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The Canaries in Bloom

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Discover the natural beauty of the Canary Islands

With beautiful beaches and cloud-free skies virtually all year round, no wonder the Canary Islands have been known as the Fortunate Isles since time immemorial. This verdant island chain offers much more than just sun, sea and sand as our shore excursions will reveal – be inspired by the subtropical flowers, exotic plants and unspoilt forests which make this gloriously fertile archipelago a gardeners’ paradise.

Inspiring experiences to enjoy… Exploring ancient laurel forests during an overnight in La Palma • Contrast a trio of gardens in Tenerife’s lush north • Discover a cacti garden designed by César Manrique in Lanzarote

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Destination 1

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal has a dramatic appearance thanks to its location on the side of an amphitheatre-like valley – if the climb to the top is daunting then you can catch a cable car up and ride a wicker toboggan back down! If you want to venture yet higher perhaps head to Cabo Girão, an immense sea cliff with a glass walkway 1,640 feet above the water.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Destination 2

Santa Cruz, La Palma

Santa Cruz, La Palma

The atmospheric colonial heart of Santa Cruz makes it one of the loveliest towns in the Canaries, and the island itself is said to be one of the prettiest. Discover the island’s dramatic scenery with a visit to the primal laurel forest, which once covered the entire archipelago, or take a drive along the winding mountain roads.

Arrive 1200 on February 7. Depart 2000 on February 8.

Destination 3

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Discover the largest and most populous of the Canaries with ample time to seek out the capital’s cosmopolitan charms. Alternatively, go hiking up Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide, or enjoy a leisurely catamaran trip to visit a pod of whales that live year round off the perennially sunny south coast. If your cruise visits in December you can enjoy on-board festivities as you cruise towards Tenerife; raise a glass during cocktail hour before tucking into a traditional Christmas lunch. To round off your special day you can look forward to the traditional Christmas Day concert in Santa Cruz harbor performed by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra – it’s sure to be a memorable event. On Boxing Day you can explore the capital, or join one of our excursions to see the island’s gardens, visit Mount Teide National Park, or Mercedes Forest.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 4

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Sporting black sand beaches and scorched lava fields, Lanzarote’s volcanic origins are laid bare for all to see. An off-road 4x4 safari is one way to experience the island’s stark beauty, or you can discover a different side on an invigorating trek through the Valley of 1,000 Palms to the cool confines of the Green Caves.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Destination 5

La Coruña (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain

La Coruña, Spain

This delightful port is a gateway to the lush province of Galicia, acclaimed for its green mountains, rushing rivers and deep gorges. Immerse yourself in the history of the old town, with its baroque palaces and medieval churches.

Arrive 0900. Depart 1800.

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