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Las Palmas Shore Excursions - Cruise Stop

The city of Las Palmas is one of the largest in Spain and the port of Las Palmas is the second busiest. Las Palmas is ready for you and there's a lot to see and do, not only in the city but around the Island of Gran Canaria for the day. Below we've highlighted the more popular shore excursions people like to do around Gran Canaria and you'll also find prices to hire a car or minibus for the day with or without a guide. (All private tours of 7 people or more must be accompanied by an official guide that we will also provide.)

 

city bus

 

Las Palmas city -  You could quite easily spend the entire day here; check our own guide to the city here. For a city tour we recommend the hop-on-hop-off city bus at 20 euros per person it runs around every 45 minutes and stops at the key points around the city from Las Canteras beach in the north to the 500 year old historic quarter of Vegueta in the south. Of course one of the stops is the Muelle of Santa Catalina where your ship docks.

Transfers - Another popular service we are asked about are transfers, picking you up from your ship and perhaps taking you to the Dunes at Maspalomas or maybe to Puerto de Mogan in the south of the island. Transfers can be booked here by selecting "Address Search" as the type of service. 

Private car or minibus hire without guide - For bookings of 6 people or less we can send an English-speaking driver to drive you around for the day (or half day). Whilst he can't give you a running and detailed commentary as a guide would he can of course tell you where you are and highlight any interesting facts of things to see. This is ideal if you're researching everything yourself on the internet and know where you want to go and what you want to see already. Private hire can be booked here by selecting "Hourly Hire" as the type of service.

Private hire with official guide - Whether you are two people travelling by car, 55 people by bus or any combination in between, we can arrange for an officially licensed (by the Gran Canaria tourist office) guide to accompany you and either take you to the places you suggest or work out an itinerary based on what sort of scenery and towns you would like to see. It can be adapted along the way - perhaps you've scene enough mountain villages and want to stop at a major town with some history? All this can be arranged before you set off or along the way. Of course the guide will look after you if you have any problems along the way, he/she will give you detailed information about all of the things you'll see along the way and be able to answer any questions you might have. A lunch stop can be arranged at a place to suite though meals are extra and paid direct to the restaurant. The costs for an 8 hour tour are :-

Saloon Car witrh Guide for 1 to 4 people - 350 euros 

Minibus for 1 to 8 people - 390 euros

Coach for 9 to 20 people - 550 euros

Contact Us via this link to request a private hire with official guide or for any other queries you might have.

tejeda cruise

 

The route that most people chose that we would suggest is to leave Las Palmas heading along the north coast to the town of Arucas with an optional stop to visit the rum factory, see how our local drink "Ron Arehucas" is made and try some of the varients. From here up into the mountains via another traditional town of Firgas, home to natural springs and our mineral water supplier. Next stop Teror, home to the patron saint of the island and a visually stunning town full of traditional Canarian architecture. 

After a half hour of windy mountain roads with stunning views of the countryside you'll arrive at of Santa Brigida. Optional stop there before carrying on up to the volcanic crater of Bandama. Don't worry, it's no longer active in fact at the time of writing it's inhabitted if you look down to the bottom. It's around 1,900 feet above sea level, 3,000 feet wide and 700 feet deep and offers panoramic views of Las Palmas and the north coast. From there it's back to the motorway and back to Las Palmas. total journey time around 8 hours depending on how often and how long your stops are.

VIP Tour - Wednesday & Friday

Today discover some of Gran Canaria's real history, starting off with the cave village of Guayadeque, maybe have a peek inside one of the cave houses, visit the cave church and bar. Next on to a very typical Canaran villge Aguimes, with its bronze sculptures lining the streets, its spectacular church, multicoloured sreets. 

From here we take the quick motorway route to another traditonal Canarian village of Firgas, known for its abundance of water (its where our mineral ater comesfrom) and gofio mill (our cereal).

The journey back south is via the mountains through the center of the island passing some of the most spectacular views (with stops) of Roque Nublo, Ayacata, Firgas and a finca of camels!

Adults 35 euros, Kids 12 years and under 22 euros. Please use the contact us form for any questions or if you would like to book this with us.

Private Yacht

If you're travelling as a family or a small group and fancy something a little bit different in the form of a boat trip then why not hire a luxury yacht complete with two-man crew and spend the day sailing where you want to and at the pace you want.

Maybe you'd like to visit Playa GuiGui, one of the most secluded beaches really only accessible by boat, sail along the south coast with a vew of Maspalomas sand dunes from the ocean, sail out to see a little and search for dolphins and whales, find a nice quiet cove for a spot of sunbathing and snorkelling. The choice would be yours as weather allowing you can go wherever you want for as long as you want starting from 10am as long as your back by 6pm.

 

This luxury yacht experience is an 8 hour trip and costs 800 euros. Please use the contact us form if you have any questions or would like to book this tour. 

Helicopter Tours

Perhaps the most spectacular way to see the island is from the air and the only official way to do that at the time of writing is with the Island's Helicopter tours.

Of course this is an ideal once-in-a-lifetime way to see a sub-tropical island and an ideal event to organise for a special occasion.

Fly over the vast sand dunes of Maspalomas, along the edges of the west cliffs or up through the mountains to the very center of the island. The views and experience are unbeatable.

There's a choice of 4 different tours to suite every budget.

Costa Sur - 10 minutes - 80 euros per person

10-2   10-3

Over Playa del Ingles and the Dunes of Maspalomas

10

 

Roque Nublo - 20 minutes - 145 euros per person

20-1   20-2

Up through the mountains to the center of the island passing over the spectacular rock formations and lakes of the island.

20

 

Isla Grande - 30 minutes - 198 euros per person

30-1   30-2

Visiting everything from the two tours above but coming back down to the south over the western coast/cliffs and resorts.

30

 

DeLuxe tour - 60 minutes - 990 for exclusive hire of the helicopter for 1-3 people

60-1   60-3

An hour long trip covering the entire island, up through the mountains then along the north coast, over Las Palmas city and down along the cliffs and the west coast.

60

 

There is a free collection service from San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Puerto Rico and the resorts inbetween. Collection can be arranged from further away for an additional charge.

Please use the contact us form if you have any questions or would like to book this tour. 

Tenerife & Loro Parque - Tuesday

loro

 

After being collected from your hotel we go to the north-west corner of the island to catch the fast ferry (1 hour) to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. From there we head on to Puerto de la Cruz and Loro Parque zoo, one of the most beautiful and spectacular zoos in Europe.

Walk around the park and admire the spectacular animal encolosures, the largest collection of parrots in the world, the "bat cave", watch it snow in the penguin house and see shows from parrots, sea-lions, dolphins and killer-whales.

Adults - 88 euros & Kids 12 & under - 67 euros. Please use the contact us form if you have any questions or would like to book this tour. 

Check out our photos from the park at this link