We’ll show you the world as it really is: not as a tourist, but as a traveller, and get you closer to the feel of what it is to be a local. You won’t be insulated from the world you’re visiting by a coach window.
Ramblers Walking Holidays has been operating walking holidays since 1946, and our unrivalled range of itineraries and destinations means that you can count on us to deliver an experience that is both magical and exceptional. It’s our passion for experiencing the world ‘up close and personal’ that keeps people walking our way.
You’ll see more than just the ‘must see’ sights and highlights. We’ll also show you the very best of the area by foot, and you’ll take in the local sights, cultures and contrasts on and off the tourist trail – not to mention some good local cooking!
The stresses and strains of modern living rarely leave us a chance to enjoy the outdoors, so a walking holiday offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A bit of exercise in the fresh air, in wonderful locations, ensures that you return home relaxed, revitalised and energised.
Travelling in small groups, you will be taken off the beaten track by our expert leaders who will immerse you in cultures and landscapes in a way that no other walking company does. In many of our long-haul destinations, we employ and train local guides to accompany our leaders, and they provide invaluable insights into their native culture and surroundings.
On our walking holidays, you’ll stay in hand-picked accommodation appropriate to your destination, from family-run guesthouses, mountain huts or campsites to comfortable city hotels and properties with something particularly outstanding about them; see our Special Selection Hotels for examples. On our ‘Cruise & Walk’ holidays, naturally you’ll enjoy the accommodation and facilities of your cruise ship.
If you have a particular hobby or area of expertise, you will be able to absorb yourself in it on one of our Special Interest holidays, on which you can hunt orchids, spot birds, enjoy cookery lessons or experience Christmas somewhere new.
Travel overseas and you’ll encounter different cultures, standards, behaviour and values. A four hour flight can take you not only to a different country, but to experience something wholly foreign to what you’re used to at home.
It's easy to find yourself out of your comfort zone, to be shocked - and exhilarated; this is part of the reason to get on the aeroplane in the first place - to have the chance to experience different sights, different food cooked and served in different ways, different ways of living and of life, different clashes between affluence and poverty.
It’s good to experience the best of what a country has to offer, but it’s also good to try simpler accommodation, food from local restaurants and markets where possible to get a closer feel for what it is to live in the place that is you holiday destination.
On some trekking holidays you might have to wash with a flannel in your tent, in alpine huts share simple facilities and shower under a cold or lukewarm water and in many destinations eat with locals with wildly different standards of hygiene. You might not be able to get as clean as you would at home; it may be difficult to avoid an incidence of stomach upset at some point during your holiday. It’s all a part of the experience and your discovery of what’s different and special around the world.
Some of our holidays have a Pioneer grading to particularly highlight more adventurous and off the beaten track holidays where you’re likely to experience some culture shock, basic local conditions and facilities, poor roads and itineraries likely to be modified at short notice.
A little time to read up on your destination may give you a much better feel for what to expect on your holiday and ensure that you get the most out of it. Guidebooks, travelogues or postings on our blog pages can all give a different perspective on your destination.
Getting some understanding of local culture and customs together with a few words of the local language can go a long way and allow you to engage more with the locals and local life.
Don’t forget to look at our Passport & Visas and Travel Health pages for more information on your holiday destination.