essential cruise - Canary Islands & Madeira
A no-fly cruise sailing from London Tilbury
Discover the Canary Islands and the natural beauty of Madeira, beginning with the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam. The voyage takes you to the Canary Islands’ finest locations including Arrecife, the charming island that first became known as a fishing harbour in the 15th century; Las Palmas, a place of glorious beaches and sub-tropical climate; and Tenerife’s Santa Cruz, hosting fascinating museums, churches and exquisite gardens. Visit Funchal, Madeira’s floating garden capital, decorated with pretty streets displaying beautiful white-washed buildings, before one last call in Portugal.
- 15 nights cruise on Columbus
- 44 meals: 15 breakfasts (days 2-16) 14 lunches (days 2-15) 15 dinners (days 1-15)
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Self-service coffee & tea (6am-10pm)
- Captain’s Cocktail Party
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Wide selection of leisure facilities & daytime activities
- Porterage on the cruise ship
- Services of the experienced Cruise & Maritime Voyages staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Dutch capital is a charming place to explore with the appearance having hardly changed from the 17th century Golden Age. This beautiful city hosts an array of pretty bridges, marvellous gabled houses, merchants’ mansions and canals decorated with lush green trees. Discover the fascinating history by visiting The Royal Palace - constructed in the 17th century as a town house - spectacular galleries and museums including the famous Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum.
Days 3-5 - At sea
Relax and enjoy the facilities.
Day 6 - Gibraltar, UK
Regardless of its physical connection to Spain, Gibraltar has remained a British-controlled region for 300 years. Gibraltar is famous for its ‘Rock’, an astonishing 1400 foot outcrop separating the Mediterranean from the Atlantic. The beautiful beach destination has plenty of things to do including visiting the fascinating St Michael’s Cave.
Day 7 - At sea
Day 8 - Arrecife, Lanzarote
First appearing on the maps as a fishing harbour in the 15th century, Arrecife is now the capital of Lanzarote. The island is located four degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer and hosts a beautiful sub-tropical climate and variety of vibrant shops - it’s the perfect place to pick up some duty free goods.
Day 9 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is undeniably a popular destination and there’s no wonder why with its beautiful sub-tropical climate and glorious sandy beaches and the capital, Las Palmas is particularly famed for its wonderful array of tranquil parks and plazas.
Day 10 - Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Today we arrive in the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz, a beautiful city home to a number of fascinating museums, churches, wonderful nature and shops and restaurants serving mouthwatering dishes. The Garcia Sanabria Park is a particular treasure here with its delightful garden area, incredible fountains and pretty architecture.
Day 11 - Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira’s vibrant capital is a wondrous place to discover. The harbour is beautifully located in the centre of town allowing you to wander the charming streets displaying white-washed buildings decorated with red tiled roofs. Madeira is renowned for its beautiful flora awarding it the name of ‘the floating garden of the Atlantic’.
Day 12 - At sea
Day 13 - Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, the westernmost capital in Europe is renowned for its unique history as the place where the caravels set sail on their voyages to the New World. Explore the charming, cobbled streets of the Moorish Alfama district leading to incredible viewpoints over the pretty city.
Days 14-15 - At sea
Day 16 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.