WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Each walk was terrifically enjoyable, led at a good pace so we had plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic scenary. We had a rich variety of walks from local villages, woods, mountains, gorges and valleys. All this with interesting wildlife and little shrines and churches appearing in the middle of nowhere. The view from the Great Arch on the last walk was something to behold....created by wind and rain we had a spectacular view of the mountains, valleys and tiny shepherd villages below. Walking on these tracks with no other tourists in sight....bliss. We had the fresh air and views to ourselves for 95% of the trip. The farmstay. Set in acres of land its great to see the comings and goings of a traditional Tuscan family rather than stay at a stale hotel. Mama's food is superb and plentiful, whilst the packed lunches were of a good variety as well. Accommodation very comfortable.

What did you think of your group leader?

Superb. Sara led the walks at a brilliant pace to let everyone walk and enjoy the views in their own comfort zone. She had terrific knowledge of the local flora, fauna, local customs, history and gave accurate analysis of the challenges that each walk entailed. She has a great relationship with the family you stay with and the setting at the farmstay is terrific. With Sara's help we were fed like Kings for a week. Excellent recommendations for restuaranats in Lucca and the local town.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Other than GO, not really. Given the high summer temperatures in July and August you may want to make sure that you are reasonably fit.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I'm not surprised by the number of excellent reviews for this trip. The setting, walks and accommodation/food were outstanding and you won't want the trip to end.