Grand Volcanic Vistas & Iberian Coasts

SWAN HELLENIC

Embark on Swan Hellenic’s 26 night Grand Volcanic & Iberian Coasts Cruise and journey through the Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Swan Hellenic luxury cruises offer an array of complimentary shore activities to participate in, providing great value and a unique and memorable experience.

Stroll through the lava fields of Mount Teide on the volcanic island of Tenerife, discover the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira or visit the UNESCO-listed Garajonay National Park for postcard perfect panoramic views over the lush green landscapes of La Gomera. A Highlight of your cruise holiday will be Minerva’s inaugural sailing to the smallest of the Canary Islands, El Hierro!

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Grand Volcanic Vistas & Iberian Coasts Cruise

Highlights

26 Nights on board the Grand Volcanic Vistas & Iberian Coasts Cruise
with Swan Hellenic’s Minerva
All Port Taxes Included

Bonus Value

Extras

FREE Return Economy Airfares
FREE Return transfer from Tenerife Airport to Cruise Terminal Port
FREE One way transfer from Portsmouth port to London Airport^
An Integrated Programme of Talks by Guest Speakers on board Cruise Ship
A Tailor-Made, inclusive Shore excursion Programme, Accompanied by English-speaking guides including entrance fees where applicable
All gratuities to staff on board and ashore – no tipping required
A Cruise Book Designed and Produced for your Cruise, with detailed destination and excursion information
All shipboard main meals, including Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties followed by Gala Dinners plus morning coffee and afternoon tea on board Minerva

Incredible Value
Our Price From $8,385*pp

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The Ship

Minerva

My Cruises exclusive cruise deal includes everything you need for a hassle free holiday! We arrange all your pre- and post- cruise transport, and once on board the luxury cruise liner, the Swan Hellenic team will provide excellent service and an unmissable adventure. All meals, entertainment, guided tours and guest lectures are included in your cruise package. Plus, cocktail parties and gala dinners with complimentary wine hosted by the ship’s Captain!

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Grand Volcanic Vistas & Iberian Coasts Intinerary

Welcome to the Canary Islands! This Spanish Archipelago created by volcanic activity is only 100km off the coast of Africa, and enjoys warm weather all year round. Tenerife is the largest of the seven main islands, with lots of natural and historical sights to see. Jump aboard the Minerva, ready for your Swan Hellenic boutique cruise, first stop Gran Canaria.
The first stop on your luxury small ship cruise is Gran Canaria. This island is less than 50 kilometres across but has the landscape of a small continent, dry arid deserts, lush green bushland, imposing mountains and long sandy beaches. Join the Swan Hellenic crew for a tour of the Las Palmas Botanical Garden, the Basilica of Teror, or hike the Caldera de Bandama and the Maspalomas sand dunes.
Today’s complimentary excursion, included as part of your cruise package, takes you to Tefia. Here you can learn about the history of the island at La Alcogida, the eco museum.
With a full day in Lanzarote on your Iberian Cruise you will have time to get to know the island and its magnificent landscapes. The Minerva’s crew will give you a tour of the island’s capital Arrecife, the popular beach town of Costa Teguise and the Timanfaya National Park. The park houses the Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountains), which were created in the 1700’s by over 100 volcanoes that erupted to create the landscape we see today. Take a guided walking tour or enjoy local Canarian food cooked by the geothermal heat from the ground, which reaches between 400-600 °C just below the surface.
As the Minerva sails to Madeira take advantage of the facilities and complimentary entertainment aboard the luxury cruise ship. Accommodating just 350 passengers, there is plenty of space to enjoy the swimming pool, sun deck or lounge areas. Attend lectures by guest speaker Dr Peter Cattermole, an expert in volcanoes on this planet and on Mars.
Welcome to the Portuguese island of Madeira! The cruise port is right in the middle of Funchal, the islands capital, so you can easily explore on your own, or join the cruise team for the complimentary excursions and guided tours. Over the next few days explore the Botanical Gardens, take in the view from the top of the Funchal Cable Car, and visit Eira do Serrado the breathtaking mountainous area of Madeira.
La Palma is said to be the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve protecting its unique coastal and marine environment, the island has also earned a Starlight Award for clear dark skies, perfect for stargazing. The Swan Hellenic cruise team will accompany you on a tour of the Roque de los Muchachos, a scientific observatory housing some of the most advanced telescopes in the world. See inside a telescope and learn about the work they do at the centre. On day two of your on shore adventures in La Palma take a walking tour of Santa Cruze, the picturesque island capital.
Often referred to as the Canary Island time forgot, La Gomera offers spectacular scenery with its craggy rugged cliff faces and fine black sand beaches. Join the shore excursion to La Gomera Valle Gran Rey, a popular beach spot on the island.
Join the Swan Hellenic crew to celebrate as the Minerva makes her maiden call at El Hierro today! The highlight of today’s stop is the Volcanoes of El Hierro Tour, visit the active volcanoes and take in the fantastic views along the drive through the Canary Islands smallest island.
Back in Tenerife explore Mount Teide, the Canaries highest volcano, and also the highest point in Spain. With an overnight stop here you will have plenty of time to explore and experience the nightlife. Make sure to try some of the local Honey Rum, a popular Canary Islands made tipple.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Spend the next two days at sea, reading on deck, having a relaxing massage and listening to guest speaker Rear Admiral John Lippiett talk about maritime history, exploration and his experiences in the Falklands War.
Welcome to Gibraltar, a British territory on Spain’s south coast, and popular European holiday destination. Take a walk around town and pick up some duty free goodies from well-known UK and international brands. Buy perfume, jewellery, electronics and fashion, all 20% cheaper than in the UK. Watch a local glass blowing demonstration at the Gibraltar Crystal workshop, enjoy a drink in a traditional English pub, or venture up to the Rock of Gibraltar to visit the islands trouble making inhabitants, the Barbary Macaque Apes. Gibraltar is the only place in Europe where these primates can be found, and legend has it that as long as the monkeys continue to live on the Rock of Gibraltar, it will remain under British rule.
Cadiz has a long fascinating history going back over 3,000 years. An important Roman port, the starting point for Christopher Columbus’s second voyage to America, and the location of the famous Battle of Trafalgar. This small peninsular almost completely surrounded by water has a lot of stories to tell. Join the crew of the Minerva for a walking tour of Cadiz, for a Trafalgar Battle tour, or a trip to Jerez, well-known for its Spanish Sherry production.
With a long stop in port today you will have lots of time to explore. Join the Minerva cruise team for a tour of the Magna Hispalensis, the third largest church in the world. Or Perhaps venture further afield to Cordoba, one of Spain’s oldest cities.
Relax at sea today after your busy day discovering Seville. Have a long lunch, enjoy a drink in the Wheeler Bar, or take an afternoon siesta on deck, you are in Spain after all!
Welcome to Portugal! Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city is set out over seven hills, and has a picture perfect landscape featuring pastel-coloured buildings with the deep blue backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a lot to see in Lisbon, from lavish architecture and art bought back from Brazil during the colonial era, to modern day master pieces in the Berardo Museum, including the works of Dali, Andy Warhol and Picasso. Make sure to taste some local Port while ashore!
Green fingered passengers will not want to miss lectures from guest speaker Professor Stefan Buczacki, scientist, naturalist and author, he has published more than 60 books on gardening and natural history. Enjoy a relaxing day at sea before the next stop on your Iberian cruise.
Join the Swan Hellenic cruise team today for one of two tours, choose a city tour of La Coruna or visit Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela which is said to house the body of apostle St James, and is the finishing point of medieval pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago.
The last part of your Swan Hellenic boutique cruise will be spent sailing through the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel. Enjoy one last formal dinner at the Swan Restaurant before arriving in the UK.
You have come to the end of your luxury cruise aboard the Swan Hellenic Minerva. Ask your My Cruises consultant about adding extras to your cruise deal such as a stopover in England or a European city break before flying back to Australia.

Exclusive Upgrade

Outside Forward Port Holes

With 26 nights on board, plus six full days at sea make the most of your time aboard the Minerva with a cabin upgrade! Starting from as little as $545 per person you can enjoy more space, better views or a private furnished balcony.

Upgrade to Category H Baltic Deck – Ocean View Forward Port Hole from $545pp
Upgrade to a Category G Aegean Deck – Ocean View Aft Window from $1635pp
Upgrade to a Category C Bridge Deck – Superior Balcony Suite from $6,920pp

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Grand Volcanic Vistas and Iberian Coasts

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Incredible Value
Our Price From $8,385*pp

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single), in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (04Feb16) and ends 31Mar16 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. Fares reflect category I for ocean view, category D for Balcony and category A for Suite. All prices based on cash or cheque payment – credit card fees may apply. ^Free airfare offer is ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth only valid on services to coincide with start and end dates of the cruise. Airfare is not bookable until approx 10 months prior to return date at which time carriers and flight details will be advised. Deviations from provided flights will incur a fee and any additional airfare/taxes costs. Free airfare offer uses flights with strict cancellation/change fees. A large non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking. Free included transfers are based on flights connecting with cruise dates and should other travel dates be requested, transfers will not be included. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply – please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid on outside or above categories only and is subject to availability at time of booking.

Baltic Deck – Ocean View Aft Port Holes
From $12,270*

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