Jewels of the Canary Islands

Resort: Jewels of the Canary Islands
Operator: Saga
Destination: Canary Islands
Price From: £2849.00

Bask in the Spanish charms of the Canaries

Cruise to a trio of the sun-kissed Canary Islands where you can explore colonial towns and varied volcanic scenery at the quiet end of autumn. Unearth Spain’s fascinating heritage on visits to historic Cadiz and Avilés – a first for Saga Pearl II – where you can discover the ‘real Spain‘ rooted in Celtic tradition. Combine all this with Portugal’s stunning Algarve and its enviable capital for a truly memorable voyage.

Saga price includes…

  • All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
  • Selected drinks#
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • All port taxes and visas
  • UK mainland travel service to and from Southampton

Itinerary

Southampton

Embark Saga PearI II. Depart 1600.

Lying near the head of Southampton Water, a peninsula between the estuaries of the Rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton is Britain’s largest cruise port. It has been one of England’s major ports since the Middle Ages, when it exported wool and hides from the hinterland and imported wine from Bordeaux. The city suffered heavy damage during World War Two and as a result the centre has been extensively rebuilt, but there are still some interesting medieval buildings including the Bargate, one of the finest city gatehouses in England.

FactFile

Population

253,651 (estimate)

Language

English

Currency

British Pounds Sterling

Time Difference

N/A

Climate

Southampton experiences an oceanic climate, with cool winters and mild to warm summers. Its sheltered location makes it one of the UK’s sunniest cities.

Ship berths at

Southampton Cruise Terminal

Distance from Centre

300 yards

Distance from gangway to coach

Motor vehicles can pick up and drop off passengers immediately outside the Terminal Building.

Useful Information

Shopping

The city’s main shopping mall is the West Quay Shopping Centre, but there are many other shopping streets in the town centre.

Shopping Opening Hours

The West Quay Shopping Centre is open Monday to Friday 0900-2000, Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 1100-1700.

Post Office

The main Post Office is at 32-34 Above Bar Street.

Tourist Office

There are Tourist Information Points at the Novotel Hotel on 1 West Quay Road, and also at the SeaCity Museum.

How to Phone Home

For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber’s number.

Emergency Services

Dial 999.

Banks

All main UK banks have branches in the city centre, with 24-hour ATMs.

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Funchal

Arrive 0800. Depart 2100.

Formed by a volcanic eruption, Madeira lies in the Gulf Stream, about 500 miles due west of Casablanca. Discovered by Portuguese explorer João Gonçalves Zarco in 1419, this beautiful island became part of Portugal’s vast empire and was named for the dense forest which cloaked it – ‘Madeira’ means ‘wood’ in Portuguese. Sugar plantations first brought wealth here, and when King Charles II of England granted an exclusive franchise to sell wine to England and its colonies, many British emigrants were drawn to the capital, Funchal. Today’s travellers come to Madeira for the varied and luxuriant scenery, from mountain slopes covered with vines to picturesque villages and a profusion of wild flowers. The natural beauty of the island has earned it many pseudonyms such as ‘The Floating Garden of the Atlantic’, ‘The Island of Eternal Springtime’ and ‘God’s Botanical Gardens’ and our selection of excursions aim to show you why.

FactFile

Population

105,000 (approximate)

Language

Portuguese

Currency

Euro

Time Difference

UK

Climate

Mild winters and warm summers

Ship berths at

Molhe da Pontinha

Distance from Centre

Approximately two miles

Distance from gangway to coach

Approximately 250 yards

Useful Information

Shopping

The main shopping area is located in the city centre around the Sé (Cathedral).

Shopping Opening Hours

Open between 0900-1300 and 1500-1900 Monday to Friday, 1000-1300 on Saturdays.

Post Office

The Post Office is located on Avenida Zarco and is open from 0830-2000 Monday to Friday and 0830-1330 on Saturdays.

Tourist Office

The Tourist Office is located on Avenida Arriaga and is open between 0900-2000 Monday to Friday, and 0900-1800 at weekends and on public holidays.

How to Phone Home

For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.

Emergency Services

Dial 112

Banks

Banks are open 0830-1500 on weekdays, and 24-hour ATMs are located around the city centre.

Excursions

RIB Adventure

Departs 1000 | Returns 1300 | Duration 3 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

This tour aims to show you whales and dolphins in the sea around Madeira, and is accompanied by a marine biologist and skipper. Before leaving, there will be a short introduction, and then your adventure starts! There will be lookouts on land who will guide your boat towards the marine mammals. The RIBs are fully equipped for observing wild dolphins and whales. On most trips you will have the opportunity to see Short-finned Pilot Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Atlantic spotted Dolphins and Common Dolphins that will amaze you with their acrobatic moves as they swim alongside the boats. If you are lucky, you may see a Risso’s Dolphin, a Beaked Whale or an Orca, all of which are occasional visitors to Madeira.

Warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy non-slip shoes are required. You may get wet from sea spray. You must be able to climb in and out of the RIB boat unaided. Access to the boat is along a wooden boardwalk that may be wet and slippery, and you will need to walk about 300 yards to and from the pier. The sea can be rough, making the ride very bumpy, so we do not recommend this trip for those with back problems. Each RIB boat has a capacity for 12 passengers. In the event of poor weather, trips may be postponed or cancelled at short notice. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Prior to our port call, the Shore Excursion Manager will request a meeting of all participants booked on this tour.

Tea for Two at Reid’s by Tukxi

Departs 1500 | Returns 1700 | Duration 2 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

Join one of the oldest Madeiran traditions – tea at Reid’s overlooking the Bay of Funchal. Opened in 1891, the hotel has always had a special place in the history of Madeira. Located on the outskirts of Funchal, perched on a clifftop headland above the bay, Reid’s is set in ten acres of lush semi-tropical gardens, and famous guests over the years have included Sir Winston Churchill, David Lloyd-George, Roger Moore, Gregory Peck and George Bernard Shaw. You will be picked up at the port in a ‘Tukxi’ – a delightful vehicle adapted from an Italian Piaggio Ape – and driven to Reid’s Hotel, where you have time to relax and take in the unique atmosphere before enjoying tea, scones,sandwiches and cakes on the terrace or in the cocktail bar. Savour the elegance and opulence of days gone by before returning to the port on board your ‘dolce vita’ style Tukxi.

This tour involves minimal walking, but you must be able to get in and out of the Tukxi unaided. Owing to the type of vehicle used, we do not recommend this tour for those with back or neck problems. In keeping with the elegant atmosphere of the hotel, no jeans, T-shirts, shorts, sports shoes or sandals should be worn. Admission to the hotel gardens is not included. The venue for the tea – terrace or cocktail bar – will be decided on the day by the hotel management.Please be aware that this tour requires a minimum and maximum of two passengers per Tukxi to operate.

Madeira Island Delight

Departs 900 | Returns 1630 | Duration 7 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

Leaving the quayside, pass through the centre of Funchal before climbing steeply out of town along a winding road that offers spectacular views over the harbour. You pass through the village of Monte, 1,677 feet above sea level, and then continue upwards through eucalyptus and mimosa trees to Terreiro da Luta, which has an elevation of 2,670 feet. As you climb even higher, the views will open out considerably as you cross Poiso Pass and reach the end of the road at the summit of Pico do Aveiro, 5,937 feet above sea level. From this vantage point there are magnificent vistas on a clear day. Leaving the peak behind, you head inland to Ribeiro Frio, where a short stop will be made to view the lovingly maintained grounds of the trout hatchery. Descending through Faial to the village of Santana, famous for its traditional thatched houses, you stop here to visit a vineyard and enjoy a wine-tasting at the Quinta do Furão, where lunch will be served. After lunch you drive to Portela Pass, with its magnificent panoramic views over the mountains and down to the sea. Your coach continues down through the fertile Machico Valley, where crops are planted on terraces along the steep mountainside. Once a small fishing village, Machico is now a holiday resort. It is said that the first two settlers landed here: Ana D’Arafet and Robert Machim, after whom the town is named. From Machico you drive back to the pier at Funchal.

This tour involves walking approximately half-a-mile, and ground at photo-stops may be uneven or slippery. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. The visibility from scenic outlooks will depend on the weather. Dietary requests must be advised to the Shore Excursion Manager on board ship at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

Four-Wheel Drive Tour

Departs 910 | Returns 1310 | Duration 4 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

This fun and exciting four-wheel drive tour takes you both on and off road through some of Madeira’s hidden valleys and mountain roads, and will show you some of the island’s most inspiring sights. Discover beautiful scenery and see the many different types of wild flowers which have earned Madeira its name ‘the floating garden’. Your guide will point out the unique and rare native flora and fauna along the way, as well as the island’s varied wildlife, and there will be a short break for refreshments amid the spectacular surroundings.

While this excursion requires minimal walking, you will be required to cross some rough, uneven ground and you must be agile enough to climb into the vehicle unaided. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. The four-wheel drive ride is unsuitable for people with neck, back, hip or knee problems owing to the very bumpy terrain, and these vehicles have no handrails or space to store wheelchairs. The standard of vehicle may vary by make and model, some having steep access steps and no seat belts. Prior to our port call, the Shore Excursion Manager will request a meeting of all participants booked on this tour.

Scenic Madeira

Departs 920 | Returns 1320 | Duration 4 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

Madeira is a beautiful island famous for its floral splendour. This excursion takes you on a relaxing drive through some of its most picturesque areas. Your tour begins with a scenic drive via Poiso Pass to Pico do Arieiro, the third-highest peak in Madeira, for a glimpse of the region’s natural scenery and fabulous views. Continue to Santa da Serra, a pretty village that stands at an altitude of 2,200 feet and is known for its pine, eucalyptus and wild flowers. Pause briefly here for refreshments at the Estalagem Santo da Serra, before continuing to the viewpoint of Camões Pequeno, overlooking the former fishing village of Machico and its harbour. After stopping here for photographs, your tour continues to Funchal, where you visit Blandy’s Wine Lodge for a taste of some of Madeira’s most famous export. During the Age of the Discoveries it became usual for ships sailing to the New World to pick up casks of wine from Madeira, and it was found that fortifying the wine by adding distilled alcohol would preserve it for the long sea voyage. Madeira’s fortified wines soon gained a reputation that survives to this day.

This excursion involves walking approximately 300 yards, partly over cobblestones, with around 40 steps in total. You can avoid some of the steps by remaining on the coach during photo-stops. There are many narrow, winding roads in Madeira with occasional steep drops: vertigo sufferers should take this into consideration. A warm jacket is recommended as it will be much cooler at the top of Pico do Arieiro. Unexpected weather conditions could impact on the views seen, and regrettably no alternative routes are possible.

Levada Walk

Departs 945 | Returns 1315 | Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

Following a ‘levada’ trail is one of the most enjoyable ways of seeing Madeira. These irrigation channels were created in the 19th century by the Portuguese settlers, who painstakingly carved them out of the rock by hand. Designed to carry fresh water from the north to the drier southern regions of the island, they helped to create many of the lush landscapes that can be seen today. This guided walk will follow the course of ‘levadas’ for over three miles, allowing you to admire the verdant plants, mountain views and green farmland that cover Madeira. You will first be driven to Vale Paraiso, where you set off for your two-hour walk. The first half will be a gentle stroll over fairly level ground, rising to the Camacha area with its great views. Then take a break for refreshments of either coffee or a soft drink, before resuming your trek – the second stretch will take you all the way to Rochão, where you rejoin the coach for your return journey to the port.

This tour requires walking up to 3£½ miles, over uneven terrain with many steps. This tour may be cancelled in the event of bad weather, or if the levadas are undergoing maintenance.

Cabo Girão

Departs 950 | Returns 1250 | Duration 3 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

Discover the stunning coastal scenery of Madeira from the towering Cabo Girão sea cliff on this scenic excursion. After leaving the port area, head west and begin your journey following the coast roads, passing the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos, also known as ‘Sea Wolves’ Lair’. You then ascend into the mountains and pass row upon row of pretty vineyards, followed by scented forests of eucalyptus and pine en route to Cabo Girão. This cliff dominates the coast and towers 1,900 feet above the ocean, making it one of the tallest in Europe. From the top you can enjoy truly spectacular views along the unspoilt coastline, out across the Atlantic and down to the vineyards which run almost to the sea’s edge. After taking in the views, return to Funchal, passing Pico dos Barcelos along the way, with its views of the capital. Stop at the Old Blandy Wine Lodge for an included tasting of Madeira wine, famous the world over for centuries, before making your way back to the ship.

There is approximately 100 yards of unavoidable walking on this tour, with around 35 steps in total. There are steps to all the viewpoints: only the wine lodge is accessible to wheelchairs. You will be driven across many narrow, winding roads with occasional steep drops – vertigo sufferers should take this into consideration.

Day at sea.

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Arrive 0800. Depart 2200.

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a beautiful and scenic island which enjoys year-round sunshine and is dominated by Mount Teide. The mountain range runs through the centre of the island, with fertile valleys on the northern side. In the central part of the range is the gigantic natural crater of the Cañadas del Teide, about 14 miles in diameter. Santa Cruz, the island’s pretty capital, was originally a small fishing village but has now grown into a modern city, and also contains 16th-century civic buildings and ornate private mansions. Near the pier is the Santa Cruz Palmetum, a Botanical Garden covering an area of 29 acres, specialising in palms.

FactFile

Population

900,000 (approximate) in Tenerife

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time Difference

UK

Climate

Mild winters and hot summers

Ship berths at

Muelle Sur

Distance from Centre

¾ mile

Distance from gangway to coach

There may be a 20-yard walk from the gangway to the coaches.

Useful Information

Shopping

There are shops along Calle Castillo and Calle del Pilar.

Shopping Opening Hours

Shops are usually open between 0900-1300 and 1600-2000.

Post Office

The Post Office on Plaza España is open 0900-1400 weekdays and 0900-1300 on Saturdays.

Tourist Office

There is a Tourist Office on Plaza España which is open from 0900-1400 Monday to Friday.

How to Phone Home

For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.

Emergency Services

Dial 112

Banks

A bank is situated on Plaza Candelaria and is open 0830-1400 Monday to Friday.

Excursions

Gardens of the Valley

Departs 1245 | Returns 1715 | Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

The abundant colour and sheer variety of plants, flowers and vegetation that thrive in the Canary Islands is the focus of this delightful excursion. First take a drive along the island’s main highway to Puerto de la Cruz, an old colonial town on the north coast. The first garden you visit is the Jardin Botanico, which was founded by a royal decree of King Charles III of Spain in 1788. He wanted to create a nursery where plants, shrubs and flowers brought by the Conquistadors from the New World could acclimatise to Spanish soil. Many of the plants here are the original specimens, delivered shortly after the opening of the garden. The centrepiece is a huge South American fig tree whose enormous branches and roots have created an outlandish treehouse. From the Jardin Botanico it is a short drive to the Risco Bello Garden. A delightful contrast, this is a water garden with lakes, a grotto, waterfall and Japanese bridge. Your final visit is to the Orchid Gardens of Sitio Litre, which have had many distinguished visitors including the famous crime writer Agatha Christie. These tranquil gardens are bursting with colour and have the largest collection of orchids in the Canary Islands. You will have time here to enjoy tea and coffee with pastries and to browse in the shop before the return drive to Santa Cruz.

This tour involves walking a distance of approximately one mile, some of which is over uneven ground. There are also around 30 steep steps. The journey to Puerto de la Cruz should take around 45 minutes each way.

Northern Delights

Departs 1300 | Returns 1730 | Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

After leaving the busy harbour of Santa Cruz, enjoy a drive along Maritime Avenue to the charming fishing village of San Andr s, one of the island’s oldest settlements, dating from 1497. The village is renowned for its stunning golden beach, Las Teresitas, which was made partly from 238,000 tons of sand imported from the former Spanish Sahara. Pause for photographs here before driving on to El Bailadero, the highest point in this area, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of a wild landscape. Through a tunnel you then reach the other side of the Anaga Mountains and the hidden village of Taganana, where you stop to sample some local wine and cheese. Once refreshed, continue through the living museum of Mercedes Forest to Pico del Ingles, the Mirador del Carmen and Cantera: all offer outstanding views of the wild countryside and northern coast. You return to Santa Cruz via La Laguna, perhaps pausing to visit the 18th-century ‘Iglesia del Cristo’ (Christ Church) if a service is not taking place.

There is limited walking on this excursion, amounting to about 500 yards, with a steep slope from the refreshment venue to the coach. A few steps may need to be negotiated at the photo-stops. The journey through the Anaga Mountains involves travelling on steep, winding roads – vertigo sufferers should take this into consideration.

Mount Teide Hiking Tour

Departs 830 | Returns 1330 | Duration 5 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

In 1954, Las Cañadas del Teide was declared a National Park of Spain. It is the largest of all the Canary Islands National Parks and covers an area of about 47,000 acres. It is one of Spain’s most visited National Parks and also one of its most spectacular. Journey to around 7,500 feet above sea level through the Esperanza Forest, one of the most attractive places on the island. The cool forests of eucalyptus vegetation make way for occasional glimpses of Mount Teide. Your scenic drive will next take you to the National Park of Las Cañadas, an enormous crater from which emerges the majestic cone of Mount Teide. Begin your hike at the Mirador de Los Tajinastes in the the beautiful and rugged Ucanca Valley. Enjoy the flora and fauna of this picturesque part of the island as your guide leads you along the park trails. Your hike will end near the Hotel Parador National, where you stop to relax and enjoy refreshments before joining the coach back to the port.

This tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition. The hike is anticipated to last approximately 2£½ hours and involves some gentle inclines. Wear a warm jacket or warm layered clothing, and footwear suitable for hiking.

Mount Teide

Departs 845 | Returns 1315 | Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

Discover Tenerife’s most striking natural feature, Mount Teide volcano. Rising to a height of 12,000 feet, it is the highest peak in Spanish territory and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Your excursion begins with a drive towards the old colonial capital of La Laguna, the cultural and religious capital of Tenerife, situated in the Aguere Valley amidst beautiful surroundings. From La Laguna, journey south along the base of the mountain range, through pine forests and foothills to Teide National Park. Declared a national park in 1954, the park includes an enormous volcanic crater which is over 29 miles in circumference. The park is situated at an altitude of over one mile above sea level: in winter, snow and gale force winds often close roads through it. During the summer months this arid landscape, which gives visitors the impression of having walked onto the set of a western movie, can reach temperatures of over 100£°F. At the heart of the crater you enter the National Parador Visitors’ Centre, and stand in the shadows of the majestic Roques de García. On your return journey to Santa Cruz there will be several photo stops where you can savour the breath-taking scenery.

This excursion involves approximately 550 yards of walking, over some uneven surfaces, and a considerable amount of standing; any additional walking will be at your own discretion, and may well be partly over uneven ground and cobblestones. A warm jacket and/or layered clothing is highly recommended, as it can be cold and windy in Mount Teide National Park.

Whale Watching in the Canaries

Departs 900 | Returns 1430 | Duration 5 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

Leave the pier in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and drive towards the yacht harbour at Puerto Colon in Playa de Las Americas. Once there, board a catamaran for an exciting trip to visit the pilot and sperm whales that live all year in the waters around the island of Tenerife. These large mammals live in groups of between eight and fifteen individuals: each group is dominated by a big male about 26 feet long, weighing about 5,500 pounds. You may also see dolphins or other species of whale if you are lucky! During the boat trip, rolls and drinks will be served, and you will have some free time to swim if you wish. After this great experience, return to Playa de Las Americas and travel back by road to the pier.

This excursion involves minimal walking, but there are about eight steps to negotiate when getting on and off the catamaran, and you should be a confident swimmer if you wish to go in the water. Casual, comfortable clothing and sunscreen is recommended: please wear a swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel if you wish to go swimming. The catamaran is not exclusive to Saga, and you may be sharing it with passengers of various nationalities and ages travelling with other operators. Sightings of whales cannot be guaranteed. All activities in the water are undertaken at your own risk.

Las Palmas

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Perhaps the prettiest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is an almost circular isle with the peak of Pozo de Las Nieves, its highest point, at the centre. With a wealth of natural beauty and all the exciting attractions of city life in the capital, the island offers the best of both worlds. You will no doubt wish to see the sights of the capital’s old quarter, which dates back to the 15th century and encompassses the Vegueta and Triana districts, and wherever you go you can enjoy the glorious subtropical climate, perfect for growing exotic palms and fruits.

FactFile

Population

838,000 (approximate)

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time Difference

UK

Climate

Hot summers and warm winters

Ship berths at

Muelle Santa Catalina or Leon Y Castillo

Distance from Centre

It is approximately 325 yards to the town centre from Muelle Santa Catalina, or 1¼ miles from Leon Y Castillo.

Distance from gangway to coach

50 yards

Useful Information

Shopping

The main shopping area is in the city centre.

Shopping Opening Hours

The shops in the city centre are open between 0900-1300 and 1600-2000 Monday to Saturday.

Post Office

Located in the port area.

Tourist Office

The tourist office is located on Calle Leon Y Castillo.

How to Phone Home

For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.

Emergency Services

Dial 112

Banks

Banks are open from 0830-1400 on weekdays. 24-hour ATMs are located around the city centre.

Excursions

Puerto Mogan Transfer

Departs 1230 | Returns 1730 | Duration 5 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

Puerto Mogan is Gran Canaria’s smallest and southernmost resort, offering its own kind of charm that is a complete contrast to the more commercial resorts on the island. This simple transfer will allow you to enjoy approximately 3£½ hours at Puerto Mogan to explore at your leisure. The resort offers numerous shops to browse and there are plenty of caf s and restaurants if you wish to purchase refreshments. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the harbour, view the houses built over the small canals or head to the little beach to sunbathe or swim. After your visit, you will meet at a designated time and place for the return drive back to the port.

This tour is an unguided transfer only, all walking will be at your own discretion throughout the time given in Puerto Mogan. Should you wish to swim, please remember to bring your swimming costume, towel and sun lotion. The journeys to and from Puerto Mogan normally take approximately 50 minutes each way, depending on traffic. Tour participants will need to take an early lunch on board ship.

Essence of Gran Canaria

Departs 1300 | Returns 1730 | Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

Discover the volcanic origins of the Canary Islands on this trip to Gran Canaria’s Bandama Crater, followed by a visit to Teror and a historic hacienda. First take the 30-minute journey up to the crater, an extinct volcano which rises nearly 1,900 feet above sea level. Take in the wonderful island views here, before travelling to Teror, a charming town with whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and ornate carved balconies. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and enter the Church of Our Lady of the Pine, dedicated to the patron saint of Gran Canaria. Continue on to Arucas and make a stop at La Hacienda del Buen Suceso, the oldest ranch in the Canary Islands, which dates back to 1572. It is now a hotel, and maintains both its colonial architecture and original setting amongst a sea of banana plantations. Enjoy tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes here in this relaxing setting, before heading back to the port, making a photo stop at the city of Altavista along the way.

There is just over half-a-mile of fairly level walking on this excursion, some of which is over cobblestones, with three steps to enter the church. You will be driven along numerous winding roads with occasional steep drops – vertigo sufferers should take this into consideration.

Hiking the Bandama Crater

Departs 900 | Returns 1300 | Duration 4 Hours
££0.00 Per Person

The Bandama Caldera is one of the youngest volcanoes on the Canarian archipelago. Its crater is over 650 feet deep and has a diameter of almost three-quarters of a mile. It has the largest crater on Gran Canaria, and was last active about 3,000 years ago, when a series of eruptions took place that gave the Santa Brígida district its current topography. Leaving the pier, your coach will take you up towards the volcano. Here you begin your walk along a green path that takes you right into the heart of the Bandama crater. At the very centre of the crater you will see an abandoned homestead – this was formerly the only inhabited volcanic crater in the world! From here you can enjoy amazing views of the interior of the crater and see the effects of the eruptions. After resting for a while, continue walking up the side of the crater: depending on the weather, you should be rewarded at the end with a wonderful panoramic view of the northern part of Gran Canaria. It will then be time to re-join your coach and transfer back to the port.

This strenuous hike involves continuous walking for around three hours, covering a distance of approximately four miles, over rough and uneven terrain that includes steep gradients. Good walking boots, layered waterproof clothing, a hat or cap and sunscreen are recommended: you should also bring a bottle of mineral water from the ship. A small rucksack will be useful. There are no opportunities to use public conveniences during the hike. Prior to our port call, the Shore Excursion Manager will request a meeting of all participants booked on this tour.

Arrecife

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

A volcanic island designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes were shaped by an explosive past. Today, its pretty beaches and virtual absence of rain together with duty-free shopping make the island an extremely desirable destination. The main port and capital, Arrecife, is a pleasant town with a modern seafront and colourful gardens. Outside the capital there is plenty to explore, from the dazzling white salt flats of Janubio and the rugged terrain of Fire Mountain to the eerie caves of Los Verdes and an array of unspoilt fishing villages scattered around the coast. The island is home to a great selection of restaurants and local specialities including garbanzos compuestos – a chickpea stew; papas arrugadas – potatoes with carrots, peas, ham and green pepper; and of course, plenty of fresh seafood.

FactFile

Population

142,000

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time Difference

UK

Climate

Hot summers and warm winters

Ship berths at

Puerto de Los Marmoles

Distance from Centre

Approximately three miles

Distance from gangway to coach

50 yards

Useful Information

Shopping

Shops are located in the city centre.

Shopping Opening Hours

Shops are usually open between 0900-1300 and 1600-2000.

Post Office

The main Post Office is situated along the main coast road and is open 0900-1400 Monday to Saturday.

Tourist Office

Located within the port.

How to Phone Home

For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.

Emergency Services

Dial 112

Banks

Banks are open from 0830-1400 on weekdays. 24-hour ATMs can be found around the city centre.

Excursions

Fire Mountain

Departs 1245 | Returns 1715 | Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
££0.00 Per Person

Lanzarote has a fascinating history, among its most notable events were the eruptions of the 1730s, when the volcanoes in the Timanfaya area erupted for six years and covered nearly a third of the island with lava. This volcanic landscape is revealed in Timanfaya National Park, also known as ‘Fire Mountain’, which will be your first destination after driving through the picturesque whitewashed villages of Puerto del Carmen, Macher and Yaiza. Once in the National Park, begin a tour of the craters and lava beds in this lunar-like terrain. At the Islote de Hilario viewpoint, enjoy a demonstration of the latent power of the volcano, as wood is ignited and steam produced by using the heat just below the surface. Afterwards travel south, enjoying panoramic views of El Golfo, a beach with fascinating geological features, and the ‘Boiling Waters’ of Los Hervideros, a series of caves and blow holes eroded from the lava flow. Weather permitting, you next stop at Janubio with its salt pit crater, where vegetables are grown in fields of lava pellets and grapes are cultivated in cinder pits. Finally, visit the island’s wine region of La Geria, where there will be an opportunity to visit a wine cellar and taste some of the local Malvasia, before returning to your ship.

This excursion involves walking approximately 150 yards over some uneven surfaces, and quite a lot of standing: any additional walking is at your own discretion. A warm jacket is highly recommended as it can be cold and windy up on Fire Mountain. Please note that the area is a very popular tourist attraction, which could result in delays at the entrance to the National Park. Tour participants will need to take an early lunch on board ship.

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