Blue Water Holidays
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Canaries at Christmas and New Year

Spend Christmas and New Year exploring the stunning Canary Islands and Madeira on this superb no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth on Marco Polo

No Fly Cruise
16 nights from £2689pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Gibraltar
  • Mount Tiede, Tenerife
  • Santa Cruz, Tenerife
  • Gran Canaria
  • Funchal, Madeira
  • Belem Tower, Lisbon
  • Lisbon skyline

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Escape the British winter and head to sunnier climes on this festive no-fly voyage to the popular Canary Islands and picturesque Madeira.

Spend Christmas Day at sea with newfound friends, before arriving in beautiful Funchal, known as the 'floating garden of the Atlantic'. As Marco Polo approaches, admire the characteristic whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the verdant mountainside. Marco Polo then arrives in the stunning Canary Islands. Arrecife was once a small fishing harbour but today it is the capital of Lanzarote and a haven for duty free shopping. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and dominated by Mount Teide, while Gran Canaria has a lot to offer, from the architecture of Vegueta to golden beaches and soaring mountains.

Spend New Year's Eve at sea then call at Gibraltar, home to the famous Barbary Apes and the spectacular St Michael's Cave. The Spanish port of La Coruna, gateway to Santiago de Compstela, is the final port of call on this incredible voyage before returning to Bristol Avonmouth.

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Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira Itinerary

Day 1 - Bristol Avonmouth (UK)

Embark Marco Polo in Bristol Avonmouth.

Day 2 - Cobh (Ireland)

There is also the option to embark in Cobh, gateway to Cork.

Days 3-4 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 5 - Lisbon (Portugal)

The Portuguese capital has a quirky charm and much character. The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Perhaps enjoy a visit to the unique four-storey Belem Tower fortress, the breathtaking Jeronimos Monastery or the modern Monument to the Discoveries, shaped like the prow of a sailing ship. Lisbon's magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe.

Day 6 - Christmas Day At Sea

Enjoy the festivities and Christmas Dinner on board as you spend Christmas Day on board with your fellow passengers.

Day 7 - Funchal (Madeira)

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and set in a spectacular natural ampitheatre. As Columbus approaches, admire the whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the mountain. A cable car runs above the city to Monte, the start of the wicker toboggan ride. Popular souvenirs include wicker baskets and the famous Madeira wine. This evening there is a dazzling firework display to see in the New Year.

Day 8 - Santa Cruz (La Palma)

In Santa Cruz stunning green hills form a dramatic backdrop to the black sandy beach.

Day 9 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife)

Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary archipelago and is overlooked by the imposing Mount Teide. The island's fascinating capital, Santa Cruz, is home to several museums, churches and restaurants. Perhaps visit the exotic gardens of Garcia Sanabria Park or Loro Parque, with its tropical gardens and aquarium.

Day 10 - Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

Las Palmas is the beautiful capital of Gran Canaria and enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Its stunning beaches and soaring peaks have made it a popular destination for tourists. The capital, Las Palmas, has several beautiful parks and a historic centre with spectacular architecture. There are also fascinating museums including the Christopher Columbus Museum.

Day 11 - Arrecife (Lanzarote)

In the 15th century, Arrecife was a small fishing harbour. Today it is the capital of Lanzarote, the fourth largest island in the Canaries, located just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Perhaps enjoy duty free shopping at Calle Leon y Castila.

Day 12 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 13 - Gibraltar

Gibraltar and Mt Abyla were known as the Pillars of Hercules in ancient times. Today it is a renowned headland under British rule. Keep an eye out for the famous Barbary apes that live on the island and perhaps enjoy a cable car ride for panoramic views across to Africa.

Day 16 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 14 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 17 - Bristol Avonmouth (UK)

Disembark Marco Polo in Bristol Avonmouth.

Day 15 - La Coruna (Spain)

La Coruna, nicknamed the Crystal City, is situated in the beautiful region of Galicia. Admire the glass-fronted buildings along the seafront promenade and the Torre del Hercules lighthouse. Peruse the beautiful old streets in Ciudad Vieja and explore the colonnaded Maria Pita Square.

Price Includes

  • 16-night accommodation in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board with traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • Informative guest lectures
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK Currency onboard
  • Child-free ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Transport to and from the ship at the beginning and end of the cruise
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Gratuities

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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