Discover gorgeous Santa Cruz de La Palma with its colorful buildings, 18th Century mansions, and wrought-iron balconies draped with lush bougainvillea, dramatic volcanic mountains, and fertile green valleys set amid a pristine turquoise sea. Explore the star-shaped 17th Century Castillo de Santa Catarina fortress. Then visit the Moorish influenced Iglesia de El Salvador to admire the luminous stained-glass windows. Stroll along O’Daly Street browsing through lovely boutiques, antique and artisan shops. Enjoy a glass of fine Canary Island wine in a jewel-like setting.

Port: Santa Cruz de La Palma
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Santa Cruz de La Palma

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Canarian Art & Craftsmanship

    Admire exquisite examples of traditional Canarian craftsmanship by visiting an embroidery museum and a silk museum, followed by a look at how Mother Nature has shaped La Palma.

    Traveling by coach from the pier, you'll drive south toward the village of Mazo, where you'll find the Museum Casa Roja, also known as the Red House because of its exterior color. Built in 1911, the house was later converted into a museum dedicated to embroidery and the village's Corpus Christi celebrations. The examples of traditional embroidery are amazingly detailed and true works of art. The predominant items in the Corpus Christi exhibitions are ornate archways, carpets and altars made of flowers.

    After browsing the themed rooms, you'll enjoy a glass of La Palma wine and traditional Canarian snacks on the museum's terrace. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase wine, handmade embroidery, cigars and honey, all produced on the island.

    Continuing on to El Paso, you'll visit its unusual Silk Museum, which pays tribute to La Palma's more than 400 years of silk production. El Paso is the only place on the island that still produces silk, often using traditional, labor-intensive methods. You'll see how the silk is spun, colored with plant dyes, and woven on looms that are more than 150 years old. It's a fascinating process that is clearly demonstrated in the museum.

    Following your visit, you'll return to the pier, en route stopping at La Conception, a lookout that offers a spectacular view of the coastal capital.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy walking/standing and there will be a few steps to negotiate. Due to a lack of accessibility at the venues, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Leisurely La Palma

    Explore several charming mountain villages, enjoying stops at an enlightening silk museum and a wildly artistic town square.

    Depart from the pier and drive inland toward El Paso, a mountain village lying just south of the lush National Park of the Taburiente Caldera. El Paso means "the pass" and derives from its fine location that has long allowed passage between the mountains. Volcanic activity has largely shaped the spectacular terrain, which is ruggedly steep yet full of fertile valleys dotted with farms, forests and grasslands. In the Llano de Las Cuevas plain, you'll see the characteristic majanos (piles of stone in a pyramid shape) and walls that were created as colonists from the 16th century patiently cleared the land of stones in order to make it usable for crops.

    While touring El Paso, you'll visit its unusual Silk Museum, which pays tribute to La Palma's more than 400 years of silk production. El Paso is the only place on the island that still produces silk, often using traditional, labor-intensive methods. You'll see how the silk is spun, colored with plant dyes, and woven on looms that are more than 150 years old. It's a fascinating process that is clearly demonstrated in the museum.

    Continuing on to Las Manchas, you'll stop at La Glorieta, a whimsical square created by local artist Luis Morerea. Colorful mosaics of indigenous plants and wildlife cover almost every square inch. The square was built in homage to the similar, but more famous Park Güell in Barcelona, which was created by Spain's legendary architect Antoni Gaudí.

    Lastly, you'll enjoy a beverage during a brief stop in Fuencaliente, a lovely town set amidst vineyards and volcanic mountains before returning to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy walking/standing and there will be a minimal number of steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The Silk Museum has an elevator and the restaurant has a ramp. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Cultural La Palma

    Become immersed in the local culture by walking through the historic quarter of Santa Cruz de la Palma and enjoying a classical concert in a building that holds two museums.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the heart of Santa Cruz de la Palma, a town founded in 1493. As you meander the cobblestone streets of the historic quarter, you will pass landmarks such as the 16th-century town hall and the Church of El Salvador, a beautiful building with a distinctive tower of volcanic stone blocks.

    The city’s maritime setting is exceptionally atmospheric and has long inspired Canarian artists, whose works you will see in the nearby Red House Museum. As Spain’s only museum entirely dedicated to Corpus Christi festivals, the crimson-hued building features an outstanding collection of items detailing the history of the Catholic holiday.

    An embroidery museum occupies the top floor of the Red House. Its enlightening exhibits showcase the diversity of this traditional art form, especially hand-embroidery for costumes, tablecloths and church ornaments.

    As revealing as the collections are, the highlight of your visit will be a private classical concert. You can expect a stirring performance made even more special considering the aesthetics of the intimate venue.

    The circuitous route back to the pier also will be wonderfully inspirational, especially as you pass through the arable lands of Breña Alta. This area is known for its fruit trees, ornamental flowers and plantations that grow tobacco for premium La Palma cigars.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 min of walking. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair as there is uneven and cobblestone streets as well as 25 steps at the museum. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Volcanoes & Wine

    Marvel at the dramatic, volcanically formed landscape of southern La Palma, then visit a vineyard and pottery center that are inextricably tied to the volcanic soil.

    Depart from the pier for a picturesque drive south, passing through vineyards, pine forests and a rugged landscape that reveals La Palma's volcanic past. Near the town of Fuencaliente, you'll stop at the San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in the late 1600s. From the crater's rim, you'll also have a fine view of the more recently active Teneguia volcano and Fuencaliente, which means "hot spring." It's really a misnomer because the nearby spring that inspired the town's name has long since been destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

    Nevertheless, because of the thick layer of volcanic ash and lava, the soil is excellent for growing grapes, particularly the Malvasia grape. The grapes are typically allowed to become over-ripe to increase their sugar content, which produces a distinctly flavorful, sweet wine. At the Bodegas Teneguia, the island's largest wine producer, you'll enjoy a sampling of some local vintages. The wines in this region are revered for being powerful, aromatic and saturated in fruits.

    The southern part of La Palma is also known for its fine pottery, which you'll see at El Molino, a pottery center in the village of Mazo. Housed in an old windmill, El Molino features a ceramics museum and a workshop where the artisans make pottery similar to that of the original inhabitants of the island. At the conclusion of your visit, you'll transfer directly back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and there is some uneven ground to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Caldera de Taburiente

    Behold pristine Caldera de Taburiente, a massive depression rimmed by soaring rock walls that is the stellar attraction in the island's lush national park.

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive inland to La Cumbrecita, an elevated viewing area in the southeastern side of the Caldera de Taburiente. The caldera is the world's largest erosion crater, and unlike most calderas was sculpted by water erosion rather than a volcanic eruption. It was here in the 15th century that the invading Spaniards finally defeated the indigenous Guanches people. From La Cumbrecita, you'll gaze upon steep wooded gorges and rocky crags before venturing on a short hike around the caldera.

    At the National Park of the Taburiente Caldera visitor center, you'll learn about the area's history, geology, flora and fauna. Although nearly 100 plant species have been found in the caldera, most of the park is blanketed in forests of Canary Island pine trees. You may also catch sight of Gallot's lizards, Barbary sheep, and birds such as the red-billed chough.

    Following a snack of Canarian appetizers at a local restaurant, you'll next drive to La Conception lookout for a different view of the island. It serves as a wonderful prelude to visiting the Holy Virgin of Snow church in Las Nieves. One of the oldest churches on the island, it contains a remarkable altarpiece made of Mexican silver, several 16th-century Flemish sculptures and the namesake terracotta figure of the Virgin Mary. Afterwards, you'll return to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking, at times over uneven and natural surfaces. The hike at the Caldera de Taburiente covers just over ½ mile and is optional. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • North Island Sights

    Enjoy the island's considerable natural beauty from both mountaintop and coastal perspectives, and visit a rum distillery where you can taste its uniquely flavored spirits.

    Setting off from the pier, you'll drive north, following a coastal route that leads toward a scenic lookout wedged between two deep-cut gorges. After taking in the stunning views, you'll wind through the mountains to Los Tilos, a UNESCO biosphere covered by the largest, most pristine laurel forest in the Canary Islands. You may also see indigenous plants such as the orange-blossomed Canarian Bellflower and Strawberry Tree, whose edible fruits resemble bright strawberries.

    Re-boarding your coach, you will next descend toward the coast, passing several sprawling banana plantations along the way. Bananas flourish on the island and fuel much of the economy, as does sugar cane, which is used in the production of rum. At a nearby rum distillery, you'll see how the popular spirit is produced. You'll also have the opportunity to sample the rum, which has a distinct taste from the sugar cane, a variety that was introduced to the Canary Islands from India in the 15th century. The sugar cane is also used to produce brandy and liqueurs flavored with bananas, mulberries and loquat.

    One of the island's most impressive natural wonders awaits you at Charco Azul, a cluster of clear swimming pools formed long ago by a lava flow that reached the sea. Here, you'll have time to walk along the coast or simply relax and take in the gorgeous scenery before it's time to rejoin your coach for the drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and there is some uneven ground and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The walking at Los Tilos can border on strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • La Palma's Natural Highlights

    Discover the natural beauty that defines the island's northern region, which includes lush forests, exotic plants, clear seawater pools and ancient volcanoes on this tour.

    From the pier, you'll travel north, following a coastal route that takes you toward the town of La Galga, which is wedged between two deep-cut gorges. After taking in the stunning views from the San Bartolo lookout, you'll wind through the mountains to Los Tilos, a UNESCO biosphere covered by the largest, most pristine laurel forest in the Canary Islands. You may also see indigenous plants such as the orange-blossomed Canarian Bellflower and Strawberry Tree, whose edible fruits resemble bright strawberries.

    Continuing on, more natural wonders await you at Charco Azul, a cluster of clear swimming pools formed long ago by a lava flow that reached the sea. Later, in the lovely hillside town of San Andres, you'll enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the steep coast and then an informative walking tour through a surrounding banana plantation. Bananas flourish on the island and fuel much of the economy, as does sugar cane, which also grows readily near San Andres.

    From here, it's on to the a local restaurant where a hearty Canarian lunch awaits you. Following lunch, you'll re-board your coach and drive south to the San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in the late 1600s. From the crater's rim, you'll also have a fine view of the Teneguia volcano and the town of Fuencaliente, which means "hot spring." It's really a misnomer because the nearby spring that inspired the town's name has long since been destroyed by volcanic activity. Afterwards, you'll transfer directly back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking and there is some uneven ground and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The walking at Los Tilos can border on strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • The Best of La Palma

    Your day commences with a leisurely drive through beautiful Santa Cruz de La Palma and on to the Holy Virgin of Snow church in Las Nieves. One of the oldest churches on the island, it contains a remarkable altarpiece made of Mexican silver, several 16th-century Flemish sculptures and the namesake terracotta figure of the Virgin Mary.

    Then driving inland, you'll enjoy a photo stop at the panoramic Breña Alta viewpoint and continue on through the fertile surrounding lands. Fruit trees, ornamental flowers and tobacco for hand-rolled cigars thrive here and are among the chief exports. Crossing the island from east to west, you'll notice the transition from lush laurel forest to a more arid terrain dotted with pine trees. Both landscapes have their own charms, as does the National Park of the Taburiente Caldera, which you'll catch sight of from the La Cumbrecita lookout.

    Mid-day, you'll stop for a hearty Canarian lunch at a local restaurant before driving south to the San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in the late 1600s. A thirty minute walk along the crater's rim offers up some fantastic panoramic views of the Teneguia volcano and the town of Fuencaliente, which means "hot spring." It's really a misnomer because the nearby spring that inspired the town's name has long since been destroyed by volcanic activity.

    As you make your way back to the pier and your awaiting ship, there will be one final stop to enjoy a cocktail in Mirador Cancajos.

    Please note: Participation on this tour is limited to just 40 guests. The tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking and there is some uneven ground and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. Some of the walking at the stops can border on strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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