This ex-UK tour takes you from Liverpool across to the vibrant, contemporary city of Belfast, down to the beautiful green coasts of Galicia and to gorgeous Lisbon, before sailing across to the remote, sub-tropical Azores – a scattering of Eden-like islands, which are the tips of vast underwater mountains in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
These spectacular islands lie on the nexus of three tectonic plates, resulting in their extraordinary landscapes. This is a world of fumaroles and hot springs; of caverns and twisting columns formed from once molten rock; of blue lakes edged by sub-tropical forests, and vivid green pastures sweeping up the slopes of calderas.
This relaxing cruise returns to Liverpool at the end of a journey encompassing vibrant cities, natural beauty, maritime and Napoleonic history and sub-tropical gardens, as well as a late, welcome dose of southern sun. There will be a number of wide-ranging talks during the cruise; some of these will be public (open to the whole cruise) and some will be private to Jon Baines Tours travellers.
Dr John Richardson is an Emeritus Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He also worked for three years as an occupational physician in Northern Ireland. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of war widows and veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited more than 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures on cruises.
Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world with John either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, or as co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours.
Twin cabins start from £2,480 per person (excluding flights and transfers)