The Azores & Canary Islands Cruise

S. Metz
Charming port villiages
Intricate cactus of the Azores
Hike to distant volcanoes in the Azores
Experience the colorful culture of the Azores
Birds of the Azores
Sea Adventurer's piano lounge area.
Relax in a comfortable twin suite.
Explore the magnificent architecture, exotic markets, charming villages, dramatic scenery, island endemics, and a long and storied history off the coast of Africa on this 16-day cruise. The dramatic volcanic islands on this Azores expedition feature historic architecture, lush gardens and vineyards, marine mammals, seabirds, beautiful beaches, and colorful markets. Search for endemic birds on a Canary Islands tour and stroll through charming towns laced with shop-lined cobblestone streets.

Day 1

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores / Embark Sea Adventurer

Arrive in Ponta Delgada and transfer to the Sea Adventurer. The afternoon is at leisure with a welcome reception, dinner, and overnight on board.

Day 2

Ponta Delgada

In the morning, arrive in Ponta Delgada and enjoy a full-day excursion which highlights a picture-perfect landscape of lush green fields. After a stroll through the Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Birders explore in the area near Caloura. Enjoy some free time to explore or dine ashore on your own before the ship sets sail.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Cruz, Graciosa Island

Join naturalists on deck to search for 
sperm whales and dolphins as the ship cruises toward Graciosa. Visit the museum 
at Santa Cruz before driving inland. Make a stop at Furna do Enxofre, where a deep cavern is pierced by sunlight streaming through a narrow funnel, and continue along 
the north coast for stunning views of the indigo sea on one side and verdant green meadows on the other.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sao Roque do pico, Pico Island / Horta, Faial Island

Arrive in Pico, named for the 
7,713-foot volcanic cone of Mt. Pico. Enjoy a morning drive through the highlands of spring flowers and endemic vegetation and visit the Whaling Industry Museum. Stop at a Madalena vineyard to sample local wines and cheeses. Dock in the natural harbor of Horta for the afternoon and go ashore in one of the most popular yachting harbors of the Atlantic.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island

Angra, a World Heritage Site, was a 
necessary port of call from the 15th century until the steamship came along in the 
19th century. A walking tour includes the highlights of this spectacular and photogenic town. After lunch on board, or on your own ashore, join a cultural tour inland to Sao Sebastiao, Praia da Vitoria, with its central plaza and historic district, and a wine museum. Or, choose an active hike up Monte Brasil with its scenic overlooks and botanical wonders, then visit the famed cave near Algarda Carvao.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Vila do Porto, Santa Maria Island

Drive to the east, visiting villages, a church, and a museum. Panoramic views are superb at Sao Lourenco and Maia. In the afternoon enjoy either an active hike between two charming villages, or a scenic tour to the village of Anjos, where Columbus landed after his first passage to the Americas. View the beautiful 15th-century church where he and his crew prayed - one of the oldest places of worship in the Azores.

Days 7-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea / Funchal, Madeira Island

After a full day at sea, be on deck the next morning to witness the stunning volcanic contours of Madeira appear on the horizon. A half-day tour takes you from the town of Funchal by cable car to the top of Monte, with its 18th-century church and splendid views. Back in Funchal, a local guide shows you the town's historic sites: the main square, 
Sao Lourenco Palace, and the 15th-century cathedral. Watch a lace-making demonstration at an embroidery factory, before visiting 
the open-air market, one of the most sumptuous in the Atlantic. Or choose an 
excursion through western Madeira, with its craggy green peaks and luscious valleys. Stop in small wine-making villages to learn about local viniculture and gaze out over 
the second-highest sea cliff in the world. 
In Porto Moniz enjoy a wine tasting 
accompanied by local delicacies.

Days 9-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea / Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife Island, Canary Islands

Spend a relaxing day at sea before arriving at Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Choose a 
full-day exploration of the southern side 
of Tenerife to visit the Botanical Gardens, the attractive town of La Orotava, and 
Teide National Park. Find twisted volcanic formations surrounding 
El Teide, Spain's highest peak. After lunch 
at El Parador, take a hike to view the 
Roques de Garcia, bizarrely eroded rocks set in ochre plains at the mountain's base. Birders enjoy an excursion to spot many of the 200 species that populate the varied habitat.

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrecife, Lanzarote Island

A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Lanzarote is a volcanic island with some 300 cinder cones pock-marking its rugged landscape. Today you have three tour options to choose from. A scenic drive north takes you to the Mirador del Rio, with superb views over the Famara Mountains and islands off the seacoast. A highlight is the Jameos del Agua, a lava-tube cave transformed by famed local artist Cesar Manrique into a delightful series of pools, gardens, and a natural amphitheater. A second option goes south to Timanfaya National Park, which showcases the island's stunning volcanic landscape and 177 species of rare plants, many of them unique to the Canaries. 
The third option is a birding tour to search for the rock dove, Cory's shearwater, and Eleanora's falcon.

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Agadir, Morocco / Taroudant

After an early lunch on board, drive inland from Agadir to Taroudant. Often called 'little Marrakech,' the village is surrounded by red ramparts. Walk the fortress ramparts and continue through the central plaza and the souks. The Berber Market offers a fascinating array of spices and vegetables, while the artisan souk displays silverwork, leather goods, and carpets.

Day 13

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Explore Casablanca, Morocco's largest city. Begin with an excursion to the colorful Central Market, followed by a guided interior exploration of the Hassan II Mosque, the only mosque in Morocco open to non-Muslims. This seaside building is a stunning example of contemporary religious architecture. Its 688-foot minaret, the tallest in the world, is visible for miles.

Day 14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cadiz, Spain / Seville

Travel inland for a full-day tour of splendid Seville, the capital of Andalusia. Or, join a tapas and wine tour in Cadiz, including 
a visit to the historic city center.

Day 15

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Faro, Portugal

A walking tour of old town Faro includes a 
visit to the lively fish market, Moorish ramparts, and the cathedral. Or, choose a birding 
excursion to Ria Formosa National Park.

Day 16

  • Breakfast


Disembark in Lisbon and transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you whenever possible.
- Additional singles may be available at 1.6 times the share rate.
Africa, Europe, Mediterranean, Portugal, Spain, Canary Islands, Azores, Lisbon, Cadiz, Casablanca, Madeira, Ponta Delgada, Agadir, Lanzarote, Sao Roque do Pico, Vila do Porto, Graciosa Island, Faro, Western Europe
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