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Captivating Canary Islands & Cape Verde

  • Departure Date02 April 2024
  • Seabourn Seabourn Quest
  • 12 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £3,499 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 2 nights in Gran Canaria
  • Gran Canaria
  • Tenerife
  • Porta Praia
  • Mindelo, Cape Verde Is.
  • Tenerife
  • La Gomera
  • Gran Canaria

Begin this luxurious itinerary with a 2 night stay in Gran Canaria, whether you'd like to explore the gastronomic side of the island, hit all the best beaches or enjoy some outdoor activities like whale watching or hiking, there is something for everyone. Step on boar the gorgeous Seabourn Quest where you will port in beautiful destinations. Visit Taburiente National Park in La Palma and enjoy stunning scenery, lush pine forests, waterfalls, freshwater springs and walking trails. Experience the local culture in Cape Verde and admire the black and white sand beaches and volcanic landscape in Tenerife, finally port back in Gran Canaria.

Highlights

  • Exclusive Savings of up to £1620 per couple  
  • FREE Gran Canaria Stay
  • Complimentary Premium Spirits
  • Complimentary Toast & In-Suite Bar
  • Speciality Dining Included
  • Gratuities Included

What's Included?

  • Return flights from the UK (call for regional departures)
  • FREE 2 night stay in Gran Canaria  on bed & breakfast basis
  • 10 night cruise on board Seabourn Quest on all inclusive basis
  • Complimentary Premium Spirits
  • Welcome Toast & In-Suite Bar
  • Speciality Dining
  • Gratuities
  • Transfers
  • Baggage Allowance

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Apr 2024--£3,499£6,349

Price based on flying from London. Suite price is based on Penthouse Suite. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Itinerary for Captivating Canary Islands & Cape Verde

Day 1 - Fly UK to Gran Canaria / Enjoy Gran Canaria

Day 2 - Enjoy Gran Canaria

Day 3 - Embark Seabourn Quest in Gran Canaria

Las Palmas is a large Spanish city, which just happens to be on the island of Gran Canaria. That fact adds the exotic, slightly African and international flavor to the place. It played an important part in the early exploration and exploitation of Africa and the New World, some of which is recounted in the Casa de Colon Museum. Columbus may have slept there, but it was never his house. It was actually the mansion of early governors. Other museums of note are the Museo Canaria with a number of Cro Magnon skulls, and the fascinating Elder Museum of Science and Technology. For shopping, strolling and general local interest, head to La Vegueta, the oldest quarter and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the adjacent Triana high street shopping district. Most visitors are here for the beaches, and the municipal Playa de Las Canteras is a long, clean and safe option if that is your intention. The Canaria in the name of the islands refers to the indigenous Presa Canaria breed of dogs, which are large, strong and made quite an impression on the earliest Spanish visitors.

Day 4 - Tenerife

The old town is a treasury of 16th and 17th century buildings, and not just churches. Do go inside the fortified-looking Iglesia del Salvador, however, to see its ornate, Islamic-style Mudejar ceiling, one of the best in the islands. A short way outside town is the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Snows, one of the most important sites on the island. The waterfront is a good place to find ancient houses with elaborate iron balconies, many now converted to restaurants and shops. Many visitors tour the island’s dormant volcanoes, or the odd, erosion caldera called La Cumbrecita, a UNESCO Biosphere Site. An excursion to the village of Mazo rewards with a fine island museum containing examples of local handicrafts and especially the fabulous indigenous embroidery. Just beyond the museum is a handicrafts school, an excellent place to acquire a handcrafted souvenir of your Canary Islands adventure.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Porta Praia

Santiago is the largest of the Cape Verde islands, and nearly half the nation’s population lives on the island. Originally volcanic, Santiago is unusually fertile, and agriculture is an important part of the islands’ economy. The Cape Verde Islands only won their independence from Portugal in 1974, following a violent revolution. The nation is struggling valiantly to progress after a repressive history. Accordingly visitors will notice a striking difference in development between it and many of its neighbors. The Cape Verdeans, though, are friendly and optimistic, and welcoming to visitors. The old capital, formerly known as Cidade Velha, has been renamed Ribeira Grande de Santiago, which was its name when it was an important port in the infamous slave trade. Dating from 1466, it was the first European colonial settlement in the Tropics. Visitors will notice a cluster of well-restored colonial-period houses, as well as a monument to the original pelourinho, or pillory where slaves were both punished and sold. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8 - Mindelo, Cape Verde Is.

The most important city on the Cape Verde island of São Vicente, Mindelo originally thrived as a coal depot for steamships plying the Atlantic. With the advent of diesel engines, its importance waned, although it is still an important port for the maritime trade. The island is volcanic, dry and mostly low. The town has replica of Lisbon’s Belem Tower, located near the fish market, in an interesting part of the city. The late Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora started her career singing in the taverns of Mindelo, and later brought the uniquely lilting Cape Verdean form of fado music to the world through her bestselling records and concert tours.

Day 9 - At Sea

Day 10 - At Sea

Day 11 - Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the seven main islands, which comprise the Canaries. Beyond its quaint whitewashed villages, the Canary Islands' eternal spring keeps flowers, fruits and vegetables growing year-round. From Tenerife, you can travel up through pine forests to Mt. Teide, Spain's highest peak.The Iglesia del Salvador’s Islamic Mudéjar ceiling is one of the best in the islands, and La Palma’s odd, erosion caldera called La Cumbrecita is a UNESCO Biosphere Site

Day 12 - La Gomera

San Sebastián de La Gomera is the capital of La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. The Church of the Assumption has a mural depicting an 18th-century battle, and a museum with religious artwork dating from the 16th century. Nearby, La Gomera Archaeological Museum traces the island’s indigenous cultures through artifacts and scale models. South is the Torre del Conde, a medieval fortification set in a lush park.

Gran Canaria, disembark & fly UK/ Arrive UK

Las Palmas is a large Spanish city, which just happens to be on the island of Gran Canaria. That fact adds the exotic, slightly African and international flavor to the place. It played an important part in the early exploration and exploitation of Africa and the New World, some of which is recounted in the Casa de Colon Museum. Columbus may have slept there, but it was never his house. It was actually the mansion of early governors. Other museums of note are the Museo Canaria with a number of Cro Magnon skulls, and the fascinating Elder Museum of Science and Technology. For shopping, strolling and general local interest, head to La Vegueta, the oldest quarter and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the adjacent Triana high street shopping district. Most visitors are here for the beaches, and the municipal Playa de Las Canteras is a long, clean and safe option if that is your intention. The Canaria in the name of the islands refers to the indigenous Presa Canaria breed of dogs, which are large, strong and made quite an impression on the earliest Spanish visitors.

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