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Matera & Alberobello

Sassi and Trulli, perhaps the most distinctive accommodation to be had in Italy, both are steeped in history and folklore.

  • Italy

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Apr





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Our holiday walking grades


Grade 4

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.


Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the iconic conical Trulli buildings in Alberobello.
  • See the Sassi caves and beautiful architecture of Matera.
  • View the rock churches of the Gravina Valley an added interest to a great walk.
  • Be surprised by the elegance of Martina Franca and Locorotondo.
  • In season enjoy the flowers and butterflies whilst walking on the Canale de Pirro.
  • Take a visit to Bari, Southern Italy's second city and resting place of Santa Claus.

Sassi and Trulli, perhaps the most distinctive accommodation to be had in Italy, both are steeped in history and folklore. Imagine an early morning stroll through the Sassi district with the warming southern Italian sun just appearing over the skyline. Or waking in a Trullo and looking up at the bizarre conical ceiling above your head. Two of the first unique experiences waiting to be had.

We start on the high plains of Basilicata just across the border from Apulia. The town of Matera, cultural capital of Europe in 2019 is an elegant, cultured place. Steeped in history, the famous sassi cave dwellings have been inhabited since the earliest of times. Great changes have been made recently, the caves are beginning to turn into hotels and private residences. For an idea of how things were, consult Carlo Levi’s famous book, Christ Stopped at Eboli. We explore the town and the sassi but also walk the Gravina valley to the south of town.

We transfer the short distance to Alberobello to discover one of the most distinctive skylines in Italy. The conical roofs of the trulli buildings, in which we stay, dot the landscape for miles around. Each room has all facilities and a front door that opens on to the street. The cafe restaurant Terre Madre where we will take breakfast and sometimes dinner is also close at hand. You will enjoy a special experience that perhaps gives the best possible flavour of this unique town. On arrival we will explore the town with a local guide. On our three days we will explore the local area including the local towns of Martina Franca and Locorotondo, famed for its wine. We will also walk the local canal, an ideal place to spot butterflies and wild flowers in season.

  • Return flights from London to Bari
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Local English speaking guides in Matera and Alberobello
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day




We fly to Bari Airport and transfer approximately one hour to Matera by private coach.

Transfer Time = 1h 15m

Day 2

Matera with a Local Guide


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today we will spend the day exploring Matera. We have a morning with a local professional guide to explain what we are seeing. The town is famed for its 'Sassi' caves, inhabited by the poorest of the 'Materani' up until the 1960's and now slowly being renovated. The town is spectacularly situated above the Gravina River gorge. There are many viewpoints from which to enjoy the views. In the afternoon we walk to Madonna delle Virgini. The church dates back to the eighteenth century, is carved into the rock and is the only rock church still open for worship. 

Day 3

Exploring Rock Churches


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We will walk on the plateau above the Gravina Valley to enjoy ever changing views of the river valley and wonderful wild flowers in season. Our walk will take us by churches carved from the rock. These will probably be locked so bring a torch to get an idea of the interiors. 

Day 4

Onto Alberobello with a Local Guide


Breakfast & Dinner


Today we transfer to Alberobello. The transfer should be about 1hr 30mins by coach. On arriving in Alberobello we will be shown to our accommodation staying in individual trulli buildings. These must surely be some of the most characterful accommodations in the Ramblers Walking Holidays brochure. After lunch we will explore the town with a local guide. We will have dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 5

Along the Canale de Pirro


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


The local area being predominantly limestone has always had issues with water supply. To combat this a network of irrigation canals were built in the early 20th century to bring water from Basilicata, the neighbouring province. As well as irrigating the fertile farmland these canals, which are covered, also make for excellent walking. Our walk along the Canale de Pirro provides a generally flat walk through undisturbed nature and offers excellent opportunities to view birdlife, flowers and butterflies. Later it is possible to arrange a visit to the very impressive Castellana caves. The beauty of the caves is well renowned, a unique guided tour of the caves to more than 60 meters deep in an amazing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves with fantastic names.

Day 6

Martina Franca to Locorotondo


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We will spend the day walking in the local countryside or exploring Martina Franca and Lococrotondo. Martina Franca is a historic baroque city to the south of Alberobello. It takes its name from San Martino, the patron saint, and the tax exemptions granted to its inhabitants by Philip as Prince of Taranto. ('franca' meaning free). Locorotondo is known for its wines and for its circular structure which is now the historical centre, from which derives its name, which means 'Round place'. It is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. 

Day 7

Barsento Abbey


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We will continue our exploration of the local walks and villages. An excellent choice of walk is out from Alberobello to Barsento Abbey. The walk takes us passed fields of olives, fruit trees and vineyards to the 6th century Barsento Abbey. It is gentle terrain with minimal ascent and descent. 

Day 8

Final day



Depending on flight times we may have some free time to spend in Alberobello before we transfer back to Bari Airport for our flight back to the UK.

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Departure dates for your selected tour

5th Jun 2022 - 12th Jun 2022 (7 Nights)

3rd Sep 2022 - 10th Sep 2022 (7 Nights)

2nd Apr 2023 - 9th Apr 2023 (7 Nights)

27th May 2023 - 3rd Jun 2023 (7 Nights)

11th Jun 2023 - 18th Jun 2023 (7 Nights)

23rd Sep 2023 - 30th Sep 2023 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Bari
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr15mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • 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 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.

Hotel Sassi

The Hotel Sassi certainly a one off property. It is made up of a series of dwellings spread out over an area of Matera, some of them built and some dug out of the rock with some rooms/dwellings going back to the 1500s.

It could not be better located with Matera's main square, Piazza Vittorio Veneto just a short distance away. The entire complex is surrounded by panoramic terraces with a view of the Cathedral and the old quarter. The hotel has breathtaking panoramic views and guarantees a peaceful stay away from traffic as it is in a pedestrianised area. Keep an eye out in April and September for their resident Kestrel who makes the hotels rooftop its home.

With only 35 rooms, each one unique and are equipped with heating/air conditioning, free wi-fi , telephone, minibar, hair-dryer and flat screen TV. It is a so-called “albergo diffuso” that is to say, a hotel that is spread out on different levels. Some rooms face an outdoor area/courtyard known as “vicinato” (the neighbourhood). Not to worry thought the rooms and common areas are easily connected by an indoor lift.

Spending time at the Hotel Sassi is a completely new experience only to be followed up by our next unique accommodation in Alberobello.

Trulli in Alberobello

...are truly a unique form of accommodation! Each room is actually its own little building so it really doesn't make any difference if you book a twin, double or have a room for sole use.

As you step out the room your hallway is actually the quiet streets of Alberobello, each room not being far from the next so no one will feel alone.

Every room is just as equipped as a hotel room but with a few extras. Each room has eu-suite a small sitting area, tea making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a hairdryer.

Breakfasts are taken at the nearby and atmospheric Terre Madre restaurant a Trullo conversion Il Trullo Antico aswell as one dinner the rest of our stay in Alberobello we will dine out at local restaurants sampling the local food and hospitality.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This a Grade 4 walking holiday with a element of sightseeing in both Matera and Alberobello. Both towns are fascinating in different ways and reward exploration. The walking will be generally flat across barren limestone plains at Matera although and more gentle rural scenery around Alberobello. Most of the walks are half day and will be combined with sightseeing. The maximum altitude for this holiday is 500m.

Walks & Excursions

Our walking programme is a pleasant mix of sightseeing with some gentle walking. Most days are a mix, predominantly sightseeing on foot with some very relaxed strolls. The walking pace is unhurried on generally on back roads. The area is particularly known for its many varieties of butterflies and small birdlife. In spring the flowers are plentiful with displays of cyclamen in the appropriate months.

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 Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.


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 and 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.

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

We fly from London to Bari and back with British Airways. The transfer between Bari Airport and the hotel is by road and takes approximately 1 hour.

There is roughly a 10 minute walk from where our transfer vehicle drops us off in Matera to get to our first hotel. Matera although beautiful has many steps to be negotiated hence our transfer vehicle not being able to stop right outside our hotel, however not to worry your main baggage will taken to the hotel for you.

Should you be making your own flight arrangements the journey from Bari Airport to Matera can be made on public transport. There is a direct bus service operated by Pugliairbus. For details please see the following website:

On the return there are direct trains from Alberobello to Bari and connections to the airport.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R1). We do not offer regional flights with airport to hotel transfers on this holiday, but there is a wide choice of regional flights operating from the UK which you may choose to book independently.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website, 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.

Entry Requirements

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 passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Face Masks

Some airlines or destinations are requiring the wearing of FFP2, FFP3, KN95 or N95 masks without a valve. You should check the FCDO advice for your destination and with your airline before you travel, although you may wish to have one of these masks on hand just in case.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

The guidance for Schengen border guards may not be updated until the spring of 2022. Until then, for some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.


Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday arrangements. While in Matera, we take breakfast at our hotel and dinners in local restaurants. In Alberobello, breakfasts are taken at the nearby and atmospheric Terre Madre restaurant. We also dine there one evening and at local restaurants on the other evenings, sampling the local food and hospitality.

Footwear & Kit List


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.

Traveling Light

You should be able to lift and carry and handle your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and entrance area which could include some steps.

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 Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at

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 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 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

Many local libraries stock a good selection of travel guides/books which may offer you more information on the region. Perhaps the most famous book concerning the area around Matera is 'Christ stopped at Eboli' by Carlo Levi. Levi was exiled to the area during fascist times and his description of the lives of local peasants is insightful.

You may find the following websites useful; Italian State Tourism: Basilicata  Tourism: and Apulia Tourism:

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


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 Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

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

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

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

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

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.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.


From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

For more information, please visit

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at 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

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

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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  • Time Difference

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  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

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Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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