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About Tenerife

Visiting the largest of the Canary Islands, our Tenerife cruises bring you close to one of the world's most dramatic and varied landscapes, ranging from verdant valleys and lush plantations to glorious beaches, vast pinewoods and the volcanic `moonscape' of Mount Teide National Park.

Tenerife's cruise port Santa Cruz has grown from a fishing village to a splendid city with classy bars and restaurants, varied shops, fine architecture and interesting museums.

With our cruises to Tenerife the action begins right outside the port gates, where you will find a café-lined boulevard leading to the Plaza de Espana, at the heart of the port's main shopping area. Look out for bargain electrical goods and cut-price CDs, Tenerife's speciality.

Prefer museums and galleries? Try the Museo de Bellas Artes, which contains works by Bruegel, or discover the island's history, topography, flora and fauna at the Museo de la Naturaleza y El Hombre.

 

Shore excursions in Tenerife

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Gardens of the Valley

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

A relaxing tour, showing you the colour of the Canary Islands as you visit two of its best-known gardens, and enjoy free time in Puerto de la Cruz.

Sit back and relax as you embark on a short drive to the town of Puerto de la Cruz,a stop will be made at the Humboldt viewpoint before the first visit on your tour that will be at the wonderfully laid out Botanical Garden. Founded by the royal decree of Charles III of Spain in 1788, the purpose was to form an area where plants, shrubs and flowers, brought by the Conquistadors from the New World, could acclimate to Spanish soil. Many of the plants in the garden are the original specimens and the centre-piece is a huge South American fig tree whose enormous branches and roots have created an outlandish tree house.

Then visit to the Orchid Gardens of Sitio Litre. This garden is part of the history of Puerto de la Cruz in that many distinguished visitors such as Agatha Christie, Alexander von Humboldt and Marianne North have visited this site. The main attraction is the largest collection of orchids in the Canary Islands and the oldest Dragon Tree in Puerto de la Cruz. A glass of local wine will be served as a refreshment at the Orchid Garden.

Following the gardens, it’s time to enjoy the famous town centre of Puerto de la Cruz for some free time to do some shopping before heading back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves 45 minutes to 2 hours of walking. There are also some inclines at the Orchid Gardens. There will be approximately 1 hour free time in Puerto de la Cruz.

History and Flavours of Tenerife

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Explore a bustling local market, the UNESCO protected city of La Laguna and enjoy a drink at the iconic Auditorium de Tenerife.

Visit the Market of Our Senora of Africa with your expert guide for a slice of local life. Built in 1940 with a North African style, the market continues to be a hub for the city of Santa Cruz and offers a huge range of products including local fruits, spices, teas and flowers from over 200 vendors.

Your journey continues to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Laguna, considered to be a unique example of an unwalled colonial city. The original 15th century layout remains largely intact and was the template for colonial cities in the New World such as Old Havana, Lima and Cartagena. Explore the well preserved city centre with its refurbished cathedral, city hall and pretty squares.

Before returning to your ship, enjoy the Canarian flavoured refreshment of a passion fruit mojito with a selection of delicious local delicacies at the Auditorium de Tenerife with wonderful views over the sea. The majestic curved profile of the auditorium has become a symbol of the island and is emblematic of modern Spanish architecture.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking. There are some cobblestone surfaces to negotiate in La Laguna. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Mamas and Tapas

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Enjoy a truly unique experience, when you sample the culinary delights of a Canarian mama, hosted in the comfort of her home.

Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the Canaries when you visit the small, but perfectly situated 16th century town of El Sauzal. Have your camera ready to capture the impressive views overlooking the rugged coastline when you stop at Mirador Garañona.

Upon arrival at El Sauzal centre, join your guide for a leisurely stroll and discover the highlights of this pre-Hispanic town including the church of San Pedro. Tea and biscuits will be served at the 16th century colonial style home of the Marquis of El Sauzal. At the nearby Gofio Mill, you’ll witness the time old tradition of flour milling and sample some of the local produce, together with a glass of the millers’ own wine!

Your host for lunch, one of the local mamas will welcome you into her home. Tuck into her lovingly prepared home-cooked meal, which will include a Canarian white cheese to start, followed by chicken in Canarian sauce and the famous ‘Papas Arrugadas’. Waving your host a fond farewell, you’ll head back to Santa Cuz, full of great food and some very special memories.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking, including steps and some inclines. 2 glasses of wine will served during lunch. Passengers are required to dress modestly when entering a church, ensuring knees and shoulders are covered.

Mount Teide Cable Car

Activity high

Duration: 5 hours

A visit to the summit of Mount Teide by cable car offers a spectacular view of the Canary Islands largest national park.

Mount Teide is located in the Cañadas del Teide National Park and is the highest mountain in all of the Spanish territories. The impressive peak and surrounding arid landscape offers contrasting panoramic views and by taking the cable car to the peak, you’ll capture the national park from 11,660 feet above sea level.

Setting off from Santa Cruz your drive will take you through the scenic Esperanza forest and on to the National Park. On reaching the cable car station at 7700 feet above sea level, a short stop will be made to admire the views before joining the cable car. Your ride will take you up to the 2nd station where you’ll disembark to enjoy the viewpoint and admire the breathtaking scenery.

Rejoin the cable car for the return ride to the base station and the onward drive back to Santa Cruz.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Please take a warm jacket or jumper as the temperatures can be cooler at the top of the peak. From October to April the temperatures can reach below freezing. It is forbidden to remove any stones or plants from the National Park. This excursion will travel up some mountain roads to approximately 7,000 feet above sea level and eventually to 11,600 feet with the cable car. This tour is not recommended to passengers who suffer from heart problems or have previously undergone heart surgery, pregnant women, respiratory problems including asthma or infants under the age of 1 year. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. This tour is subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. Due to its popularity, queuing may be experienced at the cable car.

Mount Teide National Park

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Rising over 12,000 feet – Mount Teide is one of the most famous sights in all of the Canary Islands.

Your tour begins with a drive towards the old colonial capital of La Laguna, situated in the Aguirre Valley amidst beautiful surroundings. From La Laguna, your route turns along the base of the mountain range, through the Esperanza pine forests and foothills to the Teide National Park. A short stop will be made at a local restaurant for refreshments before heading into the heart of the Park. Declared a national park in 1954, the Cañadas del Teide National Park includes an enormous volcanic crater, which has been dormant since 1909 and is over 29 miles in circumference. From the crater, rising 12,300 feet, is Mount Teide - the highest mountain in all of Spanish territory. Take in the views of this impressive peak and the surrounding arid landscape in the crater, which is often said to resemble the set of a western movie. Enjoy some free time at the Roques de García before reboarding the coach for your return journey. En route to the ship several stops will be made for photographs, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the breathtaking scenery.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to and through the Mount Teide National Park is approximately 1½ hours. This excursion will travel up some mountain roads to approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. Warm clothing is recommended. It is forbidden to remove any stones or plants from the National Park. The cable car at Mount Teide is not included. Walking is mainly flat over gravel and paved areas. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to Tenerife

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