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Cruise 593a
UK, Spain, Portugal
1-9 Jul 2001, 9 days
Fares from 1595

Cruise 593a(NK)
UK, Spain, Portugal
1-12 Jul 2001, 12 days
Fares from 2140
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Cabin Grade: Price per
adult ():
  593a 593aNK
owner's suite Owner's Suite 2930 3475
suite Suite 2805 3350
deluxe Deluxe 2430 2975
superior Superior 2165 2710
Standard two bed:
twin occupancy
A
deck outside A Deck outside 2040 2585
A
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 1915 2460
B
deck outside B Deck outside 1880 2425
B
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 1770 2315
A
deck inside A Deck inside 1630 2175
B
deck inside B Deck inside 1595 2140
Standard two bed:
single occupancy
A
deck outside A Deck outside 2856 3476
A
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 2681 3301
B
deck outside B Deck outside 2632 3252
B
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 2478 3098
A
deck inside A Deck inside 2119 2739
B
deck inside B Deck inside 2074 2694
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SPEAKER'S CORNER:

Colin Bailey
NADFAS lecturer who has lectured regularly in Britain and Spain on Spanish seventeenth-century painting. A frequent visitor to Spain, he will talk on the art and artists associated with the towns visited on the cruise.

Frances Bissell
Cuisine is the most accessible part of any nation's culture and our Speaker, who writes on food for the Times and has taught cookery courses in Andalucia, will help us discover the wines and many tastes of Spain and Portugal.

Caroline de Estradas
Cuisine is the most accessible part of any nation's culture and our Speaker, who writes on food for the Times and has taught cookery courses in Andalucia, will help us discover the wines and many tastes of Spain and Portugal.

Patrick Taylor
Author of several books on garden history and garden design, he will share his knowledge as we visit Tresco Abbey gardens and the many splendid Islamic gardens of southern Spain.

Please note Guest Speakers travel on the cruise portion of the holiday only.




Funchal
First Timers Cruises, 
click for details Beautiful Tresco awaits to welcome you, followed by the wonderful architecture of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, a day in fascinating Lisbon and plenty of time to enjoy Madeira and its charming capital Funchal on an overnight stay in Reid's Hotel.
593a Cruise Itinerary
Sun 1 Jul    London
Join Minerva in the afternoon by Tower Bridge and settle in on board. We sail late evening.
Mon 2 Jul    At Sea
Listen to our Guest Speakers' talks
Tue 3 Jul    Tresco *
We visit the Abbey Gardens this morning where over 5,000 subtropical plants adorn the site of a former Benedictine Abbey.
Wed 4 Jul    At Sea
Relax on deck with a book from Minerva's Library.
Thu 5 Jul    Vigo (for Santiago de Compostela)
This morning's excursion from Vigo is to the pilgrimage centre of Santiago de Compostela, with its magnificent Baroque facades.
Fri 6 Jul    Lisbon
Enjoy a full day to explore the Portuguese capital. Choose from a variety of excursions including a city tour and the Jeronymos Monastery. Garden enthusiasts can visit the formal garden at Palacio de Frontera.
Sat 7 Jul    At Sea
Take a dip in the pool and enjoy the warm sunshine as Minerva cruises towards Madeira.
Sun 8 Jul    Funchal
After our afternoon tour of the island and Madeira tasting at a wine lodge, "Cruise Only" passengers transfer to Reid's Hotel for an overnight stay.
Mon 9 Jul    Funchal - London
"Cruise Only" passengers transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.
 
593a(NK) Cruise & Tour
Post-Cruise Tour: The Gardens of Madeira
Sun 8 Jul    Funchal
After our afternoon excursion, "Cruise & Tour" passengers transfer to the Casa Velha Do Palheiro.
Mon 9 Jul    Funchal
We visit Monte Palace Tropical Garden, boasting formal Chinese features and then continue to an orchid garden. Afternoon at leisure.
Tue 10 Jul    Funchal
Explore Palheiro Garden, viewing its camellia avenues, sweeping lawns and rockeries. Enjoy an afternoon walk along one of the island's "levadas", taking in the wild vegetation and spectacular views.
Wed 11 Jul    Funchal
In the morning a jeep tour will show us the island's diverse landscapes including subtropical forests, rugged mountains and vineyards.
Thu 12 Jul    Funchal - London
Transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.
* Land by ship's boat or local tender


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