Mainland cities and Atlantic islands
In April when the last vestiges of winter may be blowing around northern Europe, spring has already come to the Iberian Peninsula, Madeira & the Azores.
Our early autumn cruise combines visits to three lush islands in the Atlantic with two beautiful and historic cities on the Portuguese mainland
Our unique shore walks and excursions include:
Praia da Vitoria - On the island of Terceira whose mountainous interior rises to over 1000m and where cliff s surround the coast. We visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Angra do Heroismo, built during the Renaissance. Its striking buildings painted white and one other colour make it unlike any other European city. Outside the town we climb the low hill of Monte Brasil for some great views.
Ponta Delgada - The capital of the island of São Miguel with a beautiful old town characterized by its black and white buildings. We visit and walk close to the amazing flooded caldeiras near Sete Cidades; the Vista do Rei view across the Blue & Green Lagoons is one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.
Lisbon - Portugal’s capital is famously bathed in clear Atlantic light. A local guide takes us on a fascinating tour through the city’s old town, reaching vantage points only the locals know about. We visit the Alfama where the dilapidated charms of the past mingle with its fashionable artisan present. We visit the medieval Se Cathedral and the Casa dos Bicos (House of the Spikes).
Porto - Fast becoming a hot tip for a weekend break, Porto is another UNESCO World Heritage city. Its colourful buildings rise on hills above the Douro River. There are baroque churches dripping in gold, the maze of streets around Ribeira, the city’s historic centre, the ubiquitous smell of sardines and shellfish barbequeing, and of course the port wine maturing in oak barrels. The whole city is a feast for the senses.
Funchal - Madeira is an island of many contrasts, from banana palms and custard apples at sea level to extinct volcanic caldera at 1800m.
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 £29 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).