Ramblers Walking Holidays offer the perfect solution for solo travellers to enjoy an expertly-led walking holiday in the company of other like-minded travellers this summer, with many of their best loved itineraries available with no single supplement.
Under the guidance of an experienced leader with excellent local knowledge, these holidays not only represent excellent value for money for solo travellers, but also give the added security of exploring the world with fellow walkers. With the opportunity to go off the beaten track in a small group, safely visiting areas that otherwise might not feel comfortable, these holidays offer a more in-depth experience of destinations that might not be possible travelling on your own.
A dedicated section for solo and single travellers on the company’s website makes it easy to identify holidays and departures where there is no single supplement. For those who are happy to share a room and avoid paying a supplement, there are also pointers as to how to request this option in cases where hotels still levy a single supplement.
With a good choice of holidays, ranging from hiking in the Austrian Alps to exploring rugged Atlantic islands, enjoy the benefits of travelling solo and walking with others on one of the following:
Walking from Cómpeta (Grade 5)
Based in a traditional ‘Pueblos Blancos ‘perched against a backdrop to the Sierra Almijara, the Andalucian whitewashed town of Cómpeta is the perfect spot from which to explore this hidden away region in Southern Spain. Steeped in Moorish history and ideally situated amongst olive groves, almond trees, orchard valleys and the vineyards that produce the local wine, enjoy daily hikes from its labyrinth of cobbled streets, through agriculturally rich areas, to where the surrounding Sierra Almijara and Sierra Tejeda afford superb panoramic views with occasional glimpses out to the Mediterranean and Morocco beyond. With plenty to offer within the town as well, don’t miss visiting the magnificent 16th century Church of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion and relaxingly admiring it in the early evening sun from the main square.
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Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) 7 night Walking from Cómpeta starts from £999/person, including with no single room supplement with an additional £61/person discount off the original published price, return flights, transfers, half board en suite accommodation and local transport. Departs 26 May or 2 June.
Walking from San Telmo (moderate – grade 5)
From a superbly located waterfront base in the attractive seaside settlement of San Telmo, this week long walking holiday covers a mix of unspoilt mountain and coastal trails on the southwest of Mallorca. Affording exceptional vistas throughout, a true scenic highpoint is the challenging climb around the hills of S’Arraco along Archduke’s Trail for heady mountain and seascape views. In addition to the great walks, time is also spent a short boat ride away on uninhabited island of Dragonera picnicking and exploring the pretty, culture rich, hillside village of Valldemossa where Frederic Chopin and George Sand famously spent the winter of 1838.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) Walking from San Telmo one week holiday starts from £925/person including return flights, half-board en suite accommodation, all local transport costs and no single supplement. Departs 14, 21 & 28 April, 5 & 12 May, 8, 15, 22 & 29 September, 6, 13 & 20 October 2018.
Walking the Moselle Trail (Grade 5, moderate)
Under the guidance of an expert leader, ‘Walking the Moselle Trail’ showcases select sections of the long distance Moselle and Moselsteig trails to offer a week of riverside ambling through seemingly untouched villages, terraced vineyard dotted hills with striking castles and ancient forests. With the strain taken out of the planning, relaxingly walk enjoying wonderful views of the Moselle River whilst taking in the many highlights, such as the guided tour of the 1000 year old Burg Eltz castle and visit to Germany’s oldest town Tier with its ancient gate Porta Nigra, before finishing the day with a glass of Riesling from one of the many wineries.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) one week Walking the Moselle Trail starts from £1,075/person including return flights, local transport, half board en suite accommodation, guided tour of Burg Eltz and wine tasting and no single supplement. Departs 25 June, 9 July 2018.
Tirolean Summer (grade 5 moderate; grade 6 moderate; or 6 & 8 moderate & challenging)
With the option to spend a week or two in the Stubai valley over summer, enjoy the choice of two different walks each day under the expert guidance of two leaders exploring some of Austria's most picturesque woodlands and high alpine pastures in early summer bloom before embarking on a choice of harder hikes to the surrounding summits. Offering an almost endless selection of trails, opt to take the scenic balcony walk from Muttereralm, the high level circuit to the Starkenburger hut or step up to the accent of Peiljoch for a more challenging Grade 8 walk up to the snout of a glacier. With the Stubai Valley Super Card included in the price of the holiday, the trip also takes cable car rides to the Kreuzjoch above Fulpmes and the Dresdner Hut at the southern end of the valley, opening up the magical world of the high Alps to all grades.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) 7 or 14 night Tirolean Summer starts from £915/person or £1595/person respectively including return flights, airport transfers, Stubia Valley Super Card, half board en suite accommodation, afternoon coffee & cake, two walks, no single supplement and two leaders with two grades on some of the departures. Departs 16 & 30 June, 14 July, 21 July, 4 August, 11 August and 25 August 2018.
Arosa Village (grade 6, moderate or grade 7, challenging)
An ideal location from which to explore this remote and little known area of Switzerland, Arosa has all the ingredients for the perfect Alpine holiday with a spectacular train line opening up hikes along the valley floor and cable cars whisking hikers to high altitude trails at well over 2000m. Walking through a short ascent of trees, the landscape opens into alpine meadows with peaks to be bagged in every direction. From the ultimate challenge of the Aroser Rothorn at nearly 3000m to lesser peaks such as the Schiesshorn, Weisshorn, Tiejer Flue and Matlishorn, there are over 120 miles of trails extending though remote valleys and ridges. Taking in pretty villages such as Tschiertchen, other highlights also include the beautiful grassy ridge above Langwies, the tiny collection of barns at Alp Farur and the opportunity to enjoy the company of black squirrels, marmots and a cornucopia of flowers along the way.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) one week Arosa Village
starts from £1255/person including flights, airport transfers by train, half board en suite accommodation, Arosa card, with free transport and free or reduced entry to some local attractions and all local transport costs. Two week holidays from £1985/person. Departs 15 August, 22 August (14 nights) & 5 September 2018.
Undiscovered Cape Verde (grade 6, moderate)
Offering a unique blend of African and Portuguese culture, explore the rugged volcanic Atlantic Islands of Cape Verde, hiking through dramatic canyons and fertile oases of the island’s “ribeiras" (valleys) and meeting friendly locals along the way. Hopping between less explored islands of the archipelago, visit the island of Santiago to take in the World Heritage listed colonial outpost of Cidade Velha and venture inland to São Domingos to walk in the mountains and experience life in the very African interior. Transfer to the island of São Vicente to Mindelo, Cape Verde’s answer to the Riviera, for expansive stretches of coastal walking, before travelling to the furthest island west, Santo Antão. Here, ancient cobbled pathways give way to a spectacular landscape of volcanic mountains, deep gorges and vibrant blue-green sea, affirming Cape Verde’s reputation as a paradise for walkers.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) 14 night Discover Cape Verde starts from £3150/person including flights, inter island flight and ferries, transfers, en suite accommodation with breakfast, dinners taken at hotels and at local restaurants, local transport costs and no single supplement. Departs 27 October & 19 December 2018; 26 January, 2 March, 26 October & 19 December 2019.
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Ramblers Walking Holidays is the core brand for RWH Travel, the experts in guided walking adventures. Having celebrated its 70th Anniversary of holiday operating in 2017, other brands within the group include Adagio – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays – small ship cruises with a dedicated shore walking excursion programme - in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. In total, the company operates over 200 holidays across over 60 countries.
Each of the Ramblers Walking Holidays has been graded to help clients choose their preferred pace, with categories ranging from Grade 1-3/Leisurely (usually two hours walking); to Grade 4-6/Moderate (a combination of full and half day walks); and Grade 7-9/Challenging (full day walks where stamina is key).
On some holidays, there is the chance to experience more than one walking grade with two leaders. Perfect for couples and friends who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.
Holidays for Adagio are largely ungraded.
To help clients choose the type of walking holiday that will appeal to their interest, Ramblers Walking Holidays also uses symbols that depict the main interest, style or theme of the walks. Categories include: Pioneer; Continuous Walks; Flora & Walking Holidays; Bird Watching & Walking; Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History; Hutting; Rail & Walk; Sightseeing.
The company’s mission is to generate funds for walking charities by the provision of outstanding outdoor activity holidays worldwide.
With its not-for-profit and social enterprise philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers Walking Holidays Charitable Trust which supports walking related and environmental projects in the UK. The company also funds Heart & Sole - an initiative managed by company staff, with the aim of reaching into the heart of the communities visited both in the UK and overseas.
RWH Travel also runs The Walking Partnership - an initiative which champions walking at the 'grass roots' level by providing funding and support to walking groups and clubs throughout the UK.
Ramblers Walking Holidays is the Walking Holiday Partner of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity which has been pioneering and championing walking and ‘rights of way’ for over 70 years across England, Scotland and Wales.
Customers travelling on all holidays operated by RWH Travel are fully protected via the company’s membership of ABTA and its ATOL licence where applicable. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO.