Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

“An 8 day, small group guided walking tour of Gran Canaria, east to west, following ancient trails and staying in historic mountain towns. ”

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Aguimes | Guayadeque Canyon | Tejeda | Artenara | Roque Nublo | Inagua Forest

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Small group vacations
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, traveling 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 vacation, 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 travelers’ 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 vacation 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?
Travelers 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 vacation.

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

Less confident travelers
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 travelers 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 travelers!”
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

Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

Carbon reduction

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

Environment

On this in-depth tour of Gran Canaria we stay in a small, locally run hotel well away from the tourist hub to get an authentic feel of life in the Canary Islands. As our tour leader is from the island we'll get a unique insight into island life - something most visitors never experience!

Our main mode of transport on this trip is our own feet and all other transport is provided by local companies, supporting the local economy, as well as using public transport on some occasions to reduce the need to charter transport specially. 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.

3 Reviews of Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

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Reviewed on 06 Mar 2019 by

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


Fantastic walks in the sunshine with a small group of like-minded people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I was a bit anxious before the trip as I had never travelled solo before, but it turned out to be a great experience. The group of nine was a good mix of solo and couple travelers; all very friendly. Lunches and evening meals weren't included, but the optional meals organised by the guide were good value: allow less than 5 euros for picnic lunches and 15 euros for three course evening meals. We used public transport where possible; this was generally good but one bus driver was much too fast on hairpin bends and some of the group were travel sick.

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


We used local buses and stayed in small hotels. Optional meals were organised in good local restaurants.

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


Excellent

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2018 by

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


The varied walking.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Walking reasonably strenuous so need to be used to steep ups and downs. Few places take cards, so go with plenty of cash (there are ATMs).

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


Made good use of local buses, and places chosen to eat out were run by local people with locally sourced food.

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


Very good. We really enjoyed the scenery on this lovely island. Bert, the leader was excellent in his flexibility. Weather conditions meant it was not possible to get to the summit peak on the allotted day, but he chose a lovely alternative walk. Hotels were adequate. We liked the one in Aguimes, lots of atmosphere but the rooms were very poorly lit so it was difficult to read.

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2013 by

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


The hiking was fantastic in Gran Canaria. The group was ideal in that we all seemed to be similar abilities and ages and there was no fear of feeling left behind. The guide was very enthusiastic and encouraging. Always felt very confident in the routes.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The walking was quite challenging and should be entertained by walkers who are relatively fit and experienced only. The listing as moderate is fair and should be continued.

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


We stayed in a small town 1.5 hours from the airport in a locally run hotel. There were few restaurants in the town and my impression was the group provided very welcome business to the town. The food appeared to be very fresh and locally produced.
As a group we made little environmental impact as simply spent the days walking mostly using public transport.

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


I thought the vacation was excellent as the members of the group got on exceptionally well with the ages and abilities very well matched.
As far as walking, fresh air, scenery and local food was concerned I would only recommend.
However, if one were looking for varied, gourmet food with a vibrant night life the town would not provide it. This to me was an advantage but if evening socialising was sought you might be disappointed. From my point of view it was ideal.

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