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Caribbean Explorer

Adventurous Caribbean Island Hopping in St Lucia, Martinique, and Dominica.

From£4,075

  • St Lucia

    Martinique

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  • 14 nights
  • Culture & Natural History

    Pioneer

    Sightseeing

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Moderate

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Tour codes: 45560

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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

  • Three varied Caribbean Islands wonderfully packaged into one superb holiday.
  • Encounter forts, a lighthouse, sugar plantation visit, botanical gardens, trip onboard a fishing boat, and endemic birds.
  • Combine incredible coastal, rainforest and inland walking.
  • Local guides for expert information and insights.
  • Bring out the Caribbean flavours with a Creole cookery and tasting (with Rum) on Dominica.

A walking holiday in the Caribbean is more than just blue seas, white sandy beaches and palm trees. Think endemic birds, lush rainforest, stunning coastal walks, Creole cooking experience, rum distillery, fort and cathedral, visit to a lighthouse and botanical gardens. This holiday offers so much diversity, accentuated by three very different islands and local guides to bring out the flavours.

We begin our exploration on St Lucia which is quite simply a beautiful island. Coastal walks, botanical gardens and exotic beaches are all waiting to be discovered. The island is a fusion of French, British and African traditions - an intriguing mix! 

Taking a short ferry ride, we head to the French-Caribbean island of Martinique, where Napoleon’s Empress Josephine was born. We’ll discover Fort de France, enjoy a walk that takes us from the Atlantic to the Caribbean coast, through a rainforest, and time for a swim. On La Caravelle Peninsula a short climb to the old Lighthouse affords us panoramic views of the island.

On to Dominica, a spectacular wild, green island of rugged mountains, lush rainforests, rushing rivers, and sparkling waterfalls. A short hike through the lush vegetation of the Trois Pitons National Park, the first park in the Caribbean designated a UNESCO heritage site, takes us to the waterfall grotto of the Emerald Pool. Relatively untouched by tourism, this is certainly an island for nature lovers. It offers a wide variety of hikes, some following routes developed by the Kalinago (Carib) population, long before Columbus arrived. Take the opportunity to relax in a sulphur spa and enjoy a boat trip. 

For our final stop, we return to St Lucia for one last night in familiar surroundings. On our final day we travel to the south of the island to Balenbouche Estate for a tour and afternoon tea; a civilised end to a fantastic two weeks. What more could we possibly want from the ideal walking holiday?

  • Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Hewanorra)(British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
  • Internal flight (Liat or InterCaribbean)
  • Airport transfers
  • Ferry and flight transfers between islands
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Five lunches
  • English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

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

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrive at St Lucia's Hewanorra airport, and transfer by road to Rodney Bay on the north of the island, to the Bay Gardens Hotel, our home for the next four nights.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Our walk visits the village of Gros Islet and follows the coastline around Rodney Bay to Pigeon Island with views of the south of Martinique. We return by water taxi across the Bay.

Day 3

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

Our Plantation walk today takes us along the old Brigend Trail that was used during the French and English battle at Praslin. As we explore deeper into the forest, we should listen out for some of the endemic birds of the island. Our day ends at Mamiku Botanical Gardens with a short visit and perhaps a well deserved ice cream!

Day 4

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today we walk the Forestiere to Barre D'Isle rainforest walk. This takes on another ancient trade route along the backbone of the Island from North to South.

Day 5

La Pagerie, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Taking the ferry from Castries today, we make the crossing to Fort de France (approx 1.5hrs), on the nearby French island of Martinique. We'll view the Old Fort and Cathedral of the capital en route to the hamlet of Trois Ilets where we stay at the Hotel La Pagerie for four nights.

Day 6

La Pagerie, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Our coastal walk today takes us from the hamlet of St Anne's, through mangroves, along unspoilt beaches and follows the Caribbean coastline. There will be time for a relaxing swim at a beach where we stop for our picnic lunch.

Day 7

La Pagerie, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we head across to the east side of the island and walk on La Caravelle Peninsula where we experience a mixture of bush and coastal paths. A short climb to the old Lighthouse affords us panoramic views of the island. Once again there will be time for a swim and picnic lunch. On the return journey to our hotel we shall look to include a visit to a rum distillery (with tasting!)

Day 8

La Pagerie, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have a free day to further explore the wonderful island of Martinique, visit a local beach, take a whale watching trip or just relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel.

Day 9

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

With an early evening transfer flight to our next island, Dominica, we have the opportunity to enjoy some free time and to recharge our batteries before leaving Martinique. The hotel has a lovely pool to relax by, or perhaps the beach beckons. Fort de France is a short ferry ride away and the hamlet of Trois Islet offers some souvenir shopping.

Day 10

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

We transfer by coach to Soufriere, where we walk part of the islands Waitakabuli Trail, before returning to visit the towns church and relaxing the muscles in the seas warm sulphur bath. We will have a picnic lunch before returning to the hotel. For those that want, there is the opportunity for optional snorkelling. Tonight, we will sample a true Caribbean culinary experience, where we will watch a demonstration, enjoy the dishes and there is also some rum tasting!

Day 11

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

From Belle Hall Beach, we’ll walk a segment of the Waitukubuli Trail through Douglas Beach Park and the dry swamp lands of the Cabrits National Park, finishing at the ruins of Fort Shirley. We’ll stop for lunch at the house of the village icon and chicken farmer, Gilles Carbon. We continue on foot, to Capuchin Bay where we board fishing vessels for a boat trip to Prince Rupert Bay, with the fisherman sharing their stories of life on the island. There will be time for swimming before we return to the hotel.

Day 12

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

An interesting coastal walk takes us through indigenous communities and finishes with a visit of the Kalingo Barana Auté village, where we can experience the authentic heritage of the last remaining Kalingo people of the Caribbean.

Day 13

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A leisurely morning allows for a visit to the wonderful waterfall grotto of the Emerald Pool, where a short hike takes us through lush vegetation of the Trois Pitons National Park, the first park in the Caribbean designated a UNESCO heritage site, to a shimmering pool in the forest. Later, we will continue to the airport, where we take our flight back to St Lucia Here we stay at the comfortable Bay Gardens Hotel for our final night, before returning to the UK.

Day 14

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

For our final day in the Caribbean we can enjoy a relaxing morning before we transfer to Hewanorra Airport visiting Balenbouche Estate, an old sugar mill plantation, en route for a late lunch including wonderful organic produce from the estate and a tour. We will finish at the airport for check in for our return flight to London Gatwick.

Day 15

Travel

Meals

In-Flight

We arrive into London Gatwick this morning.

From (GBP)£4,075

Departure dates for your selected tour

19th Nov 2020 - 3rd Dec 2020 (14 Nights)

28th Jan 2021 - 11th Feb 2021 (14 Nights)

25th Feb 2021 - 11th Mar 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Heranorra) (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
  • Internal flight (Liat or InterCaribbean)
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrive at St Lucia's Hewanorra airport, and transfer by road to Rodney Bay on the north of the island, to the Bay Gardens Hotel, our home for the next four nights.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Our walk visits the village of Gros Islet and follows the coastline around Rodney Bay to Pigeon Island with views of the south of Martinique. We return by water taxi across the Bay.

Day 3

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

Our Plantation walk today takes us along the old Brigend Trail that was used during the French and English battle at Praslin. As we explore deeper into the forest, we should listen out for some of the endemic birds of the island. Our day ends at Mamiku Botanical Gardens with a short visit and perhaps a well deserved ice cream!

Day 4

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today we walk the Forestiere to Barre D'Isle rainforest walk. This takes on another ancient trade route along the backbone of the Island from North to South.

Day 5

Hotel Bambou, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Taking the ferry from Castries today, we make the crossing to Fort de France (approx 1.5hrs), on the nearby French island of Martinique. We'll view the Old Fort and Cathedral of the capital en route to the hamlet of Trois Ilets where we stay at the Hotel Bambou for four nights.

Day 6

Hotel Bambou, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Our coastal walk today takes us from the hamlet of St Anne's, through mangroves, along unspoilt beaches and follows the Caribbean coastline. There will be time for a relaxing swim at a beach where we stop for our picnic lunch.

Day 7

Hotel Bambou, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we head across to the east side of the island and walk on La Caravelle Peninsula where we experience a mixture of bush and coastal paths. A short climb to the old Lighthouse affords us panoramic views of the island. Once again there will be time for a swim and picnic lunch. On the return journey to our hotel we shall look to include a visit to a rum distillery (with tasting!)

Day 8

Hotel Bambou, Martinique

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have a free day to further explore the wonderful island of Martinique, visit a local beach, take a whale watching trip or just relax and enjoy relaxing at the hotel.

Day 9

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

With an early evening transfer flight to our next island, Dominica, we have the opportunity to enjoy some free time and to recharge our batteries before leaving Martinique. The hotel has a lovely pool to relax by, or perhaps the beach beckons. Fort de France is a short ferry ride away and the hamlet of Trois Islet offers some souvenir shopping.

Day 10

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

We transfer by coach to Soufriere, where we walk part of the islands Waitakabuli Trail, before returning to visit the towns church and relaxing the muscles in the seas warm sulphur bath. We will have a picnic lunch before returning to the hotel. For those that want, there is the opportunity for optional snorkelling. Tonight, we will sample a true Caribbean culinary experience, where we will watch a demonstration, enjoy the dishes and there is also some rum tasting!

Day 11

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

From Belle Hall Beach, we’ll walk a segment of the Waitukubuli Trail through Douglas Beach Park and the dry swamp lands of the Cabrits National Park, finishing at the ruins of Fort Shirley. We’ll stop for lunch at the house of the village icon and chicken farmer, Gilles Carbon. We continue on foot, to Capuchin Bay where we board fishing vessels for a boat trip to Prince Rupert Bay, with the fisherman sharing their stories of life on the island. There will be time for swimming before we return to the hotel.

Day 12

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

An interesting coastal walk takes us through indigenous communities and finishes with a visit of the Kalingo Barana Auté village, where we can experience the authentic heritage of the last remaining Kalingo people of the Caribbean.

Day 13

Bay Gardens Hotel, St Lucia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A leisurely morning allows for a visit to the wonderful waterfall grotto of the Emerald Pool, where a short hike takes us through lush vegetation of the Trois Pitons National Park, the first park in the Caribbean designated a UNESCO heritage site, to a shimmering pool in the forest. Later, we will continue to the airport, where we take our flight back to St Lucia Here we stay at the comfortable Bay Gardens Hotel for our final night, before returning to the UK.

Day 14

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

For our final day in the Caribbean we can enjoy a relaxing morning before we transfer to Hewanorra Airport visiting Balenbouche Estate, an old sugar mill plantation, en route for a late lunch including wonderful organic produce from the estate and a tour. We will finish at the airport for check in for our return flight to London Gatwick.

Day 15

Travel

Meals

In-Flight

We arrive into London Gatwick this morning.

From (GBP)£4,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Nov 2021 - 2nd Dec 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Heranorra) (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
  • Internal flight (Liat or InterCaribbean)
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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.

Bay Gardens Hotel

Described as a boutique tropical retreat, The Bay Gardens Hotel, offers its guests spacious island-inspired en suite rooms all with views of their lush gardens. Room facilities include, a hairdryer, TV, air conditioning, kettle, telephone, mini-fridge, room Safe, iron and private Terrace. Complimentary WIFI is available throughout. The property offers three swimming pools, an onsite restaurant and easy access to local shops and attractions.

La Pagerie

The Hotel la Pagerie is surrounded by tropical gardens and a bar situated right at the edge of the swimming pool!

The renovated and spacious rooms with colourful themes have wood furnishings, and come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. All include mini fridges, coffeemakers and furnished balconies.

There's an open-air restaurant and two bars.

Fort Young Hotel

Originally built as a fort to guard the islanders, The Fort Young Hotel, has a prime location on Roseau’s main quay and is a focal point of the city. There are many ways to relax with a swimming pool, hot and cold Jacuzzi, a gym with a view and a buzzing cocktail bar and cafe. And there’s the best known restaurant in Dominica where you can dine while watching the sun set into the sea. We stay in Fort rooms, which are in part of the original fort building and all have a balcony or veranda with views out to sea. The rooms are all en suite, with a/c, hairdryer, Wi-Fi and cable TV.

Hotel Bambou

The vibrant bungalows are decorated in typical Creole design, and nestled amongst a beautiful tropical garden. They are located a short walk from the beach. The Hotel Bambou provides sun loungers for days spent relaxing on the beach or at the poolside, as well a  range of free activities including, aqua-aerobics, table tennis, volleyball,  and an introduction to scuba diving in the pool (depending on the season). Some evening entertainment such as steel band, traditional dance, and acoustic music is provided. All rooms enjoy a view over the garden and comprise the following facilities; air conditioning, safe, fridge, telephone, TV and with a patio or balcony.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Although a Grade 4 some of the walking is done on well prepared trails and paths that are clearly marked, however they can be rough and stony under foot, and as we walk in rainforest, sometimes wet and slippery. There are many ascents and descents involved in the walks and distances can vary from approximately 3 miles to 7 miles with ascents and descents of up to 300m which is also the same as our maximum altitude, but it is the nature of the terrain that determines the grading. 

You can experience high humidity in the Caribbean, and this can also make some of the walks feel more demanding than you might normally find with this type of walk in the UK. Some days will include a beach visit in the afternoon giving time for a relaxing swim before returning to our hotel.

Walks & Excursions

Some of the walking is done on well-prepared trails and paths that are clearly marked, however, they can be rough and stony underfoot, and as we walk in the rainforest, sometimes wet. There are many ascents and descents involved in the walks and distances can vary from approximately 3 miles to 7 miles, but it is the nature of the terrain that determines the grading. 

You can experience high humidity in the Caribbean, and this can also make some of the walks feel more demanding than you might normally find this type of walk in the UK. Some days will include a beach visit in the afternoon giving time for a relaxing swim before returning to our hotel.

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

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in 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.

Currency in Martinique

Martinique uses the euro.

Currency in Dominica

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

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

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.

Your Travel Details

Flights are to and from London Gatwick (LGW) to St. Lucia (UVF) with British Airways. Travel between St Lucia and Martinique is by ferry/catamaran. 

We may experience choppy seas, so if you are susceptible to travel or sea sickness, you may want to consider bringing medication for these transfers.

The luggage allowance on the ferry is restricted to 1 check in bag per person plus 1 carry on only. 

The arrival transfer in St Lucia will be by road and it is approximately 90 minutes from the airport to the hotel. 

We fly between Martinique and Dominica and Dominica to St Lucia and this flight is included in your holiday price. 

Please note that airlines require your passport details prior to check in. This is to comply with entry requirements to the islands.

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.

Passport Information for St Lucia

A passport is required and should be valid for at least six months after the date of return. A visa is not required by the holder of a British passport bearing the inscription 'British Citizen' for stays up to 42 days.

Passport Information for Martinique

A valid passport is required and should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay

Passport Information for Dominica

Valid passport is required. British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Dominica. 
On entry, you will be granted a specified period to stay. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply and pay for an extension of stay through the Dominica Immigration Department. 
It is an offence to overstay the entry period or to work without a work permit. 
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Meals

Buffet breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge. Dinners will be taken at our hotels, which offer excellent cuisine. We will eat out one evening whilst on Dominica, where we have a truly Caribbean culinary experience. Some lunches are included in the holiday cost (as noted on the itinerary), and we will take these during some of our visits, while those not included may consist of a picnic lunch or a local restaurant best advised by your walks leader.

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.

Snorkelling Equipment

This holiday will give the chance to relax and have free time at the beach so please feel free to bring snorkelling equipment.

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 in St Lucia

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a mixture of two pin US style adaptor with flat pins and UK style three pin plugs. 
More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Electricity in Martinique

The electricity supply on Martinique  is 220-240V. The hotels have the round 2 pin plug European outlet

Electricity in Dominica

The electricity supply on Dominica is 220-240V with the hotels offering a mixture of the UK. style 3 pin plugs and the 2 flat pin sockets.

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

Maps, Guidebooks & More

  • St Lucia Tourist Board       www.stlucia.org
  • Visit St Lucia              www.visitslu.com
  • Experience Martinique       www.martinique.org
  • Discover Dominica       www.dominica.com

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.

Health Advice for St Lucia

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to St Lucia.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

You may also wish to consider immunisation against Hepatitis B.

Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus also exist in St. Lucia; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. 

Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Health Advice for Martinique

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Martinique.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You might like to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Hepatitis B.

Dengue fever, Zika virus and  Chikungunya virus also exist in Martinique; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. 

Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy. 

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water.  

Health Advice for Dominica

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Dominica.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You might like to consider immunisations against Hepatitis B and Tetanus. 

Dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus also exist in Dominica; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our 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.

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.

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.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

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.

Soufrière Primary School

As a part of our ethos, we enjoy taking our clients to Dominica and introducing them to a different side of the Caribbean. 

Dominica’s small villages are dotted around the island and one in particular we visit is Soufrière, where we make a stop at the primary school before our walk. 

The school is always in need of books and holds regular book drives. If you would like to donate a couple of reading books on your visit (perhaps ones that grandchildren have finished with or from a charity shop) they will be greatly received and very, very useful. 

Below is a list of items that the school will find incredibly useful. 

  • Note / writing books
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Liquid glue and glue sticks
  • White board markers
  • Permanent markers
  • Thumbtacks
  • Magnetic letters and numbers
  • World map and Caribbean map
  • Classroom charts ( numbers, alphabet, colour, months of the year, days of the week, manners, parts of the body, skeletal system, digestive system, solar system, circulatory system, excretory system, reproductive system, nervous system, water cycle, ….)
  • Any mathematics and science resources/ hands-on materials to teach concepts like : magnet, electricity, matter, forces, energy, weather, materials….)

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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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

Martinique

  • Capital

    Fort-de-France Bay

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    French

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    8.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • March

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • April

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

  • May

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 113mm

  • June

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 164mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 202mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 228mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 232mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 239mm

  • November

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 216mm

  • December

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 149mm

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

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