Grand Canary Islands & Madeira, Iberian Treasures & Morocco Cruise
- Duration: 17 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99702
- Travel Type: Make your own way
16 nights. October 2020. From £1119.00.
Atlantic island sunshine
This wonderful cruise from Bristol sees Magellan shake off the gloom and grey of autumn, and head to Portugal, Spain and the sun-kissed mid-Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Canaries. Spend lazy days at sea enjoying the ship's excellent facilities, and step ashore as Magellan calls in La Coruna and Gibraltar, and the contrasting but enchanting cities of Lisbon, Cadiz and Casablanca, as well as southern Ireland's historic centre of commerce, culture and fine food, Cork.Discover the black-sand beaches and volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, and the space-age curves of the seafront Auditorio in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Explore Madeira's capital, Funchal, or perhaps experience the exhilaration of a wickerwork ’toboggan’ ride from Monte down to Livramento.
What's Included16 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 in the Atlantic
Enjoy lazy days at sea relaxing
Call at nine wonderful, unique ports
La Coruna, the port from which the Spanish Armada sailed
Explore Cadiz - one of Europe's oldest cities
Gibraltar, beneath its famous Rock
Colourful Casablanca - your gateway to Marrakesh
The black-sand beaches of Lanzarote
Experience the "whole world in one day" on Tenerife
Vibrant, colourful Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Exploring Madeira's lovely capital, Funchal
Discover the historic Portuguese capital, Lisbon
The chance to visit lively Cork as Magellan calls in Cobh
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: 1900hrs Make your way to Bristol and board Magellan. Settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Cobh, Ireland
Arrive: 1100hrs Depart: 1900hrs Early this morning, Magellan arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour of Cobh. 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.
Day 3At sea
Spend your first day at sea getting to know Magellan, her crew and her excellent facilities, and making new friends as you settle into the relaxed pace of life on board.
Day 4La Coruna, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1500hrs Magellan's second call is in the historic port La Coruna. Step ashore to explore the atmospheric medieval quarter, stroll the extensive seafront promenade, or perhaps take a shore excursion to the ancient pilrimage site at Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5At sea
Spend the day relaxing as Magellan sails south-west into the Atlantic.
Day 6Cadiz, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2400hrs Ancient Cadiz, with its elegant squares, great cathedral and wonderful Botanical Garden, is a fascinating city. Step ashore to explore or to join today’s optional excursions which will include a trip to Seville (the Cradle of Flamenco) with its sumptuous cathedral, famous bell tower, wonderful Alcazar and bullring.
Day 7Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Today Magellan arrives at the tiny British territory of Gibraltar. Explore the very British Main Street, and take the cable car to the summit of the famous Rock - not only for the tremendous views to Morocco's Atlas Mountains, but also to meet the outpost's famously mischievous Barbary Apes.
Day 8Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2400hrs This morning Magellan docks in Casablanca, forever associated with the film of the same name. Much of the city is now startlingly modern, but you'll find traditional life and traces of its long history in the medina, and gigantic Hassan II Mosque. Visit the wonderful beaches, and make the most of the designer shopping, or perhaps join an unforgettable shore excursion to Marrakech to explore the tiny stores, alleys and hidden courtyards of the souks, and its vast, bustling square, the Djemaa El Fna.
Day 9At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 10Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs The first of our Canaries' calls is Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote. Enjoy this sun-baked and colourful holiday isle where black-sand beaches run gently down into warm waters. Why not head to the island's "fire mountain" to take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano?
Day 11Tenerife, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1500hrs Today is spent on the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. Magellan will dock in the principal port of Santa Cruz. Discover the land that boasts "the whole world in one day" on optional shore excursions that might take you for a swim in warm waters or to throw snowballs on the slopes of Mt Teide, or from the capital's glitzy shopping malls to stunning gardens, banana plantations and forests of giant pines and eucalyptus trees.
Day 12Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs 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 13At sea
Relax on board as Magellan spends another day at sea.
Day 14Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, is Magellan's final port of call. 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.
Days 15-16At sea
The last two days of your cruise are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories as Magellan cruises home.
Day 17Arrive back at Bristol
Arrive: 1030hrs Bid farewell to Magellan and all your fellow travellers, this morning, as you disembark at the end of your 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