Canary Island Medley
Departing 8 December 2017
The Canary Islands, set midway between Africa and Europe, have long attracted visitors with the lure of winter sunshine, dramatic scenery and exotic subtropical plants. Leave the cold winter weather behind as you head to the warmth of the Canary Islands, calling at Madeira and Spain too. Inspiring experiences available as optional excursions include boarding a RIB for a dolphin-watching trip off the coast of Madeira; joining a camel-back safari in Gran Canaria; and admiring Fire Mountain in Lanzarote.
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- 13 nights cruise on Saga Sapphire
- All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
- Selected drinks#
- All onboard gratuities
- Entertainment and activities
- A welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
- All port taxes and porterage at the port
Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton. Embark Saga Sapphire.
Days 2-4 - At sea
Day 5 - Funchal, Madeira
Formed by a volcanic eruption, Madeira lies in the Gulf Stream, about 500 miles due west of Casablanca. Discovered by Portuguese explorer João Gonçalves Zarco in 1419, this beautiful island became part of Portugal’s vast empire and was named for the dense forest which cloaked it - 'Madeira' means 'wood' in Portuguese. Sugar plantations first brought wealth here, and when King Charles II of England granted an exclusive franchise to sell wine to England and its colonies, many British emigrants were drawn to the capital, Funchal. Today’s travellers come to Madeira for the varied and luxuriant scenery, from mountain slopes covered with vines to picturesque villages and a profusion of wild flowers. The natural beauty of the island has earned it many pseudonyms such as ‘The Floating Garden of the Atlantic’, 'The Island of Eternal Springtime' and ‘God’s Botanical Gardens’ and our selection of excursions aim to show you why.
Day 6 - Santa Cruz, La Palma
Also known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ (the beautiful island), La Palma is typified by lush forests of pine, laurel and fern which contrast with the rugged splendour of the gigantic Taburiente crater. The island is dotted with attractive villages, which are a delight to discover, and the capital Santa Cruz also makes for an interesting day of exploration. Perched on the edge of the volcanic crater of La Caldereta, Santa Cruz comfortably blends modern architecture with old colonial buildings. Perhaps visit the fascinating Natural History Museum, stroll around the historic quarters and the Plaza de España or travel a few miles outside the city to the exquisite Church of Our Lady. If you enjoy shopping, you can find reasonably priced silver jewellery, leather goods and beautifully embroidered clothes, tablecloths and napkins, a speciality of the Canary Islands.
Day 7 - Santa Cruz, Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a beautiful and scenic island which enjoys year-round sunshine and is dominated by Mount Teide. The mountain range runs through the centre of the island, with fertile valleys on the northern side. In the central part of the range is the gigantic natural crater of the Cañadas del Teide, about 14 miles in diameter. Santa Cruz, the island’s pretty capital, was originally a small fishing village but has now grown into a modern city, and also contains 16th-century civic buildings and ornate private mansions. Near the pier is the Santa Cruz Palmetum, a Botanical Garden covering an area of 29 acres, specialising in palms.
Day 8 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Perhaps the prettiest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is an almost circular isle with the peak of Pozo de Las Nieves, its highest point, at the centre. With a wealth of natural beauty and all the exciting attractions of city life in the capital, the island offers the best of both worlds. You will no doubt wish to see the sights of the capital’s old quarter, which dates back to the 15th century and encompasses the Vegueta and Triana districts, and wherever you go you can enjoy the glorious subtropical climate, perfect for growing exotic palms and fruits.
Day 9 - Arrecife, Lanzarote
A volcanic island designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes were shaped by an explosive past. Today, its pretty beaches and virtual absence of rain together with duty-free shopping make the island an extremely desirable destination. The main port and capital, Arrecife, is a pleasant town with a modern seafront and colourful gardens. Outside the capital there is plenty to explore, from the dazzling white salt flats of Janubio and the rugged terrain of Fire Mountain to the eerie caves of Los Verdes and an array of unspoilt fishing villages scattered around the coast. The island is home to a great selection of restaurants and local specialities including garbanzos compuestos - a chickpea stew; papas arrugadas - potatoes with carrots, peas, ham and green pepper; and of course, plenty of fresh seafood.
Days 10-11 - At sea
Day 12 - La Coruña, Spain
The busy port of La Coruña (A Coruña in the Galician language) is located in the far north-west corner of Spain and is the capital of the rugged region of Galicia. Boasting a rich maritime heritage, the city is famous for being the departure point for Felipe II’s doomed Armada, which was defeated by the English in 1588. British military historians also know it as the location of the Battle of Corunna that took place in 1809, when Napoleon’s troops attacked a division of the British Army led by General Sir John Moore, who lost his life in the battle and is buried in the city. In keeping with its seafaring tradition, La Coruña is also famous for the Tower of Hercules, Europe’s oldest functioning lighthouse, which dates back to Roman times and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The town itself is well worth exploring, with its handsome squares, Romanesque churches and an interesting archaeological museum. It is particularly noted for its long seafront promenade lined with elegant apartment buildings with fully-glazed balconies: these have given La Coruña the nickname of 'The Crystal City'.
Day 13 - At sea
Day 14 Southampton
Disembark Saga Sapphire after breakfast. You will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle for the journey home.