Excursion to Tenerife from Gran Canaria

The excursion from Gran Canaria to Tenerife starts by departing from the tourist areas in the southern part of the island and heading north toward Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Then we will go to Puerto de Agaete, where the boat that will take us to the Santa Cruz dock in Tenerife will depart around 8:00.

Normally the journey is pleasant, though we recommend prevention in case of possible sea sickness.  You will travel on board a modern Fred Olsen Line catamaran with capacity for 800 passengers and it takes approximately 70 minutes for the 65 km trip.[cml_media_alt id='12902']Fred olsen desde Gran Canaria a Tenerife[/cml_media_alt] Your adventure on Tenerife will begin at about 9.15 h am.  The bus will take you from the harbour of Santa Cruz de Tenerife through town toward La Laguna. Don´t miss the Auditorium “Adan Martin” of the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatraba or the monument of the fallen at Plaza de España.[cml_media_alt id='5490']Auditorio de Santa Cruz de Tenerife[/cml_media_alt][cml_media_alt id='8875']Plaza de España en Santa Cruz[/cml_media_alt]

The excursion continues to La Laguna, passing the former capital of Tenerife and birthplace of famous personalities, such as Father Anchieta, founder of the city of Sao Paulo in Brasil.

The journey carries on toward La Esperanza and further on to Teide National Park.  Enjoy the heights and changes of the scenery.  Observe how the vegetation and climate changes, depending on the height over sea level. Marvel over the contrasts between a beautiful lush green Pine forest which changes to a nearly barren volcanic landscape on the last part of the trip.

During the whole tour, an official travel guide will attend you and give you all information about vegetation, flora and fauna, history, culture, gastronomy, climate and geography of Tenerife. 

The first important stopover on our ascending trip will be at the viewpoint “La Tarta”(the cake). La Tarta is a combination of strata in different phases of eruption. Between the formation of each layer, centuries or even thousands of years may have passed by. The white layer, containing pumice stone, is very light and porous. The black layers are of basalt and were formed by eruptions with little gas content.The red layers, also of basalt, oxidized at the moment of eruption due to underground waters that entered the eruption channel and vaporized.

[cml_media_alt id='10654']El teide volcanico[/cml_media_alt]

During our journey, we will stop at different lookouts in order to contemplate the scenery of Tenerife and its symbol, Teide, which is the highest mountain in Spain at 3718 metres high.[cml_media_alt id='12872']Tenerife Tour - Teide[/cml_media_alt] In Centro de Interpretación del Portillo, we will see a movie about the creation of Teide.[cml_media_alt id='13692']Centro de interpretacion de el Portillo[/cml_media_alt]

The highest point that we will reach will be Roque Garcia,  at about 2300 metres above sea level, with the nicest views of the mountain and of the Valle de Ucanca (Ucanca Valley).[cml_media_alt id='13689']Roque Cinchado[/cml_media_alt][cml_media_alt id='13688']Valle de Ucanca - Teide[/cml_media_alt]

Once we leave the Teide National Park, we will have lunch in a typical Tenerife restaurant where we will taste some dishes of the Canarian Cuisine.

Our last stop will be at one of the nicest towns of the island, La Orotava, where will take a walking tour to visit some of the most interesting places, like La Casa de los Balcones and the Conception Church.[cml_media_alt id='13690']Casa de los Balcones[/cml_media_alt][cml_media_alt id='13691']Iglesia de la Concepción[/cml_media_alt]

Around 6.00 pm a catamaran of Fred Olsen Line will bring you back to Agaete, Gran Canaria and from there you will be accompanied by bus back to your hotel.


  • Prevent possible sea sickness
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Warm clothes depending on the season
  • Comfortable closed shoes

Do you pick me up? Where is the pick-up point?
Yes, We have pick-up areas in Bahia Feliz, San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Arguineguin, Puerto Rico – Amadores and Puerto de Mogan for bookings made at least 24 hours in advance.
When booking, in step 1 select “pick-up at the hotel” under “additional services.” In step 2, select the location where you are staying and a point of reference in order to indicate the time of pick-up and the pick-up point.

Pick-up is free at Bahia Feliz, San Agustin, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas. Meloneras and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Pick-up at Arguineguin, Puerto Rico – Amadores and Puerto de Mogan costs 3 euros per person.

How do I know which is my bus?
Our buses are identified with a board in the front window with the name of the company. “Low Cost Tours”. Our guides will try to find you at your assigned stop, and you should have your ticket/voucher ready to help us identify you.

What should I do if I don’t find my bus or guide?
If after 10 minutes the bus hasn’t arrived, you should ring us on to the number you have on the voucher telling us your name, the excursion you have booked and the pick up point where you are.

Does the excursion include a ride in the cable car?
No, the queues to go up in the cable car have a wait time of approximately two hours, and because of the weather conditions it is not guaranteed that it will run every day. Due to a lack of time during the excursion, we have not included this option.

What is the highest point that we will reach on the excursion?
The highest point is Centro de Interpretacion del Teide, about 2,200 metres above sea level.

How old must children be to go on the trip?
Babies and children can go as long as they are accompanied by adults. All infants under 24 months are considered babies and normally they pay nothing nor do they occupy a seat.

In which languages is the activity (tour) conducted?
We conduct our activity in Spanish, English and German

Are you able to accommodate people in wheelchairs?
If the wheelchair can be collapsed, it can be accommodated on one of our excursions; although it must always be communicated at the moment of requesting your reservation. If you have any questions or doubts, please, send us an email before booking.

I have walking difficulties, how can I do the excursions?
Although our buses are modern and air-conditioned, they are not equipped with special appliances or seats. Nor do we have access for electric wheelchairs. Nonetheless, for people with mobility problems or collapsible wheelchairs can go on our excursions with a companion who will assist them in embarking and disembarking. If you have any questions or doubts, please, send us an email before booking.

How long does the activity last?
Duration: 12-14 hours. Time spent in Tenerife: 8 hours

What happens if for some reason the company decides to cancel the activity?
If the company decides to cancel the activity (usually due to weather or unforeseen circumstances) for the day that you had booked, we will contact you via the email or telephone number you provided when booking in order to provide alternatives.

What does the trip include?

  • Pick up from the hotel (or from a point closer to the hotel) in the tourist zones of southern Gran Canaria.
  • Official tourism guide in Spanish, English, and German.
  • Modern buses.
  • All mandatory travel and liability insurance.
  • Ferry shuttles to Tenerife
  • Lunch

Any recommendations for this trip?
Bring with you:

  • Clothing appropriate to the time of year. Always bring a coat since the weather can change according to which part of the island we find ourselves. .
  • Comfortable closed shoes.
  • Video camera
  • Medicine if you are seasick
Tenerife - Teide



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