Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire.
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Safe Travels in 2021 and beyond…
While our world still feels a little uncertain, we understand that you may have lots of questions about how your future holidays with us may be affected. Firstly, you can book and travel with us in complete confidence, we’ve always had flexible booking conditions and we’re fully committed to continuing to offer you all the flexibility you need and to keep you updated with all the latest developments as we return to travel and group holidays.
Will I need to have a Covid-19 vaccination before travel?
Quite possibly. We’re monitoring this closely along with our partners overseas and we believe it is likely that some evidence of a Covid-19 vaccination will be become necessary. Some countries and airlines are currently asking for a recent negative Covid-19 test but as the vaccination programme rolls out more extensively, this may be replaced with evidence of vaccination. The situation is constantly shifting so we’ll be updating this advice as and when things change. It’s a good idea to also keep an eye on the updates from the FCDO regarding your chosen destination.
We operate small group holidays accompanied by trained leaders. You’ll always have someone on the ground with you during your holiday to adapt arrangements locally if necessary. We think that travelling in a group is a safe and secure way to travel and of course it’s possible for you to still actively engage with your local destination and really explore the highlights but also have your own ‘travelling bubble’ with all of our expertise and experience to support you.
During 2020 we developed new health & safety guidelines and as we move through 2021 and beyond, and as the world’s understanding of Covid-19 improves, we’ll update these practises as necessary. Before we resume trips in any destination, we review all accommodation, transport, and other aspects of your holiday against our Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. We want to offer you as close to a ‘normal’ holiday as we can, keeping any inconveniences to a minimum.
Will I need a mask during travel and whilst in my destination?
We expect the requirements to change during 2021 but there will probably be some circumstances where masks are either recommended or required, for example on public transport. Each country may have different policies, but we’ll monitor this closely so that you are fully advised. We would recommend that you always carry your own face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitiser and remember these may be mandatory for your flight.
Will there be itinerary changes?
We’re frequently reviewing our policies and itineraries in line with the ever-changing nature of local rules and protocols and we’ll continue to do so. This may mean that some elements of your tour, e.g., local attractions or restaurants could change at short notice and our leaders will make judgement calls during your holiday to modify the itinerary if appropriate. If any major changes become necessary, then of course we’ll do our best to inform you before departure.
How much has the tourism industry changed?
The tourism industry has been greatly impacted by Covid-19 as travel restrictions have been in place but during this extended lockdown period, we’ve all come to appreciate just how important getting outside and exercising our bodies and minds really is. Breathing in the fresh air and drinking in the views as you explore on foot has never been more popular, and it is without doubt the best way to really experience a new destination and to support local communities. We have all come to understand that to travel freely is a huge privilege and making only gentle footprints as we explore the world remains as much a part of our ethos now as it was in our early pioneering days. To read more about our not-for-profit ethos, click here
Will holiday prices increase?
There will certainly be some additional demands, reduced capacities with airline routes and hotels, and some uncertainties regarding exchange rates so some price increases are possible. What we can promise is that we will strive as always to keep our prices as low and as competitive as we can.
Where are the top spots for travel in 2021?
For 2021 we anticipate that many travellers may choose to stay closer to home and so we have extended our portfolio of UK holidays, we have some amazing destinations on our doorstep just waiting to be discovered.
We also know that your appetite for overseas travel remains high and so for the late summer of 2021 and for 2022 we are committed to providing a wide choice of destinations, particularly in Europe where shorter flights, good hotels and hygiene standards are available and healthcare is similar to what you may expect at home. Add in some wide-open spaces, panoramic views, sunshine, local food and the company of your fellow travellers and you’re set to go.
Our long-haul programme has reduced in the short term but still includes many of our bestselling destinations. As the wider world reopens for tourism, we will of course look to expand our programme once more and return to more exotic and far flung destinations.
Our protocols are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations and include personal protection, extensive disinfecting, and physical distancing measures. We have reviewed and enhanced our health and safety policies and procedures to consider the new challenges posed by coronavirus. We endeavour to ensure that all our suppliers and partners are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation.
This page is a summary of the extensive steps we are taking. Should you wish to know more, you can download the safety guidelines we have provided to our team for a more detailed breakdown of the measures we have put in place.
We have reviewed and enhanced our health and safety policies and procedures to take into account the new challenges posed by coronavirus. We endeavour to ensure that all our suppliers and partners are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation.
Ramblers Walking Holidays has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
We're Good to Go! In partnership with the National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland this certification recognises that we have confirmed that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.