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The Mediterranean & her Islands

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Spring in the Mediterranean is a magical time. The countryside explodes in lushness after the winter rains, presenting a face not seen by summer holiday makers.

Spring in the Mediterranean is a magical time. The countryside explodes in lushness after the winter rains, presenting a face not seen by summer holiday makers. Follow in the wake of Phoenician and Greek traders, Roman galleons and Viking marauders.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

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

 Mahon - From Minorca’s main town we follow the relatively isolated east coast from Cap de Favaritx lighthouse south along the easy to follow Cami de Cavalls path (which encircles the island) as far as the pretty fishing village of Es Grau. 

 Ajaccio - Corsica’s main city is built around a beautiful bay with mountains rising behind.  We walk along the ‘Sentier des Douanniers' through the Mediterranean maquis of cistus and thyme along the coast to the west of the city to the old Genoese tower of La Parata with views to the Iles Sanguinaires.

 Cagliari - Our local guide will take us through the Marina district up to the medieval quarter of “Castello” to visit the Cathedral, the narrow streets, the Pisan tower and the Bastions.

 Valletta - We explore the Maltese capital with a local guide, then walk along the cliffs to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.

 Palma - We head north to the town of Sóller and walk along the Cami de Castello, an ancient path through olive and citrus groves. There are excellent views of the Tramuntana mountains before we descend to the sea at Port de Sóller.

 Cartagena - In the Spanish province of Murcia, this is a city where we can peel back the layers of over 2000 years of history.  We explore the city and walk a section of the coastal path.

 Porto - Portugal’s second city is undergoing a chic makeover, but still retains its timeless charm – the narrow streets of the Ribeira district, restaurants serving beans and tripe, façades of glazed ‘azulejo’ tiles and wine lodges where port wine matures in oak barrels.


Holiday Highlights

  • Discover historic Cartagena 
  • Sample some delicious chocolate y churros in Cadiz
  • Walk the  Cami de Cavalls trail along the coastline 
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 programme, 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: 04/05/2021
    Embarkation at Liverpool Port
  2. Date: 05/05/2021
    Day at sea
  3. Date: 06/05/2021
    Day at sea
  4. Date: 07/05/2021
    Day at sea
  5. Date: 08/05/2021
    Cadiz, Spain Shore Walking Excursion
  6. Date: 09/05/2021
    Day at sea
  7. Date: 10/05/2021
    Mahon, Minorca Shore Walking Excursion
  8. Date: 11/05/2021
    Ajaccio, Corsica Shore Walking Excursion
  9. Date: 12/05/2021
    Cagliari, Sardinia Shore Walking Excursion
  10. Date: 13/05/2021
    Scenic Cruising
  11. Date: 14/05/2021
    Valletta, Malta Shore Walking Excursion
  12. Date: 15/05/2021
    Day at sea
  13. Date: 16/05/2021
    Palma, Majorca Shore Walking Excursion
  14. Date: 17/05/2021
    Cartagena, Spain Shore Walking Excursion
  15. Date: 18/05/2021
    Day at sea
  16. Date: 19/05/2021
    Oporto, Portugal Shore Walking Excursion
  17. Date: 20/05/2021
    Day at sea
  18. Date: 21/05/2021
    Day at sea
  19. Date: 22/05/2021
    Disembarkation at Liverpool Port

Travel Details

 UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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.