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Canary Islands Adventure (Caledonian Sky)

Canary Islands Adventure (Caledonian Sky)

From NZD $14,795

Description

Canary Islands Adventure – 12 days Small Ship Cruise from Tenerife to Porto aboard Caledonian Sky.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Trip Name
Canary Islands Adventure (Caledonian Sky)
Days
12
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 90 metres Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites) Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012 The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows. If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere. Your Suite Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub. Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Your space The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request. Your dining With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board. For your comfort, safety and security The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only. Gratuities Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Arrive Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Embark Ship
Welcome to the capital of Tenerife, which is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Architect Santiago Calatrava’s Auditorio de Tenerife is unmissable as you arrive into Santa Cruz today. You’ll be met and transferred to your ship to enjoy Tenerife’s dramatic harbour setting as you dine on board tonight.Stay: 11 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky
Day 2 - Day 2 Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingFrom the sleepy resort town of Valle Gran Rey, perhaps circle the island’s 36 kilometres, with Garajonay National Park at its heart. Explore this protected area filled with dense green laurel forests, rarely found in the world today. After lunch, discover the tradition of Silbo Gomera, an ancient whistling language still in existence, used to communicate between the island’s shepherds long ago. Then, visit the striking rock formation of Roque de Agando, a volcanic plug marking the island’s core. Or, if you’re up for a hike, join a morning trek through Garajonay’s lush forests, before lunch back on board and an afternoon at your leisure.Wake to views of La Gomera, a tiny island neighbouring Tenerife, where you’ll choose how you’d like to spend your day.
Day 3 - Day 3 Puerto de la Estaca, El Hierro
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingHead off into the island’s lava-sculpted scenery with a guide. As you discover quaint villages and sample local wine, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled across a land lost in time. Pay a visit to the Guinea Ecomuseum for a two-in-one discovery of traditional lava-rock houses and a sanctuary protecting the island’s giant lizard population. Alternatively, hike to La Llanía where a walk through lava fields and cloud forests rewards you with incredible views out to the Atlantic.Today we arrive at El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands with a natural bounty way beyond its size. This afternoon, following your chosen activity, relax on board or take a shuttle to the island’s capital Valverde, where you can spend time making your own discoveries.
Day 4 - Day 4 Santa Cruz de La Palma, La Palma
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingPerhaps set off for the town of El Paso to wander its cobbled streets, before a visit to the local silk museum. Then stretch your legs at Caldera de Taburiente, famed for the clouds of mist that roll across this national park. If you’d prefer to enjoy the morning in the great outdoors, join a guided trek through the towering pines of the El Pilar region.This morning, discover La Palma’s brooding volcanic beauty on your chosen activity. Later, an afternoon shuttle runs to the city of Los Llanos de Aridane where there’s time to explore.
Day 5 - Day 5 Funchal
Wake to the ocean lapping around you and enjoy time aboard this morning. After lunch, the garden isle of Madeira swings into view. This afternoon is set aside to explore its capital Funchal, where terracotta-topped buildings cascade down lush green hills. Join a guide to discover the city during a leisurely tour of its historic district, quintas and street art. With an overnight stay in Funchal, simply relax and enjoy this stunning location.
Day 6 - Day 6 Funchal
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingSee Funchal from above on a cable car ride to Monte, where you’ll enjoy exploring the district’s elegant palace and garden paradise. Sample the island’s specialities on a tasting tour at the farmers’ market, Mercado dos Lavradores. Or strike out into Madeira’s luxuriant valleys on a guided levada walk, along the island’s irrigation channels.How will you choose to spend today? There are three sightseeing options on offer.
Day 7 - Day 7 Porto Santo Island
Although one of the islands constituting the archipelago of Madeira, Porto Santo and Madeira couldn’t be more different. Rolling dunes and endless stretches of golden sand frame Porto Santo. Disembark this morning for a relaxed day exploring. You’ll see beautiful vistas and be treated to a tasting of Porto Santo wine which the island is known for. Later, from Pico de Castelo mountain, admire the island’s sweeping contours.
Day 8 - Day 8 At Sea
Take it easy today as we cruise towards Portugal. Perhaps join an onboard lecture or enjoy a book on deck.
Day 9 - Day 9 Lisbon, Sintra
Start today by viewing Lisbon from the heights of Serra de Sintra, where mountains roll from each direction. Visit King Ferdinand II’s ingenious park and palace before exploring Sintra, where you’ll find elaborate facades and gardens at every turn. After lunch back on board, discover Portugal’s capital Lisbon with a guide. Take in the historic square, Praça do Comércio, and the city’s grand boulevards, including the Avenida de República. With the rest of the afternoon to yourself, track down Lisbon’s maritime past or the city’s famous egg-custard tarts.
Day 10 - Day 10 Figueira da Foz, Coimbra
The port of Figueira da Foz delivers you to the doorstep of Portugal’s medieval centre, Coimbra. The best way to explore is by foot with a guide, delving into one of the world’s oldest universities and its historic Chapel de São Miguel. After, sit back in a local restaurant for lunch and soak up the buzz of this elegant city, which overlooks the Rio Mondego. If you’re keen to linger, a shuttle will transfer you back to your ship later, or you can head back to port and spend time in Figueria da Foz.
Day 11 - Day 11 Porto
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingSet out for Porto, to uncover the city’s layered history, along the banks of the Douro River estuary. Then toast Porto’s wine-making traditions at a local wine cellar. Alternatively, you may prefer to set off up the coast to Matosinhos for a cooking demonstration at a traditional restaurant, sampling local culinary favourites. Or dig deeper into Porto, touring the city’s medieval old town, the Ribeira, which stretches back from the Douro.Decide how you’d like to spend today with a number of activities on offer to you. Tonight, a farewell dinner aboard your ship rounds off the day and your Atlantic adventure.
Day 12 - Day 12 Disembark Ship, Depart Porto
The time has come to depart. We say goodbye and transfer you to the airport.
Day 13 - Please Note:
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
09-04-202120-04-2021NZD $14,795Castle Standard Suite
09-04-202120-04-2021NZD $21,045Promenade Owner's Corner Suite
09-04-202120-04-2021NZD $15,495Caledonian Superior Suite
09-04-202120-04-2021NZD $16,695Promenade Premium Suite
09-04-202120-04-2021NZD $18,445Bridge Deluxe Balcony Suite
09-04-202120-04-2021NZD $19,445Promenade Prem. Balcony Suite

Inclusions

    • Enjoy two full days for an in-depth exploration of Madeira’s landscapes and capital, Funchal
    • An overnight stay in Porto means more time to delve into the history and traditions

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