Canary Islands & Madeira Cruise
- Duration: 16 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99453
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
15 nights. October 2021. From £2269.00.
Sail south to the sun
Join Columbus as she sails south to warmer climes and sun-kissed isles off the coast of Africa. Sit back, relax and enjoy a host of on-board amenities, fine dining, first-class entertainment and some wonderful ports of call. After a call at vibrant Dutch capital Amsterdam, continue your journey south, stopping to spend a day in British outpost Gibraltar along the way. Calls at Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife add to the pleasures of this wonderful cruise and are followed by an enjoyable day spent in floral paradise Funchal, capital of Portuguese island idyll Madeira. Set sail for home, via Portuguese Leixões – gateway to wine-producing Porto – where you may choose to take an optional tour.
What's Included15 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
Luggage porterage from port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsCalling at seven unforgettable ports
Relaxed days at sea cruising out into the Atlantic
Funchal, the pretty capital of Madeira
A call in charming, cosmopolitan Amsterdam
Very British Gibraltar, beneath its famous Rock
See Lanzarote’s black-sand beaches
Bustling Las Palmas on Gran Canaria
Experience the "whole world in one day" on Tenerife
The chance to visit Oporto on an optional excursion from Leixoes
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart from London Tilbury, UK
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1630hrs Today you'll be free to explore Amsterdam's canals, flower markets and museums. Wander cobbled streets lined with step-gabled buildings, stop for a drink and a bite to eat in one of the city's many excellent bars, cafes and restaurants, or take to the water on a canal cruise.
Day 6Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 2100hrs Spend today in the very British outpost of Gibraltar, in the shadow of the famous Rock. Search out a bargain on Main Street, or take a cable car to the heights above to see the famous Barbary Apes, and the views across the Straits to North Africa and the Atlas Mountains.
Day 8Arrecife, Lanzarote
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 2000hrs The first of your Canary Islands calls is Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote. Enjoy this sun-baked and colourful holiday isle where black-sand beaches run gently down into warm waters. Why not head to the island's "fire mountain" to take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano?
Day 9Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2300hrs The great trading port of Las Palmas welcomes Columbus to Gran Canaria, today. Explore modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the city's old town, Vegueta. Alternatively, join an optional shore excursion inland to discover some of the island's superb views.
Day 10Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Today is spent on the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. Columbus will dock in the principal port of Santa Cruz. Discover the land that boasts 'the whole world in one day' on optional shore excursions that might take you for a swim in warm waters or to throw snowballs on the slopes of Mt Teide; or from the capital's glitzy shopping malls to stunning gardens, banana plantations and forests of giant pines and eucalyptus trees.
Day 11Funchal, Madeira
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1900hrs Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed subtropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in Funchal, the island capital, visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan'!
Day 13Leixoes, Portugal
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to historic Oporto. Famed the world over for its port wine, "Porto" is perched on the granite cliffs above the River Douro, the two banks linked by some vertigo-inducing bridges. Head into the Ribeira district to visit one of the wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned.
Day 16Arrive in London Tilbury, UK
Arrive: 0800hrs Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your Canary Islands cruise. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top