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Beautiful Barbados

from £2375
 Relaxed walking, cultural heritage and rum punches – all from a beach side hotel in colourful Barbados.

Guided Walking Holidays - Beautiful Barbados

Barbados days are definitely taken at a slower pace. No one rushes and easing into this mindset is the best way to experience the island. Calypso and steel bands, rum punch, and cricket played on every spare patch of ground provide the cultural backdrop to your holiday, while the people of Barbados, known as Bajans, are both welcoming and friendly.

With a climate that varies little throughout the year, thanks in part to the cooling trade winds, the exotic island of Barbados with its white, palm fringed beaches, old plantation houses, botanical gardens and relatively unspoiled interior is one of the jewels of the Caribbean.

We’ll enjoy relaxed walks exploring villages, walking the rugged coastline and golden beaches in the north and east of the island and in the central highlands, with its rolling hills and gullies, you’ll also find interesting flora and fauna. Remember to keep an eye open for the green monkeys and migratory birds.

Our heritage visits include walking tours, the islands lively capital, Bridgetown and the Garrison area with its fascinating fort. On other days we spend our time visiting old plantation houses, sugar mills and the Botanical Gardens for which Barbados is famous.

Being a British colony, much of the island’s heritage is inherited from this time. We’ll discover how the parishes, place names as well as forts and grand houses all have a very familiar feel. Our holiday is based at a small, beach-side hotel complex at Worthing, on the south west coast of the island, with its own pool and large terrace for sun-downers.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the island’s heritage with visits to plantations houses, museums, signal stations and distilleries.
  • Ride a glass-bottomed boat and snorkel with views of coral reefs.
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens, for which Barbados is famous.
  • Wander the bustling streets of Bridgetown with its fascinating fort and museum.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Bridgetown (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotels
      Seven dinners taken at the hotel and local restaurants
      All entrance fees
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 3

  1. Day 1

    Depart London Gatwick to Bridgetown, Barbados. On arrival, transfer by road to the Blue Orchids Beach Hotel/Coral Mist Beach Hotel in Worthing.

  2. Day 2

    Exploration of Bridgetown seeing the fine cathedral, synagogue and St Marys Church. Saturday is usually market day which gives the town an extra buzz.

  3. Day 3

    Explore the East Coast including Bathsheba, one of the oldest settlements of the island and Andromeda Botanical Gardens - claimed to be the finest in the Caribbean. Descent 100m; 3 miles; 2.5 hours.

  4. Day 4

    Heritage Day - Today we visit Sunbury Plantation house and gardens, which has been restored with original furnishings. A snack lunch is included at Sunbury before we visit a rum distillery with time for a tasting!

  5. Day 5

    We head up to Speightstown today to discover the West Coast with a walk on the Arbib Trail with a local guide, who will give us a good insight into island life. This afternoon you may wish to take an optional glass bottom boat trip to view the coral reefs and turtles or a visit to the Folkestone Marine Museum. Ascent/descent; 50m; 4.5 miles 2.5 hours

  6. Day 6

    Garrison Day – a walking tour of the former garrison area including Military Cemetery, St Anne’s Fort and the excellent Museum of Barbados History which is housed in a former prison. The afternoon is at leisure and tonight we experience the Oistin’s Friday Fish Night!

  7. Day 7

    North Coast - We enjoy a walk on the North Coast today from North Point to Cove Bay and include a visit to Hunte’s Gardens, a delightful garden that will please even the most keen gardeners and enthusiasts! Ascent/descent negligible; 3-4.5 miles; 2-3 hours

  8. Day 8

    We head to Silver Sands for a morning walk along the more rugged and wind-swept South coast. The afternoon is free for possible catamaran rides, glass bottom boat trips or other visits of personal choice.

  9. Day 9

    Gardens & Gullies - In the Central Highlands we’ll visit the Flower Forest Botanical Gardens and take a walk in Welchman Hall Gully. Tonight we’ll enjoy the Manager’s Cocktail reception at the hotel before dinner.

  10. Day 10

    North Central - A visit to St Nicholas Abbey, one of the oldest Plantation Houses on the island, gives the opportunity to see sugar cane crushing before enjoying a lovely walk via Cherry Tree Hill to the Morgan Lewis Windmill. We also visit Farley Hill National Park, which offers some of the best views on the island.

  11. Day 11

    A relaxed morning before the transfer in the late afternoon to Bridgetown Airport for our return flight to London.

  12. Day 12

    Arrive London

Travel Details

  • Flights: Gatwick-Bridgetown, British Airways.
  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • For these holidays we do not offer regional flights with airport to hotel transfers but there is a wide choice of regional flights operating from the UK which you may choose to book independently. We can offer lots of advice regarding easy transport options to/from your resort.
  • We can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Blue Orchids Beach Hotel

We stay at the beachside Blue Orchids Hotel and its sister property, the Coral Mist Hotel. The two hotels are adjacent to one another and our party may be split between the two. The friendliness and work ethic of the staff is mentioned time and time again in reviews of the Blue Orchids Hotel, and this combined with its wonderful setting on the white sand beach makes for a great stay. You can enjoy a drink on the loungers by the pool with views out to sea, or unwind whilst being served the best of Caribbean cuisine for dinner. Balconies in the bedrooms overlook the postcard white sand beach and azure seas. Air conditioning, TVs, en-suite bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi make can all be found in the clean rooms as well.

Coral Mist Beach Hotel

Like the Blue Orchids, the Coral Mist has panoramic views over the Atlantic and is metres away from the white sand beach. There is an outdoor pool, friendly and helpful staff, and a restaurant and bar for Caribbean food and cocktails. Clean and simple rooms come with air conditioning, TVs, en-suite bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi.