WALKING IN TUSCANY
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The amazing views - stunning.
What did you think of your group leader?
Ale was great, kept everything well organised without making us feel too organised. I would happily do another trip with him as the guide.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be warned if you are gluten and dairy intolerant the food won't quite match up to the rave reviews from most people who have been on this trip. I would suggest bringing a decent breakfast cereal with you - I was most fed up of the gluten free cornflakes by the end of the week which I think were a bit stale. I would also suggest asking the kitchen to make you a salad for packed lunch - I was given some inedible gluten free rolls to go with picnic lunches and sandwiches made with rice cakes which weren't much better. When I hike in the UK the company I travel with just make a big salad rather than trying to give me the same meal as other hikers and that works much better.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The trip was rated as moderate which is described by Exodus as being like hiking in the Cotswolds - don't believe them, the Cotswolds aren't that hilly. Although I enjoyed the hiking I had one day which I found very hard and I opted out of the toughest walk to avoid spoiling things for the rest of the group who were fitter than me. Some of the climbs go on for 2+ hours.