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MAGIC OF THE CANARIES

Exploring mountains, volcanoes and gorges of the Canaries...

Our cruises to the Canary Islands also take in the port of La Coruña on the north coast of Spain and the Portuguese ports of Funchal in Madeira, Lisbon, Portimão. 

These cruises really show what Cruise & Walk is all about. New islands nearly every day offer superb mountain walking in an ideal climate. Volcanic islands with a mixture of forested slopes, high level trails, combined with bizarre rock & sand landscapes plus some city sights too. 

Our shorter eight night fly-cruise, whilst offering fewer days at sea, gives us a high concentration of walks on different islands, together with calls on Madeira and Gibraltar. This particular fly cruise starts with an overnight stay in Tenerife.  

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. 

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. 

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

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

La Coruña: We visit the Old City where we see the medieval buildings and monuments, the splendid waterfront and the Tour de Hercules, the only Roman lighthouse in existence.

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

Fuerteventura: On this arid island we explore a wild and remote gorge before finishing on the black sand beach near Ajuy. 

Gibraltar: A day spent in this curious outpost of the UK, where we take the cable car up the famous rock to the nature reserve at the top. 

The fly cruise departs from London Gatwick with British Airways. Manchester flights are also available with Monarch Airlines. Please ask for details.

Please note that ports may differ between individual departures, please check the itinerary link against your chosen departure in the Dates, Prices & Holiday Information Sheet tab.


WALKING GRADES


The walking programme will be made up of both full and half day walks. Ascents and descents may be steeper (for example, UK Coastal paths or Canary Islands). Tracks and paths may be steeper and rougher, with cumulative ascents and descents occasionally up to 600m. This holiday will include some active sightseeing when on land.




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  • Dates, Prices & Holiday Information Sheet (PDF)
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    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    21 Dec 2017
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    16

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    Embarkation at Southampton Port
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    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    06 Jan 2018
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    14
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    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    28 Feb 2018
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    8

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    London (Gatwick), Manchester
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    £1,450
    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    27 Oct 2018
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    14
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    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    24 Nov 2018
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    14

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    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    21 Dec 2018
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    15
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    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    05 Jan 2019
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    14

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    Magic of the Canaries (Grade 4/SS)
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    28 Feb 2019
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  • Accommodation

    Fred. Olsen cruise ships provide our floating hotels, just come on board and take it easy. On board facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a sauna, a beauty salon, a sun deck, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, library, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, and a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries. There is also a laundrette and ironing room on board.

    All meals are included and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

    We’ll take our lunches onboard on cruising days and when we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

    Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 18.15hrs to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Don’t forget your formal wear, as you will be encouraged to ’dress for dinner’ on one or two occasions.

    And if this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late night suppers to indulge in!  We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

    Balmoral

    Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral is a classically styled ship exuding a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a warming, home-from-home feel. Capable of carrying up to 1,350 guests in pure comfort, Balmoral is the newest and largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet but never feels overcrowded, ensuring those on board always enjoy ample space and receive Fred.’s renowned personal, attentive service. The comfortable cabins, excellent cuisine, friendly attentive crew and on board facilities are second to none. On board facilities 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, 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. After dinner there are always shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret for your entertainment. Choose from the Neptune Lounge for an evening show or perhaps head to the Lido bar for an after dinner drink and to enjoy the resident band. Or maybe even try your hand at the Casino! 

    Our accommodation is in twin and single cabins with shower and wc. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, television, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. Balmoral has a non-smoking policy for all areas of the ship. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin (normally on the Atlantic Deck) unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Those booking single cabins may not necessarily be allocated a twin cabin for sole use. 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). If you are in any doubt as to the appropriate voltage to use your electrical appliances on board, please check with the ship’s Reception Desk. Adapters are usually available for hire on board, or may be bought at the ship’s shop. 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 – see the Currency section for more details. Deck plans for the Balmoral can be viewed at the following address: http://www.fredolsencruises.com/our-ships/our-cruise-ships/balmoral/deck-plans/balmoral

     

    Boudicca

    Boudicca oozes a sense of class, style and elegance not seen or experienced on modern megaships and floating theme parks. On this sister ship to Black Watch, the emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience.

    Up to 880 guests can cruise in pure comfort and with a crew of 329 on board you will enjoy a personal, attentive service, catering to your every want and need. Enjoy ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities. Indulge yourself with delicious dinners in the Four Seasons, Tintagel or the Heligan Room restaurants; take a dip in one of the three heated pools; watch a show in the Neptune Lounge; simply relax on the Sun Deck; enjoy al fresco dining at The Grill and much more without ever feeling overcrowded.

    Boudicca has a range of shops where you can indulge in some duty free retail therapy, or stock up on the essentials. Lectures and classes are available in the bars and lounges, which change to the best in entertainment at night. Live shows, stand up-comedy and musician and singers entertain through the evenings and into the night.

    For blissful relaxation there is a spa (may be an extra charge) and a library where you can enjoy a good book. Or if you’re feeling more vigorous, take a work out at the ships own gym or use the golf nets.

     

  • What's Included
    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.

  • 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

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    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).


  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • For our holidays which sail from the UK, departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.
    • The fly cruise departs from London Gatwick with British Airways.
    • Manchester flights are also available with Monarch Airlines. Please ask for details.

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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