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St Lucia: An Island Paradise

St Lucia is one of the chain of Windward Islands in the Caribbean. It offers everything you might hope and expect for from a Caribbean tropical paradise.

  • St Lucia

  • 11 nights
  • Half Board & two lunches
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Coast & Islands

    Wildlife & Nature

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 4

Some of the walking is done on well prepared trails and paths that are clearly marked, however they can be rough and stony under foot. As this is a volcanic island there are many ascents and descents involved in the walks. Distances can vary from approximately 3 miles to 7 miles but it is the nature of the terrain that determines the grading. You can experience high humidity in the Caribbean, and this can also make some of the walks feel at the very top of the grade. Some days may include a beach visit in the afternoon giving time for a relaxing swim before returning to our hotel. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 800m at the top of Gros Piton our toughest walk and very much at the top of the grade. If is also worth nothing that whilst we are in the rainforest walks can be muddy and slippery under foot with tree roots to navigate as well.

See the 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

  • Walk through the lush vegetation of the Anse Mena Trail with fine coastal views.
  • Take on the tough but rewarding ascent of Gros Piton.
  • Explore the picturesque seaside town of Soufrière, St Lucia's oldest town.
  • Visit Balenbouche Estate sugar plantation for a glimpse of St Lucian heritage.

One of the Windward Islands, St Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. Inland, away from the coast, tropical rain forests cover much of the island's landscapes. During your time on this mountainous island, you’ll discover waterfalls, botanical gardens and plantations. The sulphur springs at Soufriere are a reminder that the island is still an active volcano. You’ll explore many of the hiking trails and discover some of the world’s most beautiful plants and fruits, whilst admiring the local bird and wildlife as we walk.

Naturally, the twin peaks of the Pitons are the jewel in St Lucia’s crown and have been awarded a World Heritage Site status. Rising majestically from the sea to the grand height of 798 metres, they dominate the southwest coastline and stunning views await you when you reach the top of Gros Piton. Although above the grade, the scenery is well worth the effort!

Some of our walks may take in a beach where you can take a dip in the warm Caribbean waters. We’ll visit a rum distillery and the Balenbouche sugar mill plantation. There will also be time to explore the capital Castries with its bustling market.

A fusion of French, British and African traditions, St Lucia’s Creole culture is an intriguing mix. While English is the official language, you will hear Patois spoken on the streets. Delicious Creole cuisine blends French traditions with island ingredients and many towns have French names such as Soufriere, Anse La Raye, Vieux Fort and Gros Islet.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Hewanorra) (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in the hotel and local restaurants
  • English speaking local guide
  • All local transport costs by road and ferry.
  • Two lunches, one snack lunch and an afternoon tea included
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • The 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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Tour Codes

45600

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

Arrival in St Lucia,

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You fly from London to Hewanorra Airport St Lucia. On arrival you transfer by road to the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay for 10 nights' accommodation.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2

Pigeon Island

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today you visit the village of Gros Islet and then begin the walk which follows the coastline along to Pigeon Island National Park. Here there are two quite steep but short hills to climb, Signal Hill and the fort, connected by a saddle with wonderful views of Martinique and the south of the island. The Island has numerous forts including the 18th-century British fort and Fort Rodney both used by the British to spy on neighbouring Martinique. You can then enjoy a delicious open air lunch near the beach, where you have the chance to enjoy your first swim of the trip.


Day 3

Venus Estate to Anse La Raye, Rum Distillery and Marigot Bay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

Today you will explore Venus Estate, which lies nestled in a verdant part of the island, offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys below. Banana and coconut plantations, and rich tropical vegetation can be seen in every direction. A short steep climb takes us to the top of the ridge where you are rewarded with many scenic vistas. The walk continues downhill, through lush vegetation, before arriving at the sleepy fishing village of Anse La Raye. 

This afternoon you will visit one of St Lucia’s award-winning Rum Distilleries. You will take a tour of the distillery and taste the finished product. After we will take a short ferry ride across Marigot Bay of Doctor Dolittle fame for a chance to swim from a lovely beach, and visit Auberge Seraphine, an excellent place to see cattle egrets, before returning to the hotel.


Day 4

Monchy School visit and Anse Mena walk

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we visit Monchy School, sponsored by both our hotel and our in-house charity Heart and Sole. We provide funds for the school’s Breakfast Club, but also provide them with additional school or personal items that they may require. You may contribute too, please contact RWH Travel if you wish to do so. On arrival we will take a short tour of the school and deliver any items that we have brought for them.

A brief drive takes us to begin our walk of approximately five miles along a generally flat but occasionally undulating trail. There are many varied places to enjoy the views along the way, such as the mangrove, the lazy flowing river, and a quiet beach cove where we will rest while the cool Atlantic breeze blows by. Here we may see the local fisherman go about their day. The walk continues to a headland for stunning views of the Atlantic Coast, before rejoining the trail which will take us back to the bus, and we return to the hotel.


Day 5

Mamiku Botanical Gardens and Pointe de Caille

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    20m

The day begins with a visit to the beautiful Mamiku Botanical Gardens, and discover the exotic flora and learn about the history of the estate. Later you travel to the start of the Pointe de Caille coastal walk; this is a leisurely walk along good tracks to an Atlantic headland and on to a quiet secluded beach called “The Honeymoon Beach” where (tide levels permitting) it is possible to sit in the shade or swim as preferred, (if you don't mind seaweed, as large quantities of seaweed drift ashore on the eastern side of the island).

Day 6

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is at leisure for you to explore on your own relax by the pool or at the beach. You may wish to visit the town of Castries with its market vendors, arcade, cathedral and Derek Walcott Square.


Day 7

Soufriere to visit Sulphur Springs and Sapphire Falls

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Today you travel to Soufriere and walk to Sulphur Springs and Sapphire Falls. Soufriere is the oldest town in St. Lucia and the Island's capital under French rule. It is extremely picturesque as the twin Pitons form a backdrop to the lovely harbour and beach. Sulphur Springs is the world's only 'drive in' volcano. There is an opportunity to bathe beneath the cascading mineral waterfalls at Sapphire Falls, which is said to detoxify the body and helps heal sun burns, eczema, arthritis, sore joints, and more. What a way to soothe the walking aches and pains.

Day 8

Chassin to Bogius and visit to Greenwood Terrace

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today the walk is from Chassin to Bogius. Afterwards we visit Greenwood Terrace, home to more than 250 species of tropical fruit and exotic flowering trees and plants; including orchids, hibiscus, frangipani, aloe, as well as birds of paradise. Here we enjoy a delicious Creole lunch and can stroll through sloping grounds bursting with fruit trees, flowers and tropical plants. Get to know some of the local flavours and scents, some of which are used in medicine and cuisine.

Day 9

Cap Estate to Cas En Bas

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today you visit Monchy on the Atlantic coast followed by a magnificent Atlantic coastal walk with  a stop at Cas en- Bas where it may be possible to swim. This is a lovely varied coastal walk, with some superb views along the Atlantic coast. The walk will be taken at a leisurely pace to allow one to savour the atmosphere. We may also have the opportunity to visit Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium during this walk.

Day 10

Gros Piton Walk

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

The Pitons have been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO and are one of the Caribbean's most famous landmarks. Today you'll take a private speedboat to Souffriere for onward transport to the start of the climb. You’ll ascend and descend Gros Piton for possibly the best view of the holiday. It’s a challenging walk above the grade of the holiday but can be taken at your own pace.

Day 11

Visit to Balenbouche Estate

Meals

Breakfast & Afternoon Tea

After a relaxing morning at the hotel you will transfer to Hewanorra Airport visiting Balenbouche Estate, an old sugar mill plantation, en route for tea and cake  and a tour. You will finish at the airport for check in for your return flight to the UK.

Day 12

Arrival UK

Meals

Breakfast

Arrive London Gatwick.

Departure dates for your selected tour

15th Nov 2024 - 26th Nov 2024 (11 Nights)

23rd Dec 2024 - 3rd Jan 2025 (11 Nights)

10th Jan 2025 - 21st Jan 2025 (11 Nights)

14th Feb 2025 - 25th Feb 2025 (11 Nights)

14th Mar 2025 - 25th Mar 2025 (11 Nights)

14th Nov 2025 - 25th Nov 2025 (11 Nights)

23rd Dec 2025 - 3rd Jan 2026 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Hewanorra) (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • 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.

Bay Gardens Hotel

Described as a boutique tropical retreat, the Bay Gardens Hotel offers its guests spacious island-inspired en suite rooms all with views of their lush gardens. Room facilities include, a hairdryer, TV, air conditioning, kettle, telephone, mini-fridge, room safe, iron and private terrace. Complimentary WIFI is available throughout. The property offers two swimming pools, an onsite restaurant and easy access to local shops and attractions.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Some of the walking is done on well prepared trails and paths that are clearly marked, however they can be rough and stony under foot. As this is a volcanic island there are many ascents and descents involved in the walks. Distances can vary from approximately 3 miles to 7 miles but it is the nature of the terrain that determines the grading. You can experience high humidity in the Caribbean, and this can also make some of the walks feel at the very top of the grade. Some days may include a beach visit in the afternoon giving time for a relaxing swim before returning to our hotel. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 800m at the top of Gros Piton our toughest walk and very much at the top of the grade. If is also worth nothing that whilst we are in the rainforest walks can be muddy and slippery under foot with tree roots to navigate as well.

See the Itinerary section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

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.

Currency in St Lucia

St Lucia uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. US Dollars are also widely accepted.
You can obtain these before you depart the UK from selected outlets such as the Post Office or you can change Sterling locally. If you also have US dollars you can take these with you. US dollars are accepted on the island in many of the bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, supermarkets etc, although you will receive your change in Eastern Caribbean Dollars. The EC dollar is linked to the US dollar at the current rate of 1USD = 2.7ECD. The Bay Gardens Inn accepts major credit cards.

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 organised 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 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.

Your Travel Details

Travel in St Lucia will be by road and the transfer time between airport and hotel is approximately 90 minutes.

There will be some days that will involve coach journeys on winding roads to reach the start of the walks and fully explore the island. On other days we will take a boat transfer to the start and or finish of the walks.      

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.

Passport Information for St Lucia

A passport is required and should be valid for at least six months after the date of return. A visa is not required by the holder of a British passport bearing the inscription 'British Citizen' for stays up to 42 days.

From 1st March 2023, Saint Lucia is introducing a new online electronic entry form for arrivals. The electronic system for travellers will replace the handwritten Immigration, Customs and Port Health form to significantly reduce the processing time of arriving passengers. 

Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) will start the new system on December 5th. 

Travellers can complete the new digital form up to 72 hours prior to their arrival date in Saint Lucia. It can be submitted up to the point of departure, aboard the aircraft, and at the airport in Saint Lucia using data or Wi-Fi available. Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) representatives will be on hand at the airports in Saint Lucia to offer any assistance needed as the new system is introduced. 

The simple four-step process requires travellers to:

1.    Visit stlucia.org/entry (click on ‘plan your trip’)

2.    Complete and submit the form

3.    Receive a QR code by email

4.    Present the QR code (on a device such as a phone, laptop, tablet etc., or a printed copy), along with required travel document (passport) to officials on arrival.

Please note that the QR code is not a requirement for boarding your international flight.


Meals

Buffet breakfasts, two lunches and dinners are included in the holiday charge. Most dinners will be taken at our hotel, which offers excellent cuisine, and we will have the chance to dine at the sister resort. The meals offer an excellent choice of local dishes with the opportunity to try Creole cuisine. Two lunches are included in the holiday cost, others are at your own expense. Picnic lunches can be bought from the nearby supermarket or a day’s walking may include lunch at a cafe or restaurant. The hotel also hosts a Manager’s Cocktail Party once a week, which is a good opportunity to meet other guests and share experiences of your visit.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

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
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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

Snorkelling Equipment

This holiday will give the chance to relax and have free time at the beach so please feel free to bring snorkelling equipment.

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 St Lucia

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a mixture of two pin US style adaptor with flat pins and UK style three pin plugs. 
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 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!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Suggested reading:

  • The People of St Lucia – Alison Brownlie, published by Hodder Wayland 2001
  • The Rough Guide to St Lucia – Rough Guides
  • St Lucia Insight Guide – APA Publications
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Websites:

You may find the following websites useful in planning your trip:

St. Lucia Tourist Board www.stlucia.org

Visit St Lucia www.visitslu.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 St Lucia

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to St Lucia.

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

Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

You may also wish to consider immunisation against Hepatitis B.

Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus also exist in St. Lucia; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. 

Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

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.

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.

Monchy Primary School

RWH Travel has joined forces with our hotel partner in St Lucia, the Bay Gardens Inn, to provide funds for the continuation of the Breakfast Club at Monchy Primary School on the island. Ms Patrick, one of the managers at the Bay Gardens hails from Monchy and on a visit to the school some years ago noted that some students were starting the day without a good breakfast.

Heart & Sole is happy to partner with the Bay Gardens Resorts by making a financial donation to ensure that the Breakfast Club can continue. In addition, the school always needs teaching materials, so if you have any spare room in your suitcase and would like to donate any items to the school, please take them with you and if possible, on our walk from Monchy we will make a visit to the school when you can donate the items or you can drop them at the hotel, who will ensure they are delivered to the school.

Items needed are:

  • Storybooks for Kindergarten to Grade 6 (can be new or used books that are in a good condition)
  • Stickers or motivational tokens 
  • Badges to motivate students – Star Speller, Best Reader etc 
  • Pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, crayons, coloured pencils 
  • Information posters on various subjects such as science, math, geography, (such as those sometimes given free in weekend newspapers)
  • Jigsaw puzzles (both large and small pieces) 
  • Educational games such as Scrabble, Snakes & Ladders

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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St Lucia

  • Capital

    Castries

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean Dollar

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    8.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to six weeks

Average weather

  • January

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 86mm

  • February

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • March

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • May

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 139mm

  • July

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 191mm

  • August

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 194mm

  • September

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 214mm

  • October

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 227mm

  • November

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 202mm

  • December

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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