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  
24th-29th May Galicia & Santiago de Compostela. By train/coach.
Thursday 7th June Alicante (Day trip). Cancelled
12th-14th June Zaragoza
Thursday 21st June Tabarca Island (Day Trip).
6th-11th September Asturias. By train/coach.
26th Sept-3rd October

Costa Brava.

Tues 16th-18th Oct Benidorm (3 days/ 2 nights).
Thurs 15th 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.

 

 



Galicia (by train)

6 days 5 nights

24th-29th May

Total Cost:

€550pp (+single supp €60)

Includes:

Train, coach, hotels, tour guide, entrance fees, etc.

Status:

Due to being misled by the price of the train tickets, there is an increase of €25pp.

Due by:

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Galicia

Departure:

Rte Montgó

Interior·s

08:00 for 08:15

08:15 for 08:30

Return:

Interior·s

Rte Montgó

Approx 20:30

Approx 20:45

Important:

Would all travellers please let the organiser know (a) which pickup point they will be using, and (b) their menu choice (see below) by email no later than Friday 18th May.

Organisers:

Charo Brown travel.charo@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

The price covers train fares, coach transfers Jávea to Alicante & Valencia, coach transfers in Ourense station - hotel -station, all Galicia coach excursions, tour guide (English language) each day, plus all entrance fees and boat costs. 

Meal costs are not included, with the exception of breakfast each day in the hotel, lunch on the boat in O'Grove and any food provided in the bodegas visits, plus a special dinner with Gallego entertainment on the Friday night.

The Jávea U3A cannot and does not provide any insurance cover, and no refunds will be given.  As we will be some distance from Jávea it is strongly advised that each traveller has sufficient insurance to cover both the costs of repatriation to Jávea and any costs accrueing from failure of key providers of services to meet their obligations.

Thursday 24th May

  • Travel by bus to Alicante: Collection points at Restaurante Montgó (08:00), then Interiors (08:15).
  • Travel by fast train (ALVIA) first class to Ourense via Madrid Chamartin.
  • Bus from Station to the Hotel.
  • Staying at the Ourense Hotel Francisco II****.

Friday 25th May

  • (Morning) Travel by bus to Santiago de Compostela (Catedral, El Botafumeiro).
    Unfortunately the Cathedral at Santiago is undergoing renovation and some structural repairs. 
    We will not be able to witness the botafumeiro swinging. 
  • (Afternoon) Travel by bus to Finisterre (El faro más importante de toda Europa).
  • (late Afternoon) Return to hotel by bus, stopping at Restaurante Roberto
    There is a choice of main dish between merluza or entrecote
    Would all travellers please let the organiser know their menu choice by email no later than
    this Friday 18th May.

Saturday 26th May

  • (Morning) Sights and Sounds of Ourense. (Tour of historic centre, cathedral, walls & Roman bridge).
  • Then take the tourist train to the thermal springs (with geysers).  (Bring your swimming cossies).
  • (Afternoon) Travel by bus (short trip) to Ribeira Sacra & Cañon do Sil – trip through spectacular scenery on the river Sil via catamaran plus wine tasting (walks for those that want them, 15 miradores to visit).
  • (late Afternoon) return to hotel by bus.

Sunday 27th May

  • (Morning) Travel by bus to Las Rias Bajas (O´Grove). Boat trip to mussel farm (includes lunch).
  • (Afternoon) Travel by bus to Bodegas Albariño. Tour of the winery and wine tasting.

Monday 28th May

  • (Morning) Travel by bus to Bayona.  Walking tour of the town plus places of interest. 
    Lunch as preferred in harbor area.
  • (Afternoon) Depending on the weather, either
    • Boat trip to one of Las Islas Cies (Ria de Vigo) or
    • Travel by bus to Vigo.
  • As the boat trip to one of Las Islas Cies is heavily dependent on the weather, and the crossing could be choppy, it is not priced this in with the trip cost.  Those who wish to take this option will need to pay on the day.
  • (Late Afternoon) Return by bus to hotel.

Tuesday 29th May

  • Bus from Hotel to Station.
  • Train to Valencia via Madrid Chamartin.
  • Bus leaves Valencia station at 19:15 – arrives Jávea at Interiors (20:30) then Restaurante Montgó (20:45).

 



Alicante

Day trip

Thurs 7th June

Total Cost:

€ 10pp

Includes:

Coach

Status:

Trip Cancelled. If you have already paid for this trip please call at the Travel Desk to receive a refund.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

Weds 30th May General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cash only

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

18:00 approx

Organisers:

Jan Wylie travel.janw@u3ajavea.org and

Sue Sieber

Itinerary

Visible for miles around, Alicante's castle looms dramatically above the city. Within the castle complex is a kiosk offering snacks. There is a lift for those that don't fancy the climb to the castle, coming back down you can stroll through the two lovely parks.

There are a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars in the centre, and take a stroll along La Explanada, Alicante's famous palm lined boulevard.

Alicante has something for everyone, so don't miss this lovely day out.

 



Zaragoza

3 days/2 nights

Tues 12th-Thurs 14th June

Total Cost:

€ 150 (single supp €35)

Includes:

Coach + 4* hotel

Status:

Fully booked - waiting list in operation.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

Paid

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Zaragoza

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

09:15 for 09:30

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

TBA

Organisers:

Mike & Katrina Frost travel.mike@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

ZARAGOZA

We are planning a trip to Zaragoza on 12th to 14th June 2018.  We will stay in the luxurious 4star Hotel Alfonso, which is in a pedestrianised area very close to the old town, which has many shops and historic buildings.

Zaragoza is the capital of north-eastern Spain’s Aragon region, home to the famous Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica and the eleventh century Moorish Palace, Aljaferìa.

The journey time by coach, including stops, is approximately 5½ hours and on the return journey we will visit the town of Belchite, which remains a ghost town, as a memorial to the Spanish Civil War, for approximately 1 hour (hopefully with a guide).

The price per person sharing a room is €150 which includes coach / driver /tips and two nights room-only hotel booking, with a single supplement of €35.   The hotel breakfast is €12 per person, or you can go outside to one of the cafés for €4 to €5.  All time in Zaragoza is free time.  There are numerous bars and restaurants nearby and the hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool.  You can book places on this trip now and payment in full will be collected at the March 2018 meeting.

 



Tabarca Island

Day Trip

Thurs 21st June

Total Cost:

€ 20

Includes:

Coach, Ferry to Tabarca

Status:

10 Places Still Available.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

Weds 30th May General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cash only

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:30 for 08:45

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

19:00 Approx.

Organisers:

Joni Hills travel@u3ajavea.org and

Sue Sieber

Itinerary

The coach will take us to Santa Pola where we will take a ferry to Tabarca Island and spend four hours exploring the Island, which is 1750 meters long, with a maximum breadth of 300 meters and it is absolutely flat. It is unique because it is the only island that is inhabited on the Alicante coast. The western end is remote, yet in stark contrast the eastern end is populated by the village of Nova Tabarca, which homes a small population of 100 people. There is a beach close to the Port where we embark.

 

The Coves are plentiful around the island and the waters are calm.  It is a recommended snorkelling venue.  I would recommend walking away from the closest beach to find one of the lesser populated coves for the best snorkelling.  I would also recommend taking a picnic as well as a sun hat, sun cream and plenty of water.

There are numerous restaurants where drinks and lunches can be bought but they can be a little expensive.

History and Buildings of Tabarca

 

 

 



Asturias (by train)

6 days 5 nights

Thurs 6th-Tues 11th Sept

Total Cost:

~€450pp (+ single supp €115)

Includes:

Train, hotels

Status:

There are still 2 places available but they must be booked by or at the May General Meeting.

Deposit:

€200pp.

Due by:

Weds 27th June General Meeting

Balance:

~€300

Due by:

15th August (bank xfer only)

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Asturias18

Departure:

TBA

TBA

Return:

TBA

TBA

Organisers:

Charo Brown travel.charo@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Train to Asturias by Alvia, Alicante-Gijon.

The trip is limited 38 people.

More information to follow once the level of interest is known.

A deposit of  €200 will be required on or before the June General Meeting, balance by 15th August (by bank transfer only).

Travellers will be advised by email as soon as the final balance is known.

The cost is yet to be assessed, but is expected to be similar to last year's trip (i.e., €450pp, single supplement €115).

 

 



Costa Brava

One week trip

26th Sept-3rd Oct 2018

Total Cost:

£ 556 (+ cost of coach)

Includes:

4*Hotel (all inclusive) + four day trips

Status:

Places still available.

Deposit:

£150

Due by:

Payment direct to Saga on booking.

Balance:

 

Due by:

Payment direct to Saga due on 13th July.

 

Bank Transfer Code:

N/A

Departure:

 

 

Return:

 

 

Organisers:

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Holiday to the Costa Brava (maybe to re-live memories of holidays in the 60´s).
One week, all inclusive at Ilunion Caleta Park, S´Agaro 4*hotel.

Includes 2 trips out to Tossa del Mar and Palamos and Callela de Pallafrugel.
Optional trips include one to Barcelona and another to Figueres to Dali Museum.

Single rooms are available at no extra cost, but they are small.

 

This holiday is being arranged by Saga.

Barbara has some Saga booking forms and will always bring them to the meetings. The form can be completed and return to her so that they all get sent off together.

Barbara will be at the October Meeting. If you have your passport details then you can complete the form and return it to her there, and she will return it to Saga.

If you can't attend the meeting, please email Barbara for the form and details of the procedure.

Saga will contact you directly for your deposit of £150 by credit or debit card.

The balance is due 12 weeks before the holiday. Saga will contact you.

Saga's phone no from Spain is 0044 1303 774030.
Email is group.travel@saga.co.uk.

 



Benidorm

3 days/2 nights

Tues 16th-Thurs 18th Oct

Total Cost:

€ 220 approx (+ €45 single supp)

Includes:

Coach, 2 nights BB, Gala night.

Status:

Places Still Available

Deposit:

€50
+single supp.

Due by:

Weds 30th May General Meeting

Balance:

 

Due by:

June Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Benidorm

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

TBA

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

TBA

Organisers:

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

2 nights at the Melia Hotel in Benidorm with breakfast.

1st night: Gala dinner and show at the Benidorm Palace.
2nd night: free choice of entertainment.

Total cost will be slightly more than €220 if less than 22 people go on the trip.

Deposit €50 (plus single sup) at May General Meeting so Gandia Tours can reserve our rooms.

 



Valencia City Centre

Day Trip

Thurs 15th November

Total Cost:

€ pricePerPerson

Includes:

coachRoomTours

Status:

Details TBC.

Itinerary

TBA.

 


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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