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LA TOMATINA 9 Days

LA TOMATINA  9 Days

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La Tomatina Tour 2013

La Tomatina 2013 Is ……

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

The week-long festival features musicparadesdancing, and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants of the festival compete in a paella cooking contest.

Anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people come to this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol’s normal 9,000 person population. There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people take the easier option of staying in nearby Valencia just 38km to Bunol by bus or train. In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.

What Happens at La Tomatina ….

At around 11 am, the first event of the Tomatina begins. Many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the center of the town, Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive. Technically the festival does not begin until one brave soul has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased-up wooden pole and reached the coveted ham at the top. In practice this process takes a long time and the festival starts despite no one reaching the meaty prize. The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself.

Those who partake in this event are strongly encouraged to wear protective safety goggles and gloves. In addition, they must squish the tomatoes before throwing for safety precautions. Another rule is that no one is allowed to bring into this fight anything that may provoke someone into a more serious brawl, such as a glass bottle. Although it is forbidden to tear someone else’s clothing, the crowd tends to ignore this and invariably will rip the shirt of any clothed person, man or woman.

After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end. At this point, no more tomatoes can be thrown. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct. The authorities seem more concerned with cleaning the town than cleaning the visitors, so some people find water at the Bunol River to wash themselves, although some kind residents will hose passers-by down. Once the tomato pulp is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.

 The Rules of La Tomatina

  • Do not bring bottles or hard objects as they can cause accidents and hurt other participants
  • Do not rip other people’s T-shirts
  • You must squash the tomatoes before throwing them as this reduces the impact
  • Ensure you keep a safe distance from the lorries
  • As soon as you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes

Useful Advice

  • Wear closed shoes that you don’t mind throwing away afterwards. If you wear flip-flops, you may get hurt, or you could lose them easily during the battle
  • Wear old clothes, or clothes that you aren’t planning to wear again. They will most likely end up damaged from being ripped or incredibly dirty
  • You may find goggles useful. However, it is safer if you just ensure that you always have something clean to wipe your eyes with. The best thing is if you tuck your T-Shirt into your shorts to keep the bottom part of your T-shirt clean and dry
  • If you are planning to take pictures, bring a waterproof camera!
  • If you’re not from Buñol, and you want to stay overnight, don’t forget to look for and secure accommodation in advance
  • Do not miss the Palojabón – a soap-covered pole with a Spanish ham at the top: whoever can climb the pole and get the ham can keep it!
  • Stay safe and enjoy the festivities as much possible

How did La Tomatina Start …..

The tomato fight has been a strong tradition in Bunol since 1944 or 1945. No one is completely certain how this event originated. Possible theories on how the Tomatina began include a local food fight among friends, a juvenile class war, a volley of tomatoes from bystanders at a carnival parade, a practical joke on a bad musician, and the anarchic aftermath of an accidental lorry spillage.

One popular theory is that disgruntled townspeople attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. Whatever happened to begin the tradition, it was enjoyed so much that it was repeated the next year, and the year after that, and so on. The holiday was banned during the Spanish State period under Francisco Franco for having no religious significance, but returned in the 1970s after his demise.

The festival is in honor of the town’s patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.

Where is Bunol …..

Bunol is a town and municipality in the province of Valencia, Spain and is situated approximately 38 km west of the provincial and autonomous community capital city, Valencia.

Itinerary

3N Madrid – 2N Valencia – 3N Barcelona

 

Day 01

Madrid
Arrive in Madrid and proceed to your hotel. Overnight in Madrid. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore this beautiful place on your own. Overnight in Madrid.
Optional: In the evening one can enjoy Flamenco show at an additional cost

Day 02

Madrid – Toledo – Madrid
Depart by seat in coach basis to Toledo a medieval town outside Madrid. Enjoy the city tour of Toledo. Visit the most famous monuments during a walking tour of the city centre, including St Tome Church, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, San Juan de los Reyes Church, Museo Victorio Macho and the Cathedral. Drive back to Madrid. Overnight in Madrid. (B)

Day 03

Madrid
This day is free at leisure. You can explore the capital city of Madrid on your own. Overnight is in Madrid.(B) Optional: One can enjoy visit of all the major sights of the city and learn about its history with hop on hop off tour at an additional cost OR
Optional: Take a tour of Real Madrid Santiago Bernabeu Stadium at an additional cost

Day 04

Madrid – Valencia (Approx 2 hrs 45 mins)
Today proceed to board the train for Valencia. Arrive at Valencia and proceed to your hotel. Overnight in Valencia (B)

Day 05

Valenica (La Tomatina Festival 28 AUGUST 2013)
Today early morning proceed to the town of Bunol to enjoy the largest tomato fight in the world.Later return to Valencia .Overnight in Valencia (B)

Day 06

Valencia – Barcelona
Proceed to board your train for Barcelona. Arrive at Barcelona and proceed to your hotel. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Barcelona. (B) Optional: One can enjoy visit to Barcelona Aquarium at an additional cost

Day 07

Barcelona-City Sightseeing
Today morning proceed to discover the sights of Barcelona while traveling on a double-decker bus. Overnight in Barcelona. (B)

Day 08

Barcelona
Day is at leisure, relaxation & shopping or you can indulge on beaches. Overnight at Barcelona(B) Optional: One can enjoy day trip to Figueres, Dali and Girona or a wonderful full day trip to Monteserrat Monastery and Sitges.

Day 09

Barcelona – Hometown
Today proceed to airport to board the flight for your next destination or your hometown with lots of memories to cherish for a life time. (B) Tour Concludes!

Price / Inclusion

PRICE CHART

PRICE FROM EURO STANDARD EURO FIRST EURO SUPERIOR
Adult (Sharing 2) € 850 € 1000 € 1690
Child with Bed € 635 € 751 € 1267
Infants 0-23 Months € 381 € 450 € 760
Single Traveller € 1100 € 1300 € 2195

Hotel List

CITY NAME HOTEL NAME STANDARD HOTEL NAME FIRST HOTEL NAME SUPERIOR
MADRID PUERTA DE TOLEDO/ BEST WESTERN CARLOS V/ T3 TIROL CARLTON/ SENATOR GRAN VIA/MERCURE MADRID PLAZA DE ESPANA WESTIN PALACE/ INTERCONTINENTAL/HOSPES MADRID
VALECIA PETIT PALACE GERMANIAS/ EXPO HOTEL DIMAR/ CENTER/BARCELO VALENCIA/ CONFORTEL AQUA FOUR WESTIN VALENCIA
BARCELONA DEL MAR/GAUDI OR SIMILAR MEDINACELI/ CATALONIA BERNA OR SIMILAR PALACE/HILTON DIAGONAL MAR BARCELONA/LE MERIDIEN OR SIMILAR

Inclusions

  • 08 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Excursion to Toledo, Seville City Sightseeing, Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Tour on Seat in Coach Basis
  • Return transfer from Valencia to Bunyol for La Tomatina for 6 hrs( 29 August 2012)
  • 4 Days in 2 months Regular Pass (Second Class)

Exclusions
  • Airfare and taxes. 
  • All Optional Tours. 
  • Visa & Insurance fees
  • All transfers from airport/train station-Hotel or vice versa
  • Any other meals other than specified above
  • Any item of personal nature like tips, laundry, and telephone calls etc.
  • All entrance fees and excursions not mentioned above

Note
  • 1 EURO = INR 70. 
  • The prevailing Rate of Exchange of the day of payment will be applicable
  • Approximate Economy Airfare Per Person Ex- Mumbai Rs 58,000; Ex-Delhi Rs.54,000;Ex- Bangalore Rs.64,000 and Ex- Hyderabad Rs. 62,000 on Lufthansa; Ex – Ahmedabad Rs. 60,000 on Jet Airways
  • For security deposit, credit card copy is needed at the time of hotel check in. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure.
  • We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time. 
  • Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability. 
  • Alternate room category, hotels and air bookings may attract extra cost
  • Above price is not applicable during Convention Period, High season, Festivals or Fairs. 
  • Surcharge may be applicable
  • International hotel check in is 1400hrs and checkout would be 1200hrs. 
  • Early check in and late checkout are subject to availability. 
  • Itineraries are subject to change

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