Depart your south Tenerife hotel (select hotels only) by coach and travel toward UNESCO-protected Mt. Teide National Park.
On route, enjoy spectacular views of Tenerife’s west coast and 12,200-foot (3,718-meter) Mt. Teide, Spain’s highest peak, and the park’s crowning glory.
Visit the village of Vilaflor, set in the pine-forested foothills, and absorb its cool air and quaint lanes and architecture. Then, drive through the forests to the volcanic plateau, a lunar-like plain that featured in movies like the Planet of the Apes and Clash of the Titans.
Next, traverse the Orotava Valley to Icod Los Vinos, famous for its wines and Drago Tree, the world’s oldest dragon tree. See this huge umbrella-shaped tree and learn about the reputedly healing powers of its red-colored sap, called ‘dragon’s blood.’
After free time for lunch (own expense), call at Garachico, a pretty, north-coast town that was Tenerife’s main port until a 1706 volcanic eruption.
View the old streets of mansions and monuments here before visiting Masca, a hamlet perched on a canyon ridge. With only about 120 inhabitants, this village was once a pirates’ hideout, and commands awe-inspiring views to La Gomera.
After absorbing the panoramas, your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.