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Authentic India Cruise

The exotic cities of India, Sri Lanka and Sumatra provide a melting pot of experiences for you to enjoy. So step ashore and discover a land full of contrasts.

From£4,175

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Grade 3

Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.

You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the beauty and spectacular views of Indonesian Island’s
  • Enjoy a close up experience with a stunning array world life in the Rubiah sea Garden, not found in any other part of the Indonesian Archipelago
  • Admire the stunning natural landscapes of Panyee Island and relax on tropical beaches of Indonesia
  • Visit attractive towns alive and learn about the fascinating history, engrossing cultures and the marvels of modern- day life

From the tropical beaches of Thailand through to the northern tip of Sumatra to Mumbai, we uncover the diversity of this unique sub-continent. Each country showcases their spiritual beginnings, fascinating history, cultures and modern-day life. 

Before immersing ourselves in unique Indian experiences and discovering beautiful Indonesian Islands, we fly out from the UK via Bangkok to Phuket; An island in the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand.  We use trusted partners and guides in most ports to enhance our experience on walks and excursions. We think the best way to see life as a local would, is to have a local guide with insider knowledge. 

So, whether we are hiking towards the leaning rocks of Khao Tapoo, sightseeing around beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture or the streets in Phuket, we aim to show you the most iconic attractions and landscapes. After an overnight flight, we have time to relax followed by a short city tour to gather our bearings. Here we visit SinoPortuguese buildings and stroll through Thalang, the older area of Phuket City. After igniting your taste buds with a traditional lunch, we continue to the 19th century temple of Wat Chalong to admire beautiful Buddhist architecture, paintings, golden statues and spectacular gardens. The following day, we depart from Royal Phuket Marina to Hong Island. Here we visit Phang Nga Bay, famous for spectacular scenery with limestone cliffs rising out of the water. 

Next up is the island of Weh, better known as Sabang, where we visit Anak Laut Lake, as well as Merauke Monument and Iboih Village. The following two days are spent at sea, before Boudicca arrives into Colombo on Sri Lanka’s west coast. This city is blessed with a wealth of diverse cultures, natural beauty and fascinating history. We continue onto Kochi, one of the most enticing ports in India. Also known as Cochin, this vibrant city is situated on the south-west coast in the breathtakingly scenic state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. 

We spend another day at sea before moving on to Mormuga in Goa where we enjoy an overnight stop. The Portuguese colonial architecture of Old Goa and the UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter highlight India’s European heritage. For a total contrast, we spend the next two days exploring Mumbai. Busy does not even begin to describe the city, however, it has far too many attractions to pass up – towering skyscrapers, colourful bazaars, religious sites and the vibrant film industry known as ‘Bollywood’. From Mumbai it’s on to Muscat after spending two days at sea. Each night we return to Boudicca for an evening meal the chance to discuss the day over a drink.


  • Outbound economy class flights from London Heathrow to Phuket via Bangkok, returning with Thai Airways from Mumbai International
  • One hotel night in Phuket
  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
  • Tips to the ship’s restaurant staff
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. At the time of writing Fred Olsen offer various packages from £16 for 30 minutes to £84 for unlimited access on a 14-day cruise. Please ask for more details at the Reception Desk on the ship.
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 to 2

Fly to Phuket

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Departing from London Heathrow, we fly overnight to Phuket via Bangkok. On arrival mid-morning, we enjoy a short city tour around Phuket town, followed by an early lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, we transfer to Ao Makham Phuket Deep Sea Port Co to board Boudicca, our luxury floating hotel for the next 14 nights.

Day 3

Exploring Phuket

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

For our second day in Phuket, we explore the western areas which include a private speed boat to Hong Island, where stunning natural landscapes await. Here we enjoy some delicious food on the floating Restaurant on Panyee Island. Delving into the big screen, we also swing by James Bond Island (Khao Tapoo) to discover where they filmed ‘The man with the Golden Gun’. We also visit Khao Ping Kan (leaning rock) with some free time to relax and swim in on the beach at Naka or Lawa Island – don’t forget your swimwear.

Please note: Both the itinerary and timings on day three are subject to change depending on the timetable of the tides and weather conditions.

Day 4

Exploring Sabang Sumatra

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The small island of Weh (commonly referred to as Sabang) is our first port of call and is the most westerly island in the Indonesian archipelago. With a local guide, we explore the city of Sabang, Anak Laut Lake and visit Merauke – The Zero Kilometre Monument. Later in the day we visit the Iboih villages adjacent to Rubiah Sea Garden and nature reserve of Weh Island.

Day 5 to 6

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have two days at sea to relax and reminisce of our time spent in Thailand and Indonesia, but with so much more to see and do, it’s not over yet. There is plenty of time to enjoy the onboard facilities including fitness classes, gym, fascinating lectures, or possibly a spa treatment. Of course, there is no pressure to keep busy at all and you may be happier relaxing in one of the lounges or on deck with a book or getting to know your travelling companions more.

Day 7

Exploring Colombo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The city of Colombo is next on our hit list, nestled in the southwest corner of Sri Lanka. Back on dry land, we enjoy a guided tour to get our bearings. Included are visits to a classical Buddhist Temple by Beira Lake and a two hour walk in the residential area through parks, tree shaded streets, past the colonial Town Hall and the beautifully restored Arcade Building. We stop briefly for a refreshment at the famous Gymkhana Club before proceeding to the iconic Independence Square. We meander around Colombo’s commercial district, better known as ‘The Fort‘, and visit Pettah via the Red Mosque, which is bustling and noisy, but has a colourful bazaar. We return to the ship for dinner.

Day 8

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Day eight is a day at sea to wind down and enjoy the facilities, as Boudicca sets sail towards the southern Indian city of Kochi.

Day 9

Exploring Kochi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend the day ashore in Kochi, also known as Cochin, and the capital of the state of Kerala. Set on a magnificent estuary, peaceful Kochi has been drawing traders, explorers and travelers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India will we find such an intriguing blend: Chinese fishing nets, a 450-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese- and Dutch-era houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. For our guided tour today, we drive to Alleppey for a visit to Fort Kochi, the chance to walk around St. Francis Church, and see the quintessential Chinese nets. One of bucket list items in Alleppey is the chance to enjoy a cruise along the backwaters by boat and absorb the most wonderful scenery, as well as dine on a traditional lunch, tea and snacks.

Day 10

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Another day at sea to relax and enjoy the facilities of Boudicca as she sails east towards Mormugao, in Goa.

Day 11

Mormugao, Goa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

There is so much to discover during our time in Mormugao. Pristine beaches, majestic hills, a wonderful climate and breathtaking panoramas of Goa Island. Continuing towards Old Goa, we arrive in Panaji city for a walking tour along famous Fontainhas and the Latin Quarters. Upon arrival, we visit the Arch of Viceroy, Church of St. Cajetan and Basilica of Bom and the Hindu Mangeshi Temple. We now enjoy a guided tour of a spice plantation, followed by an authentic Goan lunch, which is sure to set your taste buds alive.

Day 12 to 13

Exploring Mumbai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The next port on our hit list is Mumbai, where we have plenty of time to explore this chaotic city. Formerly known as Bombay, it’s full of stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants, fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires), and people everywhere you turn. It has India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums (as well as the world’s most expensive home) and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicenter and a pulse point of religious tension. Arriving early afternoon, we have a time to relax on board of Boudicca, but the day doesn’t end there. After dinner on the ship we take a coach to Mumbai in the evening to watch a Bollywood film or go for a wander around the Promenade. Whilst the movie is in Hindi (without English subtitles), it is a wonderful experience with the opportunity to see an aspect of the country so entrenched within Indian culture. The following day we travel by boat to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Elephanta, a collection of caves predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. We return to the city in the afternoon for a guided tour including the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus Station, the Prince of Wales museum, Ghandi Bhavan, the Hanging Gardens, Dhobvi Ghat, and if time allows, to Colaba Causeway for the last shopping.

Day 14 to 15

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have two days to relax as Boudicca drifts away from India towards our final stop in Muscat. We have time to relax and enjoy the sunshine as we reflect on our experiences so far. A full programme of evening entertainment awaits including cabaret shows, comedy and live music, this will be displayed in the daily newsletter.

Day 16

Exploring Muscat and return flight back to UK

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sadly, we must say goodbye to Boudicca and our cruise and walk adventure, but before that, we still have time to explore Muscat. We visit the Muttrah Souq an old-fashioned bazaar and drive to the Grand Mosque, followed by a short break at the local café. Finally, we transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK at 12:40.

Day 17 to 18

Arrival back in UK

From (GBP)£4,175

Departure dates for your selected tour

10th Feb 2021 - 27th Feb 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with Thai Airways from London Heathrow to Phuket via Bangkok. Return with Oman Air from Muscat, Oman to London Heathrow. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add-on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

This cruise begins with an overnight hotel stay in Phuket, Thailand.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Deevana Plaza Phuket Patong

We're awaiting further details on the accommodation on this holiday, please contact us for more information. 

Boudicca (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory. If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade.

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Boudicca operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Boudicca is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

The described walks assume that the weather will be good and that the ship will keep to the planned schedule. We may have to change the walks if the ship’s schedule changes or there is poor weather.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Fred Olsen Paying On Board

The currency on board ship is sterling. A credit account system is operated onboard allowing bar drinks, wine in restaurants, laundry charges, purchases from the shop and any other incidental expenses to be automatically charged to your account. You will be required to register a debit or credit card at check-in against which to charge your onboard account. At the time of writing there is no charge for payment by credit or debit card. Onboard accounts can be settled in cash, however, a debit or credit card must still be registered at check-in to secure the on-board account balance.

The following credit cards are accepted: Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Fred. Olsen also accepts Visa debit cards but is unable to accept American Express, Solo, and Electron, travel agent debit cards or traveller’s cheque cards.

The ship operates a Bureau de Change onboard, where currency can be purchased or sold subject to local currency restrictions. All major currencies are stocked based on the cruise destinations with no commission charge and competitive rates.

Entrance Fees

Whilst sightseeing plays a part in our itinerary, no entrances to museums or monuments are planned, and therefore no entrance fees are included in the price of the holiday.

Currency in Thailand

Thai Baht (THB) can be obtained from hotels or banks in the larger cities. Stirling is widely exchangeable but US Dollars are more readily accepted. There are banks in major cities with ATM machines but these cannot be relied upon.

Currency in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Rupee. 
Please note the Rupee is not available to purchase outside Sri Lanka. Most major banks will allow Visa and Mastercard cash withdrawals. There are ATMs in major towns and cities but not all of them accept international cards. 
Sterling cash can be exchanged but make sure any notes you bring are in pristine condition. Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes are not exchangeable in Sri Lanka.

Currency in India

The currency in India is the Rupee (Rs). It is not usually possible to buy or sell Indian currency outside India.  All prices in India will be listed in Rupees. It is possible  to exchange small amounts of cash (take some cash with you - US Dollars and Sterling being the easiest ) and the larger towns have banks with ATMs where you can withdraw Rupees (ensure your debit card is linked with Visa or Mastercard). If in doubt, check with your bank prior to travel that you will able to withdraw cash in India.

Tipping

Fred. Olsen operates a system whereby the recommended level of gratuities will be automatically added to guests’ onboard accounts at the end of the cruise. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays include the tips for the dining room waiters but £2.50 per guest per day will be added to all onboard accounts for cabin stewards. Anyone wishing to vary the amount given can do so via reception and guests are free to remove the charge from their onboard account and tip the relevant staff in the traditional ‘envelope & cash’ method if they prefer.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Fred Olsen Holiday and Passport Info

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from the date you return from the cruise and have enough spare pages to accept immigration stamps/visas. Ramblers Walking Holidays will not be held responsible for any guest refused entry to a country/countries for non-compliance with the above, and passage will be refused to any guest at point of embarkation with insufficient passport validity. We would suggest a minimum of four clear pages excluding pages required for any visas you are required to apply for in advance of sailing. It is also a requirement of all immigration authorities that your passport is not damaged in any way or has no missing pages - we strongly recommend you check the condition of your passport prior to travel.

Meals

So, what’s on the menu? One certainty is that no one on board the ship will ever go hungry. All meals are included, and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

We’ll take our lunches on board on cruising days and the choice is yours: sample the ample buffet in the restaurant, see what’s on offer in the informal café or choose an alfresco poolside affair. When we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

Dinner is a sumptuous five course feast. The choices are many, and the food is excellent. The menus are varied and mouth-watering, freshly cooked by award-winning chefs. Special diets such as fat-free, vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be catered for. Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 6.15pm to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Wine can be pre-ordered from the Maître’d, over the interactive intranet in your cabin, or at the table.

If this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late-night suppers to indulge in! We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

Complimentary tea and coffee can be found aboard the ship throughout the day, usually in the informal café. Other drinks must be purchased but the prices are very reasonable. No alcoholic drinks purchased ashore may be taken aboard the ship for consumption during the cruise.

If you have any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, gluten/wheat-free, dairy-free/soya, vegetarian, vegan, or low fat please advise us at the time of booking or no later than 14 weeks prior to departure.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Cruising Attire

Daywear

Daytime wear is casual with comfortable shoes for walking around deck. A lightweight jacket or coat is recommended for the early evening when the sun sets. You may also like to take a towel and swimwear as Black Watch has two small swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Towels are provided at the poolside should you forget your own. During the day casual wear is allowed in the restaurant but not swimwear.

Evening attire

During your cruise, there will be formal and smart casual evenings. On formal evenings, gentlemen are encouraged to wear ‘black tie’, although a dark suit and tie will suffice, with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. On smart casual evenings, men can wear open-necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women dress or trousers and a top.

Conservative Dress in Oman

Oman is a conservative country, and foreigners are received more respectfully when they dress modestly.

In general, and especially at religious sites, men should wear long trousers, with shoulders and upper arms covered, while ladies should cover the nape of their necks and should wear trousers or below the knee skirts. Women may want to bring a large headscarf to completely cover their head when visiting mosques and it can also be very useful in a sandstorm.

Dressing with local sensibilities in mind will allow you to be received more respectfully. Your leader will advise you in briefings if you will be visiting religious sites.

Prescribed Medicines

Some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK are banned substances in Oman.  If you are travelling to Oman with prescription drugs, you should carry a copy of the prescription. If you have any queries, you are advised to check well in advance with Oman's Ministry of Health. Their website is www.moh.gov.om

India Modest Dress

As in most Asian countries, modesty of dress is sensible.  Very short shorts are considered improper in some areas and women should exercise caution when exposing the upper arms or shoulders as this can cause offence. A lightweight shawl can be a useful item for women.  Men should also dress modestly, long trousers and a loose shirt are often more acceptable than shorts and a T-shirt.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity on Board

The voltage on board is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Staying Healthy Onboard

Although most cruises experience calm seas, there is always the possibility of heavy weather. It is possible in these circumstances that some clients may be susceptible to sea-sickness. You may wish to consider packing some travel motion sickness medication which can greatly reduce any symptoms. Please liaise with your local pharmacist or doctor for advice regarding particular medication.

Whilst none of the walks is difficult you need to be comfortable walking over uneven and occasionally steep ground to enjoy them to the full.

Network and Centre website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, the NHS Fit for Travel website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and the Foreign Office Travel Advice website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or a local travel health clinic.

Air Pollution

Cities may at times experience periods of poor air quality. If you suffer from a respiratory condition you may wish to seek advice from your doctor prior to travel.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

We cannot stress enough the importance of good quality, comprehensive cruise insurance. Insurance is a mandatory requirement for all customers travelling on board. If for any reason you are yet to do so, please contact Ramblers Walking Holidays.

We do not insist that you insure with us, but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance. Your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader will ask for this information locally and you will not be able to join our walking and activity programme without this information.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday. It is vital that you have disclosed all pre-existing medical conditions to your insurer. Please see our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Safety Onboard

Naturally, the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is always our highest priority. We would therefore like to reassure you that when in certain ‘hot spots’ around the world, additional and robust security measures are put in place. Whereas you will appreciate that we cannot divulge these plans we would like to pre-advise that additional safety drills will take place prior to reaching these waters and it may be necessary to close the portholes of lower deck cabins whilst in areas considered to be at a higher threat level. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.

Cultural Awareness

Fred Olsen Plastic Policy

The use of single-use plastics on board Fred Olsen ships has been stopped wherever possible, including the banning of plastic straws, cocktail sticks, stirrers, cutlery and take away coffee cups. In addition, their officers and crew always consider how they can reduce the use of plastic further. All waste is collected, sorted and discharged by the ship’s staff following strict environmental regulatory requirements. This waste is subsequently landed ashore to approved recycling and receiving operators. The only waste that is discharged at sea is commuted food waste and wastewater.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

UAE Laws and Customs

UAE laws and customs are very different to those in the UK and, although a welcoming and generally liberal Gulf destination, it is possible for the unwary to inadvertently offend local sensitivities. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with and respect local laws and customs, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/ for full travel advice.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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India

  • Capital

    New Delhi

  • Currency

    Indian Rupee

  • Language

    Hindi; English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +05:30

  • Flight duration

    9.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • February

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 17mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 22mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • May

    30°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • June

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 197mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 308mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 274mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 182mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • December

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

Oman

  • Capital

    Muscat

  • Currency

    Omani Rial

  • Language

    Arabic

  • Time Difference

    UTC +04:00

  • Flight duration

    7hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • February

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • April

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

  • May

    31°C

    Avg. Rain: 7mm

  • June

    32°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • July

    32°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    31°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • September

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • November

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • December

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 8mm

Sri Lanka

  • Capital

    Colombo

  • Currency

    Sri Lankan Rupee

  • Language

    Sinhala; Tamil

  • Time Difference

    UTC +05:30

  • Flight duration

    11hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • March

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 88mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 155mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 180mm

  • June

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 101mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 133mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 265mm

  • November

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 288mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 212mm

Thailand

  • Capital

    Bangkok

  • Currency

    Thai Baht

  • Language

    Thai

  • Time Difference

    UTC +07:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • February

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 23mm

  • March

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 41mm

  • April

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • May

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 184mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 177mm

  • July

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 196mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 219mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 253mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 191mm

  • November

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

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