Gran Canaria to Lisbon - Islands of the Atlantic Expedition Cruise

Gran Canaria to Lisbon - Islands of the Atlantic Expedition Cruise

Gran Canaria to Lisbon - Islands of the Atlantic Expedition Cruise

Gran Canaria to Lisbon - Islands of the Atlantic Expedition Cruise

Travel information 11 days MS Spitsbergen
Departures
March 1, 2023
March 9, 2024
Price from $ 4,998
$ 3,498
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

11-Day expedition cruise from the Canary Islands to Lisbon, including Madeira

A feast of history and culture

Discover these islands’ heritage and ways of life. Visit vibrant Las Palmas and stunning Funchal, quaint Valverde, and elegant Arrecife. Experience an authentic slice of life in La Gomera and Lanzarote before disembarking in Lisbon, Portugal's charming and historic capital.

Rare wildlife among volcanic landscapes

Visit the world’s third-largest volcano, El Teide, in Tenerife, and explore beautiful hiking trails far from the tourist crowds. As we sail, we‘ll be keeping an eye out for seabirds, dolphins, and whales.

Gran Canaria to Lisbon - Islands of the Atlantic Expedition Cruise Gran Canaria to Lisbon - Islands of the Atlantic Expedition Cruise
  • Day 1
    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

    Embarking in Gran Canaria

    Estimated time of departure is 7:00 PM

    Soak up the sights and scenery of Gran Canaria.

    Your expedition cruise begins in Gran Canaria. If you have some extra time, we recommend joining the optional Pre-Program, which adds an overnight stay and a guided tour that delves into the town’s history and architecture, and the island’s geology.

    In Las Palmas’ Old Town district, Vegueta, you’ll find brightly colored colonial houses, narrow streets, and the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Ana. In the island’s interior, you can find the massive Bandama Caldera, a volcanic basin that offers astonishing panoramic views.

    Back in the city, it’s time to join MS Spitsbergen, meet your Expedition Team, and get your adventure under way.

    Day 1
    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

    Embarking in Gran Canaria

  • Day 2
    San Sebastián de la Gomera, Spain

    Untamed La Gomera

    Take in La Gomera's national parks and laurel forests.

    La Gomera is the second-smallest Canary Island, whose nature is largely untamed. Here you’ll find Canarian island life at its most authentic.

    In the historic center of San Sebastián, you can visit the Baroque church Iglesia de la Virgen de la Asunción, where Columbus and his crew are said to have prayed before setting sail. You can also visit the Archeological Museum of La Gomera to learn about the first settlers here.

    Consider hiking through the beautiful laurel forests and idyllic palm-covered valleys of the mountainous Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Day 2
    San Sebastián de la Gomera, Spain

    Untamed La Gomera

  • Day 3
    El Hierro, Canary Islands

    Beauty of El Hierro

    Witness the unique geology of this UNESCO biosphere.

    Remote El Hierro is a shield volcano classified as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With lava-sculpted rocks and flower-filled fields, this is truly a remarkable island.

    Valverde is the only landlocked capital in the Canaries, just four miles away from La Estaca, our port for the day. Stroll the streets of this easy-going capital and soak up its traditional atmosphere.

    Walking is the best way to explore this green island. Visit the island’s photogenic forests, meadows, and volcanic formations, which are connected with crisscrossing trails.

    Day 3
    El Hierro, Canary Islands

    Beauty of El Hierro

  • Day 4
    Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain

    La Palma, the pretty isle

    Discover vibrant Santa Cruz

    Known as La Isla Bonita (‘The Pretty Isle’)

    La Palma is home to forests of pine and laurel, banana trees, and palm groves. Santa Cruz de la Palma, its capital, is considered one of the loveliest towns in the Canary Islands.

    In Santa Cruz, head to Calle Real, the vibrant main street. Monumental Plaza de España is lined with magnificent Renaissance-era buildings, like the iconic city hall. On Avenida Maritima, look out for traditional wooden balconies lavishly adorned with plants and flowers.

    Wander around the districts of La Canela and San Telmo and you’ll see signs of faded colonial grandeur. Hiking in La Palma is superb and some walks start directly from Santa Cruz.

    Day 4
    Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain

    La Palma, the pretty isle

  • Day 5
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

    Exploring Tenerife

    Visit historic plazas and El Teide volcano.

    We dock at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital and the gateway to El Teide. We suggest starting your city sightseeing from Plaza de España. Take in the façades of the old casino and 18th-century Palacio de Carta from Plaza de la Candelaria.

    Then head to the beautiful plazas of Príncipe de Asturias and Los Patos before taking a stroll among the tropical flowers, ferns, and hidden sculptures of the beautiful García Sanabria Park.

    You shouldn’t miss a visit to Teide National Park and its centerpiece, the colossal El Teide, the world’s third-largest volcano. It features an unforgettable landscape of craters, volcanic cones, ancient rocks, and streams of petrified lava.

    Day 5
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

    Exploring Tenerife

  • Day 6
    Arrecife, Spain

    The fire island

    See Lanzarote’s charming old town and famous lagoons.

    Just 78 miles off the African coast, Lanzarote’s spartan, desert-like landscape and eroded volcanic formations are a geologist’s dream. We’ll start the day in Arrecife, the administrative center.

    Once a popular fishing port, Arrecife is now a charming, sun-kissed town. Explore the historic center’s square, its white fishermen's houses, the 17th-century Church of San Ginés, and the 18th-century Casa de los Arroyo.

    Farther afield, discover the stunning Timanfaya National Park or the long lava tubes of the famous Jameos del Agua lagoons.

    Day 6
    Arrecife, Spain

    The fire island

  • Day 7
    At Sea

    Madeira-bound

    Unwind and enjoy during a relaxing day at sea

    You’ll spend a leisurely day at sea sailing towards the Madeira Islands. Look out for seabirds and pick up tips on how to take great wildlife images from our onboard photographer.

    Don’t miss our Expedition Team's fascinating lectures on Madeira's history and wildlife, including birds and whales. Learn about important conservation projects, like how the islanders are working to remove invasive plant species from Madeira National Park.

    Relax in a hot tub, work out in the gym, enjoy a sauna session, or simply take in the calming ocean views from the Explorer Lounge &Bar.

    Day 7
    At Sea

    Madeira-bound

  • Day 8
    Funchal, Portugal

    Verdant Madeira

    Experience Funchal's old-world charm.

    Enveloped by swathes of humid laurel forest, Madeira rises majestically out of the Atlantic in various shades of green. Explore the quaint capital of Funchal before sampling the island's famed fortified wines.

    Visit the historic district and see the beautiful Funchal Cathedral. Dating to 1485, its wooden ceiling and is a classic example of Manueline architecture. And try to find the sweet ananas-banana fruit that looks like a giant pickle!

    For glorious views, take the cable car to the picturesque village of Monte. If you dare, slide the mile back down to Funchal in a carro de cesto, a wicker sled on wooden skis. It’s a fun and memorable experience!

    Day 8
    Funchal, Portugal

    Verdant Madeira

  • Day 9
    Porto Santo, Madeira

    Sands of Porto Santo

    Discover history and nature on a small, golden island.

    As we approach Porto Santo, have your binoculars handy to keep an eye out for dolphins and seabirds, including Cory’s shearwaters, northern gannets and Bulwer’s petrels.

    In the town of Vila Baleira, stroll to the palm-lined Largo do Pelourinho square and enjoy a glass of vinho do Porto Santo in one of its bars before visiting the Christopher Columbus House Museum. You’ll even have the chance to help conserve Porto Santo's golden sands on a beach clean-up.

    Enjoy a panoramic bus tour to Ponta de Calheta, Pico do Castelo, and Fonte da Areia, whose waters are said to provide eternal youth. If you prefer a nature walk, join a hike to Pico Branco, where much of the endemic flora on the island can be found.

    Day 9
    Porto Santo, Madeira

    Sands of Porto Santo

  • Day 10
    At Sea

    Relax and reflect

    Enjoy one last relaxing day at sea. As your journey draws to a close, today is all about reflection.

    Our Expedition Team will be eager to share their favorite moments of the trip with you and offer their final lectures. Recap the fascinating sights you’ve seen along your journey. On this day, our resident photographer often presents a slideshow recapping your cruise. The crew might even put on a show!

    If you prefer solo reflection, find one of the ship’s quiet nooks. Take time to edit your photos, update your travel journal, or dive back in to the book you are reading. All the while, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and seabirds as we creep closer to the mainland.

    Enjoy a farewell dinner and speech from the captain. Afterward, relax in the panoramic Explorer Lounge & Bar with a beverage and trade highlights with your new-found friends as we sail to Lisbon.

    Day 10
    At Sea

    Relax and reflect

  • Day 11
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Legendary Lisbon

    Estimated time of arrival is 7:00 AM

    This morning, your expedition comes to a triumphant end with delightful views of Lisbon as we cruise up the Tejo River. Built on seven hills along the shores of the scenic Tagus River, Lisbon ranks among southern Europe’s most enchanting cities—with a fascinating history, to boot.

    If you have time, explore the old town before you head home. A walk around Baixa, Bairro Alto, and Alfama, the main historic districts of Lisbon, is essential. Almost everything of historic interest in these charming historic districts, along with a great number of small shops and boutiques.

    Start at the Praça do Comercio in the Baixa district and make your way to Praça Rossio to see the statue of King Pedro IV. Then head up to Largo do Chiado to explore the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. You’ll find Lisbon Cathedral among the labyrinthine of Alfama’s streets, around the old Islamic quarter, along with Roman amphitheater ruins and the impressive 11th-century Moorish fortress with panoramic views of the city.

    Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are nearby. Closely connected to Portugal’s Age of Discovery and explorers such as Vasco de Gama, Belém is also home of the famously delicious ‘Pastel de Belém’ custard tart. Don’t go home without trying it!

    Want to explore Lisbon and its surroundings before returning home? We recommend joining our optional Post-Program. On this Post-Program, you’ll explore Lisbon’s fascinating historic districts and then resorts outside the city, including the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra, Monserrate Palace, and a guided excursion to the beaches of Cascais. Then you’ll return to Lisbon to spend the night.

    As you return home, no doubt you’ll already be planning your next adventure. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon!

    Day 11
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Legendary Lisbon

Departures

2023

  • January
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  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
March:
1.

2024

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
March:
9.

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

†Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and a gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help configure your camera settings

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • Air travel
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and sea conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
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Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m
Beam 18 m
Speed 14.5 knots
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