On our Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise that stopped in Lanzarote for only 9 hours, we pre-planned a trip with Carmen (via e-mail) to take our group of 8 (from the U.S.) on a tour to hit as many "must-see" sites as possible. The Cruise line's offerings were very limited and we wanted to see more with a smaller group. The cost was per vehicle, so the overall cost (we paid individually for admission to two sites, plus lunch, plus the wine-tasting) per person was just incredibly low.
I'll get to the details below, but everyone in our group raved about this trip and were still talking about it at the end of the cruise a week later. I only wish we were staying on the Island, so we could have done something longer, but Carmen tailored the itinerary to cater to our limited stay--even making sure we had excellent sandwiches to eat in the Land Rover as we drove between sites. Even more impressive, she constantly was recalculating the order of our tour as the weather conditions changed, so we STILL got to see everything we wanted to, dodging the rain.
Our trip included a visit to the Cueva de los Verdes, several overlooks on the Northwest part of the Island, the Village of Teguise, a nature walk into the crater of a volcano (away from the touristy National Park), a brief wine-tasting session, and finally the Cesar Manrique Foundation. Carmen is extremely knowledgeable about everything on the Island and was able to answer all of our questions. We squeezed in everything and got back to the ship in the nick of time. :)
The Green Caves really are not to be missed and the up-close-and-personal view of the crater is not something you'd see at the National Park (they don't let you get out and walk around on the Park grounds). If you have any interest in or appreciation of art, architecture, design, and/or urban planning, please visit the Cesar Manrique Foundation--he was a modern "Leonardo Da Vinci" of the Canary Islands.
We hope that we'll be able to get back to Lanzarote for a much longer stay and get to partake in some of the hikes and more adventurous activities Carmen arranges for those staying on the Island.
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