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MAGIC OF THE CANARIES

from £1495
New volcanic islands every day offering superb mountain walking in an ideal climate, with a mixture of forested slopes and high-level trails.
  • Product Code 82000
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14, 15, 16 Nights

Guided Cruise and Walking Holidays - Magic of the Canaries

A place to be enjoyed all year round, the Canary Islands o¬ffer landscapes, seascapes and culture in abundance. On these island hopping adventures, you will witness scenery that is so dramatic it has to be seen to be believed. Here lush green valleys, whitewashed villages and red, white and black sandy beaches all convene at the cobalt blue Atlantic.

Our cruises to the Canary Islands also take in the ports of Vigo and Cadiz on the north and west coasts of Spain, together with the Portuguese ports of Funchal in Madeira and Lisbon & Oporto on the mainland. These cruises really show what Cruise & Walk is all about. New islands & ports every day which offer superb mountain walking in an ideal climate.

Our unique shore walks and excursions include:

Tenerife - Dominated by 3000m Mt Teide, we walk in the Canadas National Park through the beautiful desert-like terrain. 

Gran Canaria - A mini continent due to its mixture of climates, our time on this island is spent descending through pine woods, barrancos and small hamlets. 

Funchal, Madeira - Our walk takes us high up into the mountains on the levadas, water channels which allow the rains to irrigate the comparatively dry south. 

Oporto - We head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River, view the fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. 

Lisbon - A local guide takes us through the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town's romantically named districts. 

La Palma - An island separated in two by a dramatic ridge. We walk along a spectacular high level trail with views of the islands 120 volcanoes. 

Lanzarote - An island with a stark volcanic landscape. We walk along the cliffs in the south of the island between long sandy beaches. 

Vigo - Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and with one of the world’s finest natural ports, we tour the Galician gem of Vigo with a local guide.

Cadiz - We walk the narrow streets of the old town and visit the central market for a chance to sample some delicious chocolate y churros.

Fred.Olsen adopts smart casual dress code

Fred. Olsen has altered its dress code to allow for a smart casual option. There will still be formal nights on selected evenings, but the relaxed dress code will apply on all other nights. This means men can wear open necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women a dress or casual separates.

Drinks Inclusive package

A Drinks Inclusive Package is available for £25 per person per night. The offer includes bar drinks such as wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks (but not cocktails, premium drinks, minibar drinks, room service or events such as an additional afternoon tea visit).


Holiday Highlights

  • La Palma’s Ruta de los Volcanes - a spectacular high-level trail
  • The stark volcanic landscape of Lanzarote
  • Gran Canaria known as a miniature continent
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.



  1. Date: 24/11/2018
    Embarkation at Southampton Port
  2. Date: 25/11/2018
    Day at sea
  3. Date: 26/11/2018
    La Coruna, Spain Shore Walking Excursion
  4. Date: 27/11/2018
    Day at sea
  5. Date: 28/11/2018
    Day at sea
  6. Date: 29/11/2018
    Funchal, Madeira Shore Walking Excursion
  7. Date: 30/11/2018
    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Shore Walking Excursion
  8. Date: 01/12/2018
    Santa Cruz, Tenerife Shore Walking Excursion
  9. Date: 02/12/2018
    Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura Shore Walking Excursion
  10. Date: 03/12/2018
    Agadir, Morocco Shore Walking Excursion
  11. Date: 04/12/2018
    Day at sea
  12. Date: 05/12/2018
    Lisbon, Portugal Shore Walking Excursion
  13. Date: 06/12/2018
    Day at sea
  14. Date: 07/12/2018
    Day at sea
  15. Date: 08/12/2018
    Disembarkation at Southampton Port

Travel Details

For our holidays which sail from the UK, departure ports vary

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Balmoral

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and is the largest of Fred. Olsen’s ocean-going cruise ships, yet is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities. Balmoral retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas, which have been recently extensively refitted and improved, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and enjoy the facilities on board.  

There is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to enjoy on sea days as well as shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board. Whether it's watching the evening show at the beautifully refurbished Neptune Lounge; taking in stunning views over a traditional Afternoon Tea at the Observatory Lounge; sampling premium gins at the Lido Bar; or having a refreshing pint at the Morning Light Pub, you'll find there are plenty of places to unwind on board ship. 

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, gelato bar, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Balmoral operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Balmoral is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.


Black Watch

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. The ultimate home-from-home at sea; Black Watch is spacious with a friendly and familiar feel, and provides guests with a traditional cruise experience.  Having undergone a thorough refurbishment in late 2016, Black Watch features a selection of stylish suites and rooms, restaurants and spacious public rooms that provide up to 804 guests with everything needed for a comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free stay on board, while retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. 

Black Watch has several restaurants; welcoming bars and lounges offering an array of music, dance, comedy and entertainment. There are inviting open deck spaces; and a teak-lined promenade.  You can soak-up the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy the sophistication of a Traditional Afternoon Tea, accompanied by breathtaking views, in the Observatory. To satisfy your caffeine cravings, visit The Bookmark Café for luxurious coffees and indulgent chocolates. In the evening, settle-in amongst the familiar surroundings of the Morning Light Pub; then take in the after-dinner show in the Neptune Lounge. In the Lido Lounge you can simply sit back with a drink in hand, or hit the dance floor!  Black Watch also has an upgraded 4K, 3D cinema if you fancy a ‘movie night’.

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Black Watch operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Black Watch is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.


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