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Botanica

Paradise Gardens of Morocco, the Canary Islands, Madeira & Portugal Cruise

Marrakesh to Porto
Trip Code: BTMP17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • 17 Days including an 11-night Small Ship cruise with Tour/Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers, port taxes, tipping and porterage plus flight Casablanca to Tenerife
  • Stay 5 nights in 5-star hotels and 11 nights on board MS Caledonian Sky
  • 46 meals plus wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on cruise
  • Visit the beautiful Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh, the legacy of Yves Saint-Laurent
  • Explore Palmetum in Tenerife, a 12-hectare garden with Europe’s largest palm collection
  • Visit Madeira's exquisite botanical gardens with spectacular views over the city of Funchal
  • Take in spectacular views of Lisbon from Serra de Sintra, including a visit to Fronteira Palace

Map & Itinerary

Africa/Europe Map BTMP17 2021
Marrakesh to Porto

Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Later this evening, enjoy Welcome Drinks followed by dinner.

Stay: Three Nights, Marrakesh, 5-star hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

Take a guided tour of Marrakesh including the Koutoubia minaret, the Bahia palace, the Royal Pavilion and Majorelle Gardens. Enjoy lunch at La Mamounia, where Winston Churchill liked to stay, and visit the beautiful gardens where he often set up his easel. Visit the artisan quarter, the colourful souks and Dar Si Said Museum before taking a stroll around Jamaa El Fna, the bustling, main city square.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, visit the 800-year-old royal pleasure gardens known as the Agdal. We also take in a couple of gardens featured on Monty Don’s series Paradise Gardens.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit the Bert Flint Museum which houses Moroccan art and artefacts. Travel to Casablanca this afternoon, well known from the 1942 film of the same name.

Stay: Casablanca, 5-star hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A guided city tour of Casablanca takes in many famous sights including the Hassan II Mosque, one of the biggest outside of Mecca. This afternoon fly to Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.

Stay: Tenerife, 5-star hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tenerife has its own microclimate which sustains a unique diversity of plants. Here you can wander through groves where junipers, olives, palms and old dragon trees grow happily side by side. This morning, enjoy a visit to Palmetum, a 12-hectare botanical garden housing Europe’s largest collection of palms. Once a rubbish dump, this space has now been transformed into a spectacular garden with stunning ocean views. Also discover a wonderful orchid collection at Sitio Litre Garden and wildflowers on Mount Tiede. Later this afternoon, embark the MS Caledonian Sky.

Stay: 11 Nights, Aboard the Small Ship, the MS Caledonian Sky

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, explore La Gomera, a tiny island neighbouring Tenerife. Perhaps join a guided tour to Garajonay National Park – a protected area filled with dense green laurel forests, rarely found in the world today. Or, for the more active, set off on a trek through Garajonay’s lush forests, as well as a visit to Vallehermoso Botanical Garden to view intriguing and rare endemic plants.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we arrive at El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, with a natural bounty way beyond its size. Plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke referred to this small island as 'the botanical Galápagos of Europe' because of the many rare endemic plant species that grow here and nowhere else. Explore the island’s lava-sculpted scenery with a guide including a visit to the Guinea Ecomuseum for a two-in-one discovery of traditional lava-rock houses and a sanctuary protecting the island’s giant lizard population.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Discover La Palma’s natural beauty this morning. In 2002 UNESCO declared the whole island of La Palma a World Biosphere Reserve. Explore the town of El Paso and visit a local silk museum or perhaps enjoy a more active option with a morning in exploration through the towering pines of the El Pilar region. On option is also a guided walk through Los Tilos National park where you will get a chance to see the local wildflowers.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, set off from Madeira's capital, Funchal, on our garden discovery by visiting 'Quinta da Boa Vista' or the Orchid Garden. Here a conservatory houses hundreds of rare and prized orchids. Later we travel to Palheiro Gardens or 'Quinta do Palheiro'. These gardens are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow year-round, but for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning take the cable car to Monte, where you’ll enjoy exploring the district’s elegant palace and garden paradise. The Monte Palace Madeira occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an huge exotic plant’s collection, Afterwards, we pay a visit to the exquisite Madeira Botanical Garden. Boasting spectacular views over the city of Funchal, this vibrant and colourful garden is home to more than 2,000 different plant species. Back on board, set sail for Porto Santo this afternoon.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark here for a relaxed day of exploring. Be treated to a tasting of the island’s wines. Later, from Pico de Castelo, admire Porto Santo’s sweeping contours.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take it easy and enjoy a lecture by your Botanical guide with time to relax on board as you cruise towards Portugal.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Start today by viewing Lisbon from the heights of Serra de Sintra. Visit King Ferdinand II’s ingenious park and palace before exploring Sintra, where you’ll find elaborate facades and gardens at every turn. After lunch visit Fronteira Palace and its gardens built in 1668-1670 and known for formal box parterre and surrounded by walls decorated with panels of tiles.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The port of Figueira da Foz delivers you to the doorstep of Portugal’s medieval centre, Coimbra. After an orientation tour we will visit Gardens of Quinta das Lágrimas, a setting for Portugal's most well-known love story between Inês de Castro and Peter I of Portugal. After exploring the gardens, a shuttle will transfer you back to your ship, or you can head back to port and spend time in Figueria da Foz.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From the port of Leixoes, perhaps set out for Porto to uncover the city’s layered history, along the banks of the Douro River estuary. Then toast Porto’s wine-making traditions at a local wine cellar. Alternatively visit Quinta do Alao, a garden dating back to the 17th century, filled with beautiful plants and sculptures.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark this morning after breakfast and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.

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