LAST CHANCE or BEST CHANCE?
Ever get the feeling that long haul travel could soon be a thing of the past?
In ten years time, will it be socially acceptable to fly long haul? Will the effects of global warming and
pressures from increasing tourist numbers combine to make travel to remote or endangered places unviable?
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has always taken great care to ensure that our holidays leave the least impact
on the places we visit so that future generations can derive the same enjoyment as we do today.
Overleaf our product managers look at five of our current long haul holidays and explain what measures we
take to safeguard these precious environments as well as suggesting why now might be the best time to visit.
CRUISE & WALK FAMILY HOLIDAYS SAINT LUCIA
NEW BROCHURE OUT SOON
Our new brochure for Autumn 2010 - Spring 2011 is now at the
printers and will be sent out to clients around mid April.
Look out especially for some brand new holidays: Antequera in Spain, the Great Algarviana Route,
The MARTIN HESP column
Renaissance Italy, Captivating Cappadocia, Kenya, Malay Peninsula, Colombia, and many more.
We welcome journalist Martin Hesp in the
first of a regular Newsletter column.
NEW CELEBRITY FACE OF RAMBLING Go country walking for a living? Seems like
a tiring and muscle-grinding way to pay
Julia Bradbury is set to become the new face of rambling to encourage the mortgage – but someone’s got to do it.
more people to enjoy our great outdoors. That, at least, is what I say to folk who ask
Julia (pictured, left) presents Countryfile and Wainwright Walks on BBC TV, about my work – for I have the honour of
and has just become President of The Ramblers to raise the profile of walking as a fun and being Britain’s longest serving walks writer
sociable activity for all age groups, as well as adding her own inimitable celebrity allure. on the staff of a large daily newspaper.
And sometimes I feel almost embarrassed
• Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has teamed up with Celebrity Angels magazine to produce a
that I actually get paid for doing such a
travel issue guest edited by Julia and fellow TV adventurer, Simon Reeve. The magazine is
lovely and highly pleasurable thing.
currently available from all good retailers, including WH Smith, or via www.celebrityangels.co.uk
I have been turning in my Friday walks
page for the Western Morning News for
WHICH? HOLIDAY SURVEY ACCOLADE over a decade – which means I’ve done
some 600 hikes in one of the most
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has been ranked amongst the TOP FIVE tour beautiful regions in the UK.
operators in the UK for customer satisfaction in a Which? Holiday survey. The WMN covers the South West
The survey featured 4,507 Which? Online panel members who were asked to rate aspects of peninsula, so my newspaper walks are
their holidays including journey, accommodation, customer service and value for money. located anywhere from the Mendip Hills to
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays attained the fifth highest customer score of 87%. As always, our the Isles of Scilly. After the Lake District,
Tour Leaders came up trumps with our clients, winning five stars within the company this is probably the most walked region in
representation category. What’s more, we won five stars within the organisation, journey, Britain.
accommodation and customer service categories.
We have Exmoor and Dartmoor National
Which? Holiday magazine also reports that Ramblers Worldwide Holidays had the highest level Parks as well as other delights like Bodmin
of client loyalty from all those surveyed, with 91% of respondents having booked with us before. Moor and the Somerset Levels. And of
course, we have the big granddaddy of
them all – the 630-mile South West Coast
NEW! JOIN OUR COMMUNITY Path - said to be the most popular long
distance trail on the planet.
Hi, I’m Julietta and I have been working on
Writing about walks is just a part of my
setting up the Ramblers Worldwide Holidays
work as a professional journalist, but
Community. It will be full of your stories about
people often ask how I managed to land
your holidays, your pictures, your comments,
such a plum job in the first place. The
your ideas and so much more!
answer is - I volunteered.
If you would like to contribute or get involved in any way, please contact me on 01707 386811
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org It’s your community – join in the conversation! And that is how I begin this new column
for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. I’ve now
been on two trips abroad with the company
CLIENT TURNED AUTHOR BOOK OFFER and I enjoyed both walking holidays so
much I volunteered to become the
Regular client, Robin Bray, loves bridges and loves the Lake District. newsletter’s resident columnist.
He’s just fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition by combining his two passions The aim of the new column? Well for a
in his first book, entitled Walking on Bridges, which celebrates the start, it’s my belief that first and foremost
packhorse bridges along some of his favourite Lakeland walking routes. walking should be fun – so we’ll have some
sparkling walk-related tales and anecdotes.
Produced by Andrew Bogle. Printed by Lithoflow, EC1R 0ET
The book has descriptions of 24 walks over passes used by packhorses, 10 short walks, each
with a bridge, and 12 circular walks. There are 65 maps, 36 colour plates and 26 drawings. Added to that, walking is interesting - so
we’ll also have news on the latest products
OFFER Ramblers Worldwide Holiday clients can receive Robin’s book at the discounted price of
that help make putting one foot in front of
£16 (including P&P) for the paperback, or £20 (including P&P) for the hardback edition by
the other even more pleasurable. Add
emailing: email@example.com or telephoning 07971 352473, in both instances quoting code RWH.
some hiking gossip and updates on other
matters concerning outdoor leisure – and I
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Lemsford Mill, Lemsford Village, Herts, AL8 7TR
hope we’ll have a recipe that appeals to
Tel: +44 (0)1707 331133 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org
walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes.
www.ramblerscountrywide.co.uk Why did I volunteer? Well, someone’s got
to do it!
LAST CHANCE or BEST CHANCE? Machu Picchu
Views from some of our Product Managers
David Kay says “Possibly the most recognizable tourist attraction in the world, Machu Picchu is
indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But mass tourism has taken its toll with recent flooding
cutting off thousands of tourists in the village below the citadel, prompting the Peruvian
authorities to consider greatly restricting numbers in future. With Ramblers Worldwide Holidays
you’ll travel with a responsible tour operator working to ensure that your impact on all tourist sites
is minimized. We journey by train to Machu Picchu, we walk around the site with a local guide, and we try
to avoid peak times to lessen our impact and safeguard the future viability of this unique attraction.
Machu Picchu is a highlight of a visit to a stunningly beautiful country which has so much to offer.”
• Six Faces of Peru SS/D/P departs 7 Aug, 11, 30 Sep & 16 Dec ’10, from £2625.
Michael Hatch says “Of all the world’s wildlife havens
“Don’t worry, the the Galápagos is perhaps the
Kaçkar Mountains in most important and fragile.
north east Turkey aren’t From the moment that Darwin
going anywhere. What makes them outlined the theory of evolution
special now is that they are based on his Galápagos research
beautiful, accessible and virtually the huge importance of
unknown outside Turkey. Even this biosphere has been
German hikers don’t seem to acknowledged and great
Kaçkar Mountains have discovered them yet! efforts have been put into its
Switzerland with mosques . . preservation. Visiting the islands
the Turkish Himalaya . . . call them offers some of the most
what you like, in July and August inspiring wildlife encounters to be had on the globe. The sealions are
they offer excellent high level the most photogenic but everything here is unique. It is recognised
walking and spectacular displays of flowers. We really feel that once the that tourism is important but the voices suggesting that excessive
word gets out then the yaylas, those high pastures beneath the rocky tourism is harming the local ecology grow ever stronger. Restrictions
peaks, will see a huge influx of hikers. New roads will be built, the on travel to the Galápagos will only become greater and hence travel
small villages will spread to accommodate the seasonal influx, prices will become more expensive. Soon we predict prices will increase
will rise and some of the magic will go. Anyone who loves and respects beyond the reach of most travellers. You can visit now with Ramblers
mountains has the right to go there, so we have no wish to hold people Worldwide Holidays. We carefully monitor the impact of our holidays
back. We stay in really nice hotels and have the services of the top local on local ecology and economy so you can visit knowing you are not
guide to assist our leader. Go now – this is really is a gloria mundi.” contributing to the destruction of the islands”. - David Kay
• Kaçkar Adventure D+/P departs 10, 27 Jul and 7 Aug ’10, from £1795. • Ecuador and The Galápagos D/SS/P departs 31 Oct ’10, from £3099.
Helen Nelson says “Mention the Seychelles to anyone and you’ll conjure up
images of one of the world’s most idyllic holiday destinations. The archipelago,
which lies off the coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean, has set aside
almost 50% of its land area as national parks and nature reserves, which
nurture an amazing array of indigenous flora and fauna. The natural history found
here is globally important with giant tortoises, marine turtles and some of the best bird
watching found anywhere. You’ll find breath-taking natural beauty under the sea too, where
snorkelling or taking a glass bottomed boat cruise will open your eyes to the
Seychelles islands’ stunning marine life. Visiting the Seychelles is certainly a trip of a
lifetime, but like so many low lying islands, predicted rising sea levels due
to global warming could pose a threat to this unique and beautiful destination.”
• The Secrets of the Seychelles E/SS/P departs 14 Nov ’10, from £2785.
Sherree Winnan says “New Zealand is a stunningly beautiful and
homely-feeling country for the British. The layout of the towns, New Zealand
the welcoming faces and easily understood accent makes many
things immediately familiar. Perhaps the best known walking route in the
world, the Milford Track, is so popular that it is oversubscribed, so strict restrictions
on visitor numbers make it essential that you book with an accredited tour operator like
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Happily there are many other stunning walking trails
throughout the country which are blissfully uncrowded and little visited. New Zealand is very
much a country for walkers and New Zealanders are keen to ensure that their near-pristine
natural environment is carefully preserved and managed to keep it that way.”
• The Great South Island Adventure D+ departs 17 Nov ’10, from £4929.
The important thing about any family holiday is entertaining the kids because
if they are not having a good time it is unlikely anybody else will. This is the
huge advantage of Ramblers Family Walking Adventures where entertainment
and lots of outdoor physical stuff provides great fun and leaves everybody
happy and relaxed at the end of the day writes Product Manager, David Kay.
I took the Kay family on a holiday to Samos last summer and we had a ball. Megan (aged 8)
immediately struck up a friendship with the other girls on the holiday and they spent every
possible minute in the hotel pool or sea depending which was closer.
Each day’s walking was downhill and we could always see the sea (our destination) on the
way down. If occasionally young minds wandered they could easily be refocused by pointing
out the beach taverna where we would be stopping for lunch. 2-3 hours stroll then lunch
and a swim is an ideal recipe. We saw mountains and villages, birds, lizards, flowers and
fruit trees. Always something new to look at and always that afternoon swim beckoning.
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I thought the whole thing was so ideal for kids (and parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles Camilla the Camel can
and anybody else who would care to join us) that I signed up to become a leader, (it being join you on your next
some time since I led for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays), and now the Kay family is off to Ramblers Family
Burgundy in May on what looks like another great trip. Again we have a comfortable little Adventure holiday.
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special beach which the locals build each year on the side of a huge pool in the local river
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for the all important swim at the end of the day.
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we have plenty more to choose from.
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Come and join us. distances so this is not only
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What could be better than a holiday where you walk in a different place
every day and return to a gorgeous floating hotel every evening?
Leader Maeve Hamilton Hercod describes the joys of our Cruise & Walk
programme aboard the comfortable ships of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
Getting your bearings Food, glorious food Canaries, where Ramblers Worldwide
Most cruises have an initial day or more Breakfast is a lavish spread while lunch Holidays clients are frequent visitors, the
at sea which allows the group time to on board caters for all tastes. On walking planners in the office ensure that we
discover all that the ship has to offer. days our walking group takes a packed have the pick of the walks to really show
Four laps of the deck make a mile, so lunch which you can choose from a menu just how different all the islands are.
we are amongst the first to take a on the first day. On Christmas cruises And as always on our holidays, if you
constitutional in the sea air. Others prefer there is an afternoon carol service and don’t want to walk with the group you are
the onboard gym or health centre. midnight mass followed by a late night free to do your own thing – have tea in
Entertainment on board ranges from buffet on Christmas Eve - you’ll never be Reids Hotel on Madeira, explore St Magnus
lectures by interesting speakers, piano hungry on a cruise! cathedral in Orkney or you can sample
recitals or the daily quiz in the pub. the Guinness in Dublin.
There is a well-stocked library and bridge A different day, a different experience
Treats and delights
sessions for beginners and the Being in a different location – even a
Once back on board in the evenings,
experienced, while afternoon tea and different country – each day means the
there is a short briefing before we all sit
cakes – served on deck when the weather variety of walks on shore is enormous:
down to a first-class 4-course dinner.
is warm - is a high point of the day. from the sights of St Petersburg to the
For Christmas of course this is extended
volcanoes of the Canaries. Norwegian
to 6 (or is it 7?) courses – all served by
Evening entertainment cruises offer scenic train journeys and
the delightful crew. And then there are
Every evening after dinner, if you don’t spectacular views. Sometimes we just
the cocktail parties and formal evenings
fancy watching the sunset on deck, it’s walk straight off the ship to start our
which are a great excuse to get all
showtime in the theatre with a polished walk, on others we wait for a tender to
dressed up and show that we have more
young group doing song and dance take us to shore. In some places we have
in our cases than fleeces and sunhats!
routines. Other entertainers range from a coach or a guide laid on, as on the Isle
comedians to magicians to pop singers - of Lewis where we dock in Stornoway and • For more details about Cruise & Walk
all very professional - and most evenings enjoy a drive across the island before holidays, visit www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk
there is an opportunity to dance as well. walking on the west coast. In the or telephone 01707 386767.
a hidden tropical gem
Imagine 19,000 acres of lush
rainforest to explore, an abundance
of wildlife to see, stroll through
beautiful tropical gardens or visit
the world’s only drive in volcano –
you can find all this and more on
the stunning island of Saint Lucia.
Hiking the Pitons The world’s only drive-in volcano Rich culture and heritage
Famed for its striking natural beauty, this In Soufriere, you will find the world’s only You can learn more about Saint Lucian culture
Caribbean gem provides the perfect setting drive in volcano with its bubbling Sulphur through the many tours available including:
for a host of activities. The iconic Piton peaks, Springs. Here you can relax and have a
Lushan Country Life Tour You will see a mock
a World Heritage Site in Soufriere, dominate refreshing mud bath.
Amerindian hut which would have been home
the South West coastline and are one of the
to the original inhabitants of the island. You
most recognised symbols of Saint Lucia. The Fascinating history
will also be given a tour of the medicinal
Gros Piton mountain is very popular with The Awarak Indians were the original
gardens, passing turmeric patches, bayleaf
hikers and offers breath-taking views of the inhabitants of Saint Lucia but were overcome
trees and cinnamon trees.
island from the summit. The Petit Piton is the by the Caribs. Between the 17th and 19th
most challenging due to its very steep incline century, the British and the French fought Fond Latisab Creole Park Experience the
and is ideal for experienced hikers. over Saint Lucia 14 times with the British timeless traditions which include preparation
eventually gaining control of the island. of cassava bread in the ancient Amerindian
Abundance of rainforest trails Remnants of the old military forts and manner, the traditional practices of cooking
The stunning lush rainforest provide barracks used during this battle can still be on the leaves of macamboo, and the local
numerous trails for low and high impact seen at Pigeon Island National Park. practice of catching crayfish.
trekking. Along the way you will see ferns, Saint Lucia gained its Independence in 1979
bromeliads, brilliant heliconias and other and is still a Commonwealth country.
Saint Lucia has so much to offer the
fascinating flora and fauna. The shady canopy
adventurous traveller whether it be hiking the
is a great hiding place for a wide variety of
Pitons or trekking along the vast number of
bird species making the island a popular
rainforest trails. With a tropical climate,
choice for keen bird-watchers. Look out for
stunning scenery, warm and friendly people
the elusive indigenous Amazona Versicolor
and a diverse range of activities, your holiday
parrot found in the depths of the rainforest.
will be one to remember.
Diving and snorkelling are very popular on
island with some great dive sites along the
West coast, perfect for beginners and
WALKING ON SAINT LUCIA D/D+/SS 16 days, half board.
Departure dates & rates: 2 Nov 2010 £1799; 14 Dec 2010 £1950; 11 & 25 Jan, 8 & 22 Feb and 1 Mar 2011 £1955.