The Wonders of Madeira and the Canary Islands

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Departure date
11 days

Cruise Overview

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.


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

The miniature continent

Day 1

Bound for Madeira

Day 2

The Garden of the Atlantic

Day 3

The Magic of Golden Sand

Day 4

Back to the Canary Islands

Day 5

Carnival time!

Day 6

Isla Bonita

Day 7

The edge of the Canaries

Day 8

A paradise off the beaten track

Day 9

The fire island

Day 10

Farewell to the expedition

Day 11

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 10-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities

  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings  

What's not included

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Included Programmes

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

Ships on this expedition

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