Jávea U3A
 

Travel

Group Leader Joni Hills
Email Addr Joni Hills: travel@u3ajavea.org

Jan Davies: travel.jd@u3ajavea.org
Barbara Gorrod: travel.bg@u3ajavea.org
Charo Brown: travel.charo@u3ajavea.org
Sue Sieber: travel.sue@u3ajavea.org
Jan Wylie: travel.janw@u3ajavea.org


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Meeting Venue Far end of Main Hall, Parador, Jávea.
Meeting Day and Time Last Wednesday of the month, 10:00 - 10:55.
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The Travel Team arrange a variety of one day trips and activities throughout the year, and longer excursions to more distant parts of Spain, with hotel accommodation.

The Travel Organisers are on hand to collect money and names for trips on the morning of the general meetings in the Parador Hotel. Please see the conditions for booking and payments.

 

Events Summary (full details below):

For Jávea U3A trips, click on destination to go to the event description.

 

2018  
Thurs 18th Oct Ontinyent (Day Trip).
Tues 6th Nov Van Gogh Show (Day Trip).
Thurs 15th Nov Valencia City Centre (Day Trip).
Weds 21st Nov Valencia City Centre (Day Trip).

 

Please be aware that members taking part in these activities do so entirely at their own risk. Members are responsible for their own medical cover.

 

 

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Ontinyent ( + Monestary Sant Jeroni, Pau Clar).

Day trip

Thursday 18th October

Total Cost:

€ 15

Includes:

Coach, entrance to Monestary & guided tour.

Status:

Trip full, waiting list in operation.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

September General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Ontinyent

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

Approx 19:30

Organisers:

Joni Hills travel@u3ajavea.org and Jan Wylie

Itinerary

Our first stop after coffee and a comfort break, is to the Royal Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba, where we will have a guided tour in English. The Monastery is located in the municipal district of Alfauir (Valencia), was constructed on the Cotalba rise in privileged natural surroundings, around 5 miles from Gandia. It is private property and has been open to the public since the year 2005, through an agreement with the Valencia Regional Government's Culture Council.   

It is one of the most notable and best preserved monastic constructions in the Valencian Community. This fact is accentuated by the diverse styles found at the complex, as it started out as a primitive medieval Gothic structure in the 14th Century before being fundamentally developed between the 16th and 18th Centuries.  This stunning monument, which in the past belonged to the Hieronymites, was declared a Place of Cultural Interest in 1994. Its construction dates back to 1388 and it contains important Moorish, Gothic, baroque and neoclassical features.

Visitors can admire its entrance patio with a Gothic tower, its orange tree patio, its Moorish cloisters, an old church with a baroque chapel, the old chapterhouse with the image of the Virgin of Health, the olive oil mill with a fresco by Father Borrás (a Last Supper from the Juan de Juanes school), the grain storehouse, the wine press, the stables and the old friars' kitchen, as well as the impressive romantic gardens and the Gothic aqueduct in the surrounding area.

 

Ontinyent Town Centre - MONUMENTS OF THE CITY

Then onto the city centre of Ontinyent, which is the most seductive part of the city, loaded with history. It´s not easy to uncover but the mystery which shrouds the centre is an excellent incentive to start digging.  The historic centre is comprised of houses packed into narrow streets which meander up and down over a series of small hills and culminating in the old walled part of the city known as the Vila.

The industrial areas and new residential areas have lead to an increase in the height of buildings and these now obscure, to a large degree, the beautiful old bell tower of La Vila, which rises above the old part of the city.

The presence of the textile industry in the city has determined the structure and character of the city particularly now that the city is the focal point of the Valencian textile industry. The metamorphosis of the city from an agricultural centre to an industrial one was completed in the 50´s.

Although there are many indications of its agricultural past, particularly along certain roads where there are still many areas of cultivation and the improvised stalls that many people put up outside their houses in the town, where it is typical to see fruit and vegetables for sale. You can see it in Poble Nou and in Sant Antoni street, built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The source of the city´s life has always been water and the profusion of wells and springs. In the area has given rise to the popular, but misguided myth, that the name Ontinyent originates from Fontinyent, but it is certainly true that this abundance facilitated the concentration of numerous mills along the rivers that once flowed freely through the area.

By the 18th century there was a thriving industry comprised of wool and paper manufacture among others as well as numerous sheep pens and grazing areas. Back in the Medieval period, Ontinyent was one of the ten most important cities in Spain, as is attested to by the sheer volume of documentation from the era that is housed in the Municipal Archive.

 

Pau Clar River and Waterfall, River Walk

We finish at a beauty spot called Pau Clar with a river walk, which is just outside the town.

  

 


Van Gogh Show in Alicante

Day Trip

Tuesday 6th November

Total Cost:

€ 10

+ €10 entrance to the Show if 65 or over, €13 for anyone else.

Includes:

Coach to Alicante

Status:

Book Now by Email or at the September General Meeting

Payment:

In full

Due by:

October General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cash Only

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

09:00 for 09:15

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

18:15 Approx.

Organisers:

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

An opportunity, if you wish, to visit the temporary Van Gogh Show, complete with classical music, lights, action etc. It may be necessary to pre-book the Van Gogh Show.
Or
Spend all your time in Alicante at the shops, restaurants, huge indoor market etc.  A map will be provided.

 

 



Valencia City Centre

Day Trip 1

Thurs 15th November

Total Cost:

€ 5 pp (subsidised)

Includes:

Coach

Status:

Bookings at September meeting only, not via email.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

October General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cash only

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

TBA

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

TBA

Organisers:

Jan Wylie travel.janw@u3ajavea.org and Sue Sieber

Itinerary

There are two Valencia City Centre day trips in November, both are subsidised.

A member may only book on one of these trips, not both.

There are no refunds for cancellations. Any member that finds they are unable to go of the trip must find someone else to take their place.



Valencia City Centre

Day Trip 2

Weds 21st November

Total Cost:

€ 5 pp (subsidised)

Includes:

Coach

Status:

Bookings at September meeting only, not via email.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

October General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cash only

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

TBA

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

TBA

Organisers:

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org and Jan Wylie

Itinerary

There are two Valencia City Centre day trips in November, both are subsidised.

A member may only book on one of these trips, not both.

There are no refunds for cancellations. Any member that finds they are unable to go of the trip must find someone else to take their place.

 


The Travel Group

If you cannot attend the Parador you can contact any Travel Organiser via the website. Please see the Methods of Payments below for payment options. ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME on our day excursions, trips, and special events. So are your ideas for any future excursions.

Come and talk to us:

jan barbara charo janw sue
Joni Hills Jan Davies Barbara Gorrod Charo Brown Jan Wylie Sue Sieber

We would like to remind everyone that we are not tour operators or certified travel guides, but volunteers! As you would expect, we carry out a lot of research for the trips offered, frequently visiting places ourselves first in order to carry out “a reckie”. For this reason, on day trips the travel organiser and his/her partner does not pay for the travel element of a trip, but do pay for meals, guided tours etc. On longer excursions to the different regions within Spain, the travel organiser pays 50% of the cost of the trip.

We are looking for more members to join us as Travel Organisers and help with organising trips. If you might be interested, please contact the Group Leader at the address above.

 


Methods of Booking and Payment for Travel Trips

BOOKING

  • Each trip is documented on the WebSite and the date of the Initial Booking Session will be defined in the trip description. The Initial Booking Session will normally be at a specified General Meeting at the Parador, in which case emails received before the Initial Booking Session will be ignored until after the session.
  • If you want to book on one the trips then you should come to the Parador General Meeting and speak to the appropriate Trip Organiser. There you can book your place (and if required, a place for your partner) and pay the required amount. 
  • If you come to the Travel Desk at the Initial Booking Session, you are also allowed to book and pay for up to a maximum of 2 other members but this is only possible once the current queue has been processed.
    [Members will book and pay for themselves and then immediately join the back of the current queue to book and pay for 1 or 2 friends. This gives priority to those Members that are in the queue when booking starts.]
  • Payment secures the booking.
  • Once the Initial Booking Session at the General Meeting is over, you can send an email to the Trip Organiser to find out whether there are still places available.
    Email communication with the Trip Organiser does not guarantee your place on the trip. 
    Your place is only secured once you have paid the required amount.
    You can do this by
    (a) attending the next General Meeting and paying then,
    (b) paying by Bank Transfer (once paid, send an email to the Trip Organiser to confirm your payment),
    (c) or getting a friend to pay for you at a subsequent General Meeting. 
  • For trips with a two-stage payment (i.e. a deposit then a final balance), if you fail to make the final balance payment on time then you may lose your place on the trip, as well as your deposit.
  • Once a trip has been paid for, it cannot be cancelled nor can the cost be refunded. However, if the Member finds another person to take their place, or there is a waiting list, then a full refund can usually be arranged.

PAYMENT

Payment By Cheque

Payments of €50 or over can be made by cheque at the General Meeting to one of the Travel Group representives.

However, we prefer that you pay by Cash or by Bank Transfer as Cheques cause the Jávea U3A considerable extra work and can also result in bank charges. Thank you.


If you really need to pay by Cheque, then it should be made payable to:

ASOC SOCIAL DE LA TERCERA EDAD DE JAVEA

and please remember to put the name of the Trip on the reverse of the cheque.

 

Payment By Bank Transfer

Your can pay for your Travel Trip by Bank Transfer.

Each Trip has a unique Bank Transfer Code and you must use this code along with names and membership numbers of those being paid for as part of the Bank Transfer Reference. See Payment By Bank Transferfor details.

Once payment has been made, you should send an email to the Trip Organiser to confirm your payment, quoting your name(s), membership number(s) and the name of the trip.

 


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