Ever have that dream where you're in a centuries-old town centre with a bunch of new friends when suddenly a giant food fight breaks out and you start to throw tomatoes at anyone and everyone? Well now's your opportunity to live it out loud. Seriously, this is one weird and wonderful experience you've got to see to believe. La Tomatina is one of the world's most unusual festivals in which people gather in the town square of Buñol to pelt each other with squashed tomatoes while trying to grab a leg of ham from the top of a greased pole. Read that again and then do this four-day adventure you'll talk about forever.
- Travel Style : 18-to-Thirtysomethings
- Service Level : Basic
- Physical Grading : 2 - Light
- Merchandising : Limited Edition
- Trip Type : Small Group
- What's Included:Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends. Orientation walk in Valencia. Entrance to La Tomatina Festival in Buñol. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Highlights:Experience Valencia — the paella capital of the world, Throw tomatoes at complete strangers on the streets of Buñol
- Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
- Itinerary Disclaimer:While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
- Group Size Notes:2019 departures: Max 16, avg 12.
2020 departures: Max 20, avg 12.
- Meals Included:No meals included
- Transport:Shared shuttle, walking.
- Solo Travellers:We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
- Accommodation:Hostels (3 nts, multi-share)
- Joining Hotel:For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
- Joining Instructions:There are a variety of ways to get to the Red Nest Hostel Valencia depending on your means of arrival into Valencia.
1) From the airport
By metro: Catch the red (#3) or the green (#5) line and get off at Colon metro stop. When you get out of the metro station walk down Calle Poeta Quintana with El Corte Ingles on your left hand side and go to the end of Plaza Alfonso Magnanimo. Turn left and you are on Calle La Paz.(Carrer Pau in Valencian language) We are on the left hand side, number 36.
Taxi: A taxi from the airport should cost about 15-20EUR
2) From Valencia North railway station (Estacion del norte)
By foot: Walk out of the train station and turn right on to Calle Xativa. This road turns into Calle Colon. Walk down until you get to the metro stop. Walk down Calle Poeta Quintana with El Corte Ingles on your left hand side and go to the end of Plaza Alfonso Magnanimo. Turn left and you are on Calle La Paz.(Carrer Pau in Valencian language) We are on the left hand side, number 36.
Catch the underground line 3 towards 'Palmaret' or 'Rafelbuñol'or number 5 going to 'Ayora'. Get off one stop later at Colon. When you get out of the metro station walk down Calle Poeta Quintana with El Corte Ingles on your left hand side and go to the end of Plaza Alfonso Magnanimo. Turn left and you are on Calle La Paz.(Carrer Pau in Valencian language) We are on the left hand side, number 36.
3) From Valencia JS railway station (Estacion Joaquin Sorolla)
By foot: Walk out of the train station, and walk straight from calle san vicente to Calle Xativa. Trun right from this street, and you'll see that his road turns into Calle Colon. Walk down until you get to the metro stop. Walk down Calle Poeta Quintana with El Corte Ingles on your left hand side and go to the end of Plaza Alfonso Magnanimo. Turn left and you are on Calle La Paz.(Carrer Pau in Valencian language) We are on the left hand side, number 36.
Catch the underground in Bailen stop, and take line 5 towards 'Maritim-Serreria' . Get off one stop later at Colon. When you get out of the metro station walk down Calle Poeta Quintana with El Corte Ingles on your left hand side and go to the end of Plaza Alfonso Magnanimo. Turn left and you are on Calle La Paz.(Carrer Pau in Valencian language) We are on the left hand side, number 36.
4) From the bus station
From outside of the bus station catch the number 1 bus (in the direction of La Malvarrosa) and get off at General Palanca - Porta de la Mar. We are on the left hand side of Calle La Paz n. 36.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned.
A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
- Arrival Complications:We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
- Emergency Contact:Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
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- Packing List:Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
- Visas and Entry Requirements:Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.
For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all.
Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement.
A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.
- Emergency Fund:Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
- Optional Activities:Valencia
- Carmen District Visit (Free)
- Malvarrosa Beach Visit (Free)
- Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo Visit (Free)
- Miguelete Tower (7EUR per person)
- City of Arts and Sciences Visit (40EUR per person)
- Fallas Museum (2EUR per person)
- Playa de las Arenas (Beach) Visit (Free)
- Safety and Security:Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
- A Couple of Rules:Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.
- Travel Insurance:Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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- Minimum Age:Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
- International Flights:Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
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Itinerary (4 days)
Arrive at any time. When in Spain, do as the Spanish do. Kick-off your journey by heading out with your CEO and group for some traditional Spanish paella. Then, head to historic and buzzing Plaza del Negrito for drinks and a fun time. Unwind, socialize, and take plenty of photos to commemorate the beginning of an incredible adventure.
Take an orientation walk of the Old Quarter, then spend some free time exploring the city's winding streets, museums, and galleries.
Travel to Buñol for one of the most exhilarating fiestas in Spain - La Tomatina. Gather in the main square with the locals, grab a couple of tomatoes, and paint the town.
Depart at any time.