The Wonders of Madeira and the Canary Islands – Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Price from
A$5,085

Departure date
February 8, 2024
Duration
11 days

Discover the natural wonders of Madeira and the Canaries, including the festive sights and sounds of the world’s second-largest carnival

Discover the natural wonders of Madeira and the Canaries, including the festive sights and sounds of the world’s second-largest carnival.

The island of fire 

Your expedition starts in Gran Canaria, the third largest of the Canary Islands. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways of the capital, Las Palmas, before embarking on your cruise. Our first stop is Lanzarote, the island of fire. Stand amazed at its deep U-shaped ravines and vertical cliffs, and explore its sun-kissed capital Arrecife.

El Carnaval

Experience the rhythm, colour, flamboyance, and luxury of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival, second only to Rio’s famous samba fest. Witness one of the most anticipated spectacles of the carnival, the Gran Coso Apoteosis, or join excursions to the Teide National Park and its colossal centrepiece, El Teide. Afterwards, take in Madeira, the ‘Garden of the Atlantic.’ Enjoy a selection of exotic fruits and world-famous Madeira wines before sailing to the undisturbed golden sands of Porto Santo. 

A walkers’ paradise  

Hiking in La Palma is superb, with some walks starting right in the capital Santa Cruz. See how it lives up to its nickname, La Isla Bonita, or ‘The Pretty Island.’ We then make our way to remote El Hierro, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. As your cruise draws to a close, you’ll enjoy an authentic slice of traditional Canary life in La Gomera before ending your expedition in Gran Canaria.

What's Included

Flights

Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Cathedral Santa Ana Vegueta, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

The miniature continent

Day 1

People on deck viewing a sunset

Bound for Madeira

Day 2

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

The Garden of the Atlantic

Day 3

Porto Santo Madeira

The Magic of Golden Sand

Day 4

Microscopes, Science Center

Back to the Canary Islands

Day 5

Carnival time!

Day 6

Caldera de Taburiente National Park, La Palma

Isla Bonita

Day 7

The rock formation at Charco Manso El Hierro

The edge of the Canaries

Day 8

Los Roques La Gomera, Canary Islands

A paradise off the beaten track

Day 9

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

The fire island

Day 10

Cathedral Santa Ana Vegueta, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Farewell to the expedition

Day 11

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages