THE AMALFI COAST

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

On the boat trip on the last day, you get to see from a distance exactly how far you have walked and climbed over the week, that was a satisfying moment. The village where the hotel is based was a highlight of the trip. There aren't really tourists there, just a working village where every garden is fully utilised for growing vegetables and fruit or housing animals. It is wonderful place to spend an afternoon wandering around. You'll also find possibly the best espresso's in Italy there too.

What did you think of your group leader?

Excellent. Very thorough and attentive.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The walking on this holiday is not moderate. I would recommend some incline training before hand for anyone who does not hike regularly. I went in August, it was incredibly hot. The walking is challenging enough without having to climb in 32 degree heat. Many in the group became hot and sweaty very quickly. This was really uncomfortable at times. I would advise going at a different time. Bug spray is essential for the evenings.  The roads to the village and Amalfi are long and windy. If you are someone who suffers from motion sickness, ensure that you take appropriate pills with you.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The hotel is clean however the beds (particularly the single ones) are short, narrow and desperately uncomfortable. I genuninely didn't have a good night's sleep once, not matter how tired I was from all the walking. In addition, the provision for vegetarians was not good. It was clear they had not planned for the vegetarians, every night we were an after thought. Considering the wonderful vegetarian food available in Italy it was disappointing that the best on offer some nights was a plate of cold vegetables.