Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Cruise
- Duration: 17 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99618
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
16 nights. December 2020. From £1479.00.
A little festive luxury
What better way to spend the Christmas break than being looked after by Marco Polo's attentive crew? Step aboard in Bristol for a cruise into the warm waters of the Atlantic. Call at four sun-kissed Canary Isles and the glorious garden-paradise of Madeira. Discover the black-sand beaches and volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, the palm-fringed squares of Vegueta, Las Palmas' old town on Gran Canaria, and the space-age curves of the seafront Auditorio in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Spend a leisurely Christmas Day and New Year's Eve at sea, and explore Madeira's capital, Funchal, as Marco Polo calls here on Boxing Day. You'll also have opportunities to visit the historic cities of Cork and Lisbon, explore Gibraltar on New Year's Day, and perhaps visit Santiago de Compostela's vast, ornate cathedral on optional shore excursion from La Coruna.
What's Included15 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
Spend Christmas Day at sea
Calls at 10 unforgettable ports
The chance to visit vibrant Cork
Christmas Eve in colourful Lisbon
Boxing Day in beautiful Funchal, Madeira
La Palma – one of the world's most beautiful islands
See Santa Cruz de Tenerife in festive glitter
Las Palmas, Gran Canria – a continent in one place
Arrecife, Lanzarote’s colourful capital
See in 2021 with celebrations at sea
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: 2145hrs Board Marco Polo in Bristol, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Cobh, Ireland
Arrive: 1400hrs Depart: 2100hrs Early this afternoon, Marco Polo arrives in Cork's long, narrow Cobh Harbour. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, 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.
Days 3 and 4At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 5Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs The Portuguese capital Lisbon is your next 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 6Christmas Day
Enjoy a Christmas celebration unlike any other as you spend the day at sea in the company of your fellow passengers. You’ll be looked after by the Captain, Officers, crew and entertainment team, who will do everything they can to ensure that the day is one to remember.
Day 7Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Madeira is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, a lush, sub-tropical paradise that's home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. The verdant island capital, Funchal, is a relaxing and captivating place for a Boxing Day walk, and you really shouldn't miss the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride down through the streets from Monte to Livramento!
Day 8La Palma, Spain
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 2000hrs One of the world’s most beautiful islands, La Palma, waits to greet Marco Polo at lunchtime, today. Step ashore to explore a landscape dominated by an 8000-foot central mountain and where the main town, Santa Cruz, acts as a gateway to the rugged but beautiful countryside.
Day 9Tenerife, Spain
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2400hrs Spend a day exploring Tenerife as Marco Polo stops in Santa Cruz, principal port of this famous holiday island. Few places offer such a range of ecosystems and climates, from the warm seas off Playa Del Duque to the snowy slopes of mighty Mount Teide.
Day 10Gran Canaria, Spain
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 2200hrs Today Marco Polo arrives in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s principal port. Wander the palm-fringed squares and cobbled streets of Vegueta, the port's old town, immerse yourself in the bustle of modern Puerto de la Luz or take an excursion to explore the rugged landscape of Pico de las Nieves or the pristine sand dunes of Maspalomas.
Day 11Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1500hrs Your last Canaries call is Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. Enjoy the warmth and - hopefully - sunshine of this famous holiday isle, relaxing on its black-sand beaches or perhaps heading to the Fire Mountains in Timanfaya National Park to ride a camel to the edge of a volcano!
Day 12New Year's Eve
Marco Polo spends New Year's Eve cruising back towards mainland Europe, and you'll have plenty of time to relax and pamper yourself before the evening's celebrations begin.
Day 13Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1400hrs Spend the first day of 2021 in the very British outpost of Gibraltar in the shadow of the famous Rock. Search out a bargain on Main Street, or take a cable car to the heights above to see the famous Barbary Apes, and the views across the Straits to North Africa and the Atlas Mountains.
Day 14At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 15La Coruna, Spain
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs Marco Polo's last stop is the historic Spanish port of A Coruna, or La Coruna. Step ashore to explore the atmospheric medieval quarter, stroll the extensive seafront promenade, or perhaps take a shore excursion to Santiago de Compostela.
Day 16At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 17Arrive back at Bristol
Arrive: 1100hrs 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