- Shiver my timbers
The wooden sea-front balconies in Santa Cruz de la Palma are actually on the rear of the houses, residents used them to keep a weather eye open for approaching pirates.
Standing on a promontory, the ornate Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is Morocco’s largest mosque, the minaret is 690 feet tall. Six thousand artisans worked for five years to create the mosaics.
- Marrakech Express
It’s practically compulsory to visit a souk in Marrakech. Sniff the air and breathe in the heady scent of spices.
Canarian adventure meets exotic North Africa
Experience the magic of Marrakech – the colors, scents, sights and sounds – with an overnight hotel stay in this ebullient city!
Kick start a happier, healthier way of life on this cruise to Morocco, Madeira, the Canary Islands and Portugal. From the moment you step aboard Saga Sapphire our hand-picked team of coaches will be on-hand to guide you on your active adventure. And at every port our Explore Ashore experts give you the opportunity to exercise both your body and mind in whatever way suits you. In Funchal, which boasts one of the world’s most stunning approaches, explore the colorful food and flower markets and the gardens that joyfully spill onto colonial cobbled streets.
Experience the diverse landscapes of the Canaries where well-trodden walking routes and bike tracks take you from primordial forests and barren lava fields to beaches of black volcanic sands and expansive coastal panoramas. Morocco is your gateway to exotic North Africa, where religions and cultures collide and coexist in a gregarious riot of sound and color. Discover it by foot, horse-drawn carriage or on a thrilling 4x4 tour, comfortable in the knowledge that there’s a cocktail waiting at Rick’s Cafe, in Casablanca. With so much healthy-living, why not give yourself a treat and head out for a private wine-tasting and lunch at a family winery in Madeira.
Life-changing experiences aboard
- lifestyle coach
- Walking and fitness expert
- Pedometer challenge
- Santa Cruz de la Palma, Palma
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Arrive 1300. Depart 1900.
The approach to Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is tipped as one of the best in the world. Furnished with rich soils the island is a veritable botanical garden and supports a world-renowned wine industry. Join an exclusive wine tasting at the Duarte and Sons family estate and discover the fine food and flower markets of the capital. Alternatively, stretch your legs on one of the many walking routes of the capital and discover colonial neighborhoods that would not be out of place in Lisbon.
Santa Cruz da la Palma, Palma
Arrive 1300 on November 29. Depart 1900 on November 30.
Santa Cruz de La Palma, with its colorful patchwork of balconied homes strung along the azure Atlantic, is a gateway to hiking and biking paradise. Supporting lush emerald forests and dotted with volcanic cones an electric mountain bike is a great way to master the inclines to incredible views over the island. There are also over 600 kilometers of hiking paths and trails to discover, allowing you to get close and personal with the diverse terrain and scenery of this fantastic island.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.
Santa Cruz is the capital of the Canary Islands and one of the most important ports of the Atlantic. As such, the city has a long maritime history, represented by the sail design of the modern Auditorio de Tenerife, while in the Museum of Nature and Man you can find artifacts and mummies of the Guanche people who settled here 2000 years ago. Treat yourself to a pampering session at the Oriental Spa Garden, which is considered one of the best spas in Europe, for its innovative wellbeing and beauty therapies.
Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.
Step ashore in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. Here, you can explore the castles of San Gabriel and San Jose, built to guard the natural harbor against roving pirates, or enjoy El Charco, the city’s picturesque hub. For a little adventure discover the island’s wild interior on an off-road Lanzarote adventure.
Arrive 0800. Depart 1400.
Agadir is a modern city with an underbelly of old-world charm. Here you can lose yourself in the spice-scented Suq al-Had market, or stretch your legs on a long walk to the Agadir Kasbah, built in the 1500s. Alternatively, take an overland tour through the desert to Marrakech, with stunning views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. If you want to experience the heady delight of a night in Marrakech, join an excursion to explore the city, with an overnight hotel stay, rejoining the ship the next day.
Arrive 1000. Depart 1800.
Casablanca has a long and rich history for you to explore on your visit. Established in the 7th century by Berbers, then conquered by consecutive foreign powers, its fabric is truly cosmopolitan. Visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, the only Jewish museum in the Arab world or head to the sea and the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world. Alternatively, you could have a truly Moroccan experience with a traditional scrub at a Hamman or relax in Rick’s Café, a romantic watering hole run by a former diplomat.
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.
The port of Leixoes is the gateway to Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Take a stroll through the medieval Ribeira district, explore the lavish Baroque interiors of Sâo Francisco Church or discover the newly opened Museu da Misericordia do Porto, where 15th to 17th-century sacred art and portraiture meets modern architecture.