Explore the idyllic island of La Gomera, a place replete with spectacular sights and authentic culture, on a full-day trip from Tenerife. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, discover the highlights of the gem of the Canarian archipelago; gaze at panoramic vistas of splendid scenery from Mirador de las Carboneras; visit legendary landmarks like Columbus House in San Sebastian; and feast upon a 2-course lunch of local specialties in a provincial village. Conclude your tour with the wonderful cultural experience of a ‘silbo gomero’ (local whistling language) demonstration.
Day trip to La Gomera island from southern Tenerife
Travel across the sea by ferry and soak up the coastal scenery
Explore the capital of San Sebastian and see the Church of the Assumption and Columbus House
Visit Mirador de Las Carboneras, a stunning La Gomera viewpoint
Stop for a 2-course Gomeran lunch with a half-bottle of wine in El Cedro
Watch a demonstration of the famous Gomeran whistling language in Las Rosas
Depart from your southern Tenerife hotel and venture to the west coast to climb aboard your awaiting ferry. Admire the seaside splendor of the scenery as you sail towards La Gomera, a beautiful island hailed as one of the Canary Islands’ most sublime spots. Disembark at San Sebastian, the island’s capital, and enjoy a guided walking tour of the town’s historical highlights. See charming churches like Iglesia de Asunción and capture photographs beside Columbus House, a monument to where Columbus stayed while he was on the island. Next, travel by air-conditioned minivan to the Mirador de las Carboneras, a vertiginous vantage point that affords spectacular views of the Hermigua Valley. Gaze at the sea-fringed and cove-studded coast before heading to the traditional town of El Cedro for a fulfilling lunch. Feast upon dishes cooked according to indigenous recipes in a rustic restaurant, sampling dishes such as beef goulash and salted Canarian potatoes. Revitalized, venture to the quaint village of Las Rosas and absorb its provincial charm on a guided walking tour. Take a break to watch a demonstration of the Gomeran whistling language, known locally as silbo gomero, and gain fascinating insight into the origin of the communication. After enriching exploration of the island, return to San Sebastian and make the ferry journey back to Tenerife then to your hotel. Please note: Occasionally, lunch may be eaten in Las Rosas and the stop in El Cedro will consist of free time to explore.
From the start this trip wasvery bad. The guide Bernard was stressfull, full of arogance and self centered. The whole day was about Bernard and his knowledge of trees, bananas and so on. Bernard pushed children in tge bus, was talking non stop and was very angry if someone was talking during their vacation. We ate at some randon place and that was the longest part of the trip out of the bus, or on ship. We heard that La Gomera was one of the most beautiful islands but after a day their i cant say anything good. And what topped things of was Bernards promotion of his book about Columbus.
Nice view. But too much time wasted on unimportant things such as plantation and walking in San Sebastian - nothing to
, Mar 2019
Nice view but to much time wasted on plantation - nothing there... walking in the city nothing to see.
The national park was beautiful but we didnt get a chance to enjoy hiking there.
The guide didn't explain much or took care of the passangers.
Beautiful wild nature, must see!!! Amazing whisling language, laurel forest, good roads, experienced bus driver and kind and capable guide. Nice food and tasty wine included in a trip. Very nice experience!
It starts really early in the morning, and the tour was pretty much just Germans, I was the only American haha, but it was fantastic, got to practice my German a lot, and the lunch was amazing. I really enjoyed seeing the Silbo Gomero and seeing the remains of ancient Canarian Amazigh culture, the wine was simply delicious! I would so go on this tour again!
We were picked up outside our hotel at 0715. A pleasant young lady dealt with the administration. After about an hour of pick ups she got off the coach without a word to be replaced by a rather scruffy man who simply said hello and sat down.
In total it took an hour and a quarter to get to the port. At the port I asked the guide if he was coming over to La Gomera with us. This was not such a stupid question as it may at first appear bearing in mind :
He was the second representative we had had
It was entirely conceivable that the arrangement was to be met on the island by a third person and
He hadn't actually said who he was and what his role was.
His sneering response made it clear that he thought I was some sort of idiot.
The island was fascinating and the guide his name was Olivar knowledgeable and highly skilled linguistically. We had no problem with him repeating everything in 4 languages. It would have been nice if the Germans on board had kept quiet when we were trying to listen to the English version but such is life.
The big problem we had with the excursion was the attitude of Olivar. He gave the distinct impression of wanting to be anywhere else rather than having to be on a coach with a load of tourists. Every time we stopped he would stand around looking bored having a cigarette and making no effort to make himself available to answer questions. If you did ask him a question his response was invariably brusque and on occasion, downright rude. Others on the excursion also commented on this
The excursion brought us back to San Sebastian to catch the ferry. Olivar made it quite clear that we were to meet at precisely 4 p.m. in the main square and that he wouldn't be waiting for late arrivals. The only person who didn't comply was Olivar who we saw coming out of a bar some minutes later.
When we disembarked on Tenerife he was nowhere to be seen so we made our way independently to the coach park where we found him. Some people had travelled from Los Gigantes for this excursion and there was a rumour going round that there was to be more than one coach available so that those travelling furthest would be in a separate coach thus avoiding the delay of drop offs in town. I asked Olivar if that was the case and duly got the are you a complete idiot? routine.
On the coach he completely changed and went out of his way to be charming to everybody, no doubt with gratuities in mind. I'm afraid it didn't wash with me and as a consequence he clearly picked up that I wasn't happy. He came down the coach and lent over me to say that, in hindsight, he might have come across as rude and that he was sorry if I had taken offence. He was so close I could smell his breath and he had clearly been drinking. Perhaps he should have apologised to the others he had been rude to.
Ten minutes after boarding the coach, and to general astonishment, he stood up, said cheerio, and got off leaving the driver to sort out who to drop off where !
Perhaps Olivar thinks being a tour guide is beneath someone with his language skills. If so, perhaps he should look for work elsewhere rather than spoiling what would otherwise have been a very enjoyable excursion.
This was a fantastic tour!! We were a group of four and we all agree that our guide Ildefonso made the whole day so interesting.His knowledge was endless and his delivery of the information was so professional...no notes whatsoever.Very impressive!!
The demonstration of the Silbo language at the lunch stop was incredible and so pleased to hear that this language is being to taught to schoolchildren so that it will not disappear...what a unique and wonderful heritage.
A seamless tour and well worth the early start from the hotel in Tenerife.