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Islands In The Caribbean

Providing the perfect escape, the Caribbean islands offer more than just rainforests, tropical wildlife, colonial cities, blue skies, sandy beaches, and salsa. You will also discover incredible walking trails, colourful cities, and stunning views from both land and sea as you travel the Spanish Main of pirate legend.

From£3,399

  • Dominican Republic

    Antigua

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  • 16, 17 nights
  • Pioneer

    Sightseeing

  • Jan

    Feb

    Dec

Moderate

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Tour codes: 88000

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore a range of Caribbean islands and ports on foot, typically unobtainable without the convenience of a smaller cruise ship.
  • Enjoy the comfort of onboard ship services throughout including meals, pools, sports and leisure facilities, entertainment, and relaxation deck when resting the legs.
  • Discover a multitude of different experiences including coastal walks, bird watching, plantation houses, diverse national parks, mangroves, rainforest and desert cacti, golden sand tropical beaches, plus a wealth of history and culture.
  • An RWH tour leader throughout and local guides in most ports for specialist insights and additional support.
  • A series of well-established walks so you can uncover the diversity of the Caribbean, because the world is more beautiful on foot.

These fly-cruises visit the sun-kissed Caribbean islands and are consistently popular amongst our customers. They offer each person the chance to discover the sheer diversity of each area from rainforests and national parks, to wildlife, tropical beaches, and colonial cities. All the while enjoying winter sun and an exotic cocktail or two. Although this tour is Grade 4, some walks can be graded as Grade 3. Please see our 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information so you can be sure that each walk is within your capability. All walks are subject to change. Details for each walking grade are found below:

Grade 3 (easy) - 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.

Grade 4 (moderate) – Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to adjust the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate

SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:
 

Barbados – Walk through the lush tropical worlds of Welchman’s Hall Gully and Andromeda Gardens. Visit the National Museum housed in a former prison and Gun Hill Signal station for its fantastic views and perhaps enjoy a flying fish sandwich lunch at Sunbury Plantation House.

Antigua – Expert insights and hiking with a local guide as we summit Signal Hill with incredible 360-degree views over the south side of the island. Visit the cultural heritage site of Nelson’s Dockyard.

Grenada – Enjoy a classic Caribbean experience in Grenada’s southern peninsula. Colourful houses, exotic trees and fauna, an idyllic beach and swimming opportunities await as well as time to explore the capital of St George’s.

St Kitts – With a local guide, explore the Valley of the Giants on foot, so called because of the huge rainforest trees. Stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik factory, with wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coastline.

St Maarten – A cultural melting pot of Dutch and French heritage. Walk with a guide around the northern tip of the island along the ‘Sentier des Froussards’ with outstanding views, plus the chance to view endangered cacti such as ‘tête à l’anglais’. Swimming opportunities to round off the afternoon.

Havana, Cuba -   Experience Havana with a guided tour of the four leafy plazas of old Havana and it’s cobbled streets, before continuing through the city using it’s famous open-top taxis.

Tobago - With a local guide we travel to the main ridge of Tobago and walk along the Gilpin Trace trail, well known for its fantastic and colourful bird watching to reveal yet another side to Caribbean life.

Bonaire - We visit Washington Slagbaai National Park and explore on foot, plus spend time in the capital of Kralendijk, discovering the bustling outdoor craft and eclectic produce market.

Aruba & Curaçao – Why choose one when we can visit both islands! Located off the coast of Venezuela and surrounded by an intricate coral reef and year-round climate. Two different walks within Arikok National Park reveal an old adobe farmhouse and underground cave network, both guided by an experienced park ranger.

St Lucia – Delve into a more remote side of the island and hike accompanied by the local guide. Visit the village of Anse La Raye for a real slice of St Lucia, and swimming opportunities to cool down afterwards. 

Tortola – Head for the capital of the British Virgin Islands where we enjoy a coastal walk with our local guide, finishing with swimming and rum punches at Smugglers Cove. In the afternoon, we visit the Botanical Gardens which are recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Dominican Republic – With a local guide, we walk the cobbled streets lined with 15th and 16th century buildings that retrace the city’s unique history and immerse ourselves in the real Dominican countryside experience in the open-air safari truck.


Please note, ports of call are subject to change between departure dates and not all ports will be found on each trip. It is therefore important to check the individual tour date itinerary proposal for the details of your cruise. 

  • Outbound economy class flights with British Airways and Iberia Airlines from London Gatwick or Heathrow to Barbados or Dominican Republic. Flights return from Barbados or Dominican Republic to London Gatwick or Heathrow. See individual itineraries.
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs.
  • Personalised afternoon tea with a view onboard.
  • Service of an RWH tour leader throughout plus local guides in most ports to provide specialist support and insights.
  • One hotel night in Bridgetown, Barbados or in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus most lunches
  • Complimentary tea and coffee onboard throughout.
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board.
  • Tips for the ship’s restaurant staff.
  • All drinks on board
  • Excursions not included in the programme, or Fred Olsen shore activities available for purchase on board.
  • 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 leader may suggest entering a site or monument where there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this.
  • Discretionary gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Lunch on Day 2 of the holiday

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

Fly to Santo Domingo

Meals

Dinner

Departure from London Heathrow via Madrid to Santo Domingo. On arrival in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic late morning you will be transferred by coach to the Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando Hotel. After checking in there should be time for an initial stroll around this ‘first city’ of the New World. Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Countryside experience near Santo Domingo and boarding Braemar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Before boarding Braemar we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open air safari truck. We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation where we visit a small village and learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the fields. We continue our journey to the beautiful village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. There’s also a treat for the taste buds with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing in Santo Domingo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Before leaving Santo Domingo we have a walking tour of the city with a local guide. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace. We plan to board Braemar in the early afternoon again.

Day 4

Cruising to Colombia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the Christmas Day at sea. The ship is decorated in a festive way and the crew always rise to the occasion. Besides special Christmas events there is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee, a book from the library or to reflect on our journey so far.

Day 5

Walking & Sightseeing in Cartagena de Indias

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Cartagena is an exquisitely beautiful city, one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Americas. In the old walled town the narrow streets are a riot of colourful colonial buildings with lush greenery bursting from the balconies. With a local guide, we visit the La Popa Monastery for 360º degree views over the city and the sea, San Felipe Fortress, and in the ‘Ciudad Vieja’ the Church of San Pedro Claver and the handicraft zone of Bovedas. This is not a city you are likely to forget!

Day 6

Cruising to the southern Caribbean

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A further day at sea as we cross the Caribbean towards Kralendijk on Bonaire.

Day 7

Exploring Bonaire

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire, a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea. Colourful architecture and an unusually hot year-round temperature await however, we aim to disembark early to avoid most of the heat. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, wear a hat and use high factor sun lotion, all essential to make your day enjoyable. 

After an hour’s drive, we reach Washington Slagbaai National Park where we walk the Lagadishi Walking Trail. This is a great way to observe the island’s wildlife including flamingos and iguanas. The terrain is very desert like and as a result a variety of succulents can be found. The two-hour long walk takes us past sand dunes and mangroves, deeply pitted with sinkholes and salt pans. This open space trail has almost no shade, but you will be rewarded at the end with a beautiful pristine beach to cool down on.

Local regulations are that no food can be taken off the ship, so we aim to return to the ship for a late lunch. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an orientation sightseeing walk around the town of Kralendijk where you have the option of also visiting Bonaire Museum (at own expense), failing that you can take a taxi to the beach or enjoy down time. 

Day 8

Exploring Curaçao

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Curaçao has a dry climate and the landscape is somewhat barren. However, many plants have adapted to life on the island, and there is interesting and colourful wildlife as well. On arrival in Willemstad a coach will take us to Caracas Bay – we walk around the bay viewing the historical remains, including the old Quarantine Hospital and the Dutch Colonial Fort. After lunch by the bay we return to the ship, then have the afternoon to explore the very attractive and interesting city of Willemstad - it has 750 historic buildings including the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 9

Cruising towards Sint Maarten

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head northeast towards Philipsburg in Sint Maarten.

Day 10

Walking on Sint Maarten

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

St Maarten is split between the southern half with a Dutch heritage and the northern, historically French St Martin.

Coming ashore in Philipsburg our coach and local guide will take us to Anse Marcel, from here we walk around the northern tip of the island along the ‘Sentier des Froussards’. There are some very attractive views throughout the walk, with a stop at the beautiful Petites Cayes beach halfway through. You will see red gum trees, tamarinds, frangipani trees and several species of cacti such as ‘tête à l’anglais’, an endangered species. Boots and a walking pole recommended for this walk.

At end of walk there is an opportunity to take a swim, but with no shade it gets very hot, therefore the coach driver will do two drop offs, with the last transfer back to the ship at lunch. Philipsburg Town offers a large duty-free shopping area with many European clothing brands and you will have free time in the afternoon to shop if you wish.

Day 11

Walking on Basseterre

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We come ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts. We have a half day excursion with a local guide to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. During our two hour hike we have the opportunity to climb to a ridge from where there are fabulous views over the rainforest. We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast.

Day 12

Walking on Tortola

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80m

Today Braemar docks in Road Town on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. At the time of writing the island is still recovering from Hurricane Irma in 2017, so our itinerary may change.

Our plan for the day is to walk at the southern end of the island following a track that contours around the coast to Smuggler’s Bay. En-route you will enjoy spectacular views over to the American Virgin Islands.  Arriving at Smuggler’s Bay, there will be time for a swim and perhaps a rum punch at the famous beach shack, before continuing a short distance to meet our coach.

From here we drive to the Botanical Gardens in the Sage Mountain area for time to walk around and peruse. From here it is a walk back to the ship. Todays lunch will be a Subway sandwich and is included.

Day 13

Walking on Antigua

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    3 ½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

We will spend the morning with a local guide who will accompany us to the summit of Signal Hill for excellent 360-degree views of Antigua. Gaze out over the first beach that Columbus landed on in Carlie Bay, one of Antigua largest pineapple farms, or just enjoy the opportunity for a bird’s eye view of the backdrop of flora, fauna and numerous bird species in the rainforest. Do not forget to wear walking boots and carry poles as there are some challenging sections of this walk.

As food is not allowed in this port of call, we will arrange a stop at Subway. We cannot pre-order so will need to queue upon arrival before starting our walk.


After the walk you will be given some free time to explore St John’s, relax on the beach, or for those who want you can join the tour leader for an included visit to Nelson's Dockyard; a World Heritage Site  and marina in English Harbour.

Day 14

Walking from Castries St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

From Castries where we come ashore we drive to the Dauphin area, one of the first places to be settled on the island. Our walk takes us along an unpaved track to interesting rock formations and petroglyphs. After a short walk along the beach to look at the sargassum seaweed in the ocean, we continue uphill past farms to meet our coach. A buffet lunch is included today at Greenwood Terrace gardens where there are 300 fruits and flowering trees.

7km, (4 miles), 200m ascent & descent, 2 – 2 ½ hours

Day 15

Walking from St George’s

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we explore Grenada’s southern peninsulas. We start with a short drive past colourful local houses to the Tower Estate, where we visit the gardens containing exotic trees, and also an organic vegetable garden. From here we continue to La Sagesse Beach for a short walk. This is an idyllic Caribbean beach – waves lapping the white sands overhung by palm trees. After a picnic and a swim we return to the capital St George’s for free time.

Day 16

Exploring Barbados

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We start our day with a visit to Welchman Hall Gully, an area of collapsed caves and one of the island’s few remaining sites of indigenous plants. Our next stop is the Andromeda Gardens where we see many tropical plants, regular winners at the Chelsea Flower Show. Our lunch stop is at the Sunbury Plantation House which gives an intriguing insight into the life of the early sugar cane planters. You can try flying fish sandwiches here. Time permitting, we may also visit a rum distillery before returning for our last night on Braemar.

Day 17

Exploring Bridgetown & return flight to the UK

Meals

Breakfast

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Bridgetown before our flight back to the UK in late afternoon. We normally visit the Parliament building and it may also be possible to arrange a visit to Kennington Oval Cricket Ground, home of the West Indies Cricket team. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Day 18

Land in the UK

At the time of writing, we are scheduled to land in Gatwick around 05.30.

From (GBP)£4,999

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Dec 2020 - 8th Jan 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Santo Domingo

Meals

Dinner

Departure from London Heathrow via Madrid to Santo Domingo. On arrival in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic late morning you will be transferred by coach to the Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando Hotel. After checking in there should be time for an initial stroll around this ‘first city’ of the New World. Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Countryside experience near Santo Domingo and boarding Braemar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Before boarding Braemar we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open air safari truck. We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation where we visit a small village and learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the fields. We continue our journey to the beautiful village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. There’s also a treat for the taste buds with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing in Santo Domingo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Before leaving Santo Domingo we have a walking tour of the city with a local guide. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace. We plan to board Braemar in the early afternoon again.

Day 4

Cruising to Colombia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the Christmas Day at sea. The ship is decorated in a festive way and the crew always rises to the occasion. Besides special Christmas events there is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee, a book from the library or to reflect on our journey so far.

Day 5

Walking & Sightseeing in Cartagena de Indias

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Cartagena is an exquisitely beautiful city, one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Americas. In the old walled town the narrow streets are a riot of colourful colonial buildings with lush greenery bursting from the balconies. With a local guide, we visit the La Popa Monastery for 360º degree views over the city and the sea, San Felipe Fortress, and in the ‘Ciudad Vieja’ the Church of San Pedro Claver and the handicraft zone of Bovedas. This is not a city you are likely to forget!

Day 6

Cruising to the southern Caribbean

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A further day at sea as we cross the Caribbean towards Kralendijk on Bonaire.

Day 7

Exploring Curaçao

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Curaçao has a dry climate and the landscape is somewhat barren. However, many plants have adapted to life on the island, and there is interesting and colourful wildlife as well. On arrival in Willemstad a coach will take us to Caracas Bay – we walk around the bay viewing the historical remains, including the old Quarantine Hospital and the Dutch Colonial Fort. After lunch by the bay we return to the ship, then have the afternoon to explore the very attractive and interesting city of Willemstad - it has 750 historic buildings including the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 8

Exploring Bonaire

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

From Kralendijk where we come ashore we drive up into the hilly interior with our local guide. From the Millennium Cross where there are great views across the island we descend the Seru Largu trail, mostly on dirt tracks, passing kunukus (small farms) as well as Brazil, saddle and mesquite trees on the way. Our guide is great at pointing out birds and explaining the use of medicinal plants. At the bottom of the trail you can complete a circular walk back up the hill, or take the coach. After lunch on the ship we can swim or visit Kralendijk’s excellent craft market.

6-8km (4-5 miles), 130m descent (optional 130m ascent), 2 ½ –3 hours

Day 9

Cruising towards Sint Maarten

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head northeast towards Philipsburg in Sint Maarten.

Day 10

Walking on Sint Maarten

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We come ashore in Philipsburg from where a coach and guide take us to Anse Marcel. From here we walk around the northern tip of the island along the ‘Sentier des Froussards’. There are very attractive views throughout the walk, and a stop at the Petites Cayes beach half way around is very pleasant. We will see red gum trees, tamarinds, frangipani trees and several species of cacti such as ‘tête à l’anglais’, an endangered species.

3km (2 miles), 100m ascent & descent, 2 hours

Day 11

Walking on Basseterre

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We come ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts. We have a half day excursion with a local guide to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. During our two hour hike we have the opportunity to climb to a ridge from where there are fabulous views over the rainforest. We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast.

Day 12

Walking on Antigua

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our local guide Dassa will accompany us to the summit of Signal Hill for excellent views over the south side of the island. After the walk there will be free time in St John’s for sightseeing or visiting the beach. Upon leaving Antigua we will cruise past Montserrat.

Day 13

Walking from Castries St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

From Castries where we come ashore we drive to the Dauphin area, one of the first places to be settled on the island. Our walk takes us along an unpaved track to interesting rock formations and petroglyphs. After a short walk along the beach to look at the sargassum seaweed in the ocean, we continue uphill past farms to meet our coach. A buffet lunch is included today at Greenwood Terrace gardens where there are 300 fruits and flowering trees.

7km, (4 miles), 200m ascent & descent, 2 – 2 ½ hours

Day 14

Exploring Grenada

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we explore Grenada’s southern peninsulas. We start with a short drive past colourful local houses to the Tower Estate, where we visit the gardens containing exotic trees, and also an organic vegetable garden. From here we continue to La Sagesse Beach for a short walk. This is an idyllic Caribbean beach – waves lapping the white sands overhung by palm trees. After a picnic and a swim we return to the capital St George’s for free time.

Day 15

Exploring Barbados

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We start our day with a visit to Welchman Hall Gully, an area of collapsed caves and one of the island’s few remaining sites of indigenous plants. Our next stop is the Andromeda Gardens where we see many tropical plants, the regular winners at the Chelsea Flower Show. Our lunch stop is at the Sunbury Plantation House, which gives an intriguing insight into the life of the early sugar cane planters. You can try flying fish sandwiches here. Time permitting, we may also visit a rum distillery before returning for our last night on Braemar.

Day 16

Exploring Bridgetown and return flight to the UK

Meals

Breakfast

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Bridgetown before our flight back to the UK in late afternoon. We normally visit the Parliament building and it may also be possible to arrange a visit to Kennington Oval Cricket Ground, home of the West Indies Cricket team. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Day 17

Land in the UK

At the time of writing, we are scheduled to land in Gatwick around 05.30.

From (GBP)£3,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Jan 2021 - 5th Feb 2021 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Barbados

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We depart from London Gatwick and on arrival mid-afternoon

in Bridgetown, Barbados, transfer by coach to:

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

P.O. Box 73W Rockley, Christ Church,

BB15139 Barbados

www.accrabeachhotel.com

Dinner this evening will be in the hotel.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Walking & Sightseeing from Bridgetown

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After checking out of our hotel we start our day with a visit to Welchman Hall Gully, an area of collapsed caves and one of he island’s few remaining sites of indigenous plants. Our next stop is the Andromeda Gardens where we see many tropical plants, regular winners at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

Our lunch stop is at the Sunbury Plantation House which gives an intriguing insight into the life of the early sugar cane planters. They do delicious flying fish sandwiches. Time permitting, we may also visit a rum distillery before boarding Braemar for our first night on board.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing from Bridgetown

On our second full day in Barbados we start with a short walk around the island’s capital, Bridgetown. We continue past the Garrison area and Savannah to Gun Hill Signal station for fine views across much of Barbados. Finally we visit one of the earliest sugar cane planters, where there is a museum of farm implements and pictures depicting the life of slave workers. We return to Braemar and set sail into the Caribbean late afternoon.

Day 4

Walking & Sightseeing from Pointe-a-Pitre
  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We have a lovely coastal walk between the Plage des Amandiers and the Plage de Cluny which takes in many of the beaches and views seen in the popular detective series, ‘Death in Paradise’, which was largely filmed in this area. At the end of the walk we have tranquil beautiful sandy beaches and we can take lunch, have a dip and grab a beer.


Day 5

Walking & Sightseeing on Tortola

Today Braemar docks in Road Town on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. At the time of writing, following the disruption caused by Hurrican Irma in 2017, our itinerary is subject to change. Our current intention is to visit the Botanic Garden, then walk with our local guide in the Sage Mountain area. This is a forest walk on the edge of a former plantation. We then continue to Cone Garden Bay for a swim, before having the rest of the afternoon available to sightseeing in Road Town.

Days 6 & 7

Cruising to Cuba

We have the best part of three days at sea as Braemar cruises towards Havana in Cuba. Time to relax and take in the warm sun as we reflect on our experiences over the last 5 days. Don’t expect Braemar to be sailing alone – one third of the world’s sea traffic passes through these waters. On days at sea there are a range of activities available on board Braemar – you may choose to join a fitness class, visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a rum cocktail and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 8

Arrival in Havana

We arrive in Havana late afternoon so might have some time to go ashore after dinner.

Day 9

Exploring Havana

This morning a local guide will take us on a walking tour of the Cuban capital which will include a visit to a rum factory and to the Museum of the Revolution. After lunch we’ll hop into some classic American cars to be driven around greater Havana, including the seaside drive of the Malecón, the Plaza de la

Revolución with its memorial to Che Guevara and the Castillo del Morro at the entrance to the harbour. We’ll finish with a cocktail at the Hotel Nacional for a touch of 1930s glamour. Quite a day.

Day 10

Cruising to Mexico

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head south west towards Cozumel in Mexico.

Day 11

Walking on Cozumel

Today we will travel around the island of Cozumel off the Mexican coast, viewing the wild and untamed eastern shore. We’ll learn about the island’s history and visit the Mayan ruins of either San Gervasio or El Cedral. There will also be some free time to look around an historical village and go swimming.

Day 12

Cruising to Jamaica

We have another day aboard Braemar as we now sail east through the sunny Caribbean towards Jamaica.

Day 13

A day in Jamaica

Falmouth lies on the north coast of Jamaica. On coming ashore we meet up with our local guide and transport from Barrett Adventures who give us a great afternoon climbing up the Mayfield Falls. You’ll get wet, but you’ll have a lot of fun. If anyone doesn’t want to get in the water there is an alternative trail beside the falls.

Day 14

Cruising to the Dominican Republic

We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities.

Day 15

Walking from Santo Domingo

Today we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open air safari truck. We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation where we visit a small village and learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the field. We continue our journey to the beautiful village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. There’s also a treat for the taste buds with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 16

Exploring Santo Domingo and return flight to the UK

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Bridgetown before our flight back to the UK in late afternoon. The local guide will take us through the city. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

From (GBP)£3,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Jan 2021 - 23rd Jan 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Barbados

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We depart from London Gatwick and on arrival late afternoon in Bridgetown, Barbados. We transfer by coach to:

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

P.O. Box 73W

 Rockley

Christ Church

BB15139 

Barbados

www.accrabeachhotel.com

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Walking & Sightseeing on Barbados

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After checking out of our hotel we start our day with a visit to Welchman Hall Gully, an area of collapsed caves and one of the island’s few remaining sites of indigenous plants. Our next stop is the Andromeda Gardens where we see many tropical plants, regular winners at the Chelsea Flower Show. Our lunch stop is at the Sunbury Plantation House which gives an intriguing insight into the life of the early sugar cane planters. Time permitting we may also visit a rum distillery before boarding Braemar for our first night on board.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing from Bridgetown

On our second full day in Barbados we start with a short walk around the island’s capital, Bridgetown. We continue past the Garrison area and Savannah to Gun Hill Signal station for fine views across much of Barbados. Finally, and before our return to the ship, we hope to visit atmospheric parish churches in the town, some dated back to the 16th century.

Day 4

Walking & Sightseeing from Kingstown
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

A 40 minute drive into St Vincent’s hinterland brings us to the Vermont Valley, our start point for the nature trail through the St Vincent Parrot Reserve. A local guide will keep an eye open for the parrot, of which there are 700 on the island, and give an insight into the island’s ecology, flora and fauna.

On returning to St Vincent town we have time to look around. If you are feeling peckish, hunt out some of the national dish – roasted breadfruit and fried jackfish.

Day 5

Cruising to Aruba

We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee, a book from the library or to reflect on our journey so far.

Day 6

Walking & Sightseeing on Aruba

We come ashore in Oranjestad and travel to the Arikok National Park for a tour with the local rangers. The park’s desert-like terrain is full of giant cactus and its east side runs along a jagged coast. The rangers can adapt the walks to our group’s needs, but the walk will probably be around 4-5 miles and involve small amounts of ascent and descent.

Days 7 & 8

Cruising to Honduras

We have another day at sea to relax and enjoy the comforts of Braemar as we cross the Caribbean towards Honduras.

Day 9

Exploring Roatán Island

Today we visit Gumbalimba Park where we learn about the history of Roatán Pirate Caves and visit the insectarium with more than 2500 varieties of insects. It is a beautiful natural park with animals such as Guatusas, Iguanas, Macaws of different colours and sizes, and a hammock bridge where we can observe turtles from above.

Day 10

Excursion from Belize City

We drive inland to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Crooked Tree village is itself worth exploring, with its narrow sandy lanes lined with cashew trees, with a Creole population. It is on the mainland, but surrounded by lagoons, so considered an island. We’ll do a bit of bird-spotting - 300 species have been recorded here from the giant jabiru stork (the largest flying bird in the Americas) to hummingbirds. We can also walk some jungle trails. This visit has always been highly praised by our groups and leaders alike.

Day 11

Exploring Cozumel

Today we will travel around the island of Cozumel off the Mexican coast, viewing the wild and untamed eastern shore. We’ll learn about the island’s history and visit the Mayan ruins of either San Gervasio or El Cedral. There will also be some free time to look around an historical village and go swimming

Day 12

Cruising to Jamaica

We have a relaxing day at sea on Braemar as we head towards Jamaica.

Day 13

Excursion from Falmouth

Falmouth lies on the north coast of Jamaica. On coming ashore we meet up with our local guide and transport from Barrett Adventures who give us a great afternoon climbing up the Mayfield Falls. You’ll get wet, but you’ll have a lot of fun. If anyone doesn’t want to get in the water there is an alternative

trail beside the falls.

Day 14

Cruising to the Dominican Republic

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head east towards the Dominican Republic.

Day 15

Exploring from Santo Domingo

Today we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open air safari truck. We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation where we visit a small village and learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the field. We continue our journey to the beautiful village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. There’s also a treat for the taste buds with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 16

Exploring Santo Domingo and return flight to the UK

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Santo Domingo before our flight back to the UK in the late afternoon. A local guide will take us through ‘La Capital’. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith.

Day 17

Land back in the UK

At the time of writing we are scheduled to land at Gatwick around 10.00.

From (GBP)£3,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Feb 2021 - 20th Feb 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Santo Domingo

Departure from London Heathrow via Madrid to Santo Domingo. On arrival in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic late morning you will be transferred by coach to the Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando Hotel. After checking in there should be time for an initial stroll around this ‘first city’ of the New World.. Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Countryside experience near Santo Domingo and boarding Braemar

Accommodation

Before boarding Braemar we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open air safari truck. We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation where we visit a small village and learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the fields. We continue

our journey to the beautiful village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. There’s also a treat for the taste buds with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing from Santo Domingo

Before leaving Santo Domingo we have a walking tour of the city with a local guide. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the

Presidential Palace. We plan to board Braemar in the early afternoon again.

Day 4

Cruising to Colombia

We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the Christmas Day at sea. The ship is decorated in a festive way and the crew always rise to the occasion. Besides special Christmas events there is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee, a book from the library or to reflect on our journey so far.

Day 5

Walking & Sightseeing in Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena is an exquisitely beautiful city, one of the bestpreserved colonial cities in the Americas. In the old walled town the narrow streets are a riot of colourful colonial buildings with lush greenery bursting from the balconies. With a local guide we visit the La Popa Monastery for 360º degree views over the city and sea, San Felipe Fortress, and in the ‘Ciudad Vieja’ the Church of San Pedro Claver and the handicraft zone of Bovedas. This is not a city you are likely to forget!

Day 6

Cruising to the southern Caribbean

A further day at sea as we cross the Caribbean towards Kralendijk on Bonaire.

Day 7

Exploring Curaçao

Curaçao has a dry climate and the landscape is somewhat barren. However many plants have adapted to life on the island, and there is interesting and colourful wildlife as well. On arrival in Willemstad a coach will take us to Caracas Bay – we walk around the bay viewing the historical remains including

the old Quarantine Hospital and the Dutch Colonial Fort. After lunch by the bay we return to the ship, then have the afternoon to explore the very attractive and interesting city of Willemstad it has 750 historic buildings including the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 8

Exploring Bonaire
  • Time

    2 ½ –3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire, a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea. Colourful architecture and an unusually hot year-round temperature await however, we aim to disembark early to avoid most of the heat. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, wear a hat and use high factor sun lotion, all essential to make your day enjoyable. 

After an hour’s drive, we reach Washington Slagbaai National Park where we walk the Lagadishi Walking Trail. This is a great way to observe the island’s wildlife including flamingos and iguanas. The terrain is very desert like and as a result a variety of succulents can be found. The two-hour long walk takes us past sand dunes and mangroves, deeply pitted with sinkholes and salt pans. This open space trail has almost no shade, but you will be rewarded at the end with a beautiful pristine beach to cool down on.

Local regulations are that no food can be taken off the ship, so we aim to return to the ship for a late lunch. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an orientation sightseeing walk around the town of Kralendijk where you have the option of also visiting Bonaire Museum (at own expense), failing that you can take a taxi to the beach or enjoy down time. 


Day 9

Cruising towards Sint Maarten

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head north east towards Philipsburg in Sint Maarten.

Day 10

Walking on Sint Maarten
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

St Maarten is split between the southern half with a Dutch heritage and the northern, historically French St Martin.

Coming ashore in Philipsburg our coach and local guide will take us to Anse Marcel, from here we walk around the northern tip of the island along the ‘Sentier des Froussards’. There are some very attractive views throughout the walk, with a stop at the beautiful Petites Cayes beach halfway through. You will see red gum trees, tamarinds, frangipani trees and several species of cacti such as ‘tête à l’anglais’, an endangered species. Boots and a walking pole recommended for this walk.

At end of walk there is an opportunity to take a swim, but with no shade it gets very hot, therefore the coach driver will do two drop offs, with the last transfer back to the ship at lunch. Philipsburg Town offers a large duty-free shopping area with many European clothing brands and you will have free time in the afternoon to shop if you wish.


Day 11

Walking on Basseterre

We come ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts. We have a half day excursion with a local guide to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. During our two hour hike we have the opportunity to climb to a ridge from where there are fabulous views over the

rainforest. We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast.

Day 12

Walking on Antigua
  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    3 ½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

We will spend the morning with a local guide who will accompany us to the summit of Signal Hill for excellent 360-degree views of Antigua. Gaze out over the first beach that Columbus landed on in Carlie Bay, one of Antigua largest pineapple farms, or just enjoy the opportunity for a bird’s eye view of the backdrop of flora, fauna and numerous bird species in the rainforest. Do not forget to wear walking boots and carry poles as there are some challenging sections of this walk.

As food is not allowed in this port of call, we will arrange a stop at Subway. We cannot pre-order so will need to queue upon arrival before starting our walk.

After the walk you will be given some free time to explore St John’s, relax on the beach, or for those who want you can join the tour leader for an included visit to Nelson's Dockyard; a World Heritage Site  and marina in English Harbour.

Day 13

Walking from Castries, St Lucia
  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today we will visit a more remote part of the island and walk from Venus to Anse la Raye accompanied by the local guide. The walk begins uphill on a quiet surfaced road and continues uphill for around 40 minutes. At the top of the climb, we have arranged for the locals to offer you with fresh fruit and coconuts as a refreshment. 

After the break, the walk continues downhill and onto the road, passing through dense vegetation before levelling out and continuing to the outskirts of Anse La Raye. We then walk through the local village to the beach for lunch and swimming. The village is untouristy and is a side of St Lucia which the package tourists rarely experience although if visiting on a Sunday, there may be lots of locals around. We will enjoy a buffet lunch and visit to the beach for swimming. 


Day 14

Exploring Grenada

We explore Grenada’s southern peninsula. Today is not about walking, the focus of the day is sightseeing and swimming as Grenada offers that quintessential Caribbean beach experience. Think of golden sand, Caribbean waves lapping gently at the shoreline and palm trees blowing in the breeze.

We start with a short drive past colourful local houses to the Tower Estate, where we visit the gardens containing exotic trees, and an organic vegetable garden. From here we continue to La Sagesse Beach for a short walk to the beach for an hour and half of complete and utter downtime. After all, sometimes it is nice to take time to appreciate where you are. 

Please note there is a café here but service is incredibly slow so your tour leader will pre-order sandwiches from Subway for convenience. Typically, if you purchase a drink the café owner is happy for us to eat at the outside tables. After returning to the capital of St George’s around 3pm, if there is time your leader will conduct an orientation walk.


Day 15

Exploring Barbados

We start our day with a visit to Welchman Hall Gully, an area of collapsed caves and one of the island’s few remaining sites of indigenous plants. Our next stop is the Andromeda Gardens where we see many tropical plants, regular winners at the Chelsea Flower Show. Our lunch stop is at the Sunbury

Plantation House which gives an intriguing insight into the life of the early sugar cane planters. You can try flying fish sandwiches here. Time permitting we may also visit a rum distillery before returning for our last night on Braemar.

Day 16

Exploring Bridgetown and return flight to the UK

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Bridgetown before our flight back to the UK in late afternoon. We normally visit the Parliament building and it may also be possible to arrange a visit to Kennington Oval Cricket Ground, home of the West Indies

Cricket team. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Day 17

Land in the UK

At the time of writing we are scheduled to land in Gatwick around 05.30.

From (GBP)£3,399

Departure dates for your selected tour

17th Feb 2021 - 6th Mar 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Barbados

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

This has historically been a popular trip for Ramblers Walking Holidays and at times we have operated two groups on board. Should this happen then each group has its own tour leader and operates independently from each other.

The flight departs from London Gatwick and on arrival into Bridgetown, we transfer by coach to the hotel where we spend the night. We will always use Dover Beach Hotel as our main hotel, however, should we add a further departure then group 2 will stay at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa.

Dover Beach Hotel

St. Lawrence, Christ Church

BB15026 Barbados

www.doverbeach.com

We stay in Bridgetown for one night. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel where you stay.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Barbados - Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our sightseeing and walking excursion of Barbados. This includes a visit to Welchman Hall Gully located in the parish of St. Thomas, a three-quarter mile long gully which is home to a significant number of tropical plants and trees, bamboo groves, monkeys, and interesting cave formations. Inside the collapsed cave, you will see evidence of stalactites and stalagmites.

Our next stop is Andromeda Gardens where we observe a wide variety of tropical plants. The gardens are a Partner Garden of the UK Royal Horticultural Society, the only garden with such a status in the West Indies. It has also received the Botanical Treasure Award from the Biological Education and Research Programme, in recognition of its biological diversity.

Today’s lunch stop is at the Sunbury Plantation House whose displays offer an intriguing insight into the life of the early sugar cane planters. We have lunch here with the option of trying a delicious flying fish sandwich and time permitting, we will also visit a rum distillery before boarding Braemar for our first night on board. Lunch is at your own expense.

Day 3

Barbados - Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Our second day in Barbados begins with an orientation walk around Bridgetown, the island’s capital. We then continue onto the Barbados Garrison Historic Area which contains a network of well-preserved sites of historical and architectural interest. These recount the story of the largest British military complex built in the Caribbean and there will be time to visit the National Museum housed in a former prison.

From here we travel to Gun Hill Signal Station where we are greeted by wonderfully landscaped gardens with colourful tropical flowers. The signal station beckons us upwards along a winding path, past historic lamps, and tempting garden benches, to behold spectacular panoramic views across much of Barbados. A local guide will be on hand to talk about the history of the signal stations.

On route back to the ship and only if time allows, we will visit one of the parish churches in the town, some dating back to the 16th century. For lunch we will most likely pick up sandwiches from the supermarket in order to maximise time ashore as sit-down meals often take longer than anticipated.

Day 4

Cruising to Curaçao

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities as we cross the southern Caribbean towards Curaçao.

Day 5

Walking from Willemstad

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We come ashore today in Willemstad, the colourful capital of Curaçao. Curaçao has a dry climate and the landscape is somewhat barren. However, many plants have adapted to life on the island, and there is interesting and colourful wildlife as well. On arrival in Willemstad a coach will take us to Caracas Bay – we walk around the bay viewing the historical remains including the old Quarantine Hospital and the Dutch Colonial Fort.

After lunch by the bay we return to the ship, then have the afternoon to explore the very attractive and interesting city of Willemstad - it has 750 historic buildings including the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 6

Bonaire - Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire, a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea. Colourful architecture and an unusually hot year-round temperature await however, we aim to disembark early to avoid most of the heat. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, wear a hat and use high factor sun lotion, all essential to make your day enjoyable.

After an hour’s drive, we reach Washington Slagbaai National Park where we walk the Lagadishi Walking Trail. This is a great way to observe the island’s wildlife including flamingos and iguanas. The terrain is very desert like and as a result a variety of succulents can be found. The two-hour long walk takes us past sand dunes and mangroves, deeply pitted with sinkholes and salt pans. This open space trail has almost no shade, but you will be rewarded at the end with a beautiful pristine beach to cool down on.

Local regulations are that no food can be taken off the ship, so we aim to return to the ship for a late lunch. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an orientation sightseeing walk around the town of Kralendijk where you have the option of also visiting Bonaire Museum (at own expense), failing that you can take a taxi to the beach or enjoy down time

Day 7

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day aboard Braemar as we now sail east through the sunny Caribbean towards St. Kitts

Day 8

St Kitts – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    2½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Grade 3

  • Time

    3½ hours

  • Distance

    3½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Grade 4

Coming ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts, we enjoy a half day locally guided excursion to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. Previous walkers have spotted wild monkeys, three different types of Hummingbirds, the quick and furry Brown mongoose, the Halliconia flower, and wild Cocoa Trees. Here, we have the choice to do either a short or long walk, unfortunately time allows for only one walk each so choose the grade best suited to your ability.

Grade 3 walk – This river valley walk gives us the opportunity to experience the islands rare beauty and tranquillity, hiking on a looped trail that remains pest free all year round.

Grade 4 walk – This more challenging walk enables us to climb to a ridge from where we are gifted with fabulous views over the rainforest. Some ropes are used in sections and uneven surfaces to be aware of.

We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast. In the afternoon there will be free time to relax, or you can join your tour leader for an orientation walking tour of Basseterre. Otherwise, you may wish to take a taxi to the beach to relax or visit the museum.

Day 9

Antigua – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    3 ½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

We will spend the morning with a local guide who will accompany us to the summit of Signal Hill for excellent 360-degree views of Antigua. Gaze out over the first beach that Columbus landed on in Carlie Bay, one of Antigua largest pineapple farms, or just enjoy the opportunity for a bird’s eye view of the backdrop of flora, fauna and numerous bird species in the rainforest. Do not forget to wear walking boots and carry poles as there are some challenging sections of this walk.

As food is not allowed in this port of call, we will arrange a stop at Subway. We cannot pre-order so will need to queue upon arrival before starting our walk. 

After the walk you will be given some free time to explore St John’s, relax on the beach, or for those who want you can join the tour leader for an included visit to Nelson's Dockyard; a World Heritage Site  and marina in English Harbour.

Day 10

St Maarten – Walking and swimming

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

St Maarten is split between the southern half with a Dutch heritage and the northern, historically French St Martin.

Coming ashore in Philipsburg our coach and local guide will take us to Anse Marcel, from here we walk around the northern tip of the island along the ‘Sentier des Froussards’. There are some very attractive views throughout the walk, with a stop at the beautiful Petites Cayes beach halfway through. You will see red gum trees, tamarinds, frangipani trees and several species of cacti such as ‘tête à l’anglais’, an endangered species. Boots and a walking pole recommended for this walk.

At end of walk there is an opportunity to take a swim, but with no shade it gets very hot, therefore the coach driver will do two drop offs, with the last transfer back to the ship at lunch. Philipsburg Town offers a large duty-free shopping area with many European clothing brands and you will have free time in the afternoon to shop if you wish. A great evening and entertainment is waiting for us on board!

Day 11

At Sea New Year’s Day

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

A further day at sea as we cross the Caribbean towards Kingstown in St. Vincent & Grenadines.

Day 12

Walking & Sightseeing from Kingstown

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

A 40-minute drive into St Vincent’s hinterland brings us to the Vermont Valley, our start point for the nature trail through the St Vincent Parrot Reserve. A local guide will keep an eye open for the parrot, of which there are 700 on the island, and give an insight into the island’s ecology, flora and fauna.

On returning to St Vincent town we have time to look around. If you are feeling peckish, hunt out some of the national dish – roasted breadfruit and fried jackfish.

Day 13

St Lucia – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3½ hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today we will visit a more remote part of the island and walk from Venus to Anse la Raye accompanied by the local guide. The walk begins uphill on a quiet surfaced road and continues uphill for around 40 minutes. At the top of the climb, we have arranged for the locals to offer you with fresh fruit and coconuts as a refreshment. 

After the break, the walk continues downhill and onto the road, passing through dense vegetation before levelling out and continuing to the outskirts of Anse La Raye. We then walk through the local village to the beach for lunch and swimming. The village is untouristy and is a side of St Lucia which the package tourists rarely experience although if visiting on a Sunday, there may be lots of locals around. We will enjoy a buffet lunch and visit to the beach for swimming. 

Day 14

Roseau – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Our day starts with a scenic drive to the exotic, tropical interior of the island which soars to some 1500m in places, where we walk the Boeri and Freshwater lakes.  We continue to Trafalgar Falls before some free time in the capital, Roseau.

Day 15

Sailing to Hispaniola

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head northwest towards the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Day 16

Exploring from Santo Domingo and return flight to the UK

Meals

Breakfast

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to explore Santo Domingo before our flight back to the UK in the late afternoon. A local guide will take us through ‘La Capital’. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. We visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace.

In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK via Madrid.

Day 17

Land back in the UK

At the time of writing we are scheduled to land at Gatwick around 10.10.

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Dec 2021 - 7th Jan 2022 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Santo Domingo

Meals

Dinner

This has historically been a popular trip for Ramblers Walking Holidays and at times we have operated two groups on board. Should this happen then each group has its own tour leader and operates independently from each other.

The flight departs from London Heathrow via Madrid to Santo Domingo, we transfer by coach to the hotel where we spend the night. We will always use Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando Hotel in Santo Domingo as our main hotel, however, should we add a further departure then group 2 will stay at sister hotel in La Romana.

We stay in Santo Domingo for one night. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel where you stay.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Countryside and sightseeing experience near Santo Domingo and boarding Braemar

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Before boarding Braemar we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open-air safari truck.

We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation and visit a small village inside it, where we learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the field. We continue our journey to the beautiful fishing village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. We give our taste buds a treat with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing in Santo Domingo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Before leaving Santo Domingo we have a walking tour of the city with a local guide. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace. We plan to board Braemar in the early afternoon ready for departure at 14h00

Days 4 & 5

Cruising to Cuba

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have the best part of two days at sea as Braemar cruises towards Havana in Cuba.  Time to relax and take in the warm sun as we reflect on our experiences over the last 3 days. Don’t expect Braemar to be sailing alone – one third of the world’s sea traffic passes through these waters. On days at sea there are a range of activities available on board Braemar – you may choose to join a fitness class, visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a rum cocktail and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 6

Exploring Havana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

This morning a local guide will take us on a walking tour of the Cuban capital which will include a visit to a rum factory and to the Museum of the Revolution. After lunch we’ll hop into some classic American cars to be driven around greater Havana, including the seaside drive of the Malecón, the Plaza de la Revolución with its memorial to Che Guevara and the Castillo del Morro at the entrance to the harbour. We will finish with a cocktail at the Hotel Nacional for a touch of 1930s glamour. Quite a day.

Days 7 & 8

Sailing to Jamaica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have two days aboard Braemar as we sail west through the Caribbean towards the coast of Mexico. This is a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities.

Day 9

Walking & Sightseeing in Port Royal

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Port Royal we drive 70 minutes to the Holly- Well National Park for a spectacular hike and breathtaking experience. Upon arrival at New Castle, a settlement in the Blue Mountains, you will go deep into the rain-forest near the Hollywell Nature Reserve Park for a 40-60 minute nature hike observing indigenous birds, butterflies, and plants, along with a visit to Catherines Peak to see one of the many springs that provides Blue Mountain Spring Water.

After the return to the Port Royal you will be given some free time to explore the town, relax on the beach, or join the tour leader for a sightseeing tour.

Day 10

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day on board Braemar to kick back, soak up the sun, eat, relax and chat with our fellow travellers.

Day 11

Bonaire - Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire, a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea. Colourful architecture and an unusually hot year-round temperature await however, we aim to disembark early to avoid most of the heat. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, wear a hat and use high factor sun lotion, all essential to make your day enjoyable.

After an hour’s drive, we reach Washington Slagbaai National Park where we walk the Lagadishi Walking Trail. This is a great way to observe the island’s wildlife including flamingos and iguanas. The terrain is very desert like and as a result a variety of succulents can be found. The two-hour long walk takes us past sand dunes and mangroves, deeply pitted with sinkholes and salt pans. This open space trail has almost no shade, but you will be rewarded at the end with a beautiful pristine beach to cool down on.

Local regulations are that no food can be taken off the ship, so we aim to return to the ship for a late lunch. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an orientation sightseeing walk around the town of Kralendijk where you have the option of also visiting Bonaire Museum (at own expense), failing that you can take a taxi to the beach or enjoy down time.

Day 12

Cruising to Guadeloupe

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day aboard Braemar as we now sail towards Basse-Terre.

Day 13

Exploring Basse-Terre

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We come ashore today in Basse-Terre, the charming capital of Guadeloupe. On arrival a coach will take us to the Carbet Falls also known as Grand Carbet River to start our walking tour in the National Park of Guadeloupe Archipelago, on the lower slopes of La Soufrière volcano. After we return to the ship, we have the afternoon to explore the very attractive and interesting city.

Day 14

St Kitts – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    2½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Grade 3 

  • Time

    3½ hours

  • Distance

    3½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Grade 4

Coming ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts, we enjoy a half day locally guided excursion to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. Previous walkers have spotted wild monkeys, three different types of Hummingbirds, the quick and furry Brown mongoose, the Halliconia flower, and wild Cocoa Trees. Here, we have the choice to do either a short or long walk, unfortunately time allows for only one walk each so choose the grade best suited to your ability.

Grade 3 walk – This river valley walk gives us the opportunity to experience the islands rare beauty and tranquillity, hiking on a looped trail that remains pest free all year round.

Grade 4 walk – This more challenging walk enables us to climb to a ridge from where we are gifted with fabulous views over the rainforest. Some ropes are used in sections and uneven surfaces to be aware of.



We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast. In the afternoon there will be free time to relax, or you can join your tour leader for an orientation walking tour of Basseterre. Otherwise, you may wish to take a taxi to the beach to relax or visit the museum.


Day 15

Cruising to the Dominican Republic

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head east towards the Dominican Republic.

Day 16

Exploring from Santo Domingo and return flight to the UK

Meals

Breakfast

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Santo Domingo before our flight back to the UK in the late afternoon. A local guide will take us through ‘La Capital’. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. We visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK via Madrid.

Day 17

Land back in the UK

At the time of writing we are scheduled to land at Heathrow around 09.35

Departure dates for your selected tour

5th Jan 2022 - 21st Jan 2022 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Santo Domingo

Meals

Dinner

This has historically been a popular trip for Ramblers Walking Holidays and at times we have operated two groups on board. Should this happen then each group has its own tour leader and operates independently from each other.

The flight departs from London Heathrow via Madrid to Santo Domingo, we transfer by coach to the hotel where we spend the night. We will always use Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando Hotel in Santo Domingo as our main hotel, however, should we add a further departure then group 2 will stay at sister hotel in La Romana.

We stay in Santo Domingo for one night. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel where you stay.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Countryside and sightseeing experience near Santo Domingo and boarding Braemar

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Before boarding Braemar we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open-air safari truck.

We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation and visit a small village inside it, where we learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the field. We continue our journey to the beautiful fishing village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. We give our taste buds a treat with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 3

Walking & Sightseeing in Santo Domingo

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Before leaving Santo Domingo we have a walking tour of the city with a local guide. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace. We plan to board Braemar in the early afternoon ready for departure at 14h00

Days 4 & 5

Cruising to Cuba

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have the best part of two days at sea as Braemar cruises towards Havana in Cuba.  Time to relax and take in the warm sun as we reflect on our experiences over the last 3 days. Don’t expect Braemar to be sailing alone – one third of the world’s sea traffic passes through these waters. On days at sea there are a range of activities available on board Braemar – you may choose to join a fitness class, visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a rum cocktail and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 6

Exploring Havana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

This morning a local guide will take us on a walking tour of the Cuban capital which will include a visit to a rum factory and to the Museum of the Revolution. After lunch we’ll hop into some classic American cars to be driven around greater Havana, including the seaside drive of the Malecón, the Plaza de la Revolución with its memorial to Che Guevara and the Castillo del Morro at the entrance to the harbour. We will finish with a cocktail at the Hotel Nacional for a touch of 1930s glamour. Quite a day.

Days 7 & 8

Sailing to Jamaica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have two days aboard Braemar as we sail west through the Caribbean towards the coast of Mexico. This is a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities

Day 9

Walking & Sightseeing in Port Royal

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Port Royal we drive 70 minutes to the Holly- Well National Park for a spectacular hike and breathtaking experience. Upon arrival at New Castle, a settlement in the Blue Mountains, you will go deep into the rain-forest near the Hollywell Nature Reserve Park for a 40-60 minute nature hike observing indigenous birds, butterflies, and plants, along with a visit to Catherines Peak to see one of the many springs that provides Blue Mountain Spring Water.

After the return to the Port Royal you will be given some free time to explore the town, relax on the beach, or join the tour leader for a sightseeing tour.

Day 10

At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day on board Braemar to kick back, soak up the sun, eat, relax and chat with our fellow travellers.

Day 11

Bonaire - Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire, a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea. Colourful architecture and an unusually hot year-round temperature await however, we aim to disembark early to avoid most of the heat. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, wear a hat and use high factor sun lotion, all essential to make your day enjoyable.

After an hour’s drive, we reach Washington Slagbaai National Park where we walk the Lagadishi Walking Trail. This is a great way to observe the island’s wildlife including flamingos and iguanas. The terrain is very desert like and as a result a variety of succulents can be found. The two-hour long walk takes us past sand dunes and mangroves, deeply pitted with sinkholes and salt pans. This open space trail has almost no shade, but you will be rewarded at the end with a beautiful pristine beach to cool down on.

Local regulations are that no food can be taken off the ship, so we aim to return to the ship for a late lunch. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an orientation sightseeing walk around the town of Kralendijk where you have the option of also visiting Bonaire Museum (at own expense), failing that you can take a taxi to the beach or enjoy down time.

Day 12

Cruising to Guadeloupe

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day aboard Braemar as we now sail towards Basse-Terre.

Day 13

Exploring Basse-Terre

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We come ashore today in Basse-Terre, the charming capital of Guadeloupe. On arrival a coach will take us to the Carbet Falls also known as Grand Carbet River to start our walking tour in the National Park of Guadeloupe Archipelago, on the lower slopes of La Soufrière volcano. After we return to the ship, we have the afternoon to explore the very attractive and interesting city with our tour leader.

Day 14

St Kitts – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    2½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Grade 3

  • Time

    3½ hours

  • Distance

    3½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Grade 4 

Coming ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts, we enjoy a half day locally guided excursion to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. Previous walkers have spotted wild monkeys, three different types of Hummingbirds, the quick and furry Brown mongoose, the Halliconia flower, and wild Cocoa Trees. Here, we have the choice to do either a short or long walk, unfortunately time allows for only one walk each so choose the grade best suited to your ability.

Grade 3 walk – This river valley walk gives us the opportunity to experience the islands rare beauty and tranquillity, hiking on a looped trail that remains pest free all year round.

Grade 4 walk – This more challenging walk enables us to climb to a ridge from where we are gifted with fabulous views over the rainforest. Some ropes are used in sections and uneven surfaces to be aware of.

We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast. In the afternoon there will be free time to relax, or you can join your tour leader for an orientation walking tour of Basseterre. Otherwise, you may wish to take a taxi to the beach to relax or visit the museum.

Day 15

Cruising to the Dominican Republic

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head east towards the Dominican Republic.

Day 16

Exploring from Santo Domingo and return flight to the UK

Meals

Breakfast

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Santo Domingo before our flight back to the UK in the late afternoon. A local guide will take us through ‘La Capital’. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. We visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcazar de Colon’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace.

In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK via Madrid.

Day 17

Land back in the UK

At the time of writing we are scheduled to land at Heathrow around 09.35

Departure dates for your selected tour

2nd Feb 2022 - 18th Feb 2022 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Santo Domingo

Meals

Dinner

This has historically been a popular trip for Ramblers Walking Holidays and at times we have operated two groups on board. Should this happen then each group has its own tour leader and operates independently from each other.

The flight departs from London Heathrow via Madrid to Santo Domingo, we transfer by coach to the hotel where we spend the night. We will always use Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando Hotel in Santo Domingo as our main hotel, however, should we add a further departure then group 2 will stay at sister hotel in La Romana.

We stay in Santo Domingo for one night. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel where you stay.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Countryside and sightseeing experience near Santo Domingo and boarding Braemar

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Before boarding Braemar we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open-air safari truck.

We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation and visit a small village inside it, where we learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the field. We continue our journey to the beautiful fishing village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. We give our taste buds a treat with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

Day 3

Cruising to Jamaica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee, a book from the library or to reflect on our journey so far.

Day 4

Walking & Sightseeing in Port Royal

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Port Royal we drive 70 minutes to the Holly- Well National Park for a spectacular hike and breathtaking experience. Upon arrival at New Castle, a settlement in the Blue Mountains, you will go deep into the rain-forest near the Hollywell Nature Reserve Park for a 40-60 minute nature hike observing indigenous birds, butterflies, and plants, along with a visit to Catherines Peak to see one of the many springs that provides Blue Mountain Spring Water.

After the return to the Port Royal you will be given some free time to explore the town, relax on the beach, or join the tour leader for a sightseeing tour.

Day 5

Cruising around Cuba

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have a day at sea to enjoy the comforts of Braemar as we sail around to the Cuban capital.

Day 6

Arrival in Havana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We arrive in Havana late afternoon. We may have the chance to go ashore this evening after dinner.

Day 7

Exploring Havana

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

This morning a local guide will take us on a walking tour of the Cuban capital which will include a visit to a rum factory and to the Museum of the Revolution. After lunch we’ll hop into some classic American cars to be driven around greater Havana, including the seaside drive of the Malecón, the Plaza de la Revolución with its memorial to Che Guevara and the Castillo del Morro at the entrance to the harbour. We will finish with a cocktail at the Hotel Nacional for a touch of 1930s glamour. Quite a day.

Days 8 & 9 & 10

Sailing to St. Kitts

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We have the best part of three days at sea as Braemar cruises towards Besseterre in St. Kitts.   Time to relax and take in the warm sun as we reflect on our experiences over the last 7 days. Don’t expect Braemar to be sailing alone – one third of the world’s sea traffic passes through these waters. On days at sea there are a range of activities available on board Braemar – you may choose to join a fitness class, visit the onboard gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a rum cocktail and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

Day 11

St Kitts – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2½ hours

  • Distance

    2½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Grade 3

  • Time

    3½ hours

  • Distance

    3½ miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Grade 4 

Coming ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts, we enjoy a half day locally guided excursion to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. Previous walkers have spotted wild monkeys, three different types of Hummingbirds, the quick and furry Brown mongoose, the Halliconia flower, and wild Cocoa Trees. Here, we have the choice to do either a short or long walk, unfortunately time allows for only one walk each so choose the grade best suited to your ability.

Grade 3 walk – This river valley walk gives us the opportunity to experience the islands rare beauty and tranquillity, hiking on a looped trail that remains pest free all year round.

Grade 4 walk – This more challenging walk enables us to climb to a ridge from where we are gifted with fabulous views over the rainforest. Some ropes are used in sections and uneven surfaces to be aware of.

We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast. In the afternoon there will be free time to relax, or you can join your tour leader for an orientation walking tour of Basseterre. Otherwise, you may wish to take a taxi to the beach to relax or visit the museum.

Day 12

St Lucia – Walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3½ hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today we will visit a more remote part of the island and walk from Venus to Anse la Raye accompanied by the local guide. The walk begins uphill on a quiet surfaced road and continues uphill for around 40 minutes. At the top of the climb, we have arranged for the locals to offer you with fresh fruit and coconuts as a refreshment.

After the break, the walk continues downhill and onto the road, passing through dense vegetation before levelling out and continuing to the outskirts of Anse La Raye. We then walk through the local village to the beach for lunch and swimming. The village is untouristy and is a side of St Lucia which the package tourists rarely experience although if visiting on a Sunday, there may be lots of locals around. We will enjoy a buffet lunch and visit to the beach for swimming.


Day 13

Grenada – Sightseeing and swimming

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

We explore Grenada’s southern peninsula. Today is not about walking, the focus of the day is sightseeing and swimming as Grenada offers that quintessential Caribbean beach experience. Think of golden sand, Caribbean waves lapping gently at the shoreline and palm trees blowing in the breeze.

We start with a short drive past colourful local houses to the Tower Estate, where we visit the gardens containing exotic trees, and an organic vegetable garden. From here we continue to La Sagesse Beach for a short walk to the beach for an hour and half of complete and utter downtime. After all, sometimes it is nice to take time to appreciate where you are.

Please note there is a café here but service is incredibly slow so your tour leader will pre-order sandwiches from Subway for convenience. Typically, if you purchase a drink the café owner is happy for us to eat at the outside tables. After returning to the capital of St George’s around 3pm, if there is time your leader will conduct an orientation walk.

Day 14

Exploring Port of Spain

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Today will be an orientation day in and around Mount St Benedict. Follow the trails from the monastery up towards Mount Tabor (approx. 4 miles), where we’ll hope to see a number of birds of prey, the White-tailed Trogon and the Long-billed Gnatwren, and look at the Benedictine Monastery. There will be time for relaxation in the afternoon on board of Braemar.

Day 15

Barbados - walking and sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we go ashore for our sightseeing and walking excursion of Barbados. This includes a visit to Welchman Hall Gully located in the parish of St. Thomas, a three-quarter mile long gully which is home to a significant number of tropical plants and trees, bamboo groves, monkeys, and interesting cave formations. Inside the collapsed cave, you will see evidence of stalactites and stalagmites.

Our next stop is Andromeda Gardens where we observe a wide variety of tropical plants. The gardens are a Partner Garden of the UK Royal Horticultural Society, the only garden with such a status in the West Indies. It has also received the Botanical Treasure Award from the Biological Education and Research Programme, in recognition of its biological diversity.

Today’s lunch stop is at the Sunbury Plantation House whose displays offer an intriguing insight into the life of the early sugar cane planters. We have lunch here with the option of trying a delicious flying fish sandwich and time permitting, we will also visit a rum distillery before boarding Braemar for our first night on board. 

Day 16

Exploring Bridgetown & return flight to the UK

Meals

Breakfast

After bidding farewell to Braemar we have some time on the island to further explore Bridgetown before our flight back to the UK in late afternoon. We normally visit the Parliament building and it may also be possible to arrange a visit to Kennington Oval Cricket Ground, home of the West Indies Cricket team. In the afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK. Lunch is at your own expense.

Day 17

Land in the UK

At the time of writing we are scheduled to land in Gatwick around 05.25

Departure dates for your selected tour

16th Feb 2022 - 4th Mar 2022 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

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.

Braemar (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar has a un-crowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views. One of the focal points on Braemar is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern really enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on.

Refreshed with new fixtures, décor and furnishings during her extensive refit in late 2017, there are updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, and fantastic daily entertainment. From the grand Neptune Lounge, which hosts lectures and live shows, and the Coral Club, with its resident bands and large dance floor, to the welcoming Morning Light Pub and the intimate Observatory Lounge, there's a venue to suit every occasion on board Braemar. Spend time at the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, indulge yourself at the Atlantis Spa, relax in the pools or Jacuzzi or feel the sea breeze on a walk around the ship'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. Braemar 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 Braemar 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.

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

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

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. 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 Trinidad

The currency in Trinidad & Tobago is the Dollar (TT$). US Dollars are also accepted in many locations. TT Dollars can most easily be obtained at the airport on arrival, either from ATMs of by changing pounds or US dollars.

Currency in St Lucia

St Lucia uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. US Dollars are also widely accepted.
You can obtain these before you depart the UK from selected outlets such as the Post Office or you can change Sterling locally. If you also have US dollars you can take these with you. US dollars are accepted on the island in many of the bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, supermarkets etc, although you will receive your change in Eastern Caribbean Dollars. The EC dollar is linked to the US dollar at the current rate of 1USD = 2.7ECD (correct as of spring 2015). Travellers’ cheques can only be cashed at banks and can be a very slow process, so we suggest that you might want to avoid these. The Bay Gardens Inn accepts major credit cards.

Country Currency

The currency in the Dominican Republic is Dominican Peso 

Currency in Dominica

Dominica uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. US Dollars are also widely accepted.  

Country Currency

Tourists are required to use the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC).  CUCs are exchangeable at the airport, banks or CADECA exchange offices.

US dollar notes and coins are not accepted as currency in Cuba.  Tourists are required to use CUC notes and coins, which are pegged to the US dollar in value. Sterling or other currency can be exchanged for CUC at the airport, in banks or CADECA exchange offices in most Cuban towns.  Surplus Convertible Pesos notes can also be changed back into sterling at airports, or into euro at banks and CADECA.  Many hotels do not change sterling although they accept euro.

To avoid time-consuming visits to banks, it is suggested that you change most of the currency needed for the whole trip at the Hotel Nacional in Havana. Many clients have found that about CUC 300- 350 (equivalent to US$ 300-350) per person is a realistic amount.  To avoid double currency transaction charges, sterling seems the most practical choice of currency to take.  Cash is the easiest option, but there are now cash machines in some towns and airports, and these accept most UK credit and debit cards. Before travelling to Cuba, you should check with your card provider that your cards are valid for use in Cuba. Cards issued by US banks are not accepted. Also note commission charges on ATM transactions can be expensive.

If you opt for cash, obviously concealed body belts and hotel safes (when available) are good choices! Notes should be clean (no writing on them or tears) and of £10, £20 or £50 value.

It is prohibited to enter or leave Cuba carrying Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) currency. Please make sure you have spent or exchanged any remaining CUC prior to passing through immigration when you leave Cuba.   You can do this at the CADECA exchange office at the airport, but we recommend you do this before reaching the airport as queues can be long and only a maximum of CUC300 will be exchanged into another currency. Any drinks, snacks, duty free and souvenirs will now need to be paid using a credit card or cash (GBP, CAD, AUD, USD, EUR etc.).


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.

Currency in Antigua

Eastern Caribbean Dollar. US Dollars are also widely accepted.

Currency in Belize

Belize uses Belize dollars. US dollars are also accepted as currency.

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

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

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
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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.

Country Specific Kit

Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.

Caribbean Climate

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:

  • 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 the areas you will be walking in may be bought 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.

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.

Extra Insurance

Cuban law requires all foreign nationals arriving in Cuba to be able to produce proof they have valid travel insurance including medical insurance and cover for evacuation by air ambulance for the duration of their intended stay. All visitors should have a photocopy of their full policy, not just a cover note, available for inspection by authorities on arrival at Havana Airport. Spot checks will be made at immigration. Anybody unable to produce the documents will be required to purchase a Cuban policy.

Any clients not holding a policy purchased through RWH Travel Ltd should specifically confirm that travel to Cuba is covered by the policy as cover issued by insurance companies based in the United States will not be valid in Cuba.

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.

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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Dominican Republic

  • Capital

    Santo Domingo

  • Currency

    Dominican Peso

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    8.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • February

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • April

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • May

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 170mm

  • June

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 118mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 102mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 122mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 131mm

  • October

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 151mm

  • November

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 144mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 110mm

Antigua

  • Capital

    Saint John's

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean Dollar

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    8.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 30mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 20mm

  • March

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 30mm

  • April

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 30mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • July

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • August

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • September

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 110mm

  • November

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • December

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

Barbados

  • Capital

    Bridgetown

  • Currency

    Barbadian Dollar

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    9hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • March

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 53mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 130mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 153mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 166mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 178mm

  • November

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 163mm

  • December

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 107mm

St Lucia

  • Capital

    Castries

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean Dollar

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    8.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to six weeks

Average weather

  • January

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 86mm

  • February

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • March

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • May

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 139mm

  • July

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 191mm

  • August

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 194mm

  • September

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 214mm

  • October

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 227mm

  • November

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 202mm

  • December

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

Cuba

  • Capital

    Havana

  • Currency

    Cuban Peso

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    9hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 36mm

  • February

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 39mm

  • April

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • May

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 137mm

  • June

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 143mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 131mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 157mm

  • October

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 169mm

  • November

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • December

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 36mm

Jamaica

  • Capital

    Kingston

  • Currency

    Jamaican Dollar

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC -05:00

  • Flight duration

    9.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 68mm

  • February

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • March

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • May

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 148mm

  • June

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 129mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 81mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 128mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 152mm

  • October

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 221mm

  • November

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 148mm

  • December

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

Mexico

  • Capital

    Mexico City

  • Currency

    Mexican Peso

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -05:00, UTC -06:00, UTC -07:00

  • Flight duration

    11hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 180 days

Average weather

  • January

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • February

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 20mm

  • March

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 17mm

  • April

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 25mm

  • May

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 142mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 167mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 166mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 172mm

  • October

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • November

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 36mm

  • December

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

Dominica

  • Capital

    Rosesau

  • Currency

    East Caribbean Dollar

  • Language

    English; French; Antillean Creole

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    8hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to six months

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

  • February

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • April

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • May

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 147mm

  • June

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 181mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 232mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 233mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 240mm

  • October

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 216mm

  • November

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 225mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 138mm

Trinidad & Tobago

  • Capital

    Port-of-Spain

  • Currency

    Trinidad and Tobago Dollar

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    9.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to three months

Average weather

  • January

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • February

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • March

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 87mm

  • June

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 187mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 217mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 203mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 178mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 197mm

  • November

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 183mm

  • December

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 147mm

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