Historic La Laguna
This tour is designed for those of you who would like a closer look at the island's history, at its roots embedded in religious culture and feudal conquest.
Originally called Aguere by the ancient Guanche inhabitants, Alonso Fernández de Lugo named it San Cristóbal de La Laguna in 1496 after finally defeating the fiercely proud and brave Guanche people at La Victoria. Spanish conquests were always accompanied by Catholic missions and the city's churches and convents, many with 16th century origins and proof of strict religious and monarchic order, are brimming with priceless treasures.
La Laguna's historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1999. It is the original capital, where the wealthy, the nobility and the administrative and intellectual classes first lived and the Palace of Nava and Grimón, the Casa Lercaro, where we will visit the Museum of History and Anthropology and House of the Jesuits are examples of a cultured past.
I will collect you from your ship or hotel at 9am or earlier if agreed and drive to the city of La Laguna. Here we will spend approximately two hours strolling through the old town centre and visiting monuments.
Depending on where you are staying, be it a hotel or cruise ship, we may have time to drive to the town of town of Tacoronte to visit a bodega to sample some of the island's famous wines, and the beautiful church of St. Catherine of Alexandria.
We will return you to you ship or hotel at approximatly 3pm.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: If you are on a cruise ship our meeting point will be just outside the new cruise ship terminal building in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. To get there you can take the free cruis shuttle bus which drops you right outside the same building. It takes just five minutes. You can also walk if you prefer.
If you are staying at an hotel on the island or wish to be collected at any other address I will meet you there.
For recognition I shall wear a GREEN cap and carry a GREEN umbrella.
End location: If you are on a cruise ship I will return you to your ship or the port's meeting point which is just five minutes from the ship. If you are staying at a hotel I will return you to your hotel.
Duration: 5 hours
Transportation will be in a private vehicle,taxi or hired car. The vehicle will be modern, with a capacity for up to six travellers or more if specially requested. It will be clean and air-conditioned.
Included in this excursion is your guided tour through the historic city of La Laguna and perhaps as far as Tacoronte to visit one of the island's most beautiful churches if there is time, and of course transport to and from your ship or hotel.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 Euros - This estimate should cover sampling local wines, a delicious light tapas lunch, entrance fee to the Museum of Anthropology and any donations you might like to make upon visiting a monastery.
Extras will include entrance fees to the museum and any donations you wish to make at a monastery or religous monument.
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.
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We have been fortunate in all our tours. But John's tour yesterday was outstanding! He was knowledgeable in so many varied areas of Tenerife, from the history of the pirates to an incredible knowledge of plants and agriculture! He was kind and very sensitive to my husband's physical disabilities and always made sure to minimize how much he had to walk, and often had us wait while he retrieved the car. We also had a FABULOUS lunch!! Touring with John was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!!!!