Photogenic and Scenic Tenerife


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Shore Excursion, Nature and Wildlife, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes. Yes. Families with kids are welcome but you must advise if they are very young and bear in mind that many of the roads are quite winding and possibly a bit much for toddlers to handle.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Volcanos to Scenic Towns

This tour first takes you up into the mountains because nobody should visit Tenerife without witnessing the spectacular views from above and the dramatic scenery in the Teide National Park, breathtaking evidence that the Canary Islands were formed by prolonged volcanic activity.

We then drive down to the south of the island towards the picturesque northwest agricultural lands before descending to old port of Garachico, whose old town centre retains traditional Canary charm, architecture and history.

From here we have a choice. We either visit the famous thousand yar old Dragon Tree and the beautiful main square in the vineyard town of Icod de Los Vinos or head for the historic northern town of La Orotava to visit a traditional crafts centre set in a nobleman's house dated from the time of the Spanish conquest. The Valley of La Orotava was a favourite destination for early Victorian travellers, artists and scientsts.


09. 00 Meet at port and head straight for the hills. We take the main ridge road as far as Teide National Park, stopping at various viewing points for photographs.

10. 30 We cross Teide National Park, heading to the Roques de García, a collection of extraordinary volcanic rock formations and an ideal spot for amazing photographs. We drive past curious blue sub-volcanic hydro-thermal rocks before crossing the giant Ucanca Valley, a volcanic cauldron and a massive lava field.

11. 30 We head for the beautiful old town of Garachico, once the main port until devastated by a volcanic erruption.

13. 00 Arrive at Garachico (possible stop for lunch) before briefly visiting Icod and the Dragon tree.

15. 00 Arrive at La Orotava to visit arts and crafts centre. (No obligation to purvhase anything but a very interesting old house).

15. 30 Depart from La Orotava.

16. 00 Arrive back at the port

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 7 hours


Transport will be in a modern, air-conditioned private vehicle, hired car, minibus or taxi unless you have specially requested transport for a larger group.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: Included is your English-speaking guide, a seven hour tour and your transport from and to your hotel or the port of Santa Cruz.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 Euros - I'm suggesting this amount only if you decide to stop for a tapas lunch. I have not included anything for souvenirs, cable cars or other museums, should you decide to visit any. If you decide you would like to take the cable car up Mt. Teide please advise me beforehand as this would require altering our tour timing and itinerary as well as provision to pay for the cable car.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Extras might include any meals, drinks as well as entrance to musums, historic buildings or a ride on the Mount Teide cable car should you decide to consume or to use the cable car. Please advise beforehand should you wish to take the cable car as this would possibly mean an earlier start and a change in schedule.


I am not a mountaineer so would not be able to take clients mountain climbing, for example up the slopes of Mount Teide, but I can, of course, take you on the cable car and walking along the many mountain and coastal tracks in Tenerife.

A Recent Review of this tour

A fantastic tour. John was a charming and knowledgable guide who entertained all of our family, across three generations, for the entire day. I would thoroughly recommend him. My children voted his tour the best part of their holiday, even ahead of the swimming pool and breakfast buffet, high praise indeed! Thank you John.
Jo Godfrey

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