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Volcanic Islands and Historic Cities of the North Atlantic

Canary Islands - Lisbon - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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Embark on Le Dumont-d'Urville for an unforgettable 11-day Volcanic Islands and Historic Cities of the North Atlantic cruise from the Canary Islands to Lisbon. This cruise begins in the volcanic archipelagos of the Canaries and Madeira and ends at the southern tip of Portugal. Witness breathtaking scenery, majestic volcanoes, lush green valleys, isolated inlets, verdant cliffs, and historic cities rich in heritage. Start your cruise on the island of Gran Canaria in Las Palmas, sail west to reach Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and then drop anchor at La Gomera. Next is Santa Cruz de La Palma, then set a course northward to Madeira. Your exploration continues in the Algarve. Then, further north, head towards the picturesque medieval city of Setúbal. Then your cruise comes to an end in Lisbon.
Visit vibrant Las PalmasWander through sunny TenerifeExplore the beautiful Canary IslandsExplore for a stunning view of the seaPlaza in Lisbon, PortugalEnjoy the clear blue waters of the Canary Islands
Highlights
  • Discovering three of the Canary Islands: Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma
  • Visit Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience the magic of Silbo, the whistled language of the Guanches
  • Explore the vast parks and nature reserves surrounding Setúbal
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Canary Island | Embark

A stopover of sunny climes, Las Palmas is located on the northeast coast of Gran Canaria. A few streets away from Puerto de la Luz port, you’ll discover the vast Las Canteras beach, bordered by the town’s characteristic palms. You’ll find these palms all over Las Palmas, in the streets and squares, especially on the Plaza de Santa Ana in the heart of the historical district. It feels like you’ve traveled back in time here, as you stand looking at the tall houses beside the Santa Ana cathedral. Very close by, you can visit the  Casa de Colón, a museum dedicated to the famous explorer. The museum is housed in the palace belonging to the island’s former governor. Chances are, you’ll be drawn to the covered Vegueta market to partake in some daily life along with the locals and taste some unfamiliar dishes.

Day 2: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital city of Tenerife is located on the northeast coast of the island. Close to the port is the monumental Plaza de España, bedecked with a fountain and plant sculptures. Around the plaza, you can admire the white marble Triunfo de la Candelaria obelisk, the historic casino of Santa Cruz, and the majestic Guimerà Theatre. Not far from here, the picturesque Iglesia de la Concepción church features the characteristic traits of Canaries architecture.

Day 3: San Sebastian de La Gomera, Canary Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
La Gomera rises from the water like a mirage. This volcanic island in the Canaries features jagged cliffs, valleys covered in palm trees, and beaches of black sand bathing in crystal-clear waters. But its greatest treasure lies at its heart: an exceptional laurisilva, a laurel forest whose prehistoric vegetation has been preserved thanks to the microclimate on the island. This unique ecosystem, common a few million years ago in the tropics, forms the Garajonay National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like the birds, the Guanches contribute to the poetry of the island too, with their whistled language called Silbo. This magical-sounding, melodious language is also listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Day 4: Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of the island of Palma, Santa Cruz de la Palma is the pearl of the Canaries. Founded in 1493 by the conquistador Alonso Fernandez de Lugo, the city has preserved a large and atypical architectural heritage from its colonial past, with its traditional Canarian houses adorned with brightly colored wooden balconies, its cobbled streets, its sumptuous palaces, and its numerous religious buildings. The Santa Catalina Castle is the symbol of the city. This 16th-century military fortification helped defend the city from repeated attacks by French privateers.

Day 5-6: Funchal, Madeira

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
This attractive capital of Madeira is located on the southern coast of the island. The walkways of the old town are lined with azulejos, or multi-colored mosaics. If you follow these patterns, it leads you to the appetizing Mercado dos Lavradores market stands, the Frederico de Freitas museum, and the golden paneling of the Cathedral de la Sé. Along the waterfront, the palm tree-shaded promenade leads you to the teleféricos de Monte, Madeira's cable cars. Its panoramic cabins transport you over the city to the top of Monte, where you can see the picturesque botanical garden.

Day 7: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your journey at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This journey without a port of call can be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, or to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, you are able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 8: Lagos

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There stands a natural paradise called Lagos, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. With its picturesque and age-old town center, and the Ponta da Piedade natural site sheltering paradisiacal beaches protected by captivating limestone cliffs in hues of ochre, Lagos enthralls, fascinates, and enchants. In this interesting blend between nature and culture, do not miss the chance to stroll along the small paved streets of its historic center, surrounded by impressive Moorish ramparts and edged with traditional white houses, with decorations sculpted in the stone. In particular, you can be able to admire the Manuelian-style Governor's Castle, the 17th-century Ponta da Bandeira Fort, or the Church of Santo António in Baroque architecture.

Day 9: Setúbal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A few kilometers south of Lisbon, Setúbal, one of Portugal's most important fishing ports, enjoys an exceptional geographical location. The city is surrounded by vast parks and nature reserves that protect the biodiversity of the Sado estuary and the Arrábida serra. Don't miss the possibility to discover the magnificent wild and unspoiled expanses that border the peninsula and the estuary, whose waters are home to many dolphins, which can easily be observed.

Day 10: Lisbon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbor, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos Monastery, and Belem Tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one in the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of luxury shopping.

Day 11: Lisbon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, prepare to extend your farewell to crews and fellow travelers after almost a couple of weeks' worth of adventure across the Atlantic Ocean. Disembark in Lisbon. 

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite. 
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  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
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