Most of our holidays are half board because we know how much you can work up an appetite on a walking holiday! Mealtimes are relaxed and sociable occasions, providing the opportunity to discuss the day’s events, tomorrow’s schedule and to swap stories of travel and life. On holidays where all meals are not included, our tour leader will be able to make suggestions as to where to eat and we won’t leave you to fend for yourself. In many destinations, mealtimes are seen more as social than purely functional occasions and consequently the service may be less brisk that you may be used to in restaurants at home.
Different countries may also serve meals in the local style, such as with meat and vegetable courses served separately, as different courses or in unexpected combinations. In some cases, a local speciality or staple dish may appear at every possible opportunity. Remember, one of the reasons you’ve probably gone on holiday in the first place is to experience something different! Drinks, including tea and coffee are usually not included but may often be ordered at additional charge. In some destinations it is not uncommon for hotels not to serve tap water, even when perfectly drinkable, and to charge for bottled water.
Half board includes breakfasts (usually continental) and evening meals (or occasionally lunch). These are either at the hotel or in a local restaurant and consist of two or more courses. When a holiday states ‘all meals’, lunch is usually a packed lunch. Check individual holiday descriptions for specific meal arrangements. Our Reservations Team will be able to advise you further according to your destination, so please call them to discuss your needs before booking.