What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I wouldn't say there were any particularly inspirational moments, but the last days's cycling was really lovely. The route goes mainly along one of the roads on the south coast, and the views were really something - almost amazing enough to make you forget all the uphill parts! We were really lucky with the weather, especially considering we travelled at the end of October - we had sunny days with 24/25 degree heat all week, with just a few rain showers that passed quickly. The locals did tell us that such good weather was quite unusual for that time of year though.
What did you think of your group leader?
They were fabulous. We had Marco and Giovanni, and they both went out of their way to make everybody's holiday a good one. They were friendly, yet professional and well-organised. Really nice people.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The trip notes state that this trip is suitable for 'occasional cyclists who exercise regularly'. I don't think that quite fits the bill. Day three of the itinerary, which is day two of cycling, ends with what is according to the trip notes 'a steady climb'. Think European hill steady climb as opposed to British hill steady climb. It went on for ages - and I do mean ages. I think I was going up what I would class as a bloody steep hill for about an hour. It must have been at least 10kms, if not more. Unless you're a really fit cyclist, it's a killer. Day two is tough too. I found the food quite bland, so you might want to take some chillies with you if you like to spice things up a bit. On the positive side, you definitely won't starve - there was soooo much food. I actually didn't want to even look at another bowl of pasta by the end of the trip. On the last day some of us took the opportunity before the group transfer to visit the nearby ancient ruins of Nora. They are really worth the visit and are right next to the beach, so you can swim too if you want. It's easy to walk there and takes about 35 minutes.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The hotels were all clean and comfortable, with some better than others, as is always the case. The hotel in Nebida has now gone down in history with the group I travelled with as 'Pin Drop Hotel' as it has the worst sound insulation I have ever come across! A major niggle for me was that the hotels that had swimming pools didn't actually have the pools open as it was late in the season despite the warm weather. This was really frustrating as most of us wanted to swim after a hard day's cycling. I do feel that Exodus should apply some gentle pressure to these hotels to make sure the pools are kept open when a group is staying there.