Canary Islands holidays

Island-hop, city-swap and explore all that the region has to offer on your first cruise holiday. And while there is undoubtedly more to enjoy than the beaches and blue skies, some days the turquoise waters and mountain-backed shores might just prove irresistible.

Where can you go?

Our holidays to the Canary Islands can take you to the islands of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

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Be inspired by the unexpected.

 

Top things to do in the Canary Islands

Kayak ‘The Giants’ of Tenerife

Paddle to your heart’s content along Tenerife’s dramatic coastline and the cliffs of Los Gigantes (The Giants). Look up, down and all around as you may also be joined by some very special guests – a pod of friendly dolphins. They sometimes track the kayaks as they glide along, creating a truly magical feel.

Visit the 'Mountains of Fire' in Lanzarote

Be amazed by the ‘Mountains of Fire’ in Lanzarote The lunar-like landscape of Timanfaya National Park is truly otherworldly. Barren lava cinders and violet volcano cones are as haunting as they are enchanting. Soak up the views and watch in awe as the local guides perform ‘experiments’ to demonstrate the active, powerful forces beneath the earth’s crust.

Arucas rum distillery experience in Gran Canaria

Ready for Arucas rum distillery? Explore the beautiful Church of San Juan Bautista and its surrounds, then step into the cellars of the Arucas rum distillery, Europe’s largest and oldest rum maker. Discover how the spirit is produced and get tasting! Then, head up to the Montaña de Arucas viewpoint: at over 1,350 feet above sea level, the vistas are epic.

 

Get off the beaten track and explore like a local.

 

Taste local wine and tapas in Tenerife

Visit the island’s best wine growing regions, El Sauzal and Tacoronte. You’ll discover the rich heritage and taste the wine of La Baranda House of Wine, located on a 17th-century estate. Then hop over to Bodegas Alvaro, which is said to boast the largest collection of wines in all of the Canaries, for more wine quaffing and tapas tasting.

Explore the sand dunes in Fuerteventura

Explore the breathtaking Corralejo Dunes Natural Park, home to the largest dunes in the Canaries. With plenty of free time, you can scale the sandy mounds or head to the white-sand beach to swim in the inviting, sapphire water. Afterwards you can maybe head into Caleta de Fuste where you can hit the shops. Stroll along the palm-shaded promenade and treat yourself to lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants overlooking the shore.

Hit the pedal in La Palma

Feel the wind in your hair on this exhilarating tour of beautiful La Palma. Don your helmet, climb behind the wheel of a dune buggy and hit the (off) road. Following a lead vehicle, scramble across the rocky terrain of the Cumbre Nueva area. Admire the rich flora and take in the panoramic views of the coastline and out to sea.
 

There's plenty to do, whether you decide to explore ashore by yourself or pay a little extra for a shore experience.

Good to know

Fly-cruise or sail from Southampton

Jet straight to the sun and join your ship on a fly-cruise holiday or sail straight from Southampton.

Duration

Our Canary Islands cruise holidays range from 6-17+ nights.

Time of year

Our Canary Islands cruise holidays run all year round.

Best for...

Fantastic local flavours, hidden gems, culture, architecture, beaches and nature.

Shore experiences

For a little bit extra, you can take part in a range of fun activities with experienced and informative guides by your side.

Our digital port guides

You'll have local recommendations at your fingertips thanks to our new digital port guides (sent by email before your holiday). They're packed full of information and tips for all of the destinations on your itinerary, including local cafes, bars and restaurants – saving you time researching before you go!

 

There’s much more than sunshine and siestas, though you’re free to indulge both!

 

Articles: Read up on the Canary Islands

Read up about the Canary Islands and what they have to offer.

Tales of the unexpected: Lanzarote

Lanzarote is so much more than sun and sand. Travel and lifestyle photographer Zoë Timmers ventures beyond the beach to capture a different side to the island – and leaves her heart behind.

The 10 best things to do in the Canary Islands

From exploring wild landscapes and petrified lava fields to chilling on brilliant white and black sand beaches, shore experiences in the Canary Islands really do offer something for everyone.

Uncover Tenerife

From thrilling theme parks to volcanic landscapes, there’s something for everyone on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.

Recommended ships for Canary Islands cruise holidays

Arvia and Iona are the best ships to help you get the most out of your first cruise holiday to the Canary Islands. With big, open spaces, plus a SkyDome, the stunning scenery can be witnessed from multiple areas all around the ships.

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