Take in the scents and colours of the annual Funchal Flower Festival

Gardening has long been one of the top-rated hobbies for people in the UK, and many Britons choose to spend their leisure time tending to their pots, plants and lawns. In keeping with these green-fingered tendencies, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests the chance to visit Funchal, Madeira during its spectacular annual ‘Flower Festival’.

The ‘Flower Festival’ is held every Spring, when the flowers are all at their best, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Madeira, filling Funchal with a riot of scents and colours. This enchanting and beautiful Festival showcases the island’s most wonderful gardens and flower displays, as well as playing host to a parade – with vibrant costumes and traditional dance – a flower market and other activities, including the making of flower carpets in the streets, the awarding of prizes for the best-decorated shop window, classical music concerts and a number of variety shows.

Guests will arrive first in Leixoes, in Portugal, for tours to nearby Oporto. Here, they can visit one of the many Port cellars or take a leisurely stroll along the famous River Douro. The cruise then takes guests to Funchal, in Madeira, on 19th April 2015, where the ship will stay overnight. There will be plenty of time for guests to explore this exquisite ‘Garden Island’ and soak up all that its celebrated ‘Flower Festival’ has to offer – glorious sunshine, the finest flower displays and an abundance of local traditions, festivities and celebrations.

Boudicca will then cruise onto Santa Cruz in Tenerife, where guests can take a tour to the Pyramids of Guimar and the Secret Garden, which is home to an intriguing selection of poisonous plants. Next stop is Arrecife, in Lanzarote, where guests can experience a camel ride through the rocks of Fire Mountain in the Timanfaya National Park, or visit the beautiful saltwater lagoon of Jameos del Agua Cave and Cesar Monique’s unique cactus garden.

Guests will then have a day to explore Cádiz, in Spain. The scenic waterfront offers guests a tempting choice of bars and cafés, and is a popular destination for those wanting to unwind with a glass of Sherry from Jerez de la Frontera. Prices for this cruise start from £899 per person (with limited availability), based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Inside cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board and port dues.

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