CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Some of the views across the Tuscany hills and valleys are amazing. A patchwork of vineyards, hill top towns and a spattering of red poppies. In the background a cuckoo. In Siena we had The Baptistry chapel to ourselves and could see Donatello's font panels at close hand. Amazing after learning about them years ago in A level Art.

What did you think of your group leader?

Ale pitched the level very well. He was always happy to chat with anyone and everyone at breakfast, on the walks or at dinner. He had excellent local knowledge and guided us towards some hidden bars and restaurants. He managed to keep the trip seeming fresh and new which is a rare skill. Any problems were solved quickly and amicably.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

This is a great starter trip if you unsure whether Exodus is for you. The group got on well right from the pick up at the airport. No one minded who they sat with on the minibus or at meals. Singles and couples were all happy to get on without feeling space or privacy had been invaded. There was always a good atmosphere when we were out together. The walks were a good distance for a casual walker 10-12k without too many steep hills. The guide made sure we took sensible breaks and waited for stragglers.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I'd been concerned that my fitness level would not be up to even a Leisurely/Moderate holiday but it was pitched well for an average walker. The group was very easy to get on with, and from what people who have taken several Exodus Holidays say, this is normal. There was plenty of free time on the visits to disappear and explore the sites you wanted to, be it shopping, galleries, chapels or sculpture. The wine tasting was interesting and amusing, nothing pretentious and certainly no hard sell at any point. Since returning we have booked a second holiday in Spain for September. What more recommendation could there be.