With winter nights starting to close in, why not broaden your horizons on a winter sun holiday with Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk), the original experts in small group guided walking holidays.
Offering winter sun favourites closer to home in the likes of Portugal and the Canary Islands, they also have a warming selection of far-flung breaks to sunnier climes at this time of year, ranging from exotic breaks in Asia to Cruise & Walk holidays in the Caribbean and along the South African coast.
Hidden Delights of the Western Algarve (Moderate/Grade 4)
Staying in contrasting towns on Portugal’s south coast, uncover the hidden secrets of the western Algarve through a diverse mix of coastal, mountain and inland landscapes. From the historic hillside town of Silves, overlooking one of Spain’s most well preserved Moorish castles, enjoy walks along the levada following the Rio Arade through traditionally cultivated citrus groves and hikes into the Serra de Monchique where the richly forested hills give way to mountain top panoramas. Transferring to the picture postcard seaside village of Burgau, explore the coast from Luz to Lagos encountering rural white-washed villages, hidden away coves and sandy beaches. Culminating in the most westerly point on the Algarve, take in dramatic cliff top seascapes from Sagres, the last sight seafaring explorers would have caught of Europe when setting off on their extraordinary voyages of discovery.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) ‘Hidden Delights of the Western Algarve’ two week long holiday starts from £1065/person including return flights, B&B accommodation, dinners taken in local restaurants and local transport. Departures: 19 November 2017, 27 December 2017, 17 March 2018, 8 April 2018, 6 May 2018, 18 November 2018, 27 December 2018.
Fuerteventura (Moderate/Grade 4)
Enjoy a winter sun walking adventure on Fuerteventura, where surreal volcanic landscapes and remote beaches bask in year round 20°C sunshine. The least developed of the Canaries, walking here is a natural experience with deserted volcanic trails through terraced hills and red rock red earth and rugged coastal paths giving way to deserted beaches and age-old villages with some of the oldest churches in the Canaries. Exploring from the seaside towns of Puerto del Rosario and Morro Jable, with a selection of diverse walks, trails include the path from the first European Atlantic settlement Betancuria along a rocky ravine to one of the island’s iconic lone chapels, the accent of the mist shrouded peak Mount Jandia - the highest point on the island and a hike down a barranco (ravine) to the coast for picnic on a blissful beach and a well-deserved swim.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) ‘Fuerteventura’ 7 night holiday starts from £1250/person including return flights, half board accommodation and local transport. Departures: 20 December 2017, 10 & 24 February 2018
Discover Hong Kong (Moderate/Grade 4)
Something a little different for the winter sun… Get a new perspective all round with a walking holiday in the Chinese metropolis of Hong Kong discovering its city lights and the unspoilt hill country and outlying islands that surround it. Contrasting city strolls through colourful bustling streets and markets with peaceful hikes into little changed countryside, highlights include a visit Lantau Island to find Tai O, a little village which seems to come out of the Middle Ages, exploring on car free Lamma Island and walks on Ma Lam Wat Peninsula with great coastal views and the chance to swim. Staying in a four-star hotel in Kowloon, the itinerary also includes a climb to Victoria Peak for views of harbour and skyscrapers, a ride on the Star Ferry across the harbour, hikes along the Maclehose Trail in the New Territories and two days free time to shop, sightsee and ride on the Kowloon-Canton railway to mainland China.
Ramblers Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) Discover Hong Kong starts from £2,699/person including return flights, accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners except two and local transport. Departure 3 November 2017, 20 December 2017 from £2,275/person. 2018 departures 20 February 2018, 6 November 2018, 20 December 2018 from £2,275/person.
South Africa Cruise Safari (Moderate/Grade 4)
Joining the ship in Cape Town where balmy temperatures in the early to mid 20°C greet you off the flight, this 17 night Cruise & Walk holiday charts the stunning South African coastline, stopping to explore Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Durban and Mossel Bay with numerous wildlife adventures and opportunities to appreciate the country’s unique landscapes on hikes along the way. In addition to time spent in each of the ports, highlights include a 4 x 4 adventure through Addo National Elephant Park, a trip to Hluhluwe Game Reserve in Zululand and walk along the superb beaches to The Cave of the Bats, a tour with a local guide to explore the largest city in the province of KwaZulu and Natal’s Kwa Mashu Apartheid Museum.
Ramblers Cruise & Walk (01707386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) South Africa Cruise Safari 17 night trip starts from £4349/person including meals onboard, a tour guide lead walking programme, local guides, tips to restaurant staff on ships, full onboard entertainment and flights. Departure 23 January 2018.
Looking ahead to 2018/2019 winter sun, book the popular Islands of the Caribbean…
Islands of the Caribbean (Moderate/Grade 4)
Exploring numerous islands in just one holiday, discover how unique each island of the Caribbean is, with British, French, Dutch and Spanish settlers coming and going throughout history, adding to a kaleidoscope of architectural styles, cultures and cuisines. Taking in rainforests, exotic wildlife, colonial cities, sun-kissed beaches and tropical cocktails, this 16 night cruise offers a great variety of shore walks and excursions. Highlights include the lush tropical world of Welchman’s Hall Gully and Andromeda Gardens on Barbados, the spice trail through Grenada's Grand Etang forest with a swim on Grand Anse palm-fringed white beach, Antigua’s Signal Hill for 360º views and a walk into the interior through yam plantations to rainforest waterfalls from the Jamaican port of Ocho Rios.
Ramblers Cruise & Walk (01707386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) Islands of the Caribbean 16 night cruise and walk holidays starts from £2895/person including meals onboard, a tour guide lead walking programme, local guides, tips to restaurant staff on ships and full onboard entertainment. Departures 19 Dec 2018, 2 Jan 19, 13 Feb 19 and 27 Feb 19, with ports varying slightly depending on departure.
For further information or bookings, visit Ramblers Walking Holidays, 01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk
Ramblers Walking Holidays is a holiday brand from RWH Travel, the experts in guided walking adventures. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary of holiday operating this year, other brands within the group include Adagio Holidays – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Cruise and Walk – Walking Holidays in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
For its walking holidays the company is the proud holder of Which? Recommended Provider status – ie companies which are highly rated by Which? Members and reach the exacting standards of Which? Researchers.
*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 who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.
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 philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers 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 & ATOL. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO.