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Wonders & Wildlife of the Azores & Madeira

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From on board Bolette, and during time spent exploring ashore, encounter the wildlife and natural wonders of a string of Portuguese islands, including a duo of scenic gems in the hard-to-reach Azores archipelago. See Terceira’s glorious coastline from the water, then perhaps – during your visit to Praia da Vitoria – tour to the south of the island where the UNESCO-listed historic city of Angra do Heroísmo is yours to explore, or take in the views from atop the Monte Brasil volcano. Unforgettable sights and experiences await on São Miguel; revel in the colourful lakes and vast craters of Sete Cidades Volcano, and see nature in action at the Furnas Valley, where natural hot springs fill the air with steam and the lingering scent of sulphur. You’ve opportunities to go in search of resident whales and dolphins that live and breed in the waters surrounding these islands too.

Upon departure from São Miguel, scenic cruising by Santa Maria island at sunset will provide a memorable final glimpse of the Azores’ natural beauty, before it’s on to Madeira. At Portugal’s ‘Garden Island’, see the mighty Cabo Girao sea cliff from your ship’s decks, then head ashore at Funchal – the island’s capital. You could spend your day wandering the levada walking trails, to absorb the vibrant colours and sweet scents of the wild flowers; or explore botanical gardens and orchid farms with a local expert, to learn about the flora in more detail. What’s more, the highlights of this cruise aren’t restricted to island delights; on the Portuguese mainland, a call at Leixoes is your chance to tour to Oporto – a city famed for its port wine and seafood, while there’s also a visit to Lisbon, to see the capital’s many famous monuments, learn of its maritime history and not only eat famous Pasteis de Nata, but also make your own with a local pastry chef.

What does this price include?

  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Your Itinerary

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  • Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Ponta Delgada

    Your Azores port of call today is Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago. Explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic sailors for centuries.

  • Arrive: Late Night

    Depart: Late Night

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Early AM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Funchal

    Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed subtropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in Funchal, the island capital, visit the wonderful botanical gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan'.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Funchal

    Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed subtropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in Funchal, the island capital, visit the wonderful botanical gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan'.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Lisbon

    The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is where the great explorers sailed to the New World. Wander up through the cobbled streets of the Alfama towards Sao Jorge Castle, relax by the fountain in Rossi Square or follow the shoreline along to where the ornate battlements of the Belem Tower guard the mouth of the River Tagus.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Leixoes

    The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers the opportunity to explore historic Porto. Famed the world over for its port wine, Porto is perched on the granite cliffs above the River Douro, the two banks linked by some vertigo-inducing bridges. Head into the Ribeira district to visit one of the wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. 

    *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

    Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel.

    Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

    Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date").

    Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com.

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