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 Tames Brown: travel.charo@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.

 

2017  
Thurs 28th - 30th Sept

Cuenca Cuidad Encantado (3 days 2 nights).

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org

Weds 4th October

Guided tour of Jávea Port. (Morning).

Postponed

Relleu Self-sufficiency Project. (Day trip).

'Make a Smile' Farm Visit.

Weds 1st November Cocentaina "Fair of All the Saints"
Weds 15th November Valencia (Day trip to Bon Aire Shopping Centre).
Weds 22nd November Valencia City Centre (Day trip).
2018  
Tuesday 6th March Valor Choc Factory & Vilajoisa / Guadalest.
24th-29th May Galicia & Santiago de Compostela. By train/coach.
6th-11th September Asturias. By train/coach.
26th Sept-3rd October

Costa Brava.

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org

 

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.

 

 

 



Cuenca Cuidad Encantado

3 days/ 2 nights

Thurs 28th-30th Sept

Total Cost:

€ 195 (single supp €44).

Includes:

Coach, B&B 2 nights 4*, official guides

Status:

Those who have not paid the balance MUST contact the organiser and arrange immediate payment.

Deposit:

€50 + supp

Due by:

 

Balance:

 

Due by:

Balance must paid immediately.

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cuenca

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

07:45 (for 08:00)

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

18:30 Approx.

Organisers:

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Please remember to bring a copy of your passport within you on the trip!

Thursday: After a fairly early departure from Jávea Port we will visit the Ciudad Encantada, the Enchanted City, where the limestone has been eroded into fantastic shapes.

Then onto Cuenca, famous for its hanging houses. B and B in a 4* hotel. Free evening to find your own restaurant.

Friday: After breakfast, travel to Zaragoza, Spain´s 5th largest city, situated on the banks of the River Ebro. Official guided tour, with an optional visit to the Palacio de la Aljaferia, which is an enormous Moorish palace built in the 11th century. Free afternoon and evening. B and B in a central 4* hotel.

Saturday: After breakfast, travel to Belchite, which is a ghost town, a memorial to the Spanish civil war. The tour here will be in Spanish, but I am hopeful we will have some Spanish Speakers in our group, who will be able to translate, and I will have some printed information to give out.

Return to Jávea, we will be back in the port around 18:30.

 



Guided Tour of Jávea Port

Morning

Weds 4th October

Total Cost:

€ 10pp

Includes:

Guide, refreshments

Status:

Book & pay at September General Meeting

Payment:

In full

Due by:

September General Meeting

Departure:

TBA but in Jávea Port

TBA but in morning

Organisers:

Charo Brown travel.charo@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Charo has arranged with the Jávea Tourist Office for a guided tour of Jávea Port in English.  

This is scheduled for Wednesday 4th October before lunch, but the actual time is not yet known.  

The tour includes the harbour, Barrio de Pescadores, Barrio Triana and the Iglesia de Nuestro Señora de Loreto (fishermans' church).

The cost will be €10 per person which includes soft drinks/coffee at a post-tour rest stop "to take the weight off".

 

 



Relleu Self-sufficiency Project  ‘Make a Smile’  Farm Visit

Postponed

 

 

The trip to Relleu Self-sufficiency Project has been postponed

A commercial Company has taken over the running of the Farm and their Contract begins on the 1st October.  If they continue to run the Guided Tours then we will include it in a future program.

 

As ‘Make a Smile’ is our designated Charity for 2017, we request:

The mentally challenged unit in Relleu, has an occupational therapy room, so we have been asked to bring broken or unwanted fashion jewellery, used greeting cards and craft items for the youngster’s projects. These items are used to make items which they sell in the craft shop.  They also collect coins (the dusty ones in little pots that sit on everyone’s dresser) to bank.  The money is converted into food, entertainment and necessities for the children's homes.
 
Please bring any unwanted jewellery, coins, craft items, and used greetings cards (in small plastic bags), to the Travel Desk at September Jávea U3A meeting. Thank you.

Many Thanks, Joni

 



Cocentaina

Day trip

1st November

Total Cost:

€ 10pp

Includes:

Coach

Status:

Places available.

Payment:

In full

Due by:

September General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cash only

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

09:15 for 09:30

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

18:00 Approx.

Organisers:

Joni Hills travel.jh@u3ajavea.org & Jan Wylie

Itinerary

The annual fair in Cocentaina is known in Spanish as the Fira de Tots Sants, which directly translates to the Fair of All the Saints. This will be the 670th edition of this massive fair, which has been declared as being of National Tourist Interest and is extremely popular with over 800 many and varied stalls.

It is most famous for its focus on traditional crafts such as metal work, lace making, embroidery, jewellery making, painting, soap making, glass blowing, pottery and candle making just to name a few!

 

 



Valencia - Bon Aire Shopping Centre only

Day Trip

Weds 15th November

Total Cost:

€ 5

Includes:

Coach

Status:

Book at September Meeting

Payment:

In full

Due by:

September General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Cash only

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:45 for 09:00

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

18:00

Organisers:

Barbara Gorrod travel.bg@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

This day trip is going to Bon Aire shopping centre only.

€5 payable only at the Jávea U3A Meeting on the 27th September.

Leaving from outside Interiors in the port at 09:00.
Leaving Bon Aire at 16:30, to return to the port at 18:00.

Request to Members wishing to book for this (or any other) trip, please note the following guidelines as printed at the bottom of this page in the ‘Methods of Bookings and Payments for Travel Trips’ :-

  • 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.]

 

 



Valencia City Centre

Day trip

Weds 22nd November

Total Cost:

€ 5pp

Includes:

Coach

Status:

Places available

Payment:

In full

Due by:

September 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:

Joni Hills travel.jh@u3ajavea.org
Jan Davies travel.jd@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

The coach will drop off / pick up at the Bull Ring.

 

 



Valor Choc Factory, Vilajoisa and Guadalest

Day trip

Tuesday 6th March

Total Cost:

€ pricePerPerson

Includes:

coachRoomTours

Status:

Details TBA

Deposit:

€pp.

Due by:

EndOfMonth

Balance:

 

Due by:

EndOfMonth

Payment:

In full

Due by:

EndOfMonth

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Code

Departure:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

08:15 for 08:30

Return:

Interior·s, Jávea Port

17:30 Approx.

Organisers:

Jan Davies travel.jd@u3ajavea.org &
Heather Maybury

Itinerary

Details TBA.

 

 



Galicia (by train)

6 days 5 nights

24th-29th May

Total Cost:

€ ~500pp (+single supp €~130)

Includes:

Train, hotels

Status:

Booking opens at September General Meeting

Deposit:

€250pp.

Due by:

January Open Meeting.

See note below.

Balance:

 

Due by:

TBA

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Galicia

Departure:

TBA

TBA

Return:

TBA

TBA

Organisers:

Charo Brown travel.charo@u3ajavea.org

Itinerary

Train to Galicia by Ave (Valencia-Madrid) and Alvia (Madrid-Santiago de Compostela).

This will be limited to 38 people, and in line with travel group policy the booking will not be secured until a deposit is paid.  

Note on Booking deposit.

Charo is prepared to accept a non-refundable partial deposit of €50 per person to secure the booking in the September General Meeting, with the balance of the deposit (€200) payable either by bank transfer before 30th January 2018 or by cash in the Open Meeting on 31st January 2018.

The trip will be open to booking by e-mail (travel.charo@u3ajavea.org) after 12:00 midday on 27th September but proof of payment of the full deposit (€250 per person) must accompany the booking request.  It is advisable to Email Charo to check that spaces are still available before making a deposit.

The total cost is yet to be assessed, but is expected to be around €500pp (single supplement around €130).

More information (itinerary etc.) to follow.

 



Asturias (by train)

6 days 5 nights

6th-11th September

Total Cost:

€ ~450pp (+ single supp €115)

Includes:

Train, hotels

Status:

Expressions on interest at September General Meeting

Deposit:

€200pp.

Due by:

April General Meeting

Balance:

 

Due by:

June General Meeting

 

Bank Transfer Code:

Asturias

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 in the April meeting, balance in the June meeting.

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:

Book Now.

Deposit:

€150

Due by:

Payment direct to Saga.

Balance:

 

Due by:

12 weeks before holiday

 

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. The form can be completed and return to her so that they all get sent off together.

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

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.

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.

 

 


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 heather
Joni Hills Jan Davies Barbara Gorrod Charo Brown Jan Wylie Sue Sieber Heather Maybury

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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