Azores, Madeira & Portuguese Highlights Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99616
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. April 2021. From £2179.00.
An Atlantic island adventure
Southwest Ireland's historic centre of commerce and culture, Cork. The chance to visit Oporto and its port wine lodges from Leixoes. The natural beauty and colonial architecture of Horta and Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Madeira's lush green hills. Lisbon's narrow streets, extraordinary Manueline architecture, and elegant plazas and colonnades. Every call on this wonderful cruise from Bristol aboard Marco Polo promises interesting history and local traditions, lovely spots for a stroll, a coffee or a drink or two, and an overall air of peace, relaxation and welcome sunshine. As spring turns to summer and Marco Polo cruises into the warm waters of the Atlantic, you'll also have time to spend lazy days making the most of the facilities, entertainment and activities available on board, or simply soaking up the sun out on deck.
What's Included14 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsSail south to sun-kissed islands
Enjoy lazy days at sea
Call at six wonderful ports
Explore lively Cork on a call in Cobh
Visit wine-producing Oporto from Leixoes
Call at two 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
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
Depart: 1730hrs Board Marco Polo in Bristol, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Cobh, Ireland
Arrive: 1000hrsDepart: 1800hrs Marco Polo's first call is the long, narrow harbour at Cobh, the maritime gateway to the capital of southwest Ireland, Cork. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic city, to head into the beautiful rolling countryside to fashionable Kinsale or to visit famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city, for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Day 4Leixoes, Portugal
Arrive: 1300hrsDepart: 1900hrs The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to historic Oporto. Famed the world over for its port wine, Oporto stands atop the towering granite cliffs that rise above the River Douro, the two banks linked by several vertigo-inducing bridges. Why not visit the Ribeira district to take in one of the wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned?
Day 7Horta, Azores
Arrive: 0900hrsDepart: 1800hrs 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 8Ponta Delgada, Azores
Arrive: 0700hrsDepart: 1800hrs Marco Polo's next stop is Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of Sao 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: 0800hrsDepart: 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: 0800hrsDepart: 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 15Arrive back at Bristol
Arrive: 0630hrs 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