Tropical white sand beaches, swim, relax, snorkel...
Coastal walks with stunning seascapes
Beautiful gardens to explore
Our programme of fly-cruises which visit the sun-kissed Caribbean are always popular. They offer the opportunity to discover rainforests, tropical wildlife, colonial cities, blue skies, sandy beaches and exotic cocktails.
SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:
Barbados - We walk through the lush tropical world of Welchman’s Hall Gully and Andromeda Gardens, Gun Hill Signal station and maybe enjoy a flying fish sandwich lunch at Sunbury Plantation.
Antigua - We hike with a local guide through rain forest to Signal Hill for a 360º view over the island, and then enjoy a barbeque at our guide's art gallery home. Before embarking we may visit the old naval base for Admiral Nelson's Fleet.
Grenada - ‘The Island of Spice’ where we take a trail through the Grand Etang forest followed by a trip by water taxi to Grand Anse beach, two miles of palm-fringed white sand beach.
St Kitts - We drive in Land Rovers to Romney Manor for the opportunity of two walks. St Kitts is a birding paradise. We finish in the capital Basseterre for free time and retail therapy!
St Maarten - From Guana Bay we walk through grassy fields and along the island's wild east coast, on the way viewing bizarre rock formations and maybe views of neighbouring St Barth’s.
Tobago - With a local guide we travel to the main ridge of Tobago. We walk along the Gilpin Trace trail, well known for its birds and along the coast.
Bonaire - We visit the high point of the island then spend time in the capital Kralendijk, visiting the bustling outdoor craft and produce market.
Aruba & Curaçao - We visit both islands, situated on the coast of Venezuela, surrounded by coral reefs and blessed with a beautiful year-round climate.
St Lucia - A local guide accompanies us to the viewpoint above the Fond D’Or Estate and down to the beach before continuing to a small village for lunch. Given time we end the day with a swim in Marigot Bay.
Tortola - Capital of the British Virgin Islands, we visit the Botanical Gardens and then, with a guide, walk to a sheltered lagoon at Beef Island where you can try paddle boarding or kayaking.
Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for 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.
One hotel night in Bridgetown, Barbados
Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days
Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
Tips to the ship’s restaurant staff
What's not included?
All drinks on board
Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
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
Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this.
Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore.
Lunch on Day 2 of the holiday in Barbados
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.
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 make adjustments to 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.
Fly to Barbados
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
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,
Dinner this evening will be in the hotel.
Transfer Time = 30m
Walking & Sightseeing from Bridgetown
Breakfast & Dinner
Braemar (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)
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.
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.
Walking & Sightseeing from Pointe-a-Pitre
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.
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
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.
Arrival in Havana
We arrive in Havana late afternoon so might have some time to go ashore after dinner.
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.
Cruising to Mexico
We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head south west towards Cozumel in Mexico.
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.
Cruising to Jamaica
We have another day aboard Braemar as we now sail east through the sunny Caribbean towards Jamaica.
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.
Cruising to the Dominican Republic
We have a day at sea, being a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The currency in the Dominican Republic is Dominican Peso
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Where are we going to stay?
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
P.O. Box 73W Rockley
+1 (246)-435-8920 www.accrabeachhotel.com
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.
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
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.
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
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
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
Walking poles (should you find them useful)
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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.
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
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.