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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Grand Canary Islands and Iberia

Discover the sun-kissed volcanic Canary Islands, colourful Madeira and exotic Morocco on this 19-night no-fly cruise from London Tilbury, with calls at Gibraltar, Lisbon and Cadiz

No Fly Cruise
19 nights

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Lisbon
  • Santa Cruz, Tenerife
  • Porto
  • Gibraltar
  • Funchal
  • Cadiz
  • Casablanca
  • Agadir, Morocco

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Escape the winter on this no-fly cruise to the warmer climate of the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco on board Columbus.

Sail south to Portugal and Spain for the opportunity to visit the historic cities of Oporto, Lisbon and Seville. Exotic Morocco offers a fascinating world of mosques and bazaars. In colourful Madeira and the dramatic volcanic Canary Islands you’ll find busy harbours, hillsides and valleys descending to the sea and tempting shops.

See the sights of Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, discover traditional architecture and interesting museums on Gran Canaria, and explore the lush island of Tenerife. Gibraltar is home to the famous Rock and Vigo offers the chance to visit the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela.

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Grand Canary Islands and Iberia Itinerary

Day 1 - London Tilbury (UK)

Embark Columbus in London Tilbury.

Day 2 - Rotterdam (Holland)

Rotterdam's architecture is an intriguing mix of old and new. The city was founded in 1328 and today modern glass skyscrapers stand side-by-side with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 3-4 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 5 - Leixões for Oporto (Portugal)

Leixoes is the gateway to Oporto, a colourful city with soaring bell towers, baroque churches and medieval relics. Optional excursions include a boat trip on the River Douro for a different view of the city’s labyrinthine streets or why not relax in the gorgeous botanical gardens, with fountains, sculptures, giant magnolias, olive trees and stunning views of the city and Douro River.

Day 6 - Lisbon

The Portuguese capital has a quirky charm and much character. The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Perhaps enjoy a visit to the unique four-storey Belem Tower fortress, the breathtaking Jeronimos Monastery or the modern Monument to the Discoveries, shaped like the prow of a sailing ship. Lisbon's magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe.

Day 7 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 8 - Funchal (Madeira)

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. As Columbus approaches, admire the whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the mountain. A cable car runs above the city to Monte, the start of the wicker toboggan ride. Popular souvenirs include wicker baskets and the famous Madeira wine.

Day 9 - Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

Las Palmas is the beautiful capital of Gran Canaria and enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Its stunning beaches and soaring peaks have made it a popular destination for tourists. The capital, Las Palmas, has several beautiful parks and a historic centre with spectacular architecture. There are also fascinating museums including the Christopher Columbus Museum.

Day 10 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife)

Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary archipelago and is overlooked by the imposing Mount Teide. The island's fascinating capital, Santa Cruz, is home to several museums, churches and restaurants. Perhaps visit the exotic gardens of Garcia Sanabria Park or Loro Parque, with its tropical gardens and aquarium.

Day 11 - Arrecife (Lanzarote)

In the 15th century, Arrecife was a small fishing harbour. Today it is the capital of Lanzarote, the fourth largest island in the Canaries, located just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Perhaps enjoy duty free shopping at Calle Leon y Castila.

Day 12 - Agadir (Morocco)

Agadir is a modern, lively resort set beside a vast beach lined with cafes, restaurants and hotels. Little remains of the original kasbah high above the city, but the views are excellent. You can also visit the Agadir Grand Souk, the largest covered market in the area.

Day 13 - Casablanca for Marrakech

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco full of vibrant boulevards and colourful bazaars, and with a history going back centuries. Following an earthquake in 1755 the town was rebuilt and renamed Dar Al Beida (The White House) in Arabic, which the Spanish eventually translated as Casablanca. The French gave Casablanca its wide boulevards, public parks and imposing civic buildings. Explore the medina and the Habbous souk district selling all manner of items. The astonishing Hassan II Mosque dominates the entire city. It has the world's tallest minaret and the prayer hall can accommodate 25,000.

Day 14 - Gibraltar

Gibraltar and Mt Abyla were known as the Pillars of Hercules in ancient times. Today it is a renowned headland under British rule. Keep an eye out for the famous Barbary apes that live on the island and perhaps enjoy a cable car ride for panoramic views across to Africa.

Day 15 - Cádiz for Seville (Spain)

Admire Cadiz's ancient palaces and castles, cathedrals and churches, museums and gardens. The picturesque old city looks quite Moorish in appearance with its narrow cobbled streets and small squares. From Cadiz you can reach the beautiful city of Seville, home to flamenco and bullfights, with its impressive Gothic Cathedral and the Alcazar which was the palace of Spanish kings for nearly seven centuries.

Day 16 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 17 - Vigo for Santiago de Compostela

In the Galician province of Pontevedra, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, lies the city of Vigo. Vigo's fishing origin and strong maritime history has left an appealing old quarter with a labyrinth of steep and winding narrow streets. This is an excellent base from which to visit the towns and villages along the Vigo estuary and the Cies Isles that form part of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands. Nearby is Santiago de Compostela, Christendom's third most holy pilgrimage shrine.

Days 18-19 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 20 - London Tilbury (UK)

Disembark Columbus in London Tilbury.

Price Includes

  • 19 nights accommodation in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board with traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK Currency onboard
  • Child-free ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Shore Excursions