Spain, Portugal & The Canary Islands
Cunard Line® on the Queen Victoria®
April 4 - 16, 2020
13 Days / 12 Nights
(Roundtrip from Southampton)
Southampton, England, UK ~ Funchal, Madeira, Portugal ~ La Palma, Spain ~ Gran Canaria, Spain ~ Lanzarote, Spain ~ Lisbon, Portugal ~ Southampton, England, UK
Queen Victoria® will delight you with her special appeal, where elegance and unique features combine seamlessly with outstanding hospitality. You’ll discover an extraordinary way to see the world.
Spain, Portugal &
The Canary Islands
on the Queen Victoria®
April 4 - 16, 2020
13 Days / 12 Nights
Southampton, England, UK ~ Depart 4:30 PM
The United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear. The port serves as your gateway to Southern England’s magnificent historic sites, national landmarks, charming villages as well as the great metropolis of London. Southampton is the ideal starting or ending point for a memorable voyage.
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal ~ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
As you’ll see, Madeira’s reputation as the “Garden Island” is well-founded. It’s swathed in lush greenery and bears all manner of tropical fruits. The region is famous for its delicious Madeira wine.
For a thrilling overview, take the cable car to Monte and survey the rooftops and scenery from its palace and gardens. For the return, travel by wicker toboggan, steered expertly by two “gondoliers.”
La Palma, Spain ~ 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
‘La Isla Bonita’ La Palma is one of the smaller of the seven Canary Islands. Its capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, is a picturesque harbor set on the eastern side of this charming volcanic formation.
The island’s landscape is one of black sand beaches, mountainous terrain and rich plant life, with the average temperature hardly changing all year round.
Gran Canaria, Spain ~ 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
This almost perfectly circular isle is known for its historic towns and an incredible diversity of scenery. This includes its sandy south, where golden beaches extend back into desert-like dunes.
Its capital, Las Palmas, on the northwest of the island, was a stopping-point for Columbus on his 1492 adventure to the New World. The ornate former governor’s house in the historic Vergueta district, where it’s claimed he stayed while his ships were repaired, is now a museum in his honor.
Step further back in time at the Cueva Pintada archaeological park in Galdar, almost due west of Las Palmas. It’s an excavated centuries-old settlement of the canarii people who lived in on Gran Canaria before the Spanish arrived. Boardwalks extend through the site, allowing you to see where their houses once stood, and the showpiece is the ‘painted cave,’ itself daubed with geometric shapes.
Seventeenth-century Arucas recalls the style of towns that the conquistadors exported to South America, yet with a massive neo-Gothic Church of San Juan Bautista, built of black rock as a reminder of its volcanic location.
Ten miles or so southwest of Las Palmas, Teror is a charming spot to while away the afternoon. Brightly painted houses line the quaint streets, with ornate balconies to take in the scene below. Its star is the neoclassical Basilica de la Virgen del Piño, located on the lively main plaza.
Gran Canaria has been described as a “continent in miniature,” due to its varied scenery of mountain peaks, pine forests and tracts of farmland tucked into valleys that lead down to the coasts. Indeed UNESCO declared a huge swathe of the island, around 40% in total, a Biosphere Reserve in 2005 because of its exceptional diversity.
This includes the stunning Bandama Crater, just to the south of the capital. The massive caldera extends over 3,280 feet across and its bowl descends 650 feet. From its viewpoint, you can see far and wide across Gran Canaria.
Discover the dunes behind Maspalomas Beach, a 12-mile stretch between the Faro Lighthouse and the Playa del Inglés. A postcard-friendly symbol of the island, they’re constantly reshaped by the winds into picturesque rippled patterns. You’ll almost feel as though you’re crossing the Sahara when you explore on foot or especially by camel, until of course, you catch a glimpse of the sparkling ocean.
Indeed it may the Atlantic waves that attract you above all, in which case stand-up paddle boarding could appeal to your active side. Heading slightly further offshore by boat, keep watch for various marine mammals, such as dolphins, finback whales, pilot whales or sperm whales, depending on the season.
Lanzarote, Spain ~ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
It’s easy to understand why the island of Lanzarote is so popular. Fire Mountain and the curious vineyards of Le Geria amid the volcanic island scenery are just some of the many highlights that await.
Timanfaya National Park is a vivid volcanic showcase, where water poured into boreholes, hisses back out as steam and you can feast on a smorgasbord of specialties, cooked by heat from Earth’s core.
Live music will be an unmistakable signature of every moment on your ship. Cunard's accomplished resident musicians will create an enticing ambiance, during relaxing moments and on grand social occasions. The string quartet provides a warm welcome on board and melodic accompaniment to Afternoon Tea. The resident pianist sets an elegant tone to evening pre-dinner drinks in the Commodore Club, and you’ll also find harpists and contemporary bands in public rooms and lounges throughout the ship.
Lisbon, Portugal ~ 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon triumphantly spreads its welcoming city atmosphere and its several impressive ancient sites over the seven steep hillsides that overlook the Tagus Estuary and River.
Take in St. George’s Castle, overlooking the city from atop its highest hill, and stroll through the countless balconies ablaze with geraniums and iron lamps in the medieval Alfama quarter.
Days 11 - 12
Escape into a floating world of possibility with as much or as little to do as you please. Feel everyday concerns slip away as you ease into the day's blissful relaxation or begin to explore the myriad experiences that await you.
Southampton, England, UK ~ Arrive 8:30 AM
Starting from $2,524