Windward Isles & French Antilles holiday

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12 Feb 2019
£ 4199
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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Windward Isles & French Antilles holiday

Although the Windward Isles are famous for their stunning beaches and resorts we take the chance to enter to the interior of three distinctive islands exploring the less visited national parks.

We use a local operator to provide our accommodation and transport. We travel mainly on inter-island ferries rather than flying between the islands, this way we minimize the impact of our carbon emissions. We stay, wherever possible, in smaller, family-run hotels rather than the larger all-inclusive resorts that are common in the Caribbean.

We also eat out in local restaurants in the evenings, thus spreading our holiday spending through the local community. We also use different local agents on each island so that all the revenue for the tour is not going to one operator on one island. The local guides that we use, particularly in Dominica, which is commonly known as 'The Nature Island', are incredibly knowledgeable about caring for their environment, and they are keen to ensure that visitors leave no trace whether in the forests or on the coast.

After the devastating hurricane that hit the islands in 2017, particularly affecting Dominica, the island is starting to rebuild and desperately needs the injection of money that tourism can give to their economy. We have been working with our local supplier to ensure that they are ready to start welcoming visitors again, in a sustainable way.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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Reviewed on 30 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visit to Dominica and staying high in the hills at Roxy. Walking round the lake there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take $US not $EC. You end up carrying a wadge of notes otherwise. There are a lot of additional costs for excursions and food not included in the price of the trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people in that we ate in different, local restaurants. Provided employment by using hotels and transport. The remaining two: not particularly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Well organized. Ran smoothly. The description matched the reality. Interesting.

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The fantastic weather and the people of the Caribbean.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it. It's a great holiday. Take lots of US dollars.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic.

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