Tenerife cruises

Beloved for its beaches, Tenerife also offers a feast for the eyes – in its numerous art galleries and museums or an incredibly panoramic cable car ascent of Mount Teide. Your ears will appreciate the sounds of the timple, a distinctive element of Canarian folk music. Perhaps even catch a recital at the striking wave-shaped Auditorio, home to the acclaimed Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.

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.

  • Mount Teide National Park

    Rising over 12,000 feet – Mount Teide is one of the most famous sights in all of the Canary Islands.

    Mount Teide National Park

    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.

    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 seven thousand 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.

    Tour code

    TCI_035

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Teide Observatory and Cable Car

    An exclusive opportunity to visit the Teide Observatory before ascending to the peak of Mount Teide on a thrilling cable car ride.

    Teide Observatory and Cable Car

    The Canary Islands are included with Hawaii and Chile in the top three places to observe the sky, and the world’s largest solar observatory is in Izaña on Tenerife. Operating since 1694, the Teide Observatory is world renowned for its contribution to our understanding of the sun and solar system and this tour presents a unique chance to see the observatory and even explore one of its telescopes and learn how it works.

    Following your tour of the observatory a delicious traditional tapas luncheon will be served at a local restaurant with incredible views of Mount Teide. There will also be some free time to relax or purchase some of the local produce on sale.

    Continue to the cable car base station and have your camera close to hand as you ride the exhilarating cable car to the 12,198-foot high peak of Mount Teide on an 8-minute ascent. You’ll have free time at the summit to take in the spectacular vistas of sprawling mountains, lava carved landscapes and rugged petrified rock before returning to your ship on a scenic drive that takes in still more of this unique island’s countryside.



    This excursion operates by coach, cable car and on foot. Dressing in light layers is recommended as temperatures may be significantly cooler at the summit of Mount Teide. Walking is mainly flat over gravel and paved areas. This tour is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.

    Tour code

    TCI_043

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Mamas and Tapas

    Enjoy a truly unique experience, when you sample the culinary delights of a Canarian mama, hosted in the comfort of her home.

    Mamas and Tapas

    Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the Canaries when you visit the small, but perfectly situated 16th century town of El Sauzal. Have your camera ready to capture the impressive views overlooking the rugged coastline when you stop at Mirador Garañona.

    Upon arrival at El Sauzal centre, join your guide for a leisurely stroll and discover the highlights of this pre-Hispanic town including the church of San Pedro. Tea and biscuits will be served at the 16th century colonial style home of the Marquis of El Sauzal. At the nearby Gofio Mill, you’ll witness the time old tradition of flour milling and sample some of the local produce, together with a glass of the millers’ own wine!

    Your host for luncheon, one of the local mamas will welcome you into her home. Tuck into her lovingly prepared home-cooked meal, which will include a Canarian white cheese to start, followed by chicken in Canarian sauce and the famous ‘Papas Arrugadas’. Waving your host a fond farewell, you’ll head back to Santa Cuz, full of great food and some very special memories.



    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The tour includes approximately one hour of walking, including steps and some inclines. Two glasses of wine will be served during lunch. Guests are required to dress modestly when entering a church, ensuring knees and shoulders are covered.

    Tour code

    TCI_033

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Loro Parque

    Entering the wrought-iron gates, it soon becomes clear why this Park is regarded as one of Tenerife’s top attractions.

    Loro Parque

    Regardless of your age, you’ll be fascinated by the Loro Parque. This is where you’ll find one of the world’s most important parrot collections …. and a whole lot more!

    The Californian Sea Lions with their distinctive bark are popular characters; the world-famous Parrot Show is a demonstration of the natural instinct and skilfulness which cockatoos and macaws display; and the world’s largest Penguinarium with its reproduction Antarctic climate is one of the most popular spots in which to ‘chill out’. As you enter the Underwater World, you’ll get the eerie feeling that you are actually at the bottom of the sea. Be sure not to miss the Killer Whale and Dolphin Shows too. These are just a few of the highlights of the Park.

    Lunch is not included in this tour, however the Park offers a range of restaurant and snack facilities.


    This tour is unguided and includes transfers and entrance fee only. Comfortable walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The various shows at the Park run to a strict timetable and it is worth checking times to avoid disappointment.

    Tour code

    TCI_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Puerto de la Cruz & Orotava Valley

    Enjoy wonderful panoramic views of Tenerife, with a chance to shop or browse in one of the main tourist resorts on the island.

    Puerto de la Cruz & Orotava Valley

    Sit back and relax as you pass by the university city of La Laguna, the first capital of the island and the village of Tacoronte. Following the coast road you’ll descend to the Humboldt Viewpoint for a brief photo stop to admire the rolling lush landscape with its impressive banana plantations.

    Stretch your legs, as your guide hosts you on stroll through the narrow streets of La Orotava. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the charms of this pretty village, which pays homage to the cultural splendour of a bygone era. Visit Casa de los Balcones, a traditional 17th century Spanish home, which is said to be one of the finest examples, of hand-carved wooden balconies.

    Then it’s time for something different, as you head to the bustling holiday town of Puerto de la Cruz. Tree-lined avenues, large modern hotels and a variety of shops have transformed this one-time quiet fishing village into the main tourist hub of the northern part of the island. Enjoy some free time to shop, stroll along the promenade or simply enjoy a glass of something chilled and watch the world go by.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are also some slopes and steps to negotiate, with approximately one hour of walking included. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    TCI_032

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Gardens of the Valley

    A relaxing tour, showing you the colour of the Canary Islands as you visit three of its best-known gardens.

    Gardens of the Valley

    Sit back and relax as you embark on a short drive to the town of Puerto de la Cruz, the first highlight on your tour 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.

    The Risco Bello Gardens are a unique style of garden in complete contrast to the Botanical Garden. Garden enthusiasts are sure to appreciate the attractive waterfalls and colourful terraces of local flowers. Last, but not least, is the 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 Humbold 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 and you will have a short time for souvenir shopping.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves approximately 45 minutes of walking over mainly flat and paved surfaces. There are, however, some inclines at the Orchid Gardens and Risco Bello.

    Tour code

    TCI_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Mount Teide Cable Car

    A visit to the summit of Mount Teide by cable car offers a spectacular view of the Canary Islands largest national park.

    Mount Teide Cable Car

    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.


    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 guests who suffer from heart problems or have previously undergone heart surgery, pregnant women, respiratory problems including asthma or infants under the age of 1 year. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. This tour is subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. Due to its popularity, queuing may be experienced at the cable car.

    Tour code

    TCI_036

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Puerto de la Cruz On Your Own

    Discover the delights of this wonderful town at your own pace.

    Puerto de la Cruz On Your Own

    Your transfer will take you north, to Puerto de la Cruz, a popular resort with a charming atmosphere.

    However you choose to spend your time in Puerto de la Cruz, you will not be disappointed. Perhaps start off by exploring the old colonial part of town, where many of the houses still retain their beautiful architecture and distinctive Canarian balconies. Stop for a coffee in the shady square before exploring the narrow winding streets.

    Puerto de la Cruz has a wonderful promenade, great for strolling and browsing the many souvenir shops. You may choose to explore the Botanical Gardens, situated on the edge of the town, where you can discover plants and trees from all five continents. Or you may wish to relax at Lido Martianez, a famous symbol of the island.

    There is a whole host of attractions for you to enjoy, during your stay in Puerto de la Cruz.

    This tour is unguided and does not include luncheon or refreshments. Please carry local currency. The transfer time is approximately 30-40 minutes 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.

    Tour code

    TCI_038

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Sunset and Stars

    Gaze at the starry night sky surrounded by the lunar landscape of Teide National Park.

    Sunset and Stars

    Join your expert stargazing guide as you embark on a panoramic drive to the centre of the Island, climbing upwards through pine forests to the National Park. Have your camera to hand, as several stops will be made en-route to appreciate the panoramic views. As the sun disappear behind the fabulous rocks formation, enjoy a short coffee break in the shadows of Mount Teide, before wrapping up warm and heading outdoors. The evening’s astronomy program will start with a brief introduction and video projection before admiring the clear and star filled sky. Using the astronomy equipment provided, discover visible night sky objects such as: planets and the moon, stars, galaxies, nebuloses and star clusters.

    This tour will operate by coach. Guests are advised to wear warm layered clothing, as the stargazing will be at an outdoor viewpoint. The location of the viewpoint may change and the tour is weather dependant. Experienced and amateur astronomers are welcome.

    Tour code

    TCI_034

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Northern Panorama

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

    Northern Panorama

    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 will 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 will have a beautiful perspective (weather permitting) of the north and south side of the island, which is quite unforgettable.

    This excursion is operated 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..

    Tour code

    TCI_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • San Pedro Walk and Abaco Mansion

    Walk through the unique coastal landscape of Rambla de Castro before enjoying a well-earned refreshment at a Canarian mansion.

    San Pedro Walk and Abaco Mansion

    The protected coastal landscape of Rambla de Castro features stunning cliffs, beaches and far-reaching views. Many species have made their home here and have adapted to the salty environment and rocky train. On your walk, you’ll see fascinating plant life such as Canarian palms and dragon trees that populate the area and a wealth of fauna.

    Visit the shrine dedicated to San Pedro on the crest of a small hill looking proudly out over the landscape and see the small fortress of San Fernando and the old water lifting station of La Gordejuela, which helped carry the water from its source to the crops perched high atop the cliffs. A little way down is the estate of Hacienda de los Castro, the most prominent on the coastal area dating back to the 16th century.

    After your walk, enjoy a drink and delicious Canarian pastry at Casa Ábaco - a luxurious mansion located in beautiful Puerto de la Cruz. The house dates from the 18th century and is catalogued as a place of cultural interest. It is a typical Canarian construction that maintains all its original premises and is decorated with antique furniture and paintings.



    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.



    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking over uneven ground with some inclines. Comfortable, flat walking shoes or trainers are recommended. It is advisable to carry sun protection and a bottle of water. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    TCI_041

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Sunset and Stars on Teide

    Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Teide before enjoying dinner designed by a Michelin-starred chef and stargazing from Teide National Park.

    Sunset and Stars on Teide

    A must for astronomers, romantics and explorers alike, this once in a lifetime experience takes place at Mount Teide National Park, recognised alongside Hawaii and Chile as one of the 3 best places to observe the sky in the world.

    Ascend to the summit of Mount Teide, over 12,000 feet above sea level on the cable car operating privately for your tour. Marvel at the sun setting over Teide National Park’s lava carved landscape from the Pico Viejo viewpoint while sipping a glass of Canarian sparkling wine from the Altos de Trevejos winery.

    Returning to the cable car’s base station it’s time to treat your tastebuds to a cocktail dinner designed by two-Michelin-starred chef Erlantz Gorostiza as the sky darkens and the stars begin to emerge. The pure clear air of the park allows observers to see 83 of the 88 officially recognised constellations in the sky from the base station’s viewpoint terraces. Stars can be observed with the naked eye or by using a long-range telescope in the company of expert Starlight guides.



    This excursion operates by coach, cable car and on foot. Dressing in layers is recommended as temperatures may be significantly cooler at the summit of Mount Teide. Walking is mainly flat with some rocky areas at the Pico Viejo viewpoint. This tour is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.

    Tour code

    TCI_044

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6¼ hours

  • Beauty Of Mount Teide

    Experience the best of Tenerife with its pretty towns, local cuisine and contrasting scenery, from moonscapes to fertile fields.

    Beauty Of Mount Teide

    Your day begins with a drive along the spine of the island where the road snakes up through the Esperanza Forest, stopping at Ortuno Viewpoint for views over the north coast. As you climb higher, the greenery turns to grey and blue and the landscape turns to lava. Before you, rises the dramatic Mount Teide in the middle of an eerie landscape.

    You will stop at a local café where coffee or tea and a pastry will be served before reaching the National Park of Las Canadas. From almost everywhere on Tenerife, Spain’s highest mountain, the Pico de Teide, dominates the horizon and you will be able to admire the views from afar.

    Located in the lush Orotava Valley is the market town of Orotava, one of the oldest settlements on the island. Enjoy luncheon at Pueblo Chico, before taking a guided walk through the old colonial district. You will also have the opportunity to briefly view the House of the Balconies, which dates from 1637.

    In Puerto de la Cruz, you will have time at leisure to shop or wander along the coastal promenade of this popular holiday resort.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two and half hours' total walking during this tour including some inclines and cobbles. This excursion will travel up some mountain roads to approximately seven thousand feet above sea level. Warm clothing and walking shoes are recommended. It is forbidden to remove any stones or plants from the National Park. The cable car at Mount Teide is NOT included.

    Tour code

    TCI_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours