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Rocamadour

While strolling through the charming streets of Rocamadour, enveloped by the enticing aromas of freshly baked bread and crisp, clean air, you'll find yourself transported to a bygone era. Discover the magic of this historic town, your ultimate gateway to the Dordogne, where the past comes alive.

  • Dordogne

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Landscape

    Culture

    Flight Free

    Food & Wine

  • Apr

    Sep

    Oct

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Wander the medieval streets of Rocamadour with a local guide.
  • Take to the rolling hills of the Occitanie around Bretenoux in the upper Dordogne valley.
  • Loubressac voted as one of Les Plus Beau Villages de France, 'most beautiful villages in France’.
  • Follow in Pilgrim footsteps along part of the Camino de Santiago.
  • Go deep underground to discover cave paintings and other natural phenomena.

Nestled within the captivating Occitanie region of France, lies a hidden treasure - a secretive gorge home to the charming town of Rocamadour. Aptly named, Rocamadour is perched on a rock shelter that dramatically overhangs the tranquil river below, creating a picturesque scene that appears straight out of a chocolate box. This enchanting town has earned its place on the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site list, renowned for its medieval streets, fortified gates, and the iconic Chapel of the Black Virgin. A pilgrimage destination for many, Rocamadour holds a special place in the hearts of those seeking spiritual connection, and locally, it serves as the gateway to the alluring Dordogne region.

Embrace a journey through time as you embark on your own medieval adventure. Explore bastide towns, characterized by their strategic layout, and marvel at the intricate cave drawings that date back to ancient times, offering a glimpse into humanity's early artistic expressions. These remarkable drawings, some of the oldest and most distinct in the world, captivate the imagination and provide a window into our distant past.

But the journey doesn't end with history and art. As you traverse the charming landscapes, you'll also have the opportunity to tread upon the famous St. James de Compostela trail, also known as the Camino de Santiago. This renowned pilgrimage route offers a chance to connect with the footsteps of countless pilgrims who have embarked on this spiritual journey throughout the ages.

Prepare to be entranced by the fusion of history, culture, and natural beauty that Rocamadour and its surroundings offer. Whether you're drawn to its spiritual significance, curious about its ancient drawings, or simply eager to explore its medieval streets, Rocamadour promises an unforgettable experience that will leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

  • Return rail from London St Pancras to Brive-la-Gaillarde with Eurostar and SNCF.
  • Train station transfers including across Paris Taxi Transfer
  • En suite two-star hotel accommodation on half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • Services of a local guide for a half morning in Rocamadour
  • All local tips
  • Services of an Adagio 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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Tour Codes

50350

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

Welcome to Rocamadour

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Discover the scenic journey as we travel by train through Paris to reach Brive-la-Gaillarde, before embarking on a picturesque road trip to the enchanting destination of Rocamadour.

Day 2

Rocamadour from above and below!

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Upon your arrival in Rocamadour, prepare to be entranced by the town's awe-inspiring beauty. Set out on an enchanting morning journey led by your walks leaer, tracing the picturesque outer paths that unveil breath-taking panoramic vistas.

As the day unfolds, immerse yourself in a captivating guided tour with a local guide, a journey that delves deep into the town's storied history and enthralling legends. Stand in awe before the iconic black virgin statue, the spiritual heart of this time-honoured sanctuary that has beckoned pilgrims for countless generations. Step into the chapel's beguiling interior, where intricate boat models and chains dangle gracefully from the ceiling, revealing a tapestry of mysteries. Explore the extraordinary outdoor frescoes, some with origins dating back a staggering 800 years, offering a vivid portal into Rocamadour's ancient heritage.


Day 3

Bretenoux

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    160m

After a hearty breakfast, you will travel to Bretenoux, where you'll venture into the wonderfully varied terrain of the Occitane countryside, replete with woodlands rich in diverse flora. Following a brief visit to the village, you'll meander through walnut and cherry plantations, heading towards the imposing hilltop Castelnau Castle, which you'll have the opportunity to explore before returning to the village.

Please take note: Some sections of today's walk may feature short, steep portions. You may wish to bring walking poles for added stability.

Day 4

Loubressac & Padirac Caves

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today, you will embark on a captivating journey as we explore two of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.' Our first destination will be a short stroll to witness the stunning cascades and the picturesque village of Autoire. From there, we will continue to the flower-adorned hilltop village of Loubressac, the second of these enchanting 'most beautiful villages in France.' This marks the beginning of our scenic walk, leading us through rolling green fields and tranquil pathways to the magnificent Gouffre de Padirac.

After a satisfying picnic, we will venture underground into the Padirac cave, renowned as one of the most remarkable natural wonders in Southern France.

Please keep in mind: The Padirac Cave involves navigating 450 steps but in some cases, maybe not all, a lift may be used. Additionally, certain sections of our walk may include short, steep terrain, so you may want to consider bringing walking poles for added stability.

Day 5

Along the Pilgrims path.

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/300m

Today, you will be taken by bus, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery, to the Moulin de Caugnaguet, where, at the culmination of your journey, a captivating demonstration awaits. 

Following a rejuvenating break by the river, you'll trace the footsteps of numerous pilgrims who have treaded the historic St. James de Compostela route. Your path leads eastward, guiding you to the charming destination of Rocamadour.

Upon reaching Rocamadour, take the opportunity to explore the town on your final day in the Dordogne. Revel in the local atmosphere, savor a leisurely café lunch, or choose to return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest. The day is yours to cherish the unique charm and experiences this beautiful region has to offer.

While today's walk is the longest, the breath-taking views that await you will undoubtedly make the extra effort worthwhile.

Day 6

Cave paintings and walking

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    155/100m

Your day begins with a drive to the Pech-Merle caves, where you'll have the opportunity to marvel at ancient paintings dating back as far as 25,000 years BC. Inside, you'll encounter depictions of spotted horses, reindeer, handprints, and early humans.

In the afternoon, your journey continues as you embark on a scenic walk along the towpath, leading you to the charming village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, the third of the prestigious 'Plus Beau Villages de France.' Afterward, we'll return to the enchanting town of Rocamadour.

This day promises a fascinating blend of ancient history and picturesque landscapes.

Day 7

All aboard the Truffle Train!

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    75m

Your final day in the Dordogne Valley promises a leisurely and delightful experience. You'll commence your day by departing for Martel, where an intriguing visit to a Moulin de l'huile de noix (Walnut oil mill) awaits. Afterward, you'll embark on a scenic walk through the lush walnut tree plantations, leading you to the charming town of Martel, with its enchanting streets that seem right out of a 12th-century fairy tale.

In the afternoon, you'll board the Haut-Quercy steam train, affectionately known as the 'Truffle Train.' This charming journey will take you on an 8-mile ride from Martel to St-Denis Les Martel and back, providing you with some of the most panoramic views of the Dordogne river and valley, a perfect way to conclude your Dordogne adventure.

Day 8

Au Revoir Rocamadour

Meals

Breakfast

The time has come to bid a fond 'au revoir' to Rocamadour as you make your way to Brive-la-Gaillarde for the train journey back to London.

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Apr 2024 - 27th Apr 2024 (7 Nights)

14th Sep 2024 - 21st Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

5th Oct 2024 - 12th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return rail from London St Pancras to Brive-La-Gaillarde via Paris.
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr

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.

Hotel Restaurant Le Belvedere

Perched high above the charming town of Rocamadour, you'll discover the hidden gem that is Hotel Restaurant le Belvédère. While its rooms may be described as compact and simple, they exude a comfortable elegance that sets a high standard for your stay. However, it's the hotel's location that truly steals the spotlight, offering a breath-taking vantage point with splendid veranda views of Rocamadour.

Each room is tastefully decorated and boasts air conditioning, and, an en-suite bathroom for your convenience. A unique feature of this Adagio hotel is its private swimming pool, conveniently located just 300 meters away at its sister property. You'll start and end your day at the hotel, where breakfasts and dinners are served in a dining area that provides panoramic vistas of Rocamadour.

Venturing into town is a mere ten-minute walk downhill, though the return journey may take a bit longer due to the incline. Rocamadour itself offers a range of amenities, including ATMs, supermarkets, and bakeries, ensuring a pleasant holiday experience. Should you require a pharmacy, the nearest one can be found in Gramat, a short 10-kilometer drive away.

Please note this hotel does not have a lift.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.

To fully enjoy the walking on this holiday you should be able to walk along uneven undulating paths at about 1½ to 2 miles per hour for distances between 5 and 7 miles broken into two or three sections, with walks lasting up to a total of 5 hours.

Due to the terrain, gullies, valleys, caves you will experience short sections of steep, rocky ascent or descent.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or general daily activity. More detailed information on the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary’.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Culture Holidays

Why simply visit a country as a tourist when you can truly experience it? In addition to great walking, on all these holidays, we'll visit the local sites of interest, absorb the natural beauty of our surroundings, and enjoy local customs and history.

These experience-rich itineraries are designed to suit those whose interests have a focus on sightseeing and history on their holiday. You'll see spectacular landscapes, while visiting the classic sites as well as discovering the quirky and lesser known along the trail.

On this holiday we visit the historic centre of Rocamadour with a local guide, Bretenoux Castle, the fasciniating Caves at Padirac, historic cave paintings in Peche Merle and the charming Truffle Train to Martel.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program 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.

Country Currency

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.

Your Group

Your Leader

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, 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.

Leaders 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 organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We travel to Paris Gare du Nord by Eurostar from London St Pancras International. From here we have a private transfer to Paris Austerlitz and then take the TGV direct to Brive-La-Gaillarde.  We will then have a one hour transfer by private coach to our hotel on the outskirts of Rocamadour.

During the week we will travel on foot and by road.

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 vv) 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 & Tickets

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.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit 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’)

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

Breakfast and all dinners are included in the price of the holiday and will be taken in the hotel. One of our reasons for selecting our chosen hotel is its superb views of Rocamadour from its dinning room and verandas. Breakfast is a well stocked selection of continental breakfast items with dinners being typical French food of the region. Do try some of the local wine with your dinner!

When providing to groups in France, it is the common for 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.

We don’t include lunches in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a pleasant café.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Swimming in France

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.

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 RWH17 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!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information 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 currency
  • 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/

Maps & Guidebooks

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.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

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 Health 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

GHIC / EHIC 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

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.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.

Our Ethos

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.

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. 

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.

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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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