Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Introduction to Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife’s wonderful climate and resorts have been attracting tourism for decades and rightly so. Santa Cruz is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. A tour to the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical and intriguing Pyramids of Guimar is a must.

The largest and most populated of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a hugely popular cruise destination – and for good reason too! With beautiful, warm weather and incredible beaches, Tenerife is rich with culture and is the perfect location for a relaxing and comfortable break. Your cruise ship will dock in the stunning port of Santa Cruz and from here you can check out the beautiful island at your leisure.

Easily reached are the elegant beach resort of Puerto de la Cruz, the lively leisure complex of Playa de las Americas, the banana and pineapple plantations of the beautiful Orotava Valley, and the stunning volcanic scenery and views of El Teide National Park, dominated by the 12,000ft snow-tipped peak of Spain's highest mountain.

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Pyramids of Guimar

PYRAMIDS OF GUIMAR & SECRET GARDEN (TOUR EXC)

Must do tour
  • Admire the stepped structures, known as the Pyramids of Güímar
  • Marvel at some of the most dangerous plants in the world
  • Discover theories around the origins of these mystical structures 
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

The Ethnographic Park Pyramids of Güímar is the site of six, stepped pyramids. Founded in 1998 by the renowned Norwegian researcher Thor Heyerdahl, who was responsible for the preservation of the pyramids and creating the Ethnographic Park.

Embark on a short journey to the site, home to the six pyramids that have been studied by archaeologists worldwide. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, uncover the history and stories behind the unique and astronomically aligned structures.

Continue your tour with a visit to the poison garden, find over 70 species of toxic and lethal plants from all over the world, as well as learning about the intriguing stories about the dark past of how the deadly plants were used over the centuries.

Enjoy some time at leisure to uncover the life and extraordinary transoceanic voyages of the founder of the park, Thor Heyerdahl as you meander through the museum. See how the Norwegian explorer risked his life across oceans to investigate the Marquesas Islands, the Galapagos, Easter Island, the Maldives and many more.

Discover the Easter Island exhibition that will bring you closer to the dramatic history that ancient inhabitants of the most remote island on earth went through. Within the unusual exhibition space, you will see some of the great conundrums of Rapi Nui people, such as the construction of the Moais and their cultural beliefs.

Alternatively if you’re more in to flowers, take a look at the beautiful sustainable garden – a recreation of typical Canarian ravines. Venture along the botanical routes that will allow you to explore the nature, botany, history and culture of the Canary Islands.

CORRECT FOR 20117 CANARIES & MED AND D1702 SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE
 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking. Walking during time at leisure is at the discretion of the participants. This tour is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and is accessible for wheelchair users. Please note there is a few steps to negotiate, ramps are also available. All guests must be able to board the tour coach unaided.


Garachico, Tenerife

GARACHICO VILLAGE & PUERTO DE LA CRUZ (TOUR B)

  • Discover the mountainous slopes of the Orotava Valley, filled with lush vegetation and banana plantations
  • Admire the scenic views as you pass by Icod de Los Vinos, situated in the northwest of the island
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the village of Garachico to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the foot of Mount Teide to the south.

Your first stop will be at Icod de Los Vinos, home to a massive Dragon Tree; reputed to be more than a thousand years old. Continuing, travel to Mirador de Garachico to enjoy a refreshment if you wish (at your own expense) and admire the panoramic views.

Arriving in the pretty little village of Garachico, you can enjoy a walk amongst the rock pools created by the lava flow, which buried most of the town in the 1700’s. You may like to admire the natural lava pools or simply stroll through the attractive streets.

Next, visit the popular holiday resort, Puerto de la Cruz, which occupies the idyllic location between the Orotava Valley and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy free time to walk along the promenade, relax on the seafront or simply browse the many shops for a souvenir of your visit before travelling back to your ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MED CRUISES & D1702 SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over cobbled streets, with a few steps to negotiate throughout. You will travel along steep roads with hairpin bends; therefore this tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo.


Hiking in Teide National Park, Tenerife

HIKING IN TEIDE NATIONAL PARK

  • Travel to 7,500 feet above sea level through the cool eucalyptus forest of Esperanza
  • Discover the stark beauty of Mirado de los Tajinates
  • Learn more about the flora and fauna of the area from your knowledgeable guide

 

Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

If you are interested in discovering more about the natural environment of Tenerife then this is the tour for you!

With an experienced guide, you will trek along the park trails of Mirado de los Tajinates within the Ucanca Valley, discovering more about the flora and fauna that exist in this picturesque part of the island.

The hike will conclude at a local hotel, allowing you the chance to freshen up and purchase refreshments.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015/6 CANARIES & MED SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will involve a strenuous walk; therefore guests are advised to bring suitable, sturdy footwear, such as hiking boots. Guests must be in good physical condition as you will be hiking for approximately three hours. The minimum age for participation is 12 years of age.

 


Shore Tours in Tenerife

JEEPING & BIKING (TOUR Q)

  • This tour combines a jeep adventure with an exhilarating cycle ride
  • Enjoy astonishing views of the sea of clouds that extends over the horizon
  • Cycle down the highest peak in the whole of Spain - simply spectacular
Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £110.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Enjoy a jeep ride up Mount Teide and then descend down, on a biking adventure.

Leaving the quayside by jeep, you will travel up to Mount Teide through the Esperanza Forest, with its cool eucalyptus vegetation. You are sure to catch tantalising glimpses of Mount Teide as you travel through the clouds. You can also admire the nearby Ucanca Valley, which will allow you to appreciate the stark wilderness of the lava fields and the lunar-like landscapes!

Once up the top, you will admire the astonishing views, before embarking on the magical cycle route down. Observe the change of the landscape and climate as you descend - a truly memorable experience and a definite once-in-a-life time moment.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: You will spend approximately three hours on your bike, so participants need to be fairly active and have the ability to ride a bicycle with gears. Cycle helmets will be provided. A warm jumper or jacket is advisable, as you will be travelling at height and you may wish to bring a bottle of water with you. Guests with pre-existing heart conditions may find this tour strenuous due to the altitude.


Tenerife

LAS AMERICAS ON YOUR OWN (TOUR H)

  • Discover the delights of Playa de Las Americas
  • Spend time exploring the island’s biggest holiday destination
  • Enjoy approximately four and a half hours of free time, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant and lively resort
Beach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 6 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

If you have visited Tenerife before or you simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect. An approximate one hour transfer from the quayside to Playa de las Americas will take you to the centre of the resort.

You will have approximately four and half hours of free time in Playa de las Americas in which to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax on the beach and soak up the vibrant and lively atmosphere.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016/7 CANARIES & MED CRUISES & 2016 AROUND AFRICA CRUISE HOLIDAY.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the agreed time. Please note that there will be the option to return to the ship after two and a half hours (with no return to Playa de las Americas) or you can stay for the full duration of approximately six hours in Las Americas. We ask that all guests choosing to swim exercise caution in regards to sea and bathing conditions.

 

Beach in Santa Cruz, Tenerife

LAS AMERICAS ON YOUR OWN (TOUR HH)

  • Discover the delights of Playa de Las Americas
  • Spend time exploring the island’s biggest holiday destination
  • Enjoy approximately two and a half hours of free time, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant and lively resort
Activity Tour Beach Tour
Price£15.00 - £25.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

If you have visited Tenerife before or you simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect- An approximate one hour transfer from the quayside to Playa de las Americas will take you to the centre of the resort.

You will have approximately two and half hours of free time in Playa de las Americas in which to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax on the beach and soak up the vibrant and lively atmosphere.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR L1602 - SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE & 2016/7 CANARIES & MED SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the agreed time.  We ask that all guests choosing to swim exercise caution in regards to sea and bathing conditions.

 

 


Beach in Santa Cruz, Tenerife

LAS AMERICAS ON YOUR OWN (Tour HS)

  • Discover the delights of Playa de Las Americas
  • Spend time exploring the island’s biggest holiday resort
  • Enjoy approximately two and a half hours of time at leisure, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant and lively resort
Beach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

 

If you have visited Tenerife before or you simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect! An approximate one hour transfer from the quayside to Playa de las Americas will take you to the centre of the resort.

You will have approximately two and half hours of time at leisure in Playa de las Americas in which to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax on the beach and soak up the vibrant and lively atmosphere.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the agreed time. Please take care and pay attention to sea conditions if you choose to swim.


Cruises to Tenerife

LAS CANADAS & TEIDE (TOUR A)

  • Discover the National Park of Las Cañadas Del Teide, home to an impressive volcanic crater
  • Admire Mount Teide which rises to a staggering 12,200 feet in height
  • Appreciate the stark wilderness of the lava fields
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Marvel at the volcanic wilderness within the National Park of Las Cañadas del Teide, home to the highest peak throughout the whole of Spain. Viewing this awe-inspiring sight up close is certainly a must for any visitor to Tenerife.

Travelling through the Esperanza Forest, with its cool eucalyptus vegetation, you are sure to catch tantalising glimpses of Mount Teide as you travel through the clouds; photo stops will be made en route to ensure you can share your memorable views with your friends and family.

You will also discover the nearby Ucanca Valley, which will allow you to appreciate the stark wilderness of the lava fields and the lunar-like landscapes.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/17 CANARIES & MED SEASON & D1702 SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, it is therefore considered suitable for guests with limited mobility provided they can get on and off the coach unaided. There are some steps to negotiate to enter the refreshment stop – coffee and a pastry will be served. As you are travelling up into the mountains, it is advisable for participants to bring a jacket. Guests with pre-existing heart conditions may find this tour strenuous due to the altitude. Please note that the journey to Las Cañadas takes approximately 90 minutes each way.


Shore Tours in Tenerife

LORO PARQUE (TOUR D)

  • Enjoy the exciting and intriguing world that is Loro Parque, with ample free time to discover the many highlights
  • Explore the world’s biggest underwater tunnel whilst admiring the marine life swimming above your head
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Free time includedFree time included

Loro Parque is considered to be one of the most important parrot parks in the world - you will find there is so much more here, just waiting to be discovered.

A transfer to the Park will ensure you have plenty of free time to uncover the delights. You may wish to admire the free-flying macaw show, spend time with the sea lions, admire the Orchid House, visit Europe’s largest aquarium or marvel at Tiger Island and Gorilla Jungle. Whatever you choose to do, you will not be disappointed.


DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR  2016/7 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The amount of walking undertaken at the park is at the discretion of the individual, however to make the most of your visit a moderate amount of walking is required. The park is accessible to wheelchairs – all tour participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. Please note that lunch and refreshments are not included in the price of this tour and will be at guests’ own expense. Please note that the park is inspected annually and is covered by Spanish and European Union laws in order to ensure the well-being of the animals.


Shore Tours in Tenerife

MALIZIA MUSICAL (TOUR R)

  • An outstanding innovative musical, where flamenco, opera and dance go hand in hand
  • Malizia, Pirámide de Arona’s new show, is an updated version of the opera Rigoletto by Verdi
Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Don’t miss Carmen Mota’s new show Malizia, which is an adapted version of the opera Rigoletto and the musical of the moment on the island.

The action takes place in modern Seville, where Curro, the "hunchback", is Ricardo Montero’s “jester". Montero is a corrupt and libertine politician, used to having as many women as he desires. However everything changes when Montero sets eyes on Alba, Curro’s daughter, and he uses all of his weapons to seduce her. Alba’s kidnapping unleashes Curro’s malicious tricks in order to avenge his daughter’s honour.

The venue is the Pirámide de Arona; one of the largest auditoriums in Europe with a capacity for over 1,800 people, a 350 metre square stage as well as state of the art theatrical and audiovisual equipment.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking; however there are approximately 60 steps inside the auditorium to negotiate. The auditorium does have a lift for wheelchair users, but participants must be able to board the coach unaided.  The performance will last for approximately one hour and 50 minutes. Refreshments of Cava and sweets will be served in the VIP lounge.


Northern Panorama

NORTHERN PANORAMA (TOUR M)

  • Admire the beautiful scenery of white houses and bare volcanic mountains against the backdrop of the blue horizon and shimmering sea
  • Sample some local wines and cheeses
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour you can admire the beautiful beach of Las Terresitas, where you will have a short photo stop, before travelling into the mountains of Anaga to reach the small seaside village of Taganana.

During your journey you will be able to marvel at the magnificent Canarian flora, including the Dragon Tree and the many terraces of small cultivated plots of land. The scenery is beautiful and the coaches travel fairly slowly along the roads, allowing you a great chance to capture the stunning scenery that lies before you.

In Taganana, a stop will be made at the beach area of the village where you should have enough time to stretch your legs and perhaps have refreshments (at your own expense). The cafés here sell postcards too, of the pretty local villages.
Next you will journey back through the mountains, where at times you will see both the north-eastern side of Tenerife and then a few moments later the north-western. A stop will be made at a viewpoint - Pico del Inglés – from which on a clear day you can look over La Orotava Valley and admire Mount Teide in the distance. 

Back on the coach you will continue your tour, leaving the Anaga Mountains behind to reach the town of La Laguna. La Laguna used to be the capital of Tenerife, and it is here that you will stop at a local hotel and try the local goat’s cheese and different types of wine.  After your visit here you will return to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON &  D1702 SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour involves only a minimal amount of walking and just a few steps to negotiate. You will travel along steep roads with hairpin bends; therefore this tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided.


Siam Park, Tenerife

SIAM PARK (TOUR HOL)

  • Have a ‘splashing’ day at Siam Park -   whatever your age
  • Savour free time to explore the water park which has something for everyone
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

This fabulous outdoor adventure park features natural landscapes and an oriental design where all the family can experience fun and excitement. All attractions at Siam Park offer you a unique experience and a fun-packed day.

During your visit 14 major water attractions, including "The Lost City”, will entice you. Those who want to test their speed can try the "Naga Racer," a great family toboggan race. For grown-ups and the more adventurous, the incredible drop of the "Tower of Power," the powerful "Giant," and the spectacular "Dragon" will provide plenty of excitement. If you would prefer to relax, Siam Park has a range of options, including a beach of golden sand with exotic views and relaxing walks by the crystal clear waters of a slow flowing river. 

DESCRIPTIONS CORRECT FOR 2015/6 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The amount of walking undertaken at the park is at the discretion of the individual. Please note that lunch and refreshments are not included in the price of this tour but will be available to purchase at guests’ own expense. Participants are advised to bring sun protection and towel and to come wearing your swimming costume under casual clothes.


Star gazing, Tenerife

STAR GAZING FROM MOUNT TEIDE (TOUR S)

  • Look out for meteors streaking across the night sky
  • Head out to Mount Teide National Park to experience this fantastic natural phenomenon
  • As soon as the sun begins to set, you will soon realise that this area is ideal for star gazing!
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Observe the endless sky at night in search of meteor showers.

A trip above the clouds at the highest peak of Spain is always a guarantee of something special and unique! Due to the altitude and almost no artificial light, Mount Teide National Park is a very interesting place where you can learn about planets, constellations and stars. Once you arrive at Roques de García a specialist will brief you about what can be seen in this hemisphere.

There is no guarantee you will see a meteor shower, but this tour will give you a good chance. After this unusual, yet hopefully unforgettable event by night, you will head back to the pier.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that meteors are a natural phenomenon and there is absolutely no guarantee that they will be seen during your tour. There will be a lot of standing involved in this tour during your search for meteors – there is no seating available. Guests are advised to dress accordingly – a jacket is advisable as the weather may be cool.

 


The Banana: The Fruit of the wise man (tour W)

  • Learn about Tenerife’s biggest exports
  • Discover the ins and outs of the banana plantation as you enjoy a guided visit with an employee 

 

Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

No one who’s ventured beyond the beach in Tenerife can fail to have noticed the ubiquitous banana plants - often housed in polyethylene to protect them from the rigours of the sea breeze - that grow all over the island. Tenerife is the island with the biggest production of bananas.

Departing your ship, enjoy a scenic drive to the north of the sub-tropical island to the Hacienda Banana plantation; learn about one of the islands most important exports.   

Discover the procedure of growing, irrigating and harvesting the popular fruit. Meet with an employee who will explain the process from plantation to supermarket, while demonstrating the techniques of harvest.

Once finished, we head towards Garachico. The old capital of the island that had an important association to Canary Wharf in London. Canary Wharf in London was named after Fred. Olsen, in 1966 the M.S Black Watch sailed to the Canary Islands on her maiden voyage from London to collect fruit, mainly bananas.

Here, you can admire several large courtyard style houses. Garachico has always taken care of its environment and protected the most diverse cultural manifestations. For these reasons, the Spanish government awarded the town The Gold Medal of Fine Arts, which was presented in 1980 by His Majesty the King.  

To conclude this tour you will notice that the trade and sea routes were vital for the archipelago, and understand how Fred. Olsen also played a vital role in the history of the island.

THIS TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017/18

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount walking over uneven ground. There is approximately 1¼ hours walking in total including some inclines, cobbled streets and a few steps. All guests must be able to get on and off the tour transport unaided. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. Participants will have approximately 50 minutes to explore the town of Garachico, any purchases will be at the guests own expense. Toilets will be available at the Banana plantation and in Garachico town. It is recommended that guests wear suitable walking shoes, and to take a bottle of water.

 


Shore Tours in Tenerife

THE HISTORY OF TENERIFE & TAPAS (TOUR P)

  • Enjoy an insight into the capital of the island
  • Embark on a walking tour of the city to get to know the real Tenerife
  • Stop at a popular bar where you can taste the traditional tapas of the day 
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour is for discerning travellers seeking a new travel experience - to discover the history and culture that Tenerife has to offer.

Leaving the quayside on foot you will enjoy a walk into the heart of Santa Cruz. You will start to learn more about its development and importance over the centuries and marvel at the monuments and splendour of the historical buildings around the square. Continue your walk, passing the Church of San Francisco and Plaza del Principe with its romantic garden. Your walk will continue through the older part of town and, after learning about the Gúímera Theatre, you also see La Recova, the modern tea museum and the Iglesia de la Concepción. True to the Chicharreros’ (the locals’) lifestyle, it will be here that you stop to enjoy some local traditional tapas and wine whilst watching the world go by. If you like the atmosphere, you may wish to mingle in the town or go shopping, or you may wish to head back to the ship with your guide after this interesting look at Canarian life. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016/7 CANARIES & MED CRUISES & L1602 SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is a walking tour and will involve a strenuous amount of walking with many steps to negotiate throughout the tour. Unfortunately, it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests wishing to stay in town at the end of this tour are responsible for making their own way back to the ship, at their own expense, in time for sailing. Please note that when visiting inside the churches it is compulsory for women to cover their arms and legs. The tour may operate in a different order to that described. Tapas will be served; vegetarian tapas can be prepared upon request (please advise at the time of booking).

 


Shore Tours in Tenerife

TOP GARDENS OF TENERIFE (TOUR E)

  • Stunning plants and sweet-smelling flowers will ensure your senses are awakened as you discover the delights of Tenerife’s finest gardens
  • Discover a wide variety of plants and learn about their origin 
Gardening Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This is a wonderful tour to optimise the ample opportunity for some spectacular photographs of the vividly coloured flowers of Tenerife’s leading gardens. Your guide may even provide you with useful tips you can take home to your own garden.

You will travel in the direction of La Laguna and continue to Tacoronte, admiring one of the best wine-growing areas on the island and El Sauzal en route. Following the coastal road, you will travel south to the Orotava Valley, where your drive continues to Puerto de La Cruz.

Arriving at the Botanical Gardens of Puerto de la Cruz, you will learn all about the history behind the garden. It was founded in 1788 by King Charles III of Spain as a stopover for the hundreds of plant species brought over from America, Asia and Africa. Although many plants did not survive, there are still more than 4,000 species, some of which have grown to incredible proportions, and are just waiting to be explored! Along with your guide, you will discover the wide variety of vegetation and trees, interesting for their dimensions, antiquity and eccentricity, or for their place of origin.

After visiting the botanical garden you will visit the well-known Tigaiga Hotel situated in Taoro Park. Here you can discover the subtropical gardens and the wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants from all over the world growing alongside a variety of endemic flora. Relax on the garden terrace of Tigaiga Hotel as you enjoy a coffee and soak up the beautiful gardens that surround you.

Your last stop will be in the new Palmetum Garden, in Santa Cruz. The park is divided into biogeographical sections and includes beautiful waterfalls, streams and ponds, as well as an ethnographical museum dedicated to palms, boasting the largest collection in Europe.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MED CRUISES AND D1702 SOUTH AMERICAN DISCOVERY CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven terrain. At all gardens there are ramps and there are also steps at the Tigaiga Hotel to negotiate. Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. What flora may be seen is subject to seasonal change and cannot be guaranteed.


TOUR AGA - AGATHA CHRISTIE'S DISCOVERIES

  • Visit La Paz mirador to view Agatha Christie’s statue
  • Explore the famous Agatha Christie Street
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
LimitationLIMITED AVAILABILITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Leaving the quayside you will board your coach for your journey to Puerto de la Cruz, where you begin your Agatha Christie adventure.

You will be taken to the famous Orchid Garden (Sitio Litre 1730). Agatha Christie visited this private house and garden owned by the Smith family. Here you will enjoy tea or coffee served in the ancient garden whilst the present owner gives you a short historic journey through the 300 years of Sitio Litre. After this fascinating visit, you will be given some free time in Puerto de la Cruz.

You rejoin your coach and drive the short distance to La Paz where the plot of Agatha Christie´s “The man from the sea” takes place. Here you will visit the La Paz mirador to view Agatha Christie´s statue (inaugurated by her grandson Mr Mathew Prichard in 2009) and take the short walk to the La Paz mansion. Picture the scene of one of Agatha Chritie’s short stoires!

Finally, time permitting, you will see from the outside the old Hotel Taoro, where Agatha Christie stayed with her daughter Rosalyn in 1927. The hotel is now closed, but you will view it from the outside.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately 25-35 minutes of compulsory walking involved with this tour and approximately 12 steps to negotiate. The tour may operate in reverse order. 


El Lomo winery, Tenerife

TOUR N - WINES OF TENERIFE

  • Admire the island’s former capital; San Cristóbal de La Laguna, now a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Perfect your wine tasting skills as you visit two local wineries
Wine Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

A great opportunity to sample wines with a genuine taste of the island.

Since early beginnings, Tenerife has had a special link with wine - even Shakespeare mentioned the island of Tenerife’s wine.

A visit will firstly be made to the former capital of the Island, La Laguna. Here you can admire its historic centre, an exemplary example of conservation. Discover the important monuments and notable buildings whilst exploring the city at leisure.

A chance to tantalise your taste buds comes with a visit to El Lomo winery, set inside the Tegueste dale. It was founded in 1989 and produces more than 250,000 litres of wine each year. Here you will learn about the terrain and the difficulties of the landscape.

From here, and not too far away, you will visit one of the most well-known wineries in the north of Tenerife: Bodegas Monje (Monk Winery). This unique place is an invitation to unhurriedly enjoy its vineyards, plant life and landscape. You will witness the magic and art of making wine and vinegar, selecting the grapes, the different varieties and the entire process which has been used in the wineries of Bodegas Monje for over five generations.

DESCRIPTIONS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED SEASON

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain, therefore this tour is not recommended to wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.

 


Las Ca�adas Del Teide, Tenerife

TOUR T - TENERIFE JEEP ADVENTURE

  • Explore the splendour of Tenerife during an exciting 4x4 jeep adventure
  • Visit the spectacular volcano of Mount Teide
  • Admire the magnificent panoramic views and marvel at the unique geological formations
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Travelling by 4x4 allows you to explore parts of Tenerife that cannot be seen by coach.

A short transfer from the ship will bring you to your jeeps, ready and waiting to take you on an island discovery.

Embark on your adventure towards the Cañadas del Teide, passing through the attractive Esperanza Forest. Make sure you bring your camera as there will be many photo stops!

After a short break for a coffee and pastry (at your own expense), you will arrive at the entrance of Las Cañadas National Park which is home to an enormous crater covering an area of 13,571 hectares, from which emerges the majestic cone of Mount Teide. The mountain is Spain’s highest and can be seen from almost everywhere on the island. The park also extends as far as the Ucanca Valley, the largest plain in the park, along with its lava fields. Here you can view the rock formation known as God’s Finger at the Mirador del Dedo de Dios before ending your adventure and travelling back to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MED SEASON AND D1702 SOUTH AMERICA CRUSIE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour is not recommended for guests who are pregnant or suffer from hip, neck and back injuries, walking difficulties, heart problems, high blood pressure or vertigo. There is a high step onto the jeeps, which are open top and open-sided and seat up to six guests each on inward facing, bench-style seats - so please be prepared to get dusty or dirty. It is illegal to remove any stones or plants from the National Park. The minimum age for participation is six years.

 


Shore Tours in Tenerife

VIVA CANARIAS! (TOUR O)

  • Gain an insight into the history and traditions of the Canary Islands
  • Travel back in time to enjoy and understand the importance of the Canarian culture, passed down from generation to generation
  • Admire the different landscapes of Tenerife both fascinating and breathtaking
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 7.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

 

Viva Canarias! On this tour you will get to know the cultural roots and the main traditions of this unique island. Discover the carefully-kept traditions of the unique and popular celebrations, such as the numerous local fiestas which take place every year.

Departing from ship, you will see a small part of La Laguna before travelling to the lower evergreen coastlands of Tejina, where you can enjoy the beautiful views and appreciate the agricultural areas and the blue Atlantic Ocean. Your next stop is a humble wine cellar - here you learn more about the grapes, wine and climate. After this brief visit, you will arrive at your lunch venue, where you can enjoy fresh fish from the Atlantic Ocean. After your well deserved lunch, you can enjoy a visit to one of the lush garden centres, where you can learn about the Strelizia – the plant also known as the bird of paradise.

At the Carta House, Tenerife’s Museum of Anthropology, you will travel back in time to enjoy and understand the importance of customs and culture passed down from generation to generation. You will be guided around the museum, which is a prime example of an 18th century Canary Manor House and offers a comprehensive collection of cultural materials like textiles, ceramics, basket making, musical instruments and household effects from the Canaries. After your visit, you will enjoy a folklore show where “Lucha Canaria” and “Juego de Palo” will be performed; typical Canarian sports. Leaving Valle de Guerra after a genuine Canarian experience, you will travel back through La Laguna to your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There are a lot of steps to negotiate throughout this tour.


Whale Watching in Tenerife

WHALE WATCHING (TOUR F)

  • Tenerife is considered one of the best places in Europe to see these magnificent mammals in their natural environment
  • A great opportunity for some spectacular photographs
  • Time at leisure to swim and admire the scenery
Boat Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

With resident species all year round, including dolphins, pilot whales, and sperm whales and up to 24 other species migrating through Canarian waters at different times of the year, it is a veritable natural paradise.

Joining your catamaran in Puerto Colon, you will set sail across the blue waters of the south to an area known for its colony of whales and dolphins. Enjoy approximately three hours onboard for a unique opportunity of, hopefully, viewing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

Next you anchor at a secluded bay for free time to swim, soak up the Canary Island sun and enjoy the scenery, all accompanied by your choice of refreshment.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES & 2016 AROUND AFRICA CRUISE HOLIDAY

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is dependent upon favourable weather conditions. Unfortunately, it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users due to the number of steps guests must negotiate to embark and disembark the catamaran. There will be free time in which you may choose to swim from the catamaran. Please note that we cannot guarantee the sightings of any whales or dolphins as they are in their natural, free environment. Please note that the catamaran will not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests and your tour will not be guided - instead you will have the services of a local escort.


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