stop for sangria and a spot of people watching.
Day 10 - 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 11 - Cádiz, Spain
Cádiz, one of Europe’s most ancient cities, hugs Andalucia’s sunlit Atlantic coast. Decorated with palm trees backed by aged buildings and ornate churches, Cádiz mixes old-world appeal with an upbeat holiday buzz. Huge stone walls dating back to the 1500s still stand today and the 18th century Cádiz Cathedral is a real highlight of the city. In the rambling backstreets, you’ll find your feet tapping to the sound of flamenco as friendly locals pass you by.
Day 12 - Lisbon, Portugal
Europe’s second-oldest capital, Lisbon is a superb mix of the old and the new. Clattering trams wind through the old city while trendy rooftop bars offer views of the glittering river and beyond. Elsewhere, explore the steep cobbled streets, colourful tiled shop fronts and manicured gardens - just a few of the things that make Lisbon so special.
Days 13-14 - At sea
As we sail home, there’s time to rest after all your sightseeing. If you’re still full of energy though, 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, where your Titan vehicle will meet you for the journey home.