Authentic Experiences

Authentic Experiences

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 experienced local guides to accompany our tour 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.

 

Experience Something Different

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.

 

Off the Beaten Track

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.

 

And Before You Go

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, Safety & Security pages for more information on your holiday destination.

 

Holiday Expectations

Being made up of groups of individuals, it's quite common for your travelling companions to have slightly different expectations of what they wish to get our of the holiday. Your tour leader will endeavour to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their holiday whilst still adhering to the advertised arrangements.

Although we provide advice and information to inform you of the nature of your destination and holiday arrangements, we recommend that you do some independent research on the places visited on the itinerary and the local conditions you might expect so that you can get the most out of your holiday.

 

Local Conditions

Many of our holiday take place in mountainous, remote or wild environments where weather, abnormal climatic conditions or other local conditions and circumstances may necessitate us to change or suspend our planned and advertised holiday arrangements.

 

Travel & Technology

Mobile Phones

Please provide us with a mobile phone number to enable us to contact you at the very last minute or during your holiday - particularly during your outward travel.

Please also ensure that your phone is switched on and with you when heading to the airport or if you are delayed en route.

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.

 

Travel Blogs

For holiday inspiration and some authentic experiences with Ramblers Walking Holidays, take a look at our Travel Blogs.

Bear in mind though that holiday arrangements do change from time to time, so the but the itineraries described in the blogs may differ from those currently advertised, but they certainly give a good flavour of the sort of thing your likely to experience when visiting the highlighted destinations

 

Destination Blogs

Area

Blog Title

Holiday

Author

       

Andorra

Hiking in Andorra

Hiking in Andorra

Stewart Ramsden

Central Asia

In Search of the Silk Road

In Search of the Silk Road

Susan Chan

Costa Rica

Meeting the President

Natural Costa Rica

Susan Chan

Cuba

Cuban Ramblings

Natural Colourful Cuba...

David Allard

France

Taking the Lead in Corsica

Calvi - Corsica

Alf Robertson

Indochina

Experience Indochina

Exploring Indochina

Allan Hartley

Italy

A trail through Ancient Tuscany

A trail through Ancient Tuscany

David Kay

Italy

Sorrento Peninsula

The Sorrento Peninsula

Marilyn Rowley

Namibia

Exploring Namibia

Namibia

Gemma Higgs

Spain

Finding La Palma

La Palma

Al & Jane Sarjeant

Spain

Puerto de Soller

Puerto de Soller

Annette Leishman

UK

Follow the acorn, sweet cariad...

Offa's Dyke Path

Tess Haynes

UK

Pilates & Walking in the Dales

Pilates & Walking in the Dales

Ann-Louise Maidlow

UK

Love in the Lakes

Women's Activity Week

Jody Woolcock

UK

Women's Activity Week

Women's Activity Week

Anthea Yabsley

UK

Women's Activity Week

Women's Activity Week

Gillian Thornton

 

General Travel Blogs

Subject

Blog Title

On the Website

Author

       

Experiential Travel

An experience not to be missed

Experiential Holidays

Gemma Higgs

Experiential Travel

A Culinary Adventure

 

Helen Nelson

Responsible Travel

Giving Back

Heart & Sole

Helen Nelson

 

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