Dancing on top of Vesuvius

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Making & spinning pizzas with the hotel chef. Feeling the heat (sun & volcanic) at the top of Vesuvius (excellent local guide giving geological tour round the entire lip of the volcano - off limits to unauthorised visitors). Found time for a brief dance at the top.

What did you think of your group leader?

Christine is an excellent tour leader. She is very positive, helpful and informative yet suitably relaxed. Great sense of humour. Looked after the slowest in the group as well as directing the way for the faster walkers. She set up an excellent low fuss sandwich service which catered for all our tastes with plenty of variety.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Walking poles help. Stair training is good practice. There are only 3000 steps between you and the beach. Fortunately you do not do these all in one go! Pompeii - take a small shoulder bag for your sandwiches, etc. as rucksacks are not permitted by some museum officials. Carry plenty of water as most days do not have water refill stops until the end of the day.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Please move the rest day from Thursday to Wednesday. Our calves needed a break much sooner. This is not really a leisurely walk (2) (look at the map contours). More like a level 3. Still a lovely holiday.