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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 at Lanzarote airport & transfer to Lanzarote
Arrival at Lanzarote airport and transfer to the hotel/apartments near Arrecife.
Acc.: Apartments near Arrecife (D)
Day 2: 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.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 3: 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).
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 4: Flight to Tenerife & La Palma
Flight to Tenerife & La Palma
Acc.: hotel in Santa Cruz de la Palma (B, D)
Day 5: Hiking into the caldera Tamburiente
Walking tour into the centre of the famous caldera Tamburiente
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 6: The youngest volcanoes of La Palma
Visit of the volcanoes of St. Antonio and the youngest volcano Teneguia
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 7: Flight to El Hierro
Transfer day to fly to Tenerifa and to El Hierro
Acc.: Apartments in Frontera (B, D)
Day 8: Scenic tour to the Malpaso highest tops
The highest tops of El Hierro and the Tanganasoga volcano
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 9: La Restinga - a little "Hawaii"
Today we will visit the volcano Tacoron, a lava tube and the lava flows of La Restinga
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 10: Flight - Valverde - Tenerife
Flight to Tenerife
Acc.: Hotel at Puerto de la Cruz (B, D)
Day 11: The caldera of Teide volcano
Walking tour in the caldera of Teide volcano
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 12: 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.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 13: Spare day
Spare day for spontaneous activities.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 14: Departure from Tenerife
Transfer back to the south airport.
Acc.: none (B)

Arrival info:

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

Tour code:CAN_VOL
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 (p.p.): 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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