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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.

Mount Teide Cable Car

Activity high

Duration: 5¼ 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. A final stop will be made at the Aloe Vera Museum before arriving back at the ship.

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 2 years. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. This tour is subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. In inclement weather, the access to Mount Teide may close at short notice. In which case an alternative route will be taken. The time spent at the top of the peak is approximately 30 minutes which may vary depending on weather conditions on the day. Due to its popularity, queuing may be experienced at the cable car.

Mount Teide National Park

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4¾ 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. In inclement weather, the access to Mount Teide may close at short notice. In which case an alternative route will be taken.

Northern Panorama

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

This panoramic treasure contains some of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring scenery in the whole archipelago.

Your tour starts off with a drive into the mountains of Anaga, passing the fishing village of San Andres. On your way, marvel at the magnificent Canary flora, including the ‘Dragon Tree’ and terraces of tiny cultivated plots of land. A short stop will be made at one of the viewpoints, where you’ll have the chance to capture on film some of the stunning scenery.

At the small village of Taganana, you’ll enter a scene of white houses and bare volcanic mountains, on a horizon of blue sky and shimmering sea. If you wish, you can walk with the guide up the hill to an outside visit of the simple church (except Sundays), which houses the figure of ‘Our Lady of the Snows’. Local wine and cheese will be served at a restaurant in Taganana.

A brief stop will be made from the panoramic point of Pico del Ingles, where you’ll have a beautiful perspective (weather permitting) of the north and south side of the island, which is quite unforgettable.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This excursion is mainly a scenic drive, with a few steps and cobblestones at Taganana. The walking is optional. This excursion involves some steep, hairpin bends and is not recommended to anyone suffering from vertigo.

Playa de las Americas On Your Own

Activity medium

Duration: 7 hours

If you prefer to do your own thing, then this tour is the perfect option.

Your transfer will take you south of Tenerife to Playa de Las Americas, the island’s largest and most popular tourist destination.

The resort was ‘born’ in the 1970’s and has quickly developed from a bare shoreline to the high-rise and high-energy resort it is today. The great success of the area is based on the wonderful climate and calm waters. There are several beachside bars, shopping centres, and if you just decide to sunbathe, you are in the best place, as this is the sunniest and driest part of the island.

Essential information

This tour is escorted and does not include lunch, refreshments or entrance fees. Please carry local currency. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour each way and maps will be provided on the coach. Please make note of the return time and meeting point, coaches cannot be held for latecomers. Please remember swimwear, a towel and sunscreen if wishing to swim. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

 

A selection of cruises to Tenerife

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