Pre-Programme Las Palmas

Add an extra night and experience the diverse charms of Gran Canaria, sometimes called the ‘miniature continent.’

  • Visit Las Palmas’ Old Town “Vegueta” and the Columbus House
  • Discover the island’s north and the massive Bandama Crater
  • Visit a local wine cellar and enjoy some wine and tapas
  • Season

    Available all year

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Min. passengers


  • Booking code


Planned itinerary: 

Day 1: Las Palmas /Arrival 

Welcome to the Gran Canaria! Begin your Pre-Programme with an overnight stay in a beautiful hotel located close to the city center. If you’re already up for exploration you can explore Las Palmas on foot – the island’s capital is a bustling city overflowing with Spanish charm, history and culture.  

Day 2: Las Palmas /Embarkation 

After breakfast, your transfer bus will be waiting for you. This tour is all about learning some amazing history, as well as seeing traditional architecture and magnificent geology – all wrapped up in one excursion. You’ll explore the beautiful Old Town of Las Palmas and travel inland to Bandama Crater.  

First, we drive to Vegueta, the oldest quarter of Las Palmas, where you’ll stroll through a maze of narrow, cobbled streets and tiny squares and visit the Columbus House, where the explorer once stayed. Afterwards, pass by Plaza Santa Ana with its bronze statues honouring the dogs which gave the Canary Islands their name – “canum” in Latin. Your excursion will continue through the exclusive residential area of Tafira.   

The next stop will be the volcanic crater of Bandama, an extinct volcano rising 1,900 ft. above sea level. Marvel at the panoramic views before continuing to a local wine cellar in a beautiful colonial-style house. There’s also a museum here and you’ll learn about the history of wine making, as well as being able to sample some. 

This tour comes to an end at Las Palmas pier in time for your embarkation aboard MS Spitsbergen. 

Please note that the order of sites visited may vary. 

Practical Information


The price includes one hotel night in Las Palmas, breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Las Palmas pier, approx. 4 hrs. guided excursion, visiting the highlights of Las Palmas City and the massive Bandama Crater. 

Not included: Lunch, dinner and drinks. 


  • This tour is available as Pre-Programme in combination with voyages starting in Las Palmas.  
  • For guests with limited mobility on request. 
  • Minimum number of participants: 10 Pax. 
  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.