Highlights of the Canaries
Highlights of the Canaries
Volcanic landscapes, colonial mansions, sand, sea and sun are all on offer during this cruise on board Spirit of Discovery to the Canary Islands. During your boutique voyage, you are invited to gaze up at La Coruña’s Roman lighthouse, take an included sightseeing drive through the city of Funchal and join an optional excursion to experience the volcanic power of Timanfaya National Park on the island of Lanzarote. Gaze up at the dramatic form of Mount Teide on Tenerife and step back into La Palma’s ancient past by exploring its primaeval laurel forests. Join us on board Spirit of Discovery as we discover the highlights of the Canary Islands.
- A chauffeur service to the port up to 250 miles each way or included car parking,
- All meals, snacks and daily afternoon tea including speciality dining
- All-inclusive drinks & A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
- Gym, sauna & exercise classes
- Included sightseeing excursions
- All on-board 'tips' and bar service charges
- 24-hour room service plus Free Wi-Fi
- Porterage of luggage at the port
- Free shuttle bus at most ports
- Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
- Optional comprehensive travel insurance, underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch, and additional cancellation rights. If you have your own insurance, we will offer you the holiday at a lower price.
Sightseeing tours included to:
- Funchal, Madeira
- Santa Cruz, La Palma
- Santa Cruz, Tenerife
- La Coruña, Spain
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Spirit of Discovery
Spirit of Discovery features the design cues, cuisine and levels of service you expect in the world’s finest boutique hotels. Except here you can wake up in a new idyllic location different to the one you went to sleep in. The luxurious, world-class design on board heralds a new era for Saga Cruising, and will offer the chance to experience so much more. All backed by Saga’s famous personal service and inclusive value.
Spirit of Discovery Profile
- Gross register tonnage: 58,250
- Passengers: 999 Guest capacity (double occupancy)
- Crew: 530
- Length: 774.3ft
- Beam: 102.4ft
- Year built: 2019
Day 1: Southampton
Embark Spirit of Discovery.
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Funchal, Madeira
Known far and wide for its natural beauty, Funchal is an island boasting dramatic mountainous backdrops and thick woodland – from which it gets its name, Madeira meaning ‘Wood’ in Portuguese. The natural beauty of the island has earned it many titles including ‘The Floating Garden of the Atlantic’, 'Garden by the Sea’ and 'The Island of Eternal Springtime', making this volcanic island, arguably, one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal and its archipelago.
Look forward to an included sightseeing tour, then for a slice of natural beauty, consider a trip to the Madeira Botanical Garden, accessed via cable car or an uphill walk if you are feeling energetic! From the garden, you can enjoy views over the city and down to your ship in the port. For local life, look out for the popular and traditional pastime of basket weaving, and for a thrill you might be interested in a wicker toboggan ride, beginning at the steps of the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church.
Day 6: Santa Cruz, La Palma
The Island of La Palma was declared a UNESCO Biosphere in 2002 owing to its volcanic landscapes and ancient laurel forests. For a glimpse of the island’s natural wonder, take an optional excursion to Taburiente National Park, dominated by a central volcanic crater.
Also demonstrating the beauty of La Palma is Los Tilos, primeval woodland providing visitors with an opportunity to connect with untouched nature. Your time in Santa Cruz, the island’s capital city will reveal a pretty old town punctuated by Juliet balconies. Enjoy an included sightseeing excursion to spot several of the city’s most prominent pieces of colonial architecture.
Day 7: Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Providing yester-year explorers with a suitable stopover on the way to the newly discovered New World, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the Canary Islands. It boasts colonial architecture at every turn of the head including the mansions that line Rambla de Santa Cruz, a leafy district perfect for a post-lunch stroll. Also of note are the fishing cottages near Iglesia de la Conception and the Auditorio de Tenerife, a modern concert hall built in the eye-catching shape of a wave.
Enjoy an included sightseeing drive through Santa Cruz or perhaps independently visit Playa de Las Teresitas, a beach consisting of sand imported from the Sahara and located in San Andrés.
Day 8: Arrecife, Lanzarote
With attractive sandy beaches, clear seas, a tangle of whitewashed buildings and plenty of cultural sites to visit, the city of Arrecife makes for an enjoyable stop on your boutique-ship cruise. Beyond the city limits, away from the gorgeous Charco San Gines Lagoon and abundant cafés, you will be met by Lanzarote’s wild volcanic landscape. By joining an optional excursion to ‘Fire Mountain’, you can enjoy a BBQ meal cooked by volcanic heat and capture the lunar landscapes that belong to Timanfaya National Park.
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11: La Coruña, Spain
The origins of this fabulous Galician city can be traced back to the Celts and the Romans, the latter of which is responsible for the impressive lighthouse known as Torre de Hércules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the city’s curious ‘T’-shaped peninsula. Begin with an included tour, then, to soak up a little more of La Coruña’s past, take a stroll through the narrow lanes belonging to the city’s old town. These narrow lanes will lead you to elegant squares overlooked by grand buildings which are sure to provide a suitable subject for photographs.
An hour’s drive south is Galicia’s capital city, Santiago de Compostela. Its impressive cathedral was built during the 11th century and provides the finishing point for the famous Christian pilgrimage, the Way of St James – or Camino de Santiago. Flanking the cathedral’s square is a luxury Parador hotel, originally built as a hospital for medieval pilgrims.
Day 12: At Sea
Day 13: Southampton
Disembark Spirit of Discovery.