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Our itinerary2022

Itinerary

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This cruise combines the lesser-known islands of the Canaries with the flower island of Madeira. To leave time for exploration without pressure, we have forseen an overnight stay at several ports of call.

Our planned itinerary

(subject to all port approvals):

Arrival Departure
Feb 8 Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)  08:00 18:00
Feb 9 Madeira (Funchal) 15:00
Feb 10 Madeira (Funchal) 20:00
Feb 11 at Sea
Feb 12 Lanzarote (Arrecife) 07:00 23:59
Feb 13 Tenerife (Santa Cruz) 12:00
Feb 14 Tenerife (Santa Cruz)  – 23:59
Feb 15 La Palma (Santa Cruz) 09:00 23:59
Feb 16 La Gomera 08:00 21:00
Feb 17 Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) 08:00
Feb 18 Disembarkation 20:00
 

We plan numerous highlights that can be taken from the excursion programme later on. These include Madeira’s little sister, Porto Santo, where you can go hiking or taste fine wine.

Back on the Canary Islands, we get to know Lanzarote’s impressive volcanic landscape and, if possible, also visit La Graciosa, the smallest of the Canary Islands. On Gomera, dense forests of ferns and moss-covered trees await us in the mists of the high-altitude Garajonay National Park. La Palma offers narrow cobblestone streets and houses with wooden balconies in the port city of Santa Cruz, as well as spectacular natural sights such as the Waterfall of Colours or Idafe Rock in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park.

Those who do not want to extend their trip have the opportunity to visit the dunes of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria on the penultimate day. Two days at sea on board the Vasco da Gama create a real cruise atmosphere, which we will spend with pool games.

 
 

Madeira

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Natural Jewel Madeira

The lush green island invites you to take long hikes, for example along the numerous man-made canals that channel water from the rainy north to the rather dry south. The most famous of these levadas is the hike to the 25 Fontes, an enchanted waterfall fed by many small tributaries. The hike can easily be combined with a visit to the Risco waterfall, which plunges 100 meters from a cliff edge. Also popular is the Levada do Alecrim, which has no significant inclines and also ends at a waterfall. Other sights of the island include the laurel forest of Fanal, located on a plateau and therefore usually shrouded in fog, where you feel as if you are in an enchanted fairy-tale forest. Impressive garden art can be admired around the Monte Palace, located above Funchal. While you can reach the tropical garden from Funchal by cable car, downhill you can use one of the traditional basket sleds steered by two men.

 
 

Lanzarote

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Lanzarote

On Lanzarote he is revered like a saint: the Spanish painter, architect and sculptor César Manrique. The island owes him a law that only allows the traditional construction of maximum two-story, white or beige houses on Lanzarote. Advertising posters have been banned since 1968. Thanks to its commitment to environmental protection, the most northeastern island of the Canary Islands was also declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993. Among the most famous excursion and hiking destinations on Lanzarote are the so-called fire mountains of the Timanfaya National Park. As late as the 18th and 19th centuries, strong volcanic eruptions occurred here, burying large parts of the island under lava and volcanic rock.

On our excursion through the “Valley of 1,000 Palms” we visit the grotto “Jameos del Agua”, designed by Cesar Manrique, a self-contained little fairy tale world. Afterwards we go up to the northern tip, to the viewpoint “Mirador del Rio” with an overwhelming view of the offshore small islands. We get a true insight into the life of the extraordinary artist César Manrique when we visit his former home, the “Fundación César Manrique”. This he has built into a lava field and wonderfully merged with the unique natural landscape.

 
 

Tenerife

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Tenerife

The largest island of the Canary Islands not only impresses with its mild climate, but is also popular with beach vacationers due to its many beaches. Those who are more interested in sporting activities can take a trip to the highest mountain in Spain and hike the Teide National Park. Santa Cruz is the second scene hotspot in the Canaries with great tapas bars and a historic old town. Here you can also go shopping on Sundays and late evenings in the car-free zones. A special fun is the Siam Water Park with its 28 meter high turbo slide. For those who prefer the sea, Playa del Duque has the best water quality on the island. The promenade connects eight smaller beaches with shallow sloping water. On site you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds.

 
 

La Palma

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La Palma

With about 40% forest cover, La Palma is the most forested island of the Canary Islands. Isla Verde, the green island, is also one of the geologically youngest islands of the archipelago. The volcanism is still well visible in many craters, lava flows and the huge Caldera de Taburiente. Mass tourism has so far spared the fifth largest island of the archipelago, with just under ten percent of the total area. Many towns and villages on the island have therefore been able to preserve their original character.

On our excursion to the northeast we get to know one of the most beautiful hiking areas of the island. From the viewpoint of San Bartolo, the view falls into a magnificent densely wooded double gorge. Nearby is the Los Tilos Biosphere Reserve, one of the most important laurel and fern forests in the Canary archipelago, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here we will take a guided walk of about one hour, during which we will discover rare plants that are only native to the Canary Islands. Afterwards we go to the dreamy old village of San Andrés from where we take a walk along the coast to the fishing port. Nearby we visit either a rum distillery with a tasting or a cigar manufactory.

 
 

La Gomera

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La Gomera

With its almost 370 square kilometers, our stop La Gomera is the second smallest of the seven Canary Islands. The runway of the island airport is too short for international charter planes. Therefore, La Gomera has been spared from mass tourism so far. Around the 1487 meter high Garajonay lies the national park of the same name, which covers about ten percent of the island’s surface. Due to the absence of the ice age, there are still laurel forests and a cloud forest with ferns up to two meters high and long bearded lichens hanging from the trees. Our boat trip will start in San Sebastián to Garajonay. In “Los Pajaritos” we will leave the bus and we will hike for about 2 hours through the cloud forest past the highest point of the island “Alto de Garajonay” to the Laguna Grande.

 
 

Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria

The Carnival in Gran Canaria is one of the largest in the world, with many hundreds of thousands of participants, and starts from February 11, just before the Spartacus Cruise returns from its trip. It continues into March with countless festivities. The mild climate and the influence of the many Latin Americans make it the European version of the Brazilian Carnival. Among the countless attractions is the drag queen gala with its annual election of the best performance. The exact dates are not fixed at the moment. Maspalomas plays a major role alongside the capital Las Palmas and the closing is traditionally celebrated at the Yumbo Center.