Jeep or bus tour? Which is more worthwhile in Tenerife?
Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary Archipelago. Thousands of breathtaking places await you on very charming routes that lead over paradisiacal beaches to Spain’s highest mountain, the Teide. What could be better than being chauffeured to the most emblematic places? Enjoy the advantages of an organized bus or jeep tour through Tenerife and forget the usual worries of driving yourself: looking for a parking space, getting lost, having to refuel …
The huge offer of bus and jeep tours in Tenerife is simply overwhelming. With the following article we will therefore make your choice much easier.
What is a bus tour like in Tenerife?
To get the right impression of the route, you basically only need to read its description. Only with this you will already understand what to expect on the excursion. When you read the name “Grand Tour” you can imagine that it is a full day excursion that leads to the most iconic places on the island. Many excursions will of course take you to the Teide, however the duration of the stay and the activities on site may differ significantly. The most important thing is that the excursions provide the service of an official guide so that you can find out everything you need to know from a true expert. Make yourself comfortable and discover Tenerife effortlessly and carefree under a competent supervision.
The services offered on bus tours
For bus tours in Tenerife, the services offered vary depending on the duration and price. All buses are equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats and toilets on board. You will be accompanied by a multilingual guide who will not only provide you with information during the tour, but will also answer your questions. Entrance to museums and any boat tickets for trips to neighbouring islands are usually included in the tour price and children generally pay less. In contrary to this, food and drinks are often booked for a surcharge during the journey. Find out in advance what the bus tour includes so that you can enjoy the excursion to the fullest.
How is a jeep tour through Tenerife?
In contrast to a bus tour, the jeep safari is not particularly comfortable. However, it offers the possibility of reaching remote places that large coaches cannot access. It is an absolutely rustic adventure away from the paved roads, over hills, dales and potholes. You discover the interior of the island, dizzyingly high cliffs, lonely beaches, extinct volcanoes and enjoy countless spectacular views of Tenerife and its neighbouring islands.
The services offered on jeep tours
The prices and duration of jeep rides are somewhat limited, but these tours offer many other interesting services. Visits to museums, tastings, lunches, and drinks are usually included and children usually pay a lower price. For a small surcharge you can get additional services, such as bandanas, photos or videos. The service of these tours with all-wheel drive also includes travel insurance and a qualified, multilingual tour guide service who provides you with interesting information and is your contact person if you have any questions.
How is a minibus trip in Tenerife?
Driving around the island by minibus is just as comfortable as by coach, but a bit more agile and private, which is why these trips are often referred to as VIP tours. Due to the lower number of seats (max. 8 passengers), getting on and off at the various sights is of course quicker and the relationship with fellow travellers is more personal. You can also enjoy a slightly better view while listening to descriptions and information about the various localities. Thanks to its small size, this great vehicle drives you a little further than a conventional coach. As the duration of these excursions is slightly longer, food and drink are usually included in the price, as are any tastings, museum tickets or the ferry between the islands. Children can attend at discounted rates and all passengers are covered by travel insurance.
Tours in all-wheel drive minibuses
This vehicle combines two types of excursions in an excellent way: the minibus tour and the jeep safari. Comfort and off-road power go hand in hand. It is an 8-seater off-road vehicle of the type VW Transporter 4 Motion with all-wheel drive, higher suspension, air conditioning, comfortable seats and an open roof, for an enhanced experience of nature. The spare wheel attached to the rear leaves enough space for the vehicle to cross bumpy tracks and master roads of difficult accesses.
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What you should absolutely consider
First determine for yourself what you expect from a trip through the island and how the tour should be designed. Above all, consider your wishes for basic aspects such as seating comfort, driving experience, air conditioning, toilets, capacity or tour language. All important information about what is included in the price or what causes additional costs can be found on our website under the section “Services and prices”.
Also keep in mind:
If you are not sure whether you can handle the many curves, you should definitely take a travel tablet, so that the day does not turn into a disaster. Please consider that on all roads inland without exception, due to the many mountains in the centre of the island, innumerable curves are inevitably driven. In addition, on jeep safaris, the drive can be very bumpy as you are mainly driving on unpaved roads. Please note that this excursion may not be suitable for you if you have back or knee problems. If you are a vegetarian or diabetic or suffer from other food intolerances, please indicate this in the “booking notes” when making your reservation so that we can offer you a suitable alternative. You can find this notice on our website under the section “Important Note!” on every excursion.
What you must definitely take with you:
Comfortable and closed shoes: The best options are trainers. You may have to walk a little and stand frequently, so make sure your footwear is comfortable and that your feet are adequately protected.
Comfortable clothing: Wear clothing that is not uncomfortable when you sit. We recommend that it is sportswear or casual and if it is impervious to UV rays it is an advantage.
Jackets: From October to May it can get cold inside the island and especially with the safaris the wind while driving can be uncomfortable. Don’t trust the clear blue sky and pack a jacket in your backpack just in case.
Protection from dust: Use a scarf or cloth on jeep safaris to protect yourself from the rising dust.
Sunscreen: It is extremely important to use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor, as the sun’s radiation is very strong all year round, even when the sky is cloudy.
Now you are a real expert in bus and jeep tours in Tenerife and can make a good choice. Regardless of which excursion you pick, each one will take you to the most beautiful corners of the island. Sit back and enjoy your adventure wherever it takes you.