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The Azores, Lisbon & Oporto

Lisbon, Oporto 13 nights Price from £2,640 per person

The nine volcanic islands that make up the Azorean archipelago sit in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, remote from Europe and North America, a thousand miles from Lisbon. The islands were settled by immigrants from Portugal over two centuries, starting in 1439, and today, almost a quarter of a million people live here, surrounded by a vivid green landscape, dramatic craters and lakes, and remote villages and farms.


The Itinerary

Liverpool - Terceira – Faial – Sao Miguel – Lisbon – Oporto – Liverpool

After sailing from Liverpool we will spend three days at sea, enjoying a full programme of talks and concerts with our artists. We will then make landfall in the Azores, where we call at three of the islands on consecutive days, starting with Terceira, the second largest island in the archipelago, whose main town Angra do Heroisma has a well-preserved historic centre. The town of Horta on Faial is one of the prettiest in the archipelago with an attractive sea front from which there are views to Mount Pico on the neighbouring island – officially Portugal’s highest peak. São Miguel is the largest and most populated island in the Azores and we will stop at Ponta Delgada, its main town and designated capital of the archipelago. We will explore the interior of what is also known as the ‘green island’, including Terra Nostra with its sulphuric bubbling springs, Sete Cidaes with its much-photographed blue and green crater lakes, and the impressive Ribeira dos Caldeirões natural park, which is home to spectacular cascades and several species of endemic birds and flora.

Leaving the Azores we sail towards the mainland to spend a day in Lisbon, a beautiful city built of seven hills on banks the River Tagus.  Our optional excursion here will include the Gulbenkian Foundation, one of Europe’s finest collections of art and decorative arts, and the monastery of San Jeronimo with its impressive Manueline architecture.

In Oporto there will be time to discover Portugal’s second city and the centre for the port wine trade. Our optional excursion will include visits to the cathedral, the Lello & Irmao bookshop made famous as inspiration to JK Rowling, the historic Palacio da Bolsa, once the city’s impressive chamber of commerce, as well as a boat ride on the Douro and a lunch and tasting at one of the city’s port lodges.

 

Date

Arrive

Depart

Destination

12 Sep 16:30 Liverpool
13 Sep-15 Sep At Sea
16 Sep 08.30  19.00 Praia da Vitoria, Terceira
17 Sep  07.30 18.00 Horta, Faial
18 Sep 08.00 18.00 Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
19-20 Sep At Sea
21 Sep 08.00  18.00  Lisbon
22 Sep 08.00 18.00 Oporto (from Leixoes)

23-24 Sep

  At Sea
25 Sep 08.00 Liverpool

 

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Fourteen nights accommodation on board the Black Watch
  • Full board
  • Private drinks parties
  • Admission to all concerts

Departure Dates and Prices

Prices range from £4,025 per person for an inside cabin to £5,665 per person for a Superior Suite and all include full-board, private drinks parties and admission to all the concerts. For full details of all cabin options please contact us on 020 7593 1896.

12 Sep 2020

Status Closed

Price from£2640

Single Supp.£1035

Call 020 7593 2284

Ship Details

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch has a relaxed, stylish atmosphere that harks back to cruising in a bygone age. She is a comfortable world-class cruise ship where you will feel a warm sense of hospitality from the very first moment you step aboard, with broad teak decks, generous promenades, elegant décor and bright, spacious public areas.

With just 435 cabins, Black Watch has been designed with a generous amount of space for each passenger. The cabins are a good size and most have a sea view (speak to a Kirker expert to discuss your personal requirements). It is always easy to find a quiet corner - and you certainly won’t find yourself having to compete for space with hordes of other passengers. There are a number of dining options and guests may choose from a selection of contrasting bars including the nautically themed Lido Lounge and popular Scottish Piper’s Bar, or you may elect to retreat to the Braemar Lounge or the Observatory. Other on board facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a health and beauty salon, deck sports, library, indoor games, internet access, casino, cabarets and shows.

Black Watch spent the last month of 2016 undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment of both public areas and cabins. The ship now has a brighter look to it, notably in the main restaurant, the Glentanar. There’s also a new intimate dining room called the Black Watch Room, which seats just 46 guests. All the cabins and bathrooms have been improved and furniture, curtains and carpets have been replaced. The Marina Theatre, which is central to our music cruises with all the concerts taking place here, remains unchanged.

Music Programme

During the first part of the cruise, we will be celebrating the 250 anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in Bonn on 17 December 1770. A selection of major chamber works by Beethoven will be played and there will be three musically-illustrated talks by the musicians on board who will look at the composer’s works from a player’s point of view. These will provide some illuminating insights into Beethoven’s genius and towering presence in the world of music and musicians two and a half centuries on from his birth.

The second half of the cruise incudes some of the best known works for quartet and piano, as well as one concert which explores works by a selection of Polish composers – during which you are guaranteed to make some new and exciting discoveries.

All concerts and talks are in the Marina Theatre unless otherwise stated.

 

 

12 September

19.00

Tim Horton will talk about the on-board Beethoven 250 Celebration concerts and talks.

19.45

Kirker Welcome Drinks Party in the Card Room.


13 September - At Sea

18.30

An All-Beethoven Programme

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Alice Neary, cello

Tim Horton, piano

Matthew Hunt, clarinet

Clarinet Trio Op.11

Cello Sonata Op.102 No.1

Piano Trio Op.1 No.2


14 September - At Sea

Neptune Lounge, Time to be announced on board

The programme includes works by Chopin and Kreisler. 

10.45

The first talk on our Celebrating Beethoven Festival.

18.30

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Alice Neary, cello

Matthew Hunt, clarinet

Tim Horton, piano

Beethoven: Violin Sonata Op.12 No.2

Weber: Duo Concertante in E flat

Beethoven: Piano Trio Op.70 No.1 ‘ Ghost’


15 September - At Sea

10.45

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Alice Neary, cello

Matthew Hunt, clarinet

Tim Horton, piano

Beethoven: Seven Variations on Bei Mannern for Cello and Piano

Violin Sonata In A Op.47 ‘ Kreutzer’

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E flat Op/120 No.2

 

16.00

The second talk on Beethoven and his music.

 

18.30

Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor Op.1 No.3

Brahms: Three Intermezzi

Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio Op.3


16 September - Praia da Vitoria

18.30

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Alice Neary, cello

Tim Horton, piano

Mozart: Duo for violin and viola in B flat K424

Bartok: Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano SZ 111,BB116

Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor K478


17 September - Horta 

18.30

Benjamin Nabarro, violin

Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Alice Neary, cello

Tim Horton, piano

Beethoven: Duo for viola and cello – ‘Eyeglasses duo’

Bruch: Pieces for viola, clarinet and piano

Beethoven: Piano Trio Op.97  'Archduke'

We say farewell to Benjamin Nabarro, Alice Neary and Tim Horton and welcome the Karski Quartet and the pianist Katsura Mizumoto.


18 September - Ponta Delgada

18.30

Karski Quartet
Katsura Mizumoto, piano

Debussy: String Quartet

Franck: Piano Quintet No.1 in D minor Op 89


19 September - At Sea

10.45

Barry Cheeseman, who joins the cruise on 16 September, will be in conversation with the musicians about their careers and lives in music.

18.30

An introduction to Polish chamber music and composers from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Karski Quartet

Katsura Mizumoto, piano

Lutoslawski: ‘Subito’  for violin and piano

Rozycki: Sonata for cello and piano in A minor Op.10

Szymanowski: Sonata for violin and piano I D minor Op.9

Zarebski: Piano Quintet in G minor Op.34

Our second Kirker drinks party will be held in the Card Room immediately following this concert.


20 September - At Sea

10.45

Simon Rowland-Jones will take a close look and listen at Stravinsky’s Three Pieces as well as talk about his third quartet.

18.30

Karski Quartet

Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Katsura Mizumoto, piano

Stravinsky: Three Pieces

Rowland-Jones: String Quartet No.3

Dvorak: String Quartet in G Op.105


21 September - Lisbon

18.30

Karski Quartet

Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Katsura Mizumoto, piano

Haydn: String Quartet in C Op.20 No.2

Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio in E flat K498

Beethoven: String Quartet in A Op.18 No.5


22 September - Oporto

18.30

Karski Quartet

Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Katsura Mizumoto, piano

Dvorak: String Quintet in E flat Op.97

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Op.81


23 September - At Sea

10.45

Kaja Nowak and Natalia Kotarba, violins

Katsura Mizumoto, piano

Schubert: Sonata for violin and piano in A minor D385

Janacek: Sonata for violin and piano

Brahms: Sonata for violin and piano in A Op.100

 

15.30

Simon Rowland-Jones will talk about Haydn’s quartet and his new edition of these masterpieces and the work this involved with musical illustrations by the quartet.

 

18.30

Karski Quartet

Dvorak: Terzetto in C Op.74

Haydn: String Quartet in B minor Op.64 No.2

Britten: String Quartet No.2 Op.36


24 September - At Sea

10.45

Barry Cheeseman will chat to the musicians who will talk about a piece of music they will share with the audience.

15.00 (Neptune Lounge)

Karski Quartet

Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Katsura Mizumoto, piano

The musicians will take part in a programme of popular pieces including the first movement of the Piano Quintet by Dvorak

18.00

We have reached the closing concert of our Music Cruise this evening.

Karski Quartet

Katsura Mizumoto, piano

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21

Thanks to the nature of Chopin’s writing for the strings in both his concertos, the arrangement for a version for string quartet proves to be highly successful.

Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor Op.132

A farewell drinks party will be held in the Card Room immediately after the concert.


Optional Shore Excursions - Lisbon and Oporto

We will be offering optional excursions in Lisbon, where we will include a visit to the Gulbenkian Foundation and in Oporto, where we will take a boat trip on the Douro and enjoy a port tasting. Full details of the tours will be sent to you with in due course.

Recent Testimonials

Kirker Music Festival at Sea

By Mr & Mrs P, Hertfordshire, 15 August 2017

A feast of music led by a very talented viola player. The wonderful variety of musicians produced music of the highest standard.

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Kirker Music Festival at Sea

By Dr M, Kent, 23 June 2017

It was great - the music made the cruise worthwhile. I wouldn't go on a cruise normally, but the concerts were excellent.

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