After all the excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive season, you deserve to GoWightaway with IOW Tours on this enticing escape to the winter warmth of the beautiful Canaries and Madeira. The perfect way to start the new year.
You’ll have chances to unwind on Gran Canaria’s golden sands, marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Tenerife and Lanzarote, explore the verdant lands of La Palma and stimulate your senses with Madeira’s fragrant gardens.
The sunshine and scenery of beautiful Macaronesian islands awaits you on this relaxing and rejuvenating winter escape. As you settle into 2021, you’ll discover golden beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and stunning landscapes, and enjoy 14 relaxing nights on board Balmoral, a wonderful way to indulge in some rest and recovery after the festive period.
Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen’s smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.
The first of five gorgeous islands on your itinerary is Madeira, with its lush landscapes and vibrant botanical gardens. Then it’s on to the Canaries, you’ll experience the very best of this sun-soaked archipelago with calls into four inviting islands on consecutive days. On the pretty island of La Palma you’ll have the chance to see the soaring San Antonio Volcano, or savour a taste of the islands local wines at the welcoming town of Fuencaliente on tours from Santa Cruz, while Santa Cruz de Tenerife is your gateway to countless highlights of the largest Canary Islands. In Gran Canaria, you can take in the mix of fine architecture or delve deeper to discover picturesque towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Santa Brígida, which boasts pretty streets lined with eucalyptus and flower-adorned houses. A stop at Lanzarote will offer you the chance to see the fascinating rock formations of Timanfaya National Park’s surreal lunar-like landscapes. Balmoral will also head to the shores of mainland Spain & Portugal ans sail into two culture-rich attraction packed cities.
TAXI PICK UP & RETURN TO SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE PORT INCLUDED
ALL INCLUSIVE DRINKS PACKAGE INCLUDED
Your GoWightAway Cruise includes…
- Taxi Pick-up & Return Home to Southampton Cruise Port
- On-Board Gratuities
- All Inclusive Drinks Package*
- 5 Course A La Carte Dinners
- En-suite Ship Cabin
- Live Nightly Entertainment & Shows
- Daytime On-board Ships Activities
- All on-board Facilities
- Formal Nights
- Afternoon Tea, Late Night Buffet
- Room Service
Shore Excursions booked separately
Guaranteed Cabin Prices
|I Grade||Interior 2 Berth||£1,878|
|H Grade||Interior 2 Berth||£1,920|
|F Grade||Porthole 2 Berth||£2,044|
|D Grade||Porthole 2 Berth||£2,106|
|B Grade||Picture Window 2 Berth||£2,288|
Prices guaranteed within allocation up to 16 weeks prior.
All prices quoted per person. Full payment required 16 weeks prior. Cabin Deposit 15%
On Request Cabin Prices
Large Superior Ocean View, Balcony & Suites Available on request only, subject to availability. Superior Rooms & Suites will only be available when passengers are ready to book and cannot be held on allocation. Rooms will be held on option for 24 hours before a deposit and confirmation is due.
This tour is run by Greatdays Holidays and all payments are made to them, in line with ABTA Bonding Regulations.
Day 1 – Southampton Departure
After Taxi pick- up from home to take you to Southampton Cruise Port, board and settle in the ship mid afternoon before setting sail.
Day 2/3 – Cruising
Day 4/5 – Lisbon, Portugal
Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.
Day 6 – Funchal, Portugal
Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this ‘floating garden’ with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.
Day 7 – Santa Cruz La Palma, Spain
La Palma’s small, yet pretty capital city – is one of the Canary Island’s true gems. Boasting colonial-style architecture, a swathe of charming beaches, restaurants and bars, Santa Cruz is typically Canarian and has something for everyone.
Day 8 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Sophisticated Santa Cruz – Tenerife’s capital – is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks.Well-preserved buildings feature in the old town, including the colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 18th century Palacio de Carta, which has impressive Baroque and neoclassical features. Recently redesigned by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the city’s largest square, Plaza de España, is a pleasant spot to lose a few hours. Lively beaches such as Playa de Las Americas are within easy reach of Santa Cruz too.
Day 9 – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
With its feel of mainland-Spain, spiced up with an eclectic mix of Asian and African cultures, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island’s most popular destinations, attracting sun-seekers who come to relax on its golden-sand beaches and soak up the gorgeous, year-round climate of Gran Canaria.
Day 10 – Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain
The bustling port of Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast is home to the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates. To defend against these raiders, the court of Spain ordered two castles to be built. The first built in 1590, Castillo San Gabriel, now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the islands’ original inhabitants: the Guanche.
Day 11 – Cruising
Day 12/13 -La Coruña, Spain
The city of La Coruña is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. Most famous for its Roman lighthouse, the diverse architectural styles of La Coruña make the city an absolute delight for sightseeing.
Day 14 – Cruising
Day 15 – Southampton, United Kingdom
After a 2 week fantastic holiday, your beautiful ship will dock back in Southampton where your taxi will be waiting to take you home.
To Book Call Brenda or any of the team at IOW Tours on 01983 405116