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Reader Holidays - Azores and Madeira Cruise from Hillingdon Times
Departing August 2012
*Price shown: 11 Aug 2012 - MWP
BOOK BEFORE 3RD SEPTEMBER 2012 AND ENJOY STUNNING SAVINGS ON ALL OUR CABIN PRICES!*
Discover Life on board Marco Polo
Discover three contrasting islands of the Azores, the 'floating garden' of Madeira and two of Portugal's principal cities - Lisbon and Oporto - on this fascinating near-Atlantic cruise.
There's far more to life on board Marco Polo than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.
What The Price Includes
- 15 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
- On-board entertainment as arranged
- Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
- The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
- Port charges and taxes
Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement*A GBP5 per person per night fuel supplement applies
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
- Day One - Depart Tilbury, UK 1500hrs
- Day Four - Lisbon, Portugal
- Day Seven - Horta, Azores
- Day Eight - Praia, Azores
- Day Nine - Ponta Delgada, Azores
- Day 11 - Funchal, Madeira
- Day 13 - Leixos, Portugal
- Day 16 - Arrive Tilbury, UK 0800hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details.
Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation and this afternoon's sailing.
Days Two and Three
Cruise south into ever-warmer waters, getting to know your fellow adventurers, and enjoying the on-board amenities of Marco Polo.
The Portuguese capital and 'Gateway to the New Worlds', Lisbon stands on the River Tagus, down which the great explorers sailed during the Age of Exploration. Enjoy a morning excursion through the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the Alfamar district - a striking contrast to the steel and glass of the modern city.
Days Five and Six
Marco Polo heads into the Atlantic, and you'll be able to spend two more days enjoying the relaxed pleasures of ocean cruising.
Today we'll reach the Azores, and tie up in Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial. Step ashore to explore this colourful former whaling station and perhaps head inland to discover the vast, extinct Caldeira, the volcano's floor covered in colourful flowers and plants.
Our second Azorean call is at Terceira, the easternmost of the central group, known as the 'purple isle' on account of the lilacs and wisterias. Head ashore, perhaps to explore the island's extraordinary caves, or to discover the ornate churches and bull-running traditions of the capital, Angra do Heroismo.
The pretty and very friendly island of Sao Miguel, largest of the Azores archipelago, welcomes Marco Polo, today. Explore the port city of Ponta Delgada, with its magnificent architecture and array of fine churches, or explore further inland, where this green island is covered in tea plantations and groves of exotic fruit trees.
Today is spent at sea, cruising under hopefully sunny skies.
Madeira is a sun-blessed, lush, green sub-tropical paradise, the verdant island capital, and Funchal a perfect, relaxing, captivating port of call. Don't miss the truly wonderful Botanical Gardens, or the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride from Monte to Livramento!
N.B. Today is a Public Holiday in Madeira and some shops may be closed.
Marco Polo turns for home, heading south as another day is spent at sea.
Returning to the European mailand, the Portuguese port of Leixoes gives you the chance to step ashore, perhaps joining this afternoon's excursion to the historic city of Oporto, in its picture-postcard setting on the River Douro. Visit one of the Port wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned.
Days 14 and 15
Two last days to enjoy life on board Marco Polo, as she cruise towards the Western Approaches and into the English Channel.
Marco Polo returns to Tilbury, at the end of a truly wonderful voyage of discovery.
On selected cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and depending on your choice, you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount!
*All cabin prices shown when booking include the discount listed beside them. Discounts apply to all cabin categories except Voyager Fare cabins. Offer ends midnight 3rd September 2012.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.Further Hotel Information »
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.Hide Hotel Information »