The Island of Madeira with Spain and Portugal
A Easter no-fly cruise from Southampton
This exciting cruise aboard Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral, explores Portugal and Madeira’s historic monuments, magnificent landmarks and unforgettable nature. This no-fly cruise sets sail from Southampton calling at the sparkling Spanish city of La Coruña, home to remarkable ancient architecture, before sailing on to Leixões, Portugal’s gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto. We’ll also visit the beautiful island of Madeira and its capital, Funchal - a gardener’s paradise with breathtaking landscapes, sub-tropical forests and an enticing array of colourful flora. Our final stop is Portugal’s lively capital, Lisbon - an unmissable destination for its ancient castles, lavish palaces and abundance of enthralling museums.
- 10 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 29 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 9 lunches (days 2-10) 10 dinners (days 1-10)
- £75 per person onboard credit
- Included onboard drinks package
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 2 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Embarkation assistance by Titan staff
- Services of the experienced 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 Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Familiarise yourself with the delightful onboard facilities and entertainment as we enjoy a day of cruising.
Day 3 - La Coruña, Spain
This morning we arrive in the beautiful Spanish city of La Coruña, displaying a fascinating array of architectural styles, glorious beaches, impressive galleries and interesting landmarks. Discover the remarkable Old Quarter (Ciudad Vieja), and the beautiful square of Maria Pita, named after the town’s heroine. A main highlight of the region is the incredible Tower of Hercules, thought to have been built during the 2nd century and considered one of the oldest Roman lighthouses. From La Coruña, you can discover the nearby historic Santiago de Compostela, home to the unforgettable UNESCO-listed cathedral - a soaring Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque structure reputed as the burial site of Saint James the Great and one of the finest churches in Spain.
Day 4 - Leixões (Porto), Portugal
Today we dock at Leixões, a gateway to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto. Marvel at the stunning pastel-coloured houses, historic neo-classical buildings and magnificent cathedral - an historical and architectural landmark in Porto originally built between the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque style. Porto is the home of port wine and you can visit one of the fascinating port warehouses to learn of the production process and enjoy some of the delicious tipple. You can also explore the city on a scenic cruise along the Douro River, spot the cathedral and beautiful architecture from the glistening waters.
Day 5 - At sea
Day 6 - Funchal, Madeira
Alternatively named the ‘capital of the garden island’, Funchal is home to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Travel by cable car to discover the wonderful landscapes, exquisite fountains and around 100,000 beautiful plant species occupying a spectacular 70,000 square metres of land. Optional excursions feature interesting hikes through Laurel Forest; a sub-tropical humid forest containing beautiful flora and numerous birds.
Day 7 - At sea
Celebrate Good Friday relaxing at sea with onboard entertainment and activities planned.
Day 8 - Lisbon, Portugal
Explore Portugal’s vibrant capital spread over seven beautiful hills, Lisbon, home to impressive architecture, splendid museums and a glamourous array of palaces, churches and ancient castles. Be inspired by the magnificent bridges such as Ponte 25 de Abril - a huge suspension bridge linking Lisbon to the lively city of Almada - and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, a cable-stayed bridge including over 11km of viaducts. Unforgettable attractions include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Centro Commercial Colombo - the largest shopping mall to exist in the Iberian Peninsula.
Days 9-10 - At sea
Spend two days cruising through beautiful waters and enjoying onboard festivities to celebrate Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
Day 11 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.