|We just show herein some samples of our walking tours: you may choose guided tours or simply self guided tours (min.size group : 6 Pax)! Please ask for detailed day by day itineraries and or for tailor-made tours.
Besides the activity and the destination the most important thing about choosing your trip is making sure it suits your background and physical abilities. To help you select the right trip we inform you in each tour description, about the the following grades: Easy, Moderate and Challenging. We
emphasize that whatever the grade of the walk, it is important that before you start the trip you must be in good physical shape and both your feet and your footwear must be accustomed to walking the distances indicated in the tour outlines for the particular tour. The best way to ensure
this, is to go for a number of walks during the weeks immediately preceding your departure, wearing the boots that you will wear during the trip. Further hints on getting and staying fit are given in our Information leaflet which is sent to you with confirmation of booking. You will also need to ensure that you apply in good time for any requisite visas or vaccinations (nowadays few vaccinations are needed for Europe, but check anyway).
WALKING STAGE Easy: Gentle terrain, four to six hours walking per day without steep climbs or vertiginous mountains.
WALKING STAGE Moderate: Rolling uplands, five to six hours walking per day with some uphill climbs and the odd longer day.
WALKING STAGE Challenging: Real mountains like the Alps or the Pyrenees, six to eight hours walking with longer ascents and perhaps a scramble on a ridge and rough conditions underfoot on occasion. (No challenging tours are scheduled in Italy)
|WHERE TO SLEEP
The accommodation will normally be arranged in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities when available, which is 95% of the time. However we get to some remote location where there is little or no choice of accommodation, and then facilities may be limited. For example, on our Italian tours being in larger towns such as Florence or Siena our preferred hotels are often located in the old part of town, away from the main tourist scene but close to local points of interest like small shops and markets.
All breakfasts are included, together with other meals as specified in the tours plan. We like to include evening meals, but where these are not included there is always some restaurant nearby (often a choice of places) where you can obtain a good meal. When we include meals, these are from a fixed (‘table d’hote’) menu of two or three courses (apart from the farewell dinners which are special occasion meals). Drinks, tea, coffee (except for tea and coffee with breakfast) are not normally included. Vegetarians and ‘vegetarians plus fish’ can be catered for; please advise us about this requirement when booking. We may also be able to accommodate more restricted diets, but it is best to call us about these before booking. Packed or picnic lunches are not generally included on our self-guided tours (again with some exceptions but many overnight stops are in small towns and villages where picnic materials can be bought from local shops before you start the day’s walk; alternatively a packed lunch can be ordered the evening before from your accommodation. There is often a café or restaurant en route where you can get a sit-down lunch
WHAT TO BRING
A daypack with lunch, water bottle, first-aid kit, waterproofs, camera. Your main baggage is transported each day from hotel to hotel. There’s no backpacking on any of our self-guided trips, although on certain trips you may be away from your main baggage for one or two nights (not more than two) in which case you may have to carry overnight things in your day pack. An equipment list is included in the ‘Pre-departure Infos’ which are sent to you.
STARTING / ENDING LOCATIONS OF THE TOUR
We explain in the Trip Plan and in more detail in the Route-book how to reach the starting point and return to the airport at the end of the tour by public transportation (train, bus and taxi). European train timetables are available on the Internet. Transfers between the airport and the starting and finishing points of the tour are not normally included in the tour price with some exceptions or may be included UPON your REQUEST.
SELF GUIDED TOURS
If some client is travelling on his own can he go on a self-guided tour? Yes, with some exceptions : the exceptions are generally more difficult or remote routes, where we consider it potentially unsafe to walk alone. This is made clear in each single tours road-book . For singles on self-guided tours a Single Supplement fee must be paid; this is to cover the extra cost of single rooms or occupancy of double or twin rooms, of baggage transfers for one rather than two customers, and of a set of route notes and maps for one rather than two people.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE SELF GUIDED TOUR:
• Accommodation and meals as specified in the brochure and tour plan . Transfer of baggage are generally included (one piece of baggage per person, not more than 20kg) when you walk from one hotel to the next during a tour).
• Specially researched Route Notes. Walkers’ maps, usually with the highlighted walking route.
• A book or general guide book with information on the area of the tour. In a few cases we include a walkers’ guidebook as an ancillary to the Route Notes (roadbook).