The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Relaxed walking, cultural heritage and rum punches – all from a beach side hotel in colourful Barbados.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 45650
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.
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.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Depart London Gatwick to Bridgetown, Barbados. On arrival, transfer by road to the Blue Orchids Beach Hotel/Coral Mist Beach Hotel in Worthing.
Transfer Time = 30m
Exploration of Bridgetown seeing the fine cathedral, synagogue and St Marys Church.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
A relaxed morning before the transfer in the late afternoon to Bridgetown Airport for our return flight to London.
Departure dates for your selected tour
14th Nov 2021 - 24th Nov 2021 (10 Nights)
23rd Dec 2021 - 2nd Jan 2022 (10 Nights)
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.
We stay at the beachside Blue Orchids Hotel and its sister property, the Coral Mist Hotel. located on Worthing Beach, in the south of the island, with easy access to Bridgetown and St Lawrence Gap. The two hotels are adjacent to one another and our party may be split between the two. Both hotels enjoy panoramic views over the Atlantic and are only metres away from the white sandy beach. There is an outdoor pool freshwater swimming pool with terrace and lounge area, Fitness centre, and an ocean front restaurant and bar for Caribbean food and cocktails. All rooms include ensuite facilities and have:
- Fully equipped kitchenette
- Air conditioning
- Hair dryer
- Coffee maker
A laid back walking holiday would be the only natural selection for Barbados, where taking time in the day to see the sights and enjoy a local rum punch is as important as putting one foot in front of the other.
Our Grade 3 suits this country perfectly with beach side walks, town exploration and garden visits mean a couple of hours walking and a lovely balance of time to relax and explore further in your own time each afternoon. After all this is the Caribbean!
Walks average 2 – 4hrs with very minimal ascent/descent. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 200m.
Much of the walking on this holiday is done on good trails and paths, however, some can be rough and stony underfoot, particularly along coral cliffs. The Barbados National Trust does make a charge for maintenance for some of the trails that we may use. The cost is included in your holiday price but if you are a member of the National Trust in the UK, we ask that you bring your membership card with you. There will be some free time during the holiday and your leader will discuss this with you.
Local transport costs and entrance fees, in order to complete the outlined walking programme, are included in the holiday price. Many of our visits including the botanical gardens, plantation houses, distillery and abbeys include local, knowledgeable guides. Any optional excursions taken will be at additional cost. The glass-bottom boat trip for example currently costs approx B$70 per person plus transport.
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.
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.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Barbados
Barbados Dollar (BBD). US Dollars are also widely accepted. Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants and there are ATM facilities available throughout the main centres on the island.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
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.
Flights are from London Gatwick to Bridgetown Barbados and return with British Airways.
The transfer from the airport to the hotel is by road and takes approximately 30 minutes.
Please note that airlines now require your passport details prior to check in. This is to comply with entry requirements to Barbados.
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.
Regional Flights (R1). We do not offer regional flights with airport to hotel transfers on this holiday, but there is a wide choice of regional flights operating from the UK which you may choose to book independently.
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.
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.
Passport Information for Barbados
A passport is required for travel to Barbados which should be valid for the duration of your stay. It is always sensible however to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure. UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Barbados for stays up to six months.
All breakfasts and seven dinners are provided on this holiday. Dinner is at the hotel on the first night and your leader will advise you which other nights the dinners will be arranged and which nights you are free to make your own dinner arrangements. There are many restaurants to choose from close to the hotel and in nearby St Lawrence Gap, which offer a wide choice of cuisine.
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.
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:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
This holiday will give the chance to relax and have free time at the beach so please feel free to bring snorkelling equipment.
The Caribbean has a typical tropical climate with high temperatures and plenty of rainfall, which is why the islands are so lush. There is little seasonal variation in temperature due to the islands location near the equator, but the seasons are determined by the amount of rainfall, and consist of rainy (generally June to October/November), and dry (generally December to May) seasons.
During the wet season, rainfall is usually in the form of short, but heavy, bursts with a high increase in humidity, while the dry season’s rain showers are generally lighter and the humidity is not so intense. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 30°C all year round.
With high temperatures and humidity, you will want to dress for comfort. Light cotton t-shirts, shorts, skirts and trousers are ideal for the day, especially ones that are quick drying so you can rinse them out to use again (saves on packing too!). For the evenings, smart casual attire is fine.
The Caribbean can occasionally experience short, sharp, heavy periods of rain that can occur without warning, leaving trails wet and streams higher than normal. When this happens, for some trails we may need to change the plan at short notice or, for more straightforward trails, it has been very useful in the past to don water/aqua-shoes for short sections where lying water is higher than boot level. These shoes can also be useful in and around rocky areas like waterfalls, for people with sensitive feet when getting in and out of water. It is also useful to carry a small, light towel. You may feel that waterproof trousers are not needed.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Barbados
Electricity in Barbados is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. You will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
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 & More
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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.
Health Advice for Barbados
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Barbados.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You might like to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Hepatitis B.
Dengue fever and Zika virus and Chikungunya virus also exist in Barbados; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
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.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. 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.
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.
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.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
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.
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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