Canary Islands walking holiday

“A chance to hike on two Canary Islands on one holiday – Tenerife and lesser-visited La Gomera. Discover dramatic scenery on this eight day tour as part of a small group.”

Highlights

San Miguel de Abona | San Sebastian | La Laja village | Chejelipes | Vallehermoso | Agulo | Garajonay National Park | Alto de Garajonay | Playa Caleta | El Teide | Roques de Capricho | Optional walk to Cabrito Beach

Description of Canary Islands walking holiday

Enjoy this eight day walking holiday on two Canary Islands: Tenerife and La Gomera. With their dramatic mountains and great year-round climate, these two Canary Islands offer fantastic hiking. Across both islands there’s wonderful scenery, from laurel forests to hillside villages and black sand beaches. A hike around Tenerife’s large central volcano – and Spain’s highest peak – Mount Teide, brings the trip to a dramatic finale.

From Tenerife you’ll start this tour by taking a ferry over to La Gomera. On this quiet island you can visit the attractive colonial town of Agulo, enjoy pretty coastal walks, and visit Garajonay National Park to climb the highest peak on the island. Crossing back to Tenerife you’ll ascend to El Teide Plateau for a walk to the less-visited Roques de Capricho, before ending the adventure in San Miguel de Abona.

This trip lasts eight days, featuring half-day hikes. These moderate hikes are on well-defined trails and paved paths. You'll be in a group of no more than 16 participants. Breakfasts are included, and there are plenty of opportunities to dine on local cuisine and enjoy the local wine.

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Canary Islands walking holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

On this tour we visit two of the Canary Islands so we can spread our business over two islands instead of just one. We stay in small locally run hotels / posadas in the smaller villages rather than in the bigger coastal resorts. We walk wherever possible and use small local taxi operators rather than charter buses where possible, and the locally owned ferry instead of the foreign owned Fred Olsen ferry. We eat in small restaurants en route whilst walking. All tap water in the Canary Islands is readily drinkable, so we urge you to take and use a water bottle rather than buying water to reduce pressure on the small islands’ limited resources for dealing with plastic waste.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

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Reviewed on 02 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Rock formations at El Teide

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You don't need as many clothes as you think

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Great walks on La Gomera in stunning landscapes.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light. There was no porterage on the trip (which reduced tippage) which meant you carried your luggage. This included travelling on a ferry (to and back) from Tenerife and checking in to three hotels.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In regard to local people we tried wherever possible to dine out in local restaurants and bars. These were usually the best options.
We reduced our environmental impact by recycling wherever possible and reducing waste. Due to the nature of the trip there wasn't
the opportunity to support local conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A great walking trip. Stunning island scenery and great local food and wine.

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