Canary Islands & Madeira Cruise
- Duration: 16 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99723
- Travel Type: Make your own way
15 nights. October 2020. From £1089.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Sail into the warm waters of the Atlantic on board Columbus, and call at three sun-kissed Canary Isles and the glorious garden-paradise of Madeira. Relax as Columbus cruises south from London Tilbury and make the most of the excellent restaurants, bars, shops and other distractions on board. Step ashore at each new port to discover the black-sand beaches and volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, the palm-fringed squares of Vegueta, Las Palmas' old town on Gran Canaria, and the space-age curves of the seafront Auditorio in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Explore Madeira's capital, Funchal, or experience the exhilaration of a wickerwork ’toboggan’ ride from Monte down to Livramento.
On your way to and from your island destinations you'll also have opportunities to visit Amsterdam and Gibraltar, and spend a day in Lisbon strolling along the narrow streets of the Alfama, past the extraordinary Manueline architecture of the Belem quarter and through the elegant plazas and colonnades of the Baixa.
What's Included15 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsCruise south to autumn warmth and sunshine
Spend lazy days at sea relaxing
Calling at seven unforgettable ports
A call in charming, maritime Rotterdam
Gibraltar, beneath its famous Rock
Lanzarote's black-sand beaches
Vibrant, colourful Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Experience the "whole world in one day" on Tenerife
The glorious garden-paradise of Madeira
Explore the Portuguese capital, Lisbon
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
Depart: 1500hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail this afternoon.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1630hrs Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
Days 3 to 5At sea
Spend a few days relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers as Columbus sails south towards the straits of Gibraltar.
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 7At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 8Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 2000hrs The first of your Canaries calls is Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote, where black sand beaches fringe warm waters. You'll have the chance to head to 'fire mountain' and to take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano.
Day 9Gran Canaria, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2300hrs Today Columbus ties up in the Las Palmas, Gran Canaria's principal port. Step ashore to explore the bustling metropolis of modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the old town, Vegueta, and perhaps take a shore excursion inland for some superb views.
Day 10Tenerife, Spain
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 11Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs 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 12At sea
Spend another day at sea as Columbus heads back towards mainland Europe.
Day 13Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1300hrs The Portuguese capital Lisbon is Columbus' final port. Stroll the narrow streets of the Alfama district, and climb aboard one of the city's famous trams. See the extraordinary Manueline architecture of the Belem quarter, and the striking modern buildings of the Baixa.
Days 14-15At sea
Make the most of your final two days on board as Columbus cruises to London and home.
Day 16Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0900hrs Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your 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.