CANARY ISLANDS - LA PALMA AND TENERIFE (SPAIN)

ASTRO-JOURNEY FOR CONNOISSEURS

GROUP TOUR WITH ISLAND HOPPING

TOUR CODE

WT-08-22-A3

DATE

30.8.-13.9.22

DURATION

15 D / 14 NTS

P.P. PRICE

From € 3140

PAX

12 - 20

CANARY ISLANDS - LA PALMA AND TENERIFE

ASTRO-JOURNEY FOR CONNOISSEURS

INTRODUCTION

In addition to Chile, the Canaries have increasingly developed into the centre of European astronomy. Amateur astronomers will find relatively weather-proof locations here and new large telescopes are being built at the observatories. Tenerife will come up with the largest solar telescope and La Palma with the largest night telescope in the world. In addition to visiting the large solar observatory in Tenerife and the large observatory on the Roques de los Muchachos in La Palma, many telescope observations with the well-equipped observatory of Jan Hattenbach on La Palma and Klaus-Peter Schröder on Tenerife are on the programme. In the impressive mountains of Tenerife, Klaus-Peter Schröder also offers an Astrophoto seminar. Getting to know the Canary Islands will not be neglected on this interesting trip. Whether on La Palma and / or Tenerife – it is an astronomy trip for connoisseurs!

ITINERARY

Flight with Condor (or similar) from Frankfurt / M. (other departure airports on request) to La Palma / Santa Cruz de la Palma. Reception by the local tour guide and transfer to the hotel. In the evening presentation of the travel programme.
7 nights / half board in the hotel / Resort La Palma Princess 4 *

In addition, astronomical activities, as on almost every day. Modern solar and night telescopes from Jan Hattenbach’s observatory’s are available. Lectures are planned on different days depending on the weather and the meeting.
Drive along the west coast via San Nicolas and El Paso. Visit the famous national park in the Caldera de Taburiente and the viewpoint Mirador de La Cumbrecita. Visit Santa Cruz: the historic centre, town hall, El Salvador church. Continue along the northeast coast via Puntallana to the San Bartolome viewpoint. Visit of the laurel forest Bosque de Los Tilos. Return back from the entire east coast via Puerto Espíndola, San Andres, Santa Cruz, Mazo and Las Caletas. Evening: astronomical activities.
Have a day at the pool. During the day observations of the sun, and in the evening star tours.

Drive along the west coast via Punta Gorda and Los Llanos to the observatory on the Roques de los Muchachos. Here you will find the 4.2 m Herschel, 3.5 m Galileo, 2.6 m Nordic, the 2 m Liverpool, the 17 m gamma ray telescope MAGIC and a 45 and 100 cm solar telescope. The special attraction of this modern large observatory is the segmented Gran Canary Telescope, which, at 10.4 m, sets the record for the famous Keck telescope. Return along the east coast.
Evening: astronomical activities.

An interesting hike through the fascinating volcanic landscape of the south (optional), 3.5 hours, 6 km, +20 m, -700 m). Hot crevices and fumaroles testify to the last volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands. In 1971 the Teneguia was still breathing fire and lava for a whole month.
Various options for you to choose from plus astronomical activities in between.

After breakfast transfer to Santa Cruz de La Palma airport and midday flight from Santa Cruz de La Palma to North Tenerife. Met by the local tour guide and drive to Tenerife South to the hotel in El Medano. A day on the beach of El Medano.
2 nights / half board in the Hotel Playa Sur 3 * in El Medano

Drive via Garachico, the city submerged in lava and Icod de Los Vinos with its famous dragon tree to Puerto de la Cruz in the famous Orotava Valley. Optional visit of the famous, highly recommended Loropark 10 am-3pm (entrance to Loropark approx. Euro 60, -) or free time in Puerto.

After breakfast drive up to the Teide National Park. On the way visit to the Museum Pyramids of Güímar and visit to Candelaria. And La Laguna actual historical city of the Canary Islands, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The journey continues through picturesque pine forests and volcanic landscapes into the Cañadas, the 30 km large crater area. The only hotel in this impressive mountain world is the well-known, state-run Hotel Parador de Cañadas del Teide near the bizarre rock formations of Los Roques. Here in the mountains at 2200m altitude we have an ideal location for night sky observations. After checking in, a meeting with Dr. Klaus-Peter Schröder is organised.
5 nights / breakfast in the Hotel Parador de Cañadas del Teide

Today is the day at leisure to acclimatise. There is an opportunity to get to know the local area. In the afternoon an astronomical lecture to get in the mood for the next evenings in the mountains. For the participants with photo seminars. Discussion of the next few days of the photo seminar. In the evening: telescope observations and first photo session.
The cable car ride leads from 2,200 m through lofty heights up to 3,500 m at the foot of the Teide summit (facultative approx. € 35, -) with a a fantastic view over the island world. With a special permit, you can climb the last 200 m to the summit crater at 3,718 m (optional price approx. € 40). After the wide views of the day, telescope excursions through our universe in the evening.
Hikes around the bizarre rock formation Los Roques to the Ucanca plain and the blue rocks or ascent of the highest crater rim summit, the 2,717 m high Guajara. In the evening: astronomical program.

Drive through the crater landscapes of the western Cañadas with a visit to the pumice desert and guided tour through the interesting history of volcanism in the Canary Islands in the information centre. On the high road east of the Cañadas we go to the impressive viewpoint La Tarta before we finally reach the solar observatory of Izana. This is where the large solar telescopes of the Kiepenheuer Institute and others have found their location. The well-known vacuum tower telescope is on the tour programme. Next door is the new Gregor telescope, which is the largest solar telescope in the world due to its innovative design and 1.5 m mirror diameter.

Farewell meeting in the morning. After the lunch, trip through the scenic mountain forests Tenerife to Tenerife South Airport and flight back to Frankfurt / M. / Germany.

Your Astronomy Theme Leader:
Jan Hattenbach, Dipl. Phys.
(for La Palma)

Your Photo and Astronomy Theme Leader:
Dr. Klaus-Peter Schröder
(for Tenerife)

HOTEL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR COST

Tour date:
30.08.-13.09.2022


(Tour programme without international flights is also available on request)

Tour Price:
3,140 € p.p. in a DBL / 9 night on half board and 5 nights with breakfast                                                                                                              
3,775 € in SGL / 9 night on half board and 5 nights with breakfast

INCLUDED

 International flights from / to Frankfurt / M. including airport fees and taxes (other departure airports may be available on request)
1 domestic flight for the entire trip La Palma – Tenerife
On the 14-day trip Condor direct flight to La Palma and on the return flight from Tenerife South.
Luggage transport (20 kg and 7 kg hand luggage)
Trips in La Palma or Tenerife as described in the respective itinerary, including transfers and excursions, unless these are marked as “optional”.
La Palma-Tenerife trip 4 * and 3*+ hotels: 9 nights / half board and 5 nights / breakfast
Astronomical programme, visits and admissions according to the travel programme
Respective local tour guide and professional astronomy support –  Astronomical programme on La Palma with Jan Hattenbach & Astronomical programme + photo seminar with Dr. Klaus-Peter Schröder
Information material, La Palma and Tenerife brochures with maps

NOT INCLUDED

● Connecting flights to Frankfurt
● Tips
● Other meals and drinks
● optional excursions as stated in the programme
(possible connecting flights to / from Frankfurt within Germany, Vienna or Zurich surcharge € 150 to 200)

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.

The mild climate in the Canaries is characterized by low temperature fluctuations. In the rain-poor south, even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 18 degrees and hardly rise above 24 degrees. The temperatures in the northeast are slightly lower than in the south. In August it can be around 30 degrees during the day.
Above 500 m it can get very cold at night and in winter. Therefore, in addition to headgear, sweaters, windcheaters and rain protection should also be in luggage.
Since the water temperatures in the Canary Islands are always between 18 and 24 degrees, the sea invites you to swim 365 days a year. The best time to travel is from November to March.

EQUIPMENTS

Binoculars and spotting scope if available
Sturdy shoes for the walking tours
Warm clothes for evening observation / photography
Rain cover / jacket
● Sun protection
Daypack
Folding stool (if needed)
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

For the Photo Seminar:
Digital camera(s), SLR camera(s), mirrorless system camera(s)
Manual(s)
Battery, if possible also one (or more) replacement battery(s)
Charger(s)
Memory card(s) with sufficient capacity, at least one replacement card
Bellows, brush, cloth and lens cleaner for cleaning
If necessary, gear for sensor cleaning
Photo lens(s), all focal lengths can be used, depending on your preference(s)
Long focal length (telephoto / telephoto zoom) lens for animal photography
Lens hood(s) for the lens(s) (= “lens hoods”)
Data backup, e.g. notebook with external hard drive / USB stick(s), card reader, photo safe or a corresponding    number of memory cards
For extensive / high-quality equipment: list of devices including serial numbers
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

● 20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
● Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents: Since Canary Islands – Spain is the part of the Schengen area, German and Austrian citizens only need a valid identity card or passport to enter Canary Islands. Citizens of other nationalities should contact your Foreign Office or the respective embassy for information about the entry regulations that apply to you.

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CANARY ISLANDS - LA PALMA AND TENERIFE (SPAIN)

ASTRO-JOURNEY FOR CONNOISSEURS

TOUR CODE

WT-08-22-A3

DATE

30.8.-13.9.22

DURATION

15 D. / 14 NTS

P.P. PRICE

FROM € 3140

PAX

12 - 20

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Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room