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Christmas & New Year Cape Verde Islands & Madeira Cruise

  • Duration: 22 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99661

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

21 nights. December 2019. From £1599.00.

The Ultimate Christmas Cruise

Treat yourself to a Christmas unlike any other as Magellan shakes off the gloom and grey of the British winter and cruises to the sun-kissed islands of Cape Verde, the Canaries and Madeira. Wander the pretty streets of Mindelo, past brightly painted colonial buildings, and through the bustling East-African influenced markets of Praia on Santiago. Discover the black-sand beaches and volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, the palm-fringed squares of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the space-age curves of the seafront Auditorio in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Explore Madeira's capital, Funchal, or experience the exhilaration of a wickerwork ’toboggan’ ride from Monte down to Livramento.Spend Christmas Day at sea and New Year's Eve celebrating on board or amid the street parties of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Step ashore to explore as Magellan calls in the contrasting but enchanting cities of Rotterdam, Lisbon, and Leixoes as well as the less-visited Spanish port of Vigo.

What's Included

21 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
Port Taxes

Holiday Highlights

A sun-kissed Festive Season with celebrations aboard and ashore
Calls at 10 unforgettable ports
The contrasting Cape Verde Isles of Sao Vicente and Santiago
Explore Tenerife's verdant, varied landscape
Begin 2020 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Spend a day in Arrecife, Lanzarote's welcoming capital
The pre-Christmas excitement in Rotterdam and Spanish Vigo
Explore the colourful Portuguese capital, Lisbon
See Funchal, Madeira’s, stunning botanical gardens
Take an optional trip to Oporto from Leixoes
PRICE FROM ? £1599 per person
Plan My Trip


Day 1

Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Magellan in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

Day 2

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs Rotterdam is more than just a historic city of world-class museums and classically Dutch canals and cobbled squares. It's also a treasure trove of outlandish modern architecture - from the vast modern 'harp' of the Erasmus Bridge to the Cube houses of Overblaak Street. Within the remarkable upturned U of the Markethal you’ll find delicious food to try and buy, and a lively crowd of locals doing exactly that.

Days 3 and 4

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 5

Vigo, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1430hrs Today, Magellan makes her way into the stunning natural harbour of Ria de Vigo. A historic fishing port, Vigo bustles with life, especially in the cobbled streets of the old town, where the day’s catch is laid out on granite tables, and cafes serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen - and cruise holidaymakers.

Day 6

Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1300hrs The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, stands on the River Tagus, down which the great adventurers sailed during the Age of Exploration. Today’s shore excursion will reveal a city where the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the Alfama district have stood, seemingly unchanged, for centuries, and now offer a striking contrast to the modern city’s glass and steel.

Day 7

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 8

Christmas 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 9

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 10

Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 2000hrs The volcanic isles of the Cape Verde archipelago in the mid-Atlantic are fast becoming a popular holiday haven. Today, Magellan calls at the island of Sao Vicente and you’ll have time to explore Mindelo, the pretty capital of this colonial outpost, or perhaps take a trip inland.

Day 11

Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs Your second Cape Verde call is Santiago. East African influences are seen everywhere in capital city Praia, particularly in the carved coconut shells, pottery, lacework and basketry made and sold by the islanders. If possible, visit Ciudade Vehla (Old Town), the former colonial capital once visited by Captain Cook, Francis Drake and Vasco da Gama.

Days 12-13

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 14

Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2400hrs Spend New Year's Eve exploring Tenerife as Magellan 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. After a wonderful day, return to Magellan for an evening of celebrations to mark the turning of the year.

Day 15

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2100hrs On the first day of 2020, Magellan 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 16

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1300hrs Magellan's final 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 17

Funchal, Madeira
Arrive: 1000hrs Depart: 1700hrs 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 to explore, and you really shouldn't miss the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride down through the streets from Monte to Livramento!

Day 18

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 19

Leixoes, Portugal
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 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, "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.

Days 20-21

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 22

Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Say goodbye to Magellan, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. Back to top

Further Information

Passport requirements

British 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 advice

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