CHRISTMAS CRUISE TO THE

 

CANARY ISLANDS

NO-FLY CRUISE

P&O VENTURA

17 December 2019

12 Nights | Full Board

Sail from Southampton, UK

YOUR HOLIDAY OVERVIEW

Cruise with Ventura from Southampton on a Christmas journey into the year round sunshine of the Canary Islands.

 

This wonderful Christmas cruise takes in Madeira, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Lisbon.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

12 Nights Cruise

Full Board Basis

All Hand & Hold Luggage

INSIDE

£1,049

OCEAN VIEW

£1,279

BALCONY

£1,489

There’s always something happening on Ventura, enjoy delicious fine dining, a tranquil spa, many quiet spaces to unwind, great sports facilities and four pools. Evenings are particularly memorable, with the lavish two-deck theatre where you’ll witness elaborate shows and stand-up comedy.

Day 01: Board P&O Ventura in Southampton, UK

What will catch your eye today? A designer scent, a new handbag or dress, or perhaps some new jewellery for a formal night? Naturally, if you need to stock up on everyday essentials, there’s a shop on board for that too.

Day 02-04: Days at Sea

Make the best of your Lanzarote cruise, tear yourself away from your sunbed to explore the island's spectacular moon-like volcanic landscape, best seen from the Fire Mountain in the Timanfaya National Park and famous for the fantastical shapes created by solidified volcanic lava. Camel rides are available in the park, and tours here will also take you to the lush wine country of La Geria to sample the heady local vintages. Head north instead of southwest and you will discover wonderfully verdant Haria - 'the valley of a thousand palms' and can enjoy panoramic views from Mirador del Rio. Equally fascinating is a visit to Jameos el Agua cave, an oddly shaped volcanic cave overlooking a saltwater lagoon where you will find a colony of white crabs unique to the island. With our Lanzarote cruises the choice is yours.

Day 05: Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Those same attractions now draw modern travellers keen to explore the atmospheric cobbled streets and leafy courtyards of its old quarter, Vegueta. Cruises to Grand Canaria also bring you close to Playa del Ingles, the liveliest and best-known beach in the Canaries. Just beyond Las Palmas you can explore the stunning desert scenery of Maspalomas, or tour further afield to explore peaceful old towns like Arucas - famed for its lush banana plantations - and Teror, with its fine collection of traditional houses with intricately carved wooden balconies. Other highlights of our Grand Canaria cruises include lovely Palmitos Nature Park - set in a canyon inland from Maspalomas and famous for its vivid tropical plants, birds and fish - and Bandama, an extinct volcano set 1,900 feet above sea level, which offers panoramic views over the island.

Day 06: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Make the best of your La Palma cruise and stroll along the Avenida Maritime promenade which will take you to the lovely old quarter around Plaza de Espana, Here you will find a 16th century fountain and town hall, a magnificent Renaissance church and a handicrafts market where you can pick up distinctive pottery and snack on local delicacies. As you will discover on our cruises to La Palma, the island's most spectacular volcanic crater, Caldera de Taburiente, is crammed with rare animal and plant life and has been designated a national park. Its night skies are so clear that a major astrophysical observatory has been built at Roque de los Muchachos. With such a variety of destinations to explore, La Palma cruises offer visitors here a memorable day.

Day 07: La Palma, Canary Islands

So it is hardly surprising that large and colourful flower markets are one of the most arresting features of Funchal, Madeiras capital. Cruise visitors here will discover that the market town is easily walkable although, the further inland you explore, the steeper and narrower some of the streets become. Locally made wicker furniture, lacework and tapestries all make good buys along with the ubiquitous Madeira wine. Funchal is also the base for tours to the islands botanical gardens; the fishing village of Camara de Lobos where Churchill went to paint; Camacha, the wicker centre; the levada walks, part of an ancient irrigation system; and to Reids Hotel for traditional afternoon tea, making cruises to Madeira a must see.

Day 08: Funchal, Madeira

This optional on board tour lasts approximately three hours and costs £75.00 per person (subject to change). The tour is hosted by a Senior Staff member and gives you the chance to get a different view of life on board. Tours including going down to the Engine Control Room, through the galley and theatre, backstage. You may even be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the Bridge.  

Day 09: Day at Sea

Although small for a European capital, this city does sprawl a little so you would do best to concentrate on three districts - Baixa, Bairro Alto and Alfama, each with its own distinctive style, making Lisbon cruises a must see. Baixa has busy streets of inviting shops, cafes and restaurants while Alfama is the atmospheric old town with narrow cobblestone streets, medieval and Moorish-style buildings, wrought-iron balconies with trailing flowers and a mix of small shops and bars. Bairro Alto is another historic district with narrow streets and is a steep climb from Baixa so look out for the 100-year-old lift (Elevador do Carmo) near Rossio Square. With such a variety of destinations to explore, cruises to Lisbon bring to your holiday a balance of both modern and historical grounds.

Day 10: Lisbon, Portugal

Our libraries on each ship are stacked with a wide selection of fiction genres and fascinating non-fiction books. So why not spend your day with your nose buried in a great book?

Day 11 - 12: Days at Sea

Disembark at Southampton, UK

Day 13: Southampton, UK - Disembark Ventura

SUPERIOR TRAVEL
COCCO HOUSE
12A COWBRIDGE ROAD
PONTYCLUN
SOUTH WALES
CF72 9ED

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