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Gardens Of The French Riviera

Experience an unforgettable week exploring gardens and footpaths on the Côte d'Azur. Embark on scenic local walks and immerse yourself in the wonders of the French Riviera

  • French Riviera

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board with Dinners in Local Restaurants
  • Wildlife & Nature

    Coast & Islands

  • Apr

    May

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Walking grade

Grade 3

This holiday is graded Ss/3. A lot of the programme involves walking around the towns and villages of the French Riviera, many of which have cobbled streets and hilly parts. There is, for example, the walk from the ‘Chateau’ park above Nice back down to the centre of town, involving quite a lot of steps. The countryside walks between Vence & St Paul and around the Cap Ferrat Peninsula are on good paths with a small amount of ascent and descent. The walk from Eze down to the sea involves a lot of descent and may be best avoided by anyone with dodgy knees. All of these walks are optional and do not otherwise affect the sights you will see on those days. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 400m.

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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

  • Explore seven Rothschild Villa gardens with a local guide on Cap Ferrat.
  • Discover Val Rahmeh's lush tropical gardens, an Arts & Crafts marvel near Menton.
  • Eze village's terraced cactus gardens, a Mediterranean sensation from above.
  • Hanbury Gardens in Italy: A stunning display of subtropical plants awaits across the border.
  • Walking tour through Nice's Vieille Ville with an English-speaking local guide.
  • Exciting Monaco trip: Explore the principality, casino, cathedral, and castle in a day.
  • Explore France, Italy, and Monaco in just one exciting week-long journey.
  • Savour the flavours' of the South of France with dinners at local restaurants.

You're here on the French Riviera, known for its celebrity allure, but the true treasures lie in its captivating gardens and stunning natural beauty. The magic truly happens in spring, and we invite you to soak up the Mediterranean sun and explore the incredible gardens of the Côte d'Azur and Nice, all conveniently tucked away in this compact paradise.

Your exclusive itinerary ensures you have access to these exquisite gardens, offering serene havens where you can leisurely wander among vibrant flowers, lush foliage, and charming birdlife. Each garden is a tranquil sanctuary, with the breathtaking blue Mediterranean as your backdrop.

Our adventure begins in the heart of Nice, where we'll navigate the charming streets of the Old Town led by a knowledgeable local guide. You'll discover the enchanting 'Jardin Exotique' in Eze and the irresistible allure of Menton, both havens for garden enthusiasts. The blend of garden exploration and leisurely local walks beautifully showcases the French Riviera's finest offerings.

A standout moment awaits at Villa Ephrussi, where an expert guide reveals the intricate beauty of the region's vibrant flora. As we wander through the local countryside, you'll encounter romantic hill towns, follow coastal paths, and admire opulent villas that have hosted the world's elite.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant essence of the French Riviera, where gardens and natural beauty harmoniously coexist. This immersive experience promises a fusion of culture, history, and the splendor of the outdoors that will leave you enchanted by this stunning region.

  • En suite three star hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Half Board with dinners taken at local restaurants
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary to Hanbury Gardens, Jardin Exotic in Eze, Val Rahmeh and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
  • Services of a local guide in Nice and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Travel to and from Nice
  • 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

10350

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 the French Riviera

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

After reaching Hotel Vendome in Nice, you'll gather with fellow travellers and your Ramblers Walking Holidays Leader for a delightful dinner.

Day 2

Getting to Know Nice

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

In the morning, a local guide will lead us on a journey through Nice's rich history along the Promenade des Anglais and Le Chateau Park. Our route will include Garibaldi Square, the Palais Lascaris, and Cours Saleya Market. Fun fact: Did you know Matisse once lived on the 3rd floor of the impressive building at the end of Cours Saleya?

Our Nice tour concludes on the seafront, leaving time for lunch and leisure in the city. Alternatively, your Ramblers Walking Leader can guide you to more discoveries in this charming city.

In the afternoon, you have the option to explore Cimiez, featuring a delightful walk around the Roman arena and Monastery Gardens with stunning city views. You may even visit the Matisse Gallery.

Day 3

The Villa Hanbury

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today, we embark on a scenic train journey to Ventimiglia, Italy, to visit the enchanting Villa Hanbury at La Mortola. These gardens were originally initiated by Sir Thomas Hanbury, of Allen and Hanbury pharmaceuticals, as a testing ground for plants with potential business applications. Dorothy Hanbury, Thomas' daughter-in-law, made significant structural enhancements to the garden before World War II.

Despite suffering severe damage during the war, the garden was meticulously restored and later entrusted to the Italian state in 1960. Since 1987, the University of Genoa has been responsible for its care. The gardens boast an extensive array of plants thoughtfully arranged on the steep slope leading to the sea. It's easy to lose track of time while wandering through these captivating and diverse gardens.

Day 4

Eze and Principality of Monaco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Situated halfway along the Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Monaco lies Eze, a picturesque 'village perché' perched high above the coast. Its character is defined by steep, winding lanes that lead to an exotic garden. The panoramic views from this vantage point offer breathtaking vistas of the sea and coastline.

Following our visit, you'll have the option to either take a short bus ride directly to Monaco or embark on a scenic walk down the Sentier Nietzsche to Eze Bord de Mer (2.5km, with a descent of 400 meters, mainly via steps). Once we all convene in Monaco, our itinerary includes a visit to the renowned Casino in Monte Carlo, a ferry ride across a harbour filled with billionaires' yachts, a glimpse of Princess Grace's resting place in the Cathedral, and free time to explore the palace and Oceanographic Museum.



Day 5

Chic Menton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Menton, nestled behind a protective mountain chain along the bay, enjoys a uniquely warm climate. This appealing climate undoubtedly enticed early Riviera settlers. By 1861, it had transformed into an elegant destination adorned with villas and luxurious hotels. During our visit, we explore the tranquil Val Rahmeh Gardens, a haven adorned with plants and flowers from exotic, sun-soaked regions.

Day 6

Chapel de la Rosaire and St Paul de Vence

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/250m

We kick off our day with a visit to Matisse's charming Chapel de la Rosaire on the outskirts of Vence. Our journey continues into the heart of this quaint walled town, where you'll find a delightful mix of unique local shops, ancient architectural wonders, and serene hidden lanes and squares.

Next, a brief bus ride transports us to the picturesque hill village of St. Paul de Vence, home to numerous art studios where you can immerse yourself in the rich history of 20th-century art and the vibrant hues of Provence. For those seeking a bit of exercise, a countryside walk is an option (3.5km, with a 150m ascent and 250m descent, taking about 1 ½ hours), complete with a picnic along the way.

As we return to Nice, there's a chance to explore Renoir's house in Cagnes-sur-Mer, adding an artistic flourish to our day.

Day 7

Beautiful Beaulieu and Rothschild Villa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Guided Tour of Villa Ephrussi

The 9 Gardens of the Villa Ephrussi await us to discover with a local guide. To add to the fairytale feel, musical fountains spring from the large pond like a grand aquatic ballet.  

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Just a short 10-minute train ride from Nice, you'll find the picturesque Beaulieu bay. Nestled on the Cap Ferrat promontory, you'll discover the exquisite Rothschild villa adorned with its seven unique gardens. During our visit, a Garden Expert will accompany us, enhancing our appreciation of these botanical treasures.

Following the villa tour, you can choose to either stroll around the peninsula (6.75km, with a 100m ascent and descent, taking approximately 2 hours, featuring mainly flat terrain but some steps) or cross the small bay to explore Villa Kerylos, a tribute to Ancient Greece dating back to the early 20th century.

Day 8

Home Time

Meals

Breakfast

As our time among the enchanting gardens comes to an end, it's time for us to say goodbye and embark on our individual journeys homeward.

Departure dates for your selected tour

25th Apr 2024 - 2nd May 2024 (7 Nights)

2nd May 2024 - 9th May 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Travel from the UK to Nice is not included in the holiday arrangements. Please contact us for a quote should you wish us to book a flight with British Airways from London. Transfers would not be included in the price but are very easy on public transport.

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 Vendome

Welcome to the Hotel Vendome in Nice, where you have the choice of well-appointed twin bedded or single rooms, each equipped with en-suite facilities. You'll find our hotel perfectly situated in the heart of the new town, just a short stroll away from the bustling Place Massena and the charming old town. As you enter the hotel, you'll be greeted by the elegant charm of a beautifully converted townhouse, complete with its historic main staircase that adds a touch of character.

Once you've settled in, take a moment to unwind in our tastefully decorated lounge. Here, you can admire the captivating murals, the ornate mirrors, and the vibrant colors that create a welcoming atmosphere.

Your room comes equipped with all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including an en-suite bathroom with a double washbasin and WC, a hairdryer, a cable flat-screen television with Canal+, a telephone, a safe, and a mini-bar. We've also taken care of soundproofing, ensuring a peaceful night's rest. Plus, you'll find a hospitality tray with complimentary tea and coffee, and you can stay connected with free WiFi available throughout the hotel.

Please note that, in keeping with the historical nature of the building, some of our rooms may be a bit more compact, which is quite common in city hotels.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This holiday is graded Ss/3. A lot of the programme involves walking around the towns and villages of the French Riviera, many of which have cobbled streets and hilly parts. There is, for example, the walk from the ‘Chateau’ park above Nice back down to the centre of town, involving quite a lot of steps. The countryside walks between Vence & St Paul and around the Cap Ferrat Peninsula are on good paths with a small amount of ascent and descent. The walk from Eze down to the sea involves a lot of descent and may be best avoided by anyone with dodgy knees. All of these walks are optional and do not otherwise affect the sights you will see on those days. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 400m.

Walks & Excursions

In addition to visits to the gardens, walks will last two to three hours and be taken at a leisurely pace, allowing us to appreciate the wonderful views and any wildflowers we come across. 

To help us also appreciate the beauty of Nice even further we will be joined by a local guide for a half-day tour of this charming destination.

Flowers & Gardens Interest

We believe that the best flower holidays are the ones where you not only get to see a dazzling variety of blooms in their natural environments – but also where your travelling companions share the same passion for the natural world as you do. For those with an interest in parks and gardens this range of holidays will lead you to those destinations which either are synonymous with flora, famous for their national parks or boast stunning private and public gardens. On some days we walk with a local guide or have a guided garden visit which can enhance the experience. Spring and early summer are ideal times to enjoy blooming landscapes. A flower holiday with us follows an unhurried pace allowing plenty of time for your photographs.

On this holiday we include entrances to Hanbury Gardens, Jardin Exotic in Eze, Val Rahmeh and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Whilst we are at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild we will be joined by a garden expert.

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

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.

Entrance Fees

To make the most of our time in Nice entrance into the gardens and some attractions/monuments are not included in the holiday price and will have a small fee. However entrance to Hanbury Gardens, Jardin Exotic in Eze, Val Rahmeh and Villa Ephussi de Rothschild are included in the holiday cost.

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

Due to the wide choice of flights and airlines operating to Nice (NCE) from regional airports, travel from the UK is not included in the holiday arrangements.

Please contact us for a quote should you wish us to book a flight with British Airways from London. Transfers would not be included in the price but are very easy on public transport.

Your tour leader will be in the lobby of the hotel at 18.00 on the first day of the holiday meet you and your fellow travellers. 

A public bus service (#98) operates from 05:49 – 23:45 and is every 20 minutes between 07:15 and 20:48 from the airport to the City. The fare is approximately €6 (tickets from kiosk or the driver). Get off at Nice Cathedrale Vieille Ville. Cross the road (away from the sea), cross to other side of the park, and walk back in the direction the bus came from for 2 1/2 blocks to Rue Alberti, currently a shop on the corner called 'numericable'.  Turn up Alberti for 3 blocks and the hotel is on the right handside.

The taxi fare from Nice Airport to the hotel is approximately €30.00 each way.

If you are travelling by train to Nice Ville there are public and private transport options available to the hotel. By public transport you can take the tram line located on the main street, Avenue Jean Medecin (approximately 5-8 min walk from the station) then alight at the Centre Commercial Nice Etoile.  From here walk on the left hand side of rue Dubouchage and then take the third street on the right rue Alberti.  Walk up rue Alberti to the junction with rue Pastorelli, the hotel is on North East corner of this junction. A taxi from Nice Ville to the hotel will cost approximately €10.00.

Details of transport options from the airport can be found at: www.nice.aeroport.fr.

A printable guide to taking the taxi in English and French can be found at: www.nice.aeroport.fr/acces_stationnement_en/taxi/default.asp.

Taxis will travel direct to the hotel. If taking the airport bus collect a city map from Tourist Information in the airport.

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.  

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 will be taken in the hotel, with dinners in local restaurants, giving us a great time to sample real Provence. Lunches are not included, but can be purchased by the group at local supermarkets, bakeries, cafes and restaurants en route.

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

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Most local libraries now stock a selection of travel guides/books, which may offer you more information regarding this region of France.  You may also find the following website useful

French National Tourist Office

Web:

www.franceguide.com

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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