What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Watermelon elevenses and cake for breakfast. And flamingos (or fenicottero as Giovanni kept saying :-) )
What did you think of your group leader?
Our guides Giovanni and Alessandro were both terrific leaders and very good company too, funny and engaging they felt like old friends. Always willing to answer questions, make sure we were all together and generally make our trip as smooth and trouble free as possible. As well as providing refreshing fruit stops and tasty picnic lunches they made sure all the equipment was in order and organised meals and baggage transfers without a hitch.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Although this trip is classed as moderate (level 3) a couple of the climbs were long and quite tiring especially in 30+ degrees! So, do make sure you've got some training under your belt and ticked off a few hills at home to make sure you're up to it. But, failing that the support bus was always there to give water to the parched and to scoop up the weary.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Most of the accommodation was actually better than I'd anticipated with everywhere having air-con and most having a pool! Evenings were very warm (Sept) and there was definitely no need for jumpers so, pack a few more padded shorts and Lycra tops instead. Also, I was expecting much more mozzies but, was only bitten twice.