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So much to discover

  • Guided sightseeing tour of La Laguna, the medieval capital of the Canary Islands
  • Uncover Tenerife’s volcanic origins at Teide National Park
  • Explore a moonlike caldera and ascend Mount Teide by cable car 
  • Guided tour of Santa Cruz, the current capital by the stunning coast
  • Discover the misty laurel forests and ancient culture of La Gomera
  • Enjoy a demonstration of Silbo, La Gomera’s fascinating whistling language
  • Guided visits of La Orotava and Icod de los Vinos, renowned for the Canaries’ oldest dragon tree

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Overview

The Canary Islands are renowned for their white sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife, but our eye-opening tour takes you beyond the glittering resorts to where you’ll discover wildly beautiful islands of incredible diversity, charming colonial towns, historic ports and remote mountain villages. We’ll see truly incredible green spaces, with towns taking great pride in their impeccably landscaped parks, which showcase a diverse range of tropical and subtropical plants. Then there are the magnificent highlights shaped by nature: emerald forests, volcanic wonders, unique flora and fauna, and perhaps the most dramatic of them all, Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain.

Long before the Spanish arrived, the Canary Islands were inhabited by the Guanches, cave-dwellers who migrated from North Africa around 1000 BC. Traces of their ancient culture have survived, such as Silbo, the captivating whistling language of La Gomera. In 1402, the Castilian conquest began, and under the Spanish Empire Tenerife became a vital trading centre. By the 16th century these ‘Fortunate Isles’ attracted pioneers and pirates alike, waiting to pounce on galleons returning from the New World with gold and jewels. The most well-known battle occurred in 1797, when the British launched an attack on Santa Cruz and Vice-Admiral Nelson famously lost his arm.

These days, visitors are drawn to Tenerife’s more accessible treasures, such as some of the archipelago’s finest architecture. Many of the churches here date back to the Gothic period, while others include Renaissance and Baroque elements. Traditional Canarian buildings feature lavishly ornate woodwork, seen on candy-coloured façades, elaborate balconies and Moorish-inspired ceilings. 

The traditional fare of the Canaries is also worth seeking out. Not to be confused with the cuisine of the Spanish mainland, Canarian dishes are flavoured with Latin American and Arabic influences. Staples include hearty stews with meats simmered to perfection and flavoured with mojo, the ever-present Canarian sauce that adds a zest to all dishes; and gofio, a toasted flour used to make bread and thought to have been an essential part of the Guanche diet.

Our wonderful tour is based in La Laguna, the former capital and a slice of medieval Spain that’s quite different from the lively current capital, Santa Cruz – which we’ll also have time to discover. Along the northern coast we visit La Orotava, nestled between mountains and the Atlantic, and come face to face with the ancient dragon tree of Icod de los Vinos. We visit the neighbouring island of La Gomera and immerse ourselves in its ancient laurel forests and fascinating Gomeran culture. A trip to Tenerife wouldn’t be complete without understanding its volcanic origins, so we spend a day at Teide National Park, where we explore the moonlike landscape of the Las Cañadas caldera and ascend the beast that is Mount Teide – by cable car, of course. With expert guides to help you uncover the local secrets, you’ll experience so much more.



Your itinerary


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN TENERIFE

La Laguna town

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Tenerife and transfer by coach to San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Our hotel for seven nights is the four-star La Laguna Gran Hotel, where your stay includes breakfast. 

La Laguna Gran Hotel rooftop pool

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4* La Laguna Gran Hotel - San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Chosen for its characterful building and charming atmosphere.

  • Partly set in a 17th-century building
  • Bright and airy glass-roofed lounge
  • Bar and two restaurants

DAY 2 - LA LAGUNA

Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna

This morning we have a guided sightseeing tour of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, known simply as La Laguna. It’s hard to believe the old town was once a haphazard jumble of buildings, as today you’ll find atmospheric squares and straight streets flanked by colourful mansions, lively bars and an eclectic mix of shops. If you feel a sense of déjà vu, it could be because La Laguna’s meticulous layout provided the blueprint for many Spanish towns in the Americas, such as Old Havana in Cuba and Lima in Peru.

After our engaging tour, the rest of the day is at leisure. La Laguna is a joy to explore on foot, so have your camera at the ready to capture the many photogenic scenes you’ll no doubt encounter. The high walls of elegant villas conceal well-manicured courtyards – each a delightful oasis typically containing a little fountain and garden. 

Perhaps visit the Museum of the History of Tenerife to unearth the island’s exciting past, or head to La Laguna’s cathedral to see its hidden treasures. Built on the site of a former Mudéjar church and an ancient Guanche necropolis, the cathedral houses masterpieces by prominent Canarian artists, Spain’s largest collection of Byzantine icons, and the tomb of Alonso Fernández de Lugo, conqueror of Tenerife. 

Or why not relax and watch the world go by? Take your pick of the many cafés lining the old town’s plazas and have a barraquito – a strong coffee taken up a notch with liqueur, condensed milk and cinnamon. Perhaps sample the local cuisine – try some sancocho canario, salted fish with a garlic and red pepper salsa, often served with papas arrugadas, wrinkly potatoes boiled in salt water.

DAY 3 - MOUNT TEIDE

DAY 4 - SANTA CRUZ

DAY 5 - LA GOMERA

DAY 6 - FREE DAY

DAY 7 - LA OROTAVA & ICOD DE LOS VINOS

DAY 8 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Tenerife South Airport La Gomera 1 hr 15 mins

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Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

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The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a room. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast plus one lunch at a local restaurant, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting.

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