As the weather turns bitter cold back home, IOW Tours want you to GoWightAway to where you can savour soothing warmth, spectacular vistas, sweet scents and delicious flavours as you take in beautiful Madeira and three charming cities in Spain and Portugal.
Revel in them vibrant colours and floral fragrances of botanical gardens; uncover the levada walking trails and Cabo Girão sea cliff; and indulge with famous Maderian Wine, during an overnight stay at Funchal.
There is a wealth of attractions to discover on the mainland too, including the stunning Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Oporto’s port wine cellars, and Lisbon’s plethora of historic maritime monuments.
Four wonderfully rewarding destinations feature on this 11 night sailing in total, so your cruise promises to a plethora of memorable sights and experiences.
Stopping overnight in Madeira will certainly be the highlight of your holiday, your ship will dock at Funchal, the Maderian capital, from where you can go in search of botanical gardens to immerse yourself in a feast of vibrant colours and sweet floral scents. The unique levada walking trails which showcase some of Maderia’s most beautiful landscapes, are yours to explore in the sunshine too. Finally, its back to the Portuguese mainland to visit Lisbon, a charming capital city packed with fascinating museums, adorable historic districts and impressive centuries-old monument such as Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery
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.
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||£1,480|
|H Grade||Interior 2 Berth||£1,546|
|F Grade||Porthole 2 Berth||£1,684|
|D Grade||Porthole 2 Berth||£1,755|
|B Grade||Picture Window 2 Berth||£1,879|
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 – Cruising
Day 3 – 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 4/5 – Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal
A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony.
Day 6/7 – 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. Backed by rolling hills, the town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world renowned Madeiran wine cellars. Funchal’s parks and gardens are a delight, and a hike through the Laurel Forest nearby is highly recommended. The ancient Funchal Cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.
Day 8/9 – 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 10/11 – Cruising
Day 12 – Southampton, United Kingdom
After a beautiful cruise, Balmoral will dock back in Southampton, after disembarking the ship your taxi will be waiting to take you home.
To Book Call Brenda or any of the team at IOW Tours on 01983 405116