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From La Gomera to Tenerife (Self-Guided)

Tenerife and La Gomera showcase the diverse landscapes of the Canary Islands, with La Gomera's lush laurel woods and terraced valleys contrasting Tenerife's expansive lava fields dominated by Spain's highest peak, El Teide.

  • La Gomera

  • 7 nights
  • Seven Breakfasts & Three Dinners
  • Coast & Islands

  • June - December

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Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Self-Guided Collection

Expertly planned, flexible walking itineraries, led by you, with accommodation, route plans, and luggage transfers all taken care of by us.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Unusual basalt formations, vibrant deserts, abundant greenery, and a breath-taking coastline.
  • A night's accommodation in two welcoming family-operated hotels situated in quaint inland towns.
  • A favourable climate, maintaining temperatures between 15º and 25º throughout the entire year.
  • Gentle to moderately challenging strolls amidst exceptionally diverse landscapes.
  • The choice to ascend Spain's highest peak, El Teide volcano (3718m), using a cable car is available.

On Tenerife and La Gomera, you can discover the captivating landscapes of the Canary Islands in close proximity. While both islands have volcanic origins, their terrains are distinctly diverse. La Gomera, known as the lushest among the "Canarias," boasts lush vegetation in its enigmatic laurel woods, where ancient moss-covered trees create an atmosphere reminiscent of a tropical rainforest. The island's beauty extends to intricately sculpted valley landscapes, where human-made terraces support exotic plantations featuring banana, papaya, and mango trees. In contrast, Tenerife is characterized by vibrant lava fields, expansive and desolate, surrounding Spain's highest peak: El Teide. Both islands provide ample opportunities for year-round hiking in temperate and sunny weather.

  • Seven nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Three dinners.
  • Transfer from airport to first accommodation.
  • Transfer from last accommodation to airport.
  • Port Transfers on day one and five.
  • Transfers on Days 2,4,5,6 and 7 according to the walking programme
  • Luggage transfers on Days 2 and 5.
  • Ferries between Tenerife and La Gomera on Days 1 and 5.
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to route information on an app.
  • 24 hour telephone assistance in English.
  • Flights.
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Any transport not mentioned.
  • Personal expenses such as tips, phone calls, drinks.
  • Hotel tax where applicable, paid locally.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Printed detailed route information (available at an additional charge of £30, and is available at your first hotel)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

60270

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Accommodation

Upon arrival at Tenerife South Airport, you will be transferred to Los Cristianos harbor for the scheduled ferry to La Gomera, organised based on your arrival times. A supplementary charge will be applicable for transfers from Tenerife North; kindly provide this information during the booking process.

Day 2

Garajonay National Park

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Included: Transfer to El Contadero at 09:30. Luggage transfers to hotel in Hermigua.

  • Time

    5/6 hours

  • Distance

    6.2/8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    25/160/1275/1410m

Following a hearty breakfast, you'll enjoy a brief transfer to El Contadero, a secluded intersection in the elevated Garajonay National Park. Embark on a 4.5-hour walk descending to Hermigua, where you'll then transfer to Agulo. The initial 2.5-hour stretch entails a leisurely descent through enchanting laurel woods on broad footpaths, with a brief steep segment near El Cedro on a stony stepped path. The journey proceeds along tranquil inland roads, culminating in your cozy and delightful rural hotel in Hermigua.

Day 3

Circular walk from Hermigua

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    735m

Embark on a circular journey heading north towards Hermigua, passing by an abandoned village along the breath taking coastline. Revel in spectacular vistas of Tenerife and the peak of El Teide. Navigate through a mix of expansive dirt tracks and rocky footpaths, all clearly marked and featuring protective wooden railings in exposed areas with sheer drops. The final leg guides you through lush papaya and mango fields in the valley.

Day 4

Juego de Bolas to Vallehermoso

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Included: Transfer at 09:30 to Juego de Bolas, at 17:00 return transfer from Vallehermoso.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/750m

Commence your day with a transfer to the Garajonay Visitors' Centre at "Juego de Bolas," offering a chance to admire tropical flowers in their botanical garden. Embark on a leisurely journey along the GR-132, a long-distance hiking path, heading to Vallehermoso. En route, encounter two Natural Monuments, Roque Blanco and Roque Cano, before descending into the verdant valley of Vallehermoso. Conclude your exploration with a refreshing drink at the village square, followed by a transfer back to your hotel in Hermigua.

Day 5

Degollada la Peraza to San Sebastián

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Included: Transfer to Degollada de Perazaat 09:30 and Luggage transfer to San Sebastian Harbour. Ferry to Tenerife and transfer to hotel in Vilaflor.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    125/1025m

Transfer to Degollada de la Peraza for a rewarding and straightforward panoramic descent. Enjoy a 4 to 4.5-hour journey on the GR-131, culminating in San Sebastian, where your luggage awaits at the ferry terminal. Return to La Gomera via ferry and  transfer to your pre-arranged accommodation in Vilaflor.

Day 6

Hike near Vilaflor: Lunar Landscape

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Included: Transfer at 09:30 Vilaflor to Curva Blanca.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    475/675m

Following a brief 10-minute transfer, embark on a fascinating stroll through a captivating "moonscape" known as 'Paisaje Lunar' north of Vilaflor, tracing well-kept and marked tracks. Enjoy serene pine woods and captivating vistas of peculiar volcanic rock formations and southern Tenerife. Conclude the journey by walking back to the hotel.

Day 7

Walks near/on El Teide

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Included: Transfer at 09:30 Vilaflor to Teide, return in the afternoon.

  • Time

    1.5/2.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.7/5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/120/250/300m

This morning, enjoy a provided transfer to the El Parador & El Teide area. Engage in a 2.5-hour circular walk at Roques de Garcia, adjacent to the Parador. Alternatively, opt to be transported to the cable car (cable car tickets not included but available online at https://www.volcanoteide.com/en/volcano_teide/teide_cable_car/teide_cable_car) for a brief walk (up to 1 hour) around the peak, situated at an elevation of 3500m. Conclude your experience by walking from the lower cable car station back to the Parador, a journey lasting 1.5 hours.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Depart today with your included transfer to Tenerife South Airport. 

Travel Details

Arrival and departure airport should be Tenerife South Airport where airport transfers are included.

If you flight arrives/departs from Tenerife North an additional supplement will apply for airport transfers. 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is an example of the type of accommodation you will be allocated on this holiday. Your final accommodation list will be confirmed on your travel documents, these will usually be with you around two weeks prior to departure.

Parador de La Gomera or similar

Perched atop a hill with captivating vistas of the town and the neighboring island of Tenerife, this remarkable Parador hotel is enveloped by enchanting tropical gardens. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Tenerife, while sun loungers invite you to bask in the sun.

Explore the tranquil tropical gardens at your leisure, savoring the peaceful ambiance of the Parador de la Gomera. Inside the Parador de la Gomera, the spacious interior bathes in natural light, showcasing a harmonious blend of Castilian-style and Elizabethan decor. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, TV, telephone, minibar and A/C. 

Hotel Casa de los Herrera or similar

Located in Hermigua, Hotel Escuela Rural Casa Los Herrera features a communal lounge, terrace, restaurant, and complimentary Wi-Fi accessible throughout the property. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, TV, fan and hairdryer.

Hotel & Spa El Tejar or similar

Hotel El Tejar Vilaflor is a boutique establishment, exuding charm through its design and décor harmonized with the natural surroundings of Vilaflor, in close proximity to La Corona Natural Park.

Boasting an optimal geographical position, this accommodation provides an ideal base for exploring the landscapes and trails of Tenerife from Vilaflor. Rooms are equipped with central heating, high-speed WIFI, a flat-screen TV, a compact refrigerator, a wardrobe, and comfortable reading sofas. The fully equipped bathroom features a hairdryer, bathtub and towels.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

Tips are not included in the holiday price. Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  We strongly recommend when receiving good service you make a tip to the local supplier.

Your Travel Details

Arrival and departure airport should be Tenerife South Airport where airport transfers are included.

If you flight arrives/departs from Tenerife North an additional supplement will apply for airport transfers. 

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Should you have decided to book any overseas flight arrangements through us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Documentation

After booking your holiday, expect to receive a confirmation and holiday information sheet soon after.

Once you've settled your balance, about 2 weeks before your holiday, you'll get instructions on how to log into your ActiveNav App. Grab your Apple or Android smartphone and head to the app store for a quick download. Once installed, the app grants you access to all route information and provides guidance on how to navigate it.

Around 2 weeks prior to your departure, you'll also get a destination manual & road book. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on your walking route and interesting facts about the areas you'll stay in. Alongside, a trip voucher will confirm all the services booked for you, complete with the names and addresses of your hotels and other service providers. Be prepared to present this voucher as confirmation at your accommodations, and don't forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Footwear is a walker’s personal choice; however, we suggest lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good, moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support and may be essential for some walks.

Luggage Transfers

On a self guided holiday, the days you walk from one property to another, your main luggage will be transferred for you as part of your holiday arrangements. This leaves you free to just carry what you need for the day. Please refer to your individual itinerary for which days your luggage will be transferred. Before you leave your accommodation in the morning, please speak with your host for where the luggage should be left and by what time. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • Whistle
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Water bottle - at least 2 litre capacity (more may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Mobile
  • Power Bank for charging mobile if needed.
  • Phone charging lead

This list is not exhaustive, and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

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La Gomera

  • Capital

    San Sebastián de La Gomera

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 160mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 148mm

  • March

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 140mm

  • April

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 159mm

  • May

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 132mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • August

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 105mm

  • September

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

  • October

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 145mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 165mm

  • December

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 139mm

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