On a springtime escape to savour, revel in glorious sunshine, sand and stunning scenery – with wonders of horticulture and an unforgettable seasonal celebration mixed in for good measure – as you hop between beautiful Macaronesian islands. With city explorations to enjoy too, and ample time to relax on board Balmoral, you’re in for a holiday packed with rewards.
Your extended visit to the gorgeous Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira includes a memorable overnight stay in Funchal, timed to coincide with the island’s fabulous annual Flower Festival. Once ashore your senses will tingle, awoken by an infusion of vibrant colours and delicate, sweet scents as a parade of florally-decorated flotillas and locals dress in elaborate traditional costumes make their way through the capital’s pretty streets. Beyond the celebrations in Funchal, there’ll be time explore Madeira’s lush-green landscapes via the unique levada walking trails; take a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden; or, from something a little more exhilarating, visit the famous Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs.
The awe-inspiring sights and experiences don’t stop there; after Madeira you’ll also take in the delights of two sun-soaked islands in the Canaries. There are horticultural highlights aplenty to uncover at these Atlantic Ocean gems, such as the mysterious Pyramids and Poison Garden of Güímar in Tenerife and Lanzarote’s world-famous Manrique Cactus Garden. From Santa Cruz de Tenerife you could opt to tour to Mount Teide, and experience its magnificent up-close; while Arrecife is also your gateway to exploring Lanzarote’s lunar-like volcanic landscapes. Elsewhere, you’ve chances to delight in the maritime history and landmarks of La Coruña in Spain, and the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos are particular highlights; and visit Claude Monet’s iconic house – famed for its astonishing gardens – on a tour from Honfleur, France.