Jewels of Jordan
I have just returned from my 28th trip with Ramblers Worldwide, which as usual was well organised and well led. The highlight was as expected, the city of Petra, which was wonderful and really does need the four nights spent at the very good Petra Palace Hotel, as this enabled the group to fully explore the vast site.
Walking Holidays in Armenia
Quite a long time ago, I walked among the bewitching, hallowed ruins of Ani, longing to cross the ravine eastward into her founding land of Armenia. This long-held memory and yearned-for visit finally came to pass this autumn with a Ramblers Worldwide Holidays group who were eager to hike, ready to explore, and open to participating in the culture of Armenia.
Trek India And See Spices, Plantations and Hill Stations
Another chance to visit India, and no disappointment. What a lovely holiday, really lives up to its title! The spices grow deep in the forest – cloves, cardamom, vanilla and much more – and we were given fragrant vanilla pods by a villager and taught to shoot bows and arrows by another.
Mahaba (welcome). I’m Bill Kenney and I hope to welcome you to Oman, a country that is truly different. Closed to outsiders until 1970, Oman offers tranquility, majestic scenery with mountains to 10,000 feet, beautiful beaches, and the Wahiba Sands with red dunes up to 300 feet high. The diversity is enormous; we start in Dubai with its ultra modern architecture, then to Buraimi Oasis with the camel market, forts and museums. We drive on to Nizwa the former capital with its 300 year old fort. We will walk in the mountains and up wadis visiting atmospheric villages unchanged for centuries.
We then visit the Wahiba Sands where you can sleep out under the stars. Then it’s onwards to the eastern tip of Arabia where we hope to see the giant turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs at night.
Finally we head to Muscat with impressive mosques and palaces and an afternoon dhow cruise to round off the Oman experience. The traditional culture and heritage remains strong in the country and people wear the customary clothing.
I lived and worked in Oman and Abu Dhabi (then part of Trucial Oman later renamed UAE), and I fully integrated with the local population. I have a deep knowledge of the countries, people, tribes, customs, history and language, plus a whole host of unique anecdotes. I would be delighted to share my love of the countries with you so why don’t you join me?
Walking on Top of the World
It is now over a month since we returned from our first Ramblers Worldwide Holiday. The fact that it was to India is perhaps the main reason why it has taken me so long to sift through the kaleidoscope of memories, impressions and sensations, to gather together sufficient coherent thoughts and words to express just how wonderful it was.
Spices, Plantations and Hill Stations – a Traveller’s Tale
Sophie Hughes recently travelled with us on a walking holiday to South India, a trip that shows the many faces of India, from teeming cities to glorious lakes and mountains – and everywhere, she was charmed by its people. India is certainly an assault on the senses, and here Sophie has written an elegant and very atmospheric account of her experiences.
Sunrise Over Masada
The Biblical Footsteps tour provides walkers with the phenomenal opportunity of climbing to the top of Masada in order to see a magnificent sunrise. Masada is a rock shelf located 400 metres above the Dead Sea; it is a natural fortress and was captured by the Zealots (a Jewish Sect) in 66AD in their revolt against Rome.