Guided Walking Holiday --- 8 Days, 7 Nights
Known for its diverse landscapes and year round sun and warmth,
Tenerife offers a welcome winter break
Some describe Tenerife as having ‘many worlds in one place’ which is partly due to the microclimatic environment. Tenerife offers an amazing variety of landscapes including semi deserts, laurisilva “cloud forests,” rugged cliff coasts with vertical precipices, high mountains, fertile cultivation terraces and awesome trenches carved deep into multi colored layers of volcanic bedrock. Tenerife hosts excellent and varied paths through the magnificent countryside, mountains, gorges, plateaus and the coastal cliffs, all revealing the expansive geological interest and a view of Canarian culture and lifestyle. The volcanic nature of the island, shaped by the weather, has created a truely unique landscape unlike anywhere else. The walking is challenging and as diverse as the landscapes -- wherever the walking path, you will be rewarded with the natural beauty of this island.
Join us in exploring this unique countryside, meet new friends in a relaxed walking and social atmosphere, with friendly and professional walk leaders who are passionate and knowledgeable about this beautiful and interesting island, from our base in a beach front hotel at an exceptional value. We walk five days and have a free day to do as you please.
Accommodations & Meals
We are based in Puerto de la Cruz at the four star Hotel Valle Mar. This elegant hotel is located on the sea front promenade close to the beach and adjacent to the Lago Martianex saltwater pool complex. All rooms are en-suite and include a balcony, television, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and heating, hairdryer, telephone and the usual amenities. The hotel features restaurants, lounges, terraces, a heated rooftop swimming pool (seasonal), solarium, garden Jacuzzi, recreational facilities and bicycle rental. On the hotel’s first floor, there is a second solarium with sun beds and Balinese beds. Hotel Valle Mar is located within walking distance of a wide range of restaurants, cafés, bars, shops and leisure spots.
Breakfast and dinner are self-service in the hotel’s restaurants. Dinner is a buffet in the main restaurant where there is a great variety and selection of local and international dishes along with a fresh cooking according to your taste. Lunches are at your expense. We order our packed lunches from a variety of bakers available close to the hotel and there are markets nearby offering fruits, snacks and most anything you would like.
January 25, 2020 $ 1,970
October 24, 2020 $ 1,970
Holiday Price Includes
Accommodations en-suite for seven (7) nights (based on double occupancy).
Breakfast each morning as part of your hotel accommodations.
Three course dinners for all seven (7) nights.
Transfers between the hotel and the airport.
Transport to and from each day’s walk.
Full program of guided walks with experienced tour leaders and professional local guides.
Personal touring services from our tour leaders who arrange all aspects of the holiday for you and are with the group every step of the way.
What’s Not Included
This is a land only holiday so your flights to and from Tenerife are not included. We are happy to assist you with providing flight information from your local airport.
Lunches and beverages.
Local tourism tax paid to the hotel in local currency (approximately 1 to 2 Euro per person daily).
There is a single supplement of approximately $225 for the 7 nights and will be quoted at the time of booking.
The Tenerife walking program is designed for good competent walkers on a mixture of terrains. We walk between 6 and 10 miles a day and up to 700 meters (2,300 feet) ascent and descent. Ascents are taken slowly to allow plenty of time to absorb the magnificent vast environment around us. The walks on this trip vary between moderate and challenging and each day involves a fair amount of ascent and descent. The trip requires a reasonable amount of fitness, ideally with some previous walking experience in similar conditions. This will greatly enhance the enjoyment of the walking holiday. Five days walking during the week and one day as a free day to do as you please.
The craters of Las Canadas offer walkers a lunar experience at over 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) above sea level. Mount Teide is a steep sided, rugged volcanic peak, the highest peak in the whole of Spain at 3,800 meters (12,500 feet). Walking on the Teide plateau close to this iconic mountain is an incredible experience and therefore we have included this opportunity in our holiday. Teide’s near neighbor, the extinct volcano Mount Guajara is also on our walking itinerary. Great care has been taken selecting our routes to ensure our guests enjoyment and safety.
We take transport to the walk start and finish by minibus. We use a Tenerife based guiding company to provide our guiding services supported by the UK tour guide. Dependent on the numbers on the holiday, this will be either with our own dedicated guide or we may walk with other walkers on the island.
A selection of the guided walks includes:
Masca Gorge walking and a 40 minute coastal boat trip.
Teide Area plateau walk.
Teide Plateau, ascent to Mount Guajara up to 2,700 meters.
Anaga Penisula linear walk.
Holiday Tour Leaders & Guides
Great Circle Route is pleased to be associated with Secret Hills Walking, our partner in Europe Walking. Secret Hills Walking has been in the guided walking tour business in the United Kingdom and Europe since 2002, and as walkers themselves, they appreciate and understand the requirements of a walking holiday. Great Circle Route develops itineraries focusing on walking/hiking, history, gardens and culture of the places we visit and we personally research, fully vet and coordinate all holidays with Secret Hills Walking to ensure our guests are completely satisfied. Our touring team comprises leaders from Great Circle Route and Secret Hills Walking and often we complement the team with local guides who are passionate and knowledgeable about the area and the walking routes.
Puerto de la Cruz is a city on the north coast of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. It’s known for its dark, volcanic-sand beaches and the huge Loro Parque zoo, which lies to the west. On the seafront, Lago Martiánez is a saltwater pool complex designed by architect César Manrique. The old harbor is home to a 17th-century customs house and Batería de Santa Bárbara, a crumbling 18th-century fort.
Tenerife has a rich historical background, interesting monuments and museums and a fascinating natural and cultural heritage. Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands that are part of Spain. The oldest mountain ranges in Tenerife rose from the Atlantic Ocean later than the neighboring eastern islands, the volcanic evolution which gave birth to the island finished around twelve million years ago. The island that we know today was formed three million years ago by three different islands, with the mountain ranges of Anaga, Teno and Valle de San Lorenzo. The activity from the Teide volcano finally fused together the different islands which then became Tenerife.
The island was conquered by the Spanish empire around 500 years ago when Alonso Fernandez de Lugo, the Spanish conqueror arrived at the bay of Santa Cruz, known at the time as Anaza. Spain’s King ordered him to suppress the last canary natives’ mainstay, but the Guanches (natives from Tenerife) resisted the attack. The King of Raoro, Bencomo (today La Orotava) who was the most important of all nine kings of the island, gathered his soldiers and enticed the Spanish force to the Bay of Acentejo and 2,000 Spaniards fell and Alonso Fernandez de Lugo was seriously injured. Since then, the town where this event happened is known as la Matanza (the massacre in Spanish). Currently, next to the highway there is a huge stone wall painted with a Guanche sounding the victory signal through a horn in the place where the massacre happened. Just a little over a year later however, the Spanish crown finally conquered Tenerife, after a plague destabilized the Guanche population. The extinction of the natives and the Guanche culture was kept secret and always denied for a long time after. The mysterious Guanches, were known as the more dangerous and most feared from the canary island inhabitants. There is little information about the origins of the Guanches, but it seems that they came from the northwest of Africa. A stone with some symbols engraved was found, supposedly of Bereber origin. However, there are only theories and speculations about how the Guanches first arrived the islands.
Further Travel Information
Getting to the Tenerife holiday. The price for this holiday is land only and does not include flights from the United States (US) to Tenerife. Our base in Puerto del la Cruz is only 15 minutes from Tenerife’s North Airport and 1.5 hours from the South Airport. International flights are frequent and it is typical to find a one stop flight from the United States (depending on your departure airport) via Madrid or other major European cities. Airfare may range between $600 - $1,500 roundtrip between the US and Tenerife, depending on where your flight originates, the time of year and when you make your booking. Budget airlines from several European capitals may offer a better price if you are adding onto a trip to other European countries. Please note that the published holiday dates are the dates you arrive in your holiday area and not when you leave the United States.
Extra Days and nights. If you are interested in adding any extra days and nights to your holiday to explore more of the area, and you would like our help, please us know.
Passport and Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens. Passports should be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended date of departure; three (3) months beyond departure date are mandatory. It is further recommended that your passport have at least four (4) blank pages in your passport. Non-EU visitors must obtain a stamp in their passport upon initial entry into a Schengen country and upon exit. The border control official will stamp your passport, but at times some borders are unstaffed and in this case you will need to request a stamp in your passport. Consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for the most current country requirements. No Visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
Weather. Tenerife in January will have a mix of sun and clouds and some high level mist. Be prepared for a shower or two – it is not a green paradise for no reason. The average temperature in January is between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, expect the temperatures to go down to about 45 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit. While the island is bathed in year round sun, the weather can change quite dramatically from region to region. The south is usually doused in warmth and sunlight causing the southern terrain to bear a resemblance to the desert, particularly at the hottest times of the year. The north endures the occasional rainfall but stays warm, keeping it green and luscious with impressive forests in the hills.
Official language. Spanish is the official language.
Travel Insurance. Travel insurance for financial protection and peace of mind is recommended. Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, delayed flights and missed connections, lost or damaged luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. Therefore, we strongly recommend obtaining Travel Insurance to protect your travel investment. Companies that provide comprehensive policies include Travel Guard, Travel Insured International, Allianz, Travelex to name a few.
Sustainability. We support, where applicable, the concepts of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our trip will involve the use of in-country and local industries for all our visiting needs whenever feasible and possible.
Starting Location: Tenerife North or South Airport
Ending Location: Tenerife North or South Airport