This limited participation Oceania Choice excursion loops through the picturesque southern part of the island, an area revered for its spectacular natural vistas, volcanic terrain and charming villages.
Your day commences with a leisurely drive through beautiful Santa Cruz de La Palma and on to the Holy Virgin of Snow church in Las Nieves. One of the oldest churches on the island, it contains a remarkable altarpiece made of Mexican silver, several 16th-century Flemish sculptures and the namesake terracotta figure of the Virgin Mary.
Then driving inland, you'll enjoy a photo stop at the panoramic Breña Alta viewpoint and continue on through the fertile surrounding lands. Fruit trees, ornamental flowers and tobacco for hand-rolled cigars thrive here and are among the chief exports. Crossing the island from east to west, you'll notice the transition from lush laurel forest to a more arid terrain dotted with pine trees. Both landscapes have their own charms, as does the National Park of the Taburiente Caldera, which you'll catch sight of from the La Cumbrecita lookout.
Mid-day, you'll stop for a hearty Canarian lunch at the Parador La Palma restaurant before driving south to the San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in the late 1600s. A thirty minute walk along the crater's rim offers up some fantastic panoramic views of the Teneguia volcano and the town of Fuencaliente, which means "hot spring." It's really a misnomer because the nearby spring that inspired the town's name has long since been destroyed by volcanic activity.
As you make your way back to the pier and your awaiting ship, there will be one final stop to enjoy a cocktail in Mirador Cancajos.
Please note: Participation on this tour is limited to just 40 guests. The tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking and there is some uneven ground and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. Some of the walking at the stops can border on strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.