GW holiday: Canary Islands, Cádiz and Madeira

Quinta do Palheiro, Funchal, Madeira

Take in the wonders of the Canary Islands on this winter sunshine garden cruise to explore a range of outstanding natural attractions while enjoying the warm temperatures of this location.


Book your place now

Tour dates: 30 October – 14 November, 2023

Price: From £2,599pp

Or call to book, quoting code GW on 0800 170 7233

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BOOKING: There’s walking involved in this tour, as well as getting on and off coaches, so you must be fairly fit.


Your holiday includes

  • FREE £225pp on-board spend, plus gratuities
  • Exclusive onboard Gardeners’ World Programme – learn about the unique plants of the Canaries, including welcome get- together, illustrated talks, Q&A,
    farewell get-together and afternoon tea
  • Visits to four gardens
  • 15 nights in a comfortable, stylish cabin of your choice
  • Full-board cuisine every day including five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfasts, lunch buffets, afternoon tea and late-night snacks
  • Self-service tea and coffee available 24 hours a day
  • Evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Use of onboard leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Garden highlights

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Associate Editor, David Hurrion will accompany you on four garden visits:

  • Botanical Garden Viera y Clavijo, discover the beauty and diversity of the islands’ flora
  • The Santa Cruz Palmetum, home to the greatest collection of palms in Europe
  • The Quinta do Palheiro Gardens, rich in colour and scent
  • Monserrate Palace Gardens, with its botanical collections and rare plant species. Full day with lunch

Your itinerary

  • DAY 1 Southampton Join Balmoral and enjoy dinner and evening entertainment
  • DAYS 2-4 At sea A wealth of on-board activities will keep you entertained plus a welcome get-together with your host and fellow gardeners, including illustrated talks
  • DAY 5 Cádiz, Spain Spend a day exploring one of Europe’s oldest cities, known for its palm trees and maritime history
  • DAY 6 At sea Get your gardening questions ready for today’s Q&A
  • DAY 7 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Afternoon arrival in Las Palmas and trip to the Botanic Garden of Viera y Clavijo
  • DAY 8 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Group visit to The Palmetum, a 12-hectare botanical garden
  • DAY 9 San Sebastián, La Gomera With its wild landscapes and unique flora, there is plenty to explore ashore
  • DAY 10 Santa Cruz de La Palma Explore this small city, which has much to offer with its colonial-style architecture and volcanic sandy beache
  • DAY 11 Funchal, Madeira Group visit to Quinta do Palheiro. See Fred. Olsen’s fleet in Funchal
  • DAY 12 At sea Enjoy an illustrated talk
  • DAY 13 Lisbon, Portugal Group visit to Sintra and the Gardens of the Palace of Monserrate
  • DAY 14 At sea Enjoy a farewell get-together and afternoon tea with your host
  • DAY 15 At sea The last cruising day
  • DAY 16 Southampton Early morning arrival. Time for breakfast and farewells before continuing your journey home

Book your place now

Tour dates: 30 October – 14 November, 2023

Price: From £2,599pp

Or call to book, quoting code GW on 0800 170 7233

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BOOKING: There’s walking involved in this tour, as well as getting on and off coaches, so you must be fairly fit.


Terms and conditions

This group departure is organised by Connoisseur Travel Service Ltd for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. Connoisseur Travel Service Ltd is acting as agent for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Ambassador Cruise Line. All tours and places of interest mentioned, apart from the four included tours, are not included in the cruise fare and may be visited on optional tours. Experts hosting any of our cruises are subject to personal circumstances permitting.  We plan to visit the gardens and ports mentioned, however, we reserve the right to change a visit should circumstances become necessary. All prices are based on two people sharing a twin cabin and were correct at the time of going to print. E&OE United Kingdom.

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