Grand Canary Islands, Madeira, Cape Verde & Morocco Cruise
- Duration: 26 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99613
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
25 nights. November 2020. From £1819.00.
Atlantic autumn sun
Sail away from November's grey and gloom as Magellan cruises from Bristol to the warmer waters off Portugal and Spain, and out to the sun-kissed mid-Atlantic islands of Madeira, Cape Verde and the Canaries. Explore Madeira's capital, Funchal, or perhaps experience the exhilarating descent from Monte to Livramento aboard a wickerwork 'toboggan'. Spend three days discovering Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, and two on Santiago and São Vicente, surrounded by Cape Verde's fascinating mix of East African traditions and colonial culture. You'll also have several lazy days at sea to make the most of Magellan's excellent facilities. See the space-age curves of Santa Cruz de Tenerife's seafront Auditorio, the mesmerising Moroccan ports of Agadir and Casablanca, oh-so-British Gibraltar, Moorish Cadiz and the historic Spanish fishing port of Vigo on this wonderful Atlantic cruise.
What's Included25 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 HighlightsHead south to the sun from Bristol
Calls at 13 unforgettable ports
Island calls and North African colour
Explore the colourful Portuguese capital, Lisbon
Call at the Garden Isle, Madeira’s, capital, Funchal
A rare visit to Canarian Fuerteventura
See Lanzarote’s black sand beaches
Bustling Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Calls in Cape Verde’s Mindelo, San Vicente and colourful Praia, Santiago
A fourth Canaries call in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Agadir and Casablanca - colourful Moroccan gateways
Gibraltar brings a taste of home
A full day in Cadiz brings the chance to visit Seville
The opportunity to head to Santiago de Compostela from your final port, Vigo
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: 2015hrs Make your way to Bristol and board Magellan. Settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Days 2 and 3At sea
Your first two days are spent 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 4Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, is Magellan's next 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.
Day 5At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 6Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs 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 7Fuerteventura, Spain
Arrive: 1230hrs Depart: 2400hrs Roughly 60 miles off the coast of Africa, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canaries (after Tenerife). Step ashore in the capital, Puerto del Rosario, to discover its colourful street art and scultures, or head to one of the island's white-sand beaches or sheltered coves.
Day 8Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2300hrs The next of your 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 9Gran Canaria, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2200hrs The great trading port of Las Palmas welcomes Magellan to Gran Canaria, today. Explore modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the city's old town, Vegueta. Alternatively, join an optional shore excursion inland to discover some of the island's superb views.
Days 10-11At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 12Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs Your first 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.
Day 13Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1900hrs 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.
Days 14-15At sea
Spend another two days relaxing on board.
Day 16Tenerife, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2359hrs 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 17At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 18Agadir, Morocco
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1330hrs The striking Moroccan port city of Agadir welcomes Magellan, this morning. The centre of life in the modern city is its stunning beach, backed by restaurants and cafés, while the two markets – Marche Municipal and Medina d’Agadir - are a bustling, colourful diversion. Optional shore excursions will offer the chance to head inland to discover a taste of traditional Morocco.
Day 19Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2200hrs 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 20Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 2330hrs 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 21Cadiz, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs 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 22At sea
Relax on board as Magellan spends another day at sea.
Day 23Vigo, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Early this morning 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 cafés serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen - and cruise holidaymakers. Stroll the seafront, or join an optional excursion to Santiago de Compostela, destination of pilgrims and arguably the world’s first tourist destination.
Days 24-25At sea
The last two days of your cruise are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories as Magellan cruises home.
Day 26Arrive back at Bristol
Arrive: 0400hrs Bid farewell to Magellan and all your fellow travellers, today, 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