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Europe's Volcanic Outpost

Walking and study tour to the Canary Islands: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro and Tenerife

The Palms of Masca/Tenerife
The Palms of Masca/Tenerife
A volcanic dyke in the Masca valley on Tenerife
A volcanic dyke in the Masca valley on Tenerife
The top of Teide volcano in snow on Tenerife
The top of Teide volcano in snow on Tenerife
Lavaflows at La Restinga/El Hierro
Lavaflows at La Restinga/El Hierro
The endemic flowers at El Hierro
The endemic flowers at El Hierro
Sea birds in La Restinga/El Hierro
Sea birds in La Restinga/El Hierro
The Tower of Frontera/El Hierro
The Tower of Frontera/El Hierro
The El Golfo area at El Hierro
The El Golfo area at El Hierro
Cinder cone at El Hierro
Cinder cone at El Hierro
Rare orchids of El Hierro
Rare orchids of El Hierro
The Masca valley/Tenerife
The Masca valley/Tenerife
The symbol of El Hierro
The symbol of El Hierro
Lava cave at sea/El Hierro
Lava cave at sea/El Hierro
St. Cruz de la Palma
St. Cruz de la Palma
The Teneguia volcano on La Palma
The Teneguia volcano on La Palma
Nice lava bomb from La Palma
Nice lava bomb from La Palma
The French geologist Eveline Pradal in a lava cave on El Hierro
The French geologist Eveline Pradal in a lava cave on El Hierro
The smallest hotel on El Hierro
The smallest hotel on El Hierro
Flight over Teide volcano to El Hierro island
Flight over Teide volcano to El Hierro island
The Canary islands form a fascinating and very diverse volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Famous for their mild weather year round, the hospitable islands not only offer spectacular scenery, delicious cuisine, friendly people and an interesting culture deeply involved in Europe's time of early trans-Atlantic discoveries, but also a myriad of geologic highlights to discover: historic young lava flows, cones and craters, lava tubes, calderas, impressive dikes, and a multitude of different deposits.
This tour visits the 4 most volcanically interesting islands - each with her own character: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro, and Tenerife. Aimed towards people who have an interest in geology, nature, culture, photography and walking, the tour will be guided by the French geologist Eveline PRADAL with research background on the islands.
  • 4 islands in one tour: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Young volcanic features explained
  • Small groups
  • Accompanying geologist

Day 1: Arrival to Tenerife
Arrival At Tenerife North airport. Own transfer to the hotel. Meting шер the group in the evening for welcome dinner.
Day 2: La Esperanza ridge road
Drive along La Esperanza ridge road to discover the lisland and its geological features. This road not only boasts numerous miradores offering downward views of the northern and eastern coasts, but also starting point for lovely walking excurtions through the Esperanza forest. The Visit of the center at El Portillo Visitor center. This is the place to go if you are interested in the geological history & connective aspects of Mount Teide and it’s volcanic origins. Information charts, photographs and a film on a fascinating subject. The building itself is very sympathetic to the surroundings and seems almost submerged into the rock. Certainly it is worth to wander through the curated botanical gardens showing the plants endemic of the area.
Day 3: Teide caldera
The visit of the caldera Teide. In the morning we take a cable car to Teide to discover this wonderful place. In the afternoon we take a 3h hiking tour around roques de Garcia (path n°3). huge geology and landscapes
Day 4: El Teno
hiking and visit El Teno old volcanic massif
Day 5: La Palma
Flight to La Palma. Arrival. Free time. Visit Sta Cruz de la Palma. Welcome dinner.
Day 6: Barranco de las Angustias
Geological hiking on Barranco de las Angustias, if time enough, visit of the visitor center close to Los Llanos. Visit of Los llanos de Aridane nice historic downtown
Day 7: Hiking into the caldera Tamburiente
Walking tour into the centre of the famous caldera Tamburiente
Day 8: Arrival at Lanzarote airport & transfer to Lanzarote
Arrival at Lanzarote airport and transfer to the hotel/apartments near Arrecife.
Day 9: Hiking through the lava fields to the Caldera Blanca
Drive through the scenic landscape of Lanzarote to start of the hiking trail to the Caldera Blanca.
Day 10: Corona volcano, view to Graciosa island and the lava tube
Today we will enjoy the view to the volcanic island Graciosa, visit the La Corona volcano and its huge lava tube "Jameos del Aqua" that was designed by the famous architect César Manrique in 1966. There you will discover an endemic crab (Munidopsis polymorpha).
Day 11: Flight to Tenerife & La Palma
Flight to Tenerife & La Palma
Day 12: The youngest volcanoes of La Palma
Visit of the volcanoes of St. Antonio and the youngest volcano Teneguia
Day 13: Flight to El Hierro
Transfer day to fly to Tenerifa and to El Hierro
Day 14: Scenic tour to the Malpaso highest tops
The highest tops of El Hierro and the Tanganasoga volcano
Day 15: La Restinga - a little "Hawaii"
Today we will visit the volcano Tacoron, a lava tube and the lava flows of La Restinga
Day 16: Flight - Valverde - Tenerife
Flight to Tenerife
Day 17: The caldera of Teide volcano
Walking tour in the caldera of Teide volcano
Day 18: Masca village
Today we will discover one of the most scenic and breathtaking routes of Tenerife island. On adventurous roads through valleys and passing old cinder cones, we will arrive at an landscape that reminds us southern America. At Masca we will have great photographic opportunities. There is time for spontaneous activities and routes.
Day 19: Spare day
Spare day for spontaneous activities.
Day 20: Departure from Tenerife
Transfer back to the south airport.
Day 21: Volcanism of Cumbre vieja, San Antonio, Teneguia
volcanism of Cumbre vieja / San Antonio/ Teneguia ( 3 hours easy hiking from visitor center to El Faro on the lava flows. San Antonio visitor center: 5 €/ people and not so interesting since it has been reniewed; do prefer clearly Los LLanos visitor center OK. Climbing at the top Of Teneguia small cone, the most recent eruption spot on Canarian islands (1973 eruption).
At El Faro : free visit of the salinas with audio guide, toilets and bar/restaurant; very nice basaltic lava flows from the Teneguia eruption.
let the car outside the Fuencaliente visitor center (close at 5 pm) and use the bus (one every 2h; last one at 5h45 pm) between faro and Fuencaliente; cost : 2. 6 € / people. transfer takes about 20 minutes. OK

Arrival info:

The tour starts at the airport Arrecife of Lanzarote island and ends on Tenerife (south) airport.

Tour type: Walking & study tour: photography - geology & volcanism - nature & culture
Difficulty: Custom (variable)
Group size:3-6
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Dates:

no scheduled dates at present

Price (per person): 3400 € $£¥

Included:

  • Transfers on the islands
  • Domestic flights
  • Accommodation
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner, B / D)
  • Geologist as guide
  • If needed: Local guide
  • Entrances

Tour guide:

Dr. Evelyne Pradal is a trained geologist and volcanologist with a passion of showing and teaching her subject to the general public. Born in Cantal, in the heart of the Auvergne French volcanic field, she studied in the renowned Center of Earth Sciences of the university of Clermont-Ferrand, one of France's leading research institutes in the field of volcanology.
Her research and trips led her to study volcanoes in Mexico, the Caribbean, East African Rift and other areas.
After completing her doctorate degree in 1990 she went on to work as consultant and teacher in earth sciences, and she has been organizing expeditions and study trips to volcanoes in Italy, France, the Caribbean, Ethiopia and Tanzania, Djibouti, Canaries islands, New Hebrides trench, Indonesia, ... designed to share knowledge and the fascination of her subject, the beauty of our living earth, to the general public. She is also (co-)authored the books: "Tout savoir sur les volcans" (2018, Ed. Fleurus jeunesse) ("A la découverte des volcans extrêmes" (2013, Vuivert De Boeck Ed) "Au coeur des volcans" (2004, Ed. Fleurus - Geo Ados). Evelyne with her charming smile joined our team in 2010 and guides trips to Ethiopia, the Caribbean, Canaries islands, Italy and new study trips such on Auvergne volcanoes, her homeland, and Tanzanian Rift Valley.

Evelyne Pradal at the Tanganasoga crater on El Hierro (Feb 2019)

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