A new programme of Short Escapes & City Breaks from Ramblers Worldwide Holidays offers the perfect solution for time-strapped walkers. Here’s how you can enjoy a whirlwind walking tour of the world’s most beautiful places with the Ramblers’ walking-holiday partner.
Fancy strolling through the sizzling streets of Marrakech, easing your aching limbs in Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon, discovering the hidden hill towns of the Côte d’Azur or wandering through the ruins of ancient temples – all without putting more than a small dent in your annual holiday allocation? On a short escape with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, you’ll squeeze all the excitement, exploration and relaxation of a far longer trip into just a few action-packed days. With a stellar selection of city sights and adventurous experiences to choose from, there’s something to suit all abilities and interests. And the best part? You’ll enjoy all the benefits of travelling with the original walking experts, including outstanding local knowledge, skilled guides and a raft of loyalty rewards. That just leaves one question. Where will your next walking adventure take you?
Ice and fire
With its smouldering volcanic landscapes and natural geothermal pools, Iceland is one of the world’s most spectacular countries. On a Reykjavik-based ‘Taste of Iceland’ holiday with Ramblers Worldwide, you’ll pack the highlights of this northern beauty into five exciting days. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon, spot whales and dolphins playing in the freezing waters, marvel at the thundering Gullfoss falls and watch the aurora dancing over the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, as well as fitting in a spot of sightseeing in the capital. But if you prefer your winter breaks to be all roaring fires, Christmas markets and glühwein, why not explore snowy Bavaria on ‘A Romantic Winter Journey’? This ten-day break takes in the medieval charm of Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Heidelberg, combining the twin attractions of walking and culture.
Ramblers Worldwide’s Short Escapes hold as much appeal for ‘culture vultures’ as they do for walkers. Discover the museums and palaces of Naples on a week-long tour of Italy’s most famous bay, or combine a dose of Ancient Greek history with a ramble along the scenic donkey trails of the island of Hydra on a five-day trip to Athens. Prague, with its Rococo and Baroque palaces, lends itself to exploring on foot – and on a five-day break you’ll take in everything from the Old Town Hall to the picturesque Malá Strana district. Equally appealing is the classy coastal town of Nice, where you’ll have the chance to discover the hill towns of Eze, Vence and St Paul de Vence, as well as browsing the art museums and taking in the Villa Ephrussi, famous for its nine themed gardens, on a six-day walking holiday.
Dreaming of clear blue skies and a pleasant climate? A five-day break in Marrakech is the perfect way to get a quick blast of sunshine and experience Moroccan culture. Go for a hike in the spectacular Atlas Mountains, visit a Berber village or enjoy a spot of retail therapy in one of the city’s colourful souks. You needn’t leave Europe to get a taste of Moorish culture, of course. Seville, with its legendary Alcázar and sultry Andalucian setting is one of Europe’s most exotic cities. Follow up a walking tour of the centre with an evening of flamenco and tapas-tasting for the ultimate Spanish experience. Or head further south to enjoy a four-day trip to Malaga and learn more about Picasso’s link with this up-and-coming coastal city – ‘Picasso’s Malaga’ starts at £340 for a half-board, four-day break.
Something for everyone
Apart from Short Escapes & City Breaks, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays offers many other opportunities to discover the world’s most beautiful places on foot, including special-interest holidays from birdwatching to cookery to Cruise & Walk. Independently minded walkers can even take advantage of the Load Off Your Back service (www.loadoffyourback.co.uk) to hike a selection of Britain’s long-distance paths without the hassle of arranging accommodation or carrying a pack. Exceptionally reasonable prices, coupled with incentives that include funding for your walking group and loyalty rewards for introducing family and friends make a Ramblers Worldwide holiday the ultimate way to explore the world on foot.
Win a short break in the Lakes
To celebrate 60 years since the Lake District’s Hassness Country House Hotel passed into Ramblers Worldwide Holidays Stewardship, we’re offering the chance to win a short break for two to this stunning Buttermere retreat.
How to enter
Simply tell us which Ramblers Worldwide Short Escapes & City Breaks holiday features the Georges Pompidou Centre? Visit Ramblers Worldwide Holidays to enter (where you’ll also find T&Cs) by 31 August 2015, or put it on a postcard and send it with your full name, address and postcode to Walk Competition, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Lemsford Mill, Lemsford Village AL8 7TR. For inspiration, visit ramblersholidays.co.uk or call 01707 386673 for an Autumn 2015/Spring 2016 brochure.