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La Rochelle & Bordeaux City Break

Explore two very different French cities. Discover La Rochelle's luminous facades await as we spend time with a local guide getting to know the city. Walk the coast and explore islands famed for their scrumptious seafood and historical landmarks. Whilst going onto the hub of possibly the most famous French wine region in Bordeaux with a local guide before walks discovering the famous village of St Emillion and a local vineyard.

  • Aquitaine

  • 8 nights
  • Bed and breakfast with five dinners and one seafood lunch included in local restaurants
  • City Breaks

    Culture

    Food & Wine

  • Oct

Leisurely

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Walking grade

Grade 3

This Grade 3/SS holiday includes half and full day walks at a moderate pace. The holiday involves city walking with a local guide. Half day walking will probably involve about 3 hours of walking. In Bordeaux one day we will walk outside the city, on paths and quiet roads around the local countryside. In La Rochelle our walks will also take us onto coastal tracks. Although largely flat they can be uneven and very sandy. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Bordeaux’s beating heart and the 'White City' of La Rochelle with local guides.
  • Visit the Cité du Vin (wine museum) and the vast digital arts centre of Bordeaux’s former submarine base.
  • Discover elite vineyards for a local wine tasting experience.
  • Adore St Émilion's medieval charm and marvel at its underground monolithic church.
  • Best foot forward on Bordeaux's UNESCO Heritage trail for an urban walking adventure.
  • Make the most of our Bordeaux & La Rochelle city break at your own pace from our perfectly located city centre hotels.
  • Savour a seafood tasting lunch in Ars-en-Ré.
  • Discover the scenic South West France coastline on this unforgettable walking break.
  • Fall in love with Ars-en-Ré and its extensive salt marshes.
  • Take to the sea as we head by boat to the vehicle free Île d’Aix.

Journey to La Rochelle, a charming seaport in South West France, where land and sea intertwine to provide a bounty of riches. The city, known as 'La Ville Blanche' to the locals, is steeped in maritime history, with its characterful old town boasting cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. Stroll through the arcaded facades and immerse yourself in the captivating tales of this prominent seaport that dates back to the 14th century.

A knowledgeable local guide will lead you through the city's historical gems, revealing stories of the past as you explore the vibrant streets. The cityscape is accentuated by a series of fabulous lighthouses, adding a touch of maritime magic to our coastal walks.

La Rochelle is renowned for its seafood, an integral part of the local culture and economy for centuries. Indulge yourself in this rich tradition with a delectable seafood tasting lunch, providing a delicious insight into the region's culinary heritage.

Venture beyond the city to the idyllic Île de Ré, where picturesque walking awaits around the village of Ars-en-Ré. Explore the island's still-working salt marshes, a haven for seabirds and a testament to the area's natural beauty.

As part of our island-hopping adventure, we'll set sail to the serene Île d'Aix, a car-free haven steeped in history. Discover the island's past as you walk among historic fortifications, and indulge in oyster tastings at a charming island shack.

Finishing up in La Rochelle we take the train south to Bordeaux.

On an unforgettable Bordeaux city break, where you'll journey through history, culture, and the world of renowned wines. Nestled in the southwest of France, Bordeaux stands as a testament to grand Gothic cathedrals, and sprawling vineyards on its outskirts, creating a harmonious blend of urban sophistication and rural charm. Bordeaux is an imposing, magnificent city with 350 historical buildings and monuments. 

Your exploration of Bordeaux begins with an expert local guide leading you through the city's medieval streets. Discover the architectural marvels of Saint André Cathedral, a symbol of the medieval era adorned with vivid stained glass, towering vaulted ceilings, and intricately carved stone gargoyles. A visit to the Cité du Vin, a museum dedicated to winemaking, allows you to delve into the rich history and artistry behind Bordeaux's most iconic product.

Venturing beyond the city limits, you embark on a scenic train journey to the surrounding vineyards. Walking through picturesque country lanes and vineyard paths, you arrive at the captivating village of St Émilion. This UNESCO-listed destination boasts historical charm, with cobblestone streets and artisanal wine merchants. A local winery tour and tasting offer insight into the distinctive microclimate and complex soil structure that contribute to the production of world-class wines in this region.

Your Bordeaux city break offers ample free time for you to explore at your own pace. With the inclusion of a Bordeaux City Pass, you gain swift access to city excursions, enabling you to wander through boutique-lined streets like Rue Sainte Catherine and the golden triangle. Take leisurely strolls through the verdant riverside public gardens and marvel at the architectural brilliance of the Place de la Bourse, perfectly reflected in the shallow waters of the Miroir d’Eau.

  • Return flights to Bordeaux from London
  • Airport and centre transfers via public transport
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Half Board on five nights with dinners taken at local restaurants
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train/boat
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary & Île de Aix boat trip & Bordeaux City Pass
  • Services of a local guide for two mornings
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Bonjour La Rochelle!

Meals

Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Our city break starts at Bordeaux Airport. After collecting luggage, we meet our leader and take public transport to our hotel located right in the city centre of La Rochelle. This journey involves a 30 minute bus ride to Gare St Jean in Bordeaux before a 2 hour 30 minute train journey to La Rochelle and a short onward walk to our hotel.

After dropping our bags into our rooms, if time allows, our leader will show us where we can find any extra amenities we might need during our stay such as supermarkets, pharmacies and ATMs.

Transfer Time = 3.5 hours

Day 2

Getting to know La Rochelle

Meals

Breakfast and Seafood Tasting Lunch

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    110m

Your first morning in La Rochelle unfolds with a local guide leading you through the historic streets of this port city, sharing tales of its past and pivotal role in the region's growth. Dedicated to the sea, the region aligns with our 'Food and Wine' theme, inviting exploration of the renowned 'Vieux Marché' (Old Market), celebrated for its fresh seafood. 

In the afternoon a coastal walk to the south of La Rochelle, offering panoramic views of the bay and islands.

Day 3

Île d’Aix by boat

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

Today, you trade buses for boats, embarking on a serene sail from La Rochelle port to the tranquil Île d’Aix. Despite being merely three kilometres in length, this island encapsulates the diverse coastal landscapes of the region. Notably, Île d’Aix holds historical significance as the place where Napoleon spent his last days on French soil before being exiled to Saint Helena. Explore the island's variety, from oyster shacks to forts, and a fortified village, offering a captivating journey through time and coastal wonders.

Day 4

A taste of the coast and Ile de Ré

Meals

Breakfast with Dinner in a Local Restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

Today we walk on Ile de Ré and the picturesque Ars-en-Ré.  A bridge makes this beautiful and chic island easily accessible to all. All around us are oyster beds and salt marshes popular with sea birds.

Day 5

Onto Bordeaux

Meals

Breakfast & dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Today is a transfer day as we head south to Bordeaux. This journey involves a short walk to the station before a 2 hour 30 minute train journey to Bordeaux Gare St Jean and an onward tram journey and walk to our hotel.

Upon arrival, if time allows, we will drop our bags in our rooms and your leader will show us where we can find any extra amenities we might need during our stay, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and ATMs just like we did in La Rochelle.

Please note this may be an unescorted transfer dependant on our leaders movements.

Day 6

Bottle Stop Bordeaux

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Guided Tour

A guided tour of Bordeaux is a great way to discover from the locals the fascinating past of this city.

Our first morning in the city is spent with a local guide, walking the streets of this historic city and learning of its past, present and what is planned for the future. Discover what makes Bordeaux the wine hub of France.

In the afternoon we head to the Cité du Vin, a museum dedicated to the region's wine. It also offers a spectacular journey around the world, throughout the ages, across countless cultures and civilisations. The last treat of the day is Bordeaux’s “Bassins de Lumière”, a WWII submarine base converted into a huge arts centre.

Day 7

The Vineyards of St Emilion

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

The train from Bordeaux Gare St Jean whisks us on a 40-minute ride to the little train station of St Émilion. From here we walk to a local vineyard, where we look at the wine cellar and sample some of their prestigious wines. After this we walk into St Émilion itself. The town is like stepping back in time with little backstreets and seductive squares filled with proud wine merchants offering the rare wines of the region. Only a small amount of this wine from St Émilion is sold overseas, as it is too good for the locals to part with easily. You will be lucky to spot a bottle in UK supermarkets. After lunch in town, for which we recommend the local deli for fresh sandwiches, we visit St Emilion’s subterranean church and catacombs before continuing our vineyard walk back towards the station.

Day 8

UNESCO World Hertage Walk

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    60m

In 2007 Bordeaux became the most extensive urban environment in the world to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our walk in this formidable space will take in not only the city’s architectural masterpieces but also lesser-known little gems.  

Day 9

Final Day

Meals

Breakfast

Depending on our flight arrangements, there may be time to visit some more of Bordeaux's sights in the morning before we start transferring back to the airport for your onward flight home.

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th Oct 2024 - 12th Oct 2024 (8 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Bordeaux
  • Arrival transfer by airport shuttle and foot c. 50 mins on return from La Rochelle 3.5hr.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Ibis Styles La Rochelle Centre

At the heart of La Rochelle, the Ibis Styles Hotel La Rochelle Centre welcomes you with open arms, offering a delightful blend of comfort and convenience. As you step into the vibrant lobby, you're greeted by the hotel's cheerful atmosphere, setting the tone for a memorable stay.

Your room, adorned with contemporary décor, and plush beds promise a peaceful night's sleep, complemented by air conditioning to keep you comfortable in any season. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

The hotel's facilities cater to your every need. Indulge in a delicious continental breakfast at the on-site restaurant, setting a perfect start to your day. 

Explore La Rochelle's attractions, knowing that after a day of adventures, you can return to the hotel's bar, savouring a variety of drinks in a relaxed ambiance. 

Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

The Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre stands conveniently in the heart of Bordeaux. Upon entering your well-appointed room, you'll discover a tastefully decorated space featuring comfortable beds, ensuring a restful night's sleep. Enjoy the convenience of air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, allowing you to stay connected with ease. The rooms also come equipped with a minibar, coffee and tea-making facilities, and a safe, catering to your every need.

After a day of exploring Bordeaux's attractions, unwind at the hotel bar, where skilled bartenders craft delightful beverages in a relaxed setting. The Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre seamlessly combines modern amenities with a touch of sophistication, creating an unforgettable experience.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 3/SS holiday includes half and full day walks at a moderate pace. The holiday involves city walking with a local guide. Half day walking will probably involve about 3 hours of walking. In Bordeaux one day we will walk outside the city, on paths and quiet roads around the local countryside. In La Rochelle our walks will also take us onto coastal tracks. Although largely flat they can be uneven and very sandy. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

The six full days will be divided between walking and sightseeing. The majority of the sightseeing will be on foot to allow you to enjoy the area at a leisurely pace. We will also make good use of sights in the area and use the ferry's, public buses and trains to get around as well as making good use of our Bordeaux City Pass.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

We include the 3 day (72hr) Bordeaux City Pass in the cost of the holiday. The card allows you to explore Bordeaux in a comfortable and easy way by providing free use of public transport in the city, admission to 15 museums and attractions either free or discounted. Your tour leader will provide you with these cards on day 2 of the holiday.

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is €20-€30 per person per day.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees as described in the 'What's Included' and 'Proposed Itinerary' sections are included in the holiday cost. Some extra entrances which are incidental throughout the holiday are optional so you may wish to budget a little extra.

Currency in France

The currency in France is the euro. 

Credit cards are widely accepted. You may be asked to provide ID if you can’t pay by chip and PIN. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout France.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

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

We offer return flights from London to Bordeaux.

Transfers from Bordeaux Airport to the hotel will be by airport shuttle bus and on foot. The bus journey to Bordeaux city centre takes around 40 minutes followed by a 10–15-minute walk to the hotel. 

Should flying not be your preferred choice of travel booking, land only and travelling by rail through Lille or Paris to Gare St Jean in Bordeaux and return from La Rochelle may suit you better.

Transferring to La Rochelle involves taking the tram from our hotel in Bordeaux to Bordeaux Train Station which takes around 1 hour followed by a 2 hour 30 minute train ride and a short walk to the hotel. Please note this may be an unescorted transfer dependant on our leaders movements. The changing of public transportation may lead you to consider luggage on wheels that is easy to manoeuvre. We will need to do the same travel arrangements to get back to Bordeaux at the end of your holiday.

Once we are in the cities our walking programme will be completed by local trams, trains and buses. The holiday price includes the 72hr Bordeaux City Pass which will enable you to free public transport travel should you wish to go off programme and explore more on your own.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts are taken at the hotel. On five evenings your leader will take you to a variety of characterful local restaurants where you can really sample French cuisine. Dinner is not included on three evenings so you can explore the cities restaurants independently.

Lunches apart from the seafood tasting lunch in La Rochelle are not included but with the hotels being in the city centres you are spoilt for choice as to where to buy a picnic. 

When taking reservations for groups in local restaurants, it is the policy of some restaurateurs to offer one set menu, served to everyone at the table with the exception of vegetarians, vegans and gluten free. We would like to remind you that when making your holiday booking you had the option to state dietary requirements, if you didn’t do so at the time, please let us know as soon as possible so we can strive to try and meet your needs.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

French Swimwear

Please note that in French public swimming pools men are not permitted to wear baggy swimming shorts but must have ‘Speedo’ style trunks or tight fitting longer shorts. Men with incorrect swim wear will not be allowed into the pool.

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)
  • Holiday money
  • 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 in France

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for France

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to France.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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France

  • Capital

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro; CFP Franc

  • Language

    French

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    1.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • February

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • March

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • April

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • June

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • October

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • November

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • December

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

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