WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Every day was an inspiration.  Starting our first walk in pouring rain was a challenge but it brought the group together.  Reaching the summit of the highest peak in Tuscany with everyone who had started the walk (including Elvis, but that is another story) gave a great sense of achievement.  Coming across a moutainside covered with crocuses and another white with narcissus flowers was a reward for all the effort.

What did you think of your group leader?

Sara is everything you would want in a leader.  She is highly experienced, has enormous local knowledge and makes you feel entirely safe with her overwhelming competence.  Alongside all that professionalism, she is also great fun.  The birthday celebrations she put on for one of our group are a fine example of how she goes that step further to ensure everyone has a good time.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

I had not imagined the hills of Tuscany would be so high - don't be fooled by images of the south of the region - and some of them can be  a little scary.  Despite everything you might imagine it can and does rain in May (and possibly other months) and it can be very cold when you are up the mountain so do take your waterproofs and gloves.  On the other hand, pack your swimming things as it can also be lovely and warm in the valley when you get back from your walk.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

In addition to the group leader, the other members of a group play an important role in your enjoyment of your holiday.  So, thanks guys - you were great company.