Spanning five continents and sixty countries, including 13 new holidays in 12 different countries, there is a superb choice of different types of experiences, from African safaris to Alaskan wilderness adventures and from uplifting spring walking holidays to festive escapes to the Lake District. Holidays have been carefully designed to cater for all levels of walking ability, from novices to more seasoned hikers.
With holidays designed for all interests and levels of fitness, less experienced walkers can still enjoy an adventurous experience, with more leisurely walking and wildlife watching on a selection of grade 1 to 3 adventures such as the new Kruger & Swaziland Safari. More intrepid walkers also have plenty to choose from such as the new Mount Toubkal Long Weekend, a new grade 7 holiday, which offers a fantastic opportunity to 'bag a peak'.
The brochure also highlights the extensive collection of UK walking holidays including Christmas and New Year options - Festive Cheltenham and Loxton & the Mendips at New Year- as well as a selection of walking, festive and activity based holidays from Ramblers Walking Holidays' own Lake District property Hassness Country House. Completely refurbished and idyllically located on the shores of Buttermere with numerous trails literally on the doorstep, the property offers a choice of 3, 4 or 7 night breaks, with the option of two different levels of walk each day with two leaders, making it a great option for walkers with different levels of ability and fitness to holiday together. Adding another dimension to the walks, its activity-based breaks such as the Navigation & Hill Skills, Mindfulness in the Mountains and Women's Activity Week also provide the perfect opportunity to try something new.
Ramblers Walking Holidays offer exceptional value for money with many of the costs such as half board meals and any transfers included. In addition, there are holidays for solo travellers with no single room supplement, combined two-week holiday options, 'Early Bird' discounts, a loyalty points programme and discounts for private group bookings.
Highlights of the new brochure include:
Sierra de las Nieves -NEW (grades 4 & 6/moderate)
In the hills behind Spain's Andalucían coast, explore the dramatic landscapes of Sierra de las Nieves natural park under the guidance of two walking leaders with choice of two grades of walk each day. Walking from the Moorish thermal spa town of Tolox along ancient mule trails and waymarked paths, discover an area rich in indigenous flora and abundant groves of olive, fig and orange, including a wealth of wild flowers during Spring. Expertly designed by one of Ramblers Walking Holidays resident leaders, highlights include the hike from the Rio de los Caballos valley to La Virgen waterfall with its beautiful natural pool - an ideal spot for swimming; the aromatic ascent through the world's largest Pinsapo fir forests; the walk from the quiet hamlet of Jorox, though orange and avocado terraces, along the 'Acequia del Moro' irrigation canal down Rio Grande valley; and a rewarding climb in 'The White Mountains' for spectacular views all the way to Gibraltar and the North African coast.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) Sierra de las Nieves7 night holiday starts from £995/person including return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways, EasyJet or Charter), airport transfers, half board en suite accommodation, all local transport costs and services of an expert walking leader. Departures: 20 Oct 2019, 22 March, 3 May & 17 May 2020.
Mount Toubkal Long Weekend – NEW (grade 7, challenging)
Over a long weekend, conquer North Africa's highest peak, Mount Toubkal, hiking a challenging trail through the foothills of the western High Atlas Mountains. Getting a flavour for Morocco's rich Berber culture, explore Marrakech's maze-like medina and bustling market Djemaa-El Fna with its smoking grills and colourful street performers, before heading to the small outpost of Imlil. Over two days, hike past terraced farmlands and traditional villages with magnificent mountain views, stopping to overnight in a remote mountain refuge, before the early morning ascent to the summit. Culminating in unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakech Plain and High Atlas peaks to the north, and south to the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara, it's one to bag in a weekend.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk)Mount Toubkal Long Weekend 4 night holiday starts from £749/person including return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech (British Airways or EasyJet), airport transfers, accommodation, all breakfasts, dinners and two lunches, knowledgeable English-speaking local guide, all local transport costs and services of an expert walking leader. Departures: 16 May, 13 June, 15 August and 12 September 2020.
Tenerife - NEW (grade 6, moderate)
Staying in the Old Quarter of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town San Cristóbal de La Laguna, hike between remote hamlets on the mountainous Anaga Peninsula. Immersed in a landscape of mist-shrouded forests, rocky pinnacles and steep ravines plunging down to the sea, enjoy spectacular views from Tenerife to Spain's highest peak - Mount Teide, and across the ocean to La Palma and Gran Canaria. Explore the 16th century layout and history of San Cristóbal, a blueprint for Spanish colonial cities in the New World, stopping to soak up the atmosphere and savour the local cuisine at one of the many cafes and restaurants.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) Tenerife7 night holiday starts from £1025/person including return flights from Gatwick to Tenerife South (British Airways or Charter), airport transfers, en suite accommodation with breakfast, dinners taken in the hotel and in local restaurants, all local transport costs and services of an expert walking leader. Departures: 18 November & 21 December 2019; 15, 22 & 29 February, 7 March & 2 May 2020.
Discover Oman - NEW (grade 5, moderate)
Exploring the Arabian Peninsula, discover the contrasting terrains of green valleys and barren mountains, white beaches and amber hued desert dunes walking in Oman. Hiking through the villages and wadis of the Jebel Akhdar plateau with stunning views at every turn, watch the sunset and stars light up the night sky from a tented desert camp in the Wahiba Sands. Surrounded by an oasis of palms and some of Oman's highest mountains, wander through the winding streets of the ancient capital of Nizwa taking in its impressive fort and high-walled souq.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) Discover Oman 9 night holiday starts from £2699/person including return flights from Heathrow to Muscat (Oman Air), airport transfers, half board en suite accommodation, knowledgeable local English speaking walking and sightseeing guides, all entrance fees, all local transport including coach and 4x4 vehicles and services of an expert walking leader.
Departures: 6 November 2019, 22 January and 4 March 2020.
Ruhpolding – Three Holidays in One! - NEW (grade 5, moderate)
Spend a week nestled in the foothills of Germany's Chiemgau Alps - a perfect winter haven - winter walking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing from the pretty mountain village of Ruhpolding. Combining snowshoeing through dramatic Bavarian valleys and around pristine hidden lakes with the opportunity to cross-country ski on local 'Loipen' (cross- country ski trails). Time is also spent exploring the village, its impressive churches and neighbouring surrounds with the option to catch the cable car to a mountain restaurant to savour some tasty 'Obazdan', a traditional cheesy snack, to a backdrop of snow-kissed alpine views.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) Ruhpolding – Three Holidays in One! 7 night holiday starts from £1495/person including return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways), airport transfers, half board en suite accommodation, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing equipment, qualified local winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing guides, Chiemgau Karte for reduced entry to some local attractions, all local transport costs. and services of an expert walking leader. Departures: 21, 28 January & 4 February 2020.
Annapurnas & Chitwan - NEW (grade 6, moderate)
The perfect introduction to Nepal and the Himalayas - mountain walking, teahouses, wildlife and Chitwan National Park. Following trails from Kathmandu west to Pokhara, trek under the Annapurna massif reaching to 8000m and Machapuchare, 'Fish Tail Mountain', a minnow at 7000m as distinctive as the Matterhorn, to a mountainous backdrop. Savour magnificent sunrises over the world's highest peaks and spot tiger, rhino and sloth bears on safari, foot and canoeing along Narayani river in Chitwan National Park. Also spend an evening with a former Gurkha soldier, oncean integral part of the British Army.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) Annapurnas & Chitwan 13 night holiday starts from £2460 including return flights from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines), airport transfers, full board accommodation, services of an experienced local trek support team on trekking days, entrance fees to all included highlights, all transport for walks & excursions and service of an expert leader.
Best explored on foot and float plane, discover one of the remaining bastions of pure wilderness.Walking in Alaska's untouched national parks to a backdrop of electric blue glaciers and stunning fjords, encounter whales, black and grizzly bears, porpoise and all manner of birds along the way. Leaving the frontier city of Anchorage, hike in nearby Chugach State Park before hitting the Harding Icefield Trail to Exit Glacier in Seward, getting off-the-beaten-track by float plane in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and wildlife spotting in Denali National Park, home to North America's highest mountain. Another highlight is the scenic ferry journey through Prince William Sound.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) AlaskaWilderness, Walking & Wildlife13 night holiday starts from £5399/person including return flights from Heathrow to Anchorage via Vancouver (Air Canada), airport transfers, transfers between centres, accommodation with breakfast, all picnic lunches, four dinners in local restaurants, local American guide and RWH leader throughout, park entrance fees, all local transport costs. Departures: 11 July & 22 August 2020.
Kruger & Swaziland Safari - NEW (grade 3, Leisurely)
Combining wildlife and walking with 4 x 4 game drives, explore one of the world's largest game reserves Kruger National Park and the oldest mountain Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa, immersed in magnificent scenery and diverse ecosystems. Driving the aptly named Panorama route along the highest sealed road in South Africa, take in the vast Blyde River Canyon and historic mining town of Graskop before venturing into Kruger National Park. Hike in the paw prints of the park's legendary dog on Jock of the Bushveld Trail and spot a plethora of animals, including the much sought after 'top five', on a series of safari drives and guided bush walks. In Swaziland, explore Hlane Royal National Park on a guided bird walk with the chance of seeing lion, elephant, White Rhino and leopard.Transferring to Mlilwane, the Valley of Heaven, hike the famous Sibebe Rock, a giant monolith just pipped in size by Australia's Uluru.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) Kruger & Swaziland Safari14 night holiday starts from £2750/person including return flights from Heathrow to Johannesburg (British Airways), airport transfers, en suite accommodation with breakfast, most meals (1 lunch is not included), some lunches and dinners will be provided by the hotels or local restaurants, while some lunches will be cooked and prepared by a cook travelling with the group, local English speaking guide, all activities as suggested in the itinerary and all local transport costs.