Experience two contrasting sides of southern Lanzarote: the arid, lunar-like terrain within the National Park of Timanfaya, followed by a lovely wine tasting at an award-winning vineyard.
Your excursion begins with a drive inland across volcanically formed Lanzarote. This portion of the island is relatively dry, which has minimized erosion so the barren landscape looks much like it did when formed a few centuries ago. As you'll learn, the area's Fire Mountains didn't even exist until years of volcanic upheaval created them in the 1730s.
You'll have the opportunity to explore this otherworldly terrain within the National Park of Timanfaya. Rarely will you ever see countryside so beautifully desolate and compellingly bizarre. While the surrounding volcanoes are dormant, there are plenty of reminders of the geothermal activity just beneath the surface, where the temperature approaches 1,000ºF. The park's staff may demonstrate the intensity of the heat by pouring water into a bore hole, which will erupt seconds later in a steaming mini-geyser. It's a one-of-a-kind experience, as is your jaunt across the park's volcanic dunes on the back of a camel.
Afterwards, you'll continue your exploration of Lanzarote by passing the salt flats of Janubio, where salt is extracted from the sea for export, and then driving to the Bodega Rubicon Winery. While the Canary Islands aren't always associated with fine wine, the wineries here prove that they should be. The Bodega Rubicon vineyards are part of a protected natural area characterized by a unique form of culture in the world. The fruit of these vineyards, along with the combination of traditional techniques and the latest technology, result in a wine of great quality and tradition. Here, you'll sample some vintages distinct to the soil and climate conditions only found on Lanzarote before heading back to the pier in Arrecife.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking that includes some uneven ground. Additionally, there are a few steps to negotiate at the Stratus Wine Cellar and guests should be mobile enough to ride in a wicker basket-chair mounted on the camel. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather-appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. For Insignia's call on April 2, 2012, this tour will run with slightly shortened times at the stops to accommodate the time in port.