Geography & Environmental Science University Tour to Almeria

Example study tour

Created for The University of Reading

 

The University of Reading required a group travel package to a Mediterranean landscape where students could develop skills in field techniques, observation skills, data analysis and presentation, and teamwork and life skills.

StudyLink created an 8-day study tour package to Almeria, enabling students to investigate the unique background geology, hydrology and soils of this part of the Mediterranean, the adaptations of the local flora to the arid conditions and the impact of human activity, including agriculture and tourism, and what measures are being taken to ensure sustainable development of the region.

Group travel services provided by StudyLink

  • Return flights from London Gatwick 
  • Airport assistance during check-in, security & gate checks on departure from London Gatwick 
  • Airport transfers in Almeria 
  • 7 nights’ B&B accommodation at the centrally-located Torreluz Centro
  • Pre-booked meals at local restaurants
  • Coach transportation throughout the tour to support visit programme 
  • Services of our representatives in Almeria to provide 24hr assistance 
  • Extensive group travel insurance 
  • Bespoke free-place ratio 
  • 24/7 on-call service
  • Services of a dedicated Account Executive
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service 
  • Online trip organiser & travel app
  • Risk management services including live trip tracking 

 


Custom-made 8-day itinerary to Almeria

Day 1 - Arrive in Almeria

After boarding a daytime flight to Malaga, the group was met by our coach provider for transportation for their accommodation.

Staying at the The Torreluz Centro, the group was based in the heart of Almería and within walking distance of the Alcazaba, Cathedral and town hall. 

Free time was scheduled in the evening for students to explore the nearby area and taste the local cuisine. 

Day 2 - Rodalquilar & Sorbas

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, group then travelled by coach to Rodalquilar and Sorbas, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion. 

Rodalquilar is a small village located within the Cabo de Gata National Park, home to a former gold mine and a botanic garden of autoctonas species. 


Sorbas provides students with one of the best examples of a karst formation in Spain, this geological jewel has many caves which students can traverse and study stalactites, stalagmites and gypsum crystals of different colours and forms. 

Meeting room arranged at the hotel in the evening for the group to re-cap on the day’s events. 

Day 3 - Tabernas & Tahal

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, group then travelled by coach to Tabernas & Tahal, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Tabernas is a municipality sitting the on the edge of the iconic Tabernas Desert, the filming location for many feature films and TV series because of its vast lunar landscape. It is the site of Moorish castle ruins, a charming old church, and a refurbished municipal theatre.

Tahal offers a collection of intense white houses against a backdrop of traditional Mediterranean almond trees and holm oaks on a mountain slope for students to observe.

Day 4 - Mini-Hollywood

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, group then travelled by coach to Mini-Hollywood, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Mini Hollywood is a Spanish Western-styled theme park near the town of Tabernas, with a catalogue over 100 films shot in its location. This modern-day West World offer authentic Western entertainment including daily shootouts, mock bank raids and animal interaction.

Students can enjoy re-enacting some of their favourite scenes from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly whilst comparing how reality differs against text books.

Meeting room arranged at the hotel in the evening for the group to re-cap on the day’s events. 

Day 5 - Fort Bravo Cinema & Studios

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, group then travelled by coach to Fort Bravo Cinema & Studios, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Fort Bravo is the most important cinema studio in Europe, where most Wild West movies have been shot. The sun-baked scrubland with dusty dirt tracks makes it the ideal location for students to explore the landscape without having to travel to remote destinations round the world.

Students can analyse the tourism benefits Fort Bravo has brought to this quiet town in Almeria.

Meeting room arranged at the hotel in the evening for the group to re-cap on the day’s events. 

 

Day 6 - Mini-Hollywood

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, group then travelled by coach to Mini-Hollywood, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Mini Hollywood is a Spanish Western-styled theme park near the town of Tabernas, with a catalogue over 100 films shot in its location. This modern-day West World offer authentic Western entertainment including daily shootouts, mock bank raids and animal interaction.

Students can enjoy re-enacting some of their favourite scenes from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Lawrence of Arabia, or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Meeting room arranged at the hotel in the evening for the group to re-cap on the day’s events. 

Day 7 - Mini-Hollywood

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, group then travelled by coach to Mini-Hollywood, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Mini Hollywood is a Spanish Western-styled theme park near the town of Tabernas, with a catalogue over 100 films shot in its location. This modern-day West World offer authentic Western entertainment including daily shootouts, mock bank raids and animal interaction.

Students can enjoy re-enacting some of their favourite scenes from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Lawrence of Arabia, or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Meeting room arranged at the hotel in the evening for the group to re-cap on the day’s events. 

Day 8 - Return to London Gatwick

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, the group were met by our coach provider at their accommodation and travelled to Malaga airport, arriving at London Gatwick mid-afternoon. 

 


Centrally-located, student-friendly accommodation at preferential group rates

Our room rates are guaranteed too, so you can reserve your beds whilst you confirm your passenger numbers.

Popular options include:

Hotel Best Oasis Tropical

Set overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, 50 yards from Mojácar beach, the hotel offers rooms with balconies and free WiFi. It features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a spa.

Hotel Nuevo Torreluz Almeria 

This property is an 18 minutes’ walk from the beach. Nuevo Torreluz is in Plaza Flores, just 5 minutes’ walk from Almería Cathedral and the Alcazaba. It offers modern rooms with free WiFi, satellite TV and a private bathroom.

Hotel Torreluz Centro

The Torreluz Centro is set in the heart of Almería, within walking distance of famous landmarks such as the Alcazaba, the Cathedral and town hall.