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The Canary Islands and Madeira

Columbus sailing from Tilbury

  • VIP travel service VIP door to door
  • Full Board Full board

Escape to islands in the sun

On this Canary Island voyage with a twist you'll visit the subtropical islands of Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Madeira, but also spend time on the historic headland of Gibraltar, and visit the endearingly quirky cities of Lisbon and Rotterdam!

Saga price includes...

And on your cruise…

  • Full board
  • Afternoon tea
  • Captain's welcome and farewell cocktail party
  • Activities, entertainment and leisure facilities
  • Porterage of luggage

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04/10/2020 London Tilbury, England

London Tilbury

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to London Tilbury, embark Columbus.

Depart 1500.

Tilbury Essex England UK Europe

05/10/2020 Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Arrive 0800. Depart 1630.

Rotterdam is nicknamed 'Manhattan on the Meuse' due to its impressive skyscrapers and modern architecture such as cubic houses and the striking Erasmus Bridge. You'll also come across street sculptures and a variety of museums.

Rotterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

06/10/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

07/10/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

08/10/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

09/10/2020 Gibraltar


Arrive 1200. Depart 2100.

Despite being bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, Gibraltar has a distinctly British character. Take advantage of the duty-free shopping, visit the fascinating military museum or discover the famed 1,400-foot-high Rock, home to the mischievous Barbary apes, by cable car.

Gibraltar Europe

10/10/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

11/10/2020 Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrive 1200. Depart 2000.

Named after the black volcanic reef that protects the city's coastline, Arrecife once provided the perfect cover for ships hiding from pirates. Nowadays, the vibrant seafront acts as a gateway for travellers wishing to explore the town or the rest of this intriguing island. Art lovers will want to learn about the island’s most famous artist, César Manrique, at his former home, and see his beautifully designed cactus garden in Guatiza.

Arrecife Lanzarote Canary Islands Spain Europe

12/10/2020 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Arrive 0800. Depart 2300.

Las Palmas is primarily known for its golden-sand beaches and all-year round sunshine. But there's more to this popular city than sun, sea and sand. Maybe take advantage of some the excursions on offer and discover more about the region's attractive historical buildings, such as Santa Ana Cathedral and the Palacio Regental.

Las Palmas Gran Canaria Canary Islands Spain Europe

13/10/2020 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Arrive 0700. Depart 1400.

The largest of the Canaries is dominated by the lofty heights of Mount Teide, which at 12,197 feet is Spain's tallest mountain. The landscape ranges from the volcanic scenery of Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to valleys of spiny cacti and leafy banana plantations. Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz sits just below the eastern tip of the island and is shielded from trade winds by the Anaga hills. This modern, bustling city has its share of colonial architecture and many interesting museums.

Santa Cruz Tenerife Canary Islands Spain Europe

14/10/2020 Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Arrive 0900. Depart 1800.

The approach to Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is said to be one of the best in the world. This outpost of Portugal, in the middle of the Atlantic, is a veritable botanical garden with a capital city that would not be out of place as a bairro of Lisbon. The harbour is right in the centre of town and as you approach the sight of whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs tumbling down the verdant mountain is spectacular.

Funchal Madeira Portugal Europe

15/10/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

16/10/2020 Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive 0800. Depart 1300.

Cruise under the 25 de Abril Bridge to reach Lisbon which is spread across seven hills and segmented into different districts that offer a look at the city throughout the ages. Explore the narrow streets of the hodge-podge Alfama district, admire the elegant 18th-century architecture of Baixa Pombalina or go shopping in neighbouring Chiado. Be sure to seek out the UNESCO-listed Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, which reflect Lisbon’s sea history.

Lisbon Portugal Europe

17/10/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

18/10/2020 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

19/10/2020 London Tilbury, England

London Tilbury

Arrive 0900.

Disembark after breakfast for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.

Tilbury Essex England UK Europe

Joining you on board

Soaps at Sea

Look forward to a performance of ‘Soap at Sea’, a documentary show featuring clips from iconic soaps, along with backstage secrets from the special guest artists on board. The cruise director will host an evening of chat with the stars, and you can also join a creative workshop with Tony McHale, a writer for Eastenders and creator of Holby City. You can also look forward to tv-themed quizzes and more!

Please note

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

The Canary Islands and Madeira

Columbus sailing from Tilbury

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