Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99396
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. July 2021. From £2179.00.
An Atlantic Island Adventure
This fascinating, high-summer cruise, on which warmer days and blue skies are all but guaranteed, features calls at four Portuguese outposts in the mid-Atlantic – three of the lovely islands of the Azores and the Garden Island, Madeira. Visits to the Spanish Armada’s home port, La Coruña, and the vibrant Portuguese capital, Lisbon, round off this excellent cruise. Join Marco Polo as she departs from Bristol Avonmouth and cruises to La Coruña, from where you can visit Santiago de Compostela, final destination of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail, on an optional excursion. Leaving mainland Europe, you’ll cruise south to even warmer climes, and to the Azores. Here, several wonderful calls await, including Horta, on delightful Faial, known as the ‘blue island’, and elegant, cosmopolitan Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, the largest island of the archipelago. Continue south to the island idyll of Madeira, where you’ll call at floral paradise, Funchal, before Marco Polo turns north for home. A stop at Lisbon caps off your voyage.
What's Included14 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
Luggage porterage from port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsSail south to sun-kissed islands
Enjoy lazy days at sea
Call at six wonderful ports
Call at three mid-Atlantic Azorean island jewels
See Horta, on Faial, a former whaling station
The elegant port-city of Ponta Delgada, on San Miguel
Spend a day on the colourful Garden Isle, Madeira
Discover Lisbon, the historic Portuguese capital
Perhaps head to Santiago de Compostela on an optional excursion from La Coruña
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart from Bristol Avonmouth
Depart: 1845hrs Board Marco Polo in Bristol, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 3La Coruña, Spain
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs This morning, Marco Polo arrives in the historic Spanish port of La Coruña. Step ashore to explore its atmospheric medieval quarter, stroll the extensive seafront promenade, or perhaps take a shore excursion to the famous pilgrimage destination, Santiago de Compostela.
Day 6Horta, Azores
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2100hrs Today we'll reach the Azores, and tie up in Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial. Step ashore to explore this colourful former whaling station and perhaps take an excursion to the summit of Cabecao Gordo, which boasts breathtaking views of the entire archipelago.
Day 7Praia da Vitória, Azores
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2100hrs Your second Azores call is Terceira, known as the Purple Isle thanks to its lilacs and wisterias. Here you might decide to explore the island's extraordinary caves, discover the ornate churches and bull-running traditions of the capital, Angra do Heroismo, or spend the day on the wonderful beaches close to the historic port of Praia da Vitória.
Day 8Ponta Delgada, Azores
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Marco Polo's next stop is Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of São Miguel, the largest of the islands in the Azores. Here you'll have an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic adventurers for centuries.
Day 10Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs 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'!
Day 12Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs The Portuguese capital Lisbon is Marco Polo's final port. Stroll the narrow streets of the Alfama district, and climb aboard one of the city's famous trams. See the extraordinary Manueline architecture of the Belem quarter, and the striking modern buildings of the Baixa.
Day 15Disembark in Bristol Avonmouth
Arrive: 0945hrs Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Bristol, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top