Walking in Spain (09 – 19 October 2020)

Walking in Spain is a wonderful experience that allows you to discover the country’s beautiful landscapes, its remote villages, and tasty regional cuisines.

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Grab your hiking boots and join us on this unique journey in the mountains of Asturias in Northern Spain! Each day will begin with a hearty breakfast in a 15th century farmhouse which has been lovingly restored into a beautiful rural hotel, your home away from home for this wonderful tour.

>>>BOOKINGS ARE OPEN<<<
>>>SOLO TRAVELLERS ARE WELCOME<<<

Dates: 09 – 19 October 2020.

There is a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 16.

Please see below for price and payment policy for these details – as well as what is included and excluded.

The Team:

Our  Guide in Spain:

During the hikes you will have a Spanish guide who will teach you about the area and show you around all the local villages that we stop in.

Our Photographers:

Peter Hassall (National President of SA Pro-Photographers with 35 years experience) and Leanne Dryburgh (Western Cape Manager of SA Pro-Photographers with 27 years experience) from thephotowalkers.com are the photographers selected for this tour.

Photography:

Photographic Skills: None! While we will teach photography during this tour to those who would like to have lessons – non photographers are welcome too. You are welcome to walk with a smart phone – we will show you how to take better photos with that too.

What to Bring for Photography: All makes of cameras and cell phones are welcome. Please bring a spare battery or two – and enough memory cards.

If you would like thephotowalkers.com help with camera gear (what to bring from you bag, what to buy – please email tours@thephotowalkers.com.)

Hiking:

What is the terrain like?  There will be some long, slow climbs through farming areas but not Himalayan or Rocky Mountain like terrain. The paths are well worn and are not difficult.We walk along a lot of secondary farming roads, through forests of chestnuts, hazelnuts and apple orchards. We cover between 10 and 15 kms per day.

What equipment is needed?  Hiking boots/trail shoes are essential.  Please be sure your boots are well broken in.

What if I get tired?  We have the luxury of a fully supported van, which can pick you up at certain points on many of the scheduled walking trails. We will try to provide an optional hike if you feel that the hiking in the hills maybe too difficult. This is not an endurance race; we want you to have a great time and take time to absorb the beauty of the area and photograph it. We encourage people to ride in the van if feeling fatigued or to walk more miles if they have the energy or simply to kick back at the hotel with a good book if you feel so inclined. There is also a pilates/yoga room at the hotel for stretching and relaxing.

Our photographers years of experience behind the lens and our guides many years of living in and walking in Spain. It’s details like this that puts thephotowalkers.com tours into a league of its own.

Itinerary:

We have the luxury of spending one night in Oviedo and then then the entire week in the same hotel.

Day 1:

Arrive in Oviedo, Spain. Let the group leaders know when and where you are landing in Ovideo and they will meet you there and take you to your Hotel in the Old Part of town. It will be best if you arrive during the morning. There is an airport near Oviedo (OVD) with regular flights from Madrid, Barcelona, and other points in Spain and Europe. There are international flights from London and Paris. For train travel information within Spain, visit: www.renfe.es.For bus service, visit: www.alsa.es. 

a delicious, exotic, beautiful, clean, pleasant, tranquil and pedestrianised city, like it didn’t belong to this world, like it didn’t exist…Oviedo is like a fairy tale” – Woody Allen

We will have plenty of time to photograph the sights or just take it all in from one of the many cafes that line the streets of this medieval university town. After a delicious lunch of tapas in one of the local sidrarias (cider bars) we will meet a tour guide who will take us on a visit of the city’s monuments.

Day 2:

QUIROS
Breakfast at Hotel Fruela, check out and then a visit to the El Mercado de Fonton (market). The streets in el casco antiguo will be packed with stands of fresh fruits, home-made cheeses, hand-crafted goods and an assortment of every day items, new and old. We then continue exploring Oviedo and have a late lunch.  at 17h00 we will be collected at the bus station by the owners of our rural hotel and we will then head south through the Trubia river valley basin in the Ubiñas Mountains, part of the massive Cordillera Cantábrica Mountain range. There we will walk along part of the Senda del Oso (Bear Trail) to our hotel. It is set on a hillside of this lovely, green valley. The walk is about 5kms and we will check in and have dinner.

Day 3:

QUIROS
A narrow footpath out the backdoor of our rural hotel will be the start of our morning walking trail. Along the way, we will explore three grain mills, each one over 200 years old. After lunch we will explore the surrounding villages and walk along the Senda del Oso. 5-10kms walking.  Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4:

SENDA del OSO
From Bárzana, we will follow another branch of the Senda del Oso to the small town of Terverga.From there, a drive to the top of a pass will reveal the spectacular views of Puerto de Ventana. If the Cave of La Huerta is open, we will visit it.From the top of the pass, it is all downhill into Quirós.  15-20kms walking. Breakfast included.

Day 5:

SOMIEDO
A 45 minute drive will take us into the heart of Somiedo National Park, a seldom visited park sharing its border with Castilla y Leon. The complete isolation of this area makes it seem as if time were actually standing still.This area was declared a natural park in 1988 due to its diverse landscape of flora and fauna and it is recognised today as a wildlife reserve for its environmental variety and preservation of tradition. We will explore one of the many mountain trails up to Los Lagos. 15 kms walking. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6:

FREE DAY
Spend time relaxing in the Rural Hotel going through photos with the photo-guides or catch a cab to a small surrounding town for lunch, exploring and shopping.   Breakfast and dinner included. No allocated walking.

Day 7:

LAS XANAS
In the town of Villanueva, we will follow a route up and into a gorge called El Desfiladero de Las Xanas. Climbing steadily, a well-planned path hugging the sides of this canyon will take us up to the hamlet of Pedrobayo where we’ll feast on a lunch of the famous Asturian bean stew, Fabada. After a short siesta under a tree (weather permitting) we’ll follow another path that leads us back to the start of this trail. 12 kms walking. Breakfast included.

Day 8:

BERMIEGO to CORTES and SAN MELCHOR
From the hamlet of Bermiego, famous for its decorative horreos (corn cribs), we will set out on an adventure through the Urbino mountains to the small village of Cortes. This is the birthplace of San Melchor, a humble missionary, later a bishop, who in 1858 was martyred in Vietnam.

Day 9:

Return to OVIEDO
After breakfast, we will drive you to Oviedo to arrive by 10am.  Please make sure that your flights to your next destination our allow adequate time at the airport. You can also catch a train.

Please note: This itinerary may change due to weather, festivals, spontaneous side trips and group ability.

Accommodation:

Our base-camp for the week will be a newly restored farmhouse in the tiny hamlet of Faedo located in the county of Quirós, south of Oviedo in Asturias. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, TVs, phones, and either a balcony or patio. There are some double rooms and twin rooms – with either a village or a mountain view. There is Wifi.

Is a single room available? All accommodations are priced on double occupancy. Some people would like to be matched with a roommate. We cannot guarantee a match but will try to place you with someone if there are any requests. The price of the single supplement is R5,500.00 (EURO 600.00)) per person. Single rooms are limited.

Meals:

All breakfasts and 5 dinners with wine are included.
Please be sure to let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian or have special dietary needs. Lunches are at your own expense. Each day we will either stop in a local village to buy picnic supplies to eat on the trail or walk to a restaurant to have lunch.

Spending money:

Most expenses are already built into the tour.  Extra snacks and beverages at the cafes and stores are additional. A meal in a café will cost you between 8 and 20 Euros. Most people travel with an ATM card – but we had experienced difficulty with this. Perhaps bring some USD or Euros with you. The USD’s you can change there. Traveler’s checks are not easy to cash, and are not advisable to travel with. Gratuities for guides is always appreciated. Entrance fees.

Please click the ‘BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES’ button towards the top of the page. There are drop-downs that prompt you to tell us what accommodation requirements. You will then receive an email with all of the relevant details.

Should you have any  questions, you are welcome to call or WhatsApp Leanne on 083 293 7208 or email Jeanne tours@thephotowalkers.com. One of them will get back to you as soon as possible. (If Leanne is taking a tour or on a shoot – she may take a couple of days to reply –WhatsApp is most effective form of communication for her)

Price and Payment Policy:

R32 500.00 per person sharing for 10 days – (EURO 2000.00)

R38 000.00 single supplement for 10 days – (EURO 2300.00)

  • R10 000.00 (EURO 600.00) secures your place. This will be held in a trust account and refunded to you should the minimum number of people (ten) not be reached by the closing date for the tour, along with any other payments made – 30 September 2020. However, when we have bookings of 10 people we will confirm the trip with you and your deposit will count as a part payment. If at this date we have less than 10 people – we will contact you and let you know the price per person based on the numbers confirmed. You will then have the option to keep or cancel your booking.
  • R10 000.00 (EURO 600.00) is due by 31 July 2020.
  • The balance is due by 30 September 2020. This payment will also include bank charges and any additional extras (There are no discounts offered on this tour).

All package include:

  • All transport in Oviedo as well as transport between Oviedo and the farmstead.
  • Accommodation in a 3 Star hotel including breakfast on night 1 in Oviedo.
  • Photo guides throughout the tour and feedback on images.
  • Wholesome and complete breakfasts everyday.
  • Gourmet vegetarian dinners with wine on 5 nights.
  • Transportation throughout the trip when sightseeing and for the daily guided hikes and other activities.
  • 2 cooking demonstrations / classes (optional if you want this).
  • Use of the yoga room and all props (blankets, belts, blocks, eye-bags….).
  • Daily guided hikes with bilingual guides.
  • Use of multimedia room (living room) with a grand selection of international movies.
  • Daily cleaning service (bedrooms).

Optional extras:

  • Massage (around 50 Euros for an hour).
  • Laundry (10 Euros a load).
  • Rental bikes (12 Euros a day).
  • A couple of our bookings have indicated that they would like to go before and explore some of Spains other cities – so there are add-on options which we will discuss between all confirmed bookings.

All packages exclude:

  • International Flights and busses to the start of the tour and the end of the tour.
  • Camera gear and accessories, travel insurance, visas, gratuities and medical insurance.
  • All meals and refreshments not listed above.
  • Entrance fees into Museums and other places of interest.
  • Any incidents or additional activities of a personal nature.
  • Transport outside of the itinerary.
  • Emergency evacuations.

Passports, Visas, Travel Insurance, Medical Aid, Cash and Vaccinations:

  • All visitors must have a passport that is valid for at least six months.
  • Please check if your country and require a Schengen Visa. The link for South Africans is:

http://www.conscapetown.esteri.it/Consolato_Capetown/en/per-chi-si-reca-in-italia/

  • Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance that covers thephotowalkers.com and your international flights cancellation policies.
  • Please bring EUROS or US DOLLARS with you to use or change at travel desks. We have found that drawing cash in Italy and paying with a credit card can be troublesome. Make sure you let your bank know that you are taking your card overseas to use or bring a travel wallet.
  • Ensure your Medical Aid knows that you are travelling abroad.
  • As far as we are aware – no vaccinations are required for Spain.
  • Head torches for the evenings.

What to wear:

Comfortable clothing and worn in hiking boots are recommended.

Weather in Spain in early November:

It’s starting to get cool which will be great for hiking – but bring warmer clothes for the evenings and a light-weight jacket to hike with. There may be some showers.

Fitness:

A good walking level of fitness is required to enable you to enjoy the daily hikes and carry your backpack. There is a back up vehicle at certain points each day.

Should you suffer from any chronic medical conditions, we recommend that you get a full medical clearance before committing to this tour.

Duty Free Allowance:

  • Alcoholic liquors or wines up to 1 litre per person can be purchased in Duty Free and brought into Italy.
  • 200 Cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams tobacco can be brought in.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations within 3 months of the tour: No refund will be issued.
  • Cancellations more than 3 months before the tour: 50% refund will be issued on any monies paid to date – less any expenses incurred – including accommodation and transport.

Liability:

Although every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, no company involved in this Tour accepts responsibility for any accident, injury, illness or death incurred during or arising from any tour, or loss or damage to clients property during a tour. We strongly advise you take out Good Travel Insurance for yourself and your property before the start of the tour.

No company involved will be held responsible for any expenses or loss of tour days resulting from changes in flight schedules, delays or loss of baggage by international air carriers or local air charter companies.

Indemnity:

By booking this Photo-Tour you agree to be bound by thephotowalkers.com indemnity terms and conditions. thephotowalkers.com, it’s staff, employees, suppliers and partners will not be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature whatsoever while on the tour, in the shared transport, in the accommodation or during an activity. By booking this tour you understand and accept this. thephotowalkers.com will do their best to avoid any circumstances that may lead to the above.

Intellectual Property and Confidentiality:

By booking this tour you understand, accept and agree that any information given as well as any service providers, locations, workshops, partners, techniques or any part of the tour whatsoever is the Intellectual Property of The Photowalkers (t/a thephotowalkers.com).