Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Islands of the Mediterranean ex Southampton Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 02 Apr 2019
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Cruise Itinerary
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Cruise Description

17 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Experience an unforgettable springtime exploration of the sun-kissed Mediterranean and discover the delights of a string of gorgeous Spanish, Italian and French islands. In just over two weeks you will take in some of the most charming towns and cities, inviting beaches and spectacular scenery this stunning region has to offer, and all while enjoying the warm, friendly atmosphere on board Balmoral.

Five fabulous islands feature on this incredible itinerary in total, including three of Spain’s beautiful Balearic Islands. A day in Ibiza will afford you plenty of time to discover that is there is much more to this popular ‘Party Island’ than the renowned nightlife enjoyed by so many here. The UNESCO-listed Old Town of Dalt Vila, the famous salt flats of Las Salinas and much more are sure to catch your attention. Many Menorcan highlights await your discovery too, during a call into Mahon. Perhaps you will opt to go in search of Menorca’s glorious beaches and Monte Toro, the island’s highest peak; visit the gin distillery; or even explore unspoilt countryside on horseback. On the pretty island of Mallorca, Palma is a joy to explore with its labyrinth of historic streets and captivating architecture. You could choose to stay here and marvel at the city’s sights, such as the Gaudi-crafted Gothic-style cathedral; or embark on a scenic train journey to nearby Soller.

The French island of Corsica never fails to impress, with its breathtaking coastlines and lush countryside smothered with dense forests, towering mountains and winding rivers. Here Balmoral will dock at Ajaccio, your gateway to the dramatic gorges of Prunelli, where magnificent granite cliffs plunge into the Prunelli River. Your ship will also sail to the Italian island of Sardinia, where the soft white sand beaches and historic attractions of Olbia, the unusual landscapes of Moon Valley and the glamourous Costa Smeralda resort await. This special 17-night sailing presents chances to explore some of the Spanish and Portuguese mainland’s finest cities too. In Spain, Málaga, Cartagena and Cádiz offer up tours to grand palaces, an ancient Roman amphitheatre and fantastic tapas bars; while in Portugal, Lisbon – the picturesque capital – boasts plenty of attractions, from architectural treasures to the Iberian peninsula’s largest shopping mall.

Highlights of this cruise:

Malaga, Spain
Situated on Andalusia's beautiful Mediterranean coast, Malaga offers everything you would expect from a city on the Costa del Sol: seemingly endless stretches of golden sand beaches, fantastic restaurants serving traditional tapas and friendly bars attract locals and holidaymakers alike.

There's much more to the region's captivating capital than busy beach resorts though. Dig a little deeper and a wealth of cultural, historical, artistic and architectural treasures reveal themselves, such as Catedral de Málaga, the statuesque and striking Alcazaba Fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro. Not-to-be-missed is the Picasso Museum, which exhibits a fantastic collection of masterpieces from arguably Malaga's most famous 'son', Pablo Picasso.

What's more, Malaga is also your gateway to Granada and the glorious Alhambra, where proud 14th century palaces and exotic gardens are Spain's finest expression of Moorish art; as well as the Ronda Valley, where on tour you can explore a charming old town and the picturesque El Tajo gorge.

Ibiza, Spain
The Balearic Island of Ibiza may have a reputation for lively Mediterranean nightlife, but there is more to this sun-kissed, pine-clad island than meets the eye. Off Ibiza’s beaten track you’ll find quiet villages, rural hotels, hidden hamlets, yoga retreats hushed churches, and glorious beaches – from Platja d'en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by evergreen hills.

The island’s capital, Ibiza Town – Eivissa in Catalan – has a superb Old Town. The 16th century walls and ramparts of Dalt Vila, now a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, surround tight and intriguing cobbled streets. The main entrance, Portal de Tablas, passes into a courtyard leading to the main square, which is home to wonderfully-peaceful restaurants, tiny boutiques and family-owned cafés and bars.

Olbia, Italy
Situated on the beautiful North East coast of Sardinia, Olbia is often ignored in the dash for the fashionable Costa Smeralda resort, but the port has more to offer than first meets the eye.

This handsome city, with its centro storico (historic centre), is laden with chic boutiques, wine bars and cafe-rimmed piazzas. It also has a number of historic structures and archaeological sites well worth discovering. These include the beautiful 11th century Basilica of San Simplicio and the Church of St. Paul Apostle. Several of Sardinia's impressive, fortress-like Nuraghes still remain including the hilltop Nuraghe Riu Mulinu.

Called the ‘happy city’ by the Greeks, ancient Olbia is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy in the soothing Sardinian sunshine. On the palm-lined waterfront to the east, the Museo Archeologico di Olbia has Roman warships to discover.

Just north from the city is Costa Smeralda, a millionaire’s paradise which is popular with celebrities and wealthy business people who visit to top-up their tan on the gorgeous golden-sand beaches – said to be among the finest on earth – and make the most of the warm, crystal clear waters.

Cádiz, Spain
Cadiz - one of Europe's most ancient cities - hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz's fascinating Old Town district is home to huge stone walls from the 1500s and the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.

Boasting over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships; traditional tapas bars serving delicious traditional cuisine and local seafood; and fascinating maritime history; Cádiz offers a plethora of authentic sights and experiences. The winding streets assume the feel of a carnival, packed-out with friendly locals and humming to the sounds of upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs).

Cádiz is also the gateway to the stunning city of Seville, with its maze of courtyards, atmosphere old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals.