Highlights which are new to the new brochure include:
Journey to Spitsbergen (new for 2020, Moderate Grade 4) Experience eight days when the sun doesn’t set, crossing the Arctic Circle and continuing far beyond to a land of glaciers, sea cliffs and fjords where nature exists at its rawest in the remote Svaland archipelago islands.
Taking in the Norwegian coast with some excellent wilderness walking around the coastal towns of Honningsvåg, Kristiansund and little visited port of Harsted, sail out to Spitsbergen Island, just 800 miles from the North Pole.
Wild and remote, enjoy hikes from the Russian ghost town of Pyramiden and across the arctic tundra from Longyearbyen to see short-lived summer flowers, grazing reindeer, curious arctic foxes and possibly polar bear.
Returning to the mainland, wander around the island city of Tromsø, taking the cable car up Mount Storsteinen and climbing Holandsmelen for more spectacular 360°sea and mountain views. From the final anchorage in Bodø, spend the day on a new hike in the Hidden Valley, a pristine enclave of mountains, glacier-carved rock and crystal-clear running water.
The 16 night Journey to Spitsbergen costs from £3,099pp including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departures 25 June 2020.
Andalucía & Lisbon (new departing 2021, Leisurely Grade 3) Sailing along the Portuguese coast to Andalucía, discover a land of flamenco, fiestas and New World treasures wandering through city streets steeped in Moorish, Jewish and Christian heritage.
Combining time at sea with a river cruise on the Guadalquivir to Seville’s Golden Tower, explore sights captured from the water, more in-depth on foot. Uncover La Coruña’s seafaring history, taking in its 13th century Santa Maria del Campo church and Roman lighthouse Torre de Hercules, before sailing to Cádiz, the once grand city of the Spanish Armada, to explore its characterful cobblestoned streets.
From Málaga - Picasso’s hometown, head for the Serrania de Ronda hills to explore a city rich in Moorish roots strategically built across a plunging gorge and soak up Seville’s Andalucian atmosphere strolling through its orange blossom scented streets, shady patios and impressive Moorish Alcázar.
Returning via Portugal’s lively capital, combine walking and tram rides to Lisbon’s most impressive sights with the opportunity to savour one of the city’s delicious ‘Pastel de nata’ (custard tarts).
Andalucía & Lisbon12 night holiday costs from £1750pp including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departing 20 March 2021.
Amalfi Coast, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera (new for 2020, Moderate Grade 4) Including some of Italia’s most sought-after destinations – the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and the Italian Riviera, romantically cruise the coast from Sorrento to Rome soaking up ‘Italia Bellissima’ on an informative array of locally guided walks.
Taking in everything from the star-studded island of Capri to the Coliseum and colourful seaside town of Cinque Terre, its numerous highlights include Swedish physician Axel Munthe’s villa, a showpiece for classical art with outstanding views; a guided tour of Naples and Pompeii; the hilltop villas and gardens of Ravello; wandering from Rome’s Piazza Navona, past iconic monuments such at the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain to Palatine Hill; Pisa’s famous tower; a coastal walk to the town of Santa Margherita Ligure; and Christopher Columbus’s hometown Genoa with its with its twisting maze of narrow caruggi (streets), jaw dropping Via Giraldi shops and splendid Enlightenment-era UNESCO listed Palazzi dei Rolli.
Amalfi Coast, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera 22 night holiday costs from £3999pp including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departing 26 April 2020.
Portugal & the Azores (New for 2020, Moderate Grade 4) Cruising along spectacular stretches of Portuguese coast and way out into the Atlantic to the volcanic islands of the Azores, drop anchor in aqua lagoons to a backdrop of lush landscapes dotted with small villages and fringes of golden beach.
Away from the world of mass tourism, discover the delights of the Azores walking ashore on Terceira, visiting the Renaissance UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Angra do Heroismo with its strikingly painted buildings before hiking to the extinct volcanic rim of Monte Brasil.
On neighbouring São Miguel, meander through old town Ponta Delgada with its stunning black and white cobbled squares and enjoy the watery wonderland of Caldeira das Sete Cidades walking around the crater lake with views from Vista do Rei across the famous Blue & Green Lagoons.
Calling at Lisbon, Porto and the island of Madeira along the way, other highlights include locally guided walking tours of Lisbon taking in the Alfama, the medieval Se Cathedral, Casa dos Bicos (House of the Spikes) and vantage points only known by locals; Porto’s colourful maze of streets, gold adorned cathedrals and riverside port houses; and Funchal through banana palms and custard apples to extinct volcanic calderas.
Portugal & the Azores 14 night holiday costs from £1999pp including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departing 14 April 2020, 12 September 2020.
Vietnam, Hong Kong & Singapore (new departing 2021, Leisurely, Grade 2) Flying into Hong Kong then out of Thailand, cruise Southeast Asian seas dropping anchor in fascinating ports to explore a mix of skyscraper cityscapes, ancient temple complexes, island bays and lush tropical forest. Wandering through Hong Kong’s remarkable highrises, ride the steep tram to the heady heights of Victoria Peak for expansive harbour views.
From the port of Da Nang in Vietnam, be immersed in the winding streets Hoi An’s Ancient City before cruising to Halong Bay to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘The Bay of the Descending Dragons’ with its otherworldly limestone islands, and travel from Nga Trang to Ho Chi Minh to learn more about this French influenced city and its revolutionary leader.
Sailing to Singapore, spend a couple of nights exploring the city and its 101-hectare ‘Gardens by the Bay’ botanical wonderland with its extraordinary Cloud Forest and iconic Supertree Grove. Culminating in Phuket, a colourful city with a blend of Chinese and Portuguese culture and architecture, get a real taste for Thailand tucking into a delicious lunch of traditional Thai food.
Vietnam, Hong Kong & Singapore 17 night holiday costs from £4175pp including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departing 26 January 2021.
For further information on all Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays, call 01707 386767 or check out www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/cruise-and-walk)