Gran Canaria - Canary Island & Atlantic Isle Cruises

The Canary Islands have some of the most striking and diverse scenery of any islands on earth: dry volcanic deserts, a snow-capped mountain, lush fields with banana and pineapple plantations, plus spectacular beaches! Only 70 miles from the coast of Africa, the Canaries were a way station for Spanish galleons and Las Palmas was the provisioning stop for Columbus on all four of his voyages.

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Excursions

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.

  • Island Discovery

    A full day tour to visit the highlights of Gran Canaria – from the capital, Las Palmas, to the wonderful Bandama Crater.

    Island Discovery

    Your tour begins in the capital, Las Palmas, where you will drive through the city´s old colonial area of Vegueta to visit the Museum of Columbus. After this interesting visit, you will then head off into the hills towards the Crater of Bandama. This is truly a magnificent sight, from where you can appreciate amazing panoramic views (weather permitting) and look out towards Spain´s oldest golf course.

    Continue to the Casa Del Vino where you will have the opportunity to purchase refreshments and visit the small museum. At the highest point on Gran Canaria, the 6,000 feet-high village of Tejeda, take in the marvellous views before enjoying luncheon at a local restaurant.

    After luncheon, your descent to the coast begins. En route, a stop will be made at the village of Teror to visit the basilica, home of the island´s patron saint, ‘Our Lady of the Pine’. From here, continue to the ‘banana town’ of Arucas with its imposing black cathedral, where a final highlight of your tour will be a visit to Gardens of the Duchess, a tropical paradise with flowers, plants and trees from many tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world. This full day tour will unveil the highlights of the island, enabling you to experience some real local culture along the way.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves approximately 45 minutes of walking over mainly flat and even ground. Teror can be extremely busy on Sundays, which may cause the tour duration to be lengthened. There are around 22 steps to negotiate at the entrance area to Marquesa’s Garden and some additional steps within the garden. The terrain is a combination of gravel and paved surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    LPS_027

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Walking Trails & Wine

    Take a walk on the wild side, as you hike into the heart of a volcanic crater, then treat yourself to a spot of wine tasting.

    Walking Trails & Wine

    Relax and enjoy a panoramic drive, winding your way past several vineyards en route to Caldera de Bandama.

    With your knowledgeable guide, you’ll follow the trail bordered by lush pines trees, orange and figs trees to the centre of the crater. Smell the fragrant eucalyptus, as you look out for the unusual features of the area, such as the abandoned farmhouses and outlines of terraced fields. Back in the 17th century, vines were farmed here by a Dutch ‘entrepreneur’ who was thought to be the only inhabitant of a crater in the world! After refuelling on a light picnic snack, you’ll start your ascent to the top of Bandama, to experience the stunning panoramic views of the north and west coast.

    Finally, on finishing your hike, you’ll head off to a local winery for a wine tasting.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The tour includes approximately 1½ hours of walking over uneven gravel terrain with some inclines and steps. Passengers are advised to wear flat, comfortable, enclosed shoes and wear layered clothing. It is recommended you bring water and sun protection. The tour is weather dependent and may be cancelled at short notice.

    Tour code

    LPS_030

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Maspalomas Beach Transfer

    Simply spend time at the beach in the sunny south of the island.

    Maspalomas Beach Transfer

    The Maspalomas dunes stretch out along the southernmost point of Gran Canaria, a stunning miniature ‘Sahara Desert’. The dunes spread as far as the eye can see and are a protected reserve, with no construction permitted.

    Spend time on the golden Maspalomas Beach, backed by the biggest sand dunes on the island. The oasis-like combination of palms, lagoon and sand dunes beside the ocean creates the perfect place to relax and swim.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance

    This tour is non-guided, a local escort will accompany the tour. The drive to Maspalomas Beach takes approximately 1 hour. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. There are some changing facilities; however there is a charge for these, payable locally. It cannot be guaranteed that these will be open or operational during your stay. Sun beds and umbrellas can be hired and are payable locally. Please note that during the peak season the beach is very popular and we cannot guarantee you will find sufficient sun beds at this time. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer water sports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, only souvenir shops remain open. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    LPS_034

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Submarine Dive

    Do something different and go for a ride on a yellow submarine where you can try and spot the treasures of the sea.

    Submarine Dive

    After a coach transfer from Las Palmas to the south, you will have approximately an hour's free time in Puerto Mogan to wander around the 'little sister of Venice'. Although a modern resort, many come here to enjoy its old-fashioned Mediterranean atmosphere. Puerto Mogan is the island's most westerly resort and some say the loveliest, so enjoy some time in dive.

    The submarine is fully air-conditioned, with a TV monitor for every two guests, comfortable seating and your very own porthole window for viewing. This unique underwater experience is a must for everyone!.


    This excursion will operate by coach and yellow submarine. Please be advised that there are no toilet facilities on board the submarine. Guests are advised that there is a ladder to get in and out of the vessel. The dive lasts approximately 35 - 45 minutes. The order of highlights may vary. There is a walk of approximately 20 minutes from the coach drop off point to the submarine.

    Tour code

    LPS_016

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • 4x4 Adventure

    Looking for an adventure? Head off the beaten track and discover the rugged beauty of Gran Canaria by 4x4.

    4x4 Adventure

    Hop into open-top 4x4 and set off in convoy along the south coast to the pretty fishing village of Arguineguín, before turning inland. You’ll then weave your way through lush green mountainous valleys passing numerous tropical plantations. A definite ‘must see’ sight, is the natural beauty of Las Niñas dam, the area offers stunning views.

    Continuing through scented pine forests, and mountain villages, you’ll reach the so called Valley of Thousand Palms, Fataga Valley. Surrounded by rural houses and palm groves, a Canarian lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

    Refreshed and ready to go, your final photo stop, before returning to Las Palmas, is the famous Maspalomas Dunes, National Park, a popular area for sun worshippers.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate by 4x4 and on foot. Guests are advised that the route taken is a combination of on and off road. Pregnant women and children under the age of six may not participate. This tour is also not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride and it is not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo. There is a high step to get into the jeeps. The jeeps are open-top and open-sided and seat eight guests each on inward facing, bench style seats.

    Tour code

    LPS_031

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Paddle Boarding

    Try one of the fastest growing watersports and new celebrity fads; stand up paddle boarding.

    Paddle Boarding

    From the ship it’s a short walk, with your guide, to Las Canteras city beach. Then it’s time hop on your surfboard for a 2 hour paddle boarding lesson. Stand up paddle boarding is thought to be easier than surfing, a great way to keep fit and a great social sport. Whether you’re a total beginner or bit of a keen enthusiast, this session will either teach you the basics or help refine your paddle technique.

    Back on dry land, enjoy some free time to soak up the sun or people watch in one of the many promenade cafés.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate on foot. The walk from the ship to the beach is approximately 15 minutes each way. Guests who choose to remain at the beach at the end of the tour must make their own way back to the ship. Guests must be in good physical condition and competent swimmers. Participants must be 16 years and over.

    Tour code

    LPS_032

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Leisurely Gran Canaria

    Enjoy the sights of Gran Canaria at a leisurely pace

    Leisurely Gran Canaria

    Sit back and relax, as you embark on a panoramic drive, heading south towards the main resort of Playa del Ingles. A short photograph stop will be made for you to enjoy the wonderful Maspalomas sand dunes and surrounding coastline views.

    Afterwards, you will continue to a pleasant viewpoint that overlooks the vibrant and modern resort of Puerto Rico. The resort has many holiday apartments built on the terraces of steep slopes that rise from the sea. A short photograph stop will be made for you to enjoy the panoramic view.

    To round off your tour, a visit will be made to the smallest and most beautiful southern resort of Puerto Mogan. You will have around one hour of free time to explore this small, tranquil and friendly resort. Stroll along the harbour, shop for souvenirs or just simply relax in a little café and watch the world go by before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach. In order to derive full enjoyment of this tour, some walking is required. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. There is a market in Puerto Mogan on Fridays and coach parking is restricted, which will result in a further than usual walk to the main town. Euros are accepted for purchases. The drive will involve winding roads and is not a suitable option for those who suffer from vertigo. There are no designated comfort stops during this tour and you will need to use facilities in cafés and restaurants in Puerto Mogan if required.

    Tour code

    LPS_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Two Stop On Your Own

    This simple transfer offers you the chance to explore two resorts, Maspalomas and Puerto Mogan, on your own.

    Two Stop On Your Own

    The popular resort area of Maspalomas is home to the famous sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Upon arrival the time is yours to spend as you please, perhaps take a refreshing swim in the sea, browse the shops or simply explore the town.

    Afterwards, you will take a drive to Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria's smallest and southern most resort. Your independent time here can be spent exploring the shops, strolling along the harbour or by heading to the small beach for a swim.

    Each resort offers plenty of cafés if you wish to purchase refreshments or luncheon.

    After each visit, you will meet at the designated time and place to rejoin the coach.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate coach and on foot. This is an unguided transfer exclusive of refreshments, meals or entrance fees. Please note meeting points and return times as coaches cannot be held for latecomers. The travel time is around one hour each way, with around two hours at each resort. The drive to Puerto Mogan involves winding roads not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo. Walking is at guests' discretion. There are steps to negotiate on to and off the coach. Shops may be closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. In Puerto Mogan there is a Friday market and coach parking is restricted, making the walk into town slightly further. Euros are accepted for purchases. If you wish to swim, please remember swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcohol prior to swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beaches that may offer water sports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    LPS_023

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Island Discovery

    A full day tour to visit the highlights of Gran Canaria – from the capital, Las Palmas, to the wonderful Bandama Crater.

    Island Discovery

    Your tour begins in the capital, Las Palmas, where you will drive through the city´s old colonial area of Vegueta to visit the Museum of Columbus. After this interesting visit, you will then head off into the hills towards the Crater of Bandama. This is truly a magnificent sight, from where you can appreciate amazing panoramic views (weather permitting) and look out towards Spain´s oldest golf course.

    Continue to the Casa Del Vino where you will have the opportunity to purchase refreshments and visit the small museum. At the highest point on Gran Canaria, the 6,000 feet-high village of Tejeda, take in the marvellous views before enjoying luncheon at the El Refugio Restaurant.

    After luncheon, your descent to the coast begins. En route, a stop will be made at the village of Teror to visit the basilica, home of the island´s patron saint, ‘Our Lady of the Pine’. From here, continue to the ‘banana town’ of Arucas with its imposing black cathedral, where a final highlight of your tour will be a visit to Gardens of the Duchess, a tropical paradise with flowers, plants and trees from many tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world. This full day tour will unveil the highlights of the island, enabling you to experience some real local culture along the way.


    The tour involves approximately 45 minutes of walking over mainly flat and even ground. Teror can be extremely busy on Sundays, which may cause the tour duration to be lengthened. There are around 22 steps to negotiate at the entrance area to Marquesa’s Garden and some additional steps within the garden. The terrain is a combination of gravel and paved surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    LPS_028

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Highlights of Gran Canaria

    Discover the many highlights of Gran Canaria, when you uncover the pretty villages of Teror and Arucas.

    Highlights of Gran Canaria

    Sit back and relax as you travel to one of Gran Canaria’s ‘must see’ sights, the famous Bandama Crater. From the viewpoint, admire the stunning views over the north and east coast and out towards the mountainous centre in the west.

    Then it’s time to explore the pretty village of Teror, with its whitewashed houses and ornate balconies. With your guide, you’ll visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pine, one of the most important churches in the Canaries, after shepherds saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary close by. Before heading off to Arucas, make the most of your free time and browse the numerous craft shops.

    The historic city of Arucas is an architectural masterpiece with its bright white houses and imposing turreted church. A visit to the city would not be complete without a visit to the Marquise’s Gardens. Enjoy a stroll through the Romantic style gardens, filled with Canarian and tropical plants and sample the island’s speciality, banana liqueur.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The drive involves winding roads and is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo. The streets of Teror and Arucas are cobblestoned and uneven. Teror can become busy on Sundays, which may cause the tour duration to be lengthened. There are around 22 steps to negotiate at the entrance to the Marquise’s Garden, with additional steps within the gardens. The terrain is gravel and paved. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. The cathedral at Teror is subject to close without notice. Passengers are required to dress modestly when entering a church, ensuring knees and shoulders are covered.

    Tour code

    LPS_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

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