One of the best things about a Fred Olsen Cruise is that you get to enjoy relaxing journey in the comfort of smaller-sized, more intimate cruise ship, together with IOW Tours Door to Door Service.

The sunshine and scenery of beautiful Macaronesian islands awaits you on this relaxing and rejuvenating winter escape. As the new year begins you’ll discover golden beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and stunning landscapes, and enjoy 14 nights on board Balmoral – a wonderful way to recover from the fun, excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive period.

The first of five gorgeous islands on your itinerary is Madeira. With its lush landscapes and vibrant botanical gardens, the Portuguese ‘garden island’ begs to be explored. You could take in the floral scenes of the fragrant Monte Palace Tropical Garden, which is accessed by cable car from Funchal; or perhaps explore the unique Levada trails and uncover lush-green scenery and incredible vistas. In the Canaries you’ll experience the very best of this sun-soaked archipelago with calls into four inviting islands. 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 island’s local wines at the welcoming town of Fuencaliente on tours from Santa Cruz, while Santa Cruz de Tenerife is your gateway to the countless highlights of the largest Canary Island. The mysterious Pyramids of Güímar are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours in the sunshine; and riding a cable car up mighty Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – is an unforgettable experience. Of course, a full day in Tenerife will afford time to relax on the island’s glorious beaches too.

In Gran Canaria – an island renowned for its year-round tropical climate – you can take in the mix of fine architecture in Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta district; or delve deeper to discover picturesque towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Santa Brígida, boasting pretty streets lined with eucalyptus and flower-adorned houses. Alternatively you might prefer to unwind on the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas Beach. Whatever you choose to do you’re sure to forget about the cold, wet weather back home as you bask in the soothing warmth. A short stop at Gran Tarajal on the island of Fuerteventura will offer you your final chance to sample the authentic Canarian culture, or simply enjoy a couple of hours of sunbathing. Before and after your island-hopping adventures Balmoral will also head to the shores of mainland Spain and Portugal and sail into two culture-rich, attraction-packed cities. Discover the architectural delights of historic La Coruña, including the Torre de Hercules lighthouse and the striking facades of Maria Pita Square; and explore Lisbon on foot, via the tram or even on a tuk-tuk tour to uncover the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and much more.

Cabin Prices

Guaranteed Cabin Prices

I Grade Interior 2 Berth £1524
N Grade Interior 1 Berth £2248
F Grade Porthole 2 Berth £1737
D Grade Picture Window 2 Berth £1846
B Grade Picture Window 2 Berth £2006
Prices guaranteed within allocation up to 16 weeks prior. All prices quoted per person. All Inclusive Drinks Package. Full Board with daily Afternoon Tea.
Full payment required 16 weeks prior. Cabin Deposit 15% of Booking Value.

On Request Cabin Prices

H Grade Interior 2 Berth £1565
G Grade Interior 2 Berth £1695
M Grade Interior 1 Berth £2408
E Grade Porthole 2 Berth £1806
L Grade Porthole 1 Berth £2887
C Grade Picture Window 2 Berth £1926

Large Superior Ocean View, Balcony & Suites Available on Request

All Inclusive Drinks Package included in the price.

Deposit must be made within 24 hours of request to secure.

This tour is run by Greatdays Holidays and all payments are made to them in line with ABTA Bonding Regulations. This holiday is bonded by ABTA.

Insurance is required with this tour.

Your Itinerary: 

Day 1 – Southampton Departure

Taxi pick-up from home to Southampton to board mid-afternoon, before sailing for Lisbon.

Day 2-4 – At Sea

Relax and enjoy the ships facilities.

Day 3 – Lisbon, Portugal

Stretched across its 7 trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus Estuary, Portugal’s coastal capital Lisbon is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins & white-washed cathedrals.

Day 5 – At Sea

Continue your cruise down the Iberian Peninsula.

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.

Day 7 –  Santa Cruz, La Palma, Canaries

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.

Day 8 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canaries

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 & the 18th century Palacio de Carta, with impressive Baroque & neoclassical features.

Day 9 – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

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 on its golden-sand beaches & soak up the gorgeous, year-round climate of Gran Canaria.

Day 10 –  Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura                                                                                                                Gran Tarajal is one of the largest towns on the island of Fuerteventura and basks in the stunning climate of the Canaries, offering an authentic taste of Canaries culture.

Day 11-12 At Sea

Leave the Macaronesian islands for the return to Iberia.

Day 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. Famous for its Roman lighthouse, the diverse architectural styles make the city a sightseers delight.

Day 14-15 – At Sea

Return to Southampton where your taxi is waiting to take you home.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

Taxi Pick Up from home to Southampton Cruise Terminal

All Inclusive Drinks Package

Full Board

Great Entertainment & Live Shows

All On Board Facilities

Gratuities Included

5 Course A La Carte Dinners

Formal Nights

Afternoon Tea & Late Night Buffet

En Suite Room & Room Service

Shore Excursions Booked Separately

A Valid 10 Year Passport is required

Your Ship

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.