Brendan Gleeson disrupts Gomera Walking

Good news for La Gomera is that Brendan Gleeson & Cillian Murphy are starring in a new movie by Ron Howard, producer of The Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man etc. to be shot in Playa de Santiago in November/December. It's the true story of the Whaling ship "Essex" which was sunk by a whale and provided the inspiration for Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. The bad news is the movie company have taken up all the best accommodation including ours (despite promises by the owners!) I'm a bit annoyed about this but in a way I can't blame them because it is a great opportunity in these recessionary times.

Our season is scheduled to start 27 Nov - 4 Dec and what it means now is that we will not be offering Premium Package for this week while we are moving our Popular week over to San Sebastian where we are able to offer similar accommodation. If the winter blues are starting to set in and you're thinking of coming for this week please contact me as soon as possible as accommodation is limited.

I'm just after looking at typical flights and I see from Gatwick, Easyjet have flights for November at £139 return or (£110 if you're flexible and want a couple of extra days in Tenerife/ Gomera): From Manchester Easyjet are available at £139 return and Ryanair's Dublin flight is priced at €163 return. Meanwhile there are loads of other options to get to Tenerife South (TFS) from UK and Ireland including Jet2.comAer LingusMonarchThomas Cooke and Thompson.

Our packages run from Wednesday to Wednesday but if your chosen flights don't operate on Wednesday you can come on other days and we'll help you with additional accommodation in Tenerife so that you can join up with our group for the ferry crossing. Additional days in luxury self-catering accommodation in Tenerife are available from €55 per night for a studio (sleeps 2).

The new year will see the movie stars gone and our schedule back to normal. Our Popular Package which is now priced at only €559 pps be based in Playa de Santiago in the South of the Island where we have found excellent apartments right on the sea-front with a balcony where you can sit in the evening sun, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine after a day's walking in the mountains. These are totally self-catering but close by you will find shops and a variety of lovely little restaurants where you can eat and drink at very reasonable prices. Availability can be limited so we urge you to book early for this option.

Our Premium Package continues to be based in the 4 star luxury Hotel Tecina Jardin set in beautiful tropical gardens and overlooking the picturesque village of Playa Santiago. Price remains unchanged at €899 for half-board including complimentary upgrade to "Comfort Room" and if you feel like really spoiling yourself you can further upgrade to a "Superior Room" for as little as €10 per person per night. Full details of both packages are on our website.

Some very good news for solo travelers... with our premium package we can now offer availability for January & March with no single occupancy premium saving you €100. Regrettably this offer applies to the Premium Package only as so far we have been unable to negotiate a reduction for single occupancy in our Popular self-catering apartments.

Looking forward to our new season and hope we can introduce you to the pleasures of winter walking in la Gomera.

Meanwhile, enjoy the remains of our summer!

 

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Newsletter July 2013
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Our new schedule for next winter starts on 27th November 2013 and we are currently offering a special discount of €50 to "early birds" if you book for our first week before 31st of July so if you fancy a little pre-Christmas break walking in the sunshine and blue skies of beautiful La Gomera you still have a few weeks to avail of this saving. I'm just after looking at typical flights and I see from Gatwick, Easyjet have flights for November at £156 return or (£112 if you're flexible and want a couple of extra days in Tenerife/ Gomera). From Manchester Easyjet are available at £156 return and Ryanair's Dublin flight is priced at €198 return. Meanwhile there are loads of other options to get to Tenerife South (TFS) from UK and Ireland including Jet2.comAer LingusMonarchThomas Cooke and Thompson.

Our packages run from Wednesday to Wednesday but if your chosen flights don't operate on Wednesday you can come on other days and we'll help you with additional accommodation in Tenerife so that you can join up with our group for the ferry crossing. Additional days in luxury self-catering accommodation in Tenerife are available from €55 per night for a studio (sleeps 2). This coming winter sees some big changes to our Popular Package which is now priced at only €559 pps. We have changed the location to Playa de Santiago in the South of the Island and have found excellent apartments right on the sea-front with a balcony where you can sit in the evening sun, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine after a day's walking in the mountains. These are totally self-catering but close by you will find shops and a variety of lovely little restaurants where you can eat and drink at very reasonable prices. Availability can be limited so we urge you to book early for this option. Our Premium Package continues to be based in the 4 star luxury Hotel Tecina Jardin set in beautiful tropical gardens and overlooking the picturesque village of Playa Santiago. Price remains unchanged at €899 for half-board including complimentary upgrade to Comfort Room and if you feel like really spoiling yourself you can further upgrade to a Superior Room for as little as €10 per person per night. Full details of both packages are on our website.

Some very good news for solo travellers... with our premium package we can now offer availability for January & March with no single occupancy premium, saving you €100. Regrettably this offer applies to the Premium Package only as so far we have been unable to negotiate a reduction for single occupancy in our Popular self-catering apartments. Looking forward to our new season and hope we can introduce you to the pleasures of winter walking in la Gomera. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer!

Andy & Paddy

 

New Schedule for Winter 2013-2014

Hotel Jardin TecinaOur new schedule for next winter is now up on the website. This season we plan to start on 27th November 2013 and run through to early April. Price for our Premium Package (including luxury accommodation, all transfers, meals and 5 days glorious guided walking) remains unchanged for another year at €899 per person sharing. Our Popular Package has been totally revamped and is now based in luxury beach-front, self-catering apartments in Playa de Santiago. Still includes 5 days guided walking plus all transfers and accommodation  but now priced at only €559 per person sharing. To get the season off to a great start we have an early bird offer for 27th November 2013....book your holiday (Popular or Premium Package) before 31st July and we will give you €50 off the published price!! Good news also for solo travellers... If you book our Premium Package in January or March (4 dates available) we will waive the single occupancy charge.

As in previous years we have based our schedule on Wednesday to Wednesday to avail of cheaper mid-week flights but if you can't find flights to suit our schedule we now have an arrangement with Diamond Resorts to provide luxury self-catering accommodation in Tenerife at very reasonable rates and close to the airport and ferry. If you fly in on Tuesday we will collect you from your resort in time to join our group arriving on Wednesday.

Although we still see ourselves as primarily a provider of walking holidays we are also very happy to make custom arrangements for anyone who wants to travel to La Gomera whether they plan to walk or not. Contact us for a quotation to suit you. As I write, Ryanair have not yet published their schedule for next winter but expect to see this within the next few weeks. Most other airlines (MonarchEasyjetJet 2Aer Lingus,Thomas Cook etc) are now available for booking. Best Wishes!

Andy & Paddy

 

Sometimes it rains in La Gomera!!

March update from Gomera Walking
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Gomera_WalkingWhat a week! The worst storm in 35 years hit the Canaries last week coinciding with the arrival of our final "Popular Week " of the current season. Rain, high winds, floods, ferries cancelled... it all happened this week, and if it hadn't been for the good humour and highly positive attitudes of our very resilient group of guests, it could have been a total disaster for Gomera Walking!

However notwithstanding the horrendous conditions we still managed to get in 5 days walking with only one day of serious soaking thanks to our flexibility and being able to choose different areas of the Island to avoid the worst of the weather.

We also succeeded in feeding our group every evening despite having to evacuate one of our favourite restaurants when the sewers backed up & flooded the place before we had even got to our starters. A quick dart to higher ground in another restaurant saved the day!

Gomera_WalkingThe ferries were cancelled for two days due to impossible swell conditions in Los Cristianos harbour but luckily the schedule was back to normal for our group returning to the UK on Wednesday and today the sun is shining, the sky is blue and La Gomera is paradise once more!

We still have availability for our special offer week commencing 3rd April 2013. This is a premium week based in the luxurious Hotel Jardin Tecina and our special offer gives you €100 discount off our normal price plus if you are a solo traveller you save a further €100 since the Hotel have agreed to drop the iniquitous "single occupancy premium".

If you miss this opportunity then I'm afraid you will have to wait until November when we hope to start our new season for winter 2013-2014. I anticipate being able to publish our new schedule by end of May and will send this out in our June Newsletter. Best Wishes!

Andy & Paddy

 

News from La Gomera

January Group Gomera WalkingThe New Year got off to a great start here in la Gomera with fabulous weather and, as a result of the late autumn rains, the colours in the mountains are stunning. Our January groups have enjoyed some marvellous walking in above average temperatures under blue skies which look likely to continue on into February at least.

Spring is definitely in the air with almond and other fruit trees glorious in their white & pink blossoms along the mountain paths while the next several weeks promise a host of brilliant colour as the echiums, aeoniums and sonchus throw up wonderful arrangements of flower and colour.Gomera Walking

We still have availability in March and early April and some very good news for solo travellers... Hotel Jardin Tecina have agreed to waive their "single occupancy" charge for our last premium package which runs from 3rd - 10th April 2013.

Regrettably that will be our final package for our present winter season so should you feel like a sunshine break from the winter storms, take a look at our remaining schedule and hopefully we'll see you in La Gomera in 2013.

Very Best Regards
Andy & Paddy

 

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