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Beautiful Barbados 

Relaxed walking, cultural heritage and rum punches – all from a beach side hotel

Barbados days are definitely taken at a slower pace, no one rushes and easing into this mind-set is the best way to experience the island. Calypso and steel bands, rum punch, and cricket played on every spare patch of ground provide the cultural backdrop to your holiday, while the people of Barbados, known as Bajans, are both welcoming and friendly. With a climate that varies little throughout the year, thanks in part to the cooling Tradewinds, the exotic island of Barbados with its white, palm fringed beaches, old plantation houses, botanical gardens and relatively unspoiled interior is one of the many jewels of the Caribbean.

We’ll enjoy relaxed walks exploring villages, walking the rugged coastline and golden beaches in the north and east of the island and in the central highlands, with its rolling hills and gullies, you’ll find interesting flora and fauna. Keep an eye open for the green monkeys and migratory birds. Our heritage visits include walking tours of the lively capital, Bridgetown and the Garrison area with its fascinating fort. On other days we spend time visiting old plantation houses, sugar mills and the botanical gardens for which Barbados is famous.

Being a British colony, much of the island’s heritage has been taken from what the British left behind, and we’ll discover how the parishes, place names as well as forts and grand houses all have a very familiar feel.

Our holiday is based at a small, beachside hotel complex at Worthing, on the south west coast of the island, with its own pool and large terrace for sun-downers.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    Date
    17 Nov 2017
    Nights
    11
    Grades
    Level A
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    London (Gatwick)
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    Available
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    £2,299
    Date
    22 Dec 2017
    Nights
    11
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    Level A
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    £2,999
    Date
    05 Jan 2018
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    11
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    £2,599
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    19 Jan 2018
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    11
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    23 Feb 2018
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    16 Nov 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    17 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    Depart London Gatwick to Bridgetown, Barbados.On arrival, transfer by road to the Blue Orchids Beach Hotel/Coral Mist Beach Hotel in Worthing.

    Day 2 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    Exploration of Bridgetown seeing the fine cathedral, synagogue and St Mary’s Church. Saturday is usually market day which gives the town an extra “buzz”

    Day 3 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    Explore the East Coast including Bathsheba, one of the oldest settlements of the island and Andromeda Botanical Gardens - claimed to be the finest in the Caribbean.

    Day 4 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    Heritage Day - Today we visit Sunbury Plantation house and gardens, which has been restored with original furnishings. A snack lunch is included at Sunbury before we visit a rum distillery with time for a tasting!

    Day 5 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    We head up to Speightstown today to discover the West Coast with a walk on the Arbib Trail with a local guide, who will give us a good insight into island life. This afternoon you may wish to take an optional glass bottom boat trip to view the coral reefs and turtles or a visit to the Folkestone Marine Museum.

    Day 6 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hote
    Gardens & Gullies - In the Central Highlands we’ll visit the Flower Forest Botanical Gardens and take a walk in Welchman Hall Gully. Tonight we’ll enjoy the Manager’s Cocktail reception at the hotel before dinner.

    Day 7 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    North Central - A visit to St Nicholas Abbey, one of the oldest Plantation Houses on the island, gives the opportunity to see sugar cane crushing before enjoying a lovely walk via Cherry Tree Hill to the Morgan Lewis Windmill. We also visit Farley Hill National Park, which offers some of the best views on the island.

    Day 8 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    Garrison Day – a walking tour of the former garrison area including Military Cemetery, St Anne’s Fort and the excellent Museum of Barbados History which is housed in a former prison. The afternoon is at leisure and tonight we experience the Oistin’s Friday Fish Night!

    Day 9 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hote
    North Coast - We enjoy a walk on the North Coast today from North Point to Cove Bay and include a visit to Hunte’s Gardens, a delightful garden that will please even the most keen gardeners and enthusiasts!

    Day 10 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    We head to Silver Sands for a morning walk along the more rugged and wind-swept South coast. The afternoon is free for possible catamaran rides, glass bottom boat trips or other visits of personal choice.

    Day 11 - Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Or Coral Mist Beach Hotel
    A relaxed morning before the transfer in the late afternoon to Bridgetown Airport for our return flight to London.

    Day 12 - -
    Arrive London


  • Accommodation

    We stay in studio accommodation at the Blue Orchids Hotel and its neighbouring sister hotel, the Coral Mist Beach, located on the ocean front at Worthing on the southwest coast.

  • What's Included
    • Return air travel and airport transfers.
    • All local transport costs.
    • B&B en-suite accommodation.
    • Seven dinners at hotel and local restaurants.
    • All entrance fees

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Discovering the island’s heritage with visits to plantations houses, museums, signal stations and distilleries.
    • Taking the opportunity to ride a glass-bottomed boat and snorkel with views of coral reefs and turtles.
    • Visiting the botanical gardens, for which Barbados is famous.
    • Wandering the streets of bustling Bridgetown with its fascinating fort and museum.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Gatwick-Bridgetown (c8hrs 20mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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